Lou Pepe - Kriek
Brasserie Cantillon

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Lambic - Fruit
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4.65 | pDev: 7.31%
Brasserie Cantillon
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Sigmund from Norway

3.99/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and capped bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Vintage 2007, ABV is 5%. 300 gram of Schaerbeek cherries are added per liter beer. Aged in oak barrels. Deep red colour, huge pink head. Intense aroma of ripe cherries, hints of red wine vinegar. Equally intense flavour of sour cherries, not as lemony as the Lou Pepe Framboise. Drank it a bit too cold, still refreshing and pleasant to drink.

Mar 18, 2021
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I just had a cellered Lou Pepe Kriek from Cantillon bottled in 2010. I poured it into a snifter. I imagined myself being in the garden of a Belgian Brassiere while drinking it.

Look: dark reddish light brown with a thin white head

Aroma: cherry pie and red wine.

Taste: wheat/grain, tart and slightly sweet cherry, lots of cherry, some funk/vinegar, red wine and oak.

Body/Overall: medium body, soft/velvety, well balanced and delicious.

Jul 14, 2020
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TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Moeder Lambic, first one in a lambic glass, second in a tulip. Deep red with virtually no head. Mild cherry and lambic smell. Taste has a nice complexity that stands out even in the middle of a Zwanze day’s worth of cantillon. A real treat.

Sep 28, 2019
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Arjen from Netherlands

3.97/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Carnivale Brettanomyces 2019. Small size sample from bottle in de Bierkoning, Amsterdam, poured by the man himself: Jean Van Roy. 2014 label, bottles 2016. Pours a lovely deep red/purple-ish colour, slightly hazy, and a dense pink head with good retention. Aroma's of cherries and almonds/fruitstones, sour & sweetish. No sweetness retronasal. Flavour is sour, with light dry bitterness. Light bodied. Long finish, tart and dry.

Jun 23, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle at brewery. Beautiful Ruby appearance with a dense pale pink head that retains and laces far better than I've ever seen for the style. Smells like cherry pie filling. Flavors strike a wonderful balance between a gentle graininess, tart cherry, and bretty funkiness. Amazing complexity with a nice drying finish that tapers off quickly. Pricey but understandably so


Nov 06, 2018
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

05/2016 - this is fucking incredible. Cinnamon, tart acidic cherries; slightly sweet, very fruit, and only a light amount of acidity; great funk, oak, and barnyard in back; clean and delightful.

Sep 25, 2018
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npolachek from New York

4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very drinkable at 5% ABV. Taste of multiple types of fruit. very limited availability in the USA, but for the high price would recommend other lambic beers as an alternative. Either way, solid offering if you can get it.

Sep 02, 2018
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zonker17 from Texas

4.66/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottled 2014, pour to snifter, purple, fine pinkish head, small head and slight lacing. Complex nose combines cherry with funk. Taste primarily sour cherry that is well balanced, not too sour or funky. Very dry and high carbonation.

Jun 03, 2018
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2008 sticker poured into Cantillon stem.
Deep red in appearance. Barely any head. Looks like Juice.
Smells like a funky cherry pie in a good way. Tons of cherry and that’s typical Cantillon funk.
Taste is amazing. SO much cherry with slight funk. Really delicious.
Feel was as expected. Proper body and nice carb. Very drinkable.
Overall, this beer wasn’t outstanding. So balanced and held up so well for it being a 2008.

Nov 18, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

4.18/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage poured from bottle at Cantillon in August 2017. Pours a nice purple with light purple head that quickly dissipates. Beautiful beer. Nose is woody, tons of sour cherries, earthy, and a bit viney. Taste is so smooth. Not much sourness, but a lot of cherries! I wouldn't call this an overly complex beer, but super tasty and smooth. Mouthfeel is perfect.

Aug 28, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle split between four people at the Cantillon tasting room after the tour.

Pours a pretty dark red with a pink head. Smells like cherry -- lots of cherry, with something of a jam character.

Taste is cherry and tartness -- interesting that the aroma seemed fairly sweet, but the taste is not. There's a slight bitterness to it that complements surprisingly nicely.

Mouthfeel is perfect, velvet smooth, exactly what I hope for from Cantillon. Overall, I think one of the best beers I've ever had.

Aug 27, 2017
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lou Pepe Kriek 14 from bottle, at Cantillon Brewery in Brussels, Belgium.

A deep clear, red appearance with abundant amount of light foam upon pour. Smell has an abundance of strong cherry aroma combined with some well balanced barnyard funk and wheat smell. Very complex taste. Some 'farm' flavors such as light cheese and wheat and big cherry flavors (but not overly sweet). Smooth aftertaste and sipper for sure.

Jul 25, 2017
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.59/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cherry red with a touch of amber, lots of carbonation, a hint of haze, and a finger of Pepto Bismol pink head.

Smells acidic and fruity, of vinegar, cherries, spices . Notes of cloves and nutmeg, deep, cellar like funk, and dusty attic, just like the Cantillon Brewery where I purchased this masterpiece at the end of 2013.

Sour, dry and fruity. Very acidic but with a softness that makes it non abrasive. The essence of cherries and red fruits are in there, along with the breweries classic funk and cellar and dust. Cobwebs come to mind, and macaroni. Floral notes are also present.

Medium body, moderate, foamy carbonation, and a very dry but smooth finish.

The label says 2011, so when I purchased this in Brussels at the brewery in 2013, it was already 2 years old. Today its been in the bottle for 5 years. Amazing, legendary, classic brew I've been cellaring in China and now in Thailand for 3 and a half years. It was one of my favourite days in Belgium, the day I got this brew. May 7th, 2017.

May 07, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am drinking a bottle brewed in 2008 and packaged in 2010.
L: foams up like champagne with a pink tinted cap that dissipates almost as soon as it forms. The hazy pinkish red liquid demonstrates it effervescence with as torrents of tiny bubbles rush to the surface, producing a continuous soft hiss.

S: Despite its age, which can diminish a fruit lambic's aromas, the cherries in this beer hit the nose from over 3 feet away. Closer up detects sour aromas, light funk, traces of wet horse blanket and a hint of red wine and oak.

T: Big, tart cherry flavors dominate the palate joined by traces of diacetyl, wheat, vanilla, and wine remind me of a fresh cherry tart. the flavors are intense, well balanced and complex.

F: The carbonation has some bight in this light, refreshing and highly effervescent beer.

O: as good as it gets

Mar 30, 2017
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Nicolaiw from Denmark

5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rating is for 2013 Vintage:
Pours deep ruby with pink head.
Aroma has lot of cherries, lemon, tart, sour
Taste is sour cherries, lemon tart, sweet cherry jam, little funk, dusty, oak.

Review for 2007 vintage:
Pours ruby, not as deep as 2013, with slightly pink head.
Aroma has lots of dusty cellar, tart, barnyard, red berries, funky.
Taste is a lot like the aroma, more sweetness than the aroma, red berries, barnyard, jam.
L: 4.75 S: 4.5 T: 4.5 F: 4.5 O: 4.5

Mar 29, 2017
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TychoNDC from Colorado

4.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite of the Lou Pepe series. Beautiful color and a tremendous sour cherry flavor. Not quite as rich as the Hanssen's
Oude Schaarbeekse Kriek nor as tart as LPF (different fruit but naturally draws the comparison), this beer provides a wonderful balance between funk and fruit. A real treat that I hope to drink again sometime in the not-so-distant future.

Sep 26, 2016
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bubseymour from Maryland

5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was surprised to be able to find a 2012 750ml that could be consumed on site at Hill Farmstead. Beer is a murky ruby red in glass with pick 2 finger head. Aroma is a blend of sweet fruits and earthy funkiness that blends really nicely together. Taste is amazing. A perfectly blended mix of all the good things I like in a Belgian Lambic/sour and done better than most any I've had to date. It's only slightly sour, mixed with tartness and sweetness from the fruit, but finishes so clean. No syrupy sweetness on the back of the tongue like you get from some other fruit beers. It was quite the highlight of my Vermont trip to finally get to sample something from Cantillon and if I can't have it at the source in Belgium, then sitting at Hill Farmstead on a 75 degree sunny fall day sure isn't too shabby a venue either.

Sep 21, 2016
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.73/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A 750ml bottle at the brewery. 2013 sticker, bottled on 10th September 2015. Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy dark ruby red with a three finger dark pink head and sparse lacing.

Aroma: Marzipan, cherry and almonds dominate with hints of biscuit. Only some light sour tartness.

Taste: Cherry and almond dessert cake. Very nice. Light sour, tartness, oak and a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Another stunning Lou Pepe variety with great balance. Easy to drink and refreshing. I tried Framboise on the same day and not to take anything away from the Kriek as it is still really really good, but the Framboise was near perfect.

Aug 21, 2016
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Bferber from New York

4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect cherry lambic. The best way to describe this beer is "Delicate". It has the perfect mouthfeel and the delicate and perfect balance of cherry flavors, tartness and acidity. Can't do any better for a cherry beer.

Aug 15, 2016
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SinjaminBentek from Nebraska

5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml poured into a teku at 2017 KBBS share in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Appearance - Burgandy.

Smell - Funky cherry pie!

Taste - Funky cherry juice. Mind-blowing good!

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Medium carb. Very nice!

Overall - Highly Recommended...

Grade (A+)


Aug 02, 2016
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous to look at, and almost just as good to drink. I found the cherries to be even a little bit sweet to help combat the sour tartness, which I loved. Still can't decide if I like this or the LP Framboise better...

Jul 25, 2016
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2012 sticker with a 2014 cork drank on 7/14/2016

L-thin but small pink head after a lot of foam disappeared quickly after pouring. dark almost ruby red

S-funky, acidic, heavy cherry and oak

T-tart cherries, tons of complexity from other fruits but the cherry stands out exquisitely along with a nice oak balance

F-super drinkable, coats the mouth a ton. really nice lingering tastes. hard to let this sit and enjoy over time

O-amazing beer. Just amazing. Would love to have again, but may be my only one I'll ever have. Incredible

Jul 15, 2016
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DraughtJunkie82 from Missouri

5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


L: Pours a beautiful deep cloudy red

S: Smells strongly of cherries, red wine notes and oak

T: It tastes like it smells delicious cherries mixed with red wine and oak

F: medium carbonation full bodied very clean dry finish.

O: This beer is Fantastic and one of the best I've ever had and it will only get better with age

Jul 04, 2016
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 2006. Opened in 2016 as a toast to friendship and craft beer.

L: Red wine lipstick crimson on the body with heated Jell-O colored foam on the pour.

S: Predominantly red wine and oak, with bits of earthy funk and muted fruit lingering on the nose. As the beer warms, the aromas open up, highlighting a wonderful blend of vinous cherry notes that take over the olfactory senses.

T: Very tart up front, showcasing Cantillon's signature lambic, then mellowing after the first wave as the sour cherries begin to pop; acidic fruit flavor then takes over, resonating throughout the palate, leaving hints of oak and mild tannins that finish with a taste of sweet cherries.

F: The mouthfeel is light and clean with a dry finish. Well carbonated.

O: This is one of the finest beers I have ever had. It showcases the best of what a fruited Belgian lambic can offer to the senses. For me, it is the near perfect balance of sour, funk, fruit, and meticulous barrel aging, all coming to together to create a masterful beer.

Jun 03, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

4.49/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lp kriek '13 vintage

Pours a vibrant ember to lilac color with a fizzy, bubbly head, leaving back a thick film of lacing at the rim of the glass.

Dusty, leather accompanied, funky cherry from the very first smell. Produces a ripe, dark sour cherry impression, while ensuring an intriguing complexity, due to wood bark, dried oak and heated cherry pit among a fermented tartness.

Drinks soft and perfectly balanced, while adding a subtle dryness to the uprising, associated tartness during the finish, exhibiting the beers flavor richness perfectly well.

Amarena sweet cherries among a pleasant, earth coated funkiness, showcasing the fruits ripeness with a sugary peak to them. The beer produces a prominent stone quality among a dusty, pleasantly pungent funkiness. Utmost fruity in the finish, featuring almost overripe, juicy cherries in all its facetts and layers.

A different beast than their regular Kriek, way more complex and fruitier. The sherries establish a fantastic characteristic between lusciously ripe, and already fermented fruits, tied together by a crisp, citraic sour punch.

May 08, 2016
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