Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze) | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze)Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze)

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Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of anteatr23
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark orange, opaque. Smells like skunk, sour and dank. Flavor is powerfully sour. Like... burn your mouth acidic. Very intense but flavorful. Finishes dry. Have a couple more bottles of this... it will be interesting to see how it develops later on.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first Cantillon, couldn't wait to crack this open. Cork says bottled in 2015, poured into my Hill Farmstead glass. Comes out a nice golden amber color, slightly hazy, with a small head that takes a bit to wake up. Some spotty lacing eventually.

Smell is super tart right off the bat after the cork is pulled out. In the glass there are some sweeter notes swirling around, bit of dried grass funk.

Taste is initially very tart, mouth puckering at first. Once you get used to it, the sweetness comes out a bit more. There's a nice lemony tart/sweetness going on in the middle. Finishes with a lingering sourness, but there's some elements of peat and hay, along with some funk. Feel is pretty smooth, pretty sticky. Overall a decent body for the ABV.

Overall this is a great tart masterpiece of a gueuze. While nothing is overdone, this beer is fantastic in its balance of flavors and extreme sourness. Well done beer.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2014 - 750 into a Teku

L: Clear, pale, small creamy white head that continues to refresh
A: Mild sourness with barnyard funk and sour apples,
T: Mild tartness, no hop presence, crisp, dry, tart, with some fruity notes
M:Thin (to style), highly carbonated
O: A real delight, perfect balance, and flavor for days, a real treat

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Photo of KYGunner
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This smelled like a musky body odor and I felt a bit of trepidation to try it. It's super tart but strong strawberry and raspberry flavors come through. I get some mineralization, and funky sour.

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Photo of frasergrove
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 bottling. Low carbonation, clear and pale. Aroma is amazingly complex and delicate - honey, light sage, some grapefruit and sweet grape must. Tinges of burnt toffee as well. Flavor fell a bit flat, some richness and earthiness, very different from the other range of Oude Gueuzes we tasted. Good medium high acidity, with some fermented wood bitterness - maybe some peach pit as well. While I though this beer was OK flavor wise, my dad thought it was his favorite!

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Photo of kkleu357
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From notes on 9/10/15. First beer ordered while at the Cantillon brewery. Very solid gueze. Nice bubbly mouthfeel. Tart and refreshing flavor. Excited to try the rest of there beers.

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Photo of jlindros
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

May 7, 2013, thanks to rudzud.

Light fizzy head, crystal clear honey orange pale color.

Nose is awesome, would grassy funk, hay, generic fruity sour like notes, hint lemony, grassy barnyard funk, juicy tart.

Taste is acidic and tart, nice lemony tartness, acidic bite, wild barnyard funk, juicy tart fruity flavors, bitter lemon zest, tart, great lambic funk. Hint flemmy finish, tart lambic funk lingering but smooth, acidic, nice funk, bit too much bitterness.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent but lighter carb, little flemmy.

Overall great, but for Cantillon this is low tier.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a wine tulip glass.

Peach-skin color in the body with some golden hues. Fizzy but persistent pale white head. Not exactly a transparent beer, but neither is it murky. Light trickles of carbonation show through. 5

The nose is tart with some orchard fruit, fuzzy funk, and a white wine yeast aroma. Clean and appealing, but not profound in any way. 4

A surprising bit of raisin flavor is the first thing I taste, followed by unripened peach, earthy, floral funkiness and a sharply tart apricot juice flavor. 4.25

It's tart with some lemony acidity and a full-bodied feel. The finish has some tart bite before a vinous dryness and sticky funkiness that lingers. Carbonation up front gives a lively feel and accentuates the tartness before things settle into a lingering dry, oaky finish. 4.25

It's very good, I'll leave it at that.

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Photo of rudzud
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros. Bottled on May 7, 2013.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of excellent funk, Cantillon yeast, horse blanket, sharp acid, light citrus.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice funk, real good house yeast, horse blanket, great acidity, bigger lemon citrus.

M - Mouthfeel is very lightly cardboard and a little thin.

O - Overall this beer was rather tasty, however, the mouthfeel is really too light for the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This and the other 100% Bio are the same beer, this is just the European label. The US label can't be called organic since the standards here are different than the European standards, but it's the same beer. Alas, I'll rate both.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Of the basic gueuze, perhaps my favorite. Appearance is standard for the style, small head that fizzes away quickly. Aroma is green apple, lemon, barn stall combination of hay / wood / leather / grain / salinity. Flavor carries that through with more minerality, a dried flower / potpourri middle, lingering lemony bitterness.

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Photo of rjp217
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013-02 bottle......

A - Dark gold, delicate pour leads to a small half finger head that dissipates quickly. Not turbid obviously and just a nice looker

S - Lemon, hay, grass, green apple

T - A lot of the same as the nose but earthy funk with lingering lemon-lime

M - Light body and carb, slightly bitter, hay

O - I haven't had a fresh bottle of this but good lord man this is excellent at 2.5yrs. Enough funk and light sour notes to make this balanced and very drinkable. Can't wait to see how my other bottle funks up years from now

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Photo of breadwinner
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Don't think this one reaches the heights of 3F's Oude Geuze (which I've had at similar ages to this one), lacking its depth/complexity of both aroma/taste, but what does recommend this one is its lightness of feel and great drinkability. It offers some nice fruitiness in the nose, along with a bit of funk that sort of lingers beneath the surface, never dominating but always popping up every now and then to remind you it's there. Palate is sweet apple tartness along with some slight vinegary funk. Sure, there are probably some other notes I could imagine, but that's the gist. I appreciate that the sour character doesn't completely scorch the tongue. This is solid stuff.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle. 2014 vintage. Poured into a tulip.

A: Golden. Hazy.
S: Tart sourness. Fig.
T: Intense vinegar sourness. Fig and plum. Funky. A little bit balsamic. Dry.
M: Light bodied with medium high carbonation.
O: Not my preferred everyday style. But when I want something tasting sour I would pick up this.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage served in my Cantillon tumbler. Pours a translucent straw gold with a frothy, quarter inch, bright white head. Nose expresses citric acid, cork and horse blanket. Taste consistent with nose; however, I also get a distinct sawdust character as well, with a residual bite at the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with an almost still carbonation. Acidity is fairly mild; however, the acidity stimulates the salivary glands, leaving a salty finish. Overall, I've enjoyed this more in past offerings. That said, not sure if I will continue to store my Cantillons on their sides as I experienced a leaky cork with this one.

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Photo of aleigator
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon gueuze '14 vintage

Pours a straw-yellow color, with a spongy, stable head, which is half a finger broad.

Exhibits an unbelievable balance between funky tartness, dusty wood and slightly spiced, citraic fruitiness. Reveals a plethora of subtle aromas, adding depth to the nose, a whiff of glue, old yogurt, vinegar and leather - leading to a unique smelling beer, full of little details.

Reveals a refreshing mouthfeel, due to the high carbonation, medium bodied beer.

Doesn't taste particular fruity in a sense of being specifically heavy on apples or very orange-like, while the beer does feature in fact a generous fruit note, with a lemony crispness to it. This impression gets balanced by musty, leathery malts, matured hops and vinegar, establishing a long lasting sourness. There is almost an explosion on the palate, as the carbonation hits the tongue, establishing an intense dryness, which is noteable until the very end. Finishes with a full-scale, crisp dryness, which doesn't numb the palate from receiving more subtle flavors though.

No fruits are needed to make this a great beer. I am astonished by its complexity, based on the beers lower abv. So much going on, while every aspect is artfully integrated in the beers taste, and interacts very well with its overall refreshing character.

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Photo of drmeto
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-pours a slightly hazy golden with a small,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-lemon,grapes,wheat,low tanin bitterness
-not too sour
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
Damn good Lambic

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Photo of TDotScott
4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2013 vintage. Poured into a Cantillon tumbler.

L- hazy gold straw, non persistent white head.

S- some funk, lots of lactic acid. Phenols, but in balance.

T- sublime balance between brett fruitiness, barnyard funk, lemony sour, some soft cereal grains, with a lasting phenolic bitterness.

F- good and effervescent. Some oak tannins.

O- the balance is great. It's worth the hype.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two fresh bottles consumed over my vacation week abroad. A little time would add some nice sour notes to this beer that a younger version at the moment lacks. Scores may go up when I revisit in a year.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled March 14th 2012, opened March 23 2015. 375 corked and capped bottle bought at the brewery in Brussels on a "late honeymoon/finished nursing school/anniversary" trip with my wife in 2012. I packed the bottle around Europe for the next 2 weeks before flying it home. Something like 10 trains and 3 flights. Opened to celebrate the birth of our first born daughter.

Very nearly the most perfect Gueuze I have tasted. Just as good and maybe better than the 100% lambic gueuze I had from Cantillon a few years ago. I think I like this with a little age as well. I had it "fresh" at the brewery and although delicious, I think this is better after 3 years in the bottle. Bight acidity, mind-blowingly simple-yet-complex myriad of hay, brett, oak, and white wine flavors. The better the lambic, the less I find I can name the flavors.

The label says this can get better till 2030. I believe it. I have two more and one of them is going to sit in my cellar till that year.

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Photo of interzen
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Slightly hazy golden yellow - the bottle was capped and corked so care was needed opening it, since this stuff is fairly lively. That said, the off-white fingers-width head didn't stick around for too long, diminishing to a foam cap and ring round the edge of the glass.

Smell: Typical gueuze - barnyard funkiness with more than a hint of vinegar. Some citrus and apple, but smells more than a bit like apple cider vinegar. Oddly, it's not nearly as sharp as Cantillon Kriek or Rose de Gambrinus.

Taste: Slightly funky up front before the fruit and citrus flavours start to show through. There's a bit of a herbal or grassy taste too with just the faintest hint of spice (pepper? coriander?). Surprisingly, it isn't relentlessly sour - most of the sourness comes in at the end.

Feel: Medium body, and the lively carbonation helps to accentuate the tart funkiness. If there was such a thing as the 'canonical' gueuze, then this would likely be it.

Overall: The ideal 'gateway drug' for Cantillon beers - it has a character all of its own but lacks the teeth-grinding sourness of, say, Rose de Gambrinus. That's not to say that it'll be to everyone's tastes - it won't be - but if you only ever try one gueuze then it should be this one. Fantastic.

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Photo of IKR
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 23, 2014
Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden-yellow with a moderate white head that subsides to a thin white cap.

Smell: Prominent barnyard funk with some citrus and apple notes.

Taste: The barnyard funk hits first followed by some citrus notes. Some grassy hay notes are present along with some apricot-like notes. There is also what I call some classic Cantillon black pepper-like spiciness. The finish is fairly dry.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Overall: For me Cantillon makes the protypical Gueuze, upfront funk and complex taste profile. I would go so far as to say they make my ideal sour. It is likely purely due to the age but I found the funk more pronounced in this European Bio version than the other import versions I've had.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not quite a formal review for this one - but just wanted to collect brief notes from a bottle I consumed back in 2013, and another just last week with friends while celebrating my 30th birthday. Both were 2005 vintage 750mls.

Easily the most sour and uniquely funky Cantillon I've ever had. Particularly the 10-year old bottle from last week. Very intense vinegar, lemon and earthy woodsy wet rock funk. Still well-carbonated, extremely dirty looking pour. This was the epitome of a sipper. The vinegar in particular is absurdly intense to the point of overkill, almost like a bad bottle of wine - but in a good way. I found myself nursing a ~8 oz pour for quite a long time.

I hopefully will add more notes/a more formal review after trying it again.

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Photo of SebD
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled December 21st 2013

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of acidic notes, barnyard funk, tart apples, lemon, some oak and faint hay.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice acidity upfront, tart green apples, lemon, slight citrus, barnyard funk, some oak and faint hay.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Beautiful Geuze!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

Appearance - The beer was a golden straw yellow color with a bubbly white head.

Smell - The acidity of the style is present, but it takes a turn toward lime.

Taste- Amid the acidity, the lime taste catches my attention. It is not overly bitter citrus, but very pleasant. Toward the aftertaste, there is a dry oak sensation. The acidity is well balanced by the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - This Gueuze will make you pucker. It is dry at the end, making you thirsty for more.

Overall - As far as I am concerned, this is a near perfect example of the style.

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze) from Brasserie Cantillon
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