Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - KriekCantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek

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Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 352 | Ratings: 1,706
Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Nicolaiw
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rating is for 2013 Vintage:
Pours deep ruby with pink head.
Aroma has lot of cherries, lemon, tart, sour
Taste is sour cherries, lemon tart, sweet cherry jam, little funk, dusty, oak.

Review for 2007 vintage:
Pours ruby, not as deep as 2013, with slightly pink head.
Aroma has lots of dusty cellar, tart, barnyard, red berries, funky.
Taste is a lot like the aroma, more sweetness than the aroma, red berries, barnyard, jam.
L: 4.75 S: 4.5 T: 4.5 F: 4.5 O: 4.5

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Photo of TychoNDC
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite of the Lou Pepe series. Beautiful color and a tremendous sour cherry flavor. Not quite as rich as the Hanssen's
Oude Schaarbeekse Kriek nor as tart as LPF (different fruit but naturally draws the comparison), this beer provides a wonderful balance between funk and fruit. A real treat that I hope to drink again sometime in the not-so-distant future.

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Photo of bubseymour
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was surprised to be able to find a 2012 750ml that could be consumed on site at Hill Farmstead. Beer is a murky ruby red in glass with pick 2 finger head. Aroma is a blend of sweet fruits and earthy funkiness that blends really nicely together. Taste is amazing. A perfectly blended mix of all the good things I like in a Belgian Lambic/sour and done better than most any I've had to date. It's only slightly sour, mixed with tartness and sweetness from the fruit, but finishes so clean. No syrupy sweetness on the back of the tongue like you get from some other fruit beers. It was quite the highlight of my Vermont trip to finally get to sample something from Cantillon and if I can't have it at the source in Belgium, then sitting at Hill Farmstead on a 75 degree sunny fall day sure isn't too shabby a venue either.

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Photo of kitch
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A 750ml bottle at the brewery. 2013 sticker, bottled on 10th September 2015. Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy dark ruby red with a three finger dark pink head and sparse lacing.

Aroma: Marzipan, cherry and almonds dominate with hints of biscuit. Only some light sour tartness.

Taste: Cherry and almond dessert cake. Very nice. Light sour, tartness, oak and a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Another stunning Lou Pepe variety with great balance. Easy to drink and refreshing. I tried Framboise on the same day and not to take anything away from the Kriek as it is still really really good, but the Framboise was near perfect.

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Photo of Bferber
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect cherry lambic. The best way to describe this beer is "Delicate". It has the perfect mouthfeel and the delicate and perfect balance of cherry flavors, tartness and acidity. Can't do any better for a cherry beer.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous to look at, and almost just as good to drink. I found the cherries to be even a little bit sweet to help combat the sour tartness, which I loved. Still can't decide if I like this or the LP Framboise better...

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Photo of rabbott2
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2012 sticker with a 2014 cork drank on 7/14/2016

L-thin but small pink head after a lot of foam disappeared quickly after pouring. dark almost ruby red

S-funky, acidic, heavy cherry and oak

T-tart cherries, tons of complexity from other fruits but the cherry stands out exquisitely along with a nice oak balance

F-super drinkable, coats the mouth a ton. really nice lingering tastes. hard to let this sit and enjoy over time

O-amazing beer. Just amazing. Would love to have again, but may be my only one I'll ever have. Incredible

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Photo of DraughtJunkie82
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


L: Pours a beautiful deep cloudy red

S: Smells strongly of cherries, red wine notes and oak

T: It tastes like it smells delicious cherries mixed with red wine and oak

F: medium carbonation full bodied very clean dry finish.

O: This beer is Fantastic and one of the best I've ever had and it will only get better with age

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 2006. Opened in 2016 as a toast to friendship and craft beer.

L: Red wine lipstick crimson on the body with heated Jell-O colored foam on the pour.

S: Predominantly red wine and oak, with bits of earthy funk and muted fruit lingering on the nose. As the beer warms, the aromas open up, highlighting a wonderful blend of vinous cherry notes that take over the olfactory senses.

T: Very tart up front, showcasing Cantillon's signature lambic, then mellowing after the first wave as the sour cherries begin to pop; acidic fruit flavor then takes over, resonating throughout the palate, leaving hints of oak and mild tannins that finish with a taste of sweet cherries.

F: The mouthfeel is light and clean with a dry finish. Well carbonated.

O: This is one of the finest beers I have ever had. It showcases the best of what a fruited Belgian lambic can offer to the senses. For me, it is the near perfect balance of sour, funk, fruit, and meticulous barrel aging, all coming to together to create a masterful beer.

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Photo of aleigator
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lp kriek '13 vintage

Pours a vibrant ember to lilac color with a fizzy, bubbly head, leaving back a thick film of lacing at the rim of the glass.

Dusty, leather accompanied, funky cherry from the very first smell. Produces a ripe, dark sour cherry impression, while ensuring an intriguing complexity, due to wood bark, dried oak and heated cherry pit among a fermented tartness.

Drinks soft and perfectly balanced, while adding a subtle dryness to the uprising, associated tartness during the finish, exhibiting the beers flavor richness perfectly well.

Amarena sweet cherries among a pleasant, earth coated funkiness, showcasing the fruits ripeness with a sugary peak to them. The beer produces a prominent stone quality among a dusty, pleasantly pungent funkiness. Utmost fruity in the finish, featuring almost overripe, juicy cherries in all its facetts and layers.

A different beast than their regular Kriek, way more complex and fruitier. The sherries establish a fantastic characteristic between lusciously ripe, and already fermented fruits, tied together by a crisp, citraic sour punch.

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Photo of teddibrewski
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite of the Cantillon products I've had. Such a fantastic beer! So much cherry flavor, much much more than the standard kriek. Bummed that they didn't have any for sale to take home.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of amano_h
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 vintage. 75cl bottle at In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst.

Cherry pie is the immediate impression I'm getting straight from the get-go. Lots of tart, fleshy fruit skins, funky spicy oak, and a bit of vinegar on the back end.

Sour cherries hit you hard with the first sip, followed by some lemon-y zest, and an almost a Sauvignon Blanc like dryness. Tartness and barnyard hay remain as the cherries subside, but it's a very moderate amount of both; not a butthole-puckering level of sour, and whereas there's a good amount of cheese and vanilla present, it certainly isn't as funky as some of Cantillon's other offerings. Again, superb balance is Cantillon's game, and Cantillon does it better than anyone else.

Very mild carbonation, and light-bodied; for some reason I always think Krieks should be a little sticky, but this one doesn't leave any unpleasantries behind.

This is certainly better than Cantillon's 100% Kriek Bio, but surprisingly didn't run circles around it quite the same way I expected it to. Nevertheless, there probably isn't too much room for improvement to be found in this amazing classic.

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Photo of jrubenst12
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Flawless beer. I was fortunate enough to venture into a new place in DC called The Sovereign and grabbed the last Lou Pepe. It was a 2012 and so worth the pricetag. It has a beautiful red pour and tastes like cherries.

I've only started getting into this style within the last six months, so have less ability to compare than others. That said, I can't see a beer that is much better than this.

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Photo of tapperm
4.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 vintage
S: Cherry, oak, tart, sweet
T: Funky cherries. slight oakyness. Dryer finish
F: Nice light carb. Near perfect, but think it would get better with age

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Photo of 303beer
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
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 W_Des
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep red almost burgundy with a little bit of cloudiness. The nose contains a lot of that tart cherry aroma with some oak. The body is just full of tart cherries with a nice balanced acidity. Good carbonation and an all around great beer to enjoy!

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Photo of kkleu357
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From notes on 9/10/15. They must have liked us, because they gave us a pitcher on the house of this while there were bottling it in the other room. Since it was not bottled yet, the beer had no carbonation. Huge delicious cherry taste. Deep red in color. Would love to get a bottle, but, not going to happen.

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Photo of cultclassic89
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 label. Best kriek I've ever had and one of the best beers I've ever had, especially in the acidic category (up there with 2011 Framboos and VSB for me).

Deep red and cloudy with a nice pinkish white head. Nice retention.

Nose is straight jammy, cinnamon pie filling cherries with that Cantillon funk (which I think works the best with their fruited lambics).

Taste follows the nose completely.

Perfect acidity, carb and mouthfeel. Light and effervescent but with a fullness to it.

One of the best and my favorite Cantillon to date (right ahead of 2014 Fou).

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 2012. was able to share this bottle with my friend on his 30th birthday recently and it was amazing! Everything you would expect of a Cantillon lambic! Great cherry notes and slightly tart. A bit waxy on the finish but excellent none-the-less

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Photo of Chibeerguy1
4.81/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Review on a vintage 07 Lou Pepe Kriek. Dark murky color with a pinkish crown of foam. Smell is wet oak, vanilla, funk, and cherry with a nicely pleasant acidity. Probably the best Kriek ive ever had the pleasure of consuming.

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Photo of pagriley
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2009 bottle sticker

Pours deep ruby red with almost no head. Funky on the nose with the fruit more subdued and muted. Some sweetness and cherry to cut the funk, but age has turned this into a deeply sour beer.

I would love to get a hold of a fresh bottle one day - a delicious beer, but the fruit when fresh must be amazing

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Photo of barczar
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. Fairly tart aroma, mouth-wateringly so, with a touch of floral notes and definite cherry presence to accompany lactic and light acetic acid.

Flavor is slightly funky, with more acidic tartness and a not overpowering cherry quality.

Could age and easily improve.

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Photo of Mojua
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like alien blood. Tastes awesome. So much cherry. One of my favorite Loons. Has a good amount of funky tartness, but it's not cheesy or overpowering. nicely balanced and an easy drinker.

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