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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-01-2003

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, 2010 year on the sticker, poured at the Tipple's Rare and Barrel Aged Beer tasting on July 13, 2014. Nice job, guys!

Pours clear golden colored with a small white fluffy head. Aroma is of the lemon peel and mint leaf kind that I get from a lot of gueuze, some dry dusty oak, funky yeast, very nice. Flavor is pretty funky lacto sour with lemon peels, super dusty dryness, oak, some other citrus notes, hay. Excellent. Like this better than the Classic Gueuze version. Body is very light, with medium plus carbonation and super easy drinking.

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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 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 scottfrie
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2002 vintage shared by cpferris at a recent tasting. Reviewed from notes.

Pours near flat, clear and golden. Reminds me of iced tea or close to it. The nose/taste is very funky as expected with scents of earth, soil, stone fruits, un-ripened berries and slight green apples. Despite looking near flat there is plenty of fine carbonation on the palate. Fuzzy mouthfeel,good dose of acid. Reminds me of sweet tarts. Solid all-around. Thanks again Chad.

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Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, 2006 vintage, bottled in 2/2008.

Pours a hazy light golden orange with a small frothy white head that recedes to a swirl and collar quickly. Little lacing to speak of.

The aroma is fantastic and complex with apricots and pears bringing some sweetness with a bit of acidic tartness. There is an emerging earthy funk that would certainly grow over time though it currently takes a back seat to the fruits and acidity.

The taste starts out with the vinegar which puckers the mouth a bit before the light, sugar-coated pears and green apples come in. The finish is dry and very oaky with the barrel character making it's presence felt. The barnyard funk is more prevalent in the taste as well though it's still not dominant.

The mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a moderate carbonation. Lots of oaky tannins.

Another fantastic lambic from Cantillon. Super refreshing and less funky and more sweet than I was expecting.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.57/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 vintage.

Pours a pale golden colour, quite clear, with nice fluffy head, off-white, dense, sinking slowly enough but doesn't leave a great amount of lace residue behind. Not bad, but quite standard beer-look.

Smells bretty and funky, but yeah, really on the acidic side. Slight vinegar edge to it, slight raspberry aroma and some horse blanket, but mostly just sour. Am tempted to mark it down for the simplicity, but the fact is I like it, and am willing to give it the benefit of the doubt at this stage.

Taste is also very sour and funky. Has a slight grainy sweetness upfront that gets quite - actually make that extremely - sour and bitey early on. Lots of vinegar astringency that grows to a slight organic barnyard character on top of that, but it still retains that acidic, almost bitter, bite. I don't hate it of course, but still it seems like there's very little to this, like it's the basic 'let's infect the shit out of this' on an otherwise very simple base recipe.

Quite astingent, so it pulls your gums back over your teeth. Not a bad amount of substance and body to it, though.

This is such an off-putting beer to the uninitiated. I've had many beers of this style that I like, so I'm happy to sit here, drink and enjoy, but the fact is there's nothing special to really recommend this, so I almost feel like the sourness has an arrogance to it, like "if people don't like this then they're wrong and fuck them" whereas there should be more offered for 'lay' people to enjoy rather than just pure 'off', funky acidity.

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

Cantillon - Lou Pepe Gueuze "1999 Vintage Real Gueuze". 2 three year old blends of lambic are blended together yet again to make this semi-rare offering from Cantillon. 750ml green glass bottle, purchased from Steelgarden for about $15+US. This gueuze is a dark golden colour with a lovely effervecence and quite a head of white foam. The aromas are of dead skunk, funky drunk, horny monk, scared skunk, a hostel bunk, and some junk in my trunk. The taste follows through with a blast of traditional gueuze lambic tartness and all the traditional farmyard flavors. Their is a dry fruitiness that makes this gueuze very fruity, without having any fruit in it. The mouthfeel is quite acidic, tart and sharp, just as a good gueuze should be. The only flaw this lambic has, IMO, is its softness. Compared to an unaged or aged sample of Cantillons 100% gueuze lambic, this lou pepe gueuze just isn't as sharp, tart, or enamel stripping as Cantillons flagship is. Still, this is a a classic gueuze with a wonderful drinkability!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gueuze 2000 Vintage:

Presentation: Spied this during a beer store tour with my good mate Davo, so I immediately picked up this beauty. Cost me all of $15 whilst in NYC back in May – what a steal. The typical 750ml Cantillon green glass bottle comes with a cork/crown cap, all covered in a thick black foil that covers the slender neck. Lots of rust once the foil is removed, the crown cap was badly corroded, but the cork was in perfect condition once I cleaned up the rusty mess. The main obverse label has a picture of the area around the Mannekin Piss statute, which is also the view seen from the Poechenellekelder as it happens. A small oval sticker above the main obverse label lists this as Gueuze 2000, but the cork has a bottled date of 2002. The Lou Pepe range was created to mark the handing over of Brewster activities at Cantillon from father (Jean-Pierre) to son (Jean). The reverse label states that the best casks of 3 year old lambics are blended together, I also know that the absence of a young lambic means that it has to be re-energized with sugar. However, a little math on the label (2000) and cork (2002) dates does not substantiate the labels claim that this is a blend of 3 year old lambics, so maybe I have a blend of 2 two year old lambics? Who knows?

Appearance: Lovely fresh slightly hazy lemon body with a peachy golden hue. Massive head on the pour has a loud audible fizz as it slowly collapses down on itself. The huge head is simply stunning, effervescing all the time whilst it rescinds into a bubbled mass filled with cavities it laces the sides of my Cantillon Gueuze Tumbler. Minimal carbonation with trace conditioning.

Nose: Aaahh, a cumly gorgeous acidic nose that has lemons and pith in it. Mellow acidity for a Cantillon yet it still has enough to shrink your testicles when deeply inhaled.

Taste: Lovely sour acidic beginning that builds into a lemony middle. Full of lambic surprise it exhibits the bite of a Gueuze but retains some fresh lambic character that somehow gives this offering a grown up feel. Incredibly dry, astringent finish, but a tad more mature and mellow than the usual 1-2-3 year old lambic blend and certainly not as sour. Deliciously educated and a very impressive 'Gueuze', of sorts.

Mouthfeel: Fantastic medium body with a wholesome feel. The saliva stripping dryness of this can leave you gasping and wanting more. Much more.

Drinkability: It’s a hot sticky night in Long Beach, and this is the perfect solution. This is sooo f’ing drinkable, I always find lambics and gueuze quaffable but the mellow nature to this one makes it an attractive session beer. I always try to savor traditional lambics when I get chance to try them, but I am not ashamed to say that I found myself quite literally pounding this one.

Overall: Has a more refined character and is a little mellower that the usual Gueuze but this has real class and is sheer brilliance.

Superb!! Another winner from the Masters at Cantillon.

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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 woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2005 sticker, into a Gueuze glass at Delirium Café.

A: Clear amber body with a 3/4" head of frothy white foam. Ok retention, no lace. Nice, but not great.

S: Very delicate aroma of citrus, dry hay, oak, vanilla, grape skin, and garden flowers. Quite complex and enjoyable, although not quite as funky as I was expecting.

T: Starts out tart, with lemon + grapefruit zest leading to apples and flowers; some malt give substance toward the end, and it finishes with some earthy, grassy funk. Very long, dry finish. Superb.

M: Medium to full body, moderate, super-fine carbonation. Perfect.

O: This one really grew on me as I worked my way through the glass; at first I was a little disappointed in its lack of intensity (especially for a Cantillon), but the more time I spent with it the more I was impressed by its profound complexity and delicacy. Well worth the 18 euro price tag.

Cheers!

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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 FosterJM
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1781st Review on BA
Bottle to Tumbler & Wine Glass
750 Cork and Cap

2010 Vintage

App- The color of a ripe orange, consider it a golden sunset on bottom. A 1" head and fades to a couple dotted bubbles. A bit of sediment in the globe glass. More light shined in the tumbler.

Smell- This was a muted funk with some hay, cheese, wheat and barnyard. To me this wasnt as bright on the nose as some other Cantillons I have had. As this warms I got more of a cheesy, butter and hay aroma.

Taste- A fuller gueuze flavor. This had more of a thicker hay & funk flavor. A bit of citrus was there in terms of a orange rind flavor (IMO). A little sour to it. The funk is a bit of an old cheese flavor. A very full flavor and delicious as expected.

Mouth- A medium body with a slightly more medium carbonation. More full hay and cheese on the residual flavor. Not as bright or spritzy as the other Cantillons I have had. More of a sipper to relax and enjoy.

Drink- This was a fantastic gueuze. Would love to let this one sit for a while and see what happens.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at Cantillon a while back. Always a nice place to visit.

From a 75cl bottle into a tasting glass
Bottled 22 February 2013
Best Before 2033

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, looser looking, foamy white head with decent retention. Clear gamboge orange in color with medium levels of carbonation for the style. Head fades to a thin wisp and ring. Slight ring remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Sour lemon, funky barnyard notes and some citrus aromas on the nose. Much brighter than the musty and dank regular gueuze.

TASTE: Puckeringly sour lemon, citrus and some slightly acidic notes up front, moving into a bold and lingering finish of more lemon and sour citrus fruits, hay, some barnyard funk and acidity as well. Bright and flavorful with plenty of citrus and sourness for sure.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry and puckering. Very dry finish.

OVERALL: Good stuff all around. Found this to be much fruitier and slightly acidic compared to the dank and musty regular gueuze, which is a big plus in my book. Something I could easily polish off over an evening and one I hope to enjoy again in the near future.

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Photo of Marius
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

75cl bottle. Golden orange with a short-lasting white head. Smells like vinegar, macerated grapes, barnyard funk. Sour taste all the way, with interesting notes of mould, barnyard funk, apple vinegar and grape juice. Good stuff - probably the best gueuze I ever tried.

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

I received this as a gift about 2 years ago and have tried to patiently wait for this one. I guess the time is now, but the warnings from previous reviewers caution about taking on a bottle of this one solo. I feel I have no choice and there are moments when I can be a brave soul.
Bottle inspection notes no visible sediment and apparently water clear. We'll see. Cap before the cork had a brown stain and a deep red stain on it. Bottle label marked "Gueuze 2001" and the cork noted "Botteld 2003".
Initially a dirty, musty, earthy aroma that is very reminiscent of old, dirty socks. The horse blanket quality is very persistent throughout the drink. There is a slight background of sweet/sour fruitiness that seems almost apple in character (but I could be thrown visually).
Initially pours with a very non-dense head that breaks down very easily, leaving a small edge ring and a fine thin layer of white. Apple juice in color and very clear.
An interesting array of flavors. Sour, yes, but not overpoweringly so. It also has a woody character that seems like oak (chardonnay). A fairly neutral fruit taste that borders on some sweetness but it is quickly overcome by the sourness. There is an acid quality, but it isn't necessarily too tart or astringent. In fact a nice mellow dryness finishes the drink in which the sourness is eventually in the background and fades before the slowly diminishing dryness leaves. The apple juice comparison again in that it's like drinking a sour apple juice, except it doesn't taste particularly like apple juice.
The tartness is enhance by the mild yet almost prickly carbonation. It's never excessive and doesn't take away from a thin smoothness.
As an acolyte in this style my impressions are based upon nothing other than what I've read, expectations based upon nothing and impressions of flavors. With all that I'm enjoying this drink. It's not overwhelming me in any manner, but it does leave me wanting for a taste of something to nibble on to contrast (or maybe complement) the flavors as they are striking enough to warrant a distraction. Nicely drinkable, as I had little difficulty finishing off the bottle.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.59/5  rDev -18.4%
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 Sean9689
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2005 bottle purchased at 33 Wine Bar in St. Louis.
Split with my girlfriend. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a hazy orange/yellow with a white fizzy head.

S - Funky tart/sour barnyard notes, horse blanket, musty Cantillon-esk notes as well. Some sweet fruit notes in there as well.

T - Not quite as funky as I was hoping, but very solid. Much similar to the nose. Fresh fruit, tart/sour notes, funk, sour apples, maybe some peaches in there as well.

M - Light and fizzy carbonation. Very much like champagne.

D - I could have drank the entire bottle myself and was sad when it was over.

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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 yemenmocha
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with little to no head.

Nose is reminiscent of marbled blue cheeses and fresh pungent breads like rye, with a chalkboard white oaky component as well.

Palate is assaulted with sourness right off the bat, with bitter apple and Champagne-like fruitiness. In fact, this beer comes across simply as a low carbonated sour Champagne, if there is such a thing.

If you're accustomed to sour offerings, it's easy to drink. Otherwise, you may want to stick to that bottle of Champagne in the back of your refrigerator instead.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 vintage. The cork fell apart on opening, so some fell down into the beer. Maybe I shouldn't store it on its side for so long, but I have limited room in the fridge.

Appearance: Pale, hazy straw, no head.

Aroma: Aroma of sweat and leather, very tart. Musty, too.

Flavor: Sour, but not as overwhelming as some lambics. Grassy, earthy, sweaty, the smells of working in the garden on a hot day in July. There's a touch--very faint--of slight vanilla sweetness that gives a pleasant sweet-and-sour taste. Finishes clean but dry.

Mouthfeel: Nearly flat, with a light champagne-like body.

Very good, but still falls way short of Cantillon's 1900 Broucsella, in terms of full lambic flavor.

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Photo of DIM
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005

So I opened this one with my family on thanksgiving. My mom and fiance turned up their noses, my dad really liked it, my brother-in-law thought it was okay, and my sister liked it well enough once she added some orange juice. That last bit made me cringe, but what the hell, its a holiday! To each her own.

Anyway, on to what really matters most, my opinion. jk

a: Typical clear, pale yellow with a short lived fizzy white head.

s: Milder than other gueuezes I've tried, but all the usual suspects are here. Acidic apple cider vinegar, earthy wheat notes, and that prickly funk I have yet to come up with an adequate adjective for.

t: Here again, this was quite approachable and very much like a dry champagne. This was not as obnoxiously acidic as I'm used to, but it was a nice change of pace. Plus I didn't get any heartburn! I've always scoffed when I've heard people suggest that gueuze is a good gateway beer for wine lovers. In this case, however, its quite true. The rotten, barnyardy qualities are very much in the backround, though they aren't completely masked.

m: This was tart and lively, though the carbonation was a little short-lived.

d: I was hesitant to buy 750ml of a beer that I was sure would give me acid reflux. I love 'em but they are painful. This was far from mild, but it was tame enough that I could have easily tackled the whole bottle myself. I am glad that I shared this one though. Definitely recommended as a gateway into sour beer.

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Photo of bobsy
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my friend Eric for sharing this at our Christmas party. You really cannot go wrong with Cantillon and this is an outstanding gueuze.

Pours a hazy gold with a half finger of white head that drops to a scanty covering that leaves a few spots of lace on the side of the glass. The nose is intensely funky, with barnyard, lemon zest, white wine, mineral and fresh cut grass. Not surprisingly it tastes just as awesome as it smells, with the barnyard and lemon acidity dominating the flavour. The sourness is bracing, but strangely drinkable (maybe I've now had too many sours to recommend drinkability to someone, but this is up there). Medium mouthfeel is a bit fuller than normal, but seems to be a hallmark of the Lou Pepe series.

This 2007 vintage is drinking excellently and is worth every cent. Cantillon excels at producing highly drinkable lambics of outstanding quality, abd this is no different.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2001 vintage. Thanks to SheepNutz for sharing this gem with us. The beer poured an orange color with a slight ring over top. The nose was awesome. Full of lemoney acidic tones with the tartness and sour grapey notes as well. I had the Cuvee Renee recently, and this Cantillon was much more balanced and subdued. The flavor was much the same. All the sour, acid and tart I want from a gueuze, but without the overpowering pucker. The flavors lingered long as well, but not in a bad way. The feel was moderate with just a slight carbontion. The finish was very dry, sucking the moisture from my mouth. Very easy drinking and smooth. Even though the finish was dry, it was very refreshing. Another fine offering from Cantillon.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
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