Lou Pepe - Gueuze
Brasserie Cantillon

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Style:
Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #4
ABV:
5%
Score:
98
Ranked #145
Avg:
4.52 | pDev: 7.52%
Reviews:
215
Ratings:
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I'm going to blend the scores here. Aged LPG and fresh LPG are two different animals. This is comparison of a 2010 sticker vs. a 2007 sticker. Had the 2010 on 12/21/15 and then 2007 on 1/1/16.

2010 L: Looks like carbonated apple juice. Copper/amber hue with plenty of carb. 4.5.
2007 L: Looks like carbonated apple cider. Incredibly murky. 5.

2010 S: A bit more mild than I expected. Close to regular gueuze but a bit more unique. Some apple, mild vinegar. That cleaner Cantillon funk, but a little dirtyness. 4.5
2007 S: Wow, that is mouthwatering. Granny Smith apples, plenty of dirty funk, but more lemony and lactic forward. 5.

2010 T: Same as the nose. Mild apple, vinegar, slightly soapy fresh Cantillon funk with a bit of dirt. 4.25.
2007 T: Same as the nose! Very apple cider like, tons of lactic mouth watering pucker, lemon, nice funk but a bit behind the lemon apple qualities. 4.75.

2010: F: Fine, a bit thin like fresh Cantillon gueuze usually is. 4.25.
2007 F: Awesome. Creamy and thick, little bit lower carb but so mouthwatering. More like a 4.9.

2010 O: Great gueuze, but not a big enough step up from the regular to justify the price. 4.25.
2007 O: One of my favorite bottles of gueuze ever. The extra few years of aging really made a huge difference. Or maybe it was just better back then, who knows. Worth the hype here. 5.

So yeah, if you go for a bottle of LPG, plan on aging it for at least 5 years, or grab a bottle that's already at least 5 years old. This one was about 6 years when we opened it. It makes a huge difference.

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4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze (2010 sticker, 2013 cork). Beer review #2000. A momentous occasion and some real reflecting going on right now. Started reviewing at the ripe age of 21; 2270 days ago. What a journey it has been. I must thank my good friends and family who have gifted me some amazing beers along the way. No particular reason I picked this for #2000, it was just the bottle out of my stash that seemed up to the task.

A- Uncorked with a pool of slimy beer atop the cork and a decent pop upon opening. A fruit fly floats atop the medium golden body after the one finger puffy head dies down to a medium ring. Spotty lacing here and there as it just doesn't seem to wanna stick.

S- Musty and funky and probably somewhere in the middle of the Cantillon catalog for me as far as those qualities go. Lactic acid funky fermentation tones, musty old grapes, wet medium oak, apples, horsey barnyard straw, dried Italian meats, pungent cheese and a general wine feel throughout. Classic Cantillon bugs.

T- Much like the nose and in Cantillon vein it is a smorgasbord of funk, spontaneous microbe fermentation and old brewing tradition. Obviously a beer but fermentation feel of wine, yogurt and cheese to leave their mark on the palate. As my old reviews were here is a huge list of things I get, all of which seem to balance out very well: lemony lactic acid, a small touch of old wine that has soured into vinegar, old wet oak wood, tart apple, pale wine grapes, funky horse pasture, dirty farm basement, pungent cheese, Brett cherry pie and an herbal, floral spice perhaps from the younger yeasty part of the blend.

MF- Foamy, medium-light bodied overall feel on the palate with some creaminess and frothy textures. Carbonation is quite high still even after the cork appeared to rot into pieces in the bottle. Moderate overall sourness by Cantillon standards.

Here's to 2000 more reviews and the mystery to what #4000 will be. It feels very appropriate to have a Cantillon for this occasion and this one really is a great one. The old-world brewing tradition and how they have had a (non-self-induced) mystique about them since I have gotten into craft beer. Wondrously funky yet smooth and balanced and easy to drink. Perhaps this journey has just begun.

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3.59/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 sticker, poured into a HF tulip---
color is apple-cider with frothy white head....
immediate smell is green olives, then must, hay, cork, cider, and citrus
lively carbonation, slick oily feel, ....
nice tart lemon, cider, burnt caramel, and funk....
flavors are balanced and nuanced, and not in your face, but definitely a tasty brew

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3/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, Delirium Cafe

2006 Vintage

Pale and very clear - gueuze tumbler. Definitely a bigger layer of flavor and more sour finish than the standard gueuze. Barnyard funk, hay, citrus zest, a touch acidic, white grape skin, brett. Liked this very much - it was rainin Lou Pepe's in Brussels!

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Kirk
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of inspektor
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sephiroth
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Frank, Kevin, and Jeremy for this tasting!

A-pours a tangerine orange color, somewhat hazy with a little thin white head on top.

S-lots of funk up front, earthy with plenty of mushrooms, a good bit of acidity and notes of sour lemon in the back.

T-lighter funk than the nose, earth and mushrooms, lots of lemon and citrus with a good balance of acidity and tartness in the back.

M-soft feel to it, light carbonation, a little thin in the back and a semi dry and very clean finish.

D-good balance of acidity, the funk is there but it fades a little in the taste, the citrus profile is nice and the tartness is moderate and enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -17%

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4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 1242 ratings