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

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RATINGS: 622   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 (2757) - 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (1979) - 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 (1379) - 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 (3737) - 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 (537) - 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 (1142) - 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 (289) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1955) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2015
HMOG 2015 2010 vintage. Tart, funky (horseblanket and funky cheesy). Flavor is tart apples, funky, whoa, straw, cheesy. Awesomeness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2772) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2015
2010 vintage at HMOG 2015. On another level sour wise. Stinky cheese and super funky aroma. Flavor is incredibly complex and diverse. Earthy and a bit herbal. Tea and grass flavors. Finish is funky and earthy again. A bit dry on the finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clownoisseur (334) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2015
2010 vintage thanks to _angst_...thanks Alex! Pours a vibrant golden straw color. Lively fizzy white head that breaks into spotty lacing. Nice carb races up the glass. Aromas are insanely inviting! Big sour notes of musty grapes...wet oak...funky blue cheese...burnt rubber...basement...hay...whoa! Lots going on! Taste is fantastically tart and vinious in nature. Loads of oak, barnyard and cheese carry this a long way on my palate. Musty grape, lemon zest and a dry crisp finish make this an outstanding beer that I hope to have again!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (2258) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle at a tasting at Butler's place. Pours a clear golden yellow with a very thin white head. Aroma is tart apples. Some lime. Some lemon. Flavor follows. Really light and clean. Super nice. This was the 2010. Thanks to Butler. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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