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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-01-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
204
Ratings:
1,100
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
19.13%
 
 
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Reviews: 204 | Ratings: 1,100
Photo of rajendra82
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 2000 vintage beer came in a corked bottle with a crown cap covering it, and it was a good thing too, as the cork appeared to have dried up and shrunk in upright storage. The cap had done its job, and the beer was effervescent, clear, and Champagne like. The smell was very mature and ripe, and the aging seemed to have taken a lot of the funky edges off. The smell reminded me of fresh squeezed lemon juice or a cider made from green apples. Taste was very dry and sour with no hint of any sweetness that might have ever been present. A little bit of hay and cheddar were apparent in the taste as well. Despite all this acidity and complexity, it was smooth and refreshing, and not harsh at all. Airy and slippery with a high level of puckering feel. Easy to drink except for the steep price of admission.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2002 bottling, courtesy of Goodbyeohio. Thanks for the amazing Christmas (last year) present, buddy! Split with my girlfriend, poured into matching Cantillon goblets.
The cork is dated 2004, so I'm guessing they aged this at the brewery? Clear, pale peach. Respectable collar of tight, white foamage. Incredibly fine bubbled. Actually laces on the glass pretty well, which I find unusual for a lambic. Nice and funky aroma. Pungent crabapple, stilton and aged swiss cheese, and bottom-of-the-haybale funkiness. Very acidic, with a citrus tint. The flavor opens with softened, silky carbonation. Really, really nice. The beer just glides along on microscopic bubbles. Almost immediately tart, with little to no sweetness. Mostly a cheesy kind of funk, with heaps of lemon juice and wild crabapple. Definite bleu cheese going on here. Moldy and dank. Just about everything including the kitchen sink going on in here. Almost gamey at times, then a bit of sweetness can be detected. Lots going on here. So dry it could be called arid, stripping my palate of any and all moisture. Very sharp, though in a more refined way than the regular Cantillon Gueuze. Nicely aged, with a very elegant, urbane feel. If you believe any wine can compete with this kind of complexity, I've got a bridge I'll sell to you for a real bargain!

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Photo of brystmar
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whartontallboy for sharing! 2008 sticker date.

Until today, I'd only had Classic Gueuze, and this completely blows it away. Awesome aroma with much more complexity and depth of flavor than the regular gueuze. Stronger puckering sourness too. All in all, a much more mature lambic (in more ways than one) that I wish was more easily available.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by sweemzander. Thanks sweem! Bottle date 06 cork 08.

Golden amber hue with a rather small amount of off white head. Surprisingly modest lactic sour. More funk than sour. The mold and wet wood are very prominent. Wet straw and lemons. Flavors are much more sour. The lactic is bitingly tart with plenty of moldy wood and dirty basement. A touch of black pepper in the finish. Lightish body with mild carbonation. Overall a great gueuze. Although I was hoping for a tongue ripping sour.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottle @ Nüetnigenough

Clear golden beer with a white head. Looks like a gueuze!

A sharp tartness to it and plenty of funk especially on the taste where this beer seems to shine. Wood, mustiness, stone fruit, grapefruit, green grape.

Perfect carbonation for the beer and ends dry.

A must try gueuze.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very murky hazy yellowish. Almost no head. Pours fairly thick. Smells funky and floral. Tastes fruity (peachy) and floral. Sme nice tart sour funk. Thick on the tongue. Overall very interesting. The thick lightly carbonated mouthfeel is very nice

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2003.

Poured cloudy orange color with a large fizzy head that was lasting with good lacing. Moderate sour yeasty aroma. Medium body with a dry texture. Medium sour citrus flavor with a medium sour finish of moderated duration.

This is a standout beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Green Cantillon bottle with a cork and cap. 2001 vintage. $35 at Toronado in the Haight, shared with Brewbacca. Expensive, but worth a try.

Alas this one has not aged well, either that or it’s the most mellow geuze I have tasted. Personally, I have grown to appreciate battery acid and vinegar in my geuze. This one is just mellow lemons. Still, there are some things to point out.

The aromas are wonderful. Tart and highly acidic lemons that scorch your nostrils and rancid white grape skins. Balanced, mellow, and nearly perfect.

Appearance is a hazed lemon/apricot with stunning effervescence that maintains a long lasting, albeit thin head.

Flavor is mild lemon tartness. Very mellow and not terribly complex.

Mouthfeel is not particularly sour. Not sour enough for me at any rate. Quite crisp and very dry but mellow.

Drinkability is like a fine sparkling wine without the headache.

Not my favorite geuze. It’s not big enough, ballsy enough, nor sour enough. Still, I feel lucky to have tried it.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: straw to golden yellow. Very mild haze. Champagne bubbles. Thin white head

S: funk. Sugar candies. Lacto. Floral citrus.

T: sour. Duh. Some oak. Lots of barrel. Some pickle juice

F: clean crisp and a bit creamy

O: quite good. My first Cantillon and Maybe a bit underwhelmed with the expectations. Still lovely

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Photo of monitorpop
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Lou Pepe Guize served from vintage bottle at De Heeren van Liedekercke in Belgium.

A: Light and golden with a 2 finger white head

S: Bright pronounced lemony citrus with some light yeast, spice and a faint bit of barn yard funk.

T: Nectarine, plum skin and lemon zest. slowly growing more sour. A bit acidic in the finish with lingering sourness.

M: Starts off smooth yet crisp, then fades to a lingering pucker.

O: Smoother and less initial in your face sour than a recent standard release Cantillon gueuze. Nice last beer to end my short trip to Belgium.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 (sticker) Vintage poured into a Geuze style glass.

A - Pours a hazy gold/orange colour with a nice White head that stays around and laces the glass.

S - Nice parmesan like aroma with green grape acidity and peat like aromas

T - Top class flavous that are vineous witha little spritzy sweetness to even it out. Also nice peat like flavours that are complimented with sour peach and melon.

M - Lowish carbonantion and low to medium body that is just about perfection.

O - Best Geuze that I have had to date. The balance between the flavours is just magic and I could drink it all day long.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage

A: Hazy golden-straw colored body. Healthy sized frothy off-white head. Decent retention with nice spotty lacing.

S: Potent woody funk lays atop an acidic lemon-pear citric base. A generalized musty barnyard character carries the day as expected from a Cantillon Gueuze.

T: Bright, acidic lemon leads as a more subtle woody, musty funk fills towards the back. More acidic and sour than the classic Cantillon Gueuze.

M: Moderate carbonation, medium bodied. Profoundly acidic with a slightly puckering sourness.

D: Quite the Gueuze. Even more age should treat this beer favorably. Can't wait to crack my 2000 vintage.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 sticker. 750ml bottle shared with a friend at the bar.

This beer is basically everything you could ask for in a gueuze, complete with the signature Cantillon flavor profile.

Overall, a very good beer, though not worth what it takes to acquire a bottle via retail or trade.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009. Drank in 2014

Appearance: pours a light orange to yellow color. a finger or more of a white and bubbly head with moderate retention and leaving behind a weak lacing. a strong haze and completely opaque.

Smell: Funk, vinegar. lemon, some grassy to mustiness.

Taste: opens up with some wheat-like malts along with some grassiness, and some mineral water. becomes much funky towards the back. full of vinegar and some lemon acidity.

Mouthfeel: strong carbonation, some sticky and earthy stuff left behind. light and not overly sour.

Overall: a solid geuze no doubt. the taste is very nice but its fairly mellow. I think it could really use a bit more sour strength or funkiness. I'd be interested in tasting a few vintages together to really get a feel for this one.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a classic green glass 750 mL bottle with a 2011 sticker on the neck area. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5) - Fairly classic look, with a brassy golden, mostly translucent liquid with just a bit of haze on the first pour, and a bit more on the second (sorry, no lambic baskets lying around...). The body is capped by a two and a half fingers of creamy, slightly slick looking foam that is barely off-white. A few larger, sudsy-looking bubbles, but mostly composed of tight microbubbles. Retention is better than I expected, but still doesn't last long, , leaving just a few soapy wisps of lace on the glass after it recedes and some intermittent swaths of film on the surface of the liquid.

Smell (4.25) - Many of the elements of Cantillon's taste profile, but all more muted, or rather, mellowed than a gueuze containing younger lambic. Notes of oak and wet hay as well as an almost sugary sweetness that I don't recall from other Cantillon offerings. Some acidity that brings the impression of preserved lemon and there are also hints of ripe stone fruit as well. Lastly, an undercurrent of soft oak brings everything together. It's very integrated as an aroma--nothing individually jumps out, instead creating a cohesive aroma that really comes forward all at once.

Taste (4.25) - Very similar to the aroma, there is a mellowed overall characteristic to this beer that is quite unique--at least with my experience--to the style. There is a slight tartness, but it is rounded and softer containing that natural sweetness that I picked up in the aroma. I personally wish there was a bit more acidity, as there is not really any puckering factor here, but there is still some nice, musty, oaky funk characteristics and some softer fruit overtones like peach and nectarine. Really, I could see this being a great gateway "sour", as it imparts the core characteristics without melting your face off.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - A nice, light body, but with the impression of some fullness imparted by the creamy carbonation that is on the light side of moderate, not prickly or sharp at all. Some minor viscosity as well and a semi-dry finish on the tongue. All in all makes for a very easy-drinking gueuze (which seems like an oxymoron).

Overall (4.25), a delicious beer, but I have to admit I expected a bit more. I'm not even sure I would put this in my top five Cantillon beers. Perhaps it's that I prefer my gueuze to include some younger lambic for the brightness it provides, as if given a choice, I would choose the classic gueuze over this one 9 times out of 10.

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Photo of putnam
4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A stunning realization of what old Gueuze should taste like.
And this from a 2001!
Golden apricot colored with aromas of ripe, sweet lemons, buttered crust and extraordinarily savory impressions of white pepper and chicken broth (umami!)
Sour melon rind and sweet, fermented melon reside on an unctuous, full frame that hides flavors of raw, skinless almond meats and greenish crabapple with crabapple tannins. Toasty, sour and hedonistic - all at the same time.
The fizz is hardly noticable, but sufficient to provide shape and force to the very long flavors. Wow!

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into red wine glass. 2005 on sticker/2007 on cork/2008 on label. No matter what year it is, I was giddy to find this at State Line liquors in Maryland.

Pours a lightly hazy gold-orange with a fluffy, big bubbled white head that settles down to some soapy suds floating around on the surface of the beer. Has a beautiful glow to it.

Nose is perfect. Green apples and lemon, a nice layer of slightly musty horseblanket, prominent oaky vanilla, even some orangey notes in there. Very interesting - brighter, smoother, and fruitier than expected, but my mouth is already watering.

Taste is everything a gueuze is supposed to be. Lemons and green apples mingle with horseblanket and some old leather, with some dry oak coming out towards the finish. Just a bit of vinegar below 50 degrees that tends to disappear as the beer warms to around 50-55. Acidity is there but fairly light, and the finish is dry, oaky, a bit tannic.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Carbonation is there but is light and manageable, body is medium-full, dry, with a very light acidity in the back of the throat.

Drinkability is excellent - full bodied and not at all shy, but at the same time not overwhelming.

Really, an exceptional gueuze. Complex and fantastically flavorful, but at the same time very drinkable and not overwhelming or harsh in any way - really, what ever beer should try to be.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bit darker than most gueuzes I have had. it is a reddish color no doubt from the wine barrels it was aged in. the smell is acetic funky and definite red wine notes. the flavor is sour again nice flavors from the red wine barrels, and a decent amount of funk. the mouthfeel is light puckering and well carbonated. A truly Excellent example of a Gueuze

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to readbaron for bringing this over for Dunt's birthday tasting.

Appearance: The pour is a pale golden straw color, hazy, with a traditionally soft gueuze head. After a few minutes no head is left.

Smell: Light malts, lots of sour tangerine, lemon zest, and grapefruit. Soft faded barnyard funk in the background.

Taste: Light malts, lemon zest, grapefruit, some barnyard funk and a lot of oak contribute to a very tart flavor.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the lighter side of medium, with gentle carbonation. Tart and acidic. Leaves some sour residue behind my lips.

Overall: The age on this beer has clearly added to the robustness of the flavor. Unfortunately, the flavor is a little lighter than I would want from a gueuze.

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Photo of craytonic
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy golden-yellow-straw with a small white head

Smell: Lemon citrus and light vinegar, bit of urea

Taste: Big lemon with some vinegar, not as much funk as I would have liked; not particularly complex. Perhaps a bit of peach/pear/apricot/green apple. I wish for more of everything - aroma, body, funk, sour, etc.

Mouthfeel: medium-light, nothing really there to enhance the body.

Drinkability: I must say, this is my least favorite of the Lou Pepe series.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see more Cantillon on shelves around anchorage. Purchased at La Bodega. 2006 vintage.

Pours a clear yellow with a slight peachy tint to it and a nice white head that quickly reduces to a ring around the glass and leaves little lacing.

Nose is full of lactic action and some sharp lemony notes. A bit of horse blanket and some very slight spice as well.

Taste is quite nice. A smooth drinking gueuze with moderate to high sourness. Lemon zest and some light green apples appear. Very lactic and the oak is noticeable. A good blend. Very dry finish and the oak lingers on quite a bit on the aftertaste, along with those green apples. There is a tiny touch of a spice like character in here, but its very slight, and can probably be atributed to the barrels.

Mouthfeel is good, but the carbonation is a bit lower than it should be for the style. Love the dryness.

Drinkability is quite solid. A very easy drinking gueuze with a refreshing tartness rather than abrasive lactic face-banging sour. As fun as those are sometimes, a nice moderate to high tartness is nice when ive got a 750 to myself and am out of Zantac.

Overall this is yet another winner from Cantillon and Lou Pepe. A refreshing and tasty queuze that totally defines the style. I am excited to see how my other bottles do in a decade or so. A fine beer.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2001, purchased from the brewery directly...

Appearance: a stunning pale gold with a slight haze and a dense creamy layer of off-white foam speckled with chunks of cork (the cork would not come out so I had to shove it into the bottle instead)

Aroma: dusty malts, apple cider vinegar, hint of citrus, horse blanket, slight honey notes

Flavor: sumptuously balanced tartness with a crisply dry wheaty nuance, subtle lambic "funk", finishes dryish with a lingering acidity overlying a mild enteric bitterness

Mouthfeel: light body, spritzy but fine-beaded carbonation, crisp texture

Other comments: Wow! This is a truly amazing geuze! I bought this bottle some time in 2003 (I think) from Cantillon when I was living in Brussels. It has been stashed in my "cellar" since then. Now that I'm in England (and getting seriously bored with English ales), I decided to dig this one up again. I'm both glad and disappointed that I did. Glad because this is just a fantastic beer; disappointed because it is the only bottle I had. Oh well! That's the problem with beer, I guess, you end up drinking it. Anyway, Cantillon can sometimes be overpowering, especially to the unitiated, but this is very accessible. Would be a great "starter geuze", if you are OK with sharing it with someone who might not appreciate it!

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours a light hazy golden with a finger of head on a vigorous pour. A few bubbles keep the faith throughout.

Real nice horsey funk with a bit of gym socks thrown in, light citrus (oranges and lemon), hint of apple, woody and earthy, hint of straw, light vinous quality. A bit of a heftier malt bill than many geuzes, gives it a softer mouthfeel, a bit chewier. Balanced acidity unlike some of the other Lou Pepe series, relatively drinkable (split the bottle in 2). A really nice offering.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2006 edition, bottled December 18 '08. Enjoyed almost exactly 1 year later.

Poured carefully, yielding a light film head that faded quickly to the rim. Body was a mostly clear, orange-gold color w/very little carbonation.

Aromas of lightly sweetened spicey yeast, sneakers, barnyard funk, and a faint citrus in the background.

Citrus pulls forward quickly in the flavor, with lemon, unripened green apple, then oak, mustiness, and a chalky white pepper in the finish.

Lightly puckering up front, with dry MF overall.

High marks on drinkability - pulls you back for more. So many cool things going on - makes it both interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 sticker. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Cantillon stemmed tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a dark orange, pumpkin colored body with a big white head that reduces fairly quickly but leaves a nice layer or retention and some lacing.

Decanted and allowed to warm.. aromas of oak, funk, barnyard, hay, cedar, citrus, lactic.. aromas are potent and waft through the room, much more inviting than regular gueuze, definitely more wood character!

Taste is fantastic, upfront a light tartness with heavy oak, quite woody, citrus and tons of funk all mingled together, mustyness on the follow through, finishes dry and funky. So delicious. Medium-low carbonation, easy drinker, medium light body.

The increased wood and oak character of this really puts it ahead of regular gueuze and honestly all other gueuzes i've had in the past. Truly world-class.

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