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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Lou Pepe - FramboiseCantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8%


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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 11-03-2003)
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Andrew! For this one and for Gratitude.
Pours burnt orange-pink with a dirty collar for head. Aroma is massive funk, sulfur, leather and maybe some fruit lurking somewhere. Smells abrasive!
Tart, dry, pungent. Did I already say dry? I don't think I have ever had a monster comparable to this beer in its dryness and sour character except the Beatification that I don't remember having at Darkness Day 2010 :/
Excellent mouthfeel with loads of crisp carbonation.
4, 4, 4, 4, 4.5

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 06:31:56 | More by tewaris
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 00:55:35 | More by kbutler1
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml vintage 2005 bottle, bottling date of 11/2/07 served at cellar temperature in a gold rimmed Brooklyn flute glass for the New Year!

A - Poured a brilliant bright red, almost a hot pink color with a huge frothy and fizzy head of pink colored foam that rose up a good three fingers high from the top. Now that I think about it, this was a perfect rose color. Lots of carbonation could be seen through haze and cloudiness of it. This one left behind lots of side glass lace as well. Very nice presentation and about what I would have expected coming into this.

S - The aroma was highly tart and sour, and I mean highly tart and sour, almost had to kick my head back at the first sip. Big aromas of rasberry and just sour fruit in general. Lots of yeast here really made this thing come alive. As it warmed it just started to roll through some wonderful aromas of oak and would with hints of sugar mixed in for good balance. Very big smell here, very big and nice. I could literally pick this one up from across the room, it was just that strong.

T - The flavor was huge here. The very first sip set me back a bit as the sourness and tart rasberry flavors were on full display here. Really one of the more tart flavors I have seen. There were hints of the oak throughout it, but they were lighter then what you find in some of the oaked stouts and strong ales. Lots of yeast and a touch of sugar in and around the rasberry flavors, trying to lighten it up a bit. Nice depth to the flavor as it displayed several layers as it warmed. The finish was just as strong bringing with it a huge dried out sour finish that puckered your lips and made you have to go back and have another sip almost immediatly.

M - Very smooth and light bodied this was definitly a very nice lambic. There was loads of carbonation inside here really frothing over and showcasing the flavors perfectly. The overall feel was very crisp and clean, nothing doting around or getting too thin or too thick, but rather just right in the middle with a very nice overall feel to it.

D - This was definitly a sipper, not due to the high alcohol content or anything but mostly due simply to how sour this one was coming off. It was hard to take more then just a sip of this, but why would you want to this is one to really sit back and enjoy, to really savor each and every sip of.

Overall I thought this was a really nice brew. I have been getting into these more exotic belgians and this one just furthered my curiousity to delve further into them. It was a bit differnet then anything I had of the style before and this was a nice welcomed change. I would love to try this one again, though it is a tad pricey so we shall see.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 15:07:59 | More by mikesgroove
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says 2002, and the cork says bottled in 2004. Pours a beautiful reddish orange with good clarity as long as you avoid the accumulated sludge in the bottom of the bottle. Sour and barnyard aromas intertwined with delicate raspberries are what you notice when you take a whiff. Personally, I like the depth that the kriek has, since I think it hold up better to the sourness, but this is very nice as well. The raspberries are somewhat light, but very acetic and the barnyard notes are just right- wonderful, they are there withouth being overwhelming and add a complex note to the aroma. The taste is extremely tart, maybe too much so. I would like to see some more fruitiness to balance the extreme acidity. Even so, the raspberry notes are laser-like in intensity, and to be fair there is an initial burst of fruit, and a savory, sour creaminess at the end. The mouthfeel is brilliantly sharp and tart followed by a soft, salty, creaminess. This is a little challenging- definitely a sipper, but fascinating.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 03:55:35 | More by Georgiabeer
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage on tap at MapRoom

A - Hazy reddish, pink with little to no head.

S - A mixture of tart and sweet raspberries.

T - Sweet raspberries at first with some tartness in the finish. Not as tart/sour or funky as I have come to expect from Cantillon beers.

M - Medium body with low carbonation and a dry finish that made it very easy to drink.

D - Not as complex as other Cantillon offerings I have had but still tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2009 20:47:34 | More by brewcrew76
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abfraser

California

4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at City Beer Store in SF. 2006 version.

A: A beautiful pinkish/red color. Hard to believe this is beer but pretty cool looking. Not much of head.

S: Tart and sour raspberries dominate. Some lambic-like muskiness but farily reserved. Smells great.

T/M: Same as the smell. Mouth-puckeringly sour raspberries. Some funkinees. Finish is nice and dry with good carbonation.

D: A very refreshingly tart beer

I'm generally not huge of lambic fruit beers (but love the non-fruit variety). I enjoyed this one a lot, though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2009 22:05:49 | More by abfraser
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 02:28:22 | More by ritzkiss
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mine was the 2007 vintage.

Pours a brilliant deep red, with a thin head. The beer is actually surprisingly clear for a lambic, but otherwise, it looks like I would expect it to. The smell is all fruit. Sweet fruit, candy like, maybe a bit of tartness, but almost reminds me of a fruit soda. Very nice - though sometimes you don't mind the smell of garbage in a wild ale. The flavor comes across first as tart and acidic, but it has a nice sweetness to balance. The flavor in some ways reminds me of raspberry-lime juice, if there were such a thing, also a slight sourness that is really nice, like sour candy. The taste is just surprisingly clean for a wild ale, just a nice blend of sweet and tart, with the flavor of fruit, just amazingly balanced. The bo dy is a little fuller than I expected, probably from the sweet fruit juice, and the carbonation is low, but you can tell that it's there. Fairly nice. This is really a nice beer, the sourness is there in it's fullness, but it is just held in balance with the beautiful blending and the addition of fruit. It's not too acidic, and doesn't remind you of garbage, it's just a great lambic. Really a joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 00:05:45 | More by taylorhamrick
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haz77

Australia

4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 2005 vintage. Pours a hazy lipstick red with a small off-white head. This dissipates to a thing ring fairly rapidly, but can be easily refreshed. No sign of any carbonation bubbles.

S - Big hit of raspberry, with a layer of funk sitting behind it. Lemon zest, horse blanket, sweet tobacco.

T - Begins with a mellow tartness before the flavour of the raspberry moves forward in the middle. Citric tartness really starts to kick in at the end and leaves the mouth watering into a long sour, tobacco flavours finish. Very fresh for a 6 year old beer, but well integrated.

M - Tingle of soft-medium fine carbonation and light-medium body. As expected and very good.

D - Yet another winner from Cantillon. Complex, refreshing and hugely well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 18:22:31 | More by haz77
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks translucent for sharing this beer.

2002 label, 2004 cork.

A- Pours a nice looking reddish brown color, cloudy body, yellow hues come out, ½ fingers worth of a light pink head.
S- Very pungent smelling beer, huge funky musty raspberry presence, tart, vinegar really nice, makes my mouth water.
T- WOW….huge tart flavor, the sour presence is so big, really acidic, very puckering, some oak is present, raspberries are there but not upfront, ageing has done wonders to this beer.
M- Light body, moderate to low carbonation, really puckering, dry finish.
O- This beer was pretty impressive, incredibly puckering and tart, really enjoyed my 5 oz pour, would love to try a fresh bottle of this to compare.

Recently had the 2008 Version and i enjoyed the freshness of the beer more so than the aged version. Love the fresh raspberries that come out, really easy drinking, nice tartness and funk.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 05:30:43 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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birchstick

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage

A - pours a reddish orange color (more red than orange) without much of a head on it

S - smells beautiful - lots of raspberries with some citric tones with a layer of funk enveloping everything

T - huge citric tones up front that locks up the mouth. There is also a slight raspberry flavor present in the front as well. The more this one rolls back on the tongue the more the raspberries pop. The more this warmed, the stronger the raspberries were. On the backend I got surprise, surprise, more raspberries mixed with an acidic sourness. There is a slight bit of funk in the back too.

M - medium body, a little watery, with a carbonation burn at the back that leaves a dry finish

D - really solid framboise. Even with age on it the raspberries popped like crazy. I really enjoyed the added level of citric tones and subtle hints of funk thrown behind the raspberries. This makes we want to try the other Lou Pepes that much more.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 18:43:34 | More by birchstick
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a Lambic flute.

Bottled in January, 19 of 2010.

A: Pours a rose cloudy color forming a huge rose fizzy bubbled head that takes some time to dissipate. No lacings left in the glass and a small layer remains on the top

S: Very fruity and sour. Some malts, leather notes. bit metallic and a lot of Lambic yeasts in the nose. Raspberry bomb, of course

T: Very sour, first of all. Fuity but not suit at all, actually it's quite dry. Some grains. Lambic yeasts. Leather. Metallic. Aftertaste is really tart and fruity

M: Light body. Huge carbonation. Sour aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. I still prefer the Lou Pepe Kriek version I've enjoyed this one

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 18:55:07 | More by eduardolinhalis
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful strawberry color with a short pink head and a good amount of carbonation.

Scent of tart cherries, strawberries, and a hint of grass.

Taste of tart strawberries, cherries, yeast, citrus, and a hint of grain.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and lively.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2009 03:17:54 | More by paco1029384756
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augustgarage

California

4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage (i.e. bottled in 2008). Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Venetian red liquid with a large, active, faintly pink head that fizzes down to a lasting collar and slick. Very light lacing.

The presence of raspberries in the nose is fleeting. The aroma is otherwise vaguely soapy, woodsy, with a hint of seaweed and pickled plum.

Tart on the palate, suggesting fresh sour cherry, lemon juice, and a hint of vinegar (though I wouldn't say this is vinuous). The oak contributes a tannic bitterness which adds a nice complexity to the lambic base. Instead of the expected barnyard funk developing, there is a secondary acidity that is surprisingly intense and lasting. The finish is bright yet almost musty or even salty - definitely has "umami."

Mouthfeel is a touch astringent and maybe a little oily.

There is an underlying sweetness from the fruit that never quite comes to the front of the flavor profile but keeps eluding you as you slowly sip away the bottle.

An excellent aged framboise, but there is room for improvement. Perhaps it needs more time to cellar (or maybe it is better when very fresh)?

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 01:45:21 | More by augustgarage
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass. 2008, bottled April 12, 2011.

Appearance - Bright pink body. Faint pink head. Nice collar.

Smell - Buckets of raspberry with a nice funk. Not a lot of acidity in the nose, just a bit.

Taste - Bright raspberry, but no sweetness. Some sourness. Some funk. All raspberry in the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light body, extremely carbonated.

Overall - Strong raspberry and not a lot of lambic complexity. Still very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 03:20:37 | More by Alieniloquium
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered on cask at Moeder Lambic. When the waiter showed up, my daughter asked who ordered the raspberry soda. Me! Nice 25ML pour. And now the test, am I going to dig these funkjammers fresh?

Pour is as described, a big, bubbly pot of light red or purplish soda. Very, very big on the carbonation. Nose is a delightful melange of berries and light tartness.

Lou Pepe Framboise kicks some butt on tap like I have not experienced out of the old hip flask...or bottle. Lively fresh raspberries are juxtaposed with a lovely dose of smart, sharp tartness that never touches sour. Effervescent enough that I feel the bubbles pressing eagerly all the way up into my long-shattered sinuses. Dry but oh, oh-so drinkable. I'd work in farm fields for a jug of this with dinner.

Bloody nice, wonderfully cheerful, tasty as hell. Excellent beer. I do believe I am going to like it here.

Serving type: cask

07-07-2013 20:10:14 | More by maximum12
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared courtesy of egadzis - thanks!.

Poured a medum and clear reddish color with a small sized head. Aromas and tastes of some vinegar, raspberries, all around berries, and a little woody. Very tart and puckering finish.

Notes from: 12/21/07.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 15:22:20 | More by hopdog
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2001 version, 750mL bottle with cork and cap, gifted by mikey711 in a BIF. There was a little syrupy red juice on top of the cork when I removed the cap, but after removing the cork I didn't see any other aging-related anomolies.

The beer is dark reddish-orange color, clear for the first few pours. Initially there was a big pink foam with large cell size but it disappeared quickly, leaving no bubbles at all. The aroma is strongly acidic with wild ale aromatics (barnyard, old leather) and lingering raspberry smells at the end of each sniff.

The first sip was WAY sour, I reflexively flinched and closed my eyes. Each subsequent sip was just as bracing but my palette was ready. There's no real sweetness to be found from the raspberries, just a faint raspberry taste along with the tart acidic bite and nearly salty after-taste. This doesn't sound good as I write it but it's kinda addictive, at least I keep sipping nearly continuously.

There's lots of carbonation, otherwise a light body similar to many other lambics. Not sure how much of the puckering tartness is due to age or the particular year it was made, so I'll be getting this again as a newer year sometime to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 22:24:37 | More by TurdFurgison
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 12, 2010 (2007 vintage).

Beer is a cloudy pink with a smallish white head. Head dissipates quickly, no lace.

Smell contains raspberry, barnyard funk and grass. Good smell and typical Cantillon.

Taste is quite sour. Raspberry, funk, hay. A marked sweetness accompanies the sour. All good, though not as complex as some of the beers from this brewery.

Light bodied, highly carbonated. Sticky and puckering. The sugar makes it a bit hard to get through.

Overall, very nice. Certainly not my favourite beer from Cantillon, but a very good lambic.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 19:23:28 | More by jrenihan
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Tnudish

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Provided by Matt for my impromptu birthday tasting. Thanks a bunch for helping me knock out the Loons I haven’t ticked yet.This is a 2008 vintage poured into a Surly Darkness snifter.

A- Pours a deep red almost brown in color with a fingers worth of tight light pink head. Very good head retention.

S-Really nice bright jammy raspberry in the nose, it smells absolutely incredible. Reminds me of a young Hommage.

T-Flavor is tart raspberry, with a little lemon, but it’s still mostly all raspberry.

M-Light mouthfeel, good carbonation, moderate acidity, and a long tart finish.

O- I like this beer more and more everytime I have it. I still think I prefer Lou Pepe Kriek in terms of Lou Pepe’s, but this is light years ahead of Rose.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 22:37:00 | More by Tnudish
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kojevergas

Texas

4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lou Pepe Framboise. 2009 vintage. Bottle acquired at a bar in Chicago and served into a flute. Reviewed from notes taken on St. Patrick's Day standing up in a crowded bar, so bear with me. Expectations were sky high given the brewery's reputation and my love for sours.

A: Pours a one finger head of pnk colour. Fair cream and thickness. Retention is average (~3+ minutes). Body is a vibrant understated rich red. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Tart raspberry. Acidic fruit skin. Bacteria/wild yeast. A mild strength aroma. Clean and tart, with surprisingly mild sourness.

T: Tart sourness. Lactic. Fantastic tart raspberry fruit. Clean unobtrusive malt foundation. Crystal malt lends a champagne like note. Balance is perfect. It's a simple sour, but a good one. Contained tart lactic sourness. Not real puckerworthy, but damn tasty. Great subtlety. Really good.

Mf: Clan, smooth, and wet. Perfect carbonation. Crisp. Near perfect. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Tart and bubbly/fizzy from the crystal malt.

Dr: Quite drinkable. Hides ABV well. It's exactly what you want in a sour. Incredibly tasty and enjoyable. Damn good for the style, but I wouldn't trade for it. Best purchased for cheap in Belgium; it's overpriced here. Glad I got to try it for a special occasion; it wouldn't be worth the pricetag elsewise.

High A-

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 20:47:53 | More by kojevergas
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vfgccp

New York

4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewed in 2010, opened Nov 2013.

A - Light haze on a beautiful bright raspberry red body. Light pink head has ok retention and low lace.

S - Soft sourness with raspberry jam and a light barnyard funk.

T - Tart, cherry jello powder, raspberry sorbet, white sugar, and just the slightest impression of oak.

M - Light frame. Bright acidity. Nice carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Nice, tart, under-ripe raspberry flavor profile with a light and refreshing body.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 03:57:28 | More by vfgccp
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bloody light red, very thin pink head. Aroma is extremely barnyardy, like when you pick raspberries in a field where cows have passed and left their "trace". Lactic sour yogurt past its prime, mild cask wood. Very fruity acidic palate, citric, lactic with definite blood oranges flavors. I think I’d like it better if it was more sour. Cask wood flavors, while there, seems also a bit restrained to me. Medium carbonation, medium bodied. Those beers are great, no doubt about it, but I guess it’s the oak and fruit focus that makes the difference between a great beer and an exceptional one. Lou pepe framboise, while very complex and apparently well blended doesn’t strike to me as the perfect blend of complexity and focus. I had greatly anticipated this beer for a long time and stand disappointed though, it’s fairly similar to the lou pepe kriek and while being authentic and a quality product, just doesn’t appear to me even as a top shelf framboise and how many of those are there? Thanks Martin!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2004 22:06:11 | More by Rastacouere
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dogfooddog

Panama

4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle served at the Monk's Cafe, served too cold at around 40F or lower. I let it sit over 15 minutes to try to give it some time to warm even marginally.

Bottle dated 2001, cork 2003.

Pours with huge head, which quickly reduces to either nothing or 1/3cm white foam alternately. wonderful astringent acidic sour nose with clear raspberry notes - unlike their kriek, the fruit note here is very distinct and clear.

taste is overpoweringly acidic at first, but quickly diminishes, leaving a muted aftertaste of primarily of raspberry without much tartness. there is heavy carbonation in the taste as well.

I let the bottle sit over half an hour drinking slowly, and temperature finally reaches more reasonable levels. The acidic taste increases but I never get much aftertaste. Of course, this beer was bottled over two years ago, I have usually not had good results myself aging fruit lambics and perhaps that is the case here.

I had this beer when it was first released but have no clear memory of it - but at this point, owning none myself, drinking it in a place such as monk's may be the only option, temperature mishandling and all.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 05:57:23 | More by dogfooddog
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and capped. 2005 vintage, bottled 10 AUG 2007. sampled nov 21/09.

pours hazy pinkish red with a small dense white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. lemon and malt vinegar. tart raspberries. horse blanket, leather, tobacco leaf. white bread and cracker. hint of alcohol. vanilla and raw oak. bit of earthy character too. slightly phenolic.

taste is great. huge tart and sour blast, like biting into a fresh lemon. touch of cider vinegar. after a couple of sips you start to notice some of the other character. the tart raspberry comes through a little more. crackers and white bread. hint of alcohol. earthy. horse blanket. bit of leather. touch of a nutty character, like biting into a raspberry seed.

mouthfeel is good. light body and pretty much bone dry finish. puckering sourness. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. very sour, but the acidity is somewhat restrained. great depth and complexity too. i liked this one a lot. no mistaking that it's a cantillon, definitely more sour than most, but i like that end of the spectrum. good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 01:16:58 | More by grub
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
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