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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 180
Hads: 917
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 1,139
Gots: 227 | FT: 18
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-01-2003

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Reviews: 180 | Hads: 917
Photo of AlexFields
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Poured July 2011, sticker date 2007.

Appearance is very light for a gueuze and with a massive head, never seen this much carbonation on a gueuze before. Orangeish wheat in color.

Smells of wheat, orange, lemon, funk, acid.

This tastes very unusual for a gueuze, but still very good. Lots of orange and lemon sourness, and a background flavor reminiscent of a witbier. Definitely a wheaty flavor. We all agreed this was an unusual flavor profile for a gueuze, but we all liked it quite a bit anyway.

Mouthfeel is a little off on this one, there's too much carbonation. It's odd for a gueuze to fizz in your mouth and I think it probably distracts from the flavor. The head looks awesome in the glass but isn't helping in the mouth.

Overall, a very nice beer if atypical of the style.

8.2/10 (795 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (1,247 characters)

Photo of readbaron
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage

Pours a light golden tangerine with a white foam head – maybe half a finger – that fades into a white ring.

Smells tart and funky. Acedic (lemon/citrus) sourness and a healthy dose of barnyard funkyness. Nice.

Taste is very nice – very sour (again citrus, mostly lemon), but not sharp. A soft feel to it, but still attacks the tongue and glands with sourness. Smoother than a lot of the gueuzes I've had. There's also a bit of funk and oak in the flavor, but less than the nose would indicate.

Feel is a bit flatter than I'd like. Sticky and medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall - a tasty treat, but sadly, not as good as it's easier to find brothers, Framboise and Kriek. (704 characters)

Photo of knucks999
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage. Poured very cloudy, much more so than the classic gueuze. Not overly carbonated, not much head. Very strong aroma of grapefruit acidity. Taste is much of the same, so much sweet grapefruit acidity. Very very sour, but still drinkable. Excellent beer. (264 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.09/5  rDev -6%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 2007 (bottled in 2009)

cork sucked coming out, broke into two pieces.

pours a bright slightly hazy golden yellow. very little to no head.

very sharp acidic lemon with dry oak. some old basement.

very sour. dank, dark, and acidic. loads of lemon sour apple. slight funkiness and dry oak. malt emerges a bit in the back ground towards the finish.

moderate carbonation, somewhat more on the mild side. very dry with a lingering lip puckering tartness.

good, but not as complex as i was expecting. not sure if maybe its this vintage or what. was looking for a bit more depth but regardless, would buy again. i kind of think the classic gueuze might be a bit better overall. (685 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for pulling this out at a recent tasting.

Pours a slightly hazed straw color with a white head and bits of lacing. Nose brigs forward a moderate amount of funk, thogh not what I generally expect from Cantillon. There does seem to be a lot going on with some hay, leather, and a bit of citrus zest. The taste doesn't quite live up as this is not nearly as multidimensional as what you typically get from Cantillon. Feel is nice and integrated. Drinks well but not as special as I had hoped. (508 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
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? (606 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage; bottled 4/11/11. Pours yellow in color with a soft, white head on it that settles to form a nice rim around the glass. The nose is sweet citrus, hay, lemon. Taste starts with lots of sweet sugars up front that move into more citric flavors. A little funk gets added to the mix and then tartness overtakes it. This is super sweet and sugary, which works well in the size I tasted. I think a whole bottle would induce diabetes in a normal person, however I highly recommend splitting amongst others! Another winner from the LP series. (546 characters)

Photo of craytonic
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy golden-yellow-straw with a small white head

Smell: Lemon citrus and light vinegar, bit of urea

Taste: Big lemon with some vinegar, not as much funk as I would have liked; not particularly complex. Perhaps a bit of peach/pear/apricot/green apple. I wish for more of everything - aroma, body, funk, sour, etc.

Mouthfeel: medium-light, nothing really there to enhance the body.

Drinkability: I must say, this is my least favorite of the Lou Pepe series. (484 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 sticker 2009 cork date. It's always fun to pop open a new gueuze from Cantillon because if you love lambics and gueuze, you know you'll be somewhere on the scale between good and completely awesome. Unfortunately this time this beer was just good to me. :(

Beer was quite heady, forcing the cork out of the bottle with little encouragement. Beer is yellow and pretty clear, the head falls away leaving some lacing on the glass but not much. Carbonation is moderate, the head falls away eventually. Looks good.

Aroma is milder than I was expecting. Its sulfury and slightly funky with some lactic and very mild acetic notes.

Beer is thin and moderately carbonated in the mouth. Its mildly acidic, mildly citric and lactic is the winner here. This is some oakiness and funk to it. Its not as good as the classic gueuze, which I suppose I should be happy about since this beer is more expensive and harder to get but I was just expecting more. The comparison of the Lou Pepe Kriek and the 100% Kriek lambic is nearly universally agreed that the Lou Pepe is much much better. This beer, in my opinion, does not improve from the base. Still, its a good gueuze and another good beer from Cantillon. (1,200 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2003.

Poured cloudy orange color with a large fizzy head that was lasting with good lacing. Moderate sour yeasty aroma. Medium body with a dry texture. Medium sour citrus flavor with a medium sour finish of moderated duration.

This is a standout beer. (260 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, poured into a tulip throughout the night.

Pours a still and clear hay color with a tiny bit of fizz that dissipates quickly. Tiny bubbles can be seen dancing to the top throughout the session. Nothing particularly stands out about the appearance, it's actually rather underwhelming.

Opens with pungent goat cheese and zesty lemon on the nose. Aroma could have filled the room if I weren't enjoying this while reducing some pizza sauce. Moves onto more barnyard like characteristics such as fresh straw and your typical wet horse blanket smell that a proper lambic takes on with age.

Nice cheesey funk and more of that zesty citrus on the tongue. Pretty lactic. Nothing really stands out in the flavor, It pretty much follows the nose of this beer. Earthy cheese and citrus zest, not as much funk on the tongue as there was on the nose though.

Thicker than medium body and not particularly drying on the palate, but leaves a puckering.

Good funk on the nose and a nice lactic sourness with moderate levels of funk on the palate. I'll be honest, I expected more out of this bottle. It has nice characteristics but nothing I haven't gotten out of a regular bottle of aged Cantillon Geueuze. The flavor may have been a little better in some of those tbh. Although, it is a good beer. I just wanted this to be a touch better. (1,343 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very murky hazy yellowish. Almost no head. Pours fairly thick. Smells funky and floral. Tastes fruity (peachy) and floral. Sme nice tart sour funk. Thick on the tongue. Overall very interesting. The thick lightly carbonated mouthfeel is very nice (254 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 vintage. The cork fell apart on opening, so some fell down into the beer. Maybe I shouldn't store it on its side for so long, but I have limited room in the fridge.

Appearance: Pale, hazy straw, no head.

Aroma: Aroma of sweat and leather, very tart. Musty, too.

Flavor: Sour, but not as overwhelming as some lambics. Grassy, earthy, sweaty, the smells of working in the garden on a hot day in July. There's a touch--very faint--of slight vanilla sweetness that gives a pleasant sweet-and-sour taste. Finishes clean but dry.

Mouthfeel: Nearly flat, with a light champagne-like body.

Very good, but still falls way short of Cantillon's 1900 Broucsella, in terms of full lambic flavor. (702 characters)

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cantillon Lou Pepe "Gueuze" | 750 ml. | 2006 vintage | 5.0% ABV

Brewer: Brasserie Cantillon
Style: Gueuze
Glass: Oversized wine glass

Appearance:
A hazy sunset-red miasma, bubbling and frothing ever so slightly.

Aroma:
Apricots, pears and raspberry meld into a delicate and slightly acidic medley of aromas. There is a noticeable earthy funk in the background.

Taste:
Vinegary and incredibly tart. My mouth puckers uncontrollably while my features contort in a grimace. After the initial shock, light, sugar-coated pears and green apples make an entrance. The finish is dry, oaky and a touch tart. The barrel character is strong. The barnyard funk is quite prevalent towards the end.

Mouthfeel:
Light and refreshing, though with dry, oaky tannins and moderate carbonation

Harmony:
The tartness is certainly a feature of the style, however I would allow the bottle to age the suggested 10-20 years before having another go at it. Hopefully, it would mellow out a bit.

Produced in: 2006 (4 years ago)
Bottled in: Feb. 2008 (2 years ago)
Price = $23.00 at Whole Foods Bowery (1,079 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is of course, wonderful gueuze, but given the hype surrounding it, and in the context of a number of other comparable versions more readily available on the market, it just didn't wow me like i expected it to. thanks as usual, to drlovemd87 for procuring this and choosing to share it with me. its pale blonde to straw in color, and i can see bubbles but it never amasses any head. this is a 2009 vintage by the way, and its got a great nose of funky oak, lacto, and white wheat malt that has stood the test of time. the funk is there, and so is the sour, and the oak adds a lot more than usual, i mean, this is really oak dominated, woody in taste, semisweet, and clean finishing. not nearly as sour as it is funky, more of a must than a funk really, old and dank, mature might be the right word. its just not coming at me in waves, and it almost seems like a simple beer, lacking the complexity of others, maybe in a good way, maybe not. either way, it tastes almost familiar, and if this is the standard by which the style is measured, there are a lot of good copy cats out there. still, i love the yeast, and i love the softer feel to this, just a tickle of carbonation and a very easy drinking medium body. fun and special beer, but not a drink of the gods as some say, just great gueuze. (1,298 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see more Cantillon on shelves around anchorage. Purchased at La Bodega. 2006 vintage.

Pours a clear yellow with a slight peachy tint to it and a nice white head that quickly reduces to a ring around the glass and leaves little lacing.

Nose is full of lactic action and some sharp lemony notes. A bit of horse blanket and some very slight spice as well.

Taste is quite nice. A smooth drinking gueuze with moderate to high sourness. Lemon zest and some light green apples appear. Very lactic and the oak is noticeable. A good blend. Very dry finish and the oak lingers on quite a bit on the aftertaste, along with those green apples. There is a tiny touch of a spice like character in here, but its very slight, and can probably be atributed to the barrels.

Mouthfeel is good, but the carbonation is a bit lower than it should be for the style. Love the dryness.

Drinkability is quite solid. A very easy drinking gueuze with a refreshing tartness rather than abrasive lactic face-banging sour. As fun as those are sometimes, a nice moderate to high tartness is nice when ive got a 750 to myself and am out of Zantac.

Overall this is yet another winner from Cantillon and Lou Pepe. A refreshing and tasty queuze that totally defines the style. I am excited to see how my other bottles do in a decade or so. A fine beer. (1,330 characters)

Photo of gushov
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Complex, funky, lip smackingly tart and delicious.

This gueuze is a slightly hazy pale golden color with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma matches the taste with notes of horse blanket, grapefruit and tart candy. The beer is light bodied and well carbonated with a dry finish.

The tart sourness of this beer is upfront all the way through, but just behind it is a complex barny horsey funkyness that seems to evolve with every sip. (454 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great sour beer with multiple levels of complexity, variations, and balance.

The beer begins with a must, russet scent of white wine fruits, red wine vinous, woods of oak and cork, cidery notes weaving in and out of a tart vinegar and under ripened cherry aroma. Still, a light bready-malty note shines through and saves the scent from a sour-only nose.

A classic strong straw hue gives golden highlights that again remind me of apple cider. A moderate haze gives a whimsical and cloudy glow. The carbonation releases an effervescent and foamy head that struggles to retain. No real lacing or legging on the glass. No exactly the most appealing beer to the eye but fairly normal for the style.

Very tart and sour flavors intermingle with one another with varying levels of intensity. Peaches, pears, apricots, lemons, limes, cherries, berries, crabapples, and pineapples give a lot of fruity chaos to accompany spicy white pepper, bitter hops, and astringent woods. Tastes of white wines (chardonnays) and textures of reds (merlots) decorate the beer well.

Sour up front but as my senses become accustomed to the beer, the mouthfeel turns pleasantly tart and float seamlessly on top of the supporting malt softness. Clean, crisp, and refreshing in the finish with a lingering lemony, bready memory.

A great sour that isn't all about the sour. (1,349 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage shared by newtonty.

Poured chilled into a wine glass. Appear like an English pale ale does - a mildly cloudy apricot in color with a small skimming of an off-white head.

Even served chilled, there's a very big and sour nose on this one. I get a vinegar quality mixed in with the barn and the "barn" is big in this one. I get lots of oak, as well.

Oak is a big quality in the mix with sour and the barn. Earth, dirt and mustiness are the best ways I can describe the barn quality.

Great mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. As always, amazingly unique and interesting. (601 characters)

Photo of lpayette
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005 bottling. Purchased at Ryan and Casey in Greenfield, MA a couple of months ago for $13.99.

A- Golden orange. Bright white head.

S- mostly sour. some near vinegar notes.

T- I'm not the biggest sour drinker, but this one seems to be a very nice balance. This is fairly mellow in the sourness, and it gains some drinkability points as your palate gets used to it.

M- Again, really this just has the perfect amount of sourness for me. It's not super intense and is rounded out by a nice smoothness.

D- I find this fairly drinkable overall, and quite drinkable for the style. I'm still trying to get used to the style to some extent as I don't have many opportunities to try sours. But I can certainly recognize that this a great beer in this style. (762 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005 bottle, split with trep and friends during a Thanksgiving holiday beer tasting.

Pours a crystal clear, golden yellow body with a fair amount of carbonation fueling a nicely retained, bone-white head. Although I'm yet to warm up to the Gueuze style, the aroma of Lou Pepe was intoxicating, with (thankfully) mellowed acetic acid, wet oak, and tart apple peel that gets balanced by a light malt presence and a trace of grassy hops.

Flavor is similar to the aroma, with a bit more sourness coming through. It's definitely not heavy on the vinegar, which I liked, and the dryness is manageable. Citrus notes of orange peel and oak linger on the finish. Body is crisp, surprisingly refreshing, and light. Overall, a fantastic brew, but I'm glad my friend footed the hefty price tag for this one ($25.99!). (816 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a cloudy light-medium orange with a two finger near-white head. Good retention.

S - Funk, slight vinegar, oak, and lemons.

T - Slight funk, fruity-woody, and citrus.

D - Lots of carbonation, tart, but not overly.

O - Wow, very nice. Now I see what the fuss is about. (332 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by sweemzander. Thanks sweem! Bottle date 06 cork 08.

Golden amber hue with a rather small amount of off white head. Surprisingly modest lactic sour. More funk than sour. The mold and wet wood are very prominent. Wet straw and lemons. Flavors are much more sour. The lactic is bitingly tart with plenty of moldy wood and dirty basement. A touch of black pepper in the finish. Lightish body with mild carbonation. Overall a great gueuze. Although I was hoping for a tongue ripping sour. (501 characters)

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