Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze) - Brasserie Cantillon
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3.88/5 rDev -8.9%
Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.
Pours a murky yellow with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly skunky after it's poured but sour and funk aromas come out as well. Taste is sour, tart, and funky with some grain and citrus flavors I am picking up as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a a good gueuze but it's different from the classic version.
04-10-2012 00:29:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
Vintage bottle consumed at Ebenezer's in November 2010. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a golden-apricot color with a thin white head that dissipates pretty quickly but leaves a few spots of lacing and has a nice collar. The nose is quite sour with a strong lactic character and a bit of acetic acid. Quite a bit of funk comes through as well. Loads of horse blanket and other miscellaneous farmhouse odors. Really well put together. Taste is along the same lines with some lemon and hints of stone fruits. Dry earth and acidity pervade throughout. Finish is very dry after a thin-bodied beer with lowish levels of carbonation. Drinkability is very, very nice. Yet another reason to start a collection of Cantillon bottles to age.
02-16-2011 18:08:30 | More by Thorpe429
3.3/5 rDev -22.5%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy apple juice color with a modest head that drops quickly and leaves little lacing
Smell: Sour horse blanket, barnyard uric acid smells waft upwards; not something you want to spend much time smelling
Taste: Starts out moderately sour and leaves you wondering which direction it is going to take as some pithy grapefruit flavors kick in; in a few seconds, there is no doubt where you are headed as the sour flavors burst forth in your mouth; very intense and assaults your tastebuds
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and modestly carbonated
Drinkability: I know some folks enjoy sour lambics, but I find them very challenging to consume as they bring to mind certain associative flavors that I don't care to discuss in print
05-25-2006 03:03:07 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev -6.1%
Bottle: sampled at the brewery in Brussels. Poured a golden colored beer with great carbonation and a good head. Aroma is a mix between some floral tomes and the Cantillon yeast. Taste is a bit deceiving since it is too much acidic that it kills the rest of the flavours. I know this is supposed to be the classic gueuze but I believe that some other gueuze a better balanced then this one.
Re-rate: Bottle dated 2004. Barnyard aroma with sourness and acidic notes quite evident. Taste is quite sour but not as acidic as the bottle tasted in Brussels which was probably fresher. This version seems to make more sense with ratings included here.
01-23-2006 18:50:00 | More by Phyl21ca
4.43/5 rDev +4%
After having a sample of this beer years and years ago, it's a pleasure to to have a bottle all to myself this time. A sturdy and characterful beer that defies styles.
The beer opens with a glowing orange, rust color that has a mysterious haze that creates a glow. Dainty head formation struggles to hold any resemblance of a head an isn't able to lace.
Aromas and flavor of musty, dusty, funky oak barrels, and grandma's attic make their way into the beer- and I love it for this. Just shy of barnyard, mold, and vinegar this beer holds a clean lactic and brett character that brings out the estery lemon, lime, crabapple, and under-rippened berry character that creates tartness but not sourness. Maltiness is moderate and helps to temper the acidic nature of the beer allowing softer fruits of peaches, pears, and pineapples to rise a bit. A touch of salt and apples take hold in a subtle way.
Hopping rates are pronounced and provides a welcome variation of flavor, depth, complexity, and a little something extra to accompany the tartness into the long linger an aftertaste of the beer. Lemongrass and citrus rinds of the hops go well with the sharp brett and lactic textures.
Because of the restrained cidery, acidic, and vinegar notes, the lemon, orange, and lime notes can shine along side of the well attenuated malts, making this beer highly drinkable and a welcome addition for hot summer evenings. The beer is a lot like a Flander's Red without the cherries, but with an Orval hoppy addition.
06-30-2009 05:01:42 | More by BEERchitect
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
The chance to try another lovely brew from Cantillon, I literally could not wait! I picked this one up on my last trip through Asheville, as we do have some of their offerings here, just not many and no where near the variety I can get up there. This was one I had been looking for as it was authentic to the roots of the style, and I love the sourness. Very nice 750ml corked and capped bottle, 2006 vintage, poured into an oversized wine glass.
Appearance - The pour was rather nice with a good yellowish amber color coming out to greet me right away. Very hazy and cloudy, it had a nice unrefined look about it that was very welcoming. A nice one inch high head of lace then came over and crowned the top of it, really nice looking but settled down quickly leaving behind only token side glass lace and a thin crown across the top.
Smell - The aroma was your classic farmhouse funk. Ohh so inviting this was tremendously tart and sour. I did not think it was possible to pucker a nose, but if it was, this would do it. Not much in the way of balance here, in fact this one was all sour. Lots of grape and apple tones all over this one, really pushing the senses to the limits of what they could possible endure, but you know in a good way.
Taste - The flavor was simply put, spot on. A wonderful rich tart, sour, funky, explosion of flavor, picking up right where the aroma left off. Deep sour apple and grape flavors are all over this one, really pushing this forward on you. There was some semblance of sweetness trying to breakthrough in the end, but not much, as this was all sour. The finish was dry, and very long lingering, leaving you desperately craving another taste, but you knew that would land you right back in the same boat as before!
Mouthfeel - This was very crisp and refreshing, and very light on the tongue. The light bodied ale was adequately carbonated, though I suppose it could have used a touch more, but that is neither here nor there. Really quite nicely done though with no slickness or watered down flavors at all.
Drinkability - Really just an outstanding drinker here. There was really no ABV to speak of, and if you love sour, you could put this one down in good numbers. I was shocked by how good this was, really pulling through and giving me a really nice nightcap of sorts.
Overall this was easily one on the better I have had from the style and really just a great representation of what these fantastic Belgian brewers can do. I would definitely go out of my way to find this one again, it was really very good and something I will be on the lookout for.
05-01-2008 23:10:50 | More by mikesgroove
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
A: A 750 ml bottle with a bottling date of 2008 shared with the girlfriend. A pour into my Bruery tulip is a burnt orange color with very little head and quite a bit of bubbles.
S: Now this is a funky beverage. A ton of Brett character with a tinge of lactic sourness and oak.
T: As funky as the nose is, that's how sour it is on the tongue. There is a lot of lactic tartness and it's very acidic. There's a bit of lemon flavor and a lot of Brett. On the finish is a fair bit of oak.
M: Surprisingly this is not all that bubbly. I'm used to Gueuze being a very bubbly beverage, but I suppose that could be due to a short maturation period (ie. my fault).
D: This is a very, very acidic beer. As a result, it's tough to drink a lot of. However, it does taste very good, so it's also something you want to drink lots of. A strange dichotomy indeed.
01-06-2010 05:57:15 | More by womencantsail
4.68/5 rDev +9.9%
2004 bottle, label says "Organic Gueuze" with an image of a copper mash tun and poppies in a wheat field.
Poured into a tumbler, the deep orange body is slightly hazed, but with no visible sediment. It formed a nice head and surprisingly 20 minutes later it hasn't broken. The foam had a very creamy texture. The aroma was a little different than the current "Classic Gueuze", with orange peel and definitely some orange yogurt wafting up. With a swirl there was the more typical sharp acidic note. The first sips felt soft, time seems to have mellowed it's sharpness, though it was still puckeringly sour. Orange and lemon rind, with all the succulence of sucking on a peach pit that still has fruit clinging to it. Definitely soft and peachy. Savory cheese notes come out in a longer draw. It's an ethereal experience, i'll be sad when this bottle is gone!
06-03-2009 00:34:55 | More by emerge077
4.23/5 rDev -0.7%
Appearance: The color of wheat, very hazy with just a hint of clarity. A a thin head forms and then quickly disappears, leaving no lace.
Smell: Musty and funky in the usual Cantillon fashion with a bit of lemon juice for good measure.
Taste & mouthfeel: Sour and fruity, like taking a bite out of a lemon (rind and all). Very nicely balanced actually - the acidity and sourness are ample but not overbearing. I'd almost call it mellow. The finish is lightly bitter and tannic, but pretty clean overall. Carbonation is moderate, just enough to make it dance on the tongue.
Notes: Another fantastic brew from Cantillon. Do these guys make a bad beer?
07-11-2008 00:17:13 | More by largadeer
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
02-05-2010 22:25:27 | More by biboergosum
4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
No sure how this is different from the classic gueuze. Poured into a Stillwater wine glass. Beer is yellow and pretty hazy with a thin white head that leaves not a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low, lower than expected. Bottled in 2009, this is a new one.
Strongly sour aroma, fruits like green apples and lactic acid, citric and mild acetic, overall nice classic Cantillon aroma.
Beer is medium to light in body. Strong tartness, mild sulfur aftertaste, wet, almost a little sweet on the front palate, overall nice. It finishes slightly dry. Sourness profile, lactic and citric first, tartness late with the dryness, the citric is stong, there is a mild acetic bite after the initial hit. Its a very good gueuze. They know what they are doing. Maybe the classic gueuze i had was older but I prefer the other to this slightly, only slightly.
09-08-2010 00:59:53 | More by drabmuh
4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
I had this on tap at the Brass Rail deli and bottle shop. Served chilled in a wine glass.
A - A honey amber w/ very light white speckling the surface w/ visible carbonation and a ring on the glass w/ pin points for beading.
S - An intensely sour citrus note w/ mild rind aroma w/ a nie complement of funk, hints of spice and mild melon aromas. The bret yeast is up front and the odor is very captivating
M - An acidic yeast yet spritzy feel. The malt is slightly nutty and the beer finishes clean w/ a subtle spiciness. The tart lingers on as the vanilla/toast notes of the wood are noticeable
T - a huge tartness w/ lemon and citrus rind and melon flavors. The vanilla oakiness which leaves a subtle nut and caramel taste w/ tangerine flavor and the pith w/ hints of grapefruit and slightly lactic sourness.
D - I can only have a glass at time since this has a certain intensity. This is a beer to savor for me. The gueze has more complexity than any lambic I have tasted and would return to this example again many more times. I think this is one of the most enjoyable of the style I have had-very drinkable.
12-19-2008 18:53:18 | More by Slatetank
4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. The cork said this was bottled in 2011.
Appearance: Pours a hazy golden amber color that ends up being a bit orange. There is a very small layer of off white head that goes away very quickly.
Smell: Light and quite funky. Mild vinegar with some hay and lemon juice. The funk is here, but I wouldn't call this an overly funky gueuze, no stinky cheese or anything.
Taste: Super light and drinkable. A bit acidic, but the sourness leans more towards a white vinegar. The hay from the smell shows up here too. The finish is slightly herbal as the sourness calms down.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive but fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.
Overall: Another great beer from Cantillon. So light yet so interesting. I'll definitely have more given the chance.
09-15-2012 20:25:00 | More by oline73
Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze) from Brasserie Cantillon
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