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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 7.8%
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Gots: 156 | FT: 17
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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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adamette

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 750 ML dark green bottle that I bought at Buckeye Beer Engine several months ago but I cannot recall for how much. The bottle is capped, also has a cork under the cap and has a black foil covering the cap and neck of bottle. Sticker above the front label announces: Gueuze 2005 Lambic Beer aged in Oak Barrels. Cork has "bottled in 2007" stamped on it, no doubt because of the 2 years of aging in oak barrels. Poured into my Brewery Ommegang short flute glass. This is their non-specific glass, possible use with any of their beers.

A Awfully clear light orange/yellow body under a puffy, off white head that started out 2 inches tall but moved down to less than 1 cm within 60 seconds. Fair look really. 3.0

S Moderate citrus like tartness with a bit of a softened feel that I attribute to the oak barrels. I find this to be a very typical Gueuze smell. 3.5

T Gotta love the funk of a true lambic, in this case a blast of citrusy tart horse blanket that really packs a punch but then lays off, leaving a pleasant, oaken funk of a classic Gueuze. 4.5

M Rather light for having the strong tastes that it does and the aftertaste is much more gentle, thin, than the initial feel. 3.5

D Very good for the style which is not normally (for me) a tremendously drinkable beer style. 4.0

Notes: To enjoy this beer is to experience a true lambic from the world's foremost producer of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 07:00:12 | More by adamette
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twelvsies

Maine

4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recently rediscovered this brewery, and lambics in general. Time to try 'em all again! Actually haven't had this one before, so it should be a treat.
The sticker on the bottle says 2002. The cork is too mangled to really tell what that last number is. Hmmm. The first thing I notice about this beer as opposed to Cantillon's flagship gueuze is less carbonation. Pours a bright, vibrant orange, with no head to speak off, but little gatherings of bubbles. Smells rather typical for Cantillon. All the usual suspects are there. Big and funky, lots of Brett out front here. Citrusy, zesty, dusty. Taste is more subdued than much of the Cantillon line, which I like. Definitely tart and sour, plenty of granny smith apple and lemon rind, but it's mellowed a bit here. I'd really like try one that's even older and more curmudgeony. You can't really taste much sweetness, but I can pick up on the difference between this beer and their normal Gueuze which has a younger lambic in the blend. This one is much softer, in a word. There's something to be said for the younger and wilder punch that the regular gueze has, but this one allows for more complex tastes to shine through. Lots of must, dust, and mold, almost as if you could smell the cellar and the barrell(s) this beer was aged in. It does sweeten and round out a bit as it warms. More funk as well. The softness on the palate combined with the acidic bite really makes this beer come together. Takes a little while to drink this one, but that doesn't exactly translate into a "low drinkability" for me. It's something that should be appreciated at whatever pace suits it best. An impressive beer for sure, from the experts of lambic.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 02:11:41 | More by twelvsies
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 17:22:13 | More by AlexFields
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stcules

Italy

4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow-oranged in color, with almost no head.
At the smell: a lot of leather, the right sourness, peppery touches, sweat. Very delicate.
In the taste, after a "light" start, in somewhat similar to a white wine, it comes out the strenghtness of this beer. Very well balanced, and very delicate. Harmonic, in all his components. There are all the characteristic notes of a Cantillon Gueuze.
The aftertaste is more pungent, more tart, but it is also fruity, and, somewhat, sweet (hints of grape?).
Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2004 19:48:56 | More by stcules
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readbaron

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 18:47:26 | More by readbaron
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2007 vintage, been sitting on my wine rack for a while now, so better get to it...

This beer pours a pale cloudy golden yellow, with a half finger of soapy off-white head, which leaves a drooping ring of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells primarily of funky yeast, with some pale malt and lemon following up. The taste is tart lemon and cherry juice, soft grainy malt, some astringent woodiness, and mild funky yeast. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium-light, with that sour fruit juice nature. It finishes off-dry, slightly, the timid malt still subservient to the acetic overtones of the one-sided fruit.

I like the sour, but not just for the sake of it. This has it in spades, but with a nice supporting, but not interfering, supporting act of fruit and yeast. Dry and somewhat acerbic - sure - but pretty good on its own, or with food.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 02:26:07 | More by biboergosum
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 00:08:05 | More by hooliganlife
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 22:29:57 | More by Thorpe429
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birchstick

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 17:27:04 | More by birchstick
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 20:56:38 | More by craytonic
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knucks999

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 19:34:18 | More by knucks999
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 16:20:09 | More by drabmuh
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BeerNemesis

New York

4.13/5  rDev -8%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 00:56:05 | More by BeerNemesis
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 00:28:24 | More by tmoneyba
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 02:46:35 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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gushov

Germany

4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 13:40:53 | More by gushov
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beachbum1975

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 05:50:16 | More by beachbum1975
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 00:18:47 | More by Urbancaver
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allengarvin

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 17:29:25 | More by allengarvin
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 00:25:23 | More by auroracrisis
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 00:39:21 | More by StonedTrippin
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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!).

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 03:29:26 | More by wagenvolks
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lpayette

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 03:55:07 | More by lpayette
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MMAJYK

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Hazy, and light honey with a touch of orange. Head is 1/2" and has nice retention.

S. Very lemony and citrusy with a touch of horseblanket, cloves, and a little bit of peppercorn.

T. Zingy and sour- very funky. A little bit of wet basement, a little touch of orange and some horseblanket/farmhouse.

M. Light and thin in the mouth. Great for style.

D. To be so drastically sour its a very light, refreshing and drinkable beer.

This was shared with ATLbeerDog and Pullen. Thanks, Dan, for sharing this one with us.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 15:55:44 | More by MMAJYK
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brystmar

Texas

4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whartontallboy for sharing! 2008 sticker date.

Until today, I'd only had Classic Gueuze, and this completely blows it away. Awesome aroma with much more complexity and depth of flavor than the regular gueuze. Stronger puckering sourness too. All in all, a much more mature lambic (in more ways than one) that I wish was more easily available.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 18:37:18 | More by brystmar
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.