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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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2,216 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,216
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 815
Gots: 637 | FT: 45
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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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5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-14-2011 16:13:46 | More by SourNotes
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-14-2011 15:39:35 | More by Kaydogg
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-14-2011 15:35:29 | More by FunkyMacGroovin
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-14-2011 14:32:02 | More by mikecharley
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

11-14-2011 13:56:34 | More by bauermj
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

11-14-2011 13:52:08 | More by JAHMUR
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

11-14-2011 07:47:46 | More by Jspriest
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-14-2011 07:08:45 | More by Aberration
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4.3/5  rDev -4%

2 oz. bottle pour into a wine taster at the Bruery Provisions on November 7th, 2011. #1 of a 5-bottle Cantillon flight.

A - Murky-yellow coloring. Virtually no head to speak of. Fair amount of carbonation clinging to the sides of the 5 oz. taster.

S - Pungent grapeskins combined with a low to moderate level of funk. More of a freshly-cut grass than barnyard. Underlying is a very slight note of malt grains and earthiness.

T - Of the five Cantillon offerings on this day, this was absolutely the most sour. Astringent light fruits, including green grapes and lemon. Lesser granny smith apple and vinegar. Dry tannic finish.

M - Light body, good carbonation.

D - It's not as complex as some of the others but the taste is quite good. Unabashed and refreshing.

11-10-2011 05:18:04 | More by Auracom
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4.3/5  rDev -4%

bottled on the 27th of march 2010

cork was a bit crumbly but thankfully just on top

appearance - very hazy, very active straw orange. fizzly head with good lacing and decent retention

smell - tart apple and pear, peach, bit of clove, some funk, but minor

taste - the same with some hay, and a bit more funk.

mouthfeel - super drinkable, a bit dry which i like. nice carbonation and good body for the style

mouthfeel -

11-09-2011 06:52:01 | More by claytong
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev -1.8%

A: 1" white head over copper liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Yeast, a floral character reminiscent of marigolds and wheat.

T: Complex taste of sour yeast, floral hops and wheat.

M: Medium viscosity and very high fine carbonation.

O: A great sour that is a good accompaniment to a fine dining experience.

11-06-2011 22:56:33 | More by DaftCaskBC
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4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

12.7 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A - sunshine/honey colored body with a brilliant three finger head with unbelievably compressed bubbles. great retention not much in the way of lacing however. still very impressive.

S - sour apples vinegar oak apricot and a faint smell of cotton candy behind it.

T - extremely tart sour apple flavor. maybe some cherry and apricot as well. super sweet tartness. good vinegary backbone to it as well. great funk flavors.

M - medium bodied with lots of carbonation. superb puckering. great dry finish.

O - simply superb.

11-01-2011 23:36:49 | More by celticfutblclub
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Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +6%

Sampled at the 5th anniversary of Saint-Bock bar. From Notes.

A: Light yellow color, quite strong foam, ok retention and lacing.

S: Well, this is the most prototypical gueuze I ever had. It smells like strong barn: with wet hay, horse blanket and everything you'd expect from a gueuze. Also, very fruity with strong green apples, strong lemon and light mint.

T: It's everything from the smell and even a little more. It's more balanced that what I expected, with it being a bit less acidic than expected. Good amount of barnyard: good wet hay and horse blanket. But, it's really fruitiness that steals the show, it's like biting in one of these sweet lemons, not the overly acidic type, mixed with that tart like notes of green apples and very light mint.

M: It's very very light like everything Cantillon does, and superbly dry.

O: I love everything Cantillon does, and this is no exception. This is the gueuze every other gueuzes should be compared. This is damn near perfect.

10-23-2011 18:27:39 | More by flipper2gv
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4.1/5  rDev -8.5%

2010 vintage...12.7 oz bottle received in a trade.

A: A faint copper color with minimal head. Appears fizzy in the glass. Not overly appealing.

S: Wow...sweet vinegar with mucho funk. Confectionary malt balance noticable. The barnyard has been let loose here...funky, funky, fantastic smelling gueuze.

T: Tartness hits you immediately. Wow...this is an acidic beer with a ton of vinegar tartness. Sweet and funky...tartness is front and center and wonderful.

M: Super acidic and carbonic. CO2 bites from beginning to end. Bubbles help push the tartness through the palette before it becomes puckering. This is a necessary function due to the acidity - well done.

O: Great lambic beer...not too sour in it's finish...it's tart through the whole experience but it gets pushed through the mouth pretty rapidly due to the high carbonation so it doesn't linger. Very, very well done wild sour. Need to find some more Cantillon beers...this was fun to drink.

10-23-2011 04:34:38 | More by kbuzz
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

poured from bottle.

great pillow head. nice lacing. hazy caramel.

smells incredibly musty, funky. nice citrusy notes.

very nice citrusy notes that's well balanced with slight caramel notes and an incredible musty dank smell. sounds unappetizing but gosh damn this is a great beer. nice oak notes

not too boozy but i feel the alcohol. well carbonated and mouthfeel is nice and light.

incredibly drinkable. i could drink this all day if only i had good alcohol tolerance. damn my asian genes. prefer this to hanssens geueze although i would love to drink both

10-16-2011 19:52:31 | More by indesertum
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4.28/5  rDev -4.5%

This was one of the European bottles with the blue and white labels. Light gold into the Cantillon tulip. Aroma is musky, dank, like a sweaty horse! A lemon tree and a summer field. The flavor is sharp and sour, lemon peel and dirt from a farm. I love that horse sweat part of it that's much stronger than in other traditional gueuze. Very well done gueuze, crisp and light but very complex. One of the better Cantillon offerings and much preferable to Drie Fontienen or Girardin to my taste.

10-13-2011 03:18:20 | More by kayalla
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4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Bottled 17 September 2010.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear golden color with light carbonation and a 3/8” creamy white head that recedes slowly, leaving a bit of foam clinging to one side of the glass. Sipping produces a sheet of foam on the side that slides back down to the liquid leaving a few legs and scattered tiny speckles of lacing. The head persists as a 1/8” layer of foam for quite a long time.

Smell: Some of the aromas are detectable as the beer is opened. There is some definite citric zest and tart apple, but there is also some mustiness that almost dominates and has some leather-like character to it.

Taste: As with the sample I had at the brewery some months ago, the initial impression is one of tartness. Then the flavors of green apples and lemon zest show up as well. There is some of the mustiness almost hidden in the background that mingles with a touch of oak.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with a nice mix of smoothness and lightly prickly carbonation. The finish is medium long and begins with astringent dryness that slowly turns into just dryness in the back of the mouth and then just fades away.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: As with earlier examples of this style I’m finding Cantillon’s gueuze very drinkable. As each sip fades I’m ready to take another to see how well balanced and complex the mix of flavors is. My overall impression is that the reputation of this beer, the Brewery, and the head brewer is well deserved. As I’ve gained more experience with the style I’ve grown to understand just what a treasure Cantillon beers can be. Nice to know I’ve got some of this that I can hold onto for a while so as to taste and smell the changes that take place with bottle age.

10-11-2011 00:46:42 | More by drtth
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4.28/5  rDev -4.5%

Slightly hazy and deep golden color. The head is active but thin and whispy. Little retention.

Smell is funky and white fruits like apple and grapes.

The taste is very tart and sour. Funky and young white fruits.

Mouthfeel is like a sparkling wine. The carbonation is prickly and it is puckering.

I very much enjoyed this beer and will have it again.

10-02-2011 18:42:26 | More by Vonerichs
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4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

12.7 fl oz bottle poured into Duvel snifter. Cork date of 2010.

A: Golden honey haze with an off white bubbly head that lingers for a bit. A thin white cap remains with a few ardent bubbles that break apart the remaining foam until they a reduced to sporadic eruptions.

S: A pleasant mixture of barnyard/horse blanket with fruity aromas lingering in the scent. A lime/lemon mixture that tantalizes.

T: Following the nose, but with the lime presence up front that lingers to the tart finish which is dry & crisp. Tartness is much more pronounced than the nose, but not overwhelming. A slight acidicness helps to meld the flavors into an exceptional brew.

M: Tart and acidic with a nice, zesty clean finish. The lime is once again apparent is a pleasant surprise throughout.

O: I had no idea what to expect from this beer and it was very enjoyable. The unique flavor achieved creates a crisp refreshing that is perfect any time of year.

10-02-2011 02:55:36 | More by Cisco619
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4.53/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured from a 350 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to bauermj for bringing this over.

Apperance: The pour is a slightly hazy soft golden color with a small white cap.

Smell: The smell has a perfect balance of tart and funk. A fair funky aroma, full of barnyard, some must, horse blanket, lemon zest, and some leather. This is just an awesome aroma.

Taste: A soft start with some light grains, then some strong tartness for the rest of the sip. Lemon zest and general citric tartness. The finish has some funk and stinky cheese to go along with a bit of woody oak.

Mouthfeel: This is a light to medium body, with fairly delicate carbonation. Tart, lightly acidic, with a strong funk toward the end. Some tannic oak astringency toward the end. Fairly dry. The finish was lightly watery as well.

Overall: This is a very nice gueuze. Sour and funky in a nice balance.

09-28-2011 03:34:43 | More by KickInTheChalice
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4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

12.7 oz. December 2010.
Review 777. Bright gold pour, ample carbonation permeating throughout. Nice layer of white head.

Aroma, some funky must, yeast. Light grape, green apple.

Tart apple and red grape. Red wine vinegar, apple vinegar. Transitions nicely into more fruit and hay, that barnyard some rye like spice. Finishes dry with earthy tones and almost a toasted/roasted grain.

The carbonation I thought might be too much was fine. Lighter bodied, refreshingly dry. Don't know I could really drink more than one, but maybe.

Definetely the best I've had, not that I've had many of these. Much more than just a sour apple jolly rancher dissolving in red wine vinegar like the Jacobins Rouge I had. A lot going on in the one I had.

09-24-2011 01:40:18 | More by Bung
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4.09/5  rDev -8.7%

Shared with my wife at Novare Res on Zwanze day.
The beer is golden pale with a thin lace head

The nose is tart and sour like cherries or raspberries but without the distinction of each.

The taste is dry and sour to start very sour it becomes fruity like fresh apples and finishes with more of a cider sour apple taste

09-19-2011 13:55:31 | More by bishopdc0
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3.98/5  rDev -11.2%

on tap at Zwanze Day 2011

Pours a hazy golden orange. Almost no head. Smells earthy and funky. Lots of armhouse dirtiness. Tastes sweet and tast. Not overly sour but definitely funky. Overall well carbonated but isn't quite doing it for me. Perhaps I'm not a Gueuze person

09-18-2011 15:35:12 | More by Urbancaver
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4.2/5  rDev -6.3%

On top into a Cantillon taster at 2011 Zwanze Day in Louisville at Holy Grale.

Bright yellow with a haze to it when cold, with a ring of foam around the edges. The haze disappears and the beverage becomes much more clear as it warms.

Barnyard funk forward with highlights of fruity esters and rind. Lemon, lime, and orange come to mind. Those nice Cantillon cheesey and horse blanket notes throughout.

Much more tart on the tongue than on the nose. Lemon rind and lime flavors are the most apparent, then some funk. Barnyard and cheesey lactic acidity. Much different than the nose.

Medium body with a tingle of carbonation. Pretty wet as well, not as dry as most gueuzes.

Pleasant barnyard with hints of fruit on the nose, and a very tart flavor with funk in the background. A gueuze with wonderul contrast between the nose and taste. Glad I got to try this one on tap.

09-18-2011 01:29:26 | More by auroracrisis
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4.43/5  rDev -1.1%

750 ml capped and corked bottle. The cork says this was bottled in 2010, the bottling date on the bottle is smudged but it looks like it says 17 March 2010. Served in a flute, the beer pours a hazy gold color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, not much lacing. Aroma is very nice, it's tart and musty. The brew smells like funk, tart apples, lemon peel, and some hay. For the most part the taste is just like the aroma, but there's also some white grape and oak flavors noticable, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium with moderate carbonation. It's also dry and very easy to drink. I think this is a pretty good beer and would buy it again the next time I come across it. At $13.99 a bottle, it's definitely worth the money.

09-17-2011 21:35:03 | More by bluejacket74
Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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