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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002

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Photo of AlexFields
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

EDIT: ratings edited from recent tastings, review not edited.

Bottle has 2008 sticker date, poured July 2011 for my Cantillon birthday tasting.

Beautiful ruby red color with a red foamy head. Frankly this beer looks even better than it tastes.

Some sour cherry on the nose, but more metallic sour and funk than fruit.

The flavor is good but a little disappointing after the miraculous Lou Pepe Framboise we opened just before this one. Good cherry flavor, but not anywhere near the level of fruitiness as the framboise had, not really any more fruity to my taste than the normal Cantillon kriek (granted, I have not had them together on the same night). The sourness is also less acidic than the framboise and more of a metallic funky kind of sour. The cherries just don't shine through as much as I hoped they would. Still a tasty beer.

This beer was good, very solid lambic, but not a standout amidst the other wonderful Cantillon beers we tried the same night. Not really worth seeking out when the standard Cantillon kriek is much more readily available. As good but no better than the classic kriek. Weird how that happens--I also enjoy the standard 3F Oude Kriek more than the 35 Schaerbeekse kriek.

8.2/10

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Photo of smakawhat
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at ChurchKey first into a small snifter, then into a tumbler. Vintage 2008. Shared a pint with other BA drabmuh!!

An absolute gorgeous ruby color and clear. That is it. No head, no lacing. Just a gorgeous dripping red and glowing with perhaps a slight puck. Love this color.

First nose is a hint of heat and lambic like sour. But then gets more interesting and diverse. Lemon, a distinct wood smell (can't pinpoint) even some white hot pepper. Cherry with minor chewy sense. Just incredibly complex nose just wonderful and one that you can just bury in without being overwhelmed by tartness. I am just blown away by this nose just flat out amazing.

The first thing that hits me on taste though is an incredible tight fizzy carbonation. Sour jolly rancher candy of cherry taste and body.

If it wasn't for this tight carbonation I probably would have rated this much higher and may very well have been the best lambic I ever had. This an exceptional fruit lambic period, just fantastic.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Max's. I missed out on bottles, and figured if I could get two glasses at Max's for the price of one at Church Key, I would.

Pouring a turbid cherry color with a dense, pink head that recedes to a thin ring, this looks pretty good for a kriek. However, I shall dock half a point because it looks so girly that this chick asked me what the sweet, fruity beverage I was drinking was. The nose, OTOH, was fantastic. Rich, deep cherry character, with a wonderful schaerbeeks cherry character with a blend of leather, cherry pie and a little less cocoa (than the 07 vintage, at least) present. Fresh, tart rhubarb, bright and piquant, are noticeable, along with a strong, lactic sourness with a subdued vinegar character. Not much vinous or oak character are present.

The palate opens with a brilliant blend of bright cherries, a little leather and a dense, complex parquet of cherries and lambic. I can't really describe it better than saying that that's what I want a kriek to taste like - intensely sour but never wearing on the palate, incredibly fruity, pleasantly oaky and moderately tannic with an illustrative blend of oak tannins and skin tannins. Soft, frothy and fluffy on the palate with a mildly fruity and pulpy character, this beer is a masterpiece on the palate. I drank about 25oz, and could have gone for another 25 if I didn't have to go home. A stellar kriek, I'm being stingy here only because I think the 07 was the best possible kriek there is, and this isn't quite there yet.

**Edit 30 Aug 2015**
Drinking my lone bottle of the 08 LPK, which is the same vintage as reviewed above. Beautiful nose with masterful funk, leather, earth, preserved lemons (mild, compared to what the 07 vintage was at its prime). Soft, fruity, beautiful. So sad i won't be seeing this again.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was an amazing kriek 2008

this beer pours ruby red with a thin effervescent head. the smell is sour a good funky presence and cherries. the flavor is cherries up front followed by the funk and finished with a big sourness. the mouthfeel is thin and almost puckering. overall the best kriek i have ever had

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Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Lou Pepe - Kriek served on-tap at Max's Taphouse during their "Rare and Obscure" event.

A - Pours murky red, bordering on pink, with a small film of pinkish tinted head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of tart cherries, horse blanket funk, light vinegar, and a good bit of sourness. This is one nice nose, lots of things going on but not to the point of going overboard.

T - This was a bit of a letdown after that nose. The tart cherries this beer is known for where there initially but they are quickly swallowed by the overwhelming sourness. Some dry wood and light sweetness creep in toward the end but they fade quickly. The finish is more sourness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Very tart feel with plenty of sourness lingering throughout the finish.

O - Overall this beer is very good. I have had it multiple times out of the bottle and it has always impressed me. I would have liked a bit more out of the taste department but these things can be a bit hit or miss. Glad I have a few bottles of this stuff in the cellar.

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Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
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 haz77
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 2003 vintage. Pours a cloudy cherry red with a foamy, tight pink head. This settles to a thin ring and island after a minute, but is easily refreshed.

S - Solvent, plasticy phenols, barnyard, red summer fruit.

T - Begins with a rounded tartness, which fades but never leaves thoughout the whole drink. Cherry appears in the middle but is pushed to one side by citric tartness towards the end. Long finish of apple and slight tobacco. Astonishing fresh and vibrant given it's the best part of a decade old. Nicely integrated.

M - Medium, verging on full body. Initial spritz of carbonation fades and leaves a creamy mouthfeel.

D - Cantillon delivers once again. Well integrated yet retains a bright red fruit flavour. Definately less tart than their other beers I've had and has aged gracefully.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2007 vintage, cork states bottled in 2009. Pours a most beautiful red and pink color with a bright pink, thick foamy head which has some staying power - not sure I've seen a lambic with such a pink hue.

Nose is tart cherries, hints of wood, some barnyard funk and something that is coming across almost minty. Flavor is quite balanced, especially compared to some of the other Lou Pepe iterations. Tart cherries, oak, earth, barnyard funk, lemony acidic character fairly restrained for the series, real dry finish, beautiful carb.

One of the better Cantillons I've had, fruity and funky with a drinkable yet complex sourness.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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 khumbard
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Naptown25rs for this one. 2007 bottle, poured into a Stone IRS snifter.

A - Pours a deep red, with a big fluffy white head. A slight haze, but not much... looks awesome.

S - Definitely cherries first, followed by some serious Cantillon funk, earthy barnyard, definitely going to be tart, and also some slight wine character.

T - Not quite as sour as I thought it might be, but definitely tart. Sour cherries dominate, with some always solid Cantillon lambic to back it up. This lambic had some flavor that I couldn't quite put my finger on the whole time, but it seemed very familiar to me. Perhaps a combination of the schaerbeek cherries, the sweet liquor, and the wine barrel. The combination of those flavors made this one of the best sours I've had. Great stuff.

M - Bubbly, puckering, dry, all things that make lambic great.

O - One of the best sours I've had the privilege of having. Had this directly following the standard Cantillon Gueuze and it stood well above. Something about this kriek gave it a very unique aspect that I haven't seen in other fruit lambics. I hope I can get a hold of another one these...

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Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing this last night, been excited to try this for a long time.

A- Red body with a huge pink, ultra foamy head that has good retention. Pink pillow and ring leave some legs but no lace seems to stick around.

S- Waves of sour cherry. A bit acetic with horse funk and barnyard as well. Oak and wine hints are noticed. Not as funky as other Cantillon.

T- Tons of cherry and sour overall fruit flavor. Funk, acetic, oak and wine hints add to the complexity.

MF- Foamy light body with high, fizzy carbonation. An obvious cheek puckering sour finish.

The signature Cantillon flora flavors come through with a blast of cherry atop it. Tolerable sour and funk, smooth.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml split 3 ways, this was the 2007 sticker/2009 bottled vintage.

Pours dark red, huge pink head falls quickly to a half finger and eventually a cap. Not much lacing left, but great looking beer.

Strong, tart cherry in the nose, with oak and some cream.

Very fruit forward in the taste, surprising amount for Cantillon. Strong, fresh cherry, oak, wine notes all around. Sourness and light funk comes out more as it warms but the cherries definitely win here. Smooth, light mouthfeel, carbonation on the lower side for the style.

Definitely the most drinkable Cantillon I've had so far, smooth, tasty and goes down too easy, but truthfully nothing blew me away about this. I was hoping for a bit more considering the price.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
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 CampusCrew
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark, reddish, cloudy, low head

smell: tart red fruits, berry, vinegar

taste: blasamic and red berries. very tart but balanced. amazing

mouthfeel: medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation

drinkability: a wow beer, best sour I have had.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage (bottled in 2009)

A: Pours a gorgeous dark red with a whitish pink head. This is a beautiful looking beer

S: Smell is funky and oaky with a light hint of cherry

T: Wow, this is an intensely cherry (like authentic cherry pie cherry) without being that sweet and the funkiness and oak carry into the flavor, it's got some sourness to it, but the sour is definitely in the background here while the cherries dominate.

M: Carbonation is fairly high and beer is medium bodied, nothing particularly spectacular, but solid for this beer.

O: Overall this is a hell of a beer. It's not as sour as I expected given how sour the regular Kriek is, but there's still some sourness there. However it's got one of the most intense real fruit flavors I've ever had in a beer, and that flavor mixes fantastically with the oak, funk and sourness.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Rattle n hum.
Served in an 8oz whit wine glass.

A: It pours a deep red color with lovely purple hues in the light. There was a small white head that dissapated rather quickly leaving no lacing.

S: The nose is full of succulent tart ripe cherries. There are also notes of hay, leather, and wet socks. The lactic acid has obviously performed it's duties as wafts of sour funk fill my nostrils. Oak is present but extremely subdued amongst the other prevalent players.

T: This is everything I daydream about in a kriek. The cherries are front and center but any hint of sweetness has been gobbled up by the yeast and critters. It is extremely tart and sour with a wonderful presence of brett; barnyard, leather, and hay are all there and really balanced. The oak shows up on the palate in the form of a nice woody finish.

M: The feel is medium to light bodied with a lush carbonated backbone.

O: This is without question the best kriek I have had. Balanced and so delicious.

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Photo of metter98
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and poured with a thin pink head.
S: There are strong sour aromas in the nose; notes of cherries begin to develop as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very sour and has notes of cherries. No sweetness is noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: Although the beer is very sour, it’s not too difficult to drink because the sourness is not overpowering.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OF course it's delicious! On tap at Rattle N Hum.. The first beer I tried on the day and damn, was it lovely. Red with a lovely little pink head. Big sour cherry aroma with a small funk note. Very balanced sour, the cherry almost completely fermented out, leaving only the aroma and a sex appeal that only Jesus on the day of the rapture could say no to. Medium-bodied, damn delicious, and sweet Jesus those cherries are nice.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage into an infinium glass and duvel glass.

Pours a deep ruby color with a nice pink head. No lacing down the glass.

Smells like funk, cherries, lemons, lactic acid, acetic acid and a small amount of band aids.

Taste is of cherries, brett funk, sour from lactic and acetic acids and oak. Very dry finish from the oak and very pleasant. A perfect smelling lambic.

Mouthfeel is thick for a lamic but a good amount of carbonation.

Overall its damn good, not perfect. Its almost Iris good IMO

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Photo of hawks10
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage - 750ml green corked & capped bottle - Bottled September 21st, 2010 - Poured into my Cantillon stemware...

Wow, blood red Hawaiian Punch. The deepest and brightest red I have ever seen in a beer. Two fingers of spritzy and quickly evaporating head forms, bright pink, and then leaves nothing behind. This beer is gorgeous.

Was expecting to be overwhelmed by cherry in the nose, but instead, I am overwhelmed by that wonderful musty Cantillon funk, it dominates the nose. Aroma leans more to the sweet side rather than sour, probably because of the relative freshness of this beer. Fresh, ripe cherries are powerful, just not as much so as the funk...

Again, expecting to be overwhelmed by cherries in the taste, instead the musty, earthiness aspects of the flavor come to the forefront. Heavy on the funk, usually these flavors are more prevalent in aged Cantillons, not a fresh one such as this. A very quick, biting tartness when you first sip, the fruit character is not all that apparent, that is, until you lick your lips, that is where all the cherry was hiding. The cherry becomes stronger as I sip, but still, the funk is king. Finish is big on the oak with a lingering, woody dryness...

Body is on the lighter side with a moderate level of carbonation. Not as spritzy as a fresh "regular" Cantillon Kriek, this one could use a touch more bubbles. Still quite a nice drink either way...

Another wonderful beer by Cantillon. $30 per 750ml is very steep, is it worth it? Well no single beer is really worth $30, but whatever, I'd buy it again if I saw it :)

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Photo of alampear
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours a dark deep red with a thin pink head. Aromas of sour cherries, oak and funk. Flavor is exactly the way it smells. Tons of sour, tart cherries with hints of oak and acid. Medium bodied, with good carbonation and excellent balance of flavor. This one is definitely more tart/sour then your typical Cantillon.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Fountainhead

A - It pours a seemingly blood-red hue, but it is quite dark in the Fountainhead so I cannot really tell; it is capped with some filmy froth.

S - The nose is pungent cherry first and foremost, and is backed strongly by the requisite Cantillon musty funk. As soon as I accomodate myself (and recoil from my Floridian shock relative to seeing Cantillon on-tap,) bright bushy green notes suggest a melange of freshly foraged berries, beyond the cherry.

T - The lambic is fairly sweet and quite heavily laden with potent fruit flavor. Cherries are the most distinct fruit, but suggestions of varied drupes including currant, raspberry, blackberry and blueberry are faintly implied, and the punchy tartness seems to derive from the fruit rather than the funk character.

M - Almost medium-bodied, softly effervescent.

O - Cantillon LP on-tap? You gotta be kidding me. I should stay in my seat until I drain this keg.

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Photo of Soonami
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lauren (ThoreauLikeAGirl) for sharing this bottle of 2004 Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek with me, Kaydogg, jeffcrowther, phillybeer7779, and BrewerDan23. This is the first bottle of Lou Pepe I've had--due partially to the cost (~$30 each), but mostly because finding people to share the bottle and talk about its contents isn't always easy. I am grateful to have friends that bring beers like this to share. Now to the review...

This beer is a beautiful garnet red with pinkish-red highlights when held up to the light. The carbonation is on the lower side and doesn't produce much head, not surprising. As soon as the beer is poured, you smell FUNK. Diaper-y, assertive brettanomyces acridity, along with bright cherry sweetness in the nose. This doesn't sound the most pleasing I know but to me it smells good in the way that you can't look away from a car wreck.

The beer is very sour and dry. The beer itself undoubtedly was sour, but the addition of the sour cherries furthers the acidity. The lambic has a lot of the funky flavors you'd expect, but what I didn't expect was the creamy smooth mouthfeel. The acidity and low carbonation, made this beer feel so full in my mouth probably because the acid draws water from my mouth without any astringency.

A very tasty treat shared with friends. I've heard that the 2005 LP Kriek was better, so I look forward to the opportunity to try that vintage to compare.
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The 2008 was much less funky with a brighter acidity and a black cherry sparkle in the finish. It still has the complex interplay between barnyard and tart, but the balance is a bit more level and both are a little more refined letting the fruit shine through better.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the reddest 'beers' I've ever seen, a pink and red color blend, minimal carbonation to this one. Definitely delivered on the cherry and sour aroma.

Taste, another winner from Cantillon, this one delivered more of a cherry mouthfeel than the 100% kriek I've had from them, but was not as sour. This one is more for the cherry lover who truly likes the mouthfeel of cherries than the sour tart puckering mouthfeel that much of Cantillon does oh so well. It is very reminiscient of the New Glarus Belgian Red, but with some sour compliments to it. Not dry, its a heavy cherry feel.

Tiny bit of wet oak. More viscosity thickness than expected.

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Photo of alenonbeeradv
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a - dark ruby red. purple mainly pink head, or the little that there is. the one thing i love about cantillon is the look and this one certainly doesnt let you down.

s - totally raunchy funky gueze-esk stank. like an old mans armpit in the best possible way. the fruit is there, but definitely is fallin off a bit.

t - way sour and funky like most cantillons ive had. absolutely delicious. grapefruit and cranberry bitterness but definitely a lot of sweet cherry. it seems to be fading off. slighty perfumy on the back of the throat.

m - very alive. like apple/pear cider or cranberry cider. a pretty high carbonation level surprisingly. very mouthwatering just thinking about it.

o - tops. totally tops. i want more!! i guess trading is my best bet at this point..

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.
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