392. Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise (2002)

392. Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise (2002)

I've moved on to the more expensive Cantillon Lambics that Downtown Wine and Spirits carries. I'll eventually try them all, but not at the rate I've been going. The Lou Pepe lambics are fruitier than Cantillon's other lambic offerings. There's a nice description of how the beers are produced here. I let this warm to approximately 40ยบ F and served it in one of my New Belgium snifter style glasses. I consumed the 750 mL bottle over a period that allowed the beer to reach room temperature.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Brasserie Cantillon
Alcohol: 5.00%
Serving: 750 mL bottle
Style: Fruit Lambic, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (5.0): Pours a hazy deep red with a thin white fizzy head that quickly dissipates. Sparse bubbles rise up the sides of the glass to create a patchy thin ring.

Smell (4.5): Aromas of raspberries, sourness, and an intense funky wet blanket aroma.

Taste (4.5): The characteristic lambic flavors are present. There's an acidic tartness that greets the palate. It mellows into fruity raspberry flavors. The sourness reasserts itself in the finish, though not as much as some of Cantillon's other offerings. Funky lambic flavors are also present in the finish.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Lightly carbonated, light-bodied with a puckering sourness and dry finish.

Drinkability (4.0): Like most lambics, Lou Pepe Framboise is a sipping beer.

Overall (4.55): An excellent lambic. The fruitiness is much more evident in this beer than in other Cantillon beers that I've had.

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