Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 894
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pDev: 8%
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
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

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

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

Taste:
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.

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

Harmony:
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

Photo of jdklks
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage

Pours a hazy light orange with a nice off white head. The smell is of citrus tart and funkiness. Many good things going on here.

The taste is likewise citrusy and tart. Very sour up front with a slight woody bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Lots of funkiness. lemon and orange peel; sour green apple. very good.

mouthfeel is light and airy, and it is very refreshing, making the drinkability great.

Photo of Sephiroth
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Label says bottled in 2001. Cork says bottled in 2003. Cork comes off with no pop, but the beer is carbonated just fine. Body is a clear, straw color. Smells of barnyard/horseblanket, and some sweet malt. Sourness is there too.

Tastes more sour than it smells, doesn't seem as acidic as some other Gueuzes I've had. Sweet and sour, sour apples, and plenty dirty as well. Mouthfeel is fantastic, lively and coating. I will have no problem finishing this 750, I'm going to pair it with rare, pan-seared, oven finished filet mignon in about forty-five minutes, I'll update my review. I've had success in the past with Cantillon and filet.

Photo of macher0
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%

2010 Bottle.

A: Very light straw. Extremely good clarity. Fine bubble head retreats to a rim. Moderate effervescence.

S: Big sour on front and gets more sour as it opens. Notes of vinegar, light malts, straw, neutral oak, and sour yeast.

T: Once again, strong sour on the front. Notes of straw, tobacco, lemons, dust, ripe pears, and neutral oak. Strong sour yeast.

M: Very smooth, but a bit puckering. High carbonation and light body.

O: This is a big-time sour, sour. Not for the faint (non sour) hearted. This is worth the price/hassle/patience - really. Lots of stuff going on with the bacteria and wild Belgium yeast makes this top-shelf. I did get a strong vinegar smell and taste, but that comes with the territory.

Photo of hawks10
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage - Bottled April 21st, 2011 - 750ml green corked and capped bottle poured into my Cantillon tumbler...

Pours a clear golden orange with a thin cap of white head that recedes fairly quickly. Quite typical for a Gueuze...

Aroma leans more towards the funk than the sour, at least at first. Subtle, dry oak and musty basement with a sweet character, somewhat resembling grape soda lurking in the background...

Taste deviates a lot from the Classic Gueuze. Subtlety, as in the aroma, is the word here too. Starts off sweet and juicy, white grapes and a bit of lemon. The sweetness is quickly washed away by a ton of oak and barnyard flavors, dry with a slightly bitter earthy finish. The beer tries to become tart but just really can't quite break through the juicy sweetness and funk...

Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Taste and feel is a bit thin in the middle but overall is quite typical of a Gueuze...

Photo of jethrodium
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 sticker 750 ml bottle generously shared by cpferris. Big thanks to Chad. Pours a clear amber with a small white head that settles to a ring. The aroma is super funky. Lots of must. Grapefruit, mushroom, forest floor. The taste is quite tart and funky. There is grapefruit, lemon, and apricot. The Finish is very tart and funky with some oak and a bit of astringency. Medium body. Low carbonation. Quite great. Possibly the funkiest beer I've had.

Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage. Some barnyard funk in the aroma, taste was very funky but easy to drink. Would like to try it fresh.

Photo of scott451
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007, sampled in 2011. The corked and capped 750ml bottle was decanted into two pint glasses.

A slightly hazy gold with a thin white head which soon diminished to a thin ring.

The funky barnyard smell is there. Some subdued cherry fruit notes. Tastes include mild fruit, apple cider. Lemon dominates at first. Very smooth in the middle. Some tannins. A long tart finish with a sour twist at the end.

A light body with low carbonation. Very well melded creating a "sum is greater than the parts"effect. Less sour but more subdued and mellow than I expected. An awesome gueuse. Opens up as it warms. I could drink this all night. A great last beer of the night. Nothing can top this.

Photo of kapkenobi
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 at Capones. tasted incredible. LPG never is a letdown

Photo of amphion1065
3.72/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with a 2004 sticker date, enjoyed on a rather indulgent afternoon at Monk's. Served in Cantillon stemware at cellar temperature. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy shade of apricot, with streaks of yellow throughout. A half-finger white head forms and leaves some lacing around the glass. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the crazy steak of yeast on the side of the bottle.

Super tart citric acidity in the aroma. All of that classic Cantillon funk comes through in abundance, and this epitomizes "horse blanket." For all of the tartness, this is actually a fairly sweet-smelling gueuze, with a candy-like note that cuts through the sour. Still though, that grassy funk is in full force.

Cheesy funk, grass and musk all vie for attention in the palate. There's a touch of hop bitterness in the finish, a taste I've never noticed in any prior Cantiloons. Apples add a touch of fruity balance. And yet, I can't help but be disappointed at the lack of mouthpuckering sourness. I've had plenty of Cantillon fruit lambics that were far more acidic and sour than this 7-year-old gueuze. This seems somewhat muted, a little lifeless and dull.

The mouthfeel, too, lacks a certain Cantillon panache. Medium-to-low carbonation contributes to a rather wan, thin and boring flatness. Not terrible, but just not up to par.

Though I hate to say it, I almost wished for more heartburning acidity from this bottle. The tart, enamel-melting funk I hoped for never quite came through, and though this is still a fine gueuze, I expected more.

Photo of Doodler
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle – thanks to Troy for sharing. Pours a hazy gold with little head. Aromas of funky, horse blanket and straw. Loads of lemon zest and mellowed vinegar. Flavor is a nice balance of citrus and funk, with leather and earthy notes. Not a super sour beer, but rather a nice gueuze overall and a perfect summer brew. Flavors last long on the finish and end refreshingly nice. Well done.

Photo of kennyo
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label on the bottle says 2000 vintage but the cork says bottled in 2.002, 750 ml bottle This lambic pours like Champagne with a big, soft, soapy head that doesn't last that long. Beautiful gold color, not heavily carbonated. Aroma has lemons with a kind of sugary sweetness. The aroma is very, very nice. A very clean tasting lambic, dry, a little chalky on the back of the throat, not as much sour as one expects but very drinkable I think I got a good deal, $15 at New Beer in NYC. Seen this beer from $25-$30 elsewhere.

Photo of tarheels86
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL 2005 black foil thanks to Manuele at Ma Che Siete. From the basket, it pours a hazy, glowing, light orange with a fizzy white head dwindling down quickly from the acid. Aroma is massive white grapefruit, blood orange, sweet orange sorbet, peach, subtle funk. Very fresh and rich blood orange dominant. As it warms you are rewarded with mace and wet cinnamon stick. Taste is dried grapefruit, pomelo, lemon tart, lactic fattiness. Bitter white grapefruit and pomelo come in to balance the sourness, but there is just nowhere near the balance and freshness I get from 2005 Iris or Russian River Beatification. Palate is uber mouth watering, so lactic sour that it is near lacerative (I had to drink most of the bottle myself unfortunately). But in small quantities the palate is fresh, fruity, and soft. Really so beautiful. Bound to age extremely well.

Photo of gyllstromk
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What is there left to say about this beer? Gueuze is the essential beer for sour beer lovers and this is one of the essential gueuzes.

I'm reviewing a 2007 vintage.

Pours a copper with a huge head (the cork gave a huge pop). Aromas are deep citrus/orange with nice tropical notes of pineapple and a bit of characteristic lambic. The palette evokes more pineapple with a faint astringency. The high carbonation hits simultaneously with the acidity to give a crisp, refreshing pop to the finish.

Photo of Parrotshake
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage, bottled 2008. Clear golden colour with a very small head which recedes immediately to a ring around the glass. Audible carbonation on the pour, which is a relief after battling with a soggy cork which turned to woodchips before I hit the sweet spot and got it open. I had this shipped to me and the weather has been very wet - possibly a factor? The beer seems fine at any rate.

Expressive on the nose; mellow aged vinegar, green apple peel, a little rotten egg/sulfur and other chicken-coop smells. You really have to get your nose in there, but it is worth doing.

Taste is similar. Opens acidic with lemon pith and then breaks down much as I described the smell, with additional fleeting notes of dry leaves, muddy rubber boots, well-thumbed leatherbound books and an almost entirely imaginary berry sweetness in the finish. Do I sound pretentious? Try it sometime.

Liquer-like mouthfeel with no real hint of carbonation. Lets you know you are sipping something fine and should not overindulge, as does the vinergary burn in the back of your throat. I will have trouble finishing this 750 alone, but will feel blessed to have done so. So good.

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I brought a bottle of this to share with the PPBS guys a couple nights ago. Been sitting on this one for a while, 2005 vintage, bottled in 2007.

Appearance: Much like a good gueuze should be, lightly carbonated with a little swirling head. Deep golden hazy-hay colored brew and borders just North of still. Inviting.

Smell: Whew, gotta love Cantillon! Brings that delicious funky nose with some lemon, little horsey funk, and some gingery freshness somewhere back there. Just awesome. Makes you pucker slightly just whiffing it. Yum yum yum.

Taste: Very good mellowing of flavors. Lemony-citrus is there, along with just a mellow tartness and pucker. It's very smooth and nothing too bracing, intense, or overpowering, just full-bodied and tasty. Not cloying, not too puckering, just a light, tasty gueuze. I just wasn't in the mood for a big, super-sour beer, and this beer (thankfully) wasn't. Instead, it was your more mellow and basic gueuze. Yum.

Mouthfeel: I could work with more sour in my gueuzes sometimes, but this worked very well. Not too sweet, and still leaves a little pucker under the tongue. Flavors hang long on the palate, making this 5% a sipper. Well played.

Drinkability: As with most Cantillons, they make for pretty great examples of the style. The funk, the smell, the taste, the look . . . Cantillon's got it down. I would gladly have again, only, if only, it were more available. Bravo. Belgium trip, if only you could arrive sooner!

Photo of JulioH
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Interesting taste.

This beer is mainly a gueuze, yet it has been flavored. It is hard to pinpoint flavors, but sour apples are present. It does not deviate much from a gueuze though. Pours a reddish beer, just like a Lou Pepe, but it does look a bit lighter as it pours. Little foam. Smell is funky. It is a light yet syrupy beer. Not very sour like other gueuzes.

Photo of tamingthebrett
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 sticker. Still very young, but super enjoyable. Would like to re visit this bottle in a few years

Photo of henskejk
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - light orange color with very thin white head

S - very tart smelling with a little bit of wood and earthiness on the background

T - tart in the front that fades into a bit of sweetness and woody flavor but ends tart yet again

M - light bodied and well carbonated but also pretty smooth

O - fantastic beer very interesting and very enjoyable. Very complex flavor that i'm sure I didn't do justice in this review

Photo of laintringulis
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 served in a flute glass.
Translucent amber/light orange color, moderate amount of tight carbonation, and practically no head, slight off white film.

Smells primarily of wild yeast with a mild apple cider vinegar, sour smell up underneath the yeast.

Tasts much better than the smell. Initially, it taste of mild granny smith/tart apples with a woody/oaky sweetness. It progressively gets more sour throughout the taste and finishes very dry and clean. It actually smells more sour than it tastes.

Very clean mouthfeel, not filmy. Very refreshing. Light-bodied, but not watery. Very drinkable. Easy to drink and the "simple" tastes involved are actually to it's advantage.

Photo of brc
3.97/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2006 sticker on my bottle.

Tawny color liquid, with a bit of a white head.

Smells quite cidery, with some wood notes underneath. Reminds me a bit of Taylor's chip dry.

Tastes really cidery; I'm amazed that no apples went into this. The acidity is fairly low for a gueuze. It's very smooth, with only a little sour bite in the end. There is a bit of leatheryness in the finish, but mostly it's a clean smooth taste of cider.

Carbonation is good, light but pleasant.

Probably the most drinkable gueuze I've ever had, since it is so smooth and light. Personally, I prefer a tart bomb, but I'm impressed with the delicacy that they achieved with this one.

Photo of EnemyWithin
3.9/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lou Pepe Gueuze. Bottled in 2009. Lot 13/09. Into Duvel glass on Feb 25, 2012.

Appearance: 3.5
Hazy honey yellow body with a thin white head that immediately fades to a thin rim around the edge of the glass.

Smell: 3.5
A tart, slight funk nose with notes of lemon, faint candy sugar, and soft bready malt. Subtle, but pleasant. No vingearness is detected.

Taste: 4
Initial moderate sharp sourness, with notes of lemon. Then sweeter/ bready aspects of the malt come through to contrast the sour elements. Also get faint notes of hops. Finishes with a lingering sourness, with hints of tart candy and lemon. Overall, very crisp profile that softens and sweetens as the beer warms. The flavours are simple, but there is good balance, esp with the malt.

Mouthfeel: 4.5
Soft mild carbonation. Mild to moderate thickness. Moderate sourness. A good balance overall in sweet versus sour, and quite appropriate, with just the right amount of pucker to be sour and refreshing, but not too overwhelming. The lingering sourness on the palate makes you want to go back for more.

Overall: 4
A well balance, refined beer with a nice flavour profile, with prominent sourness and great malt notes. Easy drinking.
Recommend.

Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage of the Lou-Pepe Geuze acquired at Capone's in Norristown. After sending two out as extra's in trades I wanted to finally try it myself. Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Appearance: A faded yellow/gold color, slightly hazy. It's a little tough to get any kind of foam to build up. Pouring more aggressively the second time got about a fingers worth of bubbly, spritzy head that receded quickly. Not too much lacing either.

Smell: Not as overpowering as other Geuze's I've tried. Some aroma's of cider, funk, and other herbal tones. The horse blanket funk and sour aroma is a little subdued which I like.

Taste: A little funky with some citric sour flavor. As in the aroma, it is relatively subdued. Not an overpowering sour/funk presence which allows other flavors to come out, such as a slight oak sweetness as the bottle warms and some other citric fruit, lemon flavors. An excellent balance of sour and funk and other flavors. Don't get me wrong though, it's still sour.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was ok. The medium body made this a very drinkable brew as no flavor every becomes overpowering. Lots of different flavors and funk linger on your tongue as well, even a few minutes after a sip I could still taste the lemon and the sourness.

Drinkability: High. A great, flavorful Geuze that isn't overly sour and pretty light in the stomach.

Glad I finally tried this one. Great Geuze. There's a lot more going on than just sour and funk which I like. Expensive, but definitely worth the price every now and again.

Photo of alpineclimber
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I dared to be different tonight.

Poured into a beer chalice, a cloudy, straw coloured beer with a single finger of head.

I don't even have to stick my nose into the glass to realize that this is a sour beer. Sour peach, citrus, brett and a slight medicinal smell.

Wow, this is knock your socks off sour!!! The sourness of this beer fully encompasses the taste. The taste reminds me of a Jolly Rancher candy, the exact flavour is hard to pin down but I would have to say peach, lemon and maybe pineapple. There is a medicianl funk to the taste.

This beer to me has a thin mouthfeel.

Lambics are a very interesting style of beer. Not something I drink on a regular basis but something I enjoy when I want something radically different.

Photo of gushov
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Complex, funky, lip smackingly tart and delicious.

This gueuze is a slightly hazy pale golden color with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma matches the taste with notes of horse blanket, grapefruit and tart candy. The beer is light bodied and well carbonated with a dry finish.

The tart sourness of this beer is upfront all the way through, but just behind it is a complex barny horsey funkyness that seems to evolve with every sip.

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 894 ratings.