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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 263
Hads: 1,051
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

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Reviews: 263 | Hads: 1,051
Photo of kscaldef
3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

2008 vintage, bottled in 2010

A: Super carbonated bottle with some leakage. Cork started slowly pushing out as soon as the cap was removed and could be pulled out with fingers rather than needing a corkscrew. Raised a significant head filling nearly half the glass before quickly receding. Beautiful, clear red liquid with lots of bubble activity.

S: Lots of funk and raspberry. A little jammy with a hint of parmesan cheese

T: Really sharply tart. Lots of fruit, wood, and acetic acid.

M: Highly carbonated, explodes with foam in your mouth. Long linger.

O: This beer could be great, but the over-carbonation in this bottle is really a problem, making it hard to serve and hard to taste until some extended, vigorous swirling gets most of the carbon dioxide out of solution. The smell is lovely and the taste is also very appealing once you can get to it, but the carbonation is just crazy. (896 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004(label), 2006(cork) vintage courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep reddish color lambic with a nice white color bubbly head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of raspberry is dominant with some sour notes as well as some barnyard notes and a weird cough syrup-like finish. Taste is dry with some notes of sour raspberry and some limited acidic notes which I appreciated since I usually find the Cantillon lambic a bit too acid. Full body with some great carbonation. I thought this was really good but I good have done without the weird raspberry syrup-like aftertaste. (578 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,494 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting to try this. 2009 bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a red color with a light pink head that fades quickly. The smell isn't very pleasing, kind of like raspberry farts. The taste is much better. I'm getting fruity vinegar notes with a very nice funk. There is an herbal note behind the fruit. The raspberries are good even after a couple of years. (364 characters)

Photo of srroos
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a capped and corked bottle, dated 2006, into a Lost Abbey tulip-type glass.

A: Clear, bright red with a small ruby tinted head. Fades to a small cap.

S: Funky and tart. Just a hint of raspberries in the nose.

T: Super, super tart with a finish of raspberries.

MF: Light and well carbonated.

D: So incredibly tart that this is very hard to drink. Definitely a sipper.

Make sure you have folks that like lambics around to split this with. It is way too tart to take on alone! (492 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Brewed in 2009 (label), bottled in 2011 (cork).

3.5 A: Fairly clear plum colored first pour. Three fingers of fizzy pink head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

4.5 S: Raspberry is huge in this. Tart, sweet, and powerful. Like any good Cantillon fruit, this is full of acid, but low on funk. Tons of lactic acid with a mild to moderate acetic component. Underneath there is a light musty basement type funk.

4.0 T: Moderately sour with a good tart pucker factor. Raspberry and tangy lactic acid galore. Surprisingly, there's a good bit of funk in there as well. Musty basement, rotting wood, and a mild cheesiness. Sharp, tart raspberry finish.

3.0 M: The mouthfeel is kinda dull. Lighter medium body. The carbonation is on the lower end for the style, but good enough. The problem is that it isn't very spritzy. Creaminess is lacking as well. This sits rather dead on the tongue.

4.0 D: Tasty framboise. A bit hard to justify the price, but good for a special occasion, like a Pens playoff game. (1,029 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2002 vintage shared generously yesterday by Richard.

A: The pour is almost red rose in color with almost no head despite a fairly vigorous pour.

S: The raspberries have certainly begun to fade, but they are still very noticeable. The fruit provides a slight sweetness to the nose which nicely offsets the very acidic and tart aromas.

T: This beer is extremely acidic and doesn't have quite the fruitiness left to balance this out (but this is what you expect from Cantillon). The oak is not all that present, but there is certainly a dryness from both the wood and the fruit.

M: Due to the lack of carbonation, the beer is quite slick and smooth on the palate. The high acidity and overall tannic quality of the beer gives a very dry finish.

D: I would like to try this beer again, perhaps in a fresher state. This is certainly a very nice lambic, even with a fading fruit character. (890 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle. Clear bright red, medium head. Nose is tightly woven brett, fresh raspberries. Very juicy as with most Cantillon fruit lambics. Mouth is very tight, refined, juicy raspberries, acidity, and barnyard brett. Acidity is mostly on the front end and not on the finish. The high acidity makes this much less attractive than the Lou Pepe Kriek from the same year. I'm thinking it's just really difficult to make a raspberry lambic or raspberry sour without it being acidic over a couple years. (499 characters)

Photo of stcules
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful red color. Foam? Doesn't matter.
At the smell: obviously raspberry. But with a resolute tartness. Leather, a lot. And brine. Light hint of mould.
The taste is very tart too. Good. Fruit and raspberry, and again leather. Maybe some brine again.
When the raspberry taste goes away, the tartness rules. Good.
Very tart and acidic in the aftertaste too, with raspberry again.
Light body. Very drinkable. (409 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

God I love Cantillon. I'm counting down the days until the Spuyten Duyvil Brett Fest. 12 to go!

Label reads 2005. Cork 2007.

Pours a hazed ruby. Nose is funk. Flavor is sour indeed, but I find it more one-dimensional than I recall the Lou Pepe Kriek being. It's tart, it's slightly fruity, and that's about it. Carbonation has a bit of a bite to it. This is nice and drinkable, yes. You've gotta be ready for the lambic qualities (the sour) to enjoy it best. And like I said it's not quite complex like the Lou Pepe Kriek. (524 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

2008 vintage.

Pours a murky red with a reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No real lacing on this one. Smell is of sour and tart raspberries and some funky aromas. Taste is the same with a nice tart finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think this one smells better than it tastes. (434 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml capped and corked bottle poured into several glasses. 2008 vintage. Huge thanks go to Stakem for generously sharing this.

Pours a lovely looking ruby, topped with a ½ finger of pinkish colored foamy head. This retains well, leaving back a rich and frothy cascade of lacing which rides high up the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of ripe raspberries, funk, acidity, and a touch of wood. Those juicy raspberries really pop here but the funkiness of this definitely has its place as well.

The raspberries are right out there in the taste as well but the overall flavor does get a bit intense from the funk and sourness that is present. It definitely weaves in and out of being acidic but then much more along the lines of a fruity tartness as well. This luckily doesn’t get out of hand, as there is just enough of a very light sugary presence here to helps cut things a bit. There is a little more stand out funk here than what I’m used to with this brewery, which stretches into the finish along with some dry edges. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and spritely feeling in the mouth, with a crisp feel that jumps those flavors around in the mouth and helps with keeping things staying interesting.

This was nice. It had a bit more of a Lambic funkiness to it than I expected but that fresh raspberry flavor and a lively body really kept this energetic feeling in the taste and feel despite the assertiveness of the flavors at times. This is another Cantillon well worth checking out. (1,502 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 sticker poured into Jackie O’s snifter. Thanks for sharing your bottle Chad.

A: Pours a dirty brownish-red with a cloudy thin head that fizzed away quit quickly.
S: The nose is full of tart unripe raspberries mixed with sweet raspberry preserves all blended with a crazy funky blast of sweaty socks.
T: Tastes like raspberry Warheads candy (malic and ascorbic acids mostly). I get almost no vinegar burn. The raspberry is almost overpowered by the sour, but it’s still sweet and flavorful, and the sweaty funk is there is full force.
M: Ultra dry and chalky with very low carbonation and a medium body.
O: Crazy sour and very dry but somehow extremely drinkable in the only way a Cantillon beer can. No one does it better. Thanks again for sharing, Chad. (768 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Popped the cork and poured into a St. Bernie's chalice. Pours a rather pleasant, cheery red raspberry as opposed to the brooding clotted-blood appearance of the Lou Pepe Kriek. Short, fizzy head that quickly diminishes.

S - As soon as I popped the cork, the scent of natural raspberry filled the kitchen. This Lou Pepe does not seem to show a lot of wet wood and leather in the nose, it's just straight up fresh raspberry with a touch of perceived balsamic sour. Like the appearance, it is an exceedingly pleasant aroma that does not necessarily give away the onslaught of sour complexity that I KNOW is coming...

T - As is typical with a Lou Pepe, the first sip or two is shockingly tart. As the palate adjusts, the beer reveals layers of sour unripe raspberry, balsamic vinegar, and red-wine-like tannins. Surprisingly, not all that "funky" - the pedio/lacto certainly bring the sour, but I'm not getting any flavors typically associated with Brett....no leather, horse-blanket, sweaty armpit. It's actually kinda clean, with not much to distract from the prevailing super-sour raspberries and tannic barrel quality.

F - This seems to have a little more carbonation than the Lou Pepe Krieks I've tried. While not overcarbonated by any stretch of the imagination, I think I'd prefer this a little closer to flat, as to me it seems to intensify the already-intense sour.

D - It can be difficult to drink one of these alone, even though it's pretty weak ABV-wise, due to the intensity of the sour flavor. Aside from the low ABV, it kinda feels like I'm drinking a whole bottle of Merlot. While this is certainly a top-shelf lambic - and I rate accordingly - I think I prefer the Kriek. (1,695 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first of three Cantillon bottles, all of which showed some degree of rusting on the inner cap, but proved to be fine. This vintage was from 2005.

Pours a medium pink with a wispy white head that eventually dies to nothing. A few spots here and there, but otherwise a fairly standard lambic appearance. The nose is bizzare - balsamic vinegar, sulphur, malt vinegar, horseblanket, earth and oak. Really big for a lambic, and really sharp.

Huge sour flavour, with a barrel-load of vinegar, lemon, oak, funk in the extreme... tastes like bug heaven. Once all this dies down the raspberry starts to assert itself in a slick, slightly sticky tooth-coating fruity sweetness. Not to say that for any stretch of the imagination is this beer sweet, as a big sour finish reminds you what's really going on, but it is nice to have that added, brief sugary complexity. Other than the passing slickness the body is light and refreshing in its tartness.

This is a nicely done, complex lambic. Its not my favourite on the basis that some of the flavours simply don't jive so well with me, and at times it almost comes across as harsh. That said, a good experience, and another winner from Cantillon! (1,190 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Novare Res, 2005 Vintage served in its proper glass ware

Poured a crystal clear read with little to no head

Aromas of raspberries and barnyard funk

Tart and dry flavors of raspberries it reminded me of a raspberry sweet tart with just a slight tingle of carbonation on the tongue

Very refreshing drink I had this as a desert brew as my wife and kids shopped for me for fathers day I really am getting into these sours as a summertime brew and this brew is one I will be revisiting soon (502 characters)

Photo of Lukie
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an off-red with orange highlights. Speckle of white head dissipitated into near nothing on the top.

A funky aroma gives way to tart raspberries and a sweet candyish aroma, almost of sweet raspberry juice. Big, bold and sour.

Huge tartness of fresh green grape and apple skins give way to a ripe raspberry sweetness. It finishes up with tart, sour and dry pre-ripe green raspberry, which makes you long for another sip.

Beautifully well crafted and very in-depth. Possibly a bit too much for my palate to take at the moment, but easily more drinkable then a straight out geuze. A lot leaner and subtler then expected. I would like to put one away for a few years, see how it goes. (692 characters)

Photo of peabody
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a beautiful red clear like cherry kool-aid with one finger of white small suds and some lacing occurs here.
Smell is strawberry times 10!. Sugar and caramel and some yeast.
Taste is sour strawberry with a darkness like a hop or some sort of grass.
Mouthfeel is very clean and not oily at all.
Drinkability is high here If I could get more! (349 characters)

Photo of hayesez
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage (bottled in 2009) poured into an unmarked tulip glass. Pours a bright fizzy red with a thick, dense pink head. The beer is mostly clear with a very slight haze near the cap. Retention of the head is impressive and there is absolutely no lacing left on the glass.

Sour smell with obvious raspberries. I don't get the barnyard funky smell as much as I do a blatant sour.

Immediate puckering blast of sour with this guy. It took me a few drinks to get my bearings and get my mouth to calm down a bit. Very sour, tart, and puckering. There is a sweet raspberry taste mixed in there, but it certainly plays second fiddle to the trademark Cantillon sour. The finish mellows to a lingering sweet-tart like memory that hangs around for quite a while

This was a very nice beer, but just seemed a bit too unbalanced. Medium bodied with a spritzy carbonated feel. The sour dominated the raspberry a bit too much for my taste, but still a very solid brew...

Consumed: 1/29/2010 (983 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this brew outside, on the patio, after spending a few hours tending to the lawn. It's an amazingly refreshing and complex thirst-quencher. It's also the kind of framboise that you can just sit and sip, slowly enjoying it. The beer pours a deep, dark, but clear red. Although it pours with a slight head, it quickly disappears. The beautiful color and clarity, however, more than make up for the head...great appearance. The aroma is a great mix of raspberries and sour funk. Horse-stall, sweaty, earthy, musty aromas mix with just-picked berries. At least half of the fun of this beer is the smell. The sourness in the taste is very strong, but not overdone. Mouthpuckering and intense, but balanced with some fruit flavors. The barnyard character comes through in the taste as well. I love these lambics that don't ruin the experience with sweetness. Perfect to sit and sip. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the drinkability on this one is fantastic. (961 characters)

Photo of Klym
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a mostly opaque maroon with a frothy head that is so pink it looks like a party trick. If there was ever a beer that should mascot this style it's this one.

S: This one definitely had some putrid notes when I had it a little too cold, but as it warmed up to normal temperatures it started smelling quite nice. Very tart raspberries and even some cherry notes with some oak and barnyard funk. Tartness definitely stands out.

T: Sure enough the bite on this is quite tart and can hit some parts of the mouth with an acidic sting. Sweeter raspberries pop out with an almost musty air in the middle taste that dies out with a linger of lemon zest and grassy notes. More tart than I expected and probably more than I really enjoy, but I can't say the beer isn't unusually good.

M: Like every cantillon I've had it's carbonated to a level that makes the flavors seem like they're celebrating and comes into the mouth like a dam broke on your lips. Refreshing, crisp, true to the style.

O: Though my fears allayed as the beer warmed up, I did pick up this bottle at a beer shop in london that didn't seem to know anything about cantillon, much less beer in genral, and I can't account for the care that they or anyone else handled this and whether or not the bottle may have been compromised in some way. I will say simply that tart raspberry with a handful of other punching notes is about all I experienced with this beer and it wasn't as complex, sweet, or flavorful as I expected. If it's what the beer is intended to be, then great, it was good. If not and my bottle was compromised, then the beer must be damned amazing because that's the best compromise I've had. (1,718 characters)

Photo of drewbage
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled deep into the evening at the SoCal O'Briens Gathering.

Quite a treat to see this availble in a keg. (Thanks Tom!)

Beer arrives in the glass a deep rich red purple with a light haze and a low almost non-existant pinkish head.

The aroma is of grapeskins followed by a seedy aroma from a highly acidic fruit. The Cantillon funk seems to be missing or muted in this particular brew.

Flavor matches up with the aroma fufilling a spicy tannic berry bite, but curiously soft on the acid compared to the more traditional Cantillon products.

Still tasty as hell. (577 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and capped, split with my wife. Sticker on the bottle states 2005, bottled on 2007.

Pours a muddy red brown with a pinkish hue. A bit of head builds on the pour and instant disappears to a placid top.

This is certainly one of the more acidic lambics though I don't really expect anything less from Cantillon. This one is full of woody barrel which adds a really nice dimension to the tart raspberries, lemon pucker and a hint of grapes. Some nice funk that plays with your stomach later, not a ton of carbonation but ample, a real sipper. I rate it a little less drinkable simply due to the acidic nature. (620 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. F’ing semi old bottle. Cork 04 date. Pours a rich red color with a light pink head. The smell is a pungent, musty, dusty raspberry. The smell is either really good cheese or really bad meat. Tanic and basement like. The taste is very funky and intense. Acidic, lemon, funk, and fruit. Really glad I got to taste this. The sourness sticks around for a while after your finish your drink. (396 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to makdeco for sending this out my way.

2008 Vintage. Warning: the cork shot out of the bottle as soon as I took the cap off - it was slightly terrifying.

Beer pours a dark purplish ruby red with a fluffy pinkish-white head. The smell is fantastic - raspberries stand out most, but there's a nice mix of funk, sour and oak in there as well. The flavor is still good, but not quite as impressive as the nose. It's a bit simpler than I expected. The raspberry flavor is great, and it's quite sour, but there's not much funk or anything else happening here. It's not too sweet and comes off much drier than its little sister Rose de Gambrinus. Mouthfeel is thin with heavy carbonation, would've liked a little more body here. Overall, this is another fine beer from Cantillon, but I wouldn't rank this up there with the best of their lambics. I enjoyed it more than Rose de Gambrinus, but of the Lou Pepe beers, it's definitely the simplest. A good fruit lambic, but I don't know if I'd seek this out again given what it costs. (1,034 characters)

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.