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Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze 2008

Style: Lambic, Gueuze, Lambic
Alcohol: 5% ABV
Brewery: Cantillon Brasserie
Country/Region: Belgium

Product Description:

Lambic is made from a blend of malted barley, raw wheat and debittered (3 year old) hops. The wort is exposed to wild yeasts and natural bacteria by cooling in an open vat. The beer is matured in oakwood or chestnut barrels, (which also harbour the wild yeasts and bacteria), and left to naturally ferment in the brewerys cellar for up to 3 years. The wild bugs cause the beer to ferment natural (spontaneously) - that is without the addition of any commercial yeast strain. The result is a light bodied but intensely sour and complex beer with a tartness reminiscent of a hard cider or white wine.
 
Lambic brewers often add fruit to the casks mid fermentation. The beer then takes on intense fruit flavours and colours, though interestingly the fruit does not add any sweetness to the beer.
The beer is commonly bottled in 750mL corked champagne bottles- fitting due to the vinous character of this style.
 
Cantillon does not sweeten or modify their beers in any way. Cantillons beers are sour, funky and unique - they are the traditional style sour beers brewed as they were when the brewery first opened over 100 years ago.
 
Fresh stock of 2008 LP Gueuze arrived in December 2011. It is extremely limited, so we have to limit it to a 4 bottle maximum per customer. Please contact us on the number below to reserve stock ($26 / 750ml bottle).

Tasting Notes:

The Lou Pepe Gueuze is a blend of three different 2-year-old lambics. The standard Cantillon Gueuze is a blend of 1,2, and 3-year-olds. The inclusion of the younger lambic (which still has some unfermented sugars in it) sparks a refermentation in the bottle that gives Gueuze its famous champagne-like spritziness. The simple idea behind the special Lou Pepe blend is that it should have much more of the taste of old lambic, which is of course much harder, drier, more sour, and more complex than the young stuff. (Though 3-year-olds are generally more complex than 2-year-olds, it's not necessarily so; the 2-year-olds used in this instance have as much character as most 3-year-olds.)
 
This being Gueuze, it has to be spritzy, so the brewery opted for the same method used in conditioning champagne: everyday refined sugar is dissolved in water and added to cause a refermentation. The sugar ferments out completely, so there is no residual sweetness, which Cantillon's brewer, Jean-Pierre, infamously detests.

Availability
Extremely limited

Related Products
Cantillon Grand Cru Bruocsella, Cantillon Gueuze, Cantillon Kriek Lambic, Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise 2009, Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus, Cantillon Mamouche
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