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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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703 Ratings
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Ratings: 703
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 137
Gots: 193 | FT: 15
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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Photo of cpetrone84
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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

cpetrone84, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Beer Bistro, 37cl poured into a tulip. Bottled February 22, 2008.

Pours a clear golden orange, light white head with good retention. Nose is light citrus, sour, faint acetic but more lactic. Funk and an odd phenolic bandaid, but I don't feel like that detracted at all. Taste is more tart than sour, mild citrus and lemon. Again acetic and lactic in some sorts, extremely mild wheat. Became more tart as I moved through the bottle. Complex yet straightforward (if that makes any sense). High carbonation and 'tart as shit' is something I kept recording in my notes. Mouthfeel goes on for ages. Again, complex but something I'm not sure I'm truly ready to appreciate yet.

liamt07, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of rapidsequence
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and crown capped bottle. One of the ones I brought back from France.

Appearance: Perfect clarity in this dark yellow-orange beer. The fluffy rocky head recedes to a thinner, finely bubbled head that never goes away.

Smell: Lemon, grapefruit, tart apple, and white grapes. Both sweet and sour. Barn and hay brett funk. Everything comes together well and nothing dominates or overwhelms.

Taste: Very sour citrus and tart apple flavors. This one forces a little pucker. Midway sour briefly becomes bitter with grapefruit pith, but that fades to a slightly sweet fruitiness along with the sour on the finish and a little oaky flavor. The funkiness is pervasive and sort of goes along for the ride, again without becoming overbearing.

Mouthfeel: Light feeling in the mouth, with tingly carbonation. Dry, but not bone dry on the finish.

Drinkability: This is great. Very well integrated sour, sweet, and funk. Definitely on the sour side. Yes, very sour and delicious.

rapidsequence, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of pioppo
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Yellow with orange reflexes. A little white foam, not persistent and not so fine.

S - Incredible aromas in this beer. Even if is a lambic, the smells are very fine and not off-flavours. Over all wine grape must.. it seems to be in a wine cellar!! Then citric (lemon and grapefruit). A little of cat's pee and medicinal.

T - The wine grape is predominant in a first time, but with the passage of time sharpness, acidity and astringency come out for a dry finish.

M - A little body and smoothness with no bitterness for this incredible sharpness-beer.

D - A beer that clean the palate so can be good with some fat meat. Unluckily i drink this alone!!

pioppo, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of cpmichael
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is as identical to the original as far as I can tell.

When I think of a Lambic, this is what I think of. The sourness is there, but it's still on the dry side. It has that sour bit, yet still sweet. Deliciousness. Easy to drink, I could easily drink a 750 ml bottle by myself. Classic lambic

cpmichael, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of dasenebler
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL, purchased from Sebastian at bierkompass.com, 13 November 2009 on back label. Bottle has an ominous yeasty growth streaking up towards the cork...

Pours a hazy golden hue with a nice, sticky white head. Good retention.

Intensely aromatic with notes of lemon zest, minerals, sour apple, and farm-barnyard. Really awesome.

Very puckering on the palate, like most Cantillons. Man, that is some serious sour power! Underneath the acidity, there are some typical cidery flavors, with fruity notes of green apples and tart strawberry. Funky, musty and earthy, with a dry, bitter finish. Makes a great apertif. The mouthfeel is light, with an initially fluffy effervescence that dies down.

In the end, I don't find this Gueuze as balanced or drinkable as some of the others I've sampled. Very nice, but a little too puckering and sharp for me.

dasenebler, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A genuine highlight of a tasting a couple months back, from notes.... This is very lightly carbonated and pours a hazy gold. I love the flavor very sour and dry, some citrus and certainly some apples. This is funky and dry the dryness reminds me of champagne. Aroma had some clear horse blanket but also presented earthy and oaky aromas

BieresDesMoines, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of Long813
2.98/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled: 20 March 2009

A: Clear golden body pours no head, thus no lacing.

S: Sour apples, vinegar. Not sure what else. Feels really off.

T: Sourness of fruits and vinegar, some yeast giving an interesting taste.

M: Light bodied and low carbonation. Leaves an off aftertaste.

D: Second time I've tried this, once fresh and this was one year aged. I still don't get the hype - maybe I will some day.

Long813, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of Brabander
2.95/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Last sunday we had a beer tasting session at my house with three other BA's and a bunch of friends. This was the second bottle we opened.

I wrote it in my other review; i am not mad about this type of beer. I bought this bottle at The Struise brouwers when i was there last april. Just wanted to try it.

Poured in a tasting glass the beer looks like a gueuze; nothing spectaculat to see but average for a gueuze. The fluid was cloudy yellow, no foam or carbonation. Not as sour as the Girardin i tasted before this.

Brabander, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Kinsman
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up last week while on my trip here in the UK. We don't have Cantillon back in NH and the price point was quite attractive.

Pours a golden orange collor with quite a bit of haze, reminiscent of freshly squeezed apple juice. A light white head makes a short appearance but does not stick around too long.

Aroma is not quite as farmhouse funky as expected, but still loaded with lots of tart and sour notes. The fruity tartness gives this gueuze a juicy aroma.

Initial taste is sweet and tart before the lemony sourness comes in and takes over the flavor profile. With a bit of warming and exploring, some funkier flavors some out, but nothing too outrageous. Overall a very well balance enjoyable sour.

Mouthfeel does feel a bit thin, but at only 5%, I wouldn't expect much more.

Kinsman, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark hazy golden orange with yellow highlights that had a very thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I got acidic sour notes at first whiff with oaky character and cirtus notes that were pretty noticeable.it also had a little cork aroma to it as well.

T: taste was awesome consisting of the signature cantillon sourness with citrus oaky accents and some acdic notes hit the palate as well. It seemed to have a touch of peach flavvor at the end.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a nice sour punch, citrusy, oaky, and acidic finish.

D: it drank pretty good due to how sour it was but cantillon beers are always welcomed with me. I can't get enough of sour beers and this is no exception.

Gobzilla, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, 37.5cl bottle, slightly chilled, poured in a traditional manner into a wine glass

Clear copper appearance with an effervescent head. Brett, vanilla, damp wood/earth fill the senses. Further, I can smell wet stone, leather, aged cheese, slight malt sweetness, hay and wheat.

The taste is a little young. Mouthfeel is a little viscous for the style. Strong lactic sourness clenches the jaw on the first sip. The front of my tongue feels numb for a second after a few more sips. Bleu cheese, leather and a little woody flavor is present. The lactic acid plays off the brett exceptionally well. If anything too well. This Gueuze is drinkably offensive. Lively carbonation lifts this beer off the palate leaving a lingering sourness. This isn't as quite as dry as I'd like it to be yet. I still think the brett has to eat through some more residual sugars. The beer sweetens as it warms and the palate gets fatigued.

BearsOnAcid, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at De Bier Tempel in Brugge - 75cl bottle that was corked and capped. Poured this little beauty into a stemmed tulip glass.

Bottled on November 20th, 2009.

A: Pours a straw colored golden hue with a decent thin head that surprisingly stuck around for most of the glass, thick lace and very effervescent.

S: Big time chardonnay, slightly funky (not as much as i expected though), fermented apples/fruit, sour dough bread and a peppery woodiness that is real nice.

T: Real woody and tart with perfect acidity, chardonnay flavors, citrus, a bit of wet blanket and hay with a nice fruity finish.

M: Light bodied and extremely dry, highly carbonated, very mouthwatering and smooth.

D: This brew drinks like a dream and the low ABV makes it perfect for an all day drinker.

DeanMoriarty, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

guest reviewed by KriekQueen-

A: light amber color. Darker at the top and a glowing gold in the center and bottom.

S: wheat, sweet and sour apple, dust, fungal scent, fruity smell at the tail end.

T: bitter when it first hits the tongue then transitions to a sour wheaty taste then transitions to a milder bitterness as it hits the back of the tongue. Fruity aftertaste (banana, apple, and pear).

M: fizzy throughout the sip, moderate body

D: quite the beer for those who enjoy sour flavors with a hint of bitterness. Highly recommended for the lambic lover.

hoegaardenhero, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of brdc
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Large capped bottle, kept in my cellar for over two years, bottled 2007 according to the cork.

Poured into a tulip, it comes out nearly completely flat, hazy golden, with minimal bubbles producing a very thin and short lasting head.
Pleasant, solid traditional funky, barnyard aroma. Multiple vinegar and sour notes.
Medium bodied, refreshing like the style is supposed to be, this one is a lot more on the acidic and sour side. Astringent, fruity, funky, cheesy, earthy, puckering at times.
Very nice, not the best of the catillons, but still a very good lambic.
Well worthwhile.

brdc, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
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.

drabmuh, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pours a hazy yellow to beige color forming a big, white and bubbled head. Medium to low retention and many bubbled lacings left in the glass

S: Very fruity in the nose. Lambic yeasts. Grains, oak and vinegar and some notes of white wine

T: Complex. Sour, acid and extremely dry. Fruits (grapes), oak, Lambic style yeasts, vinegar, grains and, again, some notes of white wine

M: Light body, low ABV and high carbonation. Fruity ans sour aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Classic Gueuze. Quite sour but a Cantillon after all

eduardolinhalis, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of beerhan
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 Ml bottle into a tremens glass

This is simply one of the most unique beers in the world. It is a fantastic lambic blend with a very intricate sour taste that resembles a whole bouqet of fruit.

Pours a nice golden color with a thin head. Goes down easier than water. The only problem I have with this beer is its cost in America. I wish I could drink it everyday but for 13.99 its a little pricey.

beerhan, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of AgentMunky
2.58/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 37.5cL bottle into a small flare glass.

A: I had considerable trouble with the cork. Poured fizzy, barely hazy, with a light copper tone. Little to no head, no lacing.

S: Sour fruit, brine, and a faint urine scent. I realise this hardly sounds appetising, but it's strangely appealing...and certainly interesting.

T: Initially I was pleased as I was met by sour fruitiness and pleasant carbonation. But then disaster struck -- the briny smell emerged in a flavour tasting *exactly* like pickle juice. Honestly, it's as if someone dumped a pickle jar full of spoiled wine into my beer. I am not pleased. After a few sips it becomes less offensive -- perhaps it didn't age long enough? The aftertaste is similarly unpleasant.

M: I gave this a four for novelty; the mouth-puckering isn't enjoyable, but neither is it entirely unpleasant. Like biting into a lemon, only less tart.

D: Perhaps lambics just aren't for me. I could barely finish half the bottle. I'll try one that's been sitting around a few years and see what I think then.

AgentMunky, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this at the airport in brussels. got it late an night as a gift and could take it on the plane with me so i had it at a cafe with the help of a well sought out corkscrew. pour is apple with a nice head. bright nose of apple and wood lambic musk. the palate had quite a bit of dryness to it. more so the the oridinary gueze this almost has a fresh hop quality that gave it a pepper dry finish. more so herbal than floral. still bright but i would say more of a food lambic than the other lambic.

the bottle was about a year old...

rtepiak, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of uno99
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first full tasting of a gueuze, so I'm delibertaely leaving my review less detailed. This was a Jan. 2009 bottle.

I was initally blown away by the sour nature of this beer, yet I found it very easy to drink. I was not very impressed with the complexity - it seemed relatively simple. It's possible im just not used to picking up the destinct profiles of gueuze.

I did detect some of the barnyard nature that others speak of - and I really enjoyed that aspect. I look forward to drinking this and other sour beers in the future.

uno99, May 28, 2010
Photo of cakirkl
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375 bottle poured into a flute.

A -- Pours a bright golden color with slight bubbles and a 2 finger head which disappears quickly. Bubble flow from bottom to top.

S -- Can smell the tart just when pouring the bottle. Digging the nose in yields sour tart, lemonish acidity, a slight sweetness and a bit of what can only be described as funk.

T -- This beer is growing on me as I drink it. First thoughts were sour tart, but not overly sour at all. A bit of funk right after the initial sourness. Not sure how to describe the funk, it's like an almost flat flavor? Not tasting like flat beer, but a non-taste almost, best described as what I have called it -- funk. Lastly, there is a bit of sweetness coming through ever so slightly. I would prefer a bit more sweet and less funk, but actually, as I drink it, I like this beer more.

M -- Never know what to say here. Pretty good by all counts, nothing to complain about. Very light, spring-esque beer, good carbonation.

D -- Actually, unlike a lot of sour, palate killer beers. This sucker is pretty drinkable. But, maybe I don't drink enough, after the entire bottle the alcohol is sneaking in a bit.

Overall: Initial impressions were, "Blah". But actually I really like this beer. Very good for a warm day with a cool breeze. The funk was initially what put me off, but now I think it balances the sour-ness and tart quite nicely. I'm definitely buying this beer again.

cakirkl, May 19, 2010
Photo of hayesez
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Sahara Mart in Bloomington. Capped and corked, when I popped the cap, there was a beer on top of the cork. Split with my wife and her sister (and then just her sister, as my wife couldn't handle the sourness) on a Saturday evening. Poured into my Portsmouth snifter.

Pours a hazy light golden color with a fluffy thin white cap. Leaves a bubbly lace (tons of tiny, tiny bubbles) all along my glass...they don't stick long and slowly slide back into the gueuze.

A sour funky smell pours out of the glass. One of those very nice lambics that oozes barnyard. Gotta hand it to Cantillon, they are always on target. Some lemony zest and citrus coming out as well. I've got high hopes for sure.

Lemony, sour, zestiness right off the bat. Very dry and clean. I always love the tartness that comes with this style (done right). Excellent mouthfeel. Light and crisp. Puckering. The sour does take center stage here, but I love that.

Cantillon does it right. I fully enjoyed this beer. Easy to drink with great flavor and excellent mouthfeel. Fill it up again, please!

Consumed: 5/8/2010

hayesez, May 10, 2010
Photo of NCBeernut
2.98/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capped AND corked...I like the touch and extra protection. Let me preface this by saying that this is only 1 year old. The bottle says it can hold up for 20 years, and I really think it could benefit from some aging...

Pours a light golden color with a decent white head. Retention is alright, but nothing overly impressive. Aroma is basically softly acidic. Sourness is a bit more muted that I was expecting, but this is definitely a sour, acidic beer. Really, that is about it. It has a bit of crisp pilsner maltiness to help balance the acidity, but it just seems pretty one-dimentional. Not really any fruity or floral notes that I was expecting. I am thinking about getting another to age, or at least give this another shot and re-review.

NCBeernut, May 08, 2010
Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze) from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.