Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 2,761
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.69%
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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 Mistofminn
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle after the ball dropped, as my first beer of 2010. Figured I would start off the year on a good foot.

2009 cork date. I wish I could have cellared this longer, but I coulnd't bring myself to drink the 2007 I have in the cellar just yet.

Cork pulled out with relative ease. Pours a light hazy golden color with a thin fizzy head that quickly fades and doesn't leave much lacing.

The aroma is sour, sour and more sour. Brett qualities shine through at times, but it's mostly about the sourness and vinous nature of the lambic bases.

The taste is very sour as well, with an extremely dry finish. Vinous qualities come out again, as well as some woody characters, can't tell if they are from barrels or the Brett or both. Very dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with a fine carbonation that seems very appropriate for this brew. Drinkability is great, I wish I had some food to sample alongside that could stand up to this.

Overall, an excellent Gueuze, no doubt. I can definitely tell this is a young Gueuze, and I can easily see that this will only get better with age, gaining complexity. I can't wait to try my older bottle a couple years down the road.

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

A - Pours with a small head of white foam that dissipates quickly and leaves only weak lace. The body is a hazy, yellow-orange color.

S - Aromas of tart cherries and wheat with musty funk and a little bit of goat aroma. Light, bready malt and some sulphur in the background.

T - Lemony sourness with some orange character. More dry cherry in the middle with light funk and puckering lactic sourness. Finishes with bready malt and vanilla as well as sharp acidity.

M - Medium body, very high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a very tart and refreshing gueuze, and while it is not as complex as some of Cantillon's other offerings, it is very drinkable. The fruit character is probably the most outstanding feature, characterized by a nice candied orange note in the flavor. The wild character is kind of lacking in complexity and somewhat one-dimensional, but there is a good level of sourness that makes for a very refreshing beer.

Photo of OrangeCharlie
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one was bottled in 2008.

A: Poured a cloudy, golden color with a champagne-like fizz and quickly fading head.

S: Musty and bleu cheese with fruity overtones. So intriguing I had to inhale deeply with every sip.

T: Very tart with notes of fruity esters and oak.

M: Thin and champagne-like. Spritzy.

D: Very drinkable considering it's a lambic, though I'm glad I had friends to share the bottle with.

Photo of HopHead84
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1996 bottle opened by seaoflament on 11/24/2009 in a snifter. This has an old Cantillon label that I've never before seen. Thanks for bringing this rare treat, Carlos. It was amusing and tragic to watch the cork fall apart while Joey attempted to uncork this. The beer appears hazy dark orange with a creamy, fizzy head.

The aroma opens with lemon, orange, and strong dry woody notes. There's a moderate tannic quality with a low sweetness and a horsey, goaty, dirty funk. Notes of wet horse blanket, musty barnyard, and blue cheese are evident with a moderate lactic character.

The flavor opens with succulent tart lemon with a whisper of orange. The beer seems to suck the moisture out of my mouth with its tannins, and then quench my thirst with tart citrus. The beer is extremely woody and it has a nice high level of funk. The beer has a moderate lactic quality. The Brett imparts horsey, goaty, cheesy, musty, and wet barnyard blanket notes. The citric acidity is high and there's a low level of acetic character. The beer seems to rip the enamel off my teeth with its acidity. The finish is dry, woody, tannic, and tart with lingering lemon. An aged Gueuze is an amazing experience. What could possibly be better?

Photo of jgasparine
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the bottle with virtually no head, but just enough foam to produce some edge lacing. The body was a very hazy straw yellow color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Smells strongly sour and phenolic, with lesser aromas of vinous fruit, oak and must.

T- Smooth acetic sourness blends with lemony vinous notes and some mild "band-aid" phenolic notes. No astringency and nothing overacidic here... just smooth and soft sourness that lasts throughout the finish.

M- Relatively thin body with some soft carbonation. Very highly attenuated. While this lack of performance in the mouthfeel department keeps the beer from lingering on the palate, it is not far from other geueze's... and therefore gets an average mark for mouthfeel.

D- A very drinkable gueuze. I can drink this stuff all night and wouldn't anticipate the sourness to become too overpowering.

Photo of ahalloin
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12.7 oz bottle green bottle with a yellow label showing the black silhouette of a drinking man falling back in his chair with a rapturous look on his face! The label says Classic Gueuze at the bottom, which made me think to put this under the Organic Classic Gueze but after looking through some of the reviews, I think it belongs here.

Removed the cap with no fanfare. Corkscrewed the cork with a nice pop. Cork labeled bottled in 2008. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip with a quickly dissipating one finger width head of 7-up genre. As soon as the head was gone, all was still in the glass of semi clear golden liquid. Now that I look closer a few stray bubbles make their way to the top here and there. A swirl of the glass gives a quick glimpse of what was

Smell is a nice medium strength acetic but with a lovely sweet undertone or periphery. I get a nice waft of baked tart green apples with a hint of cinnamon. A funky barnyard point in the smell nails you right between the eyes. Belgian candy is also apparent. Some floral nature as well. Wow, this thing is complex. Maybe some sour cherry notes.

Taste is tartly refreshing. The opening shows some dainty sweetness but serious tartness takes over in the middle and beats you senseless in the finish. Major funkiness going on in the finish....Holy S__t! That finish makes the inside of each cheek touch (mouth, that is). The pucker factor is high with this one. Definitely some barnyard going on in this. Grassy, composty...but in the best way possible!! Finish is incredibly acetic and lasts in your mouth for a good 45 seconds. Man alive, that is ridiculous. I am getting some tart herbal lemon in the late finish. Tea-like almost.

Mouthfeel is fairly light with very little carbonation still active.

Drinkability is great for a gueze/lambic lover! I love it, but not everyone has to as it is pretty powerful stuff.

Photo of berkey
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz corked and capped bottle poured into a La Trappe glass. From 10/03/09 notes. This one has a yellow label with a man drinking in a chair.

Opens with a nice champagne pop and pours with a loud hiss. A small head forms and immediately fades almost completely. Body is that cloudy, almost dirty yellow-orange of many Cantillon brews. Very fine carbonation is easily visible.

Aroma very pungent with a high amount of what is so often called horse blanket. Having never been in a stable I'd sooner say 'dirty towel' but you get the picture. Faint sweetness comes through just enough to make itself known along with some sour bread notes. Funk is really the most intense smell though. Has that 'are you sure this is safe to drink?' character that the funkiest lambics share.

After the zaniness of the nose the flavor isn't as intense as I expected. Actually fairly balanced all things considered. Funk is there in good measure, at first in the aftertaste, then more as it reached CA room temperature. Not harshly sour, slightly dry, faintly sweet, with a good woody character.

Very drinkable once I adjusted to the funky pungency but I'm still glad I went with the smaller bottle. 750 ml of Gueuze is a little much me. Feel was excellent with the pleasantly intricate prickly carbonation.

All in all another highly enjoyable Cantillon brew. These beers are becoming a regular part of my beer runs. Hopefully I can find more Cantillon offerings in these smaller bottles as the big ones are a little pricey.

Photo of organicbrewer
3.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork says bottled 2008. Classic Gueuze,yellow label with drinking man falling out of chair. No mention of organic on the bottle so i'm going with this beer.
Warmed beer up per instructions. Poured into a De Dolle "wine" glass

A-full gold. Brilliantly clear. Very low ring of a head.

S-Old wood. Some stomach acid. Some band-aid phenols. Not as much going on as previous bottles I've had. Still nice, but just not special

T- Super tart. Strong lemonaid. Some musty oak. Some funk, but not as much as other cantillons. I guess I'll have to have my second bottle to be sure.

M-Fairly dry. Not much carbonation or should I say not as much as other gueuzes i've had. Could use a touch more. Would help lift the flavors off so that you would want another sip.

D-Dispite some of my complaints, this is a great beer. Just not as funky and complex as other cantillon gueuzes i've had in the past. Could use a touch more carbonation and more brett (seemed almost one dimentional, or at least with less dimentions then usual).

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

I love reviewing sours, i really do. They are so different, it gives me a chance to write something other than citrus piney, coffee etc.
Pours pale yellow, with tall fizzy head.
Smells of old leather, wet socks, and moldy hay , with some lemon in there as well.
The taste is like sour sprite, in a a good way. I get more of the leather/barnyard fuck, but teh acidity shows up a lot more. Its like you let a bunch of citrus fruits rot, ferment and then poured them over some really funky cheese then strained that through some 20 year old boots and poured it up. Despite the disgusting way i described it, i really really like this beer.

Photo of RyWill
4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Really nice golden/orange/yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Sporadic lace follows down the glass, while a thin fizzy white head remains the entire time.

Smell: Some musty funk, but more sour green apple and citrus.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This being my first gueuze I was expecting more sourness after drinking a La Folie recently as my introduction to sour beers, but the balance of this beer was definitely a nice surprise. The sourness is there but it doesn't leave a profound bite. There are so many flavors going on that play super well off each other that after getting through half the bottle you almost forget how sour it is and just bask in the deliciousness. Light and refreshing mouthfeel. Carbonation isn't overbearing at all.

Drinkability: Would be a perfect beer for a hot day if you're just looking to sip on something delicious or you just want something different and super complex. Really really good.

Photo of Casey10
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This a bottle that I picked up from RSVP in portland caped and corked yellow picture of man falling over in chair while drinking not sure if this should be here or the organic description as others have mentioned but oh well here goes.

A - Beautiful wispy head golden yellow orange color from pour from bottle to glass.

S - very sour lemon and grapes are detected from the smell.

T - I tried it at first a bit colder than recommeded then let it warm then the taste was pure lemon sour funk that was very enjoyable.

M - mouthfeel gives me that wet blanket that others have spoke of. lingers for some time like almost like a sour candy.

D - Very nice beer one of my very first sours, don't know if I would drink a lot but this one is good none the less.

Photo of botham
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cantillon Classic Gueuze. nothing on the bottle indicates that this is the organic version, but the listing for the 'Classic Gueuze' is listed as an alias for the organic gueuze. oh well.

bottle poured into a sinfter. pours a golden apricot with no head, a thin rim, no lacings or retention.

aroma is of a strong acidic sourness with a touch of light funk. a bit of wet hay and some distant fruit are in the background as well. pleasantly sharp in the nose.

taste is great. the sour is not as pronounced here, not until the finish. the funk is a bit more of a factor here, with a lightly tart aftertaste and a mildly sharp finish. exceptional on the palate.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and mostly crisp with only a light tartness after the fact. very tart on the palate with a pleasant sourness and a mildly crisp quality overall.

drinkability is excellent. beers like this will always get some bad reviews because the flavors are so polarizing, which is unfortunate. this is a supremely sour and fresh brew with a tart profile and a sourness that plays off of a light funk, helping to sustain the crispness. what a solid beer. it dances on the palate with its light sharpness and leaves the palate puckering for the next sip. cheers!

Photo of theghost3
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden with a tiny white head that quickly becomes just a ring. Minimal lacing.

Smells musty with significant yeast, lemon, and other sour fruits. The taste is strong of sour fruits--grapefruit, lemon, unripe green apples--enough to make my lips pucker involuntarily. There's also a decent amount mustiness & some grass. Mouthfeel is acidic but not too burning on the palate; very dry in the end.

This is so sour that you have to drink it slow to savour it. It's a good representation of the Gueuze, but I don't think it's my style.

Photo of bfields4
4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light golden color topped with a wispy head.

funky yeast hits first. Then lemon zest woody earthy smells. A interesting musty smell too (guess I finally know what all that "horse blanket" is about).

Very tart with a subtle real fruit acidic sweetness lemon, grapefruit comes rushing to the tongue. This all gives way to a nice dry finish.

Very interesting brew. Lots of flavors that play off each other excellently. Not something I would drink very much of, but great for a special occasion. (and amazing with lemon bars)

Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at Track 84 on 8/7/09. Served in a snifter. Poured A golder-orange with a quarter-inch, thin white head that settled into a skim. Nose reveals a bit of funk, citrus and light fruit; perhaps pineapple and apricot. Taste follows nose - sour, tart and musky. Mouthfeel fell between light- and medium-bodied, but closer to the light end of the spectrum - finished with a slightly astringent pucker. I'm still very new to this style, but what a pleasant and refreshing sipper.

Photo of robbyc1
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange, this has a small white head.

Huge fruitiness in aroma, same in first taste. Tart, persistent across palate. Grape in nose, with solid sourness, apples and great freshness, like the fuzz from a lemon. Really refreshing. Lively taste, effervescent. Grapefruit & apricot flavors, sour apples, much malt. Bitterness from the yeast or hops, I'm thinking it's from the malt as well.

Fizzy full body mouthfeel, a great summer beer, maybe the best made beer I've tasted from this wonderful maker, a gueuze to die for. Great to have it on tap, will be seeking it in bottles as well.

Photo of brundo4
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL champagne bottle into a flute. No real head forms. Thin, white lacing. Mild carbonation. Beautiful, deep golden color. A bit cloudy. This Gueuze looks very crisp, bright and refreshing.

On the nose, it is dry, tart and fruity. Green/granny smith apples and a citrus of lime and lemon both come through, as well as some spiciness I can't quite identify (cumin, lemon zest, light pepper smell) as well as honey and a strong sour, yeasty aroma.

What you smell is almost what you get. Supplement some bitterness on top of a strong, tart citrus flavor and some serious yeastiness and you get this Gueuze. Very sharp and tangy, not at all sweet, a little barrel taste. The bite is refreshing and complex. The longer I let this explore the less I seem to understand it: the sign of a truly complex beer. Good balance of flavors and very indicative of lambic style. The complexity and the inability to get a handle on this makes it all the more delicious.

The mouthfeel of this lambic is not too thick, but it feels thicker because of the minimal carbonation. Very pleasant, soft, billowy almost--a trait I've been finding more and more in lambics.

This beer goes down extremely easy and improves with each sip. The first taste confuses, the second entices, and the third entrances. This is one for the beer Gods. Endlessly complex. A true experience.

Photo of emerge077
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mini-magnum, 12.7oz corked, capped, & wrapped. Cork stamped 2006.
Nice label, bold red Cantillon lettering on mustard background against black detail, and silhouette of a tipsy fellow in a chair. "Classic Gueuze"

Pours a cloudy orange apricot, hazy. Some bubbles froth up, but soon settle to a ring around the glass. Some cloudiness, no sediment to be seen. Served at cellar temp, around 50º.

Once out of the bottle, the predominant aroma is wild yeast and wet pastures. This is cut by a sharp citric note, but it is alluring and easy to get lost in. Definite funky cheese in there, it intensifies with a swirl of the glass. Soft woody oak around the edges. Aroma is by far the best ever i've smelled in a Gueuze.

Taste is initially tart citrus upfront, mellow fruit and hay funk in the middle, closed by a dry, sour finish. Some farmhouse cheese rind reveals itself too. Ethereal traces of dry oak round it out. A little acidic in the mouthfeel, but not as abrasive as some. Mellow enough to take a gulp, but that's almost sacrilege. Dryness enhances the session factor, even though it's a pricy option.

Lots of character to this one...i'm returning to it more and more all the time. A classic indeed.

Organic Gueuze review
5/4.5/4.5/5/5

2004 bottle, label says "Organic Gueuze" with an image of a copper mash tun and poppies in a wheat field.

Photo: http://www.sheltonbrothers.info/images/beers/Cantillon_Organic_Gueuze.jpg

Poured into a tumbler, the deep orange body is slightly hazed, but with no visible sediment. It formed a nice head and surprisingly 20 minutes later it hasn't broken. The foam had a very creamy texture. The aroma was a little different than the current "Classic Gueuze", with orange peel and definitely some orange yogurt wafting up. With a swirl there was the more typical sharp acidic note. The first sips felt soft, time seems to have mellowed it's sharpness, though it was still puckeringly sour. Orange and lemon rind, with all the succulence of sucking on a peach pit that still has fruit clinging to it. Definitely soft and peachy. Savory cheese notes come out in a longer draw. It's an ethereal experience, i'll be sad when this bottle is gone!

Photo of dublife1
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is probabaly the finest Gueuze I've tasted. Pours pale yellow with a one finger head. Smell is of grapes and green apples, wonderful. Taste is so wonderful and complex. Sour apples and grapes with some lemon in the backround. Very tart but oh sooo perfect and drinkable. This is one to not be missed!!! A lot of people may not like this style of beer but I absolutely have become a huge fan because of this wonderful beer!!!

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

A - This beer poured a light golden color that produced a white fluffy head that had good retention and laced the glass nicely

S - The aromas that were produced by this beer were lots of sourness, like sour grapes, and a funky yeast

T - The taste of this beer is dominated by the sourness, but after that subsides, and fruity burst of sour grapes and lemon occurs with is followed by a funky yeast taste

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light body with a moderate amount of carbonation, very smooth

D - This was a sour burst, but was still a well crafted beer that everyone should experience once

Photo of atpben
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Charlotte Flying Saucer two days ago. Reviewed from notes taken there. Poured into a snifter. Smell of barnyard, leather, and some light citrus. Extremely dry in the taste with amazing sourness. Lots of lemon in the taste with hints of oak, wheat and lots of acidity. It has a nice dry and tangy finish. I quite enjoyed this beer. Wish we could get more traditional lambics in Texas. Will definately try again.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first gueuze, so I have no idea what to expect. I like sour foods and non-alcoholic drinks, so we'll see how this turns out.

Bottled in 2007.

G: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy, light gold with the tiniest white head, which very quickly recedes into bubbles.

S: Definite funk and sourness. After that, some green grapes and hints of citrus. Lots of barnyard and a little lemon.

T: Supremely sour off of the first sip. As the sourness recedes, I'm getting tangy fruits and some tart green grape and/or green apple.

M: Other than the clear acidity, surprising smooth. Very dry. Much tangier/sour on the tongue, and smooth as it goes down. With this level of sourness and low ABV, it's clear there won't be any taste of alcohol.

D: Surprisingly drinkable. It took my palate a little while to adjust to the new style, but after the first few sips I was definitely getting into it.

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

Bottled in 2008. Picked up a single 37cl bottle at Abe's Cold Beer for about $8 with tax. Mmmm. Tart and tangy, yet light on the tongue like palate. This is a little spicier than other Cantillons, with an earthy cracked pepper flavor. In addition to the lemon-lime funk, there's also a hint of lighter, almost melon-like fruit in the background. Oddly, this feels a little cleaner, as in less barnyard type notes (just a hint in the nose). If you like sour beers, or lemonade, give this a try.

Photo of onecrazybreeze
3.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy gold, with a light white head. Smelled citrusy and slightly sour. Tasted sour with sweet notes I wasn't expecting. I had been told the beer was ridiculously sour so was let down to find it wasn't as sour as I was expecting. Not a bad brew at all, my judgement was clouded by previous expectations. Will definitely need to try again.

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

MMMM....

Poured a hazy golden yellow with a bit of orange in there. White sudsy head. Smells like ... huge lemon, vinegar, and a bit of barnyard funk. Not as funky as I expected, but there's funk.

Taste is soury, puckeringly vinegary, and has a dash of liquid sadness about it. The citrus component is more about an acid base than fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is bubbly, light, and perfect. Delicious.

Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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