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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
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Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of gcamparone
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Stevem68
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color. Aroma is tart and funky. Flavor is smooth gueuze tartness with a smooth acidic finish. Tastes like it as a little fruit in it. Feel is excellent, very velvety. Overall delicious.

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Photo of marburg
4.87/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I didn't want to like this after I read up on it, in some ways, because they add candy sugar to it according to the literature on it at the brewery. But this is a damn well-crafted brew.

Aroma of homemade lemon bars sprinkled with confectioner's sugar blend with that traditionally mind-blowing tartness to truly heighten the anticipation. It sits lazily in the glass and could clearly benefit from a tad more carbonation.

At the first sip, it's noticeably different from other such products. Infinitely cleaner. The natural, yeast-driven fruit flavors are truly obvious -- lemon, apple skin, and a nutty dryness all contribute to a complex beer that's immensely enjoyable before I even get to the best part -- the puckering tartness characteristic to the style. It's almost as though they were able to just mute the sourness enough to let other flavors shine through more vibrantly and then capture that perfect moment. Excellent.

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Photo of danieelol
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice yellow-gold colour with not a lot of head.

Smell is parmesan cheese rind and lemon. Corny umami. Developing some faecal funk at this point. Some rye and soy milk. Lots of raw soy. Chocolate. Pineapple.

Taste is way more parmesan. lots of umami goodness, with some lemon. More rye/soy. Quinine.

Good mouthfeel, nice and salty and sour.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Honestly was a little bit letdown with this one. To be fair, I had it at a share that included four other Cantillons. It's still a very solid Gueuze, but the lesson learned is that Cantillon simply makes much better beers than this one.

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Photo of Jonada
3.71/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2009 Vingate. 750 ml bottled 27th December 2011. Served in a stemmed Cantillon lambic glass

Appearance: Pours a bright golden color with a thin film coating that dissipates quickly to a thin white color. Body is lightly hazy with light visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: Vinegar, tart green apple, white grape, light barnyard and a hint of oak. Overall aroma strength is pretty weak.

Taste: Moderate sourness/acidity, more vinegar than lactic. Flavors follow the aroma with white grape and green apple being most prominent. Additional notes of oak (stronger than in the aroma) and slightly herbal.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, somewhat thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is low but adequate. Finishes tart and dry with a very mild bitterness.

Overall: I'm a huge Cantillon fan and their regular gueuze is one of my favorites, so I had very high expectations coming into this. With that being said, I was definitely disappointed in this one. It's a good gueuze for sure, but doesn't live up to it's hype or up to the standard of other Cantillon beers.

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Photo of becktone
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From notes 11-22-09

Eye: This beer pours crystal clear and is dark yellow/gold in color. Kinda reminds me of the color of many ciders, especially strongbow...maybe a tad lighter in shade though. Head is poor in retention, forms a nice pillowy and rocky white head but it quickly falls, who knows...could be my glass.

Nose: Huge oak in the nose as well as a huge dose of acidity and tartness/sourness. The woodiness of this beer's aroma is amazing, I mean this is how freshly cut oak smells...The wood aroma here is huge. Funk is evident, the work of bacteria is there...unmistakable. Hard to get much else.

Tongue: Quite complex, much more than I though it'd be. Complex in a differnt way than all other beers I've had though. This one's complexity comes from the balance of oakiness, tartness, dryness, sweetness, and light fruit tones. All those things are in play here. Oakiness and tartness are easy to spot. Oak compliments this one's dry character and all that is balanced, reinforced, strengthened, and complimented by tart flavors. Its pretty cool how one characeristic can work in so many ways. Funk is there too. Fruitines in here reminds me of peaches and apricots, not saying that I get those things...but the general fruitiness hints at them...much in the background though behind the oak and tartness. This is a great beer. Quite unique.

Feel and Drinkability: The beer finishes bone dry, like I'm parched in the desert. Oakiness really compliments the dryness as does the tartness which leads to dryness then gives way to massive oak character and an unparalleled dry quality. This is one unique beer, and I'll happily finish it. I'm definitely going to enjoy the rest of this one. However, its a bit pricey, or well just plain expensive at about $24 for this 750. I've really got to be in the mood for this type of beer, this isn't just an anytime beer. It'd take a certain mood for me to go after this again. Definitely worth a try and an awesome experience. Don't pass it up, it'll broaden your horizons...its done so for me.

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Photo of dd43
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this at a beer tasting, with the amazingly good fortune of being presented with a 1999 bottling. That's right, aged for 16 years almost perfectly for Stiffler's mom.

Besides the bottle itself being beautiful, the hazy golden brilliance of this beer was just amazing to take in. Big tart aroma on the nose with just a bit of a funky yeast quality. That may have faded over time, I've never had a recent bottling of Lou Pepe to know how it compares.

Flavors are tart citrus fruit and green apple, almost a cider like quality. Not mouth puckering, but at the same time a perfect amount of astringency that other gueuzes I've had are not able to replicate.

I so want to procure other bottles of Cantillon's amazing sour beers. It is a challenge to find American made lambic style beers that stand up to this. An amazing drinking experience.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a slightly hazy medium orange color with one finger of head. No lacing on the glass. The smell is fairly tart, with just a hint of that classic Cantillon funk. The taste is tart and sweet, and there's just a little bit of funkiness going on. I really was expecting more of that great funkadelic flavor, like George Clinton jumping out of the bottle at me. Maybe it needed more aging. The mouthfeel was very nice and thick, but had great carbonation. The drinkability was very good. A nice lambic from the team at Cantillon.

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Photo of amano_h
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 vintage at the brewery.

Aroma is very similar to Cantillon's Classic/Oude Gueuze, except all the funky barnyard notes don't all jump out at once the moment you first peek your nose in the glass. Instead, you get a superbly balanced mix of fresh lemons, wet hay, and some subtle stone fruit. And of course this wouldn't be a Cantillon beer if it didn't have any of the signature funky oak in the back end.

Nose is well-translated on the tongue, but with admirable balance; the sour, the funk, the oak, all masterfully share their command of the labial turf with no one element overpowering the other. It's actually ridiculous how well-balanced this beer is -- you could drink bottles upon bottles of this and your tongue would not get tired. The flavor profile also remains remarkably consistent all throughout the drinking experience; I think I like this at slightly colder than serving temperature.

Higher carbonation than the classic Gueuze with the same medium-light body. Simply the best, hands down

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2000

Pours to a hazy golden-orange color with a thick white head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is musty and tart, with barnyard-like qualities. The flavor is tart and somewhat fruity with a musty flavor throughout. The finish is souring and tart. This is a tasty gueze, one of the better ones I have had.

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Photo of -Rick
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost brown color, with a slight head. Smells a bit funky and citric. There is an intense early tart flavor to this, but it mellows out very nicely. Not overly tart at all. Lots of wood barrel in there also. Some slight carbonation rounds this beer out beautifully. So glad to have tried it.

2011 750ml bottle

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Photo of scottum
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My 400th beer review on this site. This is the 2001 vintage which I picked up in Belgium.

Pours nice and hazy of an amber with slight hints of blond coming through under a slight white head. As with all of Cantillon brews, sour comes on quite strong. But this is not a bad thing. Three years have formed this beer into a well balanced crafted nectar. Full on tongue assult. Cantillon is da bomb my friends.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage -- got this in a trade, but it was over a year ago & I'm not sure who I got it from. So thanks, awesome trader!

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Slightly hazy, shiny citrine, beautiful color. Thin head white that drops to a thin collar with a wispy across the top. Plenty of tiny, fast-rising nucleation.

Whew! Strong vinous acidity in the smell, with some lemon. Very dry, with a crisp grassy or hay-like quality. Some earthy funkiness, but not real strong -- that acidity really dominates.
There's a hovering sweetness there, like pear or vanilla, that's just out of reach.

Double whew! Dry, sour lemon, green apple, a wheaty background, again with that lingering sweetness just off the periphery. A woody, tannic quality too. This has some kick.

Medium-light-bodied, but really stimulating, sharp & acidic; really makes me salivate. Feeling the tannins, too.

Not the most complex gueuze I've had, but still impressive. Bold flavors, challenging in a good way, & not too strong ABV-wise, which is always a plus. Not one you could drink one after the other, granted, but pretty rewarding.

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Photo of vicsju1991
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 bottle from Monks Cafe in philadelphia, best beer bar in the united states
My first cantillon, figured i might as well do it right
A - bartender poured it four me, good pour results in small white head that goes away fairly quick, loks almost like apple juice, but a little more opaque
S - lemon,y, barnyardy i guess is the best way to describe it
T - amazing, starts out a little les intense, btu as you dirnk ti the lemon comes out more and more, very sour tart finish,
M - easy to dirnk very crisp
O - top five beers i have ever had

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Photo of zhanson88
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage. Poured into a Cantillon goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with 1" of white head. Carbonation is moderately lively. Retention and lacing are quite nice. 4

Smell: Smells of green apples and pears initially, with tons of barnyard funk and sour lactic notes following. Very nice.

Taste: Starts off with unripe green apples, followed by hay, grassiness, barnyard funk and lactic sourness. Sourness is certainly present but less present than I was hoping for. The finish is dry and puckering, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Body is light with moderate carbonation; very light and refreshing. Overall a very good gueuze. Would have liked to see it a touch more sour, as it was more balanced between the unripe fruits vs. funk and lactic sourness.

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Photo of errantnight
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome, if just a shade below the best of the best.

Soft, round, mellow, with a rich, nuanced, funky nose. Mouth is just a hair thin, and the finish a touch watery, but otherwise this has a mellow, subtly nuanced character that is endlessly drinkable.

It reminds me much more of their young lambic than it does their gueuze, and hints of paper and must around the edges make me question how well this one will actually age.

The softer acidity and high complexity make this one that I'd love to drink regularly, but as a difficult-to-land, special occasion gueuze, it doesn't necessarily bring the fireworks.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2001 bottle. Cork comes out without a pop, little fragment left strewn about. Pours a clear gold with a thin head that recedes to naught. Very sour, lemony nose, especially after the old Drie Fonteinen and De Cam offerings we devoured previously. Pungent, sour flavor, very musty and funky. Maybe a touch of white wine vinegar. This is quite dry and intense. Reminded me a bit of Cantillon LH12, but blended with their standard gueuze. Had a lot of that earthy, pungent bite to it at this age.

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Photo of mattsander
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage

A: Rich golden, great clarity. Pours with a bit of fizz but is mostly flat.

S: Deep brettanomyces earthiness, vinous, pears and cooked apples, a tiny bit of acidity on the nose.

T: The acidity is more apparent in flavor. Tangy oak, beautiful fruitiness ranging from pear to grape, tangerine with a twang. Everything enveloped in brett funk.

M: Low carbonation, very dry.

Complex and deeply earth, I prefer this over the golden blend gueuze from 3F.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits on Monday. It's a 2000 vinatge. I let this warm to around 40º F and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Pours a lovely, cloudy, apricot color with a one-inch, fizzy, white head that thins to a persistent film.

Smell: A sweet, fruity aroma mingles with an acidic tartness. Swirling brings out the characteristic Cantillon funk: earthy, funky, and wet-blanket aromas.

Taste: There's a sweet, light fruitiness upfront. It's predominantly a lemony, citric flavor. The taste quickly moves into an acidic tartness that melds with an earthy, yeasty funkiness. The sourness isn't as strong as I'd hoped, but this is still delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Drinkability: The sourness is relatively subdued in this beer, making it very easy to sip.

Overall: Very nice, I haven't had a bad Cantillon beer.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Sticker date: 2008
Bottled on: 21 April 2011

The second beer in my series of sours. I wonder how it will compare to the Tilquin I had yesterday.

Appearance: The initial pour yields a pretty clear, bright golden body topped by a thick white head, each subsequent pour yields more haze and a darker apricot colour. Head retention and lacing are pretty average, but that is expected from a Gueuze.

Smell: Wow, my first impression is that this is a million miles away from the other Cantillons that I have had - the funk profile seems quite different (no cheese notes) and there is actually a hint of sweetness.
Initially the nose is a bit weak but after a few minutes it has opened up nicely. Notes include: Musty basement, dust, old books, leather, oak, earthy mushrooms, hay and lightly sweet citrus. As the beer approaches room temperature there is a distinct note of sweet peach juice!

Taste: Wow, this is no where near as tart as other Cantillons I have had. In addition the tartness seems to be of a some what different nature to that of other gueuzes. Generally the sourness of a gueuze is noted immediately and puckers the mouth. In this case the initial flavour offers a hint of sweetness and the tartness comes into play in the back of your throat just as you swallow.
The flavour is a little stronger than the nose and notes include: White wine vinegar, tart dried apricots, musty basement, light barnyard, oak, green apples, earthy wild mushrooms, old leather, mossy tree bark and a touch of lemon. I would prefer to be able to give the flavour 4.75 rather than 4.5.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much perfect for the style - medium body with a medium-high level of fine carbonation. The finish is dry and lightly tannic. I could just gulp this stuff down all day long!

Overall: Stunning beer, really complex and delicate. I think this would pair incredibly well with delicate seafood.
I will certainly be buying more of this in the future; I would love to see how it develops with age.
Lastly I don't understand why this is classified as a gueuze as it is only two year old lambic - no blending!

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007. 750 ml bottle into, in de verzekering tegen de grotto dorst lambic/gueuze glass. Huge, active, fluffy, soapy head with high retention and lacing. Aroma of green apple, horse blanket and light sweetness. Taste refreshingly sour, tongue coating, jaw stretching and puckering. Very very tasty. 

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joe (bucketboy) for bringing this to round out our Lou Pepe Diagonal, completing the series with a bottle of the 2001 vintage. The 13th beer of our tasting overall.

Crystal clear, more so than any geuze that we cracked at this tasting, and it has just a thin dusting of head that quickly dissipates, leaving a a still gueze below.

The aroma is light, briney (much less than 3F or De Cam, but considerably more than the Monks Cafe Cuvee Geuze), full of lemon zest infused lactic sourness with a very subdued earthy and tannic dryness and funk, rounded out by just a hint of grapefruit. This is mostly sour, with just a bit of brett in there to balance. The flavor swings even more to the sour side. Much more lactic than the aroma, and the lacto really steals the show. The tropical citrus of the nose is overwhelmed by the lactic lemony character. The briney saltiness also builds, as it and the lacto anchor this flavor. Earthy funky dryness rounds it out.

Dry, light, and easy to drink despite the strong acidic sourness, this tasting has proven to be quite a case study in the peculiarities and spontaneity of natural fermentation. This is far different from the other great lambics of the tasting, and it still manages to hold its own. The more still mouthfeel and resulting body really does help this beer out. Another great offering from Cantillon.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage shared by newtonty.

Poured chilled into a wine glass. Appear like an English pale ale does - a mildly cloudy apricot in color with a small skimming of an off-white head.

Even served chilled, there's a very big and sour nose on this one. I get a vinegar quality mixed in with the barn and the "barn" is big in this one. I get lots of oak, as well.

Oak is a big quality in the mix with sour and the barn. Earth, dirt and mustiness are the best ways I can describe the barn quality.

Great mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. As always, amazingly unique and interesting.

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