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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - FramboiseCantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 11-03-2003

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Reviews: 275 | Ratings: 1,168
Photo of PHBoiler
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Balanced nose between raspberry jam and hay/funk. The pour is a beautiful deep pink color with the head being very light pink. The raspberry is the star, but the base beer provides a balanced acidity and deep levels of farmhouse hay and funk.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at a tasting. Dark ruby pour with a small pink head. Smells of raspberries and lambic funk, cherries and cherry cores. The taste is impossibly sour, but of a fruity type, not vinegar-y, with tons of raspberries and some cherries in the mix. Crazy!

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 sticker. 3/23/15 bottling. Birthday bottle!

L: Lovely deep red and pink hue. Very slightly pink, mostly white head to a ring.

S: This is intoxicating. Raspberry jam. Hint of funk.

T: Pretty incredible. So jammy. Slight points off for as it warmed I got a bit of a cheesy character.

F: Classic Cantillon. Light and effervescent, mildly creamy.

O: Definitely met my expectations. I'd love to see where this beer goes with some age on it.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Murky dark red color with pink head. Aroma is full of fresh raspberries and some farmhouse funk. Taste starts with intense sourness and raspberries in the background. Extremely dry, light body with a good amount of carbonation. Excellent fruit aroma but the intense sourness overwhelms the other flavors.

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Photo of amano_h
4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

shared a 75cl bottle at Nüetnigenough (Brussels, Belgium)

Lou Pepe Framboise is to a double-pound cheeseburger what Rosé De Gambrinus would be to a quarter-pounder; both delight and amaze in their own right, but one is definitely a richer more intense version of the other.

An abundance of raspberry on the nose, with the good ol' barnyard funk we've come to expect and love from the magic of the River Senne. Lots of tart, dark berry, and even a little bit of oak emerge from the bottle once the cork comes off; a sour lemon-y residue lingers while the bottle decants.

Sour isn't usually my go-to response with Framboise, but it is in this case. The nose is wonderfully matched on the tongue as well, as funky sour hay flavors quickly follow the tart dark fruit. I'd even dare to say that the berry flavor is closer to cranberry than it is to raspberry; remind me to mix this with vodka if I ever find myself holding an excess supply.

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Photo of kkleu357
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes on 9/10/15. Was able to buy a 2012 Lou Pepe Framboise for on premise consumption only at Cantillon. Heck of a deal at 14 euro. Must say wow, this is easily the best Lambic/sour beer I’ve had. Big sweet berry smell. Had a huge barnyard aroma that I like too. Tons of tart delicious raspberry flavor. Just one freakin awesome beer.

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Photo of MatthewWalters
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Let me preface my review with a little disclaimer: I'm young, developing my palate, and hadn't tried a Lambic until I visited Cantillon in Brussels (good way to start I guess!). Anyways, I ordered a bottle of LPF at the Public Brewing Session. 2012 bottle. Served in a Lambic basket into their stemmed taster glasses. LPF pours a deeper red than Rose de Gambrinus, but lighter than Kriek (I don't know about LPK). It's a deeper pink, compared to a deeper red of Kriek. There was about half an inch of head on my pour, but my buddy got even more on his. Smelled like a wonderful raspberry bomb with the sourness/funk classic of Lambics, so I hear. The taste is wonderful. At the time, I described it as more of everything than Rose de Gambrinus. More raspberry, more carbonation, more enjoyable (not to discredit Rose). The mouthfeel of this is definitely more bubbly, which I loved. Glad I have three of these to take home and enjoy with my family and throw in the cellar. A must taste at some point in one's beer drinking career.

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Photo of AndyEdgar
4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2008 bottle, enjoyed 10/18/15. This is the absolute best lambic I have had to date. Appearance is bright ruby red, bottle gushed for about 5 seconds after opening but was caught in the glass as it was expected. 1" pinkish head stayed around for quite some time. Nose is straight Cantillon funk with massive raspberries. Taste is better than I could have ever expected, definitely the funkiest, sourest, and most well balanced Loon I have had. The raspberry and funk just do not stop. Mouthfeel is bubbly heaven. So glad I traded for this older bottle and it knocked '14 Framboos out of the water in side by side tasting.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cotton candy froth that fades over deep magenta. 4.25
Barnyard in a big way; plus rose petals somehow, and deep sweetness underneath. 4.25
Jammy fruit, slight cheese, big raspberry and more raspberry. 4.25
Deep vinaigrette end and clean acid linger.
Dry, light, crisp. 4

300g of fruit per litre - and fruit buries all that funk that's on the nose. Not sure I’m getting the benefit of it being a 2012, either. Bright and easy, but not all it could be. 4

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Photo of HoppyBastard2
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 sticker - 2014 cork
Poured a very nice burgundy color with minimal amount of head.
Nose was that typical Cantillion funk with a ton of fresh tart raspberries.
Flavor followed the nose.
Prickly, tart mouthfeel, but not mouth puckering.
Enjoyed the LPF a lot more than the LPK. Although the 100% Bio Kriek is equally as good and much easier to obtain.

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Photo of FlandersNed
3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle. Cloudy reddish-peach skin hue with a low foam. Red plum, tart raspberry, plastic glue & cranberry nose. Complex sour taste w/all of the above. Medium body and full carbonation.

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Photo of mattsmith413
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 version...thanks @lupermcda

Tart raspberry flavor...very light but flavorful.

great light fruity aroma with funk.... much more on the lighter end than I would of expected.

Well done...

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Photo of mythaeus
4.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2010 sticker. Beautiful deep ruby red, even under artificial light at night. Smells of sweet (and surprisingly fresh) raspberries and unmistakable Cantillon funk and the taste follows exactly. One of the best raspberry sours I've ever had, along with Jester King Montmorency vs. Balaton.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light reddish pink with nice effervescent carbonation. Smells of tart funky raspberries. Taste is crisp and clean with a slightly acidic tartness and a nice dry finish. Wonderful carbonation. A real treat

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Photo of apasternak
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super tart and fresh. This beer had a great nose, lots of raspberry tartness, great purple color. Definitely something that I am glad I could try and lived up to the hype

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Photo of tduecen
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

such a great beer, I had heard the hype before I tried it and it lived up to that hype.
Very fruity, nice purplish color, taste of raspberries, nice tartness to it as well.

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Photo of FalconCount
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 bottle at Cantillon tasting room. Deep red color. Fresh raspberries on the nose. Taste is an incredible funk, with tart raspberries. A light mouthfeel completes the taste. A fantastic experience.

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Photo of KaeF
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fruity, soft, you can taste the raspberries and it doesn't get too sour in the aftertaste. Great beer that has just the right flavour and is well in balance.

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Photo of smb
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage. The bottle sticker reads "Brewed with Raspberries and aged in oak barrels"

Ominous mauve/red-purple in the glass. Beautiful large white head that settles to 1 finger. Aroma of tart and freshly squeezed raspberries. Taste follows the nose and just brings it to life. Mouthfeel is light, dry and earthy, slight pepper flavor sticks. Beyond exceptional.

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My first Cantillon and what a treat.
A: a nice red with pinkish head
S: oh wow, a funky, fruity beverage. A little oak. Just a wonderful smell
T: follows the nose quite well. Tastes like old fruit and funky, sour hay, in a good way
O: this was amazing. So excited that I have more Cantillons.

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Photo of aleigator
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lou Pepe Framboise '11 Vintage

Pours a very saturated, burgundy red color, with a soon disappating, fizzy head.

Exhibit a fantastic smelling nose, with a very pronounced raspberry presence, blending perfectly into the tart acidity of the beer, establishing a reminiscence of young berries and young, fermented wine. Barnyard funk mingles together with prickly raspberry stones, tied together by a sweet, fruity undertone, exhibiting a gentle depth to the aromas.

Has a medium carbonation and a very soft mouthfeel, with raspberry at every stage of drinking.

Tastes of unripe raspberries right from the beginning, wrapped up in leaves, moldy earth and tart funk - wild berries on an abandoned road during rain. This changes, as an earthy sweetness adds to the raspberries spending them a ripe note, including prickly, still sour stones. This fruity sweetness then stays on par with the bitterness on the palate till the finish, with the berries exhibiting a dusty earth note anong ripened, slightly fermented raspberry pulp, leaving behind a slick sourness.

The balance between ripe and young, sour raspberries, finding their quintessence in between, makes this beer noteworthy, featuring a lot of subtle Barnyard nuances.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Cherry red with a brownish tinge. Light haze, and a finger of bright pink head.



S: Raspberries, green leaf, the funkiness of Cantillon brewery, old oak wood, musty punky wood, sour lemon.



T: Sour!!! Fresh sour raspberries in all their ripened glory, funky almost macaroni like taste, Cantillon Brewery in a glass with all its old wood, cobwebs and dust.



M: Medium acidic body, light foamy carbonation, dry acidic finish.



O: Yes, I bought this one at the Cantillon Brewery in Late 2013, and brought it back to China where I am drinking it April 5th, 2015. Amazing brew. Dry and sour fruit lambic as classic as it should be. It was labelled as 2011.

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 LPF opened at a share by a very generous Grant. There was one person complaining about the taste, but I thought it aged gracefully and was absolutely delicious.

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Photo of cfalls
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had this in bottles in NYC and at the brewery. My favorite sour.

Sour fruit, dirty socks, etc. More sour and less sweet than Lindemans, for example.

The brewers seem disappointed that most people prefer the more fruit-forward "Lou Pepe" versions, but it makes sense to me -- the Lou Pepe versions will really make you pucker with the sour fruit.

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Photo of HighLowJack
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one was even better than Fou Foune - the most drinkable, but yet complex, sour I have ever had. Massive raspberry here. On a night we tried Fou Foune, St. Lam, and Iris, this was easily the highlight

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
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