Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 259
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rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep berry colored beer with a short pink head. Potent aroma of fresh tart raspberries over a bit of lemon and cotton candy. Tart, sour flavor. Mostly lemon up front with mildly sour raspberries towards the finish. This is definitely a sipper, unless you normally suck on lemons. Can sour go in the mouthfeel too? Besides sour there isn't any carbonation and the body is well... average? It's hard to say. It's a Lambic with raspberries, and I think the raspberries make it more drinkable. It's really hard to assign numbers to this one so take them with a grain of salt. (579 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2009 (per sticker, doesn't have the label, per Jean's personal attention to the bottle), bottled 2012 per cork.

Thanks to Brandon and Emily for bringing this out from Paris!

Pours a simply gorgeous razzy red. Really lovely cherry blossom caps this one. Nose carries more funk than I'd anticipated, really the earthy aspect of Cantillon's arsenal. The raspberries come through acidic and sharp with hints of vinous shreds. Flavor carries surprising balance. The tartness and buxelles funk are soo well balanced with generous bounties of raspberries. The whole thing comes together and reminds me of a freshly picked raspberry during the high sun of an August day mixed with the grit of a solid days hike. A little full bodied with reserved carbonation accentuated the generous fruit endowment for the beer. Finish made me want another sip of the beer, and a gulp of ice cold water. Really a step up from the Rose, and I appreciate the attention to detail here. (969 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dont know why i decided to crack this tonight out of all nights but just felt like it for some reason its a 750ml corked/capped/caged bottle that states it is 2006 vintage,it pours a beautiful cherry,rose hue with nice carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing one finger head and little lacing,the aroma is so strong and pungent its not funny with sweet cherries,raspberries,strawberries and hay all on display in the aroma very nice i like it,and on taste its alot the same which starts out with a spritzy/mineral water mouthfeel which is beautifully suited to the style with tastes of ripe raspberries and cherries and it finishes with a very sour mouthpuckering feel to be expected and to be quite honest i like it i mean im gonna easily finish this bottle but if i had another bottle i wouldnt crack it tonight,overall a beautiful example of the style that i respect and i think really highlights the raspberry qualities perfectly. (935 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Burg shared this gem with everyone at the Swamp Head Batch 600 release. A huge want of mine. Thanks man! 2010 Sticker on this one pours bright red with a mostly white with a pink hued read on top. Aroma of barnyard funk, yeast, hay, dust, and big juicy raspberries. Flavor follows just the same with lots of dusty barnyard funk and plenty of juicy raspberries. Dry oaky finish. Body is light, pretty dry on the finish, and has medium plus carbonation. Oh yea. This is good. Glad I finally got to try it. (503 characters)

Photo of NCSUdo
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, purchased at De Bier Tempel, Brugge; 2005 date, bottled 20Aug2007

A: Pours a hazy pink-red, grapefruit like, under a big but very fleeting white head. No lace, little retention.

S: Almost a "meaty" smell to it, can't really put my finger on it. Raspberry is there, you can also smell the incoming sourness that will hit in the taste department and some wood. Very complex.

T: Sour, obviously, thought I'd get that out of the way. Raspberry is very well done, subtle, giving way to more fruity flavors such as grape and a bit of grapefruit character.

M/D: Light bodied, carbonation is heavy. A beer to be sipped, the sourness can be too much, but with low alcohol it's certainly one that can be had in larger quantities over a long period of time. (765 characters)

Photo of Casey10
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of meatyard
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage on tap at Local 44

A-Is a cloudy red with some pink. There wasn't any head to speak off when brought to me.
S-Is a funky raspberry (sounds like a dance) with a combined tart & sweet aroma.
T-Is flavorful, tart raspberries with the funk but has some fruit sweetness as well. Maybe it was just me, as a sour/tart fan, but this beer does not seem to be overly tart or funky, just right.
M-Is, of course, quite dry with hardly any carbonation.
D-It's wonderful to drink but just by it's nature, one or maybe two glasses would be right.

It was very nice to be able to try this on tap. (594 characters)

Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 12, 2010 (2007 vintage).

Beer is a cloudy pink with a smallish white head. Head dissipates quickly, no lace.

Smell contains raspberry, barnyard funk and grass. Good smell and typical Cantillon.

Taste is quite sour. Raspberry, funk, hay. A marked sweetness accompanies the sour. All good, though not as complex as some of the beers from this brewery.

Light bodied, highly carbonated. Sticky and puckering. The sugar makes it a bit hard to get through.

Overall, very nice. Certainly not my favourite beer from Cantillon, but a very good lambic. (561 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage on-tap at the infamous Ebenezer's, Lovell Maine. Some cellphone notes.

Pours red with pretty much no head whatsoever. It's aged so understandable. Nice color though.

Raspberry very strong in the smell, reminds me of Raspberry Tart but with a buttload of sour funk.

Raspberries also pretty strong in the taste but also covered with an insane amount of sourness. Extremely vinegary, barnyard notes, very sour lemon, did I mention sour? Totally numbing to the tongue. It only gets more sour and funky as it goes on.

Although very enjoyable, this has to be the most sour beer I've had, as I've heard of the Lou Pepe series. (636 characters)

Photo of Tnudish
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Provided by Matt for my impromptu birthday tasting. Thanks a bunch for helping me knock out the Loons I haven’t ticked yet.This is a 2008 vintage poured into a Surly Darkness snifter.

A- Pours a deep red almost brown in color with a fingers worth of tight light pink head. Very good head retention.

S-Really nice bright jammy raspberry in the nose, it smells absolutely incredible. Reminds me of a young Hommage.

T-Flavor is tart raspberry, with a little lemon, but it’s still mostly all raspberry.

M-Light mouthfeel, good carbonation, moderate acidity, and a long tart finish.

O- I like this beer more and more everytime I have it. I still think I prefer Lou Pepe Kriek in terms of Lou Pepe’s, but this is light years ahead of Rose. (746 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of grub
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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! (1,180 characters)

Photo of dogfooddog
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle served at the Monk's Cafe, served too cold at around 40F or lower. I let it sit over 15 minutes to try to give it some time to warm even marginally.

Bottle dated 2001, cork 2003.

Pours with huge head, which quickly reduces to either nothing or 1/3cm white foam alternately. wonderful astringent acidic sour nose with clear raspberry notes - unlike their kriek, the fruit note here is very distinct and clear.

taste is overpoweringly acidic at first, but quickly diminishes, leaving a muted aftertaste of primarily of raspberry without much tartness. there is heavy carbonation in the taste as well.

I let the bottle sit over half an hour drinking slowly, and temperature finally reaches more reasonable levels. The acidic taste increases but I never get much aftertaste. Of course, this beer was bottled over two years ago, I have usually not had good results myself aging fruit lambics and perhaps that is the case here.

I had this beer when it was first released but have no clear memory of it - but at this point, owning none myself, drinking it in a place such as monk's may be the only option, temperature mishandling and all. (1,153 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful strawberry color with a short pink head and a good amount of carbonation.

Scent of tart cherries, strawberries, and a hint of grass.

Taste of tart strawberries, cherries, yeast, citrus, and a hint of grain.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and lively. (265 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewed in 2010, opened Nov 2013.

A - Light haze on a beautiful bright raspberry red body. Light pink head has ok retention and low lace.

S - Soft sourness with raspberry jam and a light barnyard funk.

T - Tart, cherry jello powder, raspberry sorbet, white sugar, and just the slightest impression of oak.

M - Light frame. Bright acidity. Nice carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Nice, tart, under-ripe raspberry flavor profile with a light and refreshing body. (459 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy purple color with an average fizzy purple head that lasted with good lacing. Good tart raspberry & yeast aroma. Medium body with tingly texture and flat carbonation. Moderate raspberry tar fruit flavor with a solid tart fruit and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Very good beer. (313 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (1,333 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (1,195 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
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- (1,373 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (878 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared courtesy of egadzis - thanks!.

Poured a medum and clear reddish color with a small sized head. Aromas and tastes of some vinegar, raspberries, all around berries, and a little woody. Very tart and puckering finish.

Notes from: 12/21/07. (259 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (901 characters)

Photo of abfraser
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at City Beer Store in SF. 2006 version.

A: A beautiful pinkish/red color. Hard to believe this is beer but pretty cool looking. Not much of head.

S: Tart and sour raspberries dominate. Some lambic-like muskiness but farily reserved. Smells great.

T/M: Same as the smell. Mouth-puckeringly sour raspberries. Some funkinees. Finish is nice and dry with good carbonation.

D: A very refreshingly tart beer

I'm generally not huge of lambic fruit beers (but love the non-fruit variety). I enjoyed this one a lot, though. (527 characters)

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