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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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Avg:
4.48
pDev:
18.08%
 
 
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Photo of Agold
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer on Thursday at monks after the outstanding Monday event they held. Poured a beautiful red hue with a minimal amount of head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice little ring around the glass. The aroma is huge tart dark dried cherry. There is a mild funk, but I didn't detect it here nearly as much as some of the other cantillon they had there. The flavor is eerily like cherry pie. Cooked cherries with a tartness and a little too much sweetness, but only a little bit. Mouthfeel is nice and light with lively carbonation. I really enjoy this beer. Outstanding beer by cantillon.

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Photo of tewaris
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks dc55110. 2009 vintage poured into a tulip.

A beautiful deep pink with moderate head and moderate retention. Strong funk and soft cherries. Strongly tart, fruit peel and flesh in taste with fruit not as assertive as the aroma. Very dry, almost abrasive. Full of character and very good!

4, 4, 4, 5, 4

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 on Tap at the Brick Store Pub’s Sour Christmas in July. Pours a dull deep cloudy as hell red with tones of deep brown too. Compared during tasting to a bottle of Heinz ketchup that was sitting on our table. Smells of sour cherry tartness with notes of sweetness peaking through. First sip is mouthwater puckering that hits both the front and back of the mouth. Cherries and wood dominate. Lightly bodied.

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

2005 vintage bottled in 2007 consumed in 2010

Cherry-red color with a pink head that fizzes down pretty quickly only to be seen again for the pouring of the second glass.

A bouquet of cherry barnyard, a hint of acetic nail polish remover, and sweaty leather jacket. Dark, acidic, and mysterious.

The taste at first is shockingly sour, even for a sour lover it's in your face. Some grapey, sort of acids akin to certain red wines, astringent hints of leather, and subtle cherries in the finish. Tannins are there, not overwhealming, but noticable. The extreme sourness distracts from some of the complexity it would have and will leave you smacking your lips for a while before you can think about another sip.

The carbonation and mouthfeel are pretty standard for this style, kind of flat, leaving the acidity to do the work the carbonation would normally do.

Hard to drink in any quanity, the first three or four ounces were great, then my tongue and palate were completely bruised and battered shortly thereafter. Not my favorite cantillon by any stretch of the imagination, wouldn't buy it again at the price it is, but as always, a solid offering.

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

2007 Edition. Bottled 2009 . Poured into my cantillion 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.

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.

D: Supremely drinkable.

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Photo of timtim
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a phenomenal beer every time. fresh, aged, whatever. reviewing the 2008 (bottled 2010) version. pours a glowing red with a lively pink head that shrinks to a collar pretty quickly. collar stays around the whole time. very pretty. nose reveals many layers of different fruit (strawberry, cherry, citrus), earth, must, funk, cobweb, vanilla, oak, and what is coming off to me like almond paste (like the semi-sweet chalky/pasty stuff in the little metal tube they use for those delicious Moroccan cookies). wow. there are wine barrel hints in there in the back end for sure as well that brings almost like a bloody minerality. taste is divine. the brightness of the cherry and tartness hit first, but before sour can take over, edges are rounded out by vanilla, wood and nuttiness, while grapefruit pith notes come in adding a touch of bitterness that helps lift everything back off the palate. once again, something very reminiscent of wine comes through in the back end of the taste, and if it isn't wine barrel aged, i'd be surprised. creamy, medium-full body that tingles just a bit from moderately prickly carbonation drinkability? i could drink this all night, and everything about it makes it feel like a special occasion. epic good. cantillon does it again.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had at Allagash WFC- the perfect sour. Color is beautiful, taste is sublime. I would seriously give anything for just another pour. This was a peak beer experience for me and I sincerely look forward to more.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.66/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Just to clarify I think I probably got a bad bottle. I will re-review in a couple weeks when I get another ($30 down the drain) but I believe that this one should be part of my review because a company having a bad product should not go unnoticed.

2006 vintage

Pours a deep red raspberry ish color. No head. No lacing. Looks flat.

Aroma is of Sulphur and cherries. Almost plesent but the sulphur is kinda strong. Smells tart and funky as well.

Tastes just as it smells. Lots of sulphur and funk. Cherries are there but these other flavors are just too much.

Mouthfeel is straight flat. And sort of thin.

Overall I dumped half a bottle ($15 worth) of beer down the drain and me and my buddy choked down the other half. Very dissapointed I paid $30 plus shipping (not sold in So Cal any more for some reason) just for it to suck. Hopefully my St. Lamvinus is better.

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

Combo of two rates, ones from 2007 and one from 2010.

Beautiful blood red with fizzy pink head and lush, full laces. Cherries in the nose are pretty awesome. Full and meaty, not sweet but really capturing the essence of the fruit and not just drying and souring the crap out of it. Mouth worked very well, so much better than a lot of the krieks we consumed that night. Fruit was fully realized but dry, oaky, and expressive. Not medicinal or acidic in the least, which is probably the greatest achievement here. Great stuff and possibly the best cherry beer in the world.

I want to add another rate, early 2011 from a 2007 bottle. Consumed right after a 2010 Cantillon Kriek. Poured a darker shade than the Kriek, quite opaque and deep, like a rich mahogany, with a fluffy, pink cotton candy head. Much more dry than the regular Kriek, rife with a deep cherry pit and funk that were tied together seamlessly. As with most Cantillons it was really tight, dry, and sour. I was thinking "black cherries" the whole time where I didn't really think that from the regular Kriek. I've had several vintages of this, and at different ages, and it's always sublime. One of their best beers consistently I think.

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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 NCSUdo
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, purchased at De Bier Tempel, Brugge; 2005 date, bottled 22Aug2007

A: Deep red under a quickly lost pink head. No lace, very little retention.

S: Cherries and some woodiness. Bit of a wild funk character, sort of meaty. Bit of mixed fruit as well.

T: Not as sour as expected (not to say that it isn't sour, just not as much as the framboise). Cherry is there with a very fresh, slightly syrup like taste. Very good. Bit of wood and slight funky character. Overall, this one seems a bit more balanced then the framboise version. Not too heavy on the sour, lets some of the other flavors shine through.

M/D: Light bodied, carbonation is heavy but not very puckering sour. Drinkability is nice. Excellent beer.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from 2000 provided by Dyan at our recent tasting. The 2nd of the Lou Pepe varieties that we enjoyed that day, and the 12th beer overall.

The deep rich red schaerbeeke cherry-enhanced lambic seems to glow in the light of the room. Light carbonation streams upward from a few nucleation points.

The aroma is sweaty barnyard hay on top of a rich cherry sweetness...remarkable after around 10 years in the bottle. The sweetness is balanced nicely with a lactic sourness and some earthy and fruit skin tannins. Light lemon rind aromas from the lactobacillus round it out. The flavor tracks almost directly from the aroma, except that the cherry evolves to an almost cherry pie filling sweetness. The bone dry and earthy finish is far different from the lambics made by other traditional brewers, but again, just completely phenomenal.

As I recall from my review of the 2007, age does begin to bring out some more earthiness where there was only fruity sweetness early on. This beer will hold up for years longer. A side by side of old and young would be very interesting.

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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev -10.7%
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 Franck
5/5  rDev +11.6%

2013 vintage. Smell of sweet cherries. In mouth, Cantillon renowned sour taste is quite shy. It's cherry and cherry and cherry and sour comes in final. Very fruity and creamy. Cantillon c'est bon!

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

Bottle brewed in 2005, bottled in 2008.

Beer poured a brilliant red color, with a deep pink, thick head into my Cantillon tulip glass. The head was nice and crisp but receeded quickly but left nice lacing.

The aroma was very present, sour cherry and a bit earthy.

Taste is very pleasing to the taste buds. No carbonation, wonderful sour cherry taste, smooth body. Dry finish makes this an excellent lambic that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Rattle n hum.
Served in an 8oz whit wine glass.

A: It pours a deep red color with lovely purple hues in the light. There was a small white head that dissapated rather quickly leaving no lacing.

S: The nose is full of succulent tart ripe cherries. There are also notes of hay, leather, and wet socks. The lactic acid has obviously performed it's duties as wafts of sour funk fill my nostrils. Oak is present but extremely subdued amongst the other prevalent players.

T: This is everything I daydream about in a kriek. The cherries are front and center but any hint of sweetness has been gobbled up by the yeast and critters. It is extremely tart and sour with a wonderful presence of brett; barnyard, leather, and hay are all there and really balanced. The oak shows up on the palate in the form of a nice woody finish.

M: The feel is medium to light bodied with a lush carbonated backbone.

O: This is without question the best kriek I have had. Balanced and so delicious.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.25/5  rDev -27.5%
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 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 ChadQuest
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was super excited to see this one on draft, it was at the Bavarian Lodge is Lisle, and it was my birthday. That place is too good.
The color is a deep red with a slight purple tint to it, with a head that is a pinkish hue. Pretty hazy throughout.
The aroma gives notes of the cherries used to create the beer, a sweetness plays through those flavors along with the funk you expect.
This one has a strong acidity to it, the tartness and sour dryness is remarkable, leathery tannins are just outstanding. The cherries come through to make an outstanding tasting beer in every right, and the funk adds alot of complexity.
Finishes so very dry, makes you want to take such small sips, and sip again a few seconds later, and i accept.

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Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek

Appearance: cherry red, small head, and slight lacing.

Smell: sourness, slight cherry.

Taste: sharp sweettart sourness, spices, and cherries.

Mouthfeel: potent and bitter.

Overall:
It is in your face with the first sip. This is an explosive, sour kriek.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Re-review of another batch. 2012 vintage into Cantillon balloon stem.

Appearance is a gorgeous, deep cherry red bordering on marroon. Or maybe it's past red and in purple/marroon territory. I mean it's deep. Lovely two finger pink head builds and holds well before settling to a nice froth layer. One of those beautiful beers to look at.

The aroma is also about as perfect as can be for a Kriek/Cherry sour. Tons of earthy cherry juice, pit, skin. A host of funky notes with horse blanket and damp earth predominating. I love krieks that show some funk through all the fruit. But you also have some oak, vanilla, and burgundy wine complimenting the cherry and funk.

The taste is, well phenomenal. I think I popped this baby right on time. The finest tasting LPK I've had to date. Like the aroma, this is so freakin balanced between Cherry, barrel, and funk. And the acidity has not even begun to accelerate so it's maintained that high drinkability of fresh LPK. Everything cherry is in this, juice, earthy pit, tart skin, and a touch of Cherry jam. The funk is cleaner on the palate than on the nose but offers up musky cave and a little minty leafiness. Oak is soft and red wine is fruity with medium tannic level. Acidity is low still and that's how I personally like it.

Mouthfeel is light, fluffy, and almost silky. I love the fact this doesn't sport a high carbonation level as it sometimes spoils the lambic experience. Despite the sweet cherry flavor characteristics this is invitingly dry and tart from front of the tongue to back.

Like in most cases with Cantillon, quite amazing. I've grown a soft spot for Krieks over the years and this proves that they too can blow me away. I am usually more fond of framboise so now is the time to crack a LPF to see how it compares to this Kriek. If you have any 2012 vintage (10' sticker) Lou Pepe Kreik, it's drinking amazing right now. Unless you prefer bracingly sour beer, it probably can't get better than this at this point. Or who knows with the endless possibilities of aged Cantillon :).

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml with a 2011 cork date, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Crimson red with no head, only a ring of foam around the edges. Kind of opaque and rich looking.

Subtle hints of vinous funk and tart cherries, with a dose of acetic qualities. Not in your face but certainly pleasant.

Opens with a real tart cherry flavor then quickly moves into the classic Cantillon lambic qualities. Acetic, horsey, and a little cheesey as well. Not real earthy, much more fruity and tart than funky. Good stuff.

Sticky on the lips, dry on the finish with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Solid tart cherry flavor but I have to admit, I am a tad underwhelmed with this. I was expecting loads of fruit but was left wanting more. Still a solid beer, just a little hyped.

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Photo of Higravity
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Max's on Broadway in Baltimore. Tap list say it was 2003 vintage.

Marchiano cherry red juice in a chalice with a pink fuzz floating on top. The smell is distinctly cherry with a prevailing citiric sourness and a touch of peanut sauce that seems weird with the usually sour funk. I thought I was in for the intense sourness of the other Cantillion cherry I have had, but no this was soft stinging sourness with a cherry flavor that melted over the tongue and really carried me away. In the very noisy bar as I sipped this beer I was in another world unto my self and the beer. Great carbonation and the mouthfeel is superb and this is very drinkable at such a low avb.

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Photo of Luk13
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2013 vintage, tasted fresh. Beautiful deep red red with pinkish-red foam. Aroma is a nice mix of barnyard funk, wood, wheat and cherries. Very nice cherry presence, , almost grape and wine. Taste beautifully showcases cherries with an intense tartness. More complex than the regular kriek which is very straightforward cherries with very few funk. One of the best Cantillon out there.

Bottle via trade with Boutip, thanks! 2006 vintage. Pours a beautiful pinkish-red with a bit of pink foam. Aroma is very funky of course, but filled with cherries, yeast and wheaty notes as well. Taste is mainly very tart cherries with some sweetness to blanced it out. Palate is refreshing with a very dry finish, as per style. A good one but still a little too sour for me.

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Photo of Soonami
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lauren (ThoreauLikeAGirl) for sharing this bottle of 2004 Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek with me, Kaydogg, jeffcrowther, phillybeer7779, and BrewerDan23. This is the first bottle of Lou Pepe I've had--due partially to the cost (~$30 each), but mostly because finding people to share the bottle and talk about its contents isn't always easy. I am grateful to have friends that bring beers like this to share. Now to the review...

This beer is a beautiful garnet red with pinkish-red highlights when held up to the light. The carbonation is on the lower side and doesn't produce much head, not surprising. As soon as the beer is poured, you smell FUNK. Diaper-y, assertive brettanomyces acridity, along with bright cherry sweetness in the nose. This doesn't sound the most pleasing I know but to me it smells good in the way that you can't look away from a car wreck.

The beer is very sour and dry. The beer itself undoubtedly was sour, but the addition of the sour cherries furthers the acidity. The lambic has a lot of the funky flavors you'd expect, but what I didn't expect was the creamy smooth mouthfeel. The acidity and low carbonation, made this beer feel so full in my mouth probably because the acid draws water from my mouth without any astringency.

A very tasty treat shared with friends. I've heard that the 2005 LP Kriek was better, so I look forward to the opportunity to try that vintage to compare.
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The 2008 was much less funky with a brighter acidity and a black cherry sparkle in the finish. It still has the complex interplay between barnyard and tart, but the balance is a bit more level and both are a little more refined letting the fruit shine through better.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
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