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

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RATINGS: 591   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
patrickfannon (1236) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Bottle split with and courtesy of Vin. Pours a shimmering, hazy cloud orange with a thin, white, lacy head. Aroma of peaches, champagne grapes, subtle barnyard funk and cheese, chamomile, lemon, earth, floral hops, and slight raspberry. Medium to slightly full bodied with an initially intensely sour, tart palate that mellows out into a juicy, vanilla-oak creamy finish. This is one of the best sour beers I have ever had the pleasure to sample. Overall a fantastic, classic, legendary Belgian gueuze. Excellent.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KegOstertag (92) - - JAN 5, 2014
Had at a tasting. Fantastic sour and like nothing I have ever had. It was like a smoky sour.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 Holy Geueze, Batman! this is so well made it is like liquid crystal. Amazing Cantillon base that takes ip up a notch or two over lesser examples of the style. More complex and dry acidity with a huge citrus tart balance. Great nose, body and finish just awesome. Depth, complexity and balance that defy description.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kinz (3258) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Richmond "industry" gathering, one of my contributions, 1999. Medium gold. Aromas and flavors were a match, and all just huge. Cheddar, sourness, funk, wood, hay, and more sourness of course. Another incredible beer at this tasting.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
afrantzell (39) - The Court of the Crimson King, California, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Bottled in 2008, thanks to womencantsail. Straw colored and well carbonated, this one is more funky than sour, The nose and taste are mostly old wood and wild yeast byproducts. Huge mouthfeel, but soft. A gentle giant. A singular gueuze. One of the greats.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JoeM500 (1904) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2003 1998 VERSION sampled from BOTTLE #114 of 120 produced: Smoothest of all the Cantillom lambics and gueuzes! Bright gold in color, slighly hazy. Cheeses and petting zoo memories in the nose. Super complex without any tastes really dominating, including the sour notes! Superb gueuze made from 2 year old lambics that are handchosen by the Grandfather of the brewers family.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2004
2000 Vintage: An excellent gueuze. Pours an exceedingly shining golden color. Nice head that quickly dies. Nose is fantastic. So sour i can smell it across the room. Notes of sourness, horseblanket, wheat and pine needles. Flavor is appetizingly dry with a hint of wheat and blue cheese. In the afterpalate one might find dill. The best Gueuze I’ve had. G-rat

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle: 2000 vintage. Poured initially clear gold with a lively white head, some haze as the bottom of the bottle was reached. Aroma, great funk, with some lemon, acidity, and tartness. Flavor, some vinegar, funky barnyard notes, lemons, nice acidity. The thing that struck me the most was the balance of it all, not a sour bomb, not overly funky, just right down the middle. Outstanding stuff.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2008
’04 Bottle: Courtesy of pepsican...thanks Andy. Clear gold pour with no head. Lots of lactic acidity present, tart, light berry and cherry notes along with some grassy accents round it out and of course their is the uber-barnyard funk presence noted as well. Mouth puckering sour...more towards the lactic type than vinegar, light fruity esters lead to a earthy, funked up dry finish. Amazing brew.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
robinvboyer (3005) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2010
750ml bottle shared with me by Fred, thank you! Amazing aroma of sour acidic citrus! Loads of apple, and lemon with a boatload of wet hay, and barnyard funky goodness! This is and unbelievably great geuze! Everything you could ask for, another top quality cantillon lambic!


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