Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon
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3.95/5 rDev -12.8%
2005 vintage on tap at the Malt House in Madison, WI on its opening night. $10 for a tulip glass.
Appearance: Raspberry vinegar colored dark pink. Beautiful color. No head and almost no bubbles. Flattish. Probably much better looking out of a bottle at least when reasonably young, or, as I have experienced with other kegged Cantillon, this may look better after a few chalices have been served and a few weeks in the keg have allowed this puppy to build a little carbonation. That may sound crazy but it's damn sure what happened to the last keg of Vigneronne I drank from.
Aroma: Huge aroma of raspberries and raspberry juice, plenty of lovely funk, barn yard notes, horse urine, acidic grape skins, very astringent.
Taste: Front is all raspberry and the back is all funk. Pretty cool flavors. The grape skin astringency comes through. The fruit is just magnificent and steady amounts of barnyard goodness beat upon the palate. Yum.
Mouthfeel: Very acidic and without carbonation this becomes hard to take in large doses. Still, it is not unbalanced and generally light to medium bodied. Carbonation would be a big improvement and I will be curious to try this in the bottle when I visit in Belgium in two months to see how it is different.
Drinkability: Not very good. This is a tough one to drink. The acid really gets to my tongue and throat in a much bigger way than most lambics have. I wouldn't want to many of these but again, this could be very different with a bottled version.
06-10-2008 18:43:51 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.93/5 rDev -13.2%
2007 vintage, bottles in September 2009.
A: Ruby red with a small pink head that leaves some lacings.
S: The smell is a bit mild with notes of raspberries, grass and mild funky notes. Not a whole lot of acidity.
T: The taste is tart with muted but clean raspberry flavors. Somewhat acidic. Notes of grass and raspberry seeds, and funky notes of mud and hey. Wood. The finish has a mild grassy bitterness to it and notes of minerals and dry raspberry notes.
M: Surprisingly full body (still moderate though) with very sparkling carbonation.
D: Good. Very drinkable. However, it seems to lack complexity and is slightly to clean in character. It seems "young", which isn't that weird since this bottle was only a couple of months old. Would probably be way better in a year or so.
10-22-2009 22:15:04 | More by ricke
4.84/5 rDev +6.8%
LP Framboise served in a tulip glass. Sticker is 2010 vintage, with a cork/bottling date of 2013.
Appearance: Pours a brilliant, clear, gorgeous, blood red. Generous two-finger foamy head that is a light pink color. No lace in the glass
Smell: Freshly smashed raspberries on a bright summer day. A slight musty basement-like aroma. Hint of lengthy oak aging subtlety blends into the background. Acetic vinegar. Ends with a touch of funk.
Taste: The taste bursts with a cascading waterfall of acetic vinegar. Just the right amount of fresh raspberry sweetness cuts into the vinegar and provides a perfect balance. You'll swear you can taste the musty basement, but not in a bad way. It's very complex and has layers of flavor. There's a lot going on here that is difficult for my palette to discern, but rest assured it's world-class.
Mouthfeel: A low, effervescent carbonation paired with a light-body. It is wet and refreshing as it glides gracefully around the mouth. The finish on this Lou Pepe Framboise is incredible as the flavor just seems to last forever.
Overall: What an incredible drinking experience. This Cantillon is world-class, near-perfection of what a fruited, funky sour should be. I'm thoroughly excited to try my Lou Pepe Kriek's and might even hang onto my 2009 Lou Pepe Gueuze.
08-03-2013 20:07:44 | More by Clonies720
4.5/5 rDev -0.7%
Vintage 2009; bottled fall 2011
A - Pours a beautiful clear ruby red with one finger of pink foam. Head quickly settles to a thin cap which is maintained. No lacing.
S - Letting the glass sit for a short time, the aroma is a huge rush of raspberries, both tart and jammy. After swirling the glass a few times, more of the funky side emerges, though the aroma is still dominated by fruit.
T - Nice combination of dry, tart raspberry and moderate funk. Raspberry component has absolutely no sweet jam taste, just a nice solid tartness, but not exceptionally sour, which is to be expected for a younger bottle. Funk plays a supporting role here. I think the aroma was a bit better than the taste, but the taste is still very good.
M - Light, crisp mouthfeel with a tart dry finish.
O - Excellent framboise. Would like to try an aged bottle to see where the tartness and funk end up.
05-01-2012 01:31:52 | More by warnerry
4.78/5 rDev +5.5%
A: Tapped into a small goblet; red in color, hardly any head
S: Very fruity, identifiably raspberry, some malt
T: Highly acidic, sour and tart, delicious. This is an excellent lambic style beer that starts tart and fruity, goes to sour, and is dry in the finish. No sweetness in the profile at all.
M: Low carbonation, but this was probably the result of our pour coming from the last in the keg. It's quite persistent and refreshing. A lovely beer.
D: A highly drinkable beer, if you can find it. Great to share.
We had this beer at the bar in Binny's - South Loop, Chicago. As noted, it was the last of the keg, but it was still excellent.
03-13-2009 05:05:50 | More by mrquartetman
4.65/5 rDev +2.6%
2007 vintage. I had been saving this bottle and opened it in celebration of trying my 2000th beer.
The beer pours a reddish-purple color with a pink head. A great looking beer. The aroma is great. I get a lot of raspberries, but hidden in the background is the Cantillon funk that I love so much. The flavor is even better than the aroma. I get tart raspberries, oak and some of the Cantillon funk. The beer is so dry that it makes your mouth water as soon as you drink it. The salivary glands are working in overdrive. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Not only one of the best sours I have ever tried, this is one of the best beers I have had period. It more than lived up to the hype. Well worth the $29 I paid for the bottle and I would buy another bottle again in a heartbeat.
09-14-2010 06:01:11 | More by Mora2000
3.63/5 rDev -19.9%
2008 vintage bottled and picked up on first trip to the brewery in Fall of 2010, in the cellar for about a year and a half.
A-Looks like raspberry juice, the pink head quickly breaks down.
S-The characteristic Cantillion aroma is here, can pick this smell out from other locations-something about that Brussels air. Lots of fresh picked raspberry aroma still present.
T-The first drink is upfront puckering with then turns into floral raspberries, which then is overtaken again by sourness.
M-A super quick finish, the end note is sour and a bit astringent. Thin bodied.
D-Too sour for me, the wife drank the bulk of this bottle.
O-This wasn't overally exciting for me. I am a bigger fan of the regular version.
06-17-2012 15:49:39 | More by deebo
4.83/5 rDev +6.6%
Thanks for opening this with me, mrbubbler!
Slightly hazed rose and dark pink in color with a moderately sized off-white head that lasts longer than expected, eventually leaving dots of stick down the glass.
A big blast of fresh raspberry leaps from the glass, along with big amounts of stinging sourness, along with a mild, funky, earthy character. Superb.
The flavor is exceptional, with a huge combination of fresh raspberry and big sour notes, along with mild leather and some funk. This is so good it seems simple. All the desired flavors are so big, pronounced, and expressive, it doesn't get much better than this.
Medium bodied with high carbonation. A joy to drink.
07-04-2012 21:12:37 | More by ehammond1
3.88/5 rDev -14.3%
Appearance: Ruby red pink tone with a light whitish pink head leaves some lacing scattered and fine. Aroma: Sour notes of acidic quality, funky wild aromatics with cat pee and horse blanket farmhouse characteristics with a raspberry fruit backbone. Taste: Puckering even more so than most Cantillons I've tried, raspberry sweetness shows up somewhere in there funky edge yeasty note, I know this style is an artform but damn this one is wild. Spontaneous fermentation at it's best hits the palate with a barrage of sour notes but with each sip it grows on you. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied spritzy carbonation world class lambic. Drinkability: One bottle by yourself would be a venture, but I recommend sharing it with beer loving friends or somewhat educated about this tradition style. This one could possibly send a newbie running.
04-26-2004 04:32:34 | More by WVbeergeek
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
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