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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
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Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 11-03-2003

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1,269
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4.44
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Photo of drmcleod10
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Popped and shared amongst friends.

2011 Sticker, poured into a wine stem glass.

Beautiful fresh raspberry smell accompanies a light bodied raspberry colored beer with a 1/4 inch white foam head that recedes back into the glass.

Classic Cantillon funk on the back end of the nose and as it warms a bit.

Taste follows the nose here with tart raspberries that have a very natural taste. Freshly squeezed and pressed raspberries with a tart dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light and perfect for the style.
This is easier to obtain than other top tier Frams, or Black Raz, Rasp, blackberry wilds/gueuzes/sours.

It holds up with the best of them. Seek this one out with confidence

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Photo of nomad
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml, 2012 (bottled/released fall 2015). Pours between brick and blood red, slightly hazy, and with minimal head. Nose takes you down two roads. Fresh and acidic/preserved cherries and raspberries and ice cream come through. Alongside, dandelions, hay, Brett, and tart apple. Fruit is amazing compared to Rose de Gambrinus. I think this will be my first ever 5 for nose. Flavor has acidity and intensity of straight raspberry juice paired with funky lemon peel and a fresh herbal greenery that is hard to place. Almost like an intense mixed drink. Prickly crisp carbonation. Funky monkey this is a good beer, even compared to other Cantillon beers. Honestly, the intensity will make this 750 ml bottle an all afternoon affair.

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Photo of Risser09
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared by Phatz for his sour beer tasting • 2004 Bottling • Poured into a taster

Appearance: Pours a ruby red color with a little bit of carbonation and some lacing. as with other lambics, plenty of clinging bubbless.

Smell: Funky, horseblanket of aromas, much like a barnyard. Raspberry and wood are very present as well.

Taste: Much like the smell, the taste is loaded with raspberry, in a tart way. There is minimal carbonation here, with cherry tartness that lurks around in my mouth.

Mouthfeel: Intensely tart and sour. You have to be ready for something like this before you go off playing around. Otherwise, the beer has a mellowing effect on myself and my senses. Sublime I guess you would call it.

Drinkability: Not an every day drinker by any means. This beer would best be served as an aperitif or perhaps a digestif depending on the meal and courses. This beer would get consumed more if it weren't for the heavy price tag.

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Photo of tewaris
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Andrew! For this one and for Gratitude.
Pours burnt orange-pink with a dirty collar for head. Aroma is massive funk, sulfur, leather and maybe some fruit lurking somewhere. Smells abrasive!
Tart, dry, pungent. Did I already say dry? I don't think I have ever had a monster comparable to this beer in its dryness and sour character except the Beatification that I don't remember having at Darkness Day 2010 :/
Excellent mouthfeel with loads of crisp carbonation.
4, 4, 4, 4, 4.5

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Photo of MatthewWalters
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
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 zhanson88
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby color with tons of pink head. Probably 6" of head forms after a 1oz pour, that has incredible retention. Very high carbonation in this bottle.

Smell: Smells of slightly sweet, but mostly sour and tart raspberries. Some bretty funk, sharp grass scents, mustiness, and oak follows.

Taste: Sour raspberries and lemony tartness up front, followed by funk, mustiness, and general sourness. Very oaky as well. A hint of sweetness to offset, but mostly just sour.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with very high carbonation, great mouthfeel and spot on for the style. Overall, a great fruit beer. Very sour all in all, but complex at the same time. Will definitely look to get ahold of another bottle of this.

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Photo of errantnight
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2008 bottling

Just ever so slightly disappointing. Not quite the massive fruit bomb of the best year's I've had, nor aged enough to add funky complexity. Still gorgeous, ruby-maroon with fluffy head that lasts. Deep, bold berry notes on the nose and palate, and sharp, lingering, fierce tartness. Clean, overly so in fact. A round, medium body with a crisp finish.

This particular tasting was a fine bottling I'd love to have easy access to, but not something to write home about.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.92/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

* Brewed in 2006

Appearance - 4.0
Pours a finger of light pink head that reduced to a thin layer over a dark red body that shines a little orange where the light catches it.

Smell - 4.5
The nose almost cringes from the sourness! Once the initial shock is over there is great depth and complexity - tart raspberry, wood, blackcurrant and wet blanket.

Taste - 4.0
Oak barrels mustiness and classic lambic notes are funky and super sour. Tart raspberry is juicy and a little sweet, but this is just drowned in the sourness and complexity. Wow!

Mouthfeel - 4.0
You have to keep the tongue moving to keep up with the tangy, sticky and lightly fizzy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 3.0
About as expected for a traditional lambic, but the more you drink the better it is.

OVERALL - 4.0
About as good as a traditional fruit lambic can be. Amazingly complex but very hard to drink.

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Photo of JAXSON
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle. Clear bright red, medium head. Nose is tightly woven brett, fresh raspberries. Very juicy as with most Cantillon fruit lambics. Mouth is very tight, refined, juicy raspberries, acidity, and barnyard brett. Acidity is mostly on the front end and not on the finish. The high acidity makes this much less attractive than the Lou Pepe Kriek from the same year. I'm thinking it's just really difficult to make a raspberry lambic or raspberry sour without it being acidic over a couple years.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I let this warm to approximately 40º F and served it in one of my New Belgium snifter style glasses. I consumed the 750 mL bottle over a period that allowed the beer to reach room temperature.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep red with a thin white fizzy head that quickly dissipates. Sparse bubbles rise up the sides of the glass to create a patchy thin ring.

Smell: Aromas of raspberries, sourness, and an intense funky wet blanket aroma.

Taste): The characteristic lambic flavors are present. There's an acidic tartness that greets the palate. It mellows into fruity raspberry flavors. The sourness reasserts itself in the finish, though not as much as some of Cantillon's other offerings. Funky lambic flavors are also present in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, light-bodied with a puckering sourness and dry finish.

Drinkability: Like most lambics, Lou Pepe Framboise is a sipping beer.

Overall: An excellent lambic. The fruitiness is much more evident in this beer than in other Cantillon beers that I've had.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
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 NittanyBeerFan
2.78/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to bucketboy (Joe) for surprising us with a Lou Pepe diagonal on the day of the tasting. 11th beer consumed overall, and the first of the Lou Pepe variants. Bottle from 2002.

The pour yields an uninspiring dirty brown amber with orange hues. Not much carbonation is evident, as this one is just a bit more carbonated that tap water.

The aroma is funky and sour with overripe and rotting, festering raspberries come to the front followed immediately by some acetone. Extremely sour on the palate, but nothing lactic or acetic. The pedio has taken over this beer, yielding a warhead like sourness, but taken up 3 notches. I am guessing malic acid, but that is just a shot in the dark. A more fruity raspberry flavor comes through later, but this is again a sour candy-like fruitiness and not the authentic and refreshing bright and fresh fruit as you find in Cantillon's young fruit lambics.

I don't know what it is about raspberries that make them seemingly poor fruits for aging with bugs for a long time, but this was the second year in a row that the raspberry sour (V006 last year) or lambic was the disappointment of the tasting. I would like to review this fresh, as I imagine that how it is meant to be consumed.

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Photo of Franck
5/5  rDev +12.6%

2013 vintage. Smell of rasberries. Taste is slightly sour with a punch of rasberries. Bitterness is long and fruity. Lou Pepes are really the best from Cantillon!

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Photo of ggaughan
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Monk's Cafe before their New Belgium dinner. The beer poured a hazy bright red color with a slight carbonated body and a dull pink head. The nose was nice and funky as expected with some fresh raspberry notes. The taste was one of those nice pucker up tart tastes to be expected for a gem like Cantillon. The raspberries tasted so real and refreshing. Despite the tartness, this was a very easy drinking beer and had a nice peppery taste on the back end.

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Nickls
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Ruby reddish color; poured with a very thin white head

S - Fruity tartness; fresh raspberries; hint of cherry; bit of vinegar; then again with the raspberry finish

T - Beautifully tart; fresh raspberries and wild strawberry flavors; light on the vinegar but definitely present; mild funkiness as well. Really nice

M - Thinner; effervescent carbonation

D - Really awesome for the style; refreshing and interesting but didn't wear thin and wasn't prohibitively sour

Overall, a great example of the style and a wonderful brew.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 vintage, just like the picture.

Appearance: Brownish and quite murky, like most Cantillons the head was lively at first but died off rapidly.

Smell: Crush some sour, unripe raspberries, stick that jam into a well used baseball glove and leave it between two bales of hay during a rainy October and that's what this Beer smells like. I kid you not.

Taste: A bit more fruity than a kriek, but the difference is almost negligible. The acidity beats up your tongue and bullies your taste buds for it's lunch money. Like the Parliament Funkadelic is jamming in my mouth!

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks translucent for sharing this beer.

2002 label, 2004 cork.

A- Pours a nice looking reddish brown color, cloudy body, yellow hues come out, ½ fingers worth of a light pink head.
S- Very pungent smelling beer, huge funky musty raspberry presence, tart, vinegar really nice, makes my mouth water.
T- WOW….huge tart flavor, the sour presence is so big, really acidic, very puckering, some oak is present, raspberries are there but not upfront, ageing has done wonders to this beer.
M- Light body, moderate to low carbonation, really puckering, dry finish.
O- This beer was pretty impressive, incredibly puckering and tart, really enjoyed my 5 oz pour, would love to try a fresh bottle of this to compare.

Recently had the 2008 Version and i enjoyed the freshness of the beer more so than the aged version. Love the fresh raspberries that come out, really easy drinking, nice tartness and funk.

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Photo of Casey10
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exceceptionall beer had on tap at the Lion's Pride In Brunswick, ME.

A - Faded cherry head with a beautifull red 1 finger head poured into a glass.

S - really good lots of rasberry and sour apple I would say make this one really good.

T - great loved it, sour, tart and goes down smooth.

M - leave a lingering aftertaste of sour funk really nice.

D - Good really nice would drink a bunch if the price was a bit less but beautiful none the less.

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Photo of kitch
4.95/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 750ml bottle at the brewery. 2013 sticker, bottled on 3rd April 2016. Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear dark ruby colour with a three finger dark pink head that had decent retention and some sparse lacing. Looks so good.

Aroma: Fruity raspberry, strawberry and some light floral notes.

Taste: Sour, tart, raspberry, strawberry, oak, apple and light barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: So good. Such nice refreshing raspberries and strawberries. Could very well be my favourite fruit lambic! Must buy.

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Photo of EliotRosewater
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2010 sticker

A - gorgeous light red with hint of pink in color. Aggressively dissipated carbonation.

S - that prototypical Cantillon funk comes at you right out of the box. Bright raspberry, currant and cherries.

T - big raspberry and mild funk. Just a pure and total expression of the style.

M - nice carbonation. Great interplay of sweetness and acidity. Flawless balance.

O - without a doubt, the best framboise I've ever had. Rose de Gambrinus is a great beer and this one is just like RDG, but on steroids.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
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 robbyc1
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
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 blakesell
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillion Lou Pepe Framboise 2005

Poured from the 750ml wrapped, oversize capped, and moldy-corked bottle into a Belgian Snifter.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazed pink with a thin film of carbonation on the top that quickly mists to the sides of the glass. Lacing leaves a little bit of sticky on the sides, but that's about all there. Haze looks to have a bit of wheat in there.

Smell- Natural raspberries and that amazing trademark Cantilion yeast strain that only their fine beers possess. A wonderful leathery funk that I can't even really call brettanomyces, this funk smells completely different. Who knows what has happened to this beer after the past four years? It certainly has a uniqueness in there that I can't figure along with the pediococcus.

Taste- Tart.. Very tart and puckering, the raspberries don't taste the slightest bit fakey like some other lambics that we know of. The lingering sourness is very similiar to if you ate an entire bushel of unripe berries and it sticks to the tongue, but this is not unpleasant at all. The carbonation seems to permeate and seperate the taste buds, I hope this isn't a palate killer on the first beer of the night, but if it is, what a great beer to do it with.

Mouthfeel- Tart, puckering, medium low in carbonation, medium bodied, not warming, vinegary, effervescent.

Drinkability- Probably the best frambois I will ever have in my life, smooth, tart, lightly tingling on the lips, something I would love to have every day and I'm not the fruit beer guy. Sadly, I will likely never see it again. I need to go to Belgium!

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
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