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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 991
Gots: 171 | FT: 16
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-01-2003)
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Soonami, Jan 06, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Green Cantillon bottle with a cork and cap. 2001 vintage. $35 at Toronado in the Haight, shared with Brewbacca. Expensive, but worth a try.

Alas this one has not aged well, either that or it’s the most mellow geuze I have tasted. Personally, I have grown to appreciate battery acid and vinegar in my geuze. This one is just mellow lemons. Still, there are some things to point out.

The aromas are wonderful. Tart and highly acidic lemons that scorch your nostrils and rancid white grape skins. Balanced, mellow, and nearly perfect.

Appearance is a hazed lemon/apricot with stunning effervescence that maintains a long lasting, albeit thin head.

Flavor is mild lemon tartness. Very mellow and not terribly complex.

Mouthfeel is not particularly sour. Not sour enough for me at any rate. Quite crisp and very dry but mellow.

Drinkability is like a fine sparkling wine without the headache.

Not my favorite geuze. It’s not big enough, ballsy enough, nor sour enough. Still, I feel lucky to have tried it.

DaPeculierDane, May 21, 2006
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tectactoe, Jan 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2003. Bottled in 2005.

A: Golden orange with quite a big off-white head with good retention. Good lacings as well.

S: Nicely edgy but very well composed funky character. Notes of clean bretty aromas, horse blanket, aged cheese and mud. Grass and mild tart fruit notes. Lemon juice and perhaps a faint hint of mint.

T: A quick acidic punch at first followed by a massive funky brett character. Pleasant citric notes, grass and apple rind. Lots of barnyard and horse blanket and hints of aged cheese. After a while in the glass, the funkiness dominates almost completely. Gently husky wheat character. The finish is nicely dry with a considerable grassy bitterness, a hint of stomach acid, funk and minerals.

M: Medium body with very tingly carbonation. Refreshing and very easy to drink.

D: Very good. A complex and very funky gueuze. Not very acidic considering the brewery behind it. It's actually almost too easy to drink - it seems like it looses character after a while, as if the acidity mellows out.

ricke, Oct 22, 2009
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Ben7773, Jul 19, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 vintage, tasted 5/29/11

A: Pours hazy burnt orange with small frothy head that fades, leaving a bubbly slick around my glass, slight lacing.

S: Smooth, but subtle barnyard funk, leading to tart peaches, transitioning into an earthy oakiness to finish.

T: Initial taste is more tart and acidic than the nose would suggest- lemon citrus, expanding into classic lambic flavors on the mid-palate, cheese, ending with bitter grapefruit, slight vinegar in the back. Dry finish that lingers.

M: Light, oily and smooth in the mouth, but light carbonation detracts a bit from the experience for me

jbeatty, Aug 21, 2011
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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.

Franziskaner, Mar 29, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2009)

Thanks for opening this, schmoopsbeer!

A bright, light orange and a tall white head. Highly carbonated. Lots of lace left on the glass.

A spicy, musty, funky aroma, consisting of bright fruit, lemon and apple, tangy Brett yeast, hay and grass, and lots of barnyard funk. Pretty awesome. Seems comforting, inviting, and welcoming.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, but perhaps a bit more bright with fruit--lemon, apple, and pear. The tart funk and sourness is huge here as well, though balances exceptionally well with the sweet, fruity flavors. Tremendous!

Light, bubbly, airy mouthfeel--an absolute pleasure.

A definitive version of the style. A classic. Just about perfect.

ehammond1, Apr 13, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2007 vintage, been sitting on my wine rack for a while now, so 'better' get to it. Same label imagery as the other Lou Pepes.

This beer pours a cloudy, medium golden yellow hue, with a half finger of soapy, bubbly, and mostly just fizzy off-white head, which leaves a thin drooping ring of lace around the glass as it hastily recedes.

It smells primarily of laid-back, funky, and ethereally cheesy yeast, semi-sweet pale and wheat malt, acrid lemon, a further blended stone fruit tartness, vinegary white wine soaked woody oak, damp dirt, and some tame earthy, weedy hops. The taste is side palate challenging tart underripe lemon and cherry juice, soft grainy wheat malt, some additionally astringent musty barrel woodiness, more mild funky yeast, and a pleasant dried hay character.

The carbonation is fairly soft and innocuous, after it duly fizzes out at the outset, the body medium-light in weight, with that sour fruit juice nature obfuscating any and all aspirations of real smoothness. It finishes off-dry, ever so slightly, as the stolid wheat malt, while subservient to the acetic overtones to the bitter (hah!) end, keeps up its part of the deal.

I do like the sour, but not just for the mere sake of it. That said, this has it in spades, but with the caveat of a nicely supportive dose of malt, fruit and yeast, which are deftly balanced when taken as a whole. Generally dry and somewhat acerbic - sure - but genuinely tasty all on its own, or I imagine, with some appropriate food - pommes frites, anyone?

biboergosum, Mar 16, 2011
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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
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