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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1648   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".


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2005
2004: Pour murky orange with thin white head...smell is apple, yeast, tons of brett and funk...definately sour apple, lemons, vinegar, grass flavor...nice...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Sour apple and grass aroma. Almost no head. Nice citrusy, apple, tangy flavor. Iím starting to enjoy Geuze more and more.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Draught. Lightly hazy peach color with a head that was coughed on. Cidery, tart, barnyard aroma. Extremely tart and dry tasting. The acidity leaves the tongue clean. Seems a bit still. Has some underlying fruitiness. Maybe pineapple.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2005
2003. Pretty looking orange in color, with a vibrant, horsey, leathery nose, that shows hints of lemon. Dry and rustic character, with a strongly acidic and sour nature and a fairly harsh overall flavor, but itís just so juicy and flavorful, I just canít help myself. I love it and I always have and probably always will. Itís just so funky.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2005
(bottle) Funky and Musty. Very dry finish. Hard to pin down exactly what this tasted like. I liked it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (13367) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 23, 2005
Bottled 75cl, 2004 vintage (BBE 2030)
Hazy bright orange color, small orangey head, mostly vanishing. Strong sour aroma of apples, also earth, leather and cork. Soft, rounded mouthfeel. Starts fruity (apples again) sweetish then fills the mouth with sourness (lime). Earthy notes in the finish. Long acidy aftertaste. Well-balanced gueuze.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2005
12 oz. bottle, 2004 cork: Pours tranparent light orange, with a large white sustaining head. Tart, sugary, barnyard aroma. Flavor is overly tart and sour, finishes dry and bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5884) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Discount Liquors, Milwaukee, WI. -- 12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy, murky, medium golden with a tight, white long lasting head. Tangy aroma, reminds me somewhat of a dry powdered chemical compund that the janitors used to put down on the floor to dry up vomit. A bit of ctric acidness mellows it a bit. Flavor is overwhelming sour. Just as imperial IPAs have stretched the boundaries on bitterness, it seems this style (even though it has been around for hundreds of years) just tries to make itself as sour as possible. No fruit to salvage it here like in Lambics. As sour as can be, which is what Iím sure it is trying to aim at, so it is true to style and appreciated, just not my cup of tea.

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 (2250) - 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.


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