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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nephilium (1790) - Cleveland, 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... Im really curious what this does over time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (14836) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2017
Bottle - Funk, farmhouse and light petroleum. Clearish gold. White grape, green apple and nice tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (8120) - New York, New York, USA - APR 16, 2017
2013 vintage bottle [at Ryans during 2016 and again at As Is 2017]. Pours a deep, hazy orange body with light wispy white head. Nose is fruity, oaky and sour; lots of tart orange, peach, apricot and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied; both soft and bright with a nice balance between the fruit character, oak and general sourness; additional notes of lactic funk, grapefruit/pomelo, soft wood flavor towards the back end, sour lemons and farm funk. Really great stuff, would like to try this back-to-back against the regular gueuze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FinnIckler (393) - GERMANY - APR 7, 2017
Bottle, thanks to some random Americans! Pours hazy gold, nose is funky and fruity, apricot, Peach, white grapes, lemon. Palate is smooth grapefruit, citrus, orange, some sour apples. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
The_Osprey (7835) - 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 (3767) - 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 (5185) - 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 (1328) - 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 (1185) - 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 (2417) - 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.

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