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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 2,660
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 966
Gots: 778 | FT: 59
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

This listing is for all vintages (Gueuze, Oude Gueuze, etc.).
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4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 mL bottle purchased at Hill Farmstead in October '11

Bottled 12/3/2010 , poured into Hill Farmstead stemware

A - Pours a orange-amber with huge carbonation. Bubbles pour up and create a one-finger white head that lasts for a good while. The cascade of bubbles lasts forever.

S - Plenty of funk, but perhaps not as forwards as I was expecting. It is so balanced. A bit fruity and a bit funky, with some white wine and grape characteristics. Fruity, funky, leathery, sweet, tart, and sour. The yeast makes the aroma that much funkier, aggressively so.

T - Wow. Sour and sweet, with some citrusy sourness. Black pepper corns. A very strong sourness, but it doesn't overwhelm, perhaps thanks to the aging. Very acidic. So funky and earthy. White grape flavors, plus sour apple and unripe nectarine. A level of tartness that people don't experience regularly, this is something fairly new or rare to me. Swirling and pouring in the yeast adds a cherry component that was muted before, plus floral and bread flavors.

M - Big carbonation leading into puckering dryness that then mellows out and doesn't dehydrate your mouth. The sourness and the dryness work perfectly together. Medium to light in body.

O - This is a legend. My experience with Sours is limited, but this is right up there with the Russian River offerings, but is very different indeed from those beers. Comparing it to the only eve Gueuze I'd had before, by Lindemann's, this beer is miiles ahead. In spite of the intense sourness and tartness, this beer is still very easy to drink and fantastically delicious. This would be *incredible* with a ribeye with some aged bleu cheese.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz corked and capped bottle purchased at Berman's Wines & Spirits, Lexington, MA
Bottled: 17 March 2010
Served in a Cantillon Belgian tumbler

Thanks to Matt for holding this one for me.

The beer poured light amber and nearly crystal clear. Large bubbles could be seen throughout the body. A bubbly, off-white, sea foam head topped the liquid, but it quickly dissolved to a thin ring of lace.

The aroma was both sweet and tart, and rather complex. Moderately sour and fruity with noticeable peach and apricot notes. Within a few minutes, the nose turned a bit steely, as well as very powdery and dry. Subtle notes of oak were noticeable. Later, a barnyard-like aroma was detectible, but the sharp funkiness that I anticipated was surprisingly absent. Some wet hay and must. The peachy, fruitiness soon emerged as the dominant character. Slightly sweet, crackery malts came through as well. Needless to say, the nose was exceptionally dynamic. As the beer warmed, the oak intensified. Hints of leather were noticeable. Later, the sweet peach notes again appeared in full force. The nose did not cease to evolve. My second glass was extra powdery, yeasty and dry.

The flavor profile was crisp and tart, and quite impressive, but more tame than I anticipated. I would describe this gueuze as being more tangy than sour. Like the aroma, the flavor profile contained strong fruit notes. The beer was noticeably brighter on the palate than in the nose. Slightly musty and a bit Chardonnay-like. Remarkably refreshing. Lots of citrus. Good dose of lemon rind. Peach and apricot notes were apparent. Some must and funk. There was almost an even balance between the funky, musty, sweet and sour notes. The finish was mildly hoppy. The hops were earthy, somewhat citrusy and bitter, and they lent the beer a surprisingly dry, pithy, grapefruit-like flavor. As the beer warmed, the hops became more potent.

The mouthfeel was clean and smooth but a bit nondescript. There was definitely less carbonation in this gueuze than is typical for the style. The fine and mild effervescence lent the beer a pillowy soft and supple texture however.

Cantillon Gueuze is an an amazingly complex, fantastically balanced and remarkably refreshing beer. Although people usually comment on its intensity, I found my example to be exceptionably smooth and drinkable. I would love to get my hands on another bottle or two for when the warm weather rolls around.

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up locally at some point when these were still gettable. bottled some time in march 2010. enjoyed out of a cantillion taster glass.

a - popped the cap, de-corked...brew poured a stunning transparent orange yellow with visible champagne like carbonation and a finger of fizzy white head that actually hung out for a while. attractive.

s - sweet n sour grassiness. lemon, vinegar, grapefruit. funky and nice.

t - barnyard sweet and sour, but more sour than sweet. grassy. funky. the sourness is strong, but enjoyable.

m - a bit dry, but really well done. prickly carbonation. puckering, but really drinkable.

o - overall, paint me impressed. yet again, cantillion steps up and backs up their rep. as good or better than other cantillions i've had. seems that if it is from cantillion it is safe to say that it will be tasty. good lemon flavoring with grassiness and hay and a palatable sourness. just wish i had some funky cheese to go with this.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Some days you just wake up and be all like "I need a fucking gueuze!"

A- Pours a very pale orange with a short white head. Falls back to only some white wisps around the rims of the glass

S- Daaamn! Smells so sour! Some funk in there with touch of citris but the sourness rules all

T- Beautiful. Nice sourness without being too much. This truly is everything you can want in a sour

M- Nice and light. Couldnt imagine a heavy sour

O- This is the bar for a reason. Beautifully done and I'll be trying to get my hands on more of this in the future

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a 375mL bottle into snifter. Spoiler alert: I've had this beer many times before, and I think it is the best "common" / mass-produced gueuze on the market... though the 3F comes close.

A: Slightly hazy, gold. Small, white head that quickly dissapears.

S: Oak, pine... general "cellar smell." There is a certain fruitiness to it, as well (citrus?).

T: Incredibly delicious. What sets Cantillon apart from the others is the absolute balance of all elements. It's got oakiness, subtle citrus and maybe apricot, funk, and sourness, but nothing excessively sticks out.

M: Oh, and there's also the beautiful mouthfeel and body. It's sour, pleasant, and very light. You could drink this beer all day.

O: Some breweries are overrated and overhyped. And I'm not just talking about companies like Dogfish Head, but even the actual good ones - say, Russian River. I like Russian River, and drink their stuff regularly, but they do not deserve the hype (heck, I prefer Cascade Barrel House). Cantillon and 3 Fonteinen really do deserve their hype and their wonderful reviews. The Cantillon gueuze is just amazingly balanced. I can see why some people prefer the 3F (and I love that one, as well), but Cantillon keeps its oak flavor in check, thereby creating a beer that is extremely easy to drink and exposing an array of subtle but interesting flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/9/2011.

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a snifter glass.

Gold colored. Little head. Some oil slicks floating on top.

Very citrusy aroma, especially of lemons. Some other associations include green grape skins, green apple.The acidity goes straight to the head.

There is a barrel-like taste to it, though I cannot identifiy a specific type of wood. Probably oak. Some vanilla. Sourness is sharp, but not overbearing like some can be (Hanssens?). In the finish, a lingering acidity slowly fades away.

Mouthfeel is light. Carbonation is low. And yet, it's not watery, but somehow smooth.

A gracious drink. A classic. It doesn't get much better than this. It does, but not by much.

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2/5  rDev -55.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass at room temperature. Bottled on March 9, 2011. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while.

L - Deep gold color with a 3 finger white bubbly head. Slightly hazy, a few carbonation bubbles, head dissipates quickly, hardly any lacing.

S - Definite Brett in here. Vinegar aromas as well as apples and cherries. My mouth is puckering just by smelling this thing. Awesome.

T - Mind blown. Fruity sweetness, a mixture of grapes, cherries, and apples that turns very, very sour very, very quickly. There is just a crescendo of sourness that seems to build forever. It’s awesome. The barnyard from the Brett is evident as the liquid rolls over your tongue and in your throat in the aftertaste. There’s lots of stuff going on here but it is mouth-puckeringly sour in an amazing way.

F - Medium-bodied with a sharp, biting, slightly dry finish. Mouth-coating and lip-licking stickiness.

O - I was looking forward to this and was not disappointed. I’m a fan of sours and I’m trying to get more experience with them. This was a terrific experience. One thing that I love about it is that you could give it to someone who wasn’t familiar with sours and they would never in a million years think that it was beer. It just goes to show you how vast this wonderful world of beers is. Loved this and highly recommend it.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden-yellow with a generous white head that subsides to a thin white cap. Nothing to change here

Smell: Predominately barnyard funk with some citrus and apple notes.

Taste: Grapefruit/citrus delivered on a tart note. Some barnyard funk and unripened peach notes also comes through in the taste. There is also some black pepper-like spiciness. The aftertaste finishes on a sort of tart apple note. Yeah...this works.

Mouth-feel: Medium body (for a Gueuze) with a moderate level of carbonation. A satisfying mouthful.

Overall: A complex good tasting beer that within the last 2 years I come upon far less frequently than I like. I could tell myself XXX Gueuze is just as good and readily available but hell, why lie to myself!

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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