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

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RATINGS: 697   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Werckmeister (2042) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nische (1834) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (7625) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 27, 2016
Bottle kindly shared by Werckmeister, many thanks. Vintage 20011. Hazy golden color with thick white head. Grainy, sour aroma with vinous notes,funk, horse blanket, wood. Sour taste, oak, vinous notes, chees, wood, bayrnard. Tasty.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Belgianloner (40) - Manchester, Lancashire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2016
2015 Vintage bought at brewery and consumed at home. FEB/2016. AROMA: Mellow, citric, cheesy. APPEARANCE: Golden with amber hue. Large white foamy head which quickly dissapates. Not hugely bubbly but when roused it forms a creamy white head which again quickly dissapates. TASTE: Incredible, INCREDIBLE. Comparable to the standard gueuze but oakier, more mellowed and balanced. Everything I get from the standard gueuze is just amped up yet somehow so much more complex. I could compare this to a 8 year vintage gueuze I drank recently.I would love to see what time can do to this. PALATE: Sour but not overpowering. Carbonated but not overly so. Funky yet clean. Complex! OVERALL: This is the third time I have had this now and each time it gets better. For me the best available gueuze out there. I would love to try it aged. Highly recommended.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Desverger (7970) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle shared@Appellation Wines, Edinburgh - golden pour with small white head. Intense dry fruity with some nice Apple cider notes, apricot, oak wooden notes, medium acidity, tart on the palate, lovely. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (2832) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2016
2011. Bottle thanks to Niall. Pours slightly hazy golden. Aroma is sour, leather, citrus acids, oak, fruits. Taste is sour and very dry, wood, lingering bitter, dry and leathery finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (5151) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle thanks to McNeillR. Appearance - golden orange and slightly hazy. Decent head. Nose - a bit meaty and then sour apples and citrus comes through. Taste - incredibly dry like granny smith skins. Palate - close to medium bodied with a tangy texture and a long dry tangy finish. Overall - like a really strong still scrumpy. Tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Evilkniamhel (456) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2016
From bottle (in basket!). Pours hazy gold. Nose is funky, orange peel. Taste is very dry, citrus, yeast. Full-bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10263) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle at appellation. Pours hazy golden, nose is funky horseblanket, vanilla, oak, taste is quite dry, horseblanket, light fruit, oak, little harsh.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
allmyvinyl (9318) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle at Comely Bankers II. Thanks to McNeillR. 2011 vintage. Pours hazy golden orange with a thin white head. Aromas of barnyard funk, cider apples, lemon and vinegar. Taste is sharp, lemon, cider. Bone dry finish.


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