Cantillon Lou Pepe Pure Kriek

Lou Pepe Pure Kriek


Cantillon in Brussels, Brussels Capital Region, Belgium 🇧🇪

Lambic Style - Kriek Winter
ABV: 5.0% IBU: 25 Ticks: 136
Blend of Schaerbeek cherries with two-year-old lambic - 300 g per litre.

Beer with character that is balanced and very fruity.

Schaerbeek cherries originate from the Brussels Region, and up until the 1960s these local sour cherries were used exclusively for blending kriek. Unfortunately, the introduction on the market of pasteurised and sweetened industrial lambics marked the beginning of the end of the cultivation of this superb fruit as brewers of fake lambic switched instead to syrups and artificial flavours. Schaerbeek cherries are very delicate, and the harvest is unpredictable at best. On average, we still manage to acquire one or two tonnes per year from local producers, who are now few and far between.

The lambics we select must have enough character, while still retaining a fruity side. It takes two to three months of soaking to make Kriek Lou Pepe, and due to the very limited supply of fruit available production of this superb beer is limited to a few thousand bottles a year.

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Tried from Bottle at Brasserie Cantillon on 08 Oct 2022 at 19:04

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8.5 | Flavor - 7 | Texture - 7 | Overall - 7.5

0,75l from bottle at the Brewery. Deep red color, small white head. Smells cherries, marzipan, sour cherries, spices, light cinnamon. Lovely smell. Full body, soft carbonation. Tastes of cherries, marzipan, earthy, nutty, bit acidic, peppery, spices. Finishes dry and light to medium sour with notes of cherries, earthy and peppery notes. Not as good as other lpks I had, tad acidic, probably a bit too young

8, 8.5, 7, 7, 7.5

Tried from Bottle at Brasserie Cantillon on 25 Aug 2022 at 11:34

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 7.5 | Flavor - 7.5 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

Bottle sampled at quintessence 2022. Pours a dark red/purple. Pink head. Scent is mature, cherry candy. Taste is tart, intense, matured cherry, robust intensity. Milder funk and acidity. Lovely. Didin't loose to much fruits, but gained complexity !

Tried on 02 May 2022 at 12:41


Tried from Bottle at Brasserie Cantillon on 20 Apr 2022 at 08:18

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8.5

18/IV/22 - 75cl bottle @ Cantillon Quintessence (Brussels), BB: n/a (2022-360)

Pretty clear dark purple beer, small creamy pink head, stable, a little adhesive. Aroma: lots and lots of cherries, super fruity, nice acidity, a little oxidized. Amazing how well this has held up! MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: gentle acidity, very fruity, cherries, pretty dry, a bit oxidized, lots of cherries, cherry pits, some marzipan notes. Aftertaste: acidic, fruity, cherries, summer in a glass! Lovely beer, has held up great!

Tried from Bottle at Brasserie Cantillon on 18 Apr 2022 at 10:00

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 7.5 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

’08 vintage bottle thanks to Destructo. Ruby red pour with a pinkish head. Raspberry, vanilla, and oak aromas. Tart cherry, sour raspberry, semi-acidic with light funk, and oaky notes.

Tried from Bottle on 06 Apr 2022 at 17:49



Tried from Bottle on 08 Nov 2021 at 18:21

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 7.5 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 7.5

Deep clear red with a small white head. Nice cherry notes and a bit of pit. Soured cherry, light pit and a nice finish. Solid for the age.

Tried from Bottle at 1420 on 07 Nov 2021 at 16:37


Tried from Bottle at Brasserie Cantillon on 02 Nov 2021 at 16:24


Nose: straight funky cherry. Palate: super soft, nice fruit and a very strong funk and sweet finish

Tried from Bottle at Brasserie Cantillon on 09 Sep 2021 at 14:04