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 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (47085) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2007
Bottle 2004 @ 16th Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation 2007, Opstal. Clear medium yellow orange color with a average frothy good lacing mostly lasting off-white head. Aroma is light fruit, vinegar, notes of wood. Flavor is light sweet and moderate acidic with a nice dry finish. Very nice balance gueze. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is flat. ;o))

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (42635) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2008
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a lacing white head. Aroma is mild orange fruity and classic dry tart Cantillon horseblanket - yet smooth. Smooth fruity flavour with a mild tartness. Certainly one of the easier Cantillons. Mild dry sulphorish note. Lingering fruity and dry finish. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (36175) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2003
[Mine said vintage 2000 on the bottle but 2002 on the cork??? - drunk November 2003] The aroma is fresh fruity - very much like a geueze should be. The color is orange and it has a fine head while pouring but then it disappears. The flavor is a fresh geueze flavor: fruit, acidity and a slight sourness turning a lot towards a sour grapefruit. A very nice geueze. Thanks a lot to Alex (fiulijn) for trading me this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (27011) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy orange coloured with a medium sized off white head. Fruity aroma with notes of wood. Acidic flavour of apples and notes of wood. Harsh finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (26261) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2006
Bottled (2002). Orange colour, not much head. Aroma is Cantillonish sourness along with fruits and berries. Smooth sourish wooden flavour with some frutiy hints. Very soft and smooth and wellbalanced Cantillon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (25101) - Malm, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2006
2001 bottle. Pours a hazy golden/orange colour with a white head. Barnyard aroma with hints of citrus. Flavor is malty with a nice sourness. Hints of citrus with a long sour finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2006
(Bottle 75 cl) Slightly hazy, deep golden with no head whatsover. Distinct - yet mellow - acidic aroma with notes of horse blanket and all that. Fairly light in body, vaguely sourt with Brett accents. One of the more smooth and accessible gueuzes. 281006

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (24485) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2002
1999 version. Golden coloured. Acidic aroma. Oaky with balanced acidity and a surpring hint oh honey sweetness. Sparkling mouthfeel. Bears some resemblance to a very dry well wooded white wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (23944) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
8th July 2013
Craft Clerkenwell tasting. Light haze on this gold beer. small white head. Medium sourness - typical gueuze woody dried fruits. Little winey sourness. Light dry finish. All right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr (23314) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Near the top of the Cantillon line, more full bodied than the classic gueuze, bigger head, good complexity.

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