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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 182
Hads: 935
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
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Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

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

2008 vintage; bottled 4/11/11. Pours yellow in color with a soft, white head on it that settles to form a nice rim around the glass. The nose is sweet citrus, hay, lemon. Taste starts with lots of sweet sugars up front that move into more citric flavors. A little funk gets added to the mix and then tartness overtakes it. This is super sweet and sugary, which works well in the size I tasted. I think a whole bottle would induce diabetes in a normal person, however I highly recommend splitting amongst others! Another winner from the LP series.

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

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy golden-yellow-straw with a small white head

Smell: Lemon citrus and light vinegar, bit of urea

Taste: Big lemon with some vinegar, not as much funk as I would have liked; not particularly complex. Perhaps a bit of peach/pear/apricot/green apple. I wish for more of everything - aroma, body, funk, sour, etc.

Mouthfeel: medium-light, nothing really there to enhance the body.

Drinkability: I must say, this is my least favorite of the Lou Pepe series.

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Photo of knucks999
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage. Poured very cloudy, much more so than the classic gueuze. Not overly carbonated, not much head. Very strong aroma of grapefruit acidity. Taste is much of the same, so much sweet grapefruit acidity. Very very sour, but still drinkable. Excellent beer.

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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.

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Photo of readbaron
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage

Pours a light golden tangerine with a white foam head – maybe half a finger – that fades into a white ring.

Smells tart and funky. Acedic (lemon/citrus) sourness and a healthy dose of barnyard funkyness. Nice.

Taste is very nice – very sour (again citrus, mostly lemon), but not sharp. A soft feel to it, but still attacks the tongue and glands with sourness. Smoother than a lot of the gueuzes I've had. There's also a bit of funk and oak in the flavor, but less than the nose would indicate.

Feel is a bit flatter than I'd like. Sticky and medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall - a tasty treat, but sadly, not as good as it's easier to find brothers, Framboise and Kriek.

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

Recently rediscovered this brewery, and lambics in general. Time to try 'em all again! Actually haven't had this one before, so it should be a treat.
The sticker on the bottle says 2002. The cork is too mangled to really tell what that last number is. Hmmm. The first thing I notice about this beer as opposed to Cantillon's flagship gueuze is less carbonation. Pours a bright, vibrant orange, with no head to speak off, but little gatherings of bubbles. Smells rather typical for Cantillon. All the usual suspects are there. Big and funky, lots of Brett out front here. Citrusy, zesty, dusty. Taste is more subdued than much of the Cantillon line, which I like. Definitely tart and sour, plenty of granny smith apple and lemon rind, but it's mellowed a bit here. I'd really like try one that's even older and more curmudgeony. You can't really taste much sweetness, but I can pick up on the difference between this beer and their normal Gueuze which has a younger lambic in the blend. This one is much softer, in a word. There's something to be said for the younger and wilder punch that the regular gueze has, but this one allows for more complex tastes to shine through. Lots of must, dust, and mold, almost as if you could smell the cellar and the barrell(s) this beer was aged in. It does sweeten and round out a bit as it warms. More funk as well. The softness on the palate combined with the acidic bite really makes this beer come together. Takes a little while to drink this one, but that doesn't exactly translate into a "low drinkability" for me. It's something that should be appreciated at whatever pace suits it best. An impressive beer for sure, from the experts of lambic.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage -- got this in a trade, but it was over a year ago & I'm not sure who I got it from. So thanks, awesome trader!

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Slightly hazy, shiny citrine, beautiful color. Thin head white that drops to a thin collar with a wispy across the top. Plenty of tiny, fast-rising nucleation.

Whew! Strong vinous acidity in the smell, with some lemon. Very dry, with a crisp grassy or hay-like quality. Some earthy funkiness, but not real strong -- that acidity really dominates.
There's a hovering sweetness there, like pear or vanilla, that's just out of reach.

Double whew! Dry, sour lemon, green apple, a wheaty background, again with that lingering sweetness just off the periphery. A woody, tannic quality too. This has some kick.

Medium-light-bodied, but really stimulating, sharp & acidic; really makes me salivate. Feeling the tannins, too.

Not the most complex gueuze I've had, but still impressive. Bold flavors, challenging in a good way, & not too strong ABV-wise, which is always a plus. Not one you could drink one after the other, granted, but pretty rewarding.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Poured July 2011, sticker date 2007.

Appearance is very light for a gueuze and with a massive head, never seen this much carbonation on a gueuze before. Orangeish wheat in color.

Smells of wheat, orange, lemon, funk, acid.

This tastes very unusual for a gueuze, but still very good. Lots of orange and lemon sourness, and a background flavor reminiscent of a witbier. Definitely a wheaty flavor. We all agreed this was an unusual flavor profile for a gueuze, but we all liked it quite a bit anyway.

Mouthfeel is a little off on this one, there's too much carbonation. It's odd for a gueuze to fizz in your mouth and I think it probably distracts from the flavor. The head looks awesome in the glass but isn't helping in the mouth.

Overall, a very nice beer if atypical of the style.


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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.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2000 vintage

Appearance: Not as peachy as most of Mr.Van Roy's Beers, this one is a little more like opalescent apple juice, the real stuff you can buy at the farmer's market. A ring of ephemerous lace on top.

Smell: That unmistakable Cantillon aroma, it smells just like at the brewery...Dank attic with cobwebs, a horse blanket, a wet cat, and this acidic twang that would normally repel the average Beer drinker but that somehow strikes a note with me.

Taste: Sour and crisp, huge astringency, probably moreso than other offerings from this brewery. However the gains in asperity and aftertaste are at the expense of complexity of flavor. Still an excellent Gueuze that I'd be curious to try again in a few years.

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Photo of stcules
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow-oranged in color, with almost no head.
At the smell: a lot of leather, the right sourness, peppery touches, sweat. Very delicate.
In the taste, after a "light" start, in somewhat similar to a white wine, it comes out the strenghtness of this beer. Very well balanced, and very delicate. Harmonic, in all his components. There are all the characteristic notes of a Cantillon Gueuze.
The aftertaste is more pungent, more tart, but it is also fruity, and, somewhat, sweet (hints of grape?).

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark golden orange color lambic with a quite large bubbly head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sour notes with some distinctive oak and not much acidity which kind of surprised me. Taste was very refreshing with some sour notes and some oak; I was expecting more acidity and some barnyard notes but those were almost completely absent. Well done but considering the price difference I would stick with the regular gueuze.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Frank, Kevin, and Jeremy for this tasting!

A-pours a tangerine orange color, somewhat hazy with a little thin white head on top.

S-lots of funk up front, earthy with plenty of mushrooms, a good bit of acidity and notes of sour lemon in the back.

T-lighter funk than the nose, earth and mushrooms, lots of lemon and citrus with a good balance of acidity and tartness in the back.

M-soft feel to it, light carbonation, a little thin in the back and a semi dry and very clean finish.

D-good balance of acidity, the funk is there but it fades a little in the taste, the citrus profile is nice and the tartness is moderate and enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2000

Pours to a hazy golden-orange color with a thick white head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is musty and tart, with barnyard-like qualities. The flavor is tart and somewhat fruity with a musty flavor throughout. The finish is souring and tart. This is a tasty gueze, one of the better ones I have had.

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Photo of alpineclimber
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I dared to be different tonight.

Poured into a beer chalice, a cloudy, straw coloured beer with a single finger of head.

I don't even have to stick my nose into the glass to realize that this is a sour beer. Sour peach, citrus, brett and a slight medicinal smell.

Wow, this is knock your socks off sour!!! The sourness of this beer fully encompasses the taste. The taste reminds me of a Jolly Rancher candy, the exact flavour is hard to pin down but I would have to say peach, lemon and maybe pineapple. There is a medicianl funk to the taste.

This beer to me has a thin mouthfeel.

Lambics are a very interesting style of beer. Not something I drink on a regular basis but something I enjoy when I want something radically different.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to readbaron for bringing this over for Dunt's birthday tasting.

Appearance: The pour is a pale golden straw color, hazy, with a traditionally soft gueuze head. After a few minutes no head is left.

Smell: Light malts, lots of sour tangerine, lemon zest, and grapefruit. Soft faded barnyard funk in the background.

Taste: Light malts, lemon zest, grapefruit, some barnyard funk and a lot of oak contribute to a very tart flavor.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the lighter side of medium, with gentle carbonation. Tart and acidic. Leaves some sour residue behind my lips.

Overall: The age on this beer has clearly added to the robustness of the flavor. Unfortunately, the flavor is a little lighter than I would want from a gueuze.

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Photo of brc
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2006 sticker on my bottle.

Tawny color liquid, with a bit of a white head.

Smells quite cidery, with some wood notes underneath. Reminds me a bit of Taylor's chip dry.

Tastes really cidery; I'm amazed that no apples went into this. The acidity is fairly low for a gueuze. It's very smooth, with only a little sour bite in the end. There is a bit of leatheryness in the finish, but mostly it's a clean smooth taste of cider.

Carbonation is good, light but pleasant.

Probably the most drinkable gueuze I've ever had, since it is so smooth and light. Personally, I prefer a tart bomb, but I'm impressed with the delicacy that they achieved with this one.

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Photo of adamette
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 750 ML dark green bottle that I bought at Buckeye Beer Engine several months ago but I cannot recall for how much. The bottle is capped, also has a cork under the cap and has a black foil covering the cap and neck of bottle. Sticker above the front label announces: Gueuze 2005 Lambic Beer aged in Oak Barrels. Cork has "bottled in 2007" stamped on it, no doubt because of the 2 years of aging in oak barrels. Poured into my Brewery Ommegang short flute glass. This is their non-specific glass, possible use with any of their beers.

A Awfully clear light orange/yellow body under a puffy, off white head that started out 2 inches tall but moved down to less than 1 cm within 60 seconds. Fair look really. 3.0

S Moderate citrus like tartness with a bit of a softened feel that I attribute to the oak barrels. I find this to be a very typical Gueuze smell. 3.5

T Gotta love the funk of a true lambic, in this case a blast of citrusy tart horse blanket that really packs a punch but then lays off, leaving a pleasant, oaken funk of a classic Gueuze. 4.5

M Rather light for having the strong tastes that it does and the aftertaste is much more gentle, thin, than the initial feel. 3.5

D Very good for the style which is not normally (for me) a tremendously drinkable beer style. 4.0

Notes: To enjoy this beer is to experience a true lambic from the world's foremost producer of the style.

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Photo of jbeatty
3.95/5  rDev -10%
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

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Photo of EnemyWithin
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lou Pepe Gueuze. Bottled in 2009. Lot 13/09. Into Duvel glass on Feb 25, 2012.

Appearance: 3.5
Hazy honey yellow body with a thin white head that immediately fades to a thin rim around the edge of the glass.

Smell: 3.5
A tart, slight funk nose with notes of lemon, faint candy sugar, and soft bready malt. Subtle, but pleasant. No vingearness is detected.

Taste: 4
Initial moderate sharp sourness, with notes of lemon. Then sweeter/ bready aspects of the malt come through to contrast the sour elements. Also get faint notes of hops. Finishes with a lingering sourness, with hints of tart candy and lemon. Overall, very crisp profile that softens and sweetens as the beer warms. The flavours are simple, but there is good balance, esp with the malt.

Mouthfeel: 4.5
Soft mild carbonation. Mild to moderate thickness. Moderate sourness. A good balance overall in sweet versus sour, and quite appropriate, with just the right amount of pucker to be sour and refreshing, but not too overwhelming. The lingering sourness on the palate makes you want to go back for more.

Overall: 4
A well balance, refined beer with a nice flavour profile, with prominent sourness and great malt notes. Easy drinking.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.87/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2009 vintage

Slightly hazy. Aromas of hay, mild lemon, and a touch of sulfur. Lightly sweet with moderate tartness and lot of minerality. Medium carbonation and medium-light body. This has been a long-term want and I'm glad to have finally gotten to try it, but overall it was a bit of a disappointment and didn't stand up to most of the rest of the Cantillon line-up, in my opinion.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.81/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this 2006 vintage from a 22oz bottle into a Rodenbach tulip.

The beer pours a dark honey gold with about 2 finger of bubbly white head that stays for a couple minutes. It fades to a foamy head. The lacing is nice and thick.

The aroma is really light, wish it was a lot stronger. Mostly what I get is some sour horse blanker and mildew. I want some more complexity!!!

The taste is prett light as well, I taste almost nothing on the front not much in the middle and at the end a big lasting note of tartness. Again like the nose not very comples or strong.

The feel is too light and watery way to easy to drink.

For a gueze its drinkable because its not overpowering and pretty light.

Overall, I had very high hopes but I was pretty disappointed. Its good, not elite, you can probably find something more comparable for half the price.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2001 bottle. Cork comes out without a pop, little fragment left strewn about. Pours a clear gold with a thin head that recedes to naught. Very sour, lemony nose, especially after the old Drie Fonteinen and De Cam offerings we devoured previously. Pungent, sour flavor, very musty and funky. Maybe a touch of white wine vinegar. This is quite dry and intense. Reminded me a bit of Cantillon LH12, but blended with their standard gueuze. Had a lot of that earthy, pungent bite to it at this age.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.72/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with a 2004 sticker date, enjoyed on a rather indulgent afternoon at Monk's. Served in Cantillon stemware at cellar temperature. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy shade of apricot, with streaks of yellow throughout. A half-finger white head forms and leaves some lacing around the glass. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the crazy steak of yeast on the side of the bottle.

Super tart citric acidity in the aroma. All of that classic Cantillon funk comes through in abundance, and this epitomizes "horse blanket." For all of the tartness, this is actually a fairly sweet-smelling gueuze, with a candy-like note that cuts through the sour. Still though, that grassy funk is in full force.

Cheesy funk, grass and musk all vie for attention in the palate. There's a touch of hop bitterness in the finish, a taste I've never noticed in any prior Cantiloons. Apples add a touch of fruity balance. And yet, I can't help but be disappointed at the lack of mouthpuckering sourness. I've had plenty of Cantillon fruit lambics that were far more acidic and sour than this 7-year-old gueuze. This seems somewhat muted, a little lifeless and dull.

The mouthfeel, too, lacks a certain Cantillon panache. Medium-to-low carbonation contributes to a rather wan, thin and boring flatness. Not terrible, but just not up to par.

Though I hate to say it, I almost wished for more heartburning acidity from this bottle. The tart, enamel-melting funk I hoped for never quite came through, and though this is still a fine gueuze, I expected more.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.