Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.66/5 rDev +2.9%
A - gorgeous light red with hint of pink in color. Aggressively dissipated carbonation.
S - that prototypical Cantillon funk comes at you right out of the box. Bright raspberry, currant and cherries.
T - big raspberry and mild funk. Just a pure and total expression of the style.
M - nice carbonation. Great interplay of sweetness and acidity. Flawless balance.
O - without a doubt, the best framboise I've ever had. Rose de Gambrinus is a great beer and this one is just like RDG, but on steroids.
12-30-2013 04:55:28 | More by EliotRosewater
4.73/5 rDev +4.4%
Slightly hazy red colour with a small but very short lasted white head.
Intensely fruity aroma. Massive raspberry and raspberry seed aroma coming out of this 7 year old vintage. Funky too. Complex with fruity, tart and earthy notes. Big.
Massive tart funkiness but not powerfully acidic. Just rounded acidity that plays off the raspberry flavour and aroma. Interesting lemon note. Low barnyard flavours but the fruitiness really makes this a winner.
Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Super.
An excellent beer in the finest Cantillon style. The Lou Pepe range truly is the pinnacle of what they produce. The even rarer stuff is hardly worth the effort compared to this sublime product.
12-29-2013 07:58:07 | More by dgilks
4.86/5 rDev +7.3%
Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise is perhaps the most classic and refined beer I've ever tried - but it has the colour of a Swedish Berry candy, the glossiness of nail polish, and looks flamboyant enough to be singing a Liza Minnelli tune. Even its head is hot pink.
This has a smell reminiscent of a dank, musty basement - the fruitiest, most perfumed and agreeable wet basement you'll ever come across. There's a strong whiff of oak wood but most of all there's the wild yeasts and trademark bacteria of the Senne Valley. It's a scent unique to Brussels and, more specifically, one that can instantly be traced back to Cantillon.
Jean Van Roy - pick your generation - is a prolific father; others have carried on his sour, wild yeast and barrel-aging lineage, but Lou Pepe Framboise reminds us "who's your daddy". Nothing is this distinctly funky, obviously fermented *and* friendly. The extra dosage of fruit doesn't distract from the sour Lambic but increases the subtle flavour present in the Rosé De Gambrinus.
One is always kept aware of the old oak barrels in which this beer is aged (minimum of two years in Lou Pepe's case). As is virtually always the case with every Fruit Lambic Cantillon brews, the contents of the wood are as apparent as (or arguably more than) the fruit. This thing has a shot of lemon juice with every mouthful; very sour but also, in a huge way, very refreshing.
Of all the dozens of Lambics I've reviewed on my home (North American) turf, none have recaptured and recalled the charm, character and cuisine of Belgium - at least those elements that I've always taken away from it - better than Lou Pepe Framboise. Each trip to Brussels is relived with every sip. It is a dazzling beer and easily one of the more memorable ones I've tried.
12-29-2013 07:31:12 | More by biegaman
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 799 ratings.