The Gueuze Lou Pepe is made with two year old lambic beers with a mellow taste, often coming from barrels in which only wine has been kept before. In July, the same kind of beer is used to make the Lou Pepe Kriek and Framboise. With these beers too, the fruits are soaked in barrels coming directly from Bordeaux.
Final Rating: 4.74/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2012 sticker date. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Cantillon stemmed lambic glass. Allowed to warm to just under room temperature over 3 hours.
Pours a maroon body with a pretty big, 3 finger light pink, fizzy head that dissipates pretty quickly to leave no retention or lacing.
Wow.. the aromas on this baby are mesmerizing – a huge wave of fresh raspberries fills the air. So much fruit here. Light funk and oak on the aromas but fresh, bright berries dominate.
On the tongue, it starts with fresh, sour raspberry juice notes.. really delicate but pronounced. This gives way to a good amount of oak, lactic sourness, earthy light funk, finishing crisp, clean, acidic, tannic almost. Ever so slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is fantastic – medium carbonation, and medium light, easy drinking body.
I can see why the Lou Pepe series is sought after, these beers are true masterpieces. I wouldn’t say this beer is overly COMPLEX, being pretty fresh the berries dominate, but that’s exactly why it’s so great. World class.