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

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

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727 Ratings
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Ratings: 727
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 138
Gots: 204 | FT: 16
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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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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited to try my first Cantillon tonight. This is also the first gueuze beer I've ever had. Poured out of a 370.5ml bottle into a tulip glass. Beer was bottled on 3 December, 2010, and a description on the back of the bottle describes that it can be cellared until 2030.

It pours a very orange color with champagne-like appearance, despite the fact that it has hardly any head to speak of despite notable carbonation present around the glass. Definitely doesn't look like any beer I've ever hard, that's for sure - except for maybe some double IPAs.

As for the aroma? Holy crap! I could immediately smell a funky, sour smell to it upon popping the bottle open. The funkiness is so intense that I can smell it a foot away from me. This is a sign that the bacteria have truly done their duty here to provide a full-fledged lambic experience. Getting past the sourness, there are loads of tart goodness in here, fruity esters reminiscent of apricots, peaches and white grapes but really coated with a sourness (and hell, even a SALTY bite) that I only find in citrus. I have never smelled anything quite like this before. I have no idea how to describe the funkiness of this beer, but I'm to go right ahead and try it and see how it compares.

The sourness, for sure, reveals its intense flavor immediately. THIS is what sour ales should absolutely taste like. I have no idea how to describe this thing. There are no exact fruits I can make out, but it's definitely citrusy. It’s very dry yet bubbly in the same manner that champagne is. It starts out smooth and malty and ends in a extreme dry-hopped bitter end. Quite a fascinating beer to drink and I would bet that there's nothing that really tastes exactly like it on this planet.

I intended to go in and write a really long review for this beer, but it ultimately speaks (or, ahem, *drinks*) for itself. I can't say for sure if I love gueuze beers just yet, but it's undeniable that there is nothing quite like them. There's a combination of mixing the aged and new lambic blends that give it a mixed reaction of being an complex, old beer that still feels fresh and wholly flavorful. Extremely authentic for what it is, but pretty intimidating as well. There's something mystic about it that makes me look forward to every new sip. Not sure why, but it gets better each time, and its subtleties reveal themselves more every time. I have no idea how to describe this thing, but if this is one of the best readily available gueuzes, try it! It will fully change your perception of what beers can be.

Post-script: Hours later, the smell of gueuze is still in the air. Now THAT'S a powerful beer.

Photo of snogglethorpe
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden straw color, firm, fine head (not huge).

Smell is ... acetic acid, with a little bitterness that says "belgian."

Taste is very tart, dry, a little sour, with a long lingering bitterness that's more like lemon zest than hops. This is verrrry drinkable, with some sourness hitting you up front, but then quickly diminishing, leaving the long, warm, bitterness rolling off the back of your tongue. As it warms, other flavors mingle, it gets a little sweeter (though it's still essentially dry), more like grapefruit, a sense of fruit pits.

Nothing really notable about the mouthfeel.

This is a pretty drinkable beer, good for a summer day, and might also appeal to someone who doesn't like traditional beers. I personally might prefer something a bit more sour/tart though.

[I found this in a small suburban supermarket that _never_ has interesting beers, but one day, suddenly a big batch of this appears... a lot of supermarkets around here seem to be trying to respond to the popularity of Belgian beer, but without much sense of direction... they seem to just get random stuff in...]

Photo of waltersrj
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Darker golden honey with a beautifully bubbly white head that dissipates into a soap like head that remains well carbonated throughout the drink.

Nose: lemony, earthy, funk, grass, vinegar and lemon rhind.

Taste: Moderately sour, perhaps more tart than anything. Lemon zest, lemon juice, grass, earthy must and slight vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, slightly drying.

Overall: This is a classic example of a very good Geuze. I could drink these all the time. Fantastic.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a 350ml wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden, slightly orange color with a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind some spotty lace.

Smell: Tart lemon and vinegar with an earthy, musty backing and a hint of woodiness.

Taste: Begins musty, rounding out to lemon/vinegar tartness before finishing musty and earthy alongside some woody notes.

Mouthfeel: Dry throughout, a lot like champagne. The body is light and the beer finishes dry at first before becoming sticky.

Overall: A very good geuze, one of the best. However, I wonder what the major difference is between this and the regular Geuze 100% Lambic by Cantillon, if there is any at all.

Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle shared by hoser 17/7/11

A hazy golden orange with lots of slowly raising bubbles not much for head or lace but that's expected

S heaps of funk with pear and apple not much else but I like what I smell

T sour cereal and heavy funk, a little yeasty lemon, pretty interesting stuff

M very tart, medium bodied with lots of bubbles and my lips tried to turn themselves inside out from pucker

O a style I need to explore for sure, good stuff though I look forward to trying it again

I'm curious to how these age but I may need to break the bank find out

Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 sticker vintage poured into Jackie O’s snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy, dirty lemon brown with a thin white head.
S: Ultra funk on the nose that could probably be the definition of stinky sweaty funk. It’s dry, musty, and sweaty, with just a touch of fruit.
T: Follows the nose but it’s almost so dry it’s hard to taste. Very musty all around with flavors of cobwebs, lemon zest and earth. It’s also rather acidic and has a good bite to it.
M: So dry it’s dumb. Low carbonation, acid mouthfeel.
O: Cantillon can do no wrong in my book, but this wasn’t my favorite beer I’ve had from them. It’s great, but perhaps a bit rough around the edges.

Photo of Cavery
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle shared with Klym, SundaySour, and Myself in a weekend taster. Bottle is dated 4 May 2010.

Poured into a Lost Abbey Tulip.

A: Looks like a saltwater solution of amber sunshine. Cloudy but no appearance of floaties. There's a very hefeweizen like orangeness to this beer, but the thin patching of lambic bubbles lets you know otherwise. Dense diamond like bubbles line the glass like delicious bling-bling, gives an almost frosted appearance to the brew.

S: A golden sweet wheatiness that never travels into the realm of artificial sugars. Pickled capsules of orange flesh, floating with whole kumquats. A super soft coriander note that keeps the theme orange on orange. Clementines sneak a peak, but ultimately never really take a starring role. Mild yeast funk seasons this juicy brew.

T: Puckering green kumquats, with the rinds giving into to the tart and sour flesh. Super clean taste that has that wow factor. The flavor certainly comes off a bit green with some sweet limes sneaking in, but it never goes bitter. The flavors are clean and juicy, it's nearly impossible to not lick your lips after each sip. Super acidic presence of tartness, but honestly not nearly so acidic in digestion. Rinds are candied in a watery light sugar, then salted for fresh consumption. These rinds are fresh and zesty, Wow complexity. Sweet shiny pastries come to mind. So deep and adventurous. No vinegar at all.

M: Such a fancy evaporating mouth-feel. The salty sweet character of the flavor invites a strong response of salivation, while the mouth is smothered with clean juices. It's like having a geyser go off in your mouth, wetness in the mouth without ever a perception of flatness at all, but the aspects you'd expect to feel (given the fruity/citrus flavor) never seems to come. There's no hop/rind bitterness, and the acidity is soft spoken at most.

O: My first cantillon, and it didn't disappoint. I've had a few other Gueuze, but nothing as clean or refined as this. There's a magician in this glass, giving impressions of fruity small citrus fruits but eliminating rind bitterness. Puckering freshness that takes the intensity of the fruits to 11. This is well over a year old, and it has the intensity of something off the vine. So clean, and so good. This is an improvement on nature, and I commend the brasserie for their efforts. I can't wait to see what else these magicians have in store for me! Great first offering, and I'm begging for an encore.

Photo of Klym
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lost Abbey Tulip. Shared with Cavery and Sunday Sour. This is my second time having this beer and it is much what I remembered.

A: A nice golden pour with a fluffy white head that dies off not too long after. The body is murky but still quite transparent.

S: Very strong lemon, almost to vinegar levels of intensity. Grass, hay, and some wheat/grain tone down the intensity a bit and give a nice earthy feel. Definitely very natural smells coming from this.

T: The lemon is very strong, but as someone who likes lemon this is not offputting. Very much lemon juice, sourness and biting sweetness wave over the mouth. As the intensity dies the background flavors of grass, and especially wheat and grain come out and make themselves known. Again, very natural feel to everything, very healthful feeling flavors.

M: Carbonation in this really compliments the beer. The fizzle of the carbonations almost make the flavors pop in your mouth. The mouthfeel of this is extremely refreshing, especially when paired with the flavors of the beer. Fantastic.

O: This was the first Cantillon I tried (the time I tried it before this) and it definitely impressed me. I hadn't really enjoyed the previous gueuze I had tried because of the yeast intensity I had experienced in them, but this one definitely didn't have that. On top of that I found it tasty and refreshing in a way I hadn't found other gueuze. I recommend this beer and will be seeking out more cantillon.

Photo of danieelol
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden syrup/honey colour. Egg-shell head. Lacing not abundant, nor is the head.

S: Started skunky and funky. A bit whiteboard markery/vinegary. Now there's corn and roasted/caramelised lemons. Rubber/eraser flavours. Melted creamy cheese. The main component is funk which is nice enough I guess.

T: Relatively sour but not overwhelmingly so. Well balanced. Fair bit of funk, like the smell of pleasant sweet sweat? More lemons mixed with some corn.

M: Sour with medium body and carb. This works well for its drinkability.

O: Nice beer. Not hugely complex or puckering but very drinkable and goes well with food.

Photo of scott451
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Bottled in February 2009, tasted in July 2011.

Poured a clear light apricot with a very effervescent bubbly head which soon disappeared.

A mild funky smell with some citrus notes around the edge. The taste is initially very tart. Some grape and cider notes in the middle. Lemon towards the end. A long dry finish.

Fairly light in body. The initial carbonation soon flattens out. Very smooth and well balanced. Overall fairly mild for a gueuze. Refreshing and light.

Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 6-8 oz portion sampled at the brewery as part of their tour and reviewed from notes. The beer was served in a straight-sided glass similar to a German Stange.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear golden color with visible carbonation but virtually no head to speak of and mostly a small ring of foam around the glass which is gone well before the beer. Sipping initially leaves a few spots of bubbles but even those are gone long before the beer.

Smell: As I sniff the beer I get a sense of what folks are trying to communicate when they talk about funk or the barnyard in connection with this beer. There are the aromas here that are similar to being outdoors on a spring day on a working farm with livestock about the place, but manure is not involved. I'm also picking up a strong component of citric zest and some tart fruit like apples.

Taste: The initial impression is one of undifferentiated tartness. However after sipping for a while the green apples and citrus zest (lemons) emerge as flavor components. I also think I'm picking up some flavors from the wood here. This is a complex mélange that I'm finding more and more in as I sip my way through.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with some smoothness from the subdued carbonation. However, the astringency and tart dryness shape the feel strongly. The finish is medium in length and is basically simple in that first the astringency goes leaving the dryness that just fades away.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: At first I wasn't pleased with this beer as it seemed a bit of a let down. However as my taste buds adjusted to the completely of a new set of flavors I began to enjoy it more, so I'll certainly be having Gueuze again. My overall impression is a bit muddled yet but my initial reaction is that this is a good representative of a beer style that is new to me but that I intend to continue to explore. Perhaps with my next few I'll find appropriate words to talk about the funk/barnyard character of these beers, but until then I'll avoid them because the either communicate so little or because a quick misunderstanding is to think of manure. I'll also revisit this review if my reactions change.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle. Poured into a wine glass. Forgot to write the bottle date. I'm guessing around 2007, since the Iris I purchased at the same time was a 2007.

Honey golden in color. Slightly murky. Lively carbonation. One finger of spritzy white head.

Loads of funk and hay, earthiness, lemony citrus.

Tastes of citrus, hay, grass, funk, and lemon up front. Then some light vinegar and apricots. Earthy and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy with lively carbonation. Refreshing, and very tart.

A wonderful example of the style.

Photo of woosterbill
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a Cantillon Gueuze glass.

A: Clear gold body, one-finger head of fine, frothy white foam. The head, while not especially pronounced, does stick around nicely as it settles into a solid cap and leaves some light lace. Solid.

S: Supremely funky, acidic, and even a bit grainy. Very homey, comfortable, and enjoyable. Classic Cantillon.

T: Tart lemony sourness starts things off with a bang, followed by more fruit, some barnyard, and a long finish that swerves from mildly malty to dry as a bone. Lovely, simple Gueuze.

M: Creamy medium body, with huge, soft carbonation.

O: Great beer, plain and simple. It's the standard for a reason.

Cheers!

Photo of czfreeman
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first from Cantillon, very excited. Bought at de Bier Temple in Brugge yesterday. Capped and corked 375ml bottle, Bottle 03.December 2010, so @ 1.5yrs in the bottle.
Poured out, a cloudy cider-like tone. Good carbonation, light murky apple-juice like in apperance. Wispy head settles quickly.
Smelling this beer is so good you almost forget to drink..almost.Sour funky barnyard,apple, fermented white grape, soured pears, acid, lemon.Musty cellar, horseblanket, all mingle to make such a rustic, yet delicate brew.
...love at first sip.Crabapple, underripe berries, lemon,vinegar, lmon juice, bone-dry finish, salty alomst, making you quickly reach for the glass again. Lemons, sour wood sour fruit abound. Nice peppery hop kick and spice from the yeast create the finish.Extremly light.
Mouthfeel is light, tongue-scrubbing sour mixed with a good amount of carbonation.
Drinks beautifully, so excited about visiting the brewery this month!

Photo of dgilks
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear dark golden colour with small and relatively long lasted (for a Gueuze) white head.

Tart, lemony aroma with a touch of fruity funk. For me there isn't a lot of sourness in the aroma and the funk is fairly subdued for a Cantillon.

Very well balanced lambic with a mild tartness balanced with some lively lemon notes and some mild funk. A further tart note reminiscent of the acidity in reaspberries comes through. Solid.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A lovely, youngish Cantillon Gueuze with the age of the blend obviously being quite young. I find that I'd actually like a bit more tartness and a some more of the funk that would come with more oude gueuze in the blend. However, the balance is great and the flavours are true. Another good Cantillon gueuze.

Photo of QuestionableScum
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden yellow, with a thick white head. Very effervescent as expected.

In terms of smell I get lemon, grape skin, sour apple, white grape, and some heavy oaky mustiness, as well as some earthiness. Smells really good to me.

In terms of taste right away I get a lot of lemon sourness, sour apple, and white grape notes, followed by a lot of barnyard earthiness, and a bit of mild spice in the finish. The brett funk is quite noticeable. The beer is quite tart, but not unbearably so, and the earthy funkiness really compliments the tart notes and fruity notes well. Definitely has a dry cidery taste to it while at the same time having a load of barnyard funk in it, that works well, and gives the beer a clean finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a lot of carbonation, and is quite dry.

Overall, an awesome beer.

Photo of tbeckett
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from ABS Drinks outside Brussels. Drank at home waiting for my friend to come over. From notes. Bottled 3 December 2010.

A - Poured a slightly cloudy gold colour with strong carbonation and a one finger white head. No lacing but a ring of retention saved this from mediocrity.

S - Lemon candy without the sweetness if that makes sense. Hay, funk, that musty Cantillon character. I visited the brewery last year and that smell permeates everywhere. It is something I will never forget and I'm reminded of it so much when I open any Cantillon beer.

T - Tons of funk, hay, grassiness, lemon candy which is really pleasant. Mustiness again. It's quite sour and the sweet elements balance it well to make it more complex and enjoyable.

M - Dry with lingering sourness after a mouth full of good carbonation and a light body that fill the mouth well.

O/D - Delicious. Always like Cantillon beers and this one is no different. Gueuze always has enough sweetness to make it chuggable but has the extreme complexity to make you want it to last forever. Well put together.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Hart for sharing this. 1996 Vintage.

A-thin bubbly pure white head, surprisingly carbonated after all these years. Light orange in color with hues of a deep yellow. It is somewhat clear with a cloudiness floating around

S-the nose is very musky up front. Manure, mushrooms, earthy funkiness up front. Light notes of sourness in the back with little tartness.

T-the earthy musk lies up front but is faint and works with the rest of the beer. Sour funk takes over with some candied and sour fruits towards the back. Light hints of bitterness and vinegar at the finish.

M-smooth and creamy with a medium to light body and high carbonation (again a shock how well this is holding up). Crisp and prickly at the back with a dry finish

D-the sour/tartness with all the funk are interesting but make this not as drinkable as I'd like. The complexity and big flavors, however, do a really nice job of gaining my interest and the smoothness on the palate do make it inviting

Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze) from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.