Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon
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3.58/5 rDev -20.3%
Vintage 750ml bottle from 2006 on 12/7/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.
A - Clear golden body with no carbonation and sparse bubbly white head that quickly disappeared.
S - The extremely pungent nose reeks of toejam/feet and earwax with a heavy band-aid character and vinous notes. Reminds me of grape skins soaked in alcohol after being crushed by someone with bromidrosis (although us regular folks know this exquisite little inconvenience by the name of Stinkfoot).
T - Kicks off with a very tart sour grape character with an equally apparent band-aid quality, which segues into a distinct barnyard/farm animal character with horseblanket, funky dung, some oaky astringency and woody notes. While bitterness is virtually non-existent, the lack thereof is replaced by extreme sourness.
M - Very modestly carbonated with a light syrupy texture and very tart and sour on the palate. However, Lou Pepe is not prickly on the tongue at all.
D - Extremely pungent and tart with enough barnyard notes to make even the cows perk up and take notice. This is definitely over the top but still retains some semblance of drinkability in the process.
12-29-2009 15:26:59 | More by ffejherb
3.88/5 rDev -13.6%
Slightly hazy. Aromas of hay, mild lemon, and a touch of sulfur. Lightly sweet with moderate tartness and lot of minerality. Medium carbonation and medium-light body. This has been a long-term want and I'm glad to have finally gotten to try it, but overall it was a bit of a disappointment and didn't stand up to most of the rest of the Cantillon line-up, in my opinion.
03-24-2013 17:56:23 | More by kscaldef
4.3/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
11-07-2009 18:21:34 | More by Sean9689
4.53/5 rDev +0.9%
Thanks for opening this, schmoopsbeer!
A bright, light orange and a tall white head. Highly carbonated. Lots of lace left on the glass.
A spicy, musty, funky aroma, consisting of bright fruit, lemon and apple, tangy Brett yeast, hay and grass, and lots of barnyard funk. Pretty awesome. Seems comforting, inviting, and welcoming.
The flavor is similar to the aroma, but perhaps a bit more bright with fruit--lemon, apple, and pear. The tart funk and sourness is huge here as well, though balances exceptionally well with the sweet, fruity flavors. Tremendous!
Light, bubbly, airy mouthfeel--an absolute pleasure.
A definitive version of the style. A classic. Just about perfect.
04-13-2012 16:49:40 | More by ehammond1
4.05/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
07-07-2011 17:22:13 | More by AlexFields
4.48/5 rDev -0.2%
Another one from the 7/27 Top Hops mini tasting! thanks to mac and justin for sharing!
a - murky hazy golden color with a generous white frothy head. nice lacing. chunked on the glass.
s - grassy rotten egg sour funk. some lemon really nice smell. not as pungent as the kriek we had earlier.
t - very nice gueze. good grassy elements to smooth out the sourness. lemon zest and some citrus with sour eggy funkiness.
m - crisp and refreshing.
o - overall impressivegueze. would love to try it fresher to see what the 4 years did to it, but really nice mellow and balanced gueze.
08-04-2012 03:56:01 | More by cosmicevan
4.34/5 rDev -3.3%
2002 vintage shared by cpferris at a recent tasting. Reviewed from notes.
Pours near flat, clear and golden. Reminds me of iced tea or close to it. The nose/taste is very funky as expected with scents of earth, soil, stone fruits, un-ripened berries and slight green apples. Despite looking near flat there is plenty of fine carbonation on the palate. Fuzzy mouthfeel,good dose of acid. Reminds me of sweet tarts. Solid all-around. Thanks again Chad.
01-12-2013 21:14:54 | More by scottfrie
4.43/5 rDev -1.3%
Big thanks to my friend Eric for sharing this at our Christmas party. You really cannot go wrong with Cantillon and this is an outstanding gueuze.
Pours a hazy gold with a half finger of white head that drops to a scanty covering that leaves a few spots of lace on the side of the glass. The nose is intensely funky, with barnyard, lemon zest, white wine, mineral and fresh cut grass. Not surprisingly it tastes just as awesome as it smells, with the barnyard and lemon acidity dominating the flavour. The sourness is bracing, but strangely drinkable (maybe I've now had too many sours to recommend drinkability to someone, but this is up there). Medium mouthfeel is a bit fuller than normal, but seems to be a hallmark of the Lou Pepe series.
This 2007 vintage is drinking excellently and is worth every cent. Cantillon excels at producing highly drinkable lambics of outstanding quality, abd this is no different.
12-15-2010 12:24:15 | More by bobsy
4.1/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
02-25-2012 17:27:04 | More by birchstick
4.61/5 rDev +2.7%
750ml bottle sealed with Cantillion pressure cap and cork.
2010 sticker bottled in 2013.
Appearance: Pale yellow bodied beer with 2 full fingers of white head that eventually drops to thin ring around the glass.
Smell: Tons of cantillion funk and light tartness. Slightly fruity and grain.
Taste: Tons of funk and oak. Light sweetness and funkiness in the background. Pears and honey with a hint of white grape and lemon. Funk is dominate, but does take away all the delicate flavors of the gueuze.
Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation. Soft, delicate and creamy carbonation. This drinks so easily its just silly.
Overall: This is my favorite of the Lou Pepe Series! Fram and Kriek are also amazing, but a gueuze is the perfect style for cantillion funk. I think this is far superior to cantillion classic gueuze. This beer is in my top 5 gueuze that I have tried. Cantillion LPG is not quite as good as, but gets close to 3F Lente, 3F Golden Blend, and Bullfrog Vertiable gueuze.
07-17-2014 01:59:07 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.68/5 rDev +4.2%
2001 vintage. Thanks to SheepNutz for sharing this gem with us. The beer poured an orange color with a slight ring over top. The nose was awesome. Full of lemoney acidic tones with the tartness and sour grapey notes as well. I had the Cuvee Renee recently, and this Cantillon was much more balanced and subdued. The flavor was much the same. All the sour, acid and tart I want from a gueuze, but without the overpowering pucker. The flavors lingered long as well, but not in a bad way. The feel was moderate with just a slight carbontion. The finish was very dry, sucking the moisture from my mouth. Very easy drinking and smooth. Even though the finish was dry, it was very refreshing. Another fine offering from Cantillon.
01-30-2005 23:11:01 | More by kmpitz2
4.15/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
01-28-2005 17:29:25 | More by allengarvin
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
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