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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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world-class

1,160 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,160
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 1,271
Gots: 258 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
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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2beerdogs

California

3/5  rDev -34.6%

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

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -2%

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

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

05-17-2012 20:21:08 | More by Adamostella
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bashiba

Iowa

5/5  rDev +8.9%

11-22-2011 16:28:55 | More by bashiba
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.46/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

04-08-2013 22:34:26 | More by peensteen
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -15.5%

Bottle courtesy of dkachur, split threeways at a tasting - thanks! Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Incredibly hazy reddish/purple-bodied beer with a nice foamy one-finger head that fades quickly, leaving trails of lacing around the edges of the glass.

Aroma: Major earthy horseblanket, farmhouse musk, and dirty yeastiness. Next up is, obviously, the cherry - sour cherry dominates, but there are a few sweet, sugary, simple cherry notes as well. Some saltiness, woodyness, fresh cut hay/grassyness all mingle well.

Taste: Pretty puckertastic. Tart acidic quality dominates and covers up a lot of the other notes - sweet cherry, leafy herbalness, a few earthy, woody notes. Doesn't taste nearly as complex or pleasant as it smells. Very dry.

Mouthfeel: Dry, spritzy, crisp, good level of thickness. Minimal carbonation, which is nice.

Drinkability: I liked the smell on this one a lot more than the taste - it was just a little too tart for me. The smell was fantastically complex though, and since the alcohol is hardly a factor at all, I can't knock the drinkability on this one too much. All in all a decent beer.

09-23-2008 23:38:34 | More by CrellMoset
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

01-28-2014 23:24:57 | More by Kopfschuss
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev -2%

Lou Pepe Kriek 07
Bottled 08/09
Champagne Flute
Enjoyed at Teresa's Next Door in PA

***Review 550***

A: Pours a reddish pink. Fluffy off white pink head. No lacing. No alcohol feet. The head sticks around for a little while. Really pretty beer.

S: Tart cherry. Funk. Barnyard. Delicious.

T: Tip of the tongue, tart cherry. Not overly sour with the age. It's just really amazing how clean this is in comparison to American sours. Actually pleasant. Close is dry but not bone dry.

M: Light leading to medium.

O: A

08-24-2012 14:36:58 | More by inlimbo77
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Phelps

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev -2%

Cantillon Lou pepe kriek

Shared by whiterascal and poured into a Russian River glass. Brewed in 2007 with Schaerbeek cherries and bottled in 2009.

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. The beer’s a brilliant crimson with perfect clarity. One inch of rosy, pink foam is dense, sticky and homogeneous. The cap fizzles away fairly quickly, becoming a thin, frothy top layer.

Sugary cherries, soft barnyard funk and lactic tartness in the nose. Packed with spices, like mulled cider. Cinnamon, apples, anise and more. Such balance and complexity.

Major lactic, vinegary tartness is first in the flavor. Tart Cherries are in there as well, along with some soft horsey funk. The swallow brings that amazing cherry cider complexity: cinnamon, sweet cherries, vanilla, more mulled spices. Hefty lingering tartness on the sides of the tongue. Complex, drinkable, awesome.

Highly carbonated and fizzy, bringing life to the medium-light body. It’s a bit thin for me, with a bracing acidity that grips the teeth.

Lou Pepe Kriek is a damn near perfect example of the style, exhibiting a masterful balance and blend of tart, sweet flavors.

01-06-2012 22:47:59 | More by Phelps
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

05-11-2013 20:58:33 | More by MinorThreat
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shigg85

Japan

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

08-16-2013 02:19:44 | More by shigg85
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

05-17-2013 19:14:55 | More by bonbini26
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +8.9%

11-15-2011 04:20:24 | More by HopStoopid120
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -3.1%

Had on tap at Zwanze Day Chicago. Served in a Cantillon glass. I easily drank fifty dollars worth of this yesterday. So amazing. 2008 vintage.

Appearance – Pours into my Cantillon stemmed glass with an utter radiant cloudy red color. This is the type of liquid you don’t want to spill on any clothes because you know that bright stain will never come out. Just a hint of pink head that dissipates almost as soon as it is poured.

Smell – As expected, loads of ripe and tart cherry aromas. Earthy notes sidled by barnyard funk, mixed with vanilla and oak.

Taste – Just fantastic. This is in my opinion leaps and bounds above Zwanze 2011. While the tart cherries do come through, there are also the wonderful overly ripened cherries right behind it so add a subtle sweetness to the beer. Throughout the sip there is a somewhat strong oak and vanilla flavor. A nice acidic quality with musty hay to finish it up. The mixing of flavors is fantastic.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, exactly what I would expect.

Overall – What can I say. This was a fantastic beer and I was able to purchase one too. I will probably never consume as much of this ever again as I did yesterday. Delicious.

09-19-2011 01:50:14 | More by SpdKilz
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baybum

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.9%

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

Missouri

4.48/5  rDev -2.4%

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)

12-23-2012 00:51:32 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Herky21

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev -2%

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

New York

4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

10-26-2013 18:15:02 | More by trxxpaxxs
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -11.1%

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...

03-19-2011 05:12:22 | More by AleWatcher
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -2%

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

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

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

New York

5/5  rDev +8.9%

11-16-2011 01:42:05 | More by WeisGuy
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

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

Florida

4.72/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

04-20-2013 14:36:42 | More by Zachtheporter
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
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