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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon

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797 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 797
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 840
Gots: 143 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 11-03-2003)
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -11%

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.

05-27-2008 02:51:32 | More by RblWthACoz
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stcules

Italy

4.03/5  rDev -11%

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.

11-01-2005 19:34:12 | More by stcules
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srroos

California

4.03/5  rDev -11%

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!

09-16-2009 03:33:31 | More by srroos
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

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

California

4.05/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

07-22-2011 01:36:21 | More by scottfrie
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joepais

Maine

4.05/5  rDev -10.6%

On-tap at Novare Res, 2005 Vintage served in its proper glass ware

Poured a crystal clear read with little to no head

Aromas of raspberries and barnyard funk

Tart and dry flavors of raspberries it reminded me of a raspberry sweet tart with just a slight tingle of carbonation on the tongue

Very refreshing drink I had this as a desert brew as my wife and kids shopped for me for fathers day I really am getting into these sours as a summertime brew and this brew is one I will be revisiting soon

06-15-2008 03:40:30 | More by joepais
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -10.6%

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!

02-01-2010 00:45:58 | More by bobsy
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peabody

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours out a beautiful red clear like cherry kool-aid with one finger of white small suds and some lacing occurs here.
Smell is strawberry times 10!. Sugar and caramel and some yeast.
Taste is sour strawberry with a darkness like a hop or some sort of grass.
Mouthfeel is very clean and not oily at all.
Drinkability is high here If I could get more!

11-15-2008 01:19:12 | More by peabody
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hayesez

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev -9.9%

2007 Vintage (bottled in 2009) poured into an unmarked tulip glass. Pours a bright fizzy red with a thick, dense pink head. The beer is mostly clear with a very slight haze near the cap. Retention of the head is impressive and there is absolutely no lacing left on the glass.

Sour smell with obvious raspberries. I don't get the barnyard funky smell as much as I do a blatant sour.

Immediate puckering blast of sour with this guy. It took me a few drinks to get my bearings and get my mouth to calm down a bit. Very sour, tart, and puckering. There is a sweet raspberry taste mixed in there, but it certainly plays second fiddle to the trademark Cantillon sour. The finish mellows to a lingering sweet-tart like memory that hangs around for quite a while

This was a very nice beer, but just seemed a bit too unbalanced. Medium bodied with a spritzy carbonated feel. The sour dominated the raspberry a bit too much for my taste, but still a very solid brew...

Consumed: 1/29/2010

01-30-2010 07:25:23 | More by hayesez
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -9.9%

I enjoyed this brew outside, on the patio, after spending a few hours tending to the lawn. It's an amazingly refreshing and complex thirst-quencher. It's also the kind of framboise that you can just sit and sip, slowly enjoying it. The beer pours a deep, dark, but clear red. Although it pours with a slight head, it quickly disappears. The beautiful color and clarity, however, more than make up for the head...great appearance. The aroma is a great mix of raspberries and sour funk. Horse-stall, sweaty, earthy, musty aromas mix with just-picked berries. At least half of the fun of this beer is the smell. The sourness in the taste is very strong, but not overdone. Mouthpuckering and intense, but balanced with some fruit flavors. The barnyard character comes through in the taste as well. I love these lambics that don't ruin the experience with sweetness. Perfect to sit and sip. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the drinkability on this one is fantastic.

05-18-2009 18:48:37 | More by Suds
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Lukie

Australia

4.08/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

07-01-2009 14:38:35 | More by Lukie
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Klym

California

4.08/5  rDev -9.9%

2008 vintage poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a mostly opaque maroon with a frothy head that is so pink it looks like a party trick. If there was ever a beer that should mascot this style it's this one.

S: This one definitely had some putrid notes when I had it a little too cold, but as it warmed up to normal temperatures it started smelling quite nice. Very tart raspberries and even some cherry notes with some oak and barnyard funk. Tartness definitely stands out.

T: Sure enough the bite on this is quite tart and can hit some parts of the mouth with an acidic sting. Sweeter raspberries pop out with an almost musty air in the middle taste that dies out with a linger of lemon zest and grassy notes. More tart than I expected and probably more than I really enjoy, but I can't say the beer isn't unusually good.

M: Like every cantillon I've had it's carbonated to a level that makes the flavors seem like they're celebrating and comes into the mouth like a dam broke on your lips. Refreshing, crisp, true to the style.

O: Though my fears allayed as the beer warmed up, I did pick up this bottle at a beer shop in london that didn't seem to know anything about cantillon, much less beer in genral, and I can't account for the care that they or anyone else handled this and whether or not the bottle may have been compromised in some way. I will say simply that tart raspberry with a handful of other punching notes is about all I experienced with this beer and it wasn't as complex, sweet, or flavorful as I expected. If it's what the beer is intended to be, then great, it was good. If not and my bottle was compromised, then the beer must be damned amazing because that's the best compromise I've had.

07-18-2011 01:17:15 | More by Klym
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Patrick999

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

12-07-2009 02:54:36 | More by Patrick999
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

08-06-2012 16:34:51 | More by starrdogg
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drewbage

California

4.08/5  rDev -9.9%

Sampled deep into the evening at the SoCal O'Briens Gathering.

Quite a treat to see this availble in a keg. (Thanks Tom!)

Beer arrives in the glass a deep rich red purple with a light haze and a low almost non-existant pinkish head.

The aroma is of grapeskins followed by a seedy aroma from a highly acidic fruit. The Cantillon funk seems to be missing or muted in this particular brew.

Flavor matches up with the aroma fufilling a spicy tannic berry bite, but curiously soft on the acid compared to the more traditional Cantillon products.

Still tasty as hell.

08-11-2004 07:30:28 | More by drewbage
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mattfancett

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev -9.5%

08-27-2014 09:01:22 | More by mattfancett
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cleeze

Maine

4.1/5  rDev -9.5%

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...

12-12-2009 15:56:11 | More by cleeze
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -9.5%

Bottle. F’ing semi old bottle. Cork 04 date. Pours a rich red color with a light pink head. The smell is a pungent, musty, dusty raspberry. The smell is either really good cheese or really bad meat. Tanic and basement like. The taste is very funky and intense. Acidic, lemon, funk, and fruit. Really glad I got to taste this. The sourness sticks around for a while after your finish your drink.

10-24-2011 00:55:35 | More by kbutler1
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -9.5%

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

09-13-2011 06:31:56 | More by tewaris
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abfraser

California

4.13/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

01-27-2009 22:05:49 | More by abfraser
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

01-01-2008 15:07:59 | More by mikesgroove
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -8.8%

750ml corked and capped, split with my wife. Sticker on the bottle states 2005, bottled on 2007.

Pours a muddy red brown with a pinkish hue. A bit of head builds on the pour and instant disappears to a placid top.

This is certainly one of the more acidic lambics though I don't really expect anything less from Cantillon. This one is full of woody barrel which adds a really nice dimension to the tart raspberries, lemon pucker and a hint of grapes. Some nice funk that plays with your stomach later, not a ton of carbonation but ample, a real sipper. I rate it a little less drinkable simply due to the acidic nature.

05-05-2010 02:28:22 | More by ritzkiss
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

12-18-2008 03:55:35 | More by Georgiabeer
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

01-07-2009 20:47:34 | More by brewcrew76
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haz77

Australia

4.15/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

07-17-2011 18:22:31 | More by haz77
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
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