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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002

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352
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1,706
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
8.02%
 
 
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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 Luk13
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -1.3%
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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Photo of Givemebeer
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I could drink this the rest of my life and nothing else and be totally happy. Beautiful and elegant. Plenty of cherry in there, tart, sour, but all in such perfect balance.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OF course it's delicious! On tap at Rattle N Hum.. The first beer I tried on the day and damn, was it lovely. Red with a lovely little pink head. Big sour cherry aroma with a small funk note. Very balanced sour, the cherry almost completely fermented out, leaving only the aroma and a sex appeal that only Jesus on the day of the rapture could say no to. Medium-bodied, damn delicious, and sweet Jesus those cherries are nice.

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Photo of badbeer
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 1999.

Nice red color with a pink-ish head that dissipated leaving only a ring around the glass. Smell was certainly sour, had some barnyard funk and very tart cherries; I have not seemed to care for other beers with some of these characteristics, but this one is very nice. Taste is much of the same, but its just put together so well that I can't help but love it. Light bodied, but thankfully not bone dry; carbonation was light-medium. This was definitely a joy to drink, I think I'll be searching out more Cantillon; hopefully they can match up with this one.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL from some place in Portland long before Cantillon was difficult to find. 2007 sticker date/2009 bottling date.

A: Pours a deep plum with a light pink head. Sits pretty in the glass - if you were to show this to someone they might call it a chick beer. Poor ignorant bastards.

N: Lots of ripe sour cherries, oak, some vinegar and glue. Wine grape and raspberry jame in here. Some straw and lemon zest.

T: Cherry dominant. Rounded sourness with a touch of fruity sweetness. Has a wonderful depth of oak and fruits.

M: Sharply carbonated with a light, manageable body. I love how the Belgians are able to get such character into such a drinkable beer.

O: Tasty and it seems like it's balanced out the fruit and the funk at this point. Delicious. Need more.

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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 orfeu
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed in 2007, bottled in 2009, sampled in April 2010.

Resounding pop upon pulling the cork. Plumskin red with a short-lived carnation pink fizzy head. Somewhat hazy. The nose is of tart cherries, of course, along with an almost medicinally citric sourness. The acidity is pungent, and the aromatic experience is not dissimilar from smelling mentholatum. Much less sour than I expected, but there is a wonderfully full tart cherry flavor. Every bit of the fruit's flavor ended up in the beer, which is a triumph in my book. Some leathery and bitter orange flavors emerge around the edges. Crisp but unobtrusive carbonation, light yet substantial heft, and fairly dry finish that is somewhat muted by the impressive cherry flavor. Not my favorite kriek (I prefer De Ranke time and again), but this is undoubtedly world-class. Great for a breezy mid-April afternoon in New Mexico.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle of 1999

The appearance is very nice with a very dark red color that has a pinkish lacing. The smell is sour with horse blanket and cherries in the backround. The taste is a sour kick, but in a good way. The cherries are in the backround of a real lambic flavor with the horse blanket making a big impression on the palate. I can say it's the best lambic I have ever had. The mouthfeel is very good, full bodied. Overall this is a great beer and will get more.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2007(label) with a cork date of 2009. Poured from a 750ml cork and capped bottle into my tall Allagash chalice/snifter glass. Pours a cranberry red with a very large pink colored head. Head rises to about 3 fingers and has very decent retention. Light fizzy quick sliding lacing. Appearance is hazy.

Aroma is pretty much as to be expected. Funky, tart, citrus, sour currants, oak. Cantillons have such solid aromas behind their beers!

Flavor is wonderful. Not as sweet as some Krieks, especially Lindemans...but very good. Big tartness right off the bat, followed by a carbonated oaky, tart, and currant flavor. This is another beer to be drank at cellar temp. Fridge temps won't do this beer justice as the flavors become blanded as your palate is shocked by the chill. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, carbonated, and finishes dry. Overall a very pleasant kriek style lambic from Cantillon!

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.98/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2007

A. Pours a deep red velvet with a thoroughly pink creamy head.

S. Lots of tartness and cherries as well as some funky barnyard aromas.

T. Very tart at first - almost overwhelmingly so. As you adjust to the tartness, the cherry flavor starts to come out with some saison-like funkiness.

M. Thin to medium body with medium carbonation.

D. Quite interesting and complex once you adjust to the tartness. This is the best Cantillon I've had so far. I've still got a Classic Gueuze and an Iris waiting for me in the cellar.

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

2008 vintage served in a traditional-like belgian tumbler. Deep red nearing a purple shade. A tight dense head of light lavender-esque pink appears and disappears just as fast. A juicy nose, filled with tart cherry, wild funk, damp basement, faint graham cracker crust. This beer opens with a lactic tart cherry hit, lots and lots of cherry/berry flavors, some pie crust in the taste and brett charecter and oak. On the finish this beer is like a perfect sour cherry. Not thin, clean, crisp, dry. This is one of my top cantillons to date, tons of flavor, well crafted, balance....but could have had a bit more sour.

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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 ark57
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
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 ibbjamin
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $28.99 for a 750ml bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA. Poured into a wine glass and shared with my lady friend. This is the 2006 vintage.

Pours completely flat with no carbonation. Glowing burgandy/ dark maroon in color. No lacing.

A sour cherry nose that has taken on a strong oak presence from the the barrels it was aged in. Red grape tones give it a vinous quality and the aging has given it a bit of musky funk as well.

Wow the first sip is sensory overload. Puckering and very sour. As I dig more into the lambic, I become more accustomed to the sourness and the aged wood and funk become more tangible.

Extremely dry and astringent. More so than any wine I've tasted to date. Lighter bodied and void of carbonation.

This really is something special and was a treat to have. It really pushes the boundaries of beer which I truly respect. Obviously at this price point, it is to be enjoyed on rare occasion.

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

2 oz. 2008 bottle pour into a wine taster at the Bruery Provisions on November 7th, 2011. #5 of a 5-bottle Cantillon flight.

A - Potent, bold, red coloring with a deeper color around the edges. No head, carbonation, retention, or lacing. This one sits very still.

S - I nosed this one for a long time. Excellent cherry component. It is 100% pronounced yet not at all overpowering, and despite the years of aging the fruit smells fresh and intoxicating. Behind the cherries are candied sugar, grass, dry hay, earthiness, dirt, and oak barrel notes. Not deeply funky but well-balanced.

T - Again, great cherries here. Sweet fruit and sugar front notes lead into a sour backend that rivals Classic Gueuze. The tartness lingers in both the finish and aftertaste.

M - Medium body with adequate carbonation. Somewhat smooth.

D - Can't wait to see what age does to this one. I'm feeling blessed to have sampled this one with an identical vintage sitting in the reserves.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

75cl bottle shared by bret27. The best of the night for rating 1300. This was a beast of a beer. I loved their regular kriek when I had it, but this just takes it to another level of sour-cherry-amazingness. Opaque red in color with a small head. Awesomely funky sour lambic nose with lots of tart cherries. There is a lot of cherry on the flavor as well, but very dry and sour in the mix. Very lactic and citric in the tartness, but very rounded into the cherry. Light and spritzy mouthfeel. I need to get the rest of the Lou Pepe lineup now...

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

Had at Novare Res 12/13/13 for "Bier Geek Christmas."

I was told by the staff that this is a blend of 1, 2, and 3 year old gueze's that then spend about a year on cherries. If this is indeed similar to their regular gueuze blend, the fruit has really taken the acidic and sour notes down a notch, this is maybe a 3/10 on sourness.

This beer poured a very red color (sort of like red wine, but a bit hazy). It is literally cherry red. The foam is a lovely pink and settles down quickly to some lovely pink lacing around the class. Beer is essentially opaque.

The nose is nothing like what I expected. It is mostly tart funk, not too acidic, not too much fruit, perhaps some hints of must (general lambic awesomeness). I had expected the nose to be really fruity and it really isn't.

The taste is a three part event. Up front I get a semi-sweet cherry bit, this slowly fades to a definite fruity sweetness (fruity not malty) that peaks a second or two after tasting and then fades to an acidic/tangy/funky bit in the aftertaste. This beer is by far the most complex beer I've ever had, so much going on here.

Great palate coverage, its a thin beer, but it never seems "watery" it holds up well on the palate.

This beer was simply fabulous, it was totally worth the $9 per 8oz pour, simply delightful.

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Photo of macher0
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle to tulip glass. Straight from the cellar. Slightly below room temperature. Some what viscous. Shared with Jake_ramrod.

A. Fairly aggressive pour yields a dark ruby color and light ruby head of one finger. Mildly effervescent.

S. Tart. Tart cherries mainly. Sour yeast and bacteria. Fairly straight forward.

T. A little more going on compared to the nose. Medium tartness. Sour cherries certainly dominant with a noticeable neutral oak component. Minor notes of plumes, cranberries, and apples. Mucha fruit.

M. The viscosity thins out as it warms which makes it much more smooth. Low carbonation. Light body.

O. This is a beautiful kriek. Wonderful smell and taste. This maybe my favorite Cantillon (so far). I would certainly purchase this ale again. Certainly recommended.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24th Review
Draft at Monk's Cafe - served in flute glass
Vintage 2008

L: Hard to say as it was quite dark in Monk's at the front bar; however, I'll go with V8 Splash-esque color (i.e. mix between cherry, raspberry, and strawberry swirled together). No head.

S: Mixed basket of fresh berries. Nice and different, but in a good way.

T: Combo of cherry and raspberry tartness mixed together with dramatic sourness. Hidden vanilla that tries to accent some type of wood character, but I cannot make it out.

M: Light and smooth. Not what I was expecting based on the appearance of this beer, but good nonetheless.

O: Tasted quite fresh and I really enjoyed this beer. I will definitely seek it out again going forward!

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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 bosco7
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage at Zeno's in State College, PA

Pours cherry red...go figure.

Smells of acid, cherry, lemon; and almond.

Strong acidity. Lemon, cherry, vanilla and more lemon. Awesome.

Mouthfeel is so tart and in your face, smooth yet prickly. I love this beer.

Simply a classic. I prefer in the bottle because I think it tends to have a nicer mouthfeel. But it's awesome anyway you can get it...obviously. Highly recomended.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, sweet Brouwer's. Had the privilege of having this at big wood days ago. 04. Really red, fruit punch red with a little carb but not much. very tart and full of cherries. a little bit of funk to it, but mostly the tartness and cherries stand out. this was one of the earlier beers of the evening and it was a delight.

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Photo of glazeman
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fountainhead and served in a tulip

A: The beer pours a medium light red in color with a 1.5 finger pinkish head that has excellent retention and lacing.

S: The smell is mostly of cherries, with a touch of funk and earthiness deeper down.

T: The taste is a nice balance of sour and sweet cherries. The sweetness comes through more at the beginning with more of the sour kick at the finish.

M: Crisp, with a nice level of carbonation. This has a great aftertaste and a nice overall feel.

O: I wish I had bought some bottles of this when I had the chance. It’s excellent, and unfortunately think it’s sold out in the area. I would gladly have it again.

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