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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1854
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.93%

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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.).

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001)
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4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, dated December 3, 2010, poured into a Cantillon signature gueuze tumbler.

The beer pours a slightly hazy copper color, hues of gold, straw and orange with a lovely, billowing white head, fizzy yet soapy that has moderate retention leaving a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is a nice, lots of funk, wildflower, light citrus, white peppercorn with a touch of sweet pale grain. It's delicate and complex, but it's note quite as refined as a Drie Fonteinen gueuze. The flavors are nice, lots of wild funk, grapefruit and lemon citrus with a host of floral attributes, spicy peppercorn with some lively yeast flavors. The body is lively, effervescent, delicate and playful and it has a nice easy finish.

Verdict: A wonderful gueuze from Cantillon and one of the finest gueuzes available. I personally prefer the gueuzes from Drie Fonteinen but find that Cantillon makes the superior fruited lambic, but this gueuze is nothing to scoff at, a delight to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 20:46:27 | More by kevanb
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4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle, 2011 Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio

A: Hazy yellow/light orange color with a white head that quickly dissipates.
S: Lots of vinegar and citrus at first. Sour lemons, lactic acid, sweet wheatiness, some apples, some must and a lot of funkiness. Not as strong as I had imagined, but it smelled wonderful.
T: Mouth-puckering sourness. Earthy/musty flavor balanced with some wheat sweetness and lots of lemon acidity. A bit of green apples and apricots in there as well. Has a bit of a woody flavor at the end.
M: Light/medium bodied with decent carbonation. Could be a bit higher. Finishes very dry.
O: This is an amazing gueuze. I prefer the balance in this one compared to the funkier versions brewed up by 3F. Both are excellent though, and I will gladly drink either of them any day.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 06:09:43 | More by standardcherry
Photo of Danny1217


4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The first beer I drank during my trip to Belgium. Poured into the appropriate Cantillon gueuze glass.

Hazy golden appearance with a white head. Medium retention, and some nice lacing. It's nothing special in its appearance, but looks pretty good anyway.
Smell is very funk forward. A slight fruitiness, and a bit of a sour aroma. The smell would be off putting to some people, but to the informed lambic drinker it smells quite good.
Lots of funk in the taste as well, and a good deal of lactic sourness. Very rustic and earthy. A bit of a wheat bread like flavor. The cool serving temperature and medium high carbonation give this a very refreshing quality.

While people are going crazy trying to get all the rare Cantillons with various fruits and barrel treatments, I find that the flavor of the classic gueuze is already pretty much perfect. I could drink this forever.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 08:19:13 | More by Danny1217
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Waited a long time for this and got a chance when I was least expecting it. Very smooth and flavorful, not funky or overly tart. And yet, not too mild or tame. Just the right amount of sourness and fruits. Great mouthfeel and very satisfying from beginning to end. In fact, it's so smooth and delicious, it goes down too fast. Which is a bit of a problem considering its high price tag. But if you like this style, it's worth trying at least once. Maybe a sharer in the future as a beer appetizer. Superb.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 23:04:25 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a hazy yellow-light orange with an ephemeral head. A little lace. No bubbles.

S - green apple, leather, light barnyard, acetic, mild lactic.

T - green apple, lemon, mild cider vinegar with a peppery finish.

M - light-medium body. Creamy. Mouth watering sour, but not super sour.

O - a little sweeter and fruitier than its peers. I prefer Drie Fonteinen, but this is certainly a well made Gueuze and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 19:25:03 | More by GuzzLah
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4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 Ml poured into a snifter
The cork says bottled in 2012

A- A hazy straw yellow. A one finger of a very quickly dissipating white head.

S- A ton of wheat in this. A pungent spiciyness that seems to open your nose. A bit of rye and grass. A touch of lemon and possibly some grape. A very pleasant nose but not a bold one.

T- An intense start to this beer. Seems to expand the taste buds. A huge dryness sweeps over the beer. The back end of this beer is very sour and intense, really keeps you on your toes. The beer has a very earthy flavor profile. There is a ton of wheat and lemongrass. A bit of a garlic and onion note. A spicy clove and peppery quality. An intensely, yet subtly flavored beer.

M- A mouthwatering sourness keeps your tongue alert at all times. Beer has a lot of flavor given the 5% ABV.

O- I'm new to this style of beer but this one is a winner regardless of style. A well made and delicious beer that can and will get people interested in sours.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 23:21:07 | More by TwelveOunces
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Yukon (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage. Poured from a 750 ml cork n cap bottle into a 12 oz snifter.

A- pours a bright orange with a 1 finger white head. Small bubbles around the surface of the beer.

S- lots of vinegar with big citrus notes (lemon mainly) and barnyard.

T- pale malts, vinegar, lemon, with almost a peach/apricot flavor

M- medium body and carbonation. Very nice feel for a sour, and I think the age on this beer mellowed the carbonation and acidity.

O- great Geuze, nice lemon zest flavor and very mellow feel and high drinkability for a sour.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 02:08:58 | More by kawilliams81
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4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Short lived thin white head leaves thin collar. Cloudy honey-dew colored body.

Funky but with a slight lemon grass note on the tail end of the nose.

Mountain Dew-like citrus note up front. Sour comes in second...and wow! I'd give it a 7.5 on the sour scale. Has a "woody" note.

Medium mouthfeel. Low but fitting carbonation.

One of the top 5 wilds/sours I've had. This was a real treat, thanks a ton kawilliams81!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 04:03:47 | More by Duff27
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4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Mike. 2011 vintage. The original Cantillon gueuze has evaded me for long enough - but not anymore! Pours an almost perfect copper color with great clarity upon warming - the initial pour warrants a very slight chill haze throughout the middle. The foamy white head escapes quickly, but not before leaving a few rings of lacing at the top of the glass.

As I slowly bring the glass to my nose, an incredible tartness immediately begins to invade my nostrils and plague my senses. Very tart smelling, even a bit lactic-like with a heavy amount of acidity. Apple skins, lemons, white grapes, and an accompanying trace of malt. Slightly vinegar-like, too.

There is just a touch of funk and a little bit of brettanomyces on the nose, but not as much as I would usually expect from a beer like this. That might be a good thing, though, because this aroma is pretty much fine as it is. A touch of wood on the tail end, fading out with the heaps and heaps of sour and tart fruits. This is the type of beer that gets your saliva glands moving, long before you even take a sip.

I take a taste and there's really no surprise here - this baby is sour and tart as can be. A puckering incision of apples and grapes just cuts across my palate and devours every last corner of my mouth. Mild astringency for a brief moment, due to the insane tart flavors, quickly followed up and mellowed out a bit by the oak. The oak is more apparent on the palate and provides a nice dryness to help sooth everything and bring the wild running sourness back to earth.

From middle to end, the funk pops out and the Brett works its magic. Light enough as to not distract from the tartness, but heavy enough to give you that little bit of barnyard you're looking for. Finishes super dry with a mild vinegar tone, some oak and funk, and a dash of dying fruit - thin bodied with lots of carbonation.

There's no wonder why this stuff is so highly praised - it's fantastic. There's truly no recreation or replica of a beer like this. Masterfully done, definitely a benchmark of the classic gueuze style. If this were readily available to me, you can bet that my fridge would be stocked with it all day. I might have a stomach ulcer from all the acid, but it might be worth it for this.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 20:04:03 | More by tectactoe
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4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle at Local Option.

A - Golden color with a clean body and only a small amount of carbonation. Had a small head that settles down to a small layer of foam.

S - Tart lemon and lactic acid with slight funk that adds complexity to it

T - Tart white vinegar, sweet tarts, and lemon up front that give it a nice bite. There is a light funk that comes through near the finish. Good complexity and balance between the two.

M - Light body with good amount but not too much carbonation. Light dry finish with a slight tingle from the carbonation

O - Solid with great balance between the tartness and funk. I thought this was tarter but had less funk that the 3F Gueuze

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 01:11:38 | More by jeonseh
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Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased in Victoria. Bottled on 31 August 2012.
Poured in to teku glass.

A - Completely cloudy bright orange colour with a thin layer of off white head.

S/T - Tart with lots of barnyard funk. Musky. Some vinegar and grape notes. Sourness is restrained but present.

M - Medium body with some chew. Light carbonation.

O - Still getting in to the style and this was one of the more enjoyable ones I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 18:33:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml poured into two wine glasses. Thanks to khumbard for this bottle - I've wanted to try something, anything from Cantillon since I started getting into craft. Decollated, uncorked, ready to go.

A - not unlike a DIPA, bright orange on the pour, settles a little deeper in the glass. Perhaps slightly more head than one would expect, a little cloudy, and a nice film follows the top of the beer on the way down.

S - much subtler than I expected, sweet and sour. The vinegar dominates at first, but it fades into a candy-like sweetness. Not much fruit in detectable, but this is only my second sour (the first being Supplication; bring on the big 'uns).

T - yum, there's a big burst of sour acidity right at first, but it lingers in a delicious way. My girlfriend is puckering; I don't think it's very sour, just very mild.

M - big carbonation and a (slight) puckering character, but it's not unpleasant. I'm not a huge fan of 5% alcohol, but it's still very tasty.

O - I have yet to be totally blown away by sours, but I'm not going to let two beers characterize an entire style for me (unless it's AALs). I wish there was a little more booze in it, but it's definitely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 22:40:57 | More by JamesShoemaker
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the Cantillon brewery next to their lambic.

Beer is brite, much clearer than the lambic, golden in color with a small white head.

The aroma is of straw, wheat, barn, and funk. Much more complex than the unblended version.

Sweeter than the lambic in flavor but still rather sour, with an acidic bite.

Less sharp, sweeter, better blanced than the lambic. The carbonation really helps with the acidity and makes it much more refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 22:21:43 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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3.53/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a nine gueuze lineup the other day. Fun and education night it was. Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 37,5cl corked and capped bottle into a mini snifter
Bottled 1 December 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, one finger, medium-thin, white head with decent retention. Head fades rather quickly to a thin wisp. Clear gamboge orange or dark amber in color with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a small half wisp and hangs around for the duration of the glass.

SMELL: Very mouldy and musty on the nose. Dank basement, with old cheese, fungus, and some light lemon esters and green apples. The fruity component is a little outplayed by the musty aromas, unfortunately, but this shows some balance.

TASTE: Musty and mouldy up front, with barnyard notes, hay, and a light hint of lemon sourness at the swallow. Not acidic or vinegary at all. Some more fungus, barnyard and mouldy, musty basement after the swallow, balanced out with a tartness and hints of lemon sourness as well. Quite puckerinly tart. This one shows some balance for sure, though I'd prefer a little less must and mould in favor of fruity tartness.

PALATE: Medium body and lower levels of carbonation. Smooth on the palate, thought it goes down a little watery, finishing quite dry and puckering on the palate. Probably the most puckering of the bunch.

OVERALL: This was a step in the right direction for me, but not quite the flavor profile I prefer in a gueuze. There is an attempt at balancing the mouldy, musty flavors with the tartness, which is much appreciated. It is a quality gueuze with a very good feel to boot, but just not quite my style. This mixed really, really well with the Tilquin though, so don't be afraid to give that a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 17:01:43 | More by Jeffo
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4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/2010, so a little over 2 years old.

Golden and clear with hints of red-orange and a bubbly head; champagne-esque effervescence. Medium retention. Funky, musty, somewhat sweet aroma. Slightly metallic. Lemon and oak tannins in the taste with a drying sour finish. Very clean and crisp with a lingering presence of tannins and slight pucker. Very nice, but I think I like 3F's better.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 08:03:18 | More by tewaris
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4.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: The beer pours a hazy golden orange body with a thin white head that quickly disappears.

S: Sourness and fruit tart! Damn this beer smells so damn good..

T: Like the smell, I am getting tons of sourness. It sort of reminds me of sour candy with a bit of wheat..

M: Beer goes down so smooth with a tiny bit of carbonation on th back of the tongue..

O: This is just one of the best beers I've ever had... Every aspect of this beer is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 04:43:20 | More by gtermi
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4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 2.15.13
Bottled ??? 2011

A - Pours a hazy soft orange with a fizzy off-white head that slowly fades to the edges.

S - Funky, lemons, wheat, horseblanket.

T - Tart lemon, soft wheat, slight tartness.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Funky, light and wonderful. A classic for sure. Finally got my hands on this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 06:55:42 | More by HuskyinPDX
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3.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: light orange, hazy, wispy white half finger of head.

Aroma: musk, hay, slight tart, Granny Smith skins, light graininess.

Taste: barnyard, light funk and musk, mild tart and citrus, Belgian esters.

***surprisingly mild for the style. I've had tarter, more sour and funky Gueuze. It was good, but nothing special really. Maybe the 10' I have will be better (this was a 12)

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 03:00:35 | More by EgadBananas
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4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drunk fresh, latest shipment. 375ml.

Pours a fantastic looking hazy light gold. White white head. Fades to film. Nice.

Aromas are tart, vinegar, funk, green apples.

Taste is refreshing big time. On the tart side of middling, without being overbearing. Green apples again, very dry. Hint of spirit vinegar, funk. Just one nudge too tart for this palate but better that than artificially sweetened for style.

Mouthfeel zesty, lightly but most definitely carbonated.

Good drinking, top class. Look forward to cellaring one next time.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 10:06:40 | More by heygeebee
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Bottled February 13, 2009. BB September 2029 (!).

Beer is a clear light golden, with a fairly small white head resulting from a pretty careful pour. Seems quite fizzy as it is being poured. Head dissipates quickly.

Smell is a nice, sour funky scent. Grapes, lemon, tart apple. The wheat comes through a bit.

Taste is similar to the nose. Tart, sour lemon and apple, tastes like brett, with a liberal dose of funk accompanying, especially in the finish, where the 'barnyard' flavour really comes through.

Beer is seriously astringent, the sour puckering the mouth and drying it right up. Fairly light bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall, seriously enjoyable. Great on a nice day such as this. Exactly what I was in the mood for. Always nice when things work out that way.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 03:48:30 | More by jrenihan
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4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Etre Gourmet
Bottled on June 7, 2011
Poured into a Cantillon gueuze glass

Cantillon's classic gueuze is an excellent version of the style with different focus than Drie Fonteinen, yet equally delicious and enticing. Acidity is let to shine through, although associated fruit and malt sweetness are allowed to balance this as necessary. The oak aging adds notable complexity in the close, which is appreciated. I only wish that the aroma was stronger and that this was widely available.

Pours a 1.5cm head composed of fine, dense bubbles, which quickly descends. No lacing is left by the declining head, which eventually settles to a thin ring around the glass with some sparse islands of foam atop the body. Body is a moderate intensity orange-yellow in color, with gold highlights. Semi-transparent with no intended sediment pour, vigorous streams of fine carbonation rise from the bottom of the glass. Swirling the beer in the bottle and adding the sentiment makes this completely opaque, of course, and more of an orange-yellow in color.

Aroma has lactic and acetic acid components, for a sour presence. Other components are scents like finely grated lemon, floral blossoms (particularly basswood), acetone, a bit of damp basement mustiness, and maybe a hint of butter. Good, not as bold as the Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze, but also completely different in character.
Adding the sediment seems to make this beer less expressive in the nose, also adding a slight iron-like component.

Tip of the tongue picks up light sweetness with a hint of tartness, somewhat like Meyer lemon juice. As the beer descends a bit further on the front of the palate, tartness and bacterial effects become known (light vinegar tempered with sweetness from malt and lactobacillus contribution). By mid-palate, there is a stronger sourness, but also a stronger fruity lemon presence and actually a slight bit of whatever tastes like graham cracker to me, which was more present in Girardin and only glimpses at the palate here. Oak character becomes noticeable near the back of the palate, along with slight acetone. Finishes with a flash of tartness, followed by an oak-influenced, fall-dry-leaves
Adding the yeast makes this beer both more sour (almost mouth-witheringly so) and bolder in flavor.

Body is medium weight, with very fine carbonation bubbling up quickly to create a smooth and fairly creamy mouthfeel. Closes dry, from acid, with a bit of stickiness around the lips, and with fair burning sensation from acids on the throat.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 19:15:53 | More by falloutsnow
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Alberta (Canada)

4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

A: A beautiful beer, blushing gold. It seems to glow in the glass, a stunner.

S: Lemon, a floral and complex fruitiness. The brettanomyces-produced perfume is divine and complex: damp wool, basement, barnyard funkiness and a hint of earthy mushrooms.

T: Bright acidity, layered brett funk, bone-dry and ridiculously refreshing. One of my favorite beers anytime.

M: Super dry, tiny bubbles, big carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 00:04:32 | More by mattsander
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4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml corked and capped bottle served in a Thumbler glass.

Bottled at the 1st of December 2011.

A: Pours a dark and cloudy yellow color forming a medium thin bubbled white head. Good retention but not many lacings left in the glass

S: Authentic Belgian Gueuze Lambic, which means a very fruity and vinegar beet in the nose. Strong notes of apples which gives the impression of a cider. Metallic notes and Lambic yeasts

T: The best part. Sour and fruity upfront. Again, strong notes of apples. Apple vinegar. Metallic notes. Pale malts and earthy Lambic yeasts. Some hop bitterness can be felt in the very end

M: Light body. Good carbonation. Fruity, tart, metallic and a little bit bitter aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. The perfect Gueuze. A masterpiece

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 18:20:24 | More by eduardolinhalis
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4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: A thin white laced head over a golden yellow body.

S: Very sour aroma. It has an estery brett aroma similar to sour apples.

T: Sharp bitterring front that slowly trails off to a very very dry finish.

M: Very sharp carbonation bite with a thin body.

O: Amazing beer. What all guezes should shoot for.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 07:18:28 | More by jvillefan
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4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Moeder Lambic

Comes served in the Cantillon tumbler glass.

White head and a hazy dark golden body.

Lots of funkiness in the aroma. Green apples and vinegar.

Green apples, vinegar, white grape, and a funkiness that lingers that is musty and a touch cheesy.

Mild carbonation and super smooth.

Triple G beer here...great goddamn gueuze.

Serving type: cask

01-27-2013 23:54:43 | More by MattSweatshirt
Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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