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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze) - Brasserie Cantillon

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782 Ratings
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Ratings: 782
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 145
Gots: 237 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 09-13-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 782 | Reviews: 364
Photo of josanguapo
1/5  rDev -76.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Disgusting. Really really disguisting. Like drinking vinegar

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled March 14th 2012, opened March 23 2015. 375 corked and capped bottle bought at the brewery in Brussels on a "late honeymoon/finished nursing school/anniversary" trip with my wife in 2012. I packed the bottle around Europe for the next 2 weeks before flying it home. Something like 10 trains and 3 flights. Opened to celebrate the birth of our first born daughter.

Very nearly the most perfect Gueuze I have tasted. Just as good and maybe better than the 100% lambic gueuze I had from Cantillon a few years ago. I think I like this with a little age as well. I had it "fresh" at the brewery and although delicious, I think this is better after 3 years in the bottle. Bight acidity, mind-blowingly simple-yet-complex myriad of hay, brett, oak, and white wine flavors. The better the lambic, the less I find I can name the flavors.

The label says this can get better till 2030. I believe it. I have two more and one of them is going to sit in my cellar till that year.

Photo of interzen
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Slightly hazy golden yellow - the bottle was capped and corked so care was needed opening it, since this stuff is fairly lively. That said, the off-white fingers-width head didn't stick around for too long, diminishing to a foam cap and ring round the edge of the glass.

Smell: Typical gueuze - barnyard funkiness with more than a hint of vinegar. Some citrus and apple, but smells more than a bit like apple cider vinegar. Oddly, it's not nearly as sharp as Cantillon Kriek or Rose de Gambrinus.

Taste: Slightly funky up front before the fruit and citrus flavours start to show through. There's a bit of a herbal or grassy taste too with just the faintest hint of spice (pepper? coriander?). Surprisingly, it isn't relentlessly sour - most of the sourness comes in at the end.

Feel: Medium body, and the lively carbonation helps to accentuate the tart funkiness. If there was such a thing as the 'canonical' gueuze, then this would likely be it.

Overall: The ideal 'gateway drug' for Cantillon beers - it has a character all of its own but lacks the teeth-grinding sourness of, say, Rose de Gambrinus. That's not to say that it'll be to everyone's tastes - it won't be - but if you only ever try one gueuze then it should be this one. Fantastic.

Photo of IKR
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 23, 2014
Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden-yellow with a moderate white head that subsides to a thin white cap.

Smell: Prominent barnyard funk with some citrus and apple notes.

Taste: The barnyard funk hits first followed by some citrus notes. Some grassy hay notes are present along with some apricot-like notes. There is also what I call some classic Cantillon black pepper-like spiciness. The finish is fairly dry.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Overall: For me Cantillon makes the protypical Gueuze, upfront funk and complex taste profile. I would go so far as to say they make my ideal sour. It is likely purely due to the age but I found the funk more pronounced in this European Bio version than the other import versions I've had.

Photo of Chico1985
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not quite a formal review for this one - but just wanted to collect brief notes from a bottle I consumed back in 2013, and another just last week with friends while celebrating my 30th birthday. Both were 2005 vintage 750mls.

Easily the most sour and uniquely funky Cantillon I've ever had. Particularly the 10-year old bottle from last week. Very intense vinegar, lemon and earthy woodsy wet rock funk. Still well-carbonated, extremely dirty looking pour. This was the epitome of a sipper. The vinegar in particular is absurdly intense to the point of overkill, almost like a bad bottle of wine - but in a good way. I found myself nursing a ~8 oz pour for quite a long time.

I hopefully will add more notes/a more formal review after trying it again.

Photo of SebD
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled December 21st 2013

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of acidic notes, barnyard funk, tart apples, lemon, some oak and faint hay.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice acidity upfront, tart green apples, lemon, slight citrus, barnyard funk, some oak and faint hay.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Beautiful Geuze!

Serving type: bottle

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

Appearance - The beer was a golden straw yellow color with a bubbly white head.

Smell - The acidity of the style is present, but it takes a turn toward lime.

Taste- Amid the acidity, the lime taste catches my attention. It is not overly bitter citrus, but very pleasant. Toward the aftertaste, there is a dry oak sensation. The acidity is well balanced by the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - This Gueuze will make you pucker. It is dry at the end, making you thirsty for more.

Overall - As far as I am concerned, this is a near perfect example of the style.

Photo of zac16125
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%

750mL bottle into a Teku
2013 vintage

Thanks to mikecharley for sending this over via trade.


A: Pours a clear dark straw yellow with just over 1 fingers width of bright white head which dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves very little lacing. 4

S: Very tart with lactic acidity, lots of vinegar notes as well. Some oak, fair amount of cheese like funk. Very strong aromas as a whole. 4.25

T: Not as sour as the nose, or as other Cantillons Ive had. Lactic acidity, lemon-lime citrus, some sweet esters, oaky vanilla on the finish. Funky notes are there with a burnt plastic like quality. Subtle bitterness which is a bit of a surprise, but it is more of a tart bitterness. 4.25

M/:D Lighter bodied, carbonation appropriately high, somewhat drying on the finish, drinkability is good. 4

O: Very good, but still a bit disappointing as I have exceedingly high expectations from Cantillon. My least favorite Cantillon to date, that being said its still better than 95% or beers Ive had and Id still drink this any day of the week. 4.25

Photo of Dope
3.37/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottling date is 27 August 2013. Almost a year old.

A: Oddly enough there was some liquid under the cap, above the cork. Not sure if that's a good sign. Pours a hazy, orange-gold? Medium sized fizzy white head. Decent head retention but zero lacing as you'd expect.

S: Lots of tart fruit aromas. Apricots and apples primarily. Light citrus rind. Touch of sulfur.

T: Sour apples and apricots again. Super tart of course. Tart and funky as hell in fact. Super bitter orange peel. So bitter, it's almost bile-like. Sulfur-like, rubber-like aftertaste that hangs around forever. Tastes like a car did a burnout in my mouth between sips.

M: Medium bodied, super tart and bitter.

O: Interesting transition of sweet and tasty fruitiness up front that quickly turns sour, then funky. It's pretty good but that burning rubber and bile aftertaste is a bit hard to get past.

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lemon, lime, funk, earthy Brett, nectarine, grapefruit, oak tannin, green apple, plastic, white grape

Photo of coriswrasse
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

bottle date Feb. 1, 2013
poured into two snifters
thanks to Kristine for the gift for helping her out

vinuous horseblanket funk smell.
slight head that dssipates to a thin film.
low carbonation.
straw gold appearance.
does not taste nearly like some of the best Gueuze I have had.
mouthfeel is light and does not get very tart.
overall taste is very bland.

would not buy again. do not reccomend.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hazy, glowing yellow color. Head immediately grows as I pour. After the pour, the head begins to die off and eventually almost nothing is left. Light lace rings.

S-Lively, acidic, tart aroma. Oakiness. Funky cheese rind. Organic and rustic. It exudes tartness.

T-Sharp, acidic, lactic sourness. Like biting into a lemon. Funky cheese. A bit dusty tasting. Slightly grassy. Finishes with a pleasurable oakiness.

M-Puckering. Lingering flavor. Very light bodied. Tight carbonation. Very easy to get it down but too much would probably abbreviate the stomach.

O-Pretty damn awesome. Very sour and complex. Intense and quite tasty. Another excellent Cantillon beer.

Photo of Abbbp
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Graciously shared at a tasting commemorating JK sours release...poured conservatively into a tulip, estimated 3 oz pour. My first Canty, vigin no more, it's a brand new world.

Cantillon is just so experienced in their ways. The only reason I didn't give this an even more perfect score is because I had my first DDG before this.

Appearance is liquid hay, cloudy layered beautifully. The smell is all barnyard, funk, sweet citrus-y juices, pineapple...

The taste is wonderful, palate cleansing, apricots, citrus, just so primitive and refreshing. The mouthfeel was lingering, just the salt of the Earth in a bottle. Cantillion, I'd say keep up the good work, but I'd be an 100 year old broken record- just simply know what they're doing, I'm very humbled... And to be honest I feel honored to have drank it.

I shall return.

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottled February 1st 2013

Appearance: (4.75)
Pours a hazy golden straw with a very tightly bubbled, two finger tall pure white head. The quickly dies down to a half finger's height, leaving no lacing behind in it's wake. For a gueuze, the head that remains is quite stable.

Aroma: (4.5)
Wow, as soon as the beer is poured your nostrils are struck by loads of fully matured, slightly cheesy Brettanomyces funk; plenty of musty horse blankets, wet hay, dried apricot flesh, peach and bright pear undertones. Beneath this funk are juicy notes of tart lemon and pineapple juice. As the beer warms, subtle vanilla from the oak barrels begin to surface amongst the funk.

Taste: (4.5)
Bright, tart lemon juice slaps your palate immediately, quickly followed by the huge, fruity Brettanomyces character that was so present in the aroma; rich dried apricot flesh, pineapple, musty dried leather, damp earth and hay. The beer finishes off dry and tart with long, deep lingering rustic tones of light stone fruits; mostly apricot and peach, pineapple and very creamy, slightly malty vanilla tone. Amazing.

Mouthfeel: (5)
Medium bodied, with a very creamy texture, assuming from the rolled oats that were utilized in the base beer. Firm carbonation.

Overall: (4.5)
The organic version of Gueuze from arguably the most sought after Lambic producer, Cantillon. The classic "Cantillon" funk is ever so present in this beer, but for me, what really separates this Gueuze from the rest of the lambic producers is the fact that the body is so silky and creamy. The beer is really is a balanced as a sour can get, as the Brett funk really cuts through, yet doesn't overwhelm the tartness of the aroma or flavor. Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of jandadeboer
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best bottles of Gueuze I've had. A young Gueuze, so the taste is not as sour as an Oude Gueuze. Beeradvocate says it is retired, but mine was bottled 27 August 2013. So it is probably back in production. Of course, I got it in Ghent, Belgium and not the good ole US of A.

Photo of JohnG190
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a quickly dissipating white head with no lacing. Funk and lemon on the nose%2C with sour and yeast notes. Sour on the front of the palate with lemon%2C green apple%2C and that funky %22horse blanket%22 that is the signature of these beers. Finishes quite dry and champagne-like%2C very refreshing. Mouthfeel is light with effervescent carbonation. Overall%2C this is an outstanding example of the style. I wasn't a big fan of sours prior to this%2C but this beer is a palate changer for me!

Photo of rand
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into flute glass

A: Apricot-orange in color, a gentle pour yields and fluffy but wispy head, quickly dissipating as it never existed.

S: Grassy, farmhouse funk mixed with lactic acid. Touch of honey lingers, ample carbonation propels dry, apricot-apple aspects.

T: More floral than the nose, the grassy notes still lead the palate. Sour, but oaky dryness subdues any pucker before it starts. Seemingly seasoned, with white pepper and salt notes throughout. If there are any fruit suggestions, they appear towards the close...again, hints of apple and apricot. Finishes dry and quickly.

M: Light, festive and effervescent... seems to bounce off the palate.

There are many criticisms one can throw at a cantillon beer...if anything, this is more funky than expected. But as it warms, it actually gets easier to drink, almost refreshing.

Although the banner says this is retired, it's my understanding this will be brewed again.

Photo of zhanson88
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL, bottled 10/2012.

Appearance: Pours out a very slightly hazy golden straw color with a good deal of carbonation. About 2" of egg shell white head forms which, has awesome retention and lacing. Just about perfect appearance in the glass.

Smell: Barnyard funk, lemon tartness, hints of green apple and pear, floral and grassy notes as well. Nice and complex nose, but the tartness is most definitely the most prominent feature.

Taste: Hints of green fruits up front which lends a bit of sweetness initially, which is followed by grassiness and floral notes. The finish is lemony tartness with a touch of horse blanket.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with high carbonation. Nice, light and airy on the palate; a great feel. Overall, an excellent beer. Hard to give any aspect less than a 4.5. A very layered, complex gueuze that is great in every phase. I have had the pleasure of having a number of Cantillon sours and this is as good as any I have had.

Photo of Roman5150
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into snifter at Open Baladin, Rome

Appearance: clear golden yellow, 1 finger white head

Smell: funky belgian sourness, sour apple, citric, lemon zest, over ripe raspberries

Taste: dry sourness, notes of oak mixed into the typical sour, bitter gueuze palate. Aftertaste is s-o-u-r!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, low carbonation

Overall: wow is all i have to say. Took me long enough to find this, but this is one of the best sours i've ever had.

Photo of FLima
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber golden color with a short lived head.
Very strong sour aroma with hints of horse blanket and baby diaper (unused).
Flavor with a nice lemony tartness with notes of green apple cider, vinegar and green pears. Dry and acid aftertaste with an increasing puckery sensation.
Medium body with low carbonation of the tiniest bubbles possible.
That was my first sour beer a while ago and I had no idea what I was ordering, so it was quite a shock back then. Trying her again after some mileage gave me a completely different experience, I found it pleasant and refreshing. Excellent role model for the style. Now I know why Sour heads like it.

Photo of bareju
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled March 2012. This is the first sour beer/lambic I've tried.

A: Poured a beautiful, hazy golden amber similar in color to ciders. White head with fine bubbles, very thin, receded to edge of glass quickly. Not nearly as much head as I expected.

S: The first thing I noticed after uncorking was a strong, sour lemony smell wafting out of the bottle. Very strong aroma, but hard to describe. A little bit of funk and apple as well.

T: Follows pretty closely from smell, sour lemons, apple, funk. Sour bite lingers on the tongue long after the beer is swallowed.

M: Crisp, thin, lots of carbonation - mouthfeel reminds me of cider. A little dry, but not overly so.

O: I can't shake the overall impression that this is the sour cousin of a cider. The flavor was strong enough that I drank this one very slowly (~30 minutes). This would be absolutely great on a hot day, and was a very pleasant introduction to a whole new genre of beer. I will definitely be purchasing lambics in the future.

Photo of Stevedore
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle from the 2013 bottling purchased at the Brasserie Cantillon for consumption on-premises during our trip to Belgium on 7/4/2013; poured into the Cantillon stemmed taster glasses. Also drank a 2012 vintage yesterday at our whale tasting 7/13/2013.

Smelling this geuze takes me all the way back to Anderlecht. When you walk into the brewery, you smell this beer straight up- leathery, funky, musty, earthy are the best adjectives I have for this somewhat hard to describe smell. Very pungent and strong. Hard to miss the nose here!

It of course pours a golden-orange body with a heck of a lot of carbonation. Hazy body. Tons of white head that never really goes away in any significant amounts- plenty of retention here. Lacing is very good.

Tasting this beer is just great. Acidic lemony vinegar, a good bit of funk and some more lemon sourness. This is the classic sour beer here and you can't miss it here. The carbonation is excellent and the flavours just gets delivered very well. The aftertaste is mostly the acidic earthy funk and it definitely cleans out whatever I had on my palate. The finish is not dry at all, unlike the 3F Oude Geuze- it is refreshing and I can keep sipping on this beer all day.

This is a classic, best example of a geuze. This is a must-try for anyone who likes sours that has not had this yet. I love Cantillons and I think I would take this one just a notch above Drie Fonteinen's Oude Geuze, but its a very close one. I don't usually have to pick one over the other because I'll take whatever I can find here in the US!

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle

Appearance - Light fizzy straw. Very little head that leaves a small amount of lacing.

Aroma - Mmm Sour, baby diaper, lemons, hay, and a bit of oak.

Taste - Just as the aroma. Finishes better than any "sour" beer I've had.

Mouthfeel - Clean, light, refreshing, medium carbonation.

Overall - The best Gueuze I've ever had.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with 1 finger of white head with small amounts of lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Under ripe fruit of pears, apples a delicious apricots together with notes of funky wet hay and horse blanket. Background scents of white pepper. Overall the scent is tart and dry.

T: Tart apples and pears with a slight breadiness. Finishes with funky notes of wet hay.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

O: The scents is quite stunning and fills the room with tart pears and apples. Unapologetic in its tartness and dryness. While sours are not my favorite style, this is very easy drinking and refreshing.

Photo of bigaltemple
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 Bottled 2/2/12

Pours a golden orange with a decent amount of cloudiness. Fluffy white head becomes a thin ringlet almost immediately. Small rings of lace quickly disappear after a sip.

Cork isn't even completely out and the musty funk fills my nose. Lots of wet hay and citrus acidity. Green apple as well. Can't tell if its more of an "off" cheese or sweaty foot characteristic, but more concerned that either of those are making me excited to drink this beer.

Lemon acidity and green apple tartness. Not completely mouth puckering sour. Some underlying oak. Very crisp light body. Creamy mouthfeel.

Excellent!

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze) from Brasserie Cantillon
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