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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Lou Pepe - KriekCantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek

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Ratings: 1002
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.1%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002)
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle "2008 sticker/vintage" meaning this was bottled in 2010. Poured into a matching Cantillon stemmed tulip glass. This brew appears a perfectly clear ruby red color. A pink stained head appears 2 fingers strong and rapidly dissolves. Some spotty lacing sticks to the glass. The head holds with a fine ring around the edge of the glass.

The smell of this brew is quite earthy with pitted cherry quality that is deep and almost stem-like and rooted. Lactic sourness fills the nose with a sour and funky quality that makes me salivate. There is some raw oakiness across the back mixes with a light bit of must character. When swirled it brings forth a bit of stinky cheese aspect.

The flavor is sour and earthy with a distinct taste of cherry pits that is flavorful enough to display a mixture of both over-ripe cherry character as well as an exaggerated sourness of unripened tart cherry as well. Some cheesy quality is present as well as the classic Cantillon funky quality. At times this brew gets lightly medicinal but it isn't distracting because the fruited quality is very natural tasting an not sweet. There is some raw oak and musty quality present. It leaves the tongue quite drying on the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Sharp and sour with a very enjoyable earthy cherry flavor that doesn't retain any residual sweetness. There is seemingly no alcohol impact on this brew. It carries with it a pretty big salivation factor. I couldn't get enough of this. Surprisingly for being the same vintage as what I had on tap recently, the experience from on tap verse the bottle is drastically different. This bottle was more sour like the normal Cantillon offering while on tap it was much more fruited and sweet tasting. Certainly worth a try by either means.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 14:56:55 | More by stakem
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had two of these, and could have kept drinking them, it's very good. Dark cherry color when poured, opaque. No head. Aroma is of fresh cherries, with some barnyard meets cinnamon. Taste has a measure of tartness, I actually didn't think this was as tart as the regular kriek. Very enjoyable, I also noticed some dry mustiness in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2004 20:11:46 | More by PatandDavid
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alpineclimber

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 00:30:27 | More by alpineclimber
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seeswo

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 13:24:28 | More by seeswo
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ADZA

Australia

4.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on the first of September 2011 and this is the 2009 version.

Pours a nice Cherry,dark grape hue which leaves a fast vanishing two finger head and no lacing,the smell is sweet cherries,a touch of funk and the mustiness of an old house not lived in for a while,the mouthfeel is light bodied and bone dry and has tastes of Cherries and lots of them mixed with cranberry juice,a touch of bitter lemon and finished with a funky sour dryness and overall very nice and not many can top Cantillion at what they do but not one for someone who doesnt like Cherries or sour Lambics but me id drink again cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 11:01:49 | More by ADZA
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Brewed in 2008, bottled September 8th, 2010. I had a 2010 non-LP Kriek a few months ago and it was quite an ass-puckering experience. I hope this is a little less caustic.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed deep cherry mahogany color. Two and a half fingers of pink, fizzy head. Retention isn't so great and no lacing is left.

4.0 S: I'm a bit surprised. This is way more funky than fruity/tart. Musty basement type funk dominates with rotting wood and old sweatsocks. Cherry is surprisingly faint for how "young" this is. Mildly tart with mild to moderate notes of lactic acid tanginess. Very light acetic acid. It's quite nice, but I was expecting a bit more depth.

4.5 T: The cherry definitely comes out more in the taste. Mildly tart with a big hit of cherry flavor. Again, this is much more funky than sour. Musty basement, musky large mammal, dry-rotted sweatsocks, decaying wood, and apple orchard. Mild lactic acid, but it's just enough to add some fruit depth. Acetic acid isn't really detectable.

3.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation is on the higher end, but it's fine except that it isn't very spritzy. Also could use a bit more creaminess. Super smooth though.

4.0 D: What a completely different experience than what I had with the regular Kriek! This one is not only palatable, but also mighty tasty. I'm not too crazy about the price of this though.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 00:43:37 | More by DavoleBomb
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am so disappointed that this is a retired beer. I had some on tap recently at Max's On Broadway in Charm City, marked as 2003 vintage. Oh well.

It arrived with a light, scarlet toned head. The nose was an intense sour cherry, like Montmorency, mixed with vinegar. The color was a cloudy cranberry, approaching the rich color of red velvet cake. It had a really tart, sour cherry flavor on the tongue that actually caused my eyes to water. The finish was so dry that I felt the arid winds of the Sahara blowing in my throat. This was a really good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2006 23:31:47 | More by woodychandler
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev -9.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 04:30:17 | More by bennetj17
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newk340

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: grape juice in color with a thin rose head, little lacing.

S: an initial bitterness blasts the senses with laces of cherries, feels like pop-rocks in my nose.

T: blasts of cherries and yeast, like a red pixie stick, flavor coats every possible crevice in the mouth and throat.

MF/D: surprisingly smooth on the palate for the high carbonation that is everpresent, certainly some tart left on the lips.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 19:27:45 | More by newk340
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alampear

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours a dark deep red with a thin pink head. Aromas of sour cherries, oak and funk. Flavor is exactly the way it smells. Tons of sour, tart cherries with hints of oak and acid. Medium bodied, with good carbonation and excellent balance of flavor. This one is definitely more tart/sour then your typical Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 18:25:48 | More by alampear
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ChadQuest

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 03:15:37 | More by ChadQuest
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This lambic poured a hazy, ruby color with no foam at all. The smell was a modest sour cherry aroma -- nice but subdued. The taste was tart cherry, somewhat sour, with a bit of horse blanket. A very good flavor overall. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp and tart with medium body and low carbonation. The slightly sour cherry flavor lingered pleasantly on the tongue. This was a very good kriek lambic, good to the last drop.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 17:48:27 | More by UncleJimbo
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Sixpoint

New York

4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at Spuyten Duyvil.

My sample poured a hazy purple color (or was it purple haze?) with a whispy head that disappated quickly.

The aroma was classic sour... mostly tart cherry aroma, but had a definite subtle horse-blanket note as well. Very nice.

The taste was a mouth-puckering sour, very much so upfront... but eased in the aftertaste. Finished quite sweet actually. Rather tame for a lambic.

The mouthfeel was nice... medium bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall, very drinkable, and went nice out in the patio on an August evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 04:53:37 | More by Sixpoint
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chaduvel

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is one of the most complex and unique beers I've ever tried.
It pours a rich dark red with a foamy head that disappears quickly. The aroma is of tart sour cherries, malt, horse-blanket funk, and sugar. The taste is incredibly sour, and yet the strange yeast flavors push their way past the sourness, it almost taste as if something went wrong, yet you know that everything is right. The finish is very dry and the palette is left feeling clean. A strange and yet very drinkable beer, at least for those who like something very sour and complex.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 19:34:16 | More by chaduvel
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 03:41:00 | More by Proteus93
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 00:30:09 | More by tmoneyba
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml split 3 ways, this was the 2007 sticker/2009 bottled vintage.

Pours dark red, huge pink head falls quickly to a half finger and eventually a cap. Not much lacing left, but great looking beer.

Strong, tart cherry in the nose, with oak and some cream.

Very fruit forward in the taste, surprising amount for Cantillon. Strong, fresh cherry, oak, wine notes all around. Sourness and light funk comes out more as it warms but the cherries definitely win here. Smooth, light mouthfeel, carbonation on the lower side for the style.

Definitely the most drinkable Cantillon I've had so far, smooth, tasty and goes down too easy, but truthfully nothing blew me away about this. I was hoping for a bit more considering the price.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 09:50:23 | More by Chico1985
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haz77

Australia

4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 2003 vintage. Pours a cloudy cherry red with a foamy, tight pink head. This settles to a thin ring and island after a minute, but is easily refreshed.

S - Solvent, plasticy phenols, barnyard, red summer fruit.

T - Begins with a rounded tartness, which fades but never leaves thoughout the whole drink. Cherry appears in the middle but is pushed to one side by citric tartness towards the end. Long finish of apple and slight tobacco. Astonishing fresh and vibrant given it's the best part of a decade old. Nicely integrated.

M - Medium, verging on full body. Initial spritz of carbonation fades and leaves a creamy mouthfeel.

D - Cantillon delivers once again. Well integrated yet retains a bright red fruit flavour. Definately less tart than their other beers I've had and has aged gracefully.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 11:33:55 | More by haz77
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, bottled: 21 September 2010. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Appearance
This is the deepest red I've seen in a lambic. Its just so densely red through and through. The color of beet juice and fully opaque. A small pink head flashes away with next to no lacing. Swirling brings up a substantial bubblegum pink ring that leaves slippery lacing that just doesn't have cling.

Aroma
This isn't the strongest aroma, but its quite nice. The cork certainly smelled amazing. A nice punch of horsey funk kicks things off. There are big wafts of veiny, moldy cheese as well; I bet this would kick my ass with a selection of bleu cheeses. Cherries bring a little bit of tartness, but they also seem to smell quite fleshy and sweet.

Taste
Quite sour, but this is Cantillon. Plenty of funk is actually tasted right off the bat, and even more so as the beer warms slightly. It has a myriad of funky flavors: old paper, wet dog, straw, and an aged cheese sharpness. Cherries come out towards the end and are fleshy and ripe. The finish yields a citric level of acidity, calling to mind grapefruit rind. The taste really comes into it's own after the beer has sat in the glass for a little bit.

Mouthfeel
Geesh. This carbonation is out of control. As soon as the beer hits the mouth it explodes into foam. It fizzes up, expanding to fill the mouth. You can swirl away some of the excessive Co2 but its still a bit much. The beer is very dry and crisp, which is nice.

Overall
Drie Fonteinen's Schaerbeekse Kriek is still fresh in my mind. I actually wish I had held on to it so we could do a little Schaerbeek lambic tasting. But to compare out of memory, I'll always favor 3F's crazy funky aromas, but I think the Cantillon tastes better. This really is one of the better krieks out there, but I'm not certain that it lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 02:58:02 | More by MbpBugeye
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Westsidebuddha

California

4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 06:44:07 | More by Westsidebuddha
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
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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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 sticker. 2009 on cork.

A dark pinkish, almost red color. Pink hued whitish head. Two fingers. Amazing retention.

Smells of sour cherries, oak, and funk. Very Cantillon. Not quite as sour as I had hoped, but it is very tasty. It is becoming more sour as it warms. The flavor is delicious and intense. I personally think I prefer 100% Kriek. The cherries here are very sour, but there is some underlying sweetness that gets cut through by a sharp lactic note.

Body is medium and well carbonated. Nearly perfect.

This spectacular. The fruit is huge and delicious. The sourness is nice. I like this beer quite a bit-- I just wish it were more sour...

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 05:12:22 | More by AleWatcher
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oline73

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 23:10:17 | More by oline73
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has 2008 sticker date, poured July 2011 for my Cantillon birthday tasting.

Beautiful ruby red color with a red foamy head. Frankly this beer looks even better than it tastes.

Some sour cherry on the nose, but more metallic sour and funk than fruit.

The flavor is good but a little disappointing after the miraculous Lou Pepe Framboise we opened just before this one. Good cherry flavor, but not anywhere near the level of fruitiness as the framboise had, not really any more fruity to my taste than the normal Cantillon kriek (granted, I have not had them together on the same night). The sourness is also less acidic than the framboise and more of a metallic funky kind of sour. The cherries just don't shine through as much as I hoped they would. Still a tasty beer.

This beer was good, very solid lambic, but not a standout amidst the other wonderful Cantillon beers we tried the same night. Not really worth seeking out when the standard Cantillon kriek is much more readily available. As good but no better than the classic kriek. Weird how that happens--I also enjoy the standard 3F Oude Kriek more than the 35 Schaerbeekse kriek.

8.2/10

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 17:58:26 | More by AlexFields
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aracauna

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark purpley red with a fluffy pink head. True lambic aroma, sour, horses. Cherries of course. The flavor is SOUR. So sour the tongue mistranslates it as almost salty. Past that there's a lot going on underneath. Cherry is subtle here. Not the sweet soda beer of Lindeman's (which I do admit having a soft spot for) and instead a true lambic with the flavor of the fruit.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2004 07:01:42 | More by aracauna
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