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

bottled
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RATINGS: 611   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   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.


Nephilium's rating

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nephilium (1414) - Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2007
(Vintage 2004) Wonderful tart aroma, hints of apple, and just a touch of basement aromas noticeable if you hunt for them. Pours a clear, light orange, with just a ring of big white bubbles around the edge of the glass. Wow... this is tart... Major notes beyond tartness are peaches, green apples, and lemons. Very dry, with a light body, and very low carbonation. Very long sour finish... I’m really curious what this does over time.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow (2100) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
2009 bottle, not sure why I never rated this up until now but might as well. Pours a clear golden with a nice white head that fades to a ring in a tall flute glass. This smells so yummy - combination of sour, horse blanket, wet straw, earthy, reminds me of the inside of a wet cave, some lemon zest and a mild cheese funk. Moderate+ carbonation and full fresh body, sour, a bit of tartness, very dry, nice balanced finish with a balanced acidity.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ilikewinetoo (3) - SPAIN - DEC 21, 2014 does not count
 thin white head that dissipates. Nose is big oak barrels, funk, juicy fruit snacks, tart lemon. Taste is funk, very tart pulpy lemon, oak barrels, harsh grains. Lingering tartness and bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2693) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2014
1998 thank you Corby! Pours translucent golden with a nice almost pinkish gray sandy head. Aroma is light subtle sweet white grape yeast notes and some woody flavors as well. The flavor is tart, bitters, yeasty subtle sweetness that go down really smooth on the palate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (966) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 20, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 750ml bottle served in a flute glass. Gueuze 2010 Edition bottle. A: Pours a hazy dark yellow color forming a big and very bubbled fizzy white head with excellent retention. Only few lacings formed and left in the glass. S: Tart and funky nose. Strong notes of pale malt malts and citrus fruits. Grapefruit, white grapes and oak. Metallic, lactic and earthy. Leather. Lambic yeasts. Flowery hops. T: Fruity and tart. Vinegar. White grapes, grapefruit, oak. Sweet malts backbone. Very dry. Metallic notes. Notes of leather too. Light hops bitterness. M: Light body. Good alive carbonation. Crispy malty and tart aftertaste. O: Perfect Gueuze. One of the best Cantillons I’ve ever had. [ BA Review @ 7/8/2014 ]

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JefVerstraete (1594) - Ghent, BELGIUM - NOV 17, 2014
Bottle from the brewery. Vintage 2010. Orange colour, thin layer of foam. Soft carbonation. Funky and tart. Green apples and citrus. Light bitterness. Complex and very well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutnick (620) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2014
Peach orange pour. Mild funk, minerals on the nose. Taste is mild minerals, big lemon sour, tart bitterness and some grapefruit tang. As it develops in the glass a very slight oaky vanilla comes out on the palate - fantastic. Very drinkable on a balmy hot Brisbane evening; dry finish. Overall, a great gueuze, definitely the best of the Cantillon blends and up there with the crazy good 3 Fonteinen stuff. Wish I had another bottle...

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Salmoniform (1004) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Poured 2010 from bottle to glass. Golden hue with fizzy white head. Aroma is lactic, oak, straw, peppercorn, lemon. Mouthfeel is fantastic with a light body and crisp carbonation. Taste is dry with a tart following and dry spicy finish. Overall this is a great beer!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HonusWagner (1630) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
biggsbowler (383) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle ’10 - pours light amber. Sour, tart, oak, and lemon zest in the nose. Tart and acidic taste with lemons and oranges. The balance is so good. Solid beer!!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (6974) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Sampled via bottle at WTWBA 2014 in Minneapolis. Golden pour with a smaller white head. Hay and barnyard funk. A little cheese. Spritzy. Awesome beer.


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