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

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Ratings: 703
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 137
Gots: 192 | FT: 15
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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 bloberglawp
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Duvel tulip at 8-10 celcius.

Pours hazy orangish yellow, thin but large white head that dissipates down to a film over the beer, very little carbonation.

Aroma of sour apples, raw peeled potatoes, feet and unripe pear skin. Flavor is a bomb of sour fruit esters and sourpatch kids candy.

Dry and puckering, extremely good, I would make this my lawnmower beer if it was available easily.

bloberglawp, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of illidurit
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Gold with a slight amber tinge. Small white head fizzles out quickly from all the acidity. Aroma is full of lemony acidity with some sweet floral notes. Flavor is citric and acetic acids with citrus zest, yeast, and tannic wood. Very sour at first but it's easy to become acclimated to. Very lightly carbonated, medium-thin body.

illidurit, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of deuschbag
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bottled on june 3, 08. took forever to get the damn cork out!!! i guess having a sharp edged opener doesn't help the situation. anyway, onto the beer.

pored this 750 ml bottle into a stone specialty glass. color is hazy golden with a one finger head that fades away to almost no head pretty quickly.

very funky and murky fruit aroma. i smell some peache, peppermint and spices as i dig my nose deeper in the glass.

taste is very sour yet so smooth. just great balance. i'm also getting some apple, orange, and bread notes.

full bodied and very sticky aftertaste.

this is my first gueuze and boy is it good one. 100% easy to drink sour ale.

deuschbag, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork and cap bottle.

Poured cloudy orange color with a minimal fizzy head that diminihed quickly with fair lacing. Heavy fruity and sour citrus aroma. Medium to full body with a dry texture. Heavy tart sour flavor with a medium bitter finish of long duration.

This is a standout beer for a select few.

tmoneyba, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of toweringpoo
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If I'm not mistaken this was my first lambic. Wow, different.
I could tell immediately from the first whiff this was gonna be sour, and it was. Very puckering, lemon, spicy notes, and extremely yeasty on the nose as well as on the tongue. Astringent and difficult to drink for me. I think this style is going to require some getting used to much as hoppy beers did, but I can definately see myself enjoying more of these in the future.
For now though I can't rate it very high.

toweringpoo, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of benmiliron
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Paid $13.99 for a 750mL bottle. Hay-colored clear with no head. Very slight haze. Heavy sour and funky nose. Very sour lambic taste - not overwhelming though I don't think. Very classic tasting lambic. Not worth the money though.

Drinks real nice. You could drink a lot of this. It's not overwhelming at all.

benmiliron, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of hopdog
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured a medium, hazy golden color with a small white head. Sour and tart aroma. Sour and tart tastes with lemons and apples. Nice and puckering.

Update: 1996 Vintage. This beer aged very well. Nice funky, sour apple tastes and aromas. Increasing the overall numbers as I really enjoyed this more this time around.

hopdog, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of thierrynantes
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bootle (37,5cl), first tasted in 2004.
Appearance: amber-orange color (trouble), with white foam head.
Smell : acid, fruity, woody aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : prolonged acid, slightly bitter, very dry (if drunk young) . Good harmony between acidity and fruity.
Drinkability: a very good traditional and authentic gueuze. It is better to wait a few years before the taste. I have a beer brewed in 2008, it is possible to keep in cellar until 2030 !

thierrynantes, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of jmw141
3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

S- Bottle pour to flute glass. Classic Gueuze.

A-Golden body. Hazy.

S- Smells sour, citrus, champagne-like.

T- WOO! How tart! Interesting.

Notes: I need another bottle because I had this one on new years and wasn't able to taste again until it had been open 48 hours. So, it was probably a little flat, plus the cork disintegrated into the bottle...

jmw141, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of alexskovan
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy gold with a pure white head. Carbonation was moderate for a lambic. Rich aroma, autumn leaves and tea with lemon. Taste comes on mild, then the sourness builds slowly but surely. Mouth puckering and nice. A savory light lambic, as long as you like them sour.

alexskovan, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of JBogan
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage

This came in the usual 750 bottle with a black foil wrap around the neck. Perhaps due to the age of the bottle, when I removed the foil it shed thousands of black specks everywhere and left more on the neck and cap. A quick rinse off of the bottle solved that. So, word to the wise. If you're opening an older bottle of this you might want to do it over the sink, which I did and was thankful for.

Now for the good stuff:

This poured a hazy honey/peach color with a small white head which disappeared soon after and left no lacing. Pretty typical for a beer of this type.

After opening the bottle a very nice tangy aroma filled the air. Surprisingly it didn't have much of that barnyard funk I was expecting. Maybe the age mellowed the beer out in this respect. Whatever the case, it was still a very pleasing smell which made for a welcome introduction.

Time for the taste test, and this passed nicely. Very tart but not overly so. There are certainly gueuzes out there with more pucker power than this one, however it had a very balanced and nice citric flavor to it.

The mouthfeel was thin, very thin. In any other beer it would have been far too thin, but it seemed to fit this beer ok. Still, I would have preferred a bit more body to it.

Overall this was an exceptional gueuze. Very smooth going down, good amount of tartness without going overboard. Nice dry finish. After I knocked off the entire bottle of this myself I still wanted more, and that's always the mark of a great beer. If you like gueuzes, you owe it to yourself to give this one a try.

JBogan, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Brass Rail deli and bottle shop. Served chilled in a wine glass.

A - A honey amber w/ very light white speckling the surface w/ visible carbonation and a ring on the glass w/ pin points for beading.

S - An intensely sour citrus note w/ mild rind aroma w/ a nie complement of funk, hints of spice and mild melon aromas. The bret yeast is up front and the odor is very captivating

M - An acidic yeast yet spritzy feel. The malt is slightly nutty and the beer finishes clean w/ a subtle spiciness. The tart lingers on as the vanilla/toast notes of the wood are noticeable

T - a huge tartness w/ lemon and citrus rind and melon flavors. The vanilla oakiness which leaves a subtle nut and caramel taste w/ tangerine flavor and the pith w/ hints of grapefruit and slightly lactic sourness.

D - I can only have a glass at time since this has a certain intensity. This is a beer to savor for me. The gueze has more complexity than any lambic I have tasted and would return to this example again many more times. I think this is one of the most enjoyable of the style I have had-very drinkable.

Slatetank, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of midaszero
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Mostly clear orange tinted straw color with a little bit of white head that disappears quickly but retains a little around the edges

S - A little sour a little funky with some citrus notes

T - Peach tartness mixed some a light sour cherry taste. Kinda funky on the backend. Apple and mixed up citrus notes through out.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - First sip is a little intense but once settles in is very enjoyable and easy to drink

midaszero, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of jojox
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I believe it said 2006.

a - No noise opening, and not much head. It does bubble like champagne in my small flute.

s - very sour. Wow, awesome.

t - in balance. Nicely sour, but not bracing. Refreshing. Great!

m - smooth and sour on the back of the throat.

d - Awesome. Want more!

sorry for the short notes but after tasted quite a few beers last night the wording got quite abbreviated. This beer had the great sour characteristics of Cantillon but it was more moderate and toned down, resulting in better drinkability. Delicious.

jojox, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of klewis
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed as Classic Gueuze with a yellow label and a guy following backwards from his chair.

A: Pours a murky yellow with a tiny, bubbly head. Moderate lacing.

S: Complex, funky nose with some light citrus and mint aromas.

T: Moderately tart and not quite as mouth-puckering as some other Cantillon brews. Both funky and fruity, with a tart lemon zest flavor and mild phenols.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. The tartness lingers on the palate for a while.

D: A solid gueuze. Complex, yet easy to sip. Recommended.

klewis, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of JoeMayo
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 Vintage

A- Pours a golden copper color with a visibly sparkling carbonation

S- Herbal and peppery with an intense sour aroma. Tart apple comes through with hints of brett-like barnyard funk.

T- Very tart and very sour. Fruity with hints of sour apple, lemon, citrus, and tart peach. A grassy herbal flavor comes through, accentuated by notes of white pepper.

M- Crisp and dry with a pleasant effervescence.

D- Although this is very drinkable, its a bit of a sipper due to its intense sour flavors

JoeMayo, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of SeanRedd
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The mysterious exotic champagne of the gods; what a blessing. Head dissapears offering a sparkling wine tower of carbonation that narrows from the bottom of the flute to the center of the pool. Body glows of cider and dark mead. An aroma of sour green apples and light vinegar. Crisp, tart apple turns haystack. Sour oils reside dry and remain amongst white vinegar; hint of wood. A marvelous example of the magic inherent in wild ales. A force to be reckoned with.

SeanRedd, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of DIM
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a slightly hazy, pale golden color. It was served to me without a head.

s: Classic gueuze funk, but with a little something missing. This lacked the "prickly" quality I've found in all the bottle conditioned gueuzes I've tried.

t: Here again, this tasted fine, but there wasn't that yeasty "ooomph" I was expecting. It was tart and mildly acidic with flavors of apple cider vinegar. Still, it just didn't seem to be all there.

m: Moderately fizzy carbonation and an average gueuze body.

d: So this wasn't as good as bottles versions of this style that I've tried. I was still tempted to order another.

DIM, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of gregmurer
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

why not a lambic? It's part of my thoughts of the evening when i go downstairs to my cave...
When it's a Cantillon, it's always a success... That organic lambic is certainly one of the best sour beers i ever taste.
Some big breweries makes lambic that taste like old stella-artois, in the cantillon brewery, nothing like that, the lambic that are made by those crazy belgian brewers are real product, real bacterias, real processes, real people... and what poeples... they are incredibles...
What to say about that lambic?
The appearance is not important, the smell is so vinous, the taste is a surprise for those who never tried, and a real drug for those who like it... (i'm part of'em)
the mouthfeel is impressive and amazing, so sour, so acid, so vinous, not much like a beer, just like a treasure...

gregmurer, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of HardTarget
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hand carried back from Brussels, purchased from the Van Roys.

A) Very hazy peach brown glass with a halo of head.

S) Wow. Typical of the style, lemon juice intensity, fermented fruit, horse-blanket farmhouse extravaganza.

T) Surprisingly smooth, peach nectar that has sat under a farmers house for a decade. Lemon juice, farm, bit of baby diaper, hard core, but accessible.

M) Puckering tartness, abrasive in some respects, medium light body, crushingly dry in the finish.

D) Not a session, but I will gladly replace the bottle in my cellar.

HardTarget, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of easement
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle labeled Cantillon Classic Gueuze

Golden with a thin head. There was little head retention

Very sour smelling. Tart and acidic. You can tell that there's some good funk.

Apples and funkiness galore. Dour overwhelming at first and then mellows though the glass. Terrific.

Nice finish and very crisp. fine carbonation levels.

A great sipping beer. You need to sip in order to enjoy all the complexities. One of the best guezes I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

easement, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brass Rail deli in Campbelltown, PA.

A: The geueuze is light orange, fairly hazy with little head. In fact, the ale barely looks carbonated.

S: The nose is tart, sour with citric acid. Grainy bread flavors are evident after the initial tartness passes.

T: Tartness, lemony and citric, is intense with a high pucker factor. The tartness is acidic not acetic, funky but not vinegary. As the funk passeed, a strangely medicinal flavor emerged. It took me a while to pin it down but the taste is that of penicillin.

M: The transition of tart to medicinal is abrupt and that finish leaves a bit to be desired.

D: One glass was sufficient, but I do have a bottle that I'm anxious to try. If only to see if the penicillin flavor is there.

akorsak, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12.7 oz bottle (as "Cantillon Classic Gueuze" 100% lambic) into a glass.

A: pours light orange with yellow gold highlights, very hazy, with little head and carbonation.

S: sour lemon, wheat/grain, pez-like candy aroma; maybe a little orange in the end; slight outdoors/earthy, barnyard aroma.

T: begins with a tart, lemony sour acidic flavor mixed with artificial candy; mixes with a funky barnyard character and ends with a puckering lemon juice flavor. some citrus orange-like flavors can also be detected. very refreshingly sour without being vinegar-like.

M: puckering, medium with low carbonation helping contribute to the body; unusually non-effervescent for a refermented lambic.

D: a refreshing, sessionable, and enjoyable drinker that could pair well with many food items, including cheese, mussels, salad. have heard this is one of the more sour lambics but I'm not finding it overwhelmingly so by any means.

joeysmokedporter, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of RodBurg
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered the bottle at Barley and Hops in Temecula. Poured an organic yellow color with no head.

Funky smells emanating here. Acetic citrus aromas mingle with a barnyard scent.

Super sour. Lemon, white grape, and an acidic champagne crispness. Tasty.

I really dug this. However, about ¾ of the way into the bottle I began to have some sort of allergic reaction. My hands and arms began to itch; I became very dizzy and eventually vomited. I don't know if it was some kind of wild yeast that made its way into the fermentation not sitting well or what, but it really put a damper on the night for me. I'll probably try it again though. Cause I'm stupid.

RodBurg, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

750ML Green bottle, Corked. Poured into a small tulip it easily maintains a frothy white head. Golden, slightly hazed body. Crbonation clings to the side of the glass.

She's a tart one. Its not bashful as it comes right at ya from the start. Sour, tart, and tons of depth. Citrus, orange peel, and young lemon. Lingering mouthfeel is tangy.

Notes: Worthy of hunting down. This is a treat. This bottle had two years under its belt and personally I think it could use at least 1 more.

DogFood11, Nov 09, 2008
Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze) from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.