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


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RATINGS: 695   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
King_Alex_II (1146) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 26, 2016
Yellow golden color with solid foam layer. The smell is edgy sour and has the typical funk. The taste is surprisingly bitter, dry, dusty and sour. It tastes like cellar (without a specific definition of the taste "cellar"). Light fruity sweetness in the finish. Gingery aggressive spicy, bitter and a little sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1015) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAR 25, 2016
Bottle, courtesy of King_Alex_II, 2011 vintage. Good funk, quite bitter throughout. Crisply carbonated and a bit fruity. Pineapple? Lasting bitter finish. Not quite as balanced as top tier lambics, but still a very good one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tdtm82 (1699) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2016
Bottle, bought at the brewery a while ago with Mike Morse, shared at Moncada with Mes and Simone and Angelo. Thanks for an awesome birthday! Soo much damn bloody funk! Huge acid. Huge tart. Puckering in the best way possible. No bullshit extract sweetness here. This is exactly how lambic should be done. Jean-PIerre is giving us a masterclass in brewing here. Simply astounding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mesjasz (873) - Lodz, POLAND - MAR 13, 2016
Bottle, 2011 vintage. Light hazy orange color, white head. Aroma of barnyard, leather, basement, wine vinegar, hay. Very nice and rustique. Taste is very dry, medium sour with some bitter notes. Flavor is barnyard, leather, lemon, zest, grapes, goosberry, wine vinegar. Aftertaste is dry and tart. Nice body and smooth texture. Very good lambic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (1311) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2016
75cl bottle. Golden orange with a short-lasting white head. Smells like vinegar, macerated grapes, barnyard funk. Sour taste all the way, with interesting notes of mould, barnyard funk, apple vinegar and grape juice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rask0lnikov (617) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 4, 2016
Pale yellow colour. Modest head. Vinegar, grass wine wood. White wine, grass, wood in first taste. Apples, sourness in the middle. Sour finish. Very well balanced, light bodied, sour, refreshing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thome50 (1283) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - FEB 27, 2016
Bottle I opened from a long lost trade. 2008 sticker, 2011 cork. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with massive white head. Aroma is champagne, oats and app. Taste is dried fruit, sharp sour notes, wood, leather, oak. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (4787) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 27, 2016
2011 bottle at Vienna tasting February 2016. Thanks! Moderately hazy orange colour. Nicely fruity aroma with apricot, alci complex buggery, very inviting. Taste is moderately sour, not harsh at all, slightly cheesy, fruity, pretty complex. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Werckmeister (1905) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - FEB 27, 2016
0,75l bottle at home at Vienna Tasting. Vintage 2011, Bottled 01/2014. light orange rather hazy color, small white head. smells of green apples, nutty, marzipan, some funk, light leather. nice smell. medium body, quite bubbly carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of green apples, some funk, leather, citric, nutty, marzipan, finishes rather sour and quite dry with with notes of marzipan and green apples. good one, sour but I had more sour Cantillons, good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nische (1802) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2016
Bottle kindly shared by Werckmeister, many thanks! 2014 bottle. Pours cloudy orange with fizzy white head. A little grainy aroma with funk, wood, citrus, horse blankets. Taste is apples, citrus, vinegar, oak and lemon zest. Funky, dry finish with lemon.

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