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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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world-class

1,397 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,397
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 1,505
Gots: 322 | FT: 20
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Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002

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Ratings: 1,397 | Reviews: 323
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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of danieelol
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of dirtylou
4.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, brouwers

appearance: short-pour in an unbranded snifter during the big wood festival, bright cherry-red body, fluffy pinkish-white head

smell: lots of red cherry, vinegar, nice tartness, earthy

taste: seems like the standard cantillon kriek is a bit oakier/tarter while the lou pepe delivers a bigger dose of cherry and balsamic - moderate tartness, lots of funky and earthy flavors - cherry skin, wood, berry, red wine

mouthfeel: a bit acidic, light carbonation, moderate tartness

overall: not a weakness in the cantillon arsenal

Photo of ChrisPro
4.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this multiple times and multiple vintages, finally rating it.

Pours deep dark ruby with big pink fluffy bubbly head.

Aroma is dominated by cherry, but has huge grapefruit and lemon along with a little vanilla and a touch of funk.

Great sweet fruit up front and then a fantastic sour cherry finish. I really can't describe it much better than that.

The Lou Pepe Kriek is medium bodied and almost like thick fruit juice, but the great carbonation balances it well. Slight butteriness but always drinkable.

Overall an exceptional beer that I'll be drinking many times in the future and a great example of a kriek.

Photo of rudzud
4.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey to kick off their anniversary week. Poured into a Cantillon stemmed tulip.

A - Pours a glorious almost crystal clear fruit punch hue with a nice one and a half light rosey pink head that fades to leave a thin blanket. Wonderful.

S - Aromas of solid funk, light tart cherries, and subtle barrel.

T - Taste is an explosion of floral oak, light funk, and tart cherry juice. Its so floral and potpourri that it almost lends a perfumey vanilla quality to the lambic. So delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice for a lambic. Again the floral and oak qualities dance around with the lighter carbonation.

O - Overall this beer is just as good as everyone says. Love having it on draft, works wonderfully with the raspberry and espresso tarimisu.

Photo of Overlord
4.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For all the hype this beer gets, I was honestly a bit disappointed.

Pours a very nice pink with some white bubbling. Reddish hues in the center. Actually, quite a gorgeous beer.

Smells faintly of sour cherries, but mostly of vinegar and acidic lemon. Taste is a bracing assault of sour wood, lemon, some biting unripe apple, and a citrus zest. Very good, but not superlative, and the unrelenting sourness does get a bit one note after a while (as compared to, for example, Consecration).

Nice lively mouthfeel, and this is certainly a very good beer.

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4.27/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage, 750ml bottle, into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a dark purple, looks like Barney's blood, with a light purple head that doesn't stick around long at all. There's pretty much zero head and no retention to speak of, along with no lacing, just a dark purple liquid.

S - Lots of fruit notes, some sweet, some sour. Cherries, grapes, raspberries, oak. Overall, cherries, lots an lots of sweet and sour cherries.

T - Really strong tart and funk notes right off the bat. Cherries, oak, sour grapes. Pretty straight forward here...I don't mind that at all. Horse blanket, funk, funk and funk.

M - Light bodied, almost zero carbonation (which is a disappointment), dry finish.

D - If you're in the mood for a wild and want a bunch of cherry notes, this is your beer. Very good, will purchase again.

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4.27/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tipples. Awesome score here and had to leave work early to snag it. 2010 sticker poured into a tulip on February 15, 2014. Pours bright bright darkish red and totally clear. Bright pink fizzy one finger head on top and dissipates quickly. Aroma of lots of vinegar, tart cherries and cherry skins. Flavor is sour vinegar up front and then lots of cherry skins and tart but sweet cherries. The balance here is outstanding. Not medicinal at all, cherry is highlighted but not overpowering like the New Glarus cherry brew, and it comes together beautifully. A nice vanilla oak in the backdrop that really mellows this out. Juicy cherries but lightly dry finish. Medium light mouthfeel, full flavored, and big bubbly carbonation. While cherry isn’t my favorite in beer, this balances it as perfectly as possible. Very nice.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.28/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Burgundy color with an slightly above average sized, bubbly light pink head. About average, maybe slightly below average, retention. Just a slight bit of lacing left on one side.

S - Fairly acidic, vinegar smell along with some cherry tartness. Just a slight cherry sweetness. Hints of charred oak and a muskiness. That said, it is strongly acidic and tart.

T - Initially there is a strong acidic vinegary taste and a pretty strong tart/sour cherry taste. Fairly puckering taste. This gives way to a more funky and musty taste along with a hint of oaky/woody flavor. Then more fruity flavors come out in the middle to the end of the sip. Lots of cherry, still mostly tart/sour but a touch of sweetness, and hints of raspberry and grape like flavors. After drinking it for a while, the tart and acidic flavors go down a bit and the fruitiness comes out a bit more.

M - Medium body with about average carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth but definitely has a drying and puckering finish to it.

D - Fairly good drinkability. A nice beer to sip on. Sour, tart, and acidic flavors quite prominent but there is a nice fruit taste and slight sweetness on the finish to balance that. Those make it so it is definitely a slow sipper, but an enjoyable one. Especially after it opens up a bit after drinking it for a while.

Notes: 2007 Kriek bottled 2009. Good sour beer from a brewery that knows a thing or two about sours. It was a little more acidic/tart and less fruit than I thought it may be, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Really opened up after drinking it for a while, and the fruit started coming out a bit more. Enjoyable beer to sip, definitely recommend trying this.

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4.29/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1999 in 2006, mellow as expected. A reddish pink fruity along with pulp look, good amount of lace. The kriek raspberry more than cherry aroma is invigorating. Sour pucker and mellowed magnificiently. it is Natural cherry.Unimpeding carbonation.Surprisingly easy drinkable.
2003, had 8 years later, only a bit of mellowing. Funky and sour. Smooth and that pink body.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 12-23-11

Note: 2008 edition (bottled 2010)

Appearance: Bright red, a cherry color - thin pink head, some lacing - pour from the first half of the bottle is clear, second half is cloudy thanks to the delicious sediment

Smell: Hay, cherries, cherry skin, barnyard, horse blanket, funk - the funk is quite substantial with an undercurrent of farts and feet - the unpleasantness fades, however - some acidity, some tartness, some sweetness

Taste: A ton of tartness and cherries - dry, not as funky as the smell - a little vinegar, acid - definitely sour, but more tart than sour - some light fruitiness, tannins, wood, a little puckery

Mouthfeel: Very tart and mouth-drying, not particularly puckering - medium body, very smooth, good carbonation

Overall: Great, but not mind-blowing

This is a great kriek with a lot of depth. I split this bottle with Goblinmunkey7 at the Ale House in Amesbury, MA. We paid $30. Was the bottle worth $30? No... but close considering the bar markup. I would love to have this again if Cantillon weren't so expensive and impossible to find.

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4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage

Pours a purplish/maroon color with light pink head. slight hint of fruit in the nose, but mostly a nice funky aroma. taste is tart and sour, but mellower and not as biting as many lambics/guezes are. almost refreshing like a nice juice as well. mouthfeel is light. overall, very nice offering, better than the 100% kriek. I like how balanced this one seems. It's sour, but lets the fruit flavor shine and goes down much smoother.

Photo of camil1mj
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Sarro at our recent Holiday tasting.

A: Beautiful cherry red. Some white head present.

S: Strong sour acidic notes.

T: Sour cherry flavors upfront followed by some funkiness, as expected. Not overly sour. The sour and sweetness of this one are very well intertwined.

M: Medium body. Well carbonated. Champagne-like dryness.

O: A great lambic. Very glad to get to try another great Cantillon. I wish their beer was still distributed to MI.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,397 ratings.