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

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RATINGS: 666   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (2627) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2015
2011 bottle at Holy Grale. Hazy golden with medium white head. Aroma is light tart, light body, medium carbonation, and good lacing. Taste is tart, oak, and earthy. Expected a lot more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3790) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 19, 2015
I really donít understand why I didnít enter this rating from 5 months ago... but my phone is on the fritz & Iím going through all my old ratings that never got entered.... this was one of them, Iím a moron.
Bottle, courtesy of a chill brú, shared in a location remote of my living room.
Pours a hazy gold with a small but respectable head.

The aroma is funky & earthy with some light lemon, some oak, and a bit of animal sweat. Itís got some hay & distinct barn yard aromas.

The flavor is lightly bitter, nicely tart with some lemon peel. Itís got some musk melon and bright citrus. Itís defiantly got a bit of that cheese rind thing happening. Although the brightness, dryness, and white grape defiantly evoke champagne at times.

The beer is sharp and slightly less lively than I normally expect Gueuze to be, although the beer is carried well by this mouthfeel.

Great to finally try this, thanks brú

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SinH4 (1595) - Garching, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2015
Vintage 2011. Hazy orange-golden color with white head. It?s got this perfect funk, with wood and tart apples, lemons,something more sweet, pineapples? Taste is more tart apples, cheese, pineapples, lemons, wood. Something special in there. Yup, "vibrant" is the right word. Surprisingly dry-bitter tobacco-like woody finish. Amazing soft foamy carbonation. Yup, this is it. A fantastic Gueuze. Beerporn indeed. This does not have to hide against world-class champaigns.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftBeerNick (1528) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2015
Bottle in garden, 6th September 15. 2011 bottle, 2013 cork. Pours lovely and clear, very fine bubbles. Aroma is sweet and sour funk, tart apple. Taste is rich, not overly sour, but good dose of Brett. Tart apple skin, zest, funk, changes as it warms, the lovely base lambic comes through. Classy Cantillon

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (7397) - Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2015
750 ml bottle to teku (shared with the Mrs. for our 5th Anniversary). 2011 sticker, bottled 30 December 2013. Looks good; a hazy vibrant gueuze orange with foamy white head. Smells and tastes good too; funk, gym socks, and stanky cheese. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a nice balance of funk and tartness. Carbonation is spot-on. Stinky, well-balanced goodness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
simont1 (517) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2015
Aroma of earthy, lemon, small wood, vanilla, citrus, barnyard with a floral background. Lots of flavors, nothing really sticks out, incredibly well balanced and complex, and constantly changing as it warms up. Usually donít rank Cantillonís non-fruited offerings very highly, but this is up there.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
wchesser (1665) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2015
í11 vintage in July í15 with several friends. From sandervdbroek-thanks, Sander! Slightly cloudy straw yellow. Nose starts off with massive funky cheese, jumping out of the bottle and glass until it faded or I became desensitized and it gave way to an almost constant change between lemon pith, limestone, light pineapple, and musty funk. Taste follows with lemon, funky cheese, light cobwebs...initially harshly sour but softening as you get used to it and not an enamel stripper by any means. Makes you want to keep going back for more and contemplating it. Great balance.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NBird (596) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2015
500th rated beer.. Gladly rated at akkurat Stockholm, saved for a special one! 2011 Lou Pepe Looks.. Murky yellow golden within the darkness of akkurat, sml -med head Smells... Green apples and lemons, bright farmyard yeasty tarty. Tastes..Smooth so smooth, green apples lemons, oak/ dry woody and earthy. Sensational

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hallinghansen (2519) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2015
2010 bottle shared by dedollewaitor, thanks a bunch. Hazy golden body with a medium white head. Tart, citric, funky, fruity, green grapes, apples, oak. Crispy, funky, juicy. Very complex. Wow, by far the best gueuze iíve ever had. This is truely beerporn. Thanks again Mads.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCametron (2209) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 14, 2015
First bottle at the 24th weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation shared with Rachel & our American friends. Such an impressive selection of lambics. I had to start with something. Pours Gold with a White head. LEmony sour aroma with plenty of funk. Beautifully rounded flavours. Lots of sour, citrus notes. Canít shake the champagne comparison when Iím drinking gear this good. Magic.


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