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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: 1599   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2821) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Don’t know how long this bottle hovered in back of the liquor store cooler in Clinton, NJ, but it doesn’t have the current label...
Whoa! Big horsey smell when I finally got the slightly moldy cork out of the bottle. Kicked up a big foamy head when I poured it, that quickly subsided as I set up some crackers and blue cheese. Appearance is just like a pilsner, yet somehow more pleasing. That original smell went away, too. Taste combines aspects of a dry champagne and a sour grape juice. Sourness is not distracting, rather, allows more subtle traces of fruits. Can’t pick up too much malts or hops, but color is like a good French farmhouse ale. Yeast dregs on bottom add extra note of grape skin tannins.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2004
5/3/04: Bottle.
Body consists of a golden-orange to yellow gradation. No lacing. Nose of dry cheese, dirt, age and oak barrel. Sour flavors of white grape, vinegar and a touch of green apple. Finish is tart, clean and long.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2004
I enjoy most Cantillon with fruit overtones in it, but had to try this. The aroma is pure sour, with a little funkiness/horseblanket going on. I really wish I could dig in on the complexity of this beer, but the sour shuts down my tastebuds in a few sips. Cantillon is a little over the top sour for me, but I can appreciate the style.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2004
Beer is capped AND corked, which is annoying and required the use of my brother's needle-pump device for wine. Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a medium orange-golden liquid with a small amount of white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a lingering film. Aroma is of a sweet fruit wine, and tannins. Flavor is a bold sweet and sour combination, champagne-like, and spritzy with tannin. I dislike the taste of tannin, which deserves low scores, IMO. Overall, tastes more like a wine cooler than a beer. Sampled at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DanielBrown (3891) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2004 Bottle from Beers of Europe (website). Opaque orange, slightly iridescent. No head and decidedly still looking. Orange flavoured base with a sour apple top layer, which lingers on the tongue. Heavy and unyielding, this is complex and tart. Not entirely my cup of tea - this seems like a beer to be admired rather than enjoyed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - APR 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005 No head, hazy golden body. Aroma is extremely sour and woody. Flavor is also very sour with wood and grapefruit notes. This is the most extreme Gueuze I have tasted and you have to be in the mood for it in which case it is ncie and refreshing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8530) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2004
Golden colour with a very thin white head and a very fine champagne-like carbonation. Crisp and sour smell, musty and earthy aroma. Sour flavour of citrus and herbed wine vinegar. Finish is long and sour and sour apples jump out at this point. Amazingly complex. I think I'm starting to develop a taste for these beers.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Appearance is golden with a fast disappearing head. Aroma is barnyard, stinky shoes, vinegar, very heavy aromas. Flavor is very new to me, actually its my first gueuze, very acidic, massive sourness and a very crisp and dry finish. A new flavor to me also which i find it hard to describe. This is truely the champagne of Belgium! Very nice...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8245) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2004
The initially large head soon vanishes leaving a cloudy , golden orange beer. Aromas are yeasty and agricultural with acidity to follow. Flavours are tart with a lemon juice sourness at the finish. The aftertaste is similar to champagne in its dryness. A good Gueuze. And now its organic!

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5257) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2004
375 ml corked bottle. Large head, disappears rapidly. Deep golden colour, cloudy when the yeast is poured. Heavenly aroma of barnyard and ensilage with white wine vinegar elements. Flavour is crisp and very dry, reminiscent of a very dry white wine or brut champagne. Not as complex as I expected. Really a beer for the "Champagne Brut" people.


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