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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 grub
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and capped. 2005 vintage, bottled 10 AUG 2007. sampled nov 21/09.

pours hazy pinkish red with a small dense white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. lemon and malt vinegar. tart raspberries. horse blanket, leather, tobacco leaf. white bread and cracker. hint of alcohol. vanilla and raw oak. bit of earthy character too. slightly phenolic.

taste is great. huge tart and sour blast, like biting into a fresh lemon. touch of cider vinegar. after a couple of sips you start to notice some of the other character. the tart raspberry comes through a little more. crackers and white bread. hint of alcohol. earthy. horse blanket. bit of leather. touch of a nutty character, like biting into a raspberry seed.

mouthfeel is good. light body and pretty much bone dry finish. puckering sourness. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. very sour, but the acidity is somewhat restrained. great depth and complexity too. i liked this one a lot. no mistaking that it's a cantillon, definitely more sour than most, but i like that end of the spectrum. good stuff!

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

750 ml bottle, 2005 batch bottled in 2007.

Pours a cloudy orange/almost red, juice colour, medium off white head forms, quickly settles to a very thin ring around the glass, no real lacing, nice colour.

Smell is nice, big Cantillon sourness and funk, raspberries, wood, earthy, barnyard, vinegar, still a solid amount of fruity sweetness, lots of lemon and acidity, nice funkiness, smell is great.

Taste is badass, wickedly sour and tart, vinegar, oak/wood, barnyardy funk, lemons, some raspberry sweetness and a bit of fruit through the middle, earthy, wicked almost salty, but very acidic in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, feels a bit thicker than most Cantillon, but this one is wickedly tart. Great stuff.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this 2005 vintage from the bottle into a champagne glass.

This lambic pours a medium pink/violet with about 2 inches of light pink head. The retention is poor as it falls within a minute. The lacing is light and watery.

The aroma is wonderful. There is the great funky horse blanket similar to what you get with the Saint Lamvinus, but this is far superior to the SL because it rewards you with great notes of sweet raspberries to balance out the tart.

The taste is also equally balanced rewarding the drinker with tartness and just enough sweetnes that a true lambic follower is looking for to enhance the drinkability. The first sip is lightly sweet with a raspberries and finishes with lots of sourness.

The mouthfeel is heavy and full and coats your mouth and makes you pucker.

Because this is so balanced its exceedingly drinkable for something so tart.

Overall, this is a great beer. I would seek this out and cellar it for up 20 years as recommended on the bottle.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2007 vintage (made with 2009 harvest), purchased at the brewery and shared with some friends in London. The brewer remarked that this year's fruit crop was excellent. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a hazy magenta color in the glass, with a frothy pink head that reveals its high effervescence. Retention is poor, as expected for this style, and the final result is a thin halo with no lacing down the sides.

S: Tart, slightly sour raspberry notes hit the nose first. They are joined by oak, leather, must, and whispers of barnyard funk.

T: Starts off seemingly sweet with a raspberry-dominated flavor, but it reveals itself to be tart, sour, very well attenuated, and uber-dry, nearly burning in the back of the throat. Swirling in the mouth and sampling the beer's myriad flavors turns up a woodsy flavor, leather, and hints hay / must / horse blanket.

M: Acidic and cuttingly dry, reminding us of potential heartburn problems. Light-bodied and lively.

D: Out of the 3 Lou Pepes I opened, this was our least favorite. An excellent and complex flavor, but more austerely dry than any of us really preferred. I'd get it again but I would pair it with food.

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Photo of craytonic
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, hazy amber-red. Well carbonated, nice pink head.

Smell: HUGE, woody raspberry smell. Incredibly intense and sour. Bit of must, leather, wood, and hay.

Taste: Incredibly tart & sour, perhaps the most sour/tart beer I have ever encountered. Huge fruit as well, it is sweet but not unpleasantly so. The wood seems to add a good bit.

Mouthfeel: Very well carbonated, perhaps a bit too much so. Tannins and sugar give it a big mouthfeel

Drinkability: Drinkable, but I prefer the Kriek version (although this is better than Rose de Gambrinus, which I find to be a bit thin/watery). This one is a slow sipper.

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Photo of ricke
3.91/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage, bottles in September 2009.

A: Ruby red with a small pink head that leaves some lacings.

S: The smell is a bit mild with notes of raspberries, grass and mild funky notes. Not a whole lot of acidity.

T: The taste is tart with muted but clean raspberry flavors. Somewhat acidic. Notes of grass and raspberry seeds, and funky notes of mud and hey. Wood. The finish has a mild grassy bitterness to it and notes of minerals and dry raspberry notes.

M: Surprisingly full body (still moderate though) with very sparkling carbonation.

D: Good. Very drinkable. However, it seems to lack complexity and is slightly to clean in character. It seems "young", which isn't that weird since this bottle was only a couple of months old. Would probably be way better in a year or so.

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Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a corked, capped, and foiled bottle, 2006 vintage. Pours a dirty plum purple color with fizzy pale pink colored head that settled into a solid ring. The aroma is of raspberry puree with some light oak and lemon. Nice and fruity, wine like. The taste is of unripe raspberries and lemon, white vinegar, pepper, and oak. Very much a tart bomb. The feel is light and very carbonated; very tart and astringent. For folks that love tart bombs and very dry brews this is an A++ but it's just not my thing. I rated mouthfeel and drinkability at a 3 because of this.

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Photo of srroos
3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a capped and corked bottle, dated 2006, into a Lost Abbey tulip-type glass.

A: Clear, bright red with a small ruby tinted head. Fades to a small cap.

S: Funky and tart. Just a hint of raspberries in the nose.

T: Super, super tart with a finish of raspberries.

MF: Light and well carbonated.

D: So incredibly tart that this is very hard to drink. Definitely a sipper.

Make sure you have folks that like lambics around to split this with. It is way too tart to take on alone!

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

(From notes)

A - Ruby reddish color; poured with a very thin white head

S - Fruity tartness; fresh raspberries; hint of cherry; bit of vinegar; then again with the raspberry finish

T - Beautifully tart; fresh raspberries and wild strawberry flavors; light on the vinegar but definitely present; mild funkiness as well. Really nice

M - Thinner; effervescent carbonation

D - Really awesome for the style; refreshing and interesting but didn't wear thin and wasn't prohibitively sour

Overall, a great example of the style and a wonderful brew.

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Photo of brendan13
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy pinkish tomato juice colour with a centimetre of pink tinged white head that falls away quite quickly.
S - Loads of raspberry aroma quickly followed by some oakiness and sour lemon notes.
T - Again lots of raspberry flavour with the lemon also coming through with some musty, barnyard like touches.
M - Light bodied and fairly tart. Some slight tannic hints. Pretty high carbonation.
D - Very nice indeed. Would drink again on special occasions.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.92/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

* Brewed in 2006

Appearance - 4.0
Pours a finger of light pink head that reduced to a thin layer over a dark red body that shines a little orange where the light catches it.

Smell - 4.5
The nose almost cringes from the sourness! Once the initial shock is over there is great depth and complexity - tart raspberry, wood, blackcurrant and wet blanket.

Taste - 4.0
Oak barrels mustiness and classic lambic notes are funky and super sour. Tart raspberry is juicy and a little sweet, but this is just drowned in the sourness and complexity. Wow!

Mouthfeel - 4.0
You have to keep the tongue moving to keep up with the tangy, sticky and lightly fizzy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 3.0
About as expected for a traditional lambic, but the more you drink the better it is.

OVERALL - 4.0
About as good as a traditional fruit lambic can be. Amazingly complex but very hard to drink.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Cs1987
3.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Opaque red, 1 finger of head which reduced.

Smell - Very strong, lots of raspberry and oak.

Taste - This has all the fruits, yeast and sourness I would expect from a genuine Lambic. It is hard to explain why this is so enjoyable despite being so sour, it just is.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lively, very smooth.

Drinkability - Very challenging, as expected.

Overall - I imagine I would enjoy the Kriek more than this. Pretty impressive nonetheless.

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Photo of Casey10
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exceceptionall beer had on tap at the Lion's Pride In Brunswick, ME.

A - Faded cherry head with a beautifull red 1 finger head poured into a glass.

S - really good lots of rasberry and sour apple I would say make this one really good.

T - great loved it, sour, tart and goes down smooth.

M - leave a lingering aftertaste of sour funk really nice.

D - Good really nice would drink a bunch if the price was a bit less but beautiful none the less.

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Photo of ccrida
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on draught at Belmont Station in a Delirium Tremens snifter, Lou Pepe Framboise is bright, chill hazed magenta with a medium violet collar.

Smell is super bright raspberry, whoa! Actually, it's so sweet and fruity, that the nose reminds me a lot of Lindemans, with only a hint of rubbery phenols to let em know it's a real lambic. The vintage unknown, and Belmont said they've cellared it for a year, but with this much fruit, it can't be to much older...

Taste is a whole other ballgame, pure Cantillon sour bomb. Big lambic pucker, and while the fruity is still clearly there, it struggles to balance with the pure sourness, which is exactly how I like my fruit lambics! Rounded out with a nice chalky, baking soda finish.

Mouthfeel is slick and dry, with a medium light body and abrupt finish save for the long, lingering pucker.

Drinkability is great, this beer is the bomb. I love raspberries, and I love Cantillon, and I love this framboise. While not the sourest beer in their portfolio, and very fruit forward for a Cantillon, it still bring the pucker with loads of acidity. Super tasty, a rare treat on draught, I wish this was available year round!

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Photo of Lukie
4.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an off-red with orange highlights. Speckle of white head dissipitated into near nothing on the top.

A funky aroma gives way to tart raspberries and a sweet candyish aroma, almost of sweet raspberry juice. Big, bold and sour.

Huge tartness of fresh green grape and apple skins give way to a ripe raspberry sweetness. It finishes up with tart, sour and dry pre-ripe green raspberry, which makes you long for another sip.

Beautifully well crafted and very in-depth. Possibly a bit too much for my palate to take at the moment, but easily more drinkable then a straight out geuze. A lot leaner and subtler then expected. I would like to put one away for a few years, see how it goes.

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Photo of blakesell
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
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 MasterSki
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kyle for contributing this to New Beer Sunday. Served in a Hopleaf tulip glass. 2005 Vintage. My notes on this one are a little shorter as it was the last beer I reviewed in a long session.

A - Two and a half fingers of pink-white foam with solid retention. Absolutely no lace, but a nice cap of foam that lingers for a bit. Opaque pink-brown brew.

S - Tons of vinegar, brett-y funk, raspberries, horse blanket, and musty barn. Utterly huge smell that almost attacks the senses.

T - Huge sourness, with sweet raspberry puree right at the tip of the tongue. Lots of funk and a light graham-cracker maltiness that holds things together.

M - Super drying, tons of cotton mouth, light to medium body, moderate carbonation. More extreme in mouth pucker than even La Folie!

D - So sour - even with low ABV it's hard to have more than a a serving or two. I appreciate that Dave had the Pepto out just in case of emergency.

Looking forward to my trip to Belgium this summer...

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Nova Res Cafe in Portland. Served in a bowl-ish Pinot wine glass.

Very streamlined presentation in the wine glass. Body is light raspberry red - almost glistening with a fair amount of pinkish or rose carbonation. Head is rather minimalist. Just what the doctor ordered.

Beautifully funky scent of sour, unsweetened raspberries mixed with a great Brett-ish funk. Not so heavy on the blunt horse blanket scent but more of a light poignancy with a little pine thrown in.

Taste profile is extremely clean. The tight sourness mixes nicely with raspberry essence to produce a beautiful lambic here. Finish is still very tight from piney texture and barrel character - almost as dry as balsa wood, but this is one of the classics.

Palate feel makes one pucker. Of course the sourness is overwhelming but it's done in a very clean and tight manner and doesn't negate the light dry sweetness of the raspberries. This one has a great deal of spring in its step.

I've taken a shine to the Cantillon lambics on tap ever since experiencing Fou Fonne at Deep Ellum. This one is just as enjoyable - maybe even a little more fruit character. Sure, it's tight and the funk and acidity slow it down a little bit, but who's to argue that this isn't one of the best?

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Photo of Suds
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this brew outside, on the patio, after spending a few hours tending to the lawn. It's an amazingly refreshing and complex thirst-quencher. It's also the kind of framboise that you can just sit and sip, slowly enjoying it. The beer pours a deep, dark, but clear red. Although it pours with a slight head, it quickly disappears. The beautiful color and clarity, however, more than make up for the head...great appearance. The aroma is a great mix of raspberries and sour funk. Horse-stall, sweaty, earthy, musty aromas mix with just-picked berries. At least half of the fun of this beer is the smell. The sourness in the taste is very strong, but not overdone. Mouthpuckering and intense, but balanced with some fruit flavors. The barnyard character comes through in the taste as well. I love these lambics that don't ruin the experience with sweetness. Perfect to sit and sip. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the drinkability on this one is fantastic.

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Photo of rye726
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'05 Vintage.

Very nice lambic from Cantillon. Pours a raspberry color with a thin pink head.

The nose has lots of wild mountain raspberries, oak, musty funk, horse blanket, and damp soil.

Taste has mixture of sweet and tart raspberries up front and through the finish. Red pinot grapes, oak, sour funk and an earthy famyard presence.

Very dry yet full body has an acidic finish. Perfect carbonation enhances every flavor. Perfect blend of fresh raspberries and the usual Cantillon funk. One of the best offering from Cantillon thus far.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Ebenezer's, 2005 vintage.

Pours a clear bubbly red with a very pink fizzy head.

Aroma is a slightly tart, dry rasberry, hint of fruity sweetness.

Very tart, sharp, with rasberry emerging after initial shap vinegar tartness. Finish is lightly sour, with a faint rasberry exhale.

Very carbonated, crisp, light bodied. Delicious.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yes, we did have one of the last pours from the keg at Binny's south loop, and thanks to Katie for the sample, it inspired a full purchase.

Slightly hazy red, you can see through it, with a quickly dissipating head.

Impressive nose, pure fruit with raspberry and a bit of cherry detectable? No, it's not really there, but has some notes of cherry. Maybe the dark roots of the raspberry.

The fruit hits right up front, with a puckering lack of any sweetness, completely dry, some sourness hits in the back, has enough malt backbone so you don't mistake it for juice, a superb refresher, aperitif. Can't really have the words about how fantastic this is, the beer of the year for me so far.

Just light and fruity in the mouth, a sipper not for the abv but for the lightness and effervescence, a good replacement for Champaign.

A highly drinkable beer, if you can find it. Great to share.

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Photo of mrquartetman
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Tapped into a small goblet; red in color, hardly any head

S: Very fruity, identifiably raspberry, some malt

T: Highly acidic, sour and tart, delicious. This is an excellent lambic style beer that starts tart and fruity, goes to sour, and is dry in the finish. No sweetness in the profile at all.

M: Low carbonation, but this was probably the result of our pour coming from the last in the keg. It's quite persistent and refreshing. A lovely beer.

D: A highly drinkable beer, if you can find it. Great to share.

We had this beer at the bar in Binny's - South Loop, Chicago. As noted, it was the last of the keg, but it was still excellent.

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Photo of abfraser
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at City Beer Store in SF. 2006 version.

A: A beautiful pinkish/red color. Hard to believe this is beer but pretty cool looking. Not much of head.

S: Tart and sour raspberries dominate. Some lambic-like muskiness but farily reserved. Smells great.

T/M: Same as the smell. Mouth-puckeringly sour raspberries. Some funkinees. Finish is nice and dry with good carbonation.

D: A very refreshingly tart beer

I'm generally not huge of lambic fruit beers (but love the non-fruit variety). I enjoyed this one a lot, though.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
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