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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 267
Hads: 1,076
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 8.14%
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Gots: 189 | FT: 17
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 11-03-2003

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Photo of Lukie
4.07/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an off-red with orange highlights. Speckle of white head dissipitated into near nothing on the top.

A funky aroma gives way to tart raspberries and a sweet candyish aroma, almost of sweet raspberry juice. Big, bold and sour.

Huge tartness of fresh green grape and apple skins give way to a ripe raspberry sweetness. It finishes up with tart, sour and dry pre-ripe green raspberry, which makes you long for another sip.

Beautifully well crafted and very in-depth. Possibly a bit too much for my palate to take at the moment, but easily more drinkable then a straight out geuze. A lot leaner and subtler then expected. I would like to put one away for a few years, see how it goes.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml capped and corked bottle poured into several glasses. 2008 vintage. Huge thanks go to Stakem for generously sharing this.

Pours a lovely looking ruby, topped with a ½ finger of pinkish colored foamy head. This retains well, leaving back a rich and frothy cascade of lacing which rides high up the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of ripe raspberries, funk, acidity, and a touch of wood. Those juicy raspberries really pop here but the funkiness of this definitely has its place as well.

The raspberries are right out there in the taste as well but the overall flavor does get a bit intense from the funk and sourness that is present. It definitely weaves in and out of being acidic but then much more along the lines of a fruity tartness as well. This luckily doesn’t get out of hand, as there is just enough of a very light sugary presence here to helps cut things a bit. There is a little more stand out funk here than what I’m used to with this brewery, which stretches into the finish along with some dry edges. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and spritely feeling in the mouth, with a crisp feel that jumps those flavors around in the mouth and helps with keeping things staying interesting.

This was nice. It had a bit more of a Lambic funkiness to it than I expected but that fresh raspberry flavor and a lively body really kept this energetic feeling in the taste and feel despite the assertiveness of the flavors at times. This is another Cantillon well worth checking out.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 sticker poured into Jackie O’s snifter. Thanks for sharing your bottle Chad.

A: Pours a dirty brownish-red with a cloudy thin head that fizzed away quit quickly.
S: The nose is full of tart unripe raspberries mixed with sweet raspberry preserves all blended with a crazy funky blast of sweaty socks.
T: Tastes like raspberry Warheads candy (malic and ascorbic acids mostly). I get almost no vinegar burn. The raspberry is almost overpowered by the sour, but it’s still sweet and flavorful, and the sweaty funk is there is full force.
M: Ultra dry and chalky with very low carbonation and a medium body.
O: Crazy sour and very dry but somehow extremely drinkable in the only way a Cantillon beer can. No one does it better. Thanks again for sharing, Chad.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
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!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

2008 vintage.

Pours a murky red with a reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No real lacing on this one. Smell is of sour and tart raspberries and some funky aromas. Taste is the same with a nice tart finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think this one smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

God I love Cantillon. I'm counting down the days until the Spuyten Duyvil Brett Fest. 12 to go!

Label reads 2005. Cork 2007.

Pours a hazed ruby. Nose is funk. Flavor is sour indeed, but I find it more one-dimensional than I recall the Lou Pepe Kriek being. It's tart, it's slightly fruity, and that's about it. Carbonation has a bit of a bite to it. This is nice and drinkable, yes. You've gotta be ready for the lambic qualities (the sour) to enjoy it best. And like I said it's not quite complex like the Lou Pepe Kriek.

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Photo of stcules
4.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful red color. Foam? Doesn't matter.
At the smell: obviously raspberry. But with a resolute tartness. Leather, a lot. And brine. Light hint of mould.
The taste is very tart too. Good. Fruit and raspberry, and again leather. Maybe some brine again.
When the raspberry taste goes away, the tartness rules. Good.
Very tart and acidic in the aftertaste too, with raspberry again.
Light body. Very drinkable.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of JAXSON
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle. Clear bright red, medium head. Nose is tightly woven brett, fresh raspberries. Very juicy as with most Cantillon fruit lambics. Mouth is very tight, refined, juicy raspberries, acidity, and barnyard brett. Acidity is mostly on the front end and not on the finish. The high acidity makes this much less attractive than the Lou Pepe Kriek from the same year. I'm thinking it's just really difficult to make a raspberry lambic or raspberry sour without it being acidic over a couple years.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Brewed in 2009 (label), bottled in 2011 (cork).

3.5 A: Fairly clear plum colored first pour. Three fingers of fizzy pink head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

4.5 S: Raspberry is huge in this. Tart, sweet, and powerful. Like any good Cantillon fruit, this is full of acid, but low on funk. Tons of lactic acid with a mild to moderate acetic component. Underneath there is a light musty basement type funk.

4.0 T: Moderately sour with a good tart pucker factor. Raspberry and tangy lactic acid galore. Surprisingly, there's a good bit of funk in there as well. Musty basement, rotting wood, and a mild cheesiness. Sharp, tart raspberry finish.

3.0 M: The mouthfeel is kinda dull. Lighter medium body. The carbonation is on the lower end for the style, but good enough. The problem is that it isn't very spritzy. Creaminess is lacking as well. This sits rather dead on the tongue.

4.0 D: Tasty framboise. A bit hard to justify the price, but good for a special occasion, like a Pens playoff game.

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Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting to try this. 2009 bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a red color with a light pink head that fades quickly. The smell isn't very pleasing, kind of like raspberry farts. The taste is much better. I'm getting fruity vinegar notes with a very nice funk. There is an herbal note behind the fruit. The raspberries are good even after a couple of years.

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Photo of srroos
3.98/5  rDev -10%
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!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage on tap at the Malt House in Madison, WI on its opening night. $10 for a tulip glass.

Appearance: Raspberry vinegar colored dark pink. Beautiful color. No head and almost no bubbles. Flattish. Probably much better looking out of a bottle at least when reasonably young, or, as I have experienced with other kegged Cantillon, this may look better after a few chalices have been served and a few weeks in the keg have allowed this puppy to build a little carbonation. That may sound crazy but it's damn sure what happened to the last keg of Vigneronne I drank from.

Aroma: Huge aroma of raspberries and raspberry juice, plenty of lovely funk, barn yard notes, horse urine, acidic grape skins, very astringent.

Taste: Front is all raspberry and the back is all funk. Pretty cool flavors. The grape skin astringency comes through. The fruit is just magnificent and steady amounts of barnyard goodness beat upon the palate. Yum.

Mouthfeel: Very acidic and without carbonation this becomes hard to take in large doses. Still, it is not unbalanced and generally light to medium bodied. Carbonation would be a big improvement and I will be curious to try this in the bottle when I visit in Belgium in two months to see how it is different.

Drinkability: Not very good. This is a tough one to drink. The acid really gets to my tongue and throat in a much bigger way than most lambics have. I wouldn't want to many of these but again, this could be very different with a bottled version.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004(label), 2006(cork) vintage courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep reddish color lambic with a nice white color bubbly head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of raspberry is dominant with some sour notes as well as some barnyard notes and a weird cough syrup-like finish. Taste is dry with some notes of sour raspberry and some limited acidic notes which I appreciated since I usually find the Cantillon lambic a bit too acid. Full body with some great carbonation. I thought this was really good but I good have done without the weird raspberry syrup-like aftertaste.

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Photo of FlandersNed
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle. Cloudy reddish-peach skin hue with a low foam. Red plum, tart raspberry, plastic glue & cranberry nose. Complex sour taste w/all of the above. Medium body and full carbonation.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

2008 vintage, bottled in 2010

A: Super carbonated bottle with some leakage. Cork started slowly pushing out as soon as the cap was removed and could be pulled out with fingers rather than needing a corkscrew. Raised a significant head filling nearly half the glass before quickly receding. Beautiful, clear red liquid with lots of bubble activity.

S: Lots of funk and raspberry. A little jammy with a hint of parmesan cheese

T: Really sharply tart. Lots of fruit, wood, and acetic acid.

M: Highly carbonated, explodes with foam in your mouth. Long linger.

O: This beer could be great, but the over-carbonation in this bottle is really a problem, making it hard to serve and hard to taste until some extended, vigorous swirling gets most of the carbon dioxide out of solution. The smell is lovely and the taste is also very appealing once you can get to it, but the carbonation is just crazy.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood, 2005 Vintage,

A: Pours a vibrant, pure red colour, with a firm, though a little fizzy pink head, good lacing and retention.

S: Raspberry juice and horse blankets.

T: Tart raspberry juice with a surprising sweetness that I don't expect in Cantillon beers. The funk is there - it's on the lighter side, with an acetic finish.

M: Tart, acidic, dry for a fruit beer, spritzy carbonation.

D: A good lambic from Cantillon, didn't wow me like I expected it to, but a solid effort, would make an interesting dessert pairing.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.92/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

* Brewed in 2006

Appearance - 4.0
Pours a finger of light pink head that reduced to a thin layer over a dark red body that shines a little orange where the light catches it.

Smell - 4.5
The nose almost cringes from the sourness! Once the initial shock is over there is great depth and complexity - tart raspberry, wood, blackcurrant and wet blanket.

Taste - 4.0
Oak barrels mustiness and classic lambic notes are funky and super sour. Tart raspberry is juicy and a little sweet, but this is just drowned in the sourness and complexity. Wow!

Mouthfeel - 4.0
You have to keep the tongue moving to keep up with the tangy, sticky and lightly fizzy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 3.0
About as expected for a traditional lambic, but the more you drink the better it is.

About as good as a traditional fruit lambic can be. Amazingly complex but very hard to drink.

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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 Richardberg
3.91/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2001

Appearance: Ruby red pink tone with a light whitish pink head leaves some lacing scattered and fine. Aroma: Sour notes of acidic quality, funky wild aromatics with cat pee and horse blanket farmhouse characteristics with a raspberry fruit backbone. Taste: Puckering even more so than most Cantillons I've tried, raspberry sweetness shows up somewhere in there funky edge yeasty note, I know this style is an artform but damn this one is wild. Spontaneous fermentation at it's best hits the palate with a barrage of sour notes but with each sip it grows on you. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied spritzy carbonation world class lambic. Drinkability: One bottle by yourself would be a venture, but I recommend sharing it with beer loving friends or somewhat educated about this tradition style. This one could possibly send a newbie running.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage

A-pours a bright ruby red color with an extremely light pink colored bubbly head.

S-the nose has a hint of earthy mushroom funk to it, light sweeter oak presence, the fruits are rather bright and the raspberry is seedy and fresh, it has a hint of tartness.

T-the taste is slightly muted in comparison to the nose. the acidity picks up in the finish and detracts from the brightness of the fresh raspberries. the funk is up front and well integrated with a note of oak and earthy flavors. the rapberry in back starts sweet but the acidity really presents a problem for it to push through.

M-medium bodied beer with a slightly syrupy feel to it and high carbonation with a very dry finish.

D-put up against many other lambics and sour raspberry ales, the acidity of some of these, including this one, take away from the juicy fruit flavors you get in the nose. the integration is done very well but this would probably be best drank fresh.

2004 Vintage drank 4/10

A-pours a completely hazed orangish amber color with an egg white head the is creamy and fluffy in appearance

S-the nose is tart and sour up front with notes of acidity, a touch of lactose and funk. Tons of tart raspberries in the back.

T-this is acidic and tart, sour raspberries take over with notes of earthy musk underneath. Hints of vinegar and a light bitterness, tons of tartness at the finish.

M-medium to full body that is smooth on the palate with some light bitterness. Nice strong carbonation presence giving a good crisp finish.

D-this is tasty and tart, nice flavors and lots of raspberries. Great Brew

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.87/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.85/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Cantillon tumbler.

A: Very hazy bright pink with a small off white/light pink head.

S: Appealing smell of tart raspberries and not much else.

T: Very tart and refreshing with some mildy winey flavors.

M: Puckery, acidic, and white wine dry.

D: An exercise in true lambic but a little too acidic for my palate. I bet if I spent more time with Cantillon lambics I would see a gradual acceptance of the sourness.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.