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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 856
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 896
Gots: 162 | FT: 16
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 11-03-2003)
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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2001 version, 750mL bottle with cork and cap, gifted by mikey711 in a BIF. There was a little syrupy red juice on top of the cork when I removed the cap, but after removing the cork I didn't see any other aging-related anomolies.

The beer is dark reddish-orange color, clear for the first few pours. Initially there was a big pink foam with large cell size but it disappeared quickly, leaving no bubbles at all. The aroma is strongly acidic with wild ale aromatics (barnyard, old leather) and lingering raspberry smells at the end of each sniff.

The first sip was WAY sour, I reflexively flinched and closed my eyes. Each subsequent sip was just as bracing but my palette was ready. There's no real sweetness to be found from the raspberries, just a faint raspberry taste along with the tart acidic bite and nearly salty after-taste. This doesn't sound good as I write it but it's kinda addictive, at least I keep sipping nearly continuously.

There's lots of carbonation, otherwise a light body similar to many other lambics. Not sure how much of the puckering tartness is due to age or the particular year it was made, so I'll be getting this again as a newer year sometime to try it again.

TurdFurgison, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of alfrantzell
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 02. Thanks, mikey711.

Who needs fresh fruit when you have Lou Pepe Framboise? The raspberry character is so marked you can feel the drupelets on your tongue. Something in the acid has kept them in stasis.

It's sour enough to remind you of a vinaigrette. A funky, oaky vinaigrette. How many vitamins are still present in this liquid? Is it feasible to make this my primary source of dietary fiber? These are the questions I ask myself.

Upending the bottle, I expect to see whole raspberries in suspension. Nope, just yeast porridge. I drink it anyway.

alfrantzell, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of Richardberg
3.93/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage enjoyed in 2010.

A - crazy "purple haze" for lack of a better phrase. Dense pink foam on top.

S - tart raspberry, bit of funk

T - crisp, intense fruity flavor with a very dry finish

M - medium body, decent amount of carbonation, and of course a sour tingle thoughout

D - nice pleasant lambic. Fairly uniform - not used to paying high prices for beers without tons of complexity - but I guess Cantillon is worth it once in awhile.

Richardberg, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of ArrogantB
2.83/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml (thanks to mrkanable) with 2005 on the neck and a bottling date in 2007. i was excited about this beer but the moment I smelled it I was disappointed. I have never smelled a beer this bad and I love funky lambics. This was not cheesy, it was not barnyard, it was not even horse-piss. This was rancid and putrid garbage. I think this was the worst beer I have ever smelled. The beer looked good, it was a cloudy reddish color. The taste was oddly pretty good despite the vomit and trash smell. I tasted funky lambic and raspberries like I expected. This was alsoa little more acidic that I would like but the smell is what killed the experience. I need to get a fresh bottle.

ArrogantB, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2001 vintage, bottled in 2002. Huge thanks to alfrantzell for breaking this awesome S.O.B. out on his birthday.

Pours a cloudy reddish color with a nice off-white head that fades to a ring and spotty foam.

Aroma is very funky and tart, with a lot of raspberry and just a tiny bit of acetone/nail polish.

Flavor really jumps out at you with a huge fruit flavor. Raspberry all the way, really tart and funky, with a little nail polish, but not at all in a bad way. Really amazing taste.

Medium body with lots of long-lasting acidity. Carbonation is fairly lively despite the age on this one.

Great drinkability. Kept me wanting more of it. This is a hell of a fruit lambic, easily one of the best I've ever had.

nickd717, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Thorpe429, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of Onibubba
3.38/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Onibubba, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

womencantsail, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of bobsy
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first of three Cantillon bottles, all of which showed some degree of rusting on the inner cap, but proved to be fine. This vintage was from 2005.

Pours a medium pink with a wispy white head that eventually dies to nothing. A few spots here and there, but otherwise a fairly standard lambic appearance. The nose is bizzare - balsamic vinegar, sulphur, malt vinegar, horseblanket, earth and oak. Really big for a lambic, and really sharp.

Huge sour flavour, with a barrel-load of vinegar, lemon, oak, funk in the extreme... tastes like bug heaven. Once all this dies down the raspberry starts to assert itself in a slick, slightly sticky tooth-coating fruity sweetness. Not to say that for any stretch of the imagination is this beer sweet, as a big sour finish reminds you what's really going on, but it is nice to have that added, brief sugary complexity. Other than the passing slickness the body is light and refreshing in its tartness.

This is a nicely done, complex lambic. Its not my favourite on the basis that some of the flavours simply don't jive so well with me, and at times it almost comes across as harsh. That said, a good experience, and another winner from Cantillon!

bobsy, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of hayesez
4.08/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage (bottled in 2009) poured into an unmarked tulip glass. Pours a bright fizzy red with a thick, dense pink head. The beer is mostly clear with a very slight haze near the cap. Retention of the head is impressive and there is absolutely no lacing left on the glass.

Sour smell with obvious raspberries. I don't get the barnyard funky smell as much as I do a blatant sour.

Immediate puckering blast of sour with this guy. It took me a few drinks to get my bearings and get my mouth to calm down a bit. Very sour, tart, and puckering. There is a sweet raspberry taste mixed in there, but it certainly plays second fiddle to the trademark Cantillon sour. The finish mellows to a lingering sweet-tart like memory that hangs around for quite a while

This was a very nice beer, but just seemed a bit too unbalanced. Medium bodied with a spritzy carbonated feel. The sour dominated the raspberry a bit too much for my taste, but still a very solid brew...

Consumed: 1/29/2010

hayesez, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed courtesy of schen9303. 2006 vintage poured from a corked wine bottle into a Ithaca tulip.

A: Standard pour reveals a 1.5 finger creamy, powdery colored pastel pink head with moderate retention. Beer is a semi-cloudy red rose. No lacing whatsoever.

S: Woody skunk and sourness. Sour red fruit in the beginning is barely detectable.

T: First sip is sooo bitingly sour. Subsequent tastes reveal a woody, moldy skunk character along with sour raspberries. Flavor is very deep and overwhelming. This beer really doesn't finish in any way. The sour character lingers on and on and on making every other sip more intense than the last.

M: Medium bodied that borders on full. Mouth is slightly carbonated and very smooth. Finish is messy and lingers forever. I can't tell if this beer is thick from the body or from my mouth watering from the flavor.

D: Not drinkable in the traditional sense as the flavors here are again... overwhelming. However, enjoyable and quite complex. Every bit worth seeking out and sampling.

SpeedwayJim, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2007 vintage, 750 mL capped and corked bottle.

Pours a bright, clear rose color with a large frothy pink head that quickly fades to a ring of tiny bubbles with nice lacing, though each pour from the bottle stimulates a similarly large, appealing head.

Aroma is rich and complex, dominated by tart raspberry, slightly sweet. Underneath the fruit lies a vinegary sour, earthy aroma. Amazing balance of pungent, sharp sour notes with pleasant fruity tart and sweet.

The sour lambic flavors take center stage in the beginning. After a few sips to condition the palate, the sweet and tart raspberry fruit flavors with some lemon zest emerge underneath the funk. Finish is extremely dry and smooth with lingering raspberry notes and mild tartness.

Silky smooth mouthfeel with effervescent carbonation, and is extremely sour and puckering from the flavors described above. A sipper from the complex flavors and sour/funkiness, but not alcohol presence, and pleasant bursts of sweetness make this an exceptional lambic.

yourefragile, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of cleeze
4.1/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now bare with me, I've just started journeying into lambics and sours. On tap along with an Epic line-up @ Novare's It Feels Like Christmas...

Poured a bright red hue that produced a pink froathy head that disappeared rather quickly to show some decent lacing.

Now the face my girlfriend made when she smelt this was classic. Tart raspberries up front. Loads of acidic viniger and some great fruity yeast aromas.

Wow almost like sucking on a war head as I heard someone say. Loads of overwhelming sour raspberries slap you in the mouth. Again acidic flavors poking through, little citrus, finished with a refreshing mouth puckering sourness

Mouthfeel was puckering and tart. Decent carbonation and dry finish.

This is a sipper...

cleeze, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
4.08/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Popped the cork and poured into a St. Bernie's chalice. Pours a rather pleasant, cheery red raspberry as opposed to the brooding clotted-blood appearance of the Lou Pepe Kriek. Short, fizzy head that quickly diminishes.

S - As soon as I popped the cork, the scent of natural raspberry filled the kitchen. This Lou Pepe does not seem to show a lot of wet wood and leather in the nose, it's just straight up fresh raspberry with a touch of perceived balsamic sour. Like the appearance, it is an exceedingly pleasant aroma that does not necessarily give away the onslaught of sour complexity that I KNOW is coming...

T - As is typical with a Lou Pepe, the first sip or two is shockingly tart. As the palate adjusts, the beer reveals layers of sour unripe raspberry, balsamic vinegar, and red-wine-like tannins. Surprisingly, not all that "funky" - the pedio/lacto certainly bring the sour, but I'm not getting any flavors typically associated with Brett....no leather, horse-blanket, sweaty armpit. It's actually kinda clean, with not much to distract from the prevailing super-sour raspberries and tannic barrel quality.

F - This seems to have a little more carbonation than the Lou Pepe Krieks I've tried. While not overcarbonated by any stretch of the imagination, I think I'd prefer this a little closer to flat, as to me it seems to intensify the already-intense sour.

D - It can be difficult to drink one of these alone, even though it's pretty weak ABV-wise, due to the intensity of the sour flavor. Aside from the low ABV, it kinda feels like I'm drinking a whole bottle of Merlot. While this is certainly a top-shelf lambic - and I rate accordingly - I think I prefer the Kriek.

Patrick999, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage

A - a solid dark magenta that fades to a watermelon pink around the edges when held to light. tiny white head composed of large bubbles that recede very quickly into a ring at the side of the glass

S - Strong sour, old fruits: very tart raspberries, with grapefruit and grapes in the back.

T - Tart raspberry, grapefruit, and black currant are at the forefront, almost overwhelmingly so. The sour funk is the most violent flavor of this delicious brew, with almost zero booziness. the tartness mellows some as this concoction warms, bringing out softer citrus flavors like strawberry and even a bit of sweet melon.

M - very light, slides back nicely. Perhaps a little undercarbonated.

D - Not a session beer, but interesting and worth revisiting occasionally.

NYCWheatFanSC, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of Travlr
4.97/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Travlr, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and capped. 2005 vintage, bottled 10 AUG 2007. sampled nov 21/09.

pours hazy pinkish red with a small dense white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. lemon and malt vinegar. tart raspberries. horse blanket, leather, tobacco leaf. white bread and cracker. hint of alcohol. vanilla and raw oak. bit of earthy character too. slightly phenolic.

taste is great. huge tart and sour blast, like biting into a fresh lemon. touch of cider vinegar. after a couple of sips you start to notice some of the other character. the tart raspberry comes through a little more. crackers and white bread. hint of alcohol. earthy. horse blanket. bit of leather. touch of a nutty character, like biting into a raspberry seed.

mouthfeel is good. light body and pretty much bone dry finish. puckering sourness. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. very sour, but the acidity is somewhat restrained. great depth and complexity too. i liked this one a lot. no mistaking that it's a cantillon, definitely more sour than most, but i like that end of the spectrum. good stuff!

grub, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2005 batch bottled in 2007.

Pours a cloudy orange/almost red, juice colour, medium off white head forms, quickly settles to a very thin ring around the glass, no real lacing, nice colour.

Smell is nice, big Cantillon sourness and funk, raspberries, wood, earthy, barnyard, vinegar, still a solid amount of fruity sweetness, lots of lemon and acidity, nice funkiness, smell is great.

Taste is badass, wickedly sour and tart, vinegar, oak/wood, barnyardy funk, lemons, some raspberry sweetness and a bit of fruit through the middle, earthy, wicked almost salty, but very acidic in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, feels a bit thicker than most Cantillon, but this one is wickedly tart. Great stuff.

Viggo, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this 2005 vintage from the bottle into a champagne glass.

This lambic pours a medium pink/violet with about 2 inches of light pink head. The retention is poor as it falls within a minute. The lacing is light and watery.

The aroma is wonderful. There is the great funky horse blanket similar to what you get with the Saint Lamvinus, but this is far superior to the SL because it rewards you with great notes of sweet raspberries to balance out the tart.

The taste is also equally balanced rewarding the drinker with tartness and just enough sweetnes that a true lambic follower is looking for to enhance the drinkability. The first sip is lightly sweet with a raspberries and finishes with lots of sourness.

The mouthfeel is heavy and full and coats your mouth and makes you pucker.

Because this is so balanced its exceedingly drinkable for something so tart.

Overall, this is a great beer. I would seek this out and cellar it for up 20 years as recommended on the bottle.

jrallen34, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2007 vintage (made with 2009 harvest), purchased at the brewery and shared with some friends in London. The brewer remarked that this year's fruit crop was excellent. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a hazy magenta color in the glass, with a frothy pink head that reveals its high effervescence. Retention is poor, as expected for this style, and the final result is a thin halo with no lacing down the sides.

S: Tart, slightly sour raspberry notes hit the nose first. They are joined by oak, leather, must, and whispers of barnyard funk.

T: Starts off seemingly sweet with a raspberry-dominated flavor, but it reveals itself to be tart, sour, very well attenuated, and uber-dry, nearly burning in the back of the throat. Swirling in the mouth and sampling the beer's myriad flavors turns up a woodsy flavor, leather, and hints hay / must / horse blanket.

M: Acidic and cuttingly dry, reminding us of potential heartburn problems. Light-bodied and lively.

D: Out of the 3 Lou Pepes I opened, this was our least favorite. An excellent and complex flavor, but more austerely dry than any of us really preferred. I'd get it again but I would pair it with food.

Arbitrator, Nov 10, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, hazy amber-red. Well carbonated, nice pink head.

Smell: HUGE, woody raspberry smell. Incredibly intense and sour. Bit of must, leather, wood, and hay.

Taste: Incredibly tart & sour, perhaps the most sour/tart beer I have ever encountered. Huge fruit as well, it is sweet but not unpleasantly so. The wood seems to add a good bit.

Mouthfeel: Very well carbonated, perhaps a bit too much so. Tannins and sugar give it a big mouthfeel

Drinkability: Drinkable, but I prefer the Kriek version (although this is better than Rose de Gambrinus, which I find to be a bit thin/watery). This one is a slow sipper.

craytonic, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of ricke
3.93/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

ricke, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a corked, capped, and foiled bottle, 2006 vintage. Pours a dirty plum purple color with fizzy pale pink colored head that settled into a solid ring. The aroma is of raspberry puree with some light oak and lemon. Nice and fruity, wine like. The taste is of unripe raspberries and lemon, white vinegar, pepper, and oak. Very much a tart bomb. The feel is light and very carbonated; very tart and astringent. For folks that love tart bombs and very dry brews this is an A++ but it's just not my thing. I rated mouthfeel and drinkability at a 3 because of this.

Gmann, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of srroos
4.03/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a capped and corked bottle, dated 2006, into a Lost Abbey tulip-type glass.

A: Clear, bright red with a small ruby tinted head. Fades to a small cap.

S: Funky and tart. Just a hint of raspberries in the nose.

T: Super, super tart with a finish of raspberries.

MF: Light and well carbonated.

D: So incredibly tart that this is very hard to drink. Definitely a sipper.

Make sure you have folks that like lambics around to split this with. It is way too tart to take on alone!

srroos, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of Nickls
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Ruby reddish color; poured with a very thin white head

S - Fruity tartness; fresh raspberries; hint of cherry; bit of vinegar; then again with the raspberry finish

T - Beautifully tart; fresh raspberries and wild strawberry flavors; light on the vinegar but definitely present; mild funkiness as well. Really nice

M - Thinner; effervescent carbonation

D - Really awesome for the style; refreshing and interesting but didn't wear thin and wasn't prohibitively sour

Overall, a great example of the style and a wonderful brew.

Nickls, Sep 01, 2009
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 856 ratings.