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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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2,661 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,661
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 967
Gots: 778 | FT: 59
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

This listing is for all vintages (Gueuze, Oude Gueuze, etc.).
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4.04/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – A mostly clear, golden orange color. Pours a thick head that recedes to a thin layer and stays with the beer. Leaves a light lacing.

Smell – Cider, a light citrus, hay, and sour FUNK.

Taste – Taste is sour. A little vinegar, lots of funk, and maybe some champagne.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated. Tartness lingers in the aftertaste.

Drinkability – A bit on the sour side for my taste.

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4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. 09 cork, 11/20/2009 label. Poured into matching Cantillon gueuze glass.

A: Pours a deep lemon iced tea golden with a fizzy short lived thin white head.
S: Dry smelling with notes of citrus, tart acid, earth and stone fruits. I get a hint of apricot or peach as well.
T: I get tons of stone fruits, citrus, straw, light peach, horse shit, and earth. Finish is full of citrus juice acid and the aftertaste is drying with a solid earthy must. Very lemony, lightly peppery.
M: Drying mouth, lightly acidic, medium body, slick, tingly but low carbonation.
O: The archetype of the style. Wish I could have left it in my cellar even longer, but I couldn’t resist.

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

12.7oz bottle dated 8/31/11 (pretty much exactly one year old). Split with one other person. Poured into HF tulip. A lot softer cork then I'm used to, I think it's the first time I've personally de-corked a Cantillon.

A- Pours a translucent golden orange, not really any head, lacing recedes fairly quickly, minimal carbonation with a few carbonation bubbles rising here and there.

S- Light funky smell of vinegar, a little bit of oak, some lightly sour green apples, maybe a tiny bit of aged cheese lurking in the background.

T- Light lemony citrus with a very light tartness, some light vinegar, finishes with a hint of sourness.

M- Light, slightly dry on the finish, not too much carbonation which I like for the style, very easy to drink.

O- This was a very good gueze, however probably not my favorite. I think I actually liked Hannsenn's slightly more then this. It was very drinkable, had a nice light funk to it, and is definitely something I'd like to drink again, maybe a different vintage. I would recommend this to any geuze/sour lover.

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4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2008 Bottle.

A: Vibrant apricot orange/yellow. Hazy. Small white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Citrus funkiness. Mainly funk and a bit of hay. A bit of tart apple and some fresh oak. Tobacco comes out as it opens up and the citrus dies down.

T: Layers of flavor. Sour and just a tiny touch of sweetness. Citrus sourness, very tart cherries and lots of barnyard funk. Sourness develops into tangy apples. Very complex and very smooth finish.

M: Medium body. Very low carbonation, it does pick up a bit when agitated. Very slick feeling.

O: Good drinkability. A phenomenal sour. I can see why Cantillon is so sought after. Had this on tap once in Chicago and it's good as I remember it being. Wish I could get this even every once in a while.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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

Reviewing the Classic Gueuze from the infamous Brasserie Cantillon out of Belgium.
Score: 95

August 31, 2011 vintage bottle served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 06/20/12 at the Green Lady.

Appearance: Pours a clean and surprisingly unsedimenty pale/straw yellow color with a thin white ring of head around the glass. Below average lacing and retention compared to most of the beers I usually drink, but the lacing is not bad for a sour. This is a nice and clean looking gueuze. 4/5

Smell: Sweet and sour lemon, evident lactobacillus, vinegar and pepper. Also detecting some wild flower and rose pedal. This beer has a really nice and inviting aroma from which you can almost experience the tartness without sipping. There is no funk either, which is how I like my sours, but that may be because this is a relatively green (fresh) vintage. 4.5/5

Taste: Super tart on the tongue with a nice pucker effect. Candied lemon and lemon juice flavors with a touch of sweet vinegar. Some oak, green apple and grassiness. There is a very subtle residual plastic flavor in the aftertaste that just really seems to fit the flavor profile well. Plastic would not seem like a quality you'd want in a beer's flavor, but for whatever reason I am really digging it here. Incredible refreshing in the 90+ degree heat. As the beer warms up, a little pepper comes out too. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with carbonation on the higher end of light. The tartness of the beer is really throwing off my sense of carbonation. There is a good amount of pucker here from the sourness, but it is not overpowering. The mouthfeel reminds me of drinking apple juice (albeit sour apple juice). The beer is a bit acidic, but not overly much in single-serving doses (though consuming too much lactobacillus, by say pounding back four of these small bottles, is sure to give one a stomach ache). 4.5/5

Overall: One of my absolute favorite gueuzes, right behind the 3F Oude Gueze. For it's "bar price" and rarity, just stick with the 3F.

Recommendation: For it's "bar price" and rarity, I would recommend sticking with the 3F Oude Gueze. However, if you like gueuzes and sours, I recommend that you seek this beer out. I found Classic Gueuze to be a clean and refreshing enough sour (no real funk) to potentially appeal to slightly more adventurous casual beer drinkers and the "I hate sours" beer geeks (of which I still include myself to date).

Pairings: Gouda cheese (or perhaps even a lemon-crusted aged white cheddar).

Cost: $14 for a 12 oz bottle at the bar, but a 750 ml bottle, if you are lucky enough to find one in a retail store state-side, tends to run $15.

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

Bottled on the 7th of June, 2011.

375ml green glass bottle with cork and cap served slightly chilled into a goblet.

Cantillon's Classic Gueuze is a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a hint of pink. The head is thin and fizzy and settles quickly, similar to a champagne.

Aroma is wonderful and enticing with slightly sour and tart elements. Complex and unusual.

Flavor is also sour and tart but not nearly as much as I was expecting. It has a nice softness to it that doesn't hit as hard as some other lambics. Sweet up front with tart cherries, peaches, and apricots. It turns more sour towards the middle of the sip and then finishes dry with a little tannic pucker.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and perfectly carbonated. Balanced more than others in the style and more drinkable too.

Overall a really excellent Gueuze. Probably a great place to start if you're new to the style.

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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