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

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RATINGS: 694   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Art (2999) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2016
Bottle 2008 sticker shared by Stigs at big Gaucho bottle share. Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow with a very slight white head. Aromas of vinegar, lemon, cheesy funk, mineral water, wet rocks, wet hay. Damn this smells great. Nothing is over the top. Taste is medium acidity, very well balanced. Finishes extremely clean. Nothing lingers. Just awesome.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esox (1226) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2016
2008 vintage. Cloudy orange beer, thin lacy head. Highly complex aroma. Lots of lemony/grapefruity acidity, peculair perfumy notes and deep oakiness at first. Later red currants, leafy tobacco/earthy notes, musty grapafruit juice, leather and wood. Super dry but somewhat malty for a gueuze. Sour wheat bread notes. Loads of grapefruity acids and lactic sour/red curranty finish, but somehow it is still quite round and soft. Intense woodiness in the finish. Spritzy/grapefruit luicy texture, medium carbs. Elegant yet powerful Gueuze. Excellent!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stoned99 (1052) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2015
750ml bottle shared with Ben. Aroma: green rippe apples, citrus, dust, funky. App: hazy straw, small white head, subtle lacing. Taste and palate: light body, soft carbonation, medium dry sour and a bit salty finish. Overall: really good. So easy to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Camons (9632) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2015
Bottle @ Sloan Square, Milan. Pours slightly hazy dark yellow with a small offwhite head. Aroma of sourness, wood, barnyard, horseblanket, dusty notes, grapes, leather, light lemon. Flavor is light sour, barnyard, wood, grapes, dusty, citrus, leather. Medium body, soft carbonation, light acidic finish. 111215

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bule (1723) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Taster from bottle. Pours a hazy pale brown color with little head. Light and easy going. Great balance of mild sourness and the malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (5796) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle: 2011 Hazy...yellow-gold with a small white head. Yeasty, lemony, basement aroma. Tart, nearly bitter flavour...lemon, yeast....musty.....big carbonation. Champagne-like body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
electrotype (607) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2015
D’une belle couleur pêche, une mini mousse compacte surplombe le liquide. Au nez, on a affaire à des notes typiques de gueuze mais alors là très concentrées! Le côté citronné et acidulé est très présent. Cela dit, c’est loin d’être unidimentionnel! On retrouve même des efflûves de fruits, de baies : un vrai dessert! En bouche, l’acidité est ici aussi poignante. Peut-être une des Cantillon les plus acide que j’ai goûtée, comparable à la "Cuvée des Champions". C’est une gueuze réussie, raffraichissante, que je boierais à chaque jour! Mais, si on met dans la balance la rareté et les efforts requis pour se procurer ce genre de bouteilles, certaines autres Cantillon gagnent davantage à être recherchées, à mon avis.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fillepolo (475) - SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2016 Bottle from mikkeller. Pours a golden colour beer with a large head. Green apples and yeast with notes of sour apples. Velvety dry finish top notch vintage 2006 Bottle @ cantillon brussels. Pours a golden colour beer with a medium head. Green apples, wood and brett with some leather. Dry finish vintage 2013

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (4049) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2015
30-OCT-2015, 2003 bottle @Ulkløbben meeting, @Sonni. Almost clear, golden with low White head. Oxidized, some sherry. Wood, straw. Clearly old and a Little over the top. Aroma is very nice but taste a bit too tired. Thin body, still nice carbonation. Thx. Sonni for sharing this 12 years old treat.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacterial (2766) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2015
Bottle shared at Darkness Day 2015. No tasting notes entered into my phone, as it was getting quite late into the evening and we had been drinking since about 4pm. I did put numbers down! I remember really loving the sour funk here.


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