Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 590
Hads: 2,785
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 1,022
Gots: 816 | FT: 63
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

This listing is for all vintages (Gueuze, Oude Gueuze, etc.).
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Photo of Zach136
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 2013, reviewed lie.

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. (461 characters)

Photo of allenson21
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of barebearbeer
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
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! (296 characters)

Photo of ImprovX
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of anteater
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
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 (976 characters)

Photo of MarioM
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,645 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (1,511 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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 (1,012 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,613 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of beertunes
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.47/5  rDev +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. (522 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,314 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cantillon's classic Gueuze is everything it's modest name implies and more. With a honey-like appearance and a cap of pure white bubbles, it's simply beautiful. It's only minimal haze shows that it is lightly carbonated. It shines radiantly! The sweet aroma reminds one of plums, sour apple, cider vinegar, and a slight 'barnyard' funk. The flavor envelops the drinker in stages... right off the bat, tart fruit esters, like sour cherry and the aforementioned plum wash over the palate, quickly giving way to a funky/yeasty middle and a strong grapefruit/citrus aspect. The mouth feel is slightly wine-like, and seriously has something in common with fresh spring water... it's so very refreshing. The finish mostly acidic and, crisply bitter. Overall, this fine beverage is expertly balanced, probably the biggest remarkable aspect here. Additionally, it's not so harsh going down either, it's rather delicate and drinkable. Cantillon's Gueuze is truly an archetype for the style. (981 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into 10 oz snifters x 2 with a moderate hand. Date on the bottle reads 16 october 2012. This one is following up Drie Fonteinen's gueuze, so it will be a little head-to-head action...

A: Golden orange-yellow with nice haziness. 1 finger width of white head the quickly dissolves to a thin coat. Light lacing. Very nice.

S: Lemon. Citrus tartness. Nice brett. Nice barnyard. Slightly more subdued vs 3F, but very good.

T: Moderate sourness with gradual fade to a fairly dry finish. Lemon. Undoubtedly more bitter notes than 3F with more lingering bitterness on the back end. Delicious.

M: Moderate to light carbonation. Not quite as full as I was hoping, but good.

O: Excellent gueuze - have no doubt. Had I not just enjoyed 3F's offering, I'd probably be gushing about this one a bit more. No complaints. This is a must try.

Prost! (867 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap at Mikkeller Bar SF during Zwanze Day. I had a little bit of this a few days before at Trappist Provisions, but both experiences felt extremely different for whatever reason. I will make note of them during the review. Poured into a 20cl tulip glass.

Pours a wonderful, beautiful gueuze on tap - glimmering and shiny, exactly in the manner I expect Cantillon's beers to be. I don't know how they quite do it, but they are miles ahead from other Lambics in terms of presenting their beers. Slightly vinous, like a juicy Sauvignon blanc, but still bready enough in appearance and some light cloudiness to add charm to the offering as a whole. Some bubbles, with a slightly frothy head that coats the glass that soon dissipates next to nothing. While not perfect, the color is extremely appealing and a benchmark for how this style should strive to look. The sample I had at Provisions was cloudier, but still retained some elegant rustic charm. The clearer, amber bronze version is pretty damn beautiful, however.

Yes, this is a full culmination of everything I enjoy about Cantillon right at the aroma. Tart white grapes, raisins, lemon peel, and tons and tons of funky and sour phenols. I'm not sure after all this time if it's the wild yeast strains, the brewing environment, or the oak barrel blending that produces flavors this robust, but something is working in their favor. There's a musty cellar flavor, as well as dust, light limestone, and cold stones that come in full force. The oak is not extremely strong in terms of providing a toasted flavor, but it still brings in notes of cedar and slight sawdust, as well as some baking spices to pep things up a bit. Really funky, but extremely appealing stuff overall.

The flavor takes everything from the aroma and immediately coats the palate in a puckering, soured sensation, further elevating all of the characteristics that make this enjoyable. Strong white raisins, tart grapes, and lemon peel are the most predominant fruit, with notes of vanilla, almonds, and baking soda soon following in the aroma. For me, the highlight is the yeasty tart flavor, that ranges from green apple peel to under-ripe apricots - combined with the oak blending and mineral flavor, this really is top notch stuff. The finish is long lasting and goes on for a long while, even hours after consumption. The bottled versions are probably more extreme than this one, but the tap version is without a doubt clean and crisper, and more of the refined nuances are, as a result, more present without too much of the yeasty acetic or lactic phenols clouding it up. Really divine.

The scariest thing about a beer this complex is how easily drinkable it is. I could have this in a long session without ever growing tired of it. I'm excited to try the bottled version of this and see how it differs. This really is, terms of basic oude gueuzes, a top quality standard and a real privilege to be able to drink whenever the opportunity arises. Without a doubt one of my favorite sours - I just wish it were more affordable and accessible. (3,082 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

@ Armsby Abbey

What a treat to stumble upon Zwanze Day leftovers on our vacation through New England.

Served in a little Cantillon glass, the pour is a clearish yellow with a skimpy head that results in some minor lacing. The smell is a juicy, sour melange of hay, melon, grape, green apple, and lemon. Sour, funky flavor, slightly acetic, but not over the top. Lemons, limes, puckering apple, and some oak wood tannins. Dry, tart, and crisp. Just an excellent gueuze that I could have kept drinking for the remainder of the night if money were no object. (557 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Cloudy bright yellow, one finger head, nicely carbonated.

S-Funk, grapes, oak and vinegar.

T-Rather funky, great balance, oak, grapes and grass.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated, very dry crisp finish.

O-The flavors meshed perfectly the funk was there, nice and sour. An amazing beer. (291 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden yellow with a very tiny head.

S: Aroma is fantastic. Very crisp and clean with mouthwatering fruit notes of melon, light berries, apple, and pineapple. White wine and green grapes or champagne.

T: Very tart at the front with grapes, sour Granny Smith apples, lime rind and lemon. Fresh graininess underneath. Implosive flavors...

M: The variety of sensations is excellent. Bright smooth and extremely dry through the finish. Tingly and chewy at the same time.

O: This is great. A very interesting sour treat. (530 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark gold, cloudy, body with two finger head that dies slow and left some lace patches down glass. Has a pronounced tart/sour edge, but there are very noticeable traits of spice, funk, fruit smells like apple and pear and grape skinn, kinda like a white wine, and a touch of sweet fruit or sugary malt. The beer is lively thanks to strong carbonation, has a spice and citric hop zip to it, get some sweet notes and some fruit flavors like the tart apple and grape. Besides being filling the mouthfeel is very smooth, beer passes easy, thanks to oakiness and the finish is so crisp yet sweet. Overall, a little bit of everything is in this beer, although don't be confused because the overriding taste sensation is sourness but the balance is great and this is an incredible beer that if you find you need to pick up. (825 characters)

Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.