Dismiss Notice
Hello, is it beer you're looking for?

Learn more about beer. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for as low as 68% off the single issue price.

Subscribe now →

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

Not Rated.
Cantillon Lou Pepe - GueuzeCantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze

Educational use only; do not reuse.

182 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 182
Hads: 937
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 1,145
Gots: 232 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-01-2003

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 182 | Hads: 937
Photo of cbutova
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze (2010 sticker, 2013 cork). Beer review #2000. A momentous occasion and some real reflecting going on right now. Started reviewing at the ripe age of 21; 2270 days ago. What a journey it has been. I must thank my good friends and family who have gifted me some amazing beers along the way. No particular reason I picked this for #2000, it was just the bottle out of my stash that seemed up to the task.

A- Uncorked with a pool of slimy beer atop the cork and a decent pop upon opening. A fruit fly floats atop the medium golden body after the one finger puffy head dies down to a medium ring. Spotty lacing here and there as it just doesn't seem to wanna stick.

S- Musty and funky and probably somewhere in the middle of the Cantillon catalog for me as far as those qualities go. Lactic acid funky fermentation tones, musty old grapes, wet medium oak, apples, horsey barnyard straw, dried Italian meats, pungent cheese and a general wine feel throughout. Classic Cantillon bugs.

T- Much like the nose and in Cantillon vein it is a smorgasbord of funk, spontaneous microbe fermentation and old brewing tradition. Obviously a beer but fermentation feel of wine, yogurt and cheese to leave their mark on the palate. As my old reviews were here is a huge list of things I get, all of which seem to balance out very well: lemony lactic acid, a small touch of old wine that has soured into vinegar, old wet oak wood, tart apple, pale wine grapes, funky horse pasture, dirty farm basement, pungent cheese, Brett cherry pie and an herbal, floral spice perhaps from the younger yeasty part of the blend.

MF- Foamy, medium-light bodied overall feel on the palate with some creaminess and frothy textures. Carbonation is quite high still even after the cork appeared to rot into pieces in the bottle. Moderate overall sourness by Cantillon standards.

Here's to 2000 more reviews and the mystery to what #4000 will be. It feels very appropriate to have a Cantillon for this occasion and this one really is a great one. The old-world brewing tradition and how they have had a (non-self-induced) mystique about them since I have gotten into craft beer. Wondrously funky yet smooth and balanced and easy to drink. Perhaps this journey has just begun.

 2,265 characters

Photo of dd43
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this at a beer tasting, with the amazingly good fortune of being presented with a 1999 bottling. That's right, aged for 16 years almost perfectly for Stiffler's mom.

Besides the bottle itself being beautiful, the hazy golden brilliance of this beer was just amazing to take in. Big tart aroma on the nose with just a bit of a funky yeast quality. That may have faded over time, I've never had a recent bottling of Lou Pepe to know how it compares.

Flavors are tart citrus fruit and green apple, almost a cider like quality. Not mouth puckering, but at the same time a perfect amount of astringency that other gueuzes I've had are not able to replicate.

I so want to procure other bottles of Cantillon's amazing sour beers. It is a challenge to find American made lambic style beers that stand up to this. An amazing drinking experience.

 843 characters

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 sticker, poured into a HF tulip---
color is apple-cider with frothy white head....
immediate smell is green olives, then must, hay, cork, cider, and citrus
lively carbonation, slick oily feel, ....
nice tart lemon, cider, burnt caramel, and funk....
flavors are balanced and nuanced, and not in your face, but definitely a tasty brew

 339 characters

Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at Cantillon a while back. Always a nice place to visit.

From a 75cl bottle into a tasting glass
Bottled 22 February 2013
Best Before 2033

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, looser looking, foamy white head with decent retention. Clear gamboge orange in color with medium levels of carbonation for the style. Head fades to a thin wisp and ring. Slight ring remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Sour lemon, funky barnyard notes and some citrus aromas on the nose. Much brighter than the musty and dank regular gueuze.

TASTE: Puckeringly sour lemon, citrus and some slightly acidic notes up front, moving into a bold and lingering finish of more lemon and sour citrus fruits, hay, some barnyard funk and acidity as well. Bright and flavorful with plenty of citrus and sourness for sure.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry and puckering. Very dry finish.

OVERALL: Good stuff all around. Found this to be much fruitier and slightly acidic compared to the dank and musty regular gueuze, which is a big plus in my book. Something I could easily polish off over an evening and one I hope to enjoy again in the near future.

 1,247 characters

Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Thirtybird for this one. 2010 vintage served in a Hill Farmstead taster. Pours a golden-orange hue with a frothy, bright white head that dissipates into a sudsy slick. Clarity is semi-hazy. Nose is musty and expresses citrus zest and cork. The taste on this beer is very good, but not mind-blowing given the ratings. I get cork, citrus rind and citric acid; however, nothing really stands out. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation and a pleasant astringency. Overall, a solid gueuze but not my favorite Cantillon. Perhaps a little more time in the cellar was needed?

 606 characters

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009. Drank in 2014

Appearance: pours a light orange to yellow color. a finger or more of a white and bubbly head with moderate retention and leaving behind a weak lacing. a strong haze and completely opaque.

Smell: Funk, vinegar. lemon, some grassy to mustiness.

Taste: opens up with some wheat-like malts along with some grassiness, and some mineral water. becomes much funky towards the back. full of vinegar and some lemon acidity.

Mouthfeel: strong carbonation, some sticky and earthy stuff left behind. light and not overly sour.

Overall: a solid geuze no doubt. the taste is very nice but its fairly mellow. I think it could really use a bit more sour strength or funkiness. I'd be interested in tasting a few vintages together to really get a feel for this one.

 782 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 sticker.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Nice white head. Thick collar and some nice surface wisps.

Smell - Lots of citrus. Lemony. Very spritzy. Some dry grass and a bit of a metallic aroma.

Taste - Much more dynamic. The citrus is lemony and orangey. Pale malt is stronger. Very woody. Dried grass. Woody finish.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Moderate sourness. Medium light body.

Overall - My white whale. An excellent Gueuze. I think I'd take a 3F over it, but it's remarkable.

 527 characters

Photo of macher0
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%

2010 Bottle.

A: Very light straw. Extremely good clarity. Fine bubble head retreats to a rim. Moderate effervescence.

S: Big sour on front and gets more sour as it opens. Notes of vinegar, light malts, straw, neutral oak, and sour yeast.

T: Once again, strong sour on the front. Notes of straw, tobacco, lemons, dust, ripe pears, and neutral oak. Strong sour yeast.

M: Very smooth, but a bit puckering. High carbonation and light body.

O: This is a big-time sour, sour. Not for the faint (non sour) hearted. This is worth the price/hassle/patience - really. Lots of stuff going on with the bacteria and wild Belgium yeast makes this top-shelf. I did get a strong vinegar smell and taste, but that comes with the territory.

 730 characters

Photo of JulioH
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Interesting taste.

This beer is mainly a gueuze, yet it has been flavored. It is hard to pinpoint flavors, but sour apples are present. It does not deviate much from a gueuze though. Pours a reddish beer, just like a Lou Pepe, but it does look a bit lighter as it pours. Little foam. Smell is funky. It is a light yet syrupy beer. Not very sour like other gueuzes.

 365 characters

Photo of dar482
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A refreshing gueuze offering balance, along with the aggressive funk and tart of Cantillon.

Bright lemons, apricot, green apple are the tart flavors as a barnyard funk hits the middle along with white wine flavors. A mild honeyed sweetness at the end balances the beer out and cuts away from the upfront tart.

 310 characters

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottle @ Nüetnigenough

Clear golden beer with a white head. Looks like a gueuze!

A sharp tartness to it and plenty of funk especially on the taste where this beer seems to shine. Wood, mustiness, stone fruit, grapefruit, green grape.

Perfect carbonation for the beer and ends dry.

A must try gueuze.

 311 characters

Photo of pmarlowe
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage (2013 bottling). Teku glass.

There is some beer under the cap but over the cork that smells like an old wine cellar.

A: Pours a hazy, light golden color with a half finger of fluffy, sloppy white head. Some champagne-like bubbles. Very good retention and a few streaks of lacing.

S: A mild aroma featuring funkiness upfront, along with grass, flowers, white grape, fruit-like light orange, sugar-coated lemon, and stone fruit.

T: Funk and earthiness with straight new oak, a mild tartness, with some flowery and honey notes, and vague fruitiness. Mild tannic bitterness which is accentuated by the bone dryness.

M: Medium-light, soft carbonation and medium body.

O: Very tasty and exceedingly drinkable at 5% and with such light tartness. Among the LP versions, I think the Kriek is my favorite. This is about as good as 3F OG. Off the top of my head, I can’t distinguish this and Classic Gueuze.

 920 characters

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle sealed with Cantillion pressure cap and cork.

2010 sticker bottled in 2013.

Appearance: Pale yellow bodied beer with 2 full fingers of white head that eventually drops to thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Tons of cantillion funk and light tartness. Slightly fruity and grain.

Taste: Tons of funk and oak. Light sweetness and funkiness in the background. Pears and honey with a hint of white grape and lemon. Funk is dominate, but does take away all the delicate flavors of the gueuze.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation. Soft, delicate and creamy carbonation. This drinks so easily its just silly.

Overall: This is my favorite of the Lou Pepe Series! Fram and Kriek are also amazing, but a gueuze is the perfect style for cantillion funk. I think this is far superior to cantillion classic gueuze. This beer is in my top 5 gueuze that I have tried. Cantillion LPG is not quite as good as, but gets close to 3F Lente, 3F Golden Blend, and Bullfrog Vertiable gueuze.

 999 characters

Photo of vfgccp
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Identical apple juice gold body color to the standard gueuze. Thin white head has low retention and lace.

S - Dry oak, soft peach, dust, plant stem, green tea leaves. Softer, drier, dustier, and slightly more muted than the standard gueuze.

T - Wow, the flavor profile really pops compared to the standard gueuze. Bright oak, grapefruit pith, sharp lemon, touch of honey, peach ice tea, and pollen.

M - Smooth, creamy body with a medium frame.

O - Stellar. Outstanding flavor profile with a near-perfect mouthfeel. The best example of the style I've had.

 564 characters

Photo of BMMillsy
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, 2010 year on the sticker, poured at the Tipple's Rare and Barrel Aged Beer tasting on July 13, 2014. Nice job, guys!

Pours clear golden colored with a small white fluffy head. Aroma is of the lemon peel and mint leaf kind that I get from a lot of gueuze, some dry dusty oak, funky yeast, very nice. Flavor is pretty funky lacto sour with lemon peels, super dusty dryness, oak, some other citrus notes, hay. Excellent. Like this better than the Classic Gueuze version. Body is very light, with medium plus carbonation and super easy drinking.

 557 characters

Photo of MarcWP
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage poured into Cantillon Balloon. 3 years in the cellar.

Pours a radiant gold to light bronze, clear body, light fuzzy white head that dissipates quickly. Gorgeous color to this Gueuze.

Aroma is a brilliant combination of funk, bright fruit, white wine, with hints of oak and mild gruyere. Lots of tart berries, kefir lime, and acidic peach. Almost perfection on the nose.

The palate comes through with heavier funk and earthiness than on the nose. Has a mellow floral character throughout. Lighter fruits, lime, lemon peel, crisp green apple, musky barnhouse, Riesling, sour grape mash, and nectarine/white peach acidity.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and soft carbonation for the style. Drinks pleasantly and is evidently dry and tart but not overly sour or lacking in juiciness. Phenomenal.

One of the finest I've had from Cantillon and the three years age has added a good amount of funk, quite perfect at the moment (or is it this hot weather?) As of late, this, Zomer, and Duck Duck Gooze are my favorite among the "style". Could drink this all day, everyday. Mid-palate is full of complexity while the finish is a lot cleaner. It's that clean finish that makes this so drinkable. Look forward to re-visiting this soon.

 1,237 characters

Photo of errantnight
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome, if just a shade below the best of the best.

Soft, round, mellow, with a rich, nuanced, funky nose. Mouth is just a hair thin, and the finish a touch watery, but otherwise this has a mellow, subtly nuanced character that is endlessly drinkable.

It reminds me much more of their young lambic than it does their gueuze, and hints of paper and must around the edges make me question how well this one will actually age.

The softer acidity and high complexity make this one that I'd love to drink regularly, but as a difficult-to-land, special occasion gueuze, it doesn't necessarily bring the fireworks.

 611 characters

Photo of roblowther
4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml corked and capped. The belt and suspenders approach. A 2010 vintage. Normally I'd talk appearance first but the moment you open the bottle there is this fantastic vinegar wood sugar smell. Pouring it into the glass I get more candi sugar, lemons, apricots. Nice, nice, nice. The pour is a hazy gold with a very active head that settles into a nice creamy layer and then leaves just a hint of lacing. Taste is absolutely incredible. It starts with an orange lemon citrus flavor, then a nice chewy sour followed by a woody dryness. There is a LOT going on in this beer. The aftertaste is almost vanilla and very pleasant. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and then almost sticky. Very nice and adds to the overall feeling of substantialness. Overall, what can I say, this is definitely one of the best gueuzes I've ever had, hands down.

 841 characters

Photo of safaricook
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 22FEB13, brewed in 2010

Pale orange, very clear (bottle was standing upright for 2 years), nice 1-2 finger white head that is surprisingly stable for the style and reduces to a layer, some carbonation

smells of dry old wood, apricot, hay, dried spices like herbes de Provence, definitely thyme and rosemary

taste of old wood, citric notes in the aftertaste, fruitiness reminds of peaches and apricots, tart, dry

thin, nice refreshing carbonation, some tannins

A really wonderful Gueuze. Unique Cantillon taste. Not as sour as other offerings that I had from this brewery.

 584 characters

Photo of FosterJM
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1781st Review on BA
Bottle to Tumbler & Wine Glass
750 Cork and Cap

2010 Vintage

App- The color of a ripe orange, consider it a golden sunset on bottom. A 1" head and fades to a couple dotted bubbles. A bit of sediment in the globe glass. More light shined in the tumbler.

Smell- This was a muted funk with some hay, cheese, wheat and barnyard. To me this wasnt as bright on the nose as some other Cantillons I have had. As this warms I got more of a cheesy, butter and hay aroma.

Taste- A fuller gueuze flavor. This had more of a thicker hay & funk flavor. A bit of citrus was there in terms of a orange rind flavor (IMO). A little sour to it. The funk is a bit of an old cheese flavor. A very full flavor and delicious as expected.

Mouth- A medium body with a slightly more medium carbonation. More full hay and cheese on the residual flavor. Not as bright or spritzy as the other Cantillons I have had. More of a sipper to relax and enjoy.

Drink- This was a fantastic gueuze. Would love to let this one sit for a while and see what happens.

 1,049 characters

Photo of Franziskaner
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light amber in color with a bit of haziness. A minuscule layer of off white foam covers the majority of the top of the beer. Aroma of pineapple and green apples is very compelling. The body is moderately carbonated,crisp,and dry. The front of the palate is sharp with a champagne like taste that quickly tuns to pineapple and green apple with a quick dry finish. Very refreshing.

 379 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is of course, wonderful gueuze, but given the hype surrounding it, and in the context of a number of other comparable versions more readily available on the market, it just didn't wow me like i expected it to. thanks as usual, to drlovemd87 for procuring this and choosing to share it with me. its pale blonde to straw in color, and i can see bubbles but it never amasses any head. this is a 2009 vintage by the way, and its got a great nose of funky oak, lacto, and white wheat malt that has stood the test of time. the funk is there, and so is the sour, and the oak adds a lot more than usual, i mean, this is really oak dominated, woody in taste, semisweet, and clean finishing. not nearly as sour as it is funky, more of a must than a funk really, old and dank, mature might be the right word. its just not coming at me in waves, and it almost seems like a simple beer, lacking the complexity of others, maybe in a good way, maybe not. either way, it tastes almost familiar, and if this is the standard by which the style is measured, there are a lot of good copy cats out there. still, i love the yeast, and i love the softer feel to this, just a tickle of carbonation and a very easy drinking medium body. fun and special beer, but not a drink of the gods as some say, just great gueuze.

 1,298 characters

Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A huge thank you to wordemupg for this 2007 bottle, a looong time big want. Enjoying this one by the fire on christmas eve.

Appearance. Pours a lovely rich honey-gold with a touch of orange. Topped with a thin white head that fades fast.

Smell. Apples peaches and pears ...very fruity. Some cider vinegar and some nice sweet(ish) woody funk.

Taste. Huge lemony sourness, nice funk that's less woody than the smell but what I would describe as truly barnyard with sweet hay and all. A little dank oak wood makes an appearance in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, medium-low fine and lightly prickly carbonation.

Overall. Very happy with this choice as the official start to Christmas. A fine Gueuze. Thanks again and a very merry Christmas, Chris!

 759 characters

Photo of Stevedore
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle, sticker 2009, poured into a Cantillon sherry glass today, 10/4/2013. Bottle split into 4 pours. Drank this next to a 2013 Classic Geuze.

Review #274.

Pours a hazy golden colour, with an effervescent white head that disappears fairly quickly, especially compared to Classic. Retention is not high, but I suppose that's because there is no 1 year old lambic to provide the sugars that the bruxellensis need.

Smells full of lemon, zest, with lots of Cantillon earthiness and funk. Even a bit on the sweet side. I would say this smells more intense than the Classic Geuze, but with less lemon. I can't pin it down, but it has that component that the Classic Geuze and 3F Oude Geuze don't have that 3F Golden Blend does.

Flavour is quite vinous, like a nice clean chardonnay with a lot of earth and funk, Cantillon-style. It is fairly acidic on the side of vinegar, not quite heartburn-inducing but definitely sour. There is some sweetness as well. Some oak barrel rounds out the flavour.

Medium bodied, thicker bodied compared to the Classic Geuze. OK carbonation, not as crisp and refreshing as Classic Geuze but it does the job.

Very interesting take on the geuze style. I don't think this is supposed to be a classical geuze style, but rather more of a blend of 2-year old lambics. It shows here- more complex but less effervescent and refreshing than Classic Geuze. Worth trying at least once, but I would suggest that your resources are better off going towards the Lou Pepe Kriek or Framboise.

 1,516 characters

Photo of tarheels86
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL 2005 black foil thanks to Manuele at Ma Che Siete. From the basket, it pours a hazy, glowing, light orange with a fizzy white head dwindling down quickly from the acid. Aroma is massive white grapefruit, blood orange, sweet orange sorbet, peach, subtle funk. Very fresh and rich blood orange dominant. As it warms you are rewarded with mace and wet cinnamon stick. Taste is dried grapefruit, pomelo, lemon tart, lactic fattiness. Bitter white grapefruit and pomelo come in to balance the sourness, but there is just nowhere near the balance and freshness I get from 2005 Iris or Russian River Beatification. Palate is uber mouth watering, so lactic sour that it is near lacerative (I had to drink most of the bottle myself unfortunately). But in small quantities the palate is fresh, fruity, and soft. Really so beautiful. Bound to age extremely well.

 857 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.