Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon

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rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 4.35%
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 11-03-2003

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Photo of ehammond1
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2007)

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.

Simply phenomenal. (713 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Cherry red with a brownish tinge. Light haze, and a finger of bright pink head.



S: Raspberries, green leaf, the funkiness of Cantillon brewery, old oak wood, musty punky wood, sour lemon.



T: Sour!!! Fresh sour raspberries in all their ripened glory, funky almost macaroni like taste, Cantillon Brewery in a glass with all its old wood, cobwebs and dust.



M: Medium acidic body, light foamy carbonation, dry acidic finish.



O: Yes, I bought this one at the Cantillon Brewery in Late 2013, and brought it back to China where I am drinking it April 5th, 2015. Amazing brew. Dry and sour fruit lambic as classic as it should be. It was labelled as 2011. (665 characters)

Photo of robbyc1
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yes, we did have one of the last pours from the keg at Binny's south loop, and thanks to Katie for the sample, it inspired a full purchase.

Slightly hazy red, you can see through it, with a quickly dissipating head.

Impressive nose, pure fruit with raspberry and a bit of cherry detectable? No, it's not really there, but has some notes of cherry. Maybe the dark roots of the raspberry.

The fruit hits right up front, with a puckering lack of any sweetness, completely dry, some sourness hits in the back, has enough malt backbone so you don't mistake it for juice, a superb refresher, aperitif. Can't really have the words about how fantastic this is, the beer of the year for me so far.

Just light and fruity in the mouth, a sipper not for the abv but for the lightness and effervescence, a good replacement for Champaign.

A highly drinkable beer, if you can find it. Great to share. (890 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'05 Vintage.

Very nice lambic from Cantillon. Pours a raspberry color with a thin pink head.

The nose has lots of wild mountain raspberries, oak, musty funk, horse blanket, and damp soil.

Taste has mixture of sweet and tart raspberries up front and through the finish. Red pinot grapes, oak, sour funk and an earthy famyard presence.

Very dry yet full body has an acidic finish. Perfect carbonation enhances every flavor. Perfect blend of fresh raspberries and the usual Cantillon funk. One of the best offering from Cantillon thus far. (543 characters)

Photo of Danny1217
4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle split between four people at the brewery a few months ago. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a wonderful red color with excellent clarity. A small pink tinted head forms and has pretty nice retention and lacing for a lambic.
A wonderful but intensely funky aroma from the brett. Lots of lactic sourness and of course, a huge raspberry smell. A touch of oak in the background as well (something that adds to the complexity of the Lou Pepe beers)
This is one of the best things that has ever entered my mouth. Lots of complex, funky flavors. Medium high sourness, huge raspberry flavor, a touch of vanilla. Musty, earthy, fruity. Dry but still rich thanks to all the complex flavors.

As someone who loves raspberries, this is the best Cantillon beer I've tried. Phenomenal. (773 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased at AJ's in Henrietta, NY, and shared last night.

Pours a rich medium red color, with visible active carbonation, a fizzy head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells so richly and strongly of raspberry, it just leaps out of the glass, with some must, funk, vinegar, and oak.

This an absolutely delicious framboise. Huge fresh raspberry character, as I'd expect out of a 2014 bottle. Raspberry flesh, raspberry skin, and raspberry seeds all come to mind when drinking this- I also get lactic acid, a little bit of funk, and a little bit of oak. It's sour, but not overwhelmingly so, keeping it very easy to drink.

This has a medium bodied, slightly thin- not to its detriment, it is a sour after all- with a tart and crisp mouthfeel, and a higher amount of carbonation. Very drinkable, very crushable, even if you don't want to.

As I finally get to try more Cantillon, I seem to understand the allure of sours more and more. This one was so good. (963 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 sticker date, 2008 cork date. Thanks to Jim for this one, been waiting for a while to run across a bottle.

Pours a murky red/plum/pink color with a finger of light pink head that camps out for a while.

When agitated, a fresh raspberry aroma invades the nose and gives an absolutely amazing feeling that is hard to describe...if I close my eyes it is like I'm running through a garden complete with fresh fruit, dirt, grass, morning dew. Just incredible.

The flavor can't live up to the aroma but I'll be damned if it isn't spectacular anyway. Lots of dirt and stanky cheese underneath a blanket of raspberry, strawberry, and grape fruitiness. There is a sour bite that is magnified exponentially if you swish the beer around your mouth a bit before swallowing. I almost accidentally spit beer all over my keyboard because it hit a sweet spot on my tongue and made me pucker like crazy.

The finish is very long and full of raspberry. The body is medium and carbonation seems lower on the tongue than my eyes woud lead me to believe. Very juicy up front but a dry finish.

Overall this is an absolutely stunning, world class beer. Supremely balanced with a nice level of sourness that satisfies my craving without giving me rot gut. Huge fruitiness despite sitting 2 years in the bottle. Like with most Cantillons, a 750ML bottle needs to be split at least 2 ways so I really wish this one was available in 375's. Oh well. A beer this special needs a friend to share it with anyway. (1,490 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Framboise 2001 Vintage:

Presentation: Like a Pornographic Magazine I spotted this seriously sexy offering looking all hot & cumly & staring down at me from the top shelf, it begged me to buy it. It didn’t take much to convince me. Cost me all of $13.99, you have to be kidding me right?! The typical 750ml Cantillon green glass bottle comes with a cork/crown cap which is covered in a high quality thick externally black colored silver foil that covers the slender neck for about 5”. Once the foil & crown cap were removed it revealed a pristine cork that immediately started to bubble, this is still a lovely beast & most certainly could handle more aging but I’m impatient to try this now. The main obverse label is a generic one for the Lou Pepe, & it has a picture of the area around Mannekin Piss statute, which is also the view seen from the Poechenellekelder. A small oval sticker above the main obverse label lists this as Framboise 2001, the cork has a bottled (misspelled “botteld” LOL) date of 2.003. The Lou Pepe range was created to mark the handing over of Brewster activities at Cantillon from father (Jean-Pierre) to son (Jean). The Lou Pepe Framboise is one of the better 2-yr old lambics steeped with 50% more Raspberries (300g/l as opposed to 200g/l) than its “standard” stable mate Framboise [better known as Rosé de Gambrinus] & reinvigorated with a sweet liquor sugar solution. Bordeaux barrels are also used, lending some further unique flavors to this special Vintage Framboise.

Appearance: Partially decanted from the 750ml into a large 1 Pt Jug, from which I then poured & topped up my chosen drinking vessel, a straight sided Cantillon tumbler. Superb looks, a supremely awesome totally clear looking reddish-pink color that looks medicinal. A thick but consistent flamingo pink head forms & fizzes for all its worth, volcanic at times the bubbles in the head rise & fall with a lava like bubbly residue. The effervescent rousing is audibly loud, but when this rescinds & the quiet returns, there is a bereft sliver like pink halo & a small broken floating thin island in the middle of the Jug, yet once it is poured from the Jug to the Cantillon Tumbler a huge voluminous pinkish head forms again. Bloody Hell this is Seriously Sexy!

Nose: Classically Cantillon, sharp & extremely pungent yet somehow seriously fucking fruity in a manner only the Van Roy’s seem to be able to accomplish set against the backdrop of traditional lambic. Not much “Anderlecht funk” in this one though, the horse piss & cow shit is replaced with a pronounced yet mild wild yeast character that has strong Raspberry vinegar traits which are very dominant, as are the sharp red berries & acidic grape skins which all work together to give a bloody impressive all-round cutting fruity nose that will sting any open wound with a vicious biting. It is never demeaning to apply the term astringent with Cantillon; it is merely an appreciative sign of a deep understanding & a comprehensible complement of their offerings.

Taste: Majestic raspberry multiple orgasms soak the lambic clitoris with a fruity & very tasty berry juice that begs to be licked clean from the nether regions, again & again, then spread over the luscious red skinned labia. A sharp, yet incredibly smooth ‘shaven raver’ that advances from the initial Raspberries with the best “worst?” parts of an acrid 2 year old lambic to produce a Forbidden Fruit drink that makes you feel guilty of such pleasure. Saliva removing finish that can make you believe that your lips just vaporized. Drier than Ghandi’s Sandals.

Mouthfeel: Acrid, acidic, sharp, cutting yet fruity in a smooth vinegary “testicle-yanking” Cantillon sort of way. Selfish masturbatory influences on the tongue as you lick your own lips after this one.

Drinkability: As I will always freely admit, I am deeply biased when it comes to traditional lambics, especially Cantillon, but yet again I find myself quite literally blown away by the sheer quality & individuality of this Framboise which is completely unswerving & unapologetic in its sheer dedication to making your love organs shrink.

Excuse me whilst I now go searching for my testicles…I know they’re “round” here somewhere….

Overall: Of all the fruit-lambics, Framboise never seems to get a serious look in, its the more "Girlie" of the commercial fruity beers & is easily misunderstood as a 'Liquid Panty Remover' when essence or syrup is used - yet when the real deal fruit is used in a truly authentic lambic, it produces an incredibly dry offering that is the anti-thesis of the more commercial “sweet” Liquid Panty Removers that are out there. Raspberries will never give the overall satisfying feel that Cherries will I feel; due to their more restrained profile, but don't underestimate the bite of a traditional Framboise for the sweet sickly crap that you may have had previously. Along with Drie Fonteinen Framboise – this is the Premiere offering of its ilk. F'in Fantastic!! (5,034 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an appealing reddish pink with a cacophonous head that dissapears immediately and leaves only a little lacing. The aroma is full of lambic funk and fleshy raspberry pulp. Mildly sweet but more tart, the fruit is the dominant character in the nose. The taste is very funky and very sour as you would expect from Cantillon but there is a sweeter fruit flavor than usual (though the beer is still bone dry). Wet hay and a horseblanket show in spades as the beer warms. The finish is sour and pithy with raspberry skins. The mouthfeel is light with a sparse, bubbly carbonation.

This is a fanastic fruit lambic. Very fruity and very tart. If Cantillon Kriek and RDG are too sour, maybe you'd like this more. (713 characters)

Photo of mrquartetman
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (646 characters)

Photo of KaeF
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fruity, soft, you can taste the raspberries and it doesn't get too sour in the aftertaste. Great beer that has just the right flavour and is well in balance. (157 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 2006, bottled 2008.

As soon as the cork is pulled, the aroma of raspberries wafts into the room. Poured into a tulip, has a lovely pinkish garnet color, transparent, clear on the first pour, a little cloudy on the second. A half inch head of light foam, quickly dissipates to a ring. Some motile lacing quickly runs down the glass back into the ring of foam and does not stick.

Nose is fresh raspberry, old wood and spice, a little Cantillon funk, and a mild acetic acid (vinegar) note. Main impression is a glass of macerated raspberries.

This tastes of fresh raspberries upfront with some raspberry juice sweetness, then the acetic acid hits mid palate and continues to get more acidic towards the finish, which is pretty sour at that point. I love the fresh raspberry flavor, even in this 5 year old version.

Body is light with some slight carbonation, flat mouthfeel. Has a clean presentation with no stickiness. Unfortunately, the carbonation leaves too quickly.

This beer preserves the fresh acidity of the raspberry and enhances that some with an extra vinegar sourness--but a little too much. The malt notes are light and the old wood notes, spice, and tannins add some complexity. Definitely a great beer, but the sour level makes me want to have it with food, which it pairs well with. My goal is to try this again as fresh as possible to guage how much of the fruit has left this bottle after cellaring.

Vintage 2008, bottled 29 September, 2010

Update: The following day, I opened the 2008 vintage bottled in 2010. This has a deeper red color and the raspberry flavor is slightly fresher with a much lower acetic acid level that did not produce the wave of acidity I experienced with the 2006 and is better carbonated with a more champagne-like mouthfeel. I could enjoy sipping a whole bottle of this vintage, which is what I am about to do :-). Because the 2008 vintage presents considerably better, I have upgraded my earlier score to an across the board 4.75 (was 4.5 overall). With these beers, one can expect variations by vintage (neither the lambic nor the fruit will be the same) and quality also depends on cellaring time and conditions, but 2008 is delicious now and may be as good as it gets (until I get to try a newer vintage). (2,271 characters)

Photo of drmcleod10
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Popped and shared amongst friends.

2011 Sticker, poured into a wine stem glass.

Beautiful fresh raspberry smell accompanies a light bodied raspberry colored beer with a 1/4 inch white foam head that recedes back into the glass.

Classic Cantillon funk on the back end of the nose and as it warms a bit.

Taste follows the nose here with tart raspberries that have a very natural taste. Freshly squeezed and pressed raspberries with a tart dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light and perfect for the style.
This is easier to obtain than other top tier Frams, or Black Raz, Rasp, blackberry wilds/gueuzes/sours.

It holds up with the best of them. Seek this one out with confidence (675 characters)

Photo of hawks10
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage - Bottled September 29th, 2010 - Green corked and capped bottle, poured into my Cantillon stemware...

Pours a beautiful, glowing deep ruby red. Two fingers of light pink head forms and quickly recedes, leaving me with a glass of Hawaiian Punch...

Wow, the most intense blast of pure fresh raspberries fills my nose right away. This is the most fruit forward Cantillon I have ever smelled. Literally like sticking your nose straight into a crate of fresh, ripe raspberries. Awesome. The typical Cantillon funk has been pushed to the background, very subtle mustiness and faint oak character, this one is all about the fruit...

Tart and intensely fruity. Lemon acidity followed by extremely tart raspberries. The funk that was mostly absent in the nose comes through stronger in the taste. Musty and dry. Finishes extremely dry with a nice touch of oak. Delicious.

Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Tart and slightly acidic, finishes extremely dry...

Wonderful! (1,001 characters)

Photo of smb
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage. The bottle sticker reads "Brewed with Raspberries and aged in oak barrels"

Mauveish/red-purple in the glass. Beautiful 1 finger white head. Aroma of tart and freshly squeezed raspberries. Taste follows the nose and just brings it to life. Mouthfeel is light, dry and earthy, slight pepper flavor sticks. This is exceptional and incredible stuff. (362 characters)

Photo of nomad
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

*** 2000 Vintage on-tap at Monk's, again providing Philly with amazing beers...

Poured a strange paled red color, showing a muddled hue through out the glass. Had no carbonation or anything else.

Smell was a musty scent toned down, a sour that had mellowed, and a yeast presence that had almost completely receded. The berries used have begun to poke through though a little muted by that strong Cantillon lambic base, showing a rounder fruit smell than in other Cantillon beers, especially younger vintages.

Taste was extremely smooth, as the berries tasted so natural since their tart and seedy bite could come through, mainly because the lambic base had calmed down from aging. The noticeable sour flavor began strong but restrained and proceeded to recede beautifully toward the finish, creating a mellow tart flavor relative to their younger vintages.

Most definitely complex, but I could recognize and enjoy the complexity as the aging has calmed this beer down, as opposed to younger Cantillons where the complexity and sheer punch is overpowering. Had this next to my father's Lindemans Framboise and the contrast was stunning, making the competition much too sweet and simple.

A bit of a flat mouthfeel though more than easy enough to drink. A stellar framboise, I've never had one this good. (1,319 characters)

Photo of cfalls
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had this in bottles in NYC and at the brewery. My favorite sour.

Sour fruit, dirty socks, etc. More sour and less sweet than Lindemans, for example.

The brewers seem disappointed that most people prefer the more fruit-forward "Lou Pepe" versions, but it makes sense to me -- the Lou Pepe versions will really make you pucker with the sour fruit. (354 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2001 vintage. Served in a chalice glass (a duvel glass)

Appearance: Orange-tinted mahogany color, very hazy. Big head at first, but settles down quickly.

Aroma: Wonderful, fully funky aroma: cheesy, old leather, sharply metallic, with an underlying raspberry tartness.

Flavor: Very tart, puckeringly tart and acidic. Fruity, but not identifiably raspberry, as all trace of sugar content is gone; instead it feels almost citric, like an old, almost dried-out lime. Sweaty and leathery lambic flavors are present as well. Finishes quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light body, but the pungent tartness gives a really great texture.

A beautiful beer. Framboises are my favorite fruit lambics, and this example is one of the best. (737 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on draught at Belmont Station in a Delirium Tremens snifter, Lou Pepe Framboise is bright, chill hazed magenta with a medium violet collar.

Smell is super bright raspberry, whoa! Actually, it's so sweet and fruity, that the nose reminds me a lot of Lindemans, with only a hint of rubbery phenols to let em know it's a real lambic. The vintage unknown, and Belmont said they've cellared it for a year, but with this much fruit, it can't be to much older...

Taste is a whole other ballgame, pure Cantillon sour bomb. Big lambic pucker, and while the fruity is still clearly there, it struggles to balance with the pure sourness, which is exactly how I like my fruit lambics! Rounded out with a nice chalky, baking soda finish.

Mouthfeel is slick and dry, with a medium light body and abrupt finish save for the long, lingering pucker.

Drinkability is great, this beer is the bomb. I love raspberries, and I love Cantillon, and I love this framboise. While not the sourest beer in their portfolio, and very fruit forward for a Cantillon, it still bring the pucker with loads of acidity. Super tasty, a rare treat on draught, I wish this was available year round! (1,171 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Slightly hazy red colour with a small but very short lasted white head.

Intensely fruity aroma. Massive raspberry and raspberry seed aroma coming out of this 7 year old vintage. Funky too. Complex with fruity, tart and earthy notes. Big.

Massive tart funkiness but not powerfully acidic. Just rounded acidity that plays off the raspberry flavour and aroma. Interesting lemon note. Low barnyard flavours but the fruitiness really makes this a winner.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Super.

An excellent beer in the finest Cantillon style. The Lou Pepe range truly is the pinnacle of what they produce. The even rarer stuff is hardly worth the effort compared to this sublime product. (707 characters)

Photo of AMCimpi
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My first Cantillon and what a treat.
A: a nice red with pinkish head
S: oh wow, a funky, fruity beverage. A little oak. Just a wonderful smell
T: follows the nose quite well. Tastes like old fruit and funky, sour hay, in a good way
O: this was amazing. So excited that I have more Cantillons. (292 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at CBS by an unknown BA. 2003 Bottle.

Appearance – Appears a ruddy dark pink color as it pouts into a tulip. Half a finger of light red fizzy head dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Quite pungent – heavy funk and raspberry tartness, acidity, earthiness, and more funk. My mouth waters in anticipation.

Taste – Holy pucker. I’m not sure why this beer, over the other two Cantillons I enjoyed at CBS, had such a high pucker factor. Despite the age, still a wonderful tart raspberry flavor. Heavy funk, slight earthiness, sour acidity, and hints of woodiness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, sprightly carbonation, finishes extremely dry.

Overall – Unbelievable. One of the best Cantillon’s I’ve had. I really don’t know what made this beer develop as it did but I now want to go buy a ton of this and sit on them for years to hope they become as they did here. I will admit, despite it only being 5% abv, I don’t know if I could finish a bottle of this myself because it was so tart and acidic. But wow, very impressed with this one. (1,076 characters)

Photo of Realale
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2001 Edition.

Deep hazy red with a slight touch of onion skin. Foam was oozing out of the bottle upon opening, and was enthusiastic upon pouring, but, in typical Cantillon fashion, quickly dissipated in the glass.

Absolutely stunning nose of pure wild raspberry supported by acidic citrus notes. Touch of funk, but much more subdued than most Cantillons. Still obviously a traditional lambic, but the quality of the raspberry is like nothing I've smelt.

Typical Cantillon in the mouth. A bit surprising, given the richness that the extra fruit and barrel treatment gave the nose. Tart citrus dominates, with a bit of crisp crackery grain making itself known. Finish is unbelievably long.

Beautifully carbonated, and a lovely mouthfeel. As easy to drink as any Cantillon, although the transition between the richness of the nose and the typicity of the palate is a bit distracting. (892 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:

2001 Vintage: 750ml brown glass bottle. Corked and crowned. The crown is pried off and the cork is removed. A lovely, exceptional looking reddish liquid emerges from the bottle and is topped off by a lovely off-white/pinkish head of foam. The foam lasts the entire glass and coats the sides, leaving exquisite patterns of Belgian lace.

Smell: The aromas are exceptional (always the case with Cantillon it seems) and consist of freshly picked raspberries, raspberry seeds, pits, flesh, skin, pulp, everything raspberry!, as well as belgian yeast, wheat, farmyard animals, horse blankets, old shoes, musty movie theatres, and old basements.

Taste: The taste is excellent. A lovely blend of lambic funk and fresh raspberries. The taste is a bit too tart (even for us hardcore lambic heads!) up front, but it than smooths out with some lovely raspberry essence in the middle and a lovely smooth, lingering fruity flavor in the finish. The funky hints are very prominent up front and in the middle, but suprisingly the finish is pure, whole raspberries!

Mouthfeel: This one is spritzy with some lovely carbonation going on. This is neither too thick, nor too thin, it resides in between the two in a town called "perfect".

Drinkability: Insane! Very tart and funky, but oh-so good and tasty. The fresh raspberry aromas and the lovely fruity flavors of this Cantillon offering are excellent. The lou pepe series is really quite different than many other Cantillon offerings, as this brew is much sweeter, and fruiter than the Rose De Gambrinus and similar brews from Mr. Van-Roy.

Overall: Expensive? Yes!, but oh-so worth it at least once. At $30 a bottle, this beer is quite pricy, and hard to find...but you should still really try to get some. As the fruit is the main attraction in this one, the fresher your bottle is, the better! Man, oh man do I hope that I can sample some of this fresh at the brewery next week! Please Jean-Pierre, put some aside for me! (1,987 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with drabmuh earlier this summer. Thanks Matt! Review from notes.

2007 vintage. Served side by side with Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus.

This beer has a gorgeous appearance - a reddish-purple hue, with a pink foam head that sticks around longer than expected, and leaves no lacing, as is expected.

Wonderful aromas of raspberries, hay, barnyard funk. Classic Cantillon scents - simply wonderful. I could sniff this beer for several minutes without taking a drink. The aroma alone is worthy of praise and attention.

This beer is truly excellent. While definitely tart, I would not say that it is incredibly sour. Lou Pepe Framboise is extremely drinkable, and has a much milder acetic finish than the Rosé de Gambrinus. Very pleasant lingering tart raspberry aftertaste. A terrific offering from a fabulous brewery. (832 characters)

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.