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

bottled
common

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1539   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKBeer (1170) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
2004 Mondial de la Biere Ratebeer Gathering at Tiggmtlís. Pale blond/bronze colour with a thin white frothy head. Lots of barnyard and yeasty aroma, plus lightly acetic notes. Maybe some Brie in there as well? Not as sour as expected, starting lightly acetic then growing and developing a grapefruit sourness and light bitterness. Very dry. Thanks to Radek for sharing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6378) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 13, 2004
Slightly sulphuric, acid gueuze, more of young gooseberry, light green grass .Light amber, small head .Acidic, lemon, sour but no to the extreme. Rather clean for style, nice aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2004
Horse blanket, yeast, sweat, gently sour nose. Flat looking orange-tan with very thin ring of white head. Sourness continues in the flavour but seems somehow reserved or subdued. Lightly acidic, plenty of fruit notes and a very dry finish. Medium body with fairly high carbonation make this very pleasant in the mouth. Bottle (enjoyed at Mondial RB Gathering 2004 with CapFlu, CaptainCougar, jercraigs, MartinT, OKBeer, Radek and Rastacouere).

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4475) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 (Bottle) Post Mondial Gathering 2004 at TiggMTL. Pours a clear amber with great sedimentation. Sour nose is milder than the flavour. Good dry finish. Sweaty goodness. Many thanks to Radek for this offering...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Itís good, itís gueuze. I like it. Just donít expect me to wax eloquenltly on it as Iíll save my prose for the posting. This I just enjoy drinking. Nuff said. If you have another bottle, come find me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 Very light amber, clear, thin white head. Aroma contains tons of wet hay, intense horseblanket, bread, cookies, fruits, sour wheat. I like the horse sweat characteristic, but this doesnít strike me as the perfect gueuze. Palate is full of lactic acidity, but itís nowhere close to agressive. Sweat, horsey, wheat, hay, rather complex, apricot, peaches, cider apples, pears.... Bone-dry cider finish, astringent as well. Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation which fits very well. Thanks to Radek for bringing this to the mondial saturday gathering.
Resample in a 750mL showed a quite salty beer with cork flavors and lots of vinegar. Nose seemed a bit underwhelming... Lowering this from 4.0 to 3.7. Iíve had a few gueuzes I find absolutely superior, far more aromatic and pleasant, though this one is very clean.
Take note that those few bottles of the 1996 vintage still around I consider worth 4.5/5 and still with aging potential, a lot funkier than recent relatively clean examples and infinitely complex.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8611) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2004
UPDATED: APR 13, 2013 Bottled. Orange/white/green in appearance, with massive carbonation, and an initial white head which quickly dissipates. The aroma is sour and reminds me of sparkling wine. The taste is sour and challenging with hints of crisp fresh apples. This is obviously a good beer but just is not really my type. Score 3.2
Subsequent rating scored 3.8. Average becomes 3.5

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TorbenH (810) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2004
Not my kind af beer. Medium orange-golden liquid with a small amount of white head that dissipates quickly. Flavor is very sour. A typical Gueuze.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (947) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Purchased in a 12 oz. green bottle which was adorned with black foil neck wrapping. Uncapping the bottle revealed a cork underneath, which seems to be a standard for Belgian premium beers. The pour into a tumbler was a cloudy peachy orange color with an initial fizz of carbonation that disappeared very quickly. The aroma was very unique. Itís hard to put into words what this beer smells like, but Iíll try anyway. I could detect wet grass, sour apples, green onions, and pickled vegetables. As weird as it may sound, the smells actually got my mouth watering. The taste is also extremely unique. The beer exhibits a mouth puckering vinegary sourness at first sip. The sourness is accompanied by a peppery spiciness and a hint of bitterness. There is no sweetness to balance these tastes out, but sweet drinks are for babies any way. As the beer warms, it gets a bit creamier on the palette, tempering the astringency. The 5% ABV is so far down the radar, it slips past the tongue and only shows up as a warming sensation in the belly. This is a light and refreshing traditional gueuze, which should be enjoyable in the upcoming summer months.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1005) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2004
Tiny beaded carbonation. Pours light gold with lots of haze. Itty bitty soapy head. Light grapey grass aroma. Very similar to Timmermans Gueuze Caveau. Piles of lemon in the front, lime in the finish. Wow, thatís tart. Traces of yeast, honey and apple cider vinegar. Extremely expensive, not overtly impressive.


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