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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 949
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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Crosling

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the brewery in Brussels, Belgium. Sampled that night at my youth hostel.

Websites differ, as many say that the Lou Pepe Gueuze is a blend of two different two year old lambics, while an equal amount of others say that it is a blend of two different three year old lambics. Regardless, since no young lambic was added to the blend, refermentation was started by the addition of sweet liquor.

Peach.

The aroma was soft and musty, possessing scents of apple and lemon, along with the usual gueuze like qualities.

I found this to be very mellow, not like I was expecting. Since it was older, I was expecting it to be much more harsh, dry and sour than the other gueuzes that are blended with young lambic. Just the opposite really. Don't get me wrong: this was dry as hell, but its sourness was subdued quite a bit and it wasn't harsh at all. It was very pleasant to drink, having mainly apple and lemon in the backround and notes of candy and mixed berry yogurt.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2004 23:11:18 | More by Crosling
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

01-05-2012 02:13:46 | More by IdrinkGas
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

11-29-2013 16:44:50 | More by stereosforgeeks
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

03-31-2013 07:06:11 | More by MSandahl23
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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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seeswo

Ohio

4/5  rDev -10.9%

05-06-2012 02:23:32 | More by seeswo
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LoveStout

New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

01-05-2014 18:23:38 | More by LoveStout
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KAF

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

01-18-2012 21:55:32 | More by KAF
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

02-19-2014 20:19:37 | More by Ciocanelu
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david18

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

12-29-2013 18:07:00 | More by david18
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Arbitrator

California

4.85/5  rDev +8%
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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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A huge thank you to wordemupg for this 2007 bottle, a looong time big want. Enjoying this one by the fire on christmas eve.

Appearance. Pours a lovely rich honey-gold with a touch of orange. Topped with a thin white head that fades fast.

Smell. Apples peaches and pears ...very fruity. Some cider vinegar and some nice sweet(ish) woody funk.

Taste. Huge lemony sourness, nice funk that's less woody than the smell but what I would describe as truly barnyard with sweet hay and all. A little dank oak wood makes an appearance in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, medium-low fine and lightly prickly carbonation.

Overall. Very happy with this choice as the official start to Christmas. A fine Gueuze. Thanks again and a very merry Christmas, Chris!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 00:47:35 | More by Rutager
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
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
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

05-22-2012 17:59:15 | More by thewimperoo
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rye726

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
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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clvand0

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 vintage. Thanks to sheepnutz for bringing this to our tasting. Poured an orange/red color with almost no head and didn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is way funky. Very sour and fruity. The flavor is much the same. Very tart and lemony, but sweet at the same time. Finishes up very dry. Lots of fruity flavors. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2005 18:48:16 | More by clvand0
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage.

Beer is dark golden with a nice, thick white head. Moderate retention and lacing.

Smell is funk city! Horse blanket scents dominate, along with yeast, wheat, hay and lemon. A bit of a sweet malty backbone. A complex scent but all tied up neatly together- very unified.

Taste is full of funk like the nose- barnyard and hay. Lemon and some other citrus flavours, perhaps a hint of apple. Crisp wheat. The beer is very dry. Tart and a bit sour, but not nearly as much as expected- assumedly balanced by the sugar. Some peppery, spicy flavours, almost like a funky, mutant saison. The finish reveals a dry fruity flavour that makes me think a bit of champagne. Very complex, very good.

Light bodied and low carbonation. Puckers the mouth.

Overall, excellent. A very nice beer. No problem finishing this bottle solo.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 04:29:12 | More by jrenihan
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jegross2

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

02-08-2013 04:33:45 | More by jegross2
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-06-2012 02:37:14 | More by hoppymcgee
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jampics2

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

08-06-2013 13:41:33 | More by jampics2
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akang

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

10-07-2013 03:19:51 | More by akang
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

01-09-2013 04:43:53 | More by oglmcdgl
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Adamostella

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

03-31-2013 13:27:48 | More by Adamostella
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

05-24-2014 00:52:20 | More by SadMachine
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DogFood11

California

4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Corked and capped bottle of 2003 lou pepe. Aged in good conditions. It forms a loose head that is really not a factor as it fades to a pinkish outer ring. No lace. Golden body with a few rolling bubbles.

This is an outstanding offering. Funk? you bet but its not as pronounced or raw as other gueze's. In fact to me this has a refined taste to it that is not as raw or funky as most but most definately more complex. Tart? not really man. Very hard brew to explain as it cracks the mold in some ways as its smooth and easy drinking. Sipping may be the best approach as it changes as it warms. This has some vinous character to it and has a nice drying finish with some lingering brett. My personal feeling is this is better cold. I tried it from 45-60 and it was much more lively, fruity and fresh tasting cold. As it warmed it lost the body and all of the fruit presence as mild as it was.

Notes: Disclaimer, I'm a HUGE gueze fan. This is up there with the finest I've had. Blending in older lambics is the greatest invention ever. You might say what about internet? Mass production? the wheel? Nope, its blending lambics. Yummmm

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 20:39:29 | More by DogFood11
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
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