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

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RATINGS: 626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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 (2783) - 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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jhgrantjr (439) - Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2015
November 6, 2014. Bottle while in Toronto at Bar Volo. Pours a hazy Amber color. Aroma is that funky sour smell, wonderful. Beautiful white head. Taste is smooth and tart, some fruit, earthy. This was great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2435) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 6, 2015
Finally got to try this Cloudy amber with a tall white head. Aroma is sour but very controlled. Aroma is rubbery and citrusy with some horse blanket and musty basement/wet earth notes. Tart taste with fruit and some leather. Finish is mnot that tart, surprisingly, but still dry. Not as acidic as a "fresh" gueuze. Awesome beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeremyh70 (841) - Missouri, USA - APR 3, 2015
Pours a hazy honeyed apricot with minimal white head and lacing. Aroma is acetic sour and vinous with oak, dandelion stems and musty hay. Taste has a moderate acetic vinegar that blends well and is smoothed out by oak and mild tannic grape skins flavors. Moldy barnyard character and an earthy root vegetable that I can’t pin down. Finishes dry with a short sour note. Mouthfeel is semi oily with a light/medium body and lively carbonation. Excellent and mouth watering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kambei70 (748) - - APR 3, 2015
Bottled in 2013. Hazy light honey color with no head. Aroma is acetic, sour and vinegary. Taste is sour and slightly tart. Grapes skins followed by oak. A little musty. Sharp, aged cheese taste as it sits on the tongue. Thin, slightly oily, lively mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (2008) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2015
March 21, 2015. Bottle, vintage 2011.
Hazy orange with a white head. Aroma is funky and tart fruity with citrus, green tart apples, barnyard, leather, horsblanket. Taste is tart fruity, funky, earthy, much smoother than the regular Cantillon Gueuze we had side by side. Fruity tart finish. Light to medium bodied, average carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (1385) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2015
750 mL bottle shared by Hamp at Ale Alpharetta. 2011 vintage. Heavy lemon zest, yogurt, orange peel, and light raspberry. Sweet and citrusy, with a good, balanced funk. Medium body, sticky, and crisp. This is fantastic, with a mellow fuzziness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (3770) - Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Pours slightly hazy golden with a fairly thick eggshell head. Strong, sharp aroma is mainly pear and sour apple with a hint of yeast. Delightfully sour-fruity flavor has firm apple, pear and malt notes plus hints of yeast and butterscotch. Texture is lively and firm. Pucker up!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (560) - GREECE - MAR 16, 2015
750ml bottle, v2011, shared at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Thanks Douberd for sending this!! Hazy golden orange color with small off white head. Funky aroma, barnyard notes, fruity, tart citrus, wood. Sweet, light bitter, dry light sour taste fruity and barnyard funky again. Light to medium thin to oily body with soft to average carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
devman171 (1151) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2015
2010 bottle, pours pale. Aroma is light dough malt and big oak and barnyard funk. Taste is soft and funky, sawdust, light tart, excellent beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlasgowTAD (326) - 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.


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