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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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2,398 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,398
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 849
Gots: 679 | FT: 46
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
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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4/5  rDev -10.9%

dwagner003, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 22, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

jdense, Nov 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

chickenm, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of Big_Dave
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Big_Dave, Aug 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

mportnoy, Jun 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

FUwolfpacker, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

GeoffreyM, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of rtepiak
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pour is like apple juice with a small head and a bit of murk. nose of apples and lambic funk. palate is has a lot of latitude for something that is suppose to be asstringent and contracting for the tastebuds. sour apple with some woodiness... but the finish is key. a bit of malt quality of honey and pollen deep in there. palate if he finish beside sour is prodominently oaky. a mild finish that sit on the tongue and reveals qualities of lilly and other floral delicacies. great.

rtepiak, Jun 12, 2010
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4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in a 12 oz. green bottle which was adorned with black foil neck wrapping. Uncapping the bottle revealed a cork underneath, which seems to be a standard for Belgian premium beers. The pour into a tumbler was a cloudy peachy orange color with an initial fizz of carbonation that disappeared very quickly. The aroma was very unique. It’s hard to put into words what this beer smells like, but I’ll try anyway. I could detect wet grass, sour apples, green onions, and pickled vegetables. As weird as it may sound, the smells actually got my mouth watering. The taste is also extremely unique. The beer exhibits a mouth puckering vinegary sourness at first sip. The sourness is accompanied by a peppery spiciness and a hint of bitterness. There is no sweetness to balance these tastes out, but sweet drinks are for babies any way. As the beer warms, it gets a bit creamier on the palette, tempering the astringency. The 5% ABV is so far down the radar, it slips past the tongue and only shows up as a warming sensation in the belly. This is a light and refreshing traditional gueuze, which should be enjoyable in the upcoming summer months.

rajendra82, May 22, 2004
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

ckeegan04, May 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

safaricook, Jun 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Bilco, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Chico1985
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last batch of notes from last week.

Cork comes off with no pop, i was afraid it'd be flat but it wasn't. 750ml into an oversized wine glass. Bottle date is 10-3-08.

Pours a nice hazy orange, head turns to a spotty cap and thick ring. Leaves some lacing.

Smell is the funkiest I have experienced. Light fruit, feet, hay, just straight up back room in a barn that a homeless guy sneaks into to sleep. Of course that is all acceptable and well in the world of sours. My roommate said it smelled like garbage, lols.

Lots of lemon ad barnyard in the taste, more fruit than in the scent. Very musty and sharp, tart light fruit. Still some white wine and oak notes as usual for a lambic/gueuze but it's very much smothered in sour funk.

Well-carbonated, nice body. Leaves sour film all over your mouth. 750ml by myself wasn't too much of a problem.

Chico1985, Jun 20, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my 700th review, so I figured that I would look into the ole closet for something special. Alas, Cantillon Calssic Gueuze! I have drank this beer a number of times and remember really liking it. It comes in a smaller bottle too, but this is a 750mL that I plan to tackle by myself. THIS will be an adventure, but I think that I am up to the challenge. Let the beer begin!

Appearance: Pours a very clear slightly reddish golden color with a small 1/4" head after a really careful pour. There was a solid vortex of bubbles rising to the top, and the beer actually gained a bit of head within the first minute after the pour. The foam itself was antique white and made up of small bubbles. There is a pretty solid amount of lacing left on the glass after drinking the beer. Overall, this is a VERY well presented beer.

Aroma: I get the invitingly funky, citrusy, wholesome goodness that you expect from Cantillon, butI forget how much I like it as I seldomly drink this beer. Man, it has everything in the aroma...earth, lemon zest, hell...I can almost pick up battery acid...fabulous! You can pick up just about anything your heart imagines, the aroma is so complex. As the beer warms up some, the aroma is taking on a defined "wet hay" character...mixed with the plethora of other things that are still there, but the hay is coming out.

Taste: The flavor is thin as amazingly drinkable for such a wild aromatic ride. The funky flavors are there, and the beer is hugely carbonated, but there is enough malt in here to give some balance to the flavor so that it doesn't hit your cheeks like sucking on a Lemon...like some do. This is my first beer of the evening, and my first sip didn't make me pucker. I am not saying that it is syrupy like the Lindemans Gueuze is, but it definitely has some balance. Overall the mouthfeel is light, but the carbonation gives is some creaminess to coat the throat to get it ready for the acidity that is to come. There is definitely a bitter lemon zest in the finish that I think may be contributed by the hops as it has a Saaz edge to it, which is typical for this style, so it makes sense. You are left with citrus on the lips and acidity on the back of the throat to linger forever after the sip.

Opinion: All I really can say is "Wow!". Gueuze is my favorite style, but I would have to say that this is probably my second favorite one. I would still take a Girardin 1882 Black Label Gueuze over this one, but I am just splitting hairs to do so. This is a more "True" representation of the style, IMO. This beer is so wild that you are forced to drink it slowly...which is not a bad thing. I prefer to regulate myself, not be regulated by a beer, but this beer is worth it. Girardin is a bit more approachable up-front...but I am really enjoying the all-out onslaught to the senses that you get with this beer. I would have to say that if you can afford it, and can take it, drink this as regularly as you possibly can. These beers are a beautiful slice of history and you can only keep them around by buying their products and making sure the bills are paid at the Ole Brasserie. I am not trying to give a lesson in the economy of beer, but this beer and the legacy that goes with it is THAT good.

SkeeterHawk, Feb 10, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

sirsteve42, Jan 11, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz corked and capped bottle purchased at Berman's Wines & Spirits, Lexington, MA
Bottled: 17 March 2010
Served in a Cantillon Belgian tumbler

Thanks to Matt for holding this one for me.

The beer poured light amber and nearly crystal clear. Large bubbles could be seen throughout the body. A bubbly, off-white, sea foam head topped the liquid, but it quickly dissolved to a thin ring of lace.

The aroma was both sweet and tart, and rather complex. Moderately sour and fruity with noticeable peach and apricot notes. Within a few minutes, the nose turned a bit steely, as well as very powdery and dry. Subtle notes of oak were noticeable. Later, a barnyard-like aroma was detectible, but the sharp funkiness that I anticipated was surprisingly absent. Some wet hay and must. The peachy, fruitiness soon emerged as the dominant character. Slightly sweet, crackery malts came through as well. Needless to say, the nose was exceptionally dynamic. As the beer warmed, the oak intensified. Hints of leather were noticeable. Later, the sweet peach notes again appeared in full force. The nose did not cease to evolve. My second glass was extra powdery, yeasty and dry.

The flavor profile was crisp and tart, and quite impressive, but more tame than I anticipated. I would describe this gueuze as being more tangy than sour. Like the aroma, the flavor profile contained strong fruit notes. The beer was noticeably brighter on the palate than in the nose. Slightly musty and a bit Chardonnay-like. Remarkably refreshing. Lots of citrus. Good dose of lemon rind. Peach and apricot notes were apparent. Some must and funk. There was almost an even balance between the funky, musty, sweet and sour notes. The finish was mildly hoppy. The hops were earthy, somewhat citrusy and bitter, and they lent the beer a surprisingly dry, pithy, grapefruit-like flavor. As the beer warmed, the hops became more potent.

The mouthfeel was clean and smooth but a bit nondescript. There was definitely less carbonation in this gueuze than is typical for the style. The fine and mild effervescence lent the beer a pillowy soft and supple texture however.

Cantillon Gueuze is an an amazingly complex, fantastically balanced and remarkably refreshing beer. Although people usually comment on its intensity, I found my example to be exceptionably smooth and drinkable. I would love to get my hands on another bottle or two for when the warm weather rolls around.

Damian, Apr 14, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Bottled in 2009" on the cork. Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a thin ring of lace. Smell, which you can smell from across the room: vinegar, lemon, barnyard (but more like zoo) funk. Taste: lime, grapefruit, sour cherry... the tart and sour fades into funky midsip... finish is green grapeskin with a hint of sweetness. Low on the carbonation, which is not very noticeable because it's pretty much puckering. Finishes dry. I had a hard time with the combination of big funk and big lactic-ness in the aroma, but it's certainly tasty.

babaracas, Apr 23, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

masterofsparks, Sep 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Auror, Jul 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

polishkaz, Jun 03, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yep this was the one. I had a bottle and kept it from Memphis taproom.

Poured into a Cantillon pint glass.Hazy golden color especially when it gets down to the bottom of the bottle. Very little fizzy white heading that fizzes out mid-way through the tasting.

Smell is the classic Brett aroma. Heavy,heavy sour notes,soft grain notes.

Taste is all the same. Exactley like a sweet tart.Sour apple,a touch of grapefruit and again softer grainy notes. Just an all around great spring or summertime beer.

Mouth I wouldn't say light bodied but a little bit leaning towards the medium body side. Amazing balance and tremendous fizzy carbonation.

What is not to like about this beer. If you want a fantastic lambic look no further.

TheFightfan1, Mar 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

bauermj, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

DaftPatrick, Feb 28, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml corked and capped bottle served in a Thumbler glass.

Bottled at the 1st of December 2011.

A: Pours a dark and cloudy yellow color forming a medium thin bubbled white head. Good retention but not many lacings left in the glass

S: Authentic Belgian Gueuze Lambic, which means a very fruity and vinegar beet in the nose. Strong notes of apples which gives the impression of a cider. Metallic notes and Lambic yeasts

T: The best part. Sour and fruity upfront. Again, strong notes of apples. Apple vinegar. Metallic notes. Pale malts and earthy Lambic yeasts. Some hop bitterness can be felt in the very end

M: Light body. Good carbonation. Fruity, tart, metallic and a little bit bitter aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. The perfect Gueuze. A masterpiece

eduardolinhalis, Feb 09, 2013
Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 2,398 ratings.