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Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

75cl bottle from the 2013 bottling purchased at the Brasserie Cantillon for consumption on-premises during our trip to Belgium on 7/4/2013; poured into the Cantillon stemmed taster glasses. Also drank a 2012 vintage yesterday at our whale tasting 7/13/2013.

Smelling this geuze takes me all the way back to Anderlecht. When you walk into the brewery, you smell this beer straight up- leathery, funky, musty, earthy are the best adjectives I have for this somewhat hard to describe smell. Very pungent and strong. Hard to miss the nose here!

It of course pours a golden-orange body with a heck of a lot of carbonation. Hazy body. Tons of white head that never really goes away in any significant amounts- plenty of retention here. Lacing is very good.

Tasting this beer is just great. Acidic lemony vinegar, a good bit of funk and some more lemon sourness. This is the classic sour beer here and you can't miss it here. The carbonation is excellent and the flavours just gets delivered very well. The aftertaste is mostly the acidic earthy funk and it definitely cleans out whatever I had on my palate. The finish is not dry at all, unlike the 3F Oude Geuze- it is refreshing and I can keep sipping on this beer all day.

This is a classic, best example of a geuze. This is a must-try for anyone who likes sours that has not had this yet. I love Cantillons and I think I would take this one just a notch above Drie Fonteinen's Oude Geuze, but its a very close one. I don't usually have to pick one over the other because I'll take whatever I can find here in the US!

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75


Appearance - Light fizzy straw. Very little head that leaves a small amount of lacing.

Aroma - Mmm Sour, baby diaper, lemons, hay, and a bit of oak.

Taste - Just as the aroma. Finishes better than any "sour" beer I've had.

Mouthfeel - Clean, light, refreshing, medium carbonation.

Overall - The best Gueuze I've ever had.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with 1 finger of white head with small amounts of lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Under ripe fruit of pears, apples a delicious apricots together with notes of funky wet hay and horse blanket. Background scents of white pepper. Overall the scent is tart and dry.

T: Tart apples and pears with a slight breadiness. Finishes with funky notes of wet hay.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

O: The scents is quite stunning and fills the room with tart pears and apples. Unapologetic in its tartness and dryness. While sours are not my favorite style, this is very easy drinking and refreshing.

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Photo of bigaltemple
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 Bottled 2/2/12

Pours a golden orange with a decent amount of cloudiness. Fluffy white head becomes a thin ringlet almost immediately. Small rings of lace quickly disappear after a sip.

Cork isn't even completely out and the musty funk fills my nose. Lots of wet hay and citrus acidity. Green apple as well. Can't tell if its more of an "off" cheese or sweaty foot characteristic, but more concerned that either of those are making me excited to drink this beer.

Lemon acidity and green apple tartness. Not completely mouth puckering sour. Some underlying oak. Very crisp light body. Creamy mouthfeel.


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Photo of facundoCNB
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a very clean golden yellow pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head which dissipated into an 1/8" of head, really nice lacing for the style. getting a funky jasmine-brett scent, cheese, hay, oak, lemons. the flavor is mostly lactic cheese-like up front, lots of lemony acid flavor as well, oak, a bitterness reminiscent of lemon rind. medium body with moderate carbonation.. a little bit more leaning towards a light body ale, but it would need more carbonation.

this is really really good for the style, which obviously i'd expect from cantillon. it's tart and has the acidic sourness i like, but not as much as some of their other beers. this is a very cheesy tasting beer, so i can't imagine this being good to those just starting out with sours/wild fermented ales.

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Photo of Jonada
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottled March 16, 2010. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a honey yellow color with less than a finger of a white head. Body is hazy with some light visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: Barnyard funk, hay, vinegar, lemon acidity, basement, tart green apple

Taste: Nice punch of acidic sourness right upfront. Lemon, funk, old cheese, oak, green apple skin, wet hay.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with carbonation on the lighter end of medium. Sourness is high, but not mouthpuckeringly so. Finishes dry

Overall: Another great beer from Cantillon. These guys have the reputation they do for a reason. I've yet to have a beer from this brewery that hasn't been very good if not great.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apparently this is the same beer as Cantillon's Gueuze 100% Lambic, only this is the bottling exclusively for Belgium, and the yellow labels with the "falling backwards chair guy" was specifically for the American release. Not sure why there are two separate entires for the beer here, then, so what I will do is review this is a different vintage, since that's basically what it is. This bottle is from December 2012, relatively fresh for a beer like this.

Pours a golden-orange, just outside the realm of true copper; very nearly opaque, which is strange considering the 2011 Gueuze had exceptional clarity. They both share the same, foamy white head that fizzles away within moments and leaves nothing but a stark-white halo surrounding the top of the beer. Can't decide whether I like the filtered, crystal clear look or the hazy, unfiltered and raw look better.

Super funky and tart, and I expect nothing less from Cantillon. Tartness is made up of ripe green apple skins, lemon rinds, and sour white grapes, while the funky aromas include heavy barnyard, sweaty horse-y funk, piles of wet wood, and even some dirty feet. Never in my life did I think I'd be describing a beer as smelling like sweaty horse and dirty feet, let alone actually enjoying those smells so much, but it's fantastic. This fresher vintage smells more funky than tart, where as year-old bottle is the other way around.

A sharp acidity with some apple skins and juicy, tart lemon hits up front, spread out on a canvas of wet oak-barrel and barnyard brettanomyces. The initial flavor is quite tart and borderline puckering with some stone-fruity flavors, but just as the aroma would indicate - this thing turns into funk city pretty quickly. Wet horseblanket, wet cork, damp cellar, must, and again, some cheesy, sweaty feet. But really, in the best way possible. I can't help but think "WTF" to myself as I typed that, but believe me - you've never smelled feet like this before.

Mouth feel of each of these beers is more or less identical; pretty thin, wet, and crisp, with an ample amount of carbonation. The slightly-sour and heavily-funk finish leaves your palate with reminders of apples, vinegar, and funk to the max. Each sip gets smaller and smaller as I try to make this beer last for as long as possible, and I know I'll be upset when my glass is finally empty.

Just further confirmation that Cantillon has a stranglehold on the sour beer game. American sours and wild ales are getting better and better, and some of them are pretty damn impressive, but there is just no way to replicate that signature Belgian funk. So strangely appealing and so unabashed and unadulterated. If these two beers indeed have the same recipe, it seems that time will change the beer from more funky to more sour. I think I preferred the year-old bottle to the fresh, but not by much. This beer is fantastic either way.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml capped and corked bottle into a goblet

bottled feb 1 2013

Pours a hazy yellow with a very minimal nose. not the greatest looking beer. Nice aroma out of the bottle, good tart vinegary notes but not too in your face. The taste is very unexpected for me. It's not in your face lip puckering at all. on most gueuzes the sourness is up front and hits you right away. However, here, the sourness is on the back end. the flavor profile is incredible. lemon is apparent as well as green apples and vinegar. honestly there are a ton of different sour flavors that you experience throughout this one. complexity is insane. medium bodied with medium carbonation. a tad amount of bitterness here too, unusual for a gueuze.

overall this is quite different than any other gueuze ive had in the past. cant call it my favorite, but its worth picking up and trying it if you see it. definitely not your average beer. im thinking if i had drank an older one it might have been a bit better. it wasnt quite sour enough for me.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled December 1, 2011.

Appearance - Slightly hazy orange body. No head with a careful pour. Pencil thin collar.

Smell - Sharp citrus acidity. Cheesy funk. Grain. Lemon and hay.

Taste - Very sour. Characteristic Cantillon sourness. Grainy. Lactic sourness. Peppery. Less funk than the nose.

Mouthfeel - Crisp. Medium carbonation. Medium light body.

Overall - Good stuff. I crave funk, which Cantillon perennially lacks.

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Photo of beerloverofbham
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, the color is dark yellow, and slightly cloudy, with a thin white head. Smells like roquefort cheese, oak, a little bit of citrus. The beer starts off slightly sour--slightly lactic--with tastes including lemon peel, before transitioning to hay, oak, earthiness. Good balance of sour and funk; neither is overpowering. Finishes dry.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into a tall tulip, December 2011 bottling

A: Pouts a slightly hazy golden color with two fingers of dense white head. Head quickly recedes to a thin film with very little lacing.

S: There is a strong sour note in this one - mainly lactic sourness but there is definitely a decent amount of acetic sourness as well. Moderate barnyard funk is there to help balance.

T: The beer has a moderate to strong sourness for the style, but now it siding much more on the lactic side, which I tend to prefer. Quite juicy in nature - not as dry as many Gueuzes. However, the flavor never gets too sour or too sweet. It's nicely balanced with a lit to moderate barnyard funk.

M: A bit on the thick side with low to medium carbonation for the style.

O: A great Gueuze - certainly on the sour and less dry side, but still balanced. I don't enjoy this as much as I enjoy 3F Gueuzes, but this is very good.

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Photo of peensteen
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage 375 bottle at beerbistro.

Pale orange colour, ring of white head, no real lace to mention, decent head retention. Smell is funky with lots of fruit, lemony with some tart green apple skin, acidic with a bit of wet hay as well. Taste is ful of sharp tart lemon, funky, mild acidity, light balsamic and grape skin flavours, sour mid palate and puckering, clean finish with a light sweetness. Medium high carbonation, crisp medium full body. A really nice and refreshing beer, great acidity without being too sour, very drinkable.

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Photo of hopoilcrazy
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So excited to see this busted out at Yazoo Embrace the Funk Fest

A - Great hazy straw color

S - "horse blanket" and barnyard. I almost got some really ripe bleu cheese or maybe manure. I guess that may be called "baby diaper"

T - Really great tang. Guessing that it is around 3.9 pH, but it suggests more. Awesome flavor, it really achieves the semblance of being a blend of very old lambic and young: tart lemon zest notes coupled with funky cave-y tannic qualities

M - Very dry and medium bodied. If I weren't so drunk by the time I got to this beer at the fest I would have enjoyed it much more, but it was still a treat.

Thanks, Embrace the Funk!

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Photo of beerpirates
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

75 cl bottle poured into my cantilion tulip glass

Appearance - A nice solid, light gold color. The2 finger head is the faintest soap bubbles, dissipates into a thin ring. Looks nice.

Smell - All kinds of funk. Wet hay, horse blanket. Vinegar, is probably the first smell. Tart apples make an appearance. Smells very nice.

Taste - Very dynamic. Tart apples up front. A real sourness, almost lemon, follows. There is some lime as well , wet hay , musty spider webs

Mouthfeel - A tad thin. I would really like a little more carbonation to balance this out. The lack of bubbles is making it a little hard to drink. Too much like sour water.

Drinkability - Not bad. It's nice and tart, But the carbonation is very fine, and not as aggressive as I'd like.

This is a very nice beer. Sort of interesting and funky. I'd enjoy it again, but it's not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of MCain04
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Split with a buddy, 12/3/12 bottle poured into a 10 oz snifter glass.

A: cloudy, murky yellow/orange body, minimal white head with rimming around the edges.

S: Sweet and fruity, sour cherries and grapes, with a good amount of funk on the nose. Some bready and yeasty notes.

T: Modest sour grapes and lemons, funky aftertaste, but a little thin on the overall taste.

M: Surprisingly dry and overcarbonated. Thin body.

O: First beer from Cantillon, I'm a little disappointed overall, still a decent sour but I've had much better.

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Photo of popery
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft, City Beer Store. A wonderful beer and an excellent take on the style. This isn’t my favorite gueuze in the world, but that’s hardly a real complaint. This beer pours yellow-orange and fairly cloudy with a tight white cap. There’s a ton of funk, fruit and grain in the nose. It smells of barnyards, lemons, sour apples, hay, grass and leather. The taste is dry with a big sour bite. I’ve had a couple bottles of this beer in the past, and the keg seemed a bit tarter, though I have no idea of its age. The beer tastes like lemons and brett. It’s deep and earthy. It doesn't seem quite as complex as the best of the style but still lots going on and it could well be an issue of batch variation. More importantly, it’s a pleasure to drink. I finished my glass much too quickly and would have loved another (for a lower price).

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Photo of flyingpig
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co., Glasgow (£5.20):
Bright and cloudy, orange amber colour with a one centimetre tall, short lived head that was bubbly and disappeared fast leaving only a few bits of white lace around the circumference on the glass.

Tarty initally with some sourness and a fair amount of lemon and sour grapes. There is a lot of different fruits noticeable on the nose; these include some apple and peach along with a strong acidic aroma.

Acidic and tarty up front with a nice mix of lemon, some vinegar and sour grapes. There is some lemongrass and a nice acidic bite with plenty of additional sourness. The flavour is one that enhances tenfold once left to settle for a few minutes too.

Very smooth, sour and tarty on the palate with a light body, plenty of carbonation and a crisp finish.

Quite a good beer, but only after it opens up a little and has been left to settle for a couple of minutes to left the extremly sour and tarty flavours die down some. It was a great beer though with plenty of depth and character, it was also pretty much what I was expecting for the beer.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Moeder Lambic

Comes served in the Cantillon tumbler glass.

White head and a hazy dark golden body.

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

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

Mild carbonation and super smooth.

Triple G beer here...great goddamn gueuze.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Japanese 375ml bottle into a Cantillon flute. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a .5 finger foamy white head with poor retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Oily legs with little to no lace. Average.

Nose is lemon zest, hay, and wet wood. Some mild funkiness though very clean overall. Appetizing and aromatic.

Opens tart lemon zest, yeast, oak, cobwebs. Sweet fruit upfront. Hay. Finishes tart and dry with a little to no aftertaste. Simple and clean. Great reflection of the nose.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down oily and slick. Finishes dry with no aftertaste. Near perfect for the style.

Decent overall and clearly one of the better made gueuzes. However, considering this is from Cantillon, I'm a bit disappointed. There's a lack of a cheesiness and this is, all things considered, a touch too sweet for the style. Still worth having though.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Momar42 for all three gueuzes (and the kriek surprise afterwards!) This was part of the gueuze showdown, pitting Tilquin's gueuze against the juggernaut duo known as Cantillon Gueuze and Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze. Part of a 750mL bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Notes from last night's Skins/Cowboys game.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a half finger white color with poor retention.

S: This one had the most balanced hybrid between winy fruit tartness and earthy funk. A very expressive aroma, and the best one of the three (by a small margin).

T: Acetic sourness comes on the palate fast and hard, and then afterwards cheesy, earthy funk...finishes the flavor profile fast and hard. This was the boldest and most complex of the three, yet it wasn't that much harsher than the 3F (certainly it was somehow more subtle than Tilquin's offering). Shockingly easy to drink for me.

M: The finish is the 'dirtiest' and most tannic of the three, closing the palate with big dryness, yet minimal harshness. This one is actually pretty thick in its texture, accentuating a fuller level of carbonation than the 3F Oude Geuze.

O: This was the winner in my book - but I wouldn't dare recommend this one to beginners. There is a sense of subtle delicacy to it; however the bigness of the acetic sourness, wet hay, and cheesy funk WILL scare off the average Fat Tire drinker the way a celery stalk scares off a fat kid. And moreso than the other two gueuzes, in fact. To those acclimated to the style's idiosyncrasies, this one's hard to beat.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 37,5cl corked and capped bottle into a snifter. Bottled dated August 31, 2012. Cellaring a second.

A - pours a glowing golden/peachy color; a significant head of foam and lace dissipates within a couple minutes to just about nothing; carbonation present up front but again, disappears quickly

S - really musty; pungent of sour fruit; peach and strawberry notes; lemon and sour grapes; green apples and that funk that comes with the beer (I suppose)

T - up-front, it's all sour green apples; the barnyard funk and basement musty come secondarily; a bit of vinegar but overall, well-balanced flavors that spam the spectrum of sour fruits to stankonia funk

M - light, drinkable; 'easy'-bodied; lightly carbonated; the sour notes bring some puckering elements upon consumption; dry, slightly acidic

O - this was my very first foray in to the eminent gueuze style; I've enjoyed traditional fruit lambics but have never accessed or noticed on the shelf anything in the gueuze style until the last couple months; I'll explore others and imagine there are tastier offerings. This beer is certainly a departure from my normal roster of consumables, but it's balanced, interesting, and leaves you curious and slightly dazed without the bloat or heavy characteristics of other dank (and popular) beer styles.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.52/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler at Churchkey on Zwanze day 2012. From notes.

This is very similar in appearance to Fou' Foune, some nice rising columns of carbonation come up through a pale orb glowing lemon amber body. Simple off white head on top with a creamy looking top. Very nice.

Nose is a little bit closed though. Moderate funk aromas. Clean, but not much else going on and kind of mild.

Palate hits with a very sharp bite on first sips. Hot brett? on the swallow bringing sour lemon qualities in the mouth. Peppery. Stinging white hot pepper. Body is very vinous in feel and comes across much like wine. Afterfinish is incredibly long and staying. I could feel pepper on my tongue for minutes even after I finished this.

Overall a fun gueze, and enjoyable drinking experience.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted blindly in Blind BIF #7 as 1 of 5 gueuzes. Poured into snifter.

A: Golden, medium head, spotted lacing, thinnest looking of the bunch.

S: Barnyard funk and wheat balanced, with a strong sour note

T: Moderate to high sour level, more funky, with a bitter backend. Nice wood.

M: Thin bodied and medium carbed.

O: Great gueuze. Complex and balanced. Really good. I gave this beer the victory as the best of the 5, by being very tart but balanced, and impressively clean.

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Photo of wd40
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

18 September 2011 bottle date. Sampled 3 November 2012
Cantillon makes fantastic beer so this one is no exception. This is a very clean and pure gueuze without some of the impurities or less desirable smells and tastes that other producers have in their gueuzes. It is actually so pure tasting that it ends up being a very understated beer.

Slightly hazy appearance. I get some lightly acidic fruits in the frangrance like apples with a hint of peach. The taste is lightly acidic and tart with a dry finish. The carbonation is noticably less vigorous than I expect for this style. I kind of like a little more oomph to my gueuzes, but this is tastey that I feel silly even critiquing it!

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio (Organic Gueuze) from Brasserie Cantillon
4.21 out of 5 based on 1,034 ratings.
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