Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon

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rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

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Photo of stakem
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
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! (1,996 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (1,086 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Framboise on tap at TND in SEPA. Served in a long fluted glass. There's no way I could of passed this up.

A- Red. That's pretty much it. A deep medium shade of the color with nothing on the surface in terms of foam. The liquid is rose colored. Some small streaks of foam on the way down, barely anything. This is pretty beer.

S- Smells like something Cantillon brewed up, no doubt about it. All the signature smells, horseyblanket/barnyard, wild yeast strain abundance with some slight oak from the barrel. Raspberry's are the theme here and they are integrated perfectly and huge in smell. This stuff really smells good so the taste should be wonderful.

T- And it is. This is one of the best Cantillon's i've had the pleasure to consume. The sourness is up there with puckering capabilities. Very fruit forward with the raspberries taking the lead with the funk towards the back. I get some oak in between and am left with linering fruit and oak afterwards. No alcohol is detected while it is rather low. This stuff is amazing.

M&D- The feel is light bodied and sour with some slight acidity. The tastes stay with you for a bit. I can't help to pucker a bit when drinking this, but that's why I drink these type beers here. Carb level is perfect in this well crafted beer/lambik. Well I had one tulip and could easily go for another, but with the high level of bacteria in this, my stomach would not thank me. (1,419 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,018 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Churckey DC for Zwanze 2013. Vintage 2010.

Deep dark red, nearly cherry, but just a touch of pink with a good thick collar that stays of pink bubbles.

The bouquet on the Lou Pepe is the perfect match of sweetness and tartness balanced, with perhaps the light funk and acid edging out just nicely enough. Sweet raspberry with a moderate funk kick. Hints of lemon also seem to burst out as well.

Palate comes with less funk and acid than expected. Fruit forward raspberries with a very light palate. Great mixture of sweet and tartness, but the acid and raspberry sensing sourness is predominant. Light pepper finish, with some hinting sweetness as well.

Overall a great example of a framboise of a different nature. Surprising example of what sweet and sour can accomplish in a beer. (833 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Double imported Cantillon. 2002 Vintage, with a 2004 printed on the cork. Bottled and imported from Belgium first by Belgian Beer Paradise, then bought in Brazil and sent to America in 2012. Now it's ready to drink in 2013. Let's hope the cork works with me. Coming out of a 750 ml bottle, on to the beer:

The cork is a little mushy, but I am able to put the cork opener into it without having it fall apart. Pull out, pour into a glass, get a muddy brownish pink color with no head on the pour. No worries. The aroma gets me in a good way, plenty acidic with some good doses of raspberries which still remain 9 years later. A rustic barnyard note sits behind all that. Somehow, the aromas are balanced very well.

As one could expect, this one attacks your palate in several ways. It's plenty acidic, which is a given, not just from being a Cantillon, but also the raspberries bring a pleasant acidic that's not so sharp as say, Fou Foune. Yet the raspberries also bring some tart, sour, and sweet flavors which soak into the palate and help this beer going down. It's surprisingly drinkable despite the intense activity and fullness found in the liquid.

Suffice to say, this is a fun and lovely fruit lambic. At a decade old, there's still plenty of life in this bottle, a bottle which I plan to finish on my own tonight. (1,327 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass. 2008, bottled April 12, 2011.

Appearance - Bright pink body. Faint pink head. Nice collar.

Smell - Buckets of raspberry with a nice funk. Not a lot of acidity in the nose, just a bit.

Taste - Bright raspberry, but no sweetness. Some sourness. Some funk. All raspberry in the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light body, extremely carbonated.

Overall - Strong raspberry and not a lot of lambic complexity. Still very nice. (454 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev -5%
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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage purchased in Brussels from Bier Tempel.

Had to uncork with a bottle opener, but not due to a lack of pressure—the huge thunk as it opened almost perforated my eardrums.

Looks red, bright and very pleasant. Head foams up at the beginning, but then fizzed itself out so that only a thin ring of fine bubbling remains. Carbonation is gorgeously fine. Looks a great fruit lambic.

Nose is wonderfully and genuinely raspberry fresh. Plenty of tart fruit, a hint of sweetness and lots of genuine lambic acidity to give its basis. The fragrance of the fruit is very true and really lovely.

Taste has that classic Cantillon acidity: raw, cutting and tart, but the sweetness and fragrance of the raspberries gives a truly wonderful counterbalance. Still acidic and with a slightly strained bitterness on the finish, but everything else restrains and leavens it beautifully. Yes. This is a wonderful balance for a fruit lambic. Restrained, truly fragrantly fruity, balanced, but still raw and aggressive.

Yes, lovely. The fruit is just right in this one, and the Cantillon acidity is slightly more restrained. Gorgeous. (1,128 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2/09/2013

2008 vintage poured into Lost Abbey stemware.

A: Dark red with a slight orangish hue and an inch of pinkish beige froth.

S: The aroma displays an absurd amount of jammy, tart, pungent raspberry seed and flesh. It's extremely aromatic and vibrant, with an almost spicy character due to its concentration. There's a lightly sweet crackery malt foundation beneath the fruit. Oak and leather blend with earthy funk. There's a bit of vinegar in there.

T: Sweet and tart raspberry seed and flesh with jammy notes and a subtle malt presence. The fruit is explosive and abnormally expressive. Face meltingly, devastatingly, depressively fruity. Lactic, leathery, and oaky, with a delicious tartness throughout. Vinegar is light in the flavor and there's a pervasive but subtle acetic acidity throughout. Finishes heavy on the fruit with a refreshing tartness and a firm but gentle lactic presence.

M: Upper light to lower medium body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, dry, and tannic.

Overall: By far the best bottle of Lou Pepe Framboise I've tried, though I've only had the beer a few times and mostly from older bottles. This was exceptional with a radical funky fruit presence. Highly recommended. (1,223 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2003 Vintage

A: Poured a glowing, cloudy grapefruit, ruby color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap

S: Whoooa! Raspberry, cherry, vinegar base and funk

T: Tart and acidic. Some barnyard funk, horesblanket smothered in raspberries and a hint of cherry, vinegar on taste buds with some woodiness and Earthy notes

M: Tasrt, medium body, booze seems a bit more prominent than the 5% but was not to hot.

O: Best I have had, ever. (440 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise is perhaps the most classic and refined beer I've ever tried - but it has the colour of a Swedish Berry candy, the glossiness of nail polish, and looks flamboyant enough to be singing a Liza Minnelli tune. Even its head is hot pink.

This has a smell reminiscent of a dank, musty basement - the fruitiest, most perfumed and agreeable wet basement you'll ever come across. There's a strong whiff of oak wood but most of all there's the wild yeasts and trademark bacteria of the Senne Valley. It's a scent unique to Brussels and, more specifically, one that can instantly be traced back to Cantillon.

Jean Van Roy - pick your generation - is a prolific father; others have carried on his sour, wild yeast and barrel-aging lineage, but Lou Pepe Framboise reminds us "who's your daddy". Nothing is this distinctly funky, obviously fermented *and* friendly. The extra dosage of fruit doesn't distract from the sour Lambic but increases the subtle flavour present in the Rosé De Gambrinus.

One is always kept aware of the old oak barrels in which this beer is aged (minimum of two years in Lou Pepe's case). As is virtually always the case with every Fruit Lambic Cantillon brews, the contents of the wood are as apparent as (or arguably more than) the fruit. This thing has a shot of lemon juice with every mouthful; very sour but also, in a huge way, very refreshing.

Of all the dozens of Lambics I've reviewed on my home (North American) turf, none have recaptured and recalled the charm, character and cuisine of Belgium - at least those elements that I've always taken away from it - better than Lou Pepe Framboise. Each trip to Brussels is relived with every sip. It is a dazzling beer and easily one of the more memorable ones I've tried. (1,774 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
3.94/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

2008 vintage, bottled in 2010

A: Super carbonated bottle with some leakage. Cork started slowly pushing out as soon as the cap was removed and could be pulled out with fingers rather than needing a corkscrew. Raised a significant head filling nearly half the glass before quickly receding. Beautiful, clear red liquid with lots of bubble activity.

S: Lots of funk and raspberry. A little jammy with a hint of parmesan cheese

T: Really sharply tart. Lots of fruit, wood, and acetic acid.

M: Highly carbonated, explodes with foam in your mouth. Long linger.

O: This beer could be great, but the over-carbonation in this bottle is really a problem, making it hard to serve and hard to taste until some extended, vigorous swirling gets most of the carbon dioxide out of solution. The smell is lovely and the taste is also very appealing once you can get to it, but the carbonation is just crazy. (896 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewed in 2010, opened Nov 2013.

A - Light haze on a beautiful bright raspberry red body. Light pink head has ok retention and low lace.

S - Soft sourness with raspberry jam and a light barnyard funk.

T - Tart, cherry jello powder, raspberry sorbet, white sugar, and just the slightest impression of oak.

M - Light frame. Bright acidity. Nice carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Nice, tart, under-ripe raspberry flavor profile with a light and refreshing body. (459 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, red/pink color. 1/4 inch head of a pink color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong raspberries, tart yeast, slight dark citrus, sour notes, and slight earthiness. Fits the style of a Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a low carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of raspberries, tartness, pungent sour flavors, and also a strong tang. I had a hard time discerning what ingredients caused the basic flavors I tasted, but nonetheless it was an amazing brew. (528 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.84/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle has 2008 sticker date, poured in July 2011 for my Cantillon birthday tasting.

This is a BEAUTIFUL beer, pure raspberry pink with an equally pink head. What a crazy looking head! Gorgeous beer.

Smells wonderful, tons of raspberry and tons of acidic sour.

Tastes even better, there is a CRAZY amount of raspberry flavor in this beer. This is the fruitiest lambic I've ever tasted. Also an extremely sour beer, this is heartburn in a bottle right here. The extreme fruitiness and extreme sourness combine into a remarkable lambic.

Very nice carbonation, good body to support the fruit and sour kick in the flavor.

Generally I prefer kriek to framboise but this one blew me away, much better than the Lou Pepe Kriek, just as good or better than the Blabaer we had the same night. I love this beer and want more!

9.9/10 (827 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2005 batch bottled in 2007.

Pours a cloudy orange/almost red, juice colour, medium off white head forms, quickly settles to a very thin ring around the glass, no real lacing, nice colour.

Smell is nice, big Cantillon sourness and funk, raspberries, wood, earthy, barnyard, vinegar, still a solid amount of fruity sweetness, lots of lemon and acidity, nice funkiness, smell is great.

Taste is badass, wickedly sour and tart, vinegar, oak/wood, barnyardy funk, lemons, some raspberry sweetness and a bit of fruit through the middle, earthy, wicked almost salty, but very acidic in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, feels a bit thicker than most Cantillon, but this one is wickedly tart. Great stuff. (743 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 5.30.12. 2008 Sticker.

A - Pours a dark burgundy red with a light pink fizzy and foamy head.

S - Sweet cherry, dark fruit, acidic vinegar.

T - A soft, sweet cherry, strawberries and cream.

D - Great carbonation with a light body. A touch of tartness at first, but gone quickly.

O - A light, sweet symphony on the tongue. Makes me think of strawberries and cream. Yum. (389 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is not a normal review because it's from memory from 9/25/13. I felt it was wrong to just "had" this gem, and I didn't have anything to write with at the time since I was just going out for dinner and not expecting something so fantastic to be there. Shared this w/ Skrip and another friend at a random place in VT that had it for on site consumption only. The words may be less descriptive than usual since it's from memory, but I the numbers should be spot on because I have pics for appearance, and remember how great it smelled/tasted/felt overall!

2010 vintage

A- Pours a GORGEOUS raspberry pink/red that just glows in the glass! Very minimal head that recedes quickly, leaving little to no lacing. Good carbonation can be seen.

S- My God, this smells fantastic! Super fruity and tart. Raspberries, sour green apples, very light vinegar/acidic smell. It all just explodes out of the glass, beckoning you to take a sip!

T- The taste follows the nose nearly to a T. The sour/tartness is not overwhelming, but it's right there in your face from the start, and leaves a puckering sour snap in the finish. Perhaps not as much raspberries as I'd like, and a bit more vinegar than preferred, but these are minor complaints. There's plenty of oak/tannic character. Not super complex, but delicious!

M- The feel was well carbonated and quite good for the style as it went down smooth, but again with that smack of sour in the finish. The oak yields a mellow feel as well.

O- Overall this was a pleasure to drink. The aroma was top notch, and the taste could stand up to many of the best sours out there. I'm taking off a little extra just because as it warmed a bit past cellar temp (which is what it was served at) the flavor dropped off slightly and became more vinegary (which I don't necessarily mind much, but it took over the raspberries, which I feel are meant to be featured). (1,891 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle at hosers 17/7/11

A a little hazy pinky salmon liquid with a short lived light pink head that leaves little lace, I gotta admit that the color is seductive

S mild funk with tart raspberry, a little jammy but earthy at the same time

T not completely dry but close too it, what I smell is in the mouth and I'm not sure if I pick up some wet dog or if this dog breathing on me is mucking up my pallet, I get the tart raspberry but I also get some sour cherry somehow

M oh so tart, lip licking pucker sour with an aftertaste I'll need floss to get rid of

O solid lambic for sure perhaps a little above my level of understanding, I'm learning to love sour funk

I'm still a little confused by the style but I'm enjoying this learning experience (752 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Slightly hazy red colour with a small but very short lasted white head.

Intensely fruity aroma. Massive raspberry and raspberry seed aroma coming out of this 7 year old vintage. Funky too. Complex with fruity, tart and earthy notes. Big.

Massive tart funkiness but not powerfully acidic. Just rounded acidity that plays off the raspberry flavour and aroma. Interesting lemon note. Low barnyard flavours but the fruitiness really makes this a winner.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Super.

An excellent beer in the finest Cantillon style. The Lou Pepe range truly is the pinnacle of what they produce. The even rarer stuff is hardly worth the effort compared to this sublime product. (707 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (1,195 characters)

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.