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


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RATINGS: 561   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
knickskicks (636) - - FEB 12, 2014
Golden, thin white head that dissipates. Nose is big oak barrels, funk, juicy fruit snacks, tart lemon. Taste is funk, very tart pulpy lemon, oak barrels, harsh grains. Lingering tartness and bitterness. Watery mouthfeel, very dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MannyGoldberg (156) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2014
2010 vintage. Hazy orange with very little head. Aroma is funkier than the regular gueuze with less obvious lactic sourness. Taste is barnyard, lemons, hay. Some spritz but again less so than the regular version. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (1173) - Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2014
[Bottle / 2008 / 5+ years old] Turbid, orange-y & burnt yellow body, about 99% opaque & topped with a creamy, smooth, slightly off-white head the slowly descends into a collar. Beautiful Cantillon aroma; funky cork critters, wet bales of hay, Lemonhead candies, mild lactic acid, a touch of vinegar, & green apple sourness. Horse-y, barnyard funk aromas grow stronger with warmth. Taste is wonderfully complex, even more so than the aroma. Lemon, tart lacto, musty cork, barnyard floor, hay, sour stone fruits, light acidity, some orange flesh, a small kiss of vinegar, & a strong, dry, woody oak presence in the finish & aftertaste. Not as sour as the Original Gueuze, & not as funky as the Cuvee de Champions... this is a nice mix in between. Wonderfully balanced between sour & funky with no notable stomach burn. Awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (3790) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2014
pours unclear pale golden with a small aerial white head, some retention and lacing. white grapes, apricots, some citrus - nice fruitiness, mostly lactic/acetic - acidity profile feels somewhat linear, woodsy and lightly astringent notes, herbal-grassiness. moderate carbonation - could be brighter, light body - oily, bone dry and quite tart grassy-herbal finish. not funk-plenty but definitely there. gueuze bio first.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrewFace (482) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. 2009 Sticker. Pours a fairly clear golden yellow color. Big funky barnyard aroma, tart, fruity, sweet tarts. Big tart, funky, barnyard deliciousness. Not the most sour gueuze/Cantillon I’ve had but still tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beechner224 (420) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle share thanks to homo! Pours a cloudy orange and yellow. Aroma is barnyard funk, tart. Taste is sweet, tart, yummy... In my tummy...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Homer321 (999) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle. Vinegar and fruit flies with a bit of hippie. Lots of tart. Many tart.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KegOstertag (92) - - JAN 5, 2014
Had at a tasting. Fantastic sour and like nothing I have ever had. It was like a smoky sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (449) - Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2014
2009 bottle. Nice sour lactic nose with hay, lemon, and a light grassy note. Pours a clear golden with no head. Refined taste with a very sour bite early featuring light citrus and vinegar. Very prickly mouthfeel. Good, but I prefer the Classic Gueuze.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (5368) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013
Rating #5000! 2009 Vintage. 750mL bottle, sent to me by Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a clear golden with a small white head. Nose brings out loads of barnyard funk - much more so than the regular Classic Gueuze - along with the usual Cantillon lambic acidity, and some champagne yeast - very exquisite on the nose. Flavour reveals how this is truly Cantillon’s finest gueuze (even more than Crianza Helena I think, though it’s close) - there are notes of barnyard funk, moderate acidity, a touch of champagne character, and wood. Absolutely no residual sweetness, of course - it feels even dryer than other typical Cantillon offerings. Extraordinarily complex - a much different beast than the Classic Gueuze. What a gueuze masterpiece this is.

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