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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Lou Pepe - FramboiseCantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise

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674 Ratings
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Ratings: 674
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8.22%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
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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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to bucketboy (Joe) for surprising us with a Lou Pepe diagonal on the day of the tasting. 11th beer consumed overall, and the first of the Lou Pepe variants. Bottle from 2002.

The pour yields an uninspiring dirty brown amber with orange hues. Not much carbonation is evident, as this one is just a bit more carbonated that tap water.

The aroma is funky and sour with overripe and rotting, festering raspberries come to the front followed immediately by some acetone. Extremely sour on the palate, but nothing lactic or acetic. The pedio has taken over this beer, yielding a warhead like sourness, but taken up 3 notches. I am guessing malic acid, but that is just a shot in the dark. A more fruity raspberry flavor comes through later, but this is again a sour candy-like fruitiness and not the authentic and refreshing bright and fresh fruit as you find in Cantillon's young fruit lambics.

I don't know what it is about raspberries that make them seemingly poor fruits for aging with bugs for a long time, but this was the second year in a row that the raspberry sour (V006 last year) or lambic was the disappointment of the tasting. I would like to review this fresh, as I imagine that how it is meant to be consumed.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 13:08:07 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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Verecund

Texas

4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 sticker date (2010 bottling). No bottled on date. Opened on March 7, 2011.

A brilliant ruby red with a one finger raspberry-stains pink head that dissipates to a ring about the glass, saying, "Here. This is what you came to drink. I found it."

Juicy raspberries, citrus, a nice acetic acidity. Faint brett. Raspberries and raspberry vinegar.

I can never understand how they get so much colorful and piquant raspberry character in this. This is young, and the slightly viscid body makes me feel as if I'm drinking the blood of some yet undiscovered race of raspberry creatures. Instead of iron, their hemoglobin carries subtle traces of funk and oak.

Slightly undercarbonated at this point in its young life. A nice balance of acidity and tartness.

I've enjoyed LP Framboise up until the three year mark, but I always enjoy a fresh bottle of LP for the vibrant fruit character. Unbelievably juicy.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 00:44:50 | More by Verecund
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 Edition, from a 750 ml green bottle, capped and corked. Fizzy pink head on the pour that quickly subsides. Cloudy, somewhat murky deep garnet hue.

Sour, tart and sweet raspberry characteristics in the aroma, some acidity and funk in the background.

Acidic and tart raspberry in the flavour which sweetens up a bit in the middle, with a sour funk on the finish. Some bready malt rises up well into the aftertaste, almost but not quite replacing the acidity.

Medium-bodied, slick and sticky texture, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Enjoyed this one much more than the Kriek, perhaps the raspberries marry better with the style and blending a bit more based on their inherent nature. Definitely one to pick up if it's available, the fruit does this one justice.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 07:28:15 | More by IronDjinn
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2007 vintage.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, radiant cherry red hue, with two fingers of fine, foamy pale pink head, which leaves a broadly spaced spread of lace around the glass as it evenly settles.

The aroma jumps at you with sour, fruity acetic acid - could be lemon, could be raspberry, though the vinegar is hard to dismiss. A bit of barnyard yeastiness comes through as well. The taste is strong, tart, sour fruit - lemon and raspberry again the likely suspects, making one's head involuntarily shake. Overshadowed is a soft, actually sweet graininess, and earthy yeastiness. The carbonation is there, but sedate, the body light, and astringent as an ex-girlfriend's personality assassination. It finishes with a tart fruity re-assertion, bringing the nose full circle. How zen.

The tartness is so full that I can't really apologize for the difficulty in easily discerning other flavours, i.e. the fruit, which is more inferred, than directly tasted. If I wasn't such a fan of sour, spicy, and/or tart characteristics, I don't see how this offering would score so high. However, I am, and it does.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 03:45:51 | More by biboergosum
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 22:20:57 | More by JAXSON
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davod23

California

4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another fine brew from Cantillon. Vintage 2006 bottle poured into my Cantillon wine glass.

Deep, clear red raspberry color. A slight cap of light pink, tiny bubbles at the top. Pretty much what I expected.

Aroma is filled with raspberries, raspberries, raspberries everywhere. Also backed up with musty basement and slight funk aromas. This one is going to be sooour.

Sweet raspberry opening, but quickly plunges into sour, sour, sour raspberry and raspberry seeds. This beer is exceedingly seedy. Very interesting. Acidic. One of the sourest beers I've ever had. Not particularly complex, but I didn't necessarily expect it to be, and I love what the beer is presenting.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Light-medium bodied, super-dry finish, good carbonation.

Drinkability suffers only because it's so completely, intensely sour. I still polished off half a bottle without a problem, but this will wreck your palate.

Great beer. Recommended for any fan of lambic.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 21:00:13 | More by davod23
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Mora2000

Texas

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

2007 vintage. I had been saving this bottle and opened it in celebration of trying my 2000th beer.

The beer pours a reddish-purple color with a pink head. A great looking beer. The aroma is great. I get a lot of raspberries, but hidden in the background is the Cantillon funk that I love so much. The flavor is even better than the aroma. I get tart raspberries, oak and some of the Cantillon funk. The beer is so dry that it makes your mouth water as soon as you drink it. The salivary glands are working in overdrive. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not only one of the best sours I have ever tried, this is one of the best beers I have had period. It more than lived up to the hype. Well worth the $29 I paid for the bottle and I would buy another bottle again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 06:01:11 | More by Mora2000
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 sticker date, 2008 cork date. Thanks to Jim for this one, been waiting for a while to run across a bottle.

Pours a murky red/plum/pink color with a finger of light pink head that camps out for a while.

When agitated, a fresh raspberry aroma invades the nose and gives an absolutely amazing feeling that is hard to describe...if I close my eyes it is like I'm running through a garden complete with fresh fruit, dirt, grass, morning dew. Just incredible.

The flavor can't live up to the aroma but I'll be damned if it isn't spectacular anyway. Lots of dirt and stanky cheese underneath a blanket of raspberry, strawberry, and grape fruitiness. There is a sour bite that is magnified exponentially if you swish the beer around your mouth a bit before swallowing. I almost accidentally spit beer all over my keyboard because it hit a sweet spot on my tongue and made me pucker like crazy.

The finish is very long and full of raspberry. The body is medium and carbonation seems lower on the tongue than my eyes woud lead me to believe. Very juicy up front but a dry finish.

Overall this is an absolutely stunning, world class beer. Supremely balanced with a nice level of sourness that satisfies my craving without giving me rot gut. Huge fruitiness despite sitting 2 years in the bottle. Like with most Cantillons, a 750ML bottle needs to be split at least 2 ways so I really wish this one was available in 375's. Oh well. A beer this special needs a friend to share it with anyway.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 21:07:15 | More by alcstradamus
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BeerNemesis

New York

3.1/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise | 750 ml. | 5.0% ABV | 2006 vintage

Brewer: Brasserie Cantillon
Style: Lambic - Fruit
Glass: Oversized wine glass

Presentation:
Cantillon's stately bottles of beer could easily be confused for wine. The label art is very nice.

Appearance:
Gurgling reddish-pink with a towering head of pink fizz. Carbonation blasts up the sides of the glass.

Aroma:
Tart and sour -- mostly raspberry and sour fruit. As it warms, the oak seeps through nicely.

Taste:
Like getting slapped silly with a sour stick whilst rolling in a tub of the tartest raspberries ever to ferment in an oak barrel. My God! My mouth puckered like no other into a horrible grimace, dragging the other features along with it into a crumpled ball of agony and anguish.

Mouthfeel:
It's hard to judge such a quaint thing when your face has puckered in on itself. Smooth and light-bodied probably. There may have been crisp and ample carbonation.

Harmony:
Cacophony's more like it.

Would I get it again?:
I would cellar it for an additional four years, which would hopefully tame its wild side. I would get it again to run this foolhardy experiment.

Bottled: 2006
Served: June 24, 2010

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 17:42:44 | More by BeerNemesis
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antoines15

Indiana

4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 vintage shared with my SB

I haven't had too many cantillons, but they impressed me again with this one. Gonna try to get my hands on as many as possible.

A: looked like a burnt orange color, or a sunset

S: pure garbage, literally, smells like garbage juice that Illuminates? the room. awesome, can't wait to drink it.

T: sour as can be, you feel it in the back of your mouth. "stings the nostrils" the aftertaste is quite exceptional.

M: medium and mild carbonation

D: split with angelica, and we easily finished it, left both of us wanting more. Right before my son Thomas tasted it, he said, "I have a feeling i'm gonna really like this one." He took a sip and the face he made was priceless, just pure sourness. He said it was awful, but then said "wow, that was bad but also very good. I think I'll take another sip." perfect description.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 14:18:55 | More by antoines15
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage bottled in 2009

a: This was a dark, kind of murky pinkish purple color. It poured with a short lived, fizzy pink head.

s: Very vinegary overall with plenty of raspberry aromas coming through as well. I couldn't find all that many layers here, but the smell is wonderful.

t: Starts off with strong, vinegary flavors. The raspberries come in at the end without a trace of sweetness. Exactly what I hoped this would be.

m: Fizzy, tart, and refreshing.

d: Not much else to say about such a great beer except, the heart-burn is totaly worth it.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 15:51:36 | More by DIM
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levifunk

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was brought to the last Madison, BA tasting.

2004 Vintage...thanks Tom!

a - cloudy red. white head.

s - uh, dirty diaper. smells like decomposing raspberries. After taking a few sips I went back to the nose and it was not as offensive as my initial reaction. It kind of makes sense once you taste it.

t - this is a sour tart BOMB. raspberry flavor and a funky flavor I can't place.

m - medium body, good carbonation.

overall - phenomenal. I absolutely love this beer. The only downside is the nose, but I assume that is partially due to the age. I went and picked up an '07 soon after. Then BenC hooked me up with a '04 and an '03!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 19:29:17 | More by levifunk
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with drabmuh earlier this summer. Thanks Matt! Review from notes.

2007 vintage. Served side by side with Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus.

This beer has a gorgeous appearance - a reddish-purple hue, with a pink foam head that sticks around longer than expected, and leaves no lacing, as is expected.

Wonderful aromas of raspberries, hay, barnyard funk. Classic Cantillon scents - simply wonderful. I could sniff this beer for several minutes without taking a drink. The aroma alone is worthy of praise and attention.

This beer is truly excellent. While definitely tart, I would not say that it is incredibly sour. Lou Pepe Framboise is extremely drinkable, and has a much milder acetic finish than the Rosé de Gambrinus. Very pleasant lingering tart raspberry aftertaste. A terrific offering from a fabulous brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 01:51:24 | More by Huhzubendah
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gyllstromk

Belgium

4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice ruby with a pink head. Clearer than most lambics. Nose of heavy leather and cherry, cranberry, and strawberry, with tropical notes. I know it has raspberry in it, but I'm just not getting that on the palate. Doesn't matter though; this beer is delicious. Starts with a citrusy strawberry flavor. A slight hint of sweetness enters, and leads to a tart jolly rancher finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 19:02:11 | More by gyllstromk
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage opened and served alongside a rich homemade chocolate mousse

A: Medium red body. Slight pinkish hues. Thin, fizzy pink head quickly crashes into a broken collar around the edges. No lacing.

S: Bright raspberries. Nice sweetness with an underlying tartness and sourness that complements it well. Slightly earthy with decent funk.

T: Like the nose, this is all about the raspberries. Not overwhelmingly sweet, but nice and juicy. The sourness and tartness is present but is not puckering... my guests that had never had a true framboise were not bowled over with so much sourness that they couldn't enjoy it! Its got that underlying funk that most cantillon lambics have.

M: Effervescent with assertive carbonation. Medium bodied. Well balanced between sweet and sour/tart.

D: Top notch. The Lou Pepe fruit lambics never fail me.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 01:57:48 | More by callmemickey
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augustgarage

California

4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
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)?

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 01:45:21 | More by augustgarage
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage...very awesome. Beer is PINK and hazy and forms a nice pink head with moderate to high carbonation. The head falls away leaving no lacing on the glass (its not expected to). Looks great.

Aroma is sour and tart with some acetic notes and strong raspberry character. One of the best smelling beers I've ever had. Classic Cantillon smell.

Beer is very tart and not as acetic as I thought it was going to be, this is probably a good thing but the acetic character would likely grow over time slightly. There is nice raspberry flavors and good fruit tartness at the back. Some lactic notes and a slightly tannic quality overall as well. Nice carbonation in the mouth and highly drinkable. This could be one of my favorite Cantillons so far.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 21:16:07 | More by drabmuh
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ADZA

Australia

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 13:49:27 | More by ADZA
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked & capped bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 2006 vintage, bottledon Sept. 1st, 2008.

(A)- Pours a deep blood red color that produced a good white to pink head that dissipated down to bubbles.

(S)- A sour yet super ripe tart cherry & raspberry fruits. A dense smell of a bread-like oakiness behind all the fruits that are almost creamy from the oak. A beautiful aroma.

(T)- Wow, a super duper sour punch up front with a kiss of tart cherry & raspberry fruits. Has a sour midpalate that turns dry and wood-like with more fruits. Finishes with the same super sour fruit flavor, but it all meshes together well. Some serious hay & horseblanket funk at the end too.

(M)- A huge fizzy carbonation level that creates a huge party in the mouth. Lightly sweet with a potent tart/sour kick that makes you smack your lips after each sip. A good fruitiness to balance it out. My only complaint is how high the carbonation level really is; could have toned down a bit, but I just gave it more time to breath once opened; it got much better after that.

(D)- One of the most sour beers I have ever had; but it is very good. A huge sour kick with some good fruits; a funkiness that I appreciated & enjoyed. One of the better lambics I have ever had. Now I need to try the Kriek. Cantillon knows their sours!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 00:28:42 | More by sweemzander
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 02:28:22 | More by ritzkiss
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -14.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 02:01:30 | More by cpetrone84
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage. Thanks Hart for sharing this!

A-Body is a very translucent, foggy, amber hue with a slight pinkish tint to it. Pours with a fizzy one finger white head that fades pretty quickly.

S- Nose is good and complex. The highlights are slightly tart raspberries and a big acidic sourness. Also noticeable are a hint of vinegar, a slight sweetness, and bready yeast.

T-Flavor is quite tart and offers slightly tart raspberries and a big acidic sourness with a nice bready yeast backbone. A hint of raspberry sweetness comes through for the finish which is a culmination of the initial flavors with an added salty component.

M-Acidic and sour, with low to medium carbonation and medium weight body. Quite good.

D- This is a great lambic. I wish I would have gotten into Cantillon earlier! This is a great sour that offers lots of authentic raspberry flavors and is quite tart.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 16:08:38 | More by PittBeerGirl
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steeltown71

Pennsylvania

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

2007 Vintage

Pours a stunning ruby red. Taste offers tart raspberry with a touch of oak on the finish. There was little chance of this disappointing and it assuredly didn't. While I prefer the LP Kriek to this, it's tough to imagine a framboise getting much better.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 02:50:56 | More by steeltown71
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 00:05:45 | More by taylorhamrick
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 22:24:37 | More by TurdFurgison
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
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