Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 2,769
Reviews: 596
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 rdrummer
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I am rather new to this style, but I loved this beer. It poured a bright, bubbly, clear light golden with a smallish pure white head. It looked very much light a good champagne with less carbonation.

The aroma is one of sourness that I really enjoy. The sourness, however, is balanced by a slightly sweet malty undertone. There is also a hint of the yeast in the smell.

I've read some places that geuze is not sour, but it tastes sour to me, and I love that sourness in many foods and drinks. There are hints of many other flavors underlying the sour, including some citrus hints. The mouthfeel is exceptionally clean with no bitterness at all. The carbonation cleanses the palate, and the residual sweetness refreshes.

People have told me there is much better geuze out there so the search continues.

Photo of cooch69
3.7/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cantillon Gueuze pours a bright golden orange with a small loose head. It is pretty clear, but then again I left most of the sediment in the bottle.
The nose is very refreshing. It is vibrant, acidic, and earthy. It has a mellow sweetness in the smell as well.
This beer is one of the more sour and acidic Gueuze's that I've tried, comparing it to others such as Girarden or Oude Beersel. I had it with garlic mussels(with no Frites) too bad. Next time I'll have to be better prepared.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A bright light yellow champagne look,.

S- Fruity notes and a little grassy scent.

T- Taste of lemon zest and orange peel with a sourness through out the sip.

M- Dry smooth sour feeling through out the sip.

D- Still getting used to drinking sours. But this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of Mississipping
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a completely clear golden color with a small white head that rises quickly and takes its time to settle.  A thin, bubbly film and thick ring remain.  Numerous steady streams of bubbles quickly float toward the surface in unison.  Decent lacing left behind on the edges of the glass. 

S: The aroma is mainly musty and funky; wet hay and barnyard all over.  The fruitiness is gently in the background with lemon, pear, apple, grape skins, and some cherry, but they are almost overcome by the earthy and funky qualities, especially as it warms.  A bit of oak as well, but I don't pick up on much vinegar as others did. 

T: Tart for sure, but I wouldn't say it's puckering by any means.  Nice and citrusy up front along with grape skins and tart apples.  A good amount of straw, hay, grass, and oak are towards the back end.  The earthiness really comes out as it warms, and I love it.  The acidity is great ... quite apparent but not overwhelming.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.  Soft yet spritzy and tingly on the tongue.  Starts and ends tart with a great drying effect on the finish that makes the mouth water in between sips.  Alcohol is completely hidden, allowing the finer qualities to shine.

D/O: Very well balanced with great complexity that isn't overdone.  Tasty, funky, tart, delicious.  I could sip on a few of these all day long.  A great example of the style, but the tartness was just a touch toned down for me.  Fortunately, I have a few more bottles to sit on for a couple years.  Can't wait to try it again down the road. 

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

Sampled some at the Cantillon brewery in Brussels. The head brewer poured it out of a bottle that was laying in a wicker basket. Had the color of a chardonay wine and when you smelled it, it made your mouth water and caused a little puckering. The sample I had was very young - less than 2 months in the bottle and was sweet enough to balance the tartness. Ended acidic on the back of the throat. Like a tart white wine. Nice but only could drink a small glass at a time.

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

Pours a pale golden color with a nice light head leaving no lace. There are scents of crabapples, tartness and sourness, some barnyard, and bits of zest. Flavors are a concentration of acidic and acetic tones, with hints of zest and apple notes as well. There is a huge mouth puckering sourness to this brew that lets you know its Cantillon. There is also what I would say be an almost salty tone here and there but it is very faint and the sourness masks over it. The finish to this brew is effectively tart and sour with a nice backing of peppery spiciness that lingers on the tongue just letting you know that this is one truly funky ass brew. There is also slight hints of sweetness just here and there which add to the depth of this brew. This is definetly not for the faint of heart but a fully enjoyable brew that I will always look for.

Photo of dmarch
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color. This is the basis for anything lambic. The tartness may turn some off, but it can be paired with food that no wine can come close to. This was my first non-fruit lambic and it really opened up my eyes to this style. Taste is very sour with hints of apple.

Photo of ithacabaron
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dusty, musty yellow into my glass, with a small head that quickly settles down.

Aromas are all over the place -- rusted steel, cat urine, straw/hay, decaying citrus rind, etc. I could smell this all day. It's one of those aromas that you never quite forget, and instantly recognize, much like an old locker room. That smell is in here too, come to think of it.

Taste is pungently sour, but not overwhelming. The tastes are similar to the aromas, but even more present and vital here. It's very hard to describe...just one of those things that has to be enjoyed.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style, light and dancing on the tongue -- this would be a perfect substitute for champagne.

Drinkability depends on who you are. Myself, I consider this eminently drinkable, especially during the hotter days of the summer. Another friend of mine drinks half a glass and has an acidic stomach all evening. To each their own. Seeing how this is my review, it gets a 5.

This is the quintessential Gueuze Lambic. Additionally, I prefer it to the flavored lambics that Cantillon makes, as it lets the brewer's craft truly shine. There are those in the Cantillon catalogue that are inventive than this, there are those that have wonderful ingredients added, but in a style as random and varied as the winds that blow through the brewery, this beer remains the benchmark.

A beautiul thing.

Photo of shangwang
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Cracked a 2011 with some friends. Loved everything about it - delicate sour flavor, but very smooth and drinkable. This won't smack you over the head, but it's tart and refreshing.

Photo of gabrielsyme
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle in a wine glass. Pours the color of honey, opaque, with bubbly white head. Taste is sour - obvi - think of lemon/limey sour more than funk but without the harshness. Really hits the front of your tongue. The aftertaste is pleasing, but its tough to get to all the subtle flavors going on underneath.

Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

75cl green bottle with full color picture of copper brew kettle. No dates.

Poured a cloudy dark straw/orange color with a white clingy head.

Whew! This has the funk on it! Super tart smell with a farmyard dankness.

I'm baffled. A definite citrus taste throughout, light crisp mouthfeel. Bone dry, oh, so friggin' dry. Great spritzy feel on the back of the mouth.

What a change of pace! What a great style of beer. I'm a believer.

Photo of sjccmd
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2011

Pours clear light amber/gold with a small white head that disappears quickly.

The aroma consists of barnyard, musty basement, oak, followed by sour apples, overripe fruit, and wet hay. Floral and slightly cheesy. Very earthy.

Tart, oaky, and slightly bitter in the flavor. Funk and some cheesiness. Follows along with the aroma. Slightly grainy.

Very carbonated mouthfeel with an acidic bite. Super dry.

I previously had an longer aged example of this beer which was much more complex. The sourness and funk really jumped out. However, even fresh, this beer is near perfect.

Photo of pdoran10
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light hazy golden color with two fingers of white head, that disappears after about 5 minutes. not much lacing.

Smell is slightly acidic vinegar, a hint of lemon, some musty basement aroma. not overly pungent.

Smell opens with lemon citrus and quickly blends to sour vinegar notes. funk, light breadiness mixed with the sour. Finishes with slight oakiness coming in at the end to really balance the sourness excellently.

Mouthfeel is extremely dry with high lively carbonation. probaly the dryest beer i've ever had, but I really enjoy dryness.

Probably the most smooth and drinkable of the style i have had to date. the subtle oak really rounds out this delicious gueuze.

Photo of AJacob81
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a heavy, green 12.7 oz. bottle into a fluted tulip glass.

A - Deep gold-orange, hazy, with a 2.5 finger head of soapy bubbles that rescind rather quickly and leave a thin film atop the beer, with no lacing to speak of.

S - Sour apple mash, strong hints of dry cider and some summer wheat as well. Not overpowering, but welcoming.

T - Very tart cider at first, then gets really mouth-puckering sour, with the malts just barely noticeable. There is a citrusy brightness in the finish, but no hops. Despite the dominance of the sourness, this is a highly refreshing and very very tasty brew.

M - Good carbonation and a light-medium body, but nothing outstanding.

D - Refreshing, but definitely a sipper due to the sourness throughout, which stops just short of making this a difficult drink. Challenging, but rewarding.

Photo of ballewblake
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been holding this one for awhile for a special occasion.. this one. I got a raise today! Super fitting to sample this aged beauty. This bottle was handed down to me by my bud Braineater (Josh) on a trip through Boston. News is this is a 12-13 year old bottle.

Foil, capped, and corked, this fella was scary getting into. The cork has seen better years, Crumbled on me three times before I got into it. The cork pieces smelled of a highly corrosive finger nail polish remover smell. Poured carefully in to a Duvel glass leaving about a sixth of the bottle in. Beer is very clear and transparent golden amber with a healthy amount of carbonation bubbles transpiring toward the top. Head is non existent, though there is a very faint ring around the edge of the glass. Smell is Gueuze like, very mellow, not in your face funk, very subtle. Taste is mellow sour, super easy compared to Cantillon's funkier offerings. Sour with a modest tartness, clean and dry on the tongue. Overall, really easy to drink, I wish this would have been one of my first Cantillon's, would have made the transition to sour's and funk's easier a few years ago. :) Either that or this one has aged to a more mellow sour, just about right for where a Gueuze should be.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/9/2011.

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a snifter glass.

Gold colored. Little head. Some oil slicks floating on top.

Very citrusy aroma, especially of lemons. Some other associations include green grape skins, green apple.The acidity goes straight to the head.

There is a barrel-like taste to it, though I cannot identifiy a specific type of wood. Probably oak. Some vanilla. Sourness is sharp, but not overbearing like some can be (Hanssens?). In the finish, a lingering acidity slowly fades away.

Mouthfeel is light. Carbonation is low. And yet, it's not watery, but somehow smooth.

A gracious drink. A classic. It doesn't get much better than this. It does, but not by much.

Photo of MrSeth
3.85/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a medium sized goblet with an orangey color with gold highlights. Lots of tight-knit groups of bubble formed a small white head. It subsides to leave just a ring, but lots of bubbly still going on.

The smell is vinous (champagney) and musky right from the start with a tinge of sourness. Also citrus zest in the nose.

Thin bodied, dry mouthfeel with a low-medium degree of carbonation. The taste is very mature, more forward than the malt are more musk and sourness. When the malt finally comes across it is underneath a wave of rich, winey flavors that are lighting up the back of the tongue. Great length! As a stand alone 12oz. bottle this is a pretty drinkable brew. I don't think I could drink much more than that in a sitting.

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

Pours a bright golden, tree sap amber color with a champagne like head that has amazing retention. Tons of visible carbonation and very little lacing.

The smell is full of earthy funk. Sparkling apple juice along with cider like notes. Lemon, apple and apricot and many other blended fruity odors emanate from my glass.

The taste starts off with an astringent acidity that reminds me of partially fermented grape juice. Bing cherries, some very mild sweetness and champagne vinegar round out the flavor profile here.

Mouthfeel is not as dry as I imagined it would be, champagne-esque carbonation and very light on the tongue.

Overall this is a very enjoyable Gueuze. No complaints and no real mouth pounding acidity. Wonderful.

Photo of Janderson91
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured I'd crack one of these on this hot Alabama summer day. The bottled on date isn't where it usually is but the cork says it was bottled in 2010. Enjoyed on 07/07/11.

A - Poured into a snifter at around cellar temperature. Pours a just slightly hazy bright orange color with a one finger white head. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Leaves no lacing.

S - Sour lemons, vinegar, some good barnyard funk and some orange citrus as well. Sweet malts in the background as well.

T - Similar to the nose. Pretty sweet up front then comes the big lemony tartness. Leaves a lingering sour lemon zest flavor. Very dry, makes me want another sip.

M - Mouthfeel is quite good. Medium with lots of lively carbonation.

O - Overall, another good one from Cantillon. One of the best breweries out there.

Photo of dwren89
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: slight haze, gold color, small white head

Aroma: bittersweet fruit, milder acidity on nose than the pure Lambic, sour notes

Taste: musty, barnyard like flavor, less acidic than 15 month pure Lambic, sour notes on finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium carbonation, prickly on the palate

Overall impression: a mellowed version of the 15 month Lambic with sour and acidic notes toned down. Also with the addition of the 3 year Lambic, it achieves that musty, barnyard flavor that is so desired in a proper Geuze.

Photo of SummitVA
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opens with a light pop. Bottle was clearly stored both upright and on its side, so decanting was a difficult. However, I managed a nice clean pour--brilliant pale straw in color. Carbonation is ample, but not quite as vigorous as previous bottles.

S - Zesty lemon, lemon pith, faint leather, and barnyard funk. Cellar mustiness that always strikes me as a little mineral-y in the nose. Light acedic aroma in the distant background.

T - Beautiful tartness puckers the lips immediately. Palate opens to bright lemon, with funky earthy complexity. Sourness lingers on the finish, tingling the sides of the tongue.

M - Effervescent and light as air.

O - Really interesting bottle this go round. A lot more sour than previous tastings, which I'm enjoying a great deal. When I think of Cantillon Classic Gueuze, I think more delicate, refined tartness and exceptional complexity, but I love any iteration of this beer. Cheers,

Photo of Walken
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon: Gueze 100% Lambic (Bottled, 2009) (Tasted 04/27/10)
11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a flute.

Appearance: Extremely hazy golden beer with a creamy, off-white head of meringue that retains really well, about three millimeters standing after a few sips, no lace.
Odor: Sharp, full tartness in the nose, lactic character expresses citrus, cider and an undertone of chalk, from god knows where.
Consistency: Dry and juicy with a full, fluffy carbonation, all at the same time. This is why I love Cantillon, their beers have a real dynamic element to the feel.
Flavor: Sour red fruit with hints of tangerine and perceptible honey. Finish is quick and crisp with a solid, long linger of overripe, tart fruity juiciness on the tongue.

Nothing short of perfection.

Photo of punkrkr27
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a quickly dissipating, effervescent, white head, some nice lacing and beautiful bubbles in the glass. Smells warm, yeasty and musty. Sour, citrusy, acidic flavor with a very champagne like mouth feel. This is the first Gueuze I've had and I really enjoy it.

Photo of jcartamdg
4.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of trippytbta
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

2013 bottle

A: pours murky golden orange. small white head

S: Smells like farm animals and hay, plus a massive funky sour

T: sour and acidic, after taste is a little fruity

M: bubbly, crisp, and dry

Overall: I am not an expert on this style, but it seems like a very solid gueuze. Great representation

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