Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek | Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Lou Pepe - KriekCantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek
BA SCORE
98.8%
Liked This Beer
4.61 w/ 1,738 ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35
Reviews:
357
Ratings:
1,738
Liked:
1,717
Avg:
4.61/5
pDev:
7.38%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,752
Gots:
346
Trade:
19
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Ratings: 1,738 |  Reviews: 357
Photo of Rastacouere
3.94/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed with Oakes, tiggmtl, kimchee and martint thanks to Nexxus. It pours a beautiful dark bloody red with a short-lasting pinkish head. Aroma is not too intense for a lambic although some of the characteristics I look for are in there. Blood orange meets cherries, strwaberries, blood, leaves, cinnamon... As it warms up, there’s a solvent or toothpaste quality emerging and it seems far less complex like a minty cranberry juice. In mouth though, the cherry flavors is good and clean. It’s quite sour, cherry flavored lemon juice alike, but the acidity is clearly mostly lactic. Orange fruity flavors, dry finish which is surprisingly not too astringent. Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. I’m impressed at how this is still somehow well balanced and rather thick. Accessible Cantillon, but the best? I think not.

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Photo of ark57
4.42/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Monk's back bar. It poured a hazy crimson and had no head. There is some barnyard and cherrty in the aroma. There is little carbonation in the beer, but it doen't really detract from from this fine beer. The sour cherry is up front and then the funkiness hits. It finishes with some vanilla and a slight woodiness. It is not as complex as the botled version, but more mellow. Still it is excellent.

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

I shared a bottle of this which was bought at Cantillon after we toured the place. Seeing it in person made me appreciate Cantillon beers so much more. Anyway, this Lou Pepe Kriek was pretty damn good. I'm pretty sure it made me smile. It poured a deep but not dark red colour with a light pink head. Very nice to look at. It had that funky lambic smell to it in the background, along with cherries and spices. Reminded me a bit of Quelque Chose but not as sweet. Taste was again full of cherries and spice, like cherry pie kind of, very mellow compared to other Cantillons I'd sampled. I wonder if it's because it's straight from the brewery so it's so fresh? Don't know, but it's good. It was soft in my mouth, not syrupy at all for how fruity it is, and yeah, I could drink lots more of it if it were around. Definitely worth trying, especially if you can get it from Mr. Van Roy himself!

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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 francisweizen
4.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2001 vintage bottle, bottled in 2003. Purchased in Bruxelles at the Cantillon brewery. Mr. Van-Roy rang me up personally. This bottle was about $7. Compare that to the $30 that we would normally pay for a lou pepe here!

Appearance: As always the appearance is awesome. A well carbonated red brew with a small head of pinkish/off-white foam.

Smell: The aromas seem a bit subdued for a Cantillon offering. The classic Cantillon lambic funk is there, but it is in the background more than it usually is. I also pick up cherry pie filling, and a melange of spices in the aroma.

Taste: The taste is an awesome blend of cherry pie filling, acidic lambic funk, and light malts. This really is different than many other Cantillon brews. Perhaps this is because this is a very fresh bottle? Or perhaps it is because the Lou Pepe beers are supposed to be much fruiter than the regular fruit beer offerings from Cantillon? Either way, it works! This is like Quelque Chose (which I loved), but the complexity and funk that this brew throws, makes it even better!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and everything that one would expect from a Cantillon offering. Swish this one around in your mouth, and just hold it there for a while.

Drinkability: The drinkability of this monster is awesome. A sweet, cherry-pie-filling-like brew that will satisfy you until the last drop is down your gullet.

In the end: Highly recommended by me, and absolutely amazing fresh. It may be $30 here in the states, but it is still worth every penny. C'mon treat yourself!

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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Monks. Slightly cloudy dark red low carbonated look in the glass. Nice cherry/musty nose. Intense sour cherry hourse blanket barnyard laden taste. Abusive to the palate. As you drink the brew mellows on the back of the tongue and refreshes. I liked it but this is sure not for everyone due to it's intensity. Viscous mouth with a dry tart cherry finish. Crafted and blended by an artist. An experience.. not just a beer, and not one you could drink alot of in a row but a great apartif.

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Photo of jlervine
3.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep burgandy with a rim of pink foam. Smell is vinegar, open air, hint of fruitiness. The taste leads with cherries quickly overpowered by sour vinegar notes, while the finish is dominated by cherries and an acetone-like flavor. Mouthfeel is very soft compared to the other Cantillons I've had - no harsh drying astringency in the finish, just a smooth road to the next sip. Very drinkable, but I prefer the Lou Pepe framboise.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.25/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pinkish head, dark red color, sour sour sour cherry flavor and aroma, with some leather & other stinky notes. There must be a great food match for this beer b/c it's tough to drink by itself. Perhaps some marscapone? Boon's Mariage Parfait Kriek is so much better

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This lambic poured a hazy, ruby color with no foam at all. The smell was a modest sour cherry aroma -- nice but subdued. The taste was tart cherry, somewhat sour, with a bit of horse blanket. A very good flavor overall. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp and tart with medium body and low carbonation. The slightly sour cherry flavor lingered pleasantly on the tongue. This was a very good kriek lambic, good to the last drop.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had two of these, and could have kept drinking them, it's very good. Dark cherry color when poured, opaque. No head. Aroma is of fresh cherries, with some barnyard meets cinnamon. Taste has a measure of tartness, I actually didn't think this was as tart as the regular kriek. Very enjoyable, I also noticed some dry mustiness in the finish.

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Photo of aracauna
4.03/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark purpley red with a fluffy pink head. True lambic aroma, sour, horses. Cherries of course. The flavor is SOUR. So sour the tongue mistranslates it as almost salty. Past that there's a lot going on underneath. Cherry is subtle here. Not the sweet soda beer of Lindeman's (which I do admit having a soft spot for) and instead a true lambic with the flavor of the fruit.

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Photo of rastaman
4.2/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good brew. Not as assertive as some of there others stuff, but very tasty all the same. smelly barnyard/dirty nappy aroma. Very sour and quite tart, complex array of flavours attack the crap out for tongue, very sour, yummy and even refreshing, i'm yet to have a shitty beer from Cantillon.

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Photo of Andy
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A true rare treat enjoyed at the Boston Beer Summit. Pure, unadulterated cherry lambic beer. No blending. Clean cherry aroma, slightly sour and band-aid like with a hint of being tart. Flavor is a strong mix of band-aid and sour tartness. Cherry flavor doesn't come through but is enjoyable nonetheless.

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