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

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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 144
Gots: 226 | 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: 768 | Reviews: 363
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of midaszero
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Photo of jojox
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of klewis
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of JoeMayo
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Photo of SeanRedd
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of DIM
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of gregmurer
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
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...

Photo of HardTarget
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of easement
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
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

Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of RodBurg
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled Cantillon Classic Gueuze

Orange-yellow, thin white head.

Tart, acetic acid nose.

Pucker! Crisp dry apple fruitiness. Good stuff, light on the funk.

Crisp, dry, almost champagne-like mouthfeel.

Good, very good, dry but very quenching.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Delirium Tremens snifter.

Pours a hazy apricot color with a healthy head that disappears rather quickly.

The aroma had everything I was looking for in a good sour Gueuze. It has the "nice" "barnyard" twinge that you may or may not be into. The aroma is also highly fruit driven and acidic with the lemon cutting through the most. The smell of this beer put me right in the middle of a grassy hillside amongst a bunch of goats. (yeah seriously)

The flavor is much funkier than the aroma led on. The sourness really smacks your tongue and rushes around the entire palette. Don't get me wrong, I love sour beers but this might be even a touch too much. That would be the only thing I have to complain about it. I feel it could perhaps use a touch of sweetness to balance it out at least a tad. Keep in mind that sometimes it just takes your palette a few sips to get used to these unusual and striking flavors.

The mouthfeel is thin to style and the carbonation is extremely light.

The drinkability is fairly good with the only flaw being a little too much sour. But after that review, I feel like it sounds like I didn't enjoy it. That really is not the case. This is a great beer but it isn't without flaw. I would highly recommend not taking one sip and forming an opinion based on that alone.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oddly, for a style that's aged, I feel like most bottled gueuzes I've had in bottles in the US feel, well old. This one didn't. It was fresh and champagne-like, but earthy and better than pretty much any champagne I've ever had. I feel like people who don't like gueuze expect it to be beer-like. Approach this one with an open mind, and I think you'll like it.

Appearance is dark yellow with a few big bubbles which hung on the glass. Aroma was slightly sweet and champagne-y with earthy tones. Flavor is sweet and slightly thick, with some bitterness lingering on the tip of the tongue which sticks around for awhile.

I would highly recommend this beer. I had this glass from a bottle at the Cantillon brewery in Brussels (or more properly Anderlecht).

Photo of aerozeppl
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as a birthday present. Where is the Gueuze? Here.
2007 bottle.

A: Nice cloudy straw/golden color. More head than I have seen from other examples of the style. No lacing but that is part of the package.

S: Nice acidic sour nose. Little bit bready. Funk in the back. Lemons. Some fruit throw in but way in the back.

T: Nice and sour up front. Tartness in the front of your lips and on your tongue. A weird sweetness that is almost like the other side of a lemon is there as well. Little bit of funk as well but it lurks in the background.

M: So nice and light.

D: I love this beer. The price keeps me away most of the time but damn is this good. To think they can pack this kind of taste into a 5% beer is insane. I know how they do it but still. This is poetry in a bottle. Sourheads unite!

Photo of vancurly
3.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Arguably the most difficult beer to drink & judge I think I've had.

Best before 9/2027, bottled September 2007.

I love a beer with a crown seal AND a cork. Supports their claim for ageing.

Pours pale hazy honey, delicate white head.

Smells like the bottom of my fermentor. A big yeasty whack. Touch of "sour" if you could call that a smell, champagne, dry ginger ale, bread, and sulfur later.

Eye-wateringly sour. Lemony, appley, funky. Leather & hessian sack. Reminds me of kava. Touch of dry sherry, then some strawberry, and barrel wood. Definitely needs some integration time, and perhaps to take the edge off the acidity.

The mouthfeel is sour, of course. Makes my teeth grit together. Not very pleasant.

A challenging ale. So angular, that I worry it'll give me a stomache ache in an hour or so. (it didn't).

Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had a sour in a while and was craving one. Grabbed this at State Line last week, the cork says it was bottled this year. Into my Unibroue tulip

A: Pours golden-orange with a dense one-finger white head. Tons of carbonation.

S: Delicious sourness and funk with a lemon rind bitterness up front. Complex funk behind it with some barnyard and green apple aromas. Some oak.

T: Mouth-puckering sourness with a solid lemon rind bitterness to start things off and work on every taste bud you have. Plenty of funk with a musty flavor appearing on the finish. I'm having a hard time putting my finger down on what there is in this beer. The acidity is fine - it isn't over the top and appears shortly before the tart finish.

M: Th carbonation is solid with plenty of small bubbles that work well on the palate, the acidity is moderate and balanced and the finish, dry and not overly sour

D: This is definitely easy to drink and is one of the more balanced gueuzes out there.

Photo of Cresant
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this dark green bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Label looks different than the one pictured here (poppy field/farm on mine). No date but I have had this for over a year. The cork looks like it has 2004 printed on it but it is cracked and hard to read. The body is cloudy, dull orange. The meager head faded to a tiny ring.

Smell was powdered Kool-Aid. Sugary-tart. Citrus. Slight dustiness. Vinous upon opening. Fruits. pepper.

Taste was sour. Tangy/sweet. lip-smacking tartness. Woody dryness. Reflected the aroma well.

Mouthfeel was effervescent with tiny bubbles. Moderate body. Nice. All-around great beer.

Photo of peabody
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy yellow with some amber hints with one finger of white suds.
Smell is on par with 3 Fontienen but milder with hints of light malt sugar. Lambic lemon peel and sour apple skins.
First taste is dirty sink water followed by a quick sourness that fills the entire mouth. This one is a sneeker. Not as sour as the 3 Fontienen. As it warms it gets more malty and bitter.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part but leaves an oilyness that lingers in the mouth.
Good lambic here. Would drink in batches if I could acquire them.

Photo of stumac
2.88/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had this bottle under the alias "Cantillon Classic Gueuze"....

this brew is sour in the nose...slight bitter aroma as well...the taste was very sour....i got lemons out of it as well...

another oddball from Canitllon....maybe I should start trying these beers when I'm not wasted....I even love sour ales...and sour candy....

Photo of Ljunkan
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a small, quickly dissapering head.

The smell is vinous, sour, with notes of stable and smoke.

The taste is acid/sour with citrus, unmatured gooseberries and unmatured apples. It turns really sour after a while in the glass; it's almost like take a huge bite of a lemon.

Mouthfeel is good. It's quite thin, but in a good way. It's a bit hard to describe it actually. This was my first Gueuze.

It's not that demanding to drink as I thought before I opened the bottle. Refreshing and nice lambic overall. I want more of this someday!

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