Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise | Brasserie Cantillon

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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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295
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
7.88%
 
 
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Photo of MathiasO
4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from 2012

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Photo of exl_90
4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MichaelLamb
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Vicirus
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Riggsenater
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of amano_h
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

shared a 75cl bottle at Nüetnigenough (Brussels, Belgium)

Lou Pepe Framboise is to a double-pound cheeseburger what Rosé De Gambrinus would be to a quarter-pounder; both delight and amaze in their own right, but one is definitely a richer more intense version of the other.

An abundance of raspberry on the nose, with the good ol' barnyard funk we've come to expect and love from the magic of the River Senne. Lots of tart, dark berry, and even a little bit of oak emerge from the bottle once the cork comes off; a sour lemon-y residue lingers while the bottle decants.

Sour isn't usually my go-to response with Framboise, but it is in this case. The nose is wonderfully matched on the tongue as well, as funky sour hay flavors quickly follow the tart dark fruit. I'd even dare to say that the berry flavor is closer to cranberry than it is to raspberry; remind me to mix this with vodka if I ever find myself holding an excess supply.

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Photo of biegaman
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise is perhaps the most classic and refined beer I've ever tried - but it has the colour of a Swedish Berry candy, the glossiness of nail polish, and looks flamboyant enough to be singing a Liza Minnelli tune. Even its head is hot pink.

This has a smell reminiscent of a dank, musty basement - the fruitiest, most perfumed and agreeable wet basement you'll ever come across. There's a strong whiff of oak wood but most of all there's the wild yeasts and trademark bacteria of the Senne Valley. It's a scent unique to Brussels and, more specifically, one that can instantly be traced back to Cantillon.

Jean Van Roy - pick your generation - is a prolific father; others have carried on his sour, wild yeast and barrel-aging lineage, but Lou Pepe Framboise reminds us "who's your daddy". Nothing is this distinctly funky, obviously fermented *and* friendly. The extra dosage of fruit doesn't distract from the sour Lambic but increases the subtle flavour present in the Rosé De Gambrinus.

One is always kept aware of the old oak barrels in which this beer is aged (minimum of two years in Lou Pepe's case). As is virtually always the case with every Fruit Lambic Cantillon brews, the contents of the wood are as apparent as (or arguably more than) the fruit. This thing has a shot of lemon juice with every mouthful; very sour but also, in a huge way, very refreshing.

Of all the dozens of Lambics I've reviewed on my home (North American) turf, none have recaptured and recalled the charm, character and cuisine of Belgium - at least those elements that I've always taken away from it - better than Lou Pepe Framboise. Each trip to Brussels is relived with every sip. It is a dazzling beer and easily one of the more memorable ones I've tried.

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Photo of AleToTheVictors
4.87/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ScottJWing
4.87/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aircristinab23
4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of sheenisgod
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eziel
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Let me preface my review with a little disclaimer: I'm young, developing my palate, and hadn't tried a Lambic until I visited Cantillon in Brussels (good way to start I guess!). Anyways, I ordered a bottle of LPF at the Public Brewing Session. 2012 bottle. Served in a Lambic basket into their stemmed taster glasses. LPF pours a deeper red than Rose de Gambrinus, but lighter than Kriek (I don't know about LPK). It's a deeper pink, compared to a deeper red of Kriek. There was about half an inch of head on my pour, but my buddy got even more on his. Smelled like a wonderful raspberry bomb with the sourness/funk classic of Lambics, so I hear. The taste is wonderful. At the time, I described it as more of everything than Rose de Gambrinus. More raspberry, more carbonation, more enjoyable (not to discredit Rose). The mouthfeel of this is definitely more bubbly, which I loved. Glad I have three of these to take home and enjoy with my family and throw in the cellar. A must taste at some point in one's beer drinking career.

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Photo of kristinc
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bostonbeans
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BourbonAgedGuru
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great Beer! This was a 2012 vintage.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
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 UcDru
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Drumtgot
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Clonies720
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

LP Framboise served in a tulip glass. Sticker is 2010 vintage, with a cork/bottling date of 2013.

Appearance: Pours a brilliant, clear, gorgeous, blood red. Generous two-finger foamy head that is a light pink color. No lace in the glass

Smell: Freshly smashed raspberries on a bright summer day. A slight musty basement-like aroma. Hint of lengthy oak aging subtlety blends into the background. Acetic vinegar. Ends with a touch of funk.

Taste: The taste bursts with a cascading waterfall of acetic vinegar. Just the right amount of fresh raspberry sweetness cuts into the vinegar and provides a perfect balance. You'll swear you can taste the musty basement, but not in a bad way. It's very complex and has layers of flavor. There's a lot going on here that is difficult for my palette to discern, but rest assured it's world-class.

Mouthfeel: A low, effervescent carbonation paired with a light-body. It is wet and refreshing as it glides gracefully around the mouth. The finish on this Lou Pepe Framboise is incredible as the flavor just seems to last forever.


Overall: What an incredible drinking experience. This Cantillon is world-class, near-perfection of what a fruited, funky sour should be. I'm thoroughly excited to try my Lou Pepe Kriek's and might even hang onto my 2009 Lou Pepe Gueuze.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2013

Pours deep red, with a hint of amber highlights. Frothy white head that fizzles away quickly. Not much lacing, but a tiny bit of "legs."

Tons of raspberry in the aroma, earthy, musty, and mushroom follow. Oak with barnyard only in the background. Tea and wood mingle with fresh fruit. Musty aged hops.

Juicy raspberries upfront. Clean lactic sourness follows. Oak and brett mingle in as well, but it's mostly about the fruit and sourness. Very very dry.

Moderately heavy carbonation. Super tannic with sourness lingering on the palate.

A fruity, tart, and complex beer. At this age it has a great balance of fruit and lambic character.

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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 VelvetExtract
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Night of the Funk

A-Pours a beautiful reddish pink. The color is deep and concentrated. Tiny, pinkish head. Very beautiful.

S-Aroma is excellent. Jammy, ripe raspberry. Also there is an abundance of tart raspberry. Sweet and sour all in one. The raspberry is rich and layered. There is also a pleasant oakiness. Another cool component of the nose is this earthy, pungent 'terroir' like aroma. Great aroma.

T-The flavor does not disappoint. The jammy raspberry is big and rich. The tartness is set perfectly. Raspberry flavor like nothing I have come across before. Sweet and sour perfection. The earthy 'terroir' component really sets this beer apart. Oak seals the deal.

M-Puckering and light bodied with tickling bubbles. Tannic. A bit sticky.

O/D-Easily my favorite Framboise. The depth of flavor is impeccable. I was super excited to try this and it blew me away. A delicious beer. Must try the other Lou Pepe brews.

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Photo of BMart
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
4.44 out of 5 based on 1,284 ratings.
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