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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1660   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".


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalhead (633) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Aroma of sour apples,mild vinigar,hint of old well used horse blanket. Puckering and mildly mouthwatering initial taste that was semi sour but quickly turned drier than I would have liked. 375ml,cork date 2002. Not bad but would have expected more for my $6.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (13997) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2005
UPDATED: APR 19, 2006 Bottle. Acidic, farty, earthy aroma. Unclear golden colour, very small white head. Acidic, vinegary flavour with a hint of bitterness. Aftertaste is tanninlike, but not that bitter with a soft, lingering acidity. Soft carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9525) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2005 Poured a medium, hazy golden color with a small white head. Sour and tart aroma. Sour and tart tastes with lemons and apples. Nice and puckering. Update: 1996 Vintage. 3 6 8 4 16.This beer aged very well. Nice funky, sour apple tastes and aromas. 4 8 8 4 18

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
UPDATED: APR 30, 2007 This is cantillon, doing the only thing they do and doing it well. Had at the brewery. Aromas of some serious funk, sourness, oak, and some apples for good measure. Flavors of the same with a nice effervecence.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Aroma of oak, cork, citrus, like chardonnay, overlaying light but distinct horse-blanket. Appears hazy golden-yellow with slight effervescence of medium-fine bubbles; almost no head to speak of. Flavor is quite sour; too sour, in fact, and it overlays almost everything except the barnyard and leathery notes. Palate is light and bubbly but leaves a slick sensation on the tongue. The overall effect is very much like champagne, but like champagne that is unpleasant to drink - at least for me. Overall, this beer is about equal to the sum of its parts.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
like a crytalline layer of bretanomyces perfection. tart, grassy with beautiful citrus overtones. An absolutely incredible beer taht changes with each amazing sip.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
iguenard (9) - Ottawa Area, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2005 does not count
As a gueuze, this beer has received accolades from the highest raking experts. This beer has unfortunaletly struck the wrong chord with my tongue. Bitter, tard and sourness beyond my capacity to appreciate, as good as it smells and looks, this beer is for the upper echelon of experts only. I will gladly try this one again in a few years. Unripe bleuberries and alcohol, old grapes hint towards a biere de gqarde, in the traditional sense. This Geuze is noted to be kept beyond 2030, an amazing figure. Smells of of old unripe grapes, the acidity and tartness that ensures when biting on an unripe grape is litterally felt in the brew, just as the gambrinus Rosee of the same company, but less acidic to the nose.Playfully suspended yeast in this not quite translucent, orange-golden brew. The head is ethereal and dissipates very quickly, rising very thinly.Incredibly tart and sour beer. So much so its distracting and takes away from the old barrel-fermented flavors. The hops is very present for a gueuze. This beer, and the whole line from Cantillon is a very acquired taste. As much as I thought I knew about beer, this beer took me back and showed be a whole new world of tastes. So strrong it can wake the dead.Metallic finish to a small degree. I think it grows stronger and less tart with age, I would be MORE then wiling to age one bottle, should I ever be graced with one. After all this brewery only produces 700 hectoliters annually. Tart, sour and hoppish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5153) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Pours a beautiful bright gold with a trace of a white head. The aroma is classic with vinegar, leather, barnyard and some apples. The taste is surprisingly mild with lemons, leather and apples. Slightly salty in the finish. Mouthfeel is slick and thin. This beer seems like summer in a bottle, bright, lively and fresh in every way. Delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 I’ve sampled this on several occasions and it doesnt disappoint on repeat sampling. Tart fresh citrus and mature cellar like smells. Tart and very dry, really drinkable. Perhaps not as complex on the nose as some lambics but who cares when its as drinkable as this. 4.3
Feb 05 Bottle. Classicly lambic aroma. Excellent fruity lively burst of sourness in your mouth and long finish. 4.0

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 I don’t get this style yet...so forgive me...I will rerate this one day....This is a blend of 1, 2, and 3 year old lambics with an intense sour-acidic aroma. I hope against hope that this is one of those beers who’s aroma is not a predictor of flavor...wrongo!..It smells like stomach acid and it tastes exactly like it smells....mouth-puckeringly sour...it tastes a little like orange juice gone bad in the sun...I’ll get back to you on this one and others like it...It’s just too weird to me.


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