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

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Ratings: 695
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 138
Gots: 187 | FT: 14
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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 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
Photo of Paisan
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picture this:
You're standing in the door of a threshing barn, looking out over an orchard with apples, lemons and oranges.
The setting sun pours an amber haze over everything. You close your eyes and feel the sun's warmth on your face, and the smells of the fruit - sweet and sour, almost stinging -, and barn - wood, somewhat mouldy, different cereals, dust, undefinable funk - swirl and mingle.
And you feel like you'd want to stay there forever.

That's Cantillon geuze: amber to golden colour, your expected barnyard funky smell, and a very sour bite to it, just enough alcohol to warm you without burning. It's a geuze, and i happen to love those, and this one is quite exceptional.
The ONLY pure and natural geuze: no addition of any yeasts, the wort is inoculated with wild yeast spores in the air.
The original beer, in every sense.

Paisan, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage. Poured from a 375ml corked and capped green bottle with the yellow label(man leaning back on a chair drinking). Pours a golden pale color that finishes in the glass a hazy bright gold. Very little head but fizzy and white...and dissapates pretty quick. Leaves quick sliding fizzy white lacing.

Aroma is funky, full of oak, lemon-citrus like. Tons of crisp and clean farmhouse funk in the nose. Very excited to drink this!

Not a recomended beer to start drinking at fridge temp. Flavors are masked by the shock to the palate. As it warms, a wonderful funk and tartness really bites your tongue. Tons of citrus, carbonation tingle, oaky notes, and wow...what a puckering tartness! Cantillon really knows how to make a great gueuze! Crisp, light, clean mouthfeel. Simply great!

ShadesOfGray, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of alfrantzell
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Moeder Lambic. Strange, being able to get gueuze on draft. Stranger still that it tastes cleaner, crisper, and less funky.

Maybe it's the temperature. I warm the glass in my hand and revisit it. The oaken horseblanket still takes a backseat to the sourness. It's refreshing. Not quite as smooth as Cuvee Saint-Gilloise, but along those lines.

Another masterful liquid from Cantillon.

alfrantzell, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of rarbring
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew is golden, clear, with a white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is sour, lemon and sour milk, some earthy aromas, stable.

The taste is very crisp, sour, sour cream with complex earthy notes.

Rather high carbonation, a refreshing feeling.

A very moderated gueuze, clean and very typical.

rarbring, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 bottled in 09 split with the old lady after a great meal of tapas.

A- golden yellow hay in color. Perfectly clear and it just shines like the sun. Nice finger or two of head builds and quickly settles to a simple ring of foam around the glass.

S- funky oak and juicy lemon bursting out with an in your face punch. Horse blanket and wet hay all the right stuff.

T- bliss in a bottle. Sour and tart with a full oaky dryness. Lots of myer lemon zest and a bit or super tart granny smith apple. Touches of medicinal band aid mixed in with the very new funkyness. I keep coming back to the wood its so present and bold but by no means out shines the sour. A mild vegitative grassy flavor as it warms as well as a buiscuty hint.

M- modestly carbed with very small tingley bubbles that add a lot to the joy of this brew. Thin body. Mild linger and dry finish.

D- very nice I might say. Yes it sour and yes its full of bugs but I find it very drinkable for the style. I wish I could have waited longer to crack it this was brought back from belgium for me.

oglmcdgl, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of jdklks
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very good beer. I've had it three times now, and it simply gets better every time. The appearance is a darker-golden-almost-amber color with a lively white head and tiny bubbles constantly making their way up through the body to the surface. The smell is super citrus, with lemon and lime, orange, a hint of grapefruit (minus the bitterness), and a little belgian yeast.

The flavor is great all around. lemon-grass, orange, lime, grapefruit (again, minus the bitterness). Very tart and very sour. Super refreshing in its high carbonation and light mouthfeel, and great drinkability. Highly recommended.

jdklks, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of eat
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A small corked bottle at the beerbistro in Toronto. I've never seen Cantillon available anywhere else I've been in Canada, nor any other authentic Lambic for that matter. Had to try it. I should put a disclaimer on this review stating that this was my first real sour and thus I have no idea how to review it to style, which I'm sure is incredibly important with beers of this style. You need to start somewhere...I figured this was a good starting point.

Pours with an initial cover of bright-white head, fading to a patchy lace across the top and ring around the glass. Looks pretty much like apple juice, to be honest. Very clear and bright apple-juice gold in colour.

The smell is quite vinous. Lots of red wine, sourness (vinegary), musty, dust, sour cherry. Very complex but mostly coming off as sour. Really interesting. I don't really know what to make of it though, it's so different from what I'm used to.

I've never tasted a beverage like this. Very sour and tart with a dusty dryness. Like a cross between a nice white wine and a lager with some vinegar poured into it. Tart green apples and sour cherries, funky, musty, dust, almost no sweetness. No typical 'beer yeast' character to be found. There are some hops, but they're mostly lost under the extreme sourness. Again, really cool but I don't know what to make of it.

Fairly thin body with a low carbonation.

I'm glad I tried this but am finding it quite difficult to drink. Much too sour and vinegary, which I'm sure it's supposed to be. I just can't deal with it yet. Lambic seems to be an acquired taste I have not yet acquired. I'll come back to this one once I've got a better handle on the style.

eat, Mar 23, 2010
Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze) from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.