Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,495
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rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 7.61%
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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 Resuin
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an enlarged snifter. 2011 sticker, bottled on September 5, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a vibrant, pretty much opaque grapey red color, and leaves a hint of reddish head that fades away almost immediately. A unique looking beer for sure. (4.75)

Smell: Big tart cherries, a bit of funky cheese, oak, grape skins. Really balanced and mouth-watering aroma. (4.75)

Taste: Tons of tart cherry, but not overly tart, decent amount of that Cantillon funk, spiced oak, vinegar. So much cherry, straight off the tree. Really drinkable and balanced. Not nearly as sour as Cantillon Kriek. (4.75)

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a great feel, and a dry finish. (4.75)

Overall: This is a fantastic kriek. The cherry comes through so nicely and is just the right amount of tart. This combined with the oakyness and funk is a wonderful combo. The balance is great, and this is an easy drinker with a lot of flavor.

Photo of amphion1065
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007

UPDATE 3/14/11
Opened a 2008 vintage last night and it was even more stunning that I remember. This vintage is brilliant in every way and I am bumping up my old score of 4.5

ORIGINAL REVIEW BELOW:

Pours a stunning ruby color with 3 fingers of bright pink head

Aroma is light on the funk for a Cantillon, but there is still some cobweb present. On top of that is some cherry tartness, earthiness, and a bit of citrus peel.

Much like the aroma, the funkiness and sourness I associate with a great Cantillon is tuned way down. However, in this case, it is not needed because the cherry flavor here is awesome. Light barnyard mixes with the fresh picked cherry flavor to produced one of the best fruit beers that I have tasted.

Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of sharp carbonation. Standard for the style.

Overall this is a very fine lambic and definitely belongs in the discussion of the best in the world.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For my 1000th review, I thought I would review a beer from one of my favorite breweries, Cantillon. There are all sots of extreme beers out there, but in a way none are more extreme than those from this brewer. Most have modest amounts of alcohol, but they are packed with flavor while displaying subtle nuances of tastes and sometimes are challenging in the directions they take. People applaud, and rightly so, the sour beers of Russian River, Lost Abbey, and Jolly Pumpkin, among others. As great as those beers are, I think the beers of his brewery are just as good, surprisingly more available, and woefully underappreciated by many BAs. The Lou Pepe series of beers are masterpieces, and the history and tradition, and sheer difficulty of craft that is evident in every bottle makes them something special. Of the lambics, kriek has always been my favorite. I love the winey depth of the cherries, the startling burst of rich sourness, and the faint hint of almond from the pits. I really love this particular kriek and I wish more people who are serious about beer would try a bottle and review it. It's worth the cost.

This beer pours a a beautiful ruby red, and it's a bit hazy. There is a nice light pink head that sticks around and leaves some lacing. There are beautifully melded aromas of sour cherry, spice, oak, some light funkiness, and some acetic qualities. The taste is an explosion of vibrant sour cherry, a nice zingy acetic sourness, spicy oak, and a tart finish. Not particularly funky, but there is a slight hint of ripe cheese in the depth of this beer. Very complex and deep. The mouthfeel is slightly tannic and quite smooth. The tannins lend a refreshing break from the onslaught of fruit and sourness and give some nice backbone to the body. Utterly delicious. This is not my absolutely top-rated beer, but it is high in the pantheon. An absolutely oustanding kriek.

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4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of erica
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I shared a bottle of this which was bought at Cantillon after we toured the place. Seeing it in person made me appreciate Cantillon beers so much more. Anyway, this Lou Pepe Kriek was pretty damn good. I'm pretty sure it made me smile. It poured a deep but not dark red colour with a light pink head. Very nice to look at. It had that funky lambic smell to it in the background, along with cherries and spices. Reminded me a bit of Quelque Chose but not as sweet. Taste was again full of cherries and spice, like cherry pie kind of, very mellow compared to other Cantillons I'd sampled. I wonder if it's because it's straight from the brewery so it's so fresh? Don't know, but it's good. It was soft in my mouth, not syrupy at all for how fruity it is, and yeah, I could drink lots more of it if it were around. Definitely worth trying, especially if you can get it from Mr. Van Roy himself!

Photo of Schmaltzy
4.72/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 edition, thanks NCbeerfan.

A- Pours a bright ruby color with darker ruby hues and 2 fingers of pink head that died to a light pink layer of head that remained for the entire drink, slight lacing but not much.

S- Dry tart cherries with a slight dry hay and/or funk in the back. Very tart and dry cherry flavor that leaves your mouth watering before you take your first sip, it entices you to drink it.

T- Sour cherries immediately with a slight sweetness on the mid palete that finishes with a huge dry hay/funk finish. I really enjoy the taste and how it evolves over each part of the palate.

M- Nice light body with loads of carbonation that cleanses the palate and leaves you wanting to drink more of this beer. My mouth is still watering after each sip.

D- Huge drinkability, could drink this all day and have no problem. Really a great beer...

Photo of corby112
4.72/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks go out to Rcielsa for opening a 2001 vintage of this at the Travel Lodge.

Pours a deep dark cherry red with a two finger frothy redish pink head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind. Comletely opaque with slightly visible carbonation bubbling up.

Earthy funk aroma with a blast of uber fresh tart dark cherries. It shocking how prevalent the frut still is in the nose. Lots of earthy oak and barnyard horsey funk with hits of bandaid and sweatsock but again the sweet smelling cherries balance things out nicely.

Medium body with lots of tart sour funk and the perfect amount of acidity. Again as in the aroma, the flavor is bursting with luscious tart dark cherries. I can't understand how the frut has held up so well but although this beer is funky as hell the cherries still dominate. We also sampled an 05 Lou Pepe Framboise and it was nowhere near as complex. The fruit was almost completely faded and it was insanely funky. This beer has hints of earthy oak and plenty of sour barnyard funk that balance out the cherries and sugar added but again the cherries are prominent. This beer has developed very well into a delicious, complex lambic and the mouth puckering finish left me salivating for more. Highly recommended!

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.72/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 2001, Cork date 2002, Sampled April 2004
This beer pours an ever so slightly hazy deep red color. It is topped by bubbly light red to pink colored head, that never quite disappears entirely. The carbonation is persistent, though not overly high either. The aroma is sour and woody at first, then notes of Barnyard funk kick in. There is a definite musty, leathery, ancient dusty room type aroma here. At the very end I get a bit of sweet cherry notes in the nose.

The tasted is softly acidic (for a Lambic) and it is accompanied by a rich body. There is a definite dry, tart, tannic cherry note here. The time spent on the cherries seems to have increased the body quite substantially. This is quite good, and quite different from what I was expecting. It is a bit softer, and a bit better integrated than the standard Cantillon beers. It is nicely sour, with notes of citrus & vinegar. The finish is woody and reminds me of cherry skins. This is certainly a beer I could drink a lot of. The cherry flavor is quite good in this beer. There is no sticky sweetness, like that found in the more commercial versions, instead there are these intense, chewy, mouth filling, cherry skin, dry, tart flavors that just proclaims that there are cherries in this Lambic. I really like this, and it certainly has grown on me as I finish the bottle.

Photo of mmercede
4.72/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage.

A: Pours with a surprisingly good amount of carbonation and nice small head. The initial pour is surprisingly clear as well. However, as sediment gets stirred up it becomes a translucent amber red color.

S: Fresh tart cherries with a strong acidity. Oak with almost a vanilla aspect. Strong bretty funkiness. Definitely the best cherry smell I've experienced.

T: Wow! Amazing cherry flavors with a perfect level of acidity and funkiness. The oak flavors are amazing with a vanilla character as well. Very complex with flavors that are a bit hard to describe. There is a bit of a salty flavor as well which is interesting.

M: Phenomenal mouthfeel with the perfect level of carbonation. Puckering acidity and drying tannic qualities. The flavors are very coating in the mouth and linger for quite a while. Very wine-like.

D: This is extremely refreshing and drinkable for such a strong flavored beer. Would be a great summer drink on the shore. Too bad this stuff is so damn expensive!

Photo of Givemebeer
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I could drink this the rest of my life and nothing else and be totally happy. Beautiful and elegant. Plenty of cherry in there, tart, sour, but all in such perfect balance.

Photo of Stevedore
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

75cl bottle from 2010; ordered and poured at Brasserie Cantillon into the Cantillon wine glasses 7/5/2013.

Acidic and very pungent nose with a strong sour cherry scent and a small amount of musty funk. Basically the Cantillon 100% Kriek on steroids.

Lighter red body, almost even a bit pink. Beautiful and glowing beer. Very well carbonated with a large pink head that persists for the entire duration. No lacing.

Straight up cherry tartness, certainly very sour as well. But this is also a bit sweet compared to the 100% Kriek, which makes for an even nicer balance. More complexity in this one as well; the oak, earthiness and funk seem to be stronger here and brings more balance overall.

Lighter medium body, very well carbonated. Refreshing and extremely drinkable. Aftertaste is cherry tartness and sourness, no true sweetness here. Not a particularly dry finish which I have come to prefer and what Cantillons deliver.

Overall: 50% more fruit and 100% more balance and flavour. I really loved this beer. The cherries really bring a nice complexity to this compared to the framboise versions that are made here.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip and shared with my buddy Sam.

A - Pours a clear Ruby Red colour with a tight pink coloured head that reduces to a thin film.

S - Plenty of woody oak with some sweet cherry like aromas.

T - First off is the bitter oak vineous flavours that are well balanced out by the sweetness and a really nice cherry vapour fills your mouth.The finish is a nice sourness complimented with the strong cherry vapour that lingers around. Exquisite

M - Light body with full carbonation giving a sprtzy feel.

O - The best Kriek that I have ever tried, and I'm still to have an average beer from Cantillon.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kriek 2001 Vintage:

Presentation: Spied this during a beer store rummage with Davo, so I immediately picked up this beauty. Cost me all of $20 whilst in NYC back in May. The typical 750ml Cantillon green glass bottle comes with a cork/crown cap, all covered in a thick black foil that covers the slender neck. Once the foil and crown cap were removed it revealed a pristine cork. The main obverse label is a generic one for the Lou Pepe, and it has a picture of the area around Mannekin Piss statute, which is also the view seen from the Poechenellekelder. A small oval sticker above the main obverse label lists this as Kriek 2001, but the cork has a bottled date of 2002. The Lou Pepe range was created to mark the handing over of Brewster activities at Cantillon from father (Jean-Pierre) to son (Jean). The Lou Pepe Kriek is one of the better 2 year old lambics steeped with 50% more Cherries (300g/l as opposed to 200g/l) than its “standard” stable mate and reinvigorated with a sweet liquor sugar solution. Bordeaux barrels are also used, lending some further unique flavors to this special Vintage Kriek.

Appearance: Poured into a straight sided Cantillon tumbler. Deeply red-purple, burgundian, dark, cloudy and impenetrable. A decent sized pink head forms and fizzes for all its worth. The effervescent rousings are loud and spit small bits of Kriek up into the air. When the fizzing finishes and the quiet returns, there is little but a pink halo sliver and a small broken floating thin island in the middle of the head. A gentle swirl reveals some dissolved carbonation, enough to give life to this fruity-luscious marvel. Superb appearance.

Nose: Freshly baked Cherry Pie straight from the oven that has its crisp crust broken revealing the inner whole cherries and the warm vapors of the thick syrup in all their glory. This is fantastic. Tart and sharp, not quite as much as the usual, but the deeper whole cherry fruits make up for it. Slight acidic funk in the latter third. Don’t breathe too deeply though, for Cantillon Virgins it will still make your eyes water!

Taste: The best part by far. Sheer Kriek Indulgence. Massive blast of sharp Cherries, fruity yet acerbically tart, so pungent it induces deep breathes through your clenched jaws and teeth. The smooth 2 year lambic base saves itself for the middle and dry finish. Amazingly astringent, yet in a completely acceptable Cantillon manner. Superb!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, sharp, cutting, slashing, ducking and diving. It’s here, there and everywhere. Cherry chews in the middle, lambic funk start and finish, with a saliva stripping long lingering end that can at times induce the rare condition known as “scrotuminusdisappearus”.

Drinkability: I am deeply biased, so I will unashamedly admit to admiring the way Cantillon and its tart mastery of the fruity lambics can still create a masterpiece that induces death by dissolving the imbiber. I managed the whole 750ml to myself, but fuck knows where my testicles are.

Overall: Supreme. Masterful. Insightful. Cantillon seem to be able to get their minds inside every cask of lambic and into the very heart of each of the fruits that they use. They seem to know just how it will mature and react in the many environs that they envision. Simply Marvelous and Sheer Genius.

I love the way that the Masters at Cantillon always push the traditional boundaries but in a deeply respectful manner. They do no wrong for me.

Shockingly Brilliant!!! A Kriek Premier Cru if ever there was one.

Photo of 99bottles
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Monk's Cafe. Good for them.

Appearance: Did I mention this was on-tap? A Lou Pepe, in a proper lambic glass, served in just about the most authentic place this side of the Atlantic. Awesome. The body is a bright and somewhat cloudy red with a little maroon. No head or lace, but a real nice carbonation.

Smell: Absolutley the most sour nose I've ever smelled. A strong smell of sour cherries, that have a noticeable acidity even in the nose. Ripe Cherries. Alive and bright, and slightly dulled by the lambic into having this unmistakeable funky scent. Nice and floral, sweet, sour, funky, sour and sour.

Taste: This is really good. This is unbelieveably good. This lambic has so much real flavor of cherry and fruit that I find it hard to believe that it has been cellared for nearly 3 years. The sweetness is there, and the fresh blossoms are there, and the bark of the tree itself. The dank flavor of wild fermentation conjures tastes of the Belgian countryside, the slightly rotten smell of damp grass, and the horseblanket. It's very much like the regular version only with a more pronouced acidity and raw sourness. The added fruit makes this a nice variation and I can imagine that in bottles the sharp sourness might round out giving an even more lush flavor profile. This is still great stuff though.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It doesn't matter whether this is cold or warm. The carbonation is active and adds to the unique feel of this beer. In a proper lambic glass everything is right, the visual appeal nearly matches the beer's allure in the mouth and nose. So easy to drink, the acidity makes this very quenching and easy to have even when full. To get a nice large glass of this for $6 is outstanding. I don't know about a $30 bottle, but on-tap this is a real treat and one I'm lucky to have come across.

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005.

Poured an translucent and hazy red with a large foamy pink head.

The aroma was bursting with tart cherries, brettanomyces barnyard funk and lactic acid.

The flavor was intensely tart and acidic. The fruit flavors wer very rich a full. Mad cherries tell ya. The beer had a clean biscuity and wheaty malt backbone (very subtle, but nice).

The carbonation was spritzy the mouthfeel was light and crisp.

This beer was incredibly refreshing, as are all Cantillons, and extremely drinkable.

Probably the best kriekbier I've had.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2004 vintage.

A: Crimson Red with very small head and swirls on tap. No lacing, very pretty color.

S: Deep cellar musk, nice funk, deep oak/mahogany smells, cherry, awesome cellaring.

T: Wow! An amazing dark cherry flavor with oak, vanilla, and funk thats just right. Like eating a cherry tart dessert. Very pleasant.

M: Nice carbonation and bitter on the palate as well. A little puckering but not too bad, nice.

D: What an excellent beer. A depth that is not always there in a sour, I really enjoyed this.

Photo of Verecund
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage, bottled in 2010. Consumed on 01.23.2011. Poured into my Cantillon wine glass.

I've always enjoyed the blood-red body of this and 3F's Schaerbeekse Kriek. It glows a vibrant red. One inch pink head settles to a cm thick ring about the glass.

The most cherry-pie-reminiscent beer I've smelled or consumed. I've heard the schaerbeekse yield for this year was better than normal, and it's redolent with their sweetness and tartness. Citrus, cherry pits, and a quiet barnyard funk.

Juicy cherries, raspberry berriness, lots of oak, some earthiness, a nice leaves-you-wanting-more tartness. The cherry really shines through the oak and cobwebby funk. Slightly tannic, with a dry finish that leaves a tiny note of citrus on the the tongue.

Medium-to-medium-light-bodied with light, but lively carbonation.

So bright and fresh, this is just as good as (if not better) than 3F's own. The standard for the style. I look forward to seeing how this develops.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage served in a traditional-like belgian tumbler. Deep red nearing a purple shade. A tight dense head of light lavender-esque pink appears and disappears just as fast. A juicy nose, filled with tart cherry, wild funk, damp basement, faint graham cracker crust. This beer opens with a lactic tart cherry hit, lots and lots of cherry/berry flavors, some pie crust in the taste and brett charecter and oak. On the finish this beer is like a perfect sour cherry. Not thin, clean, crisp, dry. This is one of my top cantillons to date, tons of flavor, well crafted, balance....but could have had a bit more sour.

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4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep ruby-mahogany. Bit of carbonation swells up after the pour, but not enough to earn a higher score. Bottle says 2006, cork says 2008.

Smell: Tart, sour cherries, french oak, leather, bit of barnyard funk

Taste: Perfectly acidic. Nice mix of tart cherries, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, wood, leather and funk.

Mouthfeel: Tannins seem to give it a nice mouthfeel, not a bit of sticky sweetness.

Drinkability: 750ml isn't enough, high price but absolutely worth it.

NB - In my mind, this is second only to Blabaer for fruit beers.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2007 vintage (with 2009 crop) purchased at the brewery and shared with some friends in London. The brewer remarked that he personally felt this year's fruit batch was amazing, so I was looking forward to this.

A: Pours a hazy reddish-magenta color in the glass, adorned by a light reddish-pink froth that vanishes as quickly as it appears (expected for the style). It remains in the form of a hint of bubbles on top of the brew, with a thin halo and active carbonation up the glass.

S: Like smelling cherry pie, on the first whiff: cherry, cinnamon, bread. But it gets woodsy and foresty as I explore the bouquet, and finally I detect the telltale brett aromas of horse blanket and funk.

T: Liquid cherry pie, although with a twist as it is composed of sour cherries. The tartness commands attention at first, but it lessens its grip as the flavor progresses into a palette of grassy, funky / musty / hay flavors. The finish is lightly tannic and semi-dry.

M: Light-bodied, lively carbonation. As mentioned above, this is semi-dry, but not nearly as dry as the austere Lou Pepe Framboise. We felt this was a better finish in that regard.

D: My second favorite of the Lou Pepes that we tried, and the better of the two fruit varieties. I'd love to have this again.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark, reddish, cloudy, low head

smell: tart red fruits, berry, vinegar

taste: blasamic and red berries. very tart but balanced. amazing

mouthfeel: medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation

drinkability: a wow beer, best sour I have had.

Photo of mdfb79
4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ML bottle into a tulip. A 2007 vintage.

a - Pours a deep res color with two to three inches of pinkish head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of funk, tart sour dark fruits, especially cherries. Smells amazing.

t - Tastes of funk, sour tart cherries and other dark fruits, and a tiny bit of spices.

m - Light body and light to medium carbonation.

d - I thought this was a great funky lambic. I loved the smell and thought it was really easy to drink. Looking forward to having again.

Photo of EmilNoldSinclair
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap a few days ago at the Publick House. I side by sided this with a bottle of standard Cantillon Kriek for comparison. This Kriek had far more fruit flavor and a bit more sourness, as well as other complexities that just aren't in the standard Cantillon Kriek. This isn't to say that the regular Kriek was bad or mediocre, but this one really shined and made the regular Kriek seem (at the time!) flat and dull by comparison. Also, it was cloudier than the regular Kriek.
Too bad this beer has been retired, though I currently wouldn't really have much trouble getting it at Charles Street Liquors...

Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'06

Pours a dark, plum red with a thin pink head. Superb color.

Nose has wild cherries, oak, sour yeast, red wine, manure, horse blanket and musty hay.

Taste has tart cherries, wood, Bordeaux wine, barnyard funk and lactic yeast.

Crisp, acidic body has a nice dry finish. Another great lambic from Cantillon.

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
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