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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,107 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,107
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 7.86%
Wants: 1,209
Gots: 255 | 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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beergorrilla

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-08-2013 18:48:59 | More by beergorrilla
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Lou Pepe – Kriek
Vintage: 2009
Thanks to ThoreauLikeAGirl

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle shared with my wife.

Pours a nice deep cherry red with a nice 1 inch pink head. The head is very active and billows up but begins to recede immediately. The deep ruby color of the brew is near perfection. It is like an abyss of ruby red. (5.0)

Aroma of sweet cherries start things off with intense underlain funk. Nice lactic acidity in the nose as well. Tartness is definitely perceived in the nose. There is also a nice woody oak note to the nose. (4.5)

The flavor follows the nose pretty well. Starts off with some cherry tartness slightly balanced by some nice sugary sweetness and some slightly yeasty phenols. Some nice slight vinegar tartness is perceived that blends so well with the more cherry fruity tartness. There is some good funk and oak notes on the middle and back end. The mouthfeel is smooth with lower carbonation perceived in the palette. (4.5)(4.0)

Overall this is a delicious Kriek. Very tart with great cherry notes and some good chalky yeast notes as well. The oak also adds a nice earthy dimension. Very nice. (4.5)

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 00:51:32 | More by JoEBoBpr
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2beerdogs

California

3/5  rDev -34.5%

10-07-2012 21:46:26 | More by 2beerdogs
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 sticker. 2009 on cork.

A dark pinkish, almost red color. Pink hued whitish head. Two fingers. Amazing retention.

Smells of sour cherries, oak, and funk. Very Cantillon. Not quite as sour as I had hoped, but it is very tasty. It is becoming more sour as it warms. The flavor is delicious and intense. I personally think I prefer 100% Kriek. The cherries here are very sour, but there is some underlying sweetness that gets cut through by a sharp lactic note.

Body is medium and well carbonated. Nearly perfect.

This spectacular. The fruit is huge and delicious. The sourness is nice. I like this beer quite a bit-- I just wish it were more sour...

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 05:12:22 | More by AleWatcher
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Herky21

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

04-24-2014 00:01:08 | More by Herky21
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shigg85

Japan

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

08-16-2013 02:19:44 | More by shigg85
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

04-20-2013 14:36:42 | More by Zachtheporter
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Burgundy color with an slightly above average sized, bubbly light pink head. About average, maybe slightly below average, retention. Just a slight bit of lacing left on one side.

S - Fairly acidic, vinegar smell along with some cherry tartness. Just a slight cherry sweetness. Hints of charred oak and a muskiness. That said, it is strongly acidic and tart.

T - Initially there is a strong acidic vinegary taste and a pretty strong tart/sour cherry taste. Fairly puckering taste. This gives way to a more funky and musty taste along with a hint of oaky/woody flavor. Then more fruity flavors come out in the middle to the end of the sip. Lots of cherry, still mostly tart/sour but a touch of sweetness, and hints of raspberry and grape like flavors. After drinking it for a while, the tart and acidic flavors go down a bit and the fruitiness comes out a bit more.

M - Medium body with about average carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth but definitely has a drying and puckering finish to it.

D - Fairly good drinkability. A nice beer to sip on. Sour, tart, and acidic flavors quite prominent but there is a nice fruit taste and slight sweetness on the finish to balance that. Those make it so it is definitely a slow sipper, but an enjoyable one. Especially after it opens up a bit after drinking it for a while.

Notes: 2007 Kriek bottled 2009. Good sour beer from a brewery that knows a thing or two about sours. It was a little more acidic/tart and less fruit than I thought it may be, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Really opened up after drinking it for a while, and the fruit started coming out a bit more. Enjoyable beer to sip, definitely recommend trying this.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 00:11:20 | More by FreshHawk
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mrebeka

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-29-2013 16:07:50 | More by mrebeka
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-17-2014 15:28:43 | More by mltobin
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark, reddish, cloudy, low head

smell: tart red fruits, berry, vinegar

taste: blasamic and red berries. very tart but balanced. amazing

mouthfeel: medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation

drinkability: a wow beer, best sour I have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 15:16:58 | More by CampusCrew
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Deep Ellum for their pre-Festival Throwdown. One of the beers I was most excited to try. 2009 Vintage. 10oz serving served in an oversized wine glass. Consumed right after the event was supposed to start, so I'm guessing very freshly tapped.

A- Appears a fairly opaque dark red almost blood red in appearance, some translucency towards the bottom of the glass. No head, just a very thin foamy ring of reddish white bubbles around the edges. Small carbonation bubbles appear around the edges of the glass, slightly below average carbonation.

S- Very aromatic smell of tart/sour cherries, maybe some raspberries, a tiny bit of wood, and acidic aromas. Most predominate by far is the sour cherries.

T- Tastes of sour/tart cherries, a tiny bit of raspberries and other berries, definitely plays with the palate and leaves a sugary sour cherry aftertaste that lingers in the mouth and around the lips for longer then I've ever experienced in a beer (I finished the beer about a hour before writing this review and I feel like I can still taste it). I feel like I can lick the taste right from my lips.

M- Fairly light, perfect for the hot summer day today (90+ degrees), the carbonation perfectly complements the sourness and adds a great dry, sour, slightly bubbly finish to the beer.

O- I don't drink sours too often, I've always been more of a stout and DIPA person but I definitely enjoyed this beer. I started off the night with this beer and craved the taste of it so much that I had to order it again before I left (also considering I knew this beer is fairly rare). At $13/10oz serving this is saying something- I very rarely order $13 drinks, never mind twice in a night. I thought the beer was great in almost every way and I wish I could order it more often. I can definitely see why this is considered one of the best krieks/sours in the world.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2012 00:37:41 | More by jaasen64
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CoolEthan

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

06-23-2013 17:24:12 | More by CoolEthan
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-19-2011 20:58:34 | More by Photekut
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.03/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Verecund for the trade. 2000 sticker date. 2003 cork date. Poured from a 750ml. Bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass. Shared with schen9303.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger fine light strawberry colored head with good retention. Beer is a clear red. Lacing is sparse with little to no stick. Nice head retention but otherwise rather standard.

S: Nose is dense cherry puree, Brett funk, wet wood, and a slight cheesiness. Deep and subtle. Enticing if not the most aromatic.

T: Opens ascetic and sour lemon rind with slight hints of sweet and tart cherry fading in and out. Time has really taken the fruitiness out of this one. Vinegary towards the middle. Hay, straw, and Brett funk at the end with a sharp, tart finish. Aftertaste is puckering sour lemon and cherry. Very well balanced but seems a bit past it's prime in terms of fruitiness.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth with a nice dryness and biting tartness on the tongue. Goes down nice and silky with an accented tartness at the finish, which is dry. Aftertaste is dry and slightly puckering. Feel is near perfect for it's style

O: At this point, this vintage is a bit past its prime in terms of fruitiness. However, it's still an incredible representation of it's style. Very well balanced in terms of smell and flavor and with a near perfect mouthfeel. 2 or 3 years ago, this may have been a perfect 5. Currently, its simply very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 19:58:27 | More by SpeedwayJim
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was served in a flute glass. The beer was the 2003 vintage.

Appearance: This beer is a very pleasing ruby coloration. The beer has light carbonation. This beer has no head to speak about.

Smell : This beer is a soup of citrus and brett yeasty funkyness. The beer has a fairly sharp acidic smell; however, the smell never gets over powering or offensive. The beer has a bit of sour cherries layered amongst the funk.

Taste: This beer is very layered. The sourness of the cherries and yeasty bret funkyness comes in pleasing waves.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied but never watery. The beer has light carbonation. The flavors are very layered. This beer is not for everyone. The beer has a fairly large sourness and acidity. I on the other hand enjoyed this beer from the begining until it disappeared.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 11:42:45 | More by nlmartin
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baybum

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-08-2014 21:02:19 | More by baybum
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-06-2012 03:41:26 | More by DoctorB2B
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-30-2014 23:24:16 | More by schnarr84
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 Vintage. 750ml. Deep clear and red colour, with lighter hues around the edges. Thin foam with fine, subtle carbonation. Light cherry fruit nose, interesting but not very pungent.

Well blended cherry in the taste, a nice mix of sweet and sour flavors, with a decent bit of funk and a hint of cinnamon spice in the background. The sourness approaches a moderate intensity. Lightly drying. Solid mouthfeel, good for the style.

Overall an enjoyable lambic experience. The age has mellowed it well, so it's not overpowering. Very easy to drink but doesn't have the extreme tart bite I was looking for. Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 04:30:17 | More by bennetj17
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WeisGuy

New York

5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-16-2011 01:42:05 | More by WeisGuy
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ajzy

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

05-25-2013 20:56:34 | More by ajzy
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Rollzroyce21

California

5/5  rDev +9.2%

10-30-2012 22:58:52 | More by Rollzroyce21
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doremite

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

06-13-2013 20:27:50 | More by doremite
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muskiesman

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +9.2%

09-24-2012 16:09:37 | More by muskiesman
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,107 ratings.