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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002

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Photo of DraughtJunkie82
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012

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

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
5/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
5/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Franck
5/5  rDev +11.6%

2013 vintage. Smell of sweet cherries. In mouth, Cantillon renowned sour taste is quite shy. It's cherry and cherry and cherry and sour comes in final. Very fruity and creamy. Cantillon c'est bon!

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Photo of amano_h
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 vintage. 75cl bottle at In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst.

Cherry pie is the immediate impression I'm getting straight from the get-go. Lots of tart, fleshy fruit skins, funky spicy oak, and a bit of vinegar on the back end.

Sour cherries hit you hard with the first sip, followed by some lemon-y zest, and an almost a Sauvignon Blanc like dryness. Tartness and barnyard hay remain as the cherries subside, but it's a very moderate amount of both; not a butthole-puckering level of sour, and whereas there's a good amount of cheese and vanilla present, it certainly isn't as funky as some of Cantillon's other offerings. Again, superb balance is Cantillon's game, and Cantillon does it better than anyone else.

Very mild carbonation, and light-bodied; for some reason I always think Krieks should be a little sticky, but this one doesn't leave any unpleasantries behind.

This is certainly better than Cantillon's 100% Kriek Bio, but surprisingly didn't run circles around it quite the same way I expected it to. Nevertheless, there probably isn't too much room for improvement to be found in this amazing classic.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
5/5  rDev +11.6%
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 jrubenst12
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Flawless beer. I was fortunate enough to venture into a new place in DC called The Sovereign and grabbed the last Lou Pepe. It was a 2012 and so worth the pricetag. It has a beautiful red pour and tastes like cherries.

I've only started getting into this style within the last six months, so have less ability to compare than others. That said, I can't see a beer that is much better than this.

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Photo of cultclassic89
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 label. Best kriek I've ever had and one of the best beers I've ever had, especially in the acidic category (up there with 2011 Framboos and VSB for me).

Deep red and cloudy with a nice pinkish white head. Nice retention.

Nose is straight jammy, cinnamon pie filling cherries with that Cantillon funk (which I think works the best with their fruited lambics).

Taste follows the nose completely.

Perfect acidity, carb and mouthfeel. Light and effervescent but with a fullness to it.

One of the best and my favorite Cantillon to date (right ahead of 2014 Fou).

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Photo of tapperm
4.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 vintage
L: RED!
S: Cherry, oak, tart, sweet
T: Funky cherries. slight oakyness. Dryer finish
F: Nice light carb. Near perfect, but think it would get better with age
O: WOW!

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Photo of DrewZ926
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2006 bottle poured into a tulip glass at the Toronado in San Francisco. Fuck yeah!

A-Pours a deep red with a 1/4 inch pink head. No lacing.

S-Tart, wonderful cherries, horse blanket, barnyard funk, acidic fruit.

T-This is a masterpiece. Starts out extremely acidic, then yields to a complex blend of cherry sweetness, acidity, wet hay, old musty wood, and wild yeast. Even after 4 years , this beer is still kicking! A textbook kriek, one of the best examples of the style I've had in years.

M-Thin and intense, with a long, complex finish.

D- Not too high, considering it's limited availability. Still, I will buy this every chance I get!

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Photo of teddibrewski
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite of the Cantillon products I've had. Such a fantastic beer! So much cherry flavor, much much more than the standard kriek. Bummed that they didn't have any for sale to take home.

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Photo of KaeF
4.93/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! A lot of fruit in this one! Cherries all over the place. Great sweet and sour beer that is so well-balanced and silky smooth. Best one I had on my trip!

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Photo of craft_shannie
4.93/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

had 2 pours (my friend gave me hers) at wild friendship blend at allagash. completely blown away. standout even w all the stellar beers that day. must get more.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of SStein
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage poured into a snifter glass at Cantillon.
It pours a wonderful pink cold with a white head. The head quickly turns to lace which vanishes quickly.
It smells of deep barnyard funk, with a light cherry smell.
Initially you get a much subtle taste of the barnyard funk followed by the cherries as you drink this beer. There is a delicate balance kept between the funk and the cherries, a lesser brewery would have failed, but this succeeds.
There is a light carbonation, which allows this beer to go down smooth.
Overall, this is a fantastic beer, and worth the money on.

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Photo of Bferber
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of putnam
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"2001" on the neck -- "bottled in 2.003" on the cork.
I've never had a berry beer that was this darkly colored. The top is shocking pink too.
The aromas are almost unbearable. Penetrating roomfulls of cherry pulp, cherry sap, skins, seeds and flesh characterise another savory bouquet from this house. That's it : this is wine -- not "beer." Mouthcoating with globs of dry, fruit essences and succulent mousse, there is a paint-like permanence to the flavors. It's like a Cornas from August Clape : sappy, full of energy and yet still immovably dense.
Sucked through clenched teeth and chewed on, it gives velvety rich texture and briny, stewpot succulence.
The finish is quite long and drenched with satisfying acidity.

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Photo of jethrodium
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
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.
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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

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Photo of largadeer
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Trappist. Fresh batch.

Vibrant black cherry red with a short-lived pink head. The nose is all cherry pie filling, sweet and sour, incredibly multi-dimensional and complex. Sour, sweet and earthy with flesh and skin and pit. Tastes ridiculously good, cherries at the forefront exhibiting ripe juicy sweetness, tannic skin and earthy pit. Moderate lactic sourness backs the fruit, it's not full-on sour by any stretch, more of a balanced presence. Funk is mild, buried beneath the fruit. This is just an astoundingly good beer on tap, a true session lambic.

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Photo of W_Des
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep red almost burgundy with a little bit of cloudiness. The nose contains a lot of that tart cherry aroma with some oak. The body is just full of tart cherries with a nice balanced acidity. Good carbonation and an all around great beer to enjoy!

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 vintage had on-tap at ChurchKey. Practically sprinted to the tap when I saw it was offered. After trying the standard Cantillon Kriek for the first time, it instantly joined my nebulous top-five-of-all-time-that's-probably-more-like-15-or-20... So I knew that the beer that was three years its senior and probably more complex from the get-go likely wouldn't disappoint.

Well, it was probably one of the best beers I've ever had. No question. Take the standard Cantillon Kriek, add some sweet spices, tone down the yeast activity and grow it three years in the tooth, and here you are. I usually think of BFM's tea-brewed beers when using words like subtle, understated, and complex, but this beer takes that delicacy and may leave BFM's best in the dust.

It's an opaque, ruby red with a shocking amount of carbonation considering the complete lack of head. Cherry funk, barnhouse flowers, and a raw, boozy citrus that seems to magically dissipate the longer it stays in your mouth. There's no really great way to describe this beer; it's pretty much sublime, so go out and grab one when you can.

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Photo of Habanero58
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage, bottled Aug 2009 and poured into Cantillon tulip.
Immediate deep pink head of foam on first pour which soon settled down to a ring of lace.
I drank this young as I enjoy the notably higher fruit profile of the younger Cantillon lambics (as I had done with the 2009 Fou Foune and Blabaer and Zwanze... all delightful)

The sour cherry flavour of this master-kriek almost has a creaminess to it which is wonderful and sets it apart from the regular kriek, although there is additionally a light spritzy mouthfeel which just adds to the drinkability. This did not seem mouth puckeringly sour to me, but I am sure most of my friends would still be wincing, even though I'd insist that the lambic sourness did not dominate the fruitiness.

Drinakbility ... ridiculously high... like all the Cantillon's I have tasted. I am looking forward to my next visit to rue Gheude!

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Photo of Bsquirrelbrewer
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 bottle at Parker pie. 2012 vintage.

Simply phenomenal. Beautiful red color. Cherry tartness without being mouth puckering.

Amazing cherry aroma and flavor, not overly sweet.

A great great beer.

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