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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,236 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,236
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 1,312
Gots: 271 | FT: 13
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002)
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

bsuedekum, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to nick3 for hosting the Bruery RS Post-Post-Party and for sharing this bottle with the group. 2008 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Bruery sampler imperial pint. Poured blood red with a one finger slight pink head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, slight sour, funk, and raspberries. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, and raspberries. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. Very mellow in the flavors. Had a good aroma and flavor going on here. I might would like it a little older if I'm honest, but then again, different strokes for different folks...

thagr81us, Jan 11, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very opaque read with a nice three finger pink head that dissipated and left the sides of the glass clean. A very pretty beer.

S - Sour, lot of oak and vinegar wine influence. Get a huge cherry blast at the end. It's actually pretty amazing and unexpected.

T - Very tart, lot of vinegar taste and wine influence from the barrels. The cherry flavour is nicely present. Little tannic in there, with an amazingly dry and lingering finish.

M - Light, with carbonation that gives it a nice little bite and kick. Almost perfect.

D - Got so sour my mouth almost started puckering. Became a bit of a sipper there after a short while.

AgentZero, Jun 18, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Lare453, Mar 06, 2014
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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.

stcules, May 21, 2005
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4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Max's. I missed out on bottles, and figured if I could get two glasses at Max's for the price of one at Church Key, I would.

Pouring a turbid cherry color with a dense, pink head that recedes to a thin ring, this looks pretty good for a kriek. However, I shall dock half a point because it looks so girly that this chick asked me what the sweet, fruity beverage I was drinking was. The nose, OTOH, was fantastic. Rich, deep cherry character, with a wonderful schaerbeeks cherry character with a blend of leather, cherry pie and a little less cocoa (than the 07 vintage, at least) present. Fresh, tart rhubarb, bright and piquant, are noticeable, along with a strong, lactic sourness with a subdued vinegar character. Not much vinous or oak character are present.

The palate opens with a brilliant blend of bright cherries, a little leather and a dense, complex parquet of cherries and lambic. I can't really describe it better than saying that that's what I want a kriek to taste like - intensely sour but never wearing on the palate, incredibly fruity but never "girly", pleasantly oraky and moderately tannic with an illustrative blend of oak tannins and skin tannins. Soft, frothy and fluffy on the palate with a mildly fruity and pulpy character, this beer is a masterpiece on the palate. I drank about 25oz, and could have gone for another 25 if I didn't have to go home. A stellar kriek, I'm being stingy here only because I think the 07 was the best possible kriek there is, and this isn't quite there yet.

DefenCorps, Jun 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Duff27, Nov 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

WOLFGANG, Jun 27, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a deep, vivid purple-red colour with a foamy, pink head. Decent head retention for a wild beer.

Great funky aroma with underlying notes of lemon, apple, barnyard and cherry. Very good.

Smooth and tart yet complex and balanced. This starts off with a prominent tartness (not sourness) which is accentuated by the Shaerbeek cherries, a moderate funk note also comes through with an underlying sweetness. The finish is tart and dry with a lemony note which really works.

Medium body with some real fullness to it balanced by moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A really solid beer with lots of flavour but true balance. Another well crafted beer from Cantillon.

dgilks, Jan 01, 2011
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4.68/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 vintage, the cork said bottled in 2006

A: Pours a cloudy cherry red color. A one finger pinkish head forms and leaves light lace.
S: Smells of fruit, cinnamon, and a nice woodiness. The wonderful barnyard funky malt is present that I love. Lightly sour and tart.
T: Sweet and sour cherries that are more pronounced than in the nose. Definitely sour, but not mouth puckering at all. A very interesting spicy cinnamon and woody/oak flavor that brings everything together perfectly. Slightly acidic.
M/D: A medium to full body that is well carbonated. Perfectly crisp and dry. I finsihed the 750ml bottle by myself. Pretty easy to drink.

Probably the best Belgian sour beer I have had. Interesting and subtle, not just sour and tart. So much is going on here it is amazing. Highly recommended.

champ103, Jan 09, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Gobzilla, Jun 11, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

ZEB89, Mar 28, 2014
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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.

gford217, Apr 19, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

eawolff99, Apr 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

aasher, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

kscaldef, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

pathman, Jul 15, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy bret27. Poured into a Bruery tulip. Deep strawberry red with a light pink head that fades quickly due to the expected acidity. Aroma is lemons and sour cherries, a hint of sweet strawberry, oodles of citric acid. Flavor is very sour but with a solid amount of fruitiness to balance. Sour cherries, slight musty earthiness, old wood, straw. Pretty great kriek.

illidurit, Aug 23, 2009
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

enelson, Aug 10, 2014
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4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2001 vintage bottle, bottled in 2003. Purchased in Bruxelles at the Cantillon brewery. Mr. Van-Roy rang me up personally. This bottle was about $7. Compare that to the $30 that we would normally pay for a lou pepe here!

Appearance: As always the appearance is awesome. A well carbonated red brew with a small head of pinkish/off-white foam.

Smell: The aromas seem a bit subdued for a Cantillon offering. The classic Cantillon lambic funk is there, but it is in the background more than it usually is. I also pick up cherry pie filling, and a melange of spices in the aroma.

Taste: The taste is an awesome blend of cherry pie filling, acidic lambic funk, and light malts. This really is different than many other Cantillon brews. Perhaps this is because this is a very fresh bottle? Or perhaps it is because the Lou Pepe beers are supposed to be much fruiter than the regular fruit beer offerings from Cantillon? Either way, it works! This is like Quelque Chose (which I loved), but the complexity and funk that this brew throws, makes it even better!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and everything that one would expect from a Cantillon offering. Swish this one around in your mouth, and just hold it there for a while.

Drinkability: The drinkability of this monster is awesome. A sweet, cherry-pie-filling-like brew that will satisfy you until the last drop is down your gullet.

In the end: Highly recommended by me, and absolutely amazing fresh. It may be $30 here in the states, but it is still worth every penny. C'mon treat yourself!

francisweizen, Apr 01, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

LoveStout, Jan 19, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jedwards for sharing. 2008 vintage bottled in 2010. Pours a gorgeous raspberry color with a semi-hazy clarity and a mere skim of a head. Nose expresses tart cherries up front, followed by a sweet quality and some sourness, perhaps grapefruit seeds. Taste consistent with nose, with the addition of a cinnamon character reminiscent of atomic fireballs, as well as vinegary cherries and a saltiness. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a mild, even carbonation that falls just short of being still. Acidity and astringency stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheeks. This beer is everything a kriek should be - flavorful, tart and refreshing.

Jwale73, Feb 20, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

As close to a brut fruit beer/champagne as you can get. Poured with a pretty, cherry pink, fine foamy head that lasts and no lace. Color is an intense, clear, ruby red. Aroma is a tart, pie cherry, slightly earthy. Flavor is like nose, very crisp and pure. Body is full and has huge champagne carbonation. Finish is super clean and bright..Be a great summertime appertif.

drpimento, Jul 12, 2010
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4.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kriek 2001 Vintage:

Presentation: Spied this during a beer store rummage with Davo, so I immediately picked up this beauty. Cost me all of $20 whilst in NYC back in May. The typical 750ml Cantillon green glass bottle comes with a cork/crown cap, all covered in a thick black foil that covers the slender neck. Once the foil and crown cap were removed it revealed a pristine cork. The main obverse label is a generic one for the Lou Pepe, and it has a picture of the area around Mannekin Piss statute, which is also the view seen from the Poechenellekelder. A small oval sticker above the main obverse label lists this as Kriek 2001, but the cork has a bottled date of 2002. The Lou Pepe range was created to mark the handing over of Brewster activities at Cantillon from father (Jean-Pierre) to son (Jean). The Lou Pepe Kriek is one of the better 2 year old lambics steeped with 50% more Cherries (300g/l as opposed to 200g/l) than its “standard” stable mate and reinvigorated with a sweet liquor sugar solution. Bordeaux barrels are also used, lending some further unique flavors to this special Vintage Kriek.

Appearance: Poured into a straight sided Cantillon tumbler. Deeply red-purple, burgundian, dark, cloudy and impenetrable. A decent sized pink head forms and fizzes for all its worth. The effervescent rousings are loud and spit small bits of Kriek up into the air. When the fizzing finishes and the quiet returns, there is little but a pink halo sliver and a small broken floating thin island in the middle of the head. A gentle swirl reveals some dissolved carbonation, enough to give life to this fruity-luscious marvel. Superb appearance.

Nose: Freshly baked Cherry Pie straight from the oven that has its crisp crust broken revealing the inner whole cherries and the warm vapors of the thick syrup in all their glory. This is fantastic. Tart and sharp, not quite as much as the usual, but the deeper whole cherry fruits make up for it. Slight acidic funk in the latter third. Don’t breathe too deeply though, for Cantillon Virgins it will still make your eyes water!

Taste: The best part by far. Sheer Kriek Indulgence. Massive blast of sharp Cherries, fruity yet acerbically tart, so pungent it induces deep breathes through your clenched jaws and teeth. The smooth 2 year lambic base saves itself for the middle and dry finish. Amazingly astringent, yet in a completely acceptable Cantillon manner. Superb!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, sharp, cutting, slashing, ducking and diving. It’s here, there and everywhere. Cherry chews in the middle, lambic funk start and finish, with a saliva stripping long lingering end that can at times induce the rare condition known as “scrotuminusdisappearus”.

Drinkability: I am deeply biased, so I will unashamedly admit to admiring the way Cantillon and its tart mastery of the fruity lambics can still create a masterpiece that induces death by dissolving the imbiber. I managed the whole 750ml to myself, but fuck knows where my testicles are.

Overall: Supreme. Masterful. Insightful. Cantillon seem to be able to get their minds inside every cask of lambic and into the very heart of each of the fruits that they use. They seem to know just how it will mature and react in the many environs that they envision. Simply Marvelous and Sheer Genius.

I love the way that the Masters at Cantillon always push the traditional boundaries but in a deeply respectful manner. They do no wrong for me.

Shockingly Brilliant!!! A Kriek Premier Cru if ever there was one.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 31, 2004
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

popery, Jan 27, 2013
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,236 ratings.