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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 188
Hads: 987
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 19.36%
Wants: 1,183
Gots: 235 | FT: 23
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Brasserie Cantillon
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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 tapperm
4.91/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 Vintage
L: Apple juice color
S: SOUR
T: Seriously Sour!. Jaw locking type, absolutely loved it! Citrusy, pear, oak, TART
F: Medium bodied. Decent legs on the glass and nice carbination
O: This was fantastic...nuff said

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a classic green glass 750 mL bottle with a 2011 sticker on the neck area. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5) - Fairly classic look, with a brassy golden, mostly translucent liquid with just a bit of haze on the first pour, and a bit more on the second (sorry, no lambic baskets lying around...). The body is capped by a two and a half fingers of creamy, slightly slick looking foam that is barely off-white. A few larger, sudsy-looking bubbles, but mostly composed of tight microbubbles. Retention is better than I expected, but still doesn't last long, , leaving just a few soapy wisps of lace on the glass after it recedes and some intermittent swaths of film on the surface of the liquid.

Smell (4.25) - Many of the elements of Cantillon's taste profile, but all more muted, or rather, mellowed than a gueuze containing younger lambic. Notes of oak and wet hay as well as an almost sugary sweetness that I don't recall from other Cantillon offerings. Some acidity that brings the impression of preserved lemon and there are also hints of ripe stone fruit as well. Lastly, an undercurrent of soft oak brings everything together. It's very integrated as an aroma--nothing individually jumps out, instead creating a cohesive aroma that really comes forward all at once.

Taste (4.25) - Very similar to the aroma, there is a mellowed overall characteristic to this beer that is quite unique--at least with my experience--to the style. There is a slight tartness, but it is rounded and softer containing that natural sweetness that I picked up in the aroma. I personally wish there was a bit more acidity, as there is not really any puckering factor here, but there is still some nice, musty, oaky funk characteristics and some softer fruit overtones like peach and nectarine. Really, I could see this being a great gateway "sour", as it imparts the core characteristics without melting your face off.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - A nice, light body, but with the impression of some fullness imparted by the creamy carbonation that is on the light side of moderate, not prickly or sharp at all. Some minor viscosity as well and a semi-dry finish on the tongue. All in all makes for a very easy-drinking gueuze (which seems like an oxymoron).

Overall (4.25), a delicious beer, but I have to admit I expected a bit more. I'm not even sure I would put this in my top five Cantillon beers. Perhaps it's that I prefer my gueuze to include some younger lambic for the brightness it provides, as if given a choice, I would choose the classic gueuze over this one 9 times out of 10.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: straw to golden yellow. Very mild haze. Champagne bubbles. Thin white head

S: funk. Sugar candies. Lacto. Floral citrus.

T: sour. Duh. Some oak. Lots of barrel. Some pickle juice

F: clean crisp and a bit creamy

O: quite good. My first Cantillon and Maybe a bit underwhelmed with the expectations. Still lovely

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Photo of DavidSomers
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2010 sticker bottle (2013 cork) Head to head vs. 2011 bottling 3F Golden blend. The Lou Pepe had surprisingly low carbonation relative to the GB. No head, but some moderate carbonation. But the LPG tastes sublime. Beautifully balanced and complex. Best Gueuze taste I've ever had. Enjoyment all the way to the end of the bottle. GB was great too and had slightly better mouthfeel, but slightly less drinkable than the LPG

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 sticker. 750ml bottle shared with a friend at the bar.

This beer is basically everything you could ask for in a gueuze, complete with the signature Cantillon flavor profile.

Overall, a very good beer, though not worth what it takes to acquire a bottle via retail or trade.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.81/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle. 2011 version.

A: pale and clear. Poured with 2 fingers high of head.
S: Fig. Sour notes.
T: Intense sourness. A little balsamic. Moderate bitterness. Dry.
M: Light bodied.
O: Quite sour for me, but is not too harsh.

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Photo of cbutova
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze (2010 sticker, 2013 cork). Beer review #2000. A momentous occasion and some real reflecting going on right now. Started reviewing at the ripe age of 21; 2270 days ago. What a journey it has been. I must thank my good friends and family who have gifted me some amazing beers along the way. No particular reason I picked this for #2000, it was just the bottle out of my stash that seemed up to the task.

A- Uncorked with a pool of slimy beer atop the cork and a decent pop upon opening. A fruit fly floats atop the medium golden body after the one finger puffy head dies down to a medium ring. Spotty lacing here and there as it just doesn't seem to wanna stick.

S- Musty and funky and probably somewhere in the middle of the Cantillon catalog for me as far as those qualities go. Lactic acid funky fermentation tones, musty old grapes, wet medium oak, apples, horsey barnyard straw, dried Italian meats, pungent cheese and a general wine feel throughout. Classic Cantillon bugs.

T- Much like the nose and in Cantillon vein it is a smorgasbord of funk, spontaneous microbe fermentation and old brewing tradition. Obviously a beer but fermentation feel of wine, yogurt and cheese to leave their mark on the palate. As my old reviews were here is a huge list of things I get, all of which seem to balance out very well: lemony lactic acid, a small touch of old wine that has soured into vinegar, old wet oak wood, tart apple, pale wine grapes, funky horse pasture, dirty farm basement, pungent cheese, Brett cherry pie and an herbal, floral spice perhaps from the younger yeasty part of the blend.

MF- Foamy, medium-light bodied overall feel on the palate with some creaminess and frothy textures. Carbonation is quite high still even after the cork appeared to rot into pieces in the bottle. Moderate overall sourness by Cantillon standards.

Here's to 2000 more reviews and the mystery to what #4000 will be. It feels very appropriate to have a Cantillon for this occasion and this one really is a great one. The old-world brewing tradition and how they have had a (non-self-induced) mystique about them since I have gotten into craft beer. Wondrously funky yet smooth and balanced and easy to drink. Perhaps this journey has just begun.

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Photo of dd43
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this at a beer tasting, with the amazingly good fortune of being presented with a 1999 bottling. That's right, aged for 16 years almost perfectly for Stiffler's mom.

Besides the bottle itself being beautiful, the hazy golden brilliance of this beer was just amazing to take in. Big tart aroma on the nose with just a bit of a funky yeast quality. That may have faded over time, I've never had a recent bottling of Lou Pepe to know how it compares.

Flavors are tart citrus fruit and green apple, almost a cider like quality. Not mouth puckering, but at the same time a perfect amount of astringency that other gueuzes I've had are not able to replicate.

I so want to procure other bottles of Cantillon's amazing sour beers. It is a challenge to find American made lambic style beers that stand up to this. An amazing drinking experience.

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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 Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at Cantillon a while back. Always a nice place to visit.

From a 75cl bottle into a tasting glass
Bottled 22 February 2013
Best Before 2033

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, looser looking, foamy white head with decent retention. Clear gamboge orange in color with medium levels of carbonation for the style. Head fades to a thin wisp and ring. Slight ring remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Sour lemon, funky barnyard notes and some citrus aromas on the nose. Much brighter than the musty and dank regular gueuze.

TASTE: Puckeringly sour lemon, citrus and some slightly acidic notes up front, moving into a bold and lingering finish of more lemon and sour citrus fruits, hay, some barnyard funk and acidity as well. Bright and flavorful with plenty of citrus and sourness for sure.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry and puckering. Very dry finish.

OVERALL: Good stuff all around. Found this to be much fruitier and slightly acidic compared to the dank and musty regular gueuze, which is a big plus in my book. Something I could easily polish off over an evening and one I hope to enjoy again in the near future.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
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?

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009. Drank in 2014

Appearance: pours a light orange to yellow color. a finger or more of a white and bubbly head with moderate retention and leaving behind a weak lacing. a strong haze and completely opaque.

Smell: Funk, vinegar. lemon, some grassy to mustiness.

Taste: opens up with some wheat-like malts along with some grassiness, and some mineral water. becomes much funky towards the back. full of vinegar and some lemon acidity.

Mouthfeel: strong carbonation, some sticky and earthy stuff left behind. light and not overly sour.

Overall: a solid geuze no doubt. the taste is very nice but its fairly mellow. I think it could really use a bit more sour strength or funkiness. I'd be interested in tasting a few vintages together to really get a feel for this one.

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

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 sticker.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Nice white head. Thick collar and some nice surface wisps.

Smell - Lots of citrus. Lemony. Very spritzy. Some dry grass and a bit of a metallic aroma.

Taste - Much more dynamic. The citrus is lemony and orangey. Pale malt is stronger. Very woody. Dried grass. Woody finish.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Moderate sourness. Medium light body.

Overall - My white whale. An excellent Gueuze. I think I'd take a 3F over it, but it's remarkable.

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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 JulioH
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Interesting taste.

This beer is mainly a gueuze, yet it has been flavored. It is hard to pinpoint flavors, but sour apples are present. It does not deviate much from a gueuze though. Pours a reddish beer, just like a Lou Pepe, but it does look a bit lighter as it pours. Little foam. Smell is funky. It is a light yet syrupy beer. Not very sour like other gueuzes.

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Photo of dar482
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A refreshing gueuze offering balance, along with the aggressive funk and tart of Cantillon.

Bright lemons, apricot, green apple are the tart flavors as a barnyard funk hits the middle along with white wine flavors. A mild honeyed sweetness at the end balances the beer out and cuts away from the upfront tart.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottle @ Nüetnigenough

Clear golden beer with a white head. Looks like a gueuze!

A sharp tartness to it and plenty of funk especially on the taste where this beer seems to shine. Wood, mustiness, stone fruit, grapefruit, green grape.

Perfect carbonation for the beer and ends dry.

A must try gueuze.

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

2010 vintage (2013 bottling). Teku glass.

There is some beer under the cap but over the cork that smells like an old wine cellar.

A: Pours a hazy, light golden color with a half finger of fluffy, sloppy white head. Some champagne-like bubbles. Very good retention and a few streaks of lacing.

S: A mild aroma featuring funkiness upfront, along with grass, flowers, white grape, fruit-like light orange, sugar-coated lemon, and stone fruit.

T: Funk and earthiness with straight new oak, a mild tartness, with some flowery and honey notes, and vague fruitiness. Mild tannic bitterness which is accentuated by the bone dryness.

M: Medium-light, soft carbonation and medium body.

O: Very tasty and exceedingly drinkable at 5% and with such light tartness. Among the LP versions, I think the Kriek is my favorite. This is about as good as 3F OG. Off the top of my head, I can’t distinguish this and Classic Gueuze.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, 2010 year on the sticker, poured at the Tipple's Rare and Barrel Aged Beer tasting on July 13, 2014. Nice job, guys!

Pours clear golden colored with a small white fluffy head. Aroma is of the lemon peel and mint leaf kind that I get from a lot of gueuze, some dry dusty oak, funky yeast, very nice. Flavor is pretty funky lacto sour with lemon peels, super dusty dryness, oak, some other citrus notes, hay. Excellent. Like this better than the Classic Gueuze version. Body is very light, with medium plus carbonation and super easy drinking.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage poured into Cantillon Balloon. 3 years in the cellar.

Pours a radiant gold to light bronze, clear body, light fuzzy white head that dissipates quickly. Gorgeous color to this Gueuze.

Aroma is a brilliant combination of funk, bright fruit, white wine, with hints of oak and mild gruyere. Lots of tart berries, kefir lime, and acidic peach. Almost perfection on the nose.

The palate comes through with heavier funk and earthiness than on the nose. Has a mellow floral character throughout. Lighter fruits, lime, lemon peel, crisp green apple, musky barnhouse, Riesling, sour grape mash, and nectarine/white peach acidity.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and soft carbonation for the style. Drinks pleasantly and is evidently dry and tart but not overly sour or lacking in juiciness. Phenomenal.

One of the finest I've had from Cantillon and the three years age has added a good amount of funk, quite perfect at the moment (or is it this hot weather?) As of late, this, Zomer, and Duck Duck Gooze are my favorite among the "style". Could drink this all day, everyday. Mid-palate is full of complexity while the finish is a lot cleaner. It's that clean finish that makes this so drinkable. Look forward to re-visiting this soon.

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Photo of errantnight
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome, if just a shade below the best of the best.

Soft, round, mellow, with a rich, nuanced, funky nose. Mouth is just a hair thin, and the finish a touch watery, but otherwise this has a mellow, subtly nuanced character that is endlessly drinkable.

It reminds me much more of their young lambic than it does their gueuze, and hints of paper and must around the edges make me question how well this one will actually age.

The softer acidity and high complexity make this one that I'd love to drink regularly, but as a difficult-to-land, special occasion gueuze, it doesn't necessarily bring the fireworks.

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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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4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 22FEB13, brewed in 2010

Pale orange, very clear (bottle was standing upright for 2 years), nice 1-2 finger white head that is surprisingly stable for the style and reduces to a layer, some carbonation

smells of dry old wood, apricot, hay, dried spices like herbes de Provence, definitely thyme and rosemary

taste of old wood, citric notes in the aftertaste, fruitiness reminds of peaches and apricots, tart, dry

thin, nice refreshing carbonation, some tannins

A really wonderful Gueuze. Unique Cantillon taste. Not as sour as other offerings that I had from this brewery.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.