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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 2,335
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 837
Gots: 669 | FT: 47
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Belgium

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 OneBrewru
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

OneBrewru, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Chriscrundwell12, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

oglmcdgl, May 24, 2011
Photo of Paulydeets
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Paulydeets, May 22, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mikesgroove, May 19, 2011
Photo of Bubba83
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Bubba83, May 18, 2011
Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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,

schmoopsbeer, May 18, 2011
Photo of LiquidBread219
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

LiquidBread219, May 15, 2011
Photo of jefferz5000
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

jefferz5000, May 12, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

JAXSON, May 12, 2011
Photo of alampear
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

alampear, May 11, 2011
Photo of benpopper
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

benpopper, May 10, 2011
Photo of PhineasGage
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

PhineasGage, May 02, 2011
Photo of 4000qtrap
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

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.

4000qtrap, May 01, 2011
Photo of beerwolf77
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having drank this beer on many occasions I realized that I've never reviewed it. Well time to fix that. 2009 bottle shared with my dad.

A: Partly cloudy pale golden straw hue. About a half finger of white head is achieved from an aggressive pour. Little flecks of sticky lace remain.

S: Like heaven in a glass. Full on wet and moldy barnyard straw. Tart white grapes, lemons, dusty library books, green apples. Spot on gueuze.

T: Sharp and dry lactic sour punch. The barnyard funk is present in every sip. Moldy gym socks, wet wood, lemon, green apple skin, sour grapes. Right where I want my guezue to be.

M: Light and dry body. Prickly carbonation.

O: What else is there to say about this world class beer. So complex and delicious. I could drink this all day. To my surprise my dad loved it. Looks like Cantillon has another fan now.

beerwolf77, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork says bottled 2009.

Pours a clear yellow-orange with a medium white head that recedes quickly, leaving a bit of lacing.

Smell is a a combination of smooth sour, light fruiitiness, a white wine aroma (white grapes?), a bit of yeast, and a bit of funk.

Taste is similar to the smell, though the yeast is a bit more prominent. Starts out slightly sweet, with unidentifiable light fruits. This is followed by a very pure, clean, crisp, non-citrusy tart sour. Finishes dry, with a nice lingering subtle sour flavor. Very refreshing and delicious.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Medium-light body, well-carbonated. Very very smooth.

This is a delicious beer. Like nothing I've ever tasted before. Very crisp, very dry, and sour, but without any mouth-puckering or sharp notes. It has some characteristics quite similar to a medium-dry white wine. Look forward to drinking it again.

zeledonia, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.85/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from the International Beer Shop in Perth.

Pours a very slightly hazed, but rather bright and gem-like orange-gold colour. Body looks pleasantly thick, but refined. Head is filmy, but very tight. Some lacing, in a champagne-like froth down the inside of the glass. Really beautiful fine bead. A very refined looking beer.

Nose is beautifully and classically "gueuze": it's a funky and sour, wonderfully blended melange. Barnyard funk, raw organic crispness and a green apple acidity. It's very pleasantly balanced between raw, organic and meaty funk, and crisp acidity. Lovely.

Taste is very light, crisp and acidic, but without the balance and depth that the nose suggested. Still, it's a pleasant and refreshing palate. Unfortunately, I feel like the crispness is the only character, leaving it feeling a bit empty.

It's a good gueuze. I feel like it has the classic Cantillon acidic intensity that drowns out the other characters, but this one is tempered more than most, giving the nice funky basis. Nice.

lacqueredmouse, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle into a tulip glass

Cork states brewed in 2.010

A- Pours a nice golden yellow orange with no head other than a nice white rim around the glass. Tons of bubbles streaming from the bottom and creating clusters on the side of the glass.

S- Up front you get a nice funk and sweet fruits with a good amount of green apple, vinegar, and hay like notes.

T- The first sip just takes over with a strong tart sourness with flavors of green apple, lemon zest, white grapes, and finishes really dry.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a strong tart sourness that finish's real dry.

SkÅL!

Arenbeer, Apr 24, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to open something special for my 200th review.

Cork indicates this was bottled in 2005. The cork itself smells very funky and earthy - like it was buried underground with bacteria.

Pours a deep honey orange color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small chunks of lacing around the glass on the drink down. A very tart and sour vinegar smell, apple peels, and funk/must. The first sip of this beer gave me a mouth puckering chill. Sour vinegar, tart lemon, apple skins, and musty and funky earthiness. This beer says it was aged in oak barrels but I don't get any woody aspects whatsoever. Very light but pronounced carbonation make for a clean and crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good gueuze and my beer ever from Cantillon. This is the first bottle of Cantillon I have ever seen in the Los Angeles area and the last bottle in the store. I didn't think twice about snatching it up and I am very glad I didn't. A very tasty beer indeed.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 23, 2011
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4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of three beers offered as a tasting at the brewery in Brussels. Poured into a flute.
It was pale golden, sour and dry. Definitely more like wine than what you would expect from a typical beer. Incredibly complex, vinous, sour, apple, funk, softer and more complex than you would expect. Wonderfully strange to someone used to "regular" beers.

, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of n2185
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange with half a finger of white head. The head recedes into a thin ring leaving no lacing.

S: Surprisingly sweet up front--light fruits and bubblegum. The sweetness then fades into a barnyard aroma of sweet hay. The finish has a nice sour kick.

T: Initially sweet and creamy up front with touches of light fruits, then it becomes funky and musty. The finish is lightly bitter with a strong sourness like tart cherries and some light lemony citrus notes.

M: Very interesting but good mouthfeel. Light body, but very creamy and smooth at first followed by a crispness provided by the sour bite at the finish.

O: I've not had many gueuzes, but this is the best so far. Complex and smooth with just the right amount of sourness.

n2185, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle bottled in 2010. No specific date on bottle.

Golden in color with a small head. No lacing. Some fizzy bubbles.

Smells like tart vinegar, funk and sour fruits. Smooth.

Taste is the same above. The flavors are strong without being smack-you-in-the-face sharp. I like that smooth, well-rounded flavor Cantillon tends to have. But otherwise, I guess I was expecting a lot out of this and I expected the flavors to be more dense and complex.

Decent carbonation, fizzy in the mouth and leaves the sour flavors on the tongue a while afterward.

It's likely because this is a new bottle, but I was expecting it to be more complex. It doesn't taste much different from other gueuzes I've had. I guess I should have bought another one to age.

musicforairports, Apr 18, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(750ml bottle from rayl101!). Pours hazy golden color with white head. Good carbonation. Aroma is funk, cobwebs, green apple, and some light berries. Taste is sour with a little funkiness and some vinegar. Thin bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Finish is quite dry, yet its quenching. A very solid beer that is easy to drink, especially on a warm day (as it is here now).

trappistlover, Apr 18, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, split with the girlfriend, bottled in late 2010. Poured into two snifter glasses, served at cellar temperature.

A: Very clear, light golden yellow with a nice, big and billowy fizzy white head. Not really any retention and absolutely no lacing is left behind - perhaps that's normal for the style.

S: An immediate tart, funk character fills the nose with some rather odd elements... hay, grass and some floral elements. No noticeable fruit (which I expected there to be) is present, just an almost unpleasant vinegar smell. I will say it smells like it would make a fantastic salad dressing.

T: The biggest letdown so far. It's not bad by any means, just totally disappointing in terms of taste. Funky and tart enamel-ripping notes wash the palate feverishly with some husk, slight lemon zest and white grapes. It's a nice blend of flavors and I had no issue finishing half the bottle but I just was expecting a LOT more out of this beer.

M: Wonderful effervescence, light-bodied and smooth.

There's no doubting this year-round Cantillon offering is a good beer and a solid Gueuze, though I can't help but feel a bit let down. The flavors are nice but their lack in diversity, or something to just make it stand out, is an upset.

ShanePB, Apr 14, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle. I bought two, drank this one fresh, and will age the other five years or so. Already a remarkable beverage. Served warm (of course)

Clear, carbonated beautiful orange color. Low head retention. Not an issue for the style. The aroma of Cantillon beers has grown on me a lot over the years, and I have come to crave it. Taste is similar to the smell. Brettanomyces is quite noticeable. Only slightly sour for a Cantillon Gueuze. Very low Ph. Perhaps the aged sample will intensify/enhance the flavor profile. Highly drinkable for sour beer. I kind of expect some more funk. But still excellent.

Cork showed early signed of blue mold. (not the first time from Cantillon)

mlazzaro, Apr 10, 2011
Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 2,335 ratings.