Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.38/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
07-15-2014 01:00:08 | More by vfgccp
4.05/5 rDev -9.8%
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?).
09-28-2004 19:48:56 | More by stcules
4.2/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
06-01-2010 22:51:42 | More by gford217
4.33/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
01-11-2011 19:01:10 | More by Gobzilla
3.55/5 rDev -20.9%
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.
05-19-2013 08:20:35 | More by laituegonflable
4.5/5 rDev +0.2%
Cantillon - Lou Pepe Gueuze "1999 Vintage Real Gueuze". 2 three year old blends of lambic are blended together yet again to make this semi-rare offering from Cantillon. 750ml green glass bottle, purchased from Steelgarden for about $15+US. This gueuze is a dark golden colour with a lovely effervecence and quite a head of white foam. The aromas are of dead skunk, funky drunk, horny monk, scared skunk, a hostel bunk, and some junk in my trunk. The taste follows through with a blast of traditional gueuze lambic tartness and all the traditional farmyard flavors. Their is a dry fruitiness that makes this gueuze very fruity, without having any fruit in it. The mouthfeel is quite acidic, tart and sharp, just as a good gueuze should be. The only flaw this lambic has, IMO, is its softness. Compared to an unaged or aged sample of Cantillons 100% gueuze lambic, this lou pepe gueuze just isn't as sharp, tart, or enamel stripping as Cantillons flagship is. Still, this is a a classic gueuze with a wonderful drinkability!
12-01-2003 01:34:20 | More by francisweizen
4.83/5 rDev +7.6%
Gueuze 2000 Vintage:
Presentation: Spied this during a beer store tour with my good mate Davo, so I immediately picked up this beauty. Cost me all of $15 whilst in NYC back in May what a steal. The typical 750ml Cantillon green glass bottle comes with a cork/crown cap, all covered in a thick black foil that covers the slender neck. Lots of rust once the foil is removed, the crown cap was badly corroded, but the cork was in perfect condition once I cleaned up the rusty mess. The main obverse label has a picture of the area around the Mannekin Piss statute, which is also the view seen from the Poechenellekelder as it happens. A small oval sticker above the main obverse label lists this as Gueuze 2000, but the cork has a bottled date of 2002. The Lou Pepe range was created to mark the handing over of Brewster activities at Cantillon from father (Jean-Pierre) to son (Jean). The reverse label states that the best casks of 3 year old lambics are blended together, I also know that the absence of a young lambic means that it has to be re-energized with sugar. However, a little math on the label (2000) and cork (2002) dates does not substantiate the labels claim that this is a blend of 3 year old lambics, so maybe I have a blend of 2 two year old lambics? Who knows?
Appearance: Lovely fresh slightly hazy lemon body with a peachy golden hue. Massive head on the pour has a loud audible fizz as it slowly collapses down on itself. The huge head is simply stunning, effervescing all the time whilst it rescinds into a bubbled mass filled with cavities it laces the sides of my Cantillon Gueuze Tumbler. Minimal carbonation with trace conditioning.
Nose: Aaahh, a cumly gorgeous acidic nose that has lemons and pith in it. Mellow acidity for a Cantillon yet it still has enough to shrink your testicles when deeply inhaled.
Taste: Lovely sour acidic beginning that builds into a lemony middle. Full of lambic surprise it exhibits the bite of a Gueuze but retains some fresh lambic character that somehow gives this offering a grown up feel. Incredibly dry, astringent finish, but a tad more mature and mellow than the usual 1-2-3 year old lambic blend and certainly not as sour. Deliciously educated and a very impressive 'Gueuze', of sorts.
Mouthfeel: Fantastic medium body with a wholesome feel. The saliva stripping dryness of this can leave you gasping and wanting more. Much more.
Drinkability: Its a hot sticky night in Long Beach, and this is the perfect solution. This is sooo fing drinkable, I always find lambics and gueuze quaffable but the mellow nature to this one makes it an attractive session beer. I always try to savor traditional lambics when I get chance to try them, but I am not ashamed to say that I found myself quite literally pounding this one.
Overall: Has a more refined character and is a little mellower that the usual Gueuze but this has real class and is sheer brilliance.
Superb!! Another winner from the Masters at Cantillon.
08-29-2004 06:44:55 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.4/5 rDev -2%
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.
05-04-2011 00:37:25 | More by sweemzander
4.4/5 rDev -2%
750ml bottle, 2005 sticker, into a Gueuze glass at Delirium Café.
A: Clear amber body with a 3/4" head of frothy white foam. Ok retention, no lace. Nice, but not great.
S: Very delicate aroma of citrus, dry hay, oak, vanilla, grape skin, and garden flowers. Quite complex and enjoyable, although not quite as funky as I was expecting.
T: Starts out tart, with lemon + grapefruit zest leading to apples and flowers; some malt give substance toward the end, and it finishes with some earthy, grassy funk. Very long, dry finish. Superb.
M: Medium to full body, moderate, super-fine carbonation. Perfect.
O: This one really grew on me as I worked my way through the glass; at first I was a little disappointed in its lack of intensity (especially for a Cantillon), but the more time I spent with it the more I was impressed by its profound complexity and delicacy. Well worth the 18 euro price tag.
06-24-2011 03:13:16 | More by woosterbill
4.43/5 rDev -1.3%
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
01-25-2009 02:02:02 | More by ArrogantB
4.4/5 rDev -2%
1781st Review on BA
Bottle to Tumbler & Wine Glass
750 Cork and Cap
App- The color of a ripe orange, consider it a golden sunset on bottom. A 1" head and fades to a couple dotted bubbles. A bit of sediment in the globe glass. More light shined in the tumbler.
Smell- This was a muted funk with some hay, cheese, wheat and barnyard. To me this wasnt as bright on the nose as some other Cantillons I have had. As this warms I got more of a cheesy, butter and hay aroma.
Taste- A fuller gueuze flavor. This had more of a thicker hay & funk flavor. A bit of citrus was there in terms of a orange rind flavor (IMO). A little sour to it. The funk is a bit of an old cheese flavor. A very full flavor and delicious as expected.
Mouth- A medium body with a slightly more medium carbonation. More full hay and cheese on the residual flavor. Not as bright or spritzy as the other Cantillons I have had. More of a sipper to relax and enjoy.
Drink- This was a fantastic gueuze. Would love to let this one sit for a while and see what happens.
04-23-2014 16:48:28 | More by FosterJM
4/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
08-17-2010 15:45:53 | More by cpetrone84
4.38/5 rDev -2.4%
This is the 2008 vintage and yeah i know its a little early to be cracking it but after today i thought i deserve it plus i always like comparing beers when fresh compared to aged and it pours a hazy apricot hue which leaves a wispy one finger head that doesnt stay long and not much lacing either,the smell is parmesan cheese,white grapes,vinegar and wet hay,the mouthfeel is medium bodied,zesty and bone dry and has nice tastes of Sav Blanc grapes,lemon zest,a touch of tangerines and finished with a funky sour dryness that makes you want another sip straight away and overal without doubt this has to be one of the top versions of this style fresh or aged as this brew will definately hold for the 20years it says it will on the back label and thoroughly recommend you try cheers.
12-18-2011 15:53:06 | More by ADZA
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
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