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Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Brussels, Belgium

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common

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RATINGS: 1491   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The world's classic Gueuze. A blend of one, two, and three year-old lambics creates a second fermentation in the bottle. The champagne of Belgium. In contrast, the Lou Pepe Gueuze is a blend of three 2-year-old lambics.

Newer vintages are labeled "Organic Gueuze", "100% Lambic Bio" or "Classic Gueuze".


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3285) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Thanks Chuck! Poured from a 12 oz bottle all over Chuck’s laptop... I eventually got to sample this beer after he was done cleaning. The aroma is very strong. Mostly, it smells like leather. There’s also some sourness to it that initially hides the leather aroma until you get used to the sour. The leather smells like one of those nice supple leather jackets that are $500+. Anyway, the appearance is a very hazy straw gold color with a thin white head ring. The palate is fizzy and almost comes off as REALLY salty. The flavor is a very sour grape and apple with some leather undertones. Kinda has a flavor that reminds me of nickel as well.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2494) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2005
12 oz w/ cork and when I popped it I popped it all over me and my craptop. a orangish color w/ a small white head well laced, visible carbonation cloudy color and the head is short lived. First scent is barnyard/horseblanket then some very sour cherries and leather and a little grapefruit and an odd sweetness in the finish too great complexity here. Palate is highly carbonated fairly well couted. Flavor is sour/tart cherries some more sour some grapes too an acidicness that makes my mouth almost sweaty. A good beer as far as lambics go, but still an odd style from my viewpoint.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3149) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 16, 2005
bottled in 2001-pours hazy yello wit ha big white head. big vineous, funk, horseblanket aroma with notes of sour grapes, lemon, seltzer water and green grapes. fizzy palate as expected. lots of sourness from the brett. I bet this was a good vintage to sample this beer. I have a bottle that im going to age for a while. A pretty decent lambic in my book.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2005
750 mL corked & capped bottle (bottled in 2003, sampled August 2005): slightly cloudy golden body with a thin starched white ring. Sweet, while beautifully sour leather tannins, sharp green grape skins, and a grapefruit effervescence round out a fantastically deep aroma. This luscious liquid tingles the tongue and sides of the mouth while coating with a limestone-like film. Acidic flavours mixed with bubble gum, sour hops, metal, and astringent grape skins. Long mustiness in the finish keeps the flavours clinging to the sides of my mouth just as I like it…truly fantastic, I wonder if I could toast at my wedding with this…

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2037) - Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2005
wet sweaty animal aroma. sour taste is so sour that my jaw tightens up. woody notes, but sour woody notes. citrus finish. vinous flavors underly this with some apple, a very complex enjoyable brew.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2005
(Bottle 75 cl) Version simply labeled "Lambic 100%". Pours a lovely, orangey golden with a slight haze - no head. Almost flat. Very sharp, acidic nose. Notes of iron and the typical Cantillon vinegar approach that pretty much kills your buds. This is very traditional hardcore stuff. 280601

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2005
Bottle. Nose is all wet dog and barnyard. Taste-very puckering and sour-absolutely delicious! Lots and lots of citrus. There is a very veiled salt taste that goes with the sourness very well (the salt taste may very well be a byproduct of the acidity). The sour lingers forever and is wonderful. A great multi-dimensional beer that can be sipped for hours.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PandoraGreen (27) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2005
Bottle at Smokless Joe’s in Toronto. Light golden and cloudy, no head to speak of. Strong, indescribible scent (not unpleasant). Taste is citrus, lemon, with a puckery aftertaste. Very unique tasting beer. Wish I could find more of it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2005 Amber, slight haze, OK head. Rotting apples are the dominant aroma, with some rotting apricots too. There’s quite a lot fungal, musty, cobwebby young lambic character, a rough woodiness, a type of cheese I can’t identify and some cherries. Starts with a juicy stone fruit sweetness then becomes nice and firmly tart (and quite acetic) without ever getting out of control, followed by a nice cheesy, stale hop bitterness. Apple cores, too. Carbonation seems caught between the clarity of flavours delivered by a flat lambic and the extra life brought by the high carbonation in other gueuzes, which kinda leaves the beer with neither of these positives. Quite full-bodied. Not my favourite gueuze, but delicious stuff anyway.
RR: Geez, I thought this was one of my less-favoured gueuzes but damn, I had a 2004 bottle the other day and it was freaking great. A lot cleaner and drier and a lot less fungal than previous experiences. Yum.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gilvanblight (761) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2005
Light amber read colour. No real head. Very strong distinct scent I cannot place. Very bitter citrus taste that is slightly overpowering. Citrus burn fades quickly leaving a pleasant sweet aftertaste.


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