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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Lou Pepe - GueuzeCantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze

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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.61%


Brewed by:
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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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jrallen34

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this 2006 vintage from a 22oz bottle into a Rodenbach tulip.

The beer pours a dark honey gold with about 2 finger of bubbly white head that stays for a couple minutes. It fades to a foamy head. The lacing is nice and thick.

The aroma is really light, wish it was a lot stronger. Mostly what I get is some sour horse blanker and mildew. I want some more complexity!!!

The taste is prett light as well, I taste almost nothing on the front not much in the middle and at the end a big lasting note of tartness. Again like the nose not very comples or strong.

The feel is too light and watery way to easy to drink.

For a gueze its drinkable because its not overpowering and pretty light.

Overall, I had very high hopes but I was pretty disappointed. Its good, not elite, you can probably find something more comparable for half the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 02:44:35 | More by jrallen34
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HopHead84

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2000 vintage. Thanks for the aged Gueuze, dyan! Consumed on 11/6/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is cloudy light orange with a nice frothy two finger head. Retention is excellent.

The nose is horsey Brett with notes of wet blanket and wet leather. Tart lemon peel combines with mustiness and a distinct earthiness. Low lactic character is evident as well as a dash of vinegar.

The funk in the flavor is a bit more restrained. It's lemon with earthiness, low lactic sourness, and a moderate tannic quality. Brett provides mustiness and subtle barnyard notes. The finish is tart lemon peel with a drying tannic quality and a low level of acetic character. Overall, the flavor is soft and well rounded. Sheer quality from Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 04:44:07 | More by HopHead84
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
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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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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Sean9689

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2005 bottle purchased at 33 Wine Bar in St. Louis.
Split with my girlfriend. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a hazy orange/yellow with a white fizzy head.

S - Funky tart/sour barnyard notes, horse blanket, musty Cantillon-esk notes as well. Some sweet fruit notes in there as well.

T - Not quite as funky as I was hoping, but very solid. Much similar to the nose. Fresh fruit, tart/sour notes, funk, sour apples, maybe some peaches in there as well.

M - Light and fizzy carbonation. Very much like champagne.

D - I could have drank the entire bottle myself and was sad when it was over.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 18:21:34 | More by Sean9689
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 16:09:30 | More by BEERchitect
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ricke

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2003. Bottled in 2005.

A: Golden orange with quite a big off-white head with good retention. Good lacings as well.

S: Nicely edgy but very well composed funky character. Notes of clean bretty aromas, horse blanket, aged cheese and mud. Grass and mild tart fruit notes. Lemon juice and perhaps a faint hint of mint.

T: A quick acidic punch at first followed by a massive funky brett character. Pleasant citric notes, grass and apple rind. Lots of barnyard and horse blanket and hints of aged cheese. After a while in the glass, the funkiness dominates almost completely. Gently husky wheat character. The finish is nicely dry with a considerable grassy bitterness, a hint of stomach acid, funk and minerals.

M: Medium body with very tingly carbonation. Refreshing and very easy to drink.

D: Very good. A complex and very funky gueuze. Not very acidic considering the brewery behind it. It's actually almost too easy to drink - it seems like it looses character after a while, as if the acidity mellows out.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 22:26:33 | More by ricke
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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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nickd717

California

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 19:45:37 | More by nickd717
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Ezekiel81923

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage of the Lou-Pepe Geuze acquired at Capone's in Norristown. After sending two out as extra's in trades I wanted to finally try it myself. Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Appearance: A faded yellow/gold color, slightly hazy. It's a little tough to get any kind of foam to build up. Pouring more aggressively the second time got about a fingers worth of bubbly, spritzy head that receded quickly. Not too much lacing either.

Smell: Not as overpowering as other Geuze's I've tried. Some aroma's of cider, funk, and other herbal tones. The horse blanket funk and sour aroma is a little subdued which I like.

Taste: A little funky with some citric sour flavor. As in the aroma, it is relatively subdued. Not an overpowering sour/funk presence which allows other flavors to come out, such as a slight oak sweetness as the bottle warms and some other citric fruit, lemon flavors. An excellent balance of sour and funk and other flavors. Don't get me wrong though, it's still sour.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was ok. The medium body made this a very drinkable brew as no flavor every becomes overpowering. Lots of different flavors and funk linger on your tongue as well, even a few minutes after a sip I could still taste the lemon and the sourness.

Drinkability: High. A great, flavorful Geuze that isn't overly sour and pretty light in the stomach.

Glad I finally tried this one. Great Geuze. There's a lot more going on than just sour and funk which I like. Expensive, but definitely worth the price every now and again.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 16:45:05 | More by Ezekiel81923
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rhinos00

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage with a 2007 Cork and a "bottled in 2008" on the back label. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into tulip glass.

A- Reveals a paler looking golden color with an ever so slight haze. Decent clarity. Produced three fingers width of white head, which quickly dissipated to a white ring.

S- More tame than other guezes I have had, but the mellowed down aroma was complimented by great mix of ingredients. Getting an overriding aroma of horse blanket with underlying notes of citrus and oak. The toned down aromas allows the funk to take on a slightly earthy, herbal characteristic.

T- What a great blend! The beginning takes on the barnyard funk flavors with sour lemons underneath. At no point does it become overly sour, just smooth as can be. About midway through a definite oak comes through, leading the way into wonderfully sour and acetic blend of citrus fruits. The back end just sits on the palate and gives an everlasting, memorable impression.

M- Could have used a little more carbonation, slightly disappointing because of this aspect. I really enjoyed the light to medium body accompanied by a slight stickiness to the palate...really allowed the beer to sit all parts of the palate, intensifying the flavors.

D- I drank this bottle rather easily. One of the more balanced, mellow guezes I have had.

Overall, another classic Cantillon. Very fortunate to have a steady supply of these beers, especially considering I don't have access to RR and LA.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 01:59:32 | More by rhinos00
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brc

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2006 sticker on my bottle.

Tawny color liquid, with a bit of a white head.

Smells quite cidery, with some wood notes underneath. Reminds me a bit of Taylor's chip dry.

Tastes really cidery; I'm amazed that no apples went into this. The acidity is fairly low for a gueuze. It's very smooth, with only a little sour bite in the end. There is a bit of leatheryness in the finish, but mostly it's a clean smooth taste of cider.

Carbonation is good, light but pleasant.

Probably the most drinkable gueuze I've ever had, since it is so smooth and light. Personally, I prefer a tart bomb, but I'm impressed with the delicacy that they achieved with this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 11:48:06 | More by brc
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark golden orange color lambic with a quite large bubbly head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sour notes with some distinctive oak and not much acidity which kind of surprised me. Taste was very refreshing with some sour notes and some oak; I was expecting more acidity and some barnyard notes but those were almost completely absent. Well done but considering the price difference I would stick with the regular gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 16:55:35 | More by Phyl21ca
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 20:08:40 | More by JohnQVegas
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evantwomey

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork says bottled 2007, back of the bottle says 2008, front of the bottle says 2005. I'm guessing it was brewed in 2005 and bottled in 2008. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a pale yellowish-orange, very small head which is gone almost immediately. Aroma is extremely unique- reminds me a lot of apple juice, strangely enough. Lots of citrus- tart lemon juice, orange peel. Extremely clean aroma, very little brett funk. Taste is very tart, clean, again the focus seems to be on the bright citrus flavors and almost nothing in the way of funk. Finish is sour and smooth, no harshness whatsoever like in some other examples of this style. Really digging the sourness of this one. Mouthfeel is interesting- light on the carbonation, which is actually nice since it really allows some of the other flavors to shine through.

Wow, as I am progressing through this bottle I am really starting to like this beer a lot. Stands out from any other gueuze I've tried. Will definitely seek this out again, despite its cost.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 23:42:00 | More by evantwomey
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Overlord

California

4.65/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 07:26:28 | More by Overlord
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label reads 2006, corks says bottled in 2008. Aside from dates, the bottle is in French and Dutch as it was brought back from the Netherlands. I've been having a fair number of amazing oude gueuzes lately, and this hits all the marks, but goes just a little deeper. Yes, there's the sharp lemon-lime juice sour/acidic tang that pulls at the back of your jaw. There's the toasted oak, but also with a hint of ash and pepper. And then I also taste a not inappropriately cheesey funk like you'd get from a nice, fatty blue cheese. What else? Mmmmm, there's a light fresh garden herb and celery note, dry white grape, and wheat cracker. God damn this beer is amazing.

UPDATE 6/14/10: Had a bottle from 2005. The tartness was a little more smooth, but it was no less divine to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 06:28:19 | More by tempest
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rye726

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 00:52:09 | More by rye726
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage. This is confusing - the label says it's the 05, another sticker on the back says it's the '02 and YET another label says it was bottled in January of '03. And the cork? says bottled in 2007. Oh well, let's go with the 05, shall we? I'm cracking this tonight to remind myself of what a Cantillon beer is like, it's been a month since I've had one and I'm looking forward to trying some on tap in a couple of days.

A: Bring out the hazmat suit 'cos there's some foul black stuff as you pry off the cap. The cork comes out surprisingly quietly and as I pour this in my Duvel glass, an absolutely gorgeous crystal clear orange beer with a 3-finger thick white head appears. Retention is nothing special but good for the style, with some lacework being left behind. Awesome

S: Lemony barnyard funk right off the bat with some pronounced acidity. Complex and earthy with some wet hay. I'm going to go out on a limb and say this beer isn't outrageous or over the top. To my nose, it smells pretty balanced and complex, not hair-singeing like the Iris is. There are some cidery notes that come up once it warms up along with a hint of oak/vanilla sweetness.

T: It's got the characteristic Cantillon palate. Opening up with a pleasing palate-rousing lemony sourness, there is some mildly wheaty/cidery flavor that comes through, creating an illusion of sweetness. The acidity is just beautiful - the acetic character soft and gentle and makes this beer remarkably refreshing. Funk is represented with some barnyard-like flavors. Finishes long, dry, tart and with some tannic character. Wonderful.

M: Light in body in a way that almost makes me think it's watery. Surprisingly gentle carbonation, this beer is remarkably refreshing. The finish is pretty spectacular in it's length and gentleness.

D: This is hysterically drinkable. Half a bottle is gone in 15 minutes.

Notes: While I pretty much love everything Cantillon does, I wonder if the arrival of Russian River will stimulate Cantillon to do something new/different, much like Nasum reinvigorated Napalm Death. That said, I could drink this every day and not get tired of it.

*Edit 26 March 2011**
Joe brought a bottle of the 2001 vintage (bottled in 2003). Thanks, man!
The nose is beautiful, bright lemony sourness, with low tannins, low earthy funk, a more delicate and restrained gueuze. The sourness is interesting in that it has only a lemony character without the grapefruit presence. The palate is similar - all-round, there's a great lemony sourness, nice brightness, nice grassy and hay character. Nice lemon rind character. Great finish, this is a refreshing gueuze. Mellow stuff. 4.5/4.5/4.5/5/5

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 03:50:01 | More by DefenCorps
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
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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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle with a 2005 label on the neck, a cork that says bottled in 07 and a label on the back that says it was bottled 01/2008 so I guess this was brewed in 05 and must be about four years old. It smells a little musty and a little citrusy, mmm gueuze..Clear yellow color, still. The flavor is a little sour but so smooth it is way to easy to drink. This is a nice gueuze and I will be adding it to my list of gueuzes to cellar.

update 06/2011 2005 vintage

Fucking fantastic

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 02:02:02 | More by ArrogantB
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MMAJYK

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev -6%
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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largadeer

California

4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 06:05:11 | More by largadeer
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005

So I opened this one with my family on thanksgiving. My mom and fiance turned up their noses, my dad really liked it, my brother-in-law thought it was okay, and my sister liked it well enough once she added some orange juice. That last bit made me cringe, but what the hell, its a holiday! To each her own.

Anyway, on to what really matters most, my opinion. jk

a: Typical clear, pale yellow with a short lived fizzy white head.

s: Milder than other gueuezes I've tried, but all the usual suspects are here. Acidic apple cider vinegar, earthy wheat notes, and that prickly funk I have yet to come up with an adequate adjective for.

t: Here again, this was quite approachable and very much like a dry champagne. This was not as obnoxiously acidic as I'm used to, but it was a nice change of pace. Plus I didn't get any heartburn! I've always scoffed when I've heard people suggest that gueuze is a good gateway beer for wine lovers. In this case, however, its quite true. The rotten, barnyardy qualities are very much in the backround, though they aren't completely masked.

m: This was tart and lively, though the carbonation was a little short-lived.

d: I was hesitant to buy 750ml of a beer that I was sure would give me acid reflux. I love 'em but they are painful. This was far from mild, but it was tame enough that I could have easily tackled the whole bottle myself. I am glad that I shared this one though. Definitely recommended as a gateway into sour beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 16:20:32 | More by DIM
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
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