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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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Photo of haz77
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 2005 vintage. Pours a hazy lipstick red with a small off-white head. This dissipates to a thing ring fairly rapidly, but can be easily refreshed. No sign of any carbonation bubbles.

S - Big hit of raspberry, with a layer of funk sitting behind it. Lemon zest, horse blanket, sweet tobacco.

T - Begins with a mellow tartness before the flavour of the raspberry moves forward in the middle. Citric tartness really starts to kick in at the end and leaves the mouth watering into a long sour, tobacco flavours finish. Very fresh for a 6 year old beer, but well integrated.

M - Tingle of soft-medium fine carbonation and light-medium body. As expected and very good.

D - Yet another winner from Cantillon. Complex, refreshing and hugely well crafted.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy purple color with an average fizzy purple head that lasted with good lacing. Good tart raspberry & yeast aroma. Medium body with tingly texture and flat carbonation. Moderate raspberry tar fruit flavor with a solid tart fruit and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Very good beer.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.84/5  rDev +9%
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

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.94/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2006 vintage
A: cloudy, murky pink/red dirty amber. nice off-white head.
S: i was surprised at how the raspberries jumped out despite the age on this. funkiness, earthiness, and barnyardy aromas mixed in.
T: remember those super sour candies some kid would dare you to eat as a kid? drop a raspberry flavored one in a shot of distilled vinegar and it might approach this, only i don't imagine that would be nearly as sour as this lambic. i didn't get much of the raspberry in the taste. very dry and the puckering sourness overwhelms. maybe a touch of residual sugar woulda helped this for me.
M: the intense sourness dried my mouth out and made me crave water. i felt like my teeth and tongue were power-washed with battery acid. the sourness lingered for an hour, even after trying to cleanse my mouth with a gumballhead, cigs, BCBS variants, and water. i did get a nice frothiness and liked the fine carbonation in this, however.
O: i want to be cool and like stuff like this, and will keep trying. if you're a fan of sours, i'm quite sure you think i'm an idiot and hate me right now. maybe this review will get reported and deleted like my thomas hardy's review. it's just my honest opinion, and i'm no expert. but i review as much for myself as for style, if not moreso.
many thanks to whoever shared this at the alewatcher/oreo tasting.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.97/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of hawks10
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage - Bottled September 29th, 2010 - Green corked and capped bottle, poured into my Cantillon stemware...

Pours a beautiful, glowing deep ruby red. Two fingers of light pink head forms and quickly recedes, leaving me with a glass of Hawaiian Punch...

Wow, the most intense blast of pure fresh raspberries fills my nose right away. This is the most fruit forward Cantillon I have ever smelled. Literally like sticking your nose straight into a crate of fresh, ripe raspberries. Awesome. The typical Cantillon funk has been pushed to the background, very subtle mustiness and faint oak character, this one is all about the fruit...

Tart and intensely fruity. Lemon acidity followed by extremely tart raspberries. The funk that was mostly absent in the nose comes through stronger in the taste. Musty and dry. Finishes extremely dry with a nice touch of oak. Delicious.

Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Tart and slightly acidic, finishes extremely dry...

Wonderful!

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Photo of waltersrj
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage on draft.

Pour: Ruby red, slightly oily looking body with a bright pink 2 fingered, prickly carbonated head.

Nose: Very tart raspberries (not quite fully ripened), musty oak, slight barnyard funk, vinegar, red wine and lemon juice to round it out.

Taste: BAM! You've just been punched with a raspberry fist...right down your throat! Seriously tart raspberries, slight lemon juice at first, followed by slight oak and barnyard flavors that can't defeat the initial raspberry tartness. Finish is slight sweetness from the fruit along with hints of red wine and vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for this style. Light and crisp, slight prickly carbonation just below being oily. Perfect body in my opinion.

Overall: Fantastic. This is my idea of a perfect sour at the top of my list. Hope to find a bottle.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07 vintage bottle split with Bar fly B.

A- a steady pour yields three fingers of fluffy pink head that settles quickly leaving only a few wisps on top. Beautiful slightly hazy deep pink in color that's glows spectacularly when held to light.

S- ripe juicy tart raspberries and musty funky wet wood. Sharp acidity and touches of red wine vinegar. Some barnyard aspects going on but this one is all about the fruits.

T- wow! Now that's a butthole ripper right there. Bracingly sour right upfront with super tart under ripe raspberries and lemon juice. Musty funky yeast and rotten oak. Touches of sweetness attempting to fights its way through the sour but barely making a dent. As the brew does some serious warming the rougher edges smooth out and the whole thing comes together to a level of perfection that no framboise I've had can touch.

M- a few steps less then medium in body and a good bit of sharp bright carb. A pucker that will rip the drawls from yo ass a pull them out ya mouth. My juices are flowing for minutes after each sip.

O- to say this brew is one dimensional is all wrong. Its powerful and confrontational in flavor but very pure and to the point. Massively sour and fruity with all funk playing second fiddle but in a good way. Each and every time I have this beer I'm blown away by it.

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

For the most part, I've been disappointed with aged framboises. This is the 2007 vintage, bottled 14 Sept 2009, consumed 29 April 2011 in celebration of our last night living in DC (for now, at least) and having those French bastards rip us off $10K for a POS UHV tee they made for us.

Decanted, this is clear with a dense, light pink head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a great looking lambic. The nose has a beautiful, bright, raspberry character, fruity and jammy with macerated fruit. The lambic base is expressed as a more lemony, ripe character, in line with Cantillon's Lou Pepe line. A little grass and hay are present as well.

The palate opens with quite an intense sourness, very lemony, very lemon-rind like with a distinct raspberry fruitiness, moderately jammy but also very bright, ripe and almost floral. Demonstrating the dichotomy that is a fruit lambic - ripe, delicate, fruit character coupled with an intensely sour base. There's a definite musty character, one that's lightened up by the lemony sourness. Drying, sour and lemony acidity are present on the finish, along with a rather prominent fruit character. Despite being relatively young, this does has a touch of solventy, rotting raspberry character present. Seedy tannins are present, lending a mild nuttiness to the flavor, especially the finish. Despite the high acidity, I seem to have no problem plowing through the first half of the bottle and savoring the second.

Ultimately, this is the completely unlike Hommage in that it leans more heavily on the sourness rather than the fruit. Additionally, this just doesn't seem to age as well as the Drie Fonteinen framboises seem to (I only have Hommage as a reference, but I hear Framboos is rather amazing even 12 years on).

**Original review :03-08-2009 08:36:11**
4/4/4.5/4.5/4.5
2003 vintage picked up at Sam's in Clybourn today. At $30 a bottle, I wasn't going to pay up another $15 to carry it back home. Into a wine glass

A: Hazy pink with a thin white head that recedes fairly quickly. This would be clear (it was when I picked it up) but it doesn't take well to a train ride in a backpack

S: Opens up with a ton of funk - wet leather, horse blanket - before a mild raspberry note comes through. Fruit character is well expressed, with the aroma carrying through very well. Age might have something to do with the shift in balance towards a more funk-forward beer. Acidity is noticeable

T: Opens up sour and tart with plenty of acidity. Funk is restrained compared to the sourness - very forward and bracing. Acidity is prominent, lemony in nature. Fruit comes through in the middle, with a delicate raspberry flavor that works very well, now that my palate has been opened up by the sourness. Finishes dry, tart and long

M: Soft carbonation, light body and a delicious finish. Great stuff

D: A 750 is going to be no problem. OTOH, I think I'm going to drink my fruit lambics fresh and age my gueuzes.

**Edit 26 March 2011**
Joe was kind enough to share a bottle of the 2002 vintage (bottled in 2004). Light, this is a clear amber and is lightly carbonated. The nose has rotting, overripe raspberries and nail polish remover. Not much funk, there's some pie-like cooked fruit character, mildly jammy. The palate opens super sour, definitely too much so. Not really acetic or lactic, is this what an excess of malic acid tastes like, but it is unpleasant. Light in carbonation, this is too sour in my book. 3.5/3/2.5/3/2.5

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Photo of Tucquan
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-04-09 in Columbia, PA. 2007 Bottle.

A - Dark strawberry color, a little hazy with a 1-finger, pink chanpagne-like head that fades away fairly quickly.

S - Very rich raspberry, brett sour yeast, oak, light malt. Amazing, heady aroma.

T - Sour raspberry, lemon-cirtrus, milder oak than implied by the smell, a tad bit of malt sweetness that winks at thinking about trying to balance the tart sourness. This is a remarkable beer with wild yeast flavors that blow into the kettle through the open windows in the attic of the brewery. It tastes medieval if that's possible.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Effervescent, puckering and drying.

O - Top notch. I've been learning to appreciate sour beers like Consecration. This is even more sour but it is so good, there's no break-in period. I'm giving it an A, my wife would give it an A+ because it is right in her wheelhouse.

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

2008 sticker date (2010 bottling). No bottled on date. Opened on March 7, 2011.

A brilliant ruby red with a one finger raspberry-stains pink head that dissipates to a ring about the glass, saying, "Here. This is what you came to drink. I found it."

Juicy raspberries, citrus, a nice acetic acidity. Faint brett. Raspberries and raspberry vinegar.

I can never understand how they get so much colorful and piquant raspberry character in this. This is young, and the slightly viscid body makes me feel as if I'm drinking the blood of some yet undiscovered race of raspberry creatures. Instead of iron, their hemoglobin carries subtle traces of funk and oak.

Slightly undercarbonated at this point in its young life. A nice balance of acidity and tartness.

I've enjoyed LP Framboise up until the three year mark, but I always enjoy a fresh bottle of LP for the vibrant fruit character. Unbelievably juicy.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 Edition, from a 750 ml green bottle, capped and corked. Fizzy pink head on the pour that quickly subsides. Cloudy, somewhat murky deep garnet hue.

Sour, tart and sweet raspberry characteristics in the aroma, some acidity and funk in the background.

Acidic and tart raspberry in the flavour which sweetens up a bit in the middle, with a sour funk on the finish. Some bready malt rises up well into the aftertaste, almost but not quite replacing the acidity.

Medium-bodied, slick and sticky texture, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Enjoyed this one much more than the Kriek, perhaps the raspberries marry better with the style and blending a bit more based on their inherent nature. Definitely one to pick up if it's available, the fruit does this one justice.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped and corked bottle, 2007 vintage, nice pastoral European town square imagery on the label.

This beer pours a rather glassy, yet radiant dark red cherry amber hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy, and generally bubbly diluted pink head, which leaves a broadly spaced spread of thin soap scum lace around the glass as it quickly and evenly settles.

It smells quite pungent - the aroma jumps out at you at first with sour, fruity acetic acid - could be lemon, could be raspberry, though the vinegar base is hard to dismiss, with a strong sense of mildly funky barnyard yeast, a mixed berry jam sweetness duly following up, and a further earthy mustiness bookending the extremes. The taste is strong, tart, sour fruit - lemon and underripe raspberry again the obvious suspects, making one's head almost involuntarily shake, before suggestions of musty basement, tannic oak barrel, a soft, actually somewhat sweet pale graininess, and earthy, subtly funky yeast arrive a little less than promptly on the scene, to no ill effect.

The carbonation is indeed there, but sedate in its moderately frothy ramblings, the body on the light side of medium weight, and astringent as an ex-girlfriend's personality assassination in terms of its smoothness assessment. It finishes with a tart 'n fruity 'n funky re-assertion, bringing the nose 'round full circle. How very zen.

A lambic with an inherent tartness that is so full, and yet blended, that I can't really apologize for the difficulty in readily discerning other flavours, i.e. the fruit, which is generally more inferred, than directly tasted. If I wasn't such a fan of sour, spicy, and/or tart characteristics, I don't think I could see how this offering might score so high. However, I am, and it surely does.

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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 davod23
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another fine brew from Cantillon. Vintage 2006 bottle poured into my Cantillon wine glass.

Deep, clear red raspberry color. A slight cap of light pink, tiny bubbles at the top. Pretty much what I expected.

Aroma is filled with raspberries, raspberries, raspberries everywhere. Also backed up with musty basement and slight funk aromas. This one is going to be sooour.

Sweet raspberry opening, but quickly plunges into sour, sour, sour raspberry and raspberry seeds. This beer is exceedingly seedy. Very interesting. Acidic. One of the sourest beers I've ever had. Not particularly complex, but I didn't necessarily expect it to be, and I love what the beer is presenting.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Light-medium bodied, super-dry finish, good carbonation.

Drinkability suffers only because it's so completely, intensely sour. I still polished off half a bottle without a problem, but this will wreck your palate.

Great beer. Recommended for any fan of lambic.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2006 served at Ebenezer's during Belgian Beer Fest on Wednesday, September 25th, 2010. Finally extracting this from my phone.

Served in wine goblet (similar to the one with the cantillon logo) with moderate carbonation. Almost all of the bubbles disappear.

Smells entirely of raspberry. Almost all remnants of grain is overpowered by fruit. The taste is like eating a bunch of small, brightly colored raspberries; not the dark red sweet ones.

The mouthfeel is is solid and the carbination gives a spritzer like feeling.

This is very drinkable for the style. The tartness of the beer goes perfect with the fruit flavor. Highly recommended.

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Photo of cbutova
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage at Ebenezer's Belgian Fest, reviewed from notes.

A- Pink-red, served in my (now broken) commemorative glass for the festival. No head at all and a small ring and cloud, murky.

S- Like a gueze with some acetic. High sour is sensed. Fruit really becomes prevalent as it warms, amazing raspberry tart.

T- Better with warmth again. VERY sour. Acetic start with a great super tart raspberry finish.

MF- Light, oily low carbonated body. Smooth carbs. Sour level makes the tongue and cheek ache. Slightly creamy.

DB- Great raspberry flavor but especially aroma. The vinegar is there but enjoyable. Hard to resist a Cantillon vintage, almost always going to be a great experience.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage on-tap at the infamous Ebenezer's, Lovell Maine. Some cellphone notes.

Pours red with pretty much no head whatsoever. It's aged so understandable. Nice color though.

Raspberry very strong in the smell, reminds me of Raspberry Tart but with a buttload of sour funk.

Raspberries also pretty strong in the taste but also covered with an insane amount of sourness. Extremely vinegary, barnyard notes, very sour lemon, did I mention sour? Totally numbing to the tongue. It only gets more sour and funky as it goes on.

Although very enjoyable, this has to be the most sour beer I've had, as I've heard of the Lou Pepe series.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 sticker date, 2008 cork date. Thanks to Jim for this one, been waiting for a while to run across a bottle.

Pours a murky red/plum/pink color with a finger of light pink head that camps out for a while.

When agitated, a fresh raspberry aroma invades the nose and gives an absolutely amazing feeling that is hard to describe...if I close my eyes it is like I'm running through a garden complete with fresh fruit, dirt, grass, morning dew. Just incredible.

The flavor can't live up to the aroma but I'll be damned if it isn't spectacular anyway. Lots of dirt and stanky cheese underneath a blanket of raspberry, strawberry, and grape fruitiness. There is a sour bite that is magnified exponentially if you swish the beer around your mouth a bit before swallowing. I almost accidentally spit beer all over my keyboard because it hit a sweet spot on my tongue and made me pucker like crazy.

The finish is very long and full of raspberry. The body is medium and carbonation seems lower on the tongue than my eyes woud lead me to believe. Very juicy up front but a dry finish.

Overall this is an absolutely stunning, world class beer. Supremely balanced with a nice level of sourness that satisfies my craving without giving me rot gut. Huge fruitiness despite sitting 2 years in the bottle. Like with most Cantillons, a 750ML bottle needs to be split at least 2 ways so I really wish this one was available in 375's. Oh well. A beer this special needs a friend to share it with anyway.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.2/5  rDev -27.9%
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 antoines15
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2003 vintage

I haven't had too many cantillons, but they impressed me again with this one. Gonna try to get my hands on as many as possible.

A: looked like a burnt orange color, or a sunset

S: pure garbage, literally, smells like garbage juice that Illuminates? the room. awesome, can't wait to drink it.

T: sour as can be, you feel it in the back of your mouth. "stings the nostrils" the aftertaste is quite exceptional.

M: medium and mild carbonation

D: Right before my son Thomas tasted it, he said, "I have a feeling i'm gonna really like this one." He took a sip and the face he made was priceless, just pure sourness. He said it was awful, but then said "wow, that was bad but also very good. I think I'll take another sip." perfect description.

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Photo of DIM
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage bottled in 2009

a: This was a dark, kind of murky pinkish purple color. It poured with a short lived, fizzy pink head.

s: Very vinegary overall with plenty of raspberry aromas coming through as well. I couldn't find all that many layers here, but the smell is wonderful.

t: Starts off with strong, vinegary flavors. The raspberries come in at the end without a trace of sweetness. Exactly what I hoped this would be.

m: Fizzy, tart, and refreshing.

d: Not much else to say about such a great beer except, the heart-burn is totaly worth it.

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Photo of levifunk
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was brought to the last Madison, BA tasting.

2004 Vintage...thanks Tom!

a - cloudy red. white head.

s - uh, dirty diaper. smells like decomposing raspberries. After taking a few sips I went back to the nose and it was not as offensive as my initial reaction. It kind of makes sense once you taste it.

t - this is a sour tart BOMB. raspberry flavor and a funky flavor I can't place.

m - medium body, good carbonation.

overall - phenomenal. I absolutely love this beer. The only downside is the nose, but I assume that is partially due to the age. I went and picked up an '07 soon after. Then BenC hooked me up with a '04 and an '03!

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
4.44 out of 5 based on 1,261 ratings.
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