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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

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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Photo of NCSUdo
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
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 -37.2%
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 +12.9%

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 +0.9%
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 +3.8%
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 Nickls
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -2.3%
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 Casey10
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Chriscrundwell12
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
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 EliotRosewater
4.65/5  rDev +5%
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 robbyc1
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
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 ghostwalker
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
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 blakesell
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
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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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 oakbluff
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
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 ngandhi
3.48/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2002, decanted

The Lou Pepe Framboise does exhibit a stronger fruit character than most Cantillon, as was the goal of this line of lambic, but is as dry and acidic as any other. The Brett character is sacrificed in this beer to mouthwatering tartness. And though much of this comes from the raspberries, I find it difficult really to distinguish the fruit character from the lambic itself. It is in what it isn't -- Lou Pepe Framboise is not earthy or woody -- but to say that this is a fruit bomb would be a huge overstatement.

The Framboise is still prototypically Cantillon with so much acidity that you'll think you're drinking an ulcer or a very, very tight wine. And by adding more fruit and sacrificing a lot of that classic funk, Cantillon has weakened the beer. The focus comes to be strictly on the intense, cheek-collapsing acid and parching dryness.

The sludge off of which this was decanted is much richer in raspberry aroma and a few drops of it into the glass yielded more body and a much more rounded lambic. But the brewer does suggest decanting.

Without the barnyard nose and earthy taste I've come to expect from Cantillon, this framboise is one-dimensional and, as a result, painful to drink. Among fruit lambics, Lindeman's pastuerized offerings are good at showing off pure fruit without the "wild" characteristics of lambic while Cantillon Kriek is a difficult but remarkable achievement of precisely what a fruit lambic ought to be. This one tries to walk the line, showcasing fruit but trying to maintain some historical integrity. Stripped of all its sugars, however, we don't seem to really be dealing with raspberries anymore and, stripped of funk, we aren't really dealing with Cantillon.

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of fisherman34
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
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 drewbage
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled deep into the evening at the SoCal O'Briens Gathering.

Quite a treat to see this availble in a keg. (Thanks Tom!)

Beer arrives in the glass a deep rich red purple with a light haze and a low almost non-existant pinkish head.

The aroma is of grapeskins followed by a seedy aroma from a highly acidic fruit. The Cantillon funk seems to be missing or muted in this particular brew.

Flavor matches up with the aroma fufilling a spicy tannic berry bite, but curiously soft on the acid compared to the more traditional Cantillon products.

Still tasty as hell.

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Photo of readbaron
4.95/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage courtesy of KickInTheChalice.

Pours a deep, dark, beautiful red. Darker than the Kriek. There's a hint of white foam that fades into a ring over time. Perfection. I'll be using that term a lot when discussing this beer.

Smells incredible, like fresh raspberries. There's a tiny hint of lemon tartness, and a touch of funk, but the raspberries dominate the nose. Unbelievable.

Taste is equally perfect. Fresh squeezed raspberries assault the palate. It's tart, but not overwhelmingly so. Funk is negligable.

Feel is delightful, light crisp, well carbonated.

Overall - an outstanding beer. Top notch.

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Photo of ricke
3.91/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage, bottles in September 2009.

A: Ruby red with a small pink head that leaves some lacings.

S: The smell is a bit mild with notes of raspberries, grass and mild funky notes. Not a whole lot of acidity.

T: The taste is tart with muted but clean raspberry flavors. Somewhat acidic. Notes of grass and raspberry seeds, and funky notes of mud and hey. Wood. The finish has a mild grassy bitterness to it and notes of minerals and dry raspberry notes.

M: Surprisingly full body (still moderate though) with very sparkling carbonation.

D: Good. Very drinkable. However, it seems to lack complexity and is slightly to clean in character. It seems "young", which isn't that weird since this bottle was only a couple of months old. Would probably be way better in a year or so.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.2/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise | 750 ml. | 5.0% ABV | 2006 vintage

Brewer: Brasserie Cantillon
Style: Lambic - Fruit
Glass: Oversized wine glass

Presentation:
Cantillon's stately bottles of beer could easily be confused for wine. The label art is very nice.

Appearance:
Gurgling reddish-pink with a towering head of pink fizz. Carbonation blasts up the sides of the glass.

Aroma:
Tart and sour -- mostly raspberry and sour fruit. As it warms, the oak seeps through nicely.

Taste:
Like getting slapped silly with a sour stick whilst rolling in a tub of the tartest raspberries ever to ferment in an oak barrel. My God! My mouth puckered like no other into a horrible grimace, dragging the other features along with it into a crumpled ball of agony and anguish.

Mouthfeel:
It's hard to judge such a quaint thing when your face has puckered in on itself. Smooth and light-bodied probably. There may have been crisp and ample carbonation.

Harmony:
Cacophony's more like it.

Would I get it again?:
I would cellar it for an additional four years, which would hopefully tame its wild side. I would get it again to run this foolhardy experiment.

Bottled: 2006
Served: June 24, 2010

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Photo of macher0
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle consumed at the Holy Grale in Louisville Kentucky on New Years Day.

What a treat. This pours vibrant red with a minimal head but decent effervescence. The nose is a beautiful balance between neutral oak, raspberries, sour yeast, and cherries. The taste is right in line with the nose. Moderate level of tartness. Moderate carbonation, fairly thin, moderate smoothness.

This is not sweet or syrupy. This has a strong raspberry flavor that is tight in line with the tart level and influence from the barrel. Another home run from Cantillon.

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Photo of Realale
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2001 Edition.

Deep hazy red with a slight touch of onion skin. Foam was oozing out of the bottle upon opening, and was enthusiastic upon pouring, but, in typical Cantillon fashion, quickly dissipated in the glass.

Absolutely stunning nose of pure wild raspberry supported by acidic citrus notes. Touch of funk, but much more subdued than most Cantillons. Still obviously a traditional lambic, but the quality of the raspberry is like nothing I've smelt.

Typical Cantillon in the mouth. A bit surprising, given the richness that the extra fruit and barrel treatment gave the nose. Tart citrus dominates, with a bit of crisp crackery grain making itself known. Finish is unbelievably long.

Beautifully carbonated, and a lovely mouthfeel. As easy to drink as any Cantillon, although the transition between the richness of the nose and the typicity of the palate is a bit distracting.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mine was the 2007 vintage.

Pours a brilliant deep red, with a thin head. The beer is actually surprisingly clear for a lambic, but otherwise, it looks like I would expect it to. The smell is all fruit. Sweet fruit, candy like, maybe a bit of tartness, but almost reminds me of a fruit soda. Very nice - though sometimes you don't mind the smell of garbage in a wild ale. The flavor comes across first as tart and acidic, but it has a nice sweetness to balance. The flavor in some ways reminds me of raspberry-lime juice, if there were such a thing, also a slight sourness that is really nice, like sour candy. The taste is just surprisingly clean for a wild ale, just a nice blend of sweet and tart, with the flavor of fruit, just amazingly balanced. The bo dy is a little fuller than I expected, probably from the sweet fruit juice, and the carbonation is low, but you can tell that it's there. Fairly nice. This is really a nice beer, the sourness is there in it's fullness, but it is just held in balance with the beautiful blending and the addition of fruit. It's not too acidic, and doesn't remind you of garbage, it's just a great lambic. Really a joy to drink.

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Photo of rodkin
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2008 sticker. Cork comes out with a very satisfying pop. Says bottled in 2010.

Pours a gorgeous, deep reddish pink, with a light pink head. Pours about 2 fingers of head, but it reduces almost immediately, leaving pretty much nothing but the most delicious looking raspberry juice you've ever seen. Lack of visible carbonation beyond the occasional bubble is a bit disappointing, though.

Smell is pretty strong on raspberries upfront. Some earthy funk and sourness comes through too. A bit of oak. This is really nice, good meld of smells, but the raspberry definitely takes center stage.

Oh yeah, that's pretty sour. Not as strong on the raspberry as I was hoping or expecting from the smell. There's some raspberry, some oak, some earthy mustiness. The oak is more prominent than in the nose. Very funky. Not quite as nice as the smell, but it's still very tasty. Maybe a bit of citrus and underripe green apple in there too. More like a 4.25, but I'm feeling generous.

Despite the appearance to the contrary, the mouthfeel is actually really nice. Decent carb, not overwhelming, and a slightly thin body, which seems perfect to me. Very slight creaminess, and a smooth finish.

I'm new to Cantillon, and to sours in general, but I've yet to find a loon I didn't enjoy. Another hit.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
98 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.
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