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

bottled
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RATINGS: 609   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foffern (1294) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle at home. Vintage 2008. Pours a hazy orange colour with a small, off-white head. Classic aroma of horse blanket, citrus, rowanberries, oak, wheat, vinegar, heather and forest bloor. Sour flavour with a touch of barnyard and apple cider vinegar. Has a slick mouth feel, and a light berry bitterness. A solid and well balanced gueuze.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThirstyBird (1701) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JUN 4, 2014
Pours a very pale yellow orange with a small light tan head. The smell is funk sand door, lemon, citrus. The taste is very sour citric, very tart and sour ending..dry too. Light body and silly with active fine carbonation. Great stuff!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (1287) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2014
shared bottle with a friend. poured a more amber colour with a white head. sour apples, barnyard, grapes, tart, apricots, hay, oak, amazing taste! and so balanced! this is how it should be!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borresteijn (4919) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2014
Sample from a 75cl bottle at In de Wildeman, kindly shared by Kermis, thanks Chris. 2006 vintage. Murky golden colour, thin white head. Aroma of barnyard, funk, lemon, hint of faeces, a bit dusty. Flavour is mild sour, lemon, funk, some dirty yeast, apple, wheat, tart finish. Light-bodied. Better than expected.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (3802) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2014
Poured a clear yellow with minimal head. Aroma of zesty fruit. Medium body, very tart. Refreshing, pretty excellent geueze.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bastarda (108) - Freiburg, GERMANY - MAY 26, 2014
shared @ DE-CH-F TriStateTasting, with special thanks to Oldmanriver! aroma of dry cider and apple vinegar, taste is green apples, and a lot more sour things I don’t really feel I have them on my radar, sour-bitter finish. Complex in a way. Hmhm...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barnoloid (260) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2014
2009 vintage. This is a highly carbonated, lively gueuze with a barnyard funk. Dry and sour. A unique beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (2298) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
Des fibres de chair de citron éclatées, des herbes humides au fond d’une grange, une richesse acétique et des bretts apprivoisés par des tanniques à la poigne de chêne. Un liquide immensément complexe et balancé, j’approuve les assemblages de lambic 2 ans.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Unde (420) - 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 (4476) - 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.


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