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


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RATINGS: 689   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (5663) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
electrotype (553) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fillepolo (336) - SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2015
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (3918) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacterial (2673) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rekvium (397) - Odense C, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2015
Bottle at Moeder Lambic. Pours a lightly hazy golden, with a lasting white head. Aroma of acetone and nail polish remover (not what I expected!), slighly fruity, grapes. Taste is not as nasty as aroma indicates! Super complex, dry, wood, tart, apricots, apples, funk. Damn, can’t believe I’m drinking this! Had I had this a couple of years ago, I’m sure I would have rated it +4,2. As it stands right now, there is simpy too much acetone, to rate it any higher than this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrOrla (1702) - Odense C, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours light golden with a white head. Aroma of acetone, tart, funk, grape, wood. Barn, lacto. Taste is green Apples, tart, barn, funk. Very complex, Woody.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
CLeclercq1961 (118) - Temecula, California, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Just a little big on mouthfeel for guest but splitting hairs. Sour tart and super funky. Hay goat and blue cheese from old cheesy hops. The cheesy hops are such a great dimension only the folks in my old home can do. The olfactory senses of cellar and basement make this a complex and also a well balanced gueze

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MotherBrother (877) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2015
Pour slightly hazy, light "cantillon amber", with a small fluffy white head. Aroma has all that you’d want in a gueuze from cantillon, just beefed up a bit. Plenty of horse blanket, yeasty goodness. All what you’d like. Taste is pretty sour, with a tad of sweetness to it. Medium bodied, with a slightly oily texture, and a fizzy carb. Pretty darn delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickTheRick (852) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2015
** Bouteille 2011 ** Une jolie robe dorée voire orangée très voilée est surmontée d’une mince couche de mousse somme toute insistante. Les arômes de fond de cave typiques au style sont agrémentés d’effluves citronnés et gazonnés. Une acidité citrique, presque champenoise, jamais trop intense, virevolte dans la bouche et laisse derrière elle une finale tannique et sèche. La carbonatation véhémente stimule la grande buvabilité de cette bière. Superbe.

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