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Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze

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

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RATINGS: 697   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidezdonz (294) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - AUG 23, 2016
A 750ml bottle at Nüetnigenough. 2013 sticker, bottled on 27th April 2015. Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass. It poured a clear golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left some sparse lacing. Aromas of apple, floral, lemon, hay, grass, barnyard with a touch of light funk. Tastes quite similar to the aromas with apple, lemon, grass, hay, floral, sour, light vinegar and funk. Light to medium bodied with high to moderate carbonation. Overall a great gueuze. Loving the Lou Pepe varieties from Cantillon. A refreshing spritzy gueuze that is very easy to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gephross100 (229) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2016
2012 Bottle Pours a light yellow color clear with jk head. Apricot and green apple nose. Apricot flavor, green apples, grass, short sweet finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VDuquerroux (1200) - Airvault, FRANCE - JUL 5, 2016
Bottle, 75cL. @Naintré with my dad. A yellow orange hazy beer with a medium white head ; small retention. Wood, fruits (apple, peach), light barnyard. Medium dry lasting sour refreshing, light sweet. Light to medium body, thin texture, soft carbonation, dry acid fruity finish. Overall, a delicious sharp fruity sour beer ; easier to drink than most Cantillon without loosing character.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
willisread (2281) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle shared. Thanks Raul! Big funky farmhouse nose with musty notes, leather, wet hay, gooseberry and oak. Taste is more of the same. Complex and changing as it warms. Good carbonation with a nice hint of oaky creaminess on the palate. Finish is dry and quite funky. Amazing.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
llkc (1472) - århus, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2016
Duft frisk funk syrlig lidt æble cider frisk citrus. Smag citrus lime æble frisk syrlig tør lidt græs kant

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BuckeyeBoy (5847) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 14, 2016
750ml bottle picked up at the brewery. Pours out a golden topped with a ring of a fizzy head. Nose is big cantillon house funk barnyard leather horse blanket wet hay. Taste is more of the big funk barnyard leather horse blanket some fruit notes and a amazing end.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ataraxia (484) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 5, 2016
Clear golden color, minimal white head. Lemon, funk, and floral aroma. Wonderful balance of lightly bitter and tart flavors. Almost potent taste despite the low abv. Good carb, light body, and a crisp finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jorn69 (2626) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2016
Bottle @ Cantillon, Brussels 20160507. [ Vintage 2013 ]. Fruity, bretty and woody, light to medium body with a watery texture. The finish is dry, fruity and woody. A really nice one.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GrumpyOldTroll (58) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Medium to dark gold in color. Pours with a small head. Nose is funky with gueuze notes and champagne.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (1668) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - APR 17, 2016
750 ml bottle from BeerLovers Vienna, vintage 2013 bottled 27. April 2015.
Dark golden to amber, moderate hazy body, with a medium, fizzy, fluffy, off-white head.
Aroma of barnyard, cheese, green apples, pears, wood, some ripe fruits, vinegar.
Taste is dry, sour and tart, but still well balanced, with wood, unripe pears, lots of green apples, sour citrus, funk, vinegar, some cheese, some basement.
Medium, slick mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes sour, dry, wooden, fruity, with pears, citrus, some cheese, long-lasting green apples.

Tasty. Straight, but complex at the same time, well balanced, with a lot of lovely sour fruits, especially distinct green apples. World-class and fresh to drink, not really hard to finish the whole 0.75 l bottle, but still not my favourite Cantillon.


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