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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'08 into a matching Cantillon tumbler. The brew appears a hazed golden yellow color with a firm finger of yellowish tan head. The cap is composed of rather large bubbles and fades fairly quickly. However, it maintains a thin film across the top from constantly rising bubbles of carbonation. A swirl agitates more bubbles out of solution and paints a bit of spotty lacing on the glass.

The nose is pretty fantastic on this with tropical suggestions of fruit playing all around the classic cantillon funk. Hints of grapefruit and pineapple interplay nicely with some wet hay, cardboard, must, cheese and moist cork/oak. There is a dampness about this brew's nose that lingers around but as soon as you try and hone in on it, it dissolves away into the fruit citrus aspects that once warm are a bit lemony.

The taste is tart with rindy elements of grapefruit juice and lemon zest before the funk comes into play. Moist oak, mildew, straw, sharp blue cheese and a bit of must. Mid palate there is a hint of melon flavor that really does a nice job balancing out the acidity of this. Towards the backend, there is a bit more grain inclusion than I ever remember tasting in this brew during previous experiences. However, it all plays together nice and forms a beautifully balanced geuze. As the brew goes beyond ideal temperature, a bit of mineral earthy edge comes out that is almost meaty (i dont know how else to describe it) with some more focus on stinky footy cheese.

This is medium bodied with a modest amount of lively carbonation. It is complex, refreshing and easy drinking with seemingly no alcohol impact. I am going to venture a guess and say this is about the 4th or 5th time I have had lou pepe geuze between the 05 and 08 vintage. I shit you not, this beer tastes wildly different with every experience. This is perhaps the most fruited and zesty iteration of any cantillon I have had. I hope my other bottles are like this!

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Photo of vicsju1991
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 bottle from Monks Cafe in philadelphia, best beer bar in the united states
My first cantillon, figured i might as well do it right
A - bartender poured it four me, good pour results in small white head that goes away fairly quick, loks almost like apple juice, but a little more opaque
S - lemon,y, barnyardy i guess is the best way to describe it
T - amazing, starts out a little les intense, btu as you dirnk ti the lemon comes out more and more, very sour tart finish,
M - easy to dirnk very crisp
O - top five beers i have ever had

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one from the 7/27 Top Hops mini tasting! thanks to mac and justin for sharing!

vintage 08

a - murky hazy golden color with a generous white frothy head. nice lacing. chunked on the glass.

s - grassy rotten egg sour funk. some lemon really nice smell. not as pungent as the kriek we had earlier.

t - very nice gueze. good grassy elements to smooth out the sourness. lemon zest and some citrus with sour eggy funkiness.

m - crisp and refreshing.

o - overall impressivegueze. would love to try it fresher to see what the 4 years did to it, but really nice mellow and balanced gueze.

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Photo of brystmar
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A massive thanks goes out to cmrillo for bringing this one out during his own 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! 2008 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Cantillon taster flute. Poured a golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, lemon rine, lemon zest, funk, sour, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, lemon rine, funk, citrus, sour, and tart. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. The Lou Pepe treatment really added a nice touch to this brew. There was a nice citrus/lemon aspect going on in this one in both the aroma and flavor. This made it really easy to drink and balanced out the sour and tart characters going on. Definitely worth trying if you have not done so.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of Damian
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2009)

Thanks for opening this, schmoopsbeer!

A bright, light orange and a tall white head. Highly carbonated. Lots of lace left on the glass.

A spicy, musty, funky aroma, consisting of bright fruit, lemon and apple, tangy Brett yeast, hay and grass, and lots of barnyard funk. Pretty awesome. Seems comforting, inviting, and welcoming.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, but perhaps a bit more bright with fruit--lemon, apple, and pear. The tart funk and sourness is huge here as well, though balances exceptionally well with the sweet, fruity flavors. Tremendous!

Light, bubbly, airy mouthfeel--an absolute pleasure.

A definitive version of the style. A classic. Just about perfect.

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

After a St. Patrick's Day filled with Imperial Stouts (no Guinness, here), we figured we should hit something lighter, and when @LaitueGonflable mentioned that he'd "love something sour" there was no question about what was next.

This was the 2008 vintage, tasted in 2012.

Pours a slightly hazed, but refined golden colour, with a mild, frothy but lively head of pure white. Ah, Gueuze really is the champagne of beers, isn't it? Fine bead of carbonation and a fluid but solid body that holds its carbonation well. Looks really excellent.

Nose is classic gueuze, with refined peppery overtones, mingles with earthy aromas and a sharp plastic character. Latex rubber, slight resin, wine cork, cellar, dust. Oh, it does such a wonderful job of riffing on the classic aromas, while still maintaining its basis. Lovely.

Clear and clean on the palate, and surprisingly mellow, without the biting, oesophageally challenging acidity that marks many a Cantillon brew. Light vinous characters, with a touch of oak, some banana leaf, and a hint of pepper, but without the bite or the piquancy. Oh, it is so very refined and sophisticated. It perhaps doesn't have the intense complexity of some gueuzes, but there's something very special about the smoothness, the roundness and the clean power of it. It's just lovely.

Feel is clear and bright, with a very fine carbonation that only goes so far as to enliven the palate; never to overwhelm.

Really gorgeous beer. In fact, very near sublime. It's so smooth, and yet with all the refined haughtiness of the best gueuzes. I love that the acidity is so restrained. It makes for a less raw and powerful, but more sophisticated brew. Really, the skill that has gone into its preparation is astonishing.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a bottle of this at Pizzeria Paradiso tonight. 2008 vintage, 750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

a - Pour a somewhat transparent bright yellow color with one inch of fluffy white head and low carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of funky cheese, oak, tart fruity malts, citrus hops, earthy notes. Super funky and cheesey, really great.

t - Tastes of funky cheese, sour fruits, oak, citrus hops, floral hops, earthy notes, light must, acedic notes, barnyard funk. Again, super funky, really awesome.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink beer.

o - Overall this is a fantastic gueuze and an improvement on the Classic Gueuze, which is one of my all time favorites. Another winner in the Lou Pepe series, I think I would rank this very slightly behind the LP Kriek and in front of the LP Framboise. Super funky and cheesey, would love to get some bottles of this one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared during Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

2008 vintage.

Pours a murky honey yellow with an off-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is just all over the place with sour, funk, tart, and barnyard aromas. Taste is exactly the same as the smell with an acidic bite to it. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good gueuze with some extreme aromas and flavors.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
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 danieelol
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice yellow-gold colour with not a lot of head.

Smell is parmesan cheese rind and lemon. Corny umami. Developing some faecal funk at this point. Some rye and soy milk. Lots of raw soy. Chocolate. Pineapple.

Taste is way more parmesan. lots of umami goodness, with some lemon. More rye/soy. Quinine.

Good mouthfeel, nice and salty and sour.

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Photo of birchstick
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage; bottled 4/11/11. Pours yellow in color with a soft, white head on it that settles to form a nice rim around the glass. The nose is sweet citrus, hay, lemon. Taste starts with lots of sweet sugars up front that move into more citric flavors. A little funk gets added to the mix and then tartness overtakes it. This is super sweet and sugary, which works well in the size I tasted. I think a whole bottle would induce diabetes in a normal person, however I highly recommend splitting amongst others! Another winner from the LP series.

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Photo of monitorpop
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Lou Pepe Guize served from vintage bottle at De Heeren van Liedekercke in Belgium.

A: Light and golden with a 2 finger white head

S: Bright pronounced lemony citrus with some light yeast, spice and a faint bit of barn yard funk.

T: Nectarine, plum skin and lemon zest. slowly growing more sour. A bit acidic in the finish with lingering sourness.

M: Starts off smooth yet crisp, then fades to a lingering pucker.

O: Smoother and less initial in your face sour than a recent standard release Cantillon gueuze. Nice last beer to end my short trip to Belgium.

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Photo of henskejk
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Photo of hawks10
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
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...

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
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 mothman
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08 vintage thanks to Chris

Pours a white head. Fades to a ring. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: sour and funky. A nice amount of fruit. Cantelop and lemon zest. Cobweb and basement musk. Reminds me of classic.

Taste: more fruit flavored up front. Lemon citrus and cantelop/muskmelon. Sour and funky. Cobweb, basement must, ad some old oak.

Mouthfeel: sour and tart. Light bodies with a fine amount of carbonation. Ends very clean.

Overall, this was a lot like classic. Very drinkable and very flavorful. Amazing beer. I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a cloudy light-medium orange with a two finger near-white head. Good retention.

S - Funk, slight vinegar, oak, and lemons.

T - Slight funk, fruity-woody, and citrus.

D - Lots of carbonation, tart, but not overly.

O - Wow, very nice. Now I see what the fuss is about.

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Photo of gushov
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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 beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2008 vintage and yeah i know its a little early to be cracking it but after today i thought i deserve it plus i always like comparing beers when fresh compared to aged and it pours a hazy apricot hue which leaves a wispy one finger head that doesnt stay long and not much lacing either,the smell is parmesan cheese,white grapes,vinegar and wet hay,the mouthfeel is medium bodied,zesty and bone dry and has nice tastes of Sav Blanc grapes,lemon zest,a touch of tangerines and finished with a funky sour dryness that makes you want another sip straight away and overal without doubt this has to be one of the top versions of this style fresh or aged as this brew will definately hold for the 20years it says it will on the back label and thoroughly recommend you try cheers.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.
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