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

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RATINGS: 639   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pintbypint (2885) - Edmonton, Alberta, - JUL 22, 2010
2007 vintage. 750ml green bottle, corked and capped. Pours hazy a hazy golden shade, white head fizzes itself out quickly, very faint ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Lemony, slightly funky nose. Flavour is tart, lemony, acidic, most importantly pleasantly sour. Some woody like dryness, a crisp finish. Moderate acidity throughout. High carbonation, medium bodied. Fulfills the need for sourness and balances that with drinkability. A fantastic beer for any occasion.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NBird (502) - 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 (2362) - Odense S, 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 i’ve 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 (2086) - 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. Can’t shake the champagne comparison when I’m drinking gear this good. Magic.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilgrimoutlaw (863) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2015
5 oz pour from a 6 year old bottle. Hazy bronze with thin white head. Lemon, funk, pear, apple, horse blanket. Quite sour, light sweetness. Light crisp body. Trailing peppery aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle at Cantillon. Pour is clear copper/yellow with a medium white head of foam. Aroma and flavor of sour apple, lemon zest, oak, slight acidic, and cork. Finish is acidic with light fruit coming through.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (871) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2015
Bottle, 2011. Pours a cloudy golden, small white head. Aroma is tart and vinegary, citric and very funky! Fruity, green grapes, peach. Dry and juicy. Taste is very tart. Huge oaky dry notes, vanilla, crisp mouth feel. Sour, funky and complex. Lime juice. Crisp body, average carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hugi (463) - Waldkirch, GERMANY - MAY 14, 2015
2010 version, shared by oldmanriver. Thanks a lot! Golden, a bit hazy, medium and instable head. Aromas of horseblanket, lactic acid, white peach and berries. Strong sourness, very dry, notes of white wine. Full and dry/fruity finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (3680) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2015
2011 750 ml bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a white head of foam. Decent retention. The aroma is juicy funk, medium acidity, fruity and a bit earthy. Im getting some coconut in here as well, which is different, but nice. Softly sour. Oaky. Medium carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (1230) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle shared at pre-CBC tasting at Fermentoren. Cloudy bronze pour with tiny lacings. Lots of apple skin, lemon zest, musty oak, some vanilla and some funk.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (3135) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2015
(Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze) 750ml bottle, 2009 sticker from a trade with Abio, thanks! Served into a Cantillon taster, ABV 5% Bright golden yellow colour on the body, only slightly hazy. Small white head on top, thin and a bit fizzy but with good retention. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of tart green apples, apple vinegar, grass, light wood, cork. Great taste, much smoother than their regular. Not very sour, with green apples, funk, light grapes, nicely fruity, with even some bitterness in it. Medium thin body, carbonation on good levels. Mildly tart palate. Great stuff.


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