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

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Ratings: 739
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 139
Gots: 213 | FT: 15
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 09-13-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
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 +15.2%
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 +8.9%
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 +1.2%
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 +4.7%
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 -21.5%
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 +7%
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%
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.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

apparently I got the other label - classic gueze. 500ml bottle, no vintage date but having dipped my toes into a few different gueze and enjoyed them I thought it was high time I tried this one.

A - brilliant golden color, vigorous bubbles and a large white head.
S - not to be cliche but funk, tart cherry / sour citric swirling tantalizing
T - Yes! a wonderful complimentary blend of 1, 2 and 3 year old brews. a step or two more than mild acidic flavors, funk, sour, cherry, light sweet malts.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, tart, crips and dry finish
D - Just what the doctor ordered. A taste sensation that I'd be happy to have again.

glad I went for this one.

Photo of Risser09
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was shared graciously by Phatz at his sour beer tasting

Appearance: Pours what looks like a yellow-golden pilsner with very little head and moderate carbonation from the bottom of the brew.

Smell: Tart lemon and some vinegar aromas. It definitely has a leather aroma that tangles itself in.

Taste: Must and sour but sweet at the same time. This really has a nice lemon bite to it. Secondary flavors include oak, other woods and vinegar acidity. Complex.

Mouthfeel: Sour in the cheeks but musty enough to push on. Very little presence of alcohol.

Drinkability: I would try to savor this beer as much as possible, though it is easy to drink it expiditiously. Nicely done.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750ml bottle, capped and corked, pours a cloudy honey color. The effervescent white head is thin and quickly dissipates.

The aroma is sour apple and cherry, along with yeast and cinnamon. The flavor is also quite sour, mainly apple, some grapefruit, along with plenty of sugar and little vinegar.

Very light in body. Which there was little bit more in the glass to anchor it. A small wine glassful of this after dinner would be nice or maybe paired with certain cheeses, but is not all that drinkable on its own. Not bad, I could see sharing a bottle with a couple of friends over a board of mixed cheeses and fruits.

Photo of smcreator
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was the third lambic beer I have tried, although I had a hard time deciding if this was a wine or a beer. It looked more like a beer than the other Cantillion (Saint Lamvinus) beer I have had. It had the color of rich, thick lager as well as a 1 finger head. The taste was nothing but strange. It was dry-ish like a wine, but it was well balanced and had beer attributes. My palate was very confused the whole time as it was trying to decide if it was drinking merlot or beer. I enjoyed the drink overall, and I had no trouble drinking it since I like the dryness of wine. A very balanced beverage.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml green bottle, bottled in 2006. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a gold/orange color with a half inch white head. The aroma is sour/tart, and also has that brett/barnyard smell to it. The taste is very similar to the aroma. It is pretty tart and sour, I can taste lemon, some spice (pepper), sour apple and some oak, along with the Belgian farmhouse taste. The sourness makes me pucker up a bit. Mouthfeel is light but not watery. Drinkability is good, but would be better if the acidity was lower. This is the first gueuze I've tried, and it's good enough for me to want to try other ones to see what they're like.

Photo of warmstorage
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, from the brewery itself, then flown back to the US as checked luggage. 2003 vintage. Also some impressions taken from the four days I had it at the brewery, in similar bottles.

Appearance: medium orange, zero head, zero lacing, minimal carbonation noted.

Aroma: Tangy sharp, slight vinegar. Classic brett, hard to imagine how it could be done better.

Taste: beautiful, distinctive Brett goodness. Tangy, sharp, assertive, puckering brett beauty. Little else: minimal hop character, minimal malt body.

Mouth: mostly a puckering, little else to say.

Overall: A delight, at least for those who love traditional gueze. Puckering, tangy and delicious. I'll buy it again and again, every time I have the opportunity.

Photo of Oxymoron
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Were in lamb’s hurt in the making of this lambic? I guess that is why they call it 100% Organic. The pour was mostly cloudy with a light orange to almost darker yellow color. A nice head that did dissipate rather quickly but left some lacing while it was there.

The nose was sour, no surprise. No malt really to speak of but ok for style. Strong yeasty notes with some horse-like aromas and barn yard images. Some fruity qualities with lemon and a touch of bubblegum which was a little interesting to see.

The taste is great with a nice sour and tart mix. Great for style that is obnoxious but not overly vinegar like. The fruity notes are limited then what the nose would have indicated but the yeastiness is still very noticeable. A very dry finish leaves a apple almost woody finish.

A nice dry finish in the beer enhances the tartness overall. The carbonation was low but that is style. I sat on this bottle for two years but I think it could be aged for a much longer time. A great cellar beer for sure at Liquor Max in Loveland they put a big sign saying that these beers are sour and are suppose to be for a reason!

Photo of eheff
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

JUST as I was going to take my first sip (okay, out of my second glass-full, but still) a stupid fruit fly flew in and started swimming around. Awful.

Anyway, back on track. Pours a lovely peachy-orange color with not very much foam that dissipates fairly quickly. It smells sour and maybe a little lemony. It tastes sour and tart from start to finish, but without making my lips pucker too much. It is light-tasting, with a good level of carbonation--which, in my mind, increases its drinkability. I'd definitely have another of these.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic green 750 mL Cantillon bottle. Cork pops on an orange-dark golden brew, about a finger of head into a small tulip glass, some haze, and sediment if you're not careful. Not much lacing or foam left after the head recedes.

Funky astringency, lemon rind, and that lovely earthy lambic yeast aroma. Flavor follows up on those, puckering sour at first and bringing Belgian farmhouse to my living room throughout. Finish is appropriately dry, enough acidic funk to go around.

Not the absolute best gueuze I've ever had, but a strong mix and much recommended. Another great Cantillon lambic.

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

05/13/07- Purchased at Beltramo's in Menlo Park, CA.

Presentation- 2003 release. Capped and corked. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Apricot-peach nectar colored pour. Hazy in appearance with light micro fine yeasties. 1/4 inch fizzy champagne like head which fades fast. Leaves ultra light traces of lace.

Smell- Very traditional lambic scent. Wet hay, horse blankets and urine. Also some tart over-ripe fruits.

Taste- Tart and sour meld. Peaches and cherries are predominant with maybe some oranges as well. Light oaky notes. A mild sweetness forms after each swallow.

Mouthfeel- Ultra light, but somewhat sharp carbonation. Nice lasting puckrey aftertaste.

Drinkability- One of the better ones from the Cantillon line I have had. Pretty good per style, but I've had a few better.

Photo of kajerm
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle at the Map Room. Pours opaque orange with a one-finger head of super-fine white carbonation.

The aroma is Brett gone wild-- acetic acid, apple cider, and nonspecific funk.

Tastes like it smells, cidery and sour as hell. The mouthfeel is light and brightly carbonated; the tartness and the strong carbonation combine to make this a refreshing, highly drinkable beer. Ultimately, though, you have to REALLY love Brett to really love this stuff.

To be perfectly honest, I ordered this mainly to freak out some of my friends (and to expand their horizons a little bit.) That said, it's a great Gueuze and a fine style example.

Photo of dmbfrat420beers
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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.

Photo of Phatz
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of DrJay
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.66/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

Photo of kenito799
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze) from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 739 ratings.