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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 332
Hads: 1,560
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 18.12%
Wants: 1,645
Gots: 339 | FT: 20
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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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Reviews: 332 | Hads: 1,560
Photo of alampear
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of seeswo
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ZX6Chris for sharing this bottle

Vintage 2008

Look: Pours a darker shade of pink body with a lighter shade of pink head that is just over 1/4 inch and ok retention

Smell: The nose is full of sour cherries and a bit of grassy funk

Taste: Mild sour cherries with a touch of oak and a touch of funk on the backend. Very nice

Mouthfeel: Light body and ample carbonation

Overall: Damn fine beer. Glad I finally got to try this one

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Photo of alpineclimber
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This had the most gorgeous raspberry color that left a pink hue on the fizzy lively head.

The nose was tart and sour cherry but was minerally.

The flavor is like candy, not too tart and not too sour. Its mellow sweetness highlights the natural raspberry flavor.

The feel is light and bubbly, sprite and delightful.

This is absolutely delicious, well constructed and a a true beauty to behold.

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 vintage bottled in 2007 consumed in 2010

Cherry-red color with a pink head that fizzes down pretty quickly only to be seen again for the pouring of the second glass.

A bouquet of cherry barnyard, a hint of acetic nail polish remover, and sweaty leather jacket. Dark, acidic, and mysterious.

The taste at first is shockingly sour, even for a sour lover it's in your face. Some grapey, sort of acids akin to certain red wines, astringent hints of leather, and subtle cherries in the finish. Tannins are there, not overwhealming, but noticable. The extreme sourness distracts from some of the complexity it would have and will leave you smacking your lips for a while before you can think about another sip.

The carbonation and mouthfeel are pretty standard for this style, kind of flat, leaving the acidity to do the work the carbonation would normally do.

Hard to drink in any quanity, the first three or four ounces were great, then my tongue and palate were completely bruised and battered shortly thereafter. Not my favorite cantillon by any stretch of the imagination, wouldn't buy it again at the price it is, but as always, a solid offering.

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Photo of rastaman
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good brew. Not as assertive as some of there others stuff, but very tasty all the same. smelly barnyard/dirty nappy aroma. Very sour and quite tart, complex array of flavours attack the crap out for tongue, very sour, yummy and even refreshing, i'm yet to have a shitty beer from Cantillon.

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with a friend. Ah, this is the way fruit beers should be. The cherries complement the base beer without overpowering or oversweetening. There's still that biting citric sour character, but with a gentle layer of the fruit blending in with the funk. That said, this wasn't a life-changing lambic worth the extra cost of a Lou Pepe, but a fine example of the kriek style.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle of 1999

The appearance is very nice with a very dark red color that has a pinkish lacing. The smell is sour with horse blanket and cherries in the backround. The taste is a sour kick, but in a good way. The cherries are in the backround of a real lambic flavor with the horse blanket making a big impression on the palate. I can say it's the best lambic I have ever had. The mouthfeel is very good, full bodied. Overall this is a great beer and will get more.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Edition. Bottled 2009 . Poured into my cantillion tulip

A: Pours an absolutely beautiful rich, dark cherry color with a towering bright pink head that settles into a nice pink ring around the edges of the glass.

S: The initial nose is a lovely bright cherry aroma with a little bit of sweetness followed by a wonderful tartness. A little bit of acid in the nose, but it appears as if most of this character is coming from the cherries.

T: Tart cherries and a bit of a puckering feeling as a result. A nice, crisp acidity comes through, and it goes down really smoothly. Cherries are absolutely the dominant flavor without much else coming through. Perfect balance between the sweetness and tartness within the cherries, especially alongside the slight acidity that comes through as well.

M: Light to medium-bodied with just the right touch of carbonation.

D: Supremely drinkable.

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Photo of ibbjamin
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $28.99 for a 750ml bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA. Poured into a wine glass and shared with my lady friend. This is the 2006 vintage.

Pours completely flat with no carbonation. Glowing burgandy/ dark maroon in color. No lacing.

A sour cherry nose that has taken on a strong oak presence from the the barrels it was aged in. Red grape tones give it a vinous quality and the aging has given it a bit of musky funk as well.

Wow the first sip is sensory overload. Puckering and very sour. As I dig more into the lambic, I become more accustomed to the sourness and the aged wood and funk become more tangible.

Extremely dry and astringent. More so than any wine I've tasted to date. Lighter bodied and void of carbonation.

This really is something special and was a treat to have. It really pushes the boundaries of beer which I truly respect. Obviously at this price point, it is to be enjoyed on rare occasion.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at The Moan & Dove, Amherst, MA. Presented in a Cantillon glass.

No head whatsoever over the deep red liquid. The appearance tempted a few ladies in our party to try my "fruit beer", but they were not impressed. Oh well, their loss is my gain, more for me. Aroma is the expected Cantillon lambic funk, which I won't even attempt to put into words, if you've had one you know what I speak of. Suffice it to say, after many different brews from them, apparently this is the way it is supposed to be. Flavor is a duet of sourness and cherry splendidness, which is an event for the taste buds. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, I will enjoy Cantillons whenever I can, for they are such rarities around here, and should be enjoyed as such.

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Photo of brystmar
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 2008 bottle at the bar of EMP in Flatiron, NYC with my buddy Nate.

Deep red pour with ample reddish-white head. Decent lace and strong aroma of fresh cherries linger. Yeasty notes hit the nose too, but fresh cherries remain in my mind.

Taste begins where the aroma left off: cherry fruity-ness meets a mildly acidic base, blending into an extremely pleasant mixture of fruit and tartness. Mildly tart, not extremely sour, but exceptionally balanced. Overall, this is a better, more balanced beer than the Cantillon 100% Lambic Kriek '07 I've had on multiple occasions. My palate, however, prefers the super acidic, extremely sour flavor profile that resulted from that 2007 batch.

Regardless, I really love Cantillon. Bring me more!

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear reddish color with a light pink head of bubbly foam. It left thin white suds on the glass.

S - It smelled of cherry with some sour notes. Some caramel aroma.

T - Great blend of sour cherry with some sweet notes, too. A touch of caramel and just the slightest bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a subtle pucker factor. A light to medium bodied ale.

O - This is a really good kriek. Cantillon is always very good.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at eulogy in philly. 07 vintage.

Pours a dark cherry red with bright hues slicing through the color. A light bubbly rose pink head eventually fades completely leaving no lacing.

Scents of tartness, cherries, light fruit sweetness, and a touch of bitter in the nose.

Puckering sour right up front with some earthy tones. Oak and pleasant cherry flavor swirl. Notes of almost bitter cinnamon with more dark fruit. Some biting citrus zest and rind mix with the clear cherry flavor. Finishes sour and dry with lingering taste and a touch of warmth.

Lighter bubbly body, dances on the tongue, some dry feel towards the end - very tasty and easy to drink, and the alcohol is masked well. This isn't really a favorite style of mine and I was still really into it - super high quality beer here.

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Photo of Lunch
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Only Mr. ygtbsm94 can pull a 2001 bottle out of the cellar as an unplanned offering at a recent tasting.

Pours out a beautiful pink with some nice carbonation forming a decent white head with a pinkish tone. Cherries shine through in the aroma and taste with some nice tartness. A bit of sweetness cuts in with hints of funk.

A little thicker than I imagined, but this is a beer that I need to grab whenever I see it on the shelf. Thanks again, Brad!

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks eathan for bringing out this 2002 Lou pepe kriek for our tasting!
The beer pours a relatively clear, light colored reddish/rusty brown with almost no head. The nose is tart ...with a lot of funk, but no distinct cherry. The taste is definitely pungent with a whopping fruity tartness. The mouthfeel is highly acidic and dry with very little remaining cherry sweetness. This beer drinks like only a Cantillon would after 10 years...a serious champ.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one from the 7/27 Top Hops mini tasting! thanks to mac and justin for sharing!

vintage 09

a - gorgeous red with think pink foamy head. really attractive.

s - rotten eggs, extremely tart. sour cherry.

t - over the top mouth puckeringly sour cherry and rotten egg.

m - nice prickly carbonation. leaves a sour after taste. dry. great for the summer.

o - overall rather nice sour, but be prepared for this one is rather sour. the fruitiness is a nice touch. overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After exercising my inexorable right at the polling station, I got to wondering about the idea that bars have to close on election day, until after the polls close, and if that law even still, or ever did apply. Go figure, it got me wanting a beer...

750ml bottle, 2007 vintage...

This beer pours a hazy cherry red hue, with lots and lots of tight fuzzy candy floss pink head, which fizzes away, leaving nothing in the way of lace. It smells of tart cherry and lemon juice, grainy, powdery vitamins, and barnyard funk. The taste is sour, vinegary cherry, a bit of malty sweetness, some earthy yeast, a slight dry woodiness, with a bit of mild funk bringing up the rear. The carbonation is moderate, the body light, fruity, and acidic. It finishes very dry - slightly woody, and fruity, the tart cherry and lemon notes still pretty strong.

Definitely one of the more balanced lambics from Cantillon - the tartness is present, but not sourpuss inducing, thus it goes down slowly, but steadily. That said, it's still a good beer to have with food, to soften the edge. For me it made an interesting accompaniment to raspberry rhubarb crumble.

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Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Lou Pepe - Kriek served on-tap at Max's Taphouse during their "Rare and Obscure" event.

A - Pours murky red, bordering on pink, with a small film of pinkish tinted head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of tart cherries, horse blanket funk, light vinegar, and a good bit of sourness. This is one nice nose, lots of things going on but not to the point of going overboard.

T - This was a bit of a letdown after that nose. The tart cherries this beer is known for where there initially but they are quickly swallowed by the overwhelming sourness. Some dry wood and light sweetness creep in toward the end but they fade quickly. The finish is more sourness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Very tart feel with plenty of sourness lingering throughout the finish.

O - Overall this beer is very good. I have had it multiple times out of the bottle and it has always impressed me. I would have liked a bit more out of the taste department but these things can be a bit hit or miss. Glad I have a few bottles of this stuff in the cellar.

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Photo of alfrantzell
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2009.

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a decanter.
Poured from the decanter into a tulip.
Poured from the tulip into my gaping maw.

Drinkability this high is a bad thing. I like beer I can drink slowly and savor. Lambics are a fine example as their acidity forces me to prolong my enjoyment. In this sense, most Cantillon products border on the Tantric.

But fresh LP Kriek is far and away the smoothest Cantillon I've had. So fast was I guzzling it that I had barely enough time to observe its attributes.

I managed to catch a few of them as they flew by: cherries, oak, cherries, funk, and cherries. I can confirm that this was a kriek.

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Photo of mhewes
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2001

A: Pours a ruby red color with a thin head

S : Sour cherries with plenty of brett funk

T : Really tart and acidic. The sour cherries really shine through.

M : Lots of carbonation and dryness

D : It's a really good example of a traditional fruit lambic. Just not my type of beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark burgundy with a thin pinkish head that left good sticky lacing on the glass.

S: nice cherry aroma with signature cantillon funky oaky notes that bring out the barrel characteristics with hints of vinegar and acidic lemons.

T: great cherry bang on the palate with vinegar and acidic accents and beautiful sour puckering with oak funky flavors. Great power behind the ingredients on the lou pepe kriek.

M: medium body with light bubbly carbonation that had a fabulous sour dry finish.

D: this beer was very drinkable a bit acidic but had great flavors that lingered on the palate for awhile. Very potent taste and another great beer from the cantillon brewery.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.