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

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RATINGS: 630   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.


HenrikSoegaard's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (11209) - Randers, - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle. 2003 Vintage. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and hoppy powerfull sour aroma. Citrus notes. Really great. MOderate bitter very nice sour flavor. Long complex wonderfull finish. Creamy palate.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (3011) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (504) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2015
Bottle shared at Fermentoren, Copenhagen. Pours hazy peachy orange with a medium white head. Aromas of green apples, vinegar, light tannin, fun, straw, barnyward, tart fruits, light cheesy notes. Taste is sour green apples, vinegar, light wheat, funk, peppery notes, lots of barnyard and some tannin.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (740) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2015
Bottle to glass at Chez Moeder. Pours a mostly clear golden yellow color with an off white head. Aroma is a huge tartness, touch of funk. Flavor is much of the same. Not as good as the LPF or LPK, but delicious nonetheless.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2851) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2015
Bottle. Golden with white head. Fruity, funky aroma. Taste is funky, grapes, wine, peppery. Quite sour

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jhgrantjr (440) - 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 (2456) - 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 (752) - - 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 (2031) - 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 (1394) - 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.


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