Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.15/5 rDev -9.6%
2008 bottle split between 3 people.
Pours a bright deep red with a light pink head. Looks like a Raspberry soda if there were such a thing. The nose is lightly vinegar with big cherries and a touch of funk. The taste is big cherry and a mild amount of sourness or funk. Not particularly sweet, which is nice. It actually drinks quite easily and is almost surprisingly quaffable. Good carbonation, not too excessive like some sours seem to get. Overall, I think I was expecting more, but quite enjoyed what was delivered.
10-10-2011 13:24:28 | More by seeswo
4.05/5 rDev -11.8%
Poured from a bottle into a flute. I had this at the bottle funk even at Teresa's Next Door.
Appearance: Pours a dark red color with a layer of pink head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Very tart cherry with some herbal bitterness and a sweet cherry finish.
Taste: Not very sweet at all. There is tart cherry throughout each sip. The finish is tart but not biting. This beer was very smooth, I'm not sure of the age of the bottle my pour was from.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This is a good lambic but it didn't wow me like I expected it to. That being said, I'm sure I'll have it again if I get the chance.
10-04-2011 23:10:17 | More by oline73
4.35/5 rDev -5.2%
2007 vintage bottle thanks to ksurkin for the sample. Pours a deep red body with a light red on the outside of the glass. It smells like sour cherries all the way. You can tell it is going to be a puckering beer as soon as you smell it. The taste follows the nose as expected and is balanced by just a touch of sweetness to keep this from being an all out assault on your palate. I wish I could have this beer everyday whenever I wanted. My oh my what a wonderful beer.
09-29-2011 22:40:46 | More by doppelme
4.03/5 rDev -12.2%
Had on tap for Zwanze day at West Lakeview in Chicago.
A: Pours a light red with a quarter of pinkish head.
S: Cherry fruitiness and nice mild funk.
T: Cherries up front with the tartness coming in late. This tastes just like a Brut sparkling cherry wine. The carbonation is tighter like a champagne.
M: Light body with good carbonation.
O: I would drink this again.
09-27-2011 15:36:48 | More by jale
4.23/5 rDev -7.8%
750 split 3 ways. 2005 vintage. Bottled 22 Aug 2007. Let breath for 15 minutes.
Ar: Fruity, cherry, Blueberry, grape, cinnamon, pitty/nutty, nice oak, almond, vanilla, excellent, way more to this than cherry
Ap: White/pink head, fair retention, deep pink
T: Acidic, Almond, cinnamon, vanilla, great cherry, strong acid, complex and unique, berries, applesauce on wheat toast with cinnamon, more acidic than i would want but not as much as the normal kriek, surprisingly bright
M: Good acid, light and crisp body, medium carbonation, clean tartness
O: Most complex and best Kriek I've had, great cinnamon spice and almond, i still prefer non-fruit wilds but this is good.
09-24-2011 17:40:31 | More by DaveJanssen
4.33/5 rDev -5.7%
Draft at Monk's Cafe - served in flute glass
L: Hard to say as it was quite dark in Monk's at the front bar; however, I'll go with V8 Splash-esque color (i.e. mix between cherry, raspberry, and strawberry swirled together). No head.
S: Mixed basket of fresh berries. Nice and different, but in a good way.
T: Combo of cherry and raspberry tartness mixed together with dramatic sourness. Hidden vanilla that tries to accent some type of wood character, but I cannot make it out.
M: Light and smooth. Not what I was expecting based on the appearance of this beer, but good nonetheless.
O: Tasted quite fresh and I really enjoyed this beer. I will definitely seek it out again going forward!
09-23-2011 19:18:35 | More by spdyfire83
4.65/5 rDev +1.3%
Zwanze Day 2011
Stone Brew Co.
(Aged for 2 years)
Cloudy yet bright red with glowing grapefruit edges and a thin pink head. Spots of lacing down the glass.
Rich cherries and biting sourness combine to make an incredibly aromatic and uniquely special smelling beer. The cherry aroma is vibrant and alive while the biting sourness is stinging yet not overly aggressive. There's a bit of wood and a mild farm funk as well.
Rich cherry flavor coupled with a stinging, full sourness without being too acidic or attacking, balanced remarkably well with comforting, inviting flavors of hay, earth, and a bit of wood.
Light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation.
Blissfully good beer.
09-20-2011 22:01:36 | More by ehammond1
4.25/5 rDev -7.4%
2008 vintage on tap in a Cantillon long stemmed flute at Zwanze Day.
Appearance: The pour is a hazy cherry color, hazy enough that I can't see through the narrow glass. The head is a pink ring that never bubbles up or really fades.
Smell: The aroma is full of cherries, slightly on the tart side, slightly sweet, with a little bit of straw and barnyard funk in the back.
Taste: Up front, light toasted grains roll into sweet cherries. Gradually the flavor turns sour. It never becomes too acidic, and the sour is more tannic and dry as opposed to vinegary. The finish is somewhat sour but fairly clean.
Mouthfeel: For a lambic, the carbonation and body feel to be right in the middle of the spectrum. Moderately sour, slightly dry. This does not really cause salivation or puckering.
Overall: This is my second time having this vintage, and although I really appreciate the quality of the beer, the lack of intense funkiness or puckering sour keeps me from loving it. I was definitely in the minority of people who did not enjoy this as the favorite of the day.
09-20-2011 21:46:39 | More by KickInTheChalice
4.45/5 rDev -3.1%
Had on tap at Zwanze Day Chicago. Served in a Cantillon glass. I easily drank fifty dollars worth of this yesterday. So amazing. 2008 vintage.
Appearance – Pours into my Cantillon stemmed glass with an utter radiant cloudy red color. This is the type of liquid you don’t want to spill on any clothes because you know that bright stain will never come out. Just a hint of pink head that dissipates almost as soon as it is poured.
Smell – As expected, loads of ripe and tart cherry aromas. Earthy notes sidled by barnyard funk, mixed with vanilla and oak.
Taste – Just fantastic. This is in my opinion leaps and bounds above Zwanze 2011. While the tart cherries do come through, there are also the wonderful overly ripened cherries right behind it so add a subtle sweetness to the beer. Throughout the sip there is a somewhat strong oak and vanilla flavor. A nice acidic quality with musty hay to finish it up. The mixing of flavors is fantastic.
Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, exactly what I would expect.
Overall – What can I say. This was a fantastic beer and I was able to purchase one too. I will probably never consume as much of this ever again as I did yesterday. Delicious.
09-19-2011 01:50:14 | More by SpdKilz
4.35/5 rDev -5.2%
2008 vintage per Zwanze day sheet. Poured into a stemmed cantillon glass
Pour was a bright pinkish red. Lots of head with a similar color. Very murky.
An onslaught of fresh cherry with a hint of old musty oak and vanilla.
Lots of tart cherries. Very bold and fresh. Lots of oak in this, really balanced out the bright cherry.
Nice mild carbonation an quite smooth. Bits of dryness in the finish. Oak residue on the teeth.
Having 2008 both draft and bottle, i prefer the bottle. Bottle had less oak and more cherry
09-18-2011 02:20:49 | More by hooliganlife
4.03/5 rDev -12.2%
08 bottle into a tulip; sampled at Ebenezer's Night of the Great Thirst.
A: Cloudy ruby body with a finger of frothy pink foam. Good retention, spotty lace. Beautiful.
S: Fruity, juicy, cherry combined with powerful and distinctive Cantillon funk: lemon, grass, mustardseed, barnyard. Quite nice, but nothing extraordinary.
T: Sour cherry, mild grassy funk, and a clean, dry finish. Simple and good.
M: Medium body, frothy, and pleasant.
O: This is a great beer, but it suffered by comparison with the Oude Kriek de Cam, which was better in every way. I was expecting more of a cherry explosion here, and actually found its impeccable balance between fruit and sourness to be a bit boring - I wanted it to be the inverse of the fascinatingly abrasive regular Cantillon Kriek, but the cherries just didn't "pop" like I was expecting. Oh, well, there's really no greater luxury than nit-picking a delicious Lambic.
08-29-2011 01:24:02 | More by woosterbill
4.28/5 rDev -6.8%
Argh. This is the second Cantillon cork I've broken.
Poured into Victory Pint.
Appearance is a cherry juice colour.
Head is pink white. Overall impression is of a creaming soda. Nice lacing.
Smell is pencil eraser, funk with a markedly synthetic edge. There also seems to be cinnamon and cinnamon sugar. Toasted marshallows. The oak's presence is less chocolatey and more savoury, charred; even faecal.
Taste is sour. Not straight lemon sour but a measured, slightly sweet, fruity sour. So I guess that's where the cherries come in.
Body is medium with medium high carb (and sour).
Overall a great beer especially for the harmonious and balanced taste and mouthfeel. Would have a slight preference for the Framboise over this but it's always a delight to sip and contemplate a Cantillon.
08-27-2011 13:06:43 | More by danieelol
4.22/5 rDev -8.1%
Pour: Ruby red with flecks of deep dark brown and a one fingered frothy pinkish head.
Nose: Sweet yet tart cherries, oak, vanilla, musty barnyard funk and slight lactic acid.
Taste: More tart cherry than the nose, lactic acid, slight vinegar, drying oak, hints of vanilla and funk from the classic Cantillon yeast.
Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing and slightly drying in the end.
Overall: An amazing Cantillon...as usual. The nose, taste and mouthfeel are amazing. Great stuff from Cantillon as usual.
08-22-2011 01:20:38 | More by waltersrj
4.5/5 rDev -2%
Presentation: Split a 750 mL bottle with a friend while watching the Patriots preseason game. 2008 sticker date, bottled in September of 2010. Poured into two tulip glasses.
Appearance: Bright red in color, with some nice carbonation.
Aroma: Fresh, sweet and tart cherries upfront. Some vanilla and earthy notes balance the sweet, tart cherries. Lots of horse blanket and barnyard notes are present too.
Taste: Fresh fruit and tart cherry notes hit first. The tart cherry is not as intense as in the classic kriek. A nice smooth vanilla note really opens this up. Plenty of funk as well. Extremely well balanced and complex.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied and plenty of carbonation. Very refreshing.
Overall, a really nice and complex kriek. The cherries balance the line between sweet and sour really well. This really is completely different from the regular Kriek, but is also amazing. Definitely something I would not hesitate to get again and somethnig I would love to try with more age on it.
08-19-2011 14:00:44 | More by Gosox8787
4.33/5 rDev -5.7%
A - Brownish murky cherry, pink head, leaves to ring. Not much lace. Worried it would be flatish. Lots of cascading pretty bubbles when you tilt the glass.
S - Tart, a little skanky, cooked cherries somewhere in the middle.
T - Like smell, but VERY tart and the cooked dark cherry flavor mixes very well with the tart.
M - Medium to light body, nicely carbed and balanced.
D - The tartness could wear you out, but a very nice beer at a low ABV!
08-18-2011 03:19:13 | More by srandycarter
4.28/5 rDev -6.8%
Got this beer on Thursday at monks after the outstanding Monday event they held. Poured a beautiful red hue with a minimal amount of head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice little ring around the glass. The aroma is huge tart dark dried cherry. There is a mild funk, but I didn't detect it here nearly as much as some of the other cantillon they had there. The flavor is eerily like cherry pie. Cooked cherries with a tartness and a little too much sweetness, but only a little bit. Mouthfeel is nice and light with lively carbonation. I really enjoy this beer. Outstanding beer by cantillon.
08-11-2011 22:50:17 | More by Agold
4.22/5 rDev -8.1%
'08 vintage poured into a 6oz wine glass at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.
Bright bold beautiful red color. Spritzy bubbles come to the surface with little head, but ample carbonation. Aroma is a smorgasbord of ripe juicy cherries and acidic tart sourness.
Taste is excellent and mirrors the smell quite well. Beautifully complex cherry flavor that rides the line between cherry pie, sour cherries, and fresh picked cherries off the tree. Biggest disappointment would be the lack of depth beyond these flavors as I'm struggling to find the barnyard flavors that I love from most Cantillon vintages. I'm finding that I may prefer the regular Kriek with a few years of age.
Mouthfeel is pretty standard. Prickly carbonation and slightly puckering. Pretty much what I expected.
Another amazing beer by Cantillon. Not the best Kriek I've had, but really delicious. Interested in seeing how my '07 bottle compares when I open it in a few weeks.
08-10-2011 15:21:52 | More by victory4me
4.1/5 rDev -10.7%
Bought at 7-11 (Figuroa Street) Highland Park, Calif. Kriek 2007. Cork written Brasserie Cantillon Brwelles Bottled in 2009.
Poured into a De Koninck glass. The definite smell of cherries after taking off the cork. The appearance is a light ruby red with little head and bubbles. The smell of cherries and oak is present in the glass. The taste of cherries with a little sour backend. Good mouthfeel, not overwhelming. Overall, a good lambic that's not strong but very drinkable.
08-07-2011 06:44:07 | More by Westsidebuddha
4.15/5 rDev -9.6%
2007 vintage poured into my favorite chalice. A cloudy ruby brew with a large pinkish white head.
Smells sour with notes of cherry, medicinal funk and the wild yeast. When I distance myself from the glass I can pick up a very appealing strong cherry smell.
This beer is very tart up front, tart cherry, sour cherry candy. The sourness of the beer is not what I expected, it's more tart then sour. A medicinal funk finishes the taste. There is no sweetness in the taste.
A fairly full mouthfeel.
I find lambics to be very different from what I drink on a daily basis. This was really good, none of the flavours are wrong or over the top.
08-02-2011 00:30:27 | More by alpineclimber
4.78/5 rDev +4.1%
2005 vintage poured into a wine glass at Monk's Cafe, split with a dear friend. What a treat - I don't think I have the financial self-restraint to consider moving to Philly.
A brief disclaimer: I ordered this bottle at 12:30 on a Friday night/technical Saturday morning, and Monk's has a sort of reverse-Apple store lighting scheme going on to begin with. That said, I'm pretty sure I could see the vibrant cherry red body of this beer even if there had been no lighting at all. There's a billowing white, slightly-pink head that forms from even the slightest pour. Gorgeous lacing.
Oh, it smells sour. Pungent acidic cherries and tart lemons predominate. And there is funk in abundance here. I hate to recapitulate the countless Cantillon reviews before this one, but I'll be damned if there's not a serious barnyard funk, horse blanket aroma going on.
It's difficult to compare the taste of this beer to any of the younger LP bottles I've had in the past. It tastes like Sour Patch Kids - the purest, most amped-up Sour Patch Kids ever created. Bracingly sour, but the cherries come through beautifully. So much citric acid and grassy funk, it tastes elemental and pure.
The carbonation is flawless: perfectly bubbly, with a rich, lush mouthfeel. The years have done nothing to diminish the lively feel of this beer. Eminently drinkable.
Time has treated this beer exceptionally well - I would love to try an older bottle. A phenomenal beer, world-class.
08-01-2011 01:06:41 | More by amphion1065
4.78/5 rDev +4.1%
Imbibed during the Belgian Independence Day celebration at Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. The proprietors indicated that they believed it was the 2008 Vintage.
Appearance -- Pours a vivid rose red hue with a tuft of fluffy mauve head. Handsome.
Smell -- Highly acetic with wet oak and a bold tart cherries being the most pronounced. Dank basement-like funk also in attendance. A top-tier aroma for sour heads.
Taste -- Deep, penetrating sour from the onset - high acetic tartness paired with tart cherries. Again, musty basement funk in solid quantities, which adds some contrast to the unrelenting sourness. As it warms, the acetic qualitiy relents slightly to reveal a pie cherry sweetness. Very much a roller-coaster ride.
Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with tight fluffy carbonation. Incredibly drying.
Overall -- I struggle to think of a kriek that stands up to this one, even amongst the Scharbeekse cherry krieks. Great depth of flavor, and nicely tuned sourness. World-class for certain.
08-01-2011 00:37:25 | More by yeahnatenelson
4.63/5 rDev +0.9%
Had this last night to celebrate the life of someone I just lost. 750 ml bottle; 2007 vintage, bottled in 2009. Poured into an oversized wine glass...
A - Exceptional looking beer. Poured a beatuiful cherry red color that is quite clear. A gorgeous foamy, pink head forms about 2 fingers thick. Very nice retention.
S - Cherries out front, but I am not bombarded with their sweetness like I feared I would be. It is a mix of tart, sweet cherries and cherry pie filling scooped right out of a homemade pie. Wood notes and classic Cantillon barnyard funk come next mixing very nicely with the sweetness of the cherries.
T - Cherry is much more integrated into the flavor profile here and is really complement ed nicely by the slight sourness and acidity. Funkiness and tartness work well together to make a truly unique tasting lambic. Woody undertones add nicely to a really tart flavor profile.
M - Very nice carbonation and a medium bodied beer. Nice dry finish to this one. Puckers the mough for sure, but it is that great kind of tartness you want from a beer like this.
O - Awesome, awesome beer. This is why Cantillon is the best at what they do. Exceptionally balanced beer and one that I am going to seek out every chance I get.
07-26-2011 20:08:31 | More by KAP1356
4.55/5 rDev -0.9%
On-tap at the Brick Store. 2007 vintage.
Pours an opaque bright crimson color with a half off-white, half pink head that leaves decent lacing.
Smells of robust cherries that are crisp and tart. Also present are medium malts and good amounts of funk – wet hay and leather. There are multiple layers and each is well represented.
Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Moderately dry medium malts up front are joined almost immediately by bright and lightly tart cherry flavors and hints of raspberries. Midway through, the funk really comes into play, carrying through to a mildly tart ending. Mouthfeel is good, with soft carbonation.
Overall this is a phenomenal beer and one that I’d like to have regular access to. Well worth a shot if you see it around.
07-25-2011 23:58:04 | More by glid02
4.13/5 rDev -10%
I was super excited to see this one on draft, it was at the Bavarian Lodge is Lisle, and it was my birthday. That place is too good.
The color is a deep red with a slight purple tint to it, with a head that is a pinkish hue. Pretty hazy throughout.
The aroma gives notes of the cherries used to create the beer, a sweetness plays through those flavors along with the funk you expect.
This one has a strong acidity to it, the tartness and sour dryness is remarkable, leathery tannins are just outstanding. The cherries come through to make an outstanding tasting beer in every right, and the funk adds alot of complexity.
Finishes so very dry, makes you want to take such small sips, and sip again a few seconds later, and i accept.
07-25-2011 03:15:37 | More by ChadQuest
4.33/5 rDev -5.7%
2008 on Tap at the Brick Store Pub’s Sour Christmas in July. Pours a dull deep cloudy as hell red with tones of deep brown too. Compared during tasting to a bottle of Heinz ketchup that was sitting on our table. Smells of sour cherry tartness with notes of sweetness peaking through. First sip is mouthwater puckering that hits both the front and back of the mouth. Cherries and wood dominate. Lightly bodied.
07-24-2011 20:54:48 | More by ATLbeerDog
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
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