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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 794
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.24%
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-01-2003

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cantillon Lou Pepe "Gueuze" | 750 ml. | 2006 vintage | 5.0% ABV

Brewer: Brasserie Cantillon
Style: Gueuze
Glass: Oversized wine glass

Appearance:
A hazy sunset-red miasma, bubbling and frothing ever so slightly.

Aroma:
Apricots, pears and raspberry meld into a delicate and slightly acidic medley of aromas. There is a noticeable earthy funk in the background.

Taste:
Vinegary and incredibly tart. My mouth puckers uncontrollably while my features contort in a grimace. After the initial shock, light, sugar-coated pears and green apples make an entrance. The finish is dry, oaky and a touch tart. The barrel character is strong. The barnyard funk is quite prevalent towards the end.

Mouthfeel:
Light and refreshing, though with dry, oaky tannins and moderate carbonation

Harmony:
The tartness is certainly a feature of the style, however I would allow the bottle to age the suggested 10-20 years before having another go at it. Hopefully, it would mellow out a bit.

Produced in: 2006 (4 years ago)
Bottled in: Feb. 2008 (2 years ago)
Price = $23.00 at Whole Foods Bowery

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see more Cantillon on shelves around anchorage. Purchased at La Bodega. 2006 vintage.

Pours a clear yellow with a slight peachy tint to it and a nice white head that quickly reduces to a ring around the glass and leaves little lacing.

Nose is full of lactic action and some sharp lemony notes. A bit of horse blanket and some very slight spice as well.

Taste is quite nice. A smooth drinking gueuze with moderate to high sourness. Lemon zest and some light green apples appear. Very lactic and the oak is noticeable. A good blend. Very dry finish and the oak lingers on quite a bit on the aftertaste, along with those green apples. There is a tiny touch of a spice like character in here, but its very slight, and can probably be atributed to the barrels.

Mouthfeel is good, but the carbonation is a bit lower than it should be for the style. Love the dryness.

Drinkability is quite solid. A very easy drinking gueuze with a refreshing tartness rather than abrasive lactic face-banging sour. As fun as those are sometimes, a nice moderate to high tartness is nice when ive got a 750 to myself and am out of Zantac.

Overall this is yet another winner from Cantillon and Lou Pepe. A refreshing and tasty queuze that totally defines the style. I am excited to see how my other bottles do in a decade or so. A fine beer.

Photo of gushov
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Complex, funky, lip smackingly tart and delicious.

This gueuze is a slightly hazy pale golden color with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma matches the taste with notes of horse blanket, grapefruit and tart candy. The beer is light bodied and well carbonated with a dry finish.

The tart sourness of this beer is upfront all the way through, but just behind it is a complex barny horsey funkyness that seems to evolve with every sip.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great sour beer with multiple levels of complexity, variations, and balance.

The beer begins with a must, russet scent of white wine fruits, red wine vinous, woods of oak and cork, cidery notes weaving in and out of a tart vinegar and under ripened cherry aroma. Still, a light bready-malty note shines through and saves the scent from a sour-only nose.

A classic strong straw hue gives golden highlights that again remind me of apple cider. A moderate haze gives a whimsical and cloudy glow. The carbonation releases an effervescent and foamy head that struggles to retain. No real lacing or legging on the glass. No exactly the most appealing beer to the eye but fairly normal for the style.

Very tart and sour flavors intermingle with one another with varying levels of intensity. Peaches, pears, apricots, lemons, limes, cherries, berries, crabapples, and pineapples give a lot of fruity chaos to accompany spicy white pepper, bitter hops, and astringent woods. Tastes of white wines (chardonnays) and textures of reds (merlots) decorate the beer well.

Sour up front but as my senses become accustomed to the beer, the mouthfeel turns pleasantly tart and float seamlessly on top of the supporting malt softness. Clean, crisp, and refreshing in the finish with a lingering lemony, bready memory.

A great sour that isn't all about the sour.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage shared by newtonty.

Poured chilled into a wine glass. Appear like an English pale ale does - a mildly cloudy apricot in color with a small skimming of an off-white head.

Even served chilled, there's a very big and sour nose on this one. I get a vinegar quality mixed in with the barn and the "barn" is big in this one. I get lots of oak, as well.

Oak is a big quality in the mix with sour and the barn. Earth, dirt and mustiness are the best ways I can describe the barn quality.

Great mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. As always, amazingly unique and interesting.

Photo of lpayette
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005 bottling. Purchased at Ryan and Casey in Greenfield, MA a couple of months ago for $13.99.

A- Golden orange. Bright white head.

S- mostly sour. some near vinegar notes.

T- I'm not the biggest sour drinker, but this one seems to be a very nice balance. This is fairly mellow in the sourness, and it gains some drinkability points as your palate gets used to it.

M- Again, really this just has the perfect amount of sourness for me. It's not super intense and is rounded out by a nice smoothness.

D- I find this fairly drinkable overall, and quite drinkable for the style. I'm still trying to get used to the style to some extent as I don't have many opportunities to try sours. But I can certainly recognize that this a great beer in this style.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005 bottle, split with trep and friends during a Thanksgiving holiday beer tasting.

Pours a crystal clear, golden yellow body with a fair amount of carbonation fueling a nicely retained, bone-white head. Although I'm yet to warm up to the Gueuze style, the aroma of Lou Pepe was intoxicating, with (thankfully) mellowed acetic acid, wet oak, and tart apple peel that gets balanced by a light malt presence and a trace of grassy hops.

Flavor is similar to the aroma, with a bit more sourness coming through. It's definitely not heavy on the vinegar, which I liked, and the dryness is manageable. Citrus notes of orange peel and oak linger on the finish. Body is crisp, surprisingly refreshing, and light. Overall, a fantastic brew, but I'm glad my friend footed the hefty price tag for this one ($25.99!).

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a cloudy light-medium orange with a two finger near-white head. Good retention.

S - Funk, slight vinegar, oak, and lemons.

T - Slight funk, fruity-woody, and citrus.

D - Lots of carbonation, tart, but not overly.

O - Wow, very nice. Now I see what the fuss is about.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by sweemzander. Thanks sweem! Bottle date 06 cork 08.

Golden amber hue with a rather small amount of off white head. Surprisingly modest lactic sour. More funk than sour. The mold and wet wood are very prominent. Wet straw and lemons. Flavors are much more sour. The lactic is bitingly tart with plenty of moldy wood and dirty basement. A touch of black pepper in the finish. Lightish body with mild carbonation. Overall a great gueuze. Although I was hoping for a tongue ripping sour.

Photo of rajendra82
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 2000 vintage beer came in a corked bottle with a crown cap covering it, and it was a good thing too, as the cork appeared to have dried up and shrunk in upright storage. The cap had done its job, and the beer was effervescent, clear, and Champagne like. The smell was very mature and ripe, and the aging seemed to have taken a lot of the funky edges off. The smell reminded me of fresh squeezed lemon juice or a cider made from green apples. Taste was very dry and sour with no hint of any sweetness that might have ever been present. A little bit of hay and cheddar were apparent in the taste as well. Despite all this acidity and complexity, it was smooth and refreshing, and not harsh at all. Airy and slippery with a high level of puckering feel. Easy to drink except for the steep price of admission.

Photo of MMAJYK
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Hazy, and light honey with a touch of orange. Head is 1/2" and has nice retention.

S. Very lemony and citrusy with a touch of horseblanket, cloves, and a little bit of peppercorn.

T. Zingy and sour- very funky. A little bit of wet basement, a little touch of orange and some horseblanket/farmhouse.

M. Light and thin in the mouth. Great for style.

D. To be so drastically sour its a very light, refreshing and drinkable beer.

This was shared with ATLbeerDog and Pullen. Thanks, Dan, for sharing this one with us.

Photo of brystmar
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whartontallboy for sharing! 2008 sticker date.

Until today, I'd only had Classic Gueuze, and this completely blows it away. Awesome aroma with much more complexity and depth of flavor than the regular gueuze. Stronger puckering sourness too. All in all, a much more mature lambic (in more ways than one) that I wish was more easily available.

Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, 2006 vintage, bottled in 2/2008.

Pours a hazy light golden orange with a small frothy white head that recedes to a swirl and collar quickly. Little lacing to speak of.

The aroma is fantastic and complex with apricots and pears bringing some sweetness with a bit of acidic tartness. There is an emerging earthy funk that would certainly grow over time though it currently takes a back seat to the fruits and acidity.

The taste starts out with the vinegar which puckers the mouth a bit before the light, sugar-coated pears and green apples come in. The finish is dry and very oaky with the barrel character making it's presence felt. The barnyard funk is more prevalent in the taste as well though it's still not dominant.

The mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a moderate carbonation. Lots of oaky tannins.

Another fantastic lambic from Cantillon. Super refreshing and less funky and more sweet than I was expecting.

Photo of danieelol
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice yellow-gold colour with not a lot of head.

Smell is parmesan cheese rind and lemon. Corny umami. Developing some faecal funk at this point. Some rye and soy milk. Lots of raw soy. Chocolate. Pineapple.

Taste is way more parmesan. lots of umami goodness, with some lemon. More rye/soy. Quinine.

Good mouthfeel, nice and salty and sour.

Photo of ricke
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of laintringulis
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 served in a flute glass.
Translucent amber/light orange color, moderate amount of tight carbonation, and practically no head, slight off white film.

Smells primarily of wild yeast with a mild apple cider vinegar, sour smell up underneath the yeast.

Tasts much better than the smell. Initially, it taste of mild granny smith/tart apples with a woody/oaky sweetness. It progressively gets more sour throughout the taste and finishes very dry and clean. It actually smells more sour than it tastes.

Very clean mouthfeel, not filmy. Very refreshing. Light-bodied, but not watery. Very drinkable. Easy to drink and the "simple" tastes involved are actually to it's advantage.

Photo of kennyo
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label on the bottle says 2000 vintage but the cork says bottled in 2.002, 750 ml bottle This lambic pours like Champagne with a big, soft, soapy head that doesn't last that long. Beautiful gold color, not heavily carbonated. Aroma has lemons with a kind of sugary sweetness. The aroma is very, very nice. A very clean tasting lambic, dry, a little chalky on the back of the throat, not as much sour as one expects but very drinkable I think I got a good deal, $15 at New Beer in NYC. Seen this beer from $25-$30 elsewhere.

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4.24/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
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