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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,199
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 1,299
Gots: 259 | FT: 13
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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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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Kirk, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of hooliganlife
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage per Zwanze day sheet. Poured into a stemmed cantillon glass

Pour was a bright pinkish red. Lots of head with a similar color. Very murky.

An onslaught of fresh cherry with a hint of old musty oak and vanilla.

Lots of tart cherries. Very bold and fresh. Lots of oak in this, really balanced out the bright cherry.

Nice mild carbonation an quite smooth. Bits of dryness in the finish. Oak residue on the teeth.

Having 2008 both draft and bottle, i prefer the bottle. Bottle had less oak and more cherry

hooliganlife, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage (bottled in 2009) - I always like to sample fruit lambics on the fresher end of the spectrum before aging them significantly. Poured from a capped and corked 750mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Sangria body, largely clear (with a careful pour), topped by a highly active yet lasting ultra pink (Crayola) head of sizzling micro-foam. Fast runing lacing, returns to the liquid as if on the edge of a whip.

Pungeant yet very well balanced aromatics - aged lambic comes through clearly with dusty penicillin, barnyard scents, and maybe even ant pheremones. Faint cherry notes abound as well, like a crop of them wafting over on the wind.

Very dark cherry notes, fairly sweet but not cloying - with a tartness coming more from the lambic and oak than the fruit itself. Pickled plum (umeboshi) notes and a slight and bright wine vinegar quality come through mid-palate. Subtle grassy/hay-like finish with light tannins from the oak. "Yummy!"

Light bodied, quite well carbonated for the style, and no real astringency. Smooth drinking.

Very high quality fruit, a distinctive varietal seems to be used here (some say Schaerbeekse, but I haven't sampled 3F's namesake yet to compare) - yields a sweeter smoother base (though still 100% natural tasting) than some other krieks, which serves as a nice foil to the artful complexity of the aged lambic. If not the apex of the style, it is certainly among the very best and exudes quality, care, and tradition.

augustgarage, Oct 03, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Resuin, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of randylangford
5/5  rDev +8.9%

randylangford, Jan 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

cadaugherty, Nov 15, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

uturn, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of brystmar
4.22/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 2008 bottle at the bar of EMP in Flatiron, NYC with my buddy Nate.

Deep red pour with ample reddish-white head. Decent lace and strong aroma of fresh cherries linger. Yeasty notes hit the nose too, but fresh cherries remain in my mind.

Taste begins where the aroma left off: cherry fruity-ness meets a mildly acidic base, blending into an extremely pleasant mixture of fruit and tartness. Mildly tart, not extremely sour, but exceptionally balanced. Overall, this is a better, more balanced beer than the Cantillon 100% Lambic Kriek '07 I've had on multiple occasions. My palate, however, prefers the super acidic, extremely sour flavor profile that resulted from that 2007 batch.

Regardless, I really love Cantillon. Bring me more!

brystmar, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Picked up a bottle at the Cantillon brewery in Brussels.

A- Pours a dark cherry color, produces a finger of pinkish red head that fizzles quickly to a thin ring.

S- Big tartness, cherry sweetness, some vinegar and oak.

T- Starts out similar to a lot of Cantillon beers with a big blast of Jolly Rancher / Warhead sourness, but from the first sip you can also pick up on a more pronounced oak flavor. As your palate gets used to the tartness a delicious cherry pie flavor comes out, very fruity and tasty. Earthy yeast funk rounds out the background as expected.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, finishes semi-dry.

O- Another slam dunk from Cantillon, the fruit and oak is more pronounced on the Lou Pepe than on the normal Kriek, although both are absolutely delightful beers. I look forward to finding another bottle.

WillCarrera, Dec 22, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark purpley red with a fluffy pink head. True lambic aroma, sour, horses. Cherries of course. The flavor is SOUR. So sour the tongue mistranslates it as almost salty. Past that there's a lot going on underneath. Cherry is subtle here. Not the sweet soda beer of Lindeman's (which I do admit having a soft spot for) and instead a true lambic with the flavor of the fruit.

aracauna, Jan 06, 2004
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4.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Once again I have to give a HUGE thanks to sweemzander for tossing this one in the mix while hanging out last weekend. You are a fucking certified bas ass in my book.

2007 vintage poured into my tulip. The beer is deep strawberry red with a finger of bright pink head that fades leaving a small soapy lace ring.

The aroma is INSANE! Tart cherries with a bit of spice and vanilla. Sour funk is mild but enough to let you know it's present. This reminds me so much of a slice of cherry pie.

The flavor is just as awesome as the nose. Sour yet smooth cherries. The barrel wood is very subtle yet adds to the complexity. A bit of spice and vanilla along with just a hint of funk. Absolute perfection.

Medium to light creamy body. A solid amount of carbonation.

Overall one of the finest beers I've had the chance to try. If not for the price tag I would seriously drink this non stop. Thanks so much for sharing this with me sweem.

beerwolf77, Aug 04, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, bottled: 21 September 2010. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

This is the deepest red I've seen in a lambic. Its just so densely red through and through. The color of beet juice and fully opaque. A small pink head flashes away with next to no lacing. Swirling brings up a substantial bubblegum pink ring that leaves slippery lacing that just doesn't have cling.

This isn't the strongest aroma, but its quite nice. The cork certainly smelled amazing. A nice punch of horsey funk kicks things off. There are big wafts of veiny, moldy cheese as well; I bet this would kick my ass with a selection of bleu cheeses. Cherries bring a little bit of tartness, but they also seem to smell quite fleshy and sweet.

Quite sour, but this is Cantillon. Plenty of funk is actually tasted right off the bat, and even more so as the beer warms slightly. It has a myriad of funky flavors: old paper, wet dog, straw, and an aged cheese sharpness. Cherries come out towards the end and are fleshy and ripe. The finish yields a citric level of acidity, calling to mind grapefruit rind. The taste really comes into it's own after the beer has sat in the glass for a little bit.

Geesh. This carbonation is out of control. As soon as the beer hits the mouth it explodes into foam. It fizzes up, expanding to fill the mouth. You can swirl away some of the excessive Co2 but its still a bit much. The beer is very dry and crisp, which is nice.

Drie Fonteinen's Schaerbeekse Kriek is still fresh in my mind. I actually wish I had held on to it so we could do a little Schaerbeek lambic tasting. But to compare out of memory, I'll always favor 3F's crazy funky aromas, but I think the Cantillon tastes better. This really is one of the better krieks out there, but I'm not certain that it lives up to the hype.

MbpBugeye, Jul 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Paccamacca, Apr 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

GJ40, Jan 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

LambicKing, Apr 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

DeutschesBier, Feb 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle drank from the goose island reserve wine glasses. 2002 vintage. this will be my oldest cantillon yet.

A- the beer comes out of the bottle a reddish colored body with pink hues to it. theres a minimal fizzy white head the almost instantly becomes no more than a crown. little to no lacing left behind.

S- woah, the first thing i think is that this is going to be a very sour beer. lots of vinegar and other acidic notes. some of the musty funk and oak barrel creep in as well. the cherry comes through ever so softly. im surprised its still hanging around after all these years.

T- the taste is pretty sour. lots of acidic and vinegary notes. a little bit of the oak barrel comes through. the classic cantillon musty/earthy funk comes through stronger than the smell would have indicated. the cherry is all gone at this point.

M- light bodied and thin. not much carbonation. leaves my mouth feeling pretty dry and has a good puckering effect.

D- i could probably have taken this bottle down by myself, but something this expensive and old begged to be shared with my wife who also really enjoyed it. id love to have a large stash of these.

jwinship83, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Proteus93
4.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

bottle shared by dkachur. Thanks!

A: A deep, hazy brown with red highlights... Like iced tea with far too much powder. A nice sticky wisp of lacing and decent retention.

S: Cherry aromas in a barnyard. A grassiness and a hint of tobacco.

T: Slightly sour cherry, without a big puckering. Herbal notes, a bit of leafiness.

M: A little pucker as it goes down. A beautiful dryness on the finish that makes it pleasant to drink.

D: Fairly straight forward. Perhaps wouldn't pick it up at the store, personally, but a decent brew.

Proteus93, Sep 29, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

klipper, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
4.58/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a reddish purple with a thin effervescent pink colored head. Excellent retention and clarity, and nice lacing.

S: Slight funk, delicious cherry, toasted oak, cinnamon, a little raspberry. Almost a red wine nose once warm.

T: Mouth puckering tart red cherry, some light barrel character, funk, tartness is mild to moderate and doesn't limit drinkability.

M: Smooth medium body and medium-high carbonation

O: The cherry complements the beer perfectly. Tastes real and in good balance with the base. Overall just really nice and highly drinkable. I could drink this all day.

pmarlowe, Dec 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

savagepm, Jun 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

spointon, Dec 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

coreyfmcdonald, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.58/5  rDev -22%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- phenomenal pink colour. Great head retention

Smell- smells sour and tart... Can also smell hints of oak. Similar in a way to consecration

Taste- tastes like a carbonated consecration... Not as good I think as other krieks I've had

Mouthfee-: highly carbonated and tart. A bit of funk

Drinkabilit-: too funky and sour to drink much of

Urbancaver, Oct 03, 2010
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.