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

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common

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RATINGS: 1608   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".


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethdude (702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Bottled in 2003: Poured in 2005. Pours a hazy gold with almost no head. Aroma is hay, burlap, orange, mild cherries, and soil. Flavor is dry and SOUR. This is the type of sour that makes your gums behind your last molars ache. Flavor is fairly complex despite the predominance of the sourness. Mild malts, cherries, apple, some very lemony notes, a little grassy. Not as sweet as some in the style. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Strange yellowish color with almost no head. Very sour acidic aroma and a sweet fruity presence. Some cherry aroma sitting under a lighty smokey cloud. Increadibly sour and quite acidic. Did I mention that itís sour. Fruity, mostly a sour cherry flavor. My first real gueuze, Iím intreagured by the style and will definately come back for more.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2005
A towering, tightly beaded head capped the hazy golden body. The aroma is a barnyard funky one, grassy and musty, quite tart, with very sour lemon. Quite acidic on the tongue and throughout the mouth. It tastes quite sour, dirty and lemony, but then develops an almost grainy sweetness. The finish, however, it quite tart and bitter. Hmmm.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2005
750 ml bottle. Cloudy gold/orange with a small head. Aroma is standard Cantillon barnyard with lemon and orange zest. Starts nice and sour with a puckering tartness but as it warms (or my tongue adapts) it becomes sweeter and a bit more enjoyable. Lively carbonation dazzles the palate. Finishes dry.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Pours hazy straw colored with minimal head. Aroma of sour fruit, some Brett, woody esters, and slight saisony aromas. Tastes extremely tart, with some fruit and Brett in the finish. A solid gueuze, but I prefer mine with more free sugars.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2005
the emperor has no clothes. thatís all i can say. goddammit, i just donít get it. and i donít think i ever will. call me a bud-swilliní lightweight (and then duck) but vinegar and horse farts just arenít my thing. check out my buddy TARís description of this... this... uhh, this CHARMing beverage: "Mouthwatering aroma of lemon rind, grass, mold, and olive wood". dude, i love you, but what the fuck is mouthwatering about rind, grass, mold and wood?!? unless you happen to be a termite! but thatís what ALL the raters say! my tongue has a built in íejectí button for anything acidic enough to melt a suspension bridge lag bolt. a galapagos tortoise would keel over to taste anything so unforgivingly sour as this. gimmee a break, this is donkey sweat, crab apples and horned toad pancreatic bile. but i really like the label. it has pretty delicate flowers. yes. i like red poppies-- very soothing, one can almost forget the pain of hating a popular beer and not being able to fit in with oneís beer geek peers. so, whatever. like always, iíll give it a neutral rating ícause poí oí me, i jes too dum to see the emperorís clothes.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2005
a mes rate i am quite enjoying this but not as much as i hoped to. clear orange pour, no head or lacing, slighty funky aroma but nothing like other gueuzes. slightly tart flavour but again not what i was expecting. iíd say this was a good introduction to gueuze beers if you havent tried them before. all the good stuff but not too tart. i liked it

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
This poured out a clear orange with about an inch of white head on top. It left a slight scattering of lace around the glass as it was consumed. Aroma was sharply tart at first but mellowed out after a few minutes. There was a bit of sweetness to the aroma as well. The taste followed suite with a strong acidic tartness upfront before the sweetness came in to add some balance. The tartness definitely caused this one to be a real sipper for me since I am not used to this style of beer yet. Body was about light to medium with a crisp feel to it. With this being my first gueze and all I really didnít find it very drinkable in comparison to most lambics Iíve had. It wasnít bad by any means just different. I plan on sticking with the style and coming back for a re-review if necessary.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2005
Somewhat of hazy peach colour and no head to speak of. Iím quite new to this style, but found this quite palatable. It has just the right amount of sharpness and acidity, offset by some subtle sweetness. Every sip cleanses the palate and youíre eager for the next...lookin foward to tryin more of the Cantillons. Nice meetin ya Tupalev.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (2957) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2005
Bottle at Smokeless Joeís, unsure of the year (probably 2004). Graciously offered a sample by Jan Primus, who I bumped in to at the bar (thanks man!). Hazy Yellow in the glass, very small white head. Slightly sour "funky" aroma, but rather weak. Tart sour taste but well balanced and stunningly refreshing - Iíve had mixed experiences with these types, but this one hit a homerun in my book. It is hard to explain, but to me, in these beers the sourness either comes off balanced or totally one sided and overwhelming. Some nice fruity notes on this one at the end as well. Fantastic.


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