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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 597
Hads: 2,837
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 19.91%
Wants: 1,041
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

This listing is for all vintages (Gueuze, Oude Gueuze, etc.).
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Photo of dcmchew
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 on the cork. Nope, not waiting 20 years.
Shiny golden colour, one finger white head, sticky enough lacing in about a minute.
Barnyard funk stronger than the sourness, with a sweet lactic component, lots of green hay, oaky floorboard and orchard tree bark. Some apple tartness, sour lemons, faint vinegar.
Sourness hits in the first sip with citrus (mostly lemon, but with a subtle orange-sweetness) zest, some green apple cider tartness and musty white grapes. Really complex, lots of fruity notes spiking here and there. Barnyard funk isn't overwhelming, but goes perfectly with the astringency of the beer. Some earthy-milky yeasts too, especially towards the finish. Dry finish, with acidic apple aftertaste, wood and green leafy notes (which is probably where the hops helped a bit).
Light to medium body, prickly fizz, a tiny bit creamy. The dryness isn't too agressive, but leaves enough space for the fruity/green notes to linger.

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Photo of Roguer
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Relatively clear golden liquid, slight haze. Pure white head, decent retention.

Tart aroma, straw, funk, lemon. Strong and clear.

Taste does not disappoint. Strongly sour and tart, sharp flavors, citric acid with musty funkiness.

Light and drinkable, oily and slick. Puckering and a mild back-throat acidity helps you to slow down and savor each sip. Long, long, semi-dry finish.

Lovely beer - easy to see why it's considered among the best in the style.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First day of spring and I'm home from work early, so this seemed like the perfect beer to crack open. From a 750ml bottled 4 Oct 2013, bought in February this year at the brewery in Brussels. I got to sample some when I was there, but it was the day I arrived, so I was exhausted and can't really remember what it tasted like.

Holy shit - I'm slammed with the aroma as soon as I pop the cork! Lots of lemony sourness, and lots of what I think can only be described as funk. When I pour it into the glass, I can smell it from across the room!

Appearance is a cloudy orange, with a fluffy white head that fades to a nice little film that sticks around and leaves little tendrils of lace.

Aroma is really nice. I'm pretty new to sours, so I'm not sure how to describe most of these smells. There's definitely lots of citrus going on, mostly lemons. Maybe some green apple, too. And then there's a nice funk underlying it. This aroma is literally making my mouth water. Can't wait to drink it.

Taste has all the citrus up front. It's a nice level of sourness - kind of mouth-puckering, but not overwhelming. It gets a little weird for me on the swallow, though - that's when this weird astringent, minerally, medicinal flavor comes in that I'm not really crazy about. It tastes kind of like if you crushed up some rocks and mixed it in water maybe? Not much funk present on the palate. The tartness saps your tongue of all moisture and makes it beg for another sip.

Mouthfeel is great - moderate thickness, lots of carbonation. It perfectly matches the flavor. Super dry finish.

Overall, I really enjoyed it, although, like I said, I am relatively new to sours. It was perfect for the first day of spring! :)

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Mr. Dunderbak's. Served in a large tulip glass.

A: Hazy deep gold with a big fluffy white head - this almost glows in the light. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Dry, modest funky barnyard, with a bit of tart fleshy fruit.

T: Dry, tartness, funk and sour, with almost apricot and grape flavors in the back of the mouth and on the exhale. Develops more lemon citric tartness and funk as it warms through the drink.

M: Light crisp body, good carbonation sensation, and very low alcohol presence.

O: Very, very good. Although there is less funk than I expected (at least on draft), truly a very good beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is golden amber with white head. Nose is soft funk, earthy and a touch of mushroom. Fair bit of apricot and a hint of mineral. Taste follows the nose, earthy mushroom and lots of apricot. Minerally and strong carb with a light creamy body. Some light hops to round out through finish.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle dated 12/3/12 served slightly above cellar temp

Light golden color with head reducing to ring of lacing. Wonderful aromas of fruit - apple, grape, peach - with a slightly sour nose. Taste is fruity rush up front with lemon, apple grape, slightly sweet, almost like a dry riesling, followed by sour notes (both lactic and mild acetic) which dwindle into a dry oaky tannic bitterness. Mouthfeel is inviting with effervescent carbonation over an ever so slightly viscous beer. The flavors combine into a light, flavorful, complex and wonderful beverage. I expected more funk - perhaps that comes with age? A different experience the 3F OG. A bit more refined and lighter on the brett characteristics. Terrific gueuze worth seeking out.

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Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled with my wife from a 375ml bottle in my Bruges Beer Festival tasting glass. Bottled on 27 August 2013.

A - Golden and hazy with a big white head that dissipates slowly.

S - Lemony and slightly floral with some granny smith apple. Very bright and lively.

T - Nice variations of lemon. Sour and tart but not in a biting way. Nicely balanced and great from start to finish.

M - Smooth and silky. The carbonation is quite low after the pour.

O - A fantastic beer!

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Photo of Zach136
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 2013, reviewed live.

A - Slightly cloudy, light straw color. Moderate carbonation, no head.

S - Pungent, eye watering grapefruit and lemon tartness.

T - Very balanced acidity, sour apple bomb, grapefruit zest and light oak.

M - Drying, light and refreshing. Very slight vanilla as you give your palate a rest.

O - Not the most sour gueuze ever, and thats a good thing. The balance brings out complexity, absolutely one of the best in the world.

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Photo of allenson21
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 16 Oct 2012

A - Translucent golden with a 3-finger frothy-white head. A bit cloudy

S - Delicious sour apples. White vinegar. Wild yeast.

T - Sour apples with a citrus note. Tastes like an awesome Champagne or Riesling

M - Dry and perfectly carbonated with a bigger body than you expect.

O - Wonderful.

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Photo of barebearbeer
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed this while on vacation. Was my second time having it and was not disappointed. I guess the only negative would be that everything else I drank on that trip paled in comparison to the Cantillon! Seriously one of the best gueuzes out there. If you have a chance to try it, savor every drop!

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Photo of ImprovX
4.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L- A nice golden honey color. Maybe a touch orange. With a thin, quickly disappearing, champagne like head. Beautiful.
S- Nice citrusy vinager scent. Good funk.
T- Lambic at its finest. Nice pucker, without masking the various flavors.
M- Goes down smooth. Leaves that nice slightly dried mouth feel.
O- One of the best bottles anyone can buy now-a-days.

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Photo of anteater
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Apex 4th Anniversary

A: Hazy straw yellow, little white head

S: Lemon, hay, sour

T: Big refreshing sour punch on top of the lite wheaty body, lots of lemon, complex funk

M: Light and refreshing

O: I had a bottle of this and was very disappointed. I'm glad I got to try it on tap because I now understand why its a world class beer and I hope to try it many more times in the future.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, bottled june 2011

A- Golden yellow, maybe just a bit darker than golden, slightly torbid. a finger of very fine white head disappears in the span of a couple of seconds

S- Great. Strong citric tartness, with lemon in evidence, though notes of apple and grapefruit can be noticed as well. Then some wonderful subtle hints of vinegar and also a slight earthy/barnyard feel. Sweet and rustic

T- Sour of course. Both on the tart/fruity side and on the lactic side. Tartness has dry, pleasantly astringent notes of lemon, apricots, grapefruit, apple and a lively touch of spiciness. Lactic notes bring some balance with an earthy feel and a light funk hint

M- Light bodied, medium carbonation brings a bit of a lively feel. Dry, Sharp and astringent, expecially on the palate. A bit more on the juicy side on the tongue

O- A beer that represents a style a very good one at doing this. Very complex, nice balance and drinkabilty despite strong tartness. Excellent

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Photo of MarioM
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 375 ml poured into a Jester King stemmed glass.

A: Pours a slight off white head made of extremely creamy bubbles with large bubbles pilling in the center but quickly dissipated to a slight rim of tiny bubbles. Medium carbonation and an amazing clear golden yellow color. This is a beautiful crisp looking beer.

S: Light funk with citrus on the nose. Some tropical fruit Brett hints with Lactic acidity in there as well. Very clean sour aroma with the funkiness coming through when swirled and force it to release carbonation.

T: Tart but not extremely sour. I'm not getting much funk in the taste however. Carbonation is not as high as I would expect but I've swirled a couples time so I didn't help that situation. Bitter as it finishes but starts with some citrus combined with a slight tropical fruit character from the Brett but does not last very long. Very drinkable and refreshing. Getting extremely better as it warms up...

M: Dry and finishes with a nice bitterness that leaves you wanting more and more. I can drink this all day. The bitterness is not your typical IPA hop bomb bitterness but more of a tonic water bitterness that complements the tartness.

O: A great and classic example of the style, hence its name. Very drinkable, refreshing and interesting but not as much funk as I would like but I can see why this is a bench mark for the style. This bottle is relatively young so I'm extremely interested to see how it ages. Well worth a try and will continue to snatch this every time I see it. Also, nest time I will serve this slightly above the recommended 50-55 deg f since I thought it improved as it warmed.

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Photo of corby112
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 31 January 2013

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with straw/banana yellow edges and a two finger pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Great retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Musty barnyard aroma with lactic funk, damp earth, horseblanket, citric acidity and a very subtle acetic character. Strong barrel/damp oak in the nose with cheesy funk, grass, straw, cobweb and sweat. Not too funky however with pale malt, light fruit and vibrant citrus countering the earthier elements. Some bread and biscuit along with apple and a prominent zesty lemon juice presence. No solvent character to speak of. A little tame at this young age but the different characteristics mesh together very well in the aroma.

Medium body with soft carbonation and delicate sourness. Tart and puckering with a decent amount of earthy, lactic funk but not harsh or overly acidic. Dry oak/damp wood flavor but not toothpick-like or overwhelming. Some cheesy lactic funk with musty bugs, straw and earthy grass countered by pale malt, bread, ester-y fruit sweetness and citrus acidity. Really well balanced with biscuit-y malt, sourdough bread, sweet apple and tart lemon juice flavor. Lingering acetic vinegar presence in the finish that leaves me salivating for more. No harsh or solvent-like off flavors to be found. Perfectly balanced and extremely easy to drink which is surprising considering this beer's complexity. Just an overall amazing beer. Exemplary for the style.

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Photo of Resuin
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. This was bottled in 2012.

Appearance: Pours a quite transparent medium amber/gold and gives a finger or two of head which fizzles away very quickly to a rim around the glass.

Smell: Pleasant floral lemon, citrus rinds, mild peppercorn, grapes. Slight funk as well. Well balanced and very nice.

Taste: Lemon, grassy funk, white grapes, citrus rinds, a nice floral quality. Good amount of sour, but very nicely balanced. Just the right amount of sour in a gueuze for me.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium, dry body. Finish is slightly sour, dry and crisp.

Overall: This is a top notch gueuze. It's strength is it's incredible balance. Very tasty, great aroma and the right level of sour. Definitely a go-to gueuze for all occasions.

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Photo of flexabull
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Patrick, thanks again!

Pours a bright and hazy gold color with a fine white head.

Aromas are potent, notice them as soon as the cork popped. Lemon, grassy, with some really light vinegar, and a touch of sugar.

Taste is not quite as strong as the nose suggests. Crisp and dry, sour, with a light vinegar, and lactic taste. Lots of lemon, light cream, and a general Belgian yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel is really nice, full, smooth, with plenty of body.

Overall, outstanding. Also comes off as very approachable and drinkable. A classic indeed.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cantilliion Gueuze pours a clear golden color with little to no foam on top. It leaves behind a few spots of lace with each sip.

The aroma is tart lemon and grapefruit citrus, hay, and ripe fruit (white grapes, strawberry?).

Each sip is smooth and creamy with a dry finish. The flavor is tart lemon and grapefruit citrus, green apple, strawberry, grass and hay. It finishes sour and dry with lingering citrus and fruit.

This is a very complex and tasty beer that's not too heavy on the sour/tartness. It's easy drinking, but each sip should be savored.

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Photo of macher0
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to the Roof Bros shop in Paducah, KY for this treat.

A. Hazy golden to light copper color. Poured a highly effervescent finger-high head that retreated to a very fine bubble rim. Opaque and hazy, but not cloudy.

S. Highly fragrant. Sour yeast. Neutral oak. Tart white grapes. Dry and dusty bail of straw.

T. Follows nose nicely with a strong sour yeast and neutral oak taste. Highly acidic vinegar notes. Dry chardonnay. Dusty and earthy. Slight hint of granny smith apples and apricots.

M. Super smooth with light carbonation that is perfect for this style. Light bodied.

O. Wow. Super good This ale certainly lives up to expectations. It is very clean and light. The neutral oak is nicely balanced with the medium tartness level. The only draw-back is the burpiness that builds up in ones stomach. If you ever see this or any Cantillon - drink it.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped Oct,16,2012 bottle poured into tulip 6/11/13

A almost clear golden yellow body with just a few slow tiny bubbles visible but a healthy two fingers of foam that slowly falls to a thick film leaving random lace on the way down

S funk and wet wood hit me first, grass and hay, apple, peach, lemon and pear, slightly cheesy, leafy hops smells like it should

T cereals, wood, funk and lemon, not quite everything the nose had going on but still represents the style very well

M light bodied, well carbonated, a little grit, sour but not overly so, finishes with funk and sour lemon

O extra points here for being so easy to drink and having nice mix of fruit, funk, and wood, well rounded brew and I could easily drink another bottle or two no problems

I'm wishing I had a hot summers day to do with this one but I have no complaints even on this chilly evening. I'm a little surprised it took me so long to rate the easiest to find Cantillon but I was bound to get t it sooner or later

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my 1000th review, so I thought it would be fitting to pull out a true classic.

A 375ml green bottle with a bottling date of Dec 1st 2011. Picked up at the brewery while on a trip to Belgium about 18 months ago, and stored in my garage. Mannekin features on the label, making the gueuze...

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright golden-amber hue with faint haze and light carbonation. Yields a smallish head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding and disappearing. Aroma of sour funkiness: hints of unripe apples, apricot, peach, barnyard funk, hay/straw, faint wheat, mild lactic acid and subtle vinegar. Complex yet balanced - fantastic!

Tastes of prickly sourness and funky fruitiness with a lingering acidic finish. Notes of unripe apples, apricot, barnyard funk, hay, husky wheat, lactic acid, vinegar and earthy yeast. The sourness is dominant yet the flavour is simultaneously complex and rounded. Highly attenuated - the driest beer I've had. No bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with light carbonation and good body. The sourness stimulates the palate. Exceptionally astringent, followed by an aftertaste of acidic funk, fruitiness and earthy yeast.

Wow - Cantillon gueuze never fails to impress. At first the sourness hits you and dominates the experience, but after a while the other flavours make themselves felt. The aroma and flavour are superbly balanced, and the body is wonderful. The only minor flaw was a slight lack of effervescence, but each bottle is different. Quite simply, a world-class brew that demands to be tried.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Max's (from notes).

A: Slightly hazy blonde.

S: Sweet and tart with funk and citrus.

T: Nice even sour with a bit of a sweet spike at the end. Sweet funk aftertaste. Sweet and sour. Not puckering which I like.

M: Solid even carbonation.

O: Excellent.

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Photo of beertunes
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 16 Oct 2012. Poured into tulip. Poured a cloudy orange-gold color with over an inch of white head that had low to moderate retention and no lacing.

The aroma had a notable apple scent, along a yeasty tartness and a light funk. The apple wasn't as sharp on the tongue, but was still crisp. the yeast and funk were also nicely sharp.

The body was light, crisp, sharp, and had a very dry finish. Drinkability was excellent, if you like light, tart, crisp, and dry beverages. Overall, it's hard to imagine the style being done better. Very possibly the standard by which the others are judged. A must try if you see it.

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Photo of draheim
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (bottled October 16, 2012) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy honey straw color w/ a thin white head.

Aroma is grassy, earthy, and tart. Really nice and clean.

Taste is likewise lemony, spritzy, pleasantly sour and very clean and crisp. Grassy and slightly grainy, nicely citrusy. No off flavors, everything just works together.

Mouthfeel is balanced and refreshing, nice dry finish.

Overall just a great gueuze, probably the most representative of the style that I've had. Right up there with Tilquin for sure.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a bottle at The Jeffrey Craft Beer and Bites in New York, NY

Note: Bottled 1 February 2013

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some hints of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a very thin (barely covering the entire surface of the beer) fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderately sour with a presence of fruit (white grape and lemon), lighter amount of funkiness, and hints of yeast. Very light notes of oak.

T: The beer has a strong sour flavor that is quite acidic and tart - there is a light to moderate presence of fruit (white grape and lemon) along with light notes of funkiness, yeast, and oak. Quite puckering.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate to heavy amounts of acidic prickliness are also present.

O: As this was a complementary bottle from the owner of The Jeffrey, it may have been even more enjoyable than it already would have been and considering the quality of this beer that is great. Probably one of the most perfect examples of the style in my opinion. It is truly a classic - strong sour flavors but exactly what you would expect for the style.

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