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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 2,657
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 965
Gots: 779 | FT: 59
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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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Ratings: 2,657 | Reviews: 590
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4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fresh 2003 bottle with a newly designed label (props to Dan Shelton, Go Jeffs!).

Poured with so much carbonation it was comical and annoying, but that's a great sign for gueuze because it shows its kicking. Furthermore the carbonation sizzled away like a boiling broth, fascinating to watch, showing pure gold that darkens and hazes as you pour more beer in.

The first smell of this beer made me cough it was so strong. Its musty, with a sturdy sour background and an astringent citrus-vinegar foreground. These two meet to make a warming sour that must be smelled to be understood. Then the magic: dry wild yeast scents fly around like crazed but holy fairies of goodness. Also, seems there are faint herbal scents too, as some sweetness abounds through out my nose.

Taste was citric heaven, interminably juicy, with the softest and most inviting tart - zesty. Had a complex flavor of wheat gone funky from the wild yeast, but a strong body of wheat nonetheless. Tasted a little strange flavor that seemed like the yeast because it was so strange and earthy in an inexact sense: sort of salty, chalky, bitter, green leafy. In all, the most wonderful pure gueuze flavor, the blessing of magically fermented and finely blended lambics. So drinkable, as the finish begins as so little, cunningly builds, then recedes again, disappearing as strangely as it had just dominated, puzzled, and shot you with its arrow of ambrosiac nirvana. Departs with a mouthfeel close to the “swallowing clouds” sensation of a truly great gueuze that has been aged.

The best part about gueuze is that like any truly fine food product (e.g. mangosteen, fresh black truffles) it cannot be explained to the uninitiated with any sense of truth or justice. Call me if you’re having one. Can't wait to age one of these.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle at Local Option.

A - Golden color with a clean body and only a small amount of carbonation. Had a small head that settles down to a small layer of foam.

S - Tart lemon and lactic acid with slight funk that adds complexity to it

T - Tart white vinegar, sweet tarts, and lemon up front that give it a nice bite. There is a light funk that comes through near the finish. Good complexity and balance between the two.

M - Light body with good amount but not too much carbonation. Light dry finish with a slight tingle from the carbonation

O - Solid with great balance between the tartness and funk. I thought this was tarter but had less funk that the 3F Gueuze

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4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle a few days ago at South Bay Drugs and Liquor. Bottled in 2007.
Love the label (yellow label).

Pours a light apricot color with about half an inch of foam that quickly falls down to a ring.

Wow, tart and funky upfront. Stinky cheese, sour pear, sour green apples, wet leather, sweat, and tears (tears of joy is my guess!). After the pour settles it opens up to tropical fruits like mango and pineapple. Lots of lemon in there too with hints of cherry and sour strawberry. Some white vinegar lingers in the background. Really acidic and citric on the nose. A touch of sweet wheat malt hides bashfully in the background.

Lovely on the palate, more soft and refined than the aroma leads you on. Sour green apple, grapes, lemon, pineapple...refreshingly tart but not an intense mouth-puckering feeling. A bit of wheat in the finish. Vinegar in the middle with lemon in the finish. A lot more tangy wheat flavor in the end as the beer warms up a bit. Stale bread and oak too.

Semi-dry to full-dry mouthfeel, really clean, just makes you ready for the next sip sooner than expected. Pretty high acidity, I can see myself going for the tums in the end. A very drinkable gueuze.

***update Feb. 24, 2009***
Big thanks to my buddy Danny for opening up this gem for us tonight (Feb. 24) at La Bella, what a find!! This bottle was from 1999! I really didn't know what to expect, I was just hoping to get something drinkable and was I surprised.

Poured a cloudy golden color with a few bubbles...even after a few minutes I could still see some bubbles racing up the side of the glass. (4.5)

The aroma was just so complex and funky, and it continued to develop throughout the night. Light lemon, lots of funk, very weird funky, I have not come across this type of funkiness before. Some earth, light toast, subtle green apple and grapes. Later on I can smell some cheese, leather, and feet. Very musty. You just cannot replicate this aroma in a "fresh" bottle and by fresh I mean recently released...it just developed overtime and transformed into a funk monster. (4.5)

Very complex on the palate, old grain flavor, brett, leather, apples, slight vinegar with a medium dry finish. Crisp at first but then the dryness really took over. Some toasted flavors. Very funky with some old leather flavor, a bit of mustard and old lemon. Absolutely no malt sweetness. Later on I picked up flavors of pineapple, plastic and cob webs (or what I imagine they would taste like). (5)

Surprisingly, this beer was still very well carbonated, dry and citrusy in the finish. When I went in to take a sip, or tried to take a gulp, I barely made a dent in my glass, this beer took a long time to finish. (4.5)

Easily the most unique gueuze I have had thus far, and even though the drinkability suffered for the intensity of the beer, it was a pleasure to drink. (4)

***update 11/24/09****
Big thanks to Kevin for trading me this incredible beer, a 1996 vintage! Shared this one at La Bella on 11/24.

It almost looked like it was going to be a tragedy when the cork started to crumble and break into pieces but it held on just enough to come out. The beer was a hazy, light amber with a thin ring of foam. (4)

Surprisingly I first picked up a generous amount of spicy oak, hints of cinnamon, light citrus, old and dank wood, dry tannic characteristics, strange candy sweetness, some acetic notes in the background. Then it really started to open up and show it's true form...a rotten fruit aroma began to creep out of the glass, hints of nail polish, some buttery and burnt aromas. Sweat, hay, old used socks. It appears this bottle was properly cellared as it seems to me that it still has a way to go to reach that level of funkiness that I know from experience Cantillon beers can reach. Not as intense on the funk as that epic 99' vintage gueuze I had earlier this year. (4)

Tart, tart, tart, rotten citrus flavor, lots of wood tannins but do not really come through as bitter, quite smooth and more quaffable compared to the 99 vintage. A lovely dry and salted apricot flavor, dry green apples, more apricots, a bit of pineapple, hints of bitter orange, very tropical and funky. (5)

Low to moderate carbonation with an intense dry finish. It seems like every sips just sucks the moisture out of my mouth and the beer seems to get stuck on my gums and between my teeth. I can lick my teeth and gums with my tongue and still taste the beer. Easier to drink than the 99' vintage, not to say that it was better though, that 99' was a monster of a beer. (5)

An aged gueuze is truly a great experience and one I hope to repeat many times. (5)

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden yellow with a thin head and lots of cascading carbonation. Semi-unfiltered and not much lacing.

S - Tart. Funky yeast/citric acid phenols, over ripened apples, super sour lemon, and a strong sour wheat aroma.

T - QUITE sour...I've had some gueuzes in my day before but this one takes the cake on sourness. Flavor dies quite quickly but from the quick flash of taste I get lots of super sour apple, hay/horse blanket, citric acid, and lemon zest.

M/D - Light body with an ultra sour finish. The intensity of the sourness makes it a definite sipper but complex enough to come back for another drink. Always a pleasure to enjoy such an exotic, "out there" beer style.

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4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass at room temperature. Bottled on March 9, 2011. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while.

L - Deep gold color with a 3 finger white bubbly head. Slightly hazy, a few carbonation bubbles, head dissipates quickly, hardly any lacing.

S - Definite Brett in here. Vinegar aromas as well as apples and cherries. My mouth is puckering just by smelling this thing. Awesome.

T - Mind blown. Fruity sweetness, a mixture of grapes, cherries, and apples that turns very, very sour very, very quickly. There is just a crescendo of sourness that seems to build forever. It’s awesome. The barnyard from the Brett is evident as the liquid rolls over your tongue and in your throat in the aftertaste. There’s lots of stuff going on here but it is mouth-puckeringly sour in an amazing way.

F - Medium-bodied with a sharp, biting, slightly dry finish. Mouth-coating and lip-licking stickiness.

O - I was looking forward to this and was not disappointed. I’m a fan of sours and I’m trying to get more experience with them. This was a terrific experience. One thing that I love about it is that you could give it to someone who wasn’t familiar with sours and they would never in a million years think that it was beer. It just goes to show you how vast this wonderful world of beers is. Loved this and highly recommend it.

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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