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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 336
Hads: 1,587
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 18.12%
Wants: 1,683
Gots: 341 | FT: 20
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Brasserie Cantillon
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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 tapperm
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 vintage
L: RED!
S: Cherry, oak, tart, sweet
T: Funky cherries. slight oakyness. Dryer finish
F: Nice light carb. Near perfect, but think it would get better with age
O: WOW!

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Photo of 303beer
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Pours a beautiful clear red with a light pink foamy head that dissipates after a minute leaves a ring. The nose is of cherries and tartness. Umm it's got some spice in it. Like cherry pie. The taste is light and refreshing.

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Photo of W_Des
4.89/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep red almost burgundy with a little bit of cloudiness. The nose contains a lot of that tart cherry aroma with some oak. The body is just full of tart cherries with a nice balanced acidity. Good carbonation and an all around great beer to enjoy!

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Photo of kkleu357
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From notes on 9/10/15. They must have liked us, because they gave us a pitcher on the house of this while there were bottling it in the other room. Since it was not bottled yet, the beer had no carbonation. Huge delicious cherry taste. Deep red in color. Would love to get a bottle, but, not going to happen.

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Photo of cultclassic89
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 label. Best kriek I've ever had and one of the best beers I've ever had, especially in the acidic category (up there with 2011 Framboos and VSB for me).

Deep red and cloudy with a nice pinkish white head. Nice retention.

Nose is straight jammy, cinnamon pie filling cherries with that Cantillon funk (which I think works the best with their fruited lambics).

Taste follows the nose completely.

Perfect acidity, carb and mouthfeel. Light and effervescent but with a fullness to it.

One of the best and my favorite Cantillon to date (right ahead of 2014 Fou).

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 2012. was able to share this bottle with my friend on his 30th birthday recently and it was amazing! Everything you would expect of a Cantillon lambic! Great cherry notes and slightly tart. A bit waxy on the finish but excellent none-the-less

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Photo of Chibeerguy1
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Review on a vintage 07 Lou Pepe Kriek. Dark murky color with a pinkish crown of foam. Smell is wet oak, vanilla, funk, and cherry with a nicely pleasant acidity. Probably the best Kriek ive ever had the pleasure of consuming.

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Photo of pagriley
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2009 bottle sticker

Pours deep ruby red with almost no head. Funky on the nose with the fruit more subdued and muted. Some sweetness and cherry to cut the funk, but age has turned this into a deeply sour beer.

I would love to get a hold of a fresh bottle one day - a delicious beer, but the fruit when fresh must be amazing

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Photo of barczar
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. Fairly tart aroma, mouth-wateringly so, with a touch of floral notes and definite cherry presence to accompany lactic and light acetic acid.

Flavor is slightly funky, with more acidic tartness and a not overpowering cherry quality.

Could age and easily improve.

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Photo of Mojua
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like alien blood. Tastes awesome. So much cherry. One of my favorite Loons. Has a good amount of funky tartness, but it's not cheesy or overpowering. nicely balanced and an easy drinker.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Cantillon stemmed taster glass. 2012 label, 2014 cork. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep cherry, maroon body with a quickly rising pink head that reduces at a moderate rate, leaving a thick ring of retention that sticks around for a while. Slightly fizzy.

On the nose is straight cherry pie, berries and tart fruit skins, slight funky mustiness, vinegar, and oak barrel.

Upon sipping I get notes of super tart, nearly sour cherries, light berry, dry white wine, lemon zest, light vinegar, lacto funk, light muted hops, ends with a tongue-drying tartness and citrus. Medium-high carbonation, very easy to drink, light body but packed full of flavors. Very nice.

Overall Lou Pepe Kriek was fantastic. A good amount of sour, nice amount of cherry without being over-fruited, and very smooth and drinkable. Worth seeking out!

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Photo of kevanb
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2012 sticker, poured into a Cantillon Bar Volo Zwanze Day glass. Enjoyed on 6.20.2015, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a lovely, ruby red color, opaque and cloudy, cherry and raspberry hues with a pink/off-white head, moderate retention and little lace. The aroma is lovely, cherry pie instantly comes to mind or perhaps cherry cheesecake from the funkiness. Big fresh cherry aromas, tart and fleshy, musty funk, spice, woody oak, mild vinegar coming from the lambic base and some pale grain gives the pie crust some life. The flavors echo the nose really well, loads of tart and sour cherries, the two year old lambic still has a shell of itself, not completely drowned out by fruit, funky, light vinegar, aged hops, oaky must, pale grain, lemon citrus that has a light zing, but really binds this beer together. The mouthfeel is great, coating, zippy, creamy at times, high carbonation but very gentle, tart bite at the finish.


Verdict: A great fruited lambic from Cantillon, something that is quite easy to say. The cherry aspect here is fantastic and really does evoke a pie or a cheesecake with the supporting flavors. While cherry is the star, the base lambic and oak aging really help to balance this beer and make it truly world class.

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Photo of KaeF
4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! A lot of fruit in this one! Cherries all over the place. Great sweet and sour beer that is so well-balanced and silky smooth. Best one I had on my trip!

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Photo of HoppyBastard2
4.01/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 bottle
Color and nose were amazing. Thought the flavor was too sweet and lacked the funk I was expecting. Will be looking for a bottle with some age on it.

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Photo of Bsquirrelbrewer
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 bottle at Parker pie. 2012 vintage.

Simply phenomenal. Beautiful red color. Cherry tartness without being mouth puckering.

Amazing cherry aroma and flavor, not overly sweet.

A great great beer.

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Photo of craft_shannie
4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

had 2 pours (my friend gave me hers) at wild friendship blend at allagash. completely blown away. standout even w all the stellar beers that day. must get more.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had at Allagash WFC- the perfect sour. Color is beautiful, taste is sublime. I would seriously give anything for just another pour. This was a peak beer experience for me and I sincerely look forward to more.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Jonada
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 Sticker

750ml bottled 9/5/2015. Poured into a Cantillon stemmed glass

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red color with a finger of a pink head that dissipates almost instantly. No retention or lacing. Body is dark, but only lightly hazy when held to light, with mild visible carbonation.

Smell: Cherry skins, juice and cherry pit. Very oaky with notes of hearty red wine, musty basement and hay.

Taste: Lots of whole sour cherry character. Like the aroma, it's not just cherry juice, but the entire cherry that comes through. There's also a good amount of barnyard funk (more than in the nose), hay, mild cheesiness and hints of vanilla and green apple. Sourness is medium.

Mouthfeel: Light-ish bodied a somewhat soft feel and mild carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: Another great beer from Cantillon, and while I prefer this to the regular kriek, I'm not sure the gap is as wide as I was expecting. Still well worth seeking out though.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Adam last night, '08 cork, '10 sticker. Drinking a kriek originally brewed 7 years ago, I live a blessed life.

Pours a brilliant deep clear red, with a spotty small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite sour and pretty funky, tons of lactic acid, some lemon, and a plethora of fresh sour cherries that are still bright and vibrant all these years later. I get cherry skins, and a good amount of oak. This one's pretty sour at this age, but it's not bracingly so, making it really drinkable. The sourness does not linger long with each sip.

There's a light body on this one, with a crisp and juicy mouthfeel- it goes down so easily. There's a higher level of carbnation.

This is a classic and one of the best lambics there is. So good.

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Photo of cfalls
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second favorite sour -- I slightly prefer the Framboise.

A bit of dirty socks on the aroma, and the sour fruit will make you pucker. And then somehow it will make you want to take another sip.

I think the brewers at Cantillon wish that people preferred the 100% lambics over the "Lou Pepe" versions, but my taste buds agree with most people.

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Photo of Franck
5/5  rDev +11.9%

2013 vintage. Smell of sweet cherries. In mouth, Cantillon renowned sour taste is quite shy. It's cherry and cherry and cherry and sour comes in final. Very fruity and creamy. Cantillon c'est bon!

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic, premier sour. This is a very good, very enjoyable beer with the right amount of cherries to be tasty without overpowering. Difficult to tackle on your own despite the low ABV, but a great beer to share.

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Photo of safaricook
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

deep red color and substantial fine off-white head
Sweet cherries, sour cherries in Aroma
Barnyard, tart and fruity in Taste
well carbonated with fine tickling
Excellent Oude Kriek

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Photo of dboon
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

’08 vintage bottle thanks to Destructo. Ruby red pour with a pinkish head. Raspberry, vanilla, and oak aromas. Tart cherry, sour raspberry, semi-acidic with light funk, and oaky notes.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
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