Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon
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3.58/5 rDev -20.4%
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
4.38/5 rDev -2.7%
Bottle shared during Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.
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.
03-05-2012 23:37:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.1/5 rDev -8.9%
Thanks to drabmuh for pulling this out at a recent tasting.
Pours a slightly hazed straw color with a white head and bits of lacing. Nose brigs forward a moderate amount of funk, thogh not what I generally expect from Cantillon. There does seem to be a lot going on with some hay, leather, and a bit of citrus zest. The taste doesn't quite live up as this is not nearly as multidimensional as what you typically get from Cantillon. Feel is nice and integrated. Drinks well but not as special as I had hoped.
10-06-2010 22:29:57 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
06-10-2009 16:55:35 | More by Phyl21ca
4.2/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
10-26-2009 16:09:30 | More by BEERchitect
4.53/5 rDev +0.7%
A wonderful 2005 vintage bottle. I had waited a long time to finally be able to try this one, so when given the chance to trade for it I jumped at the chance. Served chilled from the cellar, this corked, capped, and wrapped 750ml bottle was decanted into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 11/16/2008.
The pour was wonderful. The best I could have expected for sure. Rich, and bright, vibrant golden yellow in color. A large, perhaps three inch high head of white foam then came up over the top and settled down wonderfully into a one inch layer of foam that came up across the entire top of the glass. Gorgeous side glass lacing and a wonderful presence of carbonation.
The aroma was a bit lighter then I was expecting, but still tremendously good. Rich nose of tart apple vinegar, sour grapes and a touch of wet hay. Enormously complex, as it warms it comes across with a light wheat or herbal like quality and just the tiniest amount of spice prickling the nose. The flavor was more of the same. Rich notes of sour and biting vinegar flavor coming across on it right away. A little bit one sided, and not as huge as I would have wanted given the stature to which this one is held to, but still extremely solid and worth it. Light grapes and even a touch of wheat coming through mid palate, especially as it starts to warm. Mellow grassy flavors are mingling very well within the flavor now. Smooth, easy transgression with the carbonation being nearly perfect here, and a light feel that was just spot on. As for drinkability, this one is top notch; I could not have found an easier beer in the style to put down.
Overall while not my favorite sour I have ever had, it is up there. This is about as solid as they come, and priced right along with the upper echelon of beers. I would have no issue trying this again, and to be honest would be curious to see how it holds up in the even earlier vintages.
11-18-2008 03:48:19 | More by mikesgroove
4.6/5 rDev +2.2%
Thanks to Steve for sending this to me. Shared with some fellow Cantillon lovers. Lou Pepe Gueuze 2006, bottled in 2008.
A: The pour is a slightly cloudy amber color with a nice fluffy white head.
S: The nose is incredibly funky and wild. Lots of musty oak, straw, earth, and plenty of barnyard. Certainly lactic and tart, but not quite as much lemon and green apple as Classic Gueuze.
T: A lot of funk, primarily of barnyard, earth, and musty, wet oak. The tartness is present, but not super intense like other Cantillon beers. Notes of lemon, green apple, and some more oak.
M: The body is medium with a smooth, medium, rolling carbonation.
D: Like the other Lou Pepe beers, this one is really easy to drink. Not insanely sour but well balanced and nice to sit down and drink.
08-03-2010 08:21:12 | More by womencantsail
4.65/5 rDev +3.3%
2004 batch, bottled 2006. Served at 55º.
Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass, and a Boon Geuze tumbler simultaneously. In the tumbler there was a creamy cap of white foam, with a nice lively surface. I ended up decanting from the larger glass into the smaller one, producing two fingers of foam. Brilliant amber tone with very high clarity. Visible carbonation trails rise through the liquid.
Let this one breathe a little after pulling the cork. As it comes to room temperature, it has notes of musty oak, wildflower compost, wet hay, lemon zest, and spicy tamarind. Mild citric sourness in the taste, immediately seems much mellower than the Classic Gueuze. Long, dry tannic oak finish. Notes of hay, lemon, orange peel, and cheese. Velvety carbonation that gives it effervescence and incredible lightness.
This was a birthday present, so i'll be savoring the 750 all to myself ;D
11-16-2008 00:24:27 | More by emerge077
4.72/5 rDev +4.9%
2005 vintage received from Dyan, thanks man. This one concludes the Lou Pepe trinity for me.
Appearance: Wow, these old Cantillon bottles sure do have some interesting stuff growing beneath the foil... Not entirely sure what this black gunk is all over the bottleneck, but I'll just ignore it. Into my tumbler, the beer is a hazy wheat color that would probably be clearer had I given the bottle a couple of weeks to settle, but I can't be bothered. Vigorous pouring left me with about an inch of pure white foam, which retains surprisingly well for gueuze. Purdy.
Smell: Nice footy funk, damp wood, dirty socks, moldy basement, headcheese and a hint of dead raccoon.
Taste & mouthfeel: Lemony and tart, but surprisingly soft on the acidity. Flavors of green apple skin, cider vinegar, dry white wine and even a touch of tannic red wine (presumably from the barrel). Complex and well balanced, a definite sipper but very easy to drink. Gentle carbonation, enough to give it a bubbly mouthfeel but not much more. Delicious stuff, one of the best around.
12-03-2008 06:05:11 | More by largadeer
4.3/5 rDev -4.4%
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?
03-16-2011 02:26:07 | More by biboergosum
4.6/5 rDev +2.2%
A - Pours with a small, white head of foam that disappears quickly and leaves no lace. The body is a brilliantly clear, copper color.
S - Musty funk up front with some goat qualities and a bit of tropical fruit. Kind of spicy with a hint of nutmeg and clove.
T - Nice and sour up front with some wheat flavor and lots of funk. Toffee malt notes in the middle with lemony sourness. Some bitterness shows through in the finish with musty complexity and clean, lactic sourness that doesn't linger on the palate.
M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - Complex and drinkable, this is a classic gueuze. The funk is complex and the sourness is substantial, but smooth enough that it doesn't crush the palate. The malt character is noticeable and there are some complex spicy notes that make this stand out from other examples of the style. The aroma in particular is very nice, with a complex blend of musty acids that keep me raising the glass to my nose between sips just to enjoy the smell again. This is a very expensive beer, but if any beer can live up to this kind of price tag, this one does.
12-28-2009 07:57:15 | More by nickfl
4.47/5 rDev -0.7%
2004 vintage, purchased at West Lakeview Liquors a while back. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.
A - Pours with a finger of eggshell foam that dissipates to a ring and thin cap. The body is a hazy golden apricot color. Not much in the way of lacing.
S - Candi sugar, barnyard, vanilla and oak, malted wheat, tart apples, light cider vinegar, a touch of lemon. Very complex, and very enjoyable, although it was sweeter than I was expecting.
T - The taste is more in line with prototypical gueuze - white wine vinegar sourness, grapeskins, tart apples, and light oakiness. There's also some barnyard funkiness and a light tannic finish.
M - Medium-light body, a bit of zesty carbonation, and a velvety smooth body. Finishes dry with a little bit of pucker.
D - This was really easy-drinking. If it weren't so expensive I'd have it more often. Fairly balanced in the flavor dimensions associated with gueuze - sour, sweet, funky, and tart. Not sure if I prefer to Classic Gueuze, but it's on the same level for sure.
03-28-2010 05:38:06 | More by MasterSki
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
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