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

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RATINGS: 1693   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Sampled at Brewtopia. Pale yellow in color, the beer first makes a major impact in itís aroma. Very earthy, with a great sour scent. The sourness really comes through on first sip. Quite tart, just the way I like it. The finish was pretty dry, not cloying.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Bottle at Brewtopia í04 Another attempt to find a Lambic that I find enjoyable. This just didnít do it either. The hazy yellow color gave way to the musty sour aroma and flavor that all Lambics have had. Definately an aquired taste. I will give one a try now and then, but for the most part, I will let you Lambic lovers have my share of these sour brews.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10075) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 Bottle... Brewtopia 2004... This beer rocks!... Hazy, pear-colored ale. The aroma is of earth, wood and lemon. The flavor is crazy sour up front, then bone-dry on the backside. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Lengthy, mojave-dry finish. Great, world class beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - JUN 18, 2004
Bottled in 2002. White, creamy and fizzy head, fastly diminishing to form a lace on the glass; hazy golden body. Initial toasted aroma, toasted wood, then citrussy (lemon, cedar, also citrus with green mould), lactic (joghurt, cheese rind), "foxy", dry flowers, laurel leaf, weak raspberry. After 20 minutes, at room temperature, the aroma resembles the typical mouldy aroma of a sweet wine of "noble rot" grapes (yes, but without sweetness!). Taste is initial sour and then tart, tannins feeling, citric, weak metallic (also aftertaste in nose), weak salty. Heavy astringent, before on the rear of the tongue, then on the front upper gum. Thin sparkling body, watery texture and extremely dry. Very long finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKBeer (1171) - 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 (6616) - 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 (4545) - 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 (4761) - 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 (1429) - 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 (6159) - 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.


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