Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 326
Hads: 1,508
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.01%
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002

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Photo of seeswo
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (1,372 characters)

Photo of Sixpoint
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of Westsidebuddha
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of haz77
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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 (308 characters)

Photo of newk340
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
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... (659 characters)

Photo of chaduvel
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (1,845 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
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... (620 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of aracauna
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jedwards for sharing. 2008 vintage bottled in 2010. Pours a gorgeous raspberry color with a semi-hazy clarity and a mere skim of a head. Nose expresses tart cherries up front, followed by a sweet quality and some sourness, perhaps grapefruit seeds. Taste consistent with nose, with the addition of a cinnamon character reminiscent of atomic fireballs, as well as vinegary cherries and a saltiness. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a mild, even carbonation that falls just short of being still. Acidity and astringency stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheeks. This beer is everything a kriek should be - flavorful, tart and refreshing. (663 characters)

Photo of jale
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (371 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Cheers! (926 characters)

Photo of blaje
4.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

well, what can you expect from a Cantillon beer? Their definite signature... of course! It's stinks, but we like it!!!

Beautiful colour. Ruby red, translucide without any yeast suspension. This is quite surprising. Nose is typical of cantillon. It smells bad, like dirty sweaty feet! Definitely Cantillon yeast signature. Carbonation is low, almost no head when poured. Sweetness from the fruit is nearly absent and fruitiness is low too! This is certainly due to the high acidity of this beer. For having tasted the regular Kriek and the Lou Pepe kriek to far apart, I cannot tell major differences between the two. This is to bad because I'm sure their are notable differences...

This is a very good traditional Kriek. Don't expect to drink something sweet as the Lindemans... For aficionados only! (802 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Verecund for the trade. 2000 sticker date. 2003 cork date. Poured from a 750ml. Bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass. Shared with schen9303.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger fine light strawberry colored head with good retention. Beer is a clear red. Lacing is sparse with little to no stick. Nice head retention but otherwise rather standard.

S: Nose is dense cherry puree, Brett funk, wet wood, and a slight cheesiness. Deep and subtle. Enticing if not the most aromatic.

T: Opens ascetic and sour lemon rind with slight hints of sweet and tart cherry fading in and out. Time has really taken the fruitiness out of this one. Vinegary towards the middle. Hay, straw, and Brett funk at the end with a sharp, tart finish. Aftertaste is puckering sour lemon and cherry. Very well balanced but seems a bit past it's prime in terms of fruitiness.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth with a nice dryness and biting tartness on the tongue. Goes down nice and silky with an accented tartness at the finish, which is dry. Aftertaste is dry and slightly puckering. Feel is near perfect for it's style

O: At this point, this vintage is a bit past its prime in terms of fruitiness. However, it's still an incredible representation of it's style. Very well balanced in terms of smell and flavor and with a near perfect mouthfeel. 2 or 3 years ago, this may have been a perfect 5. Currently, its simply very good. (1,426 characters)

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
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