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

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Reviews: 374
Hads: 901
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 152
Gots: 272 | FT: 22
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 09-13-2003

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Reviews: 374 | Hads: 901
Photo of EPICAC
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Continuing on my sour beer kick I picked up a bottle of Cantillon Organic Gueuze. I lightly chilled this (50-55º F) and served it in one of my New Belgium snifters.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden, with good clarity. It's topped by a half-inch white head that fades to a persistent thin ring.

Smell: This smells a lot like the Rosé de Gambrinus that I had last night. There are characteristic sour lambic and barnyard aromas. However, upon sitting sweet fruity aromas appear, pear stands out to me.

Taste: A citric sourness greets the tongue, followed by an explosion of fruitiness in the center followed by a sour lambic finish. The sourness is mellow compared to the other Cantillon lambics that I've had. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light prickly carbonation, light-bodied with a very dry finish.

Drinkability: The sourness is nicely balanced making this very drinkable.

Overall: My experience with the style is limited, but I found this very enjoyable. It wasn't as sour as I had hoped, but this is probably for the best as it allows an intense fruitiness to shine through.

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Photo of brentk56
3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
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

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Photo of Matthew
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Pure white head that settles to leave nearly no sign of one.

Big acidic white grape aromas up front, hints of vinegar with a musty smell.

Puckering sourness with acidic white grape like flavors up front, Slight damp wood undertones, dry with hints of citrus. There is a sweetness that compliments the big sour character.

Carbonation is fairly light and mouthfeel is light bodied.

Good drinkability and a great lambic to sip with or without complimenting foods.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

37.5 cL bottle into a pilsner.

hazy peachy orange with some rising bubbles and a thin layer of white head that dies completely and leaves no lace.

dry, astringent nose. notes of vinegar, lemons, citrus rinds, funky cheese, and a hint of apple cider.

flavor and carbonation lighter than expected. fairly dry with green apples, lemons, and grapefruit sour. finish is a fairly mild tartness, with a slight drying. excellent flavors, but everything is slightly less bold than it should be.

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Photo of wl0307
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 fl oz, corked green bottle.
Bottled in 2.004.

Quickly evaporating, fizzy off-white head leaving little to no lacing. Glowing, bright orange-bronze-champagne in color.

Vinegar, sharply acidic sour aroma. The tart nose is somewhat balanced by a light, candied sugar sweetness and musty farmhouse aromas. Sharp, fruity esters: cherry, apple, grape, and orange.

Overwhelmingly sour fruity esters: lemon, lime, orange, green apple, cherry. Very sharp with a deep vinegar flavor. A mild amount of candied sweetness accompanied by a 'true' farmhouse mustiness. A slick finish with an aftertaste of sour cherries and mellowed vinegar. What a treat for the tastebuds!

Light bodied; slick and sharp on the palate, yet light bodied and almost airy.

This one really is a treat in taste and aroma. True to the style, this one really isn't a session brew, but it is a nice choice to break from the mundane. Added dap to Cantillon for the organic certification tag.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excited to finally try this bottle. I had to search pretty hard to find the corkscrew, haven't had a bottle of wine in months!
Pours a mildly bubble dark champagne color with just wisper of head. Aromas are of acidic cider, oak, and nothing else resembling a beer, this is gonna be great. Wow, this is some pucker juice. Reminds me of my first Warhead.... gets you right on the sides of your tongue and mouth immediately. It's sweetness keeps it in balance. This is certainly my first gueeze (or lambic for that reason), but it's remeniscent of Dutchess. The oak hits you right at the end and gives it a bit of earthiness. This is like a fine champagne, nothing like High Life! I'm not sure how I see the drinkability of this. I really enjoy it, but it's difficult to drink so much. Would make the perfect apperitif, no food required (but some soft cheese would be nice).

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Photo of Crosling
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003. Pretty looking orange in color, with a vibrant, horsey, leathery nose, that shows hints of lemon. Dry and rustic character, with a strongly acidic and sour nature and a fairly harsh overall flavor, but it’s just so juicy and flavorful, I just can’t help myself. I love it and I always have and probably always will. It’s just so funky.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First Gueuze so please bear it in mind

Poured into Champagne flute, seemed appropriate. . .

Smell is funky malty, fruit. Serious funky smell. I assume it is to be expected. Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected, kind of watery with little to no carbonation. Taste is sour fruit, kind of like a sour lemonade. After a few drinks it does grow on you and the funkyness fades a bit. Frankly, hard to believe this is beer but still I enjoyed it. Since this is my first it is hard to compare to others still I guess this must be pretty good since I was able to enjoy it.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a bright foggy peach with a slight ring of off white head.

Smelled of peaches, apricots and nectarines with a sour muskiness that reminded me of a bale of rotting hay.

The flavor was dominated by a big sour apricot and plumb skin dryness that was exceptionally sour. This fell into a creamier, sweeter apricot and some under ripe pineapple leaving the finish dry and far more tolerably sour.

The mouth feel was light to medium with a tiny carbonation.

I’m thinking this beer would be better served accompanying a certain food. I’m not sure which food, but the flavor as it stands alone is a little much. I enjoyed it, but it seemed like something was missing from the equation.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy golden/orange color with a very thin head that quickly fades to a thin ring that leaves behind only traces of lace.

Smell; slightly fruity with apples and lemons, hints of funky barnyard smells, touches of vinegar and musty wood.

Taste; starts off slightly sweet, but quickly becomes sour/tart. There's sour apples and tart lemons, funky earthy farmhouse vinegar, yeasty and it has some woody oak flavors. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, acidic and on the dry side. This is my first gueuze, and I found it to be a very unique style, and due to it's tartness I would only be able to drink one in a night.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of taez555
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours crystal clear light golden orange body with a small bubbly white champagne like carbonation that dies quickly.

Nose is very unique. Dirt, feet, rubber, oak, hay, manure, barnyard, touches of fruit.

First impressions of this beer is that it's going to be very tart or sour, yet as it glides across the tongue it tones down immensely ending in a very smooth yet still tart taste. Light bodied with a mixture of sour fruits, apples, granny smith apples, a strong rhubarb taste, lemon juice, lime juice, dry wood, hay, shit, . It has, again, an intense barnyard sort of flavor. Very reminiscent of a saison almost, yet purely lambic. The wood taste almost has a saltwater quality, as if it was barrel aged in a barrel made from boards from an old sailing vessel.

By itself I can understand and appreciate it, but it is a bit overwhelming. Paired with a nice cheese and this beer could out of this world. I'm just dieing to try this with brie or other cheese.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy gold, with a thin but even off-white head. This beer sports quite an aromatic boquet, tart and inviting with hints of vinegar and musty blanket. The flavor is, as far as the style permits, quite smooth. High acidity hits the back of the mouth immediately upon commencing the sip, though the beer mellows a bit as it warms and the tongue acclimates. Rich and flavorful, but ever-so-drinkable with tight, ample carbonation giving it a plesant, easy mouthfeel. A winner.

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Photo of thesilverhand
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and capped bottle, pours orange-gold and heavily hazy, with very little head, just a white skiff of foam, despite a reasonably aggressive pour.

Sour apple cider, vinegar. Cooked vegetables. There's also a bit of a musty dry woodiness I can't quite place.

Sweet and sour. There's a lot of malty sweetness for an instant at the tip of my tongue, but as soon as the beer slides back onto my tongue, all sweetness is obliterated by sour. Still some apples. The degree of sourness makes it almost citrusy -- not in flavour necessarily, but somehow I'm reminded of a strong grapefruit juice.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, pleasant and dry. Almost no carbonation, so it's not active at all, but pleasant nonetheless.

Very nicely balanced, despite the sourness. Not something I'll reach for too often, but a fine, fine beer.

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Photo of dnrobert24
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon's Organic Gueuze was my first Gueuze, although I have had lambics and Flanders Reds before, so I knew somewhat what to expect. Upon cracking it open, I immediately caught a whiff of that "horse blanket" or "sweaty" smell, but that quickly passed. As I held the beer up to my nose, my eyes started to water and my mouth started to pucker simply on aroma alone. Tart-smelling would be an understatement. It also smelled of moldy citrus rinds. It poured yellowy-gold. The cork was dated 2004. The flavor, like the aroma, was tart and dry. The high level of carbonation and palate-cleansing nature of the drink reminded me of champagne. Indeed, the process of blending gueuze is similar to that of champagne and the bottle declares that it is the "Champagne of Belgium."

My wife described drinking it like eating a Granny Smith apple, but without the apple flavor. Spot on.

The beer is not very drinkable by itself, but per the BA food pairings recommendation, I consumed this with slices of tart Pennsylvania Nittany Apples smothered in Double Cream Brie. When paired with the creamy brie, I could not get enough of the gueuze . . . or enough of the brie! The beer caused the brie to be even creamier and richer and the crisp sharp bite of the tart apple balanced everything out. I'd highly recommend a similar beer and cheese pairing for an appetizer or indulgent snack.

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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this 750ml bottle at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido CA. The cork was dated 2003.

A - Poured a golden honey color with slight orange hues and a thin white head that lingered then disappeared before i know it.
S - Definitely pungent here, of wet horse blanket and citrus rinds.
T - Tart, tart and tart like orange juice that's fermented in the carton from the grocery store with citrus rinds. Rather bitter and your taste buds will pique. Damn, this is why l am falling for this style (i must say I dont care for my women being bitter)

The carbonation was light as was the body and finished on the dry side. Very sharp and acidic. Mmm mmm mmm good. Delicious.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cork Dated 2003.

Out with the Old…in with the New. For some time Cantillon have been using organic ingredients in the production of their lambics. As time goes by it seems that all of the Gueuze leaving the brewery will be of the Gueuze Lambic-Bio (or, Organic Gueuze) variety. Certified Organic by Ecocert Belgium.

Presentation: Classic looking 750ml Cantillon green glass bottle comes with a cork/crown cap, all luxuriously covered in a lovely thick dimpled black foil that covers the slender neck. Light hints of a very dark rusty-orange liquid above the cork once the crown cap was removed, but it cleaned up easy enough. The main obverse label has a picture of a poppy laden field with the Cantillon Copper juxta-posed against it.

Appearance: My Cantillon Lambic Tumbler was steam cleaned then rinsed in cold water and allowed to dry. I poured the contents of the whole 750ml bottle at once into a Jug, from which I topped up my Tumbler, the way I always like to drink my Cantillons. The body exhibits a gorgeously hazed peach-lemon body with an inordinate amount of active streamers throughout. Uncontrollable head is restrained with a careful pour to form a thick white cap that fizzes loudly (put you ear against the glass!!) and slowly collapses to leave a thin white halo. Unholy appearance…..this is Lambic-Gueuze at its best; stunning and dangerous with a blessed heritage, it looks fantastic and defining of the style in the straight-sided Cantillon Gueuze Tumbler. A gentle tip reveals almost zero carbonation, non-existent lacing.

Nose: Oh Yes…..intense Pavlovian aromas, the mere whiff of a Cantillon Gueuze sends my Brain into overdrive, a high speed movie collection of Belgium memories and the of the few times that I walked into the Cantillon Museum in Brussels. Dry, acidic, lambic astringency with some freshly squeezed sharp lemons. This used to make my eyes water and have my nasal hairs screaming surrender, in French of course ;-) but these days I am hardened to its massive intensely upfront nose, I may be used to it these days – but it still impresses, Cantillon Gueuze still has a defining odor that is never forgotten.

Taste: Take the nose and form the gaseous hints into liquid fact. Puckering right from the off, my dry lips suffer a battering as the lemon acidity stings the edges of my mouth. The carbonation tumbles out the Gueuze as it flows across the tongue, leaving a trail of funky farmyard devastation; sour rivers are swelled with a series of biting tributaries from the citric tartness, malt vinegar, Brett flowing Artesian wells and yeasty oak casks. Sour, sharp, dry, biting and funky. Pure Cantillon, it is easy to see why this one blended brew fills up for over half of the bottles that leave Rue Gheude, 56 in Brussels.

Mouthfeel: What moisture I had, has long gone, replaced with a yeast laden lambic plasma that stick to my tongue and eats away the flesh. High level activity from the dissolved carbonation fashions nicely with a dry acidic evaporation.

Drinkability: I have such a weak spot for Cantillon Gueuze, this is dangerously drinkable and so bloody easy for me to overdose on, and I just cannot resist it.

Overall: Could I tell the difference between the original Gueuze-Lambic and the newer Organic Gueuze version? Probably not. Should this be listed separately to the “regular” version? Maybe! Maybe not!! – Who cares? Not me! Just enjoy this marvelous thoroughly traditional Lambic-Gueuze for what it is, a defining example of a great Beer Style that once tried, is never ever forgotten, but always missed. Now where did I put those Tums…..?

Always an Honor and a fantastic pleasure to savor this Masterful product, nice to finally savor the “new” Organic version.


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Photo of mdagnew
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml Bottle bought from www.onlyfinebeer.co.uk

Poured a golden yellow colour... Small white head formed but disappered almost instantly...

Aroma - Earthy sharpness, champagney, lemony, peppery notes. Maybe the slightest hint of sour apples ??...

Taste – Very tart / bitter, earthy, acidic, citrusy...

Feel - Very sharp and dry...

Overall - An outstanding gueuze - one of the best. Probably couldn't drink too many in one sitting though !!!

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green 375 ml bottle, corked & capped. Cork is imprinted with year of bottling.

Medium orange in colour, clear. Thin lines of carbonation. Thin white head. Patchy lace.

It has a woody smell. Followed by notes of lemon, some funky stuff, and hints of apple.

Quite a delight. Sharp, acidic, and an enjoyable sourness. Sublte hints of lemon & apple. Iron & oak. Dried out old crumpled leaves. Mouth puckering, dry finish. Medium bodied, very gentle carbonation. Excellent.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2004. The cork pops tepidly. Bronzed peach liquid pours into my tumbler, raising a thin ring of off-white bubbles that fairly hug the walls of the glass. A little drop of yeast lands in the glass and forms little knots of descending turbulence through the beer, which lacks any visible carbonation. The smell is far from weak, but when sniffed cool, seems limited in acidity; and just slightly yeasty--imagine a super-dry, tart hefeweizen. It cuts far more assertively--and deeper--into the nose when warm. Somehow this reminds me of the smell of moldy porcelain tile, but that may be because of the solvent, lemony nosefeel. The first sips taste just like sour lemon candy with the sugar removed. Fresh unsweetened lime juice follows, over a gossamer-faint, rice-paper maltiness. Hay and wilted lettuce round out the finish. The mouthfeel is cleansing in its tartness but finishes all too brief and would gain so much from some lively carbonation. Drinkability seems almost too easy, but I have to remind myself that I'm still coming down from an '00 Iris. I try to save harder-core gueuze for special occasions; this is a fine example which I could even imagine drinking day-to-day.

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Photo of cracgor
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: "Bottled in 2004"...drank today. Decanted without the yeast--the yeast made the beer taste bland when I tried it at the end.
Golden yellow. Very clear. Soda or champagne like fizz at the begnining that disappears quickly. No retention--but who wants that anyway.

Smell: a sour fruity smell. Very sweet. Still don't think lambics stink or smell like "funk/wet horse blanket"...

Taste: Very sour, very tart. Has a huge grapefruit flavor. A little lemon. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel: a full body. Robust, rich. Incredibly dry--very excellent.

Drinkability: A good beer. Different deinitely that. Could get used to the style though--would be great with meals or any time.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.32/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first gueuze...

Capped, corked and black foiled 12.7oz poured into a stange.

Hazy apple juice with a small white head that falls to a ring of big bubbles. Lots of smaller bubbles cling inside the glass. Now that I think about it, this looks a lot like Vernor's Ginger Ale.

The nose is a nice balance of funk and citrus. Plums, something acrid (vomit?), the barn I bailed hay in when I was 16, green grapes and zest of lime. At first I didn't like it, but the more I sniff the more complex it gets.

Wow, is this tart! Like an extremely dry white wine, with some cider made from crab apples, and a touch of white vinegar. The apple notes slide in for the finish. I found the mouthfeel too watery, not something I would normally session to say the least.

A bit too much for me, but interesting enough that I will try other examples of this style.

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Photo of eclectic
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage

Pours a magnificent golden-orange color with a slight haze. No head but some lacing is present... very little carbonation.. typical cantillon and gueuze aroma.. lacks some of the complexity of my favorite gueuzes, but still a fine example of the style. Goes down smooth and the only real complaint I have is the lack of carbonation.

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze) from Brasserie Cantillon
94 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.