Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

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rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 6.9%
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Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

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

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! (1,022 characters)

Photo of mkorpal
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage bottle stored warm on a liquor store shelf for who knows how long, bought two weeks before this review. So, I can't guarantee the aging on this beer.

Deteriorating cork pulled out of bottle and poured into two New Belgium globe glasses, poured as an orange color liquid, very hazy, with a thin layer of white bubbly head. little lacing.

Smell is crazy good. An amazing balance of barnyard funk, various fruit like esters (apple, pineapple, pear and grape), and some more funk. Man, does this smell good.

Taste is more acid, and quite a bit of fruit, plus some great funk in the background. There is a meaty, steak like component to the beer. Not exactly perfect, but it's really quite interested. Very nice tasting.

Mouthfeel isn't perfect. A little too metallic. I guess that is all I'll say.

If this wasn't so much, I would drink it every day for the rest of my life. It was really quite a treat to drink. I enjoyed every sip. (946 characters)

Photo of evantwomey
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork says bottled 2007, back of the bottle says 2008, front of the bottle says 2005. I'm guessing it was brewed in 2005 and bottled in 2008. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a pale yellowish-orange, very small head which is gone almost immediately. Aroma is extremely unique- reminds me a lot of apple juice, strangely enough. Lots of citrus- tart lemon juice, orange peel. Extremely clean aroma, very little brett funk. Taste is very tart, clean, again the focus seems to be on the bright citrus flavors and almost nothing in the way of funk. Finish is sour and smooth, no harshness whatsoever like in some other examples of this style. Really digging the sourness of this one. Mouthfeel is interesting- light on the carbonation, which is actually nice since it really allows some of the other flavors to shine through.

Wow, as I am progressing through this bottle I am really starting to like this beer a lot. Stands out from any other gueuze I've tried. Will definitely seek this out again, despite its cost. (1,010 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Slightly hazed golden tangerine color with a large bubbly, foamy white head with decent retention leaving a thin layer of lace with some patches.

S - Lighter and sweeter than what I was expecting. A lot of apple along with the tart/acidic smell. Reminds me of an apple cider or apple vinegar. Some sour/tart grapes and hints of barnyard aroma.

T - Like the smell, this was a bit lighter and less sour/tart/acidic than I thought it may be. That's not to say this doesn't have those but they seem a bit more balanced when compared to the fruity flavors. Strong tart and acidic apple and pear along with a base of sour grape. Citrus and barnyard flavors come out but it isn't really all that funky compared to others in the style I have tried. On the finish there is definitely a tangy and tannic white grape kind of feel. At the very end I get a bit of a kick of wheat as well.

M - Medium body with a healthy level of carbonation. Has puckering and drying effects, but for the style this is quite smooth.

D - Very drinkable, especially for a sour. The mellow taste (compared to other sours) make this much easier to drink and drink more of it.

Notes: 2007 Gueuze, bottle on 12 October 2009. This is a fairly mellow sour with the flavors much more in an equal balance with the fruitiness. This still is a sour beer, no question. Good easy to drink sour that has a good mix of flavors and won't kill your palate or overload you with tart/sour/acidic flavors. Definitely worth a try. (1,488 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle 2008 Vintage many thanks to MrKennedy

A - 100% clear light gold, lively off white head.

S - sour, lemons, Cantillon-style.

T - surprisingly restrained and delicate, vinous, sour of course, and an odd hint of apricot (!).

M - lively, zesty, lightweight.

O - a real find in terms of drinkability. Reading the website after confrims the idea of subtle in this style and it works a treat. (397 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 Ezekiel81923
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage of the Lou-Pepe Geuze acquired at Capone's in Norristown. After sending two out as extra's in trades I wanted to finally try it myself. Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Appearance: A faded yellow/gold color, slightly hazy. It's a little tough to get any kind of foam to build up. Pouring more aggressively the second time got about a fingers worth of bubbly, spritzy head that receded quickly. Not too much lacing either.

Smell: Not as overpowering as other Geuze's I've tried. Some aroma's of cider, funk, and other herbal tones. The horse blanket funk and sour aroma is a little subdued which I like.

Taste: A little funky with some citric sour flavor. As in the aroma, it is relatively subdued. Not an overpowering sour/funk presence which allows other flavors to come out, such as a slight oak sweetness as the bottle warms and some other citric fruit, lemon flavors. An excellent balance of sour and funk and other flavors. Don't get me wrong though, it's still sour.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was ok. The medium body made this a very drinkable brew as no flavor every becomes overpowering. Lots of different flavors and funk linger on your tongue as well, even a few minutes after a sip I could still taste the lemon and the sourness.

Drinkability: High. A great, flavorful Geuze that isn't overly sour and pretty light in the stomach.

Glad I finally tried this one. Great Geuze. There's a lot more going on than just sour and funk which I like. Expensive, but definitely worth the price every now and again. (1,537 characters)

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

2005 Vintage.

Beer is dark golden with a nice, thick white head. Moderate retention and lacing.

Smell is funk city! Horse blanket scents dominate, along with yeast, wheat, hay and lemon. A bit of a sweet malty backbone. A complex scent but all tied up neatly together- very unified.

Taste is full of funk like the nose- barnyard and hay. Lemon and some other citrus flavours, perhaps a hint of apple. Crisp wheat. The beer is very dry. Tart and a bit sour, but not nearly as much as expected- assumedly balanced by the sugar. Some peppery, spicy flavours, almost like a funky, mutant saison. The finish reveals a dry fruity flavour that makes me think a bit of champagne. Very complex, very good.

Light bodied and low carbonation. Puckers the mouth.

Overall, excellent. A very nice beer. No problem finishing this bottle solo. (832 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 Parrotshake
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,164 characters)

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

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. (1,165 characters)

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

2005 Lou Pepe Guize served from vintage bottle at De Heeren van Liedekercke in Belgium.

A: Light and golden with a 2 finger white head

S: Bright pronounced lemony citrus with some light yeast, spice and a faint bit of barn yard funk.

T: Nectarine, plum skin and lemon zest. slowly growing more sour. A bit acidic in the finish with lingering sourness.

M: Starts off smooth yet crisp, then fades to a lingering pucker.

O: Smoother and less initial in your face sour than a recent standard release Cantillon gueuze. Nice last beer to end my short trip to Belgium. (566 characters)

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

This beer pours a bit darker than most gueuzes I have had. it is a reddish color no doubt from the wine barrels it was aged in. the smell is acetic funky and definite red wine notes. the flavor is sour again nice flavors from the red wine barrels, and a decent amount of funk. the mouthfeel is light puckering and well carbonated. A truly Excellent example of a Gueuze (368 characters)

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

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. (558 characters)

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

2004 vintage, purchased at West Lakeview Liquors a while back. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of eggshell foam that dissipates to a ring and thin cap. The body is a hazy golden apricot color. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Candi sugar, barnyard, vanilla and oak, malted wheat, tart apples, light cider vinegar, a touch of lemon. Very complex, and very enjoyable, although it was sweeter than I was expecting.

T - The taste is more in line with prototypical gueuze - white wine vinegar sourness, grapeskins, tart apples, and light oakiness. There's also some barnyard funkiness and a light tannic finish.

M - Medium-light body, a bit of zesty carbonation, and a velvety smooth body. Finishes dry with a little bit of pucker.

D - This was really easy-drinking. If it weren't so expensive I'd have it more often. Fairly balanced in the flavor dimensions associated with gueuze - sour, sweet, funky, and tart. Not sure if I prefer to Classic Gueuze, but it's on the same level for sure. (1,013 characters)

Photo of safaricook
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the brewery in Brussels, Belgium. Sampled that night at my youth hostel.

Websites differ, as many say that the Lou Pepe Gueuze is a blend of two different two year old lambics, while an equal amount of others say that it is a blend of two different three year old lambics. Regardless, since no young lambic was added to the blend, refermentation was started by the addition of sweet liquor.

Peach.

The aroma was soft and musty, possessing scents of apple and lemon, along with the usual gueuze like qualities.

I found this to be very mellow, not like I was expecting. Since it was older, I was expecting it to be much more harsh, dry and sour than the other gueuzes that are blended with young lambic. Just the opposite really. Don't get me wrong: this was dry as hell, but its sourness was subdued quite a bit and it wasn't harsh at all. It was very pleasant to drink, having mainly apple and lemon in the backround and notes of candy and mixed berry yogurt. (986 characters)

Photo of Axic10
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of jdklks
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (920 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 Stevedore
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle, sticker 2009, poured into a Cantillon sherry glass today, 10/4/2013. Bottle split into 4 pours. Drank this next to a 2013 Classic Geuze.

Review #274.

Pours a hazy golden colour, with an effervescent white head that disappears fairly quickly, especially compared to Classic. Retention is not high, but I suppose that's because there is no 1 year old lambic to provide the sugars that the bruxellensis need.

Smells full of lemon, zest, with lots of Cantillon earthiness and funk. Even a bit on the sweet side. I would say this smells more intense than the Classic Geuze, but with less lemon. I can't pin it down, but it has that component that the Classic Geuze and 3F Oude Geuze don't have that 3F Golden Blend does.

Flavour is quite vinous, like a nice clean chardonnay with a lot of earth and funk, Cantillon-style. It is fairly acidic on the side of vinegar, not quite heartburn-inducing but definitely sour. There is some sweetness as well. Some oak barrel rounds out the flavour.

Medium bodied, thicker bodied compared to the Classic Geuze. OK carbonation, not as crisp and refreshing as Classic Geuze but it does the job.

Very interesting take on the geuze style. I don't think this is supposed to be a classical geuze style, but rather more of a blend of 2-year old lambics. It shows here- more complex but less effervescent and refreshing than Classic Geuze. Worth trying at least once, but I would suggest that your resources are better off going towards the Lou Pepe Kriek or Framboise. (1,516 characters)

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

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. (1,009 characters)

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

Vintage 2005

So I opened this one with my family on thanksgiving. My mom and fiance turned up their noses, my dad really liked it, my brother-in-law thought it was okay, and my sister liked it well enough once she added some orange juice. That last bit made me cringe, but what the hell, its a holiday! To each her own.

Anyway, on to what really matters most, my opinion. jk

a: Typical clear, pale yellow with a short lived fizzy white head.

s: Milder than other gueuezes I've tried, but all the usual suspects are here. Acidic apple cider vinegar, earthy wheat notes, and that prickly funk I have yet to come up with an adequate adjective for.

t: Here again, this was quite approachable and very much like a dry champagne. This was not as obnoxiously acidic as I'm used to, but it was a nice change of pace. Plus I didn't get any heartburn! I've always scoffed when I've heard people suggest that gueuze is a good gateway beer for wine lovers. In this case, however, its quite true. The rotten, barnyardy qualities are very much in the backround, though they aren't completely masked.

m: This was tart and lively, though the carbonation was a little short-lived.

d: I was hesitant to buy 750ml of a beer that I was sure would give me acid reflux. I love 'em but they are painful. This was far from mild, but it was tame enough that I could have easily tackled the whole bottle myself. I am glad that I shared this one though. Definitely recommended as a gateway into sour beer. (1,485 characters)

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

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. (486 characters)

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