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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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2,312 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,312
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 835
Gots: 663 | FT: 46
Brewed by:
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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 Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very Sour but smooth, a beverage requiring food to balance the acid. Amber haze. Apple aroma and sour green apple taste. Mid sip sweetness Not for popularity, and must be shared. Dries throat and leaves a sour with sugar and salt aftertaste. Drink for the experience and then have something to remove the taste.

Sammy, Aug 06, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

t0rin0, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to open something special for my 200th review.

Cork indicates this was bottled in 2005. The cork itself smells very funky and earthy - like it was buried underground with bacteria.

Pours a deep honey orange color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small chunks of lacing around the glass on the drink down. A very tart and sour vinegar smell, apple peels, and funk/must. The first sip of this beer gave me a mouth puckering chill. Sour vinegar, tart lemon, apple skins, and musty and funky earthiness. This beer says it was aged in oak barrels but I don't get any woody aspects whatsoever. Very light but pronounced carbonation make for a clean and crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good gueuze and my beer ever from Cantillon. This is the first bottle of Cantillon I have ever seen in the Los Angeles area and the last bottle in the store. I didn't think twice about snatching it up and I am very glad I didn't. A very tasty beer indeed.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 16, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

zestar, Oct 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

nmann08, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

acurtis, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that fade away into lacy patterns. A very slight amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of sourness in the nose along with some hints of fruit, funk and yeast.
T: The overall taste has a strong amount of sour flavors and is quite tart and acidic. The sourness persists through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. There is a moderate amount of dryness from the initial taste through the finish.
D: The sour flavors are strong, but do not completely overpower the taste and make this an interesting beer to sip. It's relatively easy to drink for the style.

metter98, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2009 bottling

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves a leggy lacing pattern behind

Smell: Barnyard funk, tart apples, lemons and oak

Taste: Starts out with a mouth-puckering blast of sour lemon, pomelo and apple flavors; by mid-palate, the oaky complexity and barnyard funk start to make their appearance, which is further intensified after the swallow; the tart flavors re-emerge in the finish, leaving the tastebuds gasping for relief but begging for more

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; mouth puckering tartness, with a slightly creamy finish

Drinkability: A really superb geuze, with all kind of subtleties

brentk56, Apr 13, 2010
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4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: sampled at the brewery in Brussels. Poured a golden colored beer with great carbonation and a good head. Aroma is a mix between some floral tomes and the Cantillon yeast. Taste is a bit deceiving since it is too much acidic that it kills the rest of the flavours. I know this is supposed to be the classic gueuze but I believe that some other gueuze a better balanced then this one.

Re-rate: Bottle dated 2004. Barnyard aroma with sourness and acidic notes quite evident. Taste is quite sour but not as acidic as the bottle tasted in Brussels which was probably fresher. This version seems to make more sense with ratings included here.

Phyl21ca, Jun 29, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As advertised, this blended lambic proves to be as flavorful, complex, and refreshing as any beer can be.

Lemons, limes, and must fill the nose in a very tanic and vinous fashion. Sourness, tartness, and old woods are definately on the menu. The zing of dry white wines, sour grapes, and crab apples come to mind and nearly give me an astringent reaction just from the aroma.

A murky light golden pour releases a juicy burst of carbonation (champagne-like) early that is short lived, quickly settling into a light effervesence that releases a thin and stubborn sheet of white foam. With good retention and light lacing this gueuze shows better beery attributes than most.

The intense tartness of lemons, limes, and white grapes provide the first wave of flavors while softer malt breadiness and mild sweetness offers a quick repreive from the full brunt of the possible astringency. Salty flavors come in just before the musty wood and sweatly flavors take hold. Quite savory and crisp in the mid palate. The tartness then quickly fades into a hoppy bitter flavor that brings in the dry and crisp finish. The beer just keeps comming, wave after wave of flavor.

Likewise, the mouthfeel goes through a similar procession- a wash of acidity comes first, while a malty creaminess and structure follows, all just before a dryness and mild astringency give the final impressions of texture.

A very well balanced and complex sour ale that twarts the notion of one-dimensionality or simplicity. Characterful and as unoffensive as true sours can be.

BEERchitect, Aug 03, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Texasfan549, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

mikesgroove, May 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

kjkinsey, Mar 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

GRG1313, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

womencantsail, Sep 19, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

spycow, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

kylehay2004, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't something I normally order but since Jen at the Trapp Door drove all over for it I figured I would give it a try. This beer has a good amount of pressure in the bottle, right after the cap was removed the cork started coming out on it own. With a little help of a cork screw it was poured into a wine glass. It had a bubbly golden color to it, very clean and clear looking. The smell was vibrant with funk aromas that I could smell before it was even placed in front of me. The taste of the beer is nice and tart with some funky flavors going on. The mouthfeel was also pretty nice, very drinkable. Overall I found it to only be harsh on the first sip, after that it got much better and easier to drink. Good stuff for sure.

Knapp85, Jul 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing his gueuze tick!

That guy on the label's gonna have a bad time real soon... Meanwhile, his beer pours a lightly hazy straw topped by a solid finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon wedge, coriander, sour wheat, white grapes, Brett, and some nice funky funk. Word. The taste really emphasizes those sour notes, particularly lemon, orange peel, and Brett. It's all pretty tart, but nothing o'erwhelmingly so. The body is a hefty-feeling light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, rather sticky finish. Overall, a very nice gueuze, though not really something I can see drinking too heavily during a day.

TMoney2591, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

emerge077, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of largadeer
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2009 according to the cork, but not stamped on the back, so I'm not certain of the exact bottling date. 375ml bottle.

Golden-hued, hazy but clear. A moderate level of carbonation creates a two-finger tall head that eventually recedes to a collar.

The aroma is deep, musty, complex. Stone fruits, barnyard, moldy lemon. A little bit of curious sweetness too, almost like candied hazelnuts. It's not as woody or funky as I'd like, but it's pleasant all the same.

It tastes good, but young. Lemon and lime-like acidity meets light oak and funk. There's a lot of fruit in this, apricots or unripe peaches, and an unusual but pleasant touch of lime. I also pick up a very faint metallic character, which is subdued enough to add an interesting layer of flavor. Unfortunately, there's not enough oak to balance things out, and it finishes somewhat abruptly.

I had a 2008 bottling only 2 days ago, and that was great. I'm not sure if this batch is inferior or if it just needs age, but I'm going to rate this bottle somewhere between the two. Very enjoyable regardless, but not one of the best batches of the Classic Gueuze I've tried.

Other vintages:

May 2008, 750ml: What a great batch, nicely structured and balanced with a firm backbone of oak. Balanced sourness and funk, very complex.

Nov 2009, 750ml: Lemony, sharp lactic sourness, mild funk, increasingly tannic and woody as the beer warms. Very good, should improve nicely with age.

largadeer, Aug 17, 2010
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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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