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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 2,215
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 812
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.).

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Photo of ElGallo

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev -5.8%

From my tasting notes. 375 mL bottle poured into a square champagne flute. Special thanks to chowdahead for this birthday gift.

Great carbonation on the pour. Wonderful hybrid nose of tart fruits changing places with the scent of the inside of a barn the morning after it rained. Weird, I know, but that's what I'm smelling.

Taste is smooth and tart with notes of sour apple, pear, sugar, dewy grass, and a biting but still plesant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is an acquired taste that I like but can't handle a lot of. Like most lambics this is a tart and biting beer that will wreck your palate if you try to down a 750 on your own.

Only the second gueuze I've ever tried, but I'm hooked. I would like to try some more Cantillon offerings... if only they weren't so hard to find.

01-11-2011 02:38:50 | More by ElGallo
Photo of metter98

New York

4.28/5  rDev -4.5%

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that fade away into lacy patterns. A very slight amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of sourness in the nose along with some hints of fruit, funk and yeast.
T: The overall taste has a strong amount of sour flavors and is quite tart and acidic. The sourness persists through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. There is a moderate amount of dryness from the initial taste through the finish.
D: The sour flavors are strong, but do not completely overpower the taste and make this an interesting beer to sip. It's relatively easy to drink for the style.

01-09-2011 16:01:58 | More by metter98
Photo of FernMaster


4.22/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

I'm sitting next to my friend, Reaper16, who is absolutely enamored with this beer. I'm angling my computer away so he can't cheatyface and read my review as I write. I'm going to sit in silence as I sit and explore this beer to avoid any sort of outside opinion mingling with my own. "I love this beer, I love this beer so much." That's right, I exact quoted you, just now.


Review time. This pour seems a little stillborn to me. I expect some carbonation in my beer and this lacks that. I get it for the style. Also there's a very minimal head, almost no lacing around the bottle. I have a thin line of foam around the top, which is a welcome sight. Cantillon Gueuze is a nice amberish orange colour.

I can't keep myself from sticking my nose into this beer. It's a very intense sweet tartness. My friend said some people say lemon, I don't want to do that. There's some sort of fruit flavor but I can't identify. It's like mashing a bunch of shock tarts together and sniffing them like cocaine. Do they still make shock tarts? If not that analogy may be lost on you. That's what I'm getting. Some sort of artificial candy sweetness in the nose. I'm not saying this is a bad thing. I'm American, bring on the artificial.

"Hmm, wow." My exact initial line from drinking this. I had such a small sip yet I feel like I had such a huge gulp, I can notice almost all of the components from that small sip.This is such a strong beer, the flavor will stay with you. I can very easily see this wrecking your palette for a day. Wow. Cantillon Gueuze is super freaking sour and tart! Incredible. It's so much that you have to sit and notice other complexities in the beer, you kind of need to fight through that. Fight paints a negative picture, I don't mean it that way at all. It's like fighting your way through a tough bra strap, worth the effort. There's this earthy note to it, this oak aged quality that's quite delicious. It's aged in oak barrels and that's noticeable, and that's of course good. I'm getting some white grape in this taste. I feel like I've said a lot without really saying anything, it's unique. It's delectable. I'm very much enjoying this.

This beer is very tart so you can either just drink it down like a child getting into his Halloween candy or you can sit and sip it because it's over powering. That's the two options here. I fall to the latter category. It's sort of frothy and kind of thick, which is good. If this had a thin body I would be severely disappointed with the experience. Having a strong enough body to carry this bold, tart flavor is key to making this a successful beer. Jesus.

01-04-2011 04:54:23 | More by FernMaster
Photo of awalk1227


4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Consumed 11/17/10 Says bottled in 2008.

Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A: Brilliant, sparkling orange. Terra-cotta and radiant. A huge fizzy white head recedes rapidly.

S: Funky! Oak, grape vine, and sour grapes. It's a very enticing preview of what's to come.

T: Very tart! Sour grapes and pears for sure. This is my first lambic/gueuze review, so it's hard to place the complexities of this beer. Oak definitely plays a part too.

F: Beautifully dries the palate, but makes your mouth water for another sip at the same time.

D: Great. I would pair this with any dinner, or even cook with it to extract all the flavor.

01-03-2011 20:44:36 | More by awalk1227
Photo of DovaliHops


4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Finally got to try this beer! Once popping the cork I got a nice whiff of delicious barnyard funk. Appearance is cloudy golden with small white head. Scent is a lot of lemon with amazing sour fragrances... A bit of floral notes as well with some great funk and oak. Taste is amazingly sour, which I love!!! Initially, I get tartness with great oak flavors, quickly followed by mouth-puckering sourness. Then I just get some great flavors or bread, flowers, and other citrus notes. A little bit of bitterness at the end with more oak. Delicious beer!!! Mouthfeel is almost perfect...very full bodied and crisp. Mouth-puckering sour queuze. Drinkability is very high for me...as long as I can find it somewhere and my stomach can handle the amazing acidic features of this world-class brew!

01-03-2011 06:59:23 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of SpdKilz


4.33/5  rDev -3.3%

Appearance - Pours into a generic tulip with a hazy tangerine color. About a finger of slight white head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Tart barnyard funk. Citrus, lemon, apple, slight floral notes.

Taste - As the aroma, tart up front with a nice citrus blast coming from green granny smith apples and lemon. Earthy, wet hay, barnyard funk. A great taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter bodied, prickly carbonation, finishes dry.

Drinkability - Quite so. A very easy to drink Gueuze and I can't wait to have some more. Glad I have some in the cellar.

01-02-2011 05:06:27 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of nataku00


4.43/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from a 2009 bottle at cellar temperature into a tulip glass. Beer is a light orange, just slightly hazy, with very light amount of head. Some gentle lacing on the glass from white soapy head that slides down the glass. Nice slow ascending carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is very nice, oakiness, tart lemon, orange peel, wet animal funkiness.

Taking a sip, I'm really surprised at how balanced this geuze is. Definitely sour and funky as expected, but not mouth puckering like many others. Wood and sour fruit flavors (lemon, orange, a little rhubarb) blended extremely well.

Light bodied beer with just enough carbonation to sweep your tongue clean. Finish is pleasantly short and crisp, leaving a slight fruitiness in the back of your tongue.

A very easy to drink geuze, and a good option to introduce people to this style who may not have tried it before.

01-01-2011 02:56:26 | More by nataku00
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +2.7%

2010 bottle poured into a Cantillon taster glass. This one is relatively fresh. The color is nice and light golden. The head is minimal and disappears almost completely, like soda.

The aroma is sour and tart with a bit of rubber. There is a nice lemony aroma as well.

The flavor is much like the aroma. This one doesn't have a lot of funk, the emphasis is more heavy on the sour and lemony flavors. This is of course, very dry on the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and very refreshing. Nice carbonation makes for a relatively crisp feeling. This is highly drinkable for those who love the style.

12-31-2010 05:04:46 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of nkersten


4.28/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured from 2009 375ml bottle into Cantillon long stem glass. Color is a clear golden with a small white head that fades to a collar. Smell is very typical Cantillon - lots of funk, lemons and bright citrus, pineapple, one of the fruitier smelling lambics I have had. Taste is sour and acidic up front, but as the initial harsh flavors subside there is a lot of fresh lemon and tropical fruit, slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is medium/light body with a light but active carbonation and a dry finish. An excellent Gueuze, one of the best around. I am rarely disappointed with any Cantillon beers.

12-28-2010 04:29:57 | More by nkersten
Photo of pdoran10


4.7/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours out a light hazy golden color with two fingers of white head, that disappears after about 5 minutes. not much lacing.

Smell is slightly acidic vinegar, a hint of lemon, some musty basement aroma. not overly pungent.

Smell opens with lemon citrus and quickly blends to sour vinegar notes. funk, light breadiness mixed with the sour. Finishes with slight oakiness coming in at the end to really balance the sourness excellently.

Mouthfeel is extremely dry with high lively carbonation. probaly the dryest beer i've ever had, but I really enjoy dryness.

Probably the most smooth and drinkable of the style i have had to date. the subtle oak really rounds out this delicious gueuze.

12-25-2010 22:50:22 | More by pdoran10
Photo of krisandajt


4.15/5  rDev -7.4%

In the mood for something good after suffering through the day before Christmas.

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my Poperings Hommel bier glass, this beer is a cloudy golden color. Not a lot of head going on, which I kind of figured would be the case since the cork didn't have much "pop" to it.

Smell: Potently sour, with hints of grape and a sort of musty, basement-y kind of quality. It's only an 08, so it hasn't really been sitting that long. The sour and tart really dominates the nose, any fruit smell I can pick up is really struggling to get through. This is going to be ass-puckering good!

Taste: A dry, intense sour apple/grape kind of flavor. The musty quality to it is still there, I'm kinda getting a cobweb quality to it which is not something I've ever had in a beer. Overall, though, it's a very intensely sour and tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, crisp, clean feel, and decent carbonation.

Drinkability: A very tasty and intensely sour brew. Cantillon has yet to produce a disappointing brew, and this is another fine example of a well done beer. I wish I had more than one in my cellar...guess I need to make a beer run after the holidays.

12-25-2010 04:01:45 | More by krisandajt
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a hazy light amber color with a thick white fizzy head and no real lacing to mention. Smells of wet hay, musk, some apple, and funk. Tastes a bit funky, with some apple, plenty of sourness and lots of lemon depth. Mouthfeel is medium with a carbonation that is just right. Drinkability is high.

12-21-2010 13:48:35 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of rbhockeyfan


4.68/5  rDev +4.5%

I knew the second I corked this beer that it was something special. The smell was yeast and bitter apple (reminded me a of a good champaign). The color was beautiful golden honey. First drink threw me off a bit, but after that is was heavenly. It's unique, well balanced, bitter sweet. Absolutely an amazing beer.

12-19-2010 06:56:18 | More by rbhockeyfan
Photo of pmlondrigan

New York

4.22/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours honey to light amber color. Puffy white head with dense bubbles and fair lacing. Aroma of lemon, straw, and lots of wet hay. Nice typical geuze smell. Taste is peppery and lemon up front, nice sharp dry and tart middle, sour, faint oak notes through the front and middle. The bretty and hay aroma present in the nose is muted slightly in the flavor profile. Super clean ending. Mouthfeel is slightly chamgane like, really drinkable and pleasant.

12-18-2010 01:36:56 | More by pmlondrigan
Photo of zeff80


4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

Bottled Dec. 30, 2009 - consumed Dec. 10, 2010.

A - Poured out a cloudy, light orange color with a three-finger, off-white head of long lasting foam. It left some soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of cherry, funkiness and sour fruits.

T - This was puckeringly sour. Fruity and slightly funky with almost no bitterness or spice.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a puckering mouthfeel.

D - This is a very good sour beer. I really think it is one of the best that I've had yet.

12-12-2010 17:11:20 | More by zeff80
Photo of Avalon68


4.8/5  rDev +7.1%

750ml bottle Cantillon Gueuze 1996. Tasted 3x over the last month.

A: Bright golden yellow in color and highly carbonated.
S: Lemon Pith, Funk, and musty basement. Awesome
T: Lemon up front, followed by a bit of funk(mushroom) and a slight mineral taste. Very tart and incredibly dry.
M: Absolutely great. Light and clean with a lot more carbonation than I expected.
D:The dryness makes it so you can't stop going back for more.

All in all I really enjoyed this one. I've opened 3 bottles in the last month and everyone that has tasted them had good things to say. These bottles were a lot more tart and dry than more recent examples I have tried. I was honestly blown away. Very good stuff.

12-07-2010 05:38:02 | More by Avalon68
Photo of madtrixter787


4.03/5  rDev -10%

Poured from a bottle my friend mcann2pu brought back from a visit to DE.

Appearance: Not too much head, though the poor was not that aggressive. Nice cloudy golden haze.

Smell: Strong sour smell at first, though toned down and a little fruitier when brought to room temperature.

Taste: Very sour at the front, with a very complex finish. Hard to describe the different flavors, though pear comes through for the fruit. Very well blended.

Mouthfeel: Nice and bubbly, as expected.

Drinkability: Definitely gets better when brought closer to room temperature. Would not want to drink more than a bottle at a time, but that can be a good thing with beers this complex.

12-04-2010 04:58:51 | More by madtrixter787
Photo of infi

New York

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%

12.7 oz. bottle, bottled on 30 Dec 2009. Shared with BA brun.

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Pours a golden champagne-like color with nice thin, white and loosely-bubbled head that quickly dies into ringed cap. Smell is full of a nice lemony and green apple tartness with a mild funkiness from the spontaneous fermentation. There's also a good amount of a odoriferous breadiness from the yeast.

Taste is lively with an initial sourness, which then recedes into a short-lived green apple skin tartness. The sourness isn't cheek-shrinking and mouth-puckering either. No off-putting flavors like metallic oxidation or overpowering lacto-funk. Very simple and easy, yet incredibly tasty.

Mouthfeel is thin, just about one step lower than a champagne with lesser carbonation. I'll gladly drink another bottle of this, not cause it's Cantillon, but it's incredibly refreshing and delicious. Definitely would recommend this to someone trying to foray themselves into the sour territory.

11-28-2010 05:30:20 | More by infi
Photo of hopsbreath


4.53/5  rDev +1.1%

Bottled November 13 2009 and consumed today on its first birthday. Split between a couple Duvel tulips with my wife (TulipSnifter), we enjoyed this beauty at about 8 a.m. after I got off work from the night shift. It has the appearance of guava nectar in the glass with a 3 finger egg shell head from a hard pour that recedes to a minimal wispy cap. No lacing is apparent...but none is expected.

Lacto citrus in the nose there is no questioning that there is something sphincter puckering going on in my glass. A touch of wood mold and gorgonzola round out the aroma.

Sip...pucker...repeat! Wow what a tasty sour beer! I wouldn't call this as lemony as I would say its more of a grapefruit juice essence. The wood is also there in spades, as is the raw funk. Again I'm picking up on some moldy cheese almost as an aftertaste.

Thin in body and moderately carbonated, this drinks fast. An extremely high attenuation allow this to finish nice and dry. Very quickly, the glass disappears and I'm hearing cries from the other bottle I have in my possession calling to me. I'm hoping to let it fester until the 2 year mark but oh boy...its going to be tough. Definitely seek this guy out!

11-13-2010 17:20:40 | More by hopsbreath
Photo of TulipSnifter


4.33/5  rDev -3.3%

This bottle is one year old today.
Appearance: Golden orange with a light cap.
Smell: Green apples and citrus lemons.
Taste: Lemon, funk, and maybe some green apple. The warmer it got the more it tasted like apricot.
Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp, lightly carbonated and very tart.
Drinkablility: This is a great drink. This is absolutely wonderful.

11-13-2010 16:55:05 | More by TulipSnifter
Photo of nerdrocker101


4/5  rDev -10.7%

Poured from a 375ml. The pour resembles apple cider. Very clear, golden orange with a thin, fizzy head that was gone just as quick as it appeared.

A nice tart nose like lemons and green apples.

A light jolt of sour up front followed by a mix of musk, hay and funk.

Somewhat refreshing. Dry finish. Nice carbonation.

I will admit that after reading the reviews, I was a bit worried this would be too sour, but this was not the case. I found it to be very refreshing and enjoyable for my first gueuze.

11-09-2010 01:14:21 | More by nerdrocker101
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%

Cantillon Classic Gueuze. 2009 vintage. Poured from a 375ML bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a slightly transparent golden-copper color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Can actually here the Belgian yeast in the glass. Looks like a great beer.

s - Smells of funk, Belgian yeast, citrus, tart lemon, and some floral notes. As it warms up some tart apple as well. Smells wonderful.

t - Tastes of tart apples and tart lemons, citrus, and some definite funk. Also tastes of Belgian yeast and some earthy/floral notes. Pretty nice.

m - Light body and low carbonation, very crisp and enjoyable.

d - The drinkability of this beer is amazing, and probably it's best trait. The fact that it is only 5% ABV makes it very easy to drink. While it is very sour and tart, it is not insanely lip pucking like some others, which also helps the drinkability and makes finishing a bottle alone easy. I also loved the smell; would definitely buy this one again.

11-06-2010 22:28:07 | More by mdfb79
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -11.2%

Poured from the bottle into a white wine glass at the Cantillon brewery in Brussels.

A: A slightly hazy peachy orange color topped with a 2 finger light tan head with ok retention.

S: Lovely fruity smell with hints of apple and honey, slight apricot or peach note. Slight yeast presence. Malt character is light but balances nicely. Tart and light sourness in there as well, but not extreme. Good balance here.

T: Very sour and slightly fruity. Some citrus. Very very dry and slightly astringent. Finishes with raw apple and white grape notes, as well as some earth and must. Vinous.

11-04-2010 18:25:10 | More by BucBasil
Photo of readbaron


4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

Clear, golden bronze color with little head.

Smells sour - green apples with some yeasty funk

Tastes heavenly! Incredibly sour, again with green apples, grape skin, and grapefruit. Finishes smooth and dry.

M - light and clean with more carbonation than I initially would have thought.

11-01-2010 01:33:11 | More by readbaron
Photo of birchstick


4.18/5  rDev -6.7%

2009 Vintage

A - pours a golden yellow without much head

S - smells of spritzy citrus and some sweet funkiness

T - the taste is starts off very sour that makes you pucker up quickly. Once my mouth got over the initial sour bombardment, I picked up sour apple and citrus flavors from the nose, some hay and funkiness. Overall, very tart and delicious.

M - Dry tannic qualities that leave a really dry mouthfeel that was expected from the flavor profile

D - this is a very tart beer that was my first true sour. I really enjoyed this beer. Very bold flavors that eventually destroy your palette. Although I couldn't have more than a 350ml bottle, I really enjoyed it throughout.

10-24-2010 02:21:17 | More by birchstick
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