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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 900
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 967
Gots: 172 | FT: 17
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Belgium

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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Photo of nickfl
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2001

Appearance: Ruby red pink tone with a light whitish pink head leaves some lacing scattered and fine. Aroma: Sour notes of acidic quality, funky wild aromatics with cat pee and horse blanket farmhouse characteristics with a raspberry fruit backbone. Taste: Puckering even more so than most Cantillons I've tried, raspberry sweetness shows up somewhere in there funky edge yeasty note, I know this style is an artform but damn this one is wild. Spontaneous fermentation at it's best hits the palate with a barrage of sour notes but with each sip it grows on you. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied spritzy carbonation world class lambic. Drinkability: One bottle by yourself would be a venture, but I recommend sharing it with beer loving friends or somewhat educated about this tradition style. This one could possibly send a newbie running.

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am very appreciative of Stakem for sharing this 2008 bottled in '10 with Kegatron and me. Enjoyed from a Cantillon tulip to match. My 1000th bottle review

This is exactly what I conjure up in my mind when I think of a raspberry lambic, just outstanding in color and is beautiful sitting in the glass like a gem in its resplendence with a beautiful rosy glow and tight ring after collapsing from 3 fingers, the bead is tiny with light pink lace. The smell is incredible, just so packed with strong fruity and funky odor w/ light floral notes that are still punchy and fresh. The nose is intensely raspberry with kmild hint of sour yeast odor. I love the feel as much as the aroma with huge lactic acidity which seems to enhance the mild sweet tart edges of the fruitiness. There is a pretty dry finish, but semi-sharp with dry/acidic qualities and extremely high carbonation like champagne.

This blitzes the palate and mouth with both fruity sweet taste and very intense sour lactic infused flavor. The acidity intensifies as the beer is held in the mouth but there is enough sweetness in the flavor to balance from the full fruity raspberry enhancement. The taste comes off almost as bitter/spicy from the carbonic acid the high carbonation level provides. There is a puckering, mouth drying quality w/ slight woodiness and extra tart raspberry juiciness as it finishes with some residual berry, but the funk and bacteria sour flavors linger into the dry end. Simply a wonderful fruit lambic, not many out there that are this complex and able to be savored in the way I found this to be. Intense yet drinkable a true classic, one of the best I have ever had.

Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting to try this. 2009 bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a red color with a light pink head that fades quickly. The smell isn't very pleasing, kind of like raspberry farts. The taste is much better. I'm getting fruity vinegar notes with a very nice funk. There is an herbal note behind the fruit. The raspberries are good even after a couple of years.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of MasterSki
4.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kyle for contributing this to New Beer Sunday. Served in a Hopleaf tulip glass. 2005 Vintage. My notes on this one are a little shorter as it was the last beer I reviewed in a long session.

A - Two and a half fingers of pink-white foam with solid retention. Absolutely no lace, but a nice cap of foam that lingers for a bit. Opaque pink-brown brew.

S - Tons of vinegar, brett-y funk, raspberries, horse blanket, and musty barn. Utterly huge smell that almost attacks the senses.

T - Huge sourness, with sweet raspberry puree right at the tip of the tongue. Lots of funk and a light graham-cracker maltiness that holds things together.

M - Super drying, tons of cotton mouth, light to medium body, moderate carbonation. More extreme in mouth pucker than even La Folie!

D - So sour - even with low ABV it's hard to have more than a a serving or two. I appreciate that Dave had the Pepto out just in case of emergency.

Looking forward to my trip to Belgium this summer...

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of drabmuh
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of beernads
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of mdfb79
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Thorpe429 and Amyliz4 for sharing this one; thanks Mike and Amy! Poured from a 750ml bottle into a a Cantillon taster glass. 2006 vintage

a - Pours a murky reddish pink color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour raspberries, sour dark fruits, Belgian yeast, barnyard funk, acedic
and lactic notes, Ton of sour fruit and funk, really amazing nose.

t - Tastes of sour raspberries, funk, sour dark fruits, yeast, earthy notes, and acedic notes. Follows the nsoe closely but a little more funk.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really fantastic beer, and another winner from Cantillon. First bottle I've ever had, but the '06 is drinking perfect right now. I think I prefer the Lou Pepe Kriek a little more, but would jump at the chance to buy this one. Would love to have it again.

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of kojevergas
4.18/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lou Pepe Framboise. 2009 vintage. Bottle acquired at a bar in Chicago and served into a flute. Reviewed from notes taken on St. Patrick's Day standing up in a crowded bar, so bear with me. Expectations were sky high given the brewery's reputation and my love for sours.

A: Pours a one finger head of pnk colour. Fair cream and thickness. Retention is average (~3+ minutes). Body is a vibrant understated rich red. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Tart raspberry. Acidic fruit skin. Bacteria/wild yeast. A mild strength aroma. Clean and tart, with surprisingly mild sourness.

T: Tart sourness. Lactic. Fantastic tart raspberry fruit. Clean unobtrusive malt foundation. Crystal malt lends a champagne like note. Balance is perfect. It's a simple sour, but a good one. Contained tart lactic sourness. Not real puckerworthy, but damn tasty. Great subtlety. Really good.

Mf: Clan, smooth, and wet. Perfect carbonation. Crisp. Near perfect. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Tart and bubbly/fizzy from the crystal malt.

Dr: Quite drinkable. Hides ABV well. It's exactly what you want in a sour. Incredibly tasty and enjoyable. Damn good for the style, but I wouldn't trade for it. Best purchased for cheap in Belgium; it's overpriced here. Glad I got to try it for a special occasion; it wouldn't be worth the pricetag elsewise.

High A-

Photo of Mora2000
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Vintage 2002, Sampled February 2004
Pours a deep hazy red color. It is well carbonated and produces a pink head as I pour it into my glass, though the head disappears quickly. There is an immediate aroma of raspberry seeds (fruity and woody). A slight sour aroma is joined by a musty leather note, though raspberries certainly dominate the nose. There is a good raspberry presence in the taste as well. The raspberry fruitiness makes it seem like there is a hint of sweetness in this otherwise austerely dry Cantillon offering. As expected this is fairly sour, though not extreme. The beer has a tannic, woody aftertaste that coats the teeth and mouth like a tannic red wine. A bit musty, but overall the Brettanomyces character seems subdued.

This beer definitely expresses the raspberry character more than the Rose De Gambrinus, though this is still quite dry so that the fruit can be hard to pick up if you don't know what to look for. I really like how the acidity pairs with the fruit character. This is a very well integrated beer, no one element overpowers the other.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood, 2005 Vintage,

A: Pours a vibrant, pure red colour, with a firm, though a little fizzy pink head, good lacing and retention.

S: Raspberry juice and horse blankets.

T: Tart raspberry juice with a surprising sweetness that I don't expect in Cantillon beers. The funk is there - it's on the lighter side, with an acetic finish.

M: Tart, acidic, dry for a fruit beer, spritzy carbonation.

D: A good lambic from Cantillon, didn't wow me like I expected it to, but a solid effort, would make an interesting dessert pairing.

Photo of orangesol
4.26/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottle. Thanks to DocJ007 for the share at our recent tasting.

A - Pours raspberry red with a nice one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty trails of lace down part of the glass.

S - Smells of intense basement must and barnyard funk and not much else. Not a ton of fresh fruit which is a bit surprising with such a fresh bottle but it is still enjoyable.

T - Starts off with the strong must and funk combo that never really fades away. The raspberries come through a little more here but they are still more muted than I was expecting. Finish is still pretty musty with some lingering tartness. Not overly sour like some of the aged bottles I have had, but not as bright with the fruit either.

M - Medium-Light body with moderately high carbonation. The spritzy feel propels the musty, tart flavors across the palate.

O - My first time having this one fresh and it was interesting. I was expecting a lot more fruit than I got from it, mostly the trademark Cantillon musty funk combo but that is fine as well. Probably my least favorite of the three Lou Pepe's but still a beer worth seeking out.

Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of stakem
4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle "2008 sticker" bottled in 2010. I was a little uneasy with this bottle. It appeared that at some point the pressure must have really build up inside and leaked through both the cork and cap and ran down the side of the label. The cap pried off with a hiss and revealed a layering of beer atop the cork which was riddled with rust. The cork was so saturated that it dissolved/broke as I removed it. Fortunately, the bottom half of the cork formed a solid seal and loudly popped as it came out. Shared with some friends and split into matching Cantillon glasses, this brew pours a fairly dark yet clear ruby red. A pink frothy head retains fairly decent. A light swirl revives a finger of pink froth.

The smell of this brew is surprisingly juicy and fresh with earthy ripe raspberries. It is somewhat pitted and grain or seed-like with a sweet over-ripe raspberry smell that is more rich as sweet smelling than what im use to. It has a light grassy element with a touch of funky/stinky cheese. In the background are notes of oak that are lightly musty. As it warms up, it evolves into almost a floral aspect that is quite appealing.

The taste of this brew is quite sour, the expected acidity of the normal Cantillon offering is augmented with a flavor of unripe raspberry which adds a different dimension of acidity. It is earthy and natural in flavor that is deep and unique that really meshes well with the barrel flavoring that comes across lightly musty. Considering how juicy and sweet smelling this brew was, the level of tartness really shocks the sense which was enjoyable.

This is a light bodied brew with a lively level of high carbonation that is not over-done. For being several years old at this point and in the bottle for more than a year, I found this brew smelling/tasting exceptionally bright and refreshing. I really enjoyed the other Lou Pepe's both on tap and in bottles when I had them, but this came across even more appealing to me. I need more of this brew!

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of yourefragile
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2007 vintage, 750 mL capped and corked bottle.

Pours a bright, clear rose color with a large frothy pink head that quickly fades to a ring of tiny bubbles with nice lacing, though each pour from the bottle stimulates a similarly large, appealing head.

Aroma is rich and complex, dominated by tart raspberry, slightly sweet. Underneath the fruit lies a vinegary sour, earthy aroma. Amazing balance of pungent, sharp sour notes with pleasant fruity tart and sweet.

The sour lambic flavors take center stage in the beginning. After a few sips to condition the palate, the sweet and tart raspberry fruit flavors with some lemon zest emerge underneath the funk. Finish is extremely dry and smooth with lingering raspberry notes and mild tartness.

Silky smooth mouthfeel with effervescent carbonation, and is extremely sour and puckering from the flavors described above. A sipper from the complex flavors and sour/funkiness, but not alcohol presence, and pleasant bursts of sweetness make this an exceptional lambic.

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.