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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Gueuze 100% LambicCantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic

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Ratings: 1861
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.93%

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website

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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4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Mr. Dunderbak's. Served in a large tulip glass.

A: Hazy deep gold with a big fluffy white head - this almost glows in the light. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Dry, modest funky barnyard, with a bit of tart fleshy fruit.

T: Dry, tartness, funk and sour, with almost apricot and grape flavors in the back of the mouth and on the exhale. Develops more lemon citric tartness and funk as it warms through the drink.

M: Light crisp body, good carbonation sensation, and very low alcohol presence.

O: Very, very good. Although there is less funk than I expected (at least on draft), truly a very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2014 02:13:53 | More by macrosmatic
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4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Max's (from notes).

A: Slightly hazy blonde.

S: Sweet and tart with funk and citrus.

T: Nice even sour with a bit of a sweet spike at the end. Sweet funk aftertaste. Sweet and sour. Not puckering which I like.

M: Solid even carbonation.

O: Excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2013 23:29:06 | More by gillagorilla
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4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2013 05:53:02 | More by magictacosinus
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North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

@ Armsby Abbey

What a treat to stumble upon Zwanze Day leftovers on our vacation through New England.

Served in a little Cantillon glass, the pour is a clearish yellow with a skimpy head that results in some minor lacing. The smell is a juicy, sour melange of hay, melon, grape, green apple, and lemon. Sour, funky flavor, slightly acetic, but not over the top. Lemons, limes, puckering apple, and some oak wood tannins. Dry, tart, and crisp. Just an excellent gueuze that I could have kept drinking for the remainder of the night if money were no object.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2013 13:23:22 | More by wedge
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Cloudy bright yellow, one finger head, nicely carbonated.

S-Funk, grapes, oak and vinegar.

T-Rather funky, great balance, oak, grapes and grass.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated, very dry crisp finish.

O-The flavors meshed perfectly the funk was there, nice and sour. An amazing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2013 00:57:22 | More by rlee1390
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden yellow with a very tiny head.

S: Aroma is fantastic. Very crisp and clean with mouthwatering fruit notes of melon, light berries, apple, and pineapple. White wine and green grapes or champagne.

T: Very tart at the front with grapes, sour Granny Smith apples, lime rind and lemon. Fresh graininess underneath. Implosive flavors...

M: The variety of sensations is excellent. Bright smooth and extremely dry through the finish. Tingly and chewy at the same time.

O: This is great. A very interesting sour treat.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 23:26:15 | More by tastybeer
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4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at Northdown Cafe in Chicago at the 2013 Lions Tiger Beers 3F / Surly event

Got lucky enough to try this before I even knew about Cantillon. This was probably only the fifth or sixth sour beer I had ever tried, but damn it was good. Its too bad its never around. It really made me understand the difference between the American sour experimentation's and a true Belgium gueuze. Im hooked. More, please!

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 23:32:03 | More by Chibeerguy1
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New York

4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 20:02:21 | More by vonnegut21
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4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Armsby Abbey for Zwanze Day.

A: Beautiful straw golden yellow with a big fizzy white head.

S: Incredibly funky and barny and some sour fruit.

T: Perfect amount of dry funk with hints of super tart fruit. Slight white wine qualities.

M: Dry, fruity, sour deliciousness. One of the best I've had. Everything balanced to make a nearly perfect gueuze.

O: Everything I expect in the style. It's difficult to describe these beers but I know its one of the most delicious on the planet.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 20:00:44 | More by Gatch
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4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head and minimal lacing

S-lemon, grassy, funk, musty

T-lemon, yeasty funk, grass, earthy, hint of orange

F-medium body with nice crisp carbonation, tart and acidic

O-my favorite gueuze thus far, nice body and flavor

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 20:04:01 | More by MDDMD
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4.03/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On "tap" at Cantillon

Due to my lack of experience with Gueuze, I was surprised when this was served in a tumbler rather than a tulip.

Dull orange/straw color.
The aroma was very funky with all the earthy smells expected from a naturally fermented beer.
Taste was tart but not over the top. Clearly there is a lot of thought put into what goes into the blend for this beer as it is quite balanced and with a mouthfeel that makes it very easy to drink.

Wouldn't be a daily drinker but was obviously a marvelously brewed beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 10:07:21 | More by hoserking
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4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The liquid is semi-cloudy, the colour is orange-gold. The low head is warm-white.

The smell is sour-sweet with red berries, vinegar, some stable and dried flowers.

The taste starts off with mixed yellow fruits and berries with a fine tartness (reminding of apple acid). The mouthfeel is a bit dry. Mineralic notes, iodine, lemon acid. It is not extremely tart, rather complex and stiff. The aftertaste is sour and quite light with multifaceted notes of stables/farms, honey drops and fine white vinegar.

The carbonation is medium strong; the small bubbles are rather sharp in the mouth. The medium smooth liquid is dry.

A classic brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 10:15:42 | More by bark
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one during Zwanze Day 2011 while at Holy Grale! Served from tap into a Cantillon taster flute. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a half finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, tart, fruit, wood, sour apples, and barnyard. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, tart, fruit, wood, and brett. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a solid brew. I have had this brew multiple times out of the bottle, but this was the only chance I've had to have it on tap. I have to be honest... This one actually tasted better out of the bottle to me as the funk really carried through more out of them. This was still quite good in aspects of the way. I would love to have a keg or three of this sitting around my house either way. A definite must experience serving method for this one. Now if only I can find it on cask...

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 00:42:29 | More by thagr81us
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Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the 5th anniversary of Saint-Bock bar. From Notes.

A: Light yellow color, quite strong foam, ok retention and lacing.

S: Well, this is the most prototypical gueuze I ever had. It smells like strong barn: with wet hay, horse blanket and everything you'd expect from a gueuze. Also, very fruity with strong green apples, strong lemon and light mint.

T: It's everything from the smell and even a little more. It's more balanced that what I expected, with it being a bit less acidic than expected. Good amount of barnyard: good wet hay and horse blanket. But, it's really fruitiness that steals the show, it's like biting in one of these sweet lemons, not the overly acidic type, mixed with that tart like notes of green apples and very light mint.

M: It's very very light like everything Cantillon does, and superbly dry.

O: I love everything Cantillon does, and this is no exception. This is the gueuze every other gueuzes should be compared. This is damn near perfect.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 18:27:39 | More by flipper2gv
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4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 13:55:31 | More by bishopdc0
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3.98/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Zwanze Day 2011

Pours a hazy golden orange. Almost no head. Smells earthy and funky. Lots of armhouse dirtiness. Tastes sweet and tast. Not overly sour but definitely funky. Overall well carbonated but isn't quite doing it for me. Perhaps I'm not a Gueuze person

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 15:35:12 | More by Urbancaver
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4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On top into a Cantillon taster at 2011 Zwanze Day in Louisville at Holy Grale.

Bright yellow with a haze to it when cold, with a ring of foam around the edges. The haze disappears and the beverage becomes much more clear as it warms.

Barnyard funk forward with highlights of fruity esters and rind. Lemon, lime, and orange come to mind. Those nice Cantillon cheesey and horse blanket notes throughout.

Much more tart on the tongue than on the nose. Lemon rind and lime flavors are the most apparent, then some funk. Barnyard and cheesey lactic acidity. Much different than the nose.

Medium body with a tingle of carbonation. Pretty wet as well, not as dry as most gueuzes.

Pleasant barnyard with hints of fruit on the nose, and a very tart flavor with funk in the background. A gueuze with wonderul contrast between the nose and taste. Glad I got to try this one on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 01:29:26 | More by auroracrisis
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4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Zeanze day 2011. Really looking forward to this one.

A- hazy yellow with no head whatsoever

S- little bit of fruit, lot of funk

T- follows the nose. Go figure. Very dry finish. Nice tartness and funk

M+medium body and smooth

O-good beer. Can't wait to see what this does with age.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 19:36:39 | More by brew3crew
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4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a chalice. Pours a hazy straw color with a thin layer of white foam.

Horseblanket cellar must on the aroma with a nice fresh tart finish. Lemon and vinegar in the aroma with a hearty oak character. Much like the aroma the flavor is tart start to finish with wild yeast notes and a cellar character.

The feel is light and crisp. Overall this one is the bar for the style in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 16:23:51 | More by Bendurgin
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4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: Draft @ City Beer Store

S: Chardonnay vinegar, fresh but tart berries, candied lemons and grapefruit, golden raisins. Seamless. Amazing how clean it is with no 'off' flavors. Seriously high quality.

T: Super fresh, crisp and tart with bright lemon and tropical fruits which hit briefly as oily but then as juicy. Eases into more sour depth in the middle along with some unripe banana, grapefruit oil with a light, stale, chardonnay, and bubblegum edge. Hints at leather on top of the lemon that carries over from the initial taste. Fairly dry throughout. Finish is slightly grapefruit pith bitter and not as sour. Bitter raisins, stale white wine, and a little spice with lemon candy/wine lingering sweet and sour which very slowly dries out.

Notes: Flavors are smooth and sharp and lacking anything 'off'. Complex.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 02:30:47 | More by 4000qtrap
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4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 23:34:51 | More by Spider889
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4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Local Option into a tulip...Nice light cloudy medium gold, what a gueze should look like. Head is sparse, gone quicly...Ther aroma is really nice, just funky horse blanket sourness, not super strong but a good happy medium, not overly complex...Taste is a puckerer, super tarty but drinkable, light apple skin, pretty tannic.

A well above average gueze.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2010 18:13:37 | More by jrallen34
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4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a burnt orange color with very little head and quite a bit of bubbles.

S: Tons of funky barnyard aromas along with hay, wet oak, straw, and grass. Green apple and lemon provide plenty of acidity and tartness.

T: Just as funky, sour, and delicious as always. Very, very acidic, primarily lactic acid, with great lemon, green apple, and green grape notes. The funk is very green as well with grass, and wet straw, along with a mustiness and some wet oak.

M: The body is medium with a nice lively, champagne like carbonation.

D: One of the best and most consistent gueuzes out there. I could drink this by the case.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 05:10:39 | More by womencantsail
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4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at City Beer Store in SF! Gold in color with surprising clarity for style; nominal head and no real lacing to speak of but on point for style. The nose is a bit funky with notes of grape and melon with pleasant vinegar qualities, even a bit of coriander. This a real palate pleaser, slight tartness with a very clean finish. Apple and melon are noticeable on the mid-palate along with some hay qualities. Very tasty and extremely refreshing for a warm summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 17:00:39 | More by WOTO97
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4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ebenezers Pub, Lovell Maine.

Well poured in Cantillon long-stem glass. Yellow-Orange-Gold, medium translucency with one finger of white foam. Definitely not cloudy.

Nose of citrus fruits, sour, and grassy funk.

Mouthfeel very clean, higher carbonation than I am used to in this style but matches the flavors well.

Taste from beginning to end of sip is wider than I've ever had in this style. Nearly sweet at the beginning, but transitions to a sharp-sour, nearly bitter but extremely clean flavor of almost musty cheesiness. Reminiscent of the dry finish of very good french champagne.

Awesome example of the style, wish I could get it where I live. Paired amazingly well with the lobster roll I had for lunch.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2010 17:19:00 | More by bmishkin
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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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