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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Lou Pepe - FramboiseCantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise

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BA SCORE
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680 Ratings
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Ratings: 680
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 11-03-2003)
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yeastsipper

California

4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lucked into this being on tap at City Beer Store. As I have never seen this in bottles, might be my only chance to try.

The beer pours a bright pink, almost magenta with little to no head. I don't really have a frame of reference as far as how this beer looks relative to other lambics, but the color is very unique.

The nose is brett, some funk and some sweet raspberries to balance things out.

This was a great tasting beer, and very complex. While cold, the raspberries dominate. The funk, a combination of sour and spicy, is more noticeable on the back of the palate. As the beer warms, the fruitiness is less noticeable, and the acidity and sour flavors are more evident. I am not sure if this had more to do with the warming of the beer or whether I was simply less aware of the fruit as I drank the beer. The combination of fruitiness and acidity were ideal.

This is not a beer that I would want to have every day or one I would want to consume in great quantities. I very much enjoyed this - more than I would have anticipated - and am hoping to explore a bit more of this style. Absolutely give this beer a try if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2009 23:06:49 | More by yeastsipper
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.68/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 01:51:24 | More by Huhzubendah
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FosterJM

California

4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

757th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
750ML Cap/Cork

2001 Vintage

Big thanks to Adam for this one @Woodshop Classix

App- A very light brown with a lot of streaking gold. Not a head, just whispy bubbles in the glass, same thing with a quick swirl.

Smell- Damp and dank apple, small yeast notes and a hefty bit of funk with some tart notes as well.

Taste- The taste follows the nose and this was super acidic with an unmatched, apple like funk. A very superb well done beer. Has aged amazingly well with a nice dry oak and musty notes.

Mouth- Suprisingly light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Spritzy yeast and barnyard notes abound on this one.

Drink- 1 word. Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 17:39:39 | More by FosterJM
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Vintage 2002, Sampled February 2004
Pours a deep hazy red color. It is well carbonated and produces a pink head as I pour it into my glass, though the head disappears quickly. There is an immediate aroma of raspberry seeds (fruity and woody). A slight sour aroma is joined by a musty leather note, though raspberries certainly dominate the nose. There is a good raspberry presence in the taste as well. The raspberry fruitiness makes it seem like there is a hint of sweetness in this otherwise austerely dry Cantillon offering. As expected this is fairly sour, though not extreme. The beer has a tannic, woody aftertaste that coats the teeth and mouth like a tannic red wine. A bit musty, but overall the Brettanomyces character seems subdued.

This beer definitely expresses the raspberry character more than the Rose De Gambrinus, though this is still quite dry so that the fruit can be hard to pick up if you don't know what to look for. I really like how the acidity pairs with the fruit character. This is a very well integrated beer, no one element overpowers the other.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2004 19:45:25 | More by Gueuzedude
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allengarvin

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 02:44:16 | More by allengarvin
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ccrida

Oregon

4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2009 23:37:15 | More by ccrida
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage bottled in 2009

a: This was a dark, kind of murky pinkish purple color. It poured with a short lived, fizzy pink head.

s: Very vinegary overall with plenty of raspberry aromas coming through as well. I couldn't find all that many layers here, but the smell is wonderful.

t: Starts off with strong, vinegary flavors. The raspberries come in at the end without a trace of sweetness. Exactly what I hoped this would be.

m: Fizzy, tart, and refreshing.

d: Not much else to say about such a great beer except, the heart-burn is totaly worth it.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 15:51:36 | More by DIM
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hawks10

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 01:35:41 | More by hawks10
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 13:13:14 | More by SpdKilz
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 21:07:15 | More by alcstradamus
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Beerenauslese

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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).

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 01:47:27 | More by Beerenauslese
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nomad

Kansas

4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2003 03:48:21 | More by nomad
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mrquartetman

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2009 05:05:50 | More by mrquartetman
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rye726

Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 04:57:37 | More by rye726
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 05:30:55 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 04:55:35 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Danny1217

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 21:03:37 | More by Danny1217
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SacoDeToro

California

4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005.

Poured an translucent and hazy red with a large foamy pink head.

The aroma was bursting with fresh raspberries - what I'd describe as "jammy." Lots of brettanomyces barnyard funk and lactic acid.

The flavor was pretty tart and acidic. The fruit flavors wer very rich a full. Huge raspberry flavor. The beer had a clean biscuity and wheaty malt backbone (very subtle, but nice).

The carbonation was spritzy the mouthfeel was light and crisp.

This beer was incredibly refreshing, as are all Cantillons, and extremely drinkable.

One of the most intensely flavorful lambics I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2008 19:06:21 | More by SacoDeToro
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robbyc1

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2009 14:00:25 | More by robbyc1
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07 vintage bottle split with Bar fly B.

A- a steady pour yields three fingers of fluffy pink head that settles quickly leaving only a few wisps on top. Beautiful slightly hazy deep pink in color that's glows spectacularly when held to light.

S- ripe juicy tart raspberries and musty funky wet wood. Sharp acidity and touches of red wine vinegar. Some barnyard aspects going on but this one is all about the fruits.

T- wow! Now that's a butthole ripper right there. Bracingly sour right upfront with super tart under ripe raspberries and lemon juice. Musty funky yeast and rotten oak. Touches of sweetness attempting to fights its way through the sour but barely making a dent. As the brew does some serious warming the rougher edges smooth out and the whole thing comes together to a level of perfection that no framboise I've had can touch.

M- a few steps less then medium in body and a good bit of sharp bright carb. A pucker that will rip the drawls from yo ass a pull them out ya mouth. My juices are flowing for minutes after each sip.

O- to say this brew is one dimensional is all wrong. Its powerful and confrontational in flavor but very pure and to the point. Massively sour and fruity with all funk playing second fiddle but in a good way. Each and every time I have this beer I'm blown away by it.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 05:09:45 | More by oglmcdgl
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ehammond1


4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 21:12:37 | More by ehammond1
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Clonies720

Texas

4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 20:07:44 | More by Clonies720
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gyllstromk

Belgium

4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice ruby with a pink head. Clearer than most lambics. Nose of heavy leather and cherry, cranberry, and strawberry, with tropical notes. I know it has raspberry in it, but I'm just not getting that on the palate. Doesn't matter though; this beer is delicious. Starts with a citrusy strawberry flavor. A slight hint of sweetness enters, and leads to a tart jolly rancher finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 19:02:11 | More by gyllstromk
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 bottle

A-dark rose with a nice pink head

S-oak and a handful of raspberries. Smells quite sour and strong

T-comes in with an amazing taste of sour raspberries and oak. It's refreshing. It's a really fresh and crisp taste.

M-sticky medium carbonation with a dry finish.

O-This is just about perfect. For days after drinking this, you'll be wanting it again. The bottle is best shared though, it's so sweet!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 02:31:25 | More by AdamBear
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Night of the Funk

A-Pours a beautiful reddish pink. The color is deep and concentrated. Tiny, pinkish head. Very beautiful.

S-Aroma is excellent. Jammy, ripe raspberry. Also there is an abundance of tart raspberry. Sweet and sour all in one. The raspberry is rich and layered. There is also a pleasant oakiness. Another cool component of the nose is this earthy, pungent 'terroir' like aroma. Great aroma.

T-The flavor does not disappoint. The jammy raspberry is big and rich. The tartness is set perfectly. Raspberry flavor like nothing I have come across before. Sweet and sour perfection. The earthy 'terroir' component really sets this beer apart. Oak seals the deal.

M-Puckering and light bodied with tickling bubbles. Tannic. A bit sticky.

O/D-Easily my favorite Framboise. The depth of flavor is impeccable. I was super excited to try this and it blew me away. A delicious beer. Must try the other Lou Pepe brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 17:38:08 | More by VelvetExtract
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.