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


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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (13739) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
The_Osprey (7571) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2017
March 2017 - 750ml bottle by myself at Cantillon forced to drink until I literally bled by the no takeaway policy! As Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze. Short review with Teresa. Golden orange, translucent and hazy, big foamy beige head. Aroma is cider, mixed apple, some oak. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste follows aroma with tangy soured fruits, cider, mixed citrus, oak, not that acidic at all. With air it gets more of a fruit salad / fruit pastilles vibe in the aroma. Nice. (4.1)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjogro (3430) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2017
Shared from bottle at home. Hazy golden with thin white head. Begins with some sweet malts, minerallike salt, dried grass, lukewarm horseblanket, light caramel fudge, grapes, light dried apricot, sweaty armpit, hints of sack, nutmeg, wood (the tree kind), cobwebs, sometimes faint hints of aluminum. Light sweet, light sour, moderate mineral salty, moderate almond bitter. Medium body, soft carbonation. Very very smooth for a gueuze. Thin silky feel, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (4752) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2017
Bottle shared. Hazy orange golden with small off white head that leaves a nice ring of cute baby bubbles. Lots of funk and fruit! Apricot, apple, lemon, dust, hay, light goat, apple skins, soft yoghurt, vanilla, white grapes. Light oxidized and vineous, quite some old lambic character. Light sweet and itter with light tannic bitter finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Really good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jc1762 (1147) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2017 Bottle poured into a snifter showing hazy orange with clean white foam lacing. The nose shows acetic tones with hints of peach and horse blanket. The palate is medium bodied and moderately but very gently carbonated. Moderate vanilla background throughout and moderately tart. Flavors of light horse blanket and bretty funk. Light fruit flavors of grapefruit and apricot. Light grapefruit zesty bitterness on finish. Give this a few years and this will be amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2017
btl from 2002, fantastic beer, wasnt sure if it was going to still be good but it held up and mellowed well. pours hazy orange/yellow. fizzy white head that is gone quick. nose is funky, lemon barnyard. flavour is much smoother then i expected. really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdmiralVernon (1101) - SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2017
A: Hazy yellow/orange coloured with a white head that dissapates relatively fast N: Grapefruit, lemon, orange zest, green apples and oak. T: Oak, grapefruit zest, red apples, funk O: Love the complexity and the flavours on this! Really nice beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (2336) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2017 Thx chris. Shared w crider, chris, and goof and 2nd shift. Smells like urine. Very tart. Puckering. Its spritzy, but it also seems off.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wixie (511) - BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2017
Semi hazy golden liquid, small head. Aroma of oak, sour, fruity. Light body, little bit carbonation. Taste is sour and fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (3209) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed at a tasting Kyle finally made it to at Mickeys on December 01. 750 mL bottle, 2013 sticker. The pour is as nice as you could hope. There is a light hazy golden yellow with a thick white head and some soapy lace as it falls down. The aroma is tart and sour citrus, funky barnyard, a light oak, a hint of brett, but this is just so balanced and delicate. The flavor is just as good. The light and delicate complexity I just love. The funky barnyard isnt as heavy, the citrus is heavy and sour, there is a light dusty hay that just beings it all together. The mouth feel is a little softer than I was hoping. The carbonation isnt as bright as I would like to see and the aftertaste is good, lingering funky sour fruit skins. I like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoprider (551) - DENMARK - DEC 28, 2016
One of those beers Ive been putting off rating since forever. One of my absolute favourite of the style too. 2011 sticker: Colour is almost clear and rusty orange with a few white islands of foam. The nose is fruity with some gewurztraminer notes. Sweet and mineral with some walnuts and bretty funk. Taste: good lord! So ballanced and mellow and yet pungent with sour apples and zesty pear, bretty funk. Aftertaste has juicy plum and soft citrus and lingering mineral dryness. Perfect if you ask me.

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