Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon
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Reviews by GreenCard:
4.68/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Bottled in 2001, purchased from the brewery directly...
Appearance: a stunning pale gold with a slight haze and a dense creamy layer of off-white foam speckled with chunks of cork (the cork would not come out so I had to shove it into the bottle instead)
Aroma: dusty malts, apple cider vinegar, hint of citrus, horse blanket, slight honey notes
Flavor: sumptuously balanced tartness with a crisply dry wheaty nuance, subtle lambic "funk", finishes dryish with a lingering acidity overlying a mild enteric bitterness
Mouthfeel: light body, spritzy but fine-beaded carbonation, crisp texture
Other comments: Wow! This is a truly amazing geuze! I bought this bottle some time in 2003 (I think) from Cantillon when I was living in Brussels. It has been stashed in my "cellar" since then. Now that I'm in England (and getting seriously bored with English ales), I decided to dig this one up again. I'm both glad and disappointed that I did. Glad because this is just a fantastic beer; disappointed because it is the only bottle I had. Oh well! That's the problem with beer, I guess, you end up drinking it. Anyway, Cantillon can sometimes be overpowering, especially to the unitiated, but this is very accessible. Would be a great "starter geuze", if you are OK with sharing it with someone who might not appreciate it!
Serving type: bottle
11-06-2005 17:58:21 | More by GreenCard
More User Reviews:
4.15/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2014 00:39:21 | More by StonedTrippin
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.