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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 606
Hads: 2,911
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 19.91%
Wants: 1,071
Gots: 855 | FT: 63
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Brasserie Cantillon
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Style | ABV
Gueuze | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

This listing is for all vintages (Gueuze, Oude Gueuze, etc.).
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Photo of homebrew311
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml Belgian flag bottle poured into Cantillon balloon glass. Pours hazy gold with a thin layer of white head that persists through out. The nose is loaded with character. Fresh cut grass and hay come first along with bright lemon zest that cuts through the funk. Speaking of funk, notes of earth and hay linger strongly through out with an obvious tangy ness present as well. Taste starts with huge wave of citric acid, lemon zest, and tartness. The tartness sets the table for the earthy funk. Notes of hay, oak, and cork come through towards the finish with some peppery spice notes. Super complex, different notes come to the front with each sip. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with light body. Overall, a very enjoyable brew. Super funky with a nice dose of tartness as well.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After removing the cork which cracked in half, no doubt due to improper storage (2009 vintage) a cloudy orange/brown and medium amber body cascades down the glass, releasing a one finger's worth of white quickly dissipating head.

Deeply complex taste with soft, tart fruits, hay, lemons sprinkled with sugar, and a vinegar-like middle. Also some green grapes and what I detect as a mix between pepper and nutmeg and other spices; some delicious yeast and funk to be sure. This beer is truly a masterpiece given its exquisite balance and no off flavors. Each sip gives a different experience as the beer changes and unfolds throughout the duration of the imbibing experience. Suffice it to say, I ended up just having to enjoy this brew after giving up trying to do some in depth analysis.

Sugary malt character adds balance but doesn't distract from the funky, tart interplay. Bitterness tingles early on but disappear as sourness crescendos. A desire to keep experiencing the flavor roller-coaster yields an excellent drink-ability rating.

Medium carbonated with a fluffy light to medium body. Smooth and slick over the tongue. Refreshing and invigorating; a perfectly crafted lambic.

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Photo of anteater
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Apex 4th Anniversary

A: Hazy straw yellow, little white head

S: Lemon, hay, sour

T: Big refreshing sour punch on top of the lite wheaty body, lots of lemon, complex funk

M: Light and refreshing

O: I had a bottle of this and was very disappointed. I'm glad I got to try it on tap because I now understand why its a world class beer and I hope to try it many more times in the future.

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Photo of corby112
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 31 January 2013

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with straw/banana yellow edges and a two finger pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Great retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Musty barnyard aroma with lactic funk, damp earth, horseblanket, citric acidity and a very subtle acetic character. Strong barrel/damp oak in the nose with cheesy funk, grass, straw, cobweb and sweat. Not too funky however with pale malt, light fruit and vibrant citrus countering the earthier elements. Some bread and biscuit along with apple and a prominent zesty lemon juice presence. No solvent character to speak of. A little tame at this young age but the different characteristics mesh together very well in the aroma.

Medium body with soft carbonation and delicate sourness. Tart and puckering with a decent amount of earthy, lactic funk but not harsh or overly acidic. Dry oak/damp wood flavor but not toothpick-like or overwhelming. Some cheesy lactic funk with musty bugs, straw and earthy grass countered by pale malt, bread, ester-y fruit sweetness and citrus acidity. Really well balanced with biscuit-y malt, sourdough bread, sweet apple and tart lemon juice flavor. Lingering acetic vinegar presence in the finish that leaves me salivating for more. No harsh or solvent-like off flavors to be found. Perfectly balanced and extremely easy to drink which is surprising considering this beer's complexity. Just an overall amazing beer. Exemplary for the style.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into large snifter glass, shared with other BAs

Pours a pale straw color with dark golden colors, thin fading head with faint wisps of film and lacing streaking across the beer and glass.

Nice spritzy funkiness with tart and straw, light pear and apple sweetness, not crazy barnyard, an amazing balance between sour and sweet.

Tasty sourness with fruit balance and straw. Light fruit notes include apple peel, unripe grape. Some bittering with sweet notes to balance it out. An almost puckering moment of sour towards the dry lingering finish.

Lighter spritzy body, dry and lingering on the palate but inherently refreshing. Pleasant throughout, super tasty, delicious mesh of scent and taste from top to bottom. Another bullseye from Cantillon.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had a bottle of this at the Hopleaf in Chicago. 375ml, presented with a Cantillon tumbler.

The color was pale whitish-yellow with a nicy fizzy head. The closest description is carbonated grapefruit juice but with nice barnyard aromas and flavors. It had a kind of horsy muskiness which worked well with the mouth-puckering tart sourness.

Excellent, I've come around to this style of beer.

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Photo of shleepy
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a 375mL bottle into snifter. Spoiler alert: I've had this beer many times before, and I think it is the best "common" / mass-produced gueuze on the market... though the 3F comes close.

A: Slightly hazy, gold. Small, white head that quickly dissapears.

S: Oak, pine... general "cellar smell." There is a certain fruitiness to it, as well (citrus?).

T: Incredibly delicious. What sets Cantillon apart from the others is the absolute balance of all elements. It's got oakiness, subtle citrus and maybe apricot, funk, and sourness, but nothing excessively sticks out.

M: Oh, and there's also the beautiful mouthfeel and body. It's sour, pleasant, and very light. You could drink this beer all day.

O: Some breweries are overrated and overhyped. And I'm not just talking about companies like Dogfish Head, but even the actual good ones - say, Russian River. I like Russian River, and drink their stuff regularly, but they do not deserve the hype (heck, I prefer Cascade Barrel House). Cantillon and 3 Fonteinen really do deserve their hype and their wonderful reviews. The Cantillon gueuze is just amazingly balanced. I can see why some people prefer the 3F (and I love that one, as well), but Cantillon keeps its oak flavor in check, thereby creating a beer that is extremely easy to drink and exposing an array of subtle but interesting flavors.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of jtingue
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated December 2nd 2010. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Crystal clear golden yellow in color, with some visible effervescence. Pours with a finger of head, which quickly dissipates to a few groups of tiny bubbles on top of the beer.

Smell. Very floral up front, with a tart apple aroma. Definitely some smells that are unfamiliar to me, given the more standard beers I normally review.

Taste. Starts out tart, and very clean. Some of the fukiness that this beer is famous for comes in, and is joined by a slightly oaky flavor. The funk is joined and eventually taken over by some fruity tartness similar to apples and cherries. Some sweetness starts to balance out the sour and tart flavors, and is joined by a floral note. The finish is very dry and funky, but with a lingering wonderful floral flavor.

Mouthfeel. Thin body, but with excellent carbonation, giving the beer a somewhat creamy and fuller mouthfeel.

This beer lived up to all of my expectations. Very glad that I have one to age.

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Photo of jcartamdg
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my bruery tulip. Pours golden with a foamy 1 finger head that stays. Aroma of Brett, lemon and a little funk In the back. Taste is tart, cidery, lil funky and delicious. Mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation. Very drinkable! Overall this is amazing, great sour flavor with high drinkability.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Armsby Abbey, a leftover from the Zwanze Day event.

A: Pours a hazy gold, with a finger and a half of billowing white head.

S: Super tart, lactic, bright acidity. Slight wine-like character, tart apple and citrus. A small amount of brett funk and make a hint of tannin.

T: Puckeringly sour. Bright acidity, tart fruits and slightly vinuous. Mouth watering on the back palate. There are delicate layers of tartness and funk. Extremely tart, but not overwhelming. Dry, but refreshing.

M: Again, puckering. Nicely carbonated. Light and drinkable. A hint of sweetness up front, but mostly dry. Each sip makes you anticipate the next.

O: My first Loon was not a letdown. This is an excellent beer. Probably the best gueuze I've ever had. If only I could drink this one more often. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.59/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. 375ml bottle poured into a Boon Kriek glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange-gold with a small white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a slight haze.
S - Sour green apple and lemons spring to mind initially, followed by wet hay, oak, and fresh-cut grass. Phenomenal smelling beer!
T - Wow, this is great. Lemon and apples once again dominate, followed by a wonderful tartness and a tannic oak finish. Perfect amount of tartness, very gentle and rounded, not like some that try to demolish the palate.
M - Smooth, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice astringent finish drys out the mouth, much like a tannin-laden red wine.
D - Usually it's tough for me to finish a Gueze by myself, the acid just gets to be too much. That's not the case here. This is a wonderful treat, I can't wait to try some with a bit more age on it.

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

Big thanks to my twin sister Amy who lives in Orange County, CA for saving this bottle that she got when she went to Switzerland for work a few months ago to drink with me when I came to visit her, which I am now. Poured into a snifter-esque wine glass, this beer is a very cloudy/hazy medium golden color with a copper hue. Had a white head of big bubbles about an inch thick when first poured, that settles mighty quickly to an extremely small ring lining the inside of the glass and then eventually to nothing at all. Not unusual for the style. No lacing. Aromas of funky wet horse blanket, tart sour, and oak barrel. Has a nice tart, sour flavor, along with a just slightly vinegary and salty aspect , lemon and grapefruit citrus, and an oak barrel funk. Has a crisp, smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with light carbonation. Has a very dry, somewhat sour aftertaste that likes to linger. An excellent beer all around! So glad I got the chance to try this, as this is rarely seen in America for sale.

Eric

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Photo of adapt313
4.59/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a light haziness. Has a tart sour aroma. Flavor is sour, tart, a touch salty finish and very smooth overall. Leaves a nice aftertaste. This is delicious

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Spider889
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Local Option in Chicago.

Cantillon on tap has to be one of the most awesome beer finds possible at a bar. I think I'd geek out over a run-of-the-mill Cantillon on tap more than KBS or CBS even!

The beer arrived in a sizable tulip. A rusty cloudy red/orange color. A very small, light head that receded into a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Smelled musty alright - boy did I miss that unmistakable Cantillon aged gueuziness. Lots of clean apple skins and dusty attic dryness.

The flavor is where this beer truly shines. Mildly sweet, yet very tart right off the bat. Green cherries and under-ripe green plums kick you in the mouth, leaving your glands watering in anticipation for more. Damp oak provides an additional funkiness and adds a dry character to the beer.

Sweet finish, still sour, long after each sip. The tongue is left dry with the mild bitterness that a fresh lime might provide.

The funk certainly grows in mustiness with warmth. The boquet of this beer becomes something to savor.

Unfortunately I was pressed for time (and over-zealous about this beer) and drank this too quickly. Try and have some restraint, this beer can only benefit from it. She waited upwards of 3 years for you. You can wait a few minutes for her. The seduction is all the more inviting for your patience.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2010

A- Light creamy head developed, about a finger of head. Low lacing, bit sticky. Dissipates down quickly above the clear, light tea colored body. Tons of singular bubbles rise individually, no streams.

S- Funky, for sure funky! Bits of lactic acid tartness with the idea of acetic tarnishing the flanks. The funk is along the lines of barnyard and wood. Like the area of the barn where the walls give off the musk of wet wood combined with horse saddles. Not so much off funk like diaper, but Popsicle sticks dipped in animal skins would suffice.

T- Big burst of tartness, all lactic and perhaps I'm missing the acetic here. It has an opening dry funk that combined with the tartness and is hard to separate from each other. They are so well integrated that you just fall in love with it and can't but imagine how it can improve... but I know it does. Some citric bitterness on the finish. It isn't the sour I'd like, definitely too young right now, and mostly tart funk. Allowing the citric to rise up bites the center of the tongue giving it a nice bitterness that really balances out the entirety of the package. Not only that, but it allows time to really appreciate the aging in casks.

M- Bit thinner and more watery than I'd like. Great placement of carbonation, light but still present. Crispness of flavors and tartness let me know that this beer is going places. Sticky flavors, good retention. Perfect amount of bittering acidity, needs more sourness. Funk is nice.

I love this beer. So so so delicious. If I could drink it nightly, I would.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375mL courtesy of PDX chasing. Consumed 6-8, reviewed from notes.

A: Orangish-yellow with a receding head. Glides off the glass.

N: Balanced sourness. Orange, lemon, oak. Some subtleties of the yeast funk, but they're fringe elements.

T: Incredibly well balanced, and very oak forward. Lemon, pepper, and earth. Salty, in a way. Slight candy sweetness to back up the rest of the flavors.

M: Prickly and perfect. Not nearly as drying as its American counterpart.

O: Tried two days after having Beatification, and the two are comparable in quality. I prefer this one, both because it's a classic and because it's more rounded where the Beatification is sharp.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 bottle poured into a Cantillon taster glass. This one is relatively fresh. The color is nice and light golden. The head is minimal and disappears almost completely, like soda.

The aroma is sour and tart with a bit of rubber. There is a nice lemony aroma as well.

The flavor is much like the aroma. This one doesn't have a lot of funk, the emphasis is more heavy on the sour and lemony flavors. This is of course, very dry on the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and very refreshing. Nice carbonation makes for a relatively crisp feeling. This is highly drinkable for those who love the style.

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Photo of timtim
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

can't believe I haven't reviewed this before... i've tried it in just about all it's incarnations; fresh, aged, etc. always a winner. this review is for a "freshie". 2010 bottling. anyways, here goes: beautiful dark golden color with a white head that holds better than most of it's counterparts. nose is mainly citrusy, minerally, earthy (almost grassy sometimes), funky and woody. sounds simple, but there really is a lot going on here, and it all rings out in masterful harmony. just divine. taste is round and creamy with a shock of acid that amplifies everything. very citrusy with notes of cobweb, rushing springtime brook, wet rock, fresh grass, fruit and a bit of spice in the finish with a touch of oak. mouthfeel is a soft and light medium body with minimal prickliness and bracing acidity. truly one of the great masterpieces of the brewing world. this beer is full of soul. it is refreshing, lively, complex and contemplative. beautiful. always a joy to drink.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first Gueuze that I have reviewed. I've had em before, but apparenty hadn't done reviews for them.

Shiny copper with orange highlights. White head sits atop in the flute glass. Lemony, tart apple and pear. Tad spicy astrinngency, but it only adds to the complexity.

Epic sourness. Tart apples and other green underripe fruit such as grapes, kiwi, actually like hard unripe green strawberries. Dry finish leaves a puckering unquenched feeling in the mouth that can only be satisfied by...you guessed it...more Cantillon.

I had either a mouthful of this, or a noseful of this, at all times until my glass was empty. I wish I could buy a Gueuze air freshener, hehe.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap at Mikkeller Bar SF during Zwanze Day. I had a little bit of this a few days before at Trappist Provisions, but both experiences felt extremely different for whatever reason. I will make note of them during the review. Poured into a 20cl tulip glass.

Pours a wonderful, beautiful gueuze on tap - glimmering and shiny, exactly in the manner I expect Cantillon's beers to be. I don't know how they quite do it, but they are miles ahead from other Lambics in terms of presenting their beers. Slightly vinous, like a juicy Sauvignon blanc, but still bready enough in appearance and some light cloudiness to add charm to the offering as a whole. Some bubbles, with a slightly frothy head that coats the glass that soon dissipates next to nothing. While not perfect, the color is extremely appealing and a benchmark for how this style should strive to look. The sample I had at Provisions was cloudier, but still retained some elegant rustic charm. The clearer, amber bronze version is pretty damn beautiful, however.

Yes, this is a full culmination of everything I enjoy about Cantillon right at the aroma. Tart white grapes, raisins, lemon peel, and tons and tons of funky and sour phenols. I'm not sure after all this time if it's the wild yeast strains, the brewing environment, or the oak barrel blending that produces flavors this robust, but something is working in their favor. There's a musty cellar flavor, as well as dust, light limestone, and cold stones that come in full force. The oak is not extremely strong in terms of providing a toasted flavor, but it still brings in notes of cedar and slight sawdust, as well as some baking spices to pep things up a bit. Really funky, but extremely appealing stuff overall.

The flavor takes everything from the aroma and immediately coats the palate in a puckering, soured sensation, further elevating all of the characteristics that make this enjoyable. Strong white raisins, tart grapes, and lemon peel are the most predominant fruit, with notes of vanilla, almonds, and baking soda soon following in the aroma. For me, the highlight is the yeasty tart flavor, that ranges from green apple peel to under-ripe apricots - combined with the oak blending and mineral flavor, this really is top notch stuff. The finish is long lasting and goes on for a long while, even hours after consumption. The bottled versions are probably more extreme than this one, but the tap version is without a doubt clean and crisper, and more of the refined nuances are, as a result, more present without too much of the yeasty acetic or lactic phenols clouding it up. Really divine.

The scariest thing about a beer this complex is how easily drinkable it is. I could have this in a long session without ever growing tired of it. I'm excited to try the bottled version of this and see how it differs. This really is, terms of basic oude gueuzes, a top quality standard and a real privilege to be able to drink whenever the opportunity arises. Without a doubt one of my favorite sours - I just wish it were more affordable and accessible.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

here it is the mother of the cantillons. the classic lambic. i actually had never had this one until tonight so i was simply thrilled to death to pop the cork and drink this with dinner tonight.

The pour was very nice, a rich hazy and cloudy bright golden yellow with a ton of carbonation riddled throughout it. Very nice three finger high head of white foam appeared over the top and stayed around for a good few minutes before settling down to a one finger high pillow that lasted throughout the entire session. Very nice thick side glass lace throughout the entire session and there was a good little bit of sedimentation present on the bottom of the glass. Very nice look and I was morethen excited to dive into this one.

The aroma was strong, pungent and very sour. Ahh the lovely aroma of Brett in full force here. Pungent aromas of grapes just all over this one. A nice fruity vibe as it warms, with hints of peaches, and apples, light fruit in general were all lying deep underneath, however the real story was the gorgeous amounts of sour notes that were all over this one. Really quite beautiful. The flavor followed along perfectly. With a light airy body, this was an ideal beer for the evening. Lots of carbonation and an increasingly complex profile just really lit it up. There was the undeniable taste of Bret rippling through it, providing me with the great sour taste, but below that lots of peach and pear flavors were increasingly poking their heads around, letting you know there were there as well. A nice light grain flavor made up the base and kept things from getting out of control. There was an nicel ong drawn out finish that really tightened things up nicely and left a good fresh grass and sour grape flavor in your mouth for a good long time. The drinkability on this one was superb, with a deep flavor profile, that was just light enough to be enjoyed all night.

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.