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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - FramboiseCantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of MDDMD
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

A-translucent dark pink color with a small light pink head and no lacing

S-raspberry, apple, funky, hint of lemon and oak

T-nice funky base with tart raspberry, light tart green apple, hint of oak with some lemon notes, beautifully balanced

F-light body with moderate carbonation, tart, dry and puckering

O-delicious sour for all raspberry lovers, like the balanced flavors

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Photo of smakawhat
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of yamar68
4.53/5  rDev +2%
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 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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Photo of anteater
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2010 LP Framboise - Poured from a 750ml bottle

A: Deep pink/red with a light pink head

S: Some dry tart funk and jammy berries, a little bit of yeast

T: I'm tasting 2 very different and pronounced components of this beer both separately and at once. On one hand, you can taste all the qualities of a delicious Cantillon labmic - funky barnyard, grass, with a pretty heavy sourness. One the other hand you can taste super fresh raspberries, maybe the most natural raspberry flavor I've ever encountered in a beer. Together they are phenomenal.

M: Slightly dry, good carb

O: I was very very impressed by this beer! Really fantastic framboise from Cantillon.

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

750ml bottle, 2009 sticker, into a Duvel tulip.

A: A straight pour creates a short-lived but utterly spectacular 2" of bright pink froth atop the clear, deep berry-red body. Gorgeous.

S: Rich, juicy, tart raspberry. Some lemony acidity, too. Very fruity, very sour, very, very good.

T: Follows the nose. Simple and stupendous sour raspberry goodness. Long, clean, tart finish. Absolutely delicious.

M: Frothy, creamy, lively, smooth medium body. Excellent.

O: This is a top-notch fruit Lambic, with emphasis roundly on the fruit. I drank this back-to-back with Rose de Gambrinus '09, and there was seriously no comparison. As good as that beer is, the LP is better in every conceivable way (except, of course, the label;). Cantillon definitely knows how to handle the fruit!


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Photo of nickd717
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2001 vintage, bottled in 2002. Huge thanks to alfrantzell for breaking this awesome S.O.B. out on his birthday.

Pours a cloudy reddish color with a nice off-white head that fades to a ring and spotty foam.

Aroma is very funky and tart, with a lot of raspberry and just a tiny bit of acetone/nail polish.

Flavor really jumps out at you with a huge fruit flavor. Raspberry all the way, really tart and funky, with a little nail polish, but not at all in a bad way. Really amazing taste.

Medium body with lots of long-lasting acidity. Carbonation is fairly lively despite the age on this one.

Great drinkability. Kept me wanting more of it. This is a hell of a fruit lambic, easily one of the best I've ever had.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served up at O'Brien's during the 24 July BA gathering. Presented in a goblet, this Cantillon offering had a dark ruby red color, kind of like dried blood, and a thin fizzy pinkish head.
The nose was subdued and more in line with some other, more "traditional" framboises I've sampled. The trademark Cantillon barnyard funk was toned down, allowing the aroma of dried raspberries and yeasty malt to come through. The musty, wet animal hide and leather aroma was still present but the raspberry stood well on its own.
A sip and I was rewarded with an immediate imploding of my cheeks thanks to the puckery tartness. "Bitter beer face" doesn't stand a chance against the features-warping ability of Cantillon. Lou Pepe Framboise delivered a delightful blend of sweet (barely) and sour (lots) raspberry flavor, mild wheaty maltiness, and a dash of those funk notes. It all finished with more tart raspberry goodness. No cloying syrupy sweetness; just raspberries, mainly tart with a bit of sweet. The feel was medium-bodied, smooth and dry.
Oh man, I could drink this all day! I love raspberries and this just hit the spot dead-on for me. On-tap, Cantillon's Lou Pepe Framboise is aces.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

A - Pink, foamy head. Leaves fairly fast to ring. Clear raspberry body. Spotty tight bubbled lace.

S - Tart and sweet, begging for a sip. Cant really define any malt.

T - Explosion of tart fruit on the palate. Delicious. Bitter finish.

M - Great carb, good balance, light bodied.

D - Would have more often if I could afford it.

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Photo of alfrantzell
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 02. Thanks, mikey711.

Who needs fresh fruit when you have Lou Pepe Framboise? The raspberry character is so marked you can feel the drupelets on your tongue. Something in the acid has kept them in stasis.

It's sour enough to remind you of a vinaigrette. A funky, oaky vinaigrette. How many vitamins are still present in this liquid? Is it feasible to make this my primary source of dietary fiber? These are the questions I ask myself.

Upending the bottle, I expect to see whole raspberries in suspension. Nope, just yeast porridge. I drink it anyway.

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Photo of mothman
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 label 2004 cork- Thanks to translucent for this one!

Pours a light layer of pink hued white head. Color is a grapefruit ruby red.

Aroma: Huge raspberry! Crazy for being that old. Dusty, musty raspberries. Very funky and fruity. Cobwebs and wet basement. Oak barrels show as well.

Taste: This is one the sourest beers I have ever had... more sour than Riserva '10. Just intense. Mouth puckering. Oak flavors shows. It also has an old, musty flavor. Cobweb and basement. Vinegar. The raspberries don't show as much, but I still taste the fruit. Big acidic kick! So intense.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, intense. Lighter bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean.

Overall, this was a great beer. It was amazingly sour and tart. So mouth-watering. A very well done beer. Cantilllon has done it again!

Edit: have had some fresher bottles (and older vintages) and the raspberries are always there on this beer. It isn't as sour as I remember it being. It is incredibly juicy and fruity. Such a treat.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2007 vintage, 750 mL capped and corked bottle.

Pours a bright, clear rose color with a large frothy pink head that quickly fades to a ring of tiny bubbles with nice lacing, though each pour from the bottle stimulates a similarly large, appealing head.

Aroma is rich and complex, dominated by tart raspberry, slightly sweet. Underneath the fruit lies a vinegary sour, earthy aroma. Amazing balance of pungent, sharp sour notes with pleasant fruity tart and sweet.

The sour lambic flavors take center stage in the beginning. After a few sips to condition the palate, the sweet and tart raspberry fruit flavors with some lemon zest emerge underneath the funk. Finish is extremely dry and smooth with lingering raspberry notes and mild tartness.

Silky smooth mouthfeel with effervescent carbonation, and is extremely sour and puckering from the flavors described above. A sipper from the complex flavors and sour/funkiness, but not alcohol presence, and pleasant bursts of sweetness make this an exceptional lambic.

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Photo of fdig23
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Monks. 2010 vintage.

Appearance: Perfection. Bright, vibrant red-pink with a big pink head.

Nose: Classic Cantillon musty, haybale and herbs with an added layer of fresh raspberries and raspberry jam.

Taste: Tons of raspberry up front, followed by tart cranberry and cherry, earth, dried lemon peel and a pinch of oak on the finish. Layer upon layer.

Mouthfeel: Nice prickly carbonation.

Overall: A perfectly executed, infinitely drinkable, and endlessly complex Framboise.

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

Vintage 2009; bottled fall 2011

A - Pours a beautiful clear ruby red with one finger of pink foam. Head quickly settles to a thin cap which is maintained. No lacing.

S - Letting the glass sit for a short time, the aroma is a huge rush of raspberries, both tart and jammy. After swirling the glass a few times, more of the funky side emerges, though the aroma is still dominated by fruit.

T - Nice combination of dry, tart raspberry and moderate funk. Raspberry component has absolutely no sweet jam taste, just a nice solid tartness, but not exceptionally sour, which is to be expected for a younger bottle. Funk plays a supporting role here. I think the aroma was a bit better than the taste, but the taste is still very good.

M - Light, crisp mouthfeel with a tart dry finish.

O - Excellent framboise. Would like to try an aged bottle to see where the tartness and funk end up.

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

Sampled at a tasting. Dark ruby pour with a small pink head. Smells of raspberries and lambic funk, cherries and cherry cores. The taste is impossibly sour, but of a fruity type, not vinegar-y, with tons of raspberries and some cherries in the mix. Crazy!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A massive thanks goes out to cmrillo for bringing this one out during his own 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! 2007 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Cantillon taster flute. Poured a hazy ruby red with a one finger light pink head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raspberry, tart, funk, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, raspberry, tart, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. To be honest, this was the first time I’ve tried this one. This one was really enjoyable and well balanced. While not being overly complicated this one made great use of the flavors and aromas present. No wonder I’m loony for these things…

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for the bottle share!

750ml bottle sealed with pressure cap and cork.

Sticker on bottle says 2010. Cork says bottled in 2013.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: translucent mediumred bodied beer with massive 3 fingers of white head. Head has some serious staying power and eventually drops down to a thin cap.

Smell: Apple cider vinegar. Loads of juicy raspberries. Light level of funkiness.

Taste: Tons of raspberries! Hints of green apples and lemons. 6/10 on the sour scale. Light musty funk just like in the nose. Bright tasting fruity sour!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carboantion levels. semidry finish. wouldnt chance a think about the mouthfeel. Supurb!

Overall: Between LP Kriek and LP Fram, the clear winner is the Framboise. What a great sour beer by Cantillion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2008 vintage purchased in Brussels from Bier Tempel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Purs a bright pinkish hue. Positively glows when held to the light. Whitish/pinkish foam head that dissipates after about five minutes to a thin white crust.

Smells ... like whole raspberries along with some oaky twigs were pitched whole into this brew. Acidic/vinegar evident in the nose.

Taste is very, very nice. Sour, tart, but with a residual raspberry sweetness. Raspberries are very evident here. Seems to sparkle on the tongue. It's really oaky/tannin-y, and there's definite vinegar/acid running through it, but the fruit takes center stage.

Lively mouthfeel.

Very enjoyable.

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

2009 Vintage. Poured into footed pilsener glass. Paired with Tikka Massala. Reviewed under medium low artificial light. Taken from notes.

Appearance: Pours a hazy ruby brew with Ambar highlights. Forms a fizzy pink head that holds well. Low perceived carbonation.

Aroma: Medium high intensity on the nose. Intense sourness, raspberry and alot of funk: barnyard, leather.

Taste: High intensity on the mouth. Raspberry, citric flavour, some dark fruit manifestation, leather, horse blanket. Just wonderfully bold, intense and complex.

Mouthfeel: Very tart and acidic. Medium body. Relatively low carbonation. Very dry. Love the challenging yet elegant and balanced palate.

Overall: This is just a fantastic classic lambic, a model to others of the style, a world beater in its category. The only reason it didn't get straight 5's throughout is the due to the ponderance given to personal taste.

Additional notes: Paired great with the Indian food, as the acidity cut through the creamy richness of the food and as the fruit and rustic character dealt great with the spicy, floral character of the food.

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

2005 Vintage.

A: Pours a vibrant but murky fruitpunch color with a multi-finger fizzy light-pink head that settles to a ring and blanket.

S: Woah, loads of brett and funkiness. These aromas flooded the room as soon as popped the cork. Also some astringent grassy, barnyard aromas.There may be some underlying raspberry sweetness but its so faint and so overpowered by the aforementioned that it's barely noticeable.

T: Sour and tart as all hell. It's still mouth puckering into the second and third glass -- I love it. At the same time it's sweet and refreshing, though the sourness more than dominates. I honestly wouldn't be able to pinpoint raspberry as the primary fruit if I didn't know ahead of time. As it warms, some of the oak comes through on the finish.

M: Loads of prickly champagne-like carbonation, medium bodied and velvety.

D: This is certainly a sipper, but I'm going to have no problem taking down this champagne bottle on my own, especially given the light ABV. Beyond that, I think many would be soured out and up for something sweet.

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Photo of emerge077
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
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 MattSweatshirt
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 at Moeder Lambic split with a fellow Murican I met.

Clear red and a persistent light pink tinged head.

Big ol' raspberry on the nose. Funky grassy and musty with some citric quality.

Light and tart on the tongue. Big delicious juicy raspberry on the flavor as is to be expected with this series. Musty funk. Finishes dry.

God this was great.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
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