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

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RATINGS: 556   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.


Nephilium's rating

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nephilium (1259) - 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.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jaghana (3491) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - APR 16, 2014
Bottle 75cl, a cloudy yellow orange beer with low head. Nose is on apple juice, moist and sour touch. Aroma is very dry and acid, hard pineapple notes, brett, acid, too much acidity and pineapple notes for me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danlo (895) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2014
750ml bottle. 2011. Pours a hazy orange-amber colour with a foam white head and aroma of tart zesty citrus rind , funky, yeast, wood. Taste is sour lemon citrus with woody oak, light malt, fruity & funky notes. Tangy but smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, fine spritzy carbonation, dry sour finish. Complex and very drinkable indeed.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3146) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Bottle 20210 vintage sampled at churchkey march 2014 Pours hazy orange with a small soapy white head and no lacing. Nice fluffy white head though. Nose is woody cheddar funk berries. Flavors are tart as hell very sharp cheese funk very woody. Wow! Complex as hell! Long fruity finish. Cherries prevail on the finish with lingering oak notes. Simply stunning!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Godofthecellar (594) - NYC, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2014
2009 or 10 version, all a blur at this point. Poured a hazy yellow with a whisp of head. Nice funk cheese aroma and taste but needs time to develop. the 2001 version in comparison was superior.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (7934) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
RBWG14 Trip Rating #109. Bottle shared by deyholla at the Grand Tasting. Thanks! Pours a hazy orange color with a thin creamy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of tart citrus, floral notes, earth, bright funk. The taste is tart citrus, citrus candy, berries, mild funk. Medium bodied.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
knickskicks (626) - - FEB 12, 2014
Golden, 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. Watery mouthfeel, very dry.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MannyGoldberg (156) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2014
2010 vintage. Hazy orange with very little head. Aroma is funkier than the regular gueuze with less obvious lactic sourness. Taste is barnyard, lemons, hay. Some spritz but again less so than the regular version. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (1167) - Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2014
[Bottle / 2008 / 5+ years old] Turbid, orange-y & burnt yellow body, about 99% opaque & topped with a creamy, smooth, slightly off-white head the slowly descends into a collar. Beautiful Cantillon aroma; funky cork critters, wet bales of hay, Lemonhead candies, mild lactic acid, a touch of vinegar, & green apple sourness. Horse-y, barnyard funk aromas grow stronger with warmth. Taste is wonderfully complex, even more so than the aroma. Lemon, tart lacto, musty cork, barnyard floor, hay, sour stone fruits, light acidity, some orange flesh, a small kiss of vinegar, & a strong, dry, woody oak presence in the finish & aftertaste. Not as sour as the Original Gueuze, & not as funky as the Cuvee de Champions... this is a nice mix in between. Wonderfully balanced between sour & funky with no notable stomach burn. Awesome!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (3776) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2014
pours unclear pale golden with a small aerial white head, some retention and lacing. white grapes, apricots, some citrus - nice fruitiness, mostly lactic/acetic - acidity profile feels somewhat linear, woodsy and lightly astringent notes, herbal-grassiness. moderate carbonation - could be brighter, light body - oily, bone dry and quite tart grassy-herbal finish. not funk-plenty but definitely there. gueuze bio first.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrewFace (467) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. 2009 Sticker. Pours a fairly clear golden yellow color. Big funky barnyard aroma, tart, fruity, sweet tarts. Big tart, funky, barnyard deliciousness. Not the most sour gueuze/Cantillon I’ve had but still tasty.


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