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Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze

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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 591   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maddog (384) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (3011) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (395) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Clear golden color. Funky, mineral aroma. Similar flavor plus dry cider character, grapefruit. Drinks like a hoppier white wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dinkle50 (943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Cloudy gold pour with a single finger white head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma of sour fruits and a little vinegar. Really nice full mouth. Sour apple, fruit rind, slightly briny. Apple juice creeps in and out. Very easy to drink and super complex.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5329) - Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle sampled a few times. Recently @ RBWG. Pours a hazy orange tinted dark golden color with a medium plus sized white head. The aroma and flavor have barnyard funk, tart/sour citrus and pear, yogurt, acidic, white wine, wood, dry, sour grows but this remains very drinkable throughout, it is appleasure to sample beers done the right way.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Pours hazy blond, big white head Smell funky grassy Taste tart lacto, grassy and earthy, funk Light body Solid

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (5200) - ITALY - JUL 1, 2014
2010 oro velata buona schiuma piuttosto persistente buona nota citrica naso intenso note fruttate vellutata acidita elegante secchezza media

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2014
1999 vintage. 750 bottle. Cloudy golden color with an small head. Funky, yeast, barnyard, some light vinegar, and citrus. Not overly puckering - subtle yet complex.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sherm1016 (1117) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2014
2009 vintage, bottled in 2011, received in trade, split with my bride. Pours a clear amber color with a white head that fades quickly. Aroma is oak, lemon, grass, a little musty. Medium on the palate with light, soft carbonation. Flavor is lightly sour, some lemon, oak, with a tart, dry finish. Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fritz123 (931) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle from 2003. Yes, 2003. I thought it was going to be horse pee and vinegar. To our surprise...it was still delicious. Poured into small snifters, the head was extremely mild. Slight ring was about all. The aroma was fairly traditional with the wild yeasts penetrating, soft fruits like white grapes and pears, and a funky horse barn as well. The taste was amazingly good. (Not sure what to expect.) The fruits and funky still came through nicely. I think the edge had worn off of the sourness some and it was slightly muted compared to more modern Guezes from Cantillon. But overall it was really fun to drink an 11 year old beer. Finish was clean. Great carbonation still. Very light body of course. Finish was sour and fruity at the same time.


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