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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

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699 Ratings
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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 7.56%
Wants: 979
Gots: 165 | FT: 17
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-01-2003)
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Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev -8.2%

2007 sticker 2009 cork date. It's always fun to pop open a new gueuze from Cantillon because if you love lambics and gueuze, you know you'll be somewhere on the scale between good and completely awesome. Unfortunately this time this beer was just good to me. :(

Beer was quite heady, forcing the cork out of the bottle with little encouragement. Beer is yellow and pretty clear, the head falls away leaving some lacing on the glass but not much. Carbonation is moderate, the head falls away eventually. Looks good.

Aroma is milder than I was expecting. Its sulfury and slightly funky with some lactic and very mild acetic notes.

Beer is thin and moderately carbonated in the mouth. Its mildly acidic, mildly citric and lactic is the winner here. This is some oakiness and funk to it. Its not as good as the classic gueuze, which I suppose I should be happy about since this beer is more expensive and harder to get but I was just expecting more. The comparison of the Lou Pepe Kriek and the 100% Kriek lambic is nearly universally agreed that the Lou Pepe is much much better. This beer, in my opinion, does not improve from the base. Still, its a good gueuze and another good beer from Cantillon.

drabmuh, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

StonedTrippin, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -26.7%

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.

Rifugium, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a bottle into a flute. I had this at the bottle funk even at Teresa's Next Door.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with an orange tint. There is a little pink that shows up in the light. Hardly any carbonation at all.

Smell: Herbal funk with sour lemon and a mild sweetness.

Taste: Unbelievably smooth. Very sour but I wouldn't call it harsh. Lemon with bitter aged hops. One of the best gueuzes I have had the pleasure to taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mild amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was so smooth my wife enjoyed it, and she hates sour beer. Just awesome.

oline73, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%

Bought a bottle of this at Pizzeria Paradiso tonight. 2008 vintage, 750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

a - Pour a somewhat transparent bright yellow color with one inch of fluffy white head and low carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of funky cheese, oak, tart fruity malts, citrus hops, earthy notes. Super funky and cheesey, really great.

t - Tastes of funky cheese, sour fruits, oak, citrus hops, floral hops, earthy notes, light must, acedic notes, barnyard funk. Again, super funky, really awesome.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink beer.

o - Overall this is a fantastic gueuze and an improvement on the Classic Gueuze, which is one of my all time favorites. Another winner in the Lou Pepe series, I think I would rank this very slightly behind the LP Kriek and in front of the LP Framboise. Super funky and cheesey, would love to get some bottles of this one.

mdfb79, Mar 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

mendvicdog, Mar 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%

Bottled 2001, Sampled January 2004:
Pours a semi-hazy gold color and is topped by a white head. Sour citrus aromas emanate immediately from my glass. These aromas are accompanied by notes of musty mushrooms and urea. A very tart first sip; my lips pucker and it feels like my cheeks have turned inside out. Ah yes this is going to be a good Cantillon offering.

Fairly low carbonation for a Gueuze, though strictly speaking this is not one, as it only has three year old Lambic in it. This is quite lemony and not as funky as some Lambic derivations. The brettanomyces character is pretty subdued, but there are definite musty-leathery notes here. A bit of vinegar adds to the acidity. The beer finishes with a slight tannic astringency, which seems fairly typical. My only complaint is that perhaps this bottle could have used a bit more complexity. The good/ variable thing about Lambic is that the next bottle is likely to be quite a bit different, so perhaps my complexity is hidden in the next bottle.

Gueuzedude, Jan 15, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

beernads, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev 0%

imperialking, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +11.1%

corby112, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

weeare138, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

lacqueredmouse, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%

Decided to split a bottle of '04 with foofaa at Monk's Cafe. At $45 a bit pricey but very much worth it.

A - Pours murky orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of lots of horse blanket funk, green apples, a touch of lemon zest, and some light sourness. This one is a bit subdued but it is still quite enjoyable.

T - Starts off with a big dose of strong horse blanket funk slowly giving way to a mix of bright sourness, apples, lemons, and some damp earth. The finish is dry with a nice amount of pucker, lingering on the pallet for some time. The flavors are all there, although some of them are a little to light for my liking.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, funky, feel that lingers long after the finish. It remains light, allowing you to drink quite a bit of it before it begins to wear on you.

O - Other than the Armand Lente this was my favorite beer of the day. The balance of funk and fruit was spot on and I had no problem putting back my half a bottle. Worth every penny.

orangesol, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of tempest
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%

Label reads 2006, corks says bottled in 2008. Aside from dates, the bottle is in French and Dutch as it was brought back from the Netherlands. I've been having a fair number of amazing oude gueuzes lately, and this hits all the marks, but goes just a little deeper. Yes, there's the sharp lemon-lime juice sour/acidic tang that pulls at the back of your jaw. There's the toasted oak, but also with a hint of ash and pepper. And then I also taste a not inappropriately cheesey funk like you'd get from a nice, fatty blue cheese. What else? Mmmmm, there's a light fresh garden herb and celery note, dry white grape, and wheat cracker. God damn this beer is amazing.

UPDATE 6/14/10: Had a bottle from 2005. The tartness was a little more smooth, but it was no less divine to drink.

tempest, May 18, 2009
Photo of wl0307
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%

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~~

wl0307, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of stakem
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%

'08 into a matching Cantillon tumbler. The brew appears a hazed golden yellow color with a firm finger of yellowish tan head. The cap is composed of rather large bubbles and fades fairly quickly. However, it maintains a thin film across the top from constantly rising bubbles of carbonation. A swirl agitates more bubbles out of solution and paints a bit of spotty lacing on the glass.

The nose is pretty fantastic on this with tropical suggestions of fruit playing all around the classic cantillon funk. Hints of grapefruit and pineapple interplay nicely with some wet hay, cardboard, must, cheese and moist cork/oak. There is a dampness about this brew's nose that lingers around but as soon as you try and hone in on it, it dissolves away into the fruit citrus aspects that once warm are a bit lemony.

The taste is tart with rindy elements of grapefruit juice and lemon zest before the funk comes into play. Moist oak, mildew, straw, sharp blue cheese and a bit of must. Mid palate there is a hint of melon flavor that really does a nice job balancing out the acidity of this. Towards the backend, there is a bit more grain inclusion than I ever remember tasting in this brew during previous experiences. However, it all plays together nice and forms a beautifully balanced geuze. As the brew goes beyond ideal temperature, a bit of mineral earthy edge comes out that is almost meaty (i dont know how else to describe it) with some more focus on stinky footy cheese.

This is medium bodied with a modest amount of lively carbonation. It is complex, refreshing and easy drinking with seemingly no alcohol impact. I am going to venture a guess and say this is about the 4th or 5th time I have had lou pepe geuze between the 05 and 08 vintage. I shit you not, this beer tastes wildly different with every experience. This is perhaps the most fruited and zesty iteration of any cantillon I have had. I hope my other bottles are like this!

stakem, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

Georgiabeer, Apr 19, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

drewone, Feb 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

duceswild, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of mothman
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%

08 vintage thanks to Chris

Pours a white head. Fades to a ring. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: sour and funky. A nice amount of fruit. Cantelop and lemon zest. Cobweb and basement musk. Reminds me of classic.

Taste: more fruit flavored up front. Lemon citrus and cantelop/muskmelon. Sour and funky. Cobweb, basement must, ad some old oak.

Mouthfeel: sour and tart. Light bodies with a fine amount of carbonation. Ends very clean.

Overall, this was a lot like classic. Very drinkable and very flavorful. Amazing beer. I could drink a lot of this.

mothman, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of afsdan
5/5  rDev +11.1%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%

Thanks to Joe for breaking this out at a recent tasting, into a glass.

Grandfather Gueuze looks the part with a deep gold color with some bronze and orange highlights towards the sides. A nice cap of bright white foam that leaves some small streaks on the glass that glide down not fully sticking. Whoa, the musk on this one is undeniably old Gueuze. Big scents of oak from the longer time in the barrels, wood, lemon zest, hay, barnyard funk and sour bugs. It's really bold and that's what counts. Taste is off the charts, a deep sour that is large yet not tounge reducing. Swishing this around the mouth really does wonders. Tastes of old wet wood/oak with a blast of earthy tastes from the barn including hay. Citrus is on the lemon side with trace orange. Malted barley makes a appearence at times but don't look for it to save you from the sour attack that grandpappy is. Feel is light bodied like most gueuze, highly carbonated, fizzy and a bit scorching on the tounge after a few sips. Puckering is a understatement, a bit acetic on the end. This one is a shocker and I only wish I could find some bottles to lay down, but that ain't happening anytime soon.

BARFLYB, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%

I'm enjoying a bottle of this with my wife while watching a French art film.

2006 Vintage

A: Clear golden hue with a white foam head that fades very quickly, leaving no lacing.

S: Funk, oak, hay

T: A really nice gueuze. Insanely drinkable and enjoyable, with notes of oak, and possibly tart apples and/or lemons.

M: Not as tart as I was expecting. Very smooth feel, with a fairly low carbonation level.

D: Extremely drinkable. It would be quite easy to throw back several glasses.

Huhzubendah, Oct 07, 2010
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.