Lou Pepe - Kriek
Brasserie Cantillon

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Style:
Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #2
ABV:
5%
Score:
100
Ranked #33
Avg:
4.65 | pDev: 7.31%
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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Photo of Stevedore
4.71/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

75cl bottle from 2010; ordered and poured at Brasserie Cantillon into the Cantillon wine glasses 7/5/2013.

Acidic and very pungent nose with a strong sour cherry scent and a small amount of musty funk. Basically the Cantillon 100% Kriek on steroids.

Lighter red body, almost even a bit pink. Beautiful and glowing beer. Very well carbonated with a large pink head that persists for the entire duration. No lacing.

Straight up cherry tartness, certainly very sour as well. But this is also a bit sweet compared to the 100% Kriek, which makes for an even nicer balance. More complexity in this one as well; the oak, earthiness and funk seem to be stronger here and brings more balance overall.

Lighter medium body, very well carbonated. Refreshing and extremely drinkable. Aftertaste is cherry tartness and sourness, no true sweetness here. Not a particularly dry finish which I have come to prefer and what Cantillons deliver.

Overall: 50% more fruit and 100% more balance and flavour. I really loved this beer. The cherries really bring a nice complexity to this compared to the framboise versions that are made here.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.87/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Re-review of another batch. 2012 vintage into Cantillon balloon stem.

Appearance is a gorgeous, deep cherry red bordering on marroon. Or maybe it's past red and in purple/marroon territory. I mean it's deep. Lovely two finger pink head builds and holds well before settling to a nice froth layer. One of those beautiful beers to look at.

The aroma is also about as perfect as can be for a Kriek/Cherry sour. Tons of earthy cherry juice, pit, skin. A host of funky notes with horse blanket and damp earth predominating. I love krieks that show some funk through all the fruit. But you also have some oak, vanilla, and burgundy wine complimenting the cherry and funk.

The taste is, well phenomenal. I think I popped this baby right on time. The finest tasting LPK I've had to date. Like the aroma, this is so freakin balanced between Cherry, barrel, and funk. And the acidity has not even begun to accelerate so it's maintained that high drinkability of fresh LPK. Everything cherry is in this, juice, earthy pit, tart skin, and a touch of Cherry jam. The funk is cleaner on the palate than on the nose but offers up musky cave and a little minty leafiness. Oak is soft and red wine is fruity with medium tannic level. Acidity is low still and that's how I personally like it.

Mouthfeel is light, fluffy, and almost silky. I love the fact this doesn't sport a high carbonation level as it sometimes spoils the lambic experience. Despite the sweet cherry flavor characteristics this is invitingly dry and tart from front of the tongue to back.

Like in most cases with Cantillon, quite amazing. I've grown a soft spot for Krieks over the years and this proves that they too can blow me away. I am usually more fond of framboise so now is the time to crack a LPF to see how it compares to this Kriek. If you have any 2012 vintage (10' sticker) Lou Pepe Kreik, it's drinking amazing right now. Unless you prefer bracingly sour beer, it probably can't get better than this at this point. Or who knows with the endless possibilities of aged Cantillon :).

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
5/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of iSkiCO
4.14/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid $100 to consume at a bar, my first Cantillon. Good, but way too much hype built into this.

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

Best sour I've ever tasted. That is all

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.81/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Adam last night, '08 cork, '10 sticker. Drinking a kriek originally brewed 7 years ago, I live a blessed life.

Pours a brilliant deep clear red, with a spotty small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite sour and pretty funky, tons of lactic acid, some lemon, and a plethora of fresh sour cherries that are still bright and vibrant all these years later. I get cherry skins, and a good amount of oak. This one's pretty sour at this age, but it's not bracingly so, making it really drinkable. The sourness does not linger long with each sip.

There's a light body on this one, with a crisp and juicy mouthfeel- it goes down so easily. There's a higher level of carbnation.

This is a classic and one of the best lambics there is. So good.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 sticker bottle, 2009 cork thanks to Gosox8787. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Pour: Hazy ruby red, with a very nice fluffy magenta head. Head is somewhat fizzy, and while parts of it recede rather quickly, and nice bit hangs around. Doesn't leave much if any lacing.

Smell: Big barnyard funk up front, followed by tart cherry skins. Some pear skins. A light oak, and a light lacticity come through.

Taste: Follows the nose, but big tart cherry juice and cherry skins hit first. Some pear. A big barnyard funk next, followed by a lactic sourness. Finishes sour with cherries and funky.

Mouthfeel: Sourness is next to puckering, yet with mixed with the funk, it is awesome. A sipper thanks to how sour it is, and I enjoy it.

Overall: A really fantastic kriek. I think I enjoy this more than 3F Schaerbeekse Kriek.

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Photo of kitch
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.

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Photo of treznor
4.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sean9689
4.27/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage, 750ml bottle, into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a dark purple, looks like Barney's blood, with a light purple head that doesn't stick around long at all. There's pretty much zero head and no retention to speak of, along with no lacing, just a dark purple liquid.

S - Lots of fruit notes, some sweet, some sour. Cherries, grapes, raspberries, oak. Overall, cherries, lots an lots of sweet and sour cherries.

T - Really strong tart and funk notes right off the bat. Cherries, oak, sour grapes. Pretty straight forward here...I don't mind that at all. Horse blanket, funk, funk and funk.

M - Light bodied, almost zero carbonation (which is a disappointment), dry finish.

D - If you're in the mood for a wild and want a bunch of cherry notes, this is your beer. Very good, will purchase again.

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Photo of e11a627
4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark red, maroon, pink color. Pretty pink head.

S: Yeasty, sour, fruity.

T: Very sweet but not as tart and crazy as other lambics I've tried. Almost tastes like candy -fun dip or pixie sticks.

M: Very tart at first but smooths out during the finish and leaves a nice, lingering tartness on the lips.

D: Very nice and very drinkable. Not as sour/sweet as other lambics I've had. Have to drink it quite slowly but that's the best part - more time to enjoy it.

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Photo of ShawnMH
5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vegasbeer
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of captainkrad
4.46/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've never had anything like this before or since... impromptu tasting one night after work; the bottle - not even chilled - was a year or two old; shared among a few co-workers... deep scarlet-colored liquid, mild haze, little foam... redolent, vibrant, 3-D fruit on the nose, with an invigorating tingle of acidity pawing at the back of my skull... concentrated fruit juice, seemingly spinning on repeat across the palate from the onset of the sip way through the finish; the mellow acidity helping to lay a shrub-like, electric blanket of flavor intensity upon the palate... light and lifting in its touch, but with a delicate nectary drag... only had a few sips, but it was otherworldly; do hope to experience that again someday

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.72/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage.

A: Pours with a surprisingly good amount of carbonation and nice small head. The initial pour is surprisingly clear as well. However, as sediment gets stirred up it becomes a translucent amber red color.

S: Fresh tart cherries with a strong acidity. Oak with almost a vanilla aspect. Strong bretty funkiness. Definitely the best cherry smell I've experienced.

T: Wow! Amazing cherry flavors with a perfect level of acidity and funkiness. The oak flavors are amazing with a vanilla character as well. Very complex with flavors that are a bit hard to describe. There is a bit of a salty flavor as well which is interesting.

M: Phenomenal mouthfeel with the perfect level of carbonation. Puckering acidity and drying tannic qualities. The flavors are very coating in the mouth and linger for quite a while. Very wine-like.

D: This is extremely refreshing and drinkable for such a strong flavored beer. Would be a great summer drink on the shore. Too bad this stuff is so damn expensive!

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Raziel313
4.48/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BoozyCollins21
4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.41/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
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