Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.75/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Vintage 2006, bottled 2008.
As soon as the cork is pulled, the aroma of raspberries wafts into the room. Poured into a tulip, has a lovely pinkish garnet color, transparent, clear on the first pour, a little cloudy on the second. A half inch head of light foam, quickly dissipates to a ring. Some motile lacing quickly runs down the glass back into the ring of foam and does not stick.
Nose is fresh raspberry, old wood and spice, a little Cantillon funk, and a mild acetic acid (vinegar) note. Main impression is a glass of macerated raspberries.
This tastes of fresh raspberries upfront with some raspberry juice sweetness, then the acetic acid hits mid palate and continues to get more acidic towards the finish, which is pretty sour at that point. I love the fresh raspberry flavor, even in this 5 year old version.
Body is light with some slight carbonation, flat mouthfeel. Has a clean presentation with no stickiness. Unfortunately, the carbonation leaves too quickly.
This beer preserves the fresh acidity of the raspberry and enhances that some with an extra vinegar sourness--but a little too much. The malt notes are light and the old wood notes, spice, and tannins add some complexity. Definitely a great beer, but the sour level makes me want to have it with food, which it pairs well with. My goal is to try this again as fresh as possible to guage how much of the fruit has left this bottle after cellaring.
Vintage 2008, bottled 29 September, 2010
Update: The following day, I opened the 2008 vintage bottled in 2010. This has a deeper red color and the raspberry flavor is slightly fresher with a much lower acetic acid level that did not produce the wave of acidity I experienced with the 2006 and is better carbonated with a more champagne-like mouthfeel. I could enjoy sipping a whole bottle of this vintage, which is what I am about to do :-). Because the 2008 vintage presents considerably better, I have upgraded my earlier score to an across the board 4.75 (was 4.5 overall). With these beers, one can expect variations by vintage (neither the lambic nor the fruit will be the same) and quality also depends on cellaring time and conditions, but 2008 is delicious now and may be as good as it gets (until I get to try a newer vintage).
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2013 01:47:27 | More by Beerenauslese
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
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