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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%


Brewed by:
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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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tarheels86

California

4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 21:35:41 | More by tarheels86
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vonnegut21

New York

5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 18:30:30 | More by vonnegut21
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 02:48:57 | More by pmarlowe
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 23:25:37 | More by smakawhat
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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
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 13:39:19 | More by jaasen64
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottle. Thanks to DocJ007 for the share at our recent tasting.

A - Pours raspberry red with a nice one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty trails of lace down part of the glass.

S - Smells of intense basement must and barnyard funk and not much else. Not a ton of fresh fruit which is a bit surprising with such a fresh bottle but it is still enjoyable.

T - Starts off with the strong must and funk combo that never really fades away. The raspberries come through a little more here but they are still more muted than I was expecting. Finish is still pretty musty with some lingering tartness. Not overly sour like some of the aged bottles I have had, but not as bright with the fruit either.

M - Medium-Light body with moderately high carbonation. The spritzy feel propels the musty, tart flavors across the palate.

O - My first time having this one fresh and it was interesting. I was expecting a lot more fruit than I got from it, mostly the trademark Cantillon musty funk combo but that is fine as well. Probably my least favorite of the three Lou Pepe's but still a beer worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 03:28:07 | More by orangesol
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dirtylou

Washington

4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, 750ml at the Brewery

Ruby red - bright, with pink hues. The LP Framboise is beyond jammy - its exploding with sweet and tart berry with a seedy finish. Acetic, musty, vinegar, moderate tartness. My least favorite of the 3 Lou Pepe's but I think that's just a style preference thing. An exceptional Framboise.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:30:39 | More by dirtylou
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joe1510

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml
$22
Binny's Orland

Lou Pepe Framboise glimmers a brilliant ruby red in my oversized flute. Faded orange highlights the body near the stem of the glass. A pink tinted head snaps to attention at over a finger in height before fizzling down to a skim coat. The collar is rather thick and leaves behind thin sheet lacing. The color of this beer is amazing.

Ahhh...Cantillon! That incredible Cantillon funk is present in all it's glory. Crazy amounts of mustiness cradle every other aspect of the nose and there's a bracing green raspberry and vinegar sourness that instantly makes my mouth water uncontrollably. A mild but interesting floral quality sneaks up along with a touch of Sweet Tart sweetness. I could happily take deep whifs of this beer all night long.

Each drink is cheek puckeringly sour. Green, underripe raspberries get things moving and they're as musty as ever. A Sweet Tart candy like sweetness comes across mid palatte while trying to balance out the sourness and falling miserably short. Dusty, funkiness runs throughout this entire beer. Another absolutely delicious Cantillon. The raspberry seems to ripen up as this warms.

A light body combines with the puckering sourness that I get used to halfway through the glass. The carbonation is tiny and somewhat prickly. It does a great job of scrubbing the tongue clean after each drink.

Drinkability is off the charts. The acidity will bring along the heartburn but it's worth it for a beer of this caliber. The light body and refreshing sourness make this bottle disappear far too quickly.

Lou Pepe Framboise is another gem of a beer coming from Cantillon. Great raspberry flavor and great sourness. I won't be drinking this often because of the price tag but it will be in the rotation from now on.

Reviewed: 6/22/09

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 03:05:47 | More by joe1510
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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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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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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2010 sticker. Purchased at Brasserie Cantillon for on-site consumption, 11€. Poured out of a lambic basket into Cantillon stemmed wine glasses, 7/5/2013. Drank this one after drinking a 2010 Lou Pepe Kriek.

Pours a lovely red-pink body, with a nice fluffy 2cm pink head with good retention. Not a ton of lacing to be seen. The colour on this is very similar to that of the Lou Pepe Kriek. I love how fruity and glowing these beers' colours look.

Smells like straight up fresh raspberries with a ton of that musty Cantillon brewery funk and hay, accompanied by a nice dose of vinegar acidity. Although, like the other beers I'm drinking on premises, I can't promise that its because I'm drinking it at the actual brewery which smells like that. Its a great combination regardless.

Drinking this beer yields a crapload of raspberry fruit flavour along with a strong, delicious acetic sourness that has some oak barrel components. In the background is some earthy funk, leather and horseblanket. But the raspberries are definitely not missed here, and the acetic sourness is just perfect. Unlike the Rosé de Gambrinus, this big brother version is more complex with more of that earthiness in the background with a more complex acetic sour flavour.

Fizzly, great carbonation, actually a bit thinner bodied compared to Lou Pepe Kriek. So easy to drink, and I was able to down most of this bottle on my own. No hints of alcohol which is no surprise.

I really enjoyed this one. This is beyond better than Rosé, as it is more complex while being more fruity and brings out the other flavours of the brewing process very well. Still, raspberries don't provide as much complexity as the cherries do in the corresponding Krieks. I prefer Lou Pepe Kriek to this, but this is still an absolute delight to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 04:58:32 | More by Stevedore
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at the Bierkoning in A'dam.

From a 750 into a snifter
VIntage 2010
Bottled 3 June 2013
300g per liter

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, off-white, light red head with decent retention. Clear poppy red in color with almost no carbonation evident. Head fades quickly and it looks almost flat in the glass rather quickly. Pretty color, though I wish the head made more of an impression.

SMELL: Lots of raspberries on the nose, with tart lemons, some funk, and just a hint of acidity. Slightly one dimensional, though the raspberries are quite lovely.

TASTE: Raspberries up front with tart lemon sourness and oak notes at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of tart lemon, sweet-sour raspberries, some funky flavors and wood from the barrels. A hint of bitterness finds its way through too. Well balanced between the sour lambic and tart, sweet red fruits.

PALATE: Medium body and modest carbonation. Creamy and fuller on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry and puckering. A touch of acidity lingers. Good feel here.

OVERALL: This is really nice. Lots of good fruit flavor with a solid lambic as a base, and a full, creamy feel to support the show. Well balanced and very flavorful. The look was a little lack-luster, though we can forgive that for sure. Good stuff and well worth checking out. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 15:35:56 | More by Jeffo
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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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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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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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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On cask at Moeder Lambic on 4/7/2013. Pours a beautiful raspberry hue, slightly hazy in clarity, with a fluffy, cloud-like, light pink head similar to the color of cotton candy. Nose expresses citrus, rind, cork and a wisp of raspberry essence at the back. Taste consistent with nose - no real surprises here. Citric acid is very assertive in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light in body, puckeringly tart and lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Overall, a very good fruit lambic; however, I'd like to have had a little more raspberry flavor.

Serving type: cask

04-15-2013 22:22:59 | More by Jwale73
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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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CraftBrewhaha

Washington

4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Booya! Poppin tops with the ole lady to celebrate an occasion and pulled out one of these (2009) bad boys. Just raspberries up in there! You can smell them skins and seeds, the whole fruit. It's like Whaaat?! Bangin tartness. This one feels like the first, feels like the very first time. Lady loved it too.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 09:35:34 | More by CraftBrewhaha
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DoubleJ

California

4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Double imported Cantillon. 2002 Vintage, with a 2004 printed on the cork. Bottled and imported from Belgium first by Belgian Beer Paradise, then bought in Brazil and sent to America in 2012. Now it's ready to drink in 2013. Let's hope the cork works with me. Coming out of a 750 ml bottle, on to the beer:

The cork is a little mushy, but I am able to put the cork opener into it without having it fall apart. Pull out, pour into a glass, get a muddy brownish pink color with no head on the pour. No worries. The aroma gets me in a good way, plenty acidic with some good doses of raspberries which still remain 9 years later. A rustic barnyard note sits behind all that. Somehow, the aromas are balanced very well.

As one could expect, this one attacks your palate in several ways. It's plenty acidic, which is a given, not just from being a Cantillon, but also the raspberries bring a pleasant acidic that's not so sharp as say, Fou Foune. Yet the raspberries also bring some tart, sour, and sweet flavors which soak into the palate and help this beer going down. It's surprisingly drinkable despite the intense activity and fullness found in the liquid.

Suffice to say, this is a fun and lovely fruit lambic. At a decade old, there's still plenty of life in this bottle, a bottle which I plan to finish on my own tonight.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 06:58:08 | More by DoubleJ
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kevanb

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2009 label, poured into an Echt Kriekenbier glass.

Pours a lovely raspberry red color, tones of purple and garnet, slightly hazy with a nice, thick, billowy pink head that has decent retention and leaves a touch of spotted lacing behind. The aroma is of fresh, fleshy, pungent raspberry, funk, light chewy oak and touches of vanilla. The flavors are right in line with the nose. Lots of freshly squeezed raspberry, oak, funk, light acidic vinegar, touches of sweet vanilla at the end. The body is great, it's juicy, thick, almost pulpy with a nice zippy level of carbonation that is very lively on the tongue with a great creamy finish.

Verdict: Spectacular fruited lambic from Cantillon and my personal favorite of the Lou Pepe beers. The raspberry is just so fresh and juicy and doesn't really need any support from other flavors to make this a spectacular beer, a great celebration of raspberry.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 06:21:17 | More by kevanb
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 21:18:49 | More by kscaldef
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oline73

Maryland

4.01/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 01:26:42 | More by oline73
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emerge077

Illinois

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 23 January 2012
Glowing ruby red, wispy pink foam, jewel tone but light haze. Cobweb skim, spotty lace.

Funky barrel aroma, wet oak, seedy fresh raspberries.

Blistering sourness, super puckering. Juicy raspberries make your mouth water before going completely bone dry. Nice and oaky, explodes with fruit. A fuller feel, with a slight spritz of carbonation, balanced acidity and a light hit of sharpness. Stable funk with soiled hay and washed rind farmhouse cheese. Just the right amount of nuance and equal parts sour fruit delivery system.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 02:29:26 | More by emerge077
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HopHead84

California

4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2/09/2013

2008 vintage poured into Lost Abbey stemware.

A: Dark red with a slight orangish hue and an inch of pinkish beige froth.

S: The aroma displays an absurd amount of jammy, tart, pungent raspberry seed and flesh. It's extremely aromatic and vibrant, with an almost spicy character due to its concentration. There's a lightly sweet crackery malt foundation beneath the fruit. Oak and leather blend with earthy funk. There's a bit of vinegar in there.

T: Sweet and tart raspberry seed and flesh with jammy notes and a subtle malt presence. The fruit is explosive and abnormally expressive. Face meltingly, devastatingly, depressively fruity. Lactic, leathery, and oaky, with a delicious tartness throughout. Vinegar is light in the flavor and there's a pervasive but subtle acetic acidity throughout. Finishes heavy on the fruit with a refreshing tartness and a firm but gentle lactic presence.

M: Upper light to lower medium body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, dry, and tannic.

Overall: By far the best bottle of Lou Pepe Framboise I've tried, though I've only had the beer a few times and mostly from older bottles. This was exceptional with a radical funky fruit presence. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 08:20:18 | More by HopHead84
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99 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.