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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Lou Pepe - FramboiseCantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8%


Brewed by:
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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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mdaschaf

Washington

4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage, at Monk's in Philly shared with BeerThursday. Served in a Cantillon stemmed goblet.

A: Poured a hazy reddish color with no head or lacing at all. A few small bits of cork ended up in the beer, but no big deal. The cap was very rusty and the cork...did not look good.

S: Very nice raspberry and strawberry aromas. There is a bit of oak and some light funk. For a 7 year old Framboise, it smells fantastic and is incredibly inviting.

T: Surprisingly still rather tart, again a nice combination of raspberry and strawberry flavors with a sizeable amount of oak and barnyard funk coming through, slightly musty.

M: Extremely easy drinking, while the flavors are bold the mouthfeel is very mellow and smooth.

O: Extremely impressed at how well this held up. Saying I want more of this is obvious.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 03:03:13 | More by mdaschaf
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a Lambic flute.

Bottled in January, 19 of 2010.

A: Pours a rose cloudy color forming a huge rose fizzy bubbled head that takes some time to dissipate. No lacings left in the glass and a small layer remains on the top

S: Very fruity and sour. Some malts, leather notes. bit metallic and a lot of Lambic yeasts in the nose. Raspberry bomb, of course

T: Very sour, first of all. Fuity but not suit at all, actually it's quite dry. Some grains. Lambic yeasts. Leather. Metallic. Aftertaste is really tart and fruity

M: Light body. Huge carbonation. Sour aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. I still prefer the Lou Pepe Kriek version I've enjoyed this one

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 18:55:07 | More by eduardolinhalis
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ehammond1


4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2007)

Thanks for opening this with me, mrbubbler!

Slightly hazed rose and dark pink in color with a moderately sized off-white head that lasts longer than expected, eventually leaving dots of stick down the glass.

A big blast of fresh raspberry leaps from the glass, along with big amounts of stinging sourness, along with a mild, funky, earthy character. Superb.

The flavor is exceptional, with a huge combination of fresh raspberry and big sour notes, along with mild leather and some funk. This is so good it seems simple. All the desired flavors are so big, pronounced, and expressive, it doesn't get much better than this.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. A joy to drink.

Simply phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 21:12:37 | More by ehammond1
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rodkin

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 02:14:49 | More by rodkin
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into nonic - 2005 vintage

Pours a deep purple-red color with some copper hues. Thin pinkish head dissolves into a few wisps of film.

Explosive sour and fruity tones in the nose, jam packed with raspberries. Plenty of natural fruit tartness with oak and earth. Funky mustiness and lactic sourness with a touch of acidity.

Building sourness right up front, matched by a ton of raspberries. Earthy oak adds a nice base with plenty of yeasty funk. Musty and yeasty with some hints of red wine and red grapes. Building lactic sourness towards the finish, which is long, dry and lingering.

Medium body, decent carbonation, extremely dry and lingering on the tongue. This is a great example of how delicious and unique a Cantillon beer can be. I tried a small taste of a 2007 bottle right before this, and the sourness had definitely become amplified from the extra 2 years of age.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 13:19:46 | More by xnicknj
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deebo

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage bottled and picked up on first trip to the brewery in Fall of 2010, in the cellar for about a year and a half.

A-Looks like raspberry juice, the pink head quickly breaks down.

S-The characteristic Cantillion aroma is here, can pick this smell out from other locations-something about that Brussels air. Lots of fresh picked raspberry aroma still present.

T-The first drink is upfront puckering with then turns into floral raspberries, which then is overtaken again by sourness.

M-A super quick finish, the end note is sour and a bit astringent. Thin bodied.

D-Too sour for me, the wife drank the bulk of this bottle.

O-This wasn't overally exciting for me. I am a bigger fan of the regular version.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 15:49:39 | More by deebo
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claspada

New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev -2%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 22:30:38 | More by claspada
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harrymel

Washington

4.23/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 07:24:18 | More by harrymel
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 04:02:52 | More by HuskyinPDX
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A massive thanks goes out to cmrillo for bringing this one out during his own 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! 2007 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Cantillon taster flute. Poured a hazy ruby red with a one finger light pink head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raspberry, tart, funk, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, raspberry, tart, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. To be honest, this was the first time I’ve tried this one. This one was really enjoyable and well balanced. While not being overly complicated this one made great use of the flavors and aromas present. No wonder I’m loony for these things…

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 12:24:56 | More by thagr81us
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endovelico

Portugal

4.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 09:31:13 | More by endovelico
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warnerry

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009; bottled fall 2011

A - Pours a beautiful clear ruby red with one finger of pink foam. Head quickly settles to a thin cap which is maintained. No lacing.

S - Letting the glass sit for a short time, the aroma is a huge rush of raspberries, both tart and jammy. After swirling the glass a few times, more of the funky side emerges, though the aroma is still dominated by fruit.

T - Nice combination of dry, tart raspberry and moderate funk. Raspberry component has absolutely no sweet jam taste, just a nice solid tartness, but not exceptionally sour, which is to be expected for a younger bottle. Funk plays a supporting role here. I think the aroma was a bit better than the taste, but the taste is still very good.

M - Light, crisp mouthfeel with a tart dry finish.

O - Excellent framboise. Would like to try an aged bottle to see where the tartness and funk end up.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 01:31:52 | More by warnerry
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 01:35:27 | More by DavoleBomb
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 03:17:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml, 2009 sticker, bottled in 2011. Into an oversized red wine glass.

A: Pours a gorgeous burgundy with a pink head that foams up to about half an inch and quickly fades away. Lively carbonation moves through the glass. Absolutely gorgeous, the color of raspberries.

S: Funky and sour with an absolutely huge raspberry aroma as well. Smells like crushed raspberries and oak barrel. Lots of funk and lacto sourness. Trademark Cantillon sour in the nose with a ton of raspberries as well. It does not get better than this, not at all.

T: Again, massive sourness and a ton of raspberries. Lots of funk and barnyard that follows over nicely from the nose. Intensely sour. Oaky and fruity. Fresh, ripe raspberries contribute to the pucker factor. Absolutely delicious.

M: Surprising amount of body, lively carbonation, incredibly puckering and dry. Tons of thick spit from the lacto. Spot on here.

O: I love framboise, but this is far and away the best framboise beer I've ever had. My new benchmark for framboise lambic. Absolutely wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 01:00:28 | More by pokesbeerdude
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2009 sticker, into a Duvel tulip.

A: A straight pour creates a short-lived but utterly spectacular 2" of bright pink froth atop the clear, deep berry-red body. Gorgeous.

S: Rich, juicy, tart raspberry. Some lemony acidity, too. Very fruity, very sour, very, very good.

T: Follows the nose. Simple and stupendous sour raspberry goodness. Long, clean, tart finish. Absolutely delicious.

M: Frothy, creamy, lively, smooth medium body. Excellent.

O: This is a top-notch fruit Lambic, with emphasis roundly on the fruit. I drank this back-to-back with Rose de Gambrinus '09, and there was seriously no comparison. As good as that beer is, the LP is better in every conceivable way (except, of course, the label;). Cantillon definitely knows how to handle the fruit!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 04:43:02 | More by woosterbill
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brystmar

Texas

4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Suitcase Jon for opening this at a recent bottle share. 2006 sticker date.

Pours a light ruby red with plenty of fizz, yielding nice pink head. Pink foam erupts with the aroma of fresh raspberries and sour fruits. Smells funky, barnyard-y, dry.

Tart fruits and strong funkiness dominate the taste. Raspberry sweetness is there early on, yet it fades to finish clean and dry. High acidity, and extremely sour; this brew defines the term puckering. A polarizing flavor profile to say the least, and I love it!

Arguably the most sour Lou Pepe in the lineup, and hands down the best framboise I've had to date. Can't wait to get my hands on another bottle!

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 20:28:19 | More by brystmar
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Tmappin

British Columbia (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottling poured into a tulip glass.

A- pours a lovely cherry soda red with four fingers of light pink head. Head recedes quickly leaving a small ring of tiny bubbles.

S- Funk, fresh raspberry juice, lactic and acidic notes, and a faint mustiness.

T- Tart. Very sour on the tongue, the acidity gives rise to sour raspberry and a little funk. Hint of grain in the finish.

M- light body, medium to light carbonation. Really dry.

O- what can I say, it's a Lou pepe. It's great, if you can get a bottle or two, you should. Is it my favourite Cantillon? No. That would probably be the Iris, but this is a great beer. It ages well, it pairs well with food and I will never turn down a glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 02:21:59 | More by Tmappin
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 18:01:40 | More by Kegatron
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mdfb79

New York

4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Thorpe429 and Amyliz4 for sharing this one; thanks Mike and Amy! Poured from a 750ml bottle into a a Cantillon taster glass. 2006 vintage

a - Pours a murky reddish pink color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour raspberries, sour dark fruits, Belgian yeast, barnyard funk, acedic
and lactic notes, Ton of sour fruit and funk, really amazing nose.

t - Tastes of sour raspberries, funk, sour dark fruits, yeast, earthy notes, and acedic notes. Follows the nsoe closely but a little more funk.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really fantastic beer, and another winner from Cantillon. First bottle I've ever had, but the '06 is drinking perfect right now. I think I prefer the Lou Pepe Kriek a little more, but would jump at the chance to buy this one. Would love to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 03:22:43 | More by mdfb79
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 16:54:20 | More by Rutager
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zhanson88

California

4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby color with tons of pink head. Probably 6" of head forms after a 1oz pour, that has incredible retention. Very high carbonation in this bottle.

Smell: Smells of slightly sweet, but mostly sour and tart raspberries. Some bretty funk, sharp grass scents, mustiness, and oak follows.

Taste: Sour raspberries and lemony tartness up front, followed by funk, mustiness, and general sourness. Very oaky as well. A hint of sweetness to offset, but mostly just sour.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with very high carbonation, great mouthfeel and spot on for the style. Overall, a great fruit beer. Very sour all in all, but complex at the same time. Will definitely look to get ahold of another bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 04:13:00 | More by zhanson88
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2008 bottled in 2010.

pours a deep pinkish ruby with a light fizzy pink head that quickly dissipates.

deep fresh raspberries with some fresh oak mixed in. slight funkiness. very ripe and juicy. a bit toned down from the regular rose de gambrinus but still vibrant.

a strong mix of fresh raspberry and fresh oak. very well blended and complex however these two main flavors seem to really balance each other. more sour than i would have expected up front however after a bit it feels toned down.

very light and easy with a mild mix of carbonation through out. dryness from the oak.

very good, better than the rose de gambrinus for sure. a solid framboise.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 00:09:42 | More by hooliganlife
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am very appreciative of Stakem for sharing this 2008 bottled in '10 with Kegatron and me. Enjoyed from a Cantillon tulip to match. My 1000th bottle review

This is exactly what I conjure up in my mind when I think of a raspberry lambic, just outstanding in color and is beautiful sitting in the glass like a gem in its resplendence with a beautiful rosy glow and tight ring after collapsing from 3 fingers, the bead is tiny with light pink lace. The smell is incredible, just so packed with strong fruity and funky odor w/ light floral notes that are still punchy and fresh. The nose is intensely raspberry with kmild hint of sour yeast odor. I love the feel as much as the aroma with huge lactic acidity which seems to enhance the mild sweet tart edges of the fruitiness. There is a pretty dry finish, but semi-sharp with dry/acidic qualities and extremely high carbonation like champagne.

This blitzes the palate and mouth with both fruity sweet taste and very intense sour lactic infused flavor. The acidity intensifies as the beer is held in the mouth but there is enough sweetness in the flavor to balance from the full fruity raspberry enhancement. The taste comes off almost as bitter/spicy from the carbonic acid the high carbonation level provides. There is a puckering, mouth drying quality w/ slight woodiness and extra tart raspberry juiciness as it finishes with some residual berry, but the funk and bacteria sour flavors linger into the dry end. Simply a wonderful fruit lambic, not many out there that are this complex and able to be savored in the way I found this to be. Intense yet drinkable a true classic, one of the best I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 15:30:19 | More by Slatetank
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle "2008 sticker" bottled in 2010. I was a little uneasy with this bottle. It appeared that at some point the pressure must have really build up inside and leaked through both the cork and cap and ran down the side of the label. The cap pried off with a hiss and revealed a layering of beer atop the cork which was riddled with rust. The cork was so saturated that it dissolved/broke as I removed it. Fortunately, the bottom half of the cork formed a solid seal and loudly popped as it came out. Shared with some friends and split into matching Cantillon glasses, this brew pours a fairly dark yet clear ruby red. A pink frothy head retains fairly decent. A light swirl revives a finger of pink froth.

The smell of this brew is surprisingly juicy and fresh with earthy ripe raspberries. It is somewhat pitted and grain or seed-like with a sweet over-ripe raspberry smell that is more rich as sweet smelling than what im use to. It has a light grassy element with a touch of funky/stinky cheese. In the background are notes of oak that are lightly musty. As it warms up, it evolves into almost a floral aspect that is quite appealing.

The taste of this brew is quite sour, the expected acidity of the normal Cantillon offering is augmented with a flavor of unripe raspberry which adds a different dimension of acidity. It is earthy and natural in flavor that is deep and unique that really meshes well with the barrel flavoring that comes across lightly musty. Considering how juicy and sweet smelling this brew was, the level of tartness really shocks the sense which was enjoyable.

This is a light bodied brew with a lively level of high carbonation that is not over-done. For being several years old at this point and in the bottle for more than a year, I found this brew smelling/tasting exceptionally bright and refreshing. I really enjoyed the other Lou Pepe's both on tap and in bottles when I had them, but this came across even more appealing to me. I need more of this brew!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 20:34:58 | More by stakem
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