Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.47/5 rDev -0.4%
Cantillon: Gueze 100% Lambic (Bottled, 2009) (Tasted 04/27/10)
11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a flute.
Appearance: Extremely hazy golden beer with a creamy, off-white head of meringue that retains really well, about three millimeters standing after a few sips, no lace.
Odor: Sharp, full tartness in the nose, lactic character expresses citrus, cider and an undertone of chalk, from god knows where.
Consistency: Dry and juicy with a full, fluffy carbonation, all at the same time. This is why I love Cantillon, their beers have a real dynamic element to the feel.
Flavor: Sour red fruit with hints of tangerine and perceptible honey. Finish is quick and crisp with a solid, long linger of overripe, tart fruity juiciness on the tongue.
Nothing short of perfection.
04-27-2010 20:20:17 | More by Walken
4.65/5 rDev +3.6%
As good Geuze, it offers a taste winey acid but with a little less acidity than the competition. The nose is complex, slightly acidic, and a good intensity with beautiful floral traces of citrus.
Sparkling but not too much, the body features flavors lactic woodlands and dry tannins and acids on the palate. The finish offers a wooded late drought and the presence of fresh citrus zest. Beer pure and fresh, easy drinking and refreshing.
A "must-have" when you speak about lambic.
04-24-2010 13:28:30 | More by ThaCreep
3.93/5 rDev -12.5%
"Bottled in 2009" on the cork. Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a thin ring of lace. Smell, which you can smell from across the room: vinegar, lemon, barnyard (but more like zoo) funk. Taste: lime, grapefruit, sour cherry... the tart and sour fades into funky midsip... finish is green grapeskin with a hint of sweetness. Low on the carbonation, which is not very noticeable because it's pretty much puckering. Finishes dry. I had a hard time with the combination of big funk and big lactic-ness in the aroma, but it's certainly tasty.
04-23-2010 02:44:17 | More by babaracas
4.38/5 rDev -2.4%
vintage 2009 served in a Tulip
pours a hazy straw with subtle hints of orange. light fizzy white head with nice retention.
sour and vinegar up front. light lemon zest and light sour grapes.
up front, nice light sweetness that lingers through out, even through the finish. lots fruit favors through out, mainly grape and green apple. nice light sourness without any strong vinegar flavor. quite balance.
light and dry with a nice moderate carbonation. sweetness coats the mouth.
insanely easy drinking. this is young and im sure it will become more sour over time and the sweetness may even take a back seat. i cannot wait to see what some time does to this.
04-19-2010 00:44:26 | More by hooliganlife
3.9/5 rDev -13.1%
2008 vintage poured into Duvel tuliip.
A- Pours a nice golden orange that has the slightest bit of haze after a careful pour as to not disturb the yeast. Very minimal head that is gone in the snap of a finger. The little head that remains collects around the edge of the glass.
S- Pretty straight forward smell, grapes, a little bit of vinegar and the slightest bit of yeast. Smells almost of champagne or sparkling wine.
T- Green grapes, a little bit of tart cherries and again, a slight amount of yeast that could be from the small amount that wound up in my glass. A little bit of vinegar rounds out the taste.
M- Astringent. Makes your mouth pucker just a bit. A very dry finish. Contrary to what the head or lack there of would have you believe, there is a good amount of carbonation.
D- This makes for a nice sipping beer, not because of the ABV but because it is astringent. I only have one bottle but I think that after one, you wouldn't be able to differentiate tastes as well because of the astringency. A good beer for people looking to get into lambics or gueuze.
04-14-2010 02:19:45 | More by Wisconsinality
4.43/5 rDev -1.3%
Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves a leggy lacing pattern behind
Smell: Barnyard funk, tart apples, lemons and oak
Taste: Starts out with a mouth-puckering blast of sour lemon, pomelo and apple flavors; by mid-palate, the oaky complexity and barnyard funk start to make their appearance, which is further intensified after the swallow; the tart flavors re-emerge in the finish, leaving the tastebuds gasping for relief but begging for more
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; mouth puckering tartness, with a slightly creamy finish
Drinkability: A really superb geuze, with all kind of subtleties
04-13-2010 22:32:33 | More by brentk56
4.05/5 rDev -9.8%
Thanks Hart for pulling this vintage 1996 out of the cellar and sharing it!
A-Body is a uniform translucent, very hazy golden yellow color. Pours with virtually no head.
S-The nose in this brew is quite interesting. At first all that comes through is a huge barnyard funk-filled with earthiness, mustiness, mossiness...etc...but once the nose has become accustomed to this assault a lot of apple comes through-tart, juicy, and sweet-this comes no where near balancing the funk-but its certainly there.
T-Flavor is pretty interesting as well. Lots of funk comes through across the board but there are accents of apple and some other fruity sweetness. A big lactic sourness-not at all noticeable in the nose comes through for the finish and overpowers the initial flavors.
M-Very low, cask-like carbonation. Body is light weight but very full-quite smooth.
D- What a great opportunity to try this '96 vintage! Lots of sour and funk still hanging around in this brew-it has really held up well. I'd like to try this a bit fresher so I can look back and compare the experiences.
04-13-2010 22:21:10 | More by PittBeerGirl
4.08/5 rDev -9.1%
Poured into a tulip.
4.5 A: Slightly hazy vibrant yellow orange color. One finger of "fuzzy" white head that drops quickly but leaves behind 1/8 inch head for quite some time.
4.0 S: Lots of astringent woodiness from the top. Acetic acid and feet that have not been washed in weeks. Zesty lemon and citric acid. Musty basement.
4.0 T: Puckering sourness throughout. Sturdy musty cellar undertones. Lemon and tart crab apple fruitiness, but for the most part dry. Woody astringency with a touch of acetic acid and lots of citric acid.
4.5 M: Lighter body, but quite creamy. Plenty of fizzy carbonation. Dry finish with lingering astringency.
4.0 D: Tasty brew. I've been into wild stuff lately and this hit the spot. Strong flavors, but not off putting. Well done.
04-13-2010 01:49:49 | More by DavoleBomb
4.53/5 rDev +0.9%
375ml corked bottle, dated 2009...poured into a Duvel tulip
A - inch or more of bubbly loose white foam is falling at a rapid pace. eventually settles to a thin layer of floating foam and thicker ring around the outside fo the glass. the beer is just slightly hazy, slightly burnt golden color with active carbonation inside.
S - mouth watering...sour grapes, sour lemon, sour cherries. light layer of funk and grain. a bit of a natural, woody/farm scent going on before turning more fruity by the end.
T - instantly puckering. very sharp sour lemon and green apples, puckers the mouth and almost makes my eyes water. large amount of lactic acidity, some more subtle flavors are grapes, vinegar, kosher salt. finishes very crisp and clean as sour dies off, grains turning woody.
M - medium bodied for the style, lightish carbonation lets the flavors do the talking. a bit on the creamy side, and finishes very dry, begging for another sip.
D - delicious, yet light and very refreshing. akin to a good and slightly dry and not overly sweet champagne. closing my eyes and sipping on this puts me outside on my porch on a warm June evening.
03-29-2010 02:35:49 | More by Stigs
4.22/5 rDev -6%
375ml corked bottle with a crown (2009) poured into a Russian River Belgian stemmed glass.
A - Pried off the crown and got a wisp of carbonation, despite being corked as well?!? Pulled the cap the the cork was soaked through...hmm. As I pour this, I am reminded of champagne, big loose head of quickly disappearing soda-like, fizzy bubbles. I can time my pour so the head dies at the same rate I'm adding liquid to keep it at a constant level. When all is said and done, a nice pale orangey gold with some yeasty haze and a finger of white head about a half finger high. Very nice.
S - A distinct hoppiness, a certain amount of skunkiness, tons of brett funk, sweet and fruity citrus, lemons, limes...lightly sour in the aroma. Excellent!
T - Lactic sourness up front. The citrus found in the aroma is maintained nicely in the flavor. A strong bitter and funky component tries to take over from the light and fruity sourness. Maybe the bitter is a bit too much, seems slightly out of balance on the high side. Brett character contributes to the bitterness as well, in addition to adding the expected barnyard funk into this. Very good overall, but not at the top of the list for me. Several others beat this one out in the flavor department.
M - Somewhat puckering from the lactic sourness. Overall on the dry side with only very little hints of sweetness. Body is expectedly thin and watery and carbonation is quite high, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Very good.
D - Overall, I'm really enjoying this beer. Perhaps a bit too high on the skunky funk, but that seems to be less noticeable as I go thru the bottle. Very good example, not my favorite, but beers like this make me wonder why I sometimes spend so much time, effort and money getting the super-hyped, super-rare American wilds when I can go to any number of local stores and pick up fine examples of the style like this for normal prices. Probably won't stop me from hitting the overhyped stuff, but still makes me wonder.
03-20-2010 00:05:16 | More by portia99
4.38/5 rDev -2.4%
This beer pours a hazy golden straw color with little head and no retention. The carbonation is mild. The smell is tart Granny smith apples, dank basement musk and bits of white wine, pepper and cider. Less tartness than the Oude Gueuze I sampled last night.
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The flavor is crisp and very tart apples with a dry finish. Ethers are slightly present as well as dry vinegary aftertaste. Over all the mouth feel is much less busy than the Oude and this comes across as a more focused and easier drinking gueuze than the Oude. Actually this is MUCH easier to drink than the Oude and I find the overall effect of this beer more inviting. I would use this to entice wine fans over to the beer side of things. Overall a great and tasty beer, and a wonderful (introduction to as well) gueuze.
03-16-2010 01:56:08 | More by Thur123
4.83/5 rDev +7.6%
Bottled October 2008. I had to kinda mangle the cork to get it out.
Poured into a goblet. Sparkling gold, no head retention.
It has the unmistakable Cantillon aroma right off the bat - it wafts out of the bottle as soon as you pull the cork. There's a lot of musty peach-crate with this one, also apple orchard and wood. Textbook gueuze aroma.
As is typical, on first sip, the level of sour was almost shocking. Yet as the palate acclimates, each successive sip becomes less sour, to the point where I find myself not taking sips, but rather taking large swallows. Holy f'ing crap, this is tasty and easy to drink! Lemon-peach sourness and light wood, some definite cheesy funk. Also of note, I really get the aged hop in this gueuze. Very nice interplay of sour, funk and bitter going on - but would you expect anything less.
There's just a soft kiss of carbonation - I love the carbonation level I typically find in Cantillon bottles. So smooth.
This is a benchmark gueuze, worthy of the name "Classic." We beer nerds tend to go wild (pun intended) for the latest sour offerings from Russian River and Lost Abbey - as good as those beers are, this is every bit as good, if not more so, in my opinion.
Some Cantillon brews are so sour, your stomach starts to feel it. Not so with this....as I said, I find myself taking large, deep sips of this with no gastric protest. Tasty, complex, low-ABV - real winner here. Big time. I don't know which gueuze I like better, this or Girardin. Outstanding. I'm pretty close to giving this a straight 5.
03-14-2010 20:52:50 | More by Patrick999
4.08/5 rDev -9.1%
375ml corked & capped bottle (cork dated 2008) into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a clear golden body with a thin, coarse head of persistent white bubbles. Not terribly compelling.
S: Highly piquant aroma of sour funk, unripe fruit, and spicy mustard. Slightly oaky and decidedly vinous. I'm loving it.
T: Puckeringly sour, with green apple dominating throughout. A little bit of the mustard from the nose comes through, but not much. No real funk, either. The sourness does relent a bit on the finish, where a touch of sweetness shows up. Extremly tasty, with my only complaint being that it's a little one-dimensional with the tart acidity.
M: Smooth, medium bodied, and nearly still - just a bit of soft carbonation shows up after vigorous swishing. A bit more life would be welcome.
D: Pretty good considering how sour it is, but I'm glad I got the 375 instead of the full 750.
Notes: Hugely flavorful, and pretty complex. I kind of dig the mustard, as well as the smooth finish. I bought this after being blown away by Girardin, and the Cantillon didn't quite measure up. While delicious, this beer just doesn't have quite the depth of the unfiltered Girardin. I'm definitely looking forward to trying more of Cantillon's offerings.
03-13-2010 03:39:03 | More by woosterbill
4.4/5 rDev -2%
375 mL cork-n-crown champagne bottle, bottled in 2007. Brewed with 65% barley and 35% raw wheat, with 5 grams per liter of three year old hops. This is a blend of one, two and three year old lambics that spent upwards of a year at the brewery to fully carbonate. It pours a beautiful, chill-hazed golden orange, with a thin white cap that leaves little lacing - very inviting. Cleaner that I was expecting in the nose, with a little funkiness, oak, cork and an earthy character. Pretty crazy sour on the palate, with oak, cork and a strong acidic note. Little musty as well, with mild malts, cherry pits?, sharp lemon, and a bit of bitterness, oddly enough. It has a light and tingly, very dry body, with teeth-peeling sourness that attacks the back of the throat. Despite the wildly sour character of this beer, it is imminently drinkable and very refreshing. Fans of gueuze need to seek out this beer.
03-08-2010 23:58:42 | More by mmmbeer
4.47/5 rDev -0.4%
From a 12.7oz bottle from Whole Foods.
Pours slightly hazy golden color with a very small hint of orange, decent head but kinda fizzy and fades fast.
Smell has a good amount of funk, not overwhelming but more than enough to know it'll have some kick.
Taste is sharp and acidic, hints of vinegar, real nice funk, carbonation dances on the tongue, the funk really hits the sides of the tongue.
This is probably the gueuze all gueuze's should be judged on, always a classic and having it readily available doesn't hurt either.
03-03-2010 18:22:27 | More by deltatauhobbit
4.4/5 rDev -2%
Had this in the bottle at St. James.
The appearance is a golden straw color with an oily body. It pours with a one finger white head that doesn't really stay for very long. It does have some oily legs that just slather the sides of the glass.
The smell is a bit faint for my liking but there is musk and sour stale smells. Some lemony citrus notes are present as well.
This was delicious! It is sour and tart in the right places and is a total joy to drink. It has some tart lemon going on in the beginning. There are lactose cheese tastes in the middle that make it very interesting. Sour, tart, and juicy! Delicious.
The mouthfeel can be explained as palate wrecker! The oily nature of the brew just coats the mouth and the tart sour flavors destroy the palate. I loved this brew so much I went back the next day and bought another to enjoy. It has all of those sour tastes that I love, lemon, grass, barnyard funk, saliva gland gusher. Love it.
03-03-2010 06:19:13 | More by Jmoore50
4.47/5 rDev -0.4%
~ Purchased this 12.7 oz bottle from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY.
Appearance: Hazy yellow with hints of orange. A small white head is present, but it immediately fizzles away.
Smell: Endless amounts of barnyard and farmhouse funk!
Taste: The taste from this beer is unforgettable. Cantillon brings an abundance of sour and funk to your palate like no other brewery can.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and surprisingly smooth. The finish is dry which makes you want to have another sip right away.
Drinkability: Very good.
Overall, it doesn't get much better than this. World-class! ~
03-02-2010 01:01:02 | More by Goldfish19
4.25/5 rDev -5.3%
Poured half of a 12 oz. bottle into a wine glass. I got a little tripped up by the "do not serve cold" warning on the back of the bottle, so I probably drank it a bit warmer than ideal, but it wasn't a travesty. The cork was really crumbly which was disconcerting, but based on reviews that seems to be the norm. Luckily I kept all the cork bits out of the bottle. It pours a cloudy golden orange with a perfectly white head.
It smells a lot like champagne, very sour and fruity. I'm also getting scents of wet wood--a bit of a dank smell. There's also a hint of sulphur in this. It's not repellent at all, but I would guess it must be coming from the intensity of the sour smell.
WOW. Captain Obvious says: this is sour. I'm feeling the sour in my mouth again just typing this up and I'm not drinking it anymore. Very, very tart, with a definite taste of lemon and green apples. You really feel it in your jowls, but the once the sourness is gone you're just left with the intensity and some spice on the front of your tongue. This is kind of funny, but I get a faint blood aftertaste. What does that indicate? Iron? Maybe my mouth is just bleeding because it's so sour (in a good way).
It's very carbonated and covers your whole mouth. Obviously the sourness gets the mucous flowing, and the only way to combat that is to drink more! The likeness to champagne is very obvious here, though I'd more liken it to champagne's evil twin.
This is a total sipper, obviously. I could spend a whole night with just one bottle. But if you like sour, it's perfect. I'll certainly be drinking this again--I'm positive that there will be many days when I wake up craving that sour flavor. Excellent choice for my first gueuze!
02-22-2010 04:54:22 | More by browncrayon
4.2/5 rDev -6.5%
75cL bottle poured into a fluted pint glass
Bottled October 3rd 2008
It pours a golden straw color with a thin head the surprisingly stays present throughout the whole glass. Tiny tiny champagne like bubbles are constantly rising to the surface making for a highly effervescent drink.
The nose is just acidity all the way. It's like a kind of sour tart lemon smell without as much lemon aromatics. There are hints of vinegar character behind that.
The taste starts off with a mouth puckering tartness that my novice sour palette has not experienced before. Followed by some dry leathery taste and some citrus sourness. the middle is this obvious brett taste that impossible dries out my mouth mid sip. It ends with another smack of tartness and a backbone of sweetness that lingers for a while. The sour/sweet combo at the end really was a nice finish.
The carbonation is really high. I haven't tried more than a handful of real lambic style beers and this is only my third gueuze so I don't have a good sample size whether I prefer a high or low carbonation on these styles of beers. I'm leaning towards that I prefer low carbonation because I tend to keep each sip in my mouth longer in order to fully taste and appreciate the flavors. In a highly carbonated example like this the carbonation gets too distracting. Despite of that and how sour it is I still found it of above average drinkability and my mouth wasn't permanently puckered and weeping after the whole bottle.
02-20-2010 14:52:48 | More by weatherdog
3.9/5 rDev -13.1%
I can not tell what the bottling date is. I think it says 2008, but not sure because the cork fell apart as soon as I opened it?
A: Pours a semi hazy golden/orange color. A white head rises to about two finger, but recedes quickly. Light lace.
S: The nose is great. Funky barnyard aromas and yeast. A vanilla sweetness and oak aroma. Floral and herbal like. White wine and grape tannins. Slight sour and acidic.
T: The sourness hits you right up front, and takes over a little to much. Acidic and vinegary. Some grape tannins. Not nearly as many subtleties that was in the nose.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Pleasantly dry, crisp, and clean. The sourness takes its toll, but I really enjoy sipping on this.
This is classic Cantillon. Really good. I would have like a little more subtle flavors, but it is everything anybody would want from the brewery. Recommended.
02-18-2010 04:04:18 | More by champ103
4.43/5 rDev -1.3%
Split this bottle with my homie Jeff the other night. Didn't realize it was a 2006 (no date on the label) until I popped the cap and started pulling the cork out. The cap was rusty, but the cork came out in one piece although it had some cracks in it.
Pours a semi-murky golden-ish amber color, some bubbles struggle to form a really sturdy head, but initial pours succeed more than subsequent glasses. A ring of bubbles lasts.
Oh yes, smells awesome. Great, rich funkiness. Gym clothes you left in your friend's locker by mistake. Juicy lemon and sweaty balls. This is great, I need to buy more bottles of this vintage. Really developed and just an extremely intrinsic experience. The taste is just as dirty and tannic as the aroma would have indicated, nice lemony tart bite with some apricot leading to a finish drier than a grandmother's vag. Very complex.
The low-medium carbonation increases the mustiness and dirty feeling felt on your tongue through the finish and aftertaste. This is such an enjoyable and satisfying beer to drink, but it's by no means a session beer and a 750mL bottle is ideally split at least 3 ways. I look forward to getting more bottles for my cellar. An excellent concoction.
02-14-2010 04:32:30 | More by Ineedabeerhere
4.22/5 rDev -6%
Thanks to Joe for splitting a bottle. 2006 marked on the cork. This is my first gueuze. I might be hooked.
The beer pours from a 750ml rusty capped and corked bottle into a stemmed glass. The color is a golden yelllow and its completley hazy. Head is minimal, and has large bubbles clinging to the side.
I can't stop smelling this beer. It has some "dirty" aromas of carpet, wet basement, insulation, and a general, naturul funk to it. It also has a nice, lemony citrus smell to it that livens it up.
Slightly salty and minerally. Like very sour pixie sticks. Minerals and sweat flavors are found in the finish as well as mouth coating, puckering tannic feeling. Complex, natural, and funky with lemon undertones. Body has moderate impact and is only lightly bubbled.
This was a very interesting beer. It's refreshing, but the intense flavors command small sips. I'd love to have more of this.
02-14-2010 03:45:42 | More by jeffthecheff
4.33/5 rDev -3.6%
Poured into a wine glass from a 12.7 oz bottle.
A: Rich golden in color with a vigorous white head that settles very quickly. Fine champagne-like bubbles rise quickly from the bottom of the glass.
S: Aromas conist mainly of citrus, white grape, sour apple, and some cider vinegar, along with some barnyardy funk in the backround.
T: Flavors are reminiscent of sour green apple, with some citrus and vinegar, with the funkiness of the Brett only slightly hanging out in the beer's finish.
M: light to medium bodied, with a finish that seems to last forever on the palate.
D: While not a session brew, this sour brew is very refreshing, and would be great to enjoy outside on a 90+ degree Summer day. A very solid example of this style. Probably my personal favorite.
02-06-2010 02:27:31 | More by WYVYRN527
4.58/5 rDev +2%
Bottled 10-3-08 and consumed on 1-31-10
I'm not sure what can be said about this beer that hasn't been said before. Wonderful taste and aroma; it's wild and funky, leathery, bitter lemon, and horseblanket. A perfect balance of acidity, it's refreshing and dry, though not as dry as some of their others. This could be perfect with some more age on it.
I love this beer, it's not Iris good though, Hannaford.
02-04-2010 00:41:18 | More by brownbeer
4.05/5 rDev -9.8%
A - Feb 2008 vintage. Poured into a Chouffe goblet. Orange color is cloudy but bright, almost shiny. Small but dense head. Looks sticky when swirled.
S - pale hops, sour apple, earthy straw. Distinctly woody, but much lighter than other aged beers: wet pine might be a good place to start describing. Certainly none of the oak or bourbon aromas you sometimes get. And let's not forget the yeast! Plenty of funky brett if you sniff for it. The predominant smell is sourness though, not funk.
T - Nicely sour from start to finish, without diminishing the complexity of the aromas one bit. I wouldn't call it crisp in the sense that ciders can be, but it certainly doesn't make you pucker either, as some earlier reviews have claimed. I will admit that there's more of a straight-up vinegar flavor present now, vs the more fruity & floral sourness of the smell, but it's not overpowering.
M - pretty light body, moderate fizz (doesn't last long though, especially at the ideal serving temps), finishes dry
D - very easy thanks to the ABV. Assuming you like sour beers, I suppose!
02-01-2010 03:13:12 | More by Richardberg
Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 2,258 ratings.