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Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze

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


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RATINGS: 599   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (1217) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (771) - Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle. Aroma is very fruity, tart, tropical? Sweet. Taste is tart, lots of overripe fruits, easy, light bodied. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMMillsy (1371) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alengrin (1746) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1306) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwood04 (3950) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mora2000 (5705) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Huge thanks to errl for sharing this bottle, the last one of the Lou Pepes I needed to try. 2009 vintage, drank alongside the 2007 Lou Pepe Kriek.

Yellow pour with a white head. The aroma is exactly what I expect from a Cantillon gueuze. I get a lot of funky cheese and feet notes, as well as some yeast and biscuit malt. The flavor is the same. I get some oak and dusty character in addition to the barnyard funk and funky cheese. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lou Pepe beers never disappoint, and the gueuze lived up to everything I thought it would be. A truly world-class beer that all beer lovers should try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Errl (1595) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle..Pour is golden with a fading head..Nose is old feet cheese, dry, oak, grass, musty cobwebs..Taste is tart, sweetness, spice, lemon, musty, horseblanket..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maddog (392) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Bottled in February of 2013. 750 mL bottle at Parker’s Pie in Vermont. Remarkable. Pours a cloudy amber with aromas of barnyard funk and fruit. Flavors of fruit, oak and spice are enveloped in tart funk. A beautiful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (3169) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle thanks to Kraddel. Shared during the Homer "welcome to California" tasting. Pours clear butterscotch, small off-white head, decent lacing. Aroma is all Cantillon basement funk, barnyard. Flavor is surprisingly lightly funky, with just a light tartness behind it. Lots of oak. Very dry. Light body, spritzy carbonation. Highly drinkable, but not really complex.

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