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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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label reads 2003. Cork reads 2005. Off notes 1-3-2007.

Pours an extremely slightly hazed garnet color with a pink head that doesn’t stick around. Smells like when you have a band-aid on and it gets really wet and you don’t take it off for a while, but when you do, your skin smells funny. Antiseptic smell. Also a fair amount of fruit and a very mild yeast influence. Flavor is of the best aged lambics. Mildly funky at first with a typical sour punch in the mouth that isn’t very powerful. Definite wood influence on the palate. Calmly there, but not overpowering at all. Feel is typical. Not a ton of bubble, but a little bit. Extremely drinkable. In my limited experience with lambics, this is by far the best I have had. And rightly so for $21 a bottle. If you see it, try it. Worth the money IMO. Bloody marvelous.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 15:23:28 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-08-2013 17:49:55 | More by Jason
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll have to check but I believe it was a 2007 bottle. Beer is red and forms a pink head of medium bubbles. No lacing really, carbonation is high and made of small bubbles that rise through the beer quickly.

Aroma is wonderful. Not as much cherry as the 100% but still pretty good. Classic Cantillon sour aroma with great lactic and slight acetic notes.

Taste is surprisingly smooth with only subtle cherry flavors. I tried this immediately after the 100% Kriek and if I were to do it again I would reverse the order. The tartness is nice and the lactic character highlights a nice cherry flavor. I wanted it to be stronger overall but this was amazing. I can't wait to try my 2005. Yum.

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I've had this again and my reviews were way way too low for this beer. This is probably one of the best sours out there, hands down.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 14:32:50 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-17-2013 22:19:18 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark purple color with a thick frothy pink head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding. It's crisp and damn sour with a really nice cherry edge. It's also dry with some funk and earthiness. The taste is awesome. Wow, what a mouthpuckering sourness! It goes down smooth with a nice cherry character and dry, earthy finish. What a smooth beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fantastic beer. It's incredibly complex and damn drinkable. Thanks Arpit.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 01:32:13 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy thirdeye11.

2002 vintage. Pours reddish brown with white head. Aroma is very sour, with wood, cherry, funk and vinegar all playing a part. Very complex and inviting. The flavor is very sour cherry with wood and barnyard funk also in there. This is one of the most tart beers I have had, but it is immensely drinkable. This is a beer I hope I get to try again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 02:12:12 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle shared at Pinocchio's, I don't know who brought it, but thanks anyway!

2009 vintage, had in Feb., 2012.

Poured bright red, a little cloudy, with some pink-white bubbles on top. It's a kriek, so, aroma of cherries, as would be imagined; hints of acid. Nice tart cherry taste, balanced with maraschino sweetness, mild acidity, but not at all acetic, so the fruit is dominant on the palate. Medium body, tingly carbonation, no alcohol detected at all. Very nice drinker overall, but nothing to go ape over.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 12:49:31 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-23-2013 23:53:20 | More by SocalKicks
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mdfb79

New York

4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ML bottle into a tulip. A 2007 vintage.

a - Pours a deep res color with two to three inches of pinkish head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of funk, tart sour dark fruits, especially cherries. Smells amazing.

t - Tastes of funk, sour tart cherries and other dark fruits, and a tiny bit of spices.

m - Light body and light to medium carbonation.

d - I thought this was a great funky lambic. I loved the smell and thought it was really easy to drink. Looking forward to having again.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 02:44:36 | More by mdfb79
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oline73

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a flute. I had this at the bottle funk even at Teresa's Next Door.

Appearance: Pours a dark red color with a layer of pink head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very tart cherry with some herbal bitterness and a sweet cherry finish.

Taste: Not very sweet at all. There is tart cherry throughout each sip. The finish is tart but not biting. This beer was very smooth, I'm not sure of the age of the bottle my pour was from.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a good lambic but it didn't wow me like I expected it to. That being said, I'm sure I'll have it again if I get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 23:10:17 | More by oline73
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 edition thanks to drlovemd87, this is special beer, and while not as tart as i expected it to be at this age, it has a lot going for it, thats for sure, and probably worth at least some of the hype it gets. the color is incredible, electric dark pink, hazy, with an oddly white head for how tinted the brew is. its glowing, intimidating, exciting, and about as colorful a beer as i have ever seen. the head doesnt go anywhere either. the nose on this is wonderful too, fruity, cherries obviously, all the way. i get the tart pie cherry type, or maybe even tarter ground cherry, but its certainly not the tree cherries we get around here. the yeast is amazing, its opened right up here, super summery, and funky as they get. timeless in some way, not dusty, but rustic and classy, insofar as those can be aromas flavors. the cherries carry through the whole flavor, starting just a little sweet, but finishing with a nice tartness, not mouthwatering or particularly sour, and with very little acidity, but like a slightly under ripe cherry, hard and yet to develop its sugars completely. the yeast works magically with this cherry complexion, floral and familiar, but higher end than anything i can recall. the beer is frustratingly easy drinking, given that these are so rare, expensive, and downright special, but this is in many ways a beer for massive consumption. it would never turn the stomach, its not that sour, and its low abv keeps it easy drinking too. the carbonation is splendid, all kinds of fizz to this, but never abrasive. its nowhere near as sour on the whole as anticipated, but this is a cream of the crop as far as funky beers go, especially fruited ones. infinitely superior to the lou pepe gueuze i think, and just an overall sensational and memorable beverage. a touch beer to dissect really, because the unity of the whole thing is so much more than the sum of its parts. i believe they call that synergy, and this beer exemplifies it. wow.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 02:03:38 | More by StonedTrippin
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 2001, Cork date 2002, Sampled April 2004
This beer pours an ever so slightly hazy deep red color. It is topped by bubbly light red to pink colored head, that never quite disappears entirely. The carbonation is persistent, though not overly high either. The aroma is sour and woody at first, then notes of Barnyard funk kick in. There is a definite musty, leathery, ancient dusty room type aroma here. At the very end I get a bit of sweet cherry notes in the nose.

The tasted is softly acidic (for a Lambic) and it is accompanied by a rich body. There is a definite dry, tart, tannic cherry note here. The time spent on the cherries seems to have increased the body quite substantially. This is quite good, and quite different from what I was expecting. It is a bit softer, and a bit better integrated than the standard Cantillon beers. It is nicely sour, with notes of citrus & vinegar. The finish is woody and reminds me of cherry skins. This is certainly a beer I could drink a lot of. The cherry flavor is quite good in this beer. There is no sticky sweetness, like that found in the more commercial versions, instead there are these intense, chewy, mouth filling, cherry skin, dry, tart flavors that just proclaims that there are cherries in this Lambic. I really like this, and it certainly has grown on me as I finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 22:08:50 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-26-2011 00:34:15 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 at Provisions,

A: Pours a gorgeous red with a heady cap of pink foam. Nice lace.

S: Cherry pie, notes of funk, definitely fruit forward.

T: This is brewed with 50% more fruit than the regular Cantillon Kriek and it shows. Delicious pie cherries, a great interplay of sour and sweet. The fruit dominates, that's fine with me as is true and delicious.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly light acidity for Cantillon, round in the mouth, unctuous at times, but only slightly.

O: Another classic delicious beer from Cantillon. Not as good for my palate as compared to the regular Cantillon Kriek (much more acid, good interplay of flavours - acid and fruit) this is wonderful as well. Fans of the fruit will adore this.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 22:38:28 | More by Halcyondays
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

04-21-2013 05:00:30 | More by mendvicdog
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GClarkage

California

3.9/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/31/06- Received from Jetsbeer as part of a very beermas Christams present.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, foiled and corked. 2001 version, yet the cork says bottled in 2002. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cherry colored pour...as expected. Medium sized off white, rather pink champagne style head. Medium to light lace left behind.

Smell- At first, nothing but ripe and tart cherries. There seemed like a bit of clove or some kind of spice in there as well. After a bit, a strong body oder scent entered the mix which wasn't that appealing. Would have been a close 5 for smell if it wasn't for that. A bit too much funk of a kind I didn't want to smell.

Taste- Cherries, cherries and more cherries. The first taste was pretty mellow. Kinda like biting into a cherry pie. Then it became like drinking pure unfiltered and no sugar added cherry juice. Super astringent and very tart towards the middle and end. The flavor is very nice though.

Mouthfeel- Tart, which turns to a high sourness. I can still taste a bit of cherry after two beers consumed after it.

Drinkability- If you can handle the sourness and the burning in your stomach that comes with it, this beer is for you. Cherry up the ying yang! Flavorful and quite the experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 06:27:01 | More by GClarkage
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

05-08-2013 07:42:31 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks go out to Rcielsa for opening a 2001 vintage of this at the Travel Lodge.

Pours a deep dark cherry red with a two finger frothy redish pink head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind. Comletely opaque with slightly visible carbonation bubbling up.

Earthy funk aroma with a blast of uber fresh tart dark cherries. It shocking how prevalent the frut still is in the nose. Lots of earthy oak and barnyard horsey funk with hits of bandaid and sweatsock but again the sweet smelling cherries balance things out nicely.

Medium body with lots of tart sour funk and the perfect amount of acidity. Again as in the aroma, the flavor is bursting with luscious tart dark cherries. I can't understand how the frut has held up so well but although this beer is funky as hell the cherries still dominate. We also sampled an 05 Lou Pepe Framboise and it was nowhere near as complex. The fruit was almost completely faded and it was insanely funky. This beer has hints of earthy oak and plenty of sour barnyard funk that balance out the cherries and sugar added but again the cherries are prominent. This beer has developed very well into a delicious, complex lambic and the mouth puckering finish left me salivating for more. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 02:19:43 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-19-2011 17:51:19 | More by imperialking
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

5/5  rDev +9.2%

04-09-2014 04:39:45 | More by MarkyMOD
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with a friend. Ah, this is the way fruit beers should be. The cherries complement the base beer without overpowering or oversweetening. There's still that biting citric sour character, but with a gentle layer of the fruit blending in with the funk. That said, this wasn't a life-changing lambic worth the extra cost of a Lou Pepe, but a fine example of the kriek style.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 01:03:28 | More by tempest
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-18-2013 01:21:24 | More by yourefragile
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a small sherry glass)
A-This beer has a very hazy red body with a strawberry pink foam and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- The aroma is pretty clean, as it was served to cold, but as it opens up the fresh cherry aroma grows and grows. It starts to take on some over ripe cherry notes but it becomes more perfumed bright but dark cherries in the finish.
T- The full flavor of tart cherries clings to all parts of the mouth. There is a nice light cheese and brett funk in the finish but then the cherries linger afterward. The tartness as some more acidic lactic character as the beer opens up but that only enhances the cherry complexity.
M- The light mouthfeel has a nice tartness to it but no real lockjaw astringency. Tight carbonation dries out finish nicely. D- This is all about the fruit bit it has great support from the lambic adding nice depth that grows with each sip. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2010 21:16:52 | More by rhoadsrage
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle "2008 sticker/vintage" meaning this was bottled in 2010. Poured into a matching Cantillon stemmed tulip glass. This brew appears a perfectly clear ruby red color. A pink stained head appears 2 fingers strong and rapidly dissolves. Some spotty lacing sticks to the glass. The head holds with a fine ring around the edge of the glass.

The smell of this brew is quite earthy with pitted cherry quality that is deep and almost stem-like and rooted. Lactic sourness fills the nose with a sour and funky quality that makes me salivate. There is some raw oakiness across the back mixes with a light bit of must character. When swirled it brings forth a bit of stinky cheese aspect.

The flavor is sour and earthy with a distinct taste of cherry pits that is flavorful enough to display a mixture of both over-ripe cherry character as well as an exaggerated sourness of unripened tart cherry as well. Some cheesy quality is present as well as the classic Cantillon funky quality. At times this brew gets lightly medicinal but it isn't distracting because the fruited quality is very natural tasting an not sweet. There is some raw oak and musty quality present. It leaves the tongue quite drying on the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Sharp and sour with a very enjoyable earthy cherry flavor that doesn't retain any residual sweetness. There is seemingly no alcohol impact on this brew. It carries with it a pretty big salivation factor. I couldn't get enough of this. Surprisingly for being the same vintage as what I had on tap recently, the experience from on tap verse the bottle is drastically different. This bottle was more sour like the normal Cantillon offering while on tap it was much more fruited and sweet tasting. Certainly worth a try by either means.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 14:56:55 | More by stakem
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

05-09-2014 03:11:26 | More by XmnwildX12
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
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