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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 2,245
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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Photo of nerdrocker101


4/5  rDev -10.9%

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 -3.6%

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 -11.4%

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 -3.1%

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 -6.9%

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
Photo of JLeege


4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

First Gueuze ~ Bottled Dec. 2009

Appearance- Pours a clear gold with a two finger white head, quickly dissipating. Active carbonation.

Smell- This is very aromatic. Earthy, tart, green apple.

Taste- WOW. First sip was absolutely mouth puckering, but this is incredible. Very tart, sour green apple with an earthy grassy funk in the middle. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel- light and crisp, from what I understand is the ideal for this style

Overall- For my first gueuze this went very well, maybe to well! First of all these beers are expensive and I think I am in love, second this went down incredibly quick, I need to teach myself to slow down and really enjoy this!

10-22-2010 02:36:56 | More by JLeege
Photo of bs870621345

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -6%

Second Cantillon, first gueze. Expected to absolutely hate this beer but had to give it a shot. Hated the kriek.

Poured a honey color with a small amout of white head that fades leaving no lacing.

Smelled of tart apples, slight funk, bread, and a slew of other subtle things.

Taste was awesome. Taking a sip reveals the apple and white grape flavor, proceeding into some serious funky hay/horsey flavors. Very acidic, but beautifully tart. Makes the jaw clinch and spaz.

Mouthfeel was medium body, not a lot of carbonation to speak of.

Drinkability is a little lower, maybe not for the style, but at the end of the bottle i was struggling a little from all the sourness.

10-14-2010 16:27:23 | More by bs870621345
Photo of megahurts4


3.68/5  rDev -18%

Cantillon Classic Gueuze

Appearance: Yellow-orange, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: Grape skins, grapefruit, and slight yeast.

Taste: Sourness with a bitter sweetness, citrus, and a hint of grassiness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium and bitter.

This is very interesting. It is very tart and flavorful. It is also very acidic.

10-10-2010 04:13:44 | More by megahurts4
Photo of VaTechHopHead

4.28/5  rDev -4.7%

A - Light golden yellow with a thin head and lots of cascading carbonation. Semi-unfiltered and not much lacing.

S - Tart. Funky yeast/citric acid phenols, over ripened apples, super sour lemon, and a strong sour wheat aroma.

T - QUITE sour...I've had some gueuzes in my day before but this one takes the cake on sourness. Flavor dies quite quickly but from the quick flash of taste I get lots of super sour apple, hay/horse blanket, citric acid, and lemon zest.

M/D - Light body with an ultra sour finish. The intensity of the sourness makes it a definite sipper but complex enough to come back for another drink. Always a pleasure to enjoy such an exotic, "out there" beer style.

10-10-2010 03:43:22 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of BearsOnAcid


4.05/5  rDev -9.8%

2009 vintage, 37.5cl bottle, slightly chilled, poured in a traditional manner into a wine glass

Clear copper appearance with an effervescent head. Brett, vanilla, damp wood/earth fill the senses. Further, I can smell wet stone, leather, aged cheese, slight malt sweetness, hay and wheat.

The taste is a little young. Mouthfeel is a little viscous for the style. Strong lactic sourness clenches the jaw on the first sip. The front of my tongue feels numb for a second after a few more sips. Bleu cheese, leather and a little woody flavor is present. The lactic acid plays off the brett exceptionally well. If anything too well. This Gueuze is drinkably offensive. Lively carbonation lifts this beer off the palate leaving a lingering sourness. This isn't as quite as dry as I'd like it to be yet. I still think the brett has to eat through some more residual sugars. The beer sweetens as it warms and the palate gets fatigued.

10-08-2010 23:20:42 | More by BearsOnAcid
Photo of ptykozoon


4/5  rDev -10.9%

Pours golden yellow, good lacing and an undying layer of foam.

Smells of lemon, barnyard, grapefruit, sourness.

Taste is the nose, nice medium amount of sour. Yeasty.

Good mouthfeel, good carbonation.

All in all a good gueuze. Not my favorite as it is very traditional, somewhat plain. A good jumping off point for sours I suppose.

10-06-2010 03:09:00 | More by ptykozoon
Photo of larryi86


4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

1 Pt 9.4 oz. bottle dated 20 November 2009 poured into a snifter

A- A slightly hazy golden color with a hint of copper and very nice lacing

S- Tart, acidic, fruity, funky, sour. I am picking up some tart apples and a hint of lemon.

T- Ok, in the first sip the funk was overwhelming, this is the first Gueuze I have tried and did not know what was a about to hit my tongue. Once I got adjusted to the funk flavor I noticed a nice big sour lemon like taste that is well balanced with the funk. Good complexity.

M- Smooth, light, and refreshing. Very fitting for the flavors.

D- Next time I buy a big bottle I will find someone to split it with because it was overwhelming having a big bottle in my first tasting. I really did enjoy this and felt that it opened a door to styles I have not tried yet. I have not had many sour beers and just opened me up to a whole new world of beer.

10-05-2010 01:10:56 | More by larryi86


4.83/5  rDev +7.6%

12.7oz bottle into Duvel tulip: from notes
A: Pours a lively 2in. head that is white. The body is a deep golden hue, with plenty of haze. The classic appearance with no lace.

S: A spicy and zesty aroma is present. With medium intensity, showing a great use of wild yeast. A very deep and bold aroma, that is classic for the style.

T/M: The front is a zesty hint off the nose and brings a tingling sensation from the body. The mouthfeel is zesty, spicy and sour, in a complex layering effect. The lingering taste holds a rich note of sourness. While there is a tartness that is constant throughout the whole experience. As the brew warms the flavors become more complex and linger for longer.

D: This is the benchmark Gueuze for me and one that all others are compared to. A brew that truly has refined the style. And it also drinks like water,.. mmm so refreshing.

10-04-2010 12:46:54 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of gatornation


4.33/5  rDev -3.6%

from a 12.7 oz. bottle it poured a dark yellow color with lots of bubbles and a fresh filmy white head that dissipated ..smell was sour funk and hay with lemon and earth smell..taste was lemon/fruit tart with some oak and a sour barnyard finish..mouth feel was tart and crisp ,dry and smooth on the palate..very drinkable but more tart than sour,as it warmed it just got better and better..very enjoyable

10-03-2010 01:36:06 | More by gatornation
Photo of jrallen34


4.33/5  rDev -3.6%

On tap at Local Option into a tulip...Nice light cloudy medium gold, what a gueze should look like. Head is sparse, gone quicly...Ther aroma is really nice, just funky horse blanket sourness, not super strong but a good happy medium, not overly complex...Taste is a puckerer, super tarty but drinkable, light apple skin, pretty tannic.

A well above average gueze.

10-02-2010 18:13:37 | More by jrallen34
Photo of OtherShoe2


4.33/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a hazy orange/gold with a huge foamy head. Big pop when the cork is pulled. Rising bubbles, some foamy lace in the goblet.

Tart apple skin aromas, yeast, sharp acidic scents. Dusty grain. Something mildly floral, even woody. Very unique. Whiff of booze that you don't taste.

First sip is acidic and tart -- not citric, but the strength of a lemon. Unripe fruit, turning into sour and bitter flavors, which changes again as the palate begins to clear. Flavors clear to sour and lightly bitter, ending in an acidic note. Apple skin aftertaste. Really different.

Foamy and medium-light. You actually get an acidic burn in the palate at one point. Bubbles clear the sour and bitter clean. Crazy carbonated.

Overall, for something this sour, this is actually going down very easy. Only 5% helps, but there is so much more. This was $9 for 12 oz, so this won't be a regular thing, but this is something I will pine away for. Fine brew.

10-01-2010 22:34:27 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of BetterDarker


4.47/5  rDev -0.4%

375 poured into chalice, served on the colder side, and drank slowly to allow the beer to come up to 50 degrees.

A: Pours slightly hazy hay color, with very little head, dissipates quickly to bubbles, some lacing.

S: Nice acidic/tart funk up front. After my nose adjusted a bit I picked up some citrus.

T: Plenty of funk up front with a clean acidic bite. Minor disclosure here, this is only my second sour, so my palette is still wrapping its head around the complexity of the style. So, aside from the expected acidic flavor, there's something in the finish, a hint of oak perhaps or actual malt, not sure, but it's very good.

M: Dry, nice carbonation, light body.

D: Highly drinkable, nice ABV makes it more drinkable for me and very refreshing. I'm getting this whole sour thing now.

10-01-2010 14:13:40 | More by BetterDarker
Photo of billshmeinke


4.1/5  rDev -8.7%

Poured into a flute.

Pale straw golden color. Lots of bubbles floating around. A thin cap of white foam that leaves some lacing behind.

Smells of lemony tartness. Some barnyard funk, and horse blanket.

Tastes of lemony tartness. Some hay, and a bit of barnyard funk. Hints of spicy oak as well.

Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Tart, funky and tangy.

An impeccable gueuze. Simply delicious, and satisfying.

09-25-2010 19:47:47 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of CMW


4.18/5  rDev -6.9%

A - Pours a clear straw color with a medium size white head. The head fades quickly but leaves some minor lacing. Carbonation can be seen throughout.

S - Earthy smell, grass, lemon, funk.

T - Very acidic, sour and wonderful. Dry finish, almost champagne like. I also detect a slight bit of apple.

M - Light and airy.

D - I could definitely drink more of these. This is one of the best guezes I have had.

09-25-2010 03:53:31 | More by CMW
Photo of SamuelJackson45


4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

A- A bright light yellow champagne look,.

S- Fruity notes and a little grassy scent.

T- Taste of lemon zest and orange peel with a sourness through out the sip.

M- Dry smooth sour feeling through out the sip.

D- Still getting used to drinking sours. But this is a pretty good beer.

09-20-2010 06:30:49 | More by SamuelJackson45
Photo of womencantsail


4.47/5  rDev -0.4%

A: The pour is a burnt orange color with very little head and quite a bit of bubbles.

S: Tons of funky barnyard aromas along with hay, wet oak, straw, and grass. Green apple and lemon provide plenty of acidity and tartness.

T: Just as funky, sour, and delicious as always. Very, very acidic, primarily lactic acid, with great lemon, green apple, and green grape notes. The funk is very green as well with grass, and wet straw, along with a mustiness and some wet oak.

M: The body is medium with a nice lively, champagne like carbonation.

D: One of the best and most consistent gueuzes out there. I could drink this by the case.

09-19-2010 05:10:39 | More by womencantsail
Photo of roseredkrisaann


4.28/5  rDev -4.7%

My first taste of a geuze beer.
My first impression nice color some hazy gold.
Strong bodied pronounced sour but smooth taste. The arome i taste of natural cider, is very earthy and fruity all at the same time. I realy like that type of beer. I hope to taste more of these beers.

09-13-2010 11:38:27 | More by roseredkrisaann
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.1/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a slight head but reasonably lively carbonation. Smells funky like a ripe washed rind cheese- definitely in the smelly socks direction, but strangely, in a good way, and somewhat restrained. Acetic as well. The taste is clean, lemony, sour and a little on the thin side, but finishes with some nice clean funkiness. Smooth, a little wonky, and refreshing. Nice, classic gueuze.

09-11-2010 21:48:32 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of kylehayworth


4.45/5  rDev -0.9%

I had notes on this from a while back, thought I would review it on my lunch break.

This is my first gueuze, so I am not quite sure what to expect, but here we go...

A: Has a nice Midas touch of hazy gold...the head rises and falls a crisp white, and leaves behind a small thin lake of the same color.

S: This is very earthy and fruity all at the same time. Lots of lemon-lime tartness, maybe a little of the rind, but faint. I also smell some green apples.

T: A bold sour/tart forward with a mild spice. The finish lingers with a cider'y finish. There is a lot going on, I'm trying to figure it all out.

M/D: It is very bitter and sour, but crisp and clean all at the same time. I could finish one bottle, but that is all I can handle in a night. I would make this an endcap to an evening.

09-08-2010 16:37:13 | More by kylehayworth
Photo of srandycarter


3.8/5  rDev -15.4%

Fun bottle. Cork AND cap.

A - Murky honey, small white head, reduces to disk. Not much lace.

S - Tart, funk, sour, oh my. That is about it.

T - Taste IS smell, only a little sweet note at finish. Big sour thing.

M - Good balance, coating, carb, etc.

D - Not an every day, not a session, but pretty tasty.

09-02-2010 04:12:15 | More by srandycarter
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