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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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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage served in a traditional-like belgian tumbler. Deep red nearing a purple shade. A tight dense head of light lavender-esque pink appears and disappears just as fast. A juicy nose, filled with tart cherry, wild funk, damp basement, faint graham cracker crust. This beer opens with a lactic tart cherry hit, lots and lots of cherry/berry flavors, some pie crust in the taste and brett charecter and oak. On the finish this beer is like a perfect sour cherry. Not thin, clean, crisp, dry. This is one of my top cantillons to date, tons of flavor, well crafted, balance....but could have had a bit more sour.

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Photo of craytonic
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep ruby-mahogany. Bit of carbonation swells up after the pour, but not enough to earn a higher score. Bottle says 2006, cork says 2008.

Smell: Tart, sour cherries, french oak, leather, bit of barnyard funk

Taste: Perfectly acidic. Nice mix of tart cherries, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, wood, leather and funk.

Mouthfeel: Tannins seem to give it a nice mouthfeel, not a bit of sticky sweetness.

Drinkability: 750ml isn't enough, high price but absolutely worth it.

NB - In my mind, this is second only to Blabaer for fruit beers.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2007 vintage (with 2009 crop) purchased at the brewery and shared with some friends in London. The brewer remarked that he personally felt this year's fruit batch was amazing, so I was looking forward to this.

A: Pours a hazy reddish-magenta color in the glass, adorned by a light reddish-pink froth that vanishes as quickly as it appears (expected for the style). It remains in the form of a hint of bubbles on top of the brew, with a thin halo and active carbonation up the glass.

S: Like smelling cherry pie, on the first whiff: cherry, cinnamon, bread. But it gets woodsy and foresty as I explore the bouquet, and finally I detect the telltale brett aromas of horse blanket and funk.

T: Liquid cherry pie, although with a twist as it is composed of sour cherries. The tartness commands attention at first, but it lessens its grip as the flavor progresses into a palette of grassy, funky / musty / hay flavors. The finish is lightly tannic and semi-dry.

M: Light-bodied, lively carbonation. As mentioned above, this is semi-dry, but not nearly as dry as the austere Lou Pepe Framboise. We felt this was a better finish in that regard.

D: My second favorite of the Lou Pepes that we tried, and the better of the two fruit varieties. I'd love to have this again.

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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 mdfb79
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ML bottle into a tulip. A 2007 vintage.

a - Pours a deep res color with two to three inches of pinkish head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of funk, tart sour dark fruits, especially cherries. Smells amazing.

t - Tastes of funk, sour tart cherries and other dark fruits, and a tiny bit of spices.

m - Light body and light to medium carbonation.

d - I thought this was a great funky lambic. I loved the smell and thought it was really easy to drink. Looking forward to having again.

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Photo of EmilNoldSinclair
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap a few days ago at the Publick House. I side by sided this with a bottle of standard Cantillon Kriek for comparison. This Kriek had far more fruit flavor and a bit more sourness, as well as other complexities that just aren't in the standard Cantillon Kriek. This isn't to say that the regular Kriek was bad or mediocre, but this one really shined and made the regular Kriek seem (at the time!) flat and dull by comparison. Also, it was cloudier than the regular Kriek.
Too bad this beer has been retired, though I currently wouldn't really have much trouble getting it at Charles Street Liquors...

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Pours a dark, plum red with a thin pink head. Superb color.

Nose has wild cherries, oak, sour yeast, red wine, manure, horse blanket and musty hay.

Taste has tart cherries, wood, Bordeaux wine, barnyard funk and lactic yeast.

Crisp, acidic body has a nice dry finish. Another great lambic from Cantillon.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A small oval label says "KRIEK 2001." The cork says bottled in 2.002. I'll believe cork.

Beautiful looking brew. Perfect scarlet red hue. Perfect clarity. And a good sized head with a grapefruit pink tinged light raspberry red color. Great head. The retention is solid. And the lace is moderate. The aroma is sweet and tart. Brown sugar sweet. Acidic cherry tart. A little bit of the barnyard and horse blanket tones, but not much on the nose. The smell invites me, "Drink me. Drink me." So I do. And I'm not disappointed. Tart, acidic tones hit up front. Sour and puckering. But in that good, lambic sort of way. (Or in reality, I should say, "in that good, Cantillon sort of way." Because not many do them as good as Cantillon.) There's a nice cherry pie sensation, but this beer is more about the funk and tart than it is the sweet. Cherry tones are juicy, yet tart. The funky barnyard tones are present, but subdued, and enjoyable. Oh yeah, bring it on. The mouthfeel is slightly prickly. A bit cleansing. And the body is about medium or so. This one is incredibly drinkable. Glad I've got her all to myself.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Label says 2001, cork says it was bottled in 2002. The cork was wet under the cap. Pours with moderate carbonation, body is cherry red. Smell is not as overpowering as their Kriek, not as sour or cherry. It is more blended. The individual aromas are more evident.

The taste is well blended, no sharp sourness, but it is sour. Same thing with the cherries and funk, everything is layered rather than hitting you all at once. Mouthfeel is great, this may be the most drinkable lambic I've ever had.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Edition. Bottled 21 August 2009. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours an absolutely beautiful rich, dark cherry color with a towering bright pink head that settles into a nice pink ring around the edges of the glass. Perhaps the most beautiful beer I have ever seen.

S: The initial nose is a lovely bright cherry aroma with a little bit of sweetness followed by a wonderful tartness. A little bit of acid in the nose, but it appears as if most of this character is coming from the cherries.

T: Tart cherries and a bit of a puckering feeling as a result. A nice, crisp acidity comes through, and it goes down really smoothly. Cherries are absolutely the dominant flavor without much else coming through. Perfect balance between the sweetness and tartness within the cherries, especially alongside the slight acidity that comes through as well.

M: Light to medium-bodied with just the right touch of carbonation. Very elegantly balanced.

D: Supremely drinkable. This is one I would love to quaff back all day long.

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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 berley31
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage.

A: Poured with a small-moderate, light pink head that very quickly diminished down to a ring. Body is a beautiful dark pink/purple color, with excellent clarity. Effervescent.

S: Surprisingly mellow aroma of sour cherries, with a touch of sourness/acidity to the smell as well.

T: Wonderfully complex. Strong cherry flavor, but not sickening/overbearing in the least. Moderately sour, some acidity, with a touch of horse blanket funk. Just awesome.

M: Moderate-high carbonation, maybe even high, with a light body.

O: Just an awesome fruit Lambic. I've also had the 2008 in the past, and they're fantastic. Get your hands on some if you can.

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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 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 jaasen64
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Deep Ellum for their pre-Festival Throwdown. One of the beers I was most excited to try. 2009 Vintage. 10oz serving served in an oversized wine glass. Consumed right after the event was supposed to start, so I'm guessing very freshly tapped.

A- Appears a fairly opaque dark red almost blood red in appearance, some translucency towards the bottom of the glass. No head, just a very thin foamy ring of reddish white bubbles around the edges. Small carbonation bubbles appear around the edges of the glass, slightly below average carbonation.

S- Very aromatic smell of tart/sour cherries, maybe some raspberries, a tiny bit of wood, and acidic aromas. Most predominate by far is the sour cherries.

T- Tastes of sour/tart cherries, a tiny bit of raspberries and other berries, definitely plays with the palate and leaves a sugary sour cherry aftertaste that lingers in the mouth and around the lips for longer then I've ever experienced in a beer (I finished the beer about a hour before writing this review and I feel like I can still taste it). I feel like I can lick the taste right from my lips.

M- Fairly light, perfect for the hot summer day today (90+ degrees), the carbonation perfectly complements the sourness and adds a great dry, sour, slightly bubbly finish to the beer.

O- I don't drink sours too often, I've always been more of a stout and DIPA person but I definitely enjoyed this beer. I started off the night with this beer and craved the taste of it so much that I had to order it again before I left (also considering I knew this beer is fairly rare). At $13/10oz serving this is saying something- I very rarely order $13 drinks, never mind twice in a night. I thought the beer was great in almost every way and I wish I could order it more often. I can definitely see why this is considered one of the best krieks/sours in the world.

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Photo of jeremy13586
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. 2009 vintage with a 9/1/2011 bottle date.

Beautiful ruby color. Very limited pink head that vanished almost immediately. Left a ring of small bubbles around top of the beer.

Tart cherries and some peppery spice. Some light musty wood and acidity.

Tart cherry is at the forefront followed by the peppery spiciness. Fairly acidic throughout, but there is a nice syrupy sweetness that backs everything up.

Dry and tannic, but there is a little bit of syrup that doesn't make it super-dry. Medium-light body, with a decent amount of carbonation.

A very awesome brew that we were very lucky to find. The bottle didn't last for too long, but I'll be thinking about this one for a while.

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Photo of champ103
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 vintage, the cork said bottled in 2006

A: Pours a cloudy cherry red color. A one finger pinkish head forms and leaves light lace.
S: Smells of fruit, cinnamon, and a nice woodiness. The wonderful barnyard funky malt is present that I love. Lightly sour and tart.
T: Sweet and sour cherries that are more pronounced than in the nose. Definitely sour, but not mouth puckering at all. A very interesting spicy cinnamon and woody/oak flavor that brings everything together perfectly. Slightly acidic.
M/D: A medium to full body that is well carbonated. Perfectly crisp and dry. I finsihed the 750ml bottle by myself. Pretty easy to drink.

Probably the best Belgian sour beer I have had. Interesting and subtle, not just sour and tart. So much is going on here it is amazing. Highly recommended.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is a clear magenta with a short pink head. Nose is full of tart cherries. I get some jammy qualities and almost a bit of rhubarb. Notes vinegar on the nose with slight hints of oak. The taste is delicious. Plenty of puckering tartness up front with delicious cherry forward profile. Not a whole lot of other adjectives I can use than cherry, but that is okay because this is delicious. Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and tasty. Overall, delicious.

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Photo of orfeu
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed in 2007, bottled in 2009, sampled in April 2010.

Resounding pop upon pulling the cork. Plumskin red with a short-lived carnation pink fizzy head. Somewhat hazy. The nose is of tart cherries, of course, along with an almost medicinally citric sourness. The acidity is pungent, and the aromatic experience is not dissimilar from smelling mentholatum. Much less sour than I expected, but there is a wonderfully full tart cherry flavor. Every bit of the fruit's flavor ended up in the beer, which is a triumph in my book. Some leathery and bitter orange flavors emerge around the edges. Crisp but unobtrusive carbonation, light yet substantial heft, and fairly dry finish that is somewhat muted by the impressive cherry flavor. Not my favorite kriek (I prefer De Ranke time and again), but this is undoubtedly world-class. Great for a breezy mid-April afternoon in New Mexico.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label reads 2003. Cork reads 2005. Off notes 1-3-2007.

Pours an extremely slightly hazed garnet color with a pink head that doesn’t stick around. Smells like when you have a band-aid on and it gets really wet and you don’t take it off for a while, but when you do, your skin smells funny. Antiseptic smell. Also a fair amount of fruit and a very mild yeast influence. Flavor is of the best aged lambics. Mildly funky at first with a typical sour punch in the mouth that isn'’t overly powerful. Definite wood influence on the palate. Calmly there, but not overpowering at all. Feel is typical. Not a ton of bubble, but a little bit. Extremely drinkable. In my limited experience with lambics, this is by far the best I have had. And rightly so for $21 a bottle. If you see it, try it. Worth the money IMO. Bloody marvelous.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2009 Sticker date
Bottled on 01 September 2011, good for 10 years.

This is the 8th beer in my series of sours and is the first of my 3 krieks.

Appearance: This is hands down the best looking lambic I have had! Absolutely stunning deep pink body topped by a large, creamy, pink marshmallow coloured head. The subsequent pour cause more clouding and a much deeper pink, almost purple tinged, body.

Smell: Mmmmm, this smells absolutely delicious. My first whiff seemed to be all funk, but with each subsequent sniff the fruity cherry character seems to increase until the point that is almost more dominant than the funk. The cherry character is both tart (dominant) and sweet (underlying). Other notes include: Sweet strawberries, vinegar, lightly vinous, old wood, musty, wet hay, oak and a hint of feet.

Taste: Simply delicious! Wonderful balance of cherries (mostly tart this time) and funk. Tanic cherry skins, a touch of sweet berry, oak, musty hay, old wood, sweat and a touch of vinegar are also noted.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, fine bubbled carbonation. Moderate tartness (not mouth puckering) and a light dryness in the finish.

Overall: I have heard this beer described as one of the most intense fruit beers on earth and I wholeheartedly agree! Stunning mixture of sweet-tart cherries and funk. I will certainly be having this again in the future!

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cork said it was bottled in 2010, the label said it was originally brewed in 2008.

A: Massive 1" pink head that dissipated quickly over murky dark raspberry vinaigrette coloured liquid.

S: Funk, vinegar, some oak and cherries.

T: Tartness and vinegar up front, and this acidity breaks into flavours of sour cherries and some oak on the back end.

M: Thin viscosity and a high level of extremely fine carbonation.

O: The viscosity was much thinner than I had expected, and this has more vinegar and funk than fruit taste as compared to some of the non-aged Cantillon lambics. I found this to be extremely drinkable once my palate settled down.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
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.


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Photo of 303beer
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Pours a beautiful clear red with a light pink foamy head that dissipates after a minute leaves a ring. The nose is of cherries and tartness. Umm it's got some spice in it. Like cherry pie. The taste is light and refreshing.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this last night to celebrate the life of someone I just lost. 750 ml bottle; 2007 vintage, bottled in 2009. Poured into an oversized wine glass...

A - Exceptional looking beer. Poured a beatuiful cherry red color that is quite clear. A gorgeous foamy, pink head forms about 2 fingers thick. Very nice retention.

S - Cherries out front, but I am not bombarded with their sweetness like I feared I would be. It is a mix of tart, sweet cherries and cherry pie filling scooped right out of a homemade pie. Wood notes and classic Cantillon barnyard funk come next mixing very nicely with the sweetness of the cherries.

T - Cherry is much more integrated into the flavor profile here and is really complement ed nicely by the slight sourness and acidity. Funkiness and tartness work well together to make a truly unique tasting lambic. Woody undertones add nicely to a really tart flavor profile.

M - Very nice carbonation and a medium bodied beer. Nice dry finish to this one. Puckers the mough for sure, but it is that great kind of tartness you want from a beer like this.

O - Awesome, awesome beer. This is why Cantillon is the best at what they do. Exceptionally balanced beer and one that I am going to seek out every chance I get.

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