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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 269
Hads: 1,095
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 1,124
Gots: 201 | FT: 17
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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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Reviews: 269 | Hads: 1,095
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Ebenezer's, 2005 vintage.

Pours a clear bubbly red with a very pink fizzy head.

Aroma is a slightly tart, dry rasberry, hint of fruity sweetness.

Very tart, sharp, with rasberry emerging after initial shap vinegar tartness. Finish is lightly sour, with a faint rasberry exhale.

Very carbonated, crisp, light bodied. Delicious.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yes, we did have one of the last pours from the keg at Binny's south loop, and thanks to Katie for the sample, it inspired a full purchase.

Slightly hazy red, you can see through it, with a quickly dissipating head.

Impressive nose, pure fruit with raspberry and a bit of cherry detectable? No, it's not really there, but has some notes of cherry. Maybe the dark roots of the raspberry.

The fruit hits right up front, with a puckering lack of any sweetness, completely dry, some sourness hits in the back, has enough malt backbone so you don't mistake it for juice, a superb refresher, aperitif. Can't really have the words about how fantastic this is, the beer of the year for me so far.

Just light and fruity in the mouth, a sipper not for the abv but for the lightness and effervescence, a good replacement for Champaign.

A highly drinkable beer, if you can find it. Great to share.

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Photo of mrquartetman
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Tapped into a small goblet; red in color, hardly any head

S: Very fruity, identifiably raspberry, some malt

T: Highly acidic, sour and tart, delicious. This is an excellent lambic style beer that starts tart and fruity, goes to sour, and is dry in the finish. No sweetness in the profile at all.

M: Low carbonation, but this was probably the result of our pour coming from the last in the keg. It's quite persistent and refreshing. A lovely beer.

D: A highly drinkable beer, if you can find it. Great to share.

We had this beer at the bar in Binny's - South Loop, Chicago. As noted, it was the last of the keg, but it was still excellent.

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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 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 yeastsipper
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lucked into this being on tap at City Beer Store. As I have never seen this in bottles, might be my only chance to try.

The beer pours a bright pink, almost magenta with little to no head. I don't really have a frame of reference as far as how this beer looks relative to other lambics, but the color is very unique.

The nose is brett, some funk and some sweet raspberries to balance things out.

This was a great tasting beer, and very complex. While cold, the raspberries dominate. The funk, a combination of sour and spicy, is more noticeable on the back of the palate. As the beer warms, the fruitiness is less noticeable, and the acidity and sour flavors are more evident. I am not sure if this had more to do with the warming of the beer or whether I was simply less aware of the fruit as I drank the beer. The combination of fruitiness and acidity were ideal.

This is not a beer that I would want to have every day or one I would want to consume in great quantities. I very much enjoyed this - more than I would have anticipated - and am hoping to explore a bit more of this style. Absolutely give this beer a try if you see it.

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Photo of Overlord
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purs a bright pinkish hue. Positively glows when held to the light. Whitish/pinkish foam head that dissipates after about five minutes to a thin white crust.

Smells ... like whole raspberries along with some oaky twigs were pitched whole into this brew. Acidic/vinegar evident in the nose.

Taste is very, very nice. Sour, tart, but with a residual raspberry sweetness. Raspberries are very evident here. Seems to sparkle on the tongue. It's really oaky/tannin-y, and there's definite vinegar/acid running through it, but the fruit takes center stage.

Lively mouthfeel.

Very enjoyable.

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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 LilBeerDoctor
3.43/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, vintage 2004. Pours a deep red with a small white head. Aroma is quite funky with lots of old socks, blood (maybe a metallic aroma?), and a fruity tinge. Flavor of tart sourness, more funk and metallic notes, bandaid, and tons of yogurt. Like all Cantillons, super sour and hard to drink. I wasn't crazy about the flavors in this one, especially in comparison to other lambics.
7/4/7/3/15 (3.6/5)

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Photo of champ103
3.54/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle says 2003, Cork says 2005.

A: Pours a murky pinkish/orange color. At first a two finger pinkish head forms, but recedes almost instantly. No lace.
S: A very fruity aroma. Mostly tart and sour raspberries.. Some barnyard funkiness.
T: Again, sour and tart raspberries. Almost mouth puckering. A funkiness that follows the nose. Not bad, but not a lot of depth and too much sourness for my tastes.
M/D: A medium body and medium carbonation. Dry. The sourness makes this hard to drink.

This one did not do it for me like the Lou Pepe Kriek did. The subtle complexities that are in the Kriek are almost gone here. What is here is raspberries, sourness, and funk. Not that that is bad, just not the masterpiece the Kriek is.

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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 meatyard
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage on tap at Local 44

A-Is a cloudy red with some pink. There wasn't any head to speak off when brought to me.
S-Is a funky raspberry (sounds like a dance) with a combined tart & sweet aroma.
T-Is flavorful, tart raspberries with the funk but has some fruit sweetness as well. Maybe it was just me, as a sour/tart fan, but this beer does not seem to be overly tart or funky, just right.
M-Is, of course, quite dry with hardly any carbonation.
D-It's wonderful to drink but just by it's nature, one or maybe two glasses would be right.

It was very nice to be able to try this on tap.

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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 NCSUdo
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, purchased at De Bier Tempel, Brugge; 2005 date, bottled 20Aug2007

A: Pours a hazy pink-red, grapefruit like, under a big but very fleeting white head. No lace, little retention.

S: Almost a "meaty" smell to it, can't really put my finger on it. Raspberry is there, you can also smell the incoming sourness that will hit in the taste department and some wood. Very complex.

T: Sour, obviously, thought I'd get that out of the way. Raspberry is very well done, subtle, giving way to more fruity flavors such as grape and a bit of grapefruit character.

M/D: Light bodied, carbonation is heavy. A beer to be sipped, the sourness can be too much, but with low alcohol it's certainly one that can be had in larger quantities over a long period of time.

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Photo of peabody
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. 2005 vintage, bottled in 2007.

Thanks to knight84 for sharing this bottle! Pours a tawny pink to ruby red grapefruit with a slight haze. Cottony, pinkish-white head stays around a while and climbs up the glass nicely. Very nice. Intense nose of total and utter undomesticated critters and their funky, musty byproducts. Attic cobwebs mix with horse blanket and almost-rotten raspberries and raspberry seeds. Tart, fruity sourness permeates. Wow.

Not surprisingly, the taste features assertive, puckering sourness. It is a little overwhelming at first, but after a few sips, other flavors make themselves known. Tart fruit, raspberry and grapefruit, and a slightly metallic hay taste. Acidic sourness clearly dominates and makes for a very dry, refreshing palate. Raspberry seeds mix with lemon juice in the finish. Medium bodied with a tickle-y feel.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pinkish body with light pink foam.

Tart, sweet nose with light funk overtones.

Intense pucker, sweetness overwhelmed by tartness. Really a palate shocker, but in a good way. Horse blanket is limited, but present.

Mouthfeel is dry and tart.

Drinkability is limited by your enjoyment of tart. I really liked this brew.

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Photo of kasper
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage.

A: Pours a vibrant but murky fruitpunch color with a multi-finger fizzy light-pink head that settles to a ring and blanket.

S: Woah, loads of brett and funkiness. These aromas flooded the room as soon as popped the cork. Also some astringent grassy, barnyard aromas.There may be some underlying raspberry sweetness but its so faint and so overpowered by the aforementioned that it's barely noticeable.

T: Sour and tart as all hell. It's still mouth puckering into the second and third glass -- I love it. At the same time it's sweet and refreshing, though the sourness more than dominates. I honestly wouldn't be able to pinpoint raspberry as the primary fruit if I didn't know ahead of time. As it warms, some of the oak comes through on the finish.

M: Loads of prickly champagne-like carbonation, medium bodied and velvety.

D: This is certainly a sipper, but I'm going to have no problem taking down this champagne bottle on my own, especially given the light ABV. Beyond that, I think many would be soured out and up for something sweet.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2001 vintage, consumed with oakbluff. Translucent pink-gold in colour, with spritzy carbonation. Aromas of raspberry, rose, funk, earth, and nettles. Flavors consist of more raspberry, lemon zest, and a bit of lactic funk on the finish. Wickedly acidic! It practically burned going down, but was so refreshing and tasty. Near perfect for someone like me who can't get enough sour/acidic flavors. I'm going to need to track down more of this stuff.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage Served on tap at Ebeneezer's

Poured into a wine glass deep, clear red grape color with almost no head. Aroma is sour funk and lots of raspberry's. Taste is raspberry and funk. Quite acidic, a most puckering experience. Crisp carbonation. I really liked this one, but its not for the faint of heart as the sourness of this one was intense.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ebenezer's- 2005 vintage. have tried one of the three Cantillons each time I have been there this week- sweet!
Pours a clear reddish/purple with no head, just some small bubbles of carbonation up the side of the wine glass.
Smells of rasberries, mostly, but some barnyard and some sour cherries and apples.
Taste is similiar to smell- lots o fsweet rasberry with the tartness of sour fruits as well. Little bit of red wine flavor as well. Quite refreshing, though. Little bit of spritz in there. Not as hardcore as I thought. Very good.

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Photo of Jerico
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - creamy pinkish red color with a light frothy head.

S - wow! Very clear raspberry smell, with a hint of funky goodness.

T/M/D - very tart, not too sweet but not too dry, with a delicate taste of raspberry (not as noticeable as in the smell, and far from syrupy - typical of Cantillon). The sourness lingers for a bit too, enough to entice another sip. Outstanding, if you like your lambics nice and tart!

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Photo of oakbluff
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 Vintage. Bottle graciously shared by piscator. What a treat! Pours a beautiful rose colour, good clarity and one finger head. Nose- blast of raspberry and lemon zest. Taste- exceptionally acidic, raspberry of course, citric, and general funk. Not too dry, nice carbonation. Keeps zinging the pallette long after.. Fantastic!

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Photo of paytoplay
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A WOW beer for me. I'm not a big "fruited" beer person, I believe this is packed with cherries and or other things though this was debated at Hamiltons. Amazing red and pink color, some froth, and sparkle to it. Intriguing how it hit the palate, sizzles, then poof dissapears, then a drawn out mineral, sour and balanced finished. The back of a bottle notes the beer can be enjoyable for 20+ years? I'd love to try a 1988 bottle! Luckly found some and will be aging them. A real treat.

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Photo of joepais
4.07/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.