Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,494
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 7.61%
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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 wedgie9
4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of amphion1065
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of schwaeh
4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. I've been dying to open this for some time now, glad I'm pulling the trigger finally.

A: Very deep ruby red, this has some serious color to it. A massive spritzy pink head forms that goes down real quick. A pink ring sets around the beer but there's no lace.

S: This has amazing wine characteristics, gobs of oak and sharp fruity tartness. Cherry is in full effect, real fresh smelling. Bugs also cut through the mix no doubt about it, this smells crazy funky. I can practically smell the barrel room at Cantillon in this.

T: The cherries actually keep this grounded when you first take a drink, there is some building tartness initially but the darker cherry offsets it some. Just as in the smell, this is very woody-tons of oaky vanilla, years worth of wild yeast and bacteria. It gets fairly acidic on the teeth, I wouldn't drink this on an empty stomach. As far as sourness this isn't even close to Rose de Gambrinus or the more readily available beers; The sourness is kept in check, to a degree. The carbonation gives you a nice kick of sour while swallowing.

M: This has a lighter-easy drinking body with high carbonation. It really dances on the tongue.

O: LP Kriek lives up to the pedestal I put it on. This beer tastes very mature, the brewer let the beer come into it's own without trying too hard. Simple and complex at the same time, sour enough to appease sour fans, yet down to earth enough for most newcomers.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage: 2009
Cantillon's site says: "The Kriek contains 200 g of fruits per liter on an average, while the Lou Pepe beers contain about 300 g. This fruity taste, combined with the wine flavour coming from the Bordeaux barrels, distinguishes these special beers from the other Cantillon products."

Bubble-gum pink, fluffy head.

Aroma of fresh sour cherries. Brings me back to my grandparent's cottage out in rural Ukraine where we'd eat baskets of ripe sour cherries. Note that these are not the sweet Bing variety most Americans are probably used to. Rather, these cherries are smaller and mouth-puckeringly sour. Oh, but how delightful.

Flavor is pure cherries. What I love about this beer is the absence of any flavor that stands in the way of tasting these cherries - no harsh alcohols, caramel flavors, hops, or off-flavors. Just sour cherries. The acidity perfectly accentuates the fruitiness.

It would be interesting to see how this ages - a year, two years. I suspect that fresh is best for high fidelity to the fruit.

Mouthfeel is light, but not watery due to the acidity that forms this beer's backbone and the mild carbonation.

Photo of Verecund
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage, bottled in 2010. Consumed on 01.23.2011. Poured into my Cantillon wine glass.

I've always enjoyed the blood-red body of this and 3F's Schaerbeekse Kriek. It glows a vibrant red. One inch pink head settles to a cm thick ring about the glass.

The most cherry-pie-reminiscent beer I've smelled or consumed. I've heard the schaerbeekse yield for this year was better than normal, and it's redolent with their sweetness and tartness. Citrus, cherry pits, and a quiet barnyard funk.

Juicy cherries, raspberry berriness, lots of oak, some earthiness, a nice leaves-you-wanting-more tartness. The cherry really shines through the oak and cobwebby funk. Slightly tannic, with a dry finish that leaves a tiny note of citrus on the the tongue.

Medium-to-medium-light-bodied with light, but lively carbonation.

So bright and fresh, this is just as good as (if not better) than 3F's own. The standard for the style. I look forward to seeing how this develops.

Photo of Schmaltzy
4.72/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 edition, thanks NCbeerfan.

A- Pours a bright ruby color with darker ruby hues and 2 fingers of pink head that died to a light pink layer of head that remained for the entire drink, slight lacing but not much.

S- Dry tart cherries with a slight dry hay and/or funk in the back. Very tart and dry cherry flavor that leaves your mouth watering before you take your first sip, it entices you to drink it.

T- Sour cherries immediately with a slight sweetness on the mid palete that finishes with a huge dry hay/funk finish. I really enjoy the taste and how it evolves over each part of the palate.

M- Nice light body with loads of carbonation that cleanses the palate and leaves you wanting to drink more of this beer. My mouth is still watering after each sip.

D- Huge drinkability, could drink this all day and have no problem. Really a great beer...

Photo of camil1mj
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Sarro at our recent Holiday tasting.

A: Beautiful cherry red. Some white head present.

S: Strong sour acidic notes.

T: Sour cherry flavors upfront followed by some funkiness, as expected. Not overly sour. The sour and sweetness of this one are very well intertwined.

M: Medium body. Well carbonated. Champagne-like dryness.

O: A great lambic. Very glad to get to try another great Cantillon. I wish their beer was still distributed to MI.

Photo of chaduvel
4.08/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is one of the most complex and unique beers I've ever tried.
It pours a rich dark red with a foamy head that disappears quickly. The aroma is of tart sour cherries, malt, horse-blanket funk, and sugar. The taste is incredibly sour, and yet the strange yeast flavors push their way past the sourness, it almost taste as if something went wrong, yet you know that everything is right. The finish is very dry and the palette is left feeling clean. A strange and yet very drinkable beer, at least for those who like something very sour and complex.

Photo of Walken
4.4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brasserie Cantillion: Lou Pepe, Kriek (Brewed: 2005, Bottled: 2007)
750 ml. bottle: poured into a flute.

Appearance: Pours out a hazy kool aid red/purple color. Head is a small, frothy off-white cap with a very appearant red hue. Great head retention.
Odor: Ripe sour cherries, metallic and earthy yeast funk is strong and unmistakable.
Consistency: It's hard to pin a body type on this beer because there's so many other things going on. Between the extreme puckering tartness, moderate carbonation and funky yeast flavors, it comes off as having a firm, medium body. Very dry.
Taste: Puckering cherry tartness hits you first and sticks around. Flavors begin very juicy and vibrant then shift gears into dry, tart territory, almost as if the beer has evaporated. Finish is relatively clean despite the leftover sensation of dryness, leaving a bit of lingering funk & acidity.

Like many, I was introduced to this style with a bottle of Lindeman's Kriek, so this was somewhat of a rude awakening. This is a one of kind beer.

Photo of bret27
4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark full red. Little carbonation.

Smell: tart, cherry, oakiness, lemon juice

Taste: Very tart, definitely not a sweeter lambic. Funky lemon, quite sour. Little sweet fruitiness in the background.
Nice tart dry finish. Pretty drinkable considering the sourness.

Overall: Authentic, extremely good example of the style. Worth trying for sure.

Photo of illinikap
4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2010 vintage from a bottle share!

Photo of newk340
4.08/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: grape juice in color with a thin rose head, little lacing.

S: an initial bitterness blasts the senses with laces of cherries, feels like pop-rocks in my nose.

T: blasts of cherries and yeast, like a red pixie stick, flavor coats every possible crevice in the mouth and throat.

MF/D: surprisingly smooth on the palate for the high carbonation that is everpresent, certainly some tart left on the lips.

Photo of Azurescens
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage stated on menu, I have been informed that this information is possibly incorrect. Had on tap at Brouwer's on 5/26/11 poured into champagne glass.

A: Pours a beautiful dark red with minimal head and lacing around glass.

S: Tart cherries, acidic sour and funky notes with some oak in there as well.

T: Like the aroma, there are lots of cherries in here, definitely the dominant flavor. Behind the cherries there is acidic sourness with some funky and earthy flavors as well.

M: Really tart medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

O: Excellent beer, favorite kriek that I have had to date. Nice and sour with strong taste of tart cherries. Really drinkable and delicious.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.92/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek 2007 (bottled 2009)

Pulled from the fridge, opened, and allowed to breath for twenty minutes before pouring. Pours a medium hazed cranberry with a short lived bright pink head. Certainly looks like a 'girlie' beer, but that's fine. Leaves a small pink ring and miniscule specs of lace. Very pretty beer for sure.

Nose is sweet malt, dry oak, sweet/sour cherries, vinegar, candied citrus, lemon, cherry gummy candies, faint funk, a small touch of old leather. Strangely clean and soft for a Cantillon Lambic. Some horse as it warms. Very inviting.

Mmmm. The palette is spot on to the nose. Cherry candies, tart cranberries, black pepper, lemon acidity, cider, balsamic vinegar. A biting sourness on the finish that balances out the dry oak and cherry sweetness. A real light funky note, some barnyard at the end. So many different things going on, it's hard to pick out everything.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thicker than expected. Most Lambics I've had are quite dry and borderline astringent, but this has what seems to be a bit of residual fruit sugar. Not heavy by any means, but not the typical bone-dry thing that this style is known for. A heavy carbonation keeps it lively and breaks up the medium body. As it warms it seems to dry (the oak) in the mouth a bit more, bringing it more in line with other Lambics.

Obviously a beer to be appreciated over the course of an hour or so, allowing all the nuance and depth come through with warmth and air exposure. This is surprisingly easy to drink though, as this style (and particular brewery) is known as a hard to approach and oft misunderstood tipple. I wish I had this all the time, it's like a delicious sour cherry candy, which just happens to be an all time favorite of mine. And thus far, this is my favorite beer to come from the Lembeek region of Belgium. Oh, and the bottle and label are the usual high quality Cantillon affair. Of course.

Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.41/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a magnificent, clear ruby red with a thick, rocky head that looks like a pillow of cotton candy.

The smell is citrus peel, cherry and fresh berries. The acidic quality manifests on the nose, but there is little to no funk here, just pure lambic goodness.

Mouthfeel is appropriately light with sprightly champagne-style carbonation that brings the tartness straight to your tongue.

The taste mimics the smell. Light raspberry and cherry fruit with a solid, but not overwhelming sourness. The sourness builds appropriately, but never dominates the palate, making this a candidate for pairing with lighter fare like summer salads or fruit-based desert. Insanely drinkable and a classic stepping stone for those looking to get into sours.

Photo of tarheels86
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Secret Summit- probably a 2007 edition given it’s softness and not too intense sourness. Pours an unreal, super cloudy, vibrant, deep pink/purple with a dense, light purple head that has excellent retention and lace. Aroma is light band-aid that quickly moves to baked cherry pie, freshly baked/burnt sweet cherries. Incredible. Taste is tart, not too sour, full of cherry pie. Really has no flaws at all. Soft, lactic, cherry yogurt palate. 9/5/9/5/15=4.1

750mL 2007. Pours perfectly with a creamy pink, thin head that lasts throughout. Nose is just so awesome. Soft, tart, cherries, cherry pie, raspberry yogurt. Taste is similar: a play off raspberries and sour cherries with such a soft, beautiful body it really is not even fair. This is definitely the perfect kriek. I want some everyday. 9/5/9/5/18=4.6

Photo of jlervine
3.88/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep burgandy with a rim of pink foam. Smell is vinegar, open air, hint of fruitiness. The taste leads with cherries quickly overpowered by sour vinegar notes, while the finish is dominated by cherries and an acetone-like flavor. Mouthfeel is very soft compared to the other Cantillons I've had - no harsh drying astringency in the finish, just a smooth road to the next sip. Very drinkable, but I prefer the Lou Pepe framboise.

Photo of Parrotshake
4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2009.

Pours a glorious dark ruby color with a pink-tinted white head. Tiny rising bubbles visible in the glass. I'm already drooling. Lifting it to the nose I get tart cherries, balsamic vinegar and... vomit. Just a wee bit. A weird funky note of stomach acid.

Taste-wise, this has quite a bit more cherry flavor than the regular Cantillion Kriek - with the latter, you get the IDEA they were there, whereas with the Lou Pepe they're clearly still around. Big, ripe & sour cherries, with less of the usual green apple and lemon notes. Still very tart. The vomit-y (or perhaps sweaty) note from the nose is present in the taste, but nowhere near as offputting as that sounds. Perhaps I'm just having trouble coming up with an adequate descriptor. Barrel hints of wood, vanilla and coconut come and go as they please, for a split second at a time. A little damp hay underpinning everything. Finish is sour and salty, almost savory. Not the most complex Cantillon I've had, but big bright flavors throughout.

Quite high carbonation with a clean and very dry finish - positively sucks the moisture from your mouth. You need another sip. NOW! And another. And so on. Wonderful beer.

Photo of JulioH
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Great beer, lots of cherry.

This is a classic lambic kriek. It pours a red beer. Smells of funky yeasts, and cherry candy. Taste is sour, yet it is also sweet. I could not help thinking of a cherry soda, since this beer has that type of feel. Not much foam forms at the head. This beer is pretty light, and I wouldn't say you can drink the whole bottle, but at least half easily.

Photo of laintringulis
4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flute glass.

Pours a dark murky red with small pinish head. Large amount of tight carbonation throughout drinking.

Smell: Light cherry smell. Strong musty, brett yeast smell with some citrus. Just smell sour/tart.

Taste: Definite brett yeast taste with tart cherry. The cherry is not overpowering. Very dry musty wine like flavor. Overall pleasing tartness more than sourness. I can't quite describe it; it is complex in the taste, but it is so well balanced altoghether it doesn't seem complex.

Light bodied with lots of carbonation without being stinging. Very dry in the mouthfeel without being astringent. Clean feeling and refreshing.

A true joy to drink if this style is your bag. A great beer to enjoy, but 1 or 2 will do just fine.

Photo of erica
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I shared a bottle of this which was bought at Cantillon after we toured the place. Seeing it in person made me appreciate Cantillon beers so much more. Anyway, this Lou Pepe Kriek was pretty damn good. I'm pretty sure it made me smile. It poured a deep but not dark red colour with a light pink head. Very nice to look at. It had that funky lambic smell to it in the background, along with cherries and spices. Reminded me a bit of Quelque Chose but not as sweet. Taste was again full of cherries and spice, like cherry pie kind of, very mellow compared to other Cantillons I'd sampled. I wonder if it's because it's straight from the brewery so it's so fresh? Don't know, but it's good. It was soft in my mouth, not syrupy at all for how fruity it is, and yeah, I could drink lots more of it if it were around. Definitely worth trying, especially if you can get it from Mr. Van Roy himself!

Photo of slaintemhor
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a sample of the '04 of this at a gathering of Beer Advocate folks this evening (4/1/09). Colour... medium red with a thin veil of a pink head. Nose... tart, pollenator cherries, vinegar, cherry bark. Palate... whoa! Pucker up buttercup!! Wonderfully tart, lightly carbonated, acetic, redolent of tart pie cherries, vinegar and a hint of cinnamon. Made the salivary glands at the back of my palate gleek into high gear. Man this is nice stuff!!

Photo of DrewZ926
4.97/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2003 vintage, generously shared by Ryan of the Funky Buddha

Hard to review this one as I really found no flaw with it...in my eyes the perfect Kriek. Pours a hazy grapefruit pink body with an inch of pink coral head. Smell is brilliant. Fresh tart cherries, oak, slight tannic dryness, a touch of musty funk. Tastes flawless too. Starts off with a kick of fresh cherries, very tart but balanced acidity, lots of oak notes and a little barnyard wildness on the finish. Also picked up some floral, almost perfume-like, notes on the finish. Mouthfeel was less thin than the standard Kriek and perfectly carbonated even with the age. Overall, I can't see a Kriek exceeding this one. Not sure if the age made the difference here but it sure didn't hurt. Seek this one out and buy it if a recent vintage is on the shelf.

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

Thanks to Naptown25rs for this one. 2007 bottle, poured into a Stone IRS snifter.

A - Pours a deep red, with a big fluffy white head. A slight haze, but not much... looks awesome.

S - Definitely cherries first, followed by some serious Cantillon funk, earthy barnyard, definitely going to be tart, and also some slight wine character.

T - Not quite as sour as I thought it might be, but definitely tart. Sour cherries dominate, with some always solid Cantillon lambic to back it up. This lambic had some flavor that I couldn't quite put my finger on the whole time, but it seemed very familiar to me. Perhaps a combination of the schaerbeek cherries, the sweet liquor, and the wine barrel. The combination of those flavors made this one of the best sours I've had. Great stuff.

M - Bubbly, puckering, dry, all things that make lambic great.

O - One of the best sours I've had the privilege of having. Had this directly following the standard Cantillon Gueuze and it stood well above. Something about this kriek gave it a very unique aspect that I haven't seen in other fruit lambics. I hope I can get a hold of another one these...

Photo of jeremy13586
4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. 2009 vintage with a 9/1/2011 bottle date.

Beautiful ruby color. Very limited pink head that vanished almost immediately. Left a ring of small bubbles around top of the beer.

Tart cherries and some peppery spice. Some light musty wood and acidity.

Tart cherry is at the forefront followed by the peppery spiciness. Fairly acidic throughout, but there is a nice syrupy sweetness that backs everything up.

Dry and tannic, but there is a little bit of syrup that doesn't make it super-dry. Medium-light body, with a decent amount of carbonation.

A very awesome brew that we were very lucky to find. The bottle didn't last for too long, but I'll be thinking about this one for a while.

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
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