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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - KriekCantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

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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Reviews: 349 | Ratings: 1,681
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 HoppyBastard2
4.01/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 bottle
Color and nose were amazing. Thought the flavor was too sweet and lacked the funk I was expecting. Will be looking for a bottle with some age on it.

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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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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 tmbgnicu
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had at Allagash WFC- the perfect sour. Color is beautiful, taste is sublime. I would seriously give anything for just another pour. This was a peak beer experience for me and I sincerely look forward to more.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I could drink this the rest of my life and nothing else and be totally happy. Beautiful and elegant. Plenty of cherry in there, tart, sour, but all in such perfect balance.

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Photo of Jonada
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
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 cfalls
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second favorite sour -- I slightly prefer the Framboise.

A bit of dirty socks on the aroma, and the sour fruit will make you pucker. And then somehow it will make you want to take another sip.

I think the brewers at Cantillon wish that people preferred the 100% lambics over the "Lou Pepe" versions, but my taste buds agree with most people.

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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 mrn1ceguy
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
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 safaricook
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

deep red color and substantial fine off-white head
Sweet cherries, sour cherries in Aroma
Barnyard, tart and fruity in Taste
well carbonated with fine tickling
Excellent Oude Kriek

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Photo of dboon
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

’08 vintage bottle thanks to Destructo. Ruby red pour with a pinkish head. Raspberry, vanilla, and oak aromas. Tart cherry, sour raspberry, semi-acidic with light funk, and oaky notes.

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Photo of JulioH
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Great beer, lots of cherry.

This is a classic lambic kriek. It pours a red beer. Smells of funky yeasts, and cherry candy. Taste is sour, yet it is also sweet. I could not help thinking of a cherry soda, since this beer has that type of feel. Not much foam forms at the head. This beer is pretty light, and I wouldn't say you can drink the whole bottle, but at least half easily.

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Photo of dar482
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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 MarcWP
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
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 SadMachine
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- An absolutely gorgeous ruby red with a large pink head that dissipates somewhat quickly. It glows in the glass and is one of the prettiest beers I've seen!

S- Super funky, slightly cheesy, lots of tart cherries and some oak and grass.

T- Sweet and tart fruit, primarily cherries. Tons of oak character, some dry granny smith apple. Dry and refreshing!

M- Medium with a nice amount of, carbonation and dryness.

O- An awesome kriek! Cantillon always owns it!

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Photo of Resuin
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an enlarged snifter. 2011 sticker, bottled on September 5, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a vibrant, pretty much opaque grapey red color, and leaves a hint of reddish head that fades away almost immediately. A unique looking beer for sure. (4.75)

Smell: Big tart cherries, a bit of funky cheese, oak, grape skins. Really balanced and mouth-watering aroma. (4.75)

Taste: Tons of tart cherry, but not overly tart, decent amount of that Cantillon funk, spiced oak, vinegar. So much cherry, straight off the tree. Really drinkable and balanced. Not nearly as sour as Cantillon Kriek. (4.75)

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a great feel, and a dry finish. (4.75)

Overall: This is a fantastic kriek. The cherry comes through so nicely and is just the right amount of tart. This combined with the oakyness and funk is a wonderful combo. The balance is great, and this is an easy drinker with a lot of flavor.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This had the most gorgeous raspberry color that left a pink hue on the fizzy lively head.

The nose was tart and sour cherry but was minerally.

The flavor is like candy, not too tart and not too sour. Its mellow sweetness highlights the natural raspberry flavor.

The feel is light and bubbly, sprite and delightful.

This is absolutely delicious, well constructed and a a true beauty to behold.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 edition thanks to drlovemd87, this is special beer, and while not as tart as i expected it to be at this age, it has a lot going for it, thats for sure, and probably worth at least some of the hype it gets. the color is incredible, electric dark pink, hazy, with an oddly white head for how tinted the brew is. its glowing, intimidating, exciting, and about as colorful a beer as i have ever seen. the head doesnt go anywhere either. the nose on this is wonderful too, fruity, cherries obviously, all the way. i get the tart pie cherry type, or maybe even tarter ground cherry, but its certainly not the tree cherries we get around here. the yeast is amazing, its opened right up here, super summery, and funky as they get. timeless in some way, not dusty, but rustic and classy, insofar as those can be aromas flavors. the cherries carry through the whole flavor, starting just a little sweet, but finishing with a nice tartness, not mouthwatering or particularly sour, and with very little acidity, but like a slightly under ripe cherry, hard and yet to develop its sugars completely. the yeast works magically with this cherry complexion, floral and familiar, but higher end than anything i can recall. the beer is frustratingly easy drinking, given that these are so rare, expensive, and downright special, but this is in many ways a beer for massive consumption. it would never turn the stomach, its not that sour, and its low abv keeps it easy drinking too. the carbonation is splendid, all kinds of fizz to this, but never abrasive. its nowhere near as sour on the whole as anticipated, but this is a cream of the crop as far as funky beers go, especially fruited ones. infinitely superior to the lou pepe gueuze i think, and just an overall sensational and memorable beverage. a touch beer to dissect really, because the unity of the whole thing is so much more than the sum of its parts. i believe they call that synergy, and this beer exemplifies it. wow.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tipples. Awesome score here and had to leave work early to snag it. 2010 sticker poured into a tulip on February 15, 2014. Pours bright bright darkish red and totally clear. Bright pink fizzy one finger head on top and dissipates quickly. Aroma of lots of vinegar, tart cherries and cherry skins. Flavor is sour vinegar up front and then lots of cherry skins and tart but sweet cherries. The balance here is outstanding. Not medicinal at all, cherry is highlighted but not overpowering like the New Glarus cherry brew, and it comes together beautifully. A nice vanilla oak in the backdrop that really mellows this out. Juicy cherries but lightly dry finish. Medium light mouthfeel, full flavored, and big bubbly carbonation. While cherry isn’t my favorite in beer, this balances it as perfectly as possible. Very nice.

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Photo of cvm4
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2007 vintage... Bottled Sept. 4, 2009

A - Pours a dark cranberry body with a froth light pink head. Settles down into a pink ring of froth around the glass.

S - Tart to sour nose full of cherries, funk and light oak.

T - Not hugely sour or even overboard tart to me at first. Definite funk going on mixed in with mild oak and acidic qualities. The finish is more sour to me than the beginning.

M - Light bodied, high carbonation and a dry finish.

O - Very enjoyable, to say the least.

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Photo of macher0
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle to tulip glass. Straight from the cellar. Slightly below room temperature. Some what viscous. Shared with Jake_ramrod.

A. Fairly aggressive pour yields a dark ruby color and light ruby head of one finger. Mildly effervescent.

S. Tart. Tart cherries mainly. Sour yeast and bacteria. Fairly straight forward.

T. A little more going on compared to the nose. Medium tartness. Sour cherries certainly dominant with a noticeable neutral oak component. Minor notes of plumes, cranberries, and apples. Mucha fruit.

M. The viscosity thins out as it warms which makes it much more smooth. Low carbonation. Light body.

O. This is a beautiful kriek. Wonderful smell and taste. This maybe my favorite Cantillon (so far). I would certainly purchase this ale again. Certainly recommended.

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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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 bottle with pressure cap and corked. Vintage 2010. bottled 8/29/12.

poured into Cantillon wine stem.

Appearance: medium red colored beer with 3 finger of head that quickly drops tothin ring around glass.

Smell: moderately sour nose. Tart cherries. Slight funkiness.

Taste: Mild sourness atleast a 4/10; also has moderate funkiness. It is more funky that I expected from the nose. The funkiness is the signature funky note from most Cantillon sours. Tart cherries and a hint of lemon in the finish.

Mouthfeel: low end of medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation levels. This sour is very drinkable. Fantastic drinkability. I really enjoy how awesome the mouthfeel on this beer is. Semidry finish.

Overall: After finally having all three of the LP series Cantillions; Its close to a toss up which of the Lou Pepe series beer that I like better. I think the gueuze wins by a small margin.

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