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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

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 yeastsipper
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lucked into this being on tap at City Beer Store. As I have never seen this in bottles, might be my only chance to try.

The beer pours a bright pink, almost magenta with little to no head. I don't really have a frame of reference as far as how this beer looks relative to other lambics, but the color is very unique.

The nose is brett, some funk and some sweet raspberries to balance things out.

This was a great tasting beer, and very complex. While cold, the raspberries dominate. The funk, a combination of sour and spicy, is more noticeable on the back of the palate. As the beer warms, the fruitiness is less noticeable, and the acidity and sour flavors are more evident. I am not sure if this had more to do with the warming of the beer or whether I was simply less aware of the fruit as I drank the beer. The combination of fruitiness and acidity were ideal.

This is not a beer that I would want to have every day or one I would want to consume in great quantities. I very much enjoyed this - more than I would have anticipated - and am hoping to explore a bit more of this style. Absolutely give this beer a try if you see it.

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Photo of Jonada
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage served in a Cantillon lambic glass

Appearance: Pours a bright ruby red with hints of purple. Less than a finger of a light pink head dissipates quickly to a collar. Body is somewhat clear with light visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: Huge fresh raspberries, oak, hay, barnyard funk, green apple, vinegar acidity. Light musty character present as well and intensifies as the beer warms, but probably still a little lighter than a typical Cantillon.

Taste: Tart juicy raspberries, basement, oak tannins. Hugely tart, almost mouth puckering, tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with low/medium levels of spritzy carbonation. Super smooth and drinkable. Nearly perfect.

Overall: Not surprisingly, this is another winner from Cantillon. Huge fresh, jammy raspberry with tartness and funk that are strong enough to add additional complexity without overwhelming the fruit character. Best raspberry lambic, and possibly best fruit lambic of any kind that I've had. Definitely worth seeking out.

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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 sweemzander
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked & capped bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 2006 vintage, bottledon Sept. 1st, 2008.

(A)- Pours a deep blood red color that produced a good white to pink head that dissipated down to bubbles.

(S)- A sour yet super ripe tart cherry & raspberry fruits. A dense smell of a bread-like oakiness behind all the fruits that are almost creamy from the oak. A beautiful aroma.

(T)- Wow, a super duper sour punch up front with a kiss of tart cherry & raspberry fruits. Has a sour midpalate that turns dry and wood-like with more fruits. Finishes with the same super sour fruit flavor, but it all meshes together well. Some serious hay & horseblanket funk at the end too.

(M)- A huge fizzy carbonation level that creates a huge party in the mouth. Lightly sweet with a potent tart/sour kick that makes you smack your lips after each sip. A good fruitiness to balance it out. My only complaint is how high the carbonation level really is; could have toned down a bit, but I just gave it more time to breath once opened; it got much better after that.

(D)- One of the most sour beers I have ever had; but it is very good. A huge sour kick with some good fruits; a funkiness that I appreciated & enjoyed. One of the better lambics I have ever had. Now I need to try the Kriek. Cantillon knows their sours!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

757th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
750ML Cap/Cork

2001 Vintage

Big thanks to Adam for this one @Woodshop Classix

App- A very light brown with a lot of streaking gold. Not a head, just whispy bubbles in the glass, same thing with a quick swirl.

Smell- Damp and dank apple, small yeast notes and a hefty bit of funk with some tart notes as well.

Taste- The taste follows the nose and this was super acidic with an unmatched, apple like funk. A very superb well done beer. Has aged amazingly well with a nice dry oak and musty notes.

Mouth- Suprisingly light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Spritzy yeast and barnyard notes abound on this one.

Drink- 1 word. Amazing.

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Photo of kevanb
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2009 label, poured into an Echt Kriekenbier glass.

Pours a lovely raspberry red color, tones of purple and garnet, slightly hazy with a nice, thick, billowy pink head that has decent retention and leaves a touch of spotted lacing behind. The aroma is of fresh, fleshy, pungent raspberry, funk, light chewy oak and touches of vanilla. The flavors are right in line with the nose. Lots of freshly squeezed raspberry, oak, funk, light acidic vinegar, touches of sweet vanilla at the end. The body is great, it's juicy, thick, almost pulpy with a nice zippy level of carbonation that is very lively on the tongue with a great creamy finish.

Verdict: Spectacular fruited lambic from Cantillon and my personal favorite of the Lou Pepe beers. The raspberry is just so fresh and juicy and doesn't really need any support from other flavors to make this a spectacular beer, a great celebration of raspberry.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Stevedore
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle, 2010 sticker. Purchased at Brasserie Cantillon for on-site consumption, 11€. Poured out of a lambic basket into Cantillon stemmed wine glasses, 7/5/2013. Drank this one after drinking a 2010 Lou Pepe Kriek.

Pours a lovely red-pink body, with a nice fluffy 2cm pink head with good retention. Not a ton of lacing to be seen. The colour on this is very similar to that of the Lou Pepe Kriek. I love how fruity and glowing these beers' colours look.

Smells like straight up fresh raspberries with a ton of that musty Cantillon brewery funk and hay, accompanied by a nice dose of vinegar acidity. Although, like the other beers I'm drinking on premises, I can't promise that its because I'm drinking it at the actual brewery which smells like that. Its a great combination regardless.

Drinking this beer yields a crapload of raspberry fruit flavour along with a strong, delicious acetic sourness that has some oak barrel components. In the background is some earthy funk, leather and horseblanket. But the raspberries are definitely not missed here, and the acetic sourness is just perfect. Unlike the Rosé de Gambrinus, this big brother version is more complex with more of that earthiness in the background with a more complex acetic sour flavour.

Fizzly, great carbonation, actually a bit thinner bodied compared to Lou Pepe Kriek. So easy to drink, and I was able to down most of this bottle on my own. No hints of alcohol which is no surprise.

I really enjoyed this one. This is beyond better than Rosé, as it is more complex while being more fruity and brings out the other flavours of the brewing process very well. Still, raspberries don't provide as much complexity as the cherries do in the corresponding Krieks. I prefer Lou Pepe Kriek to this, but this is still an absolute delight to drink.

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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 mlhyatt
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
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 kungpao
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage opened and enjoyed for my girlfriend's 25th Birthday.

A- Absolutely gorgeous deep red with a hint of purple. Pours with a nice 1 and half finger pink colored head that quickly dissipates to nothing. This is really unique and interesting looking beer.

S- HUGE bouquet of tart raspberries up front. Strong smell of oak and plenty of funk and acid help add to complexity of the aroma.This thing smells freaking heavenly.

T- A little less raspberries here than I expected, though I'm not complaining. This one is pretty tart up front followed by plenty of raspberry aroma that almost tricks you into thinking its sweet, though its not at all. Lots of oak and complex flavors from the spontaneous fermentation.

M- Lots of lively carbonation.

O- Awesome beer. My first framboise and what a great one! I'll be locating some more asap.

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Photo of blakesell
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
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 rodmanfor3
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Light red pour with medium head and lacing, turning to dark crimson on the dregs pour.

S: Light funk, red wine, and raspberries.

T: Very tart, balanced nicely with fruit sweetness and a vinous barrel quality.

F: Finely carbonated with a dry finish.

O: A very nice fruited sour that opens up as it warms. This one hits some highly acidic, sometimes vinegar-like notes which may be too much for some people, but overall, the flavors complement each other well. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip with Sam

A - Pours a nice cloudy Pink colour with a nice large Pink head that retains well then laces from a film.

S - Pungent rasberry aromas with a nice vineous aroma and sour. Incredible.

T - Up front some nice delicat Rasberry flavours, with the vineous sourness kicking in afterwards and before it gets too much to handle the rasberyy vapours balnce out and linger to leave you wanting more.

M - Tart, and light body with medium carbonation. Exquisite.

O - I am in ore of Cantillon for producing beers like this with such incredible depth and flavour.

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Photo of mattsmith413
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 version...thanks @lupermcda

Tart raspberry flavor...very light but flavorful.

great light fruity aroma with funk.... much more on the lighter end than I would of expected.

Well done...

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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 paytoplay
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A WOW beer for me. I'm not a big "fruited" beer person, I believe this is packed with cherries and or other things though this was debated at Hamiltons. Amazing red and pink color, some froth, and sparkle to it. Intriguing how it hit the palate, sizzles, then poof dissapears, then a drawn out mineral, sour and balanced finished. The back of a bottle notes the beer can be enjoyable for 20+ years? I'd love to try a 1988 bottle! Luckly found some and will be aging them. A real treat.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am very appreciative of Stakem for sharing this 2008 bottled in '10 with Kegatron and me. Enjoyed from a Cantillon tulip to match. My 1000th bottle review

This is exactly what I conjure up in my mind when I think of a raspberry lambic, just outstanding in color and is beautiful sitting in the glass like a gem in its resplendence with a beautiful rosy glow and tight ring after collapsing from 3 fingers, the bead is tiny with light pink lace. The smell is incredible, just so packed with strong fruity and funky odor w/ light floral notes that are still punchy and fresh. The nose is intensely raspberry with kmild hint of sour yeast odor. I love the feel as much as the aroma with huge lactic acidity which seems to enhance the mild sweet tart edges of the fruitiness. There is a pretty dry finish, but semi-sharp with dry/acidic qualities and extremely high carbonation like champagne.

This blitzes the palate and mouth with both fruity sweet taste and very intense sour lactic infused flavor. The acidity intensifies as the beer is held in the mouth but there is enough sweetness in the flavor to balance from the full fruity raspberry enhancement. The taste comes off almost as bitter/spicy from the carbonic acid the high carbonation level provides. There is a puckering, mouth drying quality w/ slight woodiness and extra tart raspberry juiciness as it finishes with some residual berry, but the funk and bacteria sour flavors linger into the dry end. Simply a wonderful fruit lambic, not many out there that are this complex and able to be savored in the way I found this to be. Intense yet drinkable a true classic, one of the best I have ever had.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
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 BEERchitect
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fruit beer executed to near perfection. With the taste of raspberry locked intact, the supporting ale celebrates the berry's bright flavor, its zesty acidity, and its crisp and refreshing taste in ideal fashion; and does so without backing down either.

Delightfully mauve-pink in color, the lightly carbonated ale carries a vibrant tawny appearance and simply glistens in the glass. The bright acidity of raspberry, rose wine, cork and burlap offers the nose a racy fruit scent that's contrasted by equal parts earth and rusticity.

As the beer hits the tongue, the palate is taken back by the beer's acute acidity that plays out above the modest lingering sweetness of fructose and wafer-thin malt. Slim on hops, the slight malt starch supports the beer's impressive sourness and its delicate brine without much interference in taste. Without being overly vinegar, or of lime, or of barnyard funk or game, the sourness is potent but elegant and refined.

Its light body is both softened with carbonation but is also given a sprite effervescent that springs from the tongue like brut champagne. Acidity strips the thirst from the palate and ushers in a high rate of refreshment and drinkability that outweighs its intense raspberry sourness. With an afterglow of fruit, wheat, cork and white pepper.

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Photo of joe1510
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml
$22
Binny's Orland

Lou Pepe Framboise glimmers a brilliant ruby red in my oversized flute. Faded orange highlights the body near the stem of the glass. A pink tinted head snaps to attention at over a finger in height before fizzling down to a skim coat. The collar is rather thick and leaves behind thin sheet lacing. The color of this beer is amazing.

Ahhh...Cantillon! That incredible Cantillon funk is present in all it's glory. Crazy amounts of mustiness cradle every other aspect of the nose and there's a bracing green raspberry and vinegar sourness that instantly makes my mouth water uncontrollably. A mild but interesting floral quality sneaks up along with a touch of Sweet Tart sweetness. I could happily take deep whifs of this beer all night long.

Each drink is cheek puckeringly sour. Green, underripe raspberries get things moving and they're as musty as ever. A Sweet Tart candy like sweetness comes across mid palate while trying to balance out the sourness and falling miserably short. Dusty, funkiness runs throughout this entire beer. Another absolutely delicious Cantillon. The raspberry seems to ripen up as this warms.

A light body combines with the puckering sourness that I get used to halfway through the glass. The carbonation is tiny and somewhat prickly. It does a great job of scrubbing the tongue clean after each drink.

Drinkability is off the charts. The acidity will bring along the heartburn but it's worth it for a beer of this caliber. The light body and refreshing sourness make this bottle disappear far too quickly.

Lou Pepe Framboise is another gem of a beer coming from Cantillon. Great raspberry flavor and great sourness. I won't be drinking this often because of the price tag but it will be in the rotation from now on.

Reviewed: 6/22/09

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Photo of mdfb79
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Thorpe429 and Amyliz4 for sharing this one; thanks Mike and Amy! Poured from a 750ml bottle into a a Cantillon taster glass. 2006 vintage

a - Pours a murky reddish pink color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour raspberries, sour dark fruits, Belgian yeast, barnyard funk, acedic
and lactic notes, Ton of sour fruit and funk, really amazing nose.

t - Tastes of sour raspberries, funk, sour dark fruits, yeast, earthy notes, and acedic notes. Follows the nsoe closely but a little more funk.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really fantastic beer, and another winner from Cantillon. First bottle I've ever had, but the '06 is drinking perfect right now. I think I prefer the Lou Pepe Kriek a little more, but would jump at the chance to buy this one. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage...very awesome. Beer is PINK and hazy and forms a nice pink head with moderate to high carbonation. The head falls away leaving no lacing on the glass (its not expected to). Looks great.

Aroma is sour and tart with some acetic notes and strong raspberry character. One of the best smelling beers I've ever had. Classic Cantillon smell.

Beer is very tart and not as acetic as I thought it was going to be, this is probably a good thing but the acetic character would likely grow over time slightly. There is nice raspberry flavors and good fruit tartness at the back. Some lactic notes and a slightly tannic quality overall as well. Nice carbonation in the mouth and highly drinkable. This could be one of my favorite Cantillons so far.

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Photo of danh53
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2008 sticker. Never had anything like it. The funk was amazing. Rich, complex, pungent, but never off putting or abrasive. This has every aspect of funk I've tasted in a beer - dank wet hay, barnyard, funky cheese, and much more than my meager palate can take in. The raspberries are still there. They don't get overpowered, but the funk takes center stage. The appearance and mouth feel are on point. This is an amazing beer.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby color with tons of pink head. Probably 6" of head forms after a 1oz pour, that has incredible retention. Very high carbonation in this bottle.

Smell: Smells of slightly sweet, but mostly sour and tart raspberries. Some bretty funk, sharp grass scents, mustiness, and oak follows.

Taste: Sour raspberries and lemony tartness up front, followed by funk, mustiness, and general sourness. Very oaky as well. A hint of sweetness to offset, but mostly just sour.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with very high carbonation, great mouthfeel and spot on for the style. Overall, a great fruit beer. Very sour all in all, but complex at the same time. Will definitely look to get ahold of another bottle of this.

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