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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek | Brasserie Cantillon

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34
Reviews:
358
Ratings:
1,750
pDev:
7.38%
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0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,750 |  Reviews: 358
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of WesWes
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark purple color with a thick frothy pink head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding. It's crisp and damn sour with a really nice cherry edge. It's also dry with some funk and earthiness. The taste is awesome. Wow, what a mouthpuckering sourness! It goes down smooth with a nice cherry character and dry, earthy finish. What a smooth beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fantastic beer. It's incredibly complex and damn drinkable. Thanks Arpit.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon products have become a rarity in SoCal these days, so finding this variety at one obscure chain store was a welcoming surprise. 2007 Vintage, on to the beer:

Red violet color, almost looks like fruit juice. The color of the head is almost that of the body, with decent retention. The aroma is on the mellow side, with sweet/tart cherries and lemons going around. The flavor doesn't explode on your palate like some sour/tart, but still, the flavor is great. Slightly sweet from the cherries, mellow tartness, cherry flavor sticking onto the lips, a little oak, some random critters. Overall, it's extremely balanced. It's healthy in the mouth, and be careful drinking it, because you will keep bringing that glass to your mouth, and before you know it, it's empty.

Although there are a number of ways I could have spent the money on other beers, there's no denying that Lou Pepe Kriek is great. An excellent example of a fruit lambic.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For my 1000th review, I thought I would review a beer from one of my favorite breweries, Cantillon. There are all sots of extreme beers out there, but in a way none are more extreme than those from this brewer. Most have modest amounts of alcohol, but they are packed with flavor while displaying subtle nuances of tastes and sometimes are challenging in the directions they take. People applaud, and rightly so, the sour beers of Russian River, Lost Abbey, and Jolly Pumpkin, among others. As great as those beers are, I think the beers of his brewery are just as good, surprisingly more available, and woefully underappreciated by many BAs. The Lou Pepe series of beers are masterpieces, and the history and tradition, and sheer difficulty of craft that is evident in every bottle makes them something special. Of the lambics, kriek has always been my favorite. I love the winey depth of the cherries, the startling burst of rich sourness, and the faint hint of almond from the pits. I really love this particular kriek and I wish more people who are serious about beer would try a bottle and review it. It's worth the cost.

This beer pours a a beautiful ruby red, and it's a bit hazy. There is a nice light pink head that sticks around and leaves some lacing. There are beautifully melded aromas of sour cherry, spice, oak, some light funkiness, and some acetic qualities. The taste is an explosion of vibrant sour cherry, a nice zingy acetic sourness, spicy oak, and a tart finish. Not particularly funky, but there is a slight hint of ripe cheese in the depth of this beer. Very complex and deep. The mouthfeel is slightly tannic and quite smooth. The tannins lend a refreshing break from the onslaught of fruit and sourness and give some nice backbone to the body. Utterly delicious. This is not my absolutely top-rated beer, but it is high in the pantheon. An absolutely oustanding kriek.

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Photo of dar482
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The aroma offers oak, jammy cherries, cork, vinous qualities, a hint of funk.

The flavor follows with cherry candy, cherry jam, a stone like minerality throughout the mid palate onto the finish. Tart qualities are balanced by this minerality, along with hay like funk interweaving the experience.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy thirdeye11.

2002 vintage. Pours reddish brown with white head. Aroma is very sour, with wood, cherry, funk and vinegar all playing a part. Very complex and inviting. The flavor is very sour cherry with wood and barnyard funk also in there. This is one of the most tart beers I have had, but it is immensely drinkable. This is a beer I hope I get to try again.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic, premier sour. This is a very good, very enjoyable beer with the right amount of cherries to be tasty without overpowering. Difficult to tackle on your own despite the low ABV, but a great beer to share.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Sticker. A beautiful rich cranberry color. Cloudy in appearance. Sour cherry juice. Full bodied. It's fresh, so it wasn't too sour. Balanced.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of epyon396
4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern for Their Sourfest in a 8oz glass, I had two because it's been a while for me. Review #900, boy how time flys.

I gotta say, this is a very pretty beer, A very pronounced deep shade of red with a somewhat purpulish tint to it towards certain lights. Looks like cherry juice. Up top a pretty in pink cap thats sudsy and foamy and together. It sticks for the whole show but not to the glass.

A funky nose on this sucka, Im greeted by a sour funk mixed in a boatload of cherry aroma. The wood comes out more(than 100% Kriek) from the additional aging in the barrel. Some more barnyard with warming and some leather mixed in with the earth. Cherry cherry bo berry.

And another one.. Yep this is a Cantillon alright, you just know when you taste it, nothing like it in the world. Sour cherry flavor, some black cherry as well. Oak/wood is large but not beating the fruit in this case. Tannic with some accidity as well. Some barnyard and outside earth with a small yeasty taste towards the end, very small though. This is like cherry juice with a kick.

The body is lively and there is a lot of activity, this is certainly not dead beer. A very low bodied beer with a spritzy carb going for it. I find the sour/tart appeal is lower off the spout than in the bottle, and that goes for most Cantillons. This is the 2007 vintage by the way. This remains a very refreshing beer in the mouth.

Well, the verdict is that this is great beer and a treat if your into the style. Easily drinkable. I just wish the sour I get from Cantillon bottles would translate more to the tap versions, although this is a sour sucka, and im a sucka for sours.

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Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Lou Pepe kriek on draft at Max's today.

The beer pours a gorgeous reddish pink color with good head retention and light lacing. The nose, of course, is off the charts... there's nothing quite like the aroma profile one gets from Cantillon. In this case it consists of white vinegar, wet blanket, moldy socks (seriously) and bright cherry. In combination, the aroma profile is nearly indescribable. The flavor profile isn't quite as interesting, as it's completely dominated by the sour funk. The fruit peaks through on the mid palate, and there's some wood and vanilla on the finish, but the dominant flavor in this beer is sour, sour and more sour. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a fairly long, sour finish. The alcohol is completely unnoticeable in this beer, which enhances this beer's drinkability (such as it is).

Couple of thoughts.... obviously, this is a beer for sour lovers, but really, I think a bit more fruit would benefit this beer, giving it more of a sweet tart flavor as opposed to just flat out sour funk... but that's just me. Sour beers are just not my forte. Still an impressive effort and a very interesting beer to sample.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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 biegaman
4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to northyorkSammy for this one.
1999 Vintage, aged in good shape for 7 some odd years! Wow! Poured a beautiful ruby colour, thinly vieled with a soft pink head that circled the trim. A really beautiful - perfect - appearence. A pungeant funk aroma. Not fruity - certainly gueuzey though. Surprisingly not much fruit in the taste either. I might not have guessed this is a kriek. Perhaps the fruit aspect has softened with the time its been aged ? Whatever the case any fruit notes are certainly faded (at best!) That however, would be the only thing I could hold against this beer. This is a sipper, only if you can resist the urge I had to keep going back for more. More of a "puckerer" than a "sipper". You lick your lips and it's like you just ate a ton of sour candy. Leaves that sugary residue in the mouth/on the lips. So sour - it's fantastic. This actually has become like a crazy rose wine in many ways. That may be the msot accurate way to describe it. It really burns a hole in the of the mouth. Kinda burns! And this is at 7 years old - again, fantastic. Very tart. I could have used more flavour but the whole experience of the mouthfeel is nothing short of incredible. Be happy to finish off with the sediment - wow. Thanks again Sammy.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.72/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 2001, Cork date 2002, Sampled April 2004
This beer pours an ever so slightly hazy deep red color. It is topped by bubbly light red to pink colored head, that never quite disappears entirely. The carbonation is persistent, though not overly high either. The aroma is sour and woody at first, then notes of Barnyard funk kick in. There is a definite musty, leathery, ancient dusty room type aroma here. At the very end I get a bit of sweet cherry notes in the nose.

The tasted is softly acidic (for a Lambic) and it is accompanied by a rich body. There is a definite dry, tart, tannic cherry note here. The time spent on the cherries seems to have increased the body quite substantially. This is quite good, and quite different from what I was expecting. It is a bit softer, and a bit better integrated than the standard Cantillon beers. It is nicely sour, with notes of citrus & vinegar. The finish is woody and reminds me of cherry skins. This is certainly a beer I could drink a lot of. The cherry flavor is quite good in this beer. There is no sticky sweetness, like that found in the more commercial versions, instead there are these intense, chewy, mouth filling, cherry skin, dry, tart flavors that just proclaims that there are cherries in this Lambic. I really like this, and it certainly has grown on me as I finish the bottle.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buckeyeboy brought this big ole 2003 750 to the Friday night tasting.. Badass!! Thanks Jeremy!!

Pink head.. hazy reddish/pink brew...

Nose immediately reminds me of chokecherry syrup... tons of lactic sour with dusty dank basement funk....

Bushels of cherries... a fair amount of sweetness that is balanced perfectly by a super sour bomb.. great sweaty horsey funk.. but wow oh wow... sour.. puckering lactic.. very little acetic qualities.. the brett has had a long time to blossom and it is all over the place and lingers with a fruity and very sour finish forever...

Amazingly balanced... the sweet is honestly just perfect for the amount of perceived acidity... wonderful... Expected sparkling wine like body ... carbonation is a tad less..

I need to find some more of these... but christ, pulling the trigger any time soon is not going to happen... I wish Cantillon would make it to Boise more regularly... Thanks again Jeremy, this was a treat.

4/5/5/4/4

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +8.5%
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

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Photo of rudzud
4.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey to kick off their anniversary week. Poured into a Cantillon stemmed tulip.

A - Pours a glorious almost crystal clear fruit punch hue with a nice one and a half light rosey pink head that fades to leave a thin blanket. Wonderful.

S - Aromas of solid funk, light tart cherries, and subtle barrel.

T - Taste is an explosion of floral oak, light funk, and tart cherry juice. Its so floral and potpourri that it almost lends a perfumey vanilla quality to the lambic. So delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice for a lambic. Again the floral and oak qualities dance around with the lighter carbonation.

O - Overall this beer is just as good as everyone says. Love having it on draft, works wonderfully with the raspberry and espresso tarimisu.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Man this is some super thick red, a mix of pink on the top, red, deep red throughout, this was the precursor to 3f making intense red, same style of kriek on roids kind of vibe. Aroma is just of fresh crushed cherries and plenty of spontaneous sourness with oak.


Wow, this is a more substantial and darker cherry vibe than the regular kriek. MOAR cherry in this one. Lots of thickness and viscosity, I love it.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 1,750 ratings
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