Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.4/5 rDev -2.9%
Cloudy beautiful pink, with real raspberries. Cider-like aroma and no barnyard. Great sediment of more sour at bottom of bottle. Very smooth drink, hard to gulp down although I gave it a college effort. 2001 vintage. Must be shared. Seems richer than 5%. A very special unique beverage as my two pals concurred.
12-24-2004 00:17:36 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev -11%
Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.
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.
04-10-2012 03:17:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.4/5 rDev -2.9%
A: Poured a very nice reddish pink with a beautiful pink-hued head that lasted throughout the glass.
S: Lots of raspberries in this vintage with a nice bit of sweetness from the raspberries paired with a bit of tartness and quite a bit of lactic acid, seemingly much more so than in the LP Kriek.
T: Quite tart with a bit of sweetness. Not much acetic acid, not getting any vinegar taste like with Saint Lamnivus. Much more on the lactic side of things. Not much funk, but overall very delicious.
M: Very nice. I've gotten quite used to all types of sour, but this one actually stung my tongue quite a bit. Lots of carbonation.
D: Extremely drinkable. Low abv, very complex, and an all-around nice sipper.
03-03-2010 13:27:45 | More by Thorpe429
3.95/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
05-01-2008 18:48:34 | More by Phyl21ca
4.13/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
01-01-2008 15:07:59 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
02-01-2010 17:29:05 | More by womencantsail
4.49/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
02-15-2013 02:29:26 | More by emerge077
4.4/5 rDev -2.9%
750ml capped and corked bottle.
Appearance: Hazy bright red, very pretty stuff. The head rises about an inch and lasts a bit longer than the average lambic, but ultimately settles into a ring.
Smell: A good bit of complex funk blended nicely with raspberries and lemon juice.
Taste/mouthfeel: An exceptional tart raspberry flavor is the first thing that hits the palate with some buggy undertones beneath it. Bone-dry throughout, the sourness and acidity are strong but quite palatable. Raspberries come out even more in the finish, lingering on the tongue for several minutes between sips. The acidity does become a bit stomach-churning after a while with this one, which knocks it down a bit compared to many of Cantillon's other beers. A top notch framboise all the same.
05-15-2008 18:43:05 | More by largadeer
4.43/5 rDev -2.2%
750ml capped and corked bottle, 2007 vintage, nice pastoral European town square imagery on the label.
This beer pours a rather glassy, yet radiant dark red cherry amber hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy, and generally bubbly diluted pink head, which leaves a broadly spaced spread of thin soap scum lace around the glass as it quickly and evenly settles.
It smells quite pungent - the aroma jumps out at you at first with sour, fruity acetic acid - could be lemon, could be raspberry, though the vinegar base is hard to dismiss, with a strong sense of mildly funky barnyard yeast, a mixed berry jam sweetness duly following up, and a further earthy mustiness bookending the extremes. The taste is strong, tart, sour fruit - lemon and underripe raspberry again the obvious suspects, making one's head almost involuntarily shake, before suggestions of musty basement, tannic oak barrel, a soft, actually somewhat sweet pale graininess, and earthy, subtly funky yeast arrive a little less than promptly on the scene, to no ill effect.
The carbonation is indeed there, but sedate in its moderately frothy ramblings, the body on the light side of medium weight, and astringent as an ex-girlfriend's personality assassination in terms of its smoothness assessment. It finishes with a tart 'n fruity 'n funky re-assertion, bringing the nose 'round full circle. How very zen.
A lambic with an inherent tartness that is so full, and yet blended, that I can't really apologize for the difficulty in readily discerning other flavours, i.e. the fruit, which is generally more inferred, than directly tasted. If I wasn't such a fan of sour, spicy, and/or tart characteristics, I don't think I could see how this offering might score so high. However, I am, and it surely does.
02-18-2011 03:45:51 | More by biboergosum
4.03/5 rDev -11%
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.
05-27-2008 02:51:32 | More by RblWthACoz
4.63/5 rDev +2.2%
A - Dark reddish pink. By the time it got to me it had almost no head, just a tiny ring of foam clinging to the wall of the glass.
S - Absolutely spectacular aroma. Complex earthyness and distinct wild yeast notes support an ideal raspberry fruitiness. Woody, with vanilla notes, and just a hint of the profound acidity that waits in the flavor. I couldn't stop swirling and smelling this one.
T - Strong acidity, as I have come to expect from Cantillion lambics. Many of the same earthy notes that are found in the aroma, followed by a dark, raspberry flavor. Some subtile vanilla as well.
M - Quite dry with fairly low carbonation.
D - Wonderfull beer, I had it by itself but it seems like it would be a great match for just about any dessert. That being said, it is hard to imagine drinking more than one glass of this beer.
03-26-2007 04:50:18 | More by nickfl
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
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