Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 179
Hads: 908
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 2.99%
Wants: 1,125
Gots: 222 | FT: 18
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-01-2003

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a review of the 2000 Lou Pepe Gueze, which I had a few days ago. This bottle looked fine from the outside, but under the foil was the scariest cap I have ever seen- completely rusted through. It showered by counter with black and rust-red metallic dust and debris when I popped the cap and just crumbled completeely. The cork underneath was a grayish black. I feared the worst but decided to clean the top and carefully pull the cork. Luckily, it was only the top of the cork that was discolored, the remaining 4/5ths of the cork was perfectly fine and sealed the beer very well. There was a popping sound when I uncorked the beer and some not excessive foam. The beer was fine! It poured a nice somewhat cloudy dark golden into a chalice, with a surprisingly good head for its age that settled to a ring and stuck around for the duration of the beer. Just okay lacing. The smell was a little faint by now, but exhibited typical barnyard aromas, a whiff of lemon, and a hint of brie cheese. There was also an underlying acidic apple smell, sorta like a scrumpy. Not acetic, but mild and pleasant. The flavors were just wonderful. Perfectly balanced tartness (not acetic), barnyard flavors, perfectly ripe cheese, a touch of wood. Everything was seamlessly integrated and oh so smooth and subtle. This beer has been considerably mellowed by aging, not in your face at all. Extremely enjoyable. The mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, and refreshing. I could drink this all day. Wonderful to see that its still holding up. (1,520 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage on tap at Teresa's Next Door...
Appears a light, slightly hazed gold with a small, white head that quckly dissipates into a mild bubbly cap.
Smell is of funky barnyard, horseblanket, honey, earthy, musty, with hints of apple, and oaky vanilla.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with notes of nectarines, and apricots.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, effervescent, and lightly sour on the finish. (409 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After a St. Patrick's Day filled with Imperial Stouts (no Guinness, here), we figured we should hit something lighter, and when @LaitueGonflable mentioned that he'd "love something sour" there was no question about what was next.

This was the 2008 vintage, tasted in 2012.

Pours a slightly hazed, but refined golden colour, with a mild, frothy but lively head of pure white. Ah, Gueuze really is the champagne of beers, isn't it? Fine bead of carbonation and a fluid but solid body that holds its carbonation well. Looks really excellent.

Nose is classic gueuze, with refined peppery overtones, mingles with earthy aromas and a sharp plastic character. Latex rubber, slight resin, wine cork, cellar, dust. Oh, it does such a wonderful job of riffing on the classic aromas, while still maintaining its basis. Lovely.

Clear and clean on the palate, and surprisingly mellow, without the biting, oesophageally challenging acidity that marks many a Cantillon brew. Light vinous characters, with a touch of oak, some banana leaf, and a hint of pepper, but without the bite or the piquancy. Oh, it is so very refined and sophisticated. It perhaps doesn't have the intense complexity of some gueuzes, but there's something very special about the smoothness, the roundness and the clean power of it. It's just lovely.

Feel is clear and bright, with a very fine carbonation that only goes so far as to enliven the palate; never to overwhelm.

Really gorgeous beer. In fact, very near sublime. It's so smooth, and yet with all the refined haughtiness of the best gueuzes. I love that the acidity is so restrained. It makes for a less raw and powerful, but more sophisticated brew. Really, the skill that has gone into its preparation is astonishing. (1,743 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2000 vintage. Thanks for the aged Gueuze, dyan! Consumed on 11/6/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is cloudy light orange with a nice frothy two finger head. Retention is excellent.

The nose is horsey Brett with notes of wet blanket and wet leather. Tart lemon peel combines with mustiness and a distinct earthiness. Low lactic character is evident as well as a dash of vinegar.

The funk in the flavor is a bit more restrained. It's lemon with earthiness, low lactic sourness, and a moderate tannic quality. Brett provides mustiness and subtle barnyard notes. The finish is tart lemon peel with a drying tannic quality and a low level of acetic character. Overall, the flavor is soft and well rounded. Sheer quality from Cantillon. (740 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2003. 750ml bottle, corked and capped. Bought at the London Drinkers 2005. Served cool in a large bulb wine glass.

A: poured a quite clear, dark golden body; the light puffy white foamy crown sustains well, then gradually wanes leaving a scarce rim on top of the lightly fizzy body.
S: salty+sweaty barn-yard mustiness and marinated star fruits mainly, with grapefruit-zests backing at the fringe where new oak barrel’s vanilla comes rather assertive as well; very deep and full of oakiness… Neither quite exciting nor complex, but the aroma is really settled and pleasant.
T: really tannic and tangy-zesty, with a metallic touch upfront…then salty fruitiness (showing hints of hawthorn-fruits) and grapefruit peels render a rather dryish palate in the aftertaste, where the tongue simply feels more and more tangy. Lots of aroma are left in the finishing touch, btw.
M&D: by Cantillon’s standard, this one is not sour or harsh at all; this is an ultra-smooth, fragrant, and mature gauze to savour. But I wonder how it has gained so much oaky influence even after so many years of aging in the bottle? It’s my cup of tea anyway! Fellow BA Greencard once mentioned that this is his all-time favourite geuze; now I can understand why~~ (1,252 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
3.87/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2009 vintage

Slightly hazy. Aromas of hay, mild lemon, and a touch of sulfur. Lightly sweet with moderate tartness and lot of minerality. Medium carbonation and medium-light body. This has been a long-term want and I'm glad to have finally gotten to try it, but overall it was a bit of a disappointment and didn't stand up to most of the rest of the Cantillon line-up, in my opinion. (384 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Identical apple juice gold body color to the standard gueuze. Thin white head has low retention and lace.

S - Dry oak, soft peach, dust, plant stem, green tea leaves. Softer, drier, dustier, and slightly more muted than the standard gueuze.

T - Wow, the flavor profile really pops compared to the standard gueuze. Bright oak, grapefruit pith, sharp lemon, touch of honey, peach ice tea, and pollen.

M - Smooth, creamy body with a medium frame.

O - Stellar. Outstanding flavor profile with a near-perfect mouthfeel. The best example of the style I've had. (564 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Poured July 2011, sticker date 2007.

Appearance is very light for a gueuze and with a massive head, never seen this much carbonation on a gueuze before. Orangeish wheat in color.

Smells of wheat, orange, lemon, funk, acid.

This tastes very unusual for a gueuze, but still very good. Lots of orange and lemon sourness, and a background flavor reminiscent of a witbier. Definitely a wheaty flavor. We all agreed this was an unusual flavor profile for a gueuze, but we all liked it quite a bit anyway.

Mouthfeel is a little off on this one, there's too much carbonation. It's odd for a gueuze to fizz in your mouth and I think it probably distracts from the flavor. The head looks awesome in the glass but isn't helping in the mouth.

Overall, a very nice beer if atypical of the style.

8.2/10 (795 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky golden orange in color with pale yellow highlights that had no head and left hardly and lacing sticking to the glass. The nose had the signature cantillon barnyard wethorse blanket bretty funk with huge oak notes some citrus and sour acidic character. A nice blast of mouthpuckering sour citrusy acidic flavors punch the palate but had some nice bretty funky oaky barrel accents. The brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, oaky, barnyard funky, sour, and mild dry finish that lingered on the taste buds. It iis really one of the best gueuzes from cantillon and one of the best overall that I've try so far. It was really tasty and drank pretty good. (703 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
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 (749 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At long last, my first Lou Pepe Cantillon. Not due to difficulty in finding them, mainly due to a combination of their high price and my cheap nature.

750mL bottle, corked and capped, 2006 vintage (with 2008 printed on the cork). The beer is light copper orange color with just a thin layer of foam, clear on the first few pours but becoming cloudier in the later ones. The aroma is unbelievable, horseblanket funk and mustiness, the nose has the promise of strong sour tartness. The taste comes through with all these flavors but isn't puckeringly sour. I can taste some light citrus flavors, maybe lemon or something similar. I don't get much from the oak barrels, maybe the wild yeast just dominate the beer too much for these nuances to come through. Overwhelmingly good, this is top shelf with no flaws that I can find. It might seem expensive ($24 in Columbus), but really it's a good value if you compare it with wild ales from Russian River or Lost Abbey. (965 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.81/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this 2006 vintage from a 22oz bottle into a Rodenbach tulip.

The beer pours a dark honey gold with about 2 finger of bubbly white head that stays for a couple minutes. It fades to a foamy head. The lacing is nice and thick.

The aroma is really light, wish it was a lot stronger. Mostly what I get is some sour horse blanker and mildew. I want some more complexity!!!

The taste is prett light as well, I taste almost nothing on the front not much in the middle and at the end a big lasting note of tartness. Again like the nose not very comples or strong.

The feel is too light and watery way to easy to drink.

For a gueze its drinkable because its not overpowering and pretty light.

Overall, I had very high hopes but I was pretty disappointed. Its good, not elite, you can probably find something more comparable for half the price. (849 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, Delirium Cafe

2006 Vintage

Pale and very clear - gueuze tumbler. Definitely a bigger layer of flavor and more sour finish than the standard gueuze. Barnyard funk, hay, citrus zest, a touch acidic, white grape skin, brett. Liked this very much - it was rainin Lou Pepe's in Brussels! (291 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage. This is confusing - the label says it's the 05, another sticker on the back says it's the '02 and YET another label says it was bottled in January of '03. And the cork? says bottled in 2007. Oh well, let's go with the 05, shall we? I'm cracking this tonight to remind myself of what a Cantillon beer is like, it's been a month since I've had one and I'm looking forward to trying some on tap in a couple of days.

A: Bring out the hazmat suit 'cos there's some foul black stuff as you pry off the cap. The cork comes out surprisingly quietly and as I pour this in my Duvel glass, an absolutely gorgeous crystal clear orange beer with a 3-finger thick white head appears. Retention is nothing special but good for the style, with some lacework being left behind. Awesome

S: Lemony barnyard funk right off the bat with some pronounced acidity. Complex and earthy with some wet hay. I'm going to go out on a limb and say this beer isn't outrageous or over the top. To my nose, it smells pretty balanced and complex, not hair-singeing like the Iris is. There are some cidery notes that come up once it warms up along with a hint of oak/vanilla sweetness.

T: It's got the characteristic Cantillon palate. Opening up with a pleasing palate-rousing lemony sourness, there is some mildly wheaty/cidery flavor that comes through, creating an illusion of sweetness. The acidity is just beautiful - the acetic character soft and gentle and makes this beer remarkably refreshing. Funk is represented with some barnyard-like flavors. Finishes long, dry, tart and with some tannic character. Wonderful.

M: Light in body in a way that almost makes me think it's watery. Surprisingly gentle carbonation, this beer is remarkably refreshing. The finish is pretty spectacular in it's length and gentleness.

D: This is hysterically drinkable. Half a bottle is gone in 15 minutes.

Notes: While I pretty much love everything Cantillon does, I wonder if the arrival of Russian River will stimulate Cantillon to do something new/different, much like Nasum reinvigorated Napalm Death. That said, I could drink this every day and not get tired of it.

*Edit 26 March 2011**
Joe brought a bottle of the 2001 vintage (bottled in 2003). Thanks, man!
The nose is beautiful, bright lemony sourness, with low tannins, low earthy funk, a more delicate and restrained gueuze. The sourness is interesting in that it has only a lemony character without the grapefruit presence. The palate is similar - all-round, there's a great lemony sourness, nice brightness, nice grassy and hay character. Nice lemon rind character. Great finish, this is a refreshing gueuze. Mellow stuff. 4.5/4.5/4.5/5/5 (2,680 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Thirtybird for this one. 2010 vintage served in a Hill Farmstead taster. Pours a golden-orange hue with a frothy, bright white head that dissipates into a sudsy slick. Clarity is semi-hazy. Nose is musty and expresses citrus zest and cork. The taste on this beer is very good, but not mind-blowing given the ratings. I get cork, citrus rind and citric acid; however, nothing really stands out. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation and a pleasant astringency. Overall, a solid gueuze but not my favorite Cantillon. Perhaps a little more time in the cellar was needed? (606 characters)

Photo of stcules
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow-oranged in color, with almost no head.
At the smell: a lot of leather, the right sourness, peppery touches, sweat. Very delicate.
In the taste, after a "light" start, in somewhat similar to a white wine, it comes out the strenghtness of this beer. Very well balanced, and very delicate. Harmonic, in all his components. There are all the characteristic notes of a Cantillon Gueuze.
The aftertaste is more pungent, more tart, but it is also fruity, and, somewhat, sweet (hints of grape?).
Excellent. (509 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Frank, Kevin, and Jeremy for this tasting!

A-pours a tangerine orange color, somewhat hazy with a little thin white head on top.

S-lots of funk up front, earthy with plenty of mushrooms, a good bit of acidity and notes of sour lemon in the back.

T-lighter funk than the nose, earth and mushrooms, lots of lemon and citrus with a good balance of acidity and tartness in the back.

M-soft feel to it, light carbonation, a little thin in the back and a semi dry and very clean finish.

D-good balance of acidity, the funk is there but it fades a little in the taste, the citrus profile is nice and the tartness is moderate and enjoyable. (651 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A massive thanks goes out to cmrillo for bringing this one out during his own 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! 2008 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Cantillon taster flute. Poured a golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, lemon rine, lemon zest, funk, sour, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, lemon rine, funk, citrus, sour, and tart. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. The Lou Pepe treatment really added a nice touch to this brew. There was a nice citrus/lemon aspect going on in this one in both the aroma and flavor. This made it really easy to drink and balanced out the sour and tart characters going on. Definitely worth trying if you have not done so. (849 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL corked & capped bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 2006 sticker vintage, bottled Dec. 19, 2008. Got this awhile ago in a trade, but cannot remember who it was from; thank you whoever you were!

(A)- Pours a clear golden orange color. Produced a small cap of off-white frothy foam. Some lace.

(S)- A nice dry earthy funk. A nice prickly acidity with some mild clay-like cheese. Some nice bits of lemon and white grape. Mildly lactic. I like how complex this gets as it warms.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. I like the dry earthy funk and lactic cheese-like characters this puts out. Not super sour, but a nice fruity acidity.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level. I like the balance of this. A good acidity with a lovely earthy funk.

(D)- I like this gueuze. It has a happy marriage of dry earthy funk and a mellow fruity acidity. The beauty of this one really is in its balance, complex profile, and restrained potency. This is a great drinking gueuze that would be great to have around to have with meals and perhaps a snack of artisan cheeses. (1,057 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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 (481 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle sealed with Cantillion pressure cap and cork.

2010 sticker bottled in 2013.

Appearance: Pale yellow bodied beer with 2 full fingers of white head that eventually drops to thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Tons of cantillion funk and light tartness. Slightly fruity and grain.

Taste: Tons of funk and oak. Light sweetness and funkiness in the background. Pears and honey with a hint of white grape and lemon. Funk is dominate, but does take away all the delicate flavors of the gueuze.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation. Soft, delicate and creamy carbonation. This drinks so easily its just silly.

Overall: This is my favorite of the Lou Pepe Series! Fram and Kriek are also amazing, but a gueuze is the perfect style for cantillion funk. I think this is far superior to cantillion classic gueuze. This beer is in my top 5 gueuze that I have tried. Cantillion LPG is not quite as good as, but gets close to 3F Lente, 3F Golden Blend, and Bullfrog Vertiable gueuze. (999 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one from the 7/27 Top Hops mini tasting! thanks to mac and justin for sharing!

vintage 08

a - murky hazy golden color with a generous white frothy head. nice lacing. chunked on the glass.

s - grassy rotten egg sour funk. some lemon really nice smell. not as pungent as the kriek we had earlier.

t - very nice gueze. good grassy elements to smooth out the sourness. lemon zest and some citrus with sour eggy funkiness.

m - crisp and refreshing.

o - overall impressivegueze. would love to try it fresher to see what the 4 years did to it, but really nice mellow and balanced gueze. (593 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev -3%
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. (938 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.57/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 vintage.

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. (1,545 characters)

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.