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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - KriekCantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek
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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002

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Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev -12.3%
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 +0.9%
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 -3.3%
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 +6.5%
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 +1.6%
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 -8.5%
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 +3.1%
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%
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 -22.3%
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 -3.6%
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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Photo of peabody
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out purple grapes with a slight reddish tint. Beautiful color and nice small bubble ring.
Smell is sour dry dark cherry skins with a sugary finish.
Taste is like grandma's sour cherry pie. You can smell the roasty bread crust as you drink this concotion.
Mouthfeel is very clean and bitter sour. Love this feeling. Sour and sweet and Sour.
Drinkability is good but would be better if I could get this locally.

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

Bottle brewed in 2005, bottled in 2008.

Beer poured a brilliant red color, with a deep pink, thick head into my Cantillon tulip glass. The head was nice and crisp but receeded quickly but left nice lacing.

The aroma was very present, sour cherry and a bit earthy.

Taste is very pleasing to the taste buds. No carbonation, wonderful sour cherry taste, smooth body. Dry finish makes this an excellent lambic that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

bottle shared by dkachur. Thanks!

A: A deep, hazy brown with red highlights... Like iced tea with far too much powder. A nice sticky wisp of lacing and decent retention.

S: Cherry aromas in a barnyard. A grassiness and a hint of tobacco.

T: Slightly sour cherry, without a big puckering. Herbal notes, a bit of leafiness.

M: A little pucker as it goes down. A beautiful dryness on the finish that makes it pleasant to drink.

D: Fairly straight forward. Perhaps wouldn't pick it up at the store, personally, but a decent brew.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.92/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of dkachur, split threeways at a tasting - thanks! Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Incredibly hazy reddish/purple-bodied beer with a nice foamy one-finger head that fades quickly, leaving trails of lacing around the edges of the glass.

Aroma: Major earthy horseblanket, farmhouse musk, and dirty yeastiness. Next up is, obviously, the cherry - sour cherry dominates, but there are a few sweet, sugary, simple cherry notes as well. Some saltiness, woodyness, fresh cut hay/grassyness all mingle well.

Taste: Pretty puckertastic. Tart acidic quality dominates and covers up a lot of the other notes - sweet cherry, leafy herbalness, a few earthy, woody notes. Doesn't taste nearly as complex or pleasant as it smells. Very dry.

Mouthfeel: Dry, spritzy, crisp, good level of thickness. Minimal carbonation, which is nice.

Drinkability: I liked the smell on this one a lot more than the taste - it was just a little too tart for me. The smell was fantastically complex though, and since the alcohol is hardly a factor at all, I can't knock the drinkability on this one too much. All in all a decent beer.

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Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to K75 for the hookup on this one!

A-Deep pinkish tinged red with a thin pinkish head...is this beer?

S-Kinda like those magic markers you used back in grade school. You can can actually smell the tartness!

T-Crack-a-lacky...BAM! This is beyond tart. Like a sour cherry bomb with a bit of residual sweetness. You had best like tart for this one.

M-Light bodied and sour crisp it actually hurts!

D-Super tar, have I said that already, and oh! so mouth puckering! This has to be about the most sour "beer" I have ever had....I love it.

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Photo of Walken
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brasserie Cantillion: Lou Pepe, Kriek (Brewed: 2005, Bottled: 2007)
750 ml. bottle: poured into a flute.

Appearance: Pours out a hazy kool aid red/purple color. Head is a small, frothy off-white cap with a very appearant red hue. Great head retention.
Odor: Ripe sour cherries, metallic and earthy yeast funk is strong and unmistakable.
Consistency: It's hard to pin a body type on this beer because there's so many other things going on. Between the extreme puckering tartness, moderate carbonation and funky yeast flavors, it comes off as having a firm, medium body. Very dry.
Taste: Puckering cherry tartness hits you first and sticks around. Flavors begin very juicy and vibrant then shift gears into dry, tart territory, almost as if the beer has evaporated. Finish is relatively clean despite the leftover sensation of dryness, leaving a bit of lingering funk & acidity.

Like many, I was introduced to this style with a bottle of Lindeman's Kriek, so this was somewhat of a rude awakening. This is a one of kind beer.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.85/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler into Mad Elf challice on 9/8/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing!

A - Opaque ruby-colored body wth one-finger pink head that diminished into a thin ring of retention and left minimal lacing.

S - Wow! Really strong sour nose with plenty of funky Brett and a hint of vanilla. There is also a paint thinner or magic marker character to the aroma.

T - This is the most sour concoction I've ever tasted. This packs a huge cherry flavor with some vanilla. This is seriously one tart, sour brew with somewhat of a chemical flavor, yet I kept coming back for more!

M - Light to medium body with poppy carbonation and a prickly mouthfeel. Pretty thin and watery, though. Ridiculously sour and acidic on the palate. This will definitely make you pucker up!

D - Man, this is one sour beer that tastes more alcoholic than it probably is. This goes quite well with chocolate, which complements its intense tartness.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"It's like dark cherry Kool-Aid with Sour Patch Kids."

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For my 1000th review, I thought I would review a beer from one of my favorite breweries, Cantillon. There are all sots of extreme beers out there, but in a way none are more extreme than those from this brewer. Most have modest amounts of alcohol, but they are packed with flavor while displaying subtle nuances of tastes and sometimes are challenging in the directions they take. People applaud, and rightly so, the sour beers of Russian River, Lost Abbey, and Jolly Pumpkin, among others. As great as those beers are, I think the beers of his brewery are just as good, surprisingly more available, and woefully underappreciated by many BAs. The Lou Pepe series of beers are masterpieces, and the history and tradition, and sheer difficulty of craft that is evident in every bottle makes them something special. Of the lambics, kriek has always been my favorite. I love the winey depth of the cherries, the startling burst of rich sourness, and the faint hint of almond from the pits. I really love this particular kriek and I wish more people who are serious about beer would try a bottle and review it. It's worth the cost.

This beer pours a a beautiful ruby red, and it's a bit hazy. There is a nice light pink head that sticks around and leaves some lacing. There are beautifully melded aromas of sour cherry, spice, oak, some light funkiness, and some acetic qualities. The taste is an explosion of vibrant sour cherry, a nice zingy acetic sourness, spicy oak, and a tart finish. Not particularly funky, but there is a slight hint of ripe cheese in the depth of this beer. Very complex and deep. The mouthfeel is slightly tannic and quite smooth. The tannins lend a refreshing break from the onslaught of fruit and sourness and give some nice backbone to the body. Utterly delicious. This is not my absolutely top-rated beer, but it is high in the pantheon. An absolutely oustanding kriek.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 Vintage

A- Pours with a really nice clear bright red and a pink head that fades really fast.

S- You can smell some real funky smells from the yeast that are pretty pungent yet a bit restrained. Ultimately the stinky aroma gives way to a really nice sour cherry smell.

T- Quite sour, moreso than I expected. The cherry is there the entire time and develops into a really concentrated sour cherry taste (though there is some sweetness at the same time). Cherry tastes real concentrated compared to other sour cherry beers.

M- About normal for this kind of beer.

D- As good as it was on the senses this beer was too acidic for me. I haven't really experienced anything that was too acidic since my very first sour beer and thought I had just gotten use to it, but this really burns (the 2 other people I was drinking it with said they felt throat and esophageal burning from it also). So just a bit on the acidic side but that is to be expected somewhat. Still really nice, a good beer to enjoy a glass of, though I don't know if I could take more.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 Vintage. 750ml. Deep clear and red colour, with lighter hues around the edges. Thin foam with fine, subtle carbonation. Light cherry fruit nose, interesting but not very pungent.

Well blended cherry in the taste, a nice mix of sweet and sour flavors, with a decent bit of funk and a hint of cinnamon spice in the background. The sourness approaches a moderate intensity. Lightly drying. Solid mouthfeel, good for the style.

Overall an enjoyable lambic experience. The age has mellowed it well, so it's not overpowering. Very easy to drink but doesn't have the extreme tart bite I was looking for. Recommended...

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been looking forward to trying some stuff from Cantillon for awhile. 2005 Kriek is marked on the label but it was not bottled until 07, lets see what 2 years of sitting in a barrel with cherries does. Pours with a pink froth that dies rapidly. Has a pretty red color.

Smells of cherries, sourness, funk, a bit acidic and more cherries.

Wow, the first sip was good the second made my mouth pucker I love it. All I taste is cherries and a tart acidic sourness. Definitely worth the money.

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Photo of mhewes
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2001

A: Pours a ruby red color with a thin head

S : Sour cherries with plenty of brett funk

T : Really tart and acidic. The sour cherries really shine through.

M : Lots of carbonation and dryness

D : It's a really good example of a traditional fruit lambic. Just not my type of beer.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005.

Poured an translucent and hazy red with a large foamy pink head.

The aroma was bursting with tart cherries, brettanomyces barnyard funk and lactic acid.

The flavor was intensely tart and acidic. The fruit flavors wer very rich a full. Mad cherries tell ya. The beer had a clean biscuity and wheaty malt backbone (very subtle, but nice).

The carbonation was spritzy the mouthfeel was light and crisp.

This beer was incredibly refreshing, as are all Cantillons, and extremely drinkable.

Probably the best kriekbier I've had.

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

Served in an Arcadia tulip at Map Room 2/23/08. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a cloudy dark ruby red. Almost like cranberry juice. Slight whisp of a head that disappeared almost immediately. Just a tiny pink ring.

S: Incredible sour fruit aroma. Plenty of funk, wood, leather belt (?), musty basement.

T: Acidic sour cherry mixed with the aforementioned musty funkiness. Lots of oak.

M: Tart and puckery. Very dry. There is a lively spicyness to the mouthfeel that also makes this so interesting.

D: So refreshing. Once the initial real lambic shock wears off after 1 or 2 sips the underlying complexities of this jump out of the glass. Temperature is the key. Perhaps Map Room's draft lines were just wee to cold when they served this. After enjoying this for about 30min I noticed that as it got closer to room temp, the acidity dialed itself down a few notches and a subtle sweetness began to emerge. Incredible.

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Photo of emerge077
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Labeled "Kriek 2001", "botteld in 2002" on the cork.

Cap is grey underneath, cork is wet, and also turning grey. Something about musty old lambics is very appealing, though the reason is hard to pin down. The tiniest "pop" is heard once the cork is extracted. Wisps of smoke appear, and the crimson liquid pours with a suprising amount of crackling pink foam.

Honey, hay, fermenting black cherries, exquisite natural aromas.
Wild funky yeast gives off the prerequisite waft of horseblanket.

Tangy sour cherry at the tail end and into the long dry finish. Otherwise, fairly mellow and woody. It comes together well, without the brashness of a young lambic, it lets the subtleties really shine. Rich Schaerbeek cherry intensity, almost like cherry pie, with the complexity of cherry skins and pits thrown in too. Long, dry finish that has sublime aged wood and sour fruit flavors. Residual lemony sourness on the lips. Honey in the aftertaste, with a hint of clover. One to savor, and not on an empty stomach!

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.