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Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze

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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: 603   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Lou Pepe Gueuze is a blend of three different 2-year-old lambics. The standard Cantillon Gueuze is a blend of 1,2, and 3-year-olds. The inclusion of the younger lambic (which still has some unfermented sugars in it) sparks a refermentation in the bottle that gives Gueuze its famous champagne-like spritziness. The simple idea behind the special Lou Pepe blend is that it should have much more of the taste of old lambic, which is of course much harder, drier, more sour, and more complex than the young stuff. (Though 3-year-olds are generally more complex than 2-year-olds, it's not necessarily so; the 2-year-olds used in this instance have as much character as most 3-year-olds.) This being Gueuze, it has to be spritzy, so the brewery opted for the same method used in conditioning champagne: everyday refined sugar is dissolved in water and added to cause a refermentation. The sugar ferments out completely, so there is no residual sweetness, which Jean-Pierre famously detests.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
biggsbowler (339) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle ’10 - pours light amber. Sour, tart, oak, and lemon zest in the nose. Tart and acidic taste with lemons and oranges. The balance is so good. Solid beer!!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (6626) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Sampled via bottle at WTWBA 2014 in Minneapolis. Golden pour with a smaller white head. Hay and barnyard funk. A little cheese. Spritzy. Awesome beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neongolden (477) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2014
(2010 vintage bottle @ barVolo for Zwanze Day 2014, Sept 20 2014) Lightly hazed pale orange, big white head with no lace. Aroma yeasty, slight green apple, wet hay, faint cheese. Flavour like a champagne with more bitter, barnyard notes. Complex and difficult to describe, acidic at the start but drier and more bitter in the finish. Cheese and brambles and dried herbs in the middle, cider vinegar on the finish. Lightish mouthfeel and creamy soft carb. One of the toughest beers to describe that I’ve had, but really lovely to drink. It does remind me quite a lot of champagne, crossed with a lambic, and seemed to have aged quite nicely. I find it more elegant than the normal gueuze. Real thinking beer.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
lekebekoi (5) - - SEP 30, 2014 does not count
Arômes de vin blanc, mousseux. Saveur de mousseux très amère goût de biere absent

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (1312) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2014
Slightly hazy golden yellow with a good white head. Aroma is old cheddar, dry white wine, barnyard funk, grapes, wildflowers. Light bodied, tart and dry on the palate but in a soft way with no harshness, slightly fruity dry finish. Taste is dry white wine with subtle notes of peach and apricot, mild cider vinegar, lightly citric and floral sourness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (878) - Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle. Aroma is very fruity, tart, tropical? Sweet. Taste is tart, lots of overripe fruits, easy, light bodied. Great.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMMillsy (1438) - Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2014
750 ml bottle, 2010 year on the sticker, poured at the Tipple’s Rare and Barrel Aged Beer tasting on July 13, 2014. Nice job, guys! Pours clear golden colored with a small white fluffy head. Aroma is of the lemon peel and mint leaf kind that I get from a lot of gueuze, some dry dusty oak, funky yeast, very nice. Flavor is pretty funky lacto sour with lemon peels, super dusty dryness, oak, some other citrus notes, hay. Excellent. Like this better than the Classic Gueuze version. Body is very light, with medium plus carbonation and super easy drinking.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alengrin (2180) - BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2014
One of the three luxurious Lou Pépé lambics from Cantillon, different from the rest of their products by the subtle use of sugar, not for taste (because it is eaten by the yeast completely), but to keep the refermentation going in a very subtle and extremely well-balanced way. This geuze is a bit different also because it exists only of 2 years old lambics (three different ones, if I remember well). Off-white, loose and unstable head, colour warm golden orange, clear but hazy after adding the deposit. Complex and not too agressive, rather ’sedate’ lambic aroma, sour apples, grapefruit, white grapes, dry sherry, wet straw, oak, sulphur... Very refreshing in the mouth, elegantly sparkling like champagne (or good old geuze), grapefruity, very delicately sweetish at first but lemony sourness in the middle, finish very long, dry, appetizing and complex like an old dry sherry. Extremely well-crafted, an artisanal masterpiece of great nobility and one of the best apéritif beers imaginable. And one of the best geuzes I ever tasted, even better than the already excellent, but more earthy, Cantillon Gueuze.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1314) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 2, 2014
Hazy orange with a firm head. Loads of oak, basement funk. Extremely dry and complex. Not overly tart but extremely balanced. Fantastic for the style

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwood04 (4041) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 17, 2014
750ml bottle at Parker Pie post-FoFA. Pours hazy golden. Lots of funk and a very nice tartness and a perfect gueuze. Would drink a lot of this.


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