Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8%
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Belgium

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

Vintage 2005 bottle, split with trep and friends during a Thanksgiving holiday beer tasting.

Pours a crystal clear, golden yellow body with a fair amount of carbonation fueling a nicely retained, bone-white head. Although I'm yet to warm up to the Gueuze style, the aroma of Lou Pepe was intoxicating, with (thankfully) mellowed acetic acid, wet oak, and tart apple peel that gets balanced by a light malt presence and a trace of grassy hops.

Flavor is similar to the aroma, with a bit more sourness coming through. It's definitely not heavy on the vinegar, which I liked, and the dryness is manageable. Citrus notes of orange peel and oak linger on the finish. Body is crisp, surprisingly refreshing, and light. Overall, a fantastic brew, but I'm glad my friend footed the hefty price tag for this one ($25.99!).

Photo of nickd717
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle from Cantillon in Brussels.

A - Great appearance, bright golden with a creamy white head and excellent lacing.

S - Nice funky tart aroma with green apple, lemon, and barnyard.

T - Flavor is full and complex with malty sweetness to balance the tartness, lemony funk, sour apple, and wood. Just a straight-up awesome gueuze.

M - High carbonation, medium body, and a great effervescent mouthfeel. A sharp and tart acidic bite, just like you'd want and expect from this style.

D - Better than the regular Cantillon gueuze. Can't pinpoint why exactly, maybe it's a little better balanced and smoother.

Photo of Crosling
4.46/5  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.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of rye726
4.77/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of clvand0
4.32/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Slightly hazed golden tangerine color with a large bubbly, foamy white head with decent retention leaving a thin layer of lace with some patches.

S - Lighter and sweeter than what I was expecting. A lot of apple along with the tart/acidic smell. Reminds me of an apple cider or apple vinegar. Some sour/tart grapes and hints of barnyard aroma.

T - Like the smell, this was a bit lighter and less sour/tart/acidic than I thought it may be. That's not to say this doesn't have those but they seem a bit more balanced when compared to the fruity flavors. Strong tart and acidic apple and pear along with a base of sour grape. Citrus and barnyard flavors come out but it isn't really all that funky compared to others in the style I have tried. On the finish there is definitely a tangy and tannic white grape kind of feel. At the very end I get a bit of a kick of wheat as well.

M - Medium body with a healthy level of carbonation. Has puckering and drying effects, but for the style this is quite smooth.

D - Very drinkable, especially for a sour. The mellow taste (compared to other sours) make this much easier to drink and drink more of it.

Notes: 2007 Gueuze, bottle on 12 October 2009. This is a fairly mellow sour with the flavors much more in an equal balance with the fruitiness. This still is a sour beer, no question. Good easy to drink sour that has a good mix of flavors and won't kill your palate or overload you with tart/sour/acidic flavors. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Steve for this one. Sampled the 2001 and 2000 vintages side-by-side. Review is for the 2001 vintage though there will be comments about the 2000 throughout. 4oz. pours from capped and corked 750ml bottles into matching wine glasses. Reviewed at a tasting 2/19/11. From notes.

A: Pour generates a small ring of white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a slightly cloudy yellowish-white peach. Lacing is minimal and with little stick. The 2000 vintage is surprisingly much more carbonated. More head, more lace and darker beer color overall also. Still, pretty much what I'd expect from a Gueuze.

S: Nose is sharp cheese, overwhelming horse-blanket and Brett funk, wet wood, and notes of tart lemon pulp and ripe sour peaches. Very aromatic and impressive overall. 2000 vintage is much more earthy and grassy with a much more woody presence and significantly less sharpness and funk.

T: Opening is accented by a sharp, lemon and sour apple tartness. Notes of stale and damp air, wood, and blankets of Brett funk. Mild sour peaches at the middle and end with a building sourness right at the end. Finish is moderately dry and puckering with no aftertaste. Very well done. 2000 vintage is much less sour and with more of a bitter, grassy, yeasty presence.

M: Light to medium bodied and near still. Oily and silky in the mouth. Saliva-generating. Puckering and moderately dry. Very slight graininess going down. Crisp, clean, and dry finish. No aftertaste. Very appropriate and the combination of dryness and a slightly prickly finish is what makes this one.

D: What is surprising about this beer is the stark contrast between the 2000 and 2001 vintages. 2001 was, in my opinion, far and away, a superior beer with more funk, more tartness, and simply more character. Still, regardless of the vintage, seek this one out and sit on it. A gem of a beer.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.12/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 2007 (bottled in 2009)

cork sucked coming out, broke into two pieces.

pours a bright slightly hazy golden yellow. very little to no head.

very sharp acidic lemon with dry oak. some old basement.

very sour. dank, dark, and acidic. loads of lemon sour apple. slight funkiness and dry oak. malt emerges a bit in the back ground towards the finish.

moderate carbonation, somewhat more on the mild side. very dry with a lingering lip puckering tartness.

good, but not as complex as i was expecting. not sure if maybe its this vintage or what. was looking for a bit more depth but regardless, would buy again. i kind of think the classic gueuze might be a bit better overall.

Photo of DogFood11
4.77/5  rDev +6%
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

Photo of pmarlowe
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage (2013 bottling). Teku glass.

There is some beer under the cap but over the cork that smells like an old wine cellar.

A: Pours a hazy, light golden color with a half finger of fluffy, sloppy white head. Some champagne-like bubbles. Very good retention and a few streaks of lacing.

S: A mild aroma featuring funkiness upfront, along with grass, flowers, white grape, fruit-like light orange, sugar-coated lemon, and stone fruit.

T: Funk and earthiness with straight new oak, a mild tartness, with some flowery and honey notes, and vague fruitiness. Mild tannic bitterness which is accentuated by the bone dryness.

M: Medium-light, soft carbonation and medium body.

O: Very tasty and exceedingly drinkable at 5% and with such light tartness. Among the LP versions, I think the Kriek is my favorite. This is about as good as 3F OG. Off the top of my head, I can’t distinguish this and Classic Gueuze.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.7/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

07 bottle into tulip.

Dark murky gold in color. Nice white bubbles with some spotty lace.
Smells HUGELY oaky with a deep musky funk.
The taste is nice-- oaky and funky with a good sour bite to it. Some light citrus notes hide in here, but the big oaky funk is lo is the best.
Feel is a bit medium and syrupy. Feels like it could use more carbonation.
Overall-- I'll take the classic gueuze over this one. This is not bad, but is the least best of the Lou Pepe series.

Fun to try, nonetheless.

Photo of nlmartin
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served in a flute. This beer was the 2001 vintage.

Appearance: The beer has a peach coloration. The beer has a nice tight rolling carbonation. The head was pretty much nothing to speak of.

Smell: The beer smells very acidic and has a load of funky yeastyness. The beer gives me a bit of sour apples and lemon.

Taste: The beer doesnt taste any where near as sour as the smell. The beer gives alot of funky yeastyness. The beer has a sour apples and lemon tartness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied. The beer has ample carbonation. This is the least harsh of any Cantillon product I have drank. This beer is oddly refreshing and made me wish for more.

Photo of adamette
3.97/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 750 ML dark green bottle that I bought at Buckeye Beer Engine several months ago but I cannot recall for how much. The bottle is capped, also has a cork under the cap and has a black foil covering the cap and neck of bottle. Sticker above the front label announces: Gueuze 2005 Lambic Beer aged in Oak Barrels. Cork has "bottled in 2007" stamped on it, no doubt because of the 2 years of aging in oak barrels. Poured into my Brewery Ommegang short flute glass. This is their non-specific glass, possible use with any of their beers.

A Awfully clear light orange/yellow body under a puffy, off white head that started out 2 inches tall but moved down to less than 1 cm within 60 seconds. Fair look really. 3.0

S Moderate citrus like tartness with a bit of a softened feel that I attribute to the oak barrels. I find this to be a very typical Gueuze smell. 3.5

T Gotta love the funk of a true lambic, in this case a blast of citrusy tart horse blanket that really packs a punch but then lays off, leaving a pleasant, oaken funk of a classic Gueuze. 4.5

M Rather light for having the strong tastes that it does and the aftertaste is much more gentle, thin, than the initial feel. 3.5

D Very good for the style which is not normally (for me) a tremendously drinkable beer style. 4.0

Notes: To enjoy this beer is to experience a true lambic from the world's foremost producer of the style.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2008 vintage bottled in 2011, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color, topped with an inch of white head that recedes to a thin layer, leaves little lacing.

S- Tart fruitiness with apple, lemon and vinegar. Funky barnyard aroma as well as some oak and a very light vanilla. The aroma is really nice and balanced.

T- Huge tartness, mostly lactic but also with some vinegar flavors, lots of white grapes and skins. Has some nice barnyard/hay and earthy funk. Has some oak, grape skin and tannins towards the end.

M- Medium-bodied, low carbonation with a dry finish.

O- Another excellent gueuze from Cantillon. I'm really not sure if I prefer this or their Classic Gueuze, it's pretty close. Very tasty, highly drinkable, and all around a great beer.

Photo of UnionMade
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2002 bottling, courtesy of Goodbyeohio. Thanks for the amazing Christmas (last year) present, buddy! Split with my girlfriend, poured into matching Cantillon goblets.
The cork is dated 2004, so I'm guessing they aged this at the brewery? Clear, pale peach. Respectable collar of tight, white foamage. Incredibly fine bubbled. Actually laces on the glass pretty well, which I find unusual for a lambic. Nice and funky aroma. Pungent crabapple, stilton and aged swiss cheese, and bottom-of-the-haybale funkiness. Very acidic, with a citrus tint. The flavor opens with softened, silky carbonation. Really, really nice. The beer just glides along on microscopic bubbles. Almost immediately tart, with little to no sweetness. Mostly a cheesy kind of funk, with heaps of lemon juice and wild crabapple. Definite bleu cheese going on here. Moldy and dank. Just about everything including the kitchen sink going on in here. Almost gamey at times, then a bit of sweetness can be detected. Lots going on here. So dry it could be called arid, stripping my palate of any and all moisture. Very sharp, though in a more refined way than the regular Cantillon Gueuze. Nicely aged, with a very elegant, urbane feel. If you believe any wine can compete with this kind of complexity, I've got a bridge I'll sell to you for a real bargain!

Photo of Damian
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz corked and capped bottle purchased at Berman's Wines & Spirits, Lexington, MA
2008 vintage
Bottled: 21 April 2011
Best before2031
Served in a traditional Cantillon tumbler

Upon popping the cap, a bit of liquid fizzled out the top of the bottle. This could have spelled disaster. The beer poured a nearly crystal clear, straw yellow color. A tight, creamy, bright white, two-finger head topped the body. Luckily, the seeping liquid did not signify a flat bottle. The head faded to a lasting ring of froth.

The nose was super funky and musty, yet also bright and lemony. You could sense that the critters have been active. Good amount of oak. Wheaty, dry and tart. The tartness however was offset by a mild sweetness. Overall, very smooth and pleasant. Exceptionally well balanced. On the second pour, some of the yeast sneaked into the beer and the nose turned more powdery and dry.

The beer was remarkably flavorful, yet smooth and balanced. Crackery malts came through on the front end. Soon, however, the sourness kicked in. Super strong lemon notes. Quite tart, yet also a bit sweet. Crisp and wheaty. Moderately acidic. Must and leather notes were apparent in the center. Funky. The finish was also nicely balanced. Very lemony. A fair amount of earthy hops came through as well. Exceptional.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly rich, frothy and creamy. Super smooth and supple on the palate. Astonishingly full bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine bubbled, moderate effervescence.

Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze is one of the best spontaneously fermented beers to have ever passed my lips. Although it may not be super complex, it is immensely flavorful and astonishingly drinkable. I wish I had purchased more of these when I had the chance to do so.

Photo of brystmar
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whartontallboy for sharing! 2008 sticker date.

Until today, I'd only had Classic Gueuze, and this completely blows it away. Awesome aroma with much more complexity and depth of flavor than the regular gueuze. Stronger puckering sourness too. All in all, a much more mature lambic (in more ways than one) that I wish was more easily available.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by sweemzander. Thanks sweem! Bottle date 06 cork 08.

Golden amber hue with a rather small amount of off white head. Surprisingly modest lactic sour. More funk than sour. The mold and wet wood are very prominent. Wet straw and lemons. Flavors are much more sour. The lactic is bitingly tart with plenty of moldy wood and dirty basement. A touch of black pepper in the finish. Lightish body with mild carbonation. Overall a great gueuze. Although I was hoping for a tongue ripping sour.

Photo of Devman171
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle, pours pale. Aroma is light dough malt and big oak and barnyard funk. Taste is soft and funky, sawdust, light tart, excellent beer.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottle @ Nüetnigenough

Clear golden beer with a white head. Looks like a gueuze!

A sharp tartness to it and plenty of funk especially on the taste where this beer seems to shine. Wood, mustiness, stone fruit, grapefruit, green grape.

Perfect carbonation for the beer and ends dry.

A must try gueuze.

Photo of heygeebee
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle 2008 Vintage many thanks to MrKennedy

A - 100% clear light gold, lively off white head.

S - sour, lemons, Cantillon-style.

T - surprisingly restrained and delicate, vinous, sour of course, and an odd hint of apricot (!).

M - lively, zesty, lightweight.

O - a real find in terms of drinkability. Reading the website after confrims the idea of subtle in this style and it works a treat.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very murky hazy yellowish. Almost no head. Pours fairly thick. Smells funky and floral. Tastes fruity (peachy) and floral. Sme nice tart sour funk. Thick on the tongue. Overall very interesting. The thick lightly carbonated mouthfeel is very nice

Photo of rajendra82
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 2000 vintage beer came in a corked bottle with a crown cap covering it, and it was a good thing too, as the cork appeared to have dried up and shrunk in upright storage. The cap had done its job, and the beer was effervescent, clear, and Champagne like. The smell was very mature and ripe, and the aging seemed to have taken a lot of the funky edges off. The smell reminded me of fresh squeezed lemon juice or a cider made from green apples. Taste was very dry and sour with no hint of any sweetness that might have ever been present. A little bit of hay and cheddar were apparent in the taste as well. Despite all this acidity and complexity, it was smooth and refreshing, and not harsh at all. Airy and slippery with a high level of puckering feel. Easy to drink except for the steep price of admission.

Photo of peabody
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a cloudy effervescent with lots of small white bubbles. One finger of suds and small lacing.
Cherry and lemon zest with just a hint of a caramel sweetness underlying the extreme sourness.
Taste is lemony orange with just a tad of sweetness. Mmmmm good.
Almost an asprin-like feel to the mouth after the sourness goes away. Very dry but with lemon peel with a touch of caramel sweetness.
Great session brew if I could get this all the time. Great!

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 891 ratings.