Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek

LPKThe Gueuze Lou Pepe is made with two years old lambic beers with a mellow taste, often coming from barrels in which only wine has been kept before. In July, the same kind of beer is used to make the Lou Pepe Kriek and Framboise. With these beers too, the fruits are soaked in barrels coming directly from Bordeaux.

Final Rating: 4.58/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Cantillon stemmed taster glass. 2012 label, 2014 cork. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep cherry, maroon body with a quickly rising pink head that reduces at a moderate rate, leaving a thick ring of retention that sticks around for a while. Slightly fizzy.

On the nose is straight cherry pie, berries and tart fruit skins, slight funky mustiness, vinegar, and oak barrel.

Upon sipping I get notes of super tart, nearly sour cherries, light berry, dry white wine, lemon zest, light vinegar, lacto funk, light muted hops, ends with a tongue-drying tartness and citrus. Medium-high carbonation, very easy to drink, light body but packed full of flavors. Very nice.

Overall Lou Pepe Kriek was fantastic. A good amount of sour, nice amount of cherry without being over-fruited, and very smooth and drinkable. Worth seeking out!

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3F Intense Red Kriek

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Drie Fonteinen Intense Red is a variation of their tradition Belgian Cherry Lambic – Oude Kriek, which is brewed with more cherries (40% cherries to be exact), yielding a sour cherry bomb that lives up to it’s name. I really enjoyed it, here’s my review:

Final Rating: 4.42/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 bottle into a 3F tumbler. Acquired in a trade.

Well, the appearance certainly matches it’s name. Pours a deep maroon, cherry colored opaque body with a big fizzy “intense red” head that reduces rapidly to leave very little retention and no lacing. I’ve never seen a beer quite so red!

Big cherry aromas emanate from the glass – definitely get some sourness in there too, lactic tartness and a definite mustyness characteristic of belgian lambics. Very fruity, very sour.

I let this one warm to room temperature over the course of sipping it. It gets more sour and the cherry gets more pronounced once it’s warmed up. From the start though, strong lactic sour cherry, fruit skins which impart a drying tannic character, musty basement, light oak, finished by a dry sourness that sits on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is beautifully refreshing.. I had to resist the urge to gulp down the whole thing upon opening it. Medium carbonation, medium-light body.

Overall just as described, although honestly I was expecting more “in your face” cherry with this beer. Instead it was nicely balanced and pretty dry and acidic. Very nice.

Hill Farmstead Florence

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“Florence (1915-1967) was our grandfather’s sister, and Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this Belgian inspired wheat farmstead™ ale is crafted from American malted barley, organic Vermont wheat, European and American hops, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. It is unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Soft, cloudy, and fresh, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Florence. 5% ALC/VOL 12º P Ingredients: Pale Malt; Vermont Organic Wheat; American and European Hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.”

Final Rating: 4.49/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a teal Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Purchased at the brewery a few weeks ago. April batch.

Pours a hazy golden peach-orange body with a nice frothy 2 finger white head that reduces to little retention and leaves no lacing.

Characteristic saison aromas emanate from this beer – farmhouse funk, citrus, wheat, light fruitiness and banana, green apple.

On the tongue is a delicate balance of tartness and flavor – very tart upfront, sour apple and fresh citrus, on the follow through is wheat and a light fruitiness, light banana, some mineral character, finish is dry and clean. Medium-high carbonation, medium-light body with a nice refreshing, crisp mouthfeel.

This is probably my favorite HF “shelf” saison. Really balanced and drinkable.