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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 184
Hads: 952
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 19.36%
Wants: 1,165
Gots: 230 | FT: 20
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-01-2003

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

I'm enjoying a bottle of this with my wife while watching a French art film.

2006 Vintage

A: Clear golden hue with a white foam head that fades very quickly, leaving no lacing.

S: Funk, oak, hay

T: A really nice gueuze. Insanely drinkable and enjoyable, with notes of oak, and possibly tart apples and/or lemons.

M: Not as tart as I was expecting. Very smooth feel, with a fairly low carbonation level.

D: Extremely drinkable. It would be quite easy to throw back several glasses.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage with a 2007 Cork and a "bottled in 2008" on the back label. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into tulip glass.

A- Reveals a paler looking golden color with an ever so slight haze. Decent clarity. Produced three fingers width of white head, which quickly dissipated to a white ring.

S- More tame than other guezes I have had, but the mellowed down aroma was complimented by great mix of ingredients. Getting an overriding aroma of horse blanket with underlying notes of citrus and oak. The toned down aromas allows the funk to take on a slightly earthy, herbal characteristic.

T- What a great blend! The beginning takes on the barnyard funk flavors with sour lemons underneath. At no point does it become overly sour, just smooth as can be. About midway through a definite oak comes through, leading the way into wonderfully sour and acetic blend of citrus fruits. The back end just sits on the palate and gives an everlasting, memorable impression.

M- Could have used a little more carbonation, slightly disappointing because of this aspect. I really enjoyed the light to medium body accompanied by a slight stickiness to the palate...really allowed the beer to sit all parts of the palate, intensifying the flavors.

D- I drank this bottle rather easily. One of the more balanced, mellow guezes I have had.

Overall, another classic Cantillon. Very fortunate to have a steady supply of these beers, especially considering I don't have access to RR and LA.

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

Big thanks to my friend Eric for sharing this at our Christmas party. You really cannot go wrong with Cantillon and this is an outstanding gueuze.

Pours a hazy gold with a half finger of white head that drops to a scanty covering that leaves a few spots of lace on the side of the glass. The nose is intensely funky, with barnyard, lemon zest, white wine, mineral and fresh cut grass. Not surprisingly it tastes just as awesome as it smells, with the barnyard and lemon acidity dominating the flavour. The sourness is bracing, but strangely drinkable (maybe I've now had too many sours to recommend drinkability to someone, but this is up there). Medium mouthfeel is a bit fuller than normal, but seems to be a hallmark of the Lou Pepe series.

This 2007 vintage is drinking excellently and is worth every cent. Cantillon excels at producing highly drinkable lambics of outstanding quality, abd this is no different.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Steve for this one. Sampled the 2001 and 2000 vintages side-by-side. Review is for the 2001 vintage though there will be comments about the 2000 throughout. 4oz. pours from capped and corked 750ml bottles into matching wine glasses. Reviewed at a tasting 2/19/11. From notes.

A: Pour generates a small ring of white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a slightly cloudy yellowish-white peach. Lacing is minimal and with little stick. The 2000 vintage is surprisingly much more carbonated. More head, more lace and darker beer color overall also. Still, pretty much what I'd expect from a Gueuze.

S: Nose is sharp cheese, overwhelming horse-blanket and Brett funk, wet wood, and notes of tart lemon pulp and ripe sour peaches. Very aromatic and impressive overall. 2000 vintage is much more earthy and grassy with a much more woody presence and significantly less sharpness and funk.

T: Opening is accented by a sharp, lemon and sour apple tartness. Notes of stale and damp air, wood, and blankets of Brett funk. Mild sour peaches at the middle and end with a building sourness right at the end. Finish is moderately dry and puckering with no aftertaste. Very well done. 2000 vintage is much less sour and with more of a bitter, grassy, yeasty presence.

M: Light to medium bodied and near still. Oily and silky in the mouth. Saliva-generating. Puckering and moderately dry. Very slight graininess going down. Crisp, clean, and dry finish. No aftertaste. Very appropriate and the combination of dryness and a slightly prickly finish is what makes this one.

D: What is surprising about this beer is the stark contrast between the 2000 and 2001 vintages. 2001 was, in my opinion, far and away, a superior beer with more funk, more tartness, and simply more character. Still, regardless of the vintage, seek this one out and sit on it. A gem of a beer.

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Photo of orangesol
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to split a bottle of '04 with foofaa at Monk's Cafe. At $45 a bit pricey but very much worth it.

A - Pours murky orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of lots of horse blanket funk, green apples, a touch of lemon zest, and some light sourness. This one is a bit subdued but it is still quite enjoyable.

T - Starts off with a big dose of strong horse blanket funk slowly giving way to a mix of bright sourness, apples, lemons, and some damp earth. The finish is dry with a nice amount of pucker, lingering on the pallet for some time. The flavors are all there, although some of them are a little to light for my liking.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, funky, feel that lingers long after the finish. It remains light, allowing you to drink quite a bit of it before it begins to wear on you.

O - Other than the Armand Lente this was my favorite beer of the day. The balance of funk and fruit was spot on and I had no problem putting back my half a bottle. Worth every penny.

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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.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 sticker. 750ml bottle shared with a friend at the bar.

This beer is basically everything you could ask for in a gueuze, complete with the signature Cantillon flavor profile.

Overall, a very good beer, though not worth what it takes to acquire a bottle via retail or trade.

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

750ml bottle with a 2005 label on the neck, a cork that says bottled in 07 and a label on the back that says it was bottled 01/2008 so I guess this was brewed in 05 and must be about four years old. It smells a little musty and a little citrusy, mmm gueuze..Clear yellow color, still. The flavor is a little sour but so smooth it is way to easy to drink. This is a nice gueuze and I will be adding it to my list of gueuzes to cellar.

update 06/2011 2005 vintage

Fucking fantastic

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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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 750ml capped and corked bottle poured into tulip 11/9/11

A golden yellow with a slight haze, a short lived thin soapy film left just a few patches of lace

S straw with some funky lemon and vinegar and a earthy woody aspect that I can't place

T super tart fruit like a peach without sugar on top of what I smell, quite acidic and pretty funky

M slick and a little flat but it could turn your mouth inside out from the sour

O I like a beer that leaves me thinking and this one dose just that, I love the sour funk on this one

Interesting stuff and I understand why this beers so sought after, at 25$ a bottle that says something. I'm having a good time learning about funky stuff can't wait until I can afford some more to see how it ages

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Photo of nickd717
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle from Cantillon in Brussels.

A - Great appearance, bright golden with a creamy white head and excellent lacing.

S - Nice funky tart aroma with green apple, lemon, and barnyard.

T - Flavor is full and complex with malty sweetness to balance the tartness, lemony funk, sour apple, and wood. Just a straight-up awesome gueuze.

M - High carbonation, medium body, and a great effervescent mouthfeel. A sharp and tart acidic bite, just like you'd want and expect from this style.

D - Better than the regular Cantillon gueuze. Can't pinpoint why exactly, maybe it's a little better balanced and smoother.

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Photo of bringonthehops
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


-- popped and poured --
-- tasted non-blind out of 750mL --

NOSE: nose gives away the fact this will be sour; damp sweatsocks; light oxidized apple scent; smells faintly Saison-esque; hint of orange oil.

BODY: red-tinged golden color; hint of carbonation still present; clear; med.-light bodied.

TASTE: somewhat flat compared to Cantillon's standard gueuze, but still very nice; refreshing; good sourness, but not as mouth-puckering as some other gueuzes; zippy and juicy on the front palate, becoming increasingly dry and muted towards the back; slightly wheaty and spicy; a very fine example of gueuze, but not worth the $30 tariff considering that one can find gueuze of equal quality for about 2/3 the price. Cantillon used old Bdx barrels for the aging of this lambic blend, but I honestly cannot discern any relative "winey" character here. If you're really into gueuze, it's worth picking one of these up just to try it - it's certainly inherently worth $30 ---- just don't be expecting anything drastically different than a "standard" version of the same.

B: 50, 5, 13, 18, 8 = 94

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

750ml bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours a light hazy golden with a finger of head on a vigorous pour. A few bubbles keep the faith throughout.

Real nice horsey funk with a bit of gym socks thrown in, light citrus (oranges and lemon), hint of apple, woody and earthy, hint of straw, light vinous quality. A bit of a heftier malt bill than many geuzes, gives it a softer mouthfeel, a bit chewier. Balanced acidity unlike some of the other Lou Pepe series, relatively drinkable (split the bottle in 2). A really nice offering.

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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

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

A. Pours bright yellow with a creamy white head

S. Musty, funky, with a cheesy quality.

T. Tart with lemon and wheat, but some nice sweetness as well and some woodiness.

M. Medium body - much thicker than a lot of the other sours we've been drinking.

D. Great. Soft and subtle with nice tartness and good body.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2006 edition, bottled December 18 '08. Enjoyed almost exactly 1 year later.

Poured carefully, yielding a light film head that faded quickly to the rim. Body was a mostly clear, orange-gold color w/very little carbonation.

Aromas of lightly sweetened spicey yeast, sneakers, barnyard funk, and a faint citrus in the background.

Citrus pulls forward quickly in the flavor, with lemon, unripened green apple, then oak, mustiness, and a chalky white pepper in the finish.

Lightly puckering up front, with dry MF overall.

High marks on drinkability - pulls you back for more. So many cool things going on - makes it both interesting and enjoyable.

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

I brought a bottle of this to share with the PPBS guys a couple nights ago. Been sitting on this one for a while, 2005 vintage, bottled in 2007.

Appearance: Much like a good gueuze should be, lightly carbonated with a little swirling head. Deep golden hazy-hay colored brew and borders just North of still. Inviting.

Smell: Whew, gotta love Cantillon! Brings that delicious funky nose with some lemon, little horsey funk, and some gingery freshness somewhere back there. Just awesome. Makes you pucker slightly just whiffing it. Yum yum yum.

Taste: Very good mellowing of flavors. Lemony-citrus is there, along with just a mellow tartness and pucker. It's very smooth and nothing too bracing, intense, or overpowering, just full-bodied and tasty. Not cloying, not too puckering, just a light, tasty gueuze. I just wasn't in the mood for a big, super-sour beer, and this beer (thankfully) wasn't. Instead, it was your more mellow and basic gueuze. Yum.

Mouthfeel: I could work with more sour in my gueuzes sometimes, but this worked very well. Not too sweet, and still leaves a little pucker under the tongue. Flavors hang long on the palate, making this 5% a sipper. Well played.

Drinkability: As with most Cantillons, they make for pretty great examples of the style. The funk, the smell, the taste, the look . . . Cantillon's got it down. I would gladly have again, only, if only, it were more available. Bravo. Belgium trip, if only you could arrive sooner!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2005 sticker, into a Gueuze glass at Delirium Café.

A: Clear amber body with a 3/4" head of frothy white foam. Ok retention, no lace. Nice, but not great.

S: Very delicate aroma of citrus, dry hay, oak, vanilla, grape skin, and garden flowers. Quite complex and enjoyable, although not quite as funky as I was expecting.

T: Starts out tart, with lemon + grapefruit zest leading to apples and flowers; some malt give substance toward the end, and it finishes with some earthy, grassy funk. Very long, dry finish. Superb.

M: Medium to full body, moderate, super-fine carbonation. Perfect.

O: This one really grew on me as I worked my way through the glass; at first I was a little disappointed in its lack of intensity (especially for a Cantillon), but the more time I spent with it the more I was impressed by its profound complexity and delicacy. Well worth the 18 euro price tag.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared during Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

2008 vintage.

Pours a murky honey yellow with an off-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is just all over the place with sour, funk, tart, and barnyard aromas. Taste is exactly the same as the smell with an acidic bite to it. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good gueuze with some extreme aromas and flavors.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

This is a really good gueuze. When I heard that Lou Pepe was the premium cantillon I had in my mind that this was going to be a sour bomb. But I was wrong. It is very light, drinkable, and balanced.

Color is standard gueuze cantillon, see through golden straw

Smell isn't very overpowering, but I get some straw, standard geueze smells, some tart

Taste is smooth, tart lemons, but not overly so, one of the more milder gueuzes I've had. Kind of a thick wet mouthfeel that sticks around the mouth for a while. A bit of a tart pucker on the end. Carbonation is probably a bit less than their standard gueuze.

This is a great beer , again the balance is just perfect. Often times I like the tarter gueuzes, but with a meal or taking down a 75 solo, this geueze is perfect.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2008 vintage bottled in 2011, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color, topped with an inch of white head that recedes to a thin layer, leaves little lacing.

S- Tart fruitiness with apple, lemon and vinegar. Funky barnyard aroma as well as some oak and a very light vanilla. The aroma is really nice and balanced.

T- Huge tartness, mostly lactic but also with some vinegar flavors, lots of white grapes and skins. Has some nice barnyard/hay and earthy funk. Has some oak, grape skin and tannins towards the end.

M- Medium-bodied, low carbonation with a dry finish.

O- Another excellent gueuze from Cantillon. I'm really not sure if I prefer this or their Classic Gueuze, it's pretty close. Very tasty, highly drinkable, and all around a great beer.

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

I received this as a gift about 2 years ago and have tried to patiently wait for this one. I guess the time is now, but the warnings from previous reviewers caution about taking on a bottle of this one solo. I feel I have no choice and there are moments when I can be a brave soul.
Bottle inspection notes no visible sediment and apparently water clear. We'll see. Cap before the cork had a brown stain and a deep red stain on it. Bottle label marked "Gueuze 2001" and the cork noted "Botteld 2003".
Initially a dirty, musty, earthy aroma that is very reminiscent of old, dirty socks. The horse blanket quality is very persistent throughout the drink. There is a slight background of sweet/sour fruitiness that seems almost apple in character (but I could be thrown visually).
Initially pours with a very non-dense head that breaks down very easily, leaving a small edge ring and a fine thin layer of white. Apple juice in color and very clear.
An interesting array of flavors. Sour, yes, but not overpoweringly so. It also has a woody character that seems like oak (chardonnay). A fairly neutral fruit taste that borders on some sweetness but it is quickly overcome by the sourness. There is an acid quality, but it isn't necessarily too tart or astringent. In fact a nice mellow dryness finishes the drink in which the sourness is eventually in the background and fades before the slowly diminishing dryness leaves. The apple juice comparison again in that it's like drinking a sour apple juice, except it doesn't taste particularly like apple juice.
The tartness is enhance by the mild yet almost prickly carbonation. It's never excessive and doesn't take away from a thin smoothness.
As an acolyte in this style my impressions are based upon nothing other than what I've read, expectations based upon nothing and impressions of flavors. With all that I'm enjoying this drink. It's not overwhelming me in any manner, but it does leave me wanting for a taste of something to nibble on to contrast (or maybe complement) the flavors as they are striking enough to warrant a distraction. Nicely drinkable, as I had little difficulty finishing off the bottle.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.