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

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Reviews: 382
Hads: 943
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 161
Gots: 290 | FT: 22
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Brasserie Cantillon
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Style | ABV
Gueuze | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 382 | Hads: 943
Photo of peensteen
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage 375 bottle at beerbistro.

Pale orange colour, ring of white head, no real lace to mention, decent head retention. Smell is funky with lots of fruit, lemony with some tart green apple skin, acidic with a bit of wet hay as well. Taste is ful of sharp tart lemon, funky, mild acidity, light balsamic and grape skin flavours, sour mid palate and puckering, clean finish with a light sweetness. Medium high carbonation, crisp medium full body. A really nice and refreshing beer, great acidity without being too sour, very drinkable.

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Photo of hopoilcrazy
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So excited to see this busted out at Yazoo Embrace the Funk Fest

A - Great hazy straw color

S - "horse blanket" and barnyard. I almost got some really ripe bleu cheese or maybe manure. I guess that may be called "baby diaper"

T - Really great tang. Guessing that it is around 3.9 pH, but it suggests more. Awesome flavor, it really achieves the semblance of being a blend of very old lambic and young: tart lemon zest notes coupled with funky cave-y tannic qualities

M - Very dry and medium bodied. If I weren't so drunk by the time I got to this beer at the fest I would have enjoyed it much more, but it was still a treat.

Thanks, Embrace the Funk!

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Photo of beerpirates
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

75 cl bottle poured into my cantilion tulip glass

Appearance - A nice solid, light gold color. The2 finger head is the faintest soap bubbles, dissipates into a thin ring. Looks nice.

Smell - All kinds of funk. Wet hay, horse blanket. Vinegar, is probably the first smell. Tart apples make an appearance. Smells very nice.

Taste - Very dynamic. Tart apples up front. A real sourness, almost lemon, follows. There is some lime as well , wet hay , musty spider webs

Mouthfeel - A tad thin. I would really like a little more carbonation to balance this out. The lack of bubbles is making it a little hard to drink. Too much like sour water.

Drinkability - Not bad. It's nice and tart, But the carbonation is very fine, and not as aggressive as I'd like.

This is a very nice beer. Sort of interesting and funky. I'd enjoy it again, but it's not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of MCain04
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Split with a buddy, 12/3/12 bottle poured into a 10 oz snifter glass.

A: cloudy, murky yellow/orange body, minimal white head with rimming around the edges.

S: Sweet and fruity, sour cherries and grapes, with a good amount of funk on the nose. Some bready and yeasty notes.

T: Modest sour grapes and lemons, funky aftertaste, but a little thin on the overall taste.

M: Surprisingly dry and overcarbonated. Thin body.

O: First beer from Cantillon, I'm a little disappointed overall, still a decent sour but I've had much better.

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Photo of popery
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft, City Beer Store. A wonderful beer and an excellent take on the style. This isn’t my favorite gueuze in the world, but that’s hardly a real complaint. This beer pours yellow-orange and fairly cloudy with a tight white cap. There’s a ton of funk, fruit and grain in the nose. It smells of barnyards, lemons, sour apples, hay, grass and leather. The taste is dry with a big sour bite. I’ve had a couple bottles of this beer in the past, and the keg seemed a bit tarter, though I have no idea of its age. The beer tastes like lemons and brett. It’s deep and earthy. It doesn't seem quite as complex as the best of the style but still lots going on and it could well be an issue of batch variation. More importantly, it’s a pleasure to drink. I finished my glass much too quickly and would have loved another (for a lower price).

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Photo of flyingpig
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co., Glasgow (£5.20):
Bright and cloudy, orange amber colour with a one centimetre tall, short lived head that was bubbly and disappeared fast leaving only a few bits of white lace around the circumference on the glass.

Tarty initally with some sourness and a fair amount of lemon and sour grapes. There is a lot of different fruits noticeable on the nose; these include some apple and peach along with a strong acidic aroma.

Acidic and tarty up front with a nice mix of lemon, some vinegar and sour grapes. There is some lemongrass and a nice acidic bite with plenty of additional sourness. The flavour is one that enhances tenfold once left to settle for a few minutes too.

Very smooth, sour and tarty on the palate with a light body, plenty of carbonation and a crisp finish.

Quite a good beer, but only after it opens up a little and has been left to settle for a couple of minutes to left the extremly sour and tarty flavours die down some. It was a great beer though with plenty of depth and character, it was also pretty much what I was expecting for the beer.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Moeder Lambic

Comes served in the Cantillon tumbler glass.

White head and a hazy dark golden body.

Lots of funkiness in the aroma. Green apples and vinegar.

Green apples, vinegar, white grape, and a funkiness that lingers that is musty and a touch cheesy.

Mild carbonation and super smooth.

Triple G beer here...great goddamn gueuze.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Japanese 375ml bottle into a Cantillon flute. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a .5 finger foamy white head with poor retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Oily legs with little to no lace. Average.

Nose is lemon zest, hay, and wet wood. Some mild funkiness though very clean overall. Appetizing and aromatic.

Opens tart lemon zest, yeast, oak, cobwebs. Sweet fruit upfront. Hay. Finishes tart and dry with a little to no aftertaste. Simple and clean. Great reflection of the nose.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down oily and slick. Finishes dry with no aftertaste. Near perfect for the style.

Decent overall and clearly one of the better made gueuzes. However, considering this is from Cantillon, I'm a bit disappointed. There's a lack of a cheesiness and this is, all things considered, a touch too sweet for the style. Still worth having though.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Momar42 for all three gueuzes (and the kriek surprise afterwards!) This was part of the gueuze showdown, pitting Tilquin's gueuze against the juggernaut duo known as Cantillon Gueuze and Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze. Part of a 750mL bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Notes from last night's Skins/Cowboys game.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a half finger white color with poor retention.

S: This one had the most balanced hybrid between winy fruit tartness and earthy funk. A very expressive aroma, and the best one of the three (by a small margin).

T: Acetic sourness comes on the palate fast and hard, and then afterwards cheesy, earthy funk...finishes the flavor profile fast and hard. This was the boldest and most complex of the three, yet it wasn't that much harsher than the 3F (certainly it was somehow more subtle than Tilquin's offering). Shockingly easy to drink for me.

M: The finish is the 'dirtiest' and most tannic of the three, closing the palate with big dryness, yet minimal harshness. This one is actually pretty thick in its texture, accentuating a fuller level of carbonation than the 3F Oude Geuze.

O: This was the winner in my book - but I wouldn't dare recommend this one to beginners. There is a sense of subtle delicacy to it; however the bigness of the acetic sourness, wet hay, and cheesy funk WILL scare off the average Fat Tire drinker the way a celery stalk scares off a fat kid. And moreso than the other two gueuzes, in fact. To those acclimated to the style's idiosyncrasies, this one's hard to beat.

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

Poured from a 37,5cl corked and capped bottle into a snifter. Bottled dated August 31, 2012. Cellaring a second.

A - pours a glowing golden/peachy color; a significant head of foam and lace dissipates within a couple minutes to just about nothing; carbonation present up front but again, disappears quickly

S - really musty; pungent of sour fruit; peach and strawberry notes; lemon and sour grapes; green apples and that funk that comes with the beer (I suppose)

T - up-front, it's all sour green apples; the barnyard funk and basement musty come secondarily; a bit of vinegar but overall, well-balanced flavors that spam the spectrum of sour fruits to stankonia funk

M - light, drinkable; 'easy'-bodied; lightly carbonated; the sour notes bring some puckering elements upon consumption; dry, slightly acidic

O - this was my very first foray in to the eminent gueuze style; I've enjoyed traditional fruit lambics but have never accessed or noticed on the shelf anything in the gueuze style until the last couple months; I'll explore others and imagine there are tastier offerings. This beer is certainly a departure from my normal roster of consumables, but it's balanced, interesting, and leaves you curious and slightly dazed without the bloat or heavy characteristics of other dank (and popular) beer styles.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.52/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a nine gueuze lineup the other day. Fun and education night it was. Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 37,5cl corked and capped bottle into a mini snifter
Bottled 1 December 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, one finger, medium-thin, white head with decent retention. Head fades rather quickly to a thin wisp. Clear gamboge orange or dark amber in color with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a small half wisp and hangs around for the duration of the glass.

SMELL: Very mouldy and musty on the nose. Dank basement, with old cheese, fungus, and some light lemon esters and green apples. The fruity component is a little outplayed by the musty aromas, unfortunately, but this shows some balance.

TASTE: Musty and mouldy up front, with barnyard notes, hay, and a light hint of lemon sourness at the swallow. Not acidic or vinegary at all. Some more fungus, barnyard and mouldy, musty basement after the swallow, balanced out with a tartness and hints of lemon sourness as well. Quite puckerinly tart. This one shows some balance for sure, though I'd prefer a little less must and mould in favor of fruity tartness.

PALATE: Medium body and lower levels of carbonation. Smooth on the palate, thought it goes down a little watery, finishing quite dry and puckering on the palate. Probably the most puckering of the bunch.

OVERALL: This was a step in the right direction for me, but not quite the flavor profile I prefer in a gueuze. There is an attempt at balancing the mouldy, musty flavors with the tartness, which is much appreciated. It is a quality gueuze with a very good feel to boot, but just not quite my style. This mixed really, really well with the Tilquin though, so don't be afraid to give that a try.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler at Churchkey on Zwanze day 2012. From notes.

This is very similar in appearance to Fou' Foune, some nice rising columns of carbonation come up through a pale orb glowing lemon amber body. Simple off white head on top with a creamy looking top. Very nice.

Nose is a little bit closed though. Moderate funk aromas. Clean, but not much else going on and kind of mild.

Palate hits with a very sharp bite on first sips. Hot brett? on the swallow bringing sour lemon qualities in the mouth. Peppery. Stinging white hot pepper. Body is very vinous in feel and comes across much like wine. Afterfinish is incredibly long and staying. I could feel pepper on my tongue for minutes even after I finished this.

Overall a fun gueze, and enjoyable drinking experience.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted blindly in Blind BIF #7 as 1 of 5 gueuzes. Poured into snifter.

A: Golden, medium head, spotted lacing, thinnest looking of the bunch.

S: Barnyard funk and wheat balanced, with a strong sour note

T: Moderate to high sour level, more funky, with a bitter backend. Nice wood.

M: Thin bodied and medium carbed.

O: Great gueuze. Complex and balanced. Really good. I gave this beer the victory as the best of the 5, by being very tart but balanced, and impressively clean.

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Photo of wd40
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

18 September 2011 bottle date. Sampled 3 November 2012
Cantillon makes fantastic beer so this one is no exception. This is a very clean and pure gueuze without some of the impurities or less desirable smells and tastes that other producers have in their gueuzes. It is actually so pure tasting that it ends up being a very understated beer.

Slightly hazy appearance. I get some lightly acidic fruits in the frangrance like apples with a hint of peach. The taste is lightly acidic and tart with a dry finish. The carbonation is noticably less vigorous than I expect for this style. I kind of like a little more oomph to my gueuzes, but this is tastey that I feel silly even critiquing it!

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Photo of davey101
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9/13/2011 vintage. 750 ml into a tulip glass. I've already reviewed the Classic Gueuze but hey....tickers gonna tick!

A - Pours a clear golden amber body. Fleeting fizzy off white head. Sits in the glass very still with no lacing at all. A swirl produces just some large bubbles.

S - Sour lemon rind and overripe green apples. This is an especially funky batch. Very earthy with notes of mushroom, cheese, leather and rotten hay. Lactic acid on the finish with some warmth from the oak.

T - Lemons and mouth puckering apples on the front, then comes some funk in the form of wet hay, leather and old cheese. Finishes very smooth and sweet with no residual sour notes. Mouth feel is crisp and light.

O - A surprisingly smooth and funky batch. When I had a relatively fresh Classic last year it was closer to a sparkling apple cider. Age has really allowed the brett to evolve. Simply one of the best gueuzes.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one during a fair sized Cantillon tasting! 2011 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Cantillon balloon. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, sour, fruit, and salt. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, sour, tart, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I’m really glad I finally got the chance to try this one as I have had the United States labeled version so many times that I have lost count. With that said, these two are definitely very similar and it would be quite hard to pick one from the other blindly. I did however find a subtle salt note on the aroma that I have never gotten on the other version. Such an easy drinking brew that no fan of gueuze should go without having at least once.

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Photo of Grohnke
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Forgot to take notes on appearance, so i'll opt for simply beautiful looking.

Nose is wonderfully delicate fruit, reminiscent of lemon, apple, pear and light sour cherry. Soft underlying oakiness. Leathery, woodsy, balanced funk. Lactic aroma is noticeably present.

Similar stone fruit and lemon on the tongue. Phenomenal oak character. Lots of funk and musty leather. Well balanced sourness (lactic and acetic) lingers throughout the finish and into the aftertaste. Aftertaste continues with a harmonious symphony of balanced oak, sweetness, sour and fruit.

It drink just wonderfully. Its delicate, fluffy, and crisp. High carbonation, light body. Puckering sensation has character and is pronounced, but far from overbearing.

I did get nervous drinking this, my first Cantillon, as I began thinking of what else can please me in the way Cantillon has. I calmed my nerves by thinking to myself that there is a hell of a lot more Cantillon to try.

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Photo of oline73
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. The cork said this was bottled in 2011.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden amber color that ends up being a bit orange. There is a very small layer of off white head that goes away very quickly.

Smell: Light and quite funky. Mild vinegar with some hay and lemon juice. The funk is here, but I wouldn't call this an overly funky gueuze, no stinky cheese or anything.

Taste: Super light and drinkable. A bit acidic, but the sourness leans more towards a white vinegar. The hay from the smell shows up here too. The finish is slightly herbal as the sourness calms down.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive but fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Another great beer from Cantillon. So light yet so interesting. I'll definitely have more given the chance.

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

September 2010 bottle

The beer pours a hazy light amber with a thin halo of white head that scours the perimeter and leaves a trace lacing. The nose is a very dank barnyard funk with a slightly tart, acetone finish. The taste is relatively sweet and tart; an exceptional balanced beer that is far more drinkable than the classic gueuze. The mouthfeel is slightly vinegary and sweet with a light-medium body. No lingering bitterness and a relatively clean dryness. Very tasty, milder gueuze that would appeal to a much wider audience.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: 2011 bottle

Consumed 9/3/12

Appearance: Somewhere between copper and orange, with some gold - starts with a little, fizzy, white head - leaves an above-average ring and a little lacing

Smell: Clean, sour, and funky like only Cantillon does it - lactic, acidic sourness, and tart - yeasty funk, with slight, musty barnyard aromas, with a side of clean horse (it's not particularly pungent) - oak - some pale malts and wheat weirdness

Taste: Simply beautiful - nicely acidic, with both a sour acidity, and a citric acid-like lemon character - mildly tart - barnyard funk - a mellow oak flavor that works well with the other flavors - grass and some leather - nice complexity

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, smooth, nicely carbonated, borderline puckering, but not that extreme

Overall: Wizard casts LAMBIC-BIO for massive damage!

This beer sounds like a spell (with poison damage). In other news, this is great. If I had to compare it to anything, it definitely reminds me of Cantillon Classic Gueuze. It's just less sour, and less intense in general. Considering the epic heartburn that beer gives me, I think this is a good thing. Needless to say, I am glad I found this beer. I hope to find it again.

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Photo of maximep
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on June 1, 2006

A- blondish tan, pretty opaque, nice big bubbled head

S- hay, wet dogs, rotten eggs, sulfuric, fresh cut grass

T- peppery, sulfuric, salty, eggy, grassy tartness. lovely as always from the masters of Lambic

M- not too carbonated as a vintage but very pleasantly surprised with the incredible dichotomy of wispy yet substantial mouthfeel. i was really pleased with the creamy lightness of the head.

O- excellent as always from Cantillon.

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

750ml into a wine glass. March 2010 bottle.

A: Pours a golden orange with a nice white head.

S: Sweet wet hay and mushroom funk, woody lactic tartness.

T: A mild yet lasting lactic tartness sets in over sweet wheat, yogurt, mild funk. Plenty of sour oak and light acid underneath.

M: Lively carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: A really nice, relatively funky and moderately sour gueuze.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An orange, golden beer with a nice frothy head. After popping the cork and pouring the beer shows a strong carbonation.

Smell is tart and has notes of grapes, horseblanket, some lemon, hay and some woody notes. Also some faint notes of acetic acid.

Taste is tart, which tastes mostly of lactic acid, but also has some rough edged acetic acid. Notes of horse blanket and some mustiness. Also some green apples and lemon. The mouthfeel is a little thin and a bit sharp. This is not the most drinkable geuze I ever had.

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Photo of yamar68
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/1/2011. Poured from 375ml bottle to tulip:

Pours a hazy burnt gold with a finger of light white head that fades out to a retaining collar. A lively looking beer indeed.

Extremely reminiscent of the american Classic Gueuze - lots of earthy, funky yeast presence, pear, grape, quite tart.

Very smooth and approachable. Mildly tart, faint grassy hops, some lemon, quite balanced.

The tartness doesn't affect its drinkability... nice dry finish.

Fantastic.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours honey golden with thick white head. Dissipates pretty quickly into white ring along sides of Teku glass.

Smell is lemony and tart. Hints of green apple with sweeter, smoother notes of honey present in the background and some definite funk.

Taste of Gueuze always catches me off gaurd. Very tart with citrusy lemon notes. This doesn't seem quite as tart as others I have had in this style. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very dry. Good carbonation.

Overall this is interesting and always fun to try. I am not a big fan of the style but it is growing on me. I think this is a good example of a gueuze/lambic.

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze) from Brasserie Cantillon
94 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.