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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 184
Hads: 951
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 19.36%
Wants: 1,164
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 tmoneyba
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Green Cantillon bottle with a cork and cap. 2001 vintage. $35 at Toronado in the Haight, shared with Brewbacca. Expensive, but worth a try.

Alas this one has not aged well, either that or it’s the most mellow geuze I have tasted. Personally, I have grown to appreciate battery acid and vinegar in my geuze. This one is just mellow lemons. Still, there are some things to point out.

The aromas are wonderful. Tart and highly acidic lemons that scorch your nostrils and rancid white grape skins. Balanced, mellow, and nearly perfect.

Appearance is a hazed lemon/apricot with stunning effervescence that maintains a long lasting, albeit thin head.

Flavor is mild lemon tartness. Very mellow and not terribly complex.

Mouthfeel is not particularly sour. Not sour enough for me at any rate. Quite crisp and very dry but mellow.

Drinkability is like a fine sparkling wine without the headache.

Not my favorite geuze. It’s not big enough, ballsy enough, nor sour enough. Still, I feel lucky to have tried it.

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

2005 Lou Pepe Guize served from vintage bottle at De Heeren van Liedekercke in Belgium.

A: Light and golden with a 2 finger white head

S: Bright pronounced lemony citrus with some light yeast, spice and a faint bit of barn yard funk.

T: Nectarine, plum skin and lemon zest. slowly growing more sour. A bit acidic in the finish with lingering sourness.

M: Starts off smooth yet crisp, then fades to a lingering pucker.

O: Smoother and less initial in your face sour than a recent standard release Cantillon gueuze. Nice last beer to end my short trip to Belgium.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage

A: Hazy golden-straw colored body. Healthy sized frothy off-white head. Decent retention with nice spotty lacing.

S: Potent woody funk lays atop an acidic lemon-pear citric base. A generalized musty barnyard character carries the day as expected from a Cantillon Gueuze.

T: Bright, acidic lemon leads as a more subtle woody, musty funk fills towards the back. More acidic and sour than the classic Cantillon Gueuze.

M: Moderate carbonation, medium bodied. Profoundly acidic with a slightly puckering sourness.

D: Quite the Gueuze. Even more age should treat this beer favorably. Can't wait to crack my 2000 vintage.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 (sticker) Vintage poured into a Geuze style glass.

A - Pours a hazy gold/orange colour with a nice White head that stays around and laces the glass.

S - Nice parmesan like aroma with green grape acidity and peat like aromas

T - Top class flavous that are vineous witha little spritzy sweetness to even it out. Also nice peat like flavours that are complimented with sour peach and melon.

M - Lowish carbonantion and low to medium body that is just about perfection.

O - Best Geuze that I have had to date. The balance between the flavours is just magic and I could drink it all day long.

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Photo of putnam
4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A stunning realization of what old Gueuze should taste like.
And this from a 2001!
Golden apricot colored with aromas of ripe, sweet lemons, buttered crust and extraordinarily savory impressions of white pepper and chicken broth (umami!)
Sour melon rind and sweet, fermented melon reside on an unctuous, full frame that hides flavors of raw, skinless almond meats and greenish crabapple with crabapple tannins. Toasty, sour and hedonistic - all at the same time.
The fizz is hardly noticable, but sufficient to provide shape and force to the very long flavors. Wow!

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to readbaron for bringing this over for Dunt's birthday tasting.

Appearance: The pour is a pale golden straw color, hazy, with a traditionally soft gueuze head. After a few minutes no head is left.

Smell: Light malts, lots of sour tangerine, lemon zest, and grapefruit. Soft faded barnyard funk in the background.

Taste: Light malts, lemon zest, grapefruit, some barnyard funk and a lot of oak contribute to a very tart flavor.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the lighter side of medium, with gentle carbonation. Tart and acidic. Leaves some sour residue behind my lips.

Overall: The age on this beer has clearly added to the robustness of the flavor. Unfortunately, the flavor is a little lighter than I would want from a gueuze.

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

This beer pours a bit darker than most gueuzes I have had. it is a reddish color no doubt from the wine barrels it was aged in. the smell is acetic funky and definite red wine notes. the flavor is sour again nice flavors from the red wine barrels, and a decent amount of funk. the mouthfeel is light puckering and well carbonated. A truly Excellent example of a Gueuze

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Photo of craytonic
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009. Drank in 2014

Appearance: pours a light orange to yellow color. a finger or more of a white and bubbly head with moderate retention and leaving behind a weak lacing. a strong haze and completely opaque.

Smell: Funk, vinegar. lemon, some grassy to mustiness.

Taste: opens up with some wheat-like malts along with some grassiness, and some mineral water. becomes much funky towards the back. full of vinegar and some lemon acidity.

Mouthfeel: strong carbonation, some sticky and earthy stuff left behind. light and not overly sour.

Overall: a solid geuze no doubt. the taste is very nice but its fairly mellow. I think it could really use a bit more sour strength or funkiness. I'd be interested in tasting a few vintages together to really get a feel for this one.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.17/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2001, purchased from the brewery directly...

Appearance: a stunning pale gold with a slight haze and a dense creamy layer of off-white foam speckled with chunks of cork (the cork would not come out so I had to shove it into the bottle instead)

Aroma: dusty malts, apple cider vinegar, hint of citrus, horse blanket, slight honey notes

Flavor: sumptuously balanced tartness with a crisply dry wheaty nuance, subtle lambic "funk", finishes dryish with a lingering acidity overlying a mild enteric bitterness

Mouthfeel: light body, spritzy but fine-beaded carbonation, crisp texture

Other comments: Wow! This is a truly amazing geuze! I bought this bottle some time in 2003 (I think) from Cantillon when I was living in Brussels. It has been stashed in my "cellar" since then. Now that I'm in England (and getting seriously bored with English ales), I decided to dig this one up again. I'm both glad and disappointed that I did. Glad because this is just a fantastic beer; disappointed because it is the only bottle I had. Oh well! That's the problem with beer, I guess, you end up drinking it. Anyway, Cantillon can sometimes be overpowering, especially to the unitiated, but this is very accessible. Would be a great "starter geuze", if you are OK with sharing it with someone who might not appreciate it!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of marburg
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I didn't want to like this after I read up on it, in some ways, because they add candy sugar to it according to the literature on it at the brewery. But this is a damn well-crafted brew.

Aroma of homemade lemon bars sprinkled with confectioner's sugar blend with that traditionally mind-blowing tartness to truly heighten the anticipation. It sits lazily in the glass and could clearly benefit from a tad more carbonation.

At the first sip, it's noticeably different from other such products. Infinitely cleaner. The natural, yeast-driven fruit flavors are truly obvious -- lemon, apple skin, and a nutty dryness all contribute to a complex beer that's immensely enjoyable before I even get to the best part -- the puckering tartness characteristic to the style. It's almost as though they were able to just mute the sourness enough to let other flavors shine through more vibrantly and then capture that perfect moment. Excellent.

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Photo of danieelol
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice yellow-gold colour with not a lot of head.

Smell is parmesan cheese rind and lemon. Corny umami. Developing some faecal funk at this point. Some rye and soy milk. Lots of raw soy. Chocolate. Pineapple.

Taste is way more parmesan. lots of umami goodness, with some lemon. More rye/soy. Quinine.

Good mouthfeel, nice and salty and sour.

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Photo of Jonada
3.71/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2009 Vingate. 750 ml bottled 27th December 2011. Served in a stemmed Cantillon lambic glass

Appearance: Pours a bright golden color with a thin film coating that dissipates quickly to a thin white color. Body is lightly hazy with light visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: Vinegar, tart green apple, white grape, light barnyard and a hint of oak. Overall aroma strength is pretty weak.

Taste: Moderate sourness/acidity, more vinegar than lactic. Flavors follow the aroma with white grape and green apple being most prominent. Additional notes of oak (stronger than in the aroma) and slightly herbal.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, somewhat thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is low but adequate. Finishes tart and dry with a very mild bitterness.

Overall: I'm a huge Cantillon fan and their regular gueuze is one of my favorites, so I had very high expectations coming into this. With that being said, I was definitely disappointed in this one. It's a good gueuze for sure, but doesn't live up to it's hype or up to the standard of other Cantillon beers.

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

From notes 11-22-09

Eye: This beer pours crystal clear and is dark yellow/gold in color. Kinda reminds me of the color of many ciders, especially strongbow...maybe a tad lighter in shade though. Head is poor in retention, forms a nice pillowy and rocky white head but it quickly falls, who knows...could be my glass.

Nose: Huge oak in the nose as well as a huge dose of acidity and tartness/sourness. The woodiness of this beer's aroma is amazing, I mean this is how freshly cut oak smells...The wood aroma here is huge. Funk is evident, the work of bacteria is there...unmistakable. Hard to get much else.

Tongue: Quite complex, much more than I though it'd be. Complex in a differnt way than all other beers I've had though. This one's complexity comes from the balance of oakiness, tartness, dryness, sweetness, and light fruit tones. All those things are in play here. Oakiness and tartness are easy to spot. Oak compliments this one's dry character and all that is balanced, reinforced, strengthened, and complimented by tart flavors. Its pretty cool how one characeristic can work in so many ways. Funk is there too. Fruitines in here reminds me of peaches and apricots, not saying that I get those things...but the general fruitiness hints at them...much in the background though behind the oak and tartness. This is a great beer. Quite unique.

Feel and Drinkability: The beer finishes bone dry, like I'm parched in the desert. Oakiness really compliments the dryness as does the tartness which leads to dryness then gives way to massive oak character and an unparalleled dry quality. This is one unique beer, and I'll happily finish it. I'm definitely going to enjoy the rest of this one. However, its a bit pricey, or well just plain expensive at about $24 for this 750. I've really got to be in the mood for this type of beer, this isn't just an anytime beer. It'd take a certain mood for me to go after this again. Definitely worth a try and an awesome experience. Don't pass it up, it'll broaden your horizons...its done so for me.

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

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a slightly hazy medium orange color with one finger of head. No lacing on the glass. The smell is fairly tart, with just a hint of that classic Cantillon funk. The taste is tart and sweet, and there's just a little bit of funkiness going on. I really was expecting more of that great funkadelic flavor, like George Clinton jumping out of the bottle at me. Maybe it needed more aging. The mouthfeel was very nice and thick, but had great carbonation. The drinkability was very good. A nice lambic from the team at Cantillon.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2000

Pours to a hazy golden-orange color with a thick white head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is musty and tart, with barnyard-like qualities. The flavor is tart and somewhat fruity with a musty flavor throughout. The finish is souring and tart. This is a tasty gueze, one of the better ones I have had.

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

My 400th beer review on this site. This is the 2001 vintage which I picked up in Belgium.

Pours nice and hazy of an amber with slight hints of blond coming through under a slight white head. As with all of Cantillon brews, sour comes on quite strong. But this is not a bad thing. Three years have formed this beer into a well balanced crafted nectar. Full on tongue assult. Cantillon is da bomb my friends.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage -- got this in a trade, but it was over a year ago & I'm not sure who I got it from. So thanks, awesome trader!

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Slightly hazy, shiny citrine, beautiful color. Thin head white that drops to a thin collar with a wispy across the top. Plenty of tiny, fast-rising nucleation.

Whew! Strong vinous acidity in the smell, with some lemon. Very dry, with a crisp grassy or hay-like quality. Some earthy funkiness, but not real strong -- that acidity really dominates.
There's a hovering sweetness there, like pear or vanilla, that's just out of reach.

Double whew! Dry, sour lemon, green apple, a wheaty background, again with that lingering sweetness just off the periphery. A woody, tannic quality too. This has some kick.

Medium-light-bodied, but really stimulating, sharp & acidic; really makes me salivate. Feeling the tannins, too.

Not the most complex gueuze I've had, but still impressive. Bold flavors, challenging in a good way, & not too strong ABV-wise, which is always a plus. Not one you could drink one after the other, granted, but pretty rewarding.

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Photo of vicsju1991
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 bottle from Monks Cafe in philadelphia, best beer bar in the united states
My first cantillon, figured i might as well do it right
A - bartender poured it four me, good pour results in small white head that goes away fairly quick, loks almost like apple juice, but a little more opaque
S - lemon,y, barnyardy i guess is the best way to describe it
T - amazing, starts out a little les intense, btu as you dirnk ti the lemon comes out more and more, very sour tart finish,
M - easy to dirnk very crisp
O - top five beers i have ever had

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