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

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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 146
Gots: 234 | FT: 15
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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.

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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 Popsinc
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly cloudy orange pour with almost no head at all. The nose is summer-like and fresh. Big hints of lemon-lime and a grassy, straw like scent in the background.

The taste is extremely tart right up front. The bitterness moves from the tip of my tongue straight to the back of my mouth where sour notes take over highlighted by lemon, lime and a drop of vinegar. The finish is long as the tartness has great staying power.

The mouthfeel is quite fresh and alive with acidity. Smoothes out towards the finish.

I'm a big Gueze fan as it stands anyway so for me the drinkability on this is very good. A nice start to the day or even a thirst quencher in warm weather. You can't beat a top notch gueze.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle purchased at Riley's Wines of the World, in Madison, WI in later 2005 or early 2006. Cork reveals the bottle to have originated in 2005. Corked and capped green bottle with black foil over the cap. Consumed in November, 2009.

Appearance: Nearly tepid orange-gold with a thin and quickly dissolving white head.

Aroma: White wine vinegar and that wonderful lambic astringency that screams Cantillon. Green apple, grape skins, must. Subdued sourness.

Taste: Greep apple, green grapes, leather and horse blanket. Malt vinegar and touches of lemon astringency.

Mouthfeel: Dry, acidic, mellow. Tart but with very little sourness compared to other geuze and Cantillon offerings. Could it be the age? The bottle? Wine like.

Drinkability: In part because of the mildness of this geuze it is exceptionally drinkable. I could partake in glass after glass. Very nice, but I would like it to be a bit more sour. As I recall, other bottles I have sampled in the past have been considerably more potent and mouth puckering.

Photo of tectactoe
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apparently this is the same beer as Cantillon's Gueuze 100% Lambic, only this is the bottling exclusively for Belgium, and the yellow labels with the "falling backwards chair guy" was specifically for the American release. Not sure why there are two separate entires for the beer here, then, so what I will do is review this is a different vintage, since that's basically what it is. This bottle is from December 2012, relatively fresh for a beer like this.

Pours a golden-orange, just outside the realm of true copper; very nearly opaque, which is strange considering the 2011 Gueuze had exceptional clarity. They both share the same, foamy white head that fizzles away within moments and leaves nothing but a stark-white halo surrounding the top of the beer. Can't decide whether I like the filtered, crystal clear look or the hazy, unfiltered and raw look better.

Super funky and tart, and I expect nothing less from Cantillon. Tartness is made up of ripe green apple skins, lemon rinds, and sour white grapes, while the funky aromas include heavy barnyard, sweaty horse-y funk, piles of wet wood, and even some dirty feet. Never in my life did I think I'd be describing a beer as smelling like sweaty horse and dirty feet, let alone actually enjoying those smells so much, but it's fantastic. This fresher vintage smells more funky than tart, where as year-old bottle is the other way around.

A sharp acidity with some apple skins and juicy, tart lemon hits up front, spread out on a canvas of wet oak-barrel and barnyard brettanomyces. The initial flavor is quite tart and borderline puckering with some stone-fruity flavors, but just as the aroma would indicate - this thing turns into funk city pretty quickly. Wet horseblanket, wet cork, damp cellar, must, and again, some cheesy, sweaty feet. But really, in the best way possible. I can't help but think "WTF" to myself as I typed that, but believe me - you've never smelled feet like this before.

Mouth feel of each of these beers is more or less identical; pretty thin, wet, and crisp, with an ample amount of carbonation. The slightly-sour and heavily-funk finish leaves your palate with reminders of apples, vinegar, and funk to the max. Each sip gets smaller and smaller as I try to make this beer last for as long as possible, and I know I'll be upset when my glass is finally empty.

Just further confirmation that Cantillon has a stranglehold on the sour beer game. American sours and wild ales are getting better and better, and some of them are pretty damn impressive, but there is just no way to replicate that signature Belgian funk. So strangely appealing and so unabashed and unadulterated. If these two beers indeed have the same recipe, it seems that time will change the beer from more funky to more sour. I think I preferred the year-old bottle to the fresh, but not by much. This beer is fantastic either way.

Photo of ricke
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pale yellow straw color. Slightly hazy. A small white and rather sparkling head settles quickly into a small ring of lacings.

S: A fantastic fresh and fine tuned smell. Aromas of both tart and overripe apples, tart berries, fresh hay and some vinegar. Apart from some very faint funky aromas of wet hay and yeast, this could have been the smell of a fine cider or a sparkling white wine.

T: The taste is just as fresh and tart as the smell. Tart apples, lemon peel with semi-sweet nuances, fresh hay, grass and some yeast. Wheat and malted barley. A very balanced character throughout the experience. In the finish, the tartness develops into a more sharp sour taste with a prominent character of lemon. The finish is dry and has notes of barrel, lemon pits, some phenols, a minimal grassy bitterness and everlasting sour notes. The funkiness is very restrained, but becomes present every now and then in the form of wet hay.

M: Medium body with a dry finish. The carbonation is very lively and sparkling. Overall, the beer has a very sparkling character, again like a cider or like a sparkling white wine.

D: This is a world class gueuze, with a rich and refreshing character. Very easy to drink and surely a "fine wine of the beer world".

Photo of kaimcm
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into a large wine glass

A: hazy and warm pale honey colored body. very little head, but thats to be expected and fine with me. slight ring around the glass edge.

S: musk, musk, and more musk. wild grass, wool, horse blanket, tons of acidity. if you really strain theres a tiny hint of sweetness and ripe fruit. grapes, apples for sure, and maybe some pear. did I say musk? how about acidity? pale tart acidity. the only reason I dont give this a 5 is that I drink a lot of Cantillon and I know some of their other brews top this nose. So if those are 5's this must be a step below. Though hard to imagine improvement.

T/M: Crisp mouthfeel thats concurrently soft. The acidity makes it very refreshing but the low carbonation and wheat make the palate feel soft. Taste is bracing up front with acidity, mid palate warms a bit and presents the wild yeast qualities. Grapes, lemon, lime, husk, funk. A tart citric quality rises towards the end as the finish continues to dry and prolong the wild funk so characteristic of the style. So balanced yet so complex and so interesting. This beer demands your attention and rewards you for it.

D: An acquired taste for sure but once you do, you cant go back. I could drink this all night practically. For a gueze the balance of complexity and drinkability is extremely high. Awesome.

Photo of warnerry
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage; Bottle into geuze glass at Bier Circus in Brussels

A - Pours clean golden brown with minimal head and spare carbonation.

S - Very musty with hints of citrus. Very nice.

T - Intensely dry tartness, with a lemony aspect. Nice dry earthiness and horse blanket funk. I had a fresh batch at the brewery, and while that was very good, this is a whole different level. I think the fresh batch is more refreshing, but the depth of flavors and intense tartness of this vintage is pretty spectacular.

M - Medium mouthfeel, but very crisp, tart and dry throughout.

O - Having the fresh and aged bottles close together gives me a great appreciation for aging geuze, as this was excellent.

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

Pours in the glass a bright golden color. Very bubbly and effervescent with a thin white head that faded quickly. Smells like sour fruit. Taste is sour and also very dry, similar to champagne. It's a dynamic flavor, bubbly in your mouth but easy to drink. This is a great beer to have with brunch.

Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

smaller bottle, foil, cap and cork, cork states this one was bottled in 2004. Pours hazy/murky apricot in color. White head initially puffy, settles down to a thin tiny bubble film, leaves minor lacing. Nose is sharp, sour, and cleanserlike. This is a big, very sour brew, certaintly not for everybody. Lots of sour grapefuit and full on lemon flavor going on, pucker up! Fine sipper, still acquiring a taste for this unique variety of Belgian suds. Unless you love this stuff, I'd go for the varieties of Lambic, that add fruits, softens the experience and makes em more drinkable

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Peter for sharing this beer.

2004 vinrage. The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is funk, brett, lemon and tartness. The flavor is tart with some lemon and brett funk. The beer is very dry and really gets the salivary glands going. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750ml bottle, capped and corked, pours a cloudy honey color. The effervescent white head is thin and quickly dissipates.

The aroma is sour apple and cherry, along with yeast and cinnamon. The flavor is also quite sour, mainly apple, some grapefruit, along with plenty of sugar and little vinegar.

Very light in body. Which there was little bit more in the glass to anchor it. A small wine glassful of this after dinner would be nice or maybe paired with certain cheeses, but is not all that drinkable on its own. Not bad, I could see sharing a bottle with a couple of friends over a board of mixed cheeses and fruits.

Photo of ehammond1
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Thanks for opening this, cavery!

A bright, dark orange and a thin white head. Highly carbonated. Looks thin, with a myriad of little bubbles racing their way to the top of the glass.

A spicy, musty, funky aroma, consisting of bright fruit, lemon and apple, tangy Brett yeast, hay and grass, and lots of barnyard funk. Pretty awesome. Seems comforting, inviting, and welcoming.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, but perhaps a bit more bright with fruit--lemon, apple, and pear. The tart funk and sourness is huge here as well, though balances exceptionally well with the sweet, fruity flavors. Tremendous!

Light, bubbly, airy mouthfeel--an absolute pleasure.

A definitive version of the style. A classic. Just about perfect.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 375ml bottle with a bottling date of May 2010. Acquired at the brewery in Sept 2010, while on a trip to Belgium. Subsequently stored in my garage.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A clear golden-amber hue with low carbonation. Produces a small head of white foam that dissipates quickly. An intense acidic aroma with hints of apples, barnyard funk, fruity notes, lactic acid and vinegar. Complex and sour.

A powerful sour flavour - highly acidic and puckeringly astringent. A tart fruitiness, like apples or apricots, along with a lactic acid note (like an out-of-control yoghurt). Hints of funk and vinegar. Mouthfeel is light, tingly and incredibly dry and acerbic. Dries the palate thoroughly. A fruity, sour aftertaste.

Wow. I've had this before and it's always a unique drinking experience. Incredibly sour but delicious. It really brings home the idea that there's more than one way to make beer. A classic of the style - if you have the opportunity to try it, don't pass it up.

Photo of OStrungT
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy golden yellow color, with a thick, fluffy, white head. The head fades slowly, leaving many, many laces.

This beer smells grassy. Not so much hoppy, just grassy. It has an earthy yeast aroma. It smells slightly sour. It has a fruity, citrus aroma also. Lemons, and oranges.

Wow, this beer tastes sour. It has a wine like flavor. It tastes of citrus. Lemon mostly. It has a slight grassy flavor. A little grainy. A slight earthy yeasty flavor is present as well.

This beer leaves a sour aftertaste. It is low in carbonation.

This beer might not be the best session beer. It is quite sour, so it might become overbearing quickly. One bottle is alright though.

Overall: This is my first beer from Brasserie Cantillon. I had high expectations, and I was not let down. This beer is great.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy bronze-yellow color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of barnyard funk with very slight hints of nondescript fruit sweetness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sharp acidic flavors up front smooth out into a funky tartness. The level of tartness is actually a bit lighter than what I was expecting from Cantillon for this style. Tart green apple and unripe pear flavors lurk in the background. The ending is crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a moderate thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the glass fairly quickly and could have another.

Overall as I mentioned before this wasn't terribly over the top in sourness and was actually quite well balanced. Worth a shot.

Photo of sloejams
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drinking gueuzes from Cantillon is something I could do all day. This is no exception.

The aroma is sour apple, brettanomyces and even a hint of cider vinegar. The flavor was also quite yeasty: tart and lemon throughout. Pucker sour in the finish, but somehow remarkably drinkable. Fine version of the classic gueuze.

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, nice beer-peeing statue parody depiction on the label - the actual statue being one of my few memories of visiting rainy Brussels lo those many years ago as a plucky teenager.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden hue, with a singular finger's worth of low-lying cap of foamy and wispy (at the same time) off-white head, which leaves a weak, low-lying berm of ebbing lace in its relatively quick skip into oblivion.

It smells of earthy funk, plain mustard, sour lemon, sugar-free white grapes, sodden inert wood, and some dry, hay-like hops. The taste is palate-pounding sour lemon rind, acetic mustard vinegar, dry yeast, long-forgotten field hay, wooded barrel mustiness, fruity apples with a certain deathly nature, a lingering earthy funkiness, and some late to the game pale graininess.

The carbonation is lightly peppy, the body medium-light in weight, a tad thin, really, and somewhat oily in its plebeian smoothness. It finishes with more tart orchard fruit, lingering dry yeast, and a played-out pale graininess.

While not exactly providing the same heady tartness wallop as this particular brewer's fruit-forward (hah!) lambic brethren, the puckering quality still looms large, amongst a sharp orchard fruitiness, with a dusty, musty yeastiness, so-called pale malty 'sweetness', and weakly perceptible drying hop notes. Great stuff, but it takes a certain mood to accompany such complexity.

Photo of soper2000
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will say that I was more than enamored with the non-organic version of this beer, so my expectations are kind of high.

Cork has a bottled in 2003 on it. Label is still the Manekin-pis (spelling?), not the newer artwork. Pours a crisp golden with a small white head that has more retention than I remember the older Cantillon Gueuze having. Smell is still wonderful. Huge aromas of brett funk and some tartness slips in between notes of wheat. Flavor starts off extremely tart. Mouthpuckering tart. I believe this is more sour than the older vintages. Still has some funky flavor but again, not as much as the previous gueuze that I had the pleasure of trying. Mouthfeel is still great and this will leave you licking your lips. I'm laying a bottle down for a year, hopefully it'll end up balancing itself out nicely approaching perfection as it's amazing already.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

whoooo! Cantillon! 2007 bottling.

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow peach color with good fizzy white head that dissipates very quickly. Nose is funky horse blanket farm stench with great tart aroma. This one is gonna be a palate thrasher. Great blended lambic flavor roils out of this one with super tart barn funk taste. Very tart with just enough sweetness that it is noticeable. A slight crabapple bite in this one. Mouthfeel is good a tart, puckertastic, not overcarbonated and smooth as it could be. Drinkability is quite good, but could improve slightly. This is quite good for a young lambic. Another great brew from cantillon, the traditional lambic masters!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Japanese 375ml bottle into a Cantillon flute. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a .5 finger foamy white head with poor retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Oily legs with little to no lace. Average.

Nose is lemon zest, hay, and wet wood. Some mild funkiness though very clean overall. Appetizing and aromatic.

Opens tart lemon zest, yeast, oak, cobwebs. Sweet fruit upfront. Hay. Finishes tart and dry with a little to no aftertaste. Simple and clean. Great reflection of the nose.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down oily and slick. Finishes dry with no aftertaste. Near perfect for the style.

Decent overall and clearly one of the better made gueuzes. However, considering this is from Cantillon, I'm a bit disappointed. There's a lack of a cheesiness and this is, all things considered, a touch too sweet for the style. Still worth having though.

Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, Riley's

appearance: poured into my de koninck chalice - active carbonation, light orange body - mostly clear, foamy beige rush with almost no retention

smell: tart white grape, funky as expected from cantillon, white wine vinegar

taste: classic gueuze sour - vinegary, tart, sour grape, hay, oak.

mouthfeel: sour, tongue turning, palate commanding

drinkability: good

Photo of cjgator3
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 

A- On-tap at Redlight Redlight in Orlando, FL. I was really excited to see this on-tap. 

S- The aroma is fantastic! There is some floral notes, along with a lot of sour and oak. Damn near perfection!

T- The taste like the aroma gives you that nice sour flavor I have come to love in a good gueze. I love it, great stuff!

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. 

D- Simply put, this stuff is amazing on-tap. I could drink this all night long!

Photo of tempest
3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the green bottle into a wide wine glass.

While I found this beer very drinkable for the style, this beer lacked the rich complexity that sour beers are known for. Simply put, this just tasted and smelled like sour lemon - there was no real level of funk. It's still a pleasant sour, with a lemon and herb bent, but that isn't enough.

Photo of Mavajo
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a two finger thick white head that recedes very quickly - at first it settles into a nice layer across the top (about half a finger thick), but then a little while later fades into some whisps. No lacing.

This aroma is big and funky - apparently this the infamous "horse blanket" that I've heard so much about...also picked up some notes of sourness/yeast.

If the aroma is strong, the taste is a total kick in the taste buds. In a word: brilliant. Sour first and foremost, with notes of apple and yeast? It's amazing - this thing is so sour, yet so phenomenally delicious, too. As I sit here and reminisce about it, my mouth is literally watering. This brew is great stimulus for the sides and back of your tongue. It's simply tantalizing. One of the most delicious beers I've ever tasted.

Mouthfeel is thin, smooth and appropriately carbonated. Nothing distracting here. The drinkability is great - pretty much depends on your sour tolerance.

This brew was just absolutely phenomenal. It was a revolutionary experience to me - every bit as powerful as my first few sips of craft brew were. Completely perspective-changing experience.

Photo of Brandt
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours out into a tulip flared flute a very crisp golden straw yellow color with a large bubbled white head that falls back quickly

the smell is very bright and flowery with a strong pungent sourness that could be smelled all through the kitchen as soon as the cork was out of the bottle. there is a hint of a wood flavor that came through as i swirled the beer a little to liven it up a bit.

the taste is what you expect from the smell, a strong and very sharp sourness, there is a hint of the infamous "horsey-ness" and a oaky dryness similar to an oaked chardonay. the strength of the lactic acid in these beers overwealms most other flavors but there are hints of many barnyard characteristics.

the finish is a long one with sourness that really bites at the tongue and makes the jaw muscles clench although the texture on the tongue is very slilky and smooth from the wheat. this is a wonderful beer and a must try for all who dare to drink the sours!

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze) from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 791 ratings.