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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 267
Hads: 1,073
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 1,110
Gots: 189 | FT: 18
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 11-03-2003

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Reviews: 267 | Hads: 1,073
Photo of StJamesGate
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cotton candy froth that fades over deep magenta. 4.25
Barnyard in a big way; plus rose petals somehow, and deep sweetness underneath. 4.25
Jammy fruit, slight cheese, big raspberry and more raspberry. 4.25
Deep vinaigrette end and clean acid linger.
Dry, light, crisp. 4

300g of fruit per litre - and fruit buries all that funk that's on the nose. Not sure I’m getting the benefit of it being a 2012, either. Bright and easy, but not all it could be. 4

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Photo of HoppyBastard2
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 sticker - 2014 cork
Poured a very nice burgundy color with minimal amount of head.
Nose was that typical Cantillion funk with a ton of fresh tart raspberries.
Flavor followed the nose.
Prickly, tart mouthfeel, but not mouth puckering.
Enjoyed the LPF a lot more than the LPK. Although the 100% Bio Kriek is equally as good and much easier to obtain.

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Photo of FlandersNed
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle. Cloudy reddish-peach skin hue with a low foam. Red plum, tart raspberry, plastic glue & cranberry nose. Complex sour taste w/all of the above. Medium body and full carbonation.

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Photo of mattsmith413
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 version...thanks @lupermcda

Tart raspberry flavor...very light but flavorful.

great light fruity aroma with funk.... much more on the lighter end than I would of expected.

Well done...

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Photo of mythaeus
4.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2010 sticker. Beautiful deep ruby red, even under artificial light at night. Smells of sweet (and surprisingly fresh) raspberries and unmistakable Cantillon funk and the taste follows exactly. One of the best raspberry sours I've ever had, along with Jester King Montmorency vs. Balaton.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light reddish pink with nice effervescent carbonation. Smells of tart funky raspberries. Taste is crisp and clean with a slightly acidic tartness and a nice dry finish. Wonderful carbonation. A real treat

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Photo of apasternak
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super tart and fresh. This beer had a great nose, lots of raspberry tartness, great purple color. Definitely something that I am glad I could try and lived up to the hype

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Photo of tduecen
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

such a great beer, I had heard the hype before I tried it and it lived up to that hype.
Very fruity, nice purplish color, taste of raspberries, nice tartness to it as well.

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Photo of FalconCount
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 bottle at Cantillon tasting room. Deep red color. Fresh raspberries on the nose. Taste is an incredible funk, with tart raspberries. A light mouthfeel completes the taste. A fantastic experience.

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Photo of KaeF
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of smb
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of aleigator
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lou Pepe Framboise '11 Vintage

Pours a very saturated, burgundy red color, with a soon disappating, fizzy head.

Exhibit a fantastic smelling nose, with a very pronounced raspberry presence, blending perfectly into the tart acidity of the beer, establishing a reminiscence of young berries and young, fermented wine. Barnyard funk mingles together with prickly raspberry stones, tied together by a sweet, fruity undertone, exhibiting a gentle depth to the aromas.

Has a medium carbonation and a very soft mouthfeel, with raspberry at every stage of drinking.

Tastes of unripe raspberries right from the beginning, wrapped up in leaves, moldy earth and tart funk - wild berries on an abandoned road during rain. This changes, as an earthy sweetness adds to the raspberries spending them a ripe note, including prickly, still sour stones. This fruity sweetness then stays on par with the bitterness on the palate till the finish, with the berries exhibiting a dusty earth note anong ripened, slightly fermented raspberry pulp, leaving behind a slick sourness.

The balance between ripe and young, sour raspberries, finding their quintessence in between, makes this beer noteworthy, featuring a lot of subtle Barnyard nuances.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 LPF opened at a share by a very generous Grant. There was one person complaining about the taste, but I thought it aged gracefully and was absolutely delicious.

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Photo of cfalls
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of HighLowJack
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one was even better than Fou Foune - the most drinkable, but yet complex, sour I have ever had. Massive raspberry here. On a night we tried Fou Foune, St. Lam, and Iris, this was easily the highlight

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Photo of macher0
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle consumed at the Holy Grale in Louisville Kentucky on New Years Day.

What a treat. This pours vibrant red with a minimal head but decent effervescence. The nose is a beautiful balance between neutral oak, raspberries, sour yeast, and cherries. The taste is right in line with the nose. Moderate level of tartness. Moderate carbonation, fairly thin, moderate smoothness.

This is not sweet or syrupy. This has a strong raspberry flavor that is tight in line with the tart level and influence from the barrel. Another home run from Cantillon.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fruit beer executed to near perfection. With the taste of raspberry locked intact, the supporting ale celebrates the berry's bright flavor, its zesty acidity, and its crisp and refreshing taste in ideal fashion; and does so without backing down either.

Delightfully mauve-pink in color, the lightly carbonated ale carries a vibrant tawny appearance and simply glistens in the glass. The bright acidity of raspberry, rose wine, cork and burlap offers the nose a racy fruit scent that's contrasted by equal parts earth and rusticity.

As the beer hits the tongue, the palate is taken back by the beer's acute acidity that plays out above the modest lingering sweetness of fructose and wafer-thin malt. Slim on hops, the slight malt starch supports the beer's impressive sourness and its delicate brine without much interference in taste. Without being overly vinegar, or of lime, or of barnyard funk or game, the sourness is potent but elegant and refined.

Its light body is both softened with carbonation but is also given a sprite effervescent that springs from the tongue like brut champagne. Acidity strips the thirst from the palate and ushers in a high rate of refreshment and drinkability that outweighs its intense raspberry sourness. With an afterglow of fruit, wheat, cork and white pepper.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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

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Photo of Franck
5/5  rDev +13.1%

2013 vintage. Smell of rasberries. Taste is slightly sour with a punch of rasberries. Bitterness is long and fruity. Lou Pepes are really the best from Cantillon!

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Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +13.1%

One of the best fruited sours I've had.

Just an explosion of tart raspberries, slight sweetness, lots of tart qualities, decent funk, dry on the back end.

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Photo of Sarge3130
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 cork with 2010 sticker served at 55 degrees and poured into Hill Farmstead stem

Appearance is deep pinkish ruby red with pencil thin white head. Head dissipates quickly and the aroma of fresh raspberry immediately takes over. Taste is like fresh squeezed raspberry, not overly sweet with nice dry, sour finish . There is also a nice complex funk throughout. Mouthfeel is near perfect with slight carbonation.

Overall this beer is really remarkable and did not disappoint. I've had a few batches of Atrial, Lolita, Rosé De Gambrinus, Upland, etc which are all great but the complex layers of this beer really shine and push it slightly above the other raspberry sours. Definitely seek this out.

overall rating: 4.75

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Burg shared this gem with everyone at the Swamp Head Batch 600 release. A huge want of mine. Thanks man! 2010 Sticker on this one pours bright red with a mostly white with a pink hued read on top. Aroma of barnyard funk, yeast, hay, dust, and big juicy raspberries. Flavor follows just the same with lots of dusty barnyard funk and plenty of juicy raspberries. Dry oaky finish. Body is light, pretty dry on the finish, and has medium plus carbonation. Oh yea. This is good. Glad I finally got to try it.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.