Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon

Not Rated.
Cantillon Lou Pepe - FramboiseCantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise

Educational use only; do not reuse.

269 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 269
Hads: 1,095
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 1,124
Gots: 200 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 11-03-2003

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 269 | Hads: 1,095
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

 724 characters

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.

 503 characters

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 at Moeder Lambic split with a fellow Murican I met.

Clear red and a persistent light pink tinged head.

Big ol' raspberry on the nose. Funky grassy and musty with some citric quality.

Light and tart on the tongue. Big delicious juicy raspberry on the flavor as is to be expected with this series. Musty funk. Finishes dry.

God this was great.

 351 characters

Photo of homebrew311
4.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I saved this one to log as my 1,500th review. Big thanks to jcvanderbilt for the trade. Pours a bright juicy reddish pink with nice clarity and minimal head. The nose is unbelievable. Full of jammy raspberries, a hint of earth, layers of signature Cantillon funk, a hint of vinegar and oak, but mainly ripe fresh berries. I could smell this all day! The taste lives up to the delightful smell with fresh juicy berries, waves of tartness which are counterbalanced with sweetness. Each flavor pops as this is the tastiest lambic I have ever had the pleasure of trying. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. Overall, this beer is fantastic. Definitely the best of the loons I have tried and one that I will have to seek out again.

 731 characters

Photo of errantnight
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2008 bottling

Just ever so slightly disappointing. Not quite the massive fruit bomb of the best year's I've had, nor aged enough to add funky complexity. Still gorgeous, ruby-maroon with fluffy head that lasts. Deep, bold berry notes on the nose and palate, and sharp, lingering, fierce tartness. Clean, overly so in fact. A round, medium body with a crisp finish.

This particular tasting was a fine bottling I'd love to have easy access to, but not something to write home about.

 482 characters

Photo of sjccmd
4.84/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2013

Pours deep red, with a hint of amber highlights. Frothy white head that fizzles away quickly. Not much lacing, but a tiny bit of "legs."

Tons of raspberry in the aroma, earthy, musty, and mushroom follow. Oak with barnyard only in the background. Tea and wood mingle with fresh fruit. Musty aged hops.

Juicy raspberries upfront. Clean lactic sourness follows. Oak and brett mingle in as well, but it's mostly about the fruit and sourness. Very very dry.

Moderately heavy carbonation. Super tannic with sourness lingering on the palate.

A fruity, tart, and complex beer. At this age it has a great balance of fruit and lambic character.

 653 characters

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The color on this is beautiful. Bright red, nice two finger pink head. Smell of vibrant raspberries, some lemon, a tad sour. The taste is right on with the smell. It's so good, i almost don't believe it's real. Such a great balance of favors and the perfect amount of sour. Carbonation is nice, tingles on the tongue but not too much, allowing you to focus on the intense raspberry flavor. Can't say much more, I love it, and I'm gonna savor the rest of this glass.

 465 characters

Photo of srandycarter
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

A - Pink, foamy head. Leaves fairly fast to ring. Clear raspberry body. Spotty tight bubbled lace.

S - Tart and sweet, begging for a sip. Cant really define any malt.

T - Explosion of tart fruit on the palate. Delicious. Bitter finish.

M - Great carb, good balance, light bodied.

D - Would have more often if I could afford it.

 345 characters

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for the bottle share!

750ml bottle sealed with pressure cap and cork.

Sticker on bottle says 2010. Cork says bottled in 2013.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: translucent mediumred bodied beer with massive 3 fingers of white head. Head has some serious staying power and eventually drops down to a thin cap.

Smell: Apple cider vinegar. Loads of juicy raspberries. Light level of funkiness.

Taste: Tons of raspberries! Hints of green apples and lemons. 6/10 on the sour scale. Light musty funk just like in the nose. Bright tasting fruity sour!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carboantion levels. semidry finish. wouldnt chance a think about the mouthfeel. Supurb!

Overall: Between LP Kriek and LP Fram, the clear winner is the Framboise. What a great sour beer by Cantillion.

 818 characters

Photo of anteater
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2010 LP Framboise - Poured from a 750ml bottle

A: Deep pink/red with a light pink head

S: Some dry tart funk and jammy berries, a little bit of yeast

T: I'm tasting 2 very different and pronounced components of this beer both separately and at once. On one hand, you can taste all the qualities of a delicious Cantillon labmic - funky barnyard, grass, with a pretty heavy sourness. One the other hand you can taste super fresh raspberries, maybe the most natural raspberry flavor I've ever encountered in a beer. Together they are phenomenal.

M: Slightly dry, good carb

O: I was very very impressed by this beer! Really fantastic framboise from Cantillon.

 660 characters

Photo of MDDMD
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

A-translucent dark pink color with a small light pink head and no lacing

S-raspberry, apple, funky, hint of lemon and oak

T-nice funky base with tart raspberry, light tart green apple, hint of oak with some lemon notes, beautifully balanced

F-light body with moderate carbonation, tart, dry and puckering

O-delicious sour for all raspberry lovers, like the balanced flavors

 391 characters

Photo of Jonada
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage served in a Cantillon lambic glass

Appearance: Pours a bright ruby red with hints of purple. Less than a finger of a light pink head dissipates quickly to a collar. Body is somewhat clear with light visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: Huge fresh raspberries, oak, hay, barnyard funk, green apple, vinegar acidity. Light musty character present as well and intensifies as the beer warms, but probably still a little lighter than a typical Cantillon.

Taste: Tart juicy raspberries, basement, oak tannins. Hugely tart, almost mouth puckering, tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with low/medium levels of spritzy carbonation. Super smooth and drinkable. Nearly perfect.

Overall: Not surprisingly, this is another winner from Cantillon. Huge fresh, jammy raspberry with tartness and funk that are strong enough to add additional complexity without overwhelming the fruit character. Best raspberry lambic, and possibly best fruit lambic of any kind that I've had. Definitely worth seeking out.

 1,032 characters

Photo of EliotRosewater
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2010 sticker

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.

 520 characters

Photo of dgilks
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

 707 characters

Photo of biegaman
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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.

 1,774 characters

Photo of vfgccp
4.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

 459 characters

Photo of jdense
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle enjoyed at the Brasserie after an enlightening and exciting self-tour my first full day in Belgium, served in the traditional wicker basket into Cantillon tumbler.

Rose colored head, very small bubbles, you can *hear* the dissipation on this champagne like beer. Interesting raspberry aroma, not a big fruity nose, but rather delicate, masks the funky horseblanket notes from this 2010 vintage. Taste is certainly on the tart not sour side, pronounced yet not heavy berry notes, enough funk to keep your interest, nice balance with the raspberries. Mouthfeel on the light side, delicate, huge effervescent mouthfeel. Wow. Beer of the Gods. The exemplar of the style.

 675 characters

Photo of fdig23
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Monks. 2010 vintage.

Appearance: Perfection. Bright, vibrant red-pink with a big pink head.

Nose: Classic Cantillon musty, haybale and herbs with an added layer of fresh raspberries and raspberry jam.

Taste: Tons of raspberry up front, followed by tart cranberry and cherry, earth, dried lemon peel and a pinch of oak on the finish. Layer upon layer.

Mouthfeel: Nice prickly carbonation.

Overall: A perfectly executed, infinitely drinkable, and endlessly complex Framboise.

 490 characters

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

This is not a normal review because it's from memory from 9/25/13. I felt it was wrong to just "had" this gem, and I didn't have anything to write with at the time since I was just going out for dinner and not expecting something so fantastic to be there. Shared this w/ Skrip and another friend at a random place in VT that had it for on site consumption only. The words may be less descriptive than usual since it's from memory, but I the numbers should be spot on because I have pics for appearance, and remember how great it smelled/tasted/felt overall!

2010 vintage

A- Pours a GORGEOUS raspberry pink/red that just glows in the glass! Very minimal head that recedes quickly, leaving little to no lacing. Good carbonation can be seen.

S- My God, this smells fantastic! Super fruity and tart. Raspberries, sour green apples, very light vinegar/acidic smell. It all just explodes out of the glass, beckoning you to take a sip!

T- The taste follows the nose nearly to a T. The sour/tartness is not overwhelming, but it's right there in your face from the start, and leaves a puckering sour snap in the finish. Perhaps not as much raspberries as I'd like, and a bit more vinegar than preferred, but these are minor complaints. There's plenty of oak/tannic character. Not super complex, but delicious!

M- The feel was well carbonated and quite good for the style as it went down smooth, but again with that smack of sour in the finish. The oak yields a mellow feel as well.

O- Overall this was a pleasure to drink. The aroma was top notch, and the taste could stand up to many of the best sours out there. I'm taking off a little extra just because as it warmed a bit past cellar temp (which is what it was served at) the flavor dropped off slightly and became more vinegary (which I don't necessarily mind much, but it took over the raspberries, which I feel are meant to be featured).

 1,891 characters

Photo of tarheels86
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL 2004 ed thanks to ygtbsm94. Pours a clear, very light pink with a scant, white head. Looking like an unblended and certainly not a rich looking as LP Kriek. Aroma of raspberry preserves, bright grapefruit, true Cantillon subtle funk, fresh berry yogurt. Taste is very sour, bitter citrus for balance, lemon yogurt, woody tannins, lots of geuze character more than just raspberry. The base lambic here is center stage. Mouth watering all the way. Lactic sour palate devastation. Super wet mouthfeel. 1/11/2011 8/4/8/5/16=4.1

750mL 2001 ed thanks again to ygtbsm94. Pours a fire amber red with an excellent pink head that is extremely healthy for a sour albeit a little fizzy. Aroma is unreal: so much fresh raspberry, raspberry preserves, and insanely sharp funk. Taste is sharp, ultimate level of lactic acidity, seedy raspberries, rhubarb, sorrel, and starchy earth. Palate is all consuming, zippy, dry, insanely powerful but quick on your body. What a complete devastation of the framboise category. I cannot believe it but Puzzl and others are right- there is some serious aging potential for krieks and framboise. This has become sharper and more fruity heavy with 10 years on it rather than more mellow. 2/12/2011 9/4/8/5/16=4.2

 1,240 characters

Photo of vonnegut21
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a Cantillon balloon glass.

A: Vibrant, deep pinkish red. Gorgeous pinkish hue on the finger or so of head.

S: Fresh picked raspberries. That wonderful lambic acidity, funk, a bit of mustiness. Sour, funky and tannic.

T: Raspberries are prevalent. Like biting into a slightly overripe berry. I need to check my teeth for seeds. Great balance of acidity, fruit jammy-ness, oak tannin and just the right touch of funk. The freshest, most prevalent fruit character I've ever experienced in a sour beer.

M: Effervescent, smooth and superbly drinkable. Puckering and refreshing all at once.

O: Incredible. I tend to prefer fruited sours and this might be the best one I've ever had. The raspberry character is just incredible. I'm thankful I have another bottle.

 786 characters

Photo of pmarlowe
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage from bottle at ChurchKey for 2013 Zwanze Day. Tumbler glass.

A: Pours a bright purple color, crystal clarity, with light pinkish purple foam. Excellent retention though little lacing.

S: Bright juicy raspberry, horse blanket funk, some malt.

T: Lightly tart, slight tannins, raspberry is more restrained than the nose, with a mild sweetness rounding out the flavor.

M: Medium body and medium-light, smoothish carbonation.

O: Solid though not exceptional. Not as fruit forward as I would like, but complex and well integrated. Maybe I would prefer a fresh bottle.

 581 characters

Photo of smakawhat
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Churckey DC for Zwanze 2013. Vintage 2010.

Deep dark red, nearly cherry, but just a touch of pink with a good thick collar that stays of pink bubbles.

The bouquet on the Lou Pepe is the perfect match of sweetness and tartness balanced, with perhaps the light funk and acid edging out just nicely enough. Sweet raspberry with a moderate funk kick. Hints of lemon also seem to burst out as well.

Palate comes with less funk and acid than expected. Fruit forward raspberries with a very light palate. Great mixture of sweet and tartness, but the acid and raspberry sensing sourness is predominant. Light pepper finish, with some hinting sweetness as well.

Overall a great example of a framboise of a different nature. Surprising example of what sweet and sour can accomplish in a beer.

 833 characters

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.84/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

 925 characters

Photo of jaasen64
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle purchased at Zwanze Day '13 at Lord Hobo. '10 vintage purchased for $45, split four ways.

A- Pours a deep cherry-raspberry red, translucent, just a faint off-white pinkish head forms that recedes to a flat top.

S- Lots of fresh raspberries, some slight raspberry purée, some slight underlying funk that's hidden underneath the raspberries. Fruity presence is very nice.

T- Fresh raspberries, a nice acidic bite that isn't too vinegary, finishes with nice funky lambic qualities of some pepper, barnyard funk, and a tiny bit of hay. Awesome balance.

M- Very drinkable, nice acidity level, nice amount of carbonation.

O- Cantillon really knows oohs to make their lambics, I prefer the LP Kriek slightly over this but both are incredible. I'd like to try this with some more age as I think the funk would come out a bit more while still blending nicely with the cherries. Not the easiest bottle to get (at least in e US), but definitely worth trying if you can.

 977 characters

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.