Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,492
Reviews: 336
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 UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This lambic poured a hazy, ruby color with no foam at all. The smell was a modest sour cherry aroma -- nice but subdued. The taste was tart cherry, somewhat sour, with a bit of horse blanket. A very good flavor overall. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp and tart with medium body and low carbonation. The slightly sour cherry flavor lingered pleasantly on the tongue. This was a very good kriek lambic, good to the last drop.

Photo of ffejherb
3.85/5  rDev -16.3%
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 notchucknorris
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap during Zwanze Day at Toronados

A: Pours an intensely hazy raspberry color with a thin pink head.

S: Rich, tart cherries, vanilla, oak and some ripe strawberries.

T: Huge wave of unripe cherry right off the bat with a big lactic twang. Some oak, raspberry and lemon peel. A champagne-like effervescent mouthfeel. Really fantastic stuff.

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

Thanks to K75 for the hookup on this one!

A-Deep pinkish tinged red with a thin pinkish head...is this beer?

S-Kinda like those magic markers you used back in grade school. You can can actually smell the tartness!

T-Crack-a-lacky...BAM! This is beyond tart. Like a sour cherry bomb with a bit of residual sweetness. You had best like tart for this one.

M-Light bodied and sour crisp it actually hurts!

D-Super tar, have I said that already, and oh! so mouth puckering! This has to be about the most sour "beer" I have ever had....I love it.

Photo of Sean9689
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.

Photo of jrenihan
4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage (bottled September 4, 2009)

Beer is a dark pink, reddish, with a pinkish head. Head does not last terribly long.

Smell is very nice. Lots of tart cherry accompanied by a funky, horse blanket scent. Works well together, neither dominates the other.

Taste is like the nose. Tart cherry and funky yeast. Oak is present as well, which I do not get in the nose. Flavours work perfectly together- they are totally integtated into a cohesive package. Fruit taste very real, very juicy. Quite sour but not intensely so.

Moderate carbonation, light to medium bodied, a bit puckering.

Overall, excellent. A really well crafted lambic.

Photo of srandycarter
4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brownish murky cherry, pink head, leaves to ring. Not much lace. Worried it would be flatish. Lots of cascading pretty bubbles when you tilt the glass.

S - Tart, a little skanky, cooked cherries somewhere in the middle.

T - Like smell, but VERY tart and the cooked dark cherry flavor mixes very well with the tart.

M - Medium to light body, nicely carbed and balanced.

D - The tartness could wear you out, but a very nice beer at a low ABV!

Photo of CraigTravor
4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2001 vintage. Amazing beer all around.

Photo of ehammond1
4.62/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2007)

Zwanze Day 2011
Bottle Share
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 2 years)

Cloudy yet bright red with glowing grapefruit edges and a thin pink head. Spots of lacing down the glass.

Rich cherries and biting sourness combine to make an incredibly aromatic and uniquely special smelling beer. The cherry aroma is vibrant and alive while the biting sourness is stinging yet not overly aggressive. There's a bit of wood and a mild farm funk as well.

Rich cherry flavor coupled with a stinging, full sourness without being too acidic or attacking, balanced remarkably well with comforting, inviting flavors of hay, earth, and a bit of wood.

Light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

Blissfully good beer.

Photo of thecheapies
4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 sticker; bottled Sept. 1, 2011.

Pours a flat hazy raspberry red. Lies still. No foam. 4.0

Funky punch with a nose of tart cherries, sour raspberry, wet leather, straw, horse blanket, and slight acetic acidity. 5.0

Tart cherries fall back into a supporting role, the age scales back the fruitiness. Tannic acidity with a solid Bretty note. Backend lingering bristle from the oak. Concentrated fruit flavor like a cherry reduction sauce. Peppery note in the middle. Phenomenal complexity. 4.5

Little bit of spritz left in this one. Tannic, but wet enough. 4.0

A real treat, sharing a bottle of Lou Pepe Kriek with friends on a Tuesday afternoon. 4.5

Photo of homebrew311
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is a clear magenta with a short pink head. Nose is full of tart cherries. I get some jammy qualities and almost a bit of rhubarb. Notes vinegar on the nose with slight hints of oak. The taste is delicious. Plenty of puckering tartness up front with delicious cherry forward profile. Not a whole lot of other adjectives I can use than cherry, but that is okay because this is delicious. Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and tasty. Overall, delicious.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.17/5  rDev -9.3%
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

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 GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Arcadia tulip at Map Room 2/23/08. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a cloudy dark ruby red. Almost like cranberry juice. Slight whisp of a head that disappeared almost immediately. Just a tiny pink ring.

S: Incredible sour fruit aroma. Plenty of funk, wood, leather belt (?), musty basement.

T: Acidic sour cherry mixed with the aforementioned musty funkiness. Lots of oak.

M: Tart and puckery. Very dry. There is a lively spicyness to the mouthfeel that also makes this so interesting.

D: So refreshing. Once the initial real lambic shock wears off after 1 or 2 sips the underlying complexities of this jump out of the glass. Temperature is the key. Perhaps Map Room's draft lines were just wee to cold when they served this. After enjoying this for about 30min I noticed that as it got closer to room temp, the acidity dialed itself down a few notches and a subtle sweetness began to emerge. Incredible.

Photo of bobsy
4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I currently have the remainder of the bottle in my glass as I type this. Huge thanks to Matt for bringing over this special treat, which we enjoyed alongside a 2004 Fou Foune and a 2005 Lou Pepe Framboise. This vintage is from 2006.

The pour produces a strawberry body and a small wispy white head hat soon dies to nothing. More or less standard lambic, and in particular, kriek, appearance. The aroma is sharp and funky. There's definitely some vinegar in there, alongside some tart cherries, and a nice old sour barrel.

The tartness hits from the first sip, though this is not quite as sharp as the other Cantillon beers we had tonight, and there's a nice dose of residual sweetness. So, yeah... lots of sourness at first, moving on to a large funkiness, some oak, and then settling into a tart, but slightly, sweet cherry character. Quite complex, and very pleasing. Light body, with a slight sticky slickness to it, and very limited carbonation. Its practically perfect.

I liked this one - the lou pepe series obviously delivers, though I'm not sure the added price brings a lot more to the table. Between this and the framboise, the kriek is definitely the winner. Thanks again Matt!

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of peensteen
4.46/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml. bottle at bierbistro split with Liam

Nice deep red colour, with a cap of white head, good retention, little lace. Smell is funky, sweet cherry still very much upfront, light balsamic, acidic, overall very nice mix of sweet and sour cherry with a big funk present. Taste is sour and puckering up front, big acidity followed by sweet cherry that cuts the acidic flavours nicely, balsamic, lemon and puckering fruits toward finish, drying finish. Light-medium carbonation, medium bodied, nice crisp mouthfeel. Fantastic stuff, less sour than the Bio Kriek but more complex and well rounded, certainly a world beater.

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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.85/5  rDev -16.3%
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 grub
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and capped. 2005 vintage, bottled in 2007. sampled feb 16/2010.

pours slightly hazy deep red. looks almost burgundy from a distance, but shows nice ruby and garnet hues up close. a nice layer of dense pink head forms, quickly dropping to a wide ring around the glass and leaving spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is sour! sour cherry. lemon. malt and cider vinegar. there's some spice to it too, like montmorency cherries or a cherry pie. hint of alcohol. white bread and cracker. bit of straw. light vanilla. raw oak. earth and wood.

taste is great. sour cherry, with a nice cherry spice background. bit of lemon and malt vinegar, but it's far less acidic and vinegary than i expected and am accustomed to with cantillon. straw. white bread. bit of cracker. touch of nutty character. light horse blanket and a bit of leather. hint of vanilla. earthy and a bit woody.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a pretty dry finish. fine medium-high carbonation.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced acidity and sourness. alcohol is almost completely hidden. nice complexity and depth. a really nice kriek.

Photo of nickd717
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2004 vintage via trade from bierkoning on ratebeer. Thanks a lot, Edo! This was epic. I shared it at a tasting hosted by bulletrain76 on BA.

Pours a slightly hazy deep red color with a medium-sized white head and great lacing.

Aroma is intense tart cherries and barnyard funk. You can feel the acid burning your nostrils, and it's great.

Flavor is super-sour and acidic, but amazing. Loads of tart cherries, cherry Jolly Ranchers, funk, and lacto/pedio/other wild bug tartness. Brutal, but awesome.

Medium bodied with very high acidity and lively carbonation. The sourness stays with you for awhile on this one.

Drinkability is pretty good for a beer this sour. Overall another great one from Cantillon.

Photo of KYGunner
4.18/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of Crosling
4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Magenta.

Musty aroma of cherries and tartness...ofcourse!

Like I have said before, I find it very redundant to describe the flavors of almost every lambic. This particular one had a much more pronounced fruit profile than the standard Cantillon Kriek but it lacked assertion, especially with its sourness. Quite dry on the finish. Still very good and this was certainly a pleasure to consume. I just wish that they could have blended an older lambic so the sourness would have been a little more pronounced.

Photo of Brew33
4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage bottled in 2011.

This beer is brewed with significantly more fruit than the standard Cantillon Kriek and it shows right from the get go. This beer is a striking ruby red with a crown of pink foam that disappears within a couple of minutes. The abundance of cherries really shows in the nose and appearance. The nose is so deep with sour cherries. The Cantillon funk struggles to make it through the onslaught of cherries.

This beer is an ode to sour cherries. Puckering and sour upfront. Slightly sweet lingering cherry flavors at the finish. Not as dry as most Cantillons. Intense tartness, intense cherry flavors but somehow incredible drinkable. Not the most complex fruit Lambic on the planet but very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is good, I found the level of carbonation to be very good. Overall, this is an excellent fruit lambic and another Cantillon home run.

Photo of rastaman
4.2/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,492 ratings.