Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% LambicCantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This listing is for all vintages (Gueuze, Oude Gueuze, etc.).

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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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
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

B+

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2005 vintage @ Cantillon for 20 euros on 03.25.2016:

Still pours a 2cm head after all this time, which sits for 4 minutes. Damn impressive after 10 years.

Body is a clear yellow-copper.

Sm: So funky. Lemongrass. Sweaty gym sock. Salt. Barnhouse sweaty funk. Musty cereal grains.

Aromatic intensity is average

T: Incredible funkiness. Sweat, Lemongrass, neutral Belgian malts, mature cereal grains, the best barley flavour I've ever tasted, Subtle sourness (~4-5/10 in terms of intensity). Fuck, that barley aroma and taste is fantastic. Balanced and enjoyable/approachable.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, acidic, refreshing, light-bodied, incredible. An incredible complement to the taste. So damned approachable.

OVERALL: Aged beautifully. One of the best beers in this style I've had.

A-

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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

MEDIUM SOUR.

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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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.
Perfect.

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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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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.