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

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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 142
Gots: 220 | 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 RedDiamond
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warm spun gold with low carbonation. Emanates a sharp whiff of vinegar at first, though this soon gives way to a scent of warm dustbin. Has a wine-like character along the lines of a decent chardonnay, but with a tartness that strikes the jowls with a taste of baked shoelace in brine.

Acidic to the point of agitating the palate, yet genteel in its closure. And it has more funk than the Family Stone. Far preferable to the more expensive 3 Foneinen.

Photo of soupyman10
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh man was I excited for this one. I'm a huge Cantillon fan (even though I've only tried a few), and had a good feeling about this fella. It did not disappoint. It poured a yellow color with a smallish head that dissolved down to nothing within a few minutes. Really, there's a bubble or two floating around there, but this is a quiet beer. Nose is that farmhouse funk everyone talks about, tons of sourness, and a good bit of lemony "zest" (whatever that is) as well. Nice. Flavor follows right up. Obviously sourness predominates, but then there's that strong citrus fruitiness, white grapes, and a strong spiciness in the end. Very nice. Body's interesting, medium and that carbonation that sort of goes through cycles. In any case, it works well for the style of brew. Overall, I really liked this one, but it's a beer (and a style) that you really have to expect, or it could knock you on your ass (my non-beer obsessed buddies thought I was out of my mind for drinking it).

Wine Specialist/$14.99/750 ml

Photo of BlueHammer
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours in the glass a bright golden color. Very bubbly and effervescent with a thin white head that faded quickly. Smells like sour fruit. Taste is sour and also very dry, similar to champagne. It's a dynamic flavor, bubbly in your mouth but easy to drink. This is a great beer to have with brunch.

Photo of MiScusi
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage.
Had this right after the Cantillon Iris lambic. Golden with a fastly fading bubbly head. It was more puckering sour and drier. It was more one dimension in both smell and taste. Carbonation really dies down in this thing fast. Sour, more intense, but good in the sense that it brings it up a notch if that's what you are feeling some day.

Photo of roblowther
2.48/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Clear pale gold with copper highlights and a thin determined head. It leaves really nice lacing. The smell was acidic when I first opened the bottle, but given a chance to breathe it takes on sweet & sour fruit notes, with apples, cherries, and fresh hay. The taste is nice malt at first but just flat-out puckeringly sour. There is a pepper to the finish, as well as apple and apricot notes but wow. This thing is puckering my mouth just sitting on the table. The mouthfeel is creamy and slick, the drinkability is just not there. I can't get past the sour, be it appropriate for the style or not. Sorry, not for me.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow that becomes hazy once some of the sediment makes its way in. White head and not much lacing.

Smells of that trademark acidic, sour, funky, mustiness that I have really come to enjoy.

Tastes sour (mouth puckering), acidic, golden fruits, and musty/barn. I still have a hard time understanding how something so weird can be so damn good.

Photo of chadspivey
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'06 vintage bottle.

A: Dark yellow, pretty clear, small head.

S: Horseblanket, mustiness, slightly tart.

T: Very acidic and some horseblanket. Also some light tartness.

M: Clean and crisp for a gueze.

D: This is actually pretty drinkable for a gueze.

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

Bottled in 2005.

Pours out an orange sucker color with tons of tiny bubbles all throughout the body of the beer. Head is thinnish, but holds up exceptionally well. The funk isn't pronounced as I expected in the nose. Up front is a lot of citric fruitiness and almost candy-like sweetness. Underneath all that are some musty aromas that are par for the course. The acridness is subdued as well. The sourness really comes out in the flavor, which was only hinted at in the smell. The acidity is very well balanced by some slight sweetness in the middle to end. Has some "attic" characteristics for sure along with old broom bristles. Finishes dry with lemon rind astringency. Has a little bit of a medicinal quality in the finish as well, which I find odd. Mouthfeel is a little stickier than expected from the touch of sweetness. Kind of lacking in the effervescent carbonation I expect from lambics. Great drinkability. This isn't hard to put down. Very refreshing and a well-crafted geuze.

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

The chance to try another lovely brew from Cantillon, I literally could not wait! I picked this one up on my last trip through Asheville, as we do have some of their offerings here, just not many and no where near the variety I can get up there. This was one I had been looking for as it was authentic to the roots of the style, and I love the sourness. Very nice 750ml corked and capped bottle, 2006 vintage, poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance - The pour was rather nice with a good yellowish amber color coming out to greet me right away. Very hazy and cloudy, it had a nice unrefined look about it that was very welcoming. A nice one inch high head of lace then came over and crowned the top of it, really nice looking but settled down quickly leaving behind only token side glass lace and a thin crown across the top.

Smell - The aroma was your classic farmhouse funk. Ohh so inviting this was tremendously tart and sour. I did not think it was possible to pucker a nose, but if it was, this would do it. Not much in the way of balance here, in fact this one was all sour. Lots of grape and apple tones all over this one, really pushing the senses to the limits of what they could possible endure, but you know in a good way.

Taste - The flavor was simply put, spot on. A wonderful rich tart, sour, funky, explosion of flavor, picking up right where the aroma left off. Deep sour apple and grape flavors are all over this one, really pushing this forward on you. There was some semblance of sweetness trying to breakthrough in the end, but not much, as this was all sour. The finish was dry, and very long lingering, leaving you desperately craving another taste, but you knew that would land you right back in the same boat as before!

Mouthfeel - This was very crisp and refreshing, and very light on the tongue. The light bodied ale was adequately carbonated, though I suppose it could have used a touch more, but that is neither here nor there. Really quite nicely done though with no slickness or watered down flavors at all.

Drinkability - Really just an outstanding drinker here. There was really no ABV to speak of, and if you love sour, you could put this one down in good numbers. I was shocked by how good this was, really pulling through and giving me a really nice nightcap of sorts.

Overall this was easily one on the better I have had from the style and really just a great representation of what these fantastic Belgian brewers can do. I would definitely go out of my way to find this one again, it was really very good and something I will be on the lookout for.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

whoooo! Cantillon! 2007 bottling.

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow peach color with good fizzy white head that dissipates very quickly. Nose is funky horse blanket farm stench with great tart aroma. This one is gonna be a palate thrasher. Great blended lambic flavor roils out of this one with super tart barn funk taste. Very tart with just enough sweetness that it is noticeable. A slight crabapple bite in this one. Mouthfeel is good a tart, puckertastic, not overcarbonated and smooth as it could be. Drinkability is quite good, but could improve slightly. This is quite good for a young lambic. Another great brew from cantillon, the traditional lambic masters!

Photo of WeisGuy
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 bottling

a - pours a bright golden amber color, not much of a head, no retention or lacing, pretty hazy

s - strong funk with some granny smith apple, hints of leather

t - very much like the aroma, a strong funkiness dominates the taste, notes of sour apple and pear, hints of leather and light oak on the finish with a lingering sourness, no alcohol

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish

d - fairly drinkable for the style, I had no problem finishing the bottle, but the funk and sourness definitely weighs on the palate after a bit

Very enjoyable gueuze to drink, just not very complex. Well worth a try, but I'd choose the Kriek 100% Lambic over this anytime.

Photo of futurefjp
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not bad, but a real experience. Not a session ale, but a step outside the comfort zone for me. This to me is Cider/Wine/Beer...I find the taste confusing and its so tart...but its very crafty and refreshing. I think this is a really skillful beer to produce as there is simply so much happening so hats off to the Master Brewers in Belgium yet again.

Photo of JDV
2.26/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a rich golden to orange color with no lasting head, and almost none to begin with. Smell is unappealing guaze, horseblanket. Taste is very sour and bland with no real flavor. No maltiness or sweetness, and just spoiled bacterial sourness. Saying this tastes of the multitude of fruits I've read in reviews really seems to be stretching it a bit to me...

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Every Cantillon beer I have ever sampled is a masterpiece of brewing. The aromas and flavors are out of this world. The only parts of this beer that are lacking is the carbonation and the head, the rest of this brew is stellar.

Poured part of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - The initial pour produced very little head - not even a fingers worth. A stir of the glass brings back the head, but it has so-so head retention and the head fades quickly. It is a hazy yellow color - translucent.

Smell - The smell on this beer is amazing. It smells like a countless number of things. I can detect oak, musty horse blanket, lactic acid, and a lemony herbal tartness. It smells SOUR.

Taste - This beer is in no way devious. The smell and the taste are identical. Again, I can detect oak, musty horse blanket, lactic acid, and a lemony herbal tartness. This beer tastes sour and oh so delicious.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is really lacking. It doesn't feel like it was supposed to be lacking either. This beer is very astringent and has slight drying sensation at the end of the sip.

Drinkability - This beer is absolutely delicious. The only detracting aspect of this brew is the mouthfeel and the appearance. It feels like it lost its carbonation somewhere along the way, and it could have used some carbonation to cut through its sour character. Other than that, this beer is amazing.

If you haven't had Cantillon, it is worth crossing state lines to find it.

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

I poured this in a white wine glass. I found the bottle at Whole Foods Bowery in NYC.

A - Soft, cloudy hay color - it looks wonderful held up to sunlight. Pours with a minimal head that dissipates quickly.

S - very sour, tart, musky smell, with a bit of citrus.

M - Spritzy and sour, and light.

T - Citrusy and tart, but smooth and dry. I stink at picking out distinct flavors, but I get a bit of grapefruit from this. The lovely sourness lingers on the back of the tongue a bit and leaves me eager to take another sip.

D - A very satisfying, delicious gueuze, as expected for Cantillon. Not too tart, not too sweet. Second only to the Lou Pepe versions (that I would rate close to 5).

Photo of blakesell
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a Belgian tulip.

Appearance- Pours with an absolutely uncharacteristic three finger head of foam! I've never witnessed a Cantillon with this much carbonation. Hazy banana coloured beer with a sticky clinging head that glues itself to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Lemon tart sourness with a lactic bacteria spine(Lactobacillus Delbrueckii?). Light and winy with a smooth sparkle. Wheat is present but doesn't override the senses. Almost spicy, and very horsey.

Taste- Wow. This is wondrous. luscious citrus with an orange lemon citrus twang. Sour but light and enjoyable. A summertime lightness that makes me want to get in the pool. This is a tasty treat for my bizarre Belgian styled taste buds.

Mouthfeel- Gluey, Spicy, sweet and sour. Medium thick mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. Tart but not astringent.

Drinkability- This is amazing. A pleasurable experience that I will surely repeat again. One of the best Cantillon's I have had yet. If I find myself with about 3 years on my hands, I may just attempt cloning this bad boy.

Photo of BeerZack
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy orange-straw color with a mediocre head leaving little lacing behind.

Strong horseblanket aroma and dirty, musty sour scents on the nose.

Bright sour tart fruitiness (hard to pick out actual individual fruit) with a funky drying finish.

Moderate-heavy carbonation. Intense geuze.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this bottle at Oak Tree Discount Wine and Spirits in Caldwell, NJ and poured it into a snifter.
Appearance: The body was orange and cloudy with a small white head, no retention and no lacing.
Smell: Roasty (maybe, I thought that was a bit odd) bits of banana and hidden fruits.
Taste: Very sweet and sour with citrus fruits.
Mouthfeel: Crisp.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of Brad007
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've recently started to get more into sour beers and to my delight, I spotted a bottle of this on the shelf at the local beverage warehouse.

Poured into a Rare Vos glass.

Color: A decent golden-amber color with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Sour with a tart hint of apple and fruit on the nose. Definitely smells like a gueze.

Taste: Tart and mouth-puckering upfront. Hints of sour fruit, especially apple and grape. Finishes dry and sour.

Mouthfeel: Tart and sour. Apple flavors shine through more. Simple and smooth.

Verdict: Definitely more tolerable than other sour beers I have had. It's a style that's not for everyone but I find myself enjoying it the more I get into it. If you have an affinity for all things sour and you love beer, you might like guezes. I would recommend you pick up a bottle of this. So far, it's possibly the best example I've had. It's not overly sour and the aftertaste is smooth.

Photo of ROMER79
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to post this beer. I had this beer for the first time ever at a bar in Philadelphia called Jose Pistola's. They actually have this treasure on tap. Not only is it on tap it comes in an imported glass from Belgium which holds 10 oz for your enjoying pleasure. It is $13 dollars for a 10oz, but that is not bad considering what the owners have to go through to keep this beer on tap. I suggest that if you get a chance to try the beer, try it! Don't let the price scare you away, it is well worth it.

A: A nice golden yellow with a white head and bubbly like champagne.

S: Very sweet like a fruit salad or cotton candy.

T: Sour, bitter, and dry. Champagne like.

M: Very dry almost like wine, yet bubbly like champagne.

D: If you conquer the bitter/sour feel, you can drink this like your favorite wine. Bubbly!

Photo of kmo1030
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orangey gold and slightly hazed with a thin white head
funky and tart smelling. i'm not good at picking out aromas in that context, but i get pineapple, citrus, and musty horsehair and barnyard funk. with warmth the oak aging makes itself apparent, with some faintly smokey oak/vanilla aroma.
grapefruity (not in a hop-like way)lemon and mouth puckering tartness in the flavor with apple and pineapple as well. the faintest hints of it's oak aging come out towards the finish.
medium mouthfeel with delicate carbonation.
reasonably drinkable for the abudance of flavor. a damn tasy beer, and a textbook example of the style in my opinion.

Photo of rsyberg01
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - 750, yellow label with cantillon drunkard on it. says classic gueze on the label but apparently its the same as this beer.

A - Pours a pale amber with a fizzy quickly dissipating bone white head, sticky in the edges as to show that a head once existed. slight haze going on as well.

S - earth, herbal, almost piney in some senses but different, like dry pine needles, definite funk. Classic as it states on the label.

T - Good malt character, earth, nicely tart, slight bitter rolling around in there somewhere, grassy, herbal comes through slightly, woodsy with a very subtle citrus hint.

M - crisp, dry, residing somewhat between sips, couldnt ask for more.

D - I love gueze so this one for me is in the "all night long" category especially with a 5% abv tag

Photo of atigerlife
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2004 on the cork, so more than several years old. 750ml bottle, poured into a Malheur goblet.

Pours a golden orange with a small white head that dissipated quite quickly. Light carbonation seen rising. Minimal lacing.

Aroma of hay, cider vinegar and light hops

Taste is again hay, grassy, cardboard, woody and some grapefruit. Tart, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel is rather light and dry. Lightly cleansing. Dry. Somewhat lifeless.

Overall, I think this brew was past its prime. I've had other guezes that I liked, so I'm chalking up this rather lackluster performance to old age [or storage issues]. Not terrible, but nothing exciting.

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

Drinking gueuzes from Cantillon is something I could do all day. This is no exception.

The aroma is sour apple, brettanomyces and even a hint of cider vinegar. The flavor was also quite yeasty: tart and lemon throughout. Pucker sour in the finish, but somehow remarkably drinkable. Fine version of the classic gueuze.

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

Labelled "Classic Gueuze," 12.7 fl oz, bottled in 2006.

Translucent gold, with a scant ring of froth, and an attractive stream of tiny bubbles punctuated by large ones.

Smells tart - grapefruit, lemon, kiwi - with wood, a bit of vinegar, something like watermelon bubblegum, and fruity funk like overripe lychee. Hints of musty leaves and barnyard, but fairly clean. A savory note vaguely like Angostura bitters. An ethereal note like the steam from cooked peaches forms the backdrop and brings everything together.

Tastes bracingly tart, like yellow grapefruit juice. Only a hint of sweetness up front, quickly drying out completely. A touch of vinegar. Well integrated oak. A delicate peachy backdrop. Fairly long tart finish. Clean and refreshing.

Balanced fine carbonation makes for a very smooth mouthfeel. Wonderfully drinkable and refreshing.

Excellent stuff.

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