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

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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 138
Gots: 200 | 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 dmbfrat420beers
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Gueze 100% Lambic Bio
Picked this one up at the brewery in Brussels on 2/27/07, drank 4/9/07.

750ml bottle. Bottled in 2006, but according to my tour guide, Gueze is a mixture of 1, 2, and 3 year old lambic. My first Gueze, so new information!

Slightly hazy, golden orange appearance with a small white head that dissipates rapidly to a very small rim. If I recall correctly, my tour guide said that lambic is not kept in airtight barrels, so it is not supposed to be very carbonated.

Aroma is sour and musty, notes of cherry and lemon. The beer is very smooth, and even though low on carbonation, the sour dryness makes the beer feel very ‘alive’ in your mouth.

Sour, sour, and sour. It coats your entire mouth and lips. Dry and tart with slight sweetness like good champagne. Notes of citrus and cherry up front, grapes come up at the end. Very flavorful and complex beer. Currently, I find gueze and lambics like this one quite easy to drink, especially as you adapt to the sourness, but it took me a couple bottles to get there.

The traditional lambics of Belgium are really something to try – don’t be fooled by Lindeman’s and other so-called lambics. Also, if you are in the Benelux area, beers like Cantillon cost about 1/3 what you would pay in the US, so don’t miss out.

dmbfrat420beers, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is the organic gueze label and is about 3 years old from my cellar. I am pouring it into a snifter and splitting with Stopper.
The beer pours a hay orange color with fine creamy but minimal bleached white head. Aroma is a little skunky but also funky and tart with green apple and a bit of champagne yeast. Flavor is sweet fruit for a second then all tart and sour candy flavor really a puckerer. beer is also fairly acidic and gives a little heartburn on the burps. The beer is good, but definitely not a crossover beer. The acidity does hurt the drinkability a little.

sulldaddy, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 12 once bottle of Cantillon Gueuze 100%(Organic) for $7 at State Line Liquors in Elkton MD. I had the opportunity to share it with phnphilly, Slatetank, Risser09, and gottajiboo2.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange color with a decent head that fades fast, leaving little lacing.

Smell: Sour lemon and a clear vinegar acidity, some yeastiness and moderate barnyard funk. A bit of wood, apple and sweaty leather as well.

Taste: Musty with a hot acidic burn and lots of sour citric fruit up front and a softer dry tart finish. Straight forward ideal Gueuze from an excellent brewery.

Mouthfeel: The beer seems light in the mouth and somehow refreshing despite the acidic sour heat on the cheeks.

Drinkability: This is still a beer to take your time with but it is pleasurable drinking.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005: Bright, clear gold with a frothy, rocky white head. Not much lace, but the bubbles were much larger than usual, kind of fizzy. Warm wheat cracker aroma with tart fruity and acetic notes. A little funky, grassy, lemon, and barnyard too. Flavour is a nice combo of sour fruit and tart acid with earthy undertones. Dry finish, a little puckering. I really like this. Nice and flavourful, plenty refined, and easy to drink. Definitely give this a try if you're into tart brews.

DrJay, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.68/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

A - A deep gold with a small frothy white head. Head has good retention. Specks of lacing scattered about the glass. Slightly hazy. Edit: the slightly warmer beer had no head or lacing. Adjusted score from 3.5 to 3.0.

S - Smells intensely of tart lemon rind, concentrated vitamin C, stale air over stagnant waters, rotting wood (smells like rotting pine if you want to be specific) and, well, a bit of horse shit. Tiny bit of acetone and fresh macadem. This is funky enough to send Parliment back to the drawing boards. While . . . interesting . . . the smell is hardly enticing. It is so potent that it is actually quite offensive. Edit: As it warms the smell of shit subsides and is replaced by the much preferred smell of horses. The tartness decreases in potency while the rotting wood shifts to a roting oak which is slightly preferred. I adjusted the score from 1.0 to 2.0 to account for the new smell.

T - Puckeringly sour. Like sucking on a vitamin C pill. Aside from that there is . . . well, some lemon and musty water - like what I imagine water that was used to dust something would taste like afterwards (I know that one should dust with a dry object, but still). There is a faint bitterness in the bizzarrely tart aftertaste. Again, here this is absurdly sour, but not to the point of being gross. It also lacks the more unpleasant characteristics so prominant in the aroma Edit: The sourness wanes slightly while the mustiness increases. I don't think this affects the overall flavor much.

M - Smooth, thin, extremely refreshing - no complaints here.

D - I generally enjoy sour beers, but this over the top. It is quite possibly the most sour thing that I have ever consumed in my life. The smell is just awful, but the rest is not bad. It serves as a very refreshing sour beverage if the smell can be ignored. I want to try other gueuze to see if they are all like this. This particular gueuze went fairly well with a hickory smoked gouda.

mrasskicktastic, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of kenito799
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz corked & capped bottle, "bottled in 2005" written on the cork. A blend of 1- 2- and 3- year-old lambics.

Poures a typical gueuze golden-brown, little to no head, minimal lacing. Nice sour lambic smells of horse blanket and brett, but less aromatic than other Cantillon offerings I have tried. Improved with some warming and swirling.Nicely fizzy tongue-dancing mouthfeel.

Crisp, tart, lemony and refreshing...intense and delicious with loads of character from the wild yeasts and oak barrels. On the downside, there is a bitter edge and finish here which is dissappointing after the succulent drinkability I enjoyed at Monk's Cafe in Philly with Cantillon's Monk's Cafe Cuvee Gueuze. With some time and air, the bitterness becomes less apparent (or is the beguiling liquid transforming my tastebuds, bending them to its will? I don't doubt it...) This is the real stuff, I am honored to partake.

kenito799, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 2003 bottle with fajitas.

It poured a nice golden yellow brown, without too much head- just a bit of nice foam to swirl.

The first taste is admittedly puckering and shocking. Lemon tart, smell of feet, oxegenated vinegar, it goes on and on- but then there is a nice malt underbase, and the there is a nice fizz at the end which also combines with the tartness and gives a really excellent thirst quenching abilities to this beer. I would however, refrain from combining this with food except perhaps extreme appetizers.

andjusticeforale, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of cypressbob
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, corked and capped

Pours with a clody amber body, whispy tight head with good retention, some brussels lacing down the glass

Smell, dry lasting barnyard funk, lingering mustiness, sour acidic fresh fruit, few phenols in there too

Taste, sharp sour fruit, musk, yeasty dryness, almost a hint of chlorine but very slight

A superb gueuze, very drinkable too

cypressbob, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and capped bottle, bottled in 2003.

I noticed some liquid under the cap and some blackish mould on the cap. This made me worry about the state of the beer but luckily, the cork popped quite loudly and the beer tasted fine.

Pours a hazy amber straw color with a rather diminutive head and just a smattering of lace. the aroma full of the Cantillon funk and acidity, though not as pungent as some of the Cantillons (Vignerrone, GCB, Kriek) that Ive sampled recently. The taste is very sour with a plethora of yummy lambic flavors. Lots of bretty, catty funk, wet straw, sharp cheeses (blue cheese?) and tart lemon. The mouthfeel is more viscous than I remember, maybe even slightly syrupy, with low carbonation. The finish is sour and dry like the Sahara.

An immensely drinkable Gueuze. Full of the trademark cantillon flavor, but lighter on the horsey flavors of some of their beers Ive tried. Im glad I have another bottle to lay down.

Over the years, Ive seen the organic gueuze in Toronto beer bars, in Brussels, in London, in Boston and in buffalo. Ive never seen the regular gueuze, is it just my luck or is the regular gueuze a more limited release? Id love to try that one.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of Sephiroth
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The label on this beer says Cantillon in red letters at the top, the bottom says classic gueuze, also in red letters. There is a yellow background, and a black image of a man drinking from a pint type glass while apparently tipping his chair backwards. Beneath him, but above the words "Classic Gueuze," it says "100% Lambic" in small black letters. Beneath those words, it says "Product of Belgium" in small black letters. The back label says "Cantillon Classic Gueuze", along with the usual note from the brewmaster.

Bottled in 2006. This seems to be less carbonated than most gueuzes, maybe due to its youth. It has a straw-like color, and the nose is lemony sweet and sour, the horseblanket is very understated.

This is the least sour gueuze I have ever had. The horseblanket is stronger than the smell indicates, and there is a sweet lemon flavor, which slowly becomes a sour flavor. Mouthfeel is dulled by the lack of carbonation. This beer is not as acidic as I expected, and therefore extremely drinkable especially for those not used to the style.

Sephiroth, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of Bobikel
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've never been a fan of soured beers, probobly because of lack of availability - not really knowing them. I figure reviewing this beer will help with that. Anyways...

Poured from the bottle into a .5 liter goblet.

Appearance - Small white head atop a golden slightly hazy body. Head dissipates fairly rapidly. Little to no lacing.

Smell - Sour, apples, yeast, and just a little black pepper. Smells rather inviting.

Taste - Again intensly sour flavor. Grapefruit punch recedes into a green apple like sourness. A little metalic. And some peppery yeast notes creep through at the end. Quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Light without being watery, sparkling carbonation. Again quite refreshing.

Drinkability - Easy drinking once my palate has become accustomed to the sourness.

Bobikel, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of Litterbean
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange. No real head. Lots of carbonation.

Smells of fermented apples, vinegar, and a lot of tartness. Lemony sweet. Vinous qualities.

Taste is puckering, lemony, somewhat vinegar-esque, acidic, and dry on the swallow. Sour all the way through yet with some muted fruit qualities that balance it out slightly.

I'm not usually a fan of sour beers, but this was enjoyable.

Litterbean, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of crwills
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this one night at Bois Cereste in Akasaka, Tokyo. I don't have a lot of geuze experience, but this was a tasty and different beer for my solo session at this bar, and it was nice to finally try a Cantillon.

Poured a relatively pale yellow/gold colour into proper glassware. Big, bubbly head that fades down fairly quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is musty and earthy, with some citrusy spritz to it. Taste is excessively sour, and that horseblanket, farmy flavour carries on. A little bit of fresh-tasting citrus in there, and some pine, grass, or other plants as well.

Not bad. Gueuze is a style I enjoy once in a while, although I wouldn't categorize it among my favourites, and this was a great example.

crwills, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of OStrungT
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy golden yellow color, with a thick, fluffy, white head. The head fades slowly, leaving many, many laces.

This beer smells grassy. Not so much hoppy, just grassy. It has an earthy yeast aroma. It smells slightly sour. It has a fruity, citrus aroma also. Lemons, and oranges.

Wow, this beer tastes sour. It has a wine like flavor. It tastes of citrus. Lemon mostly. It has a slight grassy flavor. A little grainy. A slight earthy yeasty flavor is present as well.

This beer leaves a sour aftertaste. It is low in carbonation.

This beer might not be the best session beer. It is quite sour, so it might become overbearing quickly. One bottle is alright though.

Overall: This is my first beer from Brasserie Cantillon. I had high expectations, and I was not let down. This beer is great.

OStrungT, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of kaimcm
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into a large wine glass

A: hazy and warm pale honey colored body. very little head, but thats to be expected and fine with me. slight ring around the glass edge.

S: musk, musk, and more musk. wild grass, wool, horse blanket, tons of acidity. if you really strain theres a tiny hint of sweetness and ripe fruit. grapes, apples for sure, and maybe some pear. did I say musk? how about acidity? pale tart acidity. the only reason I dont give this a 5 is that I drink a lot of Cantillon and I know some of their other brews top this nose. So if those are 5's this must be a step below. Though hard to imagine improvement.

T/M: Crisp mouthfeel thats concurrently soft. The acidity makes it very refreshing but the low carbonation and wheat make the palate feel soft. Taste is bracing up front with acidity, mid palate warms a bit and presents the wild yeast qualities. Grapes, lemon, lime, husk, funk. A tart citric quality rises towards the end as the finish continues to dry and prolong the wild funk so characteristic of the style. So balanced yet so complex and so interesting. This beer demands your attention and rewards you for it.

D: An acquired taste for sure but once you do, you cant go back. I could drink this all night practically. For a gueze the balance of complexity and drinkability is extremely high. Awesome.

kaimcm, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass the beer was a medium burnt orange color with 1 finger of pure white head and lots of carbonation bubbles rushing up the side of the glass. Some spotty lacing, nothing appreciable.

The nose is very sour, and fruitty. Fresh and clean with a yeasty aroma.

The taste is very tart upfront and very dry. Nicely characteristic of the style, the beer dries out the gums and delivers a yeast funky-ness that pervades all aspect of the taste. Subtle taste of fruit rinds - orange and lemon. More puckering as the sample continues and highly carbonated.

Light body, very crisp, and very dry.

Indeed very characteristic of the style. Super dry, yet refreshingly funky and fruitty. Certainly on the expensive side, but worth it when the need hits.

Sycodrummer, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of rayjay
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle. Sure hope I'm reviewing the right one, mine has the picture of the fermenter in the barley field, called simply "Organic Gueuze." Bottle in 2005, as on the cork. I sure wish they dated the outside of the bottle, as you don't know the vintage until after it's opened. Poured into my favorite glass: my tall Wal-Mart pilsner, at about 50ºF.

Active carbonation with lots of fast bubbles and a solid head. Pilsner colored, mostly clear but some unfiltered haze, making for a very pretty beer.

Smells like a gueuze: funky, earthy, sour, 12-grain bread, sour apples, wood. Smells great.

Taste is really complex, because it has alot of extreme flavors, and yet they all blend to make a mellow beer. Initially it's very salty, along with the expected sourness, although both are presented very gently. Grains are also present, but again are subtle and blend perfectly with everything else. Richer and much less tart than I anticipated. Dry and refreshing. Reminds me of a salted margarita.

Mouthfeel is just right, light and refreshing. Excuse the comparison, but it is as lightly bodied as a US macro lager. This is a beer you could really session with.

Overall, this beer is the very definition of balance. Delicate and delicious. I guess I picked a good age to drink it as well. The perfect beer for an afternoon or along with a salad. Highly recommended for lambic lovers and sophisticated margarita drinkers alike. Cheers!

rayjay, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of bark
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is pale orange, the fizzing, quickly disappearing head is off-white. The liquid is medium hazy.

The smell is all over the room. The dry-sour notes (malt vinegar, citric acid) are balanced by honey and green apples. Is there a touch of smoke, too?

The taste is much milder than expected: There are of course the sour notes of vinegar and lime, the dry chemical notes of malic acid, but there are also some sweet notes of fruit drops and a touch of barn with horses. The aftertaste is sour with fruity – almost candy-like – notes of lemon and honey.

The mouthfeel is… Thick. The low carbonation is gentle on the tongue; small bubbles.

Probably the mildest and most gulpable Gueuze I have had. But all the important flavours are there, not just as extreme as many others in the style.

bark, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This was unexpected -- rather than the harsh lactic twang of an unabashed Lambic, I got a much mellower experience. Indeed, I felt like I was drinking a piece of history as pre-Pasteur brewers struggled with reducing the strange taste contributions of wild yeasts and incorporating the puckering sourness of lactic acid.

The beer comes out quite mild. It tastes almost like a pils. Sure, there is a definate sourness about the beer but, ultimately, the sourness serves as a cleanser, creating a crisp refreshing brew. Easily drinkable and unintimidating, this brew is truly awesome. Perhaps not as intense as some of Cantillon's other offerings, it is a great 'get to know lambics' gueze.

I'd recommend it to anyone. I think even BMC drinkers could enjoy this beer. Lots of cross-class appeal. Wow.

shbobdb, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of dauss
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 375ml bottle, corked and capped. Stamp on the cork says bottled in 2003.

Appearance: Very clear golden yellow with a light copper tine. head formation very poor. Large bubbles in the head. Very effervescent and carbonated.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt with lots of acidic sourness. Light phenols with that barnyardy funk. That a

Taste: Actually not as carbonated as it looks, almost petillitent. A lot of upfront sourness with more phenols. The veritable wild flavors are strong in this beer, not to mention the strong acidity. The body is a little thin.

Notes: I'm not very good at describing lambics, but when its Cantillon, its Cantillon. This has to be the most sour lambic I've ever had. The body is thin like its suppose to be, but I wish there was more carbonation. Not quite as good as the Gueuze or 100% Lambic.

dauss, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of haz77
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky orangey-gold with a soapy head, which quickly disappears. Large bubbles and moderate looking carbonation.

S - Funk, apple, mild citrus, light background of sourness.

T - Initial sweet solvent, then tart apple comes through. Finishes tart, dry and sour. Lovely.

M - Light with low carbonation.

D - Very refreshing an sippable. A fantastic beer all round.

haz77, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Continuing on my sour beer kick I picked up a bottle of Cantillon Organic Gueuze. I lightly chilled this (50-55º F) and served it in one of my New Belgium snifters.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden, with good clarity. It's topped by a half-inch white head that fades to a persistent thin ring.

Smell: This smells a lot like the Rosé de Gambrinus that I had last night. There are characteristic sour lambic and barnyard aromas. However, upon sitting sweet fruity aromas appear, pear stands out to me.

Taste: A citric sourness greets the tongue, followed by an explosion of fruitiness in the center followed by a sour lambic finish. The sourness is mellow compared to the other Cantillon lambics that I've had. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light prickly carbonation, light-bodied with a very dry finish.

Drinkability: The sourness is nicely balanced making this very drinkable.

Overall: My experience with the style is limited, but I found this very enjoyable. It wasn't as sour as I had hoped, but this is probably for the best as it allows an intense fruitiness to shine through.

EPICAC, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apple juice color with a modest head that drops quickly and leaves little lacing

Smell: Sour horse blanket, barnyard uric acid smells waft upwards; not something you want to spend much time smelling

Taste: Starts out moderately sour and leaves you wondering which direction it is going to take as some pithy grapefruit flavors kick in; in a few seconds, there is no doubt where you are headed as the sour flavors burst forth in your mouth; very intense and assaults your tastebuds

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and modestly carbonated

Drinkability: I know some folks enjoy sour lambics, but I find them very challenging to consume as they bring to mind certain associative flavors that I don't care to discuss in print

brentk56, May 25, 2006
Photo of Matthew
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Pure white head that settles to leave nearly no sign of one.

Big acidic white grape aromas up front, hints of vinegar with a musty smell.

Puckering sourness with acidic white grape like flavors up front, Slight damp wood undertones, dry with hints of citrus. There is a sweetness that compliments the big sour character.

Carbonation is fairly light and mouthfeel is light bodied.

Good drinkability and a great lambic to sip with or without complimenting foods.

Matthew, May 25, 2006
Photo of Prufrock
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

37.5 cL bottle into a pilsner.

hazy peachy orange with some rising bubbles and a thin layer of white head that dies completely and leaves no lace.

dry, astringent nose. notes of vinegar, lemons, citrus rinds, funky cheese, and a hint of apple cider.

flavor and carbonation lighter than expected. fairly dry with green apples, lemons, and grapefruit sour. finish is a fairly mild tartness, with a slight drying. excellent flavors, but everything is slightly less bold than it should be.

Prufrock, May 18, 2006
Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze) from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.