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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: 143
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: 767 | Reviews: 363
Photo of Bananaman
3.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well, to start with Gueuze is one of those categories of beer wich I haven't got "be-friended" with yet. I think it's nice, but more than a little more than a snifter get's too much for me.

Colour hazy light-yellow colour with a disapearing white head. Doesn't look too nice.

When it comes down to the smell, things are getting really interesting. Smells a bit like a stable, with tones of acid-like sourness, but in a good way. Some fruity tones can be found too.

The beer tastes pretty much like the smell, but with a little more bite. Very dry and bitter in the aftertaste, not all to easy to drink.

I can definitively understand why many think these beers are among the greatest in the world. I just need more time with them.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.5/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I like beer, this isn't a beer I like!

I've been to the Brewery, done the tour, drank the stuff while there and I just can't bring myself to enjoy any of the products I've had. This green 75cl cork and crowned bottle is no different. I can see why this style of beer is dying a death.

I travel to Belgium about 4 times a year for little beer breaks and I've really tried to embrace the Gueuze/Lambic way, but I've failed.

Opened during a Belgian Beer Night with friends, this didn't go down at all well.

Light orange, slightly cloudy, hazy it looked like a nasty cider.

The aroma was of rotting old lemons, vinegar and sour cooking apples.

The taste is sour, sour anything and everything really. Just sour.

The closest liquid I've had that tastes and feels like this, is pickling malt vinegar.

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

Bought in a smaller bottle with a cork and cap.

The appearance was a light amber tone with a thin head.
The smell was off fruit and wine tones, very interesting.
The taste was sweet and crisp, very refreshing.
Mouthfeel is great, tastiness lingers, I want more !
Drinkability is solid, a great Gueze style beer.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange with light yellow hues around the edges. Thick foamy white head forms and quickly fades. Rings of lace.

S - Very tart aroma. Sour lemons and a somewhat musty smell linger.

T - A sour puckering onslaught up front. Tastes of tart fruits (lemon and sour apples come to mind). A had always laughed at the term 'barnyard', but I get hints of a musty barnyard taste as well.

M/D - Medium bodied and very refreshing. That bite leaves you wincing, but overall a very drinkable beer.

Photo of koolk
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah, Cantillon in Oz. Had the pleasure overseas about 4 years ago and have looked forward to drinking them again.

Dark orange/dark gold in colour. Very low head and low carbonation.

Such a exceptional smell. This to me is an example of true beer aroma complexity. Where to start: Has a real cider and wine smell to it - very unbeerish (in the standard sense). White wine, skanky old barrels, apples, citrus and a massive does of Belgian funk (barny more than poo). Amazing appeal.

Palate is initially loaded with sourly deliciousness (salty even?). Hard citrus bend - lemons and grapefruits followed with the familiar wine/cider trip. Sourness is very upfront and tight, however, as the glass goes on and the palate tunes in and the sweeter fruiter edge comes out. Lovely. Some real pungent funk bite in there as well.

Broke out some Gruyère to go with this and the Gueuze really started to sing on the palate. Given time it really opens and continually changes - gets softer, vinous, fruiter and even better tasting. Going back to the store for some more!

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

12.7-ounce corked-and-capped Champagne-style bottle poured into a tulip yields a glowing golden-orange body with a thin white cap fed by plenty of active carbonation. No lacing is left behind on the glass.

The smell of the drink is tart and musty with a fruity bit of sweet red apples and soured grapefruit juice, a note of bakers' paste yeast and a whiff of really good bread that's gone moldy.

The taste of the drink is sour and a shade apple cider-vinegary, with a crisp, dry blast of even sour-er fermented lemonade. A slim vinous sweetness peeks out from under all the eye-crossing twangy whack-in-the-mouth zing, as does a miraculous little note of pineapple-orange-laced pale malt that sweetens the drink further and adds a lonesome mellow caramel note into the midst of all the sour dryness.

Crisp with a borderline mouth-puckering sour dryness, the drink is refreshing and life-affirming.

Photo of brendan13
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a tulip glass a hazy dark golden colour with a couple of centimetres of rocky white head that slowly falls away.
S - A lemon sourness hits first up; followed by a bit of musty, earthiness & some grassy, slightly floral notes.
T - Very sour lemon notes, some apple tartness. Some sweet malt touches & also some grassy, floral hints.
M - Light to medium bodied, pretty high carbonation & a lingering lemon, earthy taste.
D - Quite an interesting beer experience. Worth a try and I would drink it again but anymore than one in a session would be too much.

Photo of tempest
3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the green bottle into a wide wine glass.

While I found this beer very drinkable for the style, this beer lacked the rich complexity that sour beers are known for. Simply put, this just tasted and smelled like sour lemon - there was no real level of funk. It's still a pleasant sour, with a lemon and herb bent, but that isn't enough.

Photo of bennetj17
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a 750ml bottle with the same label as the "Classic Gueuze" but it only said "Gueuze" and dated 1996. I was very excited to try a 12 year old Gueuze. The color was a pale gold, lightly hazed. Thin foam with very solid carbonation. Considering the age I wasn't sure if the carbonation would be so strong.

Classic barnyard funkiness, lightly soured with a hint of bready sweetness. The aroma has a real musty basement character, like moist earth. The taste is nice and funky with a a mellowed lemon tartness. It starts out mild but after a bit the sour really hangs on your tongue. The mouthfeel was right on for style, with a sharp carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty intensely soured gueuze, and it didn't show its age much. The folks at the tasting said that Papago brewing was clearing these out awhile back for only like $7. That's a real bargain in my opinion...

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

Appearance: The color of wheat, very hazy with just a hint of clarity. A a thin head forms and then quickly disappears, leaving no lace.

Smell: Musty and funky in the usual Cantillon fashion with a bit of lemon juice for good measure.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sour and fruity, like taking a bite out of a lemon (rind and all). Very nicely balanced actually - the acidity and sourness are ample but not overbearing. I'd almost call it mellow. The finish is lightly bitter and tannic, but pretty clean overall. Carbonation is moderate, just enough to make it dance on the tongue.

Notes: Another fantastic brew from Cantillon. Do these guys make a bad beer?

Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow! Great sour lemon aroma is the first thing that hits me. Cloudy gold color with a bubbly white head. Taste is sour with lemon and some tart green apples. Dry and fizzy. This reminds me a bit of the Lost Abbey Isabelle I just had. I shared this with a friend and I thought it was going to destroy her palate, but she really enjoyed it.

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.

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