Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon
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3.3/5 rDev -26.5%
First had: part of a Nov. '12 bottle share.
2008 vintage (on the label).
I naturally assumed Lauren (ThoreauLikeAGirl) would break out a Cantillon of some kind, and indeed she did. This bottle followed a Classic Gueuze that she also provided. A little bit of stinky residue sat atop the cork on this bottle, but we wiped it away and proceeded to open it.
Golden-colored, surprisingly and utterly clear, Champagne-like bubbles rose to a small foamy white head that receded to a thin layer within a few seconds; no real lacing to speak of. Aroma was fairly mild, notes of funk, horseblanket, and minor touches of acetic/lactic acid. About the same in the taste, mellowed-out with a few years of aging, fairly oaky, funk, hay, lemon, apples skins, cobwebs, wheaty malts, again, minor acidic notes, but nothing too tart or overbearing. Light-medium body, and decently drinkable, I just really don't like the oak/wood quality in this beer; I think it clashes with the other flavors too much. After having the Classic Gueuze first, I definitely liked this one better than that. I've had the Classic before, but it was nice to be able to compare these two back to back.
11-06-2012 02:37:04 | More by Rifugium
3.43/5 rDev -23.6%
,From my humble beginnings thinking hoegarden was the best beer in the world, to today when i proudly proclaim my beer snobbishness to all those who will listen, i stand at at the pinnacle of my beer existence. Lou pepe gueze! Being an absolute sour fanatic, i was quite excited to get my hands on this. Not to mention an etre gourmet order set me back a pretty penny, it was all aboard the hype train express for me. Strictly in terms of guezes, i have had the 3f oude gueze and oude gueze golden blend ( champion) and some mass produced guezes like tiquilin, marriage parfiat etc . I have also had all the RR stuff and some some cantillon lambics. Now on to the LPG . Pours clear and thin, no haze and an orange yellowy pee color. Smells crisp and with a decent gueze funkness , pretty solid there but nothing overwhelming or impressive yet.
Flavor: Huge letdown ( let it be known my expectations were sky high) it has a mild gueze flavor with some lemon notes up front, but quickly tails off and you are left with a dry, almost metallic after taste that doesnt satisfy in the least. Not a bad gueze or anything like that, but given the ratings and reputation , i was hoping for so much more. It improved slightly as it warmed up with a little more cheese , funkness, but overall very subdued and the fact that the flavor died so quickly in the mouth was quite perturbing to say the least. Shame on you cantillon. drie fonteinen oude gueze golden blend smashes this brew like barry bonds smashes a hanging curveball cira 2002
on to the next !
02-09-2013 19:41:20 | More by jsm1289
3.55/5 rDev -20.9%
Pours a pale golden colour, quite clear, with nice fluffy head, off-white, dense, sinking slowly enough but doesn't leave a great amount of lace residue behind. Not bad, but quite standard beer-look.
Smells bretty and funky, but yeah, really on the acidic side. Slight vinegar edge to it, slight raspberry aroma and some horse blanket, but mostly just sour. Am tempted to mark it down for the simplicity, but the fact is I like it, and am willing to give it the benefit of the doubt at this stage.
Taste is also very sour and funky. Has a slight grainy sweetness upfront that gets quite - actually make that extremely - sour and bitey early on. Lots of vinegar astringency that grows to a slight organic barnyard character on top of that, but it still retains that acidic, almost bitter, bite. I don't hate it of course, but still it seems like there's very little to this, like it's the basic 'let's infect the shit out of this' on an otherwise very simple base recipe.
Quite astingent, so it pulls your gums back over your teeth. Not a bad amount of substance and body to it, though.
This is such an off-putting beer to the uninitiated. I've had many beers of this style that I like, so I'm happy to sit here, drink and enjoy, but the fact is there's nothing special to really recommend this, so I almost feel like the sourness has an arrogance to it, like "if people don't like this then they're wrong and fuck them" whereas there should be more offered for 'lay' people to enjoy rather than just pure 'off', funky acidity.
05-19-2013 08:20:35 | More by laituegonflable
3.58/5 rDev -20.3%
I can take a geuze, some are sweeter, some more mellow. I was expecting the mellow with complexity, based on what I heard, based on the rating. What I got, and important this was a 2000 Vintage, was an absolutely sour geuze, with some edge taken off. Its lemony with some ginger. From fruit peaks out, but its sour and while I finished 2/3 of a litre, I could not tolerate the entire bomber. Perhaps I did not get off to a great start with mold on top of the cap, and into the initial aroma.
10-21-2007 01:27:21 | More by Sammy
3.58/5 rDev -20.3%
Vintage 750ml bottle from 2006 on 12/7/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.
A - Clear golden body with no carbonation and sparse bubbly white head that quickly disappeared.
S - The extremely pungent nose reeks of toejam/feet and earwax with a heavy band-aid character and vinous notes. Reminds me of grape skins soaked in alcohol after being crushed by someone with bromidrosis (although us regular folks know this exquisite little inconvenience by the name of Stinkfoot).
T - Kicks off with a very tart sour grape character with an equally apparent band-aid quality, which segues into a distinct barnyard/farm animal character with horseblanket, funky dung, some oaky astringency and woody notes. While bitterness is virtually non-existent, the lack thereof is replaced by extreme sourness.
M - Very modestly carbonated with a light syrupy texture and very tart and sour on the palate. However, Lou Pepe is not prickly on the tongue at all.
D - Extremely pungent and tart with enough barnyard notes to make even the cows perk up and take notice. This is definitely over the top but still retains some semblance of drinkability in the process.
12-29-2009 15:26:59 | More by ffejherb
3.68/5 rDev -18%
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 its 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. Its not big enough, ballsy enough, nor sour enough. Still, I feel lucky to have tried it.
05-21-2006 02:17:33 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.68/5 rDev -18%
07 bottle into tulip.
Dark murky gold in color. Nice white bubbles with some spotty lace.
Smells HUGELY oaky with a deep musky funk.
The taste is nice-- oaky and funky with a good sour bite to it. Some light citrus notes hide in here, but the big oaky funk is lo is the best.
Feel is a bit medium and syrupy. Feels like it could use more carbonation.
Overall-- I'll take the classic gueuze over this one. This is not bad, but is the least best of the Lou Pepe series.
Fun to try, nonetheless.
11-20-2011 01:35:56 | More by AleWatcher
3.68/5 rDev -18%
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.
10-13-2011 02:19:17 | More by amphion1065
3.71/5 rDev -17.4%
2009 Vingate. 750 ml bottled 27th December 2011. Served in a stemmed Cantillon lambic glass
Appearance: Pours a bright golden color with a thin film coating that dissipates quickly to a thin white color. Body is lightly hazy with light visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass.
Smell: Vinegar, tart green apple, white grape, light barnyard and a hint of oak. Overall aroma strength is pretty weak.
Taste: Moderate sourness/acidity, more vinegar than lactic. Flavors follow the aroma with white grape and green apple being most prominent. Additional notes of oak (stronger than in the aroma) and slightly herbal.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, somewhat thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is low but adequate. Finishes tart and dry with a very mild bitterness.
Overall: I'm a huge Cantillon fan and their regular gueuze is one of my favorites, so I had very high expectations coming into this. With that being said, I was definitely disappointed in this one. It's a good gueuze for sure, but doesn't live up to it's hype or up to the standard of other Cantillon beers.
09-11-2013 01:59:53 | More by Jonada
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
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