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Cantillon Lou Pepe - GueuzeCantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze
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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-01-2003

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08 Vintage sharred with 4 other BAs.

A- Pours a thin white head that dissipates to nothing, hazy golden brown hay color, nice bubbles coming off the bottom.
S- The aroma is rather mellow, still nice amount of sour notes coming out, some classic Cantillon funk, nice fruity notes, peach, lemon zest, musk, vinegar.
T- The taste is very similar, Nice sour funkiness, barnyard, vinegar, fruity notes, Peach, apricot, nice tartness, slightly puckering, really balanced, grape skin.
M- Medium mouth feel, dry finish, decent carbonation.
O- This beer is superb, I have yet to be let down by Cantillon, Really nice, well balanced, easy drinking, with a perfect amount of sourness and funk, I could drink this all day.

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Photo of mattsander
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage

A: Rich golden, great clarity. Pours with a bit of fizz but is mostly flat.

S: Deep brettanomyces earthiness, vinous, pears and cooked apples, a tiny bit of acidity on the nose.

T: The acidity is more apparent in flavor. Tangy oak, beautiful fruitiness ranging from pear to grape, tangerine with a twang. Everything enveloped in brett funk.

M: Low carbonation, very dry.

Complex and deeply earth, I prefer this over the golden blend gueuze from 3F.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of roblowther
4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml corked and capped. The belt and suspenders approach. A 2010 vintage. Normally I'd talk appearance first but the moment you open the bottle there is this fantastic vinegar wood sugar smell. Pouring it into the glass I get more candi sugar, lemons, apricots. Nice, nice, nice. The pour is a hazy gold with a very active head that settles into a nice creamy layer and then leaves just a hint of lacing. Taste is absolutely incredible. It starts with an orange lemon citrus flavor, then a nice chewy sour followed by a woody dryness. There is a LOT going on in this beer. The aftertaste is almost vanilla and very pleasant. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and then almost sticky. Very nice and adds to the overall feeling of substantialness. Overall, what can I say, this is definitely one of the best gueuzes I've ever had, hands down.

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Photo of Axic10
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage, bottled on January 28, 2008. Poured from bottle into a Leffe goblet.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with no head whatsoever.

Smell: Funk, sour apple. Small wine-like aroma, most likely due to the oak barrel aging.

Taste: Sour apple and funk taste off the bat, bitter lemon finish. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation and dry.

Drinkability: Drank the entire bottle myself and when it was finished, I wished I had another bottle.

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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 ark57
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1999 Vintage - A slightly different take on the gueuze. Instead of being the blend of an old and a young lambic, it is the blend of two older lambics. Because of that, I think this is a little bit more mellow than the normal traditional gueuze. It pours a clear gold with a slight orange tinit and a spitzy head that dissipates fast. The aroma is musty with some horse blanket, a sourness, and floral and honey notes. It is sour almost mouth puckering, with an almost vinegar like acidity and slight taste of apples , yeast, and some barnyard and dirt. The body is nice and light with a very dry finish.

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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 ricke
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
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

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Photo of macher0
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%

2010 Bottle.

A: Very light straw. Extremely good clarity. Fine bubble head retreats to a rim. Moderate effervescence.

S: Big sour on front and gets more sour as it opens. Notes of vinegar, light malts, straw, neutral oak, and sour yeast.

T: Once again, strong sour on the front. Notes of straw, tobacco, lemons, dust, ripe pears, and neutral oak. Strong sour yeast.

M: Very smooth, but a bit puckering. High carbonation and light body.

O: This is a big-time sour, sour. Not for the faint (non sour) hearted. This is worth the price/hassle/patience - really. Lots of stuff going on with the bacteria and wild Belgium yeast makes this top-shelf. I did get a strong vinegar smell and taste, but that comes with the territory.

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Photo of jdklks
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage

Pours a hazy light orange with a nice off white head. The smell is of citrus tart and funkiness. Many good things going on here.

The taste is likewise citrusy and tart. Very sour up front with a slight woody bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Lots of funkiness. lemon and orange peel; sour green apple. very good.

mouthfeel is light and airy, and it is very refreshing, making the drinkability great.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Label says bottled in 2001. Cork says bottled in 2003. Cork comes off with no pop, but the beer is carbonated just fine. Body is a clear, straw color. Smells of barnyard/horseblanket, and some sweet malt. Sourness is there too.

Tastes more sour than it smells, doesn't seem as acidic as some other Gueuzes I've had. Sweet and sour, sour apples, and plenty dirty as well. Mouthfeel is fantastic, lively and coating. I will have no problem finishing this 750, I'm going to pair it with rare, pan-seared, oven finished filet mignon in about forty-five minutes, I'll update my review. I've had success in the past with Cantillon and filet.

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Photo of hawks10
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage - Bottled April 21st, 2011 - 750ml green corked and capped bottle poured into my Cantillon tumbler...

Pours a clear golden orange with a thin cap of white head that recedes fairly quickly. Quite typical for a Gueuze...

Aroma leans more towards the funk than the sour, at least at first. Subtle, dry oak and musty basement with a sweet character, somewhat resembling grape soda lurking in the background...

Taste deviates a lot from the Classic Gueuze. Subtlety, as in the aroma, is the word here too. Starts off sweet and juicy, white grapes and a bit of lemon. The sweetness is quickly washed away by a ton of oak and barnyard flavors, dry with a slightly bitter earthy finish. The beer tries to become tart but just really can't quite break through the juicy sweetness and funk...

Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Taste and feel is a bit thin in the middle but overall is quite typical of a Gueuze...

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Photo of jethrodium
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 sticker 750 ml bottle generously shared by cpferris. Big thanks to Chad. Pours a clear amber with a small white head that settles to a ring. The aroma is super funky. Lots of must. Grapefruit, mushroom, forest floor. The taste is quite tart and funky. There is grapefruit, lemon, and apricot. The Finish is very tart and funky with some oak and a bit of astringency. Medium body. Low carbonation. Quite great. Possibly the funkiest beer I've had.

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Photo of scott451
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007, sampled in 2011. The corked and capped 750ml bottle was decanted into two pint glasses.

A slightly hazy gold with a thin white head which soon diminished to a thin ring.

The funky barnyard smell is there. Some subdued cherry fruit notes. Tastes include mild fruit, apple cider. Lemon dominates at first. Very smooth in the middle. Some tannins. A long tart finish with a sour twist at the end.

A light body with low carbonation. Very well melded creating a "sum is greater than the parts"effect. Less sour but more subdued and mellow than I expected. An awesome gueuse. Opens up as it warms. I could drink this all night. A great last beer of the night. Nothing can top this.

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

750ml bottle – thanks to Troy for sharing. Pours a hazy gold with little head. Aromas of funky, horse blanket and straw. Loads of lemon zest and mellowed vinegar. Flavor is a nice balance of citrus and funk, with leather and earthy notes. Not a super sour beer, but rather a nice gueuze overall and a perfect summer brew. Flavors last long on the finish and end refreshingly nice. Well done.

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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 kennyo
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of tarheels86
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL 2005 black foil thanks to Manuele at Ma Che Siete. From the basket, it pours a hazy, glowing, light orange with a fizzy white head dwindling down quickly from the acid. Aroma is massive white grapefruit, blood orange, sweet orange sorbet, peach, subtle funk. Very fresh and rich blood orange dominant. As it warms you are rewarded with mace and wet cinnamon stick. Taste is dried grapefruit, pomelo, lemon tart, lactic fattiness. Bitter white grapefruit and pomelo come in to balance the sourness, but there is just nowhere near the balance and freshness I get from 2005 Iris or Russian River Beatification. Palate is uber mouth watering, so lactic sour that it is near lacerative (I had to drink most of the bottle myself unfortunately). But in small quantities the palate is fresh, fruity, and soft. Really so beautiful. Bound to age extremely well.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage drank out of a chalice on 3/19/2016

Funky and tart, but not overly tart at all. Very refreshing and tons of crisp apple and grape flavors. Well balanced with some grassiness and nice oak as well.

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Photo of gyllstromk
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What is there left to say about this beer? Gueuze is the essential beer for sour beer lovers and this is one of the essential gueuzes.

I'm reviewing a 2007 vintage.

Pours a copper with a huge head (the cork gave a huge pop). Aromas are deep citrus/orange with nice tropical notes of pineapple and a bit of characteristic lambic. The palette evokes more pineapple with a faint astringency. The high carbonation hits simultaneously with the acidity to give a crisp, refreshing pop to the finish.

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Photo of Parrotshake
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage, bottled 2008. Clear golden colour with a very small head which recedes immediately to a ring around the glass. Audible carbonation on the pour, which is a relief after battling with a soggy cork which turned to woodchips before I hit the sweet spot and got it open. I had this shipped to me and the weather has been very wet - possibly a factor? The beer seems fine at any rate.

Expressive on the nose; mellow aged vinegar, green apple peel, a little rotten egg/sulfur and other chicken-coop smells. You really have to get your nose in there, but it is worth doing.

Taste is similar. Opens acidic with lemon pith and then breaks down much as I described the smell, with additional fleeting notes of dry leaves, muddy rubber boots, well-thumbed leatherbound books and an almost entirely imaginary berry sweetness in the finish. Do I sound pretentious? Try it sometime.

Liquer-like mouthfeel with no real hint of carbonation. Lets you know you are sipping something fine and should not overindulge, as does the vinergary burn in the back of your throat. I will have trouble finishing this 750 alone, but will feel blessed to have done so. So good.

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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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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.