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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Lou Pepe - GueuzeCantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze

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540 Ratings
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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.61%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
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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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 16:06:11 | More by Georgiabeer
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 03:23:11 | More by TurdFurgison
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2004 06:44:55 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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alfrantzell

California

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 07:50:48 | More by alfrantzell
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 13:21:06 | More by eric5bellies
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SpruceFish

Burkina Faso

4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 01:47:28 | More by SpruceFish
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Arbitrator

California

4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 19:41:00 | More by Arbitrator
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marburg

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I didn't want to like this after I read up on it, in some ways, because they add candy sugar to it according to the literature on it at the brewery. But this is a damn well-crafted brew.

Aroma of homemade lemon bars sprinkled with confectioner's sugar blend with that traditionally mind-blowing tartness to truly heighten the anticipation. It sits lazily in the glass and could clearly benefit from a tad more carbonation.

At the first sip, it's noticeably different from other such products. Infinitely cleaner. The natural, yeast-driven fruit flavors are truly obvious -- lemon, apple skin, and a nutty dryness all contribute to a complex beer that's immensely enjoyable before I even get to the best part -- the puckering tartness characteristic to the style. It's almost as though they were able to just mute the sourness enough to let other flavors shine through more vibrantly and then capture that perfect moment. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2004 02:01:27 | More by marburg
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 01:55:33 | More by Damian
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putnam

Michigan

4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A stunning realization of what old Gueuze should taste like.
And this from a 2001!
Golden apricot colored with aromas of ripe, sweet lemons, buttered crust and extraordinarily savory impressions of white pepper and chicken broth (umami!)
Sour melon rind and sweet, fermented melon reside on an unctuous, full frame that hides flavors of raw, skinless almond meats and greenish crabapple with crabapple tannins. Toasty, sour and hedonistic - all at the same time.
The fizz is hardly noticable, but sufficient to provide shape and force to the very long flavors. Wow!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 18:16:04 | More by putnam
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gyllstromk

Belgium

5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What is there left to say about this beer? Gueuze is the essential beer for sour beer lovers and this is one of the essential gueuzes.

I'm reviewing a 2007 vintage.

Pours a copper with a huge head (the cork gave a huge pop). Aromas are deep citrus/orange with nice tropical notes of pineapple and a bit of characteristic lambic. The palette evokes more pineapple with a faint astringency. The high carbonation hits simultaneously with the acidity to give a crisp, refreshing pop to the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 17:25:05 | More by gyllstromk
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 bottle from Monks Cafe in philadelphia, best beer bar in the united states
My first cantillon, figured i might as well do it right
A - bartender poured it four me, good pour results in small white head that goes away fairly quick, loks almost like apple juice, but a little more opaque
S - lemon,y, barnyardy i guess is the best way to describe it
T - amazing, starts out a little les intense, btu as you dirnk ti the lemon comes out more and more, very sour tart finish,
M - easy to dirnk very crisp
O - top five beers i have ever had

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 09:53:54 | More by vicsju1991
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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
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