JorisPPattyn (7908) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, brownish & purplish red; yoghurt-like pink head, surprisingly huge for kriek but dissipating all the same. Very fruity nose, sulphury and "horseblanket". Fruity is more complex than just 'cherries'; there's notes from the skins, the stones, the juice, as well as
more exotic components as raspberry, plum, Japanese cherry, eau-de-vie de griottes, etc. Dry, tart fruittaste with lots of background flavour of wood, old oak and chestnutwood, cherryskins,... The acid onslaught is at the tongueedges; more fruity than lactic. The body of this beer seems to be made exclusively from fruit. There is an outspoken dry-out effect, which seems to make it creamy with all the fruit around. It ends a bit light. Superb fruitbeer, more fruit than beer.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The sticker on the bottle says 1999, but the cork says 2001. I'm gonna go with the cork on this one...Anyways, pours a brilliant hazy red with a thin white head. Thin carbonation throughout. Aroma is of sour cherries aged in oak. Body has some nice complexity, but is very tart and acidic. I'd have to agree with slikwily that the Mariage Parfait outdoes this beer. Thanks go to hey_kevin for the chance to try this.
hopscotch (9152) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Murky, purple ale with large bubbles.
Very fruity nose with tons of hearty, black cherries and red wine. Notes of vanilla, wood, plums, some other unidentified, dark, rich fruit and very light smoke. Sour as hell! I love it! Very fruity and citrusy. Cherries and lemon with vinous and woodsy notes. Medium-bodied with a dry, fizzy mouthfeel. Dry, astringent finish.
Wonderful! Thanks go out to slikwily for his generosity!
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 (1276) - 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 (2492) - 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 (12551) - 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.