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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 597
Hads: 2,835
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 19.91%
Wants: 1,040
Gots: 825 | FT: 60
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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

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Photo of Buchu70
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Sour and a bit bitter after taste, nice tasting. Tasted while doing a tour of the brewery last week. I brought home bottles of Fou' Foune x 3, Lou Pepe - Kriek x 2 and a bottle of Iris.

Well worth the visit if you are in Brussels.

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Photo of trippytbta
4.5/5  rDev +3%

2013 bottle

A: pours murky golden orange. small white head

S: Smells like farm animals and hay, plus a massive funky sour

T: sour and acidic, after taste is a little fruity

M: bubbly, crisp, and dry

Overall: I am not an expert on this style, but it seems like a very solid gueuze. Great representation

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Photo of guityler83
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Dated 28 - November 2013

A: Poured into a Cantillon flute glass this would be the first time I’ve had the gueze away from Belgium. The head quickly dissipated away and showed bright white in color with tiny white bubbles. The beer is a golden yellow with moderate clarity and no lacing or sediment (on the first pour).

S: Big aroma of funkey brett character – straw, hay and basement dust. Tartness in the aroma with zesty lemon (not like pledge but fresh juicey lemons). Light oaky woody aroma that blends naturally with the funk.

T: Huge bright sourness that is not for the faint of heart. Lemon candy and citrus tartness. Funky horse blanket, oak and hay. No hops. No alcohol. Nothing but beautiful and pure sour and funk. Very well balanced – nothing overwhelms but it has a very powerful flavor profile for a 5% beer.

M: Light crisp finish with mouth puckering sourness. Carbonation is moderate to low with no harshness or alcohol warming.

O: I feel like this beer is the sum of its parts, Yes its very sour and has a good amount of funk but combined with the bright aroma and perfect and approachable mouthfeel, it makes this beer fun to drink and you always go back for another.

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Photo of Agent1
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%

Appearance - Poured into a flute glass. Not a long lasting head, but very white and bubbly -- similar to champagne, and very typical for Cantillon. Quite active, but quickly fades, showing signs that this is still a very young beer. Slightly amber in color compared to other brews by Cantillon. It's clear that more of the malted barley is being showcased here, versus the wheat (also described on the label).

Smell - Rich honey, lemon zest, sourdough bread, musty grapes, pear, aged cheese, fermented cherries, coriander, subtle lavender and various other floral notes.

Taste - Strong lemon peel, pepper, straw and marigolds, coriander seeds, extremely grassy and sour. Musty and dry. Beautiful hay, wheat and honey notes all blend into a whopping sour crescendo. It's amazing to know there is no sugar added, only the natural enzymes and sugars extracted from the mash. Barley is prevalent over the wheat in flavor, especially in its coloration. A super clean, dry hop profile helps to round out and clean up everything near the end, leaving the mouth to pucker.

Mouthfeel - A little under-carbonated, but keep in mind, this is still a young bottle, and according to the label, can be aged to 2030 with a proper cellar. Crazy for only a 5% lambic.

Overall - Very, very nice. As always, Cantillon delivers. For a straight ahead Gueuze/ Lambic that does not rely on additional flavoring of spices and fruits, this is a work of art and shows that Cantillon is one of, if not THE best brewery making sours today. Simple in its approach, yet somehow resulting in extreme complexity. I have but no choice to age a few of these little babies.

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Photo of kellyej
5/5  rDev +14.4%

I had this for the first time on draft at the Publick House in Boston earlier this year. This beer is amazing and has turned me into a gueuze/sour beer lover for life!
A: Cloudy; yellow, golden color; weak head
S: The nose had a bit of banana bread with cloves along with farmy/musty qualities
M: Medium body, low carbonation
T: Don't let the sweet aroma fool you, this is a sour beer! Once you adjust to the sour, there are notes of unripened green apples and pepper/spices.

Would love to trade for this beer!!

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Photo of Wobbly
4.97/5  rDev +13.7%

A: Bloom fades quickly. Slight lacing. Hazy, grapefruit-like orange/ruby hue. No perceived yeast sediment.

S: Spicy, fruity, yeasty, dry bouquet. Definite notes of lemon, grape, and grapefruit.

T: Delightfully complex flavor profile, with notes of lemon and grapefruit. Tart, very dry citrus flavors combine with a pleasant slight sweetness and a very nice bitterness at the end.

9/20/14....Zwanze Day at Bier Station in KC. Had two big glasses of this and several others. Absolutely fantastic on tap!

M: Slight carbonation. Very smooth. Medium bodied.

O: Probably the best example of this style I have ever had. Worth the splurge.

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Photo of More_betterness
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Belgian flag bottle poured into a LA Teku.

A: Clear golden copper with a white one-finger head that recedes to a small ring around the rim of the glass. Not quite as effervescent as I have come to expect from a gueuze.

S: Tart peach, white wine grapes, and lemon zest initially. A touch of bready wheat and funk close things out.

T: Tart granny smith apple and dry white wine upfront. Sweet peach mid palate is quickly swept away by tart lemon juice. Slight minerality in the finish.

M: Medium bodied and bone dry. Carbonation was much lower than I expected. Flavors linger on the palate reminiscent of a very dry white wine.

O: My only negative is the low level of carbonation and that may just be a variation in the bottle I had. Otherwise this is an absolutely fantastic gueuze that I can't wait to try again.

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 375 ml into a tulip glass

A- a hazy gold with very little head. Head disappears completely.

S- so much funk! Has a peachy, apricot smell followed by more funk. There is a sort of woody smell that adds to its funkiness.

T- follows the nose very well. Sweet peaches and apricots. Definitely some tropical fruit in there. The funkiness is a little harsh as there is a really strong undertone that sits in after the fruit dissipates. Pretty sour but not as sour as I expected. There is a pretty apparent bitterness hidden under the funky sour.

M- medium bodied and sour. Cheeks pucker but not anything too intense.

O- not the best gueuze I've had. But definitely a good one. If the bitterness wasn't there it would be way better.

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Photo of Santanax
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2013 Belgian Flag label...pours rich yellow urine color...This beer smells amazingly oaky, earthy, & funky.... the taste is a balance of Oak, barnyard funk, and and medium lactic tones giving the tart lemony characteristics...Overall a great Gueuze... sadly i overpaid.... but it was tasty nonetheless...

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Photo of zac16125
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a Teku
Vintage 2011

A big thanks to joshwith for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Pours a somewhat hazy golden color with 1.5 fingers width of white head. Head dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves effectively zero lacing.

S: Lots of tart lactic acidiy, and an equally big lemon-lime citrus. I also get oak, vanilla, fruity esters, some floral notes, and subtle melting plastic like funk. Awesome.

T: Funkier than the nose, with that burnt plastic like character. Next I get a fair amount of citrus rind and lactic tartness. Pretty sour, but not to the degree of some Gueuzes or other Cantillon's Ive had. I also get a pretty big degree of floral notes, oak, some sweet citrus notes, and some bitterness. Tartness builtd throughout the drink. Theres a very nice flavor of oak and fruity esters that linger forever in the aftertaste. Great complexity, and really tasty beer.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation is moderate but lower than most examples Ive had of the style, fairly drying on the finish, and drinkability is very good.

O: One of the standards of the style, truly a classic.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml Belgian flag bottle poured into Cantillon balloon glass. Pours hazy gold with a thin layer of white head that persists through out. The nose is loaded with character. Fresh cut grass and hay come first along with bright lemon zest that cuts through the funk. Speaking of funk, notes of earth and hay linger strongly through out with an obvious tangy ness present as well. Taste starts with huge wave of citric acid, lemon zest, and tartness. The tartness sets the table for the earthy funk. Notes of hay, oak, and cork come through towards the finish with some peppery spice notes. Super complex, different notes come to the front with each sip. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with light body. Overall, a very enjoyable brew. Super funky with a nice dose of tartness as well.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Light haze on an apple juice gold body. Thin white head settles quickly with little-to-no lace.

S - White peach, lemon, green tea leaves, fresh grass, muscat grape.

T - Grapefruit rind and pith, oak, honey, bitter dandelion, lemon, lime zest. Soft and gently complex.

M - Smooth medium frame with a gentle creaminess, and a sessionablely sour finish.

O - Well balanced with a fantastic flavor profile. The quintessential archetype example of the style.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml Bottle part of a private order

Appearance - Gold colour with a smaller size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Citric, funk, apples, bread/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste apricot, citric acid, and breads/grains. There is also some apples anda bit of a medicinal flavour.

Overall - Sour and funky like other gueuzes I've had, but this one has some nuances and complexities. Each sip seems to reveal different flavours. Not mind blowing, but one of the best withing the style that I've had.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden hued beer with a wisp of off white head covering just a portion of the top of the beer. Sour apple and pale wheat aroma. Tart apple and pale wheat flavor with a nice light malt backbone. The finish is heavily carbonated and dry. This is a great summer warm weather thirst quencher.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. A pale straw yellow concoction full of fizzy effervescence, including a meringue-like off-white head that disappears quite quickly, leaving a fine lacing on the glass. Aroma is decidedly tart and funky, apple cider and/or rice vinegar with a subtle brown sugar undercurrent. Wonderful. Tons of acetic/tannic fruit but with a subtle sweetness as well. This gueuze wins on aroma alone but fortunately delivers a top-tier experience on the palate as well. Champagne or wine wine-like, with a moderate amount of horse blanket (not overpowering in this regard) and essentially dominated by sour fruit and tannic flavors ... Lemon, unripe pear, cranberry, white grape, green pineapple. Carbonation remains in the background, such that the sour flavors can really pop, and finishes very dry and almost woody with ample lemon and tart green apple skin. If I can say anything negative at all, its that I was looking for something in addition to the tartness ... Perhaps I was looking in the wrong place. Classic gueuze.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle; complete with cap and cork, poured into an over sized wine glass. Liquid itself doesn't look like anything out of the ordinary. Slightly darker than straw yellow in the fall. Really nice clarity (despite the bottle saying pour out unwanted sediment). Tiny white bubbles producing maybe a finger width head, a ring stays around it most of the time. Good looking beer, but probably wouldn't look twice at it.

A little funky in the smell, but not too bad. Lemon acidic sourness and maybe a little peel. Sort of similar to a white wine. So say lemon peel, grape skin, honey crisp apple rinds, something to that effect. Not overly potent, pretty pleasant.

Taste is really good, on par with the smell. More fruity tart than sour. Plenty of pith and skin from lemons (maybe some lime), white grapes and honey crisp and granny smith apples. Slightest bit of grassy funk as well.

Moutheel is really good. Easy medium body and a very light carbonation level. Nice lingering flavor. Slightest bit of slightly touching your sweet taste buds and then tart and sour in a natural earthy sort of way. Not overpowering and has a nice clean feel all the way to the finish. Really drinkable. Thank you for the Christmas present from my wife via the BBG! Thanks to both of you. Very nice beer; not exactly my style, but I'd drink it again!

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Photo of jbwimer
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love the belgian funk. Some apple sweetness, lemon tartness, you can taste the funk as well. Manages to avoid any off vinegar/acidic unpleasantry. A really well balanced gueuze from the best.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2014-05-30 in Lancaster, PA at Hunger 'N Thirst (from tasting notes)

A - Mildly hazy, golden-yellow with a short, white head and light lace.

S - Hay, Belgian yeast, sour, flowery, light malt. Smells great.

T - Tart citrus at first, funk, fairly sour but not as much as a Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge. Very dry and a great aftertaste.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O - Remarkably well-balanced. Wonderful.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle surprisingly at World of Beer in Tioga. $20 for a 375 ml was a bit much but oh well. Pours clear deep golden color with nearly no head at all into my champagne flute. Aroma of vinegar, apricots, mint leaves, sour fruits. Interesting aroma. Flavor follows closely with a surprisingly juicy fruit flavor, some sour lacto notes but not super acidic at all, sweet fruits like apricots, and very very light oak. The mouthfeel is fuller than most Geuezes I have encountered. Not dry at all like others and the oaky wood presence is extremely subdued here. Low to medium carbonation. While this was a bit different from others of the style, it was excellent with lots of juicy sour fruity flavor. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Tmyhre802
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy, bright yellow. Beautiful color.

S-Fresh fruity tart.

T-Dry and the sourest tart I have ever experienced.

M-Light bodied, crisp and smooth.

O-I need to say that Lambic's aren't my thing. This is the first Cantillon i've had the pleasure of trying and i'm clearly still developing a taste for sours. That being said this was terrific, the sour/tartness created such a crisp and pleasureful beer that was great to drink. I will definitely seek out more!

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly hazy golden body with a small white head that retains well

S - lactic tartness, lemon cleaner, wood lacquer, cheese, sour vinegar shows up with a super twangy funk.

T - sour lacto off the top with a salty cheese background. Funky grassy hops show up, sour wood, clean dry funky yeast, lemon fruit,

M - creamy mouthfell, light body fuzzy feel

The nose is sublime for a gueze. Funky and acidic. The flavor is there but note subtle than expected. I was wanting more of a punch. Great beer but this doesn't stand up to Hanssens gueze.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Expectations are sky-high given the brewery. 75cl green glass (ugh, Cantillon!) bottle with branded pry-off cap over an internally-housed branded cork purchased at Cantillon earlier today and served into stemware in my hotel room in Brussels. Reviewed live. 5% ABV confirmed per the label. Bottled 21 December 2013. Expectations are quite high given the brewery. Reviewed as a gueuze. "To be drunk preferably within 20 years after the bottling date."

Served chilled and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: No lacing. Pours a 1 finger wide head of average thickness and creaminess. Retention is poor - perhaps 30 seconds including the retention of the white floater ring it quickly reduces to. Unremarkable overall.

BODY: The usual Cantillon hazy copper with orange and gold hues. Translucent but not transparent. Murky, but I see no yeast particles or hop sediment.

Appears undercarbonated. It's generally appealing, but there's nothing unique or special about this, in fairness. To say this is a great appearance for any style of beer is madness, but I'm excited to try it given the brewery.

AROMA: In classic Cantillon fashion, the cereals here are too prominent. Additionally, the sourness seems too tame and restrained for a gueuze - maybe a 5/10 in terms of sourness - but the wild yeasts (esp. lambicus) and bacterial character responsible for that sourness are/is lovely.

No real hop character is noticeable. I don't detect any alcohol or off-notes.

It's a light, tame aroma for a gueuze, and doesn't come off very evocative. There's no barrel character, really, and as abovementioned I'm concerned about the sourness. But all things considered it's a pleasant albeit reticent aroma, and I'm anticipating a good gueuze.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, lightly smacky. Carbonation is perfect; this will age very well in that regard. Light to medium in body, and very refreshing. Excellent presence on the palate, with an apt thickness and not too much weight or heft. It's not overbearing, but presents the flavours as they need to be presented. As such, this texture is a good companion to this flavour profile and I think it well executed.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

TASTE: I hope the sourness will rise substantially with age, because this is about a 6/10 as-is - which I find disappointing, especially given the style. As is usual with Cantillon's unfruited beers, I find the cereals in this flavour profile to be entirely too prominent; sourness should render all malts and grains practically unnoticeable. In that sense, it's a somewhat imbalanced brew.

No overt hop character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

I do like it, but it's not a stylistic paragon methinks. Aside from the cereal emphasis, it's a pretty well balanced beer and has nice subtlety for a gueuze, but it does lack complexity, intricacy, and even nuance - where's the oak/chestnut barrel? Even some more mild dampened hay would be a nice addition - or perhaps a vague hint of fruity hop character. Pretty good depth and duration of flavour. Above average intensity of flavour.

It isn't the palate-stripping puckering sour-bomb many will hope for, but what relatively little lambicus yeast character and bacterial sourness is present is absolutely lovely. I want more of it, and the main problem with this beer is that it doesn't quite deliver.

As it warms, there are surfacing notes of green apple skin/peel, faint lemongrass, and a kiss of lemon zest. I enjoy the slightly improved depth and complexity.

OVERALL: It's a good gueuze, of course, but unfortunately it's not a great one. Cantillon has shown they can make far far better gueuze, and I definitely think this is well worth trying, but I doubt I'd pay American prices for it. Extremely drinkable; I look forward to killing this bottle alone. But I wouldn't point to it as a world class gueuze, nor would I even say it's a must try per se. But hot damn is it tasty.

Will age impeccably methinks.

I'm having it side by side with Grand Cru Bruocsella (2011), and I do think this is superior; it's far less cereal-dominant.


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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Umberto at the tasting at Bob's last night.

Pours a clear honey orange color, with a one inch head, and no lacing down the glass.

Smells like woody cork, hay, vinegar, green apple, and funk.

The taste is the same. Very sour and puckering beer, with lots of lactic qualities, with some lemon and green apple flavors, some hay and funk, white wine.

Light bodied, crisp but acidic mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Pretty drinkable for a sour.

My first Cantillon, I quite liked it.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - strange, we've only received the 'Lambic-Bio' version of the gueuze before in Alberta, so it's nice to finally see this, the most 'common' Cantillon now available here.

This beer pours a hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow-amber hue, with two chubby fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat sudsy dirty white head, which leaves little beyond a few wayward pinpricks of lace around the glass as it evenly blows off.

It smells of sharply tart lemon custard, baked fleshy green apple, bready pale malt, a rounded musty funk - one thankfully bereft of cheese or horseblanket - soft earthy yeast, a touch of minerality, and laid-back leafy, straw-like hops. The taste is even bigger on the sour lemon and perky green apple acerbity, with a decent gritty and mildly grainy maltiness, yeasty rising bread, further sour lactic notes, indistinct savoury spice, a sound, sort of pleasantly neutered funkiness, wet oak, dry straw, and more earthy hops.

The carbonation is actually quite lively, providing a tight, burbling frothiness throughout, the body medium-light in weight, and plainly smooth, the inherent acidic nature taking a little straight off the top here. It finishes mostly dry, any lingering malt ceding the way for a final flourish of sour fruitiness, funk, and wood graininess.

An expertly blended sour and aged Belgian ale - many flavours stand out, sure, but are best appreciated as a whole. It's like an experience in lambic wizardry - make it sour and funky, and somehow easily drinkable and enjoyable at the same time. Glad to have finally gotten the opportunity to try this one - everyone who thinks that they like 'sour' beers should be afforded the same.

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Photo of JulioH
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Definitively a hyped up beer. With that in mind, you will have to fork out the dollars and get a bottle sooner or later.

Traditional deep yellow color. Not very carbonated, at least my bottle, it only created a very few bubbles. Smells like a normal lambic, with some hints to raspberries or cherries. Taste reveals wheat, raspberries, all sorts of citric flavors, and if it wasn't for that faint lambic taste, this could easily pass for a dry champagne. Not very funky lambic taste.

This beer is not bitter, or sour, it is more like a flavored water and it drinks very easy. You may consider having another one available.

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.