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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

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 Sammy
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1999 in 2006, mellow as expected. A reddish pink fruity along with pulp look, good amount of lace. The kriek raspberry more than cherry aroma is invigorating. Sour pucker and mellowed magnificiently. it is Natural cherry.Unimpeding carbonation.Surprisingly easy drinkable.
2003, had 8 years later, only a bit of mellowing. Funky and sour. Smooth and that pink body.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ZX6Chris for sharing this one at MrHirschybar's place!

2008 vintage.

Pours a murky cranberry red with an off-white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of lots of sour and funky cherry aromas along with some woody aromas. Taste is the same and has a great but very sour flavor. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great lambic with fantastic aromas and flavors. I am very happy I was finally able to try this one.

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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 Knapp85
3.91/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out looking like a carbonated fruit punch, the color was very bright red. It looks beautiful! The head is a bit on the fizzy side and has a very nice looking pink color. There isn't any retention or lacing on this beer. The smell is of tart cherries and some minor sweet malts in there too. The taste is actually a lot more subtle than I expected. It is definitely tart but it seems to be nicely balanced as well between the tart vs the sweetness. The mouthfeel is sharp and crisp, it feels clean and doesn't coat your mouth with any syrupy cherry flavors. Overall I enjoyed this actually. I am not a big fan of these kind of beers but I did appreciate having this one.

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

Enjoying the '06 Vintage here in '10

This is a jewel of a beer. The pour brings an inviting and intense ruby-red color that is largely opaque. A pink-ish dainty head rises just off of the surface but just as quickly falls.

The usual intense tart and souring aromas without becomming overly musky or horse blanket-like. Strong cherry aromas are supported further with berries, apples, and a red wine vineousness.

Tastes are sweet and tart with the cherries with a well rounded malt sweetness and sour complexity. Almost vinegar-like. The feel is a light but smooth texture, nearly too thin. Finishes with a light tartness that intensifies and lingers indefinately.

This is a great thirst quencher and a very complex brew. A firmer body would score a near perfect 5.

Thanks Cheezdawg!

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Photo of largadeer
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Trappist. Fresh batch.

Vibrant black cherry red with a short-lived pink head. The nose is all cherry pie filling, sweet and sour, incredibly multi-dimensional and complex. Sour, sweet and earthy with flesh and skin and pit. Tastes ridiculously good, cherries at the forefront exhibiting ripe juicy sweetness, tannic skin and earthy pit. Moderate lactic sourness backs the fruit, it's not full-on sour by any stretch, more of a balanced presence. Funk is mild, buried beneath the fruit. This is just an astoundingly good beer on tap, a true session lambic.

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

After exercising my inexorable right at the polling station, I got to wondering about the idea that bars have to close on election day, until after the polls close, and if that law even still, or ever did apply. Go figure, it got me wanting a beer...

750ml bottle, 2007 vintage...

This beer pours a hazy cherry red hue, with lots and lots of tight fuzzy candy floss pink head, which fizzes away, leaving nothing in the way of lace. It smells of tart cherry and lemon juice, grainy, powdery vitamins, and barnyard funk. The taste is sour, vinegary cherry, a bit of malty sweetness, some earthy yeast, a slight dry woodiness, with a bit of mild funk bringing up the rear. The carbonation is moderate, the body light, fruity, and acidic. It finishes very dry - slightly woody, and fruity, the tart cherry and lemon notes still pretty strong.

Definitely one of the more balanced lambics from Cantillon - the tartness is present, but not sourpuss inducing, thus it goes down slowly, but steadily. That said, it's still a good beer to have with food, to soften the edge. For me it made an interesting accompaniment to raspberry rhubarb crumble.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy red color lambic with a medium pink foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of naturally sweet and tart cherry is quite wonderful. Taste is also dominated by loads of lightly sweet and fresh cherries with some tart notes and a funky aftertaste. Acidity is very well balanced which is a bit surprising considering the base beer. World classic for sure and something I would drink more often is it was cheaper and more easily available.

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Photo of emerge077
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Labeled "Kriek 2001", "botteld in 2002" on the cork.

Cap is grey underneath, cork is wet, and also turning grey. Something about musty old lambics is very appealing, though the reason is hard to pin down. The tiniest "pop" is heard once the cork is extracted. Wisps of smoke appear, and the crimson liquid pours with a suprising amount of crackling pink foam.

Honey, hay, fermenting black cherries, exquisite natural aromas.
Wild funky yeast gives off the prerequisite waft of horseblanket.

Tangy sour cherry at the tail end and into the long dry finish. Otherwise, fairly mellow and woody. It comes together well, without the brashness of a young lambic, it lets the subtleties really shine. Rich Schaerbeek cherry intensity, almost like cherry pie, with the complexity of cherry skins and pits thrown in too. Long, dry finish that has sublime aged wood and sour fruit flavors. Residual lemony sourness on the lips. Honey in the aftertaste, with a hint of clover. One to savor, and not on an empty stomach!

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear reddish color with a light pink head of bubbly foam. It left thin white suds on the glass.

S - It smelled of cherry with some sour notes. Some caramel aroma.

T - Great blend of sour cherry with some sweet notes, too. A touch of caramel and just the slightest bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a subtle pucker factor. A light to medium bodied ale.

O - This is a really good kriek. Cantillon is always very good.

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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 oline73
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a flute. I had this at the bottle funk even at Teresa's Next Door.

Appearance: Pours a dark red color with a layer of pink head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very tart cherry with some herbal bitterness and a sweet cherry finish.

Taste: Not very sweet at all. There is tart cherry throughout each sip. The finish is tart but not biting. This beer was very smooth, I'm not sure of the age of the bottle my pour was from.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a good lambic but it didn't wow me like I expected it to. That being said, I'm sure I'll have it again if I get the chance.

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Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottles in 2011

Pours a light white head. Color is a stunning grapefruit ruby red.

Aroma: tart cherries with a some acidity. Funky and sour with some vinegar. Cobweb and basement must.

Taste: tart cherries but also some sweetness. Cherry pie filling. Lemon citrus and acidity. Very fresh and fruity but still has some old funk and cobweb flavor.

Mouthfeel: tart and sour. Light bodied with a fine amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was a really nice kreik. Very drinkable and flavorful. Not medicinal like some can be. I dig this one.

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

2006 Vintage bottle that I scored about a year ago and kept in the cellar ever since. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 01/22/2010.

The pour was about what I would expect given the age on it. Dark reddish color with minimal head and lacing, nothing really to write home about, but given the style a good representation of what to expect. Aroma is sour as all hell. Acidic with notes of tart cherries and wood that are buried underneath a wall of sour yeast. As I take the first sip I am slammed back into the chair with tons of barnyard funk. Loads of lip puckering tartness that rip at the taste buds before settling in and the lovely cherries come forward to show their might. A touch of sweetness is still left in here, but you need to look for it. Smooth, even body and a wonderful finish leave this one fresh on the palate and literally made me salivate looking for more.

One of the best offerings they have hands down and with a little age on it really shines.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle shared at Pinocchio's, I don't know who brought it, but thanks anyway!

2009 vintage, had in Feb., 2012.

Poured bright red, a little cloudy, with some pink-white bubbles on top. It's a kriek, so, aroma of cherries, as would be imagined; hints of acid. Nice tart cherry taste, balanced with maraschino sweetness, mild acidity, but not at all acetic, so the fruit is dominant on the palate. Medium body, tingly carbonation, no alcohol detected at all. Very nice drinker overall, but nothing to go ape over.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage (bottled in 2009)

A: The pour is blood red in color with a big pink head that dies down to a thin cap.

S: Lots of cherry skins and bugs. A wet straw and musty funk, along with wet oak. Quite a bit of lactic acidity as well.

T: The cherries offer both some sweetness along with a sour note and plenty of tannins (fruit skin flavor as well). The lactic tartness is there, but not quite as overwhelmingly acidic as some lambics. The brett is funky and drying, just the way I like it.

M: The body is medium with a low, rolling carbonation and a nice dry finish.

D: The cherries stand out wonderfully and help to balance out the base lambic, it would seem. Pleasantly sour without being overly so. Well worth the exorbitant cost.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter.

2008 vintage. I shall call him Lou le Pew. Tee-hee. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear burgundy-ruby topped by a finger of off-pink foam. The nose is a blast of sweet cherry wine (insert Tommy James reference, with or without Shondells), with a hint of light apple cider in the back for good measure. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the cherries come through with a bit of tartness, though with a clear restraint that keeps things from peeling the enamel from my teeth. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, a very tasty cherry lambic, one that more than deserves the praise it receives.

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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 mdaschaf
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

A: Pours a very nice red/purple color with a pink head that foams up nicely. Decent retention, slowly reducing to a nice ring on top. Decent lacing.

S: Very nice cherry flavor, a hint of vanilla and wood. A bold tartness mixes in, slightly acidic. Very big, bold, and inviting.

T: Big cherry flavor upfront mixed with some other stone fruit. A very sharp tartness with nice acidity. A little bit of wood comes through, but not as much as in the aroma. Very tasty.

M: Medium bodied with a great level of carbonation and sourness.

O: Another amazing beer from Cantillon, not much more needs to be said.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'07 vintage

On tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Olde City during their sour week.

Poured into a tulip glass, a bright ruby color with about two fingers of pinkish head, very slight lacing throughtout.

The aroma was of sour funky cherries with a little bit of spice.

Tasted of tart cherries with some slight sweetness for balance, with a very smooth finish.

Some slight carbonation on the mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, should've had a few more...

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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 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 Huhzubendah
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage, courtesy of Darrell.

This lambic pours a stunningly gorgeous, brilliant ruby color with a beautiful off white head reminiscent of sea foam. No lacing left in the wake, as to be expected, given the style.

The aroma is fantastic. Cherry pie jumps out at you if you get your nose anywhere in the vicinity of the bottle. Classic Cantillon barnyard funk along with hay, straw, wild yeast give the beer a very inviting scent.

The taste is even better than I remember from the previous occasion I drank this beer in 2007. All aspects of the flavor are spot on. The sourness in relation to fresh fruit ratio couldn't be better. This beer has incredible depth and complexity, and is just phenomenal. It is obvious why this barrel was specifically chosen to be a Lou Pepe.

The feel is incredibly smooth, with a great lingering aftertaste that continues to develop long after each sip.

On a night with many great beers on the table, this was without a doubt the highlight of the evening for me. This is one of my all-time favorite beers.

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

I am so disappointed that this is a retired beer. I had some on tap recently at Max's On Broadway in Charm City, marked as 2003 vintage. Oh well.

It arrived with a light, scarlet toned head. The nose was an intense sour cherry, like Montmorency, mixed with vinegar. The color was a cloudy cranberry, approaching the rich color of red velvet cake. It had a really tart, sour cherry flavor on the tongue that actually caused my eyes to water. The finish was so dry that I felt the arid winds of the Sahara blowing in my throat. This was a really good beer.

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