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

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

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BA SCORE
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world-class

636 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 09-13-2003)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 00:29:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 23:10:50 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 05:57:15 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 03:03:07 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 18:50:00 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 05:01:42 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 18:08:30 | More by Thorpe429
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 22:25:27 | More by biboergosum
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emerge077

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5/4.5/4.5/5/5

2004 bottle, label says "Organic Gueuze" with an image of a copper mash tun and poppies in a wheat field.

Photo: http://www.sheltonbrothers.info/images/beers/Cantillon_Organic_Gueuze.jpg

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 00:34:55 | More by emerge077
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 00:59:53 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 05:25:55 | More by Mora2000
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.5/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I like beer, this isn't a beer I like!

I've been to the Brewery, done the tour, drank the stuff while there and I just can't bring myself to enjoy any of the products I've had. This green 75cl cork and crowned bottle is no different. I can see why this style of beer is dying a death.

I travel to Belgium about 4 times a year for little beer breaks and I've really tried to embrace the Gueuze/Lambic way, but I've failed.

Opened during a Belgian Beer Night with friends, this didn't go down at all well.

Light orange, slightly cloudy, hazy it looked like a nasty cider.

The aroma was of rotting old lemons, vinegar and sour cooking apples.

The taste is sour, sour anything and everything really. Just sour.

The closest liquid I've had that tastes and feels like this, is pickling malt vinegar.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 12:33:52 | More by BlackHaddock
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a straw yellow color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Holy horseblanket and sour lemon lacto

T: Dry, tart and loads of barnyard funk, horseblanket. Lemons and green apples being the dominant fruitiness

M: Light to medium body, big carbonation, tart and acidity lingers on the palate

O: Good

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 13:35:18 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 14:46:50 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brass Rail deli in Campbelltown, PA.

A: The geueuze is light orange, fairly hazy with little head. In fact, the ale barely looks carbonated.

S: The nose is tart, sour with citric acid. Grainy bread flavors are evident after the initial tartness passes.

T: Tartness, lemony and citric, is intense with a high pucker factor. The tartness is acidic not acetic, funky but not vinegary. As the funk passeed, a strangely medicinal flavor emerged. It took me a while to pin it down but the taste is that of penicillin.

M: The transition of tart to medicinal is abrupt and that finish leaves a bit to be desired.

D: One glass was sufficient, but I do have a bottle that I'm anxious to try. If only to see if the penicillin flavor is there.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2008 02:00:43 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2005 03:21:35 | More by Billolick
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle featuring the Mannequin Pis, purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a gorgeously bright golden colour, with a slight haze which just obscures the light, but refracts it pleasantly, as well. Head is extremely fine, but not particularly persistent, just forming a ring around the edge of the glass. Carbonation is refined and tiny. It's a very good looking beer.

Nose is pleasantly bright and gueuzey, with burnt rubber characters, woody oak notes, and classic biting acidity, although this is toned down a lot more than in many riproaringly intense gueuzes. It feels really pleasantly integrated, and smooth, however.

Taste is also a lot milder than many a gueuze, with a refreshing bite, but not the tongue-slicing acidity. Smooth entry, surprisingly under-carbonated, before some green vegetative sharpness comes through. Some tartness on the back, tempered by a slight residual sweetness, that fortunately never becomes too prominent. Rather, it's like a touch of vanilla or a mild roundness to the palate. Rather pleasant.

Probably one of the most refreshing and drinkable gueuzes I've had, even if it's not as complex and challenging as some of the best ones I've had. Still, it's a great example of the style, and probably one of the most approachable for a Gueuze newbie.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 07:45:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 into a matching cantillon geuze tumbler. Bottle date of September 2011. The brew appears a clear golden orange with a solid finger of white froth that slowly fades maintaining a creamy layering atop. The cap is supported by constantly rising bubbles of carbonation. A light swirl agitates more bubbles from solution.

The aroma is funky like moist old oak with barnyard quality almost hay-like in nature that blends into a bit of tropical fruit scents. The fruit is somewhat lemony. For a geuze, it doesnt get much better than the way this smells. The aroma is very well balanced across the board, nothing is dominating it all blends and transitions together so nicely.

The flavor is acidic with classic cantillon funk tasting of wet cork/moist oak. There is a hint of dry bretted quality tasting earthy and nearly barnyard-like however it quickly dissolves into a fruited tropical flavor like lemon. For a gueze, I am picking up on a surprising amount of almost herbal hop flavoring and mild bitterness which really integrates well with the acidic components and dry earthiness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is light and easy drinking and overall just a very well put together brew with no characteristics downplaying the others. It blends together perfectly and is a real joy to drink. Just when I think ive finally decided on 3f oude geuze as my geuze of choice, I have this and enjoy it enough to reconsider. A blind tasting is in order!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 18:32:44 | More by stakem
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DoubleJ

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Beachwood BBQ Sour Fest starts tomorrow, and I feel I need to train my palate for the ineviatbale tartness orgasm that will soak it. 750 ml capped and corked bottle....cool label. On to the beer:

The color of this gueuze is cloudy pale orange. The head forms low with a thin creamy white top. Tart green apples in the aroma. Lemon, blanket, and wool compliment the apple aroma. Oh, and there's the lambicscous. I'm ready.

Sour lemon and wool are the first flavors to jump to me. Warheads anyone? Lemon warheads, though the sourness is less intense. The wool and blanket pick up and cover the palate....and BANG!...there are those tart critters, providing a boost of tart peach. Acidic. Light-medium body with a pinch of extra water. It's easy on the palate. The aftertaste, perhaps as expected, is very tart with lemons.

A very yummy gueuze. Sip and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 04:49:35 | More by DoubleJ
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 bottled (shown on the cork). Served cool in a large Burgundy bulb glass.

A: lightly hazy, dark orangey honey hue; the beer head is restrained and fluffy, quickly settling down to a rim on top of the beer; the gentle carbonation slowly fades out... (um, looking like a geuze).
S: plenty of sour elements to play with: metallic note, white wine vinegar, sour green apple, lime zest, dryish-sweet wheats, astringent freshly-sawed wood-dust, and a hint of residual sugar... Pretty good, not as sour as the one I had at the brewery, yet not as deep and complex either. Maybe coz it's still very young?
T: intensively limey, sour flavour attacks the palate with full force, but in 3-5 seconds the sourness quickly softens and gives way to an increasingly dryish (but still tart) wheat-ish flavour, slightly woody, mineral-like, and chewy at the back, while an aromatic and fruity Belgian yeasty flavour (as in some pale ales and witbiers) hides well in the long aftertaste. Very dry, crisp and clean finish. Pretty good.
M&D: lively on the mouthfeel and light-bodied, I feel lucky that this one is not as astringently sour as the ones I had in the past. Yet, the overall aroma and lack of a longer aftertaste do not quite stand up to Cantillon's high standards and complexity. I reckon it has to do with its age, and this one is surely too young for my inexperienced tastebuds to do it justice. But it's a thirst-provoking beer all the same.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 17:42:46 | More by wl0307
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All breweries have a brand. But what makes Cantillon unique is that theirs isn't so much a logo or a name or even the nostalgic and sentimental mindset, but rather a smell. And a stinky and sour one at that! Just popping the cork took me back to the musty attic, the cobwebs, the spiders, the dusty cellar and rusted machinery of Rue Gheude 56.

Gueuze Lambic-Bio looks as murky as it smells musty. Even shadows are hardly visible on the other side of the glass and the beer's rather lucid golden colour seems a most unlikely culprit for the visual obstructions. Usually something that shines this much allows a little more transparency. Despite some 'pop' from the cork, the beer is plainly flat.

I don't just like the taste of Cantillon - I live for it. Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio has the flavor of a sour peach. It is at once sweet (though no sugar is added) yet tremendously tart. This mouth puckering sourness is no doubt the flagship of the brewery, and indeed the style writ large. It may be an acquired taste but one that is irrevocably incomparable.

In both flavor and aroma, the beer has a lot of borrowed white wine-like characteristics, including a cutting acidity, remnants of oak wood and a very dry finish. Fruity hints of rotting pineapple and lemon accompany the towering presence of sour peach, which is undercut by grassy and dry wood notes. It's almost like champagne meets vinegar.

The Van Roys are prolific fathers. A generation of new brewers have attempted to carry on their Lambic lineage with mixed success, but I doubt anyone outside of Brussels will ever come close to enacting the complexity, quality and personality of Cantillon. There simply aren't enough words to capture the experience of authentic Lambic such as this.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 19:24:04 | More by biegaman
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Denverlogan for this...Aayiiieeee!!!!
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head and tiny spots of lacing that glide down the glass.
Smell is of sour cherries, slight funk, yeasty cake, and acidic sourness. Brett abound, baby!
Taste is sour with acid burn. Sour cherries, apples, pomegranites, and a musty funkiness that is like a barnyard batch of vinegar.
Mouthfeel is sour and acidic with some fruit notes coming through.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 15:10:30 | More by weeare138
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

2.1/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I'm slowly trying to understand and appreciate sour beers, but then I come across a beer like this and it sends me back to square one. At Dyan's HOTD tasting the other night; this was the "dinner" beer. Everyone else at the table lapped it up, but as for me....

The beer pours an attractive gold color with very nice head retention and lacing. On the nose, mama mia!!! How in the hell can anyone drink something that smells like this? The aroma in this beer is about as rank as anything I've ever come across, and is just flat out disgusting. You just can't tell me this is how this beer is supposed to smell. I get mustard, vinegar, head cheese, dead possum and God alone knows what else. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, coupled with a gut wrenching and palate pulverizing blast of sour. Maybe this beer would make a nice vinegarette salad dressing, but actually drink this??? Mouthfeel is pretty light, as one would expect with the low alcohol. The beer finishes with a sulpheric bite, which only adds to the horror.

Horrible and completely undrinkable. The intensity of sour in this beer is amazing. I just don't get it. Can I go now?

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 19:28:09 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This golden brew shows a slight haze. The head is bubbly and white. Retention is better than average. Lacing, adequate. On the nose, I find light notes of vinegar, wet horse blanket, apple cider and cellar mustiness. Pretty clean though. Aroma is nice, but not quite as sharp as other Cantillon offerings. The sour pucker factor seems to be knocked down a notch in this sample (compared to others from Cantillon). I don't find myself wincing as much. There are some definite green apple and pear tones. Quite acidic. Like a dilute solution of vinegar. Tart finish. A stale, mustiness. Funky farmyard yeast tones. Another classic lambic from Cantillon. Thirst quenching, dry and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 06:34:46 | More by Bighuge
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005: Bright, clear gold with a frothy, rocky white head. Not much lace, but the bubbles were much larger than usual, kind of fizzy. Warm wheat cracker aroma with tart fruity and acetic notes. A little funky, grassy, lemon, and barnyard too. Flavour is a nice combo of sour fruit and tart acid with earthy undertones. Dry finish, a little puckering. I really like this. Nice and flavourful, plenty refined, and easy to drink. Definitely give this a try if you're into tart brews.

Serving type: bottle

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