I brought two of my LP variants to a friend’s place last night. We had some delicious smoked fish, grilled steaks and corn on the cob. My friend contributed the ’08 Kriek and I brought the other two. It was a great time and lots of fun! I didn’t take photos of the beers themselves because we were too busy having fun but here are the reviews. I have reviewed two of these before but updated them with the variations between vintages.
Cantillon Lou Pepe Pure Kriek
AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
adamjackson (502) – Canaan, New Hampshire, USA – JUL 22, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2012
2008 Vintage bought off the shelf in Belgium from De Hopduvel in Gent. Enjoyed in a Champagne flute at 60 Degrees F with amazing friends.
A – Exceptionally ruby red cherry appearance. Hazy and consistently dark with a half finger head produced on the pour but faded quickly.
S – Very mild kriek scent on the nose. Slight hint of walnuts. Jammy and funky.
T – Wow. Excellent cherry jam taste. Up front tart and sour taste with an acetic finish of big gorgeous cherries. The taste is very fresh. It tastes like these cherries were picked yesterday. Very barnyardish and up front funkiness.
M – Swishing this around I get almost no carbonation. Light body. Perfect Cherry pulp finish
O – I have an ’05 Kriek in the cellar. This beer only makes me want to try the ’05 more. This is great but needs to age for a while. Fresh, it’s not very good. I want this with a few years on it. That’s the key.
Update: 2008 Bottle shared with friends:
Smell was more Jammy and up front cherry than the last bottle. Taste was more tart with a subdued cherry compared to the 2009. Carbonation was in line with the 2009 and same finish. Without looking at my old review, I gave the 2008 a lower rating as the 2009 at 4.3.
Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze
AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
adamjackson (502) – Canaan, New Hampshire, USA – JUN 7, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2012
Cantillon Lou pepe Gueuze 2009 vintage- Brewed 2007
A – 3 finger slightly yellow head. Faded to one finger then stuck around vanilla color yellow gold. Crystal clear
S – lemon seeds and coriander. Pepper and distiller water. Minor dry yeast scent
T – dry honey. Some biting spices. Oak and a tad bit of cloves. Creamy lemon pie
M – 35% carbonation on swish. Dry and fleeting. Medium body
O – lives up to expectations but maybe too much spice. 94/100
Update: Had an ’05 Vintage with friends last night.
No head on the pour with a small bit of lacing. Still bright and orange as the ’09. Smell was a lot more funky, less spices and more fecal in nature. Taste is mind blowing strong. Still hints of lemon and spices but the funk dominated more. Some mahogany and oak at the finish. Totally mouth puckering mouth feel still very dry. Slightly lower rating (4.1) in my notes versus the 4.3 I gave the newer vintage. Just a personal preference that I like this one fresh versus with age on it.
Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise
AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
adamjackson (502) – Canaan, New Hampshire, USA – AUG 1, 2012
Enjoyed with friends. 2004 Vintage enjoyed in a wine glass. Notes taken on iPhone
A – Hazy murky purple. Dark red. Cloudy. Nice pop of the cork. Borderline brown appearance.
S – Very light scent. Raspberry is there but weak. Very sort of grape jelly sent. Funk and tart.
T – Intense jammy raspberry taste. Lots of wood and some honey. Very acetic and funky. Some mustiness and mold. But it’s weak. Intensely tart.
M – 50% carbonation. Medium body. Huge gigantic sour tart finish
O – I really enjoyed this above all of the other bottles we enjoyed that night. Looking forward to having this again.