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

bottled
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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1550   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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".


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2005
12oz bottle, 2003 cork. Not much carbonation on this guy, just a small pfft on opening and just a thin smattering of bubles after the pour. Clear golden body, looks like a deceptive pale lager. The lack of fizz doesnít translate to a lack of aroma. Assertive burnt grapefruit / lactic acid with a benign sugar-cookie sweet malt hiding in the background. The flavor is refreshing (itís 82F and humid in my apartment, the tartness is welcome) and challenging at the same time. Tart grapefruit peel, iron, strawberry leaf, "sour" all over a now cowering pale malt. The finish isnít too dry, it just leaves the bitter sour taste for savoring.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
bottle. 2004 cork. pours a cloudy body with a colour that is very similar to a freshly squeezed glass of "lots of pulp" grapefruit juice along with a large fizzy white head that is very short lived as it quickly fizzes away. aroma fills the room with earthy wood notes and tart apple juice. itís certainly very tart and perhaps rivals any other lambics that I have tried. rich in complexity with a generous funkiness and just shines in every conceivable aspect. drier than the desert. Itís great having a whole bottle of this to myself - I donít even consider $6 USD to be that expensive for such a phenomenal beer. Cantillon truly is one of the greats.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
schuimkroaat (413) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 11, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2006 37.5 cl bottle, bottled in 2004. Honey coloured, slightly hazy, tiny bubbles rushing to the surface, small but very persistent lacy head. Sour-sweetish aroma of delicious home-jarred food, with vinegar and horseradish. Lemon tart flavour, a bit grassy, dry to the bone and acidic, ending in unassertive but clearly present hop bitterness. Flows over the tongue like lukewarm honey, still releasing a lot of dry crispiness. Very nice, yet lacks the complexity of (for instance) Girardin black label. Maybe, with more ageing...?

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 11, 2005
75cl bottle, bottled in 2002. Pours fairly clear w/ small white head, good dose of bubbles...Acid sour hay in the aroma...Very dry, with some apparent bitterness and maybe even a bit of malt flavor...Dry and lingering...a minute after I sip it, I can lick my lips and get a nice little 9v battery charge. Very nice gueuze.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Super funk cantillon nose. Lemon, must, grapes, oak. God, I love the way their beers smell. Beautiful gold, thin champagne head. Very tart and acidic, lemon, whheat, oak, cherries, sour grapes, tart grapefruit. Yowza!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geiserich (3349) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUN 2, 2005
Bottled:
Light cloudy, orange color. Aroma is full of acid, strong notes of cidre, sour apples and agressive lemon notes. Strong acid flavor, very astringent, notes of sour must, strong notes of lemon juice. A hard core beer, but quite a experience.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUN 1, 2005
(on bottle)Unclear, yellow. kind of of-balanced, yet vinorous, so I guess it is balanced somhow;acidic/apple nose, citric and tart; allmost burning, taste, and zings out, leaving a whole in my palate. Too hard on the acid for me.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2005
Pale yellow beer with a small white head. Sour apple aroma with a yeasty dusty note. Flavor has a balanced sour and sweetness and a light fruityness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Surprisingly less sour than the Framboise. This is my first Gueuze, so maybe I just didnít konw what to expect, though. Good sweetness in the flavor, and it didnít have the vinegar aroma/flavor that the framboise did.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
turbothy (1086) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2005
[from bottle @ Copenhagen Beer Festival 2005]
My first gueuze. Pours a nice piss yellow, with a funny not-so-sour aroma. Flavour is puckeringly sour, with a milky aftertaste reminiscent of good old-fashioned Danish kśrnemślk.


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