Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon

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rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 4.35%
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Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage purchased in Brussels from Bier Tempel.

Had to uncork with a bottle opener, but not due to a lack of pressure—the huge thunk as it opened almost perforated my eardrums.

Looks red, bright and very pleasant. Head foams up at the beginning, but then fizzed itself out so that only a thin ring of fine bubbling remains. Carbonation is gorgeously fine. Looks a great fruit lambic.

Nose is wonderfully and genuinely raspberry fresh. Plenty of tart fruit, a hint of sweetness and lots of genuine lambic acidity to give its basis. The fragrance of the fruit is very true and really lovely.

Taste has that classic Cantillon acidity: raw, cutting and tart, but the sweetness and fragrance of the raspberries gives a truly wonderful counterbalance. Still acidic and with a slightly strained bitterness on the finish, but everything else restrains and leavens it beautifully. Yes. This is a wonderful balance for a fruit lambic. Restrained, truly fragrantly fruity, balanced, but still raw and aggressive.

Yes, lovely. The fruit is just right in this one, and the Cantillon acidity is slightly more restrained. Gorgeous. (1,128 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purs a bright pinkish hue. Positively glows when held to the light. Whitish/pinkish foam head that dissipates after about five minutes to a thin white crust.

Smells ... like whole raspberries along with some oaky twigs were pitched whole into this brew. Acidic/vinegar evident in the nose.

Taste is very, very nice. Sour, tart, but with a residual raspberry sweetness. Raspberries are very evident here. Seems to sparkle on the tongue. It's really oaky/tannin-y, and there's definite vinegar/acid running through it, but the fruit takes center stage.

Lively mouthfeel.

Very enjoyable. (588 characters)

Photo of endovelico
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage. Poured into footed pilsener glass. Paired with Tikka Massala. Reviewed under medium low artificial light. Taken from notes.

Appearance: Pours a hazy ruby brew with Ambar highlights. Forms a fizzy pink head that holds well. Low perceived carbonation.

Aroma: Medium high intensity on the nose. Intense sourness, raspberry and alot of funk: barnyard, leather.

Taste: High intensity on the mouth. Raspberry, citric flavour, some dark fruit manifestation, leather, horse blanket. Just wonderfully bold, intense and complex.

Mouthfeel: Very tart and acidic. Medium body. Relatively low carbonation. Very dry. Love the challenging yet elegant and balanced palate.

Overall: This is just a fantastic classic lambic, a model to others of the style, a world beater in its category. The only reason it didn't get straight 5's throughout is the due to the ponderance given to personal taste.

Additional notes: Paired great with the Indian food, as the acidity cut through the creamy richness of the food and as the fruit and rustic character dealt great with the spicy, floral character of the food. (1,106 characters)

Photo of kasper
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage.

A: Pours a vibrant but murky fruitpunch color with a multi-finger fizzy light-pink head that settles to a ring and blanket.

S: Woah, loads of brett and funkiness. These aromas flooded the room as soon as popped the cork. Also some astringent grassy, barnyard aromas.There may be some underlying raspberry sweetness but its so faint and so overpowered by the aforementioned that it's barely noticeable.

T: Sour and tart as all hell. It's still mouth puckering into the second and third glass -- I love it. At the same time it's sweet and refreshing, though the sourness more than dominates. I honestly wouldn't be able to pinpoint raspberry as the primary fruit if I didn't know ahead of time. As it warms, some of the oak comes through on the finish.

M: Loads of prickly champagne-like carbonation, medium bodied and velvety.

D: This is certainly a sipper, but I'm going to have no problem taking down this champagne bottle on my own, especially given the light ABV. Beyond that, I think many would be soured out and up for something sweet. (1,062 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Clear red and a persistent light pink tinged head.

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

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

God this was great. (351 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

A: The body is ruby pink with a light pink lacy head.

S: Sweaty estery aroma with sour raspberries.

T: Light fruity flavors of raspberries and strawberries. There is a pleasent tart and sour apple running through the entire flavor of this beer.

M: A little light but that was expected for this style of beer. Very high carbonation.

O: Amazing beer. Worth getting. (381 characters)

Photo of tarheels86
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

750mL 2001 ed thanks again to ygtbsm94. Pours a fire amber red with an excellent pink head that is extremely healthy for a sour albeit a little fizzy. Aroma is unreal: so much fresh raspberry, raspberry preserves, and insanely sharp funk. Taste is sharp, ultimate level of lactic acidity, seedy raspberries, rhubarb, sorrel, and starchy earth. Palate is all consuming, zippy, dry, insanely powerful but quick on your body. What a complete devastation of the framboise category. I cannot believe it but Puzzl and others are right- there is some serious aging potential for krieks and framboise. This has become sharper and more fruity heavy with 10 years on it rather than more mellow. 2/12/2011 9/4/8/5/16=4.2 (1,240 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Monk's Cafe before their New Belgium dinner. The beer poured a hazy bright red color with a slight carbonated body and a dull pink head. The nose was nice and funky as expected with some fresh raspberry notes. The taste was one of those nice pucker up tart tastes to be expected for a gem like Cantillon. The raspberries tasted so real and refreshing. Despite the tartness, this was a very easy drinking beer and had a nice peppery taste on the back end. (472 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the most part, I've been disappointed with aged framboises. This is the 2007 vintage, bottled 14 Sept 2009, consumed 29 April 2011 in celebration of our last night living in DC (for now, at least) and having those French bastards rip us off $10K for a POS UHV tee they made for us.

Decanted, this is clear with a dense, light pink head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a great looking lambic. The nose has a beautiful, bright, raspberry character, fruity and jammy with macerated fruit. The lambic base is expressed as a more lemony, ripe character, in line with Cantillon's Lou Pepe line. A little grass and hay are present as well.

The palate opens with quite an intense sourness, very lemony, very lemon-rind like with a distinct raspberry fruitiness, moderately jammy but also very bright, ripe and almost floral. Demonstrating the dichotomy that is a fruit lambic - ripe, delicate, fruit character coupled with an intensely sour base. There's a definite musty character, one that's lightened up by the lemony sourness. Drying, sour and lemony acidity are present on the finish, along with a rather prominent fruit character. Despite being relatively young, this does has a touch of solventy, rotting raspberry character present. Seedy tannins are present, lending a mild nuttiness to the flavor, especially the finish. Despite the high acidity, I seem to have no problem plowing through the first half of the bottle and savoring the second.

Ultimately, this is the completely unlike Hommage in that it leans more heavily on the sourness rather than the fruit. Additionally, this just doesn't seem to age as well as the Drie Fonteinen framboises seem to (I only have Hommage as a reference, but I hear Framboos is rather amazing even 12 years on).

**Original review :03-08-2009 08:36:11**
4/4/4.5/4.5/4.5
2003 vintage picked up at Sam's in Clybourn today. At $30 a bottle, I wasn't going to pay up another $15 to carry it back home. Into a wine glass

A: Hazy pink with a thin white head that recedes fairly quickly. This would be clear (it was when I picked it up) but it doesn't take well to a train ride in a backpack

S: Opens up with a ton of funk - wet leather, horse blanket - before a mild raspberry note comes through. Fruit character is well expressed, with the aroma carrying through very well. Age might have something to do with the shift in balance towards a more funk-forward beer. Acidity is noticeable

T: Opens up sour and tart with plenty of acidity. Funk is restrained compared to the sourness - very forward and bracing. Acidity is prominent, lemony in nature. Fruit comes through in the middle, with a delicate raspberry flavor that works very well, now that my palate has been opened up by the sourness. Finishes dry, tart and long

M: Soft carbonation, light body and a delicious finish. Great stuff

D: A 750 is going to be no problem. OTOH, I think I'm going to drink my fruit lambics fresh and age my gueuzes.

**Edit 26 March 2011**
Joe was kind enough to share a bottle of the 2002 vintage (bottled in 2004). Light, this is a clear amber and is lightly carbonated. The nose has rotting, overripe raspberries and nail polish remover. Not much funk, there's some pie-like cooked fruit character, mildly jammy. The palate opens super sour, definitely too much so. Not really acetic or lactic, is this what an excess of malic acid tastes like, but it is unpleasant. Light in carbonation, this is too sour in my book. 3.5/3/2.5/3/2.5 (3,481 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage opened and served alongside a rich homemade chocolate mousse

A: Medium red body. Slight pinkish hues. Thin, fizzy pink head quickly crashes into a broken collar around the edges. No lacing.

S: Bright raspberries. Nice sweetness with an underlying tartness and sourness that complements it well. Slightly earthy with decent funk.

T: Like the nose, this is all about the raspberries. Not overwhelmingly sweet, but nice and juicy. The sourness and tartness is present but is not puckering... my guests that had never had a true framboise were not bowled over with so much sourness that they couldn't enjoy it! Its got that underlying funk that most cantillon lambics have.

M: Effervescent with assertive carbonation. Medium bodied. Well balanced between sweet and sour/tart.

D: Top notch. The Lou Pepe fruit lambics never fail me. (846 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. 2005 vintage, bottled in 2007.

Thanks to knight84 for sharing this bottle! Pours a tawny pink to ruby red grapefruit with a slight haze. Cottony, pinkish-white head stays around a while and climbs up the glass nicely. Very nice. Intense nose of total and utter undomesticated critters and their funky, musty byproducts. Attic cobwebs mix with horse blanket and almost-rotten raspberries and raspberry seeds. Tart, fruity sourness permeates. Wow.

Not surprisingly, the taste features assertive, puckering sourness. It is a little overwhelming at first, but after a few sips, other flavors make themselves known. Tart fruit, raspberry and grapefruit, and a slightly metallic hay taste. Acidic sourness clearly dominates and makes for a very dry, refreshing palate. Raspberry seeds mix with lemon juice in the finish. Medium bodied with a tickle-y feel. (868 characters)

Photo of Verecund
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 sticker date (2010 bottling). No bottled on date. Opened on March 7, 2011.

A brilliant ruby red with a one finger raspberry-stains pink head that dissipates to a ring about the glass, saying, "Here. This is what you came to drink. I found it."

Juicy raspberries, citrus, a nice acetic acidity. Faint brett. Raspberries and raspberry vinegar.

I can never understand how they get so much colorful and piquant raspberry character in this. This is young, and the slightly viscid body makes me feel as if I'm drinking the blood of some yet undiscovered race of raspberry creatures. Instead of iron, their hemoglobin carries subtle traces of funk and oak.

Slightly undercarbonated at this point in its young life. A nice balance of acidity and tartness.

I've enjoyed LP Framboise up until the three year mark, but I always enjoy a fresh bottle of LP for the vibrant fruit character. Unbelievably juicy. (907 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a wine glass. Split with morningthief. 2004 (sticker) vintage.

Appearance: Free pour yields a quarter inch white head that disappears immediately. Pours an opaque red orange. No lacing.

Smell: Lots of barnyard funk, hint of raspberry. Crazy earthy, mineral smells along with some wood. Powerful smell. Achieves a great balance that elevates the flavor.

Taste: Extremely, lemony sour. Giant funk like the nose with some oak and raspberry in the finish. Hard to describe, but endlessly complex; minerals, fruits, musty wild yeast notes melding with oak notes, with wave after wave of heavy sourness.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Very very sour.

Overall: As full a drinking experience as you expect from aged Cantillon. Excellent beer. (789 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage shared with my parents over breakfast on Christmas morning.

Appearance. Pours a deep ruby red, pretty clear with a big, frothy, nearly 3 finger of pale pink head.

Smell. Fresh rasberries, some sour barnyard funkiness.

Taste. Lovely sour funk, some really tart rasberry, lemon juice, and just a hint of vinegar.

Mouthfeel. Light+ body with big spritzy carbonation.

Overall. Just awesome. Perfect with the eggs benedict we had for breakfast. Refreshing, sour, just enough funk. Good call on choosing this one, if I do say so myself. (548 characters)

Photo of RocketWidget
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Enjoyed as a 4oz sample at the Belgian Beer Fest 2004. They were out of Gueuze, so this was sampled instead. Man, I'm glad I did. My first TRUE fruit lambic! Pours a unique, glowing, deep, opaque red. Amazingly deep red! No head, very light carbonation, despite being on draft. Regardless, a beautiful beer. Smell is sweet and of raspberries. Taste is remarkably sour, bold, tangy, and almost uniformly raspberry flavored.Though I lack a deep base knowledge for comparison, I was told this is one of the best fruit lambics, and I believe it. Truly excellent. (582 characters)

Photo of davod23
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another fine brew from Cantillon. Vintage 2006 bottle poured into my Cantillon wine glass.

Deep, clear red raspberry color. A slight cap of light pink, tiny bubbles at the top. Pretty much what I expected.

Aroma is filled with raspberries, raspberries, raspberries everywhere. Also backed up with musty basement and slight funk aromas. This one is going to be sooour.

Sweet raspberry opening, but quickly plunges into sour, sour, sour raspberry and raspberry seeds. This beer is exceedingly seedy. Very interesting. Acidic. One of the sourest beers I've ever had. Not particularly complex, but I didn't necessarily expect it to be, and I love what the beer is presenting.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Light-medium bodied, super-dry finish, good carbonation.

Drinkability suffers only because it's so completely, intensely sour. I still polished off half a bottle without a problem, but this will wreck your palate.

Great beer. Recommended for any fan of lambic. (961 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Ebenezer's, 2005 vintage.

Pours a clear bubbly red with a very pink fizzy head.

Aroma is a slightly tart, dry rasberry, hint of fruity sweetness.

Very tart, sharp, with rasberry emerging after initial shap vinegar tartness. Finish is lightly sour, with a faint rasberry exhale.

Very carbonated, crisp, light bodied. Delicious. (344 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

UPDATE: Just sampled the 2009 edition and it was exponetially better. Much fresher berry presence and it just felt like the bottle was treated better over it's lifespan. Increasing my rating to effect.

Bottle courtesy of alpineclimber. 2008 version.

Pours a slightly hazy dark pink color with a huge beautiful light pink-hued bubbly head that eventually recedes leaving some minimal lacing.

Aromas initially made me say Holy F#$% out loud! Sweet, ripe raspberries coupled with that musty Brett that all the best Cantillons have. Some more lemon, oak and some acidic notes emerge as it warms. Really funky and fruity.

The tastes follow the nose but are sadly a little less enjoyable. I expected a big burst of sourness or Brett funk or fruity berries, and they are all there don't get me wrong, but they are muted compared to my expectations from the aroma. Definitely more oak and vinous flavors than I perceived in the aromas as well. Acidic lemon/white grape skin emerge as it warms a little more.

The mouthfeel is quite light bodied but expected for the ABV. Carbonation is also in the medium range. The finish is dry but not overly so and sour/tart but not overly so there either. To be honest it felt a little watery on my palate which I have never experienced with any of Cantillon's offerings.

Overall this was good, but not great for me at the level of Saint Lamvinous or Fou Foune to be honest. While it is definitely still top class, I don't have the urge/need to seek this out again in the future. Maybe the reputation, expectations and/or the awesome aroma got me too hyped up here (1,599 characters)

Photo of rodkin
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,288 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 5.30.12. 2008 Sticker.

A - Pours a dark burgundy red with a light pink fizzy and foamy head.

S - Sweet cherry, dark fruit, acidic vinegar.

T - A soft, sweet cherry, strawberries and cream.

D - Great carbonation with a light body. A touch of tartness at first, but gone quickly.

O - A light, sweet symphony on the tongue. Makes me think of strawberries and cream. Yum. (389 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,327 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I let this warm to approximately 40º F and served it in one of my New Belgium snifter style glasses. I consumed the 750 mL bottle over a period that allowed the beer to reach room temperature.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep red with a thin white fizzy head that quickly dissipates. Sparse bubbles rise up the sides of the glass to create a patchy thin ring.

Smell: Aromas of raspberries, sourness, and an intense funky wet blanket aroma.

Taste): The characteristic lambic flavors are present. There's an acidic tartness that greets the palate. It mellows into fruity raspberry flavors. The sourness reasserts itself in the finish, though not as much as some of Cantillon's other offerings. Funky lambic flavors are also present in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, light-bodied with a puckering sourness and dry finish.

Drinkability: Like most lambics, Lou Pepe Framboise is a sipping beer.

Overall: An excellent lambic. The fruitiness is much more evident in this beer than in other Cantillon beers that I've had. (1,041 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,773 characters)

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.