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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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world-class

2,358 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,358
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 838
Gots: 672 | FT: 47
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This listing is for all vintages (Gueuze, Oude Gueuze, etc.).

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001)
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Photo of mattcrill
1.73/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I'm assuming I just don't get this beer. To have this be called "beer" seems a bit of a stretch for me. I haven't had a ton of lambics but I can see why they add fruit to this stuff and I probably won't be having more of these.

Appearance: Hazy amber color similar to a pale ale with virtually no head.

Smell: Tart and vinegary. Maybe that wet horse blanket smell that people always talk about but to me it was more like wet arm pits.

Taste: Mouthwatering and puckering. It was like drinking bad lemon juice or sour white grapes. If I had something like this in my fridge and it smelled and tasted like this, I'd throw it out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied I guess. It was definitely carbonated but it wasn't something I wanted to leave in my mouth that long.

Drinkability: Couldn't do it. It ended up in the drain. I had other non-BA's sample this all with the same nose curling results.

I'm sure this is an acquired taste. It took me time to acquire a taste for IPA' s but even my first IPA I said, "not bad...I can see getting into this". Not so for this. I don't want to be closed minded so I will probably re-visit this style again but it will be an exception no the norm. To each his own but damn...this stuff was rough.

mattcrill, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of IchLiebeBier
2/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Peach colored; cloudy; small head that dissipates quickly

Aroma: Tart, sour citrus smells

Taste: Sour, tangy, lemony start; dry mid, with dry finish

Remarks: This style is m not my thing, but it's on my beer list to try

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
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2/5  rDev -55.5%

amalburg, May 03, 2014
Photo of ejw127
2/5  rDev -55.5%

ejw127, Dec 04, 2011
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2/5  rDev -55.5%

HardyGeneraL, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Mar02x
2.15/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was able to try this beer at a brilliant beer tasting at my uncle Peter's place. My nephew Michael brought this beer with him. Thanks for sharing Michael.

A - A hazy yellow beer with a thin white ring that goes for a head.

S - A cherry sour kind of smell. I wasn't expecting this from a Gueuze style.

T - Like I said; a cherry sour.

M - A medium carbonated beer and sour.

O - This is not my style, just to damn sour. I just can't understand that some people love this stuff.

Mar02x, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of fear025
2.25/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Aroma:Sour lemon and apple in the nose, with a funkiness.

Appearance:Pale golden orange, weak lacing, weak head.

Taste:On first taste, the sourness hits very hard. After that it gets easier to drink, and I start to get some faint citrus.

Mouthfeel:This one is harshly astringent on the back of my throat, which is helped by the mild carbonation.

Drinkability:This 2009 vintage is still kind of harsh, it probably needs a few more years in the bottle.

fear025, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of wyllder
2.38/5  rDev -47%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Moan & Dove.

Pours light, foggy amber with orange hilights and small white head.

Smell is sour-patch-kids with an underlying character of hay or wheat.

Taste is like a mouthfull of liquid sour patch kids & pixie sticks laced with a somewhat rank wheat or yeasty underbelly.

Mouthfeel, when I wasn't puckering my mouth in reaction to the taste, seemed ok.

Other than the flavor, which has got to be a love it or hate it thing, it was passably drinkable.

There, I drank it. I opened my mind for a pint and decided this stuff just isn't for me. I've got to drink several more lambics, so maybe I'll eventually develop a taste for this, but as of this moment I find this stuff as close to my concept of beer as a Smirnoff Twisted.

Wyll-

wyllder, Aug 02, 2004
Photo of jmdrpi
2.38/5  rDev -47%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12.7 oz green bottle, corked and capped. cork says bottled in 2010. when cap is removed, there's a nasty black slime on top of the cork. I removed the cork without getting any in the beer.
warmed up to cellar temperature as instructed on the label.

appears a clear golden color, lots of carbonation bubbles stream to surface. smell is funky and musty, maybe a bit of citrus.

taste is extremely mouth puckeringly sour and harsh. lemon rind, vinegar. hard to drink. mouthfeel isn't bad. lighter body, significant carbonation.

overall - just way too sour for me. I've enjoyed other lambic styles, but this is just too much sour.

jmdrpi, Jan 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -44.3%

PhillyStyle, Jun 08, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -38.8%

cfadams17, Aug 20, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -38.8%

MWolverines66, Sep 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -38.8%

Basoos1, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of TR0219
2.75/5  rDev -38.8%

TR0219, Apr 17, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -38.8%

Thedrizzle, Feb 24, 2013
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2.96/5  rDev -34.1%

5373752018, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
2.99/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not sure when/where I first had this. This review is for a recent tasting on cask at Teresa's, Wayne, PA.

Much like the normal tap version, this was a slightly hazy golden-yellow liquid, served in a stem glass; a small fizzy white head quickly dissipated leaving a few stray bubbles on top. Aroma was distant, hints of barnyard funk, grass, light citrus. Lots of lemon rind in the taste, more bitter than tart, very woody, unpleasantly so actually, barnyard funk and horseblanket, moldy cardboard, cobwebs, and stale Champagne; sourness factor was not very high, leaving the finish dry but bland. Very unbalanced. About medium bodied, mellow carbonation. I tend to look past the hype, but there's something about this beer...a particular taste in there that's not in any other gueuze I've had; I can't put my finger on what it is, but whatever it is, I simply find it unpleasant.

I've had several vintages of this, most notably, 1978. While I'm sure others would go ape over such a beer, I found it very unnecessary.

Rifugium, Oct 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -33.2%

Mikeluzzjr, Mar 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -33.2%

VTMaverick, Feb 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -33.2%

BlackHoleBrew42, Dec 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -33.2%

LBIsurf, Jan 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -33.2%

voodoofish65usf, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.13/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the CT River Brewfest 2005 in Holyoke, MA.

This was a dark yellow, hazy beer with not much head. OK, I suppose... only had a few of the style before. Hard to judge.

Aroma was vinous and VERY SOUR!!! That was about all I got.

Taste was mainly sour, a little tart, not sweet at all. Not well balanced for my tastes.

Mouthfeel was a little astringent, and a bit fizzy. OK, not stellar.

Not the most drinkable gueuze I have ever had. Glad the mug only cost $2.00, rather than having to buy a bottle for $10.99.

connecticutpoet, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of Floydster
3.23/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2006 12.7 ounce vintage bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions in Oregon for about six dollars

Split with my girlfriend while watching a movie, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter

A-Light golden orange with an even lighter color in the light, small 1/2 inch white bubbly head, small bubbles rushing to the top, no retention or lacing

S-Tarty aromas, acidic, lots of wood, straw, oatmeal, grains, sour yeast, lemons, limes, grapefruit, huge barnyard funk to it, smelled like hay at times, maybe some vinegar as well

T-Big sour flavor at the beginning all the way through, filled with vinegar, the middle had some chewiness and nutty flavors, big biscuit presence, finish was dry like a white wine, granny smith apples, watered down as it warms even more, served at room temperature intially, white grapes, grassy and bitter, all over the place but not complex in a good way necessarily

M-Sour mouthfeel, chewy at times as well, big chewy malt backbone for a lambic, lots of carbonation, taste lingered for a few minutes, thin body

D-Could not drink much more than a bottle of this even though it is only five percent, little heavy on the stomach, taste gets old, not very smooth, hard to drink at times

First Cantillon brew, not overally tarty like many people claim them to be, not as good as Giridin but not bad overall, would try another year if it came along, other than that different gueuzes are better for the price, recommended if you are a fan of blended lambics

Floydster, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of Nichols33
3.24/5  rDev -27.8%

Nichols33, Sep 20, 2014
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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 2,358 ratings.