Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek | Brasserie Cantillon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

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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Ratings:
1,713
Reviews:
353
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
8.02%
 
 
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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of schopenhauerale
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle 2001 vintage poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy cherry red with brown hints and a big fluffy pink head that stays on as a cap for the duration.

The aroma is initially funky but as it warms the cherries come out a little bit more, more tart than sweet, but definitely there. There is a bit of sugary sweetness in there as well but the funk and acidic vinegar is pretty strong.

The taste has the same acidic funkiness as the aroma with a combined tartness from the cherries up front that puckers the lips from the outset. After the initial kick, the sugary sweetness of the cherries makes an appearance along with a bit of brown sugar. But the finish brings back the sourness and funk.

The mouthfeel is dry and puckering with good carbonation and medium bodied.

Once again, Cantillon has produced a beer that I enjoy but has really kicked up the vinegar sourness to point that it takes over the cherry presence. Still, very good.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Brewed in 2008, bottled September 8th, 2010. I had a 2010 non-LP Kriek a few months ago and it was quite an ass-puckering experience. I hope this is a little less caustic.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed deep cherry mahogany color. Two and a half fingers of pink, fizzy head. Retention isn't so great and no lacing is left.

4.0 S: I'm a bit surprised. This is way more funky than fruity/tart. Musty basement type funk dominates with rotting wood and old sweatsocks. Cherry is surprisingly faint for how "young" this is. Mildly tart with mild to moderate notes of lactic acid tanginess. Very light acetic acid. It's quite nice, but I was expecting a bit more depth.

4.5 T: The cherry definitely comes out more in the taste. Mildly tart with a big hit of cherry flavor. Again, this is much more funky than sour. Musty basement, musky large mammal, dry-rotted sweatsocks, decaying wood, and apple orchard. Mild lactic acid, but it's just enough to add some fruit depth. Acetic acid isn't really detectable.

3.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation is on the higher end, but it's fine except that it isn't very spritzy. Also could use a bit more creaminess. Super smooth though.

4.0 D: What a completely different experience than what I had with the regular Kriek! This one is not only palatable, but also mighty tasty. I'm not too crazy about the price of this though.

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Photo of illidurit
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy bret27. Poured into a Bruery tulip. Deep strawberry red with a light pink head that fades quickly due to the expected acidity. Aroma is lemons and sour cherries, a hint of sweet strawberry, oodles of citric acid. Flavor is very sour but with a solid amount of fruitiness to balance. Sour cherries, slight musty earthiness, old wood, straw. Pretty great kriek.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of francisweizen
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
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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5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bunuelian
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of birchstick
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a ruby, cherry red without much of a head on it

S - the nose consists of cherries with citrus and funk. Nice smelling nose, but to be expected at the same time.

T - sweet cherries up front fade to a citric sourness. The sourness is a bit understated; this isn't as sour as the regular version of this beer. As this warmed, the cherry flavor started to really pop, imparting a really nice cherry pie finish to this.

M - medium body that finishes dry

D - pretty solid kriek. My second venture in the LP series and another winner. This isn't as acidic as the 3F kriek I had next to it or the '05 Cantillon Kriek that I also tried. This had the perfect amount of cherry and lambic to it. Worth the hunt? Tough question when the regular kriek is so damn good as well. But Yes.

Update: I had a couple pours of an '06 LPK in Summer 2013, so 7 years later. The beers was amazing - the fruit was still exploding, the lambic more funky and acidic than fresh. Age this one!

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

Kriek 2001 Vintage:

Presentation: Spied this during a beer store rummage with Davo, so I immediately picked up this beauty. Cost me all of $20 whilst in NYC back in May. The typical 750ml Cantillon green glass bottle comes with a cork/crown cap, all covered in a thick black foil that covers the slender neck. Once the foil and crown cap were removed it revealed a pristine cork. The main obverse label is a generic one for the Lou Pepe, and it has a picture of the area around Mannekin Piss statute, which is also the view seen from the Poechenellekelder. A small oval sticker above the main obverse label lists this as Kriek 2001, but the cork has a bottled date of 2002. The Lou Pepe range was created to mark the handing over of Brewster activities at Cantillon from father (Jean-Pierre) to son (Jean). The Lou Pepe Kriek is one of the better 2 year old lambics steeped with 50% more Cherries (300g/l as opposed to 200g/l) than its “standard” stable mate and reinvigorated with a sweet liquor sugar solution. Bordeaux barrels are also used, lending some further unique flavors to this special Vintage Kriek.

Appearance: Poured into a straight sided Cantillon tumbler. Deeply red-purple, burgundian, dark, cloudy and impenetrable. A decent sized pink head forms and fizzes for all its worth. The effervescent rousings are loud and spit small bits of Kriek up into the air. When the fizzing finishes and the quiet returns, there is little but a pink halo sliver and a small broken floating thin island in the middle of the head. A gentle swirl reveals some dissolved carbonation, enough to give life to this fruity-luscious marvel. Superb appearance.

Nose: Freshly baked Cherry Pie straight from the oven that has its crisp crust broken revealing the inner whole cherries and the warm vapors of the thick syrup in all their glory. This is fantastic. Tart and sharp, not quite as much as the usual, but the deeper whole cherry fruits make up for it. Slight acidic funk in the latter third. Don’t breathe too deeply though, for Cantillon Virgins it will still make your eyes water!

Taste: The best part by far. Sheer Kriek Indulgence. Massive blast of sharp Cherries, fruity yet acerbically tart, so pungent it induces deep breathes through your clenched jaws and teeth. The smooth 2 year lambic base saves itself for the middle and dry finish. Amazingly astringent, yet in a completely acceptable Cantillon manner. Superb!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, sharp, cutting, slashing, ducking and diving. It’s here, there and everywhere. Cherry chews in the middle, lambic funk start and finish, with a saliva stripping long lingering end that can at times induce the rare condition known as “scrotuminusdisappearus”.

Drinkability: I am deeply biased, so I will unashamedly admit to admiring the way Cantillon and its tart mastery of the fruity lambics can still create a masterpiece that induces death by dissolving the imbiber. I managed the whole 750ml to myself, but fuck knows where my testicles are.

Overall: Supreme. Masterful. Insightful. Cantillon seem to be able to get their minds inside every cask of lambic and into the very heart of each of the fruits that they use. They seem to know just how it will mature and react in the many environs that they envision. Simply Marvelous and Sheer Genius.

I love the way that the Masters at Cantillon always push the traditional boundaries but in a deeply respectful manner. They do no wrong for me.

Shockingly Brilliant!!! A Kriek Premier Cru if ever there was one.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of woosterbill
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08 bottle into a tulip; sampled at Ebenezer's Night of the Great Thirst.

A: Cloudy ruby body with a finger of frothy pink foam. Good retention, spotty lace. Beautiful.

S: Fruity, juicy, cherry combined with powerful and distinctive Cantillon funk: lemon, grass, mustardseed, barnyard. Quite nice, but nothing extraordinary.

T: Sour cherry, mild grassy funk, and a clean, dry finish. Simple and good.

M: Medium body, frothy, and pleasant.

O: This is a great beer, but it suffered by comparison with the Oude Kriek de Cam, which was better in every way. I was expecting more of a cherry explosion here, and actually found its impeccable balance between fruit and sourness to be a bit boring - I wanted it to be the inverse of the fascinatingly abrasive regular Cantillon Kriek, but the cherries just didn't "pop" like I was expecting. Oh, well, there's really no greater luxury than nit-picking a delicious Lambic.

Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Whatup14
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of notchucknorris
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap during Zwanze Day at Toronados

A: Pours an intensely hazy raspberry color with a thin pink head.

S: Rich, tart cherries, vanilla, oak and some ripe strawberries.

T: Huge wave of unripe cherry right off the bat with a big lactic twang. Some oak, raspberry and lemon peel. A champagne-like effervescent mouthfeel. Really fantastic stuff.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Masters
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
4.49 out of 5 based on 1,713 ratings.
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