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

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RATINGS: 591   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Unde (338) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2014
A bottle from 2003. Orange hazy looking beer with nice and delicate head on top. Aroma has sourness, white wine, zesty green apples and some more sourness. Taste has sour green apples, some mint(?) and white wine. Body is full and has very high carbonation. A really sour gueuze from Cantillon, well preserved for many years. Would like to try more from other years and see which one is the best. Magnificent beer nevertheless.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (3673) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2014
1999!!!!! A beer from another millennium. Amazing, puts perspective on the rest of the Epic Sours at this tasting. Huge Cantillon bretta yeast flavour. Grapefruit zest and sour wonderfulness. If only I’d drank this in 99 when I was young impressionable punk drinking molsen and kokanee. Big thanks to Maniac at Epic Sour Tasting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (1041) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle (1999 vintage) shared at DC Annual Epic Sour Tasting, thanks maniac! Golden yellow with off-white head. Aromas of floral notes, barnyard funk. Tastes of big bitter tart notes, puckering sour notes. Medium-light bidy with a dry finish. Seems to have aged well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Iphonephan (3059) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2014
From a bottle shared at the DC Epic Sour Beer Tasting. Vintage 1999, served in wicker basket (just like Akkarat in Stockholm) Thanks maniac! Pours a clfear gold with an off white head. Funky hay and alfalfa nose. Bandaid and earthy notes. Tart, tart finish. Classic and classy!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (4445) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2014
1999 bottle. Thanks maniac! Poured a hazy yellow color with a wispy head. Aroma was nice tart notes, sweet fruits. Flavor was sweet tart notes. Fantastic after 15 years of age.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (1542) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - MAY 17, 2014
75cl bottle "2010" courtesy of Oldmanriver@1st Freiburg Tri-state tasting, merci! Pours a deep yellow-orange with minimal head. Aroma is a very mixed and muddled affair of the usual lambic old hops, mild lactic acid, barnyard with unusual Cantillon off notes of rotten peach, old cidre, even some overripe banana. Taste takes up many of these disparate notes, making for a rather unharmonious blend of the citric sour and the overripe, dust and fresh lemon peel, white balsamico and quite some residual old hop bitterness. Juicy, yet leaving a typically dry palate. Somewhere between an oude lambiek and jonge geuze...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
manker (44) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle, vintage 2010 @ The brewery. Noteably more developed than the regular gueuzes, still I prefer the roughness and less structured whole of the same. Much barnyard and funk with a developed sourness, musty wood and hay.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gn0sis (48) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
2005 vintage, pours hazy into a tumbler. Shared by Steve, thanks! Super barnyard aroma with little head retention and little lacing. Almost an oily, viscous appearance with an underlying carbonation mechanism that indicates it’s flattened out a bit since aging. A very broad and somewhat sweet taste, solid funk with a modest acidity, nothing like a bio gueuze of this age. A great example of a gueuze off the beaten path from the standard classic/bio gueuze from Cantillon. Though I much prefer classic gueuze, this is an interesting bottle to watch develop.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (1941) - Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle from recent trade just released. Front label reads 2010 back bottled February 22 2013. Pour has a clean golden color with a fizzy one finger cap of white foam that fell right off and tried to keep a ring on the glass. Aroma has mild tartness, house funk, acidic lemon, hay, and mild oak. No brightness without the younger lambic. Mouth feel is medium and the carbonation is steady but on the lower side. Flavor brings out all the funk, house yeast, controlled acidity, dry oak, and light lemon. The older lambic is much more developed and the blend is fantastic.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfroms (216) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle of 2010 vintage, shared at the brewery. Pours a hazy white-peach color. Aroma is fantastic: peaches, lemon, sour cherry, hay, Brett. Taste is orange, peach, lemon, grains, grapefruit pith, long finish. Great.


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