Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2003 1999 vintage.I have to Thank Hey_Kevin for this fine brew.Very nice purple color,medium sized light purple head that was short lived but left a bit of lace.The aroma is cherry and barnyard,sweet and sour at the same time.Very sour taste almost like sucking on a lemon,tart,nicely cherry and very mildly sweet.the flavor aren't so much in the front but mostly in the middle and definately at the end.you have to wait for the sour to subside before you can get much else out of the brew.The bottle showed up very sticky and i figured this could be just due to shipping over time but the integrity of the seal should have been intact but not in this case,it reminded of Mead The Geuze so carbonated it is constantly bursting out the cork.In this case cork and bottle cap.The after taste is cherry and slight sour.I believe it might be a bit overrated but it is a fine brew.IMO the Boon Mariage Parfait Kriek out does this brew.
heykevin (1275) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 12, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Once again. thanks to ToddA for the generous sharing. Ridiculously red. Inviting aroma of cherry along with peppery cantillon house sourness. Huge sweet fresh fruit character goes on until the mouth is dried out by the acidic, sourness of the lambic. I am with Jeff in amazement at the perception of fresh fruit character as well as the dry lambic character at the same time. A piece of cherry pie and a slap in the face. Masterful.
TAR (2474) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2005 Glistening scarlet. Beautiful deep rose hued foam. Amazingly firm woody aroma with beautiful cherry pit undertones. Hints of rose petals, musty wood, and perfume. It’s got the Cantillon signature tartness, musty wood, and chalky tinges paired with the most savory cherry blend in existence. How they were able to deliver such refined cherry flavors and still retain a Gueuze-like tartness/dryness is beyond me. Such a voluptuous Kriek.
Oakes (12398) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I've now completed the trinity of Lou Pepe's. Explosive red colour - lovely. Earthy, pitty kriek nose. Complex. A rich cherry pie - so much fruit in this one. It's a fun example for that reason, if a little unbalanced.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2004 RateBeer Summer 2003: 2000 vintage, blood red color, sour cherry aroma that is overpowering. Starts and ends very sour. Very complex, I only hope that I get to try it again. Tried it again on tap at Redbones, same rating as before, although a bit more watery than I remembered.
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2004 2000 vintage sampled 2003 & 1999 vintage sampled in 2004: Another awesome Lou Pepe!!! Sour cherries as if in a bowl in front of my nose backed by incredibly sour and cheesy goodness. Complex as hell on my little tastebuds, with notes of moss, wet stone, chalk, and the sweetness of over ripe cherries lingering behind the supreme tartness and definitive sourness. A notch above Oude Beersel in every category. Not as dry at the finish as the regular Kriek, but much more body and complexity.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Perhaps the most incredible red color I've ever seen. So totally vibrant and alive beneath a full light pink head. A tremendous and gorgeous aroma of tart cherries and their stones. Tart and acidic, the slight fruit sweetness does not detract from the mouthpuckering sourness. A brilliant and beautiful lambic. Many thanks to Todd for bringing it this weekend. The best lambic I've yet tasted.
omhper (19333) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2000 version sampled draught at Akkurat, Stockholm, Sweden.
Deep red. Acidic aroma rich on black cherries. Less sour and softer than their ordinary kriek. Very flavourful and tart where the Scharbeekse cherries bring vinous qualities, like tannines. It's remarkably complex and has a slightly woody finish. Mindblowingly fantastic brew!
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2004 Rerate, after several tries of the second vintage: 4.9.
Original at 5.0: #800 - Hey_Kevin brought this from the wilds of John's Grocery in Iowa City and I am indebted; he and his friend Frank and I had an excellent afternoon of sampling a couple of rare beers while watching the kids play with their new yo yo balls. On to the beer - incredibly rich cheesy horseblanket, the kind of oaky woodiness normally I only sense in Hanssen's and the most incredibly sour Schaarbeek cherries - a bit softer that Cantillon's regular Kriek, and slightly more sour than Oud Beersel Kriek, but just as complex. The Gueuze is limited to 120 (!) bottles, but this does not have a bottle number on it. The label says 1999, the cork indicates a bottling of 2001. Delicious, and utterly world class.