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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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100
world-class

1,325 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,325
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 1,379
Gots: 297 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
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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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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of jaasen64
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Deep Ellum for their pre-Festival Throwdown. One of the beers I was most excited to try. 2009 Vintage. 10oz serving served in an oversized wine glass. Consumed right after the event was supposed to start, so I'm guessing very freshly tapped.

A- Appears a fairly opaque dark red almost blood red in appearance, some translucency towards the bottom of the glass. No head, just a very thin foamy ring of reddish white bubbles around the edges. Small carbonation bubbles appear around the edges of the glass, slightly below average carbonation.

S- Very aromatic smell of tart/sour cherries, maybe some raspberries, a tiny bit of wood, and acidic aromas. Most predominate by far is the sour cherries.

T- Tastes of sour/tart cherries, a tiny bit of raspberries and other berries, definitely plays with the palate and leaves a sugary sour cherry aftertaste that lingers in the mouth and around the lips for longer then I've ever experienced in a beer (I finished the beer about a hour before writing this review and I feel like I can still taste it). I feel like I can lick the taste right from my lips.

M- Fairly light, perfect for the hot summer day today (90+ degrees), the carbonation perfectly complements the sourness and adds a great dry, sour, slightly bubbly finish to the beer.

O- I don't drink sours too often, I've always been more of a stout and DIPA person but I definitely enjoyed this beer. I started off the night with this beer and craved the taste of it so much that I had to order it again before I left (also considering I knew this beer is fairly rare). At $13/10oz serving this is saying something- I very rarely order $13 drinks, never mind twice in a night. I thought the beer was great in almost every way and I wish I could order it more often. I can definitely see why this is considered one of the best krieks/sours in the world.

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ShanePB
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jeremy13586
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.

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of thecheapies
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

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Lordquackingstic
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of tewaris
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

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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!

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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.

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,325 ratings.