Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 2,768
Reviews: 596
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.69%
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Gots: 810 | FT: 59
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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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Reviews by Cozzatoad:
Photo of Cozzatoad
4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, bottled june 2011

A- Golden yellow, maybe just a bit darker than golden, slightly torbid. a finger of very fine white head disappears in the span of a couple of seconds

S- Great. Strong citric tartness, with lemon in evidence, though notes of apple and grapefruit can be noticed as well. Then some wonderful subtle hints of vinegar and also a slight earthy/barnyard feel. Sweet and rustic

T- Sour of course. Both on the tart/fruity side and on the lactic side. Tartness has dry, pleasantly astringent notes of lemon, apricots, grapefruit, apple and a lively touch of spiciness. Lactic notes bring some balance with an earthy feel and a light funk hint

M- Light bodied, medium carbonation brings a bit of a lively feel. Dry, Sharp and astringent, expecially on the palate. A bit more on the juicy side on the tongue

O- A beer that represents a style a very good one at doing this. Very complex, nice balance and drinkabilty despite strong tartness. Excellent

More User Reviews:
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cork Dated 2001:
Extremely astringent, superbly sour, very sharp with hints of bitterness. A truly Classic Gueuze, often regarded by many as a benchmark example of its style. A beer style that does polarize drinkers. You will Love it & want more - or Hate it, & spit it out. Apart from the Gueuze-Vigneronne (also Cantillon), it would be my chosen desert island beer. Jean-Pierre Van Roy of Cantillon tries very hard to create authentic lambic beers, & he has excelled himself in my opinion with the Gueuze. Beer can be lively (hence the reference to Gueuze as the Champagne of the Beer world) - do not stand over the cork when pulling, have your glass ready - you have been warned! Improves with age. Try and find older examples with the blue and white Mannekin Piss pictured on the labels, as opposed to the colored brew-kettle on recent years bottles. Can I give this 6 out of 5?!

>>Updated 6/2/03
750ml – Old Style Black Label – Cork Dated 1996.
A brilliant murky fluid, which has an orange cloudy hue. Served in a dry flute glass with minimal carbonation, white, but very tight thin bubble head. It resembles a flat Hefeweizen after a short time.

Has all the nasal beauty of a herd of damp unsheared Sheep, you know the ones that have shit stuck to their matted back ends. Liquid farmyard effluent traces, wet straw, hay-lofts, rotten soaking oak casks, old wooden barns & crap stained muck-spreaders.

Incredibly dry, impressive yeast dominant astringency, with a massive acidity that fights every drop of saliva in the aural cavity. It decimates the mouth & creates an arid wasteland. The sourness has lessened over the years. Dehydrated cheeks are powerless to defeat the “you-know-what-is-coming-next” aspect. The Cantillon mouth-pucker. I am sure I swallowed my own mouth at least twice.

Drinkability – More Please…….

Geeeeee-zuss – DON’T drink this if your lips are chapped!

A WORLD CLASSIC that just gets better (worse?!?) as it gets older.

Kudos to EyeChartBrew for supplying this dirty whore of a lambic.

Photo of RoyalT
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This one is bright, light orange in color with some good, visible carbonation. The color was crystal clear; almost radiant. The head was modest and fully white.

Smell – This was still cold when I opened it. The nose started off with a light sourness that developed into some beautiful horse blanket. This is your classic horsey aroma. A second assessment of the nose after an hour or so showed a bit stronger sourness and the presence of a good, healthy malt base that was kind of yeasty.

Taste – The light, freshly-squeezed lemonade was very even. This Gueze is not overly sour like other efforts I’ve tasted. The light, unsweetened pink grapefruit and hints of cherries rightly complimented the other flavors that I picked up at the nose. Everything here is so natural. I almost missed the light, natural sweetness until Skyhand pointed it out to me.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied Gueze is very dry without a hint of bitterness. The delicate, active carbonation was right on. This one is perfectly blended. The balanced mouthfeel was the key to my enjoyment of this Cantillon.

Drinkability – How can you go wrong? This is not an over-the-top example of this Belgium style. It is incredibly well-blended and balanced. It is the perfect mating of light sourness, intense but pleasing dryness, and wonderful carbonation.

Comments – I popped this 2001 to celebrate my 1,000th review on the site, and it surely made the occasion a memorable one.

Reviewing Notes: I could have copied and pasted the style description right out of the BJCP on-line style guide to write this review. Word for word this bottle represents the ideal of a Belgian Gueze.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unknown Vintage

On tap at La Cav du Vin, Coventry, Cleveland, OH.

Cleaner and more perfect then most other Geuze I have had to date, this manages to present most of the qualities I find enjoyable in a geuze, vinegar, sourness, funk, barnyard characteristics, lemon/lime citrus, and a generally wild mouthfeel without too many of the really bizarre attributes such as battery acid, dehydrated urine, or donkey hooves.

The focus of the aroma and flavor is a more pleasant barn yard aroma and lots fo lemon/lime/grapefruit citrus. There is a chardonnay roundedness on top of that but of course, funk and sourness win out.

The flavor is equally impressive containing bountiful amounts of citrus soaked hay and vinegar. The feel isexceptionaly sour, although less so then some other geuze out there such as Drei Fontaine or Oude Beersel. I cannot say whether or not this is simply a result of this being form the tap. It could be. Often with beers like this, I find that the tap versions tend to be considerably more tame, probably due to less conditioning and less yeast actually finding its way into one’s glass.

The net effect of this being slightly toned down in comparison to some other geuze is that this brew is quite drinkable, better balanced, and more refined. This seems more grown up, professional, and consistent. This is a fine geuze and certainly one of the more drinkable I have found thus far.

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

Thanks, Mike. 2011 vintage. The original Cantillon gueuze has evaded me for long enough - but not anymore! Pours an almost perfect copper color with great clarity upon warming - the initial pour warrants a very slight chill haze throughout the middle. The foamy white head escapes quickly, but not before leaving a few rings of lacing at the top of the glass.

As I slowly bring the glass to my nose, an incredible tartness immediately begins to invade my nostrils and plague my senses. Very tart smelling, even a bit lactic-like with a heavy amount of acidity. Apple skins, lemons, white grapes, and an accompanying trace of malt. Slightly vinegar-like, too.

There is just a touch of funk and a little bit of brettanomyces on the nose, but not as much as I would usually expect from a beer like this. That might be a good thing, though, because this aroma is pretty much fine as it is. A touch of wood on the tail end, fading out with the heaps and heaps of sour and tart fruits. This is the type of beer that gets your saliva glands moving, long before you even take a sip.

I take a taste and there's really no surprise here - this baby is sour and tart as can be. A puckering incision of apples and grapes just cuts across my palate and devours every last corner of my mouth. Mild astringency for a brief moment, due to the insane tart flavors, quickly followed up and mellowed out a bit by the oak. The oak is more apparent on the palate and provides a nice dryness to help sooth everything and bring the wild running sourness back to earth.

From middle to end, the funk pops out and the Brett works its magic. Light enough as to not distract from the tartness, but heavy enough to give you that little bit of barnyard you're looking for. Finishes super dry with a mild vinegar tone, some oak and funk, and a dash of dying fruit - thin bodied with lots of carbonation.

There's no wonder why this stuff is so highly praised - it's fantastic. There's truly no recreation or replica of a beer like this. Masterfully done, definitely a benchmark of the classic gueuze style. If this were readily available to me, you can bet that my fridge would be stocked with it all day. I might have a stomach ulcer from all the acid, but it might be worth it for this.

Photo of brownbeer
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 10-3-08 and consumed on 1-31-10

I'm not sure what can be said about this beer that hasn't been said before. Wonderful taste and aroma; it's wild and funky, leathery, bitter lemon, and horseblanket. A perfect balance of acidity, it's refreshing and dry, though not as dry as some of their others. This could be perfect with some more age on it.

I love this beer, it's not Iris good though, Hannaford.

Photo of weatherdog
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

75cL bottle poured into a fluted pint glass

Bottled October 3rd 2008

It pours a golden straw color with a thin head the surprisingly stays present throughout the whole glass. Tiny tiny champagne like bubbles are constantly rising to the surface making for a highly effervescent drink.

The nose is just acidity all the way. It's like a kind of sour tart lemon smell without as much lemon aromatics. There are hints of vinegar character behind that.

The taste starts off with a mouth puckering tartness that my novice sour palette has not experienced before. Followed by some dry leathery taste and some citrus sourness. the middle is this obvious brett taste that impossible dries out my mouth mid sip. It ends with another smack of tartness and a backbone of sweetness that lingers for a while. The sour/sweet combo at the end really was a nice finish.

The carbonation is really high. I haven't tried more than a handful of real lambic style beers and this is only my third gueuze so I don't have a good sample size whether I prefer a high or low carbonation on these styles of beers. I'm leaning towards that I prefer low carbonation because I tend to keep each sip in my mouth longer in order to fully taste and appreciate the flavors. In a highly carbonated example like this the carbonation gets too distracting. Despite of that and how sour it is I still found it of above average drinkability and my mouth wasn't permanently puckered and weeping after the whole bottle.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 on the cork...my first foray into the world of gueuze and Cantillon...the excitement brews. Pours a wonderful cloudy golden yellow with a nice small bubbly head. A heady mix of sour lemon, vinegar acidity, hints of cloves, high school locker room after football practice and a faint resemblence to fruity white wine. Complex, intriguing and yes, funky aromas. Very nice.

Mouth puckering sour lemon swirlng with notes of white vinegar, horse stable, a slight pepper and some dirty socks. There's almost as much acid here as a Grateful Dead parking lot. Wonderfully light bubbly carbonation accentuates this beer greatly. An intense and rewarding experience to drink...each sip simply begs for you to take another. Awesome.

Smooth mouthfeel with a wonderful carbonation that works really well. This is such a joy to drink and I could easily enjoy this all night. I'm looking forward to trying more Cantillon offerings as I am extremely impressed. Highly recommended.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first guezue. It didn't disappoint. Poured into a snifter, it was a hazy yellow color. Tiny white head, very still. It had a musty (in a good way) aroma, with a tiny whiff of citrus. Incredibly sour taste. My salivary glands really puckered up. A little bitterness as well. Light but fulfilling, truly enjoyable. I want more.

Photo of Todd
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

100% Lambic baby! Smells tart and downright funky. Colour is cloudy blonde with a thin white lace. Taste is sour, tart, apple skin-tannin-like and dry. Definitely an acquired taste. Personally, I love Gueuze beers.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with my wife at Novare Res on Zwanze day.
The beer is golden pale with a thin lace head

The nose is tart and sour like cherries or raspberries but without the distinction of each.

The taste is dry and sour to start very sour it becomes fruity like fresh apples and finishes with more of a cider sour apple taste

Photo of Jason
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a glass of this at the brewery in Brussels ... can't get any better than that. They served it via lambic basket into my glass then I closed my eyes and I was in heaven for a few min.

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brownish gold in color, cloudy, 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: apple, lemon, and funk

Taste: apple, lemon, funk, vinegar, and small oak

Mouthfeel: sweet and sour mix, high carbonation, light body

Drinkability: Awesome gueuze. Could drink this all day. Not an intro gueuze as the sourness is prominent, but very very good.

Photo of standardcherry
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle, 2011 Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio

A: Hazy yellow/light orange color with a white head that quickly dissipates.
S: Lots of vinegar and citrus at first. Sour lemons, lactic acid, sweet wheatiness, some apples, some must and a lot of funkiness. Not as strong as I had imagined, but it smelled wonderful.
T: Mouth-puckering sourness. Earthy/musty flavor balanced with some wheat sweetness and lots of lemon acidity. A bit of green apples and apricots in there as well. Has a bit of a woody flavor at the end.
M: Light/medium bodied with decent carbonation. Could be a bit higher. Finishes very dry.
O: This is an amazing gueuze. I prefer the balance in this one compared to the funkier versions brewed up by 3F. Both are excellent though, and I will gladly drink either of them any day.

Photo of deebo
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass poured from bottle at brewery.

A-Golden color with a few CO2 bubbles rising to surface a little bit of white foam on edges of glass.

S-Earthy wild yeasts dominate-funky.

T-Sour with a fairly long finish with a smooth end that keeps you needing to drink more.

M-First sip is definitely puckering and wakes you up. Otherwise is smooth and not overpowered with a carbonation bite.

D-A whole bottle of this 1 might give me a sour stomach.

O-The standard for which all other gueuzes are measured. A beer that must be drank with a clean slate and an open mind. A unique and interesting beer for sure.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and capped bottle from 2011 poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Nose is smooth and funky, nutty, crisp and slightly fruity.

Taste is funky and sour but still very drinkable and super dry on the finish, it has a distinct cantillon funk that is hard to explain but exceptionally delicious. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Overall its about the perfect Geueze.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden hued beer with a wisp of off white head covering just a portion of the top of the beer. Sour apple and pale wheat aroma. Tart apple and pale wheat flavor with a nice light malt backbone. The finish is heavily carbonated and dry. This is a great summer warm weather thirst quencher.

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 dogfishandi
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml green capped and corked bottle at cellar temp poured into a fluted type glass. bottled in 2010 on cork.

pours out a rusty golden color with 2 fingers of of nice looking white head that slowly faded to a thick very retentive layer. bits of lace off of a swirl that is quick to fall back into the beer. has a decent haziness to it.

has lots of funky, bretty, barnyard aromas. some lemon, pear, and apple. suggestions of moldy cheese and rotted wood.

super enjoyable taste! again very funky, lots of sourness and acidity. brett, barnyard funk, tart citrusy lemons. a little moldy blue cheese towards the finish. almost a wine like aftertaste. really coats the whole palate with a sugary acidity. medium side of light body. ample carb at first that settles out to minimal by the end of the glass.

overall, a top notch gueze. for all i know, the best of the best. im very glad i got the oppertunity to try this beer, as with any cantillon. they are truly artists of there craft. highly recommended.

Photo of ehammond1
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Belgian Beer Festival 2011
Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

A bright, dark orange and a thin white head. Highly carbonated. Looks thin, with a myriad of little bubbles racing their way to the top of the glass.

A spicy, musty, funky aroma, consisting of bright fruit, lemon and apple, tangy Brett yeast, hay and grass, and lots of barnyard funk. Pretty awesome. Seems comforting, inviting, and welcoming.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, but perhaps a bit more bright with fruit--lemon, apple, and pear. The tart funk and sourness is huge here as well, though balances exceptionally well with the sweet, fruity flavors. Tremendous!

Light, bubbly, airy mouthfeel--an absolute pleasure.

A definitive version of the style. A classic. Just about perfect.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my 1000th review, so I thought it would be fitting to pull out a true classic.

A 375ml green bottle with a bottling date of Dec 1st 2011. Picked up at the brewery while on a trip to Belgium about 18 months ago, and stored in my garage. Mannekin features on the label, making the gueuze...

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright golden-amber hue with faint haze and light carbonation. Yields a smallish head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding and disappearing. Aroma of sour funkiness: hints of unripe apples, apricot, peach, barnyard funk, hay/straw, faint wheat, mild lactic acid and subtle vinegar. Complex yet balanced - fantastic!

Tastes of prickly sourness and funky fruitiness with a lingering acidic finish. Notes of unripe apples, apricot, barnyard funk, hay, husky wheat, lactic acid, vinegar and earthy yeast. The sourness is dominant yet the flavour is simultaneously complex and rounded. Highly attenuated - the driest beer I've had. No bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with light carbonation and good body. The sourness stimulates the palate. Exceptionally astringent, followed by an aftertaste of acidic funk, fruitiness and earthy yeast.

Wow - Cantillon gueuze never fails to impress. At first the sourness hits you and dominates the experience, but after a while the other flavours make themselves felt. The aroma and flavour are superbly balanced, and the body is wonderful. The only minor flaw was a slight lack of effervescence, but each bottle is different. Quite simply, a world-class brew that demands to be tried.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, Cantillon has come (not back) to Reno, Nevada!

Pours a light brown and orange liquid with good clarity. Aroma was dry and tart, much like the taste. Phenomenal lacing.

Puckering, dry, doesn't come off sweet at all. Great sourness, excellent carbonation tingling all the way down. Great mix of oak, lime and grapefruit here, maybe some lemon. Astringent. Seriously makes you want more and more. Didn't want to share this one. But of course, I did.

EDIT: Wow, had it on tap, pure awesomeness, just like the bottle.

Photo of dwren89
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: slight haze, gold color, small white head

Aroma: bittersweet fruit, milder acidity on nose than the pure Lambic, sour notes

Taste: musty, barnyard like flavor, less acidic than 15 month pure Lambic, sour notes on finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium carbonation, prickly on the palate

Overall impression: a mellowed version of the 15 month Lambic with sour and acidic notes toned down. Also with the addition of the 3 year Lambic, it achieves that musty, barnyard flavor that is so desired in a proper Geuze.

Photo of ADR
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct. 2000 bottling...

Hazy peach color, a nice head with bigger carbonation at the edges. Smells a lot like a Chardonney with lots of yeasty barn aromas. Wow, this stuff is major league astringent (bear with me, I'm no Gueuze expert, that's for sure). Ginger flavors, lots of wine-like character, and a sourness that just sucks your cheeks in...then, suddenly, pop, it finishes very clean and dry. Here's a style I need to do "face off" comparisons with, a Fruit Lambic is no preparation. To be fair, I'll give it a higher flavor score and lower drinkability (its certainly everything I've heard Gueuze to be) and I'll try to think of occasions when this would be what I want...hail beer diversity. A classic...

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden haze with a strong effervescently carbonated white head leaves speckled scattered lacing. Aroma: Tart and acidic barnyard tones of wild yeast, tickles the nose with pure tartness a blend of 1, 2, and 3 years aged lambic. Taste: Layers of tart woody tones with a strong backing of semi tart semi sweet flavors, very complex and strange. The wild spontaneous fermentation creates flavors unknown to most human palate, I'm intrigued and impressed by this offering. Mouthfeel: Spritzy carbonation coats the palate with a great sensation of inordinate flavors. Drinkability: Such a complex different style shouldn't be as drinkable as this very unique and tasty making it a great drinking experience that I would love to taste at Brasserie Cantillon.

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 2,768 ratings.