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

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Ratings: 738
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 139
Gots: 211 | FT: 15
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 09-13-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Mavajo
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a two finger thick white head that recedes very quickly - at first it settles into a nice layer across the top (about half a finger thick), but then a little while later fades into some whisps. No lacing.

This aroma is big and funky - apparently this the infamous "horse blanket" that I've heard so much about...also picked up some notes of sourness/yeast.

If the aroma is strong, the taste is a total kick in the taste buds. In a word: brilliant. Sour first and foremost, with notes of apple and yeast? It's amazing - this thing is so sour, yet so phenomenally delicious, too. As I sit here and reminisce about it, my mouth is literally watering. This brew is great stimulus for the sides and back of your tongue. It's simply tantalizing. One of the most delicious beers I've ever tasted.

Mouthfeel is thin, smooth and appropriately carbonated. Nothing distracting here. The drinkability is great - pretty much depends on your sour tolerance.

This brew was just absolutely phenomenal. It was a revolutionary experience to me - every bit as powerful as my first few sips of craft brew were. Completely perspective-changing experience.

Photo of KeefD
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with the man in tipping chair silhouette, courtesy of Gibby32 (Thanks Mike!). Bottled in 2008. Light pop of the cork, pours a pale orange golden color with no head or lacing. Carbonation looks light. Nice funk in the nose, brett-tastic, notes of lemon rind, wet hay, and lightly acidic. Taste is right on with the nose. Mild cheesy funk in the front, followed by a crisp, acidic citrus flavor, mildly tart and sour, keeping this nice and drinkable. Funk really starts to come out with warmth and the sour and tartness begins to take a back seat. Gueuze's are supposed to be a more acidic lambic, but I've had much more sour lambics than this. Could use a little more carbonation in my opinion, as it's nearly flat giving it a very light body and slightly less than refreshing. Not bad, but I still think Gueuze's are not my favorite styles.

Photo of srandycarter
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky light honey, very little near white head, leaves to disk fast, some cling bubbly lace.

S - Acidic, barny, sharp and not altogether pleasant.

T - Acrid, twangy, citrus, sharp, barny.

M - Light bodied, light coating, good carb.

D - Not my favorite, even of the sours.

Photo of Fladder
3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Mild carbonation, no head formation. Light gold, very slightly cloudy.

Smell - Heavy, dark grape tones. Grapefruit as well.

Taste - The beer had a well rounded acidity, which doesn't carry well to the finish giving a slightly off-puting aftertaste. Gives a nice sting on the front of the tongue. There were prominant grapefruit tones which follows through to the finish. Oak flavors are present with a very slight hint of vanilla. There was a hint of cheese flavor, especially in the aftertaste.

Moutfeel - Slightly dry, but only slightly. The beer fealt a bit too heavy and could have been a little drier. Still, it was pretty good.

Overall I wasn't too impressed, but I wasn't put off either.

Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A 750 ml bottle with a bottling date of 2008 shared with the girlfriend. A pour into my Bruery tulip is a burnt orange color with very little head and quite a bit of bubbles.

S: Now this is a funky beverage. A ton of Brett character with a tinge of lactic sourness and oak.

T: As funky as the nose is, that's how sour it is on the tongue. There is a lot of lactic tartness and it's very acidic. There's a bit of lemon flavor and a lot of Brett. On the finish is a fair bit of oak.

M: Surprisingly this is not all that bubbly. I'm used to Gueuze being a very bubbly beverage, but I suppose that could be due to a short maturation period (ie. my fault).

D: This is a very, very acidic beer. As a result, it's tough to drink a lot of. However, it does taste very good, so it's also something you want to drink lots of. A strange dichotomy indeed.

Photo of MrDanno96
3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky golden color with very little head and lacing.

S: Lots of Belgian funk and yeast - smells very "sour" if that's possible. Hints of oak are also detectable.

T: OMG sour! This bad boy grabs your tongue and tries to rip it right out of your mouth. Hints of oak and white grapes are also apparent, but overall the flavor is dominated by the sour. I was hoping for a little more complexity from this.

M: Fairly light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation and a dry finish, like champagne.

D: Meh, I bought this to drink at midnight on new years eve and was pretty disappointed overall. I was expecting a little more from the Cantillon name, but it wasn't awful. This needs a little more balance between the sour and other flavors.

Photo of crossovert
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage, Green bottle with yellow label. "Classic Gueuze".

A careful pour into my Duvel glass produces a bright orange/amber/peach colored beer with a firm white head that dissipates rather quickly, with not much lacing.

The smell is bright and sour with hints of citrus, pear, apple peel, and some funk as well.

I almost coughed after the first huge quaff of this, something in here is really sinus clearing. It has a nice tart fruit tang, with some shock tart acid as well, though it isn't overly sour like some beers. It has a good subtle sweetness to balance out the sourness and a decent mouthfeel, if a tad bit watery. Hints of pale malt, green apple, and yeast come out in the aftertaste.

The object of a Gueuze shouldn't be making something unbearably sour, and this one isn't, it is almost a perfect gueuze, up there with Lindeman's though it lacks the smell and the mouthfeel Lindeman's had. It is also like 3 dollars more expensive than Lindeman's.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw.
Short lived tight knit head that as quickly as it appeared receded from whence it came leaving a diminutive ring around the perimeter of my glass.

A scant nose but flowers and yeast come to mind with a smattering of the rising springtime sun..

The flavor is a delicate combination of yeast, orange citrus, white grapes all wrapped up with the ribbon of bitter hops.

The finish ends with delicate notes of lemon intertwined with hops and yeast.

Mouthfeel is so closely tied with the finish, produces a clean lip smacking bitterness.

Drinkability mainly because of the 5% ABV is superior I can easily enjoy the entire 1pt 6 oz bottle w/o being soused. And besides I'm just getting started!

I fault this gueuze because I wish for more of a prelude to the flavor in the nose and I wish the head would have put on more of a show.

Photo of darklordlager
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Capped and Corked. Pours a cloudy sunset peach, with a lively multitude of odd shaped bubbles that dissipate within a few minutes.

Smell-Makes you feel like you're right out on the farm. Acidic sourness, though not off-putting. Woody, earthy, wheat, some grape character. A slight apple/pear fruitiness underlies it all.

Taste--Funky. Blunt sourness is immediately evident, moving along into some oaked winey flavour. Warm orange juice. "Previously chewed up hay, mixed with dirt and grass" was the opinion of my fellow taster. "Sour icky old stuff" and "musty water" were some other (normally) macro-drinkers' opinions. It begins with the blast of sourness similar to a flanders red/oud brouin, moves into a oaky chardonnay, then finishes up with a wheaty sour pucker. Tobacco wrapper. Most of the flavour components remind me more of a wine than beer.

Mouthfeel medium-high carbonation, that coats the tongue. As the carbonation dies a bit, it seems very much like a wine.

Drinkability: Tasted side-by-side with NB La Folie, and has more drinkability than that, probably due to the range and complexity of flavour.

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, Riley's

appearance: poured into my de koninck chalice - active carbonation, light orange body - mostly clear, foamy beige rush with almost no retention

smell: tart white grape, funky as expected from cantillon, white wine vinegar

taste: classic gueuze sour - vinegary, tart, sour grape, hay, oak.

mouthfeel: sour, tongue turning, palate commanding

drinkability: good

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle purchased at Riley's Wines of the World, in Madison, WI in later 2005 or early 2006. Cork reveals the bottle to have originated in 2005. Corked and capped green bottle with black foil over the cap. Consumed in November, 2009.

Appearance: Nearly tepid orange-gold with a thin and quickly dissolving white head.

Aroma: White wine vinegar and that wonderful lambic astringency that screams Cantillon. Green apple, grape skins, must. Subdued sourness.

Taste: Greep apple, green grapes, leather and horse blanket. Malt vinegar and touches of lemon astringency.

Mouthfeel: Dry, acidic, mellow. Tart but with very little sourness compared to other geuze and Cantillon offerings. Could it be the age? The bottle? Wine like.

Drinkability: In part because of the mildness of this geuze it is exceptionally drinkable. I could partake in glass after glass. Very nice, but I would like it to be a bit more sour. As I recall, other bottles I have sampled in the past have been considerably more potent and mouth puckering.

Photo of MenamenaDooDoo
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is murky yellow with a nice creamy, but small, white head.

Smells like stinky cheese and tart white grapes and other stone fruit. Still missing some depth in this department to take it to the legendary level.

Nice mouthfeel, great acidity, and lovely small bubbles. Taste more of the sour grapes.

Well worth smuggling it on a transatlantic flight.

Photo of jdskinns
3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Transparent yellow/orange body with a fizzy white head. Lots of bubbles in this one, leaving a thin layer of white over the beer. Smell is well on the funky side. Taste is lemon citrus and rather dry. Good stuff, my first introduction to Cantillon and I'm definitely excited to try more!

Photo of Travlr
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle tasted at the brewery. Hazy yellow with chunks and mud in the bottom of the bottle. Rapidly disappearing head with scant lacing. Aroma of must and mold and citrus and horse sweat, but in a good way. Sour dry taste, wonderful complexity with notes of grapefruit and lemon. Even wakes up your tonsils. Dry finish. Heaven.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Cantillon. Yellow label 750 classic gueuze. Corked and capped. Here we go. Bottled in 2008.

A- Fizzy, a golden honey yellow, next-to-nothing head settling to a few bubbles on the surface.

S- Potent. Sour, funky, tart. Definite white-wine qualities. Really pretty damn intense.

T- Wow. Tart, sour, but not overpowering, or off-putting. Very interesting. Mild peachiness, buckets of tartness, sour as heck. Very complex.. can't really describe what's going on but this one is pretty darn good.

M- Dry, puckering, mineral-water qualities. Interesting, to put it mildly.

D- Goes down easy, but I took my time. I really enjoyed it and hope its the first of many more!

Photo of Brandt
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours out into a tulip flared flute a very crisp golden straw yellow color with a large bubbled white head that falls back quickly

the smell is very bright and flowery with a strong pungent sourness that could be smelled all through the kitchen as soon as the cork was out of the bottle. there is a hint of a wood flavor that came through as i swirled the beer a little to liven it up a bit.

the taste is what you expect from the smell, a strong and very sharp sourness, there is a hint of the infamous "horsey-ness" and a oaky dryness similar to an oaked chardonay. the strength of the lactic acid in these beers overwealms most other flavors but there are hints of many barnyard characteristics.

the finish is a long one with sourness that really bites at the tongue and makes the jaw muscles clench although the texture on the tongue is very slilky and smooth from the wheat. this is a wonderful beer and a must try for all who dare to drink the sours!

Photo of hwwty4
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a corked and capped 375 into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip.
As a note, the label on my bottle is the classic yellow with black shadow man on it, not the same as the one in BA picture.

Decanted off dregs, which will be saved for a future lambic. This beer pours a rather clean, hay yellow with slight tangerine highlights when held up to the light. Very little head was produced due to a very careful pour (I was saving the dregs). With the little head, no lacing occurred. Just a thin white line that traced the inside of the glass. The aroma is massivily complex. Classic barnyard, with hay, must, ammonia, mold and earthy dampness. Along with the barnyard a nice citrus/vinegar tartness stings the inside of your nostrils. The flavor, well, the flavor just doesn't live up to the nose. It's really good, musty grass, white vinegar, damp earth, with a citrus brightness that sticks around on tip of the tongue. The mouthfeel is light and finishes very dry. Not as dry as other guezes but still enough to make me want some more. Cantillon makes great beer. This is just another.

Photo of zoso493
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a nice golden color with a thin one-finger head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring around the top of the beer.

Smell: Smells like green apple, lemon peel, champagne and something like a nice white wine. Pretty good nose.

Taste: Green apple sourness dominates the taste, but it's really only mildly sour.

Mouthfeel: Pretty medium-bodied and dry. Finishes very crisply.

Drinkability: High for a sour, although I don't know if I'd drink more than one of these in a sitting.

Photo of ccrida
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into my Supra tumbler, Cantillon Gueuze is dark, hazy, sunset gold with no white head or lace, but lazy carbonation through the whole beer indicates it is somewhat primed.

Smell is a bit vinous, with some fruit as well. Pretty understated overall.

Taste is good, not the most intense gueuze, but the approachability has it appeal. There's a hint of blood and bicarbonate, and it's a bit floral. If they were going for a beginner's gueuze, I really appreciate that they didn't add saccharin.

Mouthfeel is dry and sharp, with a medium light body.

Drinkability is high for gueuze, as it's not too strong of a sour, but with a fairly satisfying flavor. Still, I prefer a more intense gueuze, so it doesn't quite hit it for me.

Photo of ATPete
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped and corked, 2008

Pours a bright golden yellow color with a small bubbly head. A layered nose, funks, lemon skin tartness, soft oxidized wood, and a cheesy sourness. A truly well crafted gueuze the quality is undeniable. Though young, the funk is in line and well established, nice and sour with out being full mouth puckering. Light in body, crisp with high carbonation, bone dry and very drinkable. The Cantillon was the preferred bottle in a back to back gueuze tasting i held for the staff.

Photo of bobsy
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Don't approach Cantillon's gueuze as you would a regular beer or you may be in for a shock. I've had gueuzes before, and they've never really done much for me. Their vinegary sourness seemed off-kilter and one dimensional, but you won't find that here. Cantillon's version is like a wonderfully dry white wine of the highest calibre.

Hazy gold pour with a bubbly white head. Retention and lacing is very good for the style, and rings of white lace are deposited on the sides of the glass. The nose is musty and redolent of horse blanket and lemon. The cobwebs of the brewery seem to revel in its funky aroma. The flavour leaves a dominant impression of fresh lemon juice, funk, wet hay and a warm yeastiness. Its just like a sour and dry white wine. Wonderfully, puckeringly delightful and refreshing, the body is in perfect sync, with its lightness and spritzy carbonation. Cantillon have stolen my heart and made me reassess gueuze. The price was well worth paying.

Photo of Lldeegan
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Green 12.7oz bottle with yellow label. Capped and corked. Cork smells of sour apple, brut champagne even an oaky chardonnay evokes some mental puckering.

A- Beautiful! Poured into a large wine glass. Stark white head, while minimal, then quickly fades to just a surface ring of white. The color is a beautiful oragne, amber color, when held up to the light resembles the last moments of a deep orange sunset over water.

S- Sour smell, it has the effervescent strike to the nose much like a dry champagne. Apple and bubble gum are the first elements that become apparent and as the scent travels from the nose towards the back of my mouth, the sour fruit, and hint of alcohol make their presence known on the back and sides of the tongue.

T- Sour green apples again are the stars in this glass. They roll over the palate, making the sour stroll down the sides of my tongue and bitter comes in to finish off the taste. Other tastes noticed before the bitter roll back are in order of dominance, after apple of course are blackberries, tart raspberrys, even grapefruit.

M- The mouthfeel of this beer has the coating of a white wine with the liveliness of a champagne, leaving a dry puckering finish.

D- This was my first venture into lambics and it may have been a jump into the deepend, but I quickly developed a taste for this before I was halfway through. Reviewing while drinking made me stop and admire it, it is a process I have come to enjoy. Hindsight may be 20/20 but immediate thoughts are always more truthful. I do enjoy this beer, but perhaps, much like champagne, not an everyday thing

Photo of AltBock
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. green glass bottle that was corked and capped. This green bottle has a square yellow label with the shadow of a bald man in 19th century clothing tipping back in a chair while drinking a glass of beer. The back label explains what a Gueuze is, proper cellering temp, proper glassware, name of the brewmaster, and all the mandatory US info. The cork will have the bottled year on it. Mine was bottled in 2008. Poured into a stemmed Kasteel Chalise.

At first glance,the beer looks like it poured a hazy orange color, but a closer inspection showed me that it was more of a golden apricot than just a run of the mill orange color. On top was a 1/2 an inch ghost white head of foam. I thought this head of foam receded a little too fast, but it did manage to leave behind a small string of white rings and a few tiny spots of lace around the glass.

This beer had a big time sour aroma. It sure as hell was lacking in the sour department. This aroma was hugely sour with sour green grapes, a hint of red grapes, a splash of orange peel, green apples, a touch of lemon peel, bubblegum, and then the aroma finishes up with a big whiff of yeast and that down on the farm barnyard aroma.

The beer starts off dry and then the taste rolls into a dry sourness. After this dry sourness leaves the tongue, in comes a sour/vomit taste. It sounds bad, but it's really not. The flavors I found stuck between the cracks of all the sourness levels was that of orange peel, lemon peel, bubblegum, green grapes, green apples, and plenty of that farmyard funkyness.

This was a medium bodied sour beer with a good level of carbonation and an ever lasting dry sour aftertaste of green grapes, lemons, oranges, and more of that farmyard funkyness.

In the end, this was a very interesting and very sour beer. This was my very first Cantillon beer and not my last. Cantillon is a very expensive, but you are obviously paying for the high quality. If you've never had a Gueuze before, get ready to pucker up!

Photo of DoubleJ
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Beachwood BBQ Sour Fest starts tomorrow, and I feel I need to train my palate for the ineviatbale tartness orgasm that will soak it. 750 ml capped and corked bottle....cool label. On to the beer:

The color of this gueuze is cloudy pale orange. The head forms low with a thin creamy white top. Tart green apples in the aroma. Lemon, blanket, and wool compliment the apple aroma. Oh, and there's the lambicscous. I'm ready.

Sour lemon and wool are the first flavors to jump to me. Warheads anyone? Lemon warheads, though the sourness is less intense. The wool and blanket pick up and cover the palate....and BANG!...there are those tart critters, providing a boost of tart peach. Acidic. Light-medium body with a pinch of extra water. It's easy on the palate. The aftertaste, perhaps as expected, is very tart with lemons.

A very yummy gueuze. Sip and enjoy!

Photo of kegger22
1.78/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pour amber and flat with no head. Aroma was the semi-sweet smell of decay. The taste was sour, just sour, no bitter, no sweet, no anything else, just sour. Feel was light bodied with zero carbonation. It was hard to get it past my puckered lips. Drinkability? I simply have no idea. This was horrible. If it had been a wine, I would have said it had turned. I have tasted vinegar with better flavor. Just for the record, I will never try anything like this again. I blame ignorance in my not having an understanding of what a lambic was. 8 bucks literally down the drain.

Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze) from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 738 ratings.