Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - FramboiseCantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise

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Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml, 2012 (bottled/released fall 2015). Pours between brick and blood red, slightly hazy, and with minimal head. Nose takes you down two roads. Fresh and acidic/preserved cherries and raspberries and ice cream come through. Alongside, dandelions, hay, Brett, and tart apple. Fruit is amazing compared to Rose de Gambrinus. I think this will be my first ever 5 for nose. Flavor has acidity and intensity of straight raspberry juice paired with funky lemon peel and a fresh herbal greenery that is hard to place. Almost like an intense mixed drink. Prickly crisp carbonation. Funky monkey this is a good beer, even compared to other Cantillon beers. Honestly, the intensity will make this 750 ml bottle an all afternoon affair.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage.
Pours deep red with little head
Aroma is huge, raspberry jam, little funk, barnyard, honey, burnt rubber, wet cellar.
Taste is raspberry all over, so fresh, hay, funky, sour finish

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

Had at Cantillon brewery, from bottle.

L: Bright berry red color. Very little thin head. Slightly opaque.

S: Huge raspberry nose, touch of other citrus, and small sour.

T: Sweet, raspberry, sour, tart, Brett.

F: Light, refreshing.

O: Fantastic beer. Really well balanced raspberry, tart and bealgian yeast taste.

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Photo of professorchow
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with a 2013 sticker. Reluctant to rate because this is such a distinctive beer, at once subtle and strong, and this is the first time I've had anything by Cantillon. I found it amazing, but also palate challenging. It's kind of like first time listening to Coltrane. You're not sure how to describe it or judge it, and you're at once thrilled and in over your head, but you know repetition seems really worth pursuing and will alter your tastes.

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Photo of DavidSomers
4.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 sticker poured into a fluted glass. While this beer is visually striking with a lovely raspberry scent, the taste and mouthfeel are the stars here. Fantastic balance of funk, fruit and sour. Even a hour after opening there is still huge carbonation. A complete joy. One of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of DispyDnb
4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle. That was EXTREME, could feel the smell from the bottle and the off flavors here were kind of unpleasant in the first 15-20 minutes. The funk was so strong we couldnt have the first sip, and i'm not talking about horsey aromas but some kind of fishey/rotten food/mold and more. After waiting for the beer to get warmer the aromas morphed into something more fruity and the framboise finally came up. Very very sour on the palate, mid carbonation. What an experience this was, scary and amazing!

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

2013 sticker at Hopyard in Oslo. This was a pleasant surprise and a real treat. My first time having LPF and I think I rank it best among the framboise that I have had - I prefer it to Framboise du Fermier and Atrial. It is very balanced - pleasantly tart, not super sour.

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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 pagriley
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 sticker into a snifter.

Pours deep Ruby red with fluffy pink 2 inch head - thought it was a kriek at first the color was so intense!

Slight earthy funk under huge sweet raspberry - tart notes of cassis and a hint of vanilla.

Tart and funky, but not very sour; typically balanced between earthy funk and bold fruit. A touch sweet with masses of raspberry crushing all

Bright and effervescent. Almost over carbed.

Overall fantastic. Shame ill probably never see another bottle!

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Photo of ragnar3
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 Sticker - poured from the bottle into a taster. Huge raspberry on the nose, taste follows suit with a solid mouthfeel and nicely balanced funk. Recommended!

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Photo of gcamparone
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 sticker date. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Cantillon stemmed lambic glass. Allowed to warm to just under room temperature over 3 hours.

Pours a maroon body with a pretty big, 3 finger light pink, fizzy head that dissipates pretty quickly to leave no retention or lacing.

Wow.. the aromas on this baby are mesmerizing - a huge wave of fresh raspberries fills the air. So much fruit here. Light funk and oak on the aromas but fresh, bright berries dominate.

On the tongue, it starts with fresh, sour raspberry juice notes.. really delicate but pronounced. This gives way to a good amount of oak, lactic sourness, earthy light funk, finishing crisp, clean, acidic, tannic almost. Ever so slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is fantastic - medium carbonation, and medium light, easy drinking body.

I can see why the Lou Pepe series is sought after, these beers are true masterpieces. I wouldn't say this beer is overly COMPLEX, being pretty fresh the berries dominate, but that's exactly why it's so great. World class.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Share bottle with 2010 sticker. One of the best framboise's I have had and I'm not much of a sour person. With the age the sharp tart had fallen off, but the raspberry and a some funk was still there and great

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Photo of Rifugium
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

'08 sticker, consumed Sept. '16.

With Zwanze coming up and me never having had a Cantillon Framboise other than Rose, I decided to pull out this old bottle. I still haven't had the LP fresh, but maybe I'll score one of the latest batch for comparison. Dark mahogany color, with a fluffy off-white head that settled down after a few minutes. Aroma was full of funk and cobwebs, with the fruit present but a bit muted. Yeasty funk up front in the taste, old lambic goodness, with berry skin/seeds. Fruit was perhaps somewhat faded at this point (again, I never had this fresh), but still very present. Tartness/acidity was mellow, no vinegar here at all. Dry and lightly woody. Very good overall.

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Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Large shared 2013 bottle.
Looks great, with a deep red body.
Moderately high tartness. Hints of raspberry and strawberry jam. Very fruity aroma.

Medium high carbonation in a medium light body.

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Photo of shehateme
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2010 sticker ....had a little scare when the cork disintegrated and there was a film under the cap but all is fine in the universe as it was fine ....had this right after a framboos and there is no comparison this is one of the most delicate beers I have ever had ....not a review guy but this on deserves every bit of praise it can garner .... Pours a beautiful auburn color with a ton of head . The scariest moment was the smell ,expecting the worst after seeing the shape the cork was in I immediately knew it was fine with one sniff ...taste and mouthfeel are the reason this beer is so sought after wow Tart raspberries with a full mouthfeel and wonderful funk of the best beers I've had in recent memory

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Photo of kitch
4.95/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 750ml bottle at the brewery. 2013 sticker, bottled on 3rd April 2016. Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear dark ruby colour with a three finger dark pink head that had decent retention and some sparse lacing. Looks so good.

Aroma: Fruity raspberry, strawberry and some light floral notes.

Taste: Sour, tart, raspberry, strawberry, oak, apple and light barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: So good. Such nice refreshing raspberries and strawberries. Could very well be my favourite fruit lambic! Must buy.

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Photo of eifster82
4.76/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2008 bottle at Cantillon Brewery.

Slightly hazy, red/amber appearance. This has to be the strangest beer I have ever smelled. Extremely complex which is difficult to describe. Raspberry is definitely present on the nose, but there is this funky aroma that is overpowered by all kinds of notes. Just very strange. The taste doesn't follow the nose as much. That funk is still there but raspberry sour, other red fruits, almond, nutmeg, barnyard hay, funky cheese.... it's all somehow blended perfectly. Oaky for sure! The aftertaste is smooth with light carbonation/fizzy feel. Could sip on this beer all day long and enjoy every sip. But I simply could not stop smelling the beer. Probably took 2-3 whiffs for every sip.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 sticker with a 2015 cork drank on 7/14/2016

L-thin with a large pink head that disappeared very quickly and kind of lingered. A pinkish dark red that is simply beautiful

S-heavy oak, tart red fruits, raspberry is present, but one among many other berry fruits. Very bold and nice

T-tart tart raspberries, strong oak, some funk, and other bold red fruits

F-super drinkable, coats the mouth as much as a stout

O-simply amazing. glad I was able to try this. Extremely enjoyable offering from Cantillon

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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 Sheppard
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2012 LPF bottle, bottled May 2015.

It looks amazing. When I think of framboise or raspberry sours, this is how I want them to look. I want them to look like LPF or RdG. That bright pinkish, purple, magenta. LPF has the looks that kill. The looks may be the highlight, though. Lou Pepe Framboise is really acidic. There is very little balance and the raspberries are overwhelmed by the acidity. After a while, my enamel started hurting from drinking this. I can't say I didn't enjoy this, but man, is it harsh.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Balanced nose between raspberry jam and hay/funk. The pour is a beautiful deep pink color with the head being very light pink. The raspberry is the star, but the base beer provides a balanced acidity and deep levels of farmhouse hay and funk.

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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 cultclassic89
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 sticker. 3/23/15 bottling. Birthday bottle!

L: Lovely deep red and pink hue. Very slightly pink, mostly white head to a ring.

S: This is intoxicating. Raspberry jam. Hint of funk.

T: Pretty incredible. So jammy. Slight points off for as it warmed I got a bit of a cheesy character.

F: Classic Cantillon. Light and effervescent, mildly creamy.

O: Definitely met my expectations. I'd love to see where this beer goes with some age on it.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Murky dark red color with pink head. Aroma is full of fresh raspberries and some farmhouse funk. Taste starts with intense sourness and raspberries in the background. Extremely dry, light body with a good amount of carbonation. Excellent fruit aroma but the intense sourness overwhelms the other flavors.

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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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