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

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RATINGS: 594   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (8867) - 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 (1134) - 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 (967) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (2570) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2014
Bottled. Pours hazy, deep golden with a small, white head. Aroma of white wine, grapefruit notes, brett and barnyard. Slightly sweet flavor that ends up dry and tart. Light to medium bodied, watery texture and soft carb. A very nice Sour.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (1934) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2014
2008 bottle thanks to mrebeks for sharing. Cloudy pale yellow pour with a big foamy head that fades and leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is super funky and musty, big barnyard, light cheese, light sour lemon. Tastes delicious. Probably the smoothest gueuze I’ve had yet (though this is only my 6th one). Funky, lots of barnyard, just the right amount of sourness for me. Solid tartness in the finish. My favorite gueuze so far. Thanks Mike!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foffern (1190) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle at home. Vintage 2008. Pours a hazy orange colour with a small, off-white head. Classic aroma of horse blanket, citrus, rowanberries, oak, wheat, vinegar, heather and forest bloor. Sour flavour with a touch of barnyard and apple cider vinegar. Has a slick mouth feel, and a light berry bitterness. A solid and well balanced gueuze.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThirstyBird (1542) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JUN 4, 2014
Pours a very pale yellow orange with a small light tan head. The smell is funk sand door, lemon, citrus. The taste is very sour citric, very tart and sour ending..dry too. Light body and silly with active fine carbonation. Great stuff!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (939) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2014
shared bottle with a friend. poured a more amber colour with a white head. sour apples, barnyard, grapes, tart, apricots, hay, oak, amazing taste! and so balanced! this is how it should be!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borresteijn (4636) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2014
Sample from a 75cl bottle at In de Wildeman, kindly shared by Kermis, thanks Chris. 2006 vintage. Murky golden colour, thin white head. Aroma of barnyard, funk, lemon, hint of faeces, a bit dusty. Flavour is mild sour, lemon, funk, some dirty yeast, apple, wheat, tart finish. Light-bodied. Better than expected.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (3217) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2014
Poured a clear yellow with minimal head. Aroma of zesty fruit. Medium body, very tart. Refreshing, pretty excellent geueze.


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