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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 2,246
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 818
Gots: 642 | 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.).

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4.38/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A - A hazy cloudy golden body with playful bubbles. The head is huge and white with sticky bubbles and a decent lace.

S - Tartness, Funky-funk, Strong sour citrus and some oakiness.

T & M & D - Tangy fruits and a great sourness throughout the mouth. However, what singles the cantillon out for me is the beautiful oakiness that comes in and mellows and melds the flavors in the middle and end of the mouth allowing the beer to maintain complex crisp flavors without finishing with a mouth puckering overly sour taste.

O - An awesome Gueuze! One of my favorites as it has great flavors and begs you to drink more and more. Love it.


07-18-2011 22:52:21 | More by CuttDeez
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4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

My first gueuze and first offering from Cantillon, courtesy of the generous BA LSUPT. Cheers, Alex!

Pours a rusted, hazy orange with a nice inch and a half of fluffy white head. Carbonation races up the edges of my Russian River "ation" glass. Looks promising.

Smell is of orange, lemon, grass, slight vinegar funk, and slight wood.

Taste is of grass, wood, and lemon zest. Very nice, and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is perfect for this warm summer day. Light a filled with carbonation. Insanely easy to drink with the low ABV.

Overall, I am very pleased with this one. I was expecting a little more complexity in to come through, but the simplicity doesn't take anything away from the brew. Its fantastic and leaves me wanting more Cantillon.

07-12-2011 23:38:50 | More by DearthVader
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

07-07-2011 19:21:38 | More by Janderson91
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3.93/5  rDev -12.5%

A: A hazy golden orange with a small white head that disappears unusually quick. Very few exceptional traitsi n the appearance.

S: Lemon, grass, sour apple and vinegar. Vinegar contributes most of the bite so it stands out, though I wouldn't say it's the most abundant 'ingredient'.

T: Mostly what was in the nose with a little bit more of a complex grass/hay/barnyard taste mixed in and the sourness of maybe more fruits than were in the nose. Vinegar certainly fights for attention in the taste and the taste disappears then comes back in full force for a last battle, which itself reminds me of vinegar.

M: Mouthfeel like a high-quality sparkling wine with plenty of carbonation but a very light and refreshing, yet biting feel to it that makes it a beer that commands attention, inspires a lightness of spirit and so contributes to the enjoyability of drinking.

O: Don't feel its the best execution of the style and there was more vinegar than I'd like, but it's still very refreshing to drink and everything that it offers comes in top quality form.

07-05-2011 05:13:04 | More by Klym
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4.38/5  rDev -2.4%

A: Poured a hazy golden orange color with a nice small white cap and loads of bubbles

S: Sour lemons, light vinegar, some other unripe fruits, mainly white grapes

T- Tart of course. Sour lemons and unripe grapes. A bit earthy, some grass and wood but very minimal, light hint at vinegar, booze is low but the beer feels a bit stronger

M: Lots of carbonation that makes this Gueuze a refreshing brew.

O: Very good for style and very easy to drink

07-03-2011 21:15:04 | More by barleywinefiend
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4.73/5  rDev +5.3%

Bottling date of March 17, 2010. Got this 750ml via trade. After months of contemplating when to drink it...I finally cracked it on a random Tuesday when I was out of work early and its hot as hell out. Capped and corked bottle, absolutely love the label and look of this bottle. I cracked the cap and found some vile smelling yellow liquid sitting above the cork. Decided to give it a taste....straight acid. The spider webbed cork pulled out with a very faint pop. First glass was poured into a palm tulip at near cellar temperature. The rest of the bottle went into the fridge for some temperature variation. Pairing this with some fresh caprese salad drenched in balsamic vinegar.

A - Deep golden color, lots of bubbling, and a really impressive white, foamy head that died down slowly. Lacing was pretty dismal.

S - The first thing I thought of was sparkling apple cider...and then came the wall of funk. Lots of bretty goodness, hay, sour lemons, and oak.

T - Near perfect. The mouth feel is just so dry, lively and crisp. It just compliments the amazing flavors profile. Sour apples and lemon, barnyard funk, hay, grass, and light oak flavors.

O - This just surpassed Drie Fonteinen oude as my favorite gueze. This is such a well crafted beer that was worth the wait.

06-28-2011 21:59:18 | More by davey101
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4.63/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

06-22-2011 03:21:32 | More by jcartamdg
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4.83/5  rDev +7.6%

A: Light golden color with slight amber highlight and an ever so slight haze. Highly carbonated and effervescent. White head recedes quickly. No lacing.

S: Sour apples, funky brettanomyces character, hay, slight musky horse blanket, wood. Lemons and more funk. At almost room temperature, huge oak notes come through. No hop smell

T: Sour lactic upfront moving into an oak and hay-like flavor. Very refreshing. Taste sticks around and dissipates slowly on my pallet. Grassy in the middle of the taste with a slight spice character toward the end. As it warms, notes of leather and figs? Huge sour apple and lemons. Very complex! Each sip opens into new flavors... No DMS, slight vinegar (almost imperceptible). No hops perceived.

M: Dry and sour leaving a sweetness around your mouth. Oak gives this beer a pucker factor which left my mouth dry. Smooth and refreshing although slightly thin.

O: One of the best I have ever tried. Definitely worth trying and I continue to drink this whenever I can find it. Damn well brewed

06-19-2011 21:16:30 | More by scinerd3000
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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,

06-19-2011 01:25:01 | More by SummitVA
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4.6/5  rDev +2.4%

A- pours a translucent golden color with about a half a finger of white head that recedes into a thin layer of bubbles.

S- tart and funky describe this beer to a Tee. Gigantic barnyard and cellar musk. Horseblanket and hint of band aid. There is a complexity however and the aged leafy hops and oakiness give it some elegance and balance. Finishs with some lemon zest and dry acidity that is outrageous. I love this stuff!!!

T- starts out with a citrus lemon acidity that blends into some Brett funk and a note lacto. The oak comes out with an assertive almost tannic toasted champagne quality. Finishs dry with a lasting tart lemon peel and a wheat long into the aftertaste.

MF- acidic Puckering prickly mouthfeel with fine carbonation and a medium body.

D- I could drink this all night and day!!!

06-11-2011 02:38:31 | More by Viciousknishs
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4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

2010 vintage. Pours very bright with a nice lasting head. Smell of the classic cantillon aroma, but more subdued. Funk, citrus aromas of grapefruit and apples. Great mouthfeel, not super acidic, more on the balanced side with the sweetness. I could drink liters of this stuff.

06-09-2011 19:43:18 | More by knucks999
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4.4/5  rDev -2%

Cantillon geuze is golden in hue with a slight haze. Minimal head is present. Aromas of oak, vinegar, sweet cereal, and hints of medicinal herbs are present. The taste follows suit- a very fine geuze. The taste manages to be light yet complex and a little sour. The mouthfeel is effervescent and refreshing.

This is the best geuze I have had. The funky, sour, and crisp refreshing notes are in perfect harmony. A good beer for a hot afternoon.

06-05-2011 09:11:38 | More by OneBrewru
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4.03/5  rDev -10.2%

2009 version, poured into a snifter glass.

A- Champagne appearance, bubbly, excellent carbonation, very clear, golden hay appearance, nice lacing
S- Sour, Vinegar, white grapes, apple, lemon, vinegar, just funky.
T- Tart, sour, apple, vinegar, white grapes, lemons, wild yeast, funkiness really comes out in every sip, well balanced.
M- Well carbonated, crisp medium mouthfeel, real puckering.
O- Solid quality gueuze, im just expanding into the sour category and I was not disappointed with this beer. Very funky, and sour, as well as refreshing.

06-02-2011 06:35:59 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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4.33/5  rDev -3.6%

A late night bottle split with Bar Fly B. 2010 vintage

A- a very hard pour yields only a small fizzle of bright white head that settles almost instantly and leaves a mirror finish. Hazy yellow orange in color.

S- I want the funk, gota have that funk, and this brings the funk for sure. Barnyard and buggy wood, lots of lemon peel and musty attic. Earthy and dank.

T- funky and sour just like I like it. Lemon peel and juice with a good bit of earth going on. Lots of complex wood caracter giving way to a biscuity malt.

M- about medium in body and lightly carbed but its a bright one. Good pucker from this new bottle.

O- its called classic for a reason and its one that neer let's me down. Jean can blend a damn gueuze can't he. I love it what else can I say.

05-24-2011 05:36:57 | More by oglmcdgl
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New York

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%

2010 375ml bottle

Pours a golden orange with .5 inch head that fades into a ring that hangs around but very little lacing, it does look quite nice tho.

Smells very funky, sour, and lots of brett. Maybe a little lemon and apple in the background.

Taste is sour and almost puckering but then it smooths out for me. Definately some apple cider vinegar, not overly acidic though. Very, very good.

Mouthfeel is perfect, just the right amount carbonation, with a nice dry finish.

Overall an excellent beer, cant wait to try the other Cantillon offerings that I have sitting in my cellar.

05-22-2011 21:01:34 | More by Paulydeets
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South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

here it is the mother of the cantillons. the classic lambic. i actually had never had this one until tonight so i was simply thrilled to death to pop the cork and drink this with dinner tonight.

The pour was very nice, a rich hazy and cloudy bright golden yellow with a ton of carbonation riddled throughout it. Very nice three finger high head of white foam appeared over the top and stayed around for a good few minutes before settling down to a one finger high pillow that lasted throughout the entire session. Very nice thick side glass lace throughout the entire session and there was a good little bit of sedimentation present on the bottom of the glass. Very nice look and I was morethen excited to dive into this one.

The aroma was strong, pungent and very sour. Ahh the lovely aroma of Brett in full force here. Pungent aromas of grapes just all over this one. A nice fruity vibe as it warms, with hints of peaches, and apples, light fruit in general were all lying deep underneath, however the real story was the gorgeous amounts of sour notes that were all over this one. Really quite beautiful. The flavor followed along perfectly. With a light airy body, this was an ideal beer for the evening. Lots of carbonation and an increasingly complex profile just really lit it up. There was the undeniable taste of Bret rippling through it, providing me with the great sour taste, but below that lots of peach and pear flavors were increasingly poking their heads around, letting you know there were there as well. A nice light grain flavor made up the base and kept things from getting out of control. There was an nicel ong drawn out finish that really tightened things up nicely and left a good fresh grass and sour grape flavor in your mouth for a good long time. The drinkability on this one was superb, with a deep flavor profile, that was just light enough to be enjoyed all night.

05-19-2011 01:33:52 | More by mikesgroove
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4.55/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tulip at 50 degrees.

Appearance is a beautiful hazy sunrise orange with bright white two finger width frothy head which is making a bit of noise :) Great retention and it's sticking onto the sides with lots of spider webbing.

Smells like lemon, straw, hay, funk, and flowers. Difficult for me to describe everything going on, but I love it.

Tastes a lot like apple cider vinegar in the background, but a lot of nice sour apple, lemon, funk, and general sweet tart aspect.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Can't be improved period. It's oily, feels full in the mouth and it's lovely.

Overall this is one of the best geuzes out there. I definitely have trouble describing the geuzes, but I can tell you this one is delicious!

05-18-2011 07:11:55 | More by Bubba83
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4.28/5  rDev -4.7%

Wanna thank Destral for this bottle.

Served into Darkness glass

2008 vintage

Color: Hazy gold with hints of pale orange at the center. This gueuze develops a nickle thick head and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Nose: Major yeast funk in the forefront followed by light vinegar tones and barnyard scents. Also present are very mellow oak scent.

Palate: Light bodied and with a perfect amount of carbonation. The sourness is pleasant as it coats the mouth. Hints of lemon and sour apple appear and slowly wine like qualities such as those of a sauv blanc begin to sow.

Finish: Explosive, complex and surprising. It ends a bit dry but with plenty of flavor. An amzing beer,

05-17-2011 23:17:11 | More by schmoopsbeer
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

A - Pours a nice golden, orange color with a light head with some lacine.

S - Barnyard funk, citrus, grass, sour, and lemons

T - Dry, lemony, and funky. The balance on this gueuze is just amazing. Nothing really over powers any of the other flavors.

M - Smooth, slightly carbonated, and very crisp and refreshing.

D - For a gueuze, very very drinkable. With each sip I couldn't wait for the next one. It was so refreshing and just damn tasty. I will seek this one out again!

05-15-2011 20:41:25 | More by LiquidBread219
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4.93/5  rDev +9.8%

Thank you to BTPete for this bottle, from like a year ago.

Poured in my Cantillon tumbler (Mega thanks to Jerriko!), this gueuze pours a pale, slightly hazy gold, with a small, white fizzy head that's still sitting there, a while after the pour and some consumption. I can't believe the head is still there! It's beautiful. Lots of bubbles zing to the top, as well.

The aroma of this is amazing. I keep having to take another whiff. Very tart right off the bat, funky too. The classic barnyard odors, hay, some poop. Some sort of unripe tropical citrus. A lot going on and it's just great.

The taste lives up to the nose. It's very impressive, the best Gueuze I've had. Very sour, but not too acidic, with a hint of sweetness after a few sips. The barnyardness really starts to come through. A hint of bitterness on the finish. It's mouthwatering, and quite drinkable.

Mouthfeel is nice, too. Smooth with much less carbonation than you would expect, given the fierce bubbles that you see first off. Doesn't leave my mouth too dry, but wanting more.

Overall, this is quite the treat and I'm so glad to finally have opened my bottle. The Cantillon tumbler makes it even more of an experience, and I can't wait to enjoy more Cantillons with it.

05-12-2011 03:13:30 | More by jefferz5000
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4.38/5  rDev -2.4%

2006 cork date, so I guess it's a 2004 bottle? Yellow and black label with the drunk guy on the chair. Drinking this right after a 2009 Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze. Pours a mostly clear apricot orange sort of color with a medium head. Less spritzy and a touch darker than the Fonteinen. Nose is immediately more sharp and less minerally than the Fonteinen. More lemon, more funk. Somehow chewier in the nose, as weird as it sounds. Flavor is massively funky, urine, manure, mushroom. Way more flavors going on than the Fonteinen, not all of them pleasant. Despite all the crazy funky oddities of this it works pretty freakin well. On the opposite end of the flavor spectrum from the Fonteinen. Cantillon is way more earth, fungus, digestive like, while Fonteinen is toward the champagne, mineral, lemon end of the spectrum The Fonteinen is actually more dry in my opinion. Both fantastic. As this one opens it's sublime.

05-12-2011 01:30:53 | More by JAXSON
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4.47/5  rDev -0.4%

375 bottle. 2009 release. Poured a light, clear, yellowish golden color. While there definitley was carbonation, there was very little head on this one. Aromas of musty grapes, barnyard, citrus, grass, and so much of the great Cantillon sour. On the palate, tons of acid and funk with flavors of citrus, grapes and yeast. Extremely tart, sour and funky on every sip. This is truly classic gueuze and near the top of my list for best gueuze.

05-11-2011 16:12:27 | More by alampear
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4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

Capped and Corked bottle, dated 3/17/2010

Pours out of the bottle a clear and golden. the 1.5" of bright wite head recedes to a ring leaving no lace.

You can smell it from feet away. Sour and fruity with a lot of funk.

The taste is almost overwhelmingly sour. The yeast stands out a bit more than from the smell.

In the mouth it does wonders. Light and crisp at the beginning, smooth throughout but then almost puckering at the end.

I wish I had gotten another matching bottle to compare to in a years time. This was fantastic

05-10-2011 02:38:23 | More by benpopper
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4.7/5  rDev +4.7%

Peoria Int Beerfest VIP notes

a - clear, yellow straw.

s - vinegar, lactic sourness. yeasty

t - light lactic sourness. light stone fruit. reminds me of a nice unoaked chard w/o any malo-lactic fermentation.

m - refreshing, crisp acidity. perfect amount of carbonation. the tingle from the acid and the carb plays nicely.

o - this lambic is a killer.

05-02-2011 16:14:10 | More by PhineasGage
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4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

Source/Serving: Draft @ City Beer Store

S: Chardonnay vinegar, fresh but tart berries, candied lemons and grapefruit, golden raisins. Seamless. Amazing how clean it is with no 'off' flavors. Seriously high quality.

T: Super fresh, crisp and tart with bright lemon and tropical fruits which hit briefly as oily but then as juicy. Eases into more sour depth in the middle along with some unripe banana, grapefruit oil with a light, stale, chardonnay, and bubblegum edge. Hints at leather on top of the lemon that carries over from the initial taste. Fairly dry throughout. Finish is slightly grapefruit pith bitter and not as sour. Bitter raisins, stale white wine, and a little spice with lemon candy/wine lingering sweet and sour which very slowly dries out.

Notes: Flavors are smooth and sharp and lacking anything 'off'. Complex.

05-01-2011 02:30:47 | More by 4000qtrap
Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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