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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,317 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,317
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 1,372
Gots: 299 | FT: 18
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002)
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Photo of CityofBals
3.75/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of caseyjacks
3.75/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.85/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Edition, from a 750 ml green bottle, capped and corked. Pours out a rich translucent garnet hue, tall pink fizzy head that quickly settles.

Sharp acidity and earthy tart cherry sums up the aroma.

Sharp acidity up front in the flavour, tart and sour cherries back this up, revealing mild earthy malt near the finish, more sour cherry, with some barnyard funk joining and lingering in the aftertaste.

Medium-low mouthfeel, sticky and acidic texture. low carbonation.

For those who adore acidic ales this stuff will make their toes curl, however for the kriek fan there's not much being offered from the fruit. I'm rather on the fence with this one, I can appreciate it for what it is (and how rare it is to get), however am quite content after half a glass and not craving any more of it.

Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle shared at Pinocchio's, I don't know who brought it, but thanks anyway!

2009 vintage, had in Feb., 2012.

Poured bright red, a little cloudy, with some pink-white bubbles on top. It's a kriek, so, aroma of cherries, as would be imagined; hints of acid. Nice tart cherry taste, balanced with maraschino sweetness, mild acidity, but not at all acetic, so the fruit is dominant on the palate. Medium body, tingly carbonation, no alcohol detected at all. Very nice drinker overall, but nothing to go ape over.

Photo of stcules
3.85/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 vintage.

Cherry red - purple color, hal inch of foam, pink, quickly falling.
At the smell: cherry, black sour cherry, cherry stone, leather. The gueuze taste is well present, and strong.
At the taste: tartness, astringency. Good cherries, anyway. Leather notes, just a bit. Strong tartness.
With a full sip, the relative sweetness of the fruit cover it a bit, but with a little sip, the tartness and acidity it's very strong.
Well, goo! Very good. Fruity notes again (meybe unripe grapes), and citron.
Fruty in the aftertaste, dry finish.

Photo of ffejherb
3.85/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler into Mad Elf challice on 9/8/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing!

A - Opaque ruby-colored body wth one-finger pink head that diminished into a thin ring of retention and left minimal lacing.

S - Wow! Really strong sour nose with plenty of funky Brett and a hint of vanilla. There is also a paint thinner or magic marker character to the aroma.

T - This is the most sour concoction I've ever tasted. This packs a huge cherry flavor with some vanilla. This is seriously one tart, sour brew with somewhat of a chemical flavor, yet I kept coming back for more!

M - Light to medium body with poppy carbonation and a prickly mouthfeel. Pretty thin and watery, though. Ridiculously sour and acidic on the palate. This will definitely make you pucker up!

D - Man, this is one sour beer that tastes more alcoholic than it probably is. This goes quite well with chocolate, which complements its intense tartness.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"It's like dark cherry Kool-Aid with Sour Patch Kids."

Photo of CrellMoset
3.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of dkachur, split threeways at a tasting - thanks! Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Incredibly hazy reddish/purple-bodied beer with a nice foamy one-finger head that fades quickly, leaving trails of lacing around the edges of the glass.

Aroma: Major earthy horseblanket, farmhouse musk, and dirty yeastiness. Next up is, obviously, the cherry - sour cherry dominates, but there are a few sweet, sugary, simple cherry notes as well. Some saltiness, woodyness, fresh cut hay/grassyness all mingle well.

Taste: Pretty puckertastic. Tart acidic quality dominates and covers up a lot of the other notes - sweet cherry, leafy herbalness, a few earthy, woody notes. Doesn't taste nearly as complex or pleasant as it smells. Very dry.

Mouthfeel: Dry, spritzy, crisp, good level of thickness. Minimal carbonation, which is nice.

Drinkability: I liked the smell on this one a lot more than the taste - it was just a little too tart for me. The smell was fantastically complex though, and since the alcohol is hardly a factor at all, I can't knock the drinkability on this one too much. All in all a decent beer.

Photo of jlervine
3.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep burgandy with a rim of pink foam. Smell is vinegar, open air, hint of fruitiness. The taste leads with cherries quickly overpowered by sour vinegar notes, while the finish is dominated by cherries and an acetone-like flavor. Mouthfeel is very soft compared to the other Cantillons I've had - no harsh drying astringency in the finish, just a smooth road to the next sip. Very drinkable, but I prefer the Lou Pepe framboise.

Photo of GClarkage
3.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/31/06- Received from Jetsbeer as part of a very beermas Christams present.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, foiled and corked. 2001 version, yet the cork says bottled in 2002. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cherry colored pour...as expected. Medium sized off white, rather pink champagne style head. Medium to light lace left behind.

Smell- At first, nothing but ripe and tart cherries. There seemed like a bit of clove or some kind of spice in there as well. After a bit, a strong body oder scent entered the mix which wasn't that appealing. Would have been a close 5 for smell if it wasn't for that. A bit too much funk of a kind I didn't want to smell.

Taste- Cherries, cherries and more cherries. The first taste was pretty mellow. Kinda like biting into a cherry pie. Then it became like drinking pure unfiltered and no sugar added cherry juice. Super astringent and very tart towards the middle and end. The flavor is very nice though.

Mouthfeel- Tart, which turns to a high sourness. I can still taste a bit of cherry after two beers consumed after it.

Drinkability- If you can handle the sourness and the burning in your stomach that comes with it, this beer is for you. Cherry up the ying yang! Flavorful and quite the experience.

Photo of auroracrisis
3.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml with a 2011 cork date, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Crimson red with no head, only a ring of foam around the edges. Kind of opaque and rich looking.

Subtle hints of vinous funk and tart cherries, with a dose of acetic qualities. Not in your face but certainly pleasant.

Opens with a real tart cherry flavor then quickly moves into the classic Cantillon lambic qualities. Acetic, horsey, and a little cheesey as well. Not real earthy, much more fruity and tart than funky. Good stuff.

Sticky on the lips, dry on the finish with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Solid tart cherry flavor but I have to admit, I am a tad underwhelmed with this. I was expecting loads of fruit but was left wanting more. Still a solid beer, just a little hyped.

Photo of thesilverhand
3.93/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow. This was really nice.
It pours a deep opaque red, with a minimal white head. It's really quite attractive. The depth of colour is fantastic.
The nose is, unsurprisingly, dominated by sour cherry, but with complex tones that invite the first sip. The flavour follows, with strongly acidic sour cherry tempered by slightly wood-like characteristics. I was reminded somewhat of fresh cranberry - tart, sour and wonderful.
The mouthfeel is very, very dry, with such a deeply acidic, sour beer, but is not at all unpleasant - just the opposite, in fact.
While one of the others in the room (clearly not a BA!) compared this beer to vinegar after a single sip, do not let that dissuade you from trying what is truly a very good brew.
It's not a beer I'd want to drink all afternoon, but was really very, very enjoyable.

Photo of stoner420
3.93/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap

Beautiful ruby red, little to no head, medium carbonation

Smelled like cherries, not sweet cherries, but cherries nonetheless, great fruit aroma, followed by a tart note

Taste is very sour and tart, as if they somehow removed all the sugar from this beer. Very dry, cuts right through the palate, but the cherry makes is enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is good, but the acidity shows through.

A great beer to taste and enjoy in small portions, an unusually complex beer, comparable to a good dry wine. Good onya Cantillon.

Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle 2001 vintage poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy cherry red with brown hints and a big fluffy pink head that stays on as a cap for the duration.

The aroma is initially funky but as it warms the cherries come out a little bit more, more tart than sweet, but definitely there. There is a bit of sugary sweetness in there as well but the funk and acidic vinegar is pretty strong.

The taste has the same acidic funkiness as the aroma with a combined tartness from the cherries up front that puckers the lips from the outset. After the initial kick, the sugary sweetness of the cherries makes an appearance along with a bit of brown sugar. But the finish brings back the sourness and funk.

The mouthfeel is dry and puckering with good carbonation and medium bodied.

Once again, Cantillon has produced a beer that I enjoy but has really kicked up the vinegar sourness to point that it takes over the cherry presence. Still, very good.

Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out looking like a carbonated fruit punch, the color was very bright red. It looks beautiful! The head is a bit on the fizzy side and has a very nice looking pink color. There isn't any retention or lacing on this beer. The smell is of tart cherries and some minor sweet malts in there too. The taste is actually a lot more subtle than I expected. It is definitely tart but it seems to be nicely balanced as well between the tart vs the sweetness. The mouthfeel is sharp and crisp, it feels clean and doesn't coat your mouth with any syrupy cherry flavors. Overall I enjoyed this actually. I am not a big fan of these kind of beers but I did appreciate having this one.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.95/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed with Oakes, tiggmtl, kimchee and martint thanks to Nexxus. It pours a beautiful dark bloody red with a short-lasting pinkish head. Aroma is not too intense for a lambic although some of the characteristics I look for are in there. Blood orange meets cherries, strwaberries, blood, leaves, cinnamon... As it warms up, there’s a solvent or toothpaste quality emerging and it seems far less complex like a minty cranberry juice. In mouth though, the cherry flavors is good and clean. It’s quite sour, cherry flavored lemon juice alike, but the acidity is clearly mostly lactic. Orange fruity flavors, dry finish which is surprisingly not too astringent. Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. I’m impressed at how this is still somehow well balanced and rather thick. Accessible Cantillon, but the best? I think not.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.95/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, sweet Brouwer's. Had the privilege of having this at big wood days ago. 04. Really red, fruit punch red with a little carb but not much. very tart and full of cherries. a little bit of funk to it, but mostly the tartness and cherries stand out. this was one of the earlier beers of the evening and it was a delight.

Photo of standardcherry
4/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of blaje
4/5  rDev -12.9%
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!

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of CharlesDarwin
4/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed March 31, 2007. 2004. Pizza Port Belgian Beer Fest. On tap. Vivid, exciting bright real red fresh cherry juice vibrance, alive with dripping moisture and a wildness of the pits. Florid and bright vermillion, with a rose fringe and blush head. Flavor is a sweet, chirping acidity in the note of perfected aged cherry alcohols, fresh flesh and pining pits. Amazing balance derived singularly from the fruit. All around stunning.

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,317 ratings.