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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 328
Hads: 1,543
Avg: 4.46
pDev: 8.52%
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Gots: 341 | FT: 20
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Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002

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Photo of cvm4
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2007 vintage... Bottled Sept. 4, 2009

A - Pours a dark cranberry body with a froth light pink head. Settles down into a pink ring of froth around the glass.

S - Tart to sour nose full of cherries, funk and light oak.

T - Not hugely sour or even overboard tart to me at first. Definite funk going on mixed in with mild oak and acidic qualities. The finish is more sour to me than the beginning.

M - Light bodied, high carbonation and a dry finish.

O - Very enjoyable, to say the least.

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Photo of macher0
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle to tulip glass. Straight from the cellar. Slightly below room temperature. Some what viscous. Shared with Jake_ramrod.

A. Fairly aggressive pour yields a dark ruby color and light ruby head of one finger. Mildly effervescent.

S. Tart. Tart cherries mainly. Sour yeast and bacteria. Fairly straight forward.

T. A little more going on compared to the nose. Medium tartness. Sour cherries certainly dominant with a noticeable neutral oak component. Minor notes of plumes, cranberries, and apples. Mucha fruit.

M. The viscosity thins out as it warms which makes it much more smooth. Low carbonation. Light body.

O. This is a beautiful kriek. Wonderful smell and taste. This maybe my favorite Cantillon (so far). I would certainly purchase this ale again. Certainly recommended.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had at Novare Res 12/13/13 for "Bier Geek Christmas."

I was told by the staff that this is a blend of 1, 2, and 3 year old gueze's that then spend about a year on cherries. If this is indeed similar to their regular gueuze blend, the fruit has really taken the acidic and sour notes down a notch, this is maybe a 3/10 on sourness.

This beer poured a very red color (sort of like red wine, but a bit hazy). It is literally cherry red. The foam is a lovely pink and settles down quickly to some lovely pink lacing around the class. Beer is essentially opaque.

The nose is nothing like what I expected. It is mostly tart funk, not too acidic, not too much fruit, perhaps some hints of must (general lambic awesomeness). I had expected the nose to be really fruity and it really isn't.

The taste is a three part event. Up front I get a semi-sweet cherry bit, this slowly fades to a definite fruity sweetness (fruity not malty) that peaks a second or two after tasting and then fades to an acidic/tangy/funky bit in the aftertaste. This beer is by far the most complex beer I've ever had, so much going on here.

Great palate coverage, its a thin beer, but it never seems "watery" it holds up well on the palate.

This beer was simply fabulous, it was totally worth the $9 per 8oz pour, simply delightful.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 bottle with pressure cap and corked. Vintage 2010. bottled 8/29/12.

poured into Cantillon wine stem.

Appearance: medium red colored beer with 3 finger of head that quickly drops tothin ring around glass.

Smell: moderately sour nose. Tart cherries. Slight funkiness.

Taste: Mild sourness atleast a 4/10; also has moderate funkiness. It is more funky that I expected from the nose. The funkiness is the signature funky note from most Cantillon sours. Tart cherries and a hint of lemon in the finish.

Mouthfeel: low end of medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation levels. This sour is very drinkable. Fantastic drinkability. I really enjoy how awesome the mouthfeel on this beer is. Semidry finish.

Overall: After finally having all three of the LP series Cantillions; Its close to a toss up which of the Lou Pepe series beer that I like better. I think the gueuze wins by a small margin.

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Photo of warnerry
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 sticker, bottled August 2012; Bottle at Cantillon, served in lambic basket.

A – Initial pour is an intense clear red with hints of brown. Initially half a finger of light pink head, which quickly dissipates to leave a thin, persistent collar.

S – Aroma is a combination of intense cherry, and pleasant earthy funk. Cherry aromas are not the least bit medicinal, but clean, fruity and acidic.

T – Similar to smell, a nice mix of cherry and funk in the taste. The cherry is mostly dry and tart, though a small amount of sweetness remains. After the initial burst of tart cherry, some funky elements come in and linger through most of the taste. The finish, however, is pretty much all cherry. Clearly a stronger cherry presence than the regular kriek (though this is also a relatively young bottle), and it works beautifully. Looking forward to comparing to an older bottle to see how this develops.

M – Light mouthfeel, mostly dry but with a touch of sweetness. Finish is clean, dry and tart.

O – Just wonderful. At this young age it is nicely acidic, but not overwhelmingly so and still highly drinkable.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

75cl bottle from 2010; ordered and poured at Brasserie Cantillon into the Cantillon wine glasses 7/5/2013.

Acidic and very pungent nose with a strong sour cherry scent and a small amount of musty funk. Basically the Cantillon 100% Kriek on steroids.

Lighter red body, almost even a bit pink. Beautiful and glowing beer. Very well carbonated with a large pink head that persists for the entire duration. No lacing.

Straight up cherry tartness, certainly very sour as well. But this is also a bit sweet compared to the 100% Kriek, which makes for an even nicer balance. More complexity in this one as well; the oak, earthiness and funk seem to be stronger here and brings more balance overall.

Lighter medium body, very well carbonated. Refreshing and extremely drinkable. Aftertaste is cherry tartness and sourness, no true sweetness here. Not a particularly dry finish which I have come to prefer and what Cantillons deliver.

Overall: 50% more fruit and 100% more balance and flavour. I really loved this beer. The cherries really bring a nice complexity to this compared to the framboise versions that are made here.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL from some place in Portland long before Cantillon was difficult to find. 2007 sticker date/2009 bottling date.

A: Pours a deep plum with a light pink head. Sits pretty in the glass - if you were to show this to someone they might call it a chick beer. Poor ignorant bastards.

N: Lots of ripe sour cherries, oak, some vinegar and glue. Wine grape and raspberry jame in here. Some straw and lemon zest.

T: Cherry dominant. Rounded sourness with a touch of fruity sweetness. Has a wonderful depth of oak and fruits.

M: Sharply carbonated with a light, manageable body. I love how the Belgians are able to get such character into such a drinkable beer.

O: Tasty and it seems like it's balanced out the fruit and the funk at this point. Delicious. Need more.

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Photo of Etan
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle.

A: Pours a deep ruby/pink with a nice light pinkish head.

S: Sweet cherry flesh melds seamlessly with cheesy wood, hay-like brett, must, earthy acidity.

T: Puckering yet brief lactic acidity, tart and sweet cherry, mushroom, light acetic acid, oak, more fresh cherry.

M: Light-bodied with zingy carbonation.

O: Very tasty.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2009 bottle. Bottled September 1, 2011.

Appearance - Bright pink with a faint pink head. Thick collar. Hazy.

Smell - Really nice cherry flavor. Deep cherry flavor. Oaky and vanilla is very strong. A ton oof acidity but not a ton of funk.

Taste - Sour cherries. Lots of oak. Vanilla. Funk is much stronger. Barnyard is more prominent here too. The cherries are the star of the show though.

Mouthfeel - Dry, very sour. Medium body.

Overall - Fantastic cherry flavor. Best characteristic of this beer.

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Photo of peensteen
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml. bottle at bierbistro split with Liam

Nice deep red colour, with a cap of white head, good retention, little lace. Smell is funky, sweet cherry still very much upfront, light balsamic, acidic, overall very nice mix of sweet and sour cherry with a big funk present. Taste is sour and puckering up front, big acidity followed by sweet cherry that cuts the acidic flavours nicely, balsamic, lemon and puckering fruits toward finish, drying finish. Light-medium carbonation, medium bodied, nice crisp mouthfeel. Fantastic stuff, less sour than the Bio Kriek but more complex and well rounded, certainly a world beater.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter.

2008 vintage. I shall call him Lou le Pew. Tee-hee. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear burgundy-ruby topped by a finger of off-pink foam. The nose is a blast of sweet cherry wine (insert Tommy James reference, with or without Shondells), with a hint of light apple cider in the back for good measure. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the cherries come through with a bit of tartness, though with a clear restraint that keeps things from peeling the enamel from my teeth. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, a very tasty cherry lambic, one that more than deserves the praise it receives.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is a clear magenta with a short pink head. Nose is full of tart cherries. I get some jammy qualities and almost a bit of rhubarb. Notes vinegar on the nose with slight hints of oak. The taste is delicious. Plenty of puckering tartness up front with delicious cherry forward profile. Not a whole lot of other adjectives I can use than cherry, but that is okay because this is delicious. Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and tasty. Overall, delicious.

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Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark red. Almost purple. Pours with a very fizzy, light pink head. Good retention, but no lacing.

S: aroma is pure cherry essence. There is a very strong vinegar aroma that seems to burn off as the beer warms revealing the tart cherries.

T: Taste is more cherry. Tart cherries, but with some residual sweetness, which is nice since the sweetness is usually fermented out in these types of beers.

M: Lighter side of meduim in body. Heavier carbonation. Mild tartness.

O: This is a very very nice beer. I can really appreciate the restraint shown on this one, as this beers balance makes it quite enjoyable.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear red body with a super pink head that falls quickly. A very beautiful looking beer.

Lots of cherry. A little sugary sweetness and acidic quality from all those cherries. Marzipan. As always a little funky. Oh yeah.

When served to me the Lou Pepe Kriek was referred to as the Rolls Royce of Krieks on account of the amount of cherries in it. It is hard to deny such a title. Almond and barnyard.
A good nice easy carbonation with medium body. A little dry.

Pretty much a Rick Ross(bawse) Kriek.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks eathan for bringing out this 2002 Lou pepe kriek for our tasting!
The beer pours a relatively clear, light colored reddish/rusty brown with almost no head. The nose is tart ...with a lot of funk, but no distinct cherry. The taste is definitely pungent with a whopping fruity tartness. The mouthfeel is highly acidic and dry with very little remaining cherry sweetness. This beer drinks like only a Cantillon would after 10 years...a serious champ.

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Photo of SStein
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage poured into a snifter glass at Cantillon.
It pours a wonderful pink cold with a white head. The head quickly turns to lace which vanishes quickly.
It smells of deep barnyard funk, with a light cherry smell.
Initially you get a much subtle taste of the barnyard funk followed by the cherries as you drink this beer. There is a delicate balance kept between the funk and the cherries, a lesser brewery would have failed, but this succeeds.
There is a light carbonation, which allows this beer to go down smooth.
Overall, this is a fantastic beer, and worth the money on.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 sticker bottle, 2009 cork thanks to Gosox8787. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Pour: Hazy ruby red, with a very nice fluffy magenta head. Head is somewhat fizzy, and while parts of it recede rather quickly, and nice bit hangs around. Doesn't leave much if any lacing.

Smell: Big barnyard funk up front, followed by tart cherry skins. Some pear skins. A light oak, and a light lacticity come through.

Taste: Follows the nose, but big tart cherry juice and cherry skins hit first. Some pear. A big barnyard funk next, followed by a lactic sourness. Finishes sour with cherries and funky.

Mouthfeel: Sourness is next to puckering, yet with mixed with the funk, it is awesome. A sipper thanks to how sour it is, and I enjoy it.

Overall: A really fantastic kriek. I think I enjoy this more than 3F Schaerbeekse Kriek.

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Photo of coffygrinder
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was one of my personal whales. Pours a golden red with a light bubble, but heavy carbonation. Love the smell of light cherrys. It is very airomatic. It taste like sour cherrys, with a very light mouth feel, light carbonation, small bubbles. It is a great Kriek, and will be my everyday beer when I win the lotto.

Overall on of my all time favs. This beer was great. I really hope to get my hands on another on and let it sit in the celler for a few year to see how it changes.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Lou Pepe – Kriek
Vintage: 2009
Thanks to ThoreauLikeAGirl

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle shared with my wife.

Pours a nice deep cherry red with a nice 1 inch pink head. The head is very active and billows up but begins to recede immediately. The deep ruby color of the brew is near perfection. It is like an abyss of ruby red. (5.0)

Aroma of sweet cherries start things off with intense underlain funk. Nice lactic acidity in the nose as well. Tartness is definitely perceived in the nose. There is also a nice woody oak note to the nose. (4.5)

The flavor follows the nose pretty well. Starts off with some cherry tartness slightly balanced by some nice sugary sweetness and some slightly yeasty phenols. Some nice slight vinegar tartness is perceived that blends so well with the more cherry fruity tartness. There is some good funk and oak notes on the middle and back end. The mouthfeel is smooth with lower carbonation perceived in the palette. (4.5)(4.0)

Overall this is a delicious Kriek. Very tart with great cherry notes and some good chalky yeast notes as well. The oak also adds a nice earthy dimension. Very nice. (4.5)

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a reddish purple with a thin effervescent pink colored head. Excellent retention and clarity, and nice lacing.

S: Slight funk, delicious cherry, toasted oak, cinnamon, a little raspberry. Almost a red wine nose once warm.

T: Mouth puckering tart red cherry, some light barrel character, funk, tartness is mild to moderate and doesn't limit drinkability.

M: Smooth medium body and medium-high carbonation

O: The cherry complements the beer perfectly. Tastes real and in good balance with the base. Overall just really nice and highly drinkable. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap during Zwanze Day at Toronados

A: Pours an intensely hazy raspberry color with a thin pink head.

S: Rich, tart cherries, vanilla, oak and some ripe strawberries.

T: Huge wave of unripe cherry right off the bat with a big lactic twang. Some oak, raspberry and lemon peel. A champagne-like effervescent mouthfeel. Really fantastic stuff.

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Photo of Holland
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: vibrant red color with little head, fairly cloudy, and not much light passing through. Looks like some serious stuff.

S: I know it's a kriek, but I get tons of different fruits in here from raspberry to cherry to lemon.

T: resembles the smell, with a fantastically genuine flavor unlike any other kriek I've tried. The richness of the fruit complements the sourness of the beer very well, but this is very much a fruit-forward lambic, even though I think this was a 2006 sticker date.

M: fine, light carbonation gives a slight lift to the acidity, but for the most part this is teeth-etchingly good.

O: fantastic beer, so glad someone shared this at a recent tasting! If I find myself with the opportunity to buy or trade for another, I certainly will.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite kriek to date. 2009 vintage, bottled in 2011. Pours an incredible deep cherry color with a frothy pink head that settles down slowly. Patches of pink lace stick to the glass. Powerful tart cherry aroma, oak, lemony acidity, hints of barnyard funk and hay follow behind.

Flavor follows the aroma; tons of fresh sour cherries taking center stage. The sourness is moderate in comparison to something like Hanssen's, so this stays away from the teeth-melting level, but it's still ample and pleasant, and doesn't start repeating on you after you finish the bottle. Lemons and trace vinegar notes, oak, funk, grass and hay all play elements. Very modest levels of both sweetness and acidity. Not quite a full pucker.

Medium to slightly light in body, crisp and lively carbonation. Supremely drinkable, full of subtleties and interesting nuances, a bottle I'd buy again in a heartbeat, even at thirty bucks a pop.

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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2009 sticker vintage poured into a Duvel art glass tulip.

A-Pours a deep red/burgundy in color with about a fingers worth of light pink head. Head dissipated rather quickly.

S-Nose is stellar, it’s Schaerbeekse cherry skins, lemon, and some mustiness.

T-Nose translates over to the flavor. It starts out with the sour cherry and continues with lactic lemon goodness. The cherry endures well throughout the sip.

M-Light mouthfeel, heavy acidity, light carbonation, and a long finish.

O-My third favorite of the regular Cantillons fruit lambics behind Fou Foune and Saint Lamnivus. Great color, nose, and taste on this, I could drink this by the gallon (and subsequently did when it was on tap at Zwanze Day 2011).

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

A: Pours a very nice red/purple color with a pink head that foams up nicely. Decent retention, slowly reducing to a nice ring on top. Decent lacing.

S: Very nice cherry flavor, a hint of vanilla and wood. A bold tartness mixes in, slightly acidic. Very big, bold, and inviting.

T: Big cherry flavor upfront mixed with some other stone fruit. A very sharp tartness with nice acidity. A little bit of wood comes through, but not as much as in the aroma. Very tasty.

M: Medium bodied with a great level of carbonation and sourness.

O: Another amazing beer from Cantillon, not much more needs to be said.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
98 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.