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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 2,162
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 799
Gots: 624 | FT: 47
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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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Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed the wrong beer 2-24-2010, so copying it to the right place.

My first sour, so someday with more experience under my belt I may come back to review this...

Bottle was shared and poured into small glasses, and I was surprised by the rose colour of the beer, with a white head that left light to no lacing. A very fruity apple nose to the beer, smells like an apple cider rather than a beer. When I first sipped it was evident why they call these beers sour, WOWZA! That's not to say I didn't like it, I just had trouble initially discerning other flavours from it. Over time, the bitter sourness lets some of the fruitiness come through. Interesting, but tough on the palate and tough to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 02:27:09 | More by kjyost
Photo of largadeer


4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2009 according to the cork, but not stamped on the back, so I'm not certain of the exact bottling date. 375ml bottle.

Golden-hued, hazy but clear. A moderate level of carbonation creates a two-finger tall head that eventually recedes to a collar.

The aroma is deep, musty, complex. Stone fruits, barnyard, moldy lemon. A little bit of curious sweetness too, almost like candied hazelnuts. It's not as woody or funky as I'd like, but it's pleasant all the same.

It tastes good, but young. Lemon and lime-like acidity meets light oak and funk. There's a lot of fruit in this, apricots or unripe peaches, and an unusual but pleasant touch of lime. I also pick up a very faint metallic character, which is subdued enough to add an interesting layer of flavor. Unfortunately, there's not enough oak to balance things out, and it finishes somewhat abruptly.

I had a 2008 bottling only 2 days ago, and that was great. I'm not sure if this batch is inferior or if it just needs age, but I'm going to rate this bottle somewhere between the two. Very enjoyable regardless, but not one of the best batches of the Classic Gueuze I've tried.

Other vintages:

May 2008, 750ml: What a great batch, nicely structured and balanced with a firm backbone of oak. Balanced sourness and funk, very complex.

Nov 2009, 750ml: Lemony, sharp lactic sourness, mild funk, increasingly tannic and woody as the beer warms. Very good, should improve nicely with age.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 05:00:24 | More by largadeer
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4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much of a sour guy, but I'm trying to get into them. This came highly recommended by one of my sour loving friends.

A: Golden yellow, light carbonation. Minimal head. This is my first gueuze but from what I read, this is what they should look like. Crystal clear.

S: Sour, grape-like aroma. At first it smells a bit like vinegar, but then it dies down a bit. Hints of cork. Reminds me of a white wine, but with some graininess in the aroma. Not a ton of aroma overall.

T: As one would expect, this baby is sour!. Lots of tart, acidic flavor. Not too overpowering for a sour-novice like me, but definitely on the more sour end of the spectrum. I get lots of green grape flavor with some lemon drop sourness in the end. Some graininess, but not a ton. Ends with a light grassy touch. Reminds me a lot of a white wine, but more depth and flavor, and not sweet at all.

M: Bone dry. Slightly astringent. Finishes with a twang in the back of the throat. Light to no carbonation.

D: I will have to say I enjoyed this overall. You have to be in the mood for this type of beer to truly enjoy it. I probably didn't pick up on all of the character of this beer as I'm a novice. The good thing is that I now want to try more beers like this. I'll pick this up again after I have a more experienced palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 16:53:49 | More by brewdoc75
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Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Don't approach Cantillon's gueuze as you would a regular beer or you may be in for a shock. I've had gueuzes before, and they've never really done much for me. Their vinegary sourness seemed off-kilter and one dimensional, but you won't find that here. Cantillon's version is like a wonderfully dry white wine of the highest calibre.

Hazy gold pour with a bubbly white head. Retention and lacing is very good for the style, and rings of white lace are deposited on the sides of the glass. The nose is musty and redolent of horse blanket and lemon. The cobwebs of the brewery seem to revel in its funky aroma. The flavour leaves a dominant impression of fresh lemon juice, funk, wet hay and a warm yeastiness. Its just like a sour and dry white wine. Wonderfully, puckeringly delightful and refreshing, the body is in perfect sync, with its lightness and spritzy carbonation. Cantillon have stolen my heart and made me reassess gueuze. The price was well worth paying.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 16:43:11 | More by bobsy
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4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a puffy white head. Leaves some very clingy lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell is nicely complex. Vinegary, citrus, soy sauce, and some barnyard funk.

Taste is super tart. Lots of lemon upfront with some nice floral flavors and also some wheat flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied. Drinkability is good for a sour. Definately needs to be shared. Great beer and I'm glad I finally got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 05:43:46 | More by snpub540
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4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass

A: Pours a very hazy straw color, with a nice compact head. The head starts out about an inch tall then dissipates in the center of my glass leaving some soapy bubbles. A nice ring of bubbles sits around the edges.

S: I can smell the bretty funk as I pour the beer into my glass. A nice aroma of lemon, straw, and a touch of barnyard wafts from the beer.

T: Lots of brett in the front of this flavor with a vinegar/acidic finish. This beer is dry and tart like certain types of white wine. Slight notes of lemon and barnyard in the flavor as well.

M: The mouth is very perky with lots on tingling carbonation. It finishes dry and is sure to make your mouth water.

D: A very drinkable beer, low ABV and a complex flavor make this a very enjoyable/refreshing beer, especially when sipped.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 00:32:44 | More by SiepJones
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4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a sample of this at the brewery following a tour of the place. Served cool from the bottle in a wine like glass.

A-murky yellow body, light white ring head.

S-barnyard, sour and rose flower

T-fruit stone, sour, wine, some grassy notes.


D-very nice complexity. interesting sense-wise. I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 03:20:41 | More by jneiswender
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4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a soft golden color with a small white head that hangs around for a while. Smells of deep tart oranges, deep earth, andk a rich brett-funk. The aroma is just wonderful. The taste is very tart with a deep earthy barn flavor. Almost reminiscent of a must basement fruit cellar. Very clean and crisp with a balanced acidity. A wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 02:41:26 | More by Eldalonde
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3.88/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 375ml bottle that was still fresh into a Reidel tulip.

Pours a nice hazy hay color that is very nice looking.

the smell is of nice tart acid and citrus fruits.

The taste is very good though definitely could use some age. Out of the bottle it was very acidic in addition to being not terrible complex or funky. The previous bottles I've had of this all had some age on them and were much better, but I wanted to try one that was fairly fresh.

The mouth feel and drink ability were both good but not great. This bottle could definitely use some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 18:15:35 | More by psiweaver
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4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy yellow-copper color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of huge amounts of funk - wet hay and leather - with smooth wheat and light malt aromas backing things up.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Wheat and light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of tart lemon flavors. Whereas the funk dominates the nose the flavor is more balanced and allows more of the background flavors to shine. That being said the funk is still large and comes into play midway through the sip, carrying through to a crisp and decidedly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a very well made beer - a nice and solid beer for the style and the fact that it comes from Cantillon doesn't come as a surprise. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 00:40:25 | More by glid02
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4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7, 2009, poured into my Bruery tulip. Thanks berkey, for the wonderful gift of this beer, one of many precious treats in one of your many packages of love. Actually reviewed this gem earlier this year, just getting around to posting.

A- Gorgeous & bright yellow orange honey w an impresive head, 2 fingers+ (aggresive pour) , quickly whittles down to 1/4" with small, tight bubbles

S- Straight sour & funky battling right up front, fermented white grapes and Bretty funky wet hay swirling in a sensory deight.

T- Wow! A delicious lemon juice bitter sour, with complimentary unripe white fruits. A pleasant degree of brett-funk is a constant. the beer finishes complex, with a perceived finale of citrus rind bitter, but followed through with a decadent barnyard funk that's strong in the aftertaste. A real treat.

M- Mouthfeel is basically perfect. Light and thin, keeps the beer uncluttered and refreshing. Finishes clean & dry, yet the mouth almost instantly waters for more!

D- Great. Light and crisp enough, the sour keeps my watering mouth begging for the next sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 10:40:35 | More by dannyhipps
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4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As advertised, this blended lambic proves to be as flavorful, complex, and refreshing as any beer can be.

Lemons, limes, and must fill the nose in a very tanic and vinous fashion. Sourness, tartness, and old woods are definately on the menu. The zing of dry white wines, sour grapes, and crab apples come to mind and nearly give me an astringent reaction just from the aroma.

A murky light golden pour releases a juicy burst of carbonation (champagne-like) early that is short lived, quickly settling into a light effervesence that releases a thin and stubborn sheet of white foam. With good retention and light lacing this gueuze shows better beery attributes than most.

The intense tartness of lemons, limes, and white grapes provide the first wave of flavors while softer malt breadiness and mild sweetness offers a quick repreive from the full brunt of the possible astringency. Salty flavors come in just before the musty wood and sweatly flavors take hold. Quite savory and crisp in the mid palate. The tartness then quickly fades into a hoppy bitter flavor that brings in the dry and crisp finish. The beer just keeps comming, wave after wave of flavor.

Likewise, the mouthfeel goes through a similar procession- a wash of acidity comes first, while a malty creaminess and structure follows, all just before a dryness and mild astringency give the final impressions of texture.

A very well balanced and complex sour ale that twarts the notion of one-dimensionality or simplicity. Characterful and as unoffensive as true sours can be.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 02:28:02 | More by BEERchitect
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4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at City Beer Store in SF! Gold in color with surprising clarity for style; nominal head and no real lacing to speak of but on point for style. The nose is a bit funky with notes of grape and melon with pleasant vinegar qualities, even a bit of coriander. This a real palate pleaser, slight tartness with a very clean finish. Apple and melon are noticeable on the mid-palate along with some hay qualities. Very tasty and extremely refreshing for a warm summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 17:00:39 | More by WOTO97
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3.95/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2009, 375 ml.

This Classic pours a vibrant tangerine orange with a brief suggestion of head.

Smell is funk, grape peel and a whiff of vinegar. I'm preparing to pucker.

Apple juice, grape peel, under ripe cranberry and a little cheesy funkiness dominate the taste with tons of residual sourness lingering on. Yum.

I wish these bottles were a little closer to my house.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 02:04:26 | More by Lazerlobe
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4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-golden in color fizzy head that fades but leaves some lacing

S-straight funk. real sour. like super sour apple cider

T-not as sour as the nose but still really sour. again, super sour apple juice. delicious

M-dry and light and quite carbonated

D-although light, the taste is pretty funky and while I enjoyed this brew very much I don't think I could drink more than two in one sitting. Still, I love it.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 04:43:53 | More by VelvetExtract
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4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute) The cork says 2007
A- The hazy orange body has a big fizzy carbonation that supports a snow-white head for the brief time that it last.
S- The slight mineral notes give way to a soft tartness and some wet pig notes.
T- A tart grapefruit pith flavor leads to a soft brie note and then a finish of more grapefruit sourness.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tart astringency that is pleasant.
D- This beer has a nice up front tartness in the flavor with some nice tartness in the finish but the other flavors were pretty soft.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 16:11:21 | More by rhoadsrage
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South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a tulip. 2009 vintage. Glad to finally be trying this one.

Pour is a golden orange, with a finger of thick white foam. Head retention is outstanding. Maybe a spot or two of lacing left on the glass.

Great nose of barnyard funk, sour lemons, tart green apples (and maybe pears), oak, cheese, vinegar, and leather. Somewhat surprised that the nose isn't very intense, but I'm not complaining.

Flavor follows. All the classic gueuze elements, and very tastefully done. Creamier than expected. Bone dry finish. Good tart flavor, but not nearly as sour as I thought it would be. Funk/cheese in the finish.

Medium bodied. Good carbonation, just a slight tingle. Highly drinkable. Hard to keep it in the glass for too long. Truly a classic gueuze. However, I'd rate Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze slightly higher.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 07:12:49 | More by Gyle41386
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4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woot! Made it to 500, so I figured I should make it a special one. This particular offering was bottled on May 28, 2008 and opened and reviewed on July 21, 2010, poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a light orange/apricot color with a bit of copper to it; starts with a 1/2 finger slightly off-white head that fades quickly to a thin, uneven and incomplete cap; body is very cloudy and shows pretty strong, tiny carbonation; a few lonely spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Pretty funky upon immediately pulling the cork -- lots of tart and sour funky fruitiness and a bit of Belgian yeastiness; a bit of a powdery candi sugary aspect, reminiscent of crazy sour candies like Atomic Warheads -- my mouth is puckering just from smelling it.

Taste: Pretty F'ing amazing -- extremely sour and tart citric fruitiness (green grapes, slightly lemony, and a little bit of an acidic apple); a powdery candi sweetness, again like an Atomic Warhead; a slight dusty mustiness kind of hangs around once the sour subsides just a bit.

Mouthfeel: Super tart action makes me pucker quite hard and once it fades, my mouth is dripping for more; a moist thin stickiness is left on the roof and the tart tingly aspect lingers on the cheeks; belly is left warm from the acidic nature of the drink; carbonation is quite spritzy and helps move the tartness all over.

Drinkability: I could sip this all night -- it's very robust nose and even stronger flavors to boot that are super sour, yet come across with some sweet candi sugars, mustiness, etc...; acidity creeps in after a bit and becomes a bit much, but really the flavors are so amazing and create such a crazy drinking experieince, that the drinkability is still solid.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 04:05:04 | More by bamadog
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4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, very long lasting cascade produces a small white head, typical pale ale colored body. Scent is tart tart tart. Taste is sour and earthy. Lots of yeast which has been through god knows what. Fruits and grass, honey. Watery yet full bodied, active on the tongue. Cantillon at its finest. God i love these beers

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 04:37:46 | More by Tballz420
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4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ebenezers Pub, Lovell Maine.

Well poured in Cantillon long-stem glass. Yellow-Orange-Gold, medium translucency with one finger of white foam. Definitely not cloudy.

Nose of citrus fruits, sour, and grassy funk.

Mouthfeel very clean, higher carbonation than I am used to in this style but matches the flavors well.

Taste from beginning to end of sip is wider than I've ever had in this style. Nearly sweet at the beginning, but transitions to a sharp-sour, nearly bitter but extremely clean flavor of almost musty cheesiness. Reminiscent of the dry finish of very good french champagne.

Awesome example of the style, wish I could get it where I live. Paired amazingly well with the lobster roll I had for lunch.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2010 17:19:00 | More by bmishkin
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4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A difficult beer to find, but I have one.

This beer pours a pretty bright yellow orange with a haze. The head is noisy and bubbly and white. The head goes away but is easily revived with a quick swirl

Nose is quite vinegar with notes of yeast and tart apples. This is very unusual for me. Haven't had too many of this type.

Taste is quite unique as well. Very sour with apples, a hint of yeast and lemons. Very warming for a low alcohol beer. The bottle said to drink this pretty warm at 55F. Not as bubbly on the tongue as I thought it would be. I expected Alka-Seltzer but glad I didn't get it. This appears to be a very good representative of the style, but I am no expert.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 22:20:01 | More by daledeee
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4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage - 375ml bottle poured into a tulip...

Pours a nice hazy glowing gold color with three fingers of very fine bubbled white head which recedes into a cap of white haze on the beer, no lacing is left behind...

Smell is tart and acidic, lemon and sour apples. Some damp hay and barnyard funky love...and an overall thick mustiness. Smell actually reminds me of the damp concrete basement at our lakehouse, eerily similar actually...(imagine a mix of damp earth, a plethora of [used] fishing tackle, lifejackets, cobwebs and old basement...sounds awesome, huh??)

A little less sour (surprisingly to me) than the 2007 Vintage I had recently, but all the other flavors come forward more. Still aggressively tart and lemony, acidic, heartburn inducer. Loads of funk and mustiness, much more so than a 3 year old vintage...I never fully understood "barnyard" til this beer, I just had an epiphany on like the 3rd sip, I said to myself, "self, hmmm, this is definitely barny." Delicious. Cantillon.

Medium bodied with good carbonation, definitely a bit of a "scrubbing bubbles" effect. Has a slick feel after the bubbles hit your tongue and dissipate. An earthy, slightly funky aftertaste...

I love Cantillon, that is all...

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 00:13:27 | More by hawks10
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4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Looks very typical of the style, with perhaps some unusually voluminous head.

S - It smells of the sea (in a good way, not like a fishing boat). There is a slight briny and catty quality, a tartness and pungency that is general more than specific.

T - Tremendously dynamic and flavorful; lots of musty oak barrel, some slight sulfur and char, white grape and cattiness. Not as dry or tart as a lot of the Cantillon stuff is, though it is undeniably tart and dry.

M - Brut.

D - This is a fantastic go-to brew. Rarely is a Gueuze better.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 13:38:27 | More by ktrillionaire
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3.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Anno 2009

Appearance -- Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of creamy almond head. Some random bands of lace, but not much.

Smell -- Lemon, biscuity malt, tart apples, cider vinegar, wet hay.

Taste -- Salted lemons, black pepper, vinegar, tart apple skin. There is a faint sweet and fruity taste toward the back akin to a shallow bite into a plum; juicy sweetness mingled with skin tannins. To say that the tart and funky elements dominate is an understatement. Spice and malt sweetness make appearances but are relegated to the ensemble cast.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body with some tannic astringency. carbonation was moderate and prickly. My only quip is that I would've preferred a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability -- Tart, funky, complex. A bit too astringent for me to consider drinking on a regular basis, but I really enjoyed it. It kept me engaged and challenged my palate.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 03:59:09 | More by yeahnatenelson
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2.25/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Aroma:Sour lemon and apple in the nose, with a funkiness.

Appearance:Pale golden orange, weak lacing, weak head.

Taste:On first taste, the sourness hits very hard. After that it gets easier to drink, and I start to get some faint citrus.

Mouthfeel:This one is harshly astringent on the back of my throat, which is helped by the mild carbonation.

Drinkability:This 2009 vintage is still kind of harsh, it probably needs a few more years in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 02:51:21 | More by fear025
Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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