Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 326
Hads: 1,511
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.01%
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Belgium

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 tmbgnicu
4.87/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had at Allagash WFC- the perfect sour. Color is beautiful, taste is sublime. I would seriously give anything for just another pour. This was a peak beer experience for me and I sincerely look forward to more. (213 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24th Review
Draft at Monk's Cafe - served in flute glass
Vintage 2008

L: Hard to say as it was quite dark in Monk's at the front bar; however, I'll go with V8 Splash-esque color (i.e. mix between cherry, raspberry, and strawberry swirled together). No head.

S: Mixed basket of fresh berries. Nice and different, but in a good way.

T: Combo of cherry and raspberry tartness mixed together with dramatic sourness. Hidden vanilla that tries to accent some type of wood character, but I cannot make it out.

M: Light and smooth. Not what I was expecting based on the appearance of this beer, but good nonetheless.

O: Tasted quite fresh and I really enjoyed this beer. I will definitely seek it out again going forward! (718 characters)

Photo of bosco7
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage at Zeno's in State College, PA

Pours cherry red...go figure.

Smells of acid, cherry, lemon; and almond.

Strong acidity. Lemon, cherry, vanilla and more lemon. Awesome.

Mouthfeel is so tart and in your face, smooth yet prickly. I love this beer.

Simply a classic. I prefer in the bottle because I think it tends to have a nicer mouthfeel. But it's awesome anyway you can get it...obviously. Highly recomended. (427 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had at Novare Res 12/13/13 for "Bier Geek Christmas."

I was told by the staff that this is a blend of 1, 2, and 3 year old gueze's that then spend about a year on cherries. If this is indeed similar to their regular gueuze blend, the fruit has really taken the acidic and sour notes down a notch, this is maybe a 3/10 on sourness.

This beer poured a very red color (sort of like red wine, but a bit hazy). It is literally cherry red. The foam is a lovely pink and settles down quickly to some lovely pink lacing around the class. Beer is essentially opaque.

The nose is nothing like what I expected. It is mostly tart funk, not too acidic, not too much fruit, perhaps some hints of must (general lambic awesomeness). I had expected the nose to be really fruity and it really isn't.

The taste is a three part event. Up front I get a semi-sweet cherry bit, this slowly fades to a definite fruity sweetness (fruity not malty) that peaks a second or two after tasting and then fades to an acidic/tangy/funky bit in the aftertaste. This beer is by far the most complex beer I've ever had, so much going on here.

Great palate coverage, its a thin beer, but it never seems "watery" it holds up well on the palate.

This beer was simply fabulous, it was totally worth the $9 per 8oz pour, simply delightful. (1,305 characters)

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, sweet Brouwer's. Had the privilege of having this at big wood days ago. 04. Really red, fruit punch red with a little carb but not much. very tart and full of cherries. a little bit of funk to it, but mostly the tartness and cherries stand out. this was one of the earlier beers of the evening and it was a delight. (319 characters)

Photo of glazeman
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fountainhead and served in a tulip

A: The beer pours a medium light red in color with a 1.5 finger pinkish head that has excellent retention and lacing.

S: The smell is mostly of cherries, with a touch of funk and earthiness deeper down.

T: The taste is a nice balance of sour and sweet cherries. The sweetness comes through more at the beginning with more of the sour kick at the finish.

M: Crisp, with a nice level of carbonation. This has a great aftertaste and a nice overall feel.

O: I wish I had bought some bottles of this when I had the chance. It’s excellent, and unfortunately think it’s sold out in the area. I would gladly have it again. (668 characters)

Photo of bs870621345
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage into an infinium glass and duvel glass.

Pours a deep ruby color with a nice pink head. No lacing down the glass.

Smells like funk, cherries, lemons, lactic acid, acetic acid and a small amount of band aids.

Taste is of cherries, brett funk, sour from lactic and acetic acids and oak. Very dry finish from the oak and very pleasant. A perfect smelling lambic.

Mouthfeel is thick for a lamic but a good amount of carbonation.

Overall its damn good, not perfect. Its almost Iris good IMO (502 characters)

Photo of muttyd
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared a bottle with some BAs at Ebenezer's.

2008 Vintage.

Beautiful bright red body with a pink foamy head. Huge cherry aroma, slightly funky, acidic and musty. Completely blown away the smell of this beer. Flavor is of tart cherries, oak, leather, and earthy funk. Well carbonated, astringent finish, and very drinkable. Truly enjoyed this beer. (349 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Monk's Cafe. Good for them.

Appearance: Did I mention this was on-tap? A Lou Pepe, in a proper lambic glass, served in just about the most authentic place this side of the Atlantic. Awesome. The body is a bright and somewhat cloudy red with a little maroon. No head or lace, but a real nice carbonation.

Smell: Absolutley the most sour nose I've ever smelled. A strong smell of sour cherries, that have a noticeable acidity even in the nose. Ripe Cherries. Alive and bright, and slightly dulled by the lambic into having this unmistakeable funky scent. Nice and floral, sweet, sour, funky, sour and sour.

Taste: This is really good. This is unbelieveably good. This lambic has so much real flavor of cherry and fruit that I find it hard to believe that it has been cellared for nearly 3 years. The sweetness is there, and the fresh blossoms are there, and the bark of the tree itself. The dank flavor of wild fermentation conjures tastes of the Belgian countryside, the slightly rotten smell of damp grass, and the horseblanket. It's very much like the regular version only with a more pronouced acidity and raw sourness. The added fruit makes this a nice variation and I can imagine that in bottles the sharp sourness might round out giving an even more lush flavor profile. This is still great stuff though.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It doesn't matter whether this is cold or warm. The carbonation is active and adds to the unique feel of this beer. In a proper lambic glass everything is right, the visual appeal nearly matches the beer's allure in the mouth and nose. So easy to drink, the acidity makes this very quenching and easy to have even when full. To get a nice large glass of this for $6 is outstanding. I don't know about a $30 bottle, but on-tap this is a real treat and one I'm lucky to have come across. (1,842 characters)

Photo of jale
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap for Zwanze day at West Lakeview in Chicago.

A: Pours a light red with a quarter of pinkish head.

S: Cherry fruitiness and nice mild funk.

T: Cherries up front with the tartness coming in late. This tastes just like a Brut sparkling cherry wine. The carbonation is tighter like a champagne.

M: Light body with good carbonation.

O: I would drink this again. (371 characters)

Photo of Sephiroth
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Label says 2001, cork says it was bottled in 2002. The cork was wet under the cap. Pours with moderate carbonation, body is cherry red. Smell is not as overpowering as their Kriek, not as sour or cherry. It is more blended. The individual aromas are more evident.

The taste is well blended, no sharp sourness, but it is sour. Same thing with the cherries and funk, everything is layered rather than hitting you all at once. Mouthfeel is great, this may be the most drinkable lambic I've ever had. (500 characters)

Photo of thepeter
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottle: Pours a beautiful Bright red with a nice red tinted head that was big and frothy but left the scene quickly. Smelled like cherry candy wiht some sour adn slight wood. Tastes quite similar with a boom of sour to begin with a great balance of cherry candy sweetness, a tiny bit of woody dryness at the end. Overall a Beautiful beer that I absolutely loved (366 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle to tulip glass. Straight from the cellar. Slightly below room temperature. Some what viscous. Shared with Jake_ramrod.

A. Fairly aggressive pour yields a dark ruby color and light ruby head of one finger. Mildly effervescent.

S. Tart. Tart cherries mainly. Sour yeast and bacteria. Fairly straight forward.

T. A little more going on compared to the nose. Medium tartness. Sour cherries certainly dominant with a noticeable neutral oak component. Minor notes of plumes, cranberries, and apples. Mucha fruit.

M. The viscosity thins out as it warms which makes it much more smooth. Low carbonation. Light body.

O. This is a beautiful kriek. Wonderful smell and taste. This maybe my favorite Cantillon (so far). I would certainly purchase this ale again. Certainly recommended. (789 characters)

Photo of haazer
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer had at Blue Dog's rediculous wealth of riches. Time to see what all the buzz about Cantillon is about.

A- A very bright, deep maroon red brew. Evident carbonation but no head in my pour. I saw pink head in other's glasses. Looked like cherry kool aid.

S- Funk me!! very funky, lot of bugs in this. I also pick up on the oak, with of course healthy doses of dried sour cherries.

T- A marvelous blend of tart, sweet and sour cherries. The oak plays a role in the flavor as well as the feel of the beer. This is moderately sour but not in your face. The funkyness not as pronounced as it was in the nose.

M- Dry, crisp and tart. Tongue smacking with every sip. Scrapes the tastebuds clean.

O- Great Kriek. I'm pretty new to the lambic style but this is by far the best I've had. Well balanced. (806 characters)

Photo of haz77
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 2003 vintage. Pours a cloudy cherry red with a foamy, tight pink head. This settles to a thin ring and island after a minute, but is easily refreshed.

S - Solvent, plasticy phenols, barnyard, red summer fruit.

T - Begins with a rounded tartness, which fades but never leaves thoughout the whole drink. Cherry appears in the middle but is pushed to one side by citric tartness towards the end. Long finish of apple and slight tobacco. Astonishing fresh and vibrant given it's the best part of a decade old. Nicely integrated.

M - Medium, verging on full body. Initial spritz of carbonation fades and leaves a creamy mouthfeel.

D - Cantillon delivers once again. Well integrated yet retains a bright red fruit flavour. Definately less tart than their other beers I've had and has aged gracefully. (802 characters)

Photo of hawks10
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage - 750ml green corked & capped bottle - Bottled September 21st, 2010 - Poured into my Cantillon stemware...

Wow, blood red Hawaiian Punch. The deepest and brightest red I have ever seen in a beer. Two fingers of spritzy and quickly evaporating head forms, bright pink, and then leaves nothing behind. This beer is gorgeous.

Was expecting to be overwhelmed by cherry in the nose, but instead, I am overwhelmed by that wonderful musty Cantillon funk, it dominates the nose. Aroma leans more to the sweet side rather than sour, probably because of the relative freshness of this beer. Fresh, ripe cherries are powerful, just not as much so as the funk...

Again, expecting to be overwhelmed by cherries in the taste, instead the musty, earthiness aspects of the flavor come to the forefront. Heavy on the funk, usually these flavors are more prevalent in aged Cantillons, not a fresh one such as this. A very quick, biting tartness when you first sip, the fruit character is not all that apparent, that is, until you lick your lips, that is where all the cherry was hiding. The cherry becomes stronger as I sip, but still, the funk is king. Finish is big on the oak with a lingering, woody dryness...

Body is on the lighter side with a moderate level of carbonation. Not as spritzy as a fresh "regular" Cantillon Kriek, this one could use a touch more bubbles. Still quite a nice drink either way...

Another wonderful beer by Cantillon. $30 per 750ml is very steep, is it worth it? Well no single beer is really worth $30, but whatever, I'd buy it again if I saw it :) (1,581 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. 2009 Vintage. Pours a clear dark pink with a light pink head that settles fairly quickly and leaves some light lacing on the glass. This is definitely one of my favorite looking beers. The aroma is huge cherry, pie crust, some hay, funkiness, and some lactic acid. The cherry is phenomenal. The taste has an initial light cherry sweetness and lots of of lactic twang. There is also funkiness, hay, and pie crust. Finish is fairly tart with lactic and tons of cherry. Medium-full bodied. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Medium-low carbonation. Just an amazing beer. The amount of cherry is overwhelming. This is definitely the best fruit lambic that I have had.
5/5/5/5/4.5

Draft at the Trappist. 2008 Vintage. Pours a darkish read with a two finger pink head with good retention that leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. Just beautiful. Aroma is huge cherry. Smells like a cherry pie. Typical Cantillon funk, but just a background note as the cherries are front and center here. The initial taste is sweet, juicy cherry. Tart, but certainly not overly sour. Perfect balance to the fruit. A little bit of the barnyard funk, but again just a background note behind the fruit. Nice tart finish. Almost no astringency. Medium body. Medium carbonation. I enjoyed this when I had a bottle, but on tap it is phenomenal. Easily one of the best beers I have over had. If this were available regularly I would be ecstatic, but my wallet probably would not.
5/4.5/5/4.5/5 (1,480 characters)

Photo of mhewes
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2001

A: Pours a ruby red color with a thin head

S : Sour cherries with plenty of brett funk

T : Really tart and acidic. The sour cherries really shine through.

M : Lots of carbonation and dryness

D : It's a really good example of a traditional fruit lambic. Just not my type of beer. (296 characters)

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 split 3 ways. 2005 vintage. Bottled 22 Aug 2007. Let breath for 15 minutes.

Ar: Fruity, cherry, Blueberry, grape, cinnamon, pitty/nutty, nice oak, almond, vanilla, excellent, way more to this than cherry

Ap: White/pink head, fair retention, deep pink

T: Acidic, Almond, cinnamon, vanilla, great cherry, strong acid, complex and unique, berries, applesauce on wheat toast with cinnamon, more acidic than i would want but not as much as the normal kriek, surprisingly bright

M: Good acid, light and crisp body, medium carbonation, clean tartness

O: Most complex and best Kriek I've had, great cinnamon spice and almond, i still prefer non-fruit wilds but this is good. (675 characters)

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005.

Poured an translucent and hazy red with a large foamy pink head.

The aroma was bursting with tart cherries, brettanomyces barnyard funk and lactic acid.

The flavor was intensely tart and acidic. The fruit flavors wer very rich a full. Mad cherries tell ya. The beer had a clean biscuity and wheaty malt backbone (very subtle, but nice).

The carbonation was spritzy the mouthfeel was light and crisp.

This beer was incredibly refreshing, as are all Cantillons, and extremely drinkable.

Probably the best kriekbier I've had. (542 characters)

Photo of shleepy
4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 bottle from K&L (Redwood City), poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark red, with a thick and creamy, bright pink head.

S: Sour funk galore (more sourness than funk); and the cherries are notable, as well.

T: Excellently balanced sourness, funk, and fruit flavors. This is a perfect example of the style.

M: Smooth and creamy, with a good amount of carbonation. No cloying acidity (which some overly-sour krieks have).

O: A truly fantastic kriek. (451 characters)

Photo of dogfooddog
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage, cork dated 2005, this is the first cantillon product in years I have seen where the cork was not soaked all the way up. Cork comes out with minimal pop.

Pours a very deep red, far deeper than the normal cantillon kriek. Head is 25% of glass vol.

Nose is typical cantillon mustiness moderated by some sweetness, i can just smell some cherry, unlike the regular cant. kriek.

Taste - this is noticeably milder than their normal product. The cherry is far more pronounced, I can actually distinctly taste sharp cherry in this beer. Furthing tasting tells me that in this case the fruit character is stronger than the lambic character. IF (big if) this is not a blended lambic it would explain some of the lack of complexity in the lambic notes.

Aftertaste is a cherryish mild lambic mustiness, not complex at all.

Interesting variation on their normal kriek, but I am not sure if I prefer it to their normal version. This does seem sweeter and the lambic-sourness is far more subtle. As far as rating, this beer is highly recommended, I am quibbling over minor issues in a masterpiece. (1,111 characters)

Photo of coffygrinder
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was one of my personal whales. Pours a golden red with a light bubble, but heavy carbonation. Love the smell of light cherrys. It is very airomatic. It taste like sour cherrys, with a very light mouth feel, light carbonation, small bubbles. It is a great Kriek, and will be my everyday beer when I win the lotto.

Overall on of my all time favs. This beer was great. I really hope to get my hands on another on and let it sit in the celler for a few year to see how it changes. (483 characters)

Photo of wedgie9
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle purchased at Discount Liquors, Vintage 2005. Pours a cloudy but bright brick red color with an average rose head that recedes to lace. Nose is sour and funky with just a hint of vinegar and lactic acid, some vanilla oak, and a very fresh cherry aroma that also has a hint of sweetness. Most Krieks I have tried smell more like a Kirsch brandy, where the cherries here smell much more fresh. The flavor starts off very sour and acidic, but quickly and seamlessly moves to the oak vanilla and very fresh cherries that throughout seem to give an illusion of sweetness, but I don't think that there is anything sweet to this beer at all. The body is medium with almost sparkling carbonation and a long sour and fresh cherry finish. (746 characters)

Photo of amphion1065
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage poured into a wine glass at Monk's Cafe, split with a dear friend. What a treat - I don't think I have the financial self-restraint to consider moving to Philly.

A brief disclaimer: I ordered this bottle at 12:30 on a Friday night/technical Saturday morning, and Monk's has a sort of reverse-Apple store lighting scheme going on to begin with. That said, I'm pretty sure I could see the vibrant cherry red body of this beer even if there had been no lighting at all. There's a billowing white, slightly-pink head that forms from even the slightest pour. Gorgeous lacing.

Oh, it smells sour. Pungent acidic cherries and tart lemons predominate. And there is funk in abundance here. I hate to recapitulate the countless Cantillon reviews before this one, but I'll be damned if there's not a serious barnyard funk, horse blanket aroma going on.

It's difficult to compare the taste of this beer to any of the younger LP bottles I've had in the past. It tastes like Sour Patch Kids - the purest, most amped-up Sour Patch Kids ever created. Bracingly sour, but the cherries come through beautifully. So much citric acid and grassy funk, it tastes elemental and pure.

The carbonation is flawless: perfectly bubbly, with a rich, lush mouthfeel. The years have done nothing to diminish the lively feel of this beer. Eminently drinkable.

Time has treated this beer exceptionally well - I would love to try an older bottle. A phenomenal beer, world-class. (1,465 characters)

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
98 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.