Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

Not Rated.
Cantillon Lou Pepe - GueuzeCantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

180 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 180
Hads: 915
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 2.99%
Wants: 1,134
Gots: 224 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-01-2003

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 180 | Hads: 915
Photo of Overlord
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aaahhhh... now this is the good stuff.

Pours a bright, effervescent luminous orange with beams of golden orange-y-ness. Two or three inches of white foam head that quickly settled down to a thin slick crust.

Smells like a child's tears mixed with forlorn and lonely puppy dog. Also, there is lemony vinegar, oak, and a nice bouquet of funky horse blanket. I can tell this is going to be sour.

And it is, but it ain't a sour bomb. The smell, again, is liquified misery with a tinge of broken dreams. More big time soury oak, woodsy vinegar lemon, a bit of green apple/pear bite, and a definite unripe vinous aftertaste. So delicious.

I'm really enjoying this, and the sourness is well balanced. (697 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into red wine glass. 2005 on sticker/2007 on cork/2008 on label. No matter what year it is, I was giddy to find this at State Line liquors in Maryland.

Pours a lightly hazy gold-orange with a fluffy, big bubbled white head that settles down to some soapy suds floating around on the surface of the beer. Has a beautiful glow to it.

Nose is perfect. Green apples and lemon, a nice layer of slightly musty horseblanket, prominent oaky vanilla, even some orangey notes in there. Very interesting - brighter, smoother, and fruitier than expected, but my mouth is already watering.

Taste is everything a gueuze is supposed to be. Lemons and green apples mingle with horseblanket and some old leather, with some dry oak coming out towards the finish. Just a bit of vinegar below 50 degrees that tends to disappear as the beer warms to around 50-55. Acidity is there but fairly light, and the finish is dry, oaky, a bit tannic.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Carbonation is there but is light and manageable, body is medium-full, dry, with a very light acidity in the back of the throat.

Drinkability is excellent - full bodied and not at all shy, but at the same time not overwhelming.

Really, an exceptional gueuze. Complex and fantastically flavorful, but at the same time very drinkable and not overwhelming or harsh in any way - really, what ever beer should try to be. (1,375 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a small, white head of foam that disappears quickly and leaves no lace. The body is a brilliantly clear, copper color.

S - Musty funk up front with some goat qualities and a bit of tropical fruit. Kind of spicy with a hint of nutmeg and clove.

T - Nice and sour up front with some wheat flavor and lots of funk. Toffee malt notes in the middle with lemony sourness. Some bitterness shows through in the finish with musty complexity and clean, lactic sourness that doesn't linger on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Complex and drinkable, this is a classic gueuze. The funk is complex and the sourness is substantial, but smooth enough that it doesn't crush the palate. The malt character is noticeable and there are some complex spicy notes that make this stand out from other examples of the style. The aroma in particular is very nice, with a complex blend of musty acids that keep me raising the glass to my nose between sips just to enjoy the smell again. This is a very expensive beer, but if any beer can live up to this kind of price tag, this one does. (1,126 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2001, purchased from the brewery directly...

Appearance: a stunning pale gold with a slight haze and a dense creamy layer of off-white foam speckled with chunks of cork (the cork would not come out so I had to shove it into the bottle instead)

Aroma: dusty malts, apple cider vinegar, hint of citrus, horse blanket, slight honey notes

Flavor: sumptuously balanced tartness with a crisply dry wheaty nuance, subtle lambic "funk", finishes dryish with a lingering acidity overlying a mild enteric bitterness

Mouthfeel: light body, spritzy but fine-beaded carbonation, crisp texture

Other comments: Wow! This is a truly amazing geuze! I bought this bottle some time in 2003 (I think) from Cantillon when I was living in Brussels. It has been stashed in my "cellar" since then. Now that I'm in England (and getting seriously bored with English ales), I decided to dig this one up again. I'm both glad and disappointed that I did. Glad because this is just a fantastic beer; disappointed because it is the only bottle I had. Oh well! That's the problem with beer, I guess, you end up drinking it. Anyway, Cantillon can sometimes be overpowering, especially to the unitiated, but this is very accessible. Would be a great "starter geuze", if you are OK with sharing it with someone who might not appreciate it! (1,330 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 batch, bottled 2006. Served at 55º.

Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass, and a Boon Geuze tumbler simultaneously. In the tumbler there was a creamy cap of white foam, with a nice lively surface. I ended up decanting from the larger glass into the smaller one, producing two fingers of foam. Brilliant amber tone with very high clarity. Visible carbonation trails rise through the liquid.

Let this one breathe a little after pulling the cork. As it comes to room temperature, it has notes of musty oak, wildflower compost, wet hay, lemon zest, and spicy tamarind. Mild citric sourness in the taste, immediately seems much mellower than the Classic Gueuze. Long, dry tannic oak finish. Notes of hay, lemon, orange peel, and cheese. Velvety carbonation that gives it effervescence and incredible lightness.

This was a birthday present, so i'll be savoring the 750 all to myself ;D (891 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2002 bottling, courtesy of Goodbyeohio. Thanks for the amazing Christmas (last year) present, buddy! Split with my girlfriend, poured into matching Cantillon goblets.
The cork is dated 2004, so I'm guessing they aged this at the brewery? Clear, pale peach. Respectable collar of tight, white foamage. Incredibly fine bubbled. Actually laces on the glass pretty well, which I find unusual for a lambic. Nice and funky aroma. Pungent crabapple, stilton and aged swiss cheese, and bottom-of-the-haybale funkiness. Very acidic, with a citrus tint. The flavor opens with softened, silky carbonation. Really, really nice. The beer just glides along on microscopic bubbles. Almost immediately tart, with little to no sweetness. Mostly a cheesy kind of funk, with heaps of lemon juice and wild crabapple. Definite bleu cheese going on here. Moldy and dank. Just about everything including the kitchen sink going on in here. Almost gamey at times, then a bit of sweetness can be detected. Lots going on here. So dry it could be called arid, stripping my palate of any and all moisture. Very sharp, though in a more refined way than the regular Cantillon Gueuze. Nicely aged, with a very elegant, urbane feel. If you believe any wine can compete with this kind of complexity, I've got a bridge I'll sell to you for a real bargain! (1,321 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2001 vintage. Thanks to SheepNutz for sharing this gem with us. The beer poured an orange color with a slight ring over top. The nose was awesome. Full of lemoney acidic tones with the tartness and sour grapey notes as well. I had the Cuvee Renee recently, and this Cantillon was much more balanced and subdued. The flavor was much the same. All the sour, acid and tart I want from a gueuze, but without the overpowering pucker. The flavors lingered long as well, but not in a bad way. The feel was moderate with just a slight carbontion. The finish was very dry, sucking the moisture from my mouth. Very easy drinking and smooth. Even though the finish was dry, it was very refreshing. Another fine offering from Cantillon. (724 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage received from Dyan, thanks man. This one concludes the Lou Pepe trinity for me.

Appearance: Wow, these old Cantillon bottles sure do have some interesting stuff growing beneath the foil... Not entirely sure what this black gunk is all over the bottleneck, but I'll just ignore it. Into my tumbler, the beer is a hazy wheat color that would probably be clearer had I given the bottle a couple of weeks to settle, but I can't be bothered. Vigorous pouring left me with about an inch of pure white foam, which retains surprisingly well for gueuze. Purdy.

Smell: Nice footy funk, damp wood, dirty socks, moldy basement, headcheese and a hint of dead raccoon.

Taste & mouthfeel: Lemony and tart, but surprisingly soft on the acidity. Flavors of green apple skin, cider vinegar, dry white wine and even a touch of tannic red wine (presumably from the barrel). Complex and well balanced, a definite sipper but very easy to drink. Gentle carbonation, enough to give it a bubbly mouthfeel but not much more. Delicious stuff, one of the best around. (1,055 characters)

Photo of henskejk
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - light orange color with very thin white head

S - very tart smelling with a little bit of wood and earthiness on the background

T - tart in the front that fades into a bit of sweetness and woody flavor but ends tart yet again

M - light bodied and well carbonated but also pretty smooth

O - fantastic beer very interesting and very enjoyable. Very complex flavor that i'm sure I didn't do justice in this review (417 characters)

Photo of Sephiroth
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Label says bottled in 2001. Cork says bottled in 2003. Cork comes off with no pop, but the beer is carbonated just fine. Body is a clear, straw color. Smells of barnyard/horseblanket, and some sweet malt. Sourness is there too.

Tastes more sour than it smells, doesn't seem as acidic as some other Gueuzes I've had. Sweet and sour, sour apples, and plenty dirty as well. Mouthfeel is fantastic, lively and coating. I will have no problem finishing this 750, I'm going to pair it with rare, pan-seared, oven finished filet mignon in about forty-five minutes, I'll update my review. I've had success in the past with Cantillon and filet. (639 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (1,237 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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. (365 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a 750 ml green bottle, corked and capped, 2007 edition. Pours of a cloudy pale honey wheat hue, thin splash of large bubbled white head.

As far as aroma goes this is one of the most appealing and enticing wild Belgian ales I have ever come across. Acidic, yet rounded rather than sharp. Layers of citrus rind, lemon, tangerine, pomelo and some very mild light spice.

Absolutely gorgeous flavour as well, I really didn't know what to expect going into this and it has blown my mind. Intense citric acidity at first that rounds out to a tame smoothness in the middle, with mildly tart finish. I'm speechless to actually do this stuff justice, it is fucking amazing. I never thought I'd enjoy a gueuze as much as this.

Light mouthfeel, low carbonation, some stickiness on the finish, and it starts to coat the palate after a while.

Highly recommended if you can get your hands on it, this is one of those beers definitey trying at least once, and even more than that if you can afford it. An incredible example of craftsmanship when it comes to blending lambics. (1,068 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Corked and capped bottle of 2003 lou pepe. Aged in good conditions. It forms a loose head that is really not a factor as it fades to a pinkish outer ring. No lace. Golden body with a few rolling bubbles.

This is an outstanding offering. Funk? you bet but its not as pronounced or raw as other gueze's. In fact to me this has a refined taste to it that is not as raw or funky as most but most definately more complex. Tart? not really man. Very hard brew to explain as it cracks the mold in some ways as its smooth and easy drinking. Sipping may be the best approach as it changes as it warms. This has some vinous character to it and has a nice drying finish with some lingering brett. My personal feeling is this is better cold. I tried it from 45-60 and it was much more lively, fruity and fresh tasting cold. As it warmed it lost the body and all of the fruit presence as mild as it was.

Notes: Disclaimer, I'm a HUGE gueze fan. This is up there with the finest I've had. Blending in older lambics is the greatest invention ever. You might say what about internet? Mass production? the wheel? Nope, its blending lambics. Yummmm (1,137 characters)

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 rye726
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very nice gueze from Cantillon. Pours a light cedar with a silky tan head. The nose has tart fruits, musty funk, oak, manure, wet soil and white wine making grapes. Taste has sour citrus up front followed by the musky funk and a sweet candy malt presence. Oak and wine grapes again finish it off. Crisp body with delicate carbonation and a dry acidic finish. Great stuff from Cantillon. (386 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%

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. (730 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 eric5bellies
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 (sticker) Vintage poured into a Geuze style glass.

A - Pours a hazy gold/orange colour with a nice White head that stays around and laces the glass.

S - Nice parmesan like aroma with green grape acidity and peat like aromas

T - Top class flavous that are vineous witha little spritzy sweetness to even it out. Also nice peat like flavours that are complimented with sour peach and melon.

M - Lowish carbonantion and low to medium body that is just about perfection.

O - Best Geuze that I have had to date. The balance between the flavours is just magic and I could drink it all day long. (597 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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: It’s a hot sticky night in Long Beach, and this is the perfect solution. This is sooo f’ing 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. (3,001 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (310 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4.82/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased at De Bier Temple in Brussels. 2006 vintage. Split with friends in London after trying the two fruit-based Lou Pepes on previous nights.

A: Pours a hazy golden apricot color with an off-white foam cap.

S: Sour, citric aromas hit the nose first. They're followed by a complex signature of leather, tobacco, hay, horse blanket, spice, and vinegar.

T: Starts off with a puckering lemon sourness with an earthy rind-like quality to it. The mid-taste offers hints of peppery spice. Then the flavors become dominated by tobacco (very heavy) and leather. To a lesser extent there is a presence of horse blanket and hay. The sourness here is both lactic and acetic, adding yet another layer of complexity.

M: Dry, but not as austere as the Lou Pepe Framboise was. Just enough to sting the palate and burn the throat, but not enough to become truly uncomfortable. The right presence, in my eyes (or mouth, rather).

D: I think with this beer I finally understood and appreciated Cantillon. (1,028 characters)

Photo of alfrantzell
4.82/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2008. Thanks for opening this, womencantsail. I may not agree with your view of females and their control of boats, but I support fully your taste in lambic.

Straw colored and awash in CO2, the nose and taste of this are old wood, wild yeast byproducts, and hay that's passed through a horse. Huge mouthfeel, but soft on the palate; a gentle giant.

A singular gueuze -- one of the greats. (402 characters)

Photo of SpruceFish
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2000 vintage and cork came off with a loud pop

this is the oldest lambic i have ever had and it is well one of these most delicious things i have ever had grace my mouth

it starts out with a golden cloudy hue with off white head and there is a ring of bubbles that sticks around the entire way down the smell starts out with a blast of funk barnyard horse blanket the whole shebang then the sour kicks in apples and other fruit just delightful and the taste does not disappoint its the perfect blend of funk and sour so beautifully balanced the carb is perfect and drinks better then any sour i have ever had

what a great beer and with this much age on it, it is just divine (679 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz corked and capped bottle purchased at Berman's Wines & Spirits, Lexington, MA
2008 vintage
Bottled: 21 April 2011
Best before2031
Served in a traditional Cantillon tumbler

Upon popping the cap, a bit of liquid fizzled out the top of the bottle. This could have spelled disaster. The beer poured a nearly crystal clear, straw yellow color. A tight, creamy, bright white, two-finger head topped the body. Luckily, the seeping liquid did not signify a flat bottle. The head faded to a lasting ring of froth.

The nose was super funky and musty, yet also bright and lemony. You could sense that the critters have been active. Good amount of oak. Wheaty, dry and tart. The tartness however was offset by a mild sweetness. Overall, very smooth and pleasant. Exceptionally well balanced. On the second pour, some of the yeast sneaked into the beer and the nose turned more powdery and dry.

The beer was remarkably flavorful, yet smooth and balanced. Crackery malts came through on the front end. Soon, however, the sourness kicked in. Super strong lemon notes. Quite tart, yet also a bit sweet. Crisp and wheaty. Moderately acidic. Must and leather notes were apparent in the center. Funky. The finish was also nicely balanced. Very lemony. A fair amount of earthy hops came through as well. Exceptional.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly rich, frothy and creamy. Super smooth and supple on the palate. Astonishingly full bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine bubbled, moderate effervescence.

Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze is one of the best spontaneously fermented beers to have ever passed my lips. Although it may not be super complex, it is immensely flavorful and astonishingly drinkable. I wish I had purchased more of these when I had the chance to do so. (1,792 characters)

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.