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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-01-2003

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Photo of DavidSomers
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2010 sticker bottle (2013 cork) Head to head vs. 2011 bottling 3F Golden blend. The Lou Pepe had surprisingly low carbonation relative to the GB. No head, but some moderate carbonation. But the LPG tastes sublime. Beautifully balanced and complex. Best Gueuze taste I've ever had. Enjoyment all the way to the end of the bottle. GB was great too and had slightly better mouthfeel, but slightly less drinkable than the LPG

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Photo of Stevem68
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color. Aroma is tart and funky. Flavor is smooth gueuze tartness with a smooth acidic finish. Tastes like it as a little fruit in it. Feel is excellent, very velvety. Overall delicious.

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Photo of becktone
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
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 SheepNutz
4.27/5  rDev -3%
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 dd43
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this at a beer tasting, with the amazingly good fortune of being presented with a 1999 bottling. That's right, aged for 16 years almost perfectly for Stiffler's mom.

Besides the bottle itself being beautiful, the hazy golden brilliance of this beer was just amazing to take in. Big tart aroma on the nose with just a bit of a funky yeast quality. That may have faded over time, I've never had a recent bottling of Lou Pepe to know how it compares.

Flavors are tart citrus fruit and green apple, almost a cider like quality. Not mouth puckering, but at the same time a perfect amount of astringency that other gueuzes I've had are not able to replicate.

I so want to procure other bottles of Cantillon's amazing sour beers. It is a challenge to find American made lambic style beers that stand up to this. An amazing drinking experience.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2000

Pours to a hazy golden-orange color with a thick white head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is musty and tart, with barnyard-like qualities. The flavor is tart and somewhat fruity with a musty flavor throughout. The finish is souring and tart. This is a tasty gueze, one of the better ones I have had.

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

My 400th beer review on this site. This is the 2001 vintage which I picked up in Belgium.

Pours nice and hazy of an amber with slight hints of blond coming through under a slight white head. As with all of Cantillon brews, sour comes on quite strong. But this is not a bad thing. Three years have formed this beer into a well balanced crafted nectar. Full on tongue assult. Cantillon is da bomb my friends.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage -- got this in a trade, but it was over a year ago & I'm not sure who I got it from. So thanks, awesome trader!

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Slightly hazy, shiny citrine, beautiful color. Thin head white that drops to a thin collar with a wispy across the top. Plenty of tiny, fast-rising nucleation.

Whew! Strong vinous acidity in the smell, with some lemon. Very dry, with a crisp grassy or hay-like quality. Some earthy funkiness, but not real strong -- that acidity really dominates.
There's a hovering sweetness there, like pear or vanilla, that's just out of reach.

Double whew! Dry, sour lemon, green apple, a wheaty background, again with that lingering sweetness just off the periphery. A woody, tannic quality too. This has some kick.

Medium-light-bodied, but really stimulating, sharp & acidic; really makes me salivate. Feeling the tannins, too.

Not the most complex gueuze I've had, but still impressive. Bold flavors, challenging in a good way, & not too strong ABV-wise, which is always a plus. Not one you could drink one after the other, granted, but pretty rewarding.

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

2013 vintage at the brewery.

Aroma is very similar to Cantillon's Classic/Oude Gueuze, except all the funky barnyard notes don't all jump out at once the moment you first peek your nose in the glass. Instead, you get a superbly balanced mix of fresh lemons, wet hay, and some subtle stone fruit. And of course this wouldn't be a Cantillon beer if it didn't have any of the signature funky oak in the back end.

Nose is well-translated on the tongue, but with admirable balance; the sour, the funk, the oak, all masterfully share their command of the labial turf with no one element overpowering the other. It's actually ridiculous how well-balanced this beer is -- you could drink bottles upon bottles of this and your tongue would not get tired. The flavor profile also remains remarkably consistent all throughout the drinking experience; I think I like this at slightly colder than serving temperature.

Higher carbonation than the classic Gueuze with the same medium-light body. Simply the best, hands down

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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 zhanson88
4.27/5  rDev -3%
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 -Rick
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost brown color, with a slight head. Smells a bit funky and citric. There is an intense early tart flavor to this, but it mellows out very nicely. Not overly tart at all. Lots of wood barrel in there also. Some slight carbonation rounds this beer out beautifully. So glad to have tried it.

2011 750ml bottle

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

Awesome, if just a shade below the best of the best.

Soft, round, mellow, with a rich, nuanced, funky nose. Mouth is just a hair thin, and the finish a touch watery, but otherwise this has a mellow, subtly nuanced character that is endlessly drinkable.

It reminds me much more of their young lambic than it does their gueuze, and hints of paper and must around the edges make me question how well this one will actually age.

The softer acidity and high complexity make this one that I'd love to drink regularly, but as a difficult-to-land, special occasion gueuze, it doesn't necessarily bring the fireworks.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Honestly was a little bit letdown with this one. To be fair, I had it at a share that included four other Cantillons. It's still a very solid Gueuze, but the lesson learned is that Cantillon simply makes much better beers than this one.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2001 bottle. Cork comes out without a pop, little fragment left strewn about. Pours a clear gold with a thin head that recedes to naught. Very sour, lemony nose, especially after the old Drie Fonteinen and De Cam offerings we devoured previously. Pungent, sour flavor, very musty and funky. Maybe a touch of white wine vinegar. This is quite dry and intense. Reminded me a bit of Cantillon LH12, but blended with their standard gueuze. Had a lot of that earthy, pungent bite to it at this age.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits on Monday. It's a 2000 vinatge. I let this warm to around 40º F and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Pours a lovely, cloudy, apricot color with a one-inch, fizzy, white head that thins to a persistent film.

Smell: A sweet, fruity aroma mingles with an acidic tartness. Swirling brings out the characteristic Cantillon funk: earthy, funky, and wet-blanket aromas.

Taste: There's a sweet, light fruitiness upfront. It's predominantly a lemony, citric flavor. The taste quickly moves into an acidic tartness that melds with an earthy, yeasty funkiness. The sourness isn't as strong as I'd hoped, but this is still delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Drinkability: The sourness is relatively subdued in this beer, making it very easy to sip.

Overall: Very nice, I haven't had a bad Cantillon beer.

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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 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 NittanyBeerFan
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
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 beachbum1975
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage shared by newtonty.

Poured chilled into a wine glass. Appear like an English pale ale does - a mildly cloudy apricot in color with a small skimming of an off-white head.

Even served chilled, there's a very big and sour nose on this one. I get a vinegar quality mixed in with the barn and the "barn" is big in this one. I get lots of oak, as well.

Oak is a big quality in the mix with sour and the barn. Earth, dirt and mustiness are the best ways I can describe the barn quality.

Great mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. As always, amazingly unique and interesting.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.81/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle. 2011 version.

A: pale and clear. Poured with 2 fingers high of head.
S: Fig. Sour notes.
T: Intense sourness. A little balsamic. Moderate bitterness. Dry.
M: Light bodied.
O: Quite sour for me, but is not too harsh.

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

Recently rediscovered this brewery, and lambics in general. Time to try 'em all again! Actually haven't had this one before, so it should be a treat.
The sticker on the bottle says 2002. The cork is too mangled to really tell what that last number is. Hmmm. The first thing I notice about this beer as opposed to Cantillon's flagship gueuze is less carbonation. Pours a bright, vibrant orange, with no head to speak off, but little gatherings of bubbles. Smells rather typical for Cantillon. All the usual suspects are there. Big and funky, lots of Brett out front here. Citrusy, zesty, dusty. Taste is more subdued than much of the Cantillon line, which I like. Definitely tart and sour, plenty of granny smith apple and lemon rind, but it's mellowed a bit here. I'd really like try one that's even older and more curmudgeony. You can't really taste much sweetness, but I can pick up on the difference between this beer and their normal Gueuze which has a younger lambic in the blend. This one is much softer, in a word. There's something to be said for the younger and wilder punch that the regular gueze has, but this one allows for more complex tastes to shine through. Lots of must, dust, and mold, almost as if you could smell the cellar and the barrell(s) this beer was aged in. It does sweeten and round out a bit as it warms. More funk as well. The softness on the palate combined with the acidic bite really makes this beer come together. Takes a little while to drink this one, but that doesn't exactly translate into a "low drinkability" for me. It's something that should be appreciated at whatever pace suits it best. An impressive beer for sure, from the experts of lambic.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage poured into Cantillon Balloon. 3 years in the cellar.

Pours a radiant gold to light bronze, clear body, light fuzzy white head that dissipates quickly. Gorgeous color to this Gueuze.

Aroma is a brilliant combination of funk, bright fruit, white wine, with hints of oak and mild gruyere. Lots of tart berries, kefir lime, and acidic peach. Almost perfection on the nose.

The palate comes through with heavier funk and earthiness than on the nose. Has a mellow floral character throughout. Lighter fruits, lime, lemon peel, crisp green apple, musky barnhouse, Riesling, sour grape mash, and nectarine/white peach acidity.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and soft carbonation for the style. Drinks pleasantly and is evidently dry and tart but not overly sour or lacking in juiciness. Phenomenal.

One of the finest I've had from Cantillon and the three years age has added a good amount of funk, quite perfect at the moment (or is it this hot weather?) As of late, this, Zomer, and Duck Duck Gooze are my favorite among the "style". Could drink this all day, everyday. Mid-palate is full of complexity while the finish is a lot cleaner. It's that clean finish that makes this so drinkable. Look forward to re-visiting this soon.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, poured into a tulip throughout the night.

Pours a still and clear hay color with a tiny bit of fizz that dissipates quickly. Tiny bubbles can be seen dancing to the top throughout the session. Nothing particularly stands out about the appearance, it's actually rather underwhelming.

Opens with pungent goat cheese and zesty lemon on the nose. Aroma could have filled the room if I weren't enjoying this while reducing some pizza sauce. Moves onto more barnyard like characteristics such as fresh straw and your typical wet horse blanket smell that a proper lambic takes on with age.

Nice cheesey funk and more of that zesty citrus on the tongue. Pretty lactic. Nothing really stands out in the flavor, It pretty much follows the nose of this beer. Earthy cheese and citrus zest, not as much funk on the tongue as there was on the nose though.

Thicker than medium body and not particularly drying on the palate, but leaves a puckering.

Good funk on the nose and a nice lactic sourness with moderate levels of funk on the palate. I'll be honest, I expected more out of this bottle. It has nice characteristics but nothing I haven't gotten out of a regular bottle of aged Cantillon Geueuze. The flavor may have been a little better in some of those tbh. Although, it is a good beer. I just wanted this to be a touch better.

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Photo of mattsander
4.27/5  rDev -3%
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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