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


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RATINGS: 699   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
patrickfannon (1241) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HonusWagner (2093) - Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Thanks to me for the excellent share :V This beer is insane. It’s just so fruity and funky and this is the first time I’ve had a bottle less than two years old and its really amazing how lively and fun this tastes straight out of the gate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
CLeclercq1961 (118) - Temecula, California, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Just a little big on mouthfeel for guest but splitting hairs. Sour tart and super funky. Hay goat and blue cheese from old cheesy hops. The cheesy hops are such a great dimension only the folks in my old home can do. The olfactory senses of cellar and basement make this a complex and also a well balanced gueze

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kinz (3737) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (8117) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2015 2009 Vintage (meaning the bottle says 2007) @ WoSF 2012 // a new Cantillon in a long time // 75 cl. bottle split with tderoeck & adamjackson (Tim & Adam) // (a) clear golden with a gauze styled head, head gets huge when poured but quickly goes to the smaller side and remains stable // smell is tart, clean, Cantillon barnyard funkiness, lemon zest & serious amount of hay // not as smooth and fluent as Cantillon, this is a bit start stop flavour, remaining rawer nature of about 1 yr old Cantillon, this beer seems to be going a bit against the grain flavour wise, it works but it grinds and grinds, more of a blend of lambics than a gauze if that makes any sense to others, lots of Cantillon funk, heavy hay, rustic barnyard, fields, bitter with some aged hops bitterness in the finish, touch fruity, touch light apples perhaps, small touch of lactic, inkling of floral & touch of champage, it is quite fizzy carbonated // lasting farmyard & touch old hops bitter finish// good but not Cantillon’s best for me personally /////// Bottled on 30/12/2013. 750 ml. bottle @ home. Almost clear, dark sparkling orange, small but solid white bubbly head. Thick white pepper funk nose, dried orange peel, thick funk, dry cork, real thick Cantillon funk. Taste is huge oak, huge cellar, very dry, bitter old oak, huge thick Cantillon funk, white pepper, bitter touch moldy dried orange peel, huge cellar, straw, lots of cellar, huge amount, bitter dry oak,… Sparkling, cork dry,… Lots of cellar. Delicious, might be the age that gave the advantage to this bottle. Absolutely wonderful. 4.2 –> 4.8.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JoeM500 (1908) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
grat (432) - 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

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