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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - GueuzeCantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of lpayette
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005 bottling. Purchased at Ryan and Casey in Greenfield, MA a couple of months ago for $13.99.

A- Golden orange. Bright white head.

S- mostly sour. some near vinegar notes.

T- I'm not the biggest sour drinker, but this one seems to be a very nice balance. This is fairly mellow in the sourness, and it gains some drinkability points as your palate gets used to it.

M- Again, really this just has the perfect amount of sourness for me. It's not super intense and is rounded out by a nice smoothness.

D- I find this fairly drinkable overall, and quite drinkable for the style. I'm still trying to get used to the style to some extent as I don't have many opportunities to try sours. But I can certainly recognize that this a great beer in this style.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.17/5  rDev -5%
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!).

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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 beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
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 rajendra82
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Hazy, and light honey with a touch of orange. Head is 1/2" and has nice retention.

S. Very lemony and citrusy with a touch of horseblanket, cloves, and a little bit of peppercorn.

T. Zingy and sour- very funky. A little bit of wet basement, a little touch of orange and some horseblanket/farmhouse.

M. Light and thin in the mouth. Great for style.

D. To be so drastically sour its a very light, refreshing and drinkable beer.

This was shared with ATLbeerDog and Pullen. Thanks, Dan, for sharing this one with us.

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Photo of brystmar
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
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 gford217
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
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 danieelol
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
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 ricke
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2003. Bottled in 2005.

A: Golden orange with quite a big off-white head with good retention. Good lacings as well.

S: Nicely edgy but very well composed funky character. Notes of clean bretty aromas, horse blanket, aged cheese and mud. Grass and mild tart fruit notes. Lemon juice and perhaps a faint hint of mint.

T: A quick acidic punch at first followed by a massive funky brett character. Pleasant citric notes, grass and apple rind. Lots of barnyard and horse blanket and hints of aged cheese. After a while in the glass, the funkiness dominates almost completely. Gently husky wheat character. The finish is nicely dry with a considerable grassy bitterness, a hint of stomach acid, funk and minerals.

M: Medium body with very tingly carbonation. Refreshing and very easy to drink.

D: Very good. A complex and very funky gueuze. Not very acidic considering the brewery behind it. It's actually almost too easy to drink - it seems like it looses character after a while, as if the acidity mellows out.

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Photo of laintringulis
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of kennyo
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden color with a bit of white head. Aroma has nice farmhouse funk but overall it's quite clean. Taste starts sour with lots of barnyard notes like hay, grass and a bit of dusty wood barrels. Light body but not very dry, medium carbonation. Overall it's a really good gueuze but the classic Cantillon gueuze is as good as this one.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2007 vintage, been sitting on my wine rack for a while now, so 'better' get to it. Same label imagery as the other Lou Pepes.

This beer pours a cloudy, medium golden yellow hue, with a half finger of soapy, bubbly, and mostly just fizzy off-white head, which leaves a thin drooping ring of lace around the glass as it hastily recedes.

It smells primarily of laid-back, funky, and ethereally cheesy yeast, semi-sweet pale and wheat malt, acrid lemon, a further blended stone fruit tartness, vinegary white wine soaked woody oak, damp dirt, and some tame earthy, weedy hops. The taste is side palate challenging tart underripe lemon and cherry juice, soft grainy wheat malt, some additionally astringent musty barrel woodiness, more mild funky yeast, and a pleasant dried hay character.

The carbonation is fairly soft and innocuous, after it duly fizzes out at the outset, the body medium-light in weight, with that sour fruit juice nature obfuscating any and all aspirations of real smoothness. It finishes off-dry, ever so slightly, as the stolid wheat malt, while subservient to the acetic overtones to the bitter (hah!) end, keeps up its end of the deal.

I do like the sour, but not just for the mere sake of it. That said, this has it in spades, but with the caveat of a nicely supportive dose of malt, fruit and yeast, which are deftly balanced when taken as a whole. Generally dry and somewhat acerbic - sure - but genuinely tasty all on its own, or I imagine, with some appropriate food - pommes frites, anyone?

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Photo of mattsander
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage

A: Rich golden, great clarity. Pours with a bit of fizz but is mostly flat.

S: Deep brettanomyces earthiness, vinous, pears and cooked apples, a tiny bit of acidity on the nose.

T: The acidity is more apparent in flavor. Tangy oak, beautiful fruitiness ranging from pear to grape, tangerine with a twang. Everything enveloped in brett funk.

M: Low carbonation, very dry.

Complex and deeply earth, I prefer this over the golden blend gueuze from 3F.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a slightly hazy medium orange color with one finger of head. No lacing on the glass. The smell is fairly tart, with just a hint of that classic Cantillon funk. The taste is tart and sweet, and there's just a little bit of funkiness going on. I really was expecting more of that great funkadelic flavor, like George Clinton jumping out of the bottle at me. Maybe it needed more aging. The mouthfeel was very nice and thick, but had great carbonation. The drinkability was very good. A nice lambic from the team at Cantillon.

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Photo of ark57
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1999 Vintage - A slightly different take on the gueuze. Instead of being the blend of an old and a young lambic, it is the blend of two older lambics. Because of that, I think this is a little bit more mellow than the normal traditional gueuze. It pours a clear gold with a slight orange tinit and a spitzy head that dissipates fast. The aroma is musty with some horse blanket, a sourness, and floral and honey notes. It is sour almost mouth puckering, with an almost vinegar like acidity and slight taste of apples , yeast, and some barnyard and dirt. The body is nice and light with a very dry finish.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage. Poured into a Cantillon goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with 1" of white head. Carbonation is moderately lively. Retention and lacing are quite nice. 4

Smell: Smells of green apples and pears initially, with tons of barnyard funk and sour lactic notes following. Very nice.

Taste: Starts off with unripe green apples, followed by hay, grassiness, barnyard funk and lactic sourness. Sourness is certainly present but less present than I was hoping for. The finish is dry and puckering, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Body is light with moderate carbonation; very light and refreshing. Overall a very good gueuze. Would have liked to see it a touch more sour, as it was more balanced between the unripe fruits vs. funk and lactic sourness.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a classic green glass 750 mL bottle with a 2011 sticker on the neck area. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5) - Fairly classic look, with a brassy golden, mostly translucent liquid with just a bit of haze on the first pour, and a bit more on the second (sorry, no lambic baskets lying around...). The body is capped by a two and a half fingers of creamy, slightly slick looking foam that is barely off-white. A few larger, sudsy-looking bubbles, but mostly composed of tight microbubbles. Retention is better than I expected, but still doesn't last long, , leaving just a few soapy wisps of lace on the glass after it recedes and some intermittent swaths of film on the surface of the liquid.

Smell (4.25) - Many of the elements of Cantillon's taste profile, but all more muted, or rather, mellowed than a gueuze containing younger lambic. Notes of oak and wet hay as well as an almost sugary sweetness that I don't recall from other Cantillon offerings. Some acidity that brings the impression of preserved lemon and there are also hints of ripe stone fruit as well. Lastly, an undercurrent of soft oak brings everything together. It's very integrated as an aroma--nothing individually jumps out, instead creating a cohesive aroma that really comes forward all at once.

Taste (4.25) - Very similar to the aroma, there is a mellowed overall characteristic to this beer that is quite unique--at least with my experience--to the style. There is a slight tartness, but it is rounded and softer containing that natural sweetness that I picked up in the aroma. I personally wish there was a bit more acidity, as there is not really any puckering factor here, but there is still some nice, musty, oaky funk characteristics and some softer fruit overtones like peach and nectarine. Really, I could see this being a great gateway "sour", as it imparts the core characteristics without melting your face off.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - A nice, light body, but with the impression of some fullness imparted by the creamy carbonation that is on the light side of moderate, not prickly or sharp at all. Some minor viscosity as well and a semi-dry finish on the tongue. All in all makes for a very easy-drinking gueuze (which seems like an oxymoron).

Overall (4.25), a delicious beer, but I have to admit I expected a bit more. I'm not even sure I would put this in my top five Cantillon beers. Perhaps it's that I prefer my gueuze to include some younger lambic for the brightness it provides, as if given a choice, I would choose the classic gueuze over this one 9 times out of 10.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
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 NittanyBeerFan
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joe (bucketboy) for bringing this to round out our Lou Pepe Diagonal, completing the series with a bottle of the 2001 vintage. The 13th beer of our tasting overall.

Crystal clear, more so than any geuze that we cracked at this tasting, and it has just a thin dusting of head that quickly dissipates, leaving a a still gueze below.

The aroma is light, briney (much less than 3F or De Cam, but considerably more than the Monks Cafe Cuvee Geuze), full of lemon zest infused lactic sourness with a very subdued earthy and tannic dryness and funk, rounded out by just a hint of grapefruit. This is mostly sour, with just a bit of brett in there to balance. The flavor swings even more to the sour side. Much more lactic than the aroma, and the lacto really steals the show. The tropical citrus of the nose is overwhelmed by the lactic lemony character. The briney saltiness also builds, as it and the lacto anchor this flavor. Earthy funky dryness rounds it out.

Dry, light, and easy to drink despite the strong acidic sourness, this tasting has proven to be quite a case study in the peculiarities and spontaneity of natural fermentation. This is far different from the other great lambics of the tasting, and it still manages to hold its own. The more still mouthfeel and resulting body really does help this beer out. Another great offering from Cantillon.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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 becktone
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From notes 11-22-09

Eye: This beer pours crystal clear and is dark yellow/gold in color. Kinda reminds me of the color of many ciders, especially strongbow...maybe a tad lighter in shade though. Head is poor in retention, forms a nice pillowy and rocky white head but it quickly falls, who knows...could be my glass.

Nose: Huge oak in the nose as well as a huge dose of acidity and tartness/sourness. The woodiness of this beer's aroma is amazing, I mean this is how freshly cut oak smells...The wood aroma here is huge. Funk is evident, the work of bacteria is there...unmistakable. Hard to get much else.

Tongue: Quite complex, much more than I though it'd be. Complex in a differnt way than all other beers I've had though. This one's complexity comes from the balance of oakiness, tartness, dryness, sweetness, and light fruit tones. All those things are in play here. Oakiness and tartness are easy to spot. Oak compliments this one's dry character and all that is balanced, reinforced, strengthened, and complimented by tart flavors. Its pretty cool how one characeristic can work in so many ways. Funk is there too. Fruitines in here reminds me of peaches and apricots, not saying that I get those things...but the general fruitiness hints at them...much in the background though behind the oak and tartness. This is a great beer. Quite unique.

Feel and Drinkability: The beer finishes bone dry, like I'm parched in the desert. Oakiness really compliments the dryness as does the tartness which leads to dryness then gives way to massive oak character and an unparalleled dry quality. This is one unique beer, and I'll happily finish it. I'm definitely going to enjoy the rest of this one. However, its a bit pricey, or well just plain expensive at about $24 for this 750. I've really got to be in the mood for this type of beer, this isn't just an anytime beer. It'd take a certain mood for me to go after this again. Definitely worth a try and an awesome experience. Don't pass it up, it'll broaden your horizons...its done so for me.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Gueuze from Brasserie Cantillon
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