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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:
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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nickfl

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark reddish pink. By the time it got to me it had almost no head, just a tiny ring of foam clinging to the wall of the glass.

S - Absolutely spectacular aroma. Complex earthyness and distinct wild yeast notes support an ideal raspberry fruitiness. Woody, with vanilla notes, and just a hint of the profound acidity that waits in the flavor. I couldn't stop swirling and smelling this one.

T - Strong acidity, as I have come to expect from Cantillion lambics. Many of the same earthy notes that are found in the aroma, followed by a dark, raspberry flavor. Some subtile vanilla as well.

M - Quite dry with fairly low carbonation.

D - Wonderfull beer, I had it by itself but it seems like it would be a great match for just about any dessert. That being said, it is hard to imagine drinking more than one glass of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2007 04:50:18 | More by nickfl
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mynie

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the hopleaf.

Pours like a lambic. Dark Fruit Roll-Up red with a tiny white head and little patches of bubbly bubbles.

Smells like candied raspberries. It's nice, but there's no huge lambic presence like I was expecting, no yeast funk or anything.

Tastes.. YEE OW! Calm start, the candied raspberries of the nose. But then the back is this wonderful kick of sour deathfunk yeast and perfectly permented sweet and sour fruit and big bursts of heaven. Wonderful.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2007 17:40:43 | More by mynie
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Cantillon tumbler.

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

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

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

M: Puckery, acidic, and white wine dry.

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

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2007 21:40:29 | More by GbVDave
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stoner420

California

3.68/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap

Light red, almost pink, no head, bubbles, medium carbonation

Smells sour, then like raspberry, then there's that Cantillon fishy smell way back in the distance, overall pleasant though

Tastes, sour, dry, a little watery, the raspberry is there, but not very pronounced, then a bitter acid sour aftertaste, this will wake you up.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbly

Overall drinkability is dependant on your predilection toward the super sour fruit taste and tolerance for the slightly funky smell and acid bitterness. If you like it sour then this will hit the spot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2006 21:02:46 | More by stoner420
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bignick

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ TPH 5/23/06. Served in a Cantillon glass.

This one is very yummy. It pours a blood red with a quickly receding head. I love the classicl Cantillon absurd tartness, but I also dig the way the rasperry flavor lingers in the mouth. It is obviously very sour, but also a very enjoyable drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2006 06:26:35 | More by bignick
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Crosling

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ DBA in New York City. Deep cranberry red color, with a lightish pink head. Extremely rich, authentic and elegant raspberry aroma, with an apple core aroma underneath. Upon tasting, it had a very unpleasant and distracting apple like lambic character in the blend, which to me, showed more applely lambic flavor, than raspberry fruit. I’m a lambic beginner, but it just seemed well, not very complex. Just like the Lou Pepe Kriek, I wish an older blend was used (rather than just two year), yielding more tartness, but my biggest complaint is the flavor of the lambic blend, not the fruit.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2006 03:37:54 | More by Crosling
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RocketWidget

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Enjoyed as a 4oz sample at the Belgian Beer Fest 2004. They were out of Gueuze, so this was sampled instead. Man, I'm glad I did. My first TRUE fruit lambic! Pours a unique, glowing, deep, opaque red. Amazingly deep red! No head, very light carbonation, despite being on draft. Regardless, a beautiful beer. Smell is sweet and of raspberries. Taste is remarkably sour, bold, tangy, and almost uniformly raspberry flavored.Though I lack a deep base knowledge for comparison, I was told this is one of the best fruit lambics, and I believe it. Truly excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2005 21:02:13 | More by RocketWidget
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bigbeerdrinka

Germany

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

On Tap at the Moan and Dove:

This beer poured a hazy light red color with just the faintest of faint offwhite ruby heads leaving no lace on the glass. Aromas are pungent and tart, with raspberry being just noticeable in the picture along with horseblanket barnyard funk. The initially flavor to this brew is quite acidic and tart, which is overlapped on top of a bed of faint raspberry flavors. Some other fruity tones make their way into the picture but are mostly overwhelmed by the beautiful lambic tart and sour notes. This brew is fairly light bodied but just full of flavor with only a slight carbonation. Considering I had 3 of these magnificent brews while at the Moan I would have to rate the drinkablity of beer to be top notch. A great offering from Cantillon and just amazing that it was on draft at the Dove.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2004 21:05:16 | More by bigbeerdrinka
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drewbage

California

4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2004 07:30:28 | More by drewbage
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Boilermaker88

California

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

Served up at O'Brien's during the 24 July BA gathering. Presented in a goblet, this Cantillon offering had a dark ruby red color, kind of like dried blood, and a thin fizzy pinkish head.
The nose was subdued and more in line with some other, more "traditional" framboises I've sampled. The trademark Cantillon barnyard funk was toned down, allowing the aroma of dried raspberries and yeasty malt to come through. The musty, wet animal hide and leather aroma was still present but the raspberry stood well on its own.
A sip and I was rewarded with an immediate imploding of my cheeks thanks to the puckery tartness. "Bitter beer face" doesn't stand a chance against the features-warping ability of Cantillon. Lou Pepe Framboise delivered a delightful blend of sweet (barely) and sour (lots) raspberry flavor, mild wheaty maltiness, and a dash of those funk notes. It all finished with more tart raspberry goodness. No cloying syrupy sweetness; just raspberries, mainly tart with a bit of sweet. The feel was medium-bodied, smooth and dry.
Oh man, I could drink this all day! I love raspberries and this just hit the spot dead-on for me. On-tap, Cantillon's Lou Pepe Framboise is aces.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2004 18:25:34 | More by Boilermaker88
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nomad

Kansas

4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

*** 2000 Vintage on-tap at Monk's, again providing Philly with amazing beers...

Poured a strange paled red color, showing a muddled hue through out the glass. Had no carbonation or anything else.

Smell was a musty scent toned down, a sour that had mellowed, and a yeast presence that had almost completely receded. The berries used have begun to poke through though a little muted by that strong Cantillon lambic base, showing a rounder fruit smell than in other Cantillon beers, especially younger vintages.

Taste was extremely smooth, as the berries tasted so natural since their tart and seedy bite could come through, mainly because the lambic base had calmed down from aging. The noticeable sour flavor began strong but restrained and proceeded to recede beautifully toward the finish, creating a mellow tart flavor relative to their younger vintages.

Most definitely complex, but I could recognize and enjoy the complexity as the aging has calmed this beer down, as opposed to younger Cantillons where the complexity and sheer punch is overpowering. Had this next to my father's Lindemans Framboise and the contrast was stunning, making the competition much too sweet and simple.

A bit of a flat mouthfeel though more than easy enough to drink. A stellar framboise, I've never had one this good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2003 03:48:21 | More by nomad
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gueuzegeek

New Jersey

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

I consider myself fortunate any time I get Cantillion on tap and this was another one of those occasions.This beer was quite cloudy, as it should be. There was definitely a nice dark raspberry hue to the beer, also to be expected. The fragrance definitely contained the expected yeasty aromas with the sweet/tartness of the raspberries, also VERY good things in my book! I have come to anticipate a certain character from Cantillion and I was definitely not let down. The taste was as wonderful as I had hoped. Nice yeastiness to it as well as a delicate raspberry taste. The only reason it did not do better in the drinkability is because I may only want one, but would savour it as I did have that one. I wish I did not see that this is listed as "limited edition"!! Enjoy!!

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2003 23:02:29 | More by gueuzegeek
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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
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