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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 266
Hads: 1,070
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 1,108
Gots: 187 | FT: 18
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 11-03-2003

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Photo of starrdogg
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to makdeco for sending this out my way.

2008 Vintage. Warning: the cork shot out of the bottle as soon as I took the cap off - it was slightly terrifying.

Beer pours a dark purplish ruby red with a fluffy pinkish-white head. The smell is fantastic - raspberries stand out most, but there's a nice mix of funk, sour and oak in there as well. The flavor is still good, but not quite as impressive as the nose. It's a bit simpler than I expected. The raspberry flavor is great, and it's quite sour, but there's not much funk or anything else happening here. It's not too sweet and comes off much drier than its little sister Rose de Gambrinus. Mouthfeel is thin with heavy carbonation, would've liked a little more body here. Overall, this is another fine beer from Cantillon, but I wouldn't rank this up there with the best of their lambics. I enjoyed it more than Rose de Gambrinus, but of the Lou Pepe beers, it's definitely the simplest. A good fruit lambic, but I don't know if I'd seek this out again given what it costs.

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Photo of tewaris
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Andrew! For this one and for Gratitude.
Pours burnt orange-pink with a dirty collar for head. Aroma is massive funk, sulfur, leather and maybe some fruit lurking somewhere. Smells abrasive!
Tart, dry, pungent. Did I already say dry? I don't think I have ever had a monster comparable to this beer in its dryness and sour character except the Beatification that I don't remember having at Darkness Day 2010 :/
Excellent mouthfeel with loads of crisp carbonation.
4, 4, 4, 4, 4.5

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Photo of cleeze
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

This is a sipper...

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Photo of birchstick
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage

A - pours a reddish orange color (more red than orange) without much of a head on it

S - smells beautiful - lots of raspberries with some citric tones with a layer of funk enveloping everything

T - huge citric tones up front that locks up the mouth. There is also a slight raspberry flavor present in the front as well. The more this one rolls back on the tongue the more the raspberries pop. The more this warmed, the stronger the raspberries were. On the backend I got surprise, surprise, more raspberries mixed with an acidic sourness. There is a slight bit of funk in the back too.

M - medium body, a little watery, with a carbonation burn at the back that leaves a dry finish

D - really solid framboise. Even with age on it the raspberries popped like crazy. I really enjoyed the added level of citric tones and subtle hints of funk thrown behind the raspberries. This makes we want to try the other Lou Pepes that much more.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mine was the 2007 vintage.

Pours a brilliant deep red, with a thin head. The beer is actually surprisingly clear for a lambic, but otherwise, it looks like I would expect it to. The smell is all fruit. Sweet fruit, candy like, maybe a bit of tartness, but almost reminds me of a fruit soda. Very nice - though sometimes you don't mind the smell of garbage in a wild ale. The flavor comes across first as tart and acidic, but it has a nice sweetness to balance. The flavor in some ways reminds me of raspberry-lime juice, if there were such a thing, also a slight sourness that is really nice, like sour candy. The taste is just surprisingly clean for a wild ale, just a nice blend of sweet and tart, with the flavor of fruit, just amazingly balanced. The bo dy is a little fuller than I expected, probably from the sweet fruit juice, and the carbonation is low, but you can tell that it's there. Fairly nice. This is really a nice beer, the sourness is there in it's fullness, but it is just held in balance with the beautiful blending and the addition of fruit. It's not too acidic, and doesn't remind you of garbage, it's just a great lambic. Really a joy to drink.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage (i.e. bottled in 2008). Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Venetian red liquid with a large, active, faintly pink head that fizzes down to a lasting collar and slick. Very light lacing.

The presence of raspberries in the nose is fleeting. The aroma is otherwise vaguely soapy, woodsy, with a hint of seaweed and pickled plum.

Tart on the palate, suggesting fresh sour cherry, lemon juice, and a hint of vinegar (though I wouldn't say this is vinuous). The oak contributes a tannic bitterness which adds a nice complexity to the lambic base. Instead of the expected barnyard funk developing, there is a secondary acidity that is surprisingly intense and lasting. The finish is bright yet almost musty or even salty - definitely has "umami."

Mouthfeel is a touch astringent and maybe a little oily.

There is an underlying sweetness from the fruit that never quite comes to the front of the flavor profile but keeps eluding you as you slowly sip away the bottle.

An excellent aged framboise, but there is room for improvement. Perhaps it needs more time to cellar (or maybe it is better when very fresh)?

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage on tap at MapRoom

A - Hazy reddish, pink with little to no head.

S - A mixture of tart and sweet raspberries.

T - Sweet raspberries at first with some tartness in the finish. Not as tart/sour or funky as I have come to expect from Cantillon beers.

M - Medium body with low carbonation and a dry finish that made it very easy to drink.

D - Not as complex as other Cantillon offerings I have had but still tasty.

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Photo of abfraser
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml vintage 2005 bottle, bottling date of 11/2/07 served at cellar temperature in a gold rimmed Brooklyn flute glass for the New Year!

A - Poured a brilliant bright red, almost a hot pink color with a huge frothy and fizzy head of pink colored foam that rose up a good three fingers high from the top. Now that I think about it, this was a perfect rose color. Lots of carbonation could be seen through haze and cloudiness of it. This one left behind lots of side glass lace as well. Very nice presentation and about what I would have expected coming into this.

S - The aroma was highly tart and sour, and I mean highly tart and sour, almost had to kick my head back at the first sip. Big aromas of rasberry and just sour fruit in general. Lots of yeast here really made this thing come alive. As it warmed it just started to roll through some wonderful aromas of oak and would with hints of sugar mixed in for good balance. Very big smell here, very big and nice. I could literally pick this one up from across the room, it was just that strong.

T - The flavor was huge here. The very first sip set me back a bit as the sourness and tart rasberry flavors were on full display here. Really one of the more tart flavors I have seen. There were hints of the oak throughout it, but they were lighter then what you find in some of the oaked stouts and strong ales. Lots of yeast and a touch of sugar in and around the rasberry flavors, trying to lighten it up a bit. Nice depth to the flavor as it displayed several layers as it warmed. The finish was just as strong bringing with it a huge dried out sour finish that puckered your lips and made you have to go back and have another sip almost immediatly.

M - Very smooth and light bodied this was definitly a very nice lambic. There was loads of carbonation inside here really frothing over and showcasing the flavors perfectly. The overall feel was very crisp and clean, nothing doting around or getting too thin or too thick, but rather just right in the middle with a very nice overall feel to it.

D - This was definitly a sipper, not due to the high alcohol content or anything but mostly due simply to how sour this one was coming off. It was hard to take more then just a sip of this, but why would you want to this is one to really sit back and enjoy, to really savor each and every sip of.

Overall I thought this was a really nice brew. I have been getting into these more exotic belgians and this one just furthered my curiousity to delve further into them. It was a bit differnet then anything I had of the style before and this was a nice welcomed change. I would love to try this one again, though it is a tad pricey so we shall see.

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Photo of haz77
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 2005 vintage. Pours a hazy lipstick red with a small off-white head. This dissipates to a thing ring fairly rapidly, but can be easily refreshed. No sign of any carbonation bubbles.

S - Big hit of raspberry, with a layer of funk sitting behind it. Lemon zest, horse blanket, sweet tobacco.

T - Begins with a mellow tartness before the flavour of the raspberry moves forward in the middle. Citric tartness really starts to kick in at the end and leaves the mouth watering into a long sour, tobacco flavours finish. Very fresh for a 6 year old beer, but well integrated.

M - Tingle of soft-medium fine carbonation and light-medium body. As expected and very good.

D - Yet another winner from Cantillon. Complex, refreshing and hugely well crafted.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says 2002, and the cork says bottled in 2004. Pours a beautiful reddish orange with good clarity as long as you avoid the accumulated sludge in the bottom of the bottle. Sour and barnyard aromas intertwined with delicate raspberries are what you notice when you take a whiff. Personally, I like the depth that the kriek has, since I think it hold up better to the sourness, but this is very nice as well. The raspberries are somewhat light, but very acetic and the barnyard notes are just right- wonderful, they are there withouth being overwhelming and add a complex note to the aroma. The taste is extremely tart, maybe too much so. I would like to see some more fruitiness to balance the extreme acidity. Even so, the raspberry notes are laser-like in intensity, and to be fair there is an initial burst of fruit, and a savory, sour creaminess at the end. The mouthfeel is brilliantly sharp and tart followed by a soft, salty, creaminess. This is a little challenging- definitely a sipper, but fascinating.

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Photo of hopdog
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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-

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Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of grub
4.2/5  rDev -5%
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!

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Photo of dogfooddog
4.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.