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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 182
Hads: 937
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
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Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

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Photo of zhanson88
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage. Poured into a Cantillon goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with 1" of white head. Carbonation is moderately lively. Retention and lacing are quite nice. 4

Smell: Smells of green apples and pears initially, with tons of barnyard funk and sour lactic notes following. Very nice.

Taste: Starts off with unripe green apples, followed by hay, grassiness, barnyard funk and lactic sourness. Sourness is certainly present but less present than I was hoping for. The finish is dry and puckering, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Body is light with moderate carbonation; very light and refreshing. Overall a very good gueuze. Would have liked to see it a touch more sour, as it was more balanced between the unripe fruits vs. funk and lactic sourness.

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Photo of errantnight
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome, if just a shade below the best of the best.

Soft, round, mellow, with a rich, nuanced, funky nose. Mouth is just a hair thin, and the finish a touch watery, but otherwise this has a mellow, subtly nuanced character that is endlessly drinkable.

It reminds me much more of their young lambic than it does their gueuze, and hints of paper and must around the edges make me question how well this one will actually age.

The softer acidity and high complexity make this one that I'd love to drink regularly, but as a difficult-to-land, special occasion gueuze, it doesn't necessarily bring the fireworks.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2001 bottle. Cork comes out without a pop, little fragment left strewn about. Pours a clear gold with a thin head that recedes to naught. Very sour, lemony nose, especially after the old Drie Fonteinen and De Cam offerings we devoured previously. Pungent, sour flavor, very musty and funky. Maybe a touch of white wine vinegar. This is quite dry and intense. Reminded me a bit of Cantillon LH12, but blended with their standard gueuze. Had a lot of that earthy, pungent bite to it at this age.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits on Monday. It's a 2000 vinatge. I let this warm to around 40º F and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Pours a lovely, cloudy, apricot color with a one-inch, fizzy, white head that thins to a persistent film.

Smell: A sweet, fruity aroma mingles with an acidic tartness. Swirling brings out the characteristic Cantillon funk: earthy, funky, and wet-blanket aromas.

Taste: There's a sweet, light fruitiness upfront. It's predominantly a lemony, citric flavor. The taste quickly moves into an acidic tartness that melds with an earthy, yeasty funkiness. The sourness isn't as strong as I'd hoped, but this is still delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Drinkability: The sourness is relatively subdued in this beer, making it very easy to sip.

Overall: Very nice, I haven't had a bad Cantillon beer.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Sticker date: 2008
Bottled on: 21 April 2011

The second beer in my series of sours. I wonder how it will compare to the Tilquin I had yesterday.

Appearance: The initial pour yields a pretty clear, bright golden body topped by a thick white head, each subsequent pour yields more haze and a darker apricot colour. Head retention and lacing are pretty average, but that is expected from a Gueuze.

Smell: Wow, my first impression is that this is a million miles away from the other Cantillons that I have had - the funk profile seems quite different (no cheese notes) and there is actually a hint of sweetness.
Initially the nose is a bit weak but after a few minutes it has opened up nicely. Notes include: Musty basement, dust, old books, leather, oak, earthy mushrooms, hay and lightly sweet citrus. As the beer approaches room temperature there is a distinct note of sweet peach juice!

Taste: Wow, this is no where near as tart as other Cantillons I have had. In addition the tartness seems to be of a some what different nature to that of other gueuzes. Generally the sourness of a gueuze is noted immediately and puckers the mouth. In this case the initial flavour offers a hint of sweetness and the tartness comes into play in the back of your throat just as you swallow.
The flavour is a little stronger than the nose and notes include: White wine vinegar, tart dried apricots, musty basement, light barnyard, oak, green apples, earthy wild mushrooms, old leather, mossy tree bark and a touch of lemon. I would prefer to be able to give the flavour 4.75 rather than 4.5.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much perfect for the style - medium body with a medium-high level of fine carbonation. The finish is dry and lightly tannic. I could just gulp this stuff down all day long!

Overall: Stunning beer, really complex and delicate. I think this would pair incredibly well with delicate seafood.
I will certainly be buying more of this in the future; I would love to see how it develops with age.
Lastly I don't understand why this is classified as a gueuze as it is only two year old lambic - no blending!

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007. 750 ml bottle into, in de verzekering tegen de grotto dorst lambic/gueuze glass. Huge, active, fluffy, soapy head with high retention and lacing. Aroma of green apple, horse blanket and light sweetness. Taste refreshingly sour, tongue coating, jaw stretching and puckering. Very very tasty. 

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

Thanks to Joe (bucketboy) for bringing this to round out our Lou Pepe Diagonal, completing the series with a bottle of the 2001 vintage. The 13th beer of our tasting overall.

Crystal clear, more so than any geuze that we cracked at this tasting, and it has just a thin dusting of head that quickly dissipates, leaving a a still gueze below.

The aroma is light, briney (much less than 3F or De Cam, but considerably more than the Monks Cafe Cuvee Geuze), full of lemon zest infused lactic sourness with a very subdued earthy and tannic dryness and funk, rounded out by just a hint of grapefruit. This is mostly sour, with just a bit of brett in there to balance. The flavor swings even more to the sour side. Much more lactic than the aroma, and the lacto really steals the show. The tropical citrus of the nose is overwhelmed by the lactic lemony character. The briney saltiness also builds, as it and the lacto anchor this flavor. Earthy funky dryness rounds it out.

Dry, light, and easy to drink despite the strong acidic sourness, this tasting has proven to be quite a case study in the peculiarities and spontaneity of natural fermentation. This is far different from the other great lambics of the tasting, and it still manages to hold its own. The more still mouthfeel and resulting body really does help this beer out. Another great offering from Cantillon.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage shared by newtonty.

Poured chilled into a wine glass. Appear like an English pale ale does - a mildly cloudy apricot in color with a small skimming of an off-white head.

Even served chilled, there's a very big and sour nose on this one. I get a vinegar quality mixed in with the barn and the "barn" is big in this one. I get lots of oak, as well.

Oak is a big quality in the mix with sour and the barn. Earth, dirt and mustiness are the best ways I can describe the barn quality.

Great mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. As always, amazingly unique and interesting.

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

Recently rediscovered this brewery, and lambics in general. Time to try 'em all again! Actually haven't had this one before, so it should be a treat.
The sticker on the bottle says 2002. The cork is too mangled to really tell what that last number is. Hmmm. The first thing I notice about this beer as opposed to Cantillon's flagship gueuze is less carbonation. Pours a bright, vibrant orange, with no head to speak off, but little gatherings of bubbles. Smells rather typical for Cantillon. All the usual suspects are there. Big and funky, lots of Brett out front here. Citrusy, zesty, dusty. Taste is more subdued than much of the Cantillon line, which I like. Definitely tart and sour, plenty of granny smith apple and lemon rind, but it's mellowed a bit here. I'd really like try one that's even older and more curmudgeony. You can't really taste much sweetness, but I can pick up on the difference between this beer and their normal Gueuze which has a younger lambic in the blend. This one is much softer, in a word. There's something to be said for the younger and wilder punch that the regular gueze has, but this one allows for more complex tastes to shine through. Lots of must, dust, and mold, almost as if you could smell the cellar and the barrell(s) this beer was aged in. It does sweeten and round out a bit as it warms. More funk as well. The softness on the palate combined with the acidic bite really makes this beer come together. Takes a little while to drink this one, but that doesn't exactly translate into a "low drinkability" for me. It's something that should be appreciated at whatever pace suits it best. An impressive beer for sure, from the experts of lambic.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage poured into Cantillon Balloon. 3 years in the cellar.

Pours a radiant gold to light bronze, clear body, light fuzzy white head that dissipates quickly. Gorgeous color to this Gueuze.

Aroma is a brilliant combination of funk, bright fruit, white wine, with hints of oak and mild gruyere. Lots of tart berries, kefir lime, and acidic peach. Almost perfection on the nose.

The palate comes through with heavier funk and earthiness than on the nose. Has a mellow floral character throughout. Lighter fruits, lime, lemon peel, crisp green apple, musky barnhouse, Riesling, sour grape mash, and nectarine/white peach acidity.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and soft carbonation for the style. Drinks pleasantly and is evidently dry and tart but not overly sour or lacking in juiciness. Phenomenal.

One of the finest I've had from Cantillon and the three years age has added a good amount of funk, quite perfect at the moment (or is it this hot weather?) As of late, this, Zomer, and Duck Duck Gooze are my favorite among the "style". Could drink this all day, everyday. Mid-palate is full of complexity while the finish is a lot cleaner. It's that clean finish that makes this so drinkable. Look forward to re-visiting this soon.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2000 vintage

Appearance: Not as peachy as most of Mr.Van Roy's Beers, this one is a little more like opalescent apple juice, the real stuff you can buy at the farmer's market. A ring of ephemerous lace on top.

Smell: That unmistakable Cantillon aroma, it smells just like at the brewery...Dank attic with cobwebs, a horse blanket, a wet cat, and this acidic twang that would normally repel the average Beer drinker but that somehow strikes a note with me.

Taste: Sour and crisp, huge astringency, probably moreso than other offerings from this brewery. However the gains in asperity and aftertaste are at the expense of complexity of flavor. Still an excellent Gueuze that I'd be curious to try again in a few years.

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Photo of lpayette
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005 bottling. Purchased at Ryan and Casey in Greenfield, MA a couple of months ago for $13.99.

A- Golden orange. Bright white head.

S- mostly sour. some near vinegar notes.

T- I'm not the biggest sour drinker, but this one seems to be a very nice balance. This is fairly mellow in the sourness, and it gains some drinkability points as your palate gets used to it.

M- Again, really this just has the perfect amount of sourness for me. It's not super intense and is rounded out by a nice smoothness.

D- I find this fairly drinkable overall, and quite drinkable for the style. I'm still trying to get used to the style to some extent as I don't have many opportunities to try sours. But I can certainly recognize that this a great beer in this style.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, poured into a tulip throughout the night.

Pours a still and clear hay color with a tiny bit of fizz that dissipates quickly. Tiny bubbles can be seen dancing to the top throughout the session. Nothing particularly stands out about the appearance, it's actually rather underwhelming.

Opens with pungent goat cheese and zesty lemon on the nose. Aroma could have filled the room if I weren't enjoying this while reducing some pizza sauce. Moves onto more barnyard like characteristics such as fresh straw and your typical wet horse blanket smell that a proper lambic takes on with age.

Nice cheesey funk and more of that zesty citrus on the tongue. Pretty lactic. Nothing really stands out in the flavor, It pretty much follows the nose of this beer. Earthy cheese and citrus zest, not as much funk on the tongue as there was on the nose though.

Thicker than medium body and not particularly drying on the palate, but leaves a puckering.

Good funk on the nose and a nice lactic sourness with moderate levels of funk on the palate. I'll be honest, I expected more out of this bottle. It has nice characteristics but nothing I haven't gotten out of a regular bottle of aged Cantillon Geueuze. The flavor may have been a little better in some of those tbh. Although, it is a good beer. I just wanted this to be a touch better.

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Photo of dd43
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this at a beer tasting, with the amazingly good fortune of being presented with a 1999 bottling. That's right, aged for 16 years almost perfectly for Stiffler's mom.

Besides the bottle itself being beautiful, the hazy golden brilliance of this beer was just amazing to take in. Big tart aroma on the nose with just a bit of a funky yeast quality. That may have faded over time, I've never had a recent bottling of Lou Pepe to know how it compares.

Flavors are tart citrus fruit and green apple, almost a cider like quality. Not mouth puckering, but at the same time a perfect amount of astringency that other gueuzes I've had are not able to replicate.

I so want to procure other bottles of Cantillon's amazing sour beers. It is a challenge to find American made lambic style beers that stand up to this. An amazing drinking experience.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08 Vintage sharred with 4 other BAs.

A- Pours a thin white head that dissipates to nothing, hazy golden brown hay color, nice bubbles coming off the bottom.
S- The aroma is rather mellow, still nice amount of sour notes coming out, some classic Cantillon funk, nice fruity notes, peach, lemon zest, musk, vinegar.
T- The taste is very similar, Nice sour funkiness, barnyard, vinegar, fruity notes, Peach, apricot, nice tartness, slightly puckering, really balanced, grape skin.
M- Medium mouth feel, dry finish, decent carbonation.
O- This beer is superb, I have yet to be let down by Cantillon, Really nice, well balanced, easy drinking, with a perfect amount of sourness and funk, I could drink this all day.

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Photo of roblowther
4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml corked and capped. The belt and suspenders approach. A 2010 vintage. Normally I'd talk appearance first but the moment you open the bottle there is this fantastic vinegar wood sugar smell. Pouring it into the glass I get more candi sugar, lemons, apricots. Nice, nice, nice. The pour is a hazy gold with a very active head that settles into a nice creamy layer and then leaves just a hint of lacing. Taste is absolutely incredible. It starts with an orange lemon citrus flavor, then a nice chewy sour followed by a woody dryness. There is a LOT going on in this beer. The aftertaste is almost vanilla and very pleasant. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and then almost sticky. Very nice and adds to the overall feeling of substantialness. Overall, what can I say, this is definitely one of the best gueuzes I've ever had, hands down.

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Photo of Axic10
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage, bottled on January 28, 2008. Poured from bottle into a Leffe goblet.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with no head whatsoever.

Smell: Funk, sour apple. Small wine-like aroma, most likely due to the oak barrel aging.

Taste: Sour apple and funk taste off the bat, bitter lemon finish. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation and dry.

Drinkability: Drank the entire bottle myself and when it was finished, I wished I had another bottle.

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

2007 vintage

A: Rich golden, great clarity. Pours with a bit of fizz but is mostly flat.

S: Deep brettanomyces earthiness, vinous, pears and cooked apples, a tiny bit of acidity on the nose.

T: The acidity is more apparent in flavor. Tangy oak, beautiful fruitiness ranging from pear to grape, tangerine with a twang. Everything enveloped in brett funk.

M: Low carbonation, very dry.

Complex and deeply earth, I prefer this over the golden blend gueuze from 3F.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours bright yellow with a creamy white head

S. Musty, funky, with a cheesy quality.

T. Tart with lemon and wheat, but some nice sweetness as well and some woodiness.

M. Medium body - much thicker than a lot of the other sours we've been drinking.

D. Great. Soft and subtle with nice tartness and good body.

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Photo of ark57
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1999 Vintage - A slightly different take on the gueuze. Instead of being the blend of an old and a young lambic, it is the blend of two older lambics. Because of that, I think this is a little bit more mellow than the normal traditional gueuze. It pours a clear gold with a slight orange tinit and a spitzy head that dissipates fast. The aroma is musty with some horse blanket, a sourness, and floral and honey notes. It is sour almost mouth puckering, with an almost vinegar like acidity and slight taste of apples , yeast, and some barnyard and dirt. The body is nice and light with a very dry finish.

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Photo of readbaron
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage

Pours a light golden tangerine with a white foam head – maybe half a finger – that fades into a white ring.

Smells tart and funky. Acedic (lemon/citrus) sourness and a healthy dose of barnyard funkyness. Nice.

Taste is very nice – very sour (again citrus, mostly lemon), but not sharp. A soft feel to it, but still attacks the tongue and glands with sourness. Smoother than a lot of the gueuzes I've had. There's also a bit of funk and oak in the flavor, but less than the nose would indicate.

Feel is a bit flatter than I'd like. Sticky and medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall - a tasty treat, but sadly, not as good as it's easier to find brothers, Framboise and Kriek.

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Photo of ricke
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cantillon Lou Pepe "Gueuze" | 750 ml. | 2006 vintage | 5.0% ABV

Brewer: Brasserie Cantillon
Style: Gueuze
Glass: Oversized wine glass

A hazy sunset-red miasma, bubbling and frothing ever so slightly.

Apricots, pears and raspberry meld into a delicate and slightly acidic medley of aromas. There is a noticeable earthy funk in the background.

Vinegary and incredibly tart. My mouth puckers uncontrollably while my features contort in a grimace. After the initial shock, light, sugar-coated pears and green apples make an entrance. The finish is dry, oaky and a touch tart. The barrel character is strong. The barnyard funk is quite prevalent towards the end.

Light and refreshing, though with dry, oaky tannins and moderate carbonation

The tartness is certainly a feature of the style, however I would allow the bottle to age the suggested 10-20 years before having another go at it. Hopefully, it would mellow out a bit.

Produced in: 2006 (4 years ago)
Bottled in: Feb. 2008 (2 years ago)
Price = $23.00 at Whole Foods Bowery

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.