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

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RATINGS: 637   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlasgowTAD (479) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Pours a golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is barnyard, lemon and champagne. Taste is lemon, citrus and white grape vinous. Medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2061) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2015
HMOG 2015 2010 vintage. Tart, funky (horseblanket and funky cheesy). Flavor is tart apples, funky, whoa, straw, cheesy. Awesomeness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2897) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2015
2010 vintage at HMOG 2015. On another level sour wise. Stinky cheese and super funky aroma. Flavor is incredibly complex and diverse. Earthy and a bit herbal. Tea and grass flavors. Finish is funky and earthy again. A bit dry on the finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clownoisseur (357) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2015
2010 vintage thanks to _angst_...thanks Alex! Pours a vibrant golden straw color. Lively fizzy white head that breaks into spotty lacing. Nice carb races up the glass. Aromas are insanely inviting! Big sour notes of musty grapes...wet oak...funky blue cheese...burnt rubber...basement...hay...whoa! Lots going on! Taste is fantastically tart and vinious in nature. Loads of oak, barnyard and cheese carry this a long way on my palate. Musty grape, lemon zest and a dry crisp finish make this an outstanding beer that I hope to have again!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (2685) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle at a tasting at Butler's place. Pours a clear golden yellow with a very thin white head. Aroma is tart apples. Some lime. Some lemon. Flavor follows. Really light and clean. Super nice. This was the 2010. Thanks to Butler. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerardgathier (511) - - JAN 17, 2015
So this is geuze, capital G. Horseblanket aroma, sour, but not too much. Slightly astringent. Truly a Great beer

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow (2227) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
2009 bottle, not sure why I never rated this up until now but might as well. Pours a clear golden with a nice white head that fades to a ring in a tall flute glass. This smells so yummy - combination of sour, horse blanket, wet straw, earthy, reminds me of the inside of a wet cave, some lemon zest and a mild cheese funk. Moderate+ carbonation and full fresh body, sour, a bit of tartness, very dry, nice balanced finish with a balanced acidity.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ilikewinetoo (32) - SPAIN - DEC 21, 2014
 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2868) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2014
1998 thank you Corby! Pours translucent golden with a nice almost pinkish gray sandy head. Aroma is light subtle sweet white grape yeast notes and some woody flavors as well. The flavor is tart, bitters, yeasty subtle sweetness that go down really smooth on the palate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (1067) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 20, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 750ml bottle served in a flute glass. Gueuze 2010 Edition bottle. A: Pours a hazy dark yellow color forming a big and very bubbled fizzy white head with excellent retention. Only few lacings formed and left in the glass. S: Tart and funky nose. Strong notes of pale malt malts and citrus fruits. Grapefruit, white grapes and oak. Metallic, lactic and earthy. Leather. Lambic yeasts. Flowery hops. T: Fruity and tart. Vinegar. White grapes, grapefruit, oak. Sweet malts backbone. Very dry. Metallic notes. Notes of leather too. Light hops bitterness. M: Light body. Good alive carbonation. Crispy malty and tart aftertaste. O: Perfect Gueuze. One of the best Cantillons I’ve ever had. [ BA Review @ 7/8/2014 ]


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