Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek | Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Lou Pepe - KriekCantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek
BA SCORE
98.8%
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4.61 w/ 1,737 ratings
Cantillon Lou Pepe - KriekCantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34
Reviews:
357
Ratings:
1,737
Liked:
1,716
Avg:
4.61/5
pDev:
7.38%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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Photo of grub
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and capped. 2005 vintage, bottled in 2007. sampled feb 16/2010.

pours slightly hazy deep red. looks almost burgundy from a distance, but shows nice ruby and garnet hues up close. a nice layer of dense pink head forms, quickly dropping to a wide ring around the glass and leaving spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is sour! sour cherry. lemon. malt and cider vinegar. there's some spice to it too, like montmorency cherries or a cherry pie. hint of alcohol. white bread and cracker. bit of straw. light vanilla. raw oak. earth and wood.

taste is great. sour cherry, with a nice cherry spice background. bit of lemon and malt vinegar, but it's far less acidic and vinegary than i expected and am accustomed to with cantillon. straw. white bread. bit of cracker. touch of nutty character. light horse blanket and a bit of leather. hint of vanilla. earthy and a bit woody.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a pretty dry finish. fine medium-high carbonation.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced acidity and sourness. alcohol is almost completely hidden. nice complexity and depth. a really nice kriek.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'07 vintage

On tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Olde City during their sour week.

Poured into a tulip glass, a bright ruby color with about two fingers of pinkish head, very slight lacing throughtout.

The aroma was of sour funky cherries with a little bit of spice.

Tasted of tart cherries with some slight sweetness for balance, with a very smooth finish.

Some slight carbonation on the mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, should've had a few more...

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Photo of e11a627
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
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 slaintemhor
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
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!!

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Photo of ccrida
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage served in a 6 oz flute, Lou Pepe Kriek is chill hazed dark magenta with a small, lavender head.

Smell is strong sour cherry and raspberry fruit, light funk, some must.

Taste is strong, rich cherry, very impressive after 5 years. Mineral spritz, some funk, but not very sour. Very nice fruit though.

Mouthfeel is dry and slick, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is very good for a pure fruit beer, the sourness can stand to be amped up for my taste, but the cherry really shines, without being syrupy sweet.

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Photo of doppelme
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage bottle thanks to ksurkin for the sample. Pours a deep red body with a light red on the outside of the glass. It smells like sour cherries all the way. You can tell it is going to be a puckering beer as soon as you smell it. The taste follows the nose as expected and is balanced by just a touch of sweetness to keep this from being an all out assault on your palate. I wish I could have this beer everyday whenever I wanted. My oh my what a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Jonada
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 Sticker

750ml bottled 9/5/2015. Poured into a Cantillon stemmed glass

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red color with a finger of a pink head that dissipates almost instantly. No retention or lacing. Body is dark, but only lightly hazy when held to light, with mild visible carbonation.

Smell: Cherry skins, juice and cherry pit. Very oaky with notes of hearty red wine, musty basement and hay.

Taste: Lots of whole sour cherry character. Like the aroma, it's not just cherry juice, but the entire cherry that comes through. There's also a good amount of barnyard funk (more than in the nose), hay, mild cheesiness and hints of vanilla and green apple. Sourness is medium.

Mouthfeel: Light-ish bodied a somewhat soft feel and mild carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: Another great beer from Cantillon, and while I prefer this to the regular kriek, I'm not sure the gap is as wide as I was expecting. Still well worth seeking out though.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL from some place in Portland long before Cantillon was difficult to find. 2007 sticker date/2009 bottling date.

A: Pours a deep plum with a light pink head. Sits pretty in the glass - if you were to show this to someone they might call it a chick beer. Poor ignorant bastards.

N: Lots of ripe sour cherries, oak, some vinegar and glue. Wine grape and raspberry jame in here. Some straw and lemon zest.

T: Cherry dominant. Rounded sourness with a touch of fruity sweetness. Has a wonderful depth of oak and fruits.

M: Sharply carbonated with a light, manageable body. I love how the Belgians are able to get such character into such a drinkable beer.

O: Tasty and it seems like it's balanced out the fruit and the funk at this point. Delicious. Need more.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage. Pours a dark red color with a medium, light pink head that disappeared quickly. Scent was quite acidic at first with sour cherries and other red berries. Tons of oak aromas with a subdued funky aroma (not one of the funkiest Cantillons I've had). Some spiciness with barnyard hay and some more berry...raspberry. Taste is very tart cherry at first, but casually transform to sweet and juicy. Slightly acidic with some lovely oak barrel flavors. Not the most sour Cantillon I've had, but very complex. Makes me wonder what this tasted like fresh. Probably like Cantillon Kriek. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer was fantastic. Not the best Cantillon I've had, but they're all so good and all so different (even when it's the same beer, just a different batch)...this one was great though!

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Photo of Azurescens
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1424IpA
4.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ZX6Chris for sharing this one at MrHirschybar's place!

2008 vintage.

Pours a murky cranberry red with an off-white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of lots of sour and funky cherry aromas along with some woody aromas. Taste is the same and has a great but very sour flavor. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great lambic with fantastic aromas and flavors. I am very happy I was finally able to try this one.

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Photo of Arsenal0328
4.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of straightlambic
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Auracom
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 oz. 2008 bottle pour into a wine taster at the Bruery Provisions on November 7th, 2011. #5 of a 5-bottle Cantillon flight.

A - Potent, bold, red coloring with a deeper color around the edges. No head, carbonation, retention, or lacing. This one sits very still.

S - I nosed this one for a long time. Excellent cherry component. It is 100% pronounced yet not at all overpowering, and despite the years of aging the fruit smells fresh and intoxicating. Behind the cherries are candied sugar, grass, dry hay, earthiness, dirt, and oak barrel notes. Not deeply funky but well-balanced.

T - Again, great cherries here. Sweet fruit and sugar front notes lead into a sour backend that rivals Classic Gueuze. The tartness lingers in both the finish and aftertaste.

M - Medium body with adequate carbonation. Somewhat smooth.

D - Can't wait to see what age does to this one. I'm feeling blessed to have sampled this one with an identical vintage sitting in the reserves.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

A: Pours a hazy bright cherry red with a thin collar of pink film.
S: Really dry and tart smelling, musty, similar to an old woody attic or a wet, dank basement. I get some slightly cheesy notes as well as tart cherries.
T: Big fresh cherry taste along with some cherry juice. Really flavorful, woody and musty.
M: The tartness is so clean when drinking Cantillon. The carbonation is tiny and the body is extremely bone dry.
O: Straight forward tart cherry goodness. I could drink a ton of this.

EDIT: 2006 vintage:
This vintage is super-duper funky. Like, nasty old cheese inside a pair of sweaty socks in a gym locker in the sun funky. This is a great vintage if you’re into nasty cheese, which you are.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage, poured into a tulip

A dark red color with a creamy pink head that rose and fell quickly. Some stray pink bubbles cling to the sides of the glass. Large amounts of tart/sour cherries greet you as you lean in for a whiff. Some clean hay and acidic notes along with an underlying aroma of oak. On the palate, loads of fruit. Cherries and raspberries lead the charge onto the palate with some acidic notes quickly in tow. A sugary sweetness lingers with a moderate acidic tartness. The finish is primarily sour with a touch of hay funk. A smooth, even mouthfeel with low carbonation. Really on point here. Just lush and smooth as it rolls around in the mouth. This is an excellent kriek. Great fruit flavor with a solid punch of sour. Delicious.

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Photo of illidurit
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy bret27. Poured into a Bruery tulip. Deep strawberry red with a light pink head that fades quickly due to the expected acidity. Aroma is lemons and sour cherries, a hint of sweet strawberry, oodles of citric acid. Flavor is very sour but with a solid amount of fruitiness to balance. Sour cherries, slight musty earthiness, old wood, straw. Pretty great kriek.

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Photo of my_knew_craft
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of toronadotornado
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller Bar, Shelton Brothers Tap Takeover - San Francisco, CA - draft

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Photo of kjyost
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage. Consumed Nov. 19, 2011 at Inaugural Bottle Share, thanks tbadiuk! From Notes

A: Clear red with a light fizzy head and touches of lacing.
S: Tart cherry pie with light hints of soap.
T/M: Thin body with a tart sourness in the back of the lower jaw. Hints of funky vinegar. Lots of cherry playing well with all of this. Finishes quite dry.
O: A delicious beer that could be paired with many light and fruity dishes.

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Photo of Viggo
4.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. 2005 vintage bottled in 2007.

Pours a hazy dark red, almost purple/maroon, really nice colour, pretty thick light pinkish head forms, settles down to a pretty thick layer around the glass for a lambic, very stick, some lace spots stick, great retention.

Smell is intense, super acidic, tons of tart cherry, wood and a lot of earthy character, lightly fruity, a bit of cracker, vinegar, more cherries, charred wood, pretty crazy and acidic, burns the nostrils.

Taste is crazy, hugely acidic and sour up front, really intense black cherry flavour, charred wood and lemon, wood, very earthy, big sour cherry flavour, fruit pits, lightly nutty, really neat flavour, almost a bit of spice in the finish, not overly acidic in the flavour.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, really nice acidity to this one. Not overdone, just awesome character.

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Photo of Parrotshake
4.36/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Beerbom
4.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 98.8% out of 100 with 1,737 ratings
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