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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 184
Hads: 952
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 1,165
Gots: 230 | FT: 20
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-01-2003

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I can take a geuze, some are sweeter, some more mellow. I was expecting the mellow with complexity, based on what I heard, based on the rating. What I got, and important this was a 2000 Vintage, was an absolutely sour geuze, with some edge taken off. Its lemony with some ginger. From fruit peaks out, but its sour and while I finished 2/3 of a litre, I could not tolerate the entire bomber. Perhaps I did not get off to a great start with mold on top of the cap, and into the initial aroma.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2007 vintage, been sitting on my wine rack for a while now, so 'better' get to it. Same label imagery as the other Lou Pepes.

This beer pours a cloudy, medium golden yellow hue, with a half finger of soapy, bubbly, and mostly just fizzy off-white head, which leaves a thin drooping ring of lace around the glass as it hastily recedes.

It smells primarily of laid-back, funky, and ethereally cheesy yeast, semi-sweet pale and wheat malt, acrid lemon, a further blended stone fruit tartness, vinegary white wine soaked woody oak, damp dirt, and some tame earthy, weedy hops. The taste is side palate challenging tart underripe lemon and cherry juice, soft grainy wheat malt, some additionally astringent musty barrel woodiness, more mild funky yeast, and a pleasant dried hay character.

The carbonation is fairly soft and innocuous, after it duly fizzes out at the outset, the body medium-light in weight, with that sour fruit juice nature obfuscating any and all aspirations of real smoothness. It finishes off-dry, ever so slightly, as the stolid wheat malt, while subservient to the acetic overtones to the bitter (hah!) end, keeps up its end of the deal.

I do like the sour, but not just for the mere sake of it. That said, this has it in spades, but with the caveat of a nicely supportive dose of malt, fruit and yeast, which are deftly balanced when taken as a whole. Generally dry and somewhat acerbic - sure - but genuinely tasty all on its own, or I imagine, with some appropriate food - pommes frites, anyone?

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Photo of emerge077
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 batch, bottled 2006. Served at 55º.

Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass, and a Boon Geuze tumbler simultaneously. In the tumbler there was a creamy cap of white foam, with a nice lively surface. I ended up decanting from the larger glass into the smaller one, producing two fingers of foam. Brilliant amber tone with very high clarity. Visible carbonation trails rise through the liquid.

Let this one breathe a little after pulling the cork. As it comes to room temperature, it has notes of musty oak, wildflower compost, wet hay, lemon zest, and spicy tamarind. Mild citric sourness in the taste, immediately seems much mellower than the Classic Gueuze. Long, dry tannic oak finish. Notes of hay, lemon, orange peel, and cheese. Velvety carbonation that gives it effervescence and incredible lightness.

This was a birthday present, so i'll be savoring the 750 all to myself ;D

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Photo of oline73
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a flute. I had this at the bottle funk even at Teresa's Next Door.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with an orange tint. There is a little pink that shows up in the light. Hardly any carbonation at all.

Smell: Herbal funk with sour lemon and a mild sweetness.

Taste: Unbelievably smooth. Very sour but I wouldn't call it harsh. Lemon with bitter aged hops. One of the best gueuzes I have had the pleasure to taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mild amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was so smooth my wife enjoyed it, and she hates sour beer. Just awesome.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A wonderful 2005 vintage bottle. I had waited a long time to finally be able to try this one, so when given the chance to trade for it I jumped at the chance. Served chilled from the cellar, this corked, capped, and wrapped 750ml bottle was decanted into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 11/16/2008.

The pour was wonderful. The best I could have expected for sure. Rich, and bright, vibrant golden yellow in color. A large, perhaps three inch high head of white foam then came up over the top and settled down wonderfully into a one inch layer of foam that came up across the entire top of the glass. Gorgeous side glass lacing and a wonderful presence of carbonation.

The aroma was a bit lighter then I was expecting, but still tremendously good. Rich nose of tart apple vinegar, sour grapes and a touch of wet hay. Enormously complex, as it warms it comes across with a light wheat or herbal like quality and just the tiniest amount of spice prickling the nose. The flavor was more of the same. Rich notes of sour and biting vinegar flavor coming across on it right away. A little bit one sided, and not as huge as I would have wanted given the stature to which this one is held to, but still extremely solid and worth it. Light grapes and even a touch of wheat coming through mid palate, especially as it starts to warm. Mellow grassy flavors are mingling very well within the flavor now. Smooth, easy transgression with the carbonation being nearly perfect here, and a light feel that was just spot on. As for drinkability, this one is top notch; I could not have found an easier beer in the style to put down.

Overall while not my favorite sour I have ever had, it is up there. This is about as solid as they come, and priced right along with the upper echelon of beers. I would have no issue trying this again, and to be honest would be curious to see how it holds up in the even earlier vintages.

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Photo of nickfl
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a small, white head of foam that disappears quickly and leaves no lace. The body is a brilliantly clear, copper color.

S - Musty funk up front with some goat qualities and a bit of tropical fruit. Kind of spicy with a hint of nutmeg and clove.

T - Nice and sour up front with some wheat flavor and lots of funk. Toffee malt notes in the middle with lemony sourness. Some bitterness shows through in the finish with musty complexity and clean, lactic sourness that doesn't linger on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Complex and drinkable, this is a classic gueuze. The funk is complex and the sourness is substantial, but smooth enough that it doesn't crush the palate. The malt character is noticeable and there are some complex spicy notes that make this stand out from other examples of the style. The aroma in particular is very nice, with a complex blend of musty acids that keep me raising the glass to my nose between sips just to enjoy the smell again. This is a very expensive beer, but if any beer can live up to this kind of price tag, this one does.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Steve for sending this to me. Shared with some fellow Cantillon lovers. Lou Pepe Gueuze 2006, bottled in 2008.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy amber color with a nice fluffy white head.

S: The nose is incredibly funky and wild. Lots of musty oak, straw, earth, and plenty of barnyard. Certainly lactic and tart, but not quite as much lemon and green apple as Classic Gueuze.

T: A lot of funk, primarily of barnyard, earth, and musty, wet oak. The tartness is present, but not super intense like other Cantillon beers. Notes of lemon, green apple, and some more oak.

M: The body is medium with a smooth, medium, rolling carbonation.

D: Like the other Lou Pepe beers, this one is really easy to drink. Not insanely sour but well balanced and nice to sit down and drink.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: part of a Nov. '12 bottle share.
2008 vintage (on the label).

I naturally assumed Lauren (ThoreauLikeAGirl) would break out a Cantillon of some kind, and indeed she did. This bottle followed a Classic Gueuze that she also provided. A little bit of stinky residue sat atop the cork on this bottle, but we wiped it away and proceeded to open it.

Golden-colored, surprisingly and utterly clear, Champagne-like bubbles rose to a small foamy white head that receded to a thin layer within a few seconds; no real lacing to speak of. Aroma was fairly mild, notes of funk, horseblanket, and minor touches of acetic/lactic acid. About the same in the taste, mellowed-out with a few years of aging, fairly oaky, funk, hay, lemon, apples skins, cobwebs, wheaty malts, again, minor acidic notes, but nothing too tart or overbearing. Light-medium body, and decently drinkable, I just really don't like the oak/wood quality in this beer; I think it clashes with the other flavors too much. After having the Classic Gueuze first, I definitely liked this one better than that. I've had the Classic before, but it was nice to be able to compare these two back to back.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a bottle of this at Pizzeria Paradiso tonight. 2008 vintage, 750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

a - Pour a somewhat transparent bright yellow color with one inch of fluffy white head and low carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of funky cheese, oak, tart fruity malts, citrus hops, earthy notes. Super funky and cheesey, really great.

t - Tastes of funky cheese, sour fruits, oak, citrus hops, floral hops, earthy notes, light must, acedic notes, barnyard funk. Again, super funky, really awesome.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink beer.

o - Overall this is a fantastic gueuze and an improvement on the Classic Gueuze, which is one of my all time favorites. Another winner in the Lou Pepe series, I think I would rank this very slightly behind the LP Kriek and in front of the LP Framboise. Super funky and cheesey, would love to get some bottles of this one.

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Photo of orangesol
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to split a bottle of '04 with foofaa at Monk's Cafe. At $45 a bit pricey but very much worth it.

A - Pours murky orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of lots of horse blanket funk, green apples, a touch of lemon zest, and some light sourness. This one is a bit subdued but it is still quite enjoyable.

T - Starts off with a big dose of strong horse blanket funk slowly giving way to a mix of bright sourness, apples, lemons, and some damp earth. The finish is dry with a nice amount of pucker, lingering on the pallet for some time. The flavors are all there, although some of them are a little to light for my liking.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, funky, feel that lingers long after the finish. It remains light, allowing you to drink quite a bit of it before it begins to wear on you.

O - Other than the Armand Lente this was my favorite beer of the day. The balance of funk and fruit was spot on and I had no problem putting back my half a bottle. Worth every penny.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage, purchased at West Lakeview Liquors a while back. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of eggshell foam that dissipates to a ring and thin cap. The body is a hazy golden apricot color. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Candi sugar, barnyard, vanilla and oak, malted wheat, tart apples, light cider vinegar, a touch of lemon. Very complex, and very enjoyable, although it was sweeter than I was expecting.

T - The taste is more in line with prototypical gueuze - white wine vinegar sourness, grapeskins, tart apples, and light oakiness. There's also some barnyard funkiness and a light tannic finish.

M - Medium-light body, a bit of zesty carbonation, and a velvety smooth body. Finishes dry with a little bit of pucker.

D - This was really easy-drinking. If it weren't so expensive I'd have it more often. Fairly balanced in the flavor dimensions associated with gueuze - sour, sweet, funky, and tart. Not sure if I prefer to Classic Gueuze, but it's on the same level for sure.

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Photo of mothman
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08 vintage thanks to Chris

Pours a white head. Fades to a ring. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: sour and funky. A nice amount of fruit. Cantelop and lemon zest. Cobweb and basement musk. Reminds me of classic.

Taste: more fruit flavored up front. Lemon citrus and cantelop/muskmelon. Sour and funky. Cobweb, basement must, ad some old oak.

Mouthfeel: sour and tart. Light bodies with a fine amount of carbonation. Ends very clean.

Overall, this was a lot like classic. Very drinkable and very flavorful. Amazing beer. I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'08 into a matching Cantillon tumbler. The brew appears a hazed golden yellow color with a firm finger of yellowish tan head. The cap is composed of rather large bubbles and fades fairly quickly. However, it maintains a thin film across the top from constantly rising bubbles of carbonation. A swirl agitates more bubbles out of solution and paints a bit of spotty lacing on the glass.

The nose is pretty fantastic on this with tropical suggestions of fruit playing all around the classic cantillon funk. Hints of grapefruit and pineapple interplay nicely with some wet hay, cardboard, must, cheese and moist cork/oak. There is a dampness about this brew's nose that lingers around but as soon as you try and hone in on it, it dissolves away into the fruit citrus aspects that once warm are a bit lemony.

The taste is tart with rindy elements of grapefruit juice and lemon zest before the funk comes into play. Moist oak, mildew, straw, sharp blue cheese and a bit of must. Mid palate there is a hint of melon flavor that really does a nice job balancing out the acidity of this. Towards the backend, there is a bit more grain inclusion than I ever remember tasting in this brew during previous experiences. However, it all plays together nice and forms a beautifully balanced geuze. As the brew goes beyond ideal temperature, a bit of mineral earthy edge comes out that is almost meaty (i dont know how else to describe it) with some more focus on stinky footy cheese.

This is medium bodied with a modest amount of lively carbonation. It is complex, refreshing and easy drinking with seemingly no alcohol impact. I am going to venture a guess and say this is about the 4th or 5th time I have had lou pepe geuze between the 05 and 08 vintage. I shit you not, this beer tastes wildly different with every experience. This is perhaps the most fruited and zesty iteration of any cantillon I have had. I hope my other bottles are like this!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm enjoying a bottle of this with my wife while watching a French art film.

2006 Vintage

A: Clear golden hue with a white foam head that fades very quickly, leaving no lacing.

S: Funk, oak, hay

T: A really nice gueuze. Insanely drinkable and enjoyable, with notes of oak, and possibly tart apples and/or lemons.

M: Not as tart as I was expecting. Very smooth feel, with a fairly low carbonation level.

D: Extremely drinkable. It would be quite easy to throw back several glasses.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joe for breaking this out at a recent tasting, into a glass.

Grandfather Gueuze looks the part with a deep gold color with some bronze and orange highlights towards the sides. A nice cap of bright white foam that leaves some small streaks on the glass that glide down not fully sticking. Whoa, the musk on this one is undeniably old Gueuze. Big scents of oak from the longer time in the barrels, wood, lemon zest, hay, barnyard funk and sour bugs. It's really bold and that's what counts. Taste is off the charts, a deep sour that is large yet not tounge reducing. Swishing this around the mouth really does wonders. Tastes of old wet wood/oak with a blast of earthy tastes from the barn including hay. Citrus is on the lemon side with trace orange. Malted barley makes a appearence at times but don't look for it to save you from the sour attack that grandpappy is. Feel is light bodied like most gueuze, highly carbonated, fizzy and a bit scorching on the tounge after a few sips. Puckering is a understatement, a bit acetic on the end. This one is a shocker and I only wish I could find some bottles to lay down, but that ain't happening anytime soon.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2001, Sampled January 2004:
Pours a semi-hazy gold color and is topped by a white head. Sour citrus aromas emanate immediately from my glass. These aromas are accompanied by notes of musty mushrooms and urea. A very tart first sip; my lips pucker and it feels like my cheeks have turned inside out. Ah yes this is going to be a good Cantillon offering.

Fairly low carbonation for a Gueuze, though strictly speaking this is not one, as it only has three year old Lambic in it. This is quite lemony and not as funky as some Lambic derivations. The brettanomyces character is pretty subdued, but there are definite musty-leathery notes here. A bit of vinegar adds to the acidity. The beer finishes with a slight tannic astringency, which seems fairly typical. My only complaint is that perhaps this bottle could have used a bit more complexity. The good/ variable thing about Lambic is that the next bottle is likely to be quite a bit different, so perhaps my complexity is hidden in the next bottle.

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Photo of tempest
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.