Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 2,725
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 997
Gots: 798 | FT: 61
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

This listing is for all vintages (Gueuze, Oude Gueuze, etc.).
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Ratings: 2,725 | Reviews: 595
Photo of SomethingClever
3.88/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured into Speigelau glass

A: light hazy straw colored gold with fairly good clarity decent head that fades quickly

S: lots of vinegar with a slight grape tannin oak smell maybe a little bit of straw taste too

T: sour with a lot of that slight wine grape vinegar with a nice puckering finish

M: slight cling but fairly smooth and light lingering bitterness in the aftertaste

O: it's not bad but not mind blowing. I don't think I could discern any difference between gueuzes but it's pretty good. I appreciate the person who procured me this rarity more than I like the beer.

Photo of mychalg9
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2010 bottle. Layers upon layers. Thanks chris.

Photo of adapt313
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow, straw like color with a fluffy white head. The smells is perfectyl balanced between tart and funk, white grapes and sour apples to barnyard hay and and musty old yogurt. The taste is incredibly nuanced and subtle. Where most gueuzes I have had are more in your face and pucker inducing, this transforms from fruit to earthy must to yogurt to vinegar but is never off putting or dominated by one flavor. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, dry and refreshing. Absolutely fantastic.

Photo of aleigator
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon gueuze '14 vintage

Pours a straw-yellow color, with a spongy, stable head, which is half a finger broad.

Exhibits an unbelievable balance between funky tartness, dusty wood and slightly spiced, citraic fruitiness. Reveals a plethora of subtle aromas, adding depth to the nose, a whiff of glue, old yogurt, vinegar and leather - leading to a unique smelling beer, full of little details.

Reveals a refreshing mouthfeel, due to the high carbonation, medium bodied beer.

Doesn't taste particular fruity in a sense of being specifically heavy on apples or very orange-like, while the beer does feature in fact a generous fruit note, with a lemony crispness to it. This impression gets balanced by musty, leathery malts, matured hops and vinegar, establishing a long lasting sourness. There is almost an explosion on the palate, as the carbonation hits the tongue, establishing an intense dryness, which is noteable until the very end. Finishes with a full-scale, crisp dryness, which doesn't numb the palate from receiving more subtle flavors though.

No fruits are needed to make this a great beer. I am astonished by its complexity, based on the beers lower abv. So much going on, while every aspect is artfully integrated in the beers taste, and interacts very well with its overall refreshing character.

Photo of JaimeLondon
3.84/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Similar to the other Gueuze I had (Girardin), but smoother.
It has an orange color with tones of copper and a small whitey foam that leaves a tiny lace.
Smell is fruity and full of acetic notes, a bit spicy too.
Taste is fruity in the beginning. After some seconds comes an explosion of tartness, sourness and bitterness - nice feel. Body is delicate and carbonation at average making it somewaht refreshing.
Difficult to detail this Gueuzes, they are nice though.

Photo of Brevbin
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first Cantillon I've had and man was I impressed. Smoothest Gueuze I've ever had. I now understand why they're rated so highly.

Photo of JohnParadee
4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say, this just ain't my thing. Smelled like someone's sweaty old socks. Tasted pretty good, and got better after letting it sit a bit, but I just don't get it with this one (sorry).

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Funky, fruity nose with traces of of grapefruit, lemon, must, wet wood and wet horseblanket. Pours hazy straw with a very slight copper hue. Very tart over ripe fruit, lemon, sourness, a grapefruit sharpness, hints of pear, oak, and a quinine bitterness on the finish. Reasonably light, effervescent, refreshing.

Photo of nquigley16
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours a nice golden hay with a hint of orange. Ivory white head, dissipates as fast as you would expect, but hangs on a little for the duration of the beer.

S- Not as complex as some but still amazing. Fresh lemon and orange zest, lactic, oak, damp wood, light peach notes, a little barnyard funk, and a dash of acetic.

T- Real sour, lots of lactic acid but you get a touch of acetic in there as well. Tannic and oaky, stone fruits, lemon. Slight woody bitterness on the back end.

F- Effervescent, not overly dry.

O- One of the best gueuzes out there for sure, not necessarily my number one but definitely in the top three.

Photo of shangwang
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Cracked a 2011 with some friends. Loved everything about it - delicate sour flavor, but very smooth and drinkable. This won't smack you over the head, but it's tart and refreshing.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Birthday bottle at Churchkey. Hazy yellow-gold with a thin white cap. Aroma is tart and funky with some wet hay, apple skin, and a touch of citrus. Taste is sour apple and grapes, funky earthiness, and sugar and citrus sweetness on the swallow. Light body, thin slightly creamy texture, active carbonation, acidic dry finish. Interesting first foray into the champagne of Brussels.

Photo of The_Beer_Shark
3.25/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Strong smell and taste of blue cheese, thin mouthfeel.

Photo of PpLu
3.39/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For my taste it's a too much acid beer. I didn't enjoy drinking it

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding Cantillon offering! Loved this one and would like to get my hand on more loons in the future!

Photo of LukeGude
3/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First time trying a lambic--too different for my taste. The Cantillon brewery tour was great though.

Photo of DrunkAl
3.03/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too much funk for me. I've heard horse blanket. This has a touch of horse piss.

Photo of BrAdequate
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had some amazing Belgian sours, and amazing American sours while I've waited for this whale to hit a shelf near me. I love it. I see why it's the benchmark and I know I want it every time I'll be able to get it. Funky in a wet hay barnyard way. Fully sour and barrel-ly delicious. I LOVE how it hits you with something epic at every stage and the finish is so enjoyable. Really I love this thing and love how it's influenced so many dope sour brews.

Photo of Matty123
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A fantastically perfect example of what a Gueuze should be. The two clowns who reviewed this beer before me didn't review the beer properly. Anyway more Cantillon for the rest of us

Photo of Guas11
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Incomparably outstanding...supremely tart...don't plan on drinking anything else the rest of the day. Felt like I had 8oz of liquid gold in front of me....I was forced to order another immediately....I feel lucky to have been able to dry this on draft.

Photo of vinnicheers
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

i visited the brewery in Antwerp and the beers are so fresh and well kept..

Photo of papat444
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

Thanks to FondueVoodoo for this one. Bottled Nov. 28, 2013, lot C12.

Pours a gorgeous light orange color. Flavor is highly acidic with a dry tartness. Flavor of sour lemons, tannic, bitter finish. Always a pleasure.

Photo of Buchu70
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Sour and a bit bitter after taste, nice tasting. Tasted while doing a tour of the brewery last week. I brought home bottles of Fou' Foune x 3, Lou Pepe - Kriek x 2 and a bottle of Iris.

Well worth the visit if you are in Brussels.

Photo of trippytbta
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

2013 bottle

A: pours murky golden orange. small white head

S: Smells like farm animals and hay, plus a massive funky sour

T: sour and acidic, after taste is a little fruity

M: bubbly, crisp, and dry

Overall: I am not an expert on this style, but it seems like a very solid gueuze. Great representation

Photo of guityler83
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Dated 28 - November 2013

A: Poured into a Cantillon flute glass this would be the first time I’ve had the gueze away from Belgium. The head quickly dissipated away and showed bright white in color with tiny white bubbles. The beer is a golden yellow with moderate clarity and no lacing or sediment (on the first pour).

S: Big aroma of funkey brett character – straw, hay and basement dust. Tartness in the aroma with zesty lemon (not like pledge but fresh juicey lemons). Light oaky woody aroma that blends naturally with the funk.

T: Huge bright sourness that is not for the faint of heart. Lemon candy and citrus tartness. Funky horse blanket, oak and hay. No hops. No alcohol. Nothing but beautiful and pure sour and funk. Very well balanced – nothing overwhelms but it has a very powerful flavor profile for a 5% beer.

M: Light crisp finish with mouth puckering sourness. Carbonation is moderate to low with no harshness or alcohol warming.

O: I feel like this beer is the sum of its parts, Yes its very sour and has a good amount of funk but combined with the bright aroma and perfect and approachable mouthfeel, it makes this beer fun to drink and you always go back for another.

Photo of Agent1
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

Appearance - Poured into a flute glass. Not a long lasting head, but very white and bubbly -- similar to champagne, and very typical for Cantillon. Quite active, but quickly fades, showing signs that this is still a very young beer. Slightly amber in color compared to other brews by Cantillon. It's clear that more of the malted barley is being showcased here, versus the wheat (also described on the label).

Smell - Rich honey, lemon zest, sourdough bread, musty grapes, pear, aged cheese, fermented cherries, coriander, subtle lavender and various other floral notes.

Taste - Strong lemon peel, pepper, straw and marigolds, coriander seeds, extremely grassy and sour. Musty and dry. Beautiful hay, wheat and honey notes all blend into a whopping sour crescendo. It's amazing to know there is no sugar added, only the natural enzymes and sugars extracted from the mash. Barley is prevalent over the wheat in flavor, especially in its coloration. A super clean, dry hop profile helps to round out and clean up everything near the end, leaving the mouth to pucker.

Mouthfeel - A little under-carbonated, but keep in mind, this is still a young bottle, and according to the label, can be aged to 2030 with a proper cellar. Crazy for only a 5% lambic.

Overall - Very, very nice. As always, Cantillon delivers. For a straight ahead Gueuze/ Lambic that does not rely on additional flavoring of spices and fruits, this is a work of art and shows that Cantillon is one of, if not THE best brewery making sours today. Simple in its approach, yet somehow resulting in extreme complexity. I have but no choice to age a few of these little babies.

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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