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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 269
Hads: 1,096
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 16.52%
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Gots: 202 | FT: 17
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of aleigator
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lou Pepe Framboise '11 Vintage

Pours a very saturated, burgundy red color, with a soon disappating, fizzy head.

Exhibit a fantastic smelling nose, with a very pronounced raspberry presence, blending perfectly into the tart acidity of the beer, establishing a reminiscence of young berries and young, fermented wine. Barnyard funk mingles together with prickly raspberry stones, tied together by a sweet, fruity undertone, exhibiting a gentle depth to the aromas.

Has a medium carbonation and a very soft mouthfeel, with raspberry at every stage of drinking.

Tastes of unripe raspberries right from the beginning, wrapped up in leaves, moldy earth and tart funk - wild berries on an abandoned road during rain. This changes, as an earthy sweetness adds to the raspberries spending them a ripe note, including prickly, still sour stones. This fruity sweetness then stays on par with the bitterness on the palate till the finish, with the berries exhibiting a dusty earth note anong ripened, slightly fermented raspberry pulp, leaving behind a slick sourness.

The balance between ripe and young, sour raspberries, finding their quintessence in between, makes this beer noteworthy, featuring a lot of subtle Barnyard nuances.

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Photo of Casey10
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exceceptionall beer had on tap at the Lion's Pride In Brunswick, ME.

A - Faded cherry head with a beautifull red 1 finger head poured into a glass.

S - really good lots of rasberry and sour apple I would say make this one really good.

T - great loved it, sour, tart and goes down smooth.

M - leave a lingering aftertaste of sour funk really nice.

D - Good really nice would drink a bunch if the price was a bit less but beautiful none the less.

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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.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yes, we did have one of the last pours from the keg at Binny's south loop, and thanks to Katie for the sample, it inspired a full purchase.

Slightly hazy red, you can see through it, with a quickly dissipating head.

Impressive nose, pure fruit with raspberry and a bit of cherry detectable? No, it's not really there, but has some notes of cherry. Maybe the dark roots of the raspberry.

The fruit hits right up front, with a puckering lack of any sweetness, completely dry, some sourness hits in the back, has enough malt backbone so you don't mistake it for juice, a superb refresher, aperitif. Can't really have the words about how fantastic this is, the beer of the year for me so far.

Just light and fruity in the mouth, a sipper not for the abv but for the lightness and effervescence, a good replacement for Champaign.

A highly drinkable beer, if you can find it. Great to share.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pinkish body with light pink foam.

Tart, sweet nose with light funk overtones.

Intense pucker, sweetness overwhelmed by tartness. Really a palate shocker, but in a good way. Horse blanket is limited, but present.

Mouthfeel is dry and tart.

Drinkability is limited by your enjoyment of tart. I really liked this brew.

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Photo of blakesell
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillion Lou Pepe Framboise 2005

Poured from the 750ml wrapped, oversize capped, and moldy-corked bottle into a Belgian Snifter.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazed pink with a thin film of carbonation on the top that quickly mists to the sides of the glass. Lacing leaves a little bit of sticky on the sides, but that's about all there. Haze looks to have a bit of wheat in there.

Smell- Natural raspberries and that amazing trademark Cantilion yeast strain that only their fine beers possess. A wonderful leathery funk that I can't even really call brettanomyces, this funk smells completely different. Who knows what has happened to this beer after the past four years? It certainly has a uniqueness in there that I can't figure along with the pediococcus.

Taste- Tart.. Very tart and puckering, the raspberries don't taste the slightest bit fakey like some other lambics that we know of. The lingering sourness is very similiar to if you ate an entire bushel of unripe berries and it sticks to the tongue, but this is not unpleasant at all. The carbonation seems to permeate and seperate the taste buds, I hope this isn't a palate killer on the first beer of the night, but if it is, what a great beer to do it with.

Mouthfeel- Tart, puckering, medium low in carbonation, medium bodied, not warming, vinegary, effervescent.

Drinkability- Probably the best frambois I will ever have in my life, smooth, tart, lightly tingling on the lips, something I would love to have every day and I'm not the fruit beer guy. Sadly, I will likely never see it again. I need to go to Belgium!

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

2001 Vintage. Bottle graciously shared by piscator. What a treat! Pours a beautiful rose colour, good clarity and one finger head. Nose- blast of raspberry and lemon zest. Taste- exceptionally acidic, raspberry of course, citric, and general funk. Not too dry, nice carbonation. Keeps zinging the pallette long after.. Fantastic!

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Photo of ngandhi
3.48/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2002, decanted

The Lou Pepe Framboise does exhibit a stronger fruit character than most Cantillon, as was the goal of this line of lambic, but is as dry and acidic as any other. The Brett character is sacrificed in this beer to mouthwatering tartness. And though much of this comes from the raspberries, I find it difficult really to distinguish the fruit character from the lambic itself. It is in what it isn't -- Lou Pepe Framboise is not earthy or woody -- but to say that this is a fruit bomb would be a huge overstatement.

The Framboise is still prototypically Cantillon with so much acidity that you'll think you're drinking an ulcer or a very, very tight wine. And by adding more fruit and sacrificing a lot of that classic funk, Cantillon has weakened the beer. The focus comes to be strictly on the intense, cheek-collapsing acid and parching dryness.

The sludge off of which this was decanted is much richer in raspberry aroma and a few drops of it into the glass yielded more body and a much more rounded lambic. But the brewer does suggest decanting.

Without the barnyard nose and earthy taste I've come to expect from Cantillon, this framboise is one-dimensional and, as a result, painful to drink. Among fruit lambics, Lindeman's pastuerized offerings are good at showing off pure fruit without the "wild" characteristics of lambic while Cantillon Kriek is a difficult but remarkable achievement of precisely what a fruit lambic ought to be. This one tries to walk the line, showcasing fruit but trying to maintain some historical integrity. Stripped of all its sugars, however, we don't seem to really be dealing with raspberries anymore and, stripped of funk, we aren't really dealing with Cantillon.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2001 vintage, consumed with oakbluff. Translucent pink-gold in colour, with spritzy carbonation. Aromas of raspberry, rose, funk, earth, and nettles. Flavors consist of more raspberry, lemon zest, and a bit of lactic funk on the finish. Wickedly acidic! It practically burned going down, but was so refreshing and tasty. Near perfect for someone like me who can't get enough sour/acidic flavors. I'm going to need to track down more of this stuff.

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Photo of drewbage
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled deep into the evening at the SoCal O'Briens Gathering.

Quite a treat to see this availble in a keg. (Thanks Tom!)

Beer arrives in the glass a deep rich red purple with a light haze and a low almost non-existant pinkish head.

The aroma is of grapeskins followed by a seedy aroma from a highly acidic fruit. The Cantillon funk seems to be missing or muted in this particular brew.

Flavor matches up with the aroma fufilling a spicy tannic berry bite, but curiously soft on the acid compared to the more traditional Cantillon products.

Still tasty as hell.

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Photo of readbaron
4.95/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage courtesy of KickInTheChalice.

Pours a deep, dark, beautiful red. Darker than the Kriek. There's a hint of white foam that fades into a ring over time. Perfection. I'll be using that term a lot when discussing this beer.

Smells incredible, like fresh raspberries. There's a tiny hint of lemon tartness, and a touch of funk, but the raspberries dominate the nose. Unbelievable.

Taste is equally perfect. Fresh squeezed raspberries assault the palate. It's tart, but not overwhelmingly so. Funk is negligable.

Feel is delightful, light crisp, well carbonated.

Overall - an outstanding beer. Top notch.

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Photo of ricke
3.91/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage, bottles in September 2009.

A: Ruby red with a small pink head that leaves some lacings.

S: The smell is a bit mild with notes of raspberries, grass and mild funky notes. Not a whole lot of acidity.

T: The taste is tart with muted but clean raspberry flavors. Somewhat acidic. Notes of grass and raspberry seeds, and funky notes of mud and hey. Wood. The finish has a mild grassy bitterness to it and notes of minerals and dry raspberry notes.

M: Surprisingly full body (still moderate though) with very sparkling carbonation.

D: Good. Very drinkable. However, it seems to lack complexity and is slightly to clean in character. It seems "young", which isn't that weird since this bottle was only a couple of months old. Would probably be way better in a year or so.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.2/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise | 750 ml. | 5.0% ABV | 2006 vintage

Brewer: Brasserie Cantillon
Style: Lambic - Fruit
Glass: Oversized wine glass

Cantillon's stately bottles of beer could easily be confused for wine. The label art is very nice.

Gurgling reddish-pink with a towering head of pink fizz. Carbonation blasts up the sides of the glass.

Tart and sour -- mostly raspberry and sour fruit. As it warms, the oak seeps through nicely.

Like getting slapped silly with a sour stick whilst rolling in a tub of the tartest raspberries ever to ferment in an oak barrel. My God! My mouth puckered like no other into a horrible grimace, dragging the other features along with it into a crumpled ball of agony and anguish.

It's hard to judge such a quaint thing when your face has puckered in on itself. Smooth and light-bodied probably. There may have been crisp and ample carbonation.

Cacophony's more like it.

Would I get it again?:
I would cellar it for an additional four years, which would hopefully tame its wild side. I would get it again to run this foolhardy experiment.

Bottled: 2006
Served: June 24, 2010

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Photo of Realale
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2001 Edition.

Deep hazy red with a slight touch of onion skin. Foam was oozing out of the bottle upon opening, and was enthusiastic upon pouring, but, in typical Cantillon fashion, quickly dissipated in the glass.

Absolutely stunning nose of pure wild raspberry supported by acidic citrus notes. Touch of funk, but much more subdued than most Cantillons. Still obviously a traditional lambic, but the quality of the raspberry is like nothing I've smelt.

Typical Cantillon in the mouth. A bit surprising, given the richness that the extra fruit and barrel treatment gave the nose. Tart citrus dominates, with a bit of crisp crackery grain making itself known. Finish is unbelievably long.

Beautifully carbonated, and a lovely mouthfeel. As easy to drink as any Cantillon, although the transition between the richness of the nose and the typicity of the palate is a bit distracting.

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Photo of macher0
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle consumed at the Holy Grale in Louisville Kentucky on New Years Day.

What a treat. This pours vibrant red with a minimal head but decent effervescence. The nose is a beautiful balance between neutral oak, raspberries, sour yeast, and cherries. The taste is right in line with the nose. Moderate level of tartness. Moderate carbonation, fairly thin, moderate smoothness.

This is not sweet or syrupy. This has a strong raspberry flavor that is tight in line with the tart level and influence from the barrel. Another home run from Cantillon.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of rodkin
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2008 sticker. Cork comes out with a very satisfying pop. Says bottled in 2010.

Pours a gorgeous, deep reddish pink, with a light pink head. Pours about 2 fingers of head, but it reduces almost immediately, leaving pretty much nothing but the most delicious looking raspberry juice you've ever seen. Lack of visible carbonation beyond the occasional bubble is a bit disappointing, though.

Smell is pretty strong on raspberries upfront. Some earthy funk and sourness comes through too. A bit of oak. This is really nice, good meld of smells, but the raspberry definitely takes center stage.

Oh yeah, that's pretty sour. Not as strong on the raspberry as I was hoping or expecting from the smell. There's some raspberry, some oak, some earthy mustiness. The oak is more prominent than in the nose. Very funky. Not quite as nice as the smell, but it's still very tasty. Maybe a bit of citrus and underripe green apple in there too. More like a 4.25, but I'm feeling generous.

Despite the appearance to the contrary, the mouthfeel is actually really nice. Decent carb, not overwhelming, and a slightly thin body, which seems perfect to me. Very slight creaminess, and a smooth finish.

I'm new to Cantillon, and to sours in general, but I've yet to find a loon I didn't enjoy. Another hit.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ebenezer's- 2005 vintage. have tried one of the three Cantillons each time I have been there this week- sweet!
Pours a clear reddish/purple with no head, just some small bubbles of carbonation up the side of the wine glass.
Smells of rasberries, mostly, but some barnyard and some sour cherries and apples.
Taste is similiar to smell- lots o fsweet rasberry with the tartness of sour fruits as well. Little bit of red wine flavor as well. Quite refreshing, though. Little bit of spritz in there. Not as hardcore as I thought. Very good.

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Photo of Travlr
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 17 Oct 2007, front label reads 2005. Stored in my beer cellar since September 2008 and consumed on 1 December 2009.
A: Medium purple color, bright pink cherry soda-type head that rapidly disappears to leave no bubbles or lacing.
S: Raspberries, lemons and grapefruit nose.
T: Immediate acidity progresses to sour fruit with a background of wood, soil, and wet blanket. Finish is extremely dry and sour. Amazingly complex.
M: Almost chewy.
D: A spectacular brew, among the best of the Cantillon line.

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Photo of haz77
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Klym
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a mostly opaque maroon with a frothy head that is so pink it looks like a party trick. If there was ever a beer that should mascot this style it's this one.

S: This one definitely had some putrid notes when I had it a little too cold, but as it warmed up to normal temperatures it started smelling quite nice. Very tart raspberries and even some cherry notes with some oak and barnyard funk. Tartness definitely stands out.

T: Sure enough the bite on this is quite tart and can hit some parts of the mouth with an acidic sting. Sweeter raspberries pop out with an almost musty air in the middle taste that dies out with a linger of lemon zest and grassy notes. More tart than I expected and probably more than I really enjoy, but I can't say the beer isn't unusually good.

M: Like every cantillon I've had it's carbonated to a level that makes the flavors seem like they're celebrating and comes into the mouth like a dam broke on your lips. Refreshing, crisp, true to the style.

O: Though my fears allayed as the beer warmed up, I did pick up this bottle at a beer shop in london that didn't seem to know anything about cantillon, much less beer in genral, and I can't account for the care that they or anyone else handled this and whether or not the bottle may have been compromised in some way. I will say simply that tart raspberry with a handful of other punching notes is about all I experienced with this beer and it wasn't as complex, sweet, or flavorful as I expected. If it's what the beer is intended to be, then great, it was good. If not and my bottle was compromised, then the beer must be damned amazing because that's the best compromise I've had.

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Photo of levifunk
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was brought to the last Madison, BA tasting.

2004 Vintage...thanks Tom!

a - cloudy red. white head.

s - uh, dirty diaper. smells like decomposing raspberries. After taking a few sips I went back to the nose and it was not as offensive as my initial reaction. It kind of makes sense once you taste it.

t - this is a sour tart BOMB. raspberry flavor and a funky flavor I can't place.

m - medium body, good carbonation.

overall - phenomenal. I absolutely love this beer. The only downside is the nose, but I assume that is partially due to the age. I went and picked up an '07 soon after. Then BenC hooked me up with a '04 and an '03!

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Photo of hawks10
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage - Bottled September 29th, 2010 - Green corked and capped bottle, poured into my Cantillon stemware...

Pours a beautiful, glowing deep ruby red. Two fingers of light pink head forms and quickly recedes, leaving me with a glass of Hawaiian Punch...

Wow, the most intense blast of pure fresh raspberries fills my nose right away. This is the most fruit forward Cantillon I have ever smelled. Literally like sticking your nose straight into a crate of fresh, ripe raspberries. Awesome. The typical Cantillon funk has been pushed to the background, very subtle mustiness and faint oak character, this one is all about the fruit...

Tart and intensely fruity. Lemon acidity followed by extremely tart raspberries. The funk that was mostly absent in the nose comes through stronger in the taste. Musty and dry. Finishes extremely dry with a nice touch of oak. Delicious.

Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Tart and slightly acidic, finishes extremely dry...


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Photo of Onibubba
3.45/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2007 vintage and the most expensive beer I have purchased to date at just shy of 30.00. Beautiful pour - A clear bright dark cherry color with a faint short lasting pink head. Aroma is all fresh, tart raspberries, not too sweet and vaguely woodsy. Nice. As for the rest... This may be the most sour beer I have ever tried to get down. If not, it was definitely in the running. Neither brett nor raspberry is noticeable. There is only a mouth-watering acidity, so aggressively harsh that my stomach began to recoil in horror at about the halfway point. I sat the remaining half bottle aside, to give my insides a chance to recuperate. I fully intended to have at least one more glass, but like most good intentions, I just never got around to it.

Please, for the love of god, share this beer with friends. This is a beer that should be enjoyed by the glass. Don't attempt to "man up" and consume this bottle by yourself. The results could be...troubling.

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