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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1488   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2400) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Bottled 2001 Extra large white head, very noisey. Nice clear gold color.Large fruity nose, apples and some toasted malts also. Co2 somewhat much. Light body, seriously spritzy. Extra sour(IMHO) and acidic. Good fruityness, apples and pears, slight citric notes. Finish is dry, earthy. Learnin to love the Gueuze!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2004
750ml Bottle capped and corked. 5th Bottling October 2000Poured a light clear gold color with minimal head and looking very Champagne like. Aroma is slightly sour, musty, yeasty and with notes of grapes. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp and somewhat lighter bodied. Flavor is as close to champagne as a beer has eve tasted. Tart and grape like with a dry finish and quite sour. Overall a very good Gueze.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2004 Went to open the bottle on this and removed the foil. There was rust, some kind of top soil smelling substance and some bready looking material. Smelled awful. A precursor of what's to come? Cork says this was bottled in 2002. So it's a year old at least. Very foamy. Gold body with a tall foaming head. Nose is pure funk! It smells like a damp basement with a soil floor. There's an earthy stankiness to it. Some hints of champagne mixed in with rotten fruit, wet wood, soggy cardboard, and a decaying tree. VERY sour taste. More of the funkiness is evident though. Some citrus, mixed with earth, more basement, sweat, and leather. Surprisingly not as tart during the finish as I expected. It's actually kind of smooth, and I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it's age. Very good beer!

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2004
Bott;ed 2003. Cork came out on it's own, probably would have blown across the room if I hadn't held it. Poured very lively like champagne with a yellow cloudy body. Aromas of yeasts, cobwebs, dank musty basement and a somewhat medicinal smell. Flavour that of carbonated consentrated lemon juice. Was the sample too young ? Or am I not worthy?

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 30, 2004
(7 Jan 04) Label reads "Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio" but I assume it is the same as this. Pours a dark, murky yellow with a fizzy white head that fully diminishes. The nose is of grape and grapefruit. The body is sour and dry throughout with a long, slightly astringent finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2004
2002 vintage: 1 pint 9.4 oz bottle pours an orange gold color with a minimal head and some lace sheets that slide down in little time. The aroma is barnyard, asphalt, wood, biological, and tart. The flavor is more sour than a lime, salty, a definite funk, hops detected, and very acidic (but not in a stomach acid sort of way). The palate is impressively rich for how dry this stuff is. Overall, I'm pleased I drank the big old bottle (see Mom, I finished my Gueuze) - in an anthropological sort of way. I will admit I am more of a Belgian Strong Ale whimp. I will leave this style for those that really like it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2004 Not much to say about this that hasn't been said a thousand times over. Sour and tart, but somehow appealing. I like it. Best of all, I drank it on the terrace of the Poechenellekelde bar right opposite the manikin pis in Brussels. What finer way to while away an hour than sipping a great beer on a sunny day whilst watching the looks of astonishment on the faces of tourists when they realise just how unimpressive the pissing boy really is. September 2003.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - JAN 14, 2004
Bottle of 1997 vintage. My first Cantillon Gueuze, but not my first lambic. Appearance is slightly cloudy, very effervescent with a huge creamy white head that recedes quickly into a thin layer of foam. No lace on the glass to speak of. The color is a pleasing honey golden hue, like sunshine in a glass--it's snowy here in Montana so you've gotta take what you can get! The aroma hits you from several feet away--sharp, acidic, and puckery--like alum or lime juice. There's a mustiness that reminds me of cobwebs and Dracula's castle--as though the beer spent a hundred years buried in a castle wine cellar somewhere. The first taste is like no other I've ever had--really overwhelmingly sour--imagine drinking lime juice and that's sort of similar. I cringed when it hit the back of my mouth--I've had lambics before, but this is much more sour--imagine a lime lambic maybe without sugar to sweeten it. The sourness wakes you up and the mustiness sort of smoothes the edges a bit. The gueuze gets easier to drink after a couple of swallows. If you've never had this beer before, I would say it should be on your must have list. You might not like it, but If you have the chance to drink it and pass it up, you've missed out on one helluva unique beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2007 On tap at Monks. Nice clear yellow in color with no head. Sour citrusy fruity aroma. Sour fruity flavor. Cherry notes. Tart. Very nice. Dry tasting. Refreshing. Very nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2004
This being the second beer tasted of the eve, the aroma hit us in the face like dirty socks and soiled underwear. After adjusting the palate a bit, aroma seemed like a combination of pleasantly musty and slightly soured candy. Beer is malty and sweet and backed up with a big-ass sourness. This is definitely an aquired taste, but can be addictive.


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