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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,121 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,121
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 1,222
Gots: 253 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002)
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CruisaC

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

06-19-2012 02:41:39 | More by CruisaC
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markeyri

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.9%

06-18-2012 22:38:15 | More by markeyri
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

06-17-2012 14:38:55 | More by Reagan1984
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -2%

06-15-2012 03:47:48 | More by vrbulldog22
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009 (Bottled 2011)
750 ml bottle served into a tulip

A: Bright cherry red with pink hues throughout, some maroon edges. Fluffy soft pink head with not much lacing and a thin cap of retention. Slick, tiny bubbles.

S: Oak, cherry puree, bright red fruits in general; strawberry and raspberry. Very funky on the back, hay and a mild acidic sour note.

T: Again bright red fruits, plenty of cherry with the dryness of some wood/oak coming in mid-palate. There too is that classic funk and mildly puckering sourness. The funk carries through with some hay-like qualities.

M: Highly carbonated, bubbly and spritzy on the palate delivering it to all corners of the mouth. Presence of a dry, woody finish. Classic Cantillon, and more importantly classic Lambic in style.

This being fairly fresh, the acidic bite I got from a recent 2004 vintage is absent. This focuses more on the bright red cherry and fruits, along with the funk. Torn between which I like more, though I can safely say this ages extremely well.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 17:10:44 | More by ShanePB
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dc55110

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

06-05-2012 14:04:10 | More by dc55110
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jeremy13586

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. 2009 vintage with a 9/1/2011 bottle date.

Beautiful ruby color. Very limited pink head that vanished almost immediately. Left a ring of small bubbles around top of the beer.

Tart cherries and some peppery spice. Some light musty wood and acidity.

Tart cherry is at the forefront followed by the peppery spiciness. Fairly acidic throughout, but there is a nice syrupy sweetness that backs everything up.

Dry and tannic, but there is a little bit of syrup that doesn't make it super-dry. Medium-light body, with a decent amount of carbonation.

A very awesome brew that we were very lucky to find. The bottle didn't last for too long, but I'll be thinking about this one for a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 18:26:32 | More by jeremy13586
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Anacross

Texas

4/5  rDev -12.9%

06-01-2012 18:43:40 | More by Anacross
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beef13

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

05-30-2012 16:03:27 | More by beef13
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 sticker; bottled Sept. 1, 2011.

Pours a flat hazy raspberry red. Lies still. No foam. 4.0

Funky punch with a nose of tart cherries, sour raspberry, wet leather, straw, horse blanket, and slight acetic acidity. 5.0

Tart cherries fall back into a supporting role, the age scales back the fruitiness. Tannic acidity with a solid Bretty note. Backend lingering bristle from the oak. Concentrated fruit flavor like a cherry reduction sauce. Peppery note in the middle. Phenomenal complexity. 4.5

Little bit of spritz left in this one. Tannic, but wet enough. 4.0

A real treat, sharing a bottle of Lou Pepe Kriek with friends on a Tuesday afternoon. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 21:37:57 | More by thecheapies
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hays99

Kansas

5/5  rDev +8.9%

05-27-2012 11:20:11 | More by hays99
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Lordquackingstic

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in September, 2011, from the 2009 vintage. Poured into a tulip.

A: The same color as a red ruby from Zelda with a scrumptiously pinkish white head. Minimal lacing, but who cares, it's fucking beautiful.

S: Acidic strawberries and cherries, slight funkiness, hints of woodland aromas. Smells like a lambic on steroids. Way more potent smelling than any other lambic, but not in an offensive way.

T: Sour fruits with cherries being the most dominant flavor. This is definitely sour, but not overly sour. Compared to Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus (the only other Cantillon I've ever tried) it's less sour. Flavors are strong, but not so strong that you have to brace yourself for each sip.

M: Sour, low carbonation, very full for a lambic.

O: Wow, this is fantastic stuff. I'd drink the hell out of this if I could find it on a regular basis. Definitely a whale worthy of it's fame. Definitely my favorite sour yet.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 22:25:39 | More by Lordquackingstic
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Mahlik

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

05-20-2012 22:06:17 | More by Mahlik
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NWer

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

05-17-2012 23:31:57 | More by NWer
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tomholland

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -23.7%

05-17-2012 21:57:42 | More by tomholland
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Adamostella

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

05-17-2012 20:21:08 | More by Adamostella
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wyatt

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

05-16-2012 20:34:54 | More by wyatt
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ajs4bd

Missouri

5/5  rDev +8.9%

05-15-2012 14:16:40 | More by ajs4bd
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks dc55110. 2009 vintage poured into a tulip.

A beautiful deep pink with moderate head and moderate retention. Strong funk and soft cherries. Strongly tart, fruit peel and flesh in taste with fruit not as assertive as the aroma. Very dry, almost abrasive. Full of character and very good!

4, 4, 4, 5, 4

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 06:10:56 | More by tewaris
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sukwonee

Washington

4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one through a trade - thank you!

2009 Vintage (1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle) poured into a flute

A: Ruby red with 2 finger head that quickly disappears into nothing, almost zero lacing.

S: Wow, lots of funk, sourness, some oak, some fruit notes (can't tell if it's sour cherries).

T: It's not super sour (like Cantillon Classic Geuze), but it's definitely sour. I wish it was a tad bit sweeter, but this is a great tasting lambic. I can taste the sour cherries, funk, yeast, and then some oak and wood towards the middle/end, finishes with more medium sourness and tartness. Very complex.

M: Perfect. Good amount of carbonation, light to medium body with a little bit of stickiness at the end. Not much puckering though. Gentle finish.

O: This one is amazing. Maybe I need to venture out and try more lambics - I haven't tried too many varieties, but this one is by far the best out of the ones I have tried. Perfect on a sunny day like today!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 21:26:30 | More by sukwonee
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, bottled on September 1, 2011. It was allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip

Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek pours an almost intimidatingly vibrant ruby red. The two fingers of dark pink foam that crown the beer briefly, before disappearing without a trace, is similarly impressive in terms of vibrancy. The nose has a solid ripe cherry presence, before fading into aromas familiar to anyone who's had a great lambic. There's a little bit of wood (barrels? cherry pit? both?) that plays well with some of the more earthy brett aromatics. Meanwhile there's also some wet hay. The cherry aspect of the flavor profile has just a hint of sour/tartness to it, but otherwise it forms a nice opening before letting all those woody, earthy, and barnyard notes to fill out the beer. The body is light and crisp, with a positively champagne-like carbonation. Superb mouthfeel. This is my first time drinking one of Cantillon's Lou Pepe beers, and I'm not sure how much better this is than their regular kriek, but it's definitely a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 13:34:32 | More by axeman9182
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage (bottled September 4, 2009)

Beer is a dark pink, reddish, with a pinkish head. Head does not last terribly long.

Smell is very nice. Lots of tart cherry accompanied by a funky, horse blanket scent. Works well together, neither dominates the other.

Taste is like the nose. Tart cherry and funky yeast. Oak is present as well, which I do not get in the nose. Flavours work perfectly together- they are totally integtated into a cohesive package. Fruit taste very real, very juicy. Quite sour but not intensely so.

Moderate carbonation, light to medium bodied, a bit puckering.

Overall, excellent. A really well crafted lambic.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 23:11:31 | More by jrenihan
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C2H5

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

05-08-2012 13:12:00 | More by C2H5
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Beezee

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.9%

05-02-2012 05:31:20 | More by Beezee
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wrath98

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

05-01-2012 15:54:47 | More by wrath98
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
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