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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 kscaldef
3.94/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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Photo of emerge077
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 23 January 2012
Glowing ruby red, wispy pink foam, jewel tone but light haze. Cobweb skim, spotty lace.

Funky barrel aroma, wet oak, seedy fresh raspberries.

Blistering sourness, super puckering. Juicy raspberries make your mouth water before going completely bone dry. Nice and oaky, explodes with fruit. A fuller feel, with a slight spritz of carbonation, balanced acidity and a light hit of sharpness. Stable funk with soiled hay and washed rind farmhouse cheese. Just the right amount of nuance and equal parts sour fruit delivery system.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

A: The body is ruby pink with a light pink lacy head.

S: Sweaty estery aroma with sour raspberries.

T: Light fruity flavors of raspberries and strawberries. There is a pleasent tart and sour apple running through the entire flavor of this beer.

M: A little light but that was expected for this style of beer. Very high carbonation.

O: Amazing beer. Worth getting.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage poured at Zwanze Day

Pours red/pink with a big pink bubbly head. Low retention although there was some lacing around the edges.

Great funky raspberry aroma. Funky and tart with a little fruity sweetness.

Lots of raspberry flavor in this one. Very sweet up front until some of the funk hits mid-palate. Finishes with some tasty raspberry tartness. Straight up sourness isn't as high in this as some other Cantillons, but it's still funky and the raspberry tartness makes up for it.

Well carbonated and creamy mouthfeel. Spot on for Cantillon.

I normally don't like Framboises too much, but was really surprised by this one (probably the first time I've ever had it on a clean palate). Liked it better than the other LP beers and glad I still have a bottle left in the cellar.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found a 2008 bottle at a local bar. Score!

A: Pours a dense pink/ruby color with a beastly pale pink head. Great retention and lacing. Looks amazing.

S: Rich raspberry aroma with a touch of cranberry and a dry hay-like smell. As it warms, the wood begins to come out a bit and I get some cedar.

T: Nice snap of unripe raspberry/cranberry tartness. Lemon, some faint oak and a nice dryness on the finish with some cherry skin. Absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2009 on sticker-- shared by phineasgage on 11.09.12
served in my Cantillon stemware glasses.

Bright pinkish red body-- very clear and pretty. Lots of streaming bubbles coming up, though the head was decent, the retention is lacking.

The beer is beautiful raspberry notes with a nice diaper funk.
The flavor is very sweet, very very sweet. Loads of raspberries... The funk is pleasant... The sourness is respectable, but it is clear that it will grow in intensity.

feels perfect. nice tartness pulls gently at the sides of my cheeks. well-carbonated.

Overall-- this is the best of the LP series. For my money though, this one isnt worth the infkated price over Rose de Gambrinus.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2008 vintage, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark red color, topped with a big fluffy pinkish head, great retention and spotty lacing..

S- Lots of delicious raspberry aroma, acidic tartness, wood and musty, earthy funk.

T- Powerful lactic tartness followed by juicy raspberries, slightly bitter raspberry skin. Beneath is a solid layer of musty, horsey funk with wood and tannins.

M- Light-bodied, nice bubbly carbonation, has a super-acidic and dry, tannic feel.

O- A great framboise, it's massively sour, even for Cantillon, which I really like. This is probably the oldest fruit lambic I've had from Cantillon, who I know recommends drinking these young, but even a few years out this is drinking damn nicely.

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Photo of Etan
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a Cantillon tulip. 2008 bottle.

A: Pours a light ruby with a gigantic light pink head. This bottle is super-carbonated.

S: Beautiful assertive raspberry in the nose. Fragrant, sour, must, seed, rotted wood.

T: Lots of oak, sour raspberry skin, wet hay, lactic, very acidic, slight notes of vanilla and wheat. Very sour.

M: Light-bodied, frothy carbonation.

O: This isn't a fresh bottle, but it isn't exactly old either - I'm glad the fruit component is still bright. Plenty of funk in the nose, too. Awesome framboise.

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Photo of Tnudish
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Provided by Matt for my impromptu birthday tasting. Thanks a bunch for helping me knock out the Loons I haven’t ticked yet.This is a 2008 vintage poured into a Surly Darkness snifter.

A- Pours a deep red almost brown in color with a fingers worth of tight light pink head. Very good head retention.

S-Really nice bright jammy raspberry in the nose, it smells absolutely incredible. Reminds me of a young Hommage.

T-Flavor is tart raspberry, with a little lemon, but it’s still mostly all raspberry.

M-Light mouthfeel, good carbonation, moderate acidity, and a long tart finish.

O- I like this beer more and more everytime I have it. I still think I prefer Lou Pepe Kriek in terms of Lou Pepe’s, but this is light years ahead of Rose.

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Photo of Tone
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 12, 2010 (2007 vintage).

Beer is a cloudy pink with a smallish white head. Head dissipates quickly, no lace.

Smell contains raspberry, barnyard funk and grass. Good smell and typical Cantillon.

Taste is quite sour. Raspberry, funk, hay. A marked sweetness accompanies the sour. All good, though not as complex as some of the beers from this brewery.

Light bodied, highly carbonated. Sticky and puckering. The sugar makes it a bit hard to get through.

Overall, very nice. Certainly not my favourite beer from Cantillon, but a very good lambic.

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Photo of yamar68
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing raspberry red - clear as a bell. A thick but short-lived pink head, the color of a McDonald's strawberry milkshake. Thin lacing, seems appropriate. And I can smell it already...

Massive notes of fresh wood, fresh grass, and far-from-fresh fruit. Tart berry bits. Some herbal qualities are subtle... lavender, sage. Extremely unique.

Equally massive in flavor - sweet raspberry, sour white grape, exceedingly tart. So pungent... reminds me of their kriek blended with crack cocaine and pornography. Super juicy, sour at first, becoming dryer and dryer.

Pretty damn drinkable but I can't help but to sit and think after each taste. Delicious.

I approve wholeheartedly.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Complete vertical (01 - 09 based on sticker) shared by Mr. Bubbler on his b-day. The following is a comparison and rating is based on the average score of all:

A: Ranged from 3.5 to 4.5. Pours a pinkish red (older) to reddish pink (younger) all with a pink head which varied from almost nothing (02 and 03) to quite foamy (07). Lace was generally trace.

N: Ranged from 3.5 to 4.5. Varied from a vibrant bright fruit (09) to just slightly (03) notable. Younger bottles were much less funky and musty compared to the older ones which were more wild and earthy.

T: Range from 4.0 to 5.0. Plenty of basic moldy, chessy funk in all. Tartness more evident in older bottles. Some lemon present in 06. Intense sourness in 02. Surprise was 01 still fruity.

M: Range from 3.5 to 4.5. Semi-moderate body consistent across all bottles. Carbonation varied from foamy to nearly nothing. Tart to very sour and puckering. Cheesy, musty, dusty, earthy dry finish not so varied but older bottles generally tasted "older".

O: Range from 4.0 to 5.0. Highlights included the fresh fruit of the 09, the intense sourness of the 02, and the still wonderful 01. Very fortunate to have been a part of this event. Thanks and happy b-day Mr. B.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.83/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 bottle

A-dark rose with a nice pink head

S-oak and a handful of raspberries. Smells quite sour and strong

T-comes in with an amazing taste of sour raspberries and oak. It's refreshing. It's a really fresh and crisp taste.

M-sticky medium carbonation with a dry finish.

O-This is just about perfect. For days after drinking this, you'll be wanting it again. The bottle is best shared though, it's so sweet!

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Photo of starrdogg
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to makdeco for sending this out my way.

2008 Vintage. Warning: the cork shot out of the bottle as soon as I took the cap off - it was slightly terrifying.

Beer pours a dark purplish ruby red with a fluffy pinkish-white head. The smell is fantastic - raspberries stand out most, but there's a nice mix of funk, sour and oak in there as well. The flavor is still good, but not quite as impressive as the nose. It's a bit simpler than I expected. The raspberry flavor is great, and it's quite sour, but there's not much funk or anything else happening here. It's not too sweet and comes off much drier than its little sister Rose de Gambrinus. Mouthfeel is thin with heavy carbonation, would've liked a little more body here. Overall, this is another fine beer from Cantillon, but I wouldn't rank this up there with the best of their lambics. I enjoyed it more than Rose de Gambrinus, but of the Lou Pepe beers, it's definitely the simplest. A good fruit lambic, but I don't know if I'd seek this out again given what it costs.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1" of foamy light magenta head over dark magenta liquid.

S: Oak, yeast and raspberries.

T: Oak, yeast, tartness, some earthiness and sour raspberries in the finish.

M: Thin viscosity, a medium level of carbonation and some dry tartness.

O: More woody than fruity in this case, I prefer the Lou Pepe Kriek but this is still tasty.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage, at Monk's in Philly shared with BeerThursday. Served in a Cantillon stemmed goblet.

A: Poured a hazy reddish color with no head or lacing at all. A few small bits of cork ended up in the beer, but no big deal. The cap was very rusty and the cork...did not look good.

S: Very nice raspberry and strawberry aromas. There is a bit of oak and some light funk. For a 7 year old Framboise, it smells fantastic and is incredibly inviting.

T: Surprisingly still rather tart, again a nice combination of raspberry and strawberry flavors with a sizeable amount of oak and barnyard funk coming through, slightly musty.

M: Extremely easy drinking, while the flavors are bold the mouthfeel is very mellow and smooth.

O: Extremely impressed at how well this held up. Saying I want more of this is obvious.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a Lambic flute.

Bottled @ the 19th of January, 2010.

A: Beautiful bottle art, first of all. 750ml corked and capped bottle. Pours a cloudy dark rose color forming a huge and fizzy rose head. Small retention and practically no lacings left in the glass

S: Very fruity and sour. Funky. Strong noted of sweet pale malts, vinegar, leather and red fruits. Metallic and earthy Lambic yeasts in end. A raspberry bomb

T: Very fruity but quite dry and sour. Notes of sweet pale grains, red fruits and Lambic yeasts. Notes of leather. Metallic and earthy finish

M: Light body. Huge fizzy but quite faint carbonation. Fruity and sour aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Cantillon pleasure

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Photo of ehammond1
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2007)

Thanks for opening this with me, mrbubbler!

Slightly hazed rose and dark pink in color with a moderately sized off-white head that lasts longer than expected, eventually leaving dots of stick down the glass.

A big blast of fresh raspberry leaps from the glass, along with big amounts of stinging sourness, along with a mild, funky, earthy character. Superb.

The flavor is exceptional, with a huge combination of fresh raspberry and big sour notes, along with mild leather and some funk. This is so good it seems simple. All the desired flavors are so big, pronounced, and expressive, it doesn't get much better than this.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. A joy to drink.

Simply phenomenal.

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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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Photo of xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into nonic - 2005 vintage

Pours a deep purple-red color with some copper hues. Thin pinkish head dissolves into a few wisps of film.

Explosive sour and fruity tones in the nose, jam packed with raspberries. Plenty of natural fruit tartness with oak and earth. Funky mustiness and lactic sourness with a touch of acidity.

Building sourness right up front, matched by a ton of raspberries. Earthy oak adds a nice base with plenty of yeasty funk. Musty and yeasty with some hints of red wine and red grapes. Building lactic sourness towards the finish, which is long, dry and lingering.

Medium body, decent carbonation, extremely dry and lingering on the tongue. This is a great example of how delicious and unique a Cantillon beer can be. I tried a small taste of a 2007 bottle right before this, and the sourness had definitely become amplified from the extra 2 years of age.

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Photo of deebo
3.65/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage bottled and picked up on first trip to the brewery in Fall of 2010, in the cellar for about a year and a half.

A-Looks like raspberry juice, the pink head quickly breaks down.

S-The characteristic Cantillion aroma is here, can pick this smell out from other locations-something about that Brussels air. Lots of fresh picked raspberry aroma still present.

T-The first drink is upfront puckering with then turns into floral raspberries, which then is overtaken again by sourness.

M-A super quick finish, the end note is sour and a bit astringent. Thin bodied.

D-Too sour for me, the wife drank the bulk of this bottle.

O-This wasn't overally exciting for me. I am a bigger fan of the regular version.

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

UPDATE: Just sampled the 2009 edition and it was exponetially better. Much fresher berry presence and it just felt like the bottle was treated better over it's lifespan. Increasing my rating to effect.

Bottle courtesy of alpineclimber. 2008 version.

Pours a slightly hazy dark pink color with a huge beautiful light pink-hued bubbly head that eventually recedes leaving some minimal lacing.

Aromas initially made me say Holy F#$% out loud! Sweet, ripe raspberries coupled with that musty Brett that all the best Cantillons have. Some more lemon, oak and some acidic notes emerge as it warms. Really funky and fruity.

The tastes follow the nose but are sadly a little less enjoyable. I expected a big burst of sourness or Brett funk or fruity berries, and they are all there don't get me wrong, but they are muted compared to my expectations from the aroma. Definitely more oak and vinous flavors than I perceived in the aromas as well. Acidic lemon/white grape skin emerge as it warms a little more.

The mouthfeel is quite light bodied but expected for the ABV. Carbonation is also in the medium range. The finish is dry but not overly so and sour/tart but not overly so there either. To be honest it felt a little watery on my palate which I have never experienced with any of Cantillon's offerings.

Overall this was good, but not great for me at the level of Saint Lamvinous or Fou Foune to be honest. While it is definitely still top class, I don't have the urge/need to seek this out again in the future. Maybe the reputation, expectations and/or the awesome aroma got me too hyped up here

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
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