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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 180
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rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 6.9%
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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: 916
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08 Vintage sharred with 4 other BAs.

A- Pours a thin white head that dissipates to nothing, hazy golden brown hay color, nice bubbles coming off the bottom.
S- The aroma is rather mellow, still nice amount of sour notes coming out, some classic Cantillon funk, nice fruity notes, peach, lemon zest, musk, vinegar.
T- The taste is very similar, Nice sour funkiness, barnyard, vinegar, fruity notes, Peach, apricot, nice tartness, slightly puckering, really balanced, grape skin.
M- Medium mouth feel, dry finish, decent carbonation.
O- This beer is superb, I have yet to be let down by Cantillon, Really nice, well balanced, easy drinking, with a perfect amount of sourness and funk, I could drink this all day. (711 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with little to no head.

Nose is reminiscent of marbled blue cheeses and fresh pungent breads like rye, with a chalkboard white oaky component as well.

Palate is assaulted with sourness right off the bat, with bitter apple and Champagne-like fruitiness. In fact, this beer comes across simply as a low carbonated sour Champagne, if there is such a thing.

If you're accustomed to sour offerings, it's easy to drink. Otherwise, you may want to stick to that bottle of Champagne in the back of your refrigerator instead. (563 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits on Monday. It's a 2000 vinatge. I let this warm to around 40º F and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Pours a lovely, cloudy, apricot color with a one-inch, fizzy, white head that thins to a persistent film.

Smell: A sweet, fruity aroma mingles with an acidic tartness. Swirling brings out the characteristic Cantillon funk: earthy, funky, and wet-blanket aromas.

Taste: There's a sweet, light fruitiness upfront. It's predominantly a lemony, citric flavor. The taste quickly moves into an acidic tartness that melds with an earthy, yeasty funkiness. The sourness isn't as strong as I'd hoped, but this is still delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Drinkability: The sourness is relatively subdued in this beer, making it very easy to sip.

Overall: Very nice, I haven't had a bad Cantillon beer. (927 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A huge thank you to wordemupg for this 2007 bottle, a looong time big want. Enjoying this one by the fire on christmas eve.

Appearance. Pours a lovely rich honey-gold with a touch of orange. Topped with a thin white head that fades fast.

Smell. Apples peaches and pears ...very fruity. Some cider vinegar and some nice sweet(ish) woody funk.

Taste. Huge lemony sourness, nice funk that's less woody than the smell but what I would describe as truly barnyard with sweet hay and all. A little dank oak wood makes an appearance in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, medium-low fine and lightly prickly carbonation.

Overall. Very happy with this choice as the official start to Christmas. A fine Gueuze. Thanks again and a very merry Christmas, Chris! (759 characters)

Photo of errantnight
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of lanbewardin
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good gueuze. When I heard that Lou Pepe was the premium cantillon I had in my mind that this was going to be a sour bomb. But I was wrong. It is very light, drinkable, and balanced.

Color is standard gueuze cantillon, see through golden straw

Smell isn't very overpowering, but I get some straw, standard geueze smells, some tart

Taste is smooth, tart lemons, but not overly so, one of the more milder gueuzes I've had. Kind of a thick wet mouthfeel that sticks around the mouth for a while. A bit of a tart pucker on the end. Carbonation is probably a bit less than their standard gueuze.

This is a great beer , again the balance is just perfect. Often times I like the tarter gueuzes, but with a meal or taking down a 75 solo, this geueze is perfect. (773 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2008 vintage bottled in 2011, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color, topped with an inch of white head that recedes to a thin layer, leaves little lacing.

S- Tart fruitiness with apple, lemon and vinegar. Funky barnyard aroma as well as some oak and a very light vanilla. The aroma is really nice and balanced.

T- Huge tartness, mostly lactic but also with some vinegar flavors, lots of white grapes and skins. Has some nice barnyard/hay and earthy funk. Has some oak, grape skin and tannins towards the end.

M- Medium-bodied, low carbonation with a dry finish.

O- Another excellent gueuze from Cantillon. I'm really not sure if I prefer this or their Classic Gueuze, it's pretty close. Very tasty, highly drinkable, and all around a great beer. (793 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this as a gift about 2 years ago and have tried to patiently wait for this one. I guess the time is now, but the warnings from previous reviewers caution about taking on a bottle of this one solo. I feel I have no choice and there are moments when I can be a brave soul.
Bottle inspection notes no visible sediment and apparently water clear. We'll see. Cap before the cork had a brown stain and a deep red stain on it. Bottle label marked "Gueuze 2001" and the cork noted "Botteld 2003".
Initially a dirty, musty, earthy aroma that is very reminiscent of old, dirty socks. The horse blanket quality is very persistent throughout the drink. There is a slight background of sweet/sour fruitiness that seems almost apple in character (but I could be thrown visually).
Initially pours with a very non-dense head that breaks down very easily, leaving a small edge ring and a fine thin layer of white. Apple juice in color and very clear.
An interesting array of flavors. Sour, yes, but not overpoweringly so. It also has a woody character that seems like oak (chardonnay). A fairly neutral fruit taste that borders on some sweetness but it is quickly overcome by the sourness. There is an acid quality, but it isn't necessarily too tart or astringent. In fact a nice mellow dryness finishes the drink in which the sourness is eventually in the background and fades before the slowly diminishing dryness leaves. The apple juice comparison again in that it's like drinking a sour apple juice, except it doesn't taste particularly like apple juice.
The tartness is enhance by the mild yet almost prickly carbonation. It's never excessive and doesn't take away from a thin smoothness.
As an acolyte in this style my impressions are based upon nothing other than what I've read, expectations based upon nothing and impressions of flavors. With all that I'm enjoying this drink. It's not overwhelming me in any manner, but it does leave me wanting for a taste of something to nibble on to contrast (or maybe complement) the flavors as they are striking enough to warrant a distraction. Nicely drinkable, as I had little difficulty finishing off the bottle. (2,167 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of Doodler
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle – thanks to Troy for sharing. Pours a hazy gold with little head. Aromas of funky, horse blanket and straw. Loads of lemon zest and mellowed vinegar. Flavor is a nice balance of citrus and funk, with leather and earthy notes. Not a super sour beer, but rather a nice gueuze overall and a perfect summer brew. Flavors last long on the finish and end refreshingly nice. Well done. (393 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2008 vintage and yeah i know its a little early to be cracking it but after today i thought i deserve it plus i always like comparing beers when fresh compared to aged and it pours a hazy apricot hue which leaves a wispy one finger head that doesnt stay long and not much lacing either,the smell is parmesan cheese,white grapes,vinegar and wet hay,the mouthfeel is medium bodied,zesty and bone dry and has nice tastes of Sav Blanc grapes,lemon zest,a touch of tangerines and finished with a funky sour dryness that makes you want another sip straight away and overal without doubt this has to be one of the top versions of this style fresh or aged as this brew will definately hold for the 20years it says it will on the back label and thoroughly recommend you try cheers. (784 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2003. 750ml bottle, corked and capped. Bought at the London Drinkers 2005. Served cool in a large bulb wine glass.

A: poured a quite clear, dark golden body; the light puffy white foamy crown sustains well, then gradually wanes leaving a scarce rim on top of the lightly fizzy body.
S: salty+sweaty barn-yard mustiness and marinated star fruits mainly, with grapefruit-zests backing at the fringe where new oak barrel’s vanilla comes rather assertive as well; very deep and full of oakiness… Neither quite exciting nor complex, but the aroma is really settled and pleasant.
T: really tannic and tangy-zesty, with a metallic touch upfront…then salty fruitiness (showing hints of hawthorn-fruits) and grapefruit peels render a rather dryish palate in the aftertaste, where the tongue simply feels more and more tangy. Lots of aroma are left in the finishing touch, btw.
M&D: by Cantillon’s standard, this one is not sour or harsh at all; this is an ultra-smooth, fragrant, and mature gauze to savour. But I wonder how it has gained so much oaky influence even after so many years of aging in the bottle? It’s my cup of tea anyway! Fellow BA Greencard once mentioned that this is his all-time favourite geuze; now I can understand why~~ (1,252 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared during Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

2008 vintage.

Pours a murky honey yellow with an off-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is just all over the place with sour, funk, tart, and barnyard aromas. Taste is exactly the same as the smell with an acidic bite to it. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good gueuze with some extreme aromas and flavors. (486 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours a light hazy golden with a finger of head on a vigorous pour. A few bubbles keep the faith throughout.

Real nice horsey funk with a bit of gym socks thrown in, light citrus (oranges and lemon), hint of apple, woody and earthy, hint of straw, light vinous quality. A bit of a heftier malt bill than many geuzes, gives it a softer mouthfeel, a bit chewier. Balanced acidity unlike some of the other Lou Pepe series, relatively drinkable (split the bottle in 2). A really nice offering. (518 characters)

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 (339 characters)

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours bright yellow with a creamy white head

S. Musty, funky, with a cheesy quality.

T. Tart with lemon and wheat, but some nice sweetness as well and some woodiness.

M. Medium body - much thicker than a lot of the other sours we've been drinking.

D. Great. Soft and subtle with nice tartness and good body. (314 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2006 edition, bottled December 18 '08. Enjoyed almost exactly 1 year later.

Poured carefully, yielding a light film head that faded quickly to the rim. Body was a mostly clear, orange-gold color w/very little carbonation.

Aromas of lightly sweetened spicey yeast, sneakers, barnyard funk, and a faint citrus in the background.

Citrus pulls forward quickly in the flavor, with lemon, unripened green apple, then oak, mustiness, and a chalky white pepper in the finish.

Lightly puckering up front, with dry MF overall.

High marks on drinkability - pulls you back for more. So many cool things going on - makes it both interesting and enjoyable. (658 characters)

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I brought a bottle of this to share with the PPBS guys a couple nights ago. Been sitting on this one for a while, 2005 vintage, bottled in 2007.

Appearance: Much like a good gueuze should be, lightly carbonated with a little swirling head. Deep golden hazy-hay colored brew and borders just North of still. Inviting.

Smell: Whew, gotta love Cantillon! Brings that delicious funky nose with some lemon, little horsey funk, and some gingery freshness somewhere back there. Just awesome. Makes you pucker slightly just whiffing it. Yum yum yum.

Taste: Very good mellowing of flavors. Lemony-citrus is there, along with just a mellow tartness and pucker. It's very smooth and nothing too bracing, intense, or overpowering, just full-bodied and tasty. Not cloying, not too puckering, just a light, tasty gueuze. I just wasn't in the mood for a big, super-sour beer, and this beer (thankfully) wasn't. Instead, it was your more mellow and basic gueuze. Yum.

Mouthfeel: I could work with more sour in my gueuzes sometimes, but this worked very well. Not too sweet, and still leaves a little pucker under the tongue. Flavors hang long on the palate, making this 5% a sipper. Well played.

Drinkability: As with most Cantillons, they make for pretty great examples of the style. The funk, the smell, the taste, the look . . . Cantillon's got it down. I would gladly have again, only, if only, it were more available. Bravo. Belgium trip, if only you could arrive sooner! (1,466 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2005 sticker, into a Gueuze glass at Delirium Café.

A: Clear amber body with a 3/4" head of frothy white foam. Ok retention, no lace. Nice, but not great.

S: Very delicate aroma of citrus, dry hay, oak, vanilla, grape skin, and garden flowers. Quite complex and enjoyable, although not quite as funky as I was expecting.

T: Starts out tart, with lemon + grapefruit zest leading to apples and flowers; some malt give substance toward the end, and it finishes with some earthy, grassy funk. Very long, dry finish. Superb.

M: Medium to full body, moderate, super-fine carbonation. Perfect.

O: This one really grew on me as I worked my way through the glass; at first I was a little disappointed in its lack of intensity (especially for a Cantillon), but the more time I spent with it the more I was impressed by its profound complexity and delicacy. Well worth the 18 euro price tag.

Cheers! (909 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle from Cantillon in Brussels.

A - Great appearance, bright golden with a creamy white head and excellent lacing.

S - Nice funky tart aroma with green apple, lemon, and barnyard.

T - Flavor is full and complex with malty sweetness to balance the tartness, lemony funk, sour apple, and wood. Just a straight-up awesome gueuze.

M - High carbonation, medium body, and a great effervescent mouthfeel. A sharp and tart acidic bite, just like you'd want and expect from this style.

D - Better than the regular Cantillon gueuze. Can't pinpoint why exactly, maybe it's a little better balanced and smoother. (613 characters)

Photo of bringonthehops
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/7/2009:

-- popped and poured --
-- tasted non-blind out of 750mL --

NOSE: nose gives away the fact this will be sour; damp sweatsocks; light oxidized apple scent; smells faintly Saison-esque; hint of orange oil.

BODY: red-tinged golden color; hint of carbonation still present; clear; med.-light bodied.

TASTE: somewhat flat compared to Cantillon's standard gueuze, but still very nice; refreshing; good sourness, but not as mouth-puckering as some other gueuzes; zippy and juicy on the front palate, becoming increasingly dry and muted towards the back; slightly wheaty and spicy; a very fine example of gueuze, but not worth the $30 tariff considering that one can find gueuze of equal quality for about 2/3 the price. Cantillon used old Bdx barrels for the aging of this lambic blend, but I honestly cannot discern any relative "winey" character here. If you're really into gueuze, it's worth picking one of these up just to try it - it's certainly inherently worth $30 ---- just don't be expecting anything drastically different than a "standard" version of the same.

B: 50, 5, 13, 18, 8 = 94 (1,104 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1781st Review on BA
Bottle to Tumbler & Wine Glass
750 Cork and Cap

2010 Vintage

App- The color of a ripe orange, consider it a golden sunset on bottom. A 1" head and fades to a couple dotted bubbles. A bit of sediment in the globe glass. More light shined in the tumbler.

Smell- This was a muted funk with some hay, cheese, wheat and barnyard. To me this wasnt as bright on the nose as some other Cantillons I have had. As this warms I got more of a cheesy, butter and hay aroma.

Taste- A fuller gueuze flavor. This had more of a thicker hay & funk flavor. A bit of citrus was there in terms of a orange rind flavor (IMO). A little sour to it. The funk is a bit of an old cheese flavor. A very full flavor and delicious as expected.

Mouth- A medium body with a slightly more medium carbonation. More full hay and cheese on the residual flavor. Not as bright or spritzy as the other Cantillons I have had. More of a sipper to relax and enjoy.

Drink- This was a fantastic gueuze. Would love to let this one sit for a while and see what happens. (1,049 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 750ml capped and corked bottle poured into tulip 11/9/11

A golden yellow with a slight haze, a short lived thin soapy film left just a few patches of lace

S straw with some funky lemon and vinegar and a earthy woody aspect that I can't place

T super tart fruit like a peach without sugar on top of what I smell, quite acidic and pretty funky

M slick and a little flat but it could turn your mouth inside out from the sour

O I like a beer that leaves me thinking and this one dose just that, I love the sour funk on this one

Interesting stuff and I understand why this beers so sought after, at 25$ a bottle that says something. I'm having a good time learning about funky stuff can't wait until I can afford some more to see how it ages (749 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light amber in color with a bit of haziness. A minuscule layer of off white foam covers the majority of the top of the beer. Aroma of pineapple and green apples is very compelling. The body is moderately carbonated,crisp,and dry. The front of the palate is sharp with a champagne like taste that quickly tuns to pineapple and green apple with a quick dry finish. Very refreshing. (379 characters)

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