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

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RATINGS: 1541   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2003 Aroma is sour, with a bit of horse blanket. Hazy golden apperance. Dry and sour flavors, but not overly sour. Quite drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jerohen (1979) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2004 Rating reflects aged sample. A fresh Cantillon gueuze is probably one the most uncompromising gueuzes available. The flavour is very strong, sour and tart. With ageing however, the flavour develops to be less sharp and gains some complexity. The aged sample i drank was about 4 years old, and in my opinion it had lost too much of its characteristic flavour. But as a fresh Cantillon gueuze is way too powerfull to my liking, i think itís best to drink after two years or so.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2003
Hazy bright orange color, light white head. Aroma of cheese, apple, vinegar, refined barn air I would say, not too wild. Taste is incredibly sour, finally something that qualifies as appropriately sour in my opinion. Sharp biting flavor, very drinkable, medium body that is smooth and balanced, and completely dry. Palate is fantastic. Gueuze is becoming a favorite style of mine, glad I finally got around to this one.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 28, 2003
Hazy gold color with sticky redundant head. Aroma is very complex with strong barny/horse blanket front, light sulfer (used fireworks), hops & granite, very unique. Flavor is lightly tart & sweet, not overly sour or assertive. Finishes with a sulfer mouthfeel and citrusy hop aftertaste. Overall this was a great gueuze with some good complexities but didn't compliment itself as much as the Lindeman's cuvee renee.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2003
First Gueuze: Pours honey colored, with white head. Woody aromas, some hay, very interesting. First thing noticed is the tartness, which is pleasent and spreads throughout the mouth, but does not linger too long. Reminds me of some fruits; sour apple and plums. A bit of a champagne palate, bubbly. I find that I like this quite a bit. It's very unique, and I want more!

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - OCT 24, 2003
A honey orange color with an eggshell white head. Has the smell and taste of a mix between a fine white wine and mop water from a public restroom. A bit of wood...oak... with yeast, has a tart bite. Though it has some interesting qualities that some might like, I can't see this being one of my favorite styles. Give me a roasty thick stout or a hopped up IPA any day over this

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2003
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 This rating is made of old tasting notes. Cantillon geuze was my first ever geuze and in retrospect perhaps not the best "first" - I had difficulties drinking the whole bottle. I havenít had it since but Iím looking forward to drinking the 75mL bottle Iím keeping in my cellar... Cloudy golden colour with no head. Acidic, champagne, oak, little musty, quite complex but not an easy beer.... Re-rate after having had a few bottles of this beer; throw some citrus-fruit into the mix and itís now highly-drinkable. A very good gueuze.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2595) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 28, 2003
Vintage dated October 2000. Acetic and citric aroma, woody and herbal, with touches of barnyard funk, hay and earth. Lightly hazy golden yellow color, with an off-white, creamy and fine head. Tart, acidic, sour and citrusy flavor, fruity and herbal, with some sharp wood flavors, bitterness and earthiness towards the finish. Light bodied with relatively low effervescence, and certainly much better at cellar temperature or above. A very nice rendition, and I wouldn't have expected anything less masterful from Cantillon.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (7818) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2003
pale yellow, with both a greenish and a darker orange shine, fully hazy. Lively pearling to good white head, but dwindling to 1/2 cm head. "Horseblanket", citrussy nose, with hay, bit of wood, fruity. Very tart taste, sour, with an outspoken woody finish. taste of unripe fruit, citrussy, red- or whitecurrant, blueberry, some sulphur. Outspoken dry-out effect. Finish is mellower than taste would suggest. Very good gueuze, vying with the best. Has not a lot to look for at the Lou Pepe.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Cloudy golden color,small head that faded fast.Sour fruity aroma with a slight earth tone to it.The taste was nicely fruity but most definately sour tart and made me wince at the first try.It is quite good i guess my experience with these is limited but i know what i like and this is a brew i could get used to.To bad this is the only one i've been able to find on my own outside of trading for one.The after taste for this is somewhat acidic and fairly sour,what a unique brew,hopefully the Lou Pepe Pure Kriek works in much the same manner as this one.


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