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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 332
Hads: 1,558
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 8.5%
Wants: 1,644
Gots: 338 | FT: 20
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002

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Reviews: 332 | Hads: 1,558
Photo of ibbjamin
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $28.99 for a 750ml bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA. Poured into a wine glass and shared with my lady friend. This is the 2006 vintage.

Pours completely flat with no carbonation. Glowing burgandy/ dark maroon in color. No lacing.

A sour cherry nose that has taken on a strong oak presence from the the barrels it was aged in. Red grape tones give it a vinous quality and the aging has given it a bit of musky funk as well.

Wow the first sip is sensory overload. Puckering and very sour. As I dig more into the lambic, I become more accustomed to the sourness and the aged wood and funk become more tangible.

Extremely dry and astringent. More so than any wine I've tasted to date. Lighter bodied and void of carbonation.

This really is something special and was a treat to have. It really pushes the boundaries of beer which I truly respect. Obviously at this price point, it is to be enjoyed on rare occasion.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.97/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, sweet Brouwer's. Had the privilege of having this at big wood days ago. 04. Really red, fruit punch red with a little carb but not much. very tart and full of cherries. a little bit of funk to it, but mostly the tartness and cherries stand out. this was one of the earlier beers of the evening and it was a delight.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage, 750ml bottle, into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a dark purple, looks like Barney's blood, with a light purple head that doesn't stick around long at all. There's pretty much zero head and no retention to speak of, along with no lacing, just a dark purple liquid.

S - Lots of fruit notes, some sweet, some sour. Cherries, grapes, raspberries, oak. Overall, cherries, lots an lots of sweet and sour cherries.

T - Really strong tart and funk notes right off the bat. Cherries, oak, sour grapes. Pretty straight forward here...I don't mind that at all. Horse blanket, funk, funk and funk.

M - Light bodied, almost zero carbonation (which is a disappointment), dry finish.

D - If you're in the mood for a wild and want a bunch of cherry notes, this is your beer. Very good, will purchase again.

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Photo of Damian
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Lord Hobo, Cambridge, MA
Served in a Cantillon tumbler
2007 vintage

The beer poured a hazy yet brilliant burgundy color with pink highlights. A tiny cap of light pink froth quickly settled to a thin ring of lace.

The aroma was an amazing balance of both sweet and tart. Strong notes of sour cherries were nicely countered by a moderate oaky, earthiness. Fruity (lemony) and zippy. Slightly funky.

The taste was terrific and quite similar to the aroma in many regards. Lemony and slightly acidic up front. Notes of earth and funk came through in the center. Sour cherries made their appearance here as well. The clean, crisp finish was lemony and quite sour. A faint herbal hoppiness was also detectable.

The mouthfeel was outstanding. This beer was fuller bodied for the style with a very fine yet lively effervescence. The liquid was silky smooth and pillowy and it covered my tongue like a blanket.

Drinkability was terrific. This beer was both flavorful and refreshing. While many of the better lambics overwhelm the palate with intense tartness and funk, this one impresses with its grace and finesse.

The key word in describing this beer is "balance." Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek walks the line between fruity and funky like few others do. This is a world-class fruit lambic and one that I will definitely be visiting again.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2007 vintage (with 2009 crop) purchased at the brewery and shared with some friends in London. The brewer remarked that he personally felt this year's fruit batch was amazing, so I was looking forward to this.

A: Pours a hazy reddish-magenta color in the glass, adorned by a light reddish-pink froth that vanishes as quickly as it appears (expected for the style). It remains in the form of a hint of bubbles on top of the brew, with a thin halo and active carbonation up the glass.

S: Like smelling cherry pie, on the first whiff: cherry, cinnamon, bread. But it gets woodsy and foresty as I explore the bouquet, and finally I detect the telltale brett aromas of horse blanket and funk.

T: Liquid cherry pie, although with a twist as it is composed of sour cherries. The tartness commands attention at first, but it lessens its grip as the flavor progresses into a palette of grassy, funky / musty / hay flavors. The finish is lightly tannic and semi-dry.

M: Light-bodied, lively carbonation. As mentioned above, this is semi-dry, but not nearly as dry as the austere Lou Pepe Framboise. We felt this was a better finish in that regard.

D: My second favorite of the Lou Pepes that we tried, and the better of the two fruit varieties. I'd love to have this again.

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Photo of craytonic
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep ruby-mahogany. Bit of carbonation swells up after the pour, but not enough to earn a higher score. Bottle says 2006, cork says 2008.

Smell: Tart, sour cherries, french oak, leather, bit of barnyard funk

Taste: Perfectly acidic. Nice mix of tart cherries, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, wood, leather and funk.

Mouthfeel: Tannins seem to give it a nice mouthfeel, not a bit of sticky sweetness.

Drinkability: 750ml isn't enough, high price but absolutely worth it.

NB - In my mind, this is second only to Blabaer for fruit beers.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

75cl bottle shared by bret27. The best of the night for rating 1300. This was a beast of a beer. I loved their regular kriek when I had it, but this just takes it to another level of sour-cherry-amazingness. Opaque red in color with a small head. Awesomely funky sour lambic nose with lots of tart cherries. There is a lot of cherry on the flavor as well, but very dry and sour in the mix. Very lactic and citric in the tartness, but very rounded into the cherry. Light and spritzy mouthfeel. I need to get the rest of the Lou Pepe lineup now...

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Photo of TheEremite
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with my wife.

Pours dark amber/red with a small redish white head. Not as lively as I had expcted, but a Good looking beer none the less.

Smells of cherries and citrus tartness. There isn't much else there... maybe some malt notes, but it's all dominated by the tart fruit aroma. I love it.

Sweet pucker, it tastes sharp, sour and mildly fruity. The cherries come through very well and the clean Cantillon sourness is outstanding. Great beer. It could be a little more drinkable, maybe if there were more carbonation it would lighten it up a bit, not sure, but half a glass was enough for me.

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Photo of blaje
4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

well, what can you expect from a Cantillon beer? Their definite signature... of course! It's stinks, but we like it!!!

Beautiful colour. Ruby red, translucide without any yeast suspension. This is quite surprising. Nose is typical of cantillon. It smells bad, like dirty sweaty feet! Definitely Cantillon yeast signature. Carbonation is low, almost no head when poured. Sweetness from the fruit is nearly absent and fruitiness is low too! This is certainly due to the high acidity of this beer. For having tasted the regular Kriek and the Lou Pepe kriek to far apart, I cannot tell major differences between the two. This is to bad because I'm sure their are notable differences...

This is a very good traditional Kriek. Don't expect to drink something sweet as the Lindemans... For aficionados only!

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Photo of bret27
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark full red. Little carbonation.

Smell: tart, cherry, oakiness, lemon juice

Taste: Very tart, definitely not a sweeter lambic. Funky lemon, quite sour. Little sweet fruitiness in the background.
Nice tart dry finish. Pretty drinkable considering the sourness.

Overall: Authentic, extremely good example of the style. Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of illidurit
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy bret27. Poured into a Bruery tulip. Deep strawberry red with a light pink head that fades quickly due to the expected acidity. Aroma is lemons and sour cherries, a hint of sweet strawberry, oodles of citric acid. Flavor is very sour but with a solid amount of fruitiness to balance. Sour cherries, slight musty earthiness, old wood, straw. Pretty great kriek.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joey for bringing this one last night to La Bella. A 2005 bottle (the cork says bottled in 2007). This beer was the last on of the night, as it should...it's just the perfect dessert.

Pours a dark ruby, or cranberry juice, color with a fizzy quarter inch of foam.

Theses beers always bring a tear to my eyes...Wonderful aroma. Cheesy, hay, sour and dried cherries, leather, lemon, oak, vanilla, and red grapes. Complex, yet very well blended and crafted beer.

Some leathery flavors upfront with some sweet and tart cherries in the middle, cheesy in the finish. On second sip I get some lemons, tangy wheat, and musty flavors. Nice dryness in the finish with just a touch of tart cherry juice sweetness. Later on I get a taste similar to salty apricots, vanilla, mellow oak flavors, deep cherry pit, and green apples. Medium acidity and not too harsh on the stomach, quite easy to drink. Fizzy and effervescent on the palate.

What a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. Ultra-classy bottle and label.

A - Pours deep blood-red into a wine glass. Very little head, looks almost flat. Upon further inspection, there are *some* bubbles. Thank god.

S - Aromatics are predominantly of sweet wild cherry and grass, kind of flowery, a light perfume. Doesn't really smell very funky or woody. It actually smells rather fresh and pastoral rather than dank and barrel-aged. I swear it almost smells a *little* hoppy.

T - Now this, this is one sour beer. Cherries are dominant, but we're talking fully fermented cherry here, absolute zero residual sugar. Frankly, I think there's more sweetness in a bottle of lime juice. Acidic as all hell, mouth-puckeringly acidic and uncompromisingly dry. Complexities really pull through given the dryness - here are the tannic and vanilla notes from the oak barrels as well as some cured leather and a little goosey funk. Masterful.

F - I was afraid this would be too flat, but given the level of sourness this seems just right. Not really as flat as it looks, with lots of soft bubbles.

D - This is one you either sit down by yourself with and savor while you listen to darkwave, or share with other sour-lovers. I wouldn't go bringing this to the BBQ or tailgate party, that's for sure. Quite a massive, refined beer, packed full of flavor and personality. The Dos Equis guy doesn't really drink Dos Equis when he chooses to drink beer, he drinks Lou Pepe Kriek.

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Photo of Overlord
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For all the hype this beer gets, I was honestly a bit disappointed.

Pours a very nice pink with some white bubbling. Reddish hues in the center. Actually, quite a gorgeous beer.

Smells faintly of sour cherries, but mostly of vinegar and acidic lemon. Taste is a bracing assault of sour wood, lemon, some biting unripe apple, and a citrus zest. Very good, but not superlative, and the unrelenting sourness does get a bit one note after a while (as compared to, for example, Consecration).

Nice lively mouthfeel, and this is certainly a very good beer.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 edition.

this stuff is a little scary under the cap... brownish gray stuff resides just under it. once it's popped, brownish liquid bubbles up around the spongy cork... gross... but awesome, i'm pumped.

pours a very dark ruby, actually garnet red. there is a small pink head, that fades to a white ring. i'm surprised these's anything quite frankly.
the aroma is a vinegar-y barnyard of aromas. hay, horse blanket, sulfer, a touch of feet. there is also a medicinal cherry in the mix, almost jolly rancher-like.
the taste is tart but remarkably smooth. the aging seems to have ironed out any harshness or rough edges. the fruit really comes through, with a rich black cherry and lemon, like cherry lemonade. juicy and delicious. maybe just a bit of oak in there.
this beer is actually mildly carbonated, with soft delicate bubbles in a medium body.
the drinkability is very good for this type of beer, it's sour, smooth, and refreshing. one of the best sour beers i've had the privilege of tasting.

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Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle 2001 vintage poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy cherry red with brown hints and a big fluffy pink head that stays on as a cap for the duration.

The aroma is initially funky but as it warms the cherries come out a little bit more, more tart than sweet, but definitely there. There is a bit of sugary sweetness in there as well but the funk and acidic vinegar is pretty strong.

The taste has the same acidic funkiness as the aroma with a combined tartness from the cherries up front that puckers the lips from the outset. After the initial kick, the sugary sweetness of the cherries makes an appearance along with a bit of brown sugar. But the finish brings back the sourness and funk.

The mouthfeel is dry and puckering with good carbonation and medium bodied.

Once again, Cantillon has produced a beer that I enjoy but has really kicked up the vinegar sourness to point that it takes over the cherry presence. Still, very good.

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Photo of bosco7
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage at Zeno's in State College, PA

Pours cherry red...go figure.

Smells of acid, cherry, lemon; and almond.

Strong acidity. Lemon, cherry, vanilla and more lemon. Awesome.

Mouthfeel is so tart and in your face, smooth yet prickly. I love this beer.

Simply a classic. I prefer in the bottle because I think it tends to have a nicer mouthfeel. But it's awesome anyway you can get it...obviously. Highly recomended.

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Photo of slaintemhor
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a sample of the '04 of this at a gathering of Beer Advocate folks this evening (4/1/09). Colour... medium red with a thin veil of a pink head. Nose... tart, pollenator cherries, vinegar, cherry bark. Palate... whoa! Pucker up buttercup!! Wonderfully tart, lightly carbonated, acetic, redolent of tart pie cherries, vinegar and a hint of cinnamon. Made the salivary glands at the back of my palate gleek into high gear. Man this is nice stuff!!

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into flute.

Pours a dark red, with no head to speak of other than a faint rim of light pinkish bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Aroma really sings with sour cherries, rich and tart, a bit dry. Sharp vinegar comes through as well.

Taste is sour cherry from the beginning, dry and tart, the sharpness balanced by the very full cherry note, balanced and delicious. Because of the balance, one of the most drinkable Cantillons I've had. Superb.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

$24 750ml bottle neck reads 2005 and the cork and back label are marked 2007. Wonderful pink color with a head that looks amazing for all the three seconds it lasts upon being poured. Smells only slightly farm-like. Tastes like tart cherry lambic, delicious. Not nearly as acidic as the regular Cantillon kriek and is much easier to drink.

update 4/2010 2007 vintage on the neck, 2009 on the cork and label

really a fantastic kriek I just wish it was a bit easier on the wallet at ~$25-$27

update 10/4/10 2005 vintage on the neck, bottled 8/22/07 on the label

cherry pie on top of a very nice lambic, ill...

update 10/10/2011 2007 vintage bottled 9/4/2009

Fantastic cherry pie and spice in the smell, cinnamon and cherry in the flavor, rivals 3F Oude Kriek which is/was my favorite kriek. This is awesome and I am very glad I bought several bottles back in 09 when Cantillon was not so crazily hyped up.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2003.

Poured hazy reddish color with an average frothy reddish head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex sour cherry aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and lively carbonation. Heavy sour cherry flavor with a medium tart sour finish of long duration.

Sour refreshing brew.

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Photo of hopdog
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. 1999 Vintage.

Poured a reddish color with a reddish/pinkish head. Fruity aromas and tastes. Sour cherries. Grapes. Tart. Acidic. Puckering. This was a very good lambic. I'll have to get another bottle of this one.

Notes from: 1/16/05

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Photo of champ103
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 vintage, the cork said bottled in 2006

A: Pours a cloudy cherry red color. A one finger pinkish head forms and leaves light lace.
S: Smells of fruit, cinnamon, and a nice woodiness. The wonderful barnyard funky malt is present that I love. Lightly sour and tart.
T: Sweet and sour cherries that are more pronounced than in the nose. Definitely sour, but not mouth puckering at all. A very interesting spicy cinnamon and woody/oak flavor that brings everything together perfectly. Slightly acidic.
M/D: A medium to full body that is well carbonated. Perfectly crisp and dry. I finsihed the 750ml bottle by myself. Pretty easy to drink.

Probably the best Belgian sour beer I have had. Interesting and subtle, not just sour and tart. So much is going on here it is amazing. Highly recommended.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.48/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/11/08. Bottle, vintage 2004 (bottled in 2006). Pours a cloudy red with a pretty pink head that dissipated quickly. Aroma of sour fruit, tartness, barnhouse funk, and cinnamon. Flavor of sour fruit, cinnamon, oak/wood, and apple skins. Quite tasty but this really wore on my palate after a glass. Very acidic, like many Cantillons are. Good, just hard to drink.
7/4/8/3/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, purchased at De Bier Tempel, Brugge; 2005 date, bottled 22Aug2007

A: Deep red under a quickly lost pink head. No lace, very little retention.

S: Cherries and some woodiness. Bit of a wild funk character, sort of meaty. Bit of mixed fruit as well.

T: Not as sour as expected (not to say that it isn't sour, just not as much as the framboise). Cherry is there with a very fresh, slightly syrup like taste. Very good. Bit of wood and slight funky character. Overall, this one seems a bit more balanced then the framboise version. Not too heavy on the sour, lets some of the other flavors shine through.

M/D: Light bodied, carbonation is heavy but not very puckering sour. Drinkability is nice. Excellent beer.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.