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

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Ratings: 767
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 144
Gots: 227 | 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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Ratings: 767 | Reviews: 363
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


i've now had this numerous times during the week of april 20-25, 2009, during the craft brewers conference when jean van roy visited boston. this is actually the one i kept coming back to. immensely drinkable.

scores are also adjusted to reflect my evolving appreciation, nay love, for lambics.

also, thanks to dan at marty's in newtonville for opening a bottle of this from the early 90's. amazing stuff. the scores here partially reflect that as well. the taste may well have been a perfect 5.0, but there was only so much that could be shared of that little 330ml bottle amongst all the people at the tasting.

smell 4.0 -> 4.5
taste 4.0 -> 4.5
drinkability 4.5 -> 5.0

OLD REVIEW 7-14-2008

750ml green bottle with "cantillon classic gueuze" yellow label; cork dated for 2007

golden, deep honey color w/ haze. lots of head but soon fades to wisps and ring. lace doesn't stick.

funk upfront and on opening. yeast and then cider notes. whiff of champagne and vinegar.

mild acidic pucker combines w/ yeastiness and grassy funk. musty and woody character is moderate but definitely present. very faint bitterness. dry/sour finish. final, cloudy, yeast pour reveals nuttiness.

not too thin, initially smooth. acidity gives texture. mild carbonation.

wish it had more fruit or malt characteristics, but otherwise good.

Photo of ricke
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pale yellow straw color. Slightly hazy. A small white and rather sparkling head settles quickly into a small ring of lacings.

S: A fantastic fresh and fine tuned smell. Aromas of both tart and overripe apples, tart berries, fresh hay and some vinegar. Apart from some very faint funky aromas of wet hay and yeast, this could have been the smell of a fine cider or a sparkling white wine.

T: The taste is just as fresh and tart as the smell. Tart apples, lemon peel with semi-sweet nuances, fresh hay, grass and some yeast. Wheat and malted barley. A very balanced character throughout the experience. In the finish, the tartness develops into a more sharp sour taste with a prominent character of lemon. The finish is dry and has notes of barrel, lemon pits, some phenols, a minimal grassy bitterness and everlasting sour notes. The funkiness is very restrained, but becomes present every now and then in the form of wet hay.

M: Medium body with a dry finish. The carbonation is very lively and sparkling. Overall, the beer has a very sparkling character, again like a cider or like a sparkling white wine.

D: This is a world class gueuze, with a rich and refreshing character. Very easy to drink and surely a "fine wine of the beer world".

Photo of emerge077
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


2004 bottle, label says "Organic Gueuze" with an image of a copper mash tun and poppies in a wheat field.

Photo: http://www.sheltonbrothers.info/images/beers/Cantillon_Organic_Gueuze.jpg

Poured into a tumbler, the deep orange body is slightly hazed, but with no visible sediment. It formed a nice head and surprisingly 20 minutes later it hasn't broken. The foam had a very creamy texture. The aroma was a little different than the current "Classic Gueuze", with orange peel and definitely some orange yogurt wafting up. With a swirl there was the more typical sharp acidic note. The first sips felt soft, time seems to have mellowed it's sharpness, though it was still puckeringly sour. Orange and lemon rind, with all the succulence of sucking on a peach pit that still has fruit clinging to it. Definitely soft and peachy. Savory cheese notes come out in a longer draw. It's an ethereal experience, i'll be sad when this bottle is gone!

Photo of BARFLYB
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle split with Oglmcdgl in two flute glasses, paired up with some nice oysters.

A- Sparkling champagne like in kook with a straw yellow/golden appearence. Bubbles were seen shooting up creating a faint but sturdy cap of foam. Pretty clear with just the thinnest trace of sediment. No lace on this one.

S- The smell on this is straight Cantillon and cannot be duplicated. I've had a lot of sours and none can quite pull off the scent on any one of their offerings, very unique. Barnyard musk with a big tart appeal moreso than funky. Getting some wood plus some accidity and lemon.

T- This is a classic gueuze in every sense of the word and it paired quite nice with the oysters. A big tartness to this but not lou pepe tart. Big earthy taste with some barnyard straw and some citrus burst resembling fresh squeezed lemon. Of course some oak/wood is there and only enhances the taste boundaries.

M- Tart, tingly and a bit puckering, better to be taken in small sips. It does not take long for this gueuze to control your palette. Some accidity on the tounge but that comes with the territory. Light bodied with some carb in the feel as well. This one has quite an aftertaste as well.

D- Not the most affordable beer out there but a great example of the style, this one is better to be enjoyed with friends and paired up with something great, make an event out of it. This is not something I would want to come home from work to in other words. Im not an expert in this style but I really liked this one, in small quanities. Easy to cellar to as I would not want it at a moment's notice.

Photo of tedsox31
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 375 ml bottle, black and yellow labeling.

The appearance is a gold-orange color, with a small white head. Translucent at best.

The aroma is strongly of citrus, vinegar, a little bit of funk. As it warms I notice the vinegar and funk more than the citrus.

The taste has a very nice tartness to it, full of lemon. On the backend I get the vinegar and some other flavor that I am attributing to the funk that I can smell more as it warms.

There is a nice carbonation to it that makes it very enjoyable. It is somewhere between thin and medium.

Overall a great beer to drink. It is quite refreshing to me, and the taste keeps me coming back for more. The sourness is not so overwhelming that I would consider this a one beer drink; alcohol isn't too high and the taste is quite enjoyable.

Photo of grub
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle labeled "classic gueuze" and "100% lambic". bottled 2007. sampled may 13/09.

pours hazy and murky golden yellow, almost peachy, with a thin dense white head. the head quickly drops to a thin layer over the beer that seems to last through to nearly the bottom of the glass.

aroma is true to the name - classic gueuze. lemon. bit of malt and cider vinegar. tons of old leather and horse blanket funk. crackers and white bread. grain. bit of other light citrus too. vanilla and raw oak. there's also a bit of a neat bright and fresh floral and citrus character.

taste is great. again, classic gueuze. at first it's a big sour lemon attack. after a second, it turns into more malt and cider vinegar. from there it quickly mellows out to a great funky and malty character. horse blanket and old leather. bit of tobacco leaf. cracker and white bread. hints of vinegar and raw oak. bit of bright citrus. faint alcohol. bit of earthy character too.

mouthfeel is good. nice light body. bone dry finish. very fine carbonation - it feels fairly high, yet carries no sting and comes across quite mellow.

drinkability is great. well restrained acidity. balanced sourness. great depth to the funky/malty base. i wish i had a full 750ml bottle and not just a little 375! i'll grab another one or two of these the next time i have a chance.

Photo of schroederm
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a snifter:

A white one finger head forms when poured and falls relatively quickly into a stable blanket. Lacing is sheeting and thick. The body is an attractive opaque golden amber. Smells of farm, yeast, raisin, orange, lemon, green apple, clove, and sour. Overall the aroma is clean, subtle, and inviting. Way more flavor than I was expecting giving the smell, and absolutely delicious. Great level of sour to the malty sweetness, with citrus and dark fruit notes. A bit of funky farm on the back end but it rounds out the sweetness in a surprisingly pleasant way. The carbonation and body are pretty much spot on. I could clear a bomber of this: not too tough on the palate, and altogether delicious.

Photo of goblet
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the bottle was 375 ml conditioned green with a black cap and cork that says brasserie cantillon bruxeiles bottled in 2007.so, i poured it out into a glass and pressed on.

appearance:i got alittle frothy head that went away quickly and the color is a hazy,cloudy orange with no carbonation.

smell:the aroma can best be decribed as having a lemon and grape fruit peels blend scent with a little bit of hops and malt perhap some hay . this is great, very attractive .

taste:ooh yes,this it fresh grape fruit peels and lemon very tart ,sour,an extremely pleasant flavor. citrus acids all the way even some orange plup.

mouthfeel: the feel on the palate is a sour mouth pucking pure delight, lite body it`s smooth ,with a lemony after taste.

drinkability:this is a superb easy to drink sour beer.the sour fruit blend is just amazing . i like this a lot it goes good with some cracks and gorgonzola cheese .cheers.

Photo of SimmoGee
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle, poured into a flute glass.

This one was bottled in 2008 with a blend of 04-05,05-06 and 06-07.

I managed to convince my local bottle shop (Warners at the Bay) manager to stock this and I am glad that he did.

A - Cloudy yellow with moderate carbonation. The head forms well then disappears after a while.

S - Strong yeasty, fruity smell. This is a delight to smell which accentuates the taste.

T - Tart as any good lambic should be. A good lemon taste with a hint of vinegar This makes it very refreshing. Reminds me of that first mouthful of natural yoghurt which gets better with each mouthful.

M - Fresh with no hint of carbonation. Great on a hot day.

D - I could happily drink this all day. I look forward to my visit to the Cantillon brewery this July. Whilst I recognise, this is not everyone's cup of tea (or glass of beer) this is an exceptional example of a lambic.

Photo of jjanega08
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= Pours a nuclear orange color thats just slightly hazy with loud snap crakle and pop bubbles on top. About a one finger soda pop head on it that leaves no lacing on the glass.
S= Very very smelly. Lots of sourness is coming from it with barnyard funk to it and lemon peel. Yeasty as well
T= Really sour. Lemon peel in it, Vinegar, and some wood notes. Makes me pucker up with every sip. Lemony as hell
M= Higher carbonation and a very dry finish
D= Pretty good. I'm really learning to love the style and taste of these beers.

Photo of joe1510
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Binny's Orland Park

2007 Vintage

Cantillon's Classic Gueuze has the color of a ripe apricot with a slight haze that's enough to keep me from seeing through the body clearly. When backlit the body becomes a straw golden and shows off a few slowly rising carbonation bubbles. A fingers worth of fizzy white head grew on the pour but quickly settled to absolutely nothing in a matter of seconds. A swirl brings a skimming of foam back briefly but the lack of head is discouraging.

The nose is interesting and has a nice semi sweet touch that counters the tartness. There's not a whole lot of funk but what's there is in the form of decaying, damp wood along with a faint touch of white vinegar. Lemon and peach come through in this gueuze with the lemon being both sweet and tart. The sweetness reminds me of lemon drops. There's a nice balance.

There's quite a bit more mustiness on the tongue than the nose suggested but besides that the flavor follows the smell pretty closely. Dusty, musty cobwebs and damp wood come across mid-palate while the sweet and sour lemon plays bookends. Mild tartness washes all the way through with the most intense being on the sides of the tongue but never quiet reaching sour. All the flavors come together nicely in this gueuze.

The body is moderate but tips toward the lighter side of the scale with a minimal, slow moving carbonation that keeps this beer tiptoeing over the tongue. The finish is dry with a little puckering quality when combined with the tartness.

The fruity qualities and dryness make this an easy drinker. Each sip leaves m tongue so dry I need another sip that will surely do the same.

The lack of head hurts the score on this beer. A swirl really brings the aroma to life but it dies so quickly it's hard to get everything out of it; with that said the aroma is still very enjoyable but with the proper head this beauty would be intoxicating. Looking forward to trying a few more of these bottles to find the improvement that I know is in there somewhere.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid golden orange with tan fizzy head at first. The head subsides in a couple minutes. Unique smell of green sour candy but without any hint of sugar. No bitterness or hop flavor. Taste is over the top sour and shocking at first, but you'll come to enjoy it if you're one for the sort of thing that sours you to death. It is not that far off from pure lemon juice... very acidic and tangy. Mouthfeel is pretty clean and carbonation free.

If you are new to this style, keep an open mind.

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

12.7oz bottle, cork Dated 2004. This has been in my basement since 2006, I think I bought it in Belgium but I don't remember. Anyway I've been on a Cantillon kick for the last month so this beer is now on deck. The beer is light gold color, mostly clear with just a little haze, a 1-finger wet foam that recedes quickly. Almost no carbonation, the cork pulled out without a pop. The smells are strongly sour and bring me memories of Brugge and Brussels (the main locations where I've had gueuze in the past). Sour puckering taste, more sour than the Monk's cafe version I had earlier this month, I believe I can feel the enamel rotting off my teeth. In a good way if possible. Very dry but produces a lot of saliva. Just a great gueuze, you cannot ever go wrong with Cantillon.

Photo of DannyS
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a small wine glass, poured from a 12.7oz. bottle, no discernible date on it.

A - Cloudy yellowish orange with little head. Looked a bit dirty.

S - Winey with subtle yeast upfront. Almost smelled musty and old. Not a bad thing for this style, IMO.

T - Tart, but not the most sour beer I've had. A little bit of sweetness rounding out the dry, acidic, fruity taste. Reminds me of champagne. I know I've used that analogy before, but I was always talking about quality and sophistication. This, literally, reminded me of champagne.

M - A little bit of tannin added some extra bite to its cutting acid, and the fizz felt a little haphazard, but otherwise this one was nie going down.

D - As with most lambics and Gueuzes, I can't drink more than one because of how strongly acidic it is, and this one's no exception. I enjoyed it, but one is enough.

Overall - I'm falling in love with Cantillon. I'm so glad I was able to finally find a place that sells their beer. Once again, this one's a great one to sip and savor.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of illidurit
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of deuschbag
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of toweringpoo
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of benmiliron
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of thierrynantes
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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 !

Photo of jmw141
3.47/5  rDev -18.9%
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...

Photo of alexskovan
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of JBogan
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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