Gueuze 100% Lambic
Brasserie Cantillon

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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #3
ABV:
5%
Score:
99
Ranked #196
Avg:
4.48 | pDev: 8.71%
Reviews:
951
Ratings:
3,949
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Brasserie Cantillon
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
99
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Sigmund from Norway

4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml corked bottle. Large head, disappears rapidly. Deep golden colour, cloudy when the yeast is poured. Heavenly aroma of barnyard and ensilage with white wine vinegar elements. Flavour is crisp and very dry, reminiscent of a very dry white wine or brut champagne. Not as complex as I expected. Really a beer for the "Champagne Brut" people.

Mar 18, 2021
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L:. Pours a bubbly brilliant clear straw gold, the head lingers for a while and dissipates rather quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: The dry yeasty funk hits the nose first and is very inviting, followed by notes of peach and light citrus fruit, followed by a nice nutty bread in the end.

T:. Yeasty, funky and dry, peachy and white wine grape, with notes of pear, a dry bitterness. Everything is very harmonious and creates an amazing beer.

F:. Light body, and very easy drinking.

O:. This beer is definitely world class

Feb 01, 2021
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mynie from Maryland

4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2018 vintage, 33cl bottle with a picture of a little statue cherub holding a glass in one hand and the other hand is covering his genitals.

The pour is lightly fizzy, deep orange with a wisp of a white head.

Smells wonderfully like a cross between a clean-but-musty garden shed and heaps of jarred fruit, like something tended to with such intense care that it makes you warm to so much as think about it. Incredibly complex, like a living being, without anything off or too intense. Seriously one of the very best beer aromas I've come across in my 16+ years of reviewing beer.

The flavor is wonderful but not quite at the level of the aroma. Very dry and earthy yeast and bacteria start things off, not tart in the least but with the same kind of quenching bitterness I associate with the finish of a very sour candy. This dominates the first sip, but after my pallet adjusts I detect excellent fruit complexities near the middle, smoothed out wonderfully by woody tannins, finishing on the aforementioned deep dryness of ash and microbes.

Jan 19, 2021
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Bignastyfrog from Connecticut

4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer. Cantillon always knocks it out of the park. Lambics are great in general, but theirs are the best. More easy drinking than some Lambics. Love it.

Jan 13, 2021
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EmperorBevis from England

4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled with a cap and a cork
I don’t care if it’s the wrong glass, fill it up.
I’m 50 percent Blues Brother & 50% Sleaze Brother.
Pours a slightly hazy golden body with decent white head acid drops and good wine vinegar
Aroma is malt vinegar that the Flavour is
Slightly oily mouthfeel that I really like

Jan 01, 2021
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M-Fox24 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottled 2 March 2015

A: Tangerine shade in appearance with an amber hue, and golden highlights. The head is light in formation, and quick to fade in retention, with middling legs on presently aged/submissive carbonation

S: A motivated aroma by raw garden funk in cellared pears, citrus limetta, perished apricots, and stained yellow peaches that are backed by a musty cobwebbed satchel before the lactic saddlecloth. The backing in barnyard continues on vinous white grape, crisp apple skins, and blemished basement gooseberries. A nicely seasoned aroma that offers tart floral esters to a crisped oak breadiness in malt profiling

T: Wild strains of bacterial gardens on palate, where traction is played underneath rustic, untamed hay and wooded pine saloons. A vintage that steers to earth bound grains while building on dusted, tannic mahogany in oak-aged vinegar. The advances in development are indicative to herbed gorgonzola, and spoiled (tart) lemon curd, which begin to soften in peppery resin and open to a rosy powdery mildew

M: The feel has calmed a bit on bright effervesce for a more dry potency, given eased acidity and smooth viscosity in time/aeration. A body that baits importance across apt carbonation, and leans on ashy citrus as it approaches a more disciplined dry ending

O: The longevity offers balance, and appropriate timing, in offbeat (fragile) complexities

Nov 26, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden copper color, nearly clear, with a finger’s worth of sudsy off-white head that dissipates in seconds. This beer literally glows.

The nose is tart and funky, with white grape and barely ripe Granny Smith apple aromas. Wow. I believe this is gonna be a “puckerer” of a Gueuze.

There is some pucker on the taste, but not nearly as much as I thought would be present. I get the white grape and green apple flavors, and it is indeed very tart and funky, but there’s a tannin-like quality to this - it’s very acidic, almost like champagne (without all the bubbly), and there’s a little salt as well.

The mouthfeel is very dry, which I expected. What I did not expect is the aftertaste - this tastes like a beer in the way back of my palate. Magnificent.

This is my first Cantillon, and I see what all the hype is about. Truly world-class, IMHO.

Oct 17, 2020
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Gold, translucent and a little cloudy. A bone white head that almost entirely disappears but for a thick round around the edge of the glass. A lot of visible carbonation.

Smell: Fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice, juicy Granny Smith apple, some white vinegar,
Green/white tart strawberry. Rotting lime. You know the aroma of the skin when they start to turn brown? There’s a sweeter, cinnamony oak note too.

Taste: The taste is pretty good but leave some wanting more. The acidity is medium with notes of lemon juice and white vinegar. There’s a good amount of bitterness. Tart and bitter domaine the flavors. Some earthy herbal and nutty notes.

Feel: light bodied and effervescent. Dry.

Taste: As expected flavor profile. Pleasant enough but not one of the more memorable Gueuze experiences that I’ve had.

Oct 12, 2020
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Jack_14 from Italy

3.76/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gueuze 100% Lambic 2018.
The most recent was the 2018 vintage and I drank it on tap in September 2020 at "Pork'n'Roll day 2020".
According to my tastes still young, designed for the consumer who "wants to take Cantillon" but would then be shocked to hear an acid that is too strong.
Always to the eye you.
Smell that suggests that the Bretta still has to work (light mold and cereals).
In the mouth a very light acid, very "salable".
The best edition I've tasted of this beer is that of 2008 and I drank it towards the end of 2018: acid that definitely took off and made the beer more astringent and elegant.
In the cellar I keep several vintages of this beer and I think the Bretta is characterizing them a little more.

Sep 20, 2020
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Foeder82 from Belgium

4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What I like about Cantillon's regular geuze is that it's perhaps the most different tasting geuze of all oude geuze's, but it's still a quintessential geuze. Beautiful beer.

Sep 03, 2020
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a lightly foamy and white head that takes a bit to dissipate but seems carbonated enough that the glass I poured it in is creating a constant flow of carbonation to the top; keeping the surface covered with a nice looking foamy head. The beer itself is a clear solid medium gold color with a nice metallic appearance to it. I have ever rarely seen a more gorgeous beer every poured.

The smell is pretty good. It starts with an herbal and orange rind and slowly reveals a slightly vinegar note at the end.

The taste is absolutely fantastic. The notes are not overpowering but not hidden either. Rather, they come out fairly balanced with varying degrees of subtlety. It has a decent funk note with a hint of vinegar and bitter herbal orange rind with a slightly wood finish.

The feel is divine. It is only slightly acidic but is not such that it is overwhelming. It has a very smooth feel with a good body to it; it is neither thin nor thick but directly in between.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. Cantillon earns its reputation as very good brewery and this beer is perfect for hotter days during the summer or early Fall when things are getting cold but it's still hot.

Aug 24, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finishing out one of the best weeks of my recent life, right in the middle of this virus stuff. I needed to finish it right. I bought this at a bottle shop in Paris in 2014 that is no longer open. It was in my beer refrigerator since then.

Love this beer fresh and funky despite its age - you can almost feel the evening Belgian breeze.

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Cloudy yellow. Herbal, floral funk smell and taste. Slightly sour but fruity and refreshing. Strawberries, lime, leather, oak.

I hope to have more someday when this virus mess is over!

Jul 26, 2020
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JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

3.76/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled on draft at De Cam

AROMA- mossy, lemon-pepper, hay, yogurt

FLAVOR - big white grape, fresh herbs, light lemon, not that funky,

MF - long tannic finish, low carb, not harsh or grating

Jul 21, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This 2013 bottle was cellared and cool for many years.
The initial pour is optically clear and amber. (Later pours got cloudy). There is little visible carbonation.
The aroma is tart and vinous.
The flavor is very full. It is tart, but not sour. It is quite cider-like. There are green apple and grape notes. There are woody and slightly funky aspects.
The finish is somewhat dry.
This is special.

May 25, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had Gueuze Cantillon poured from capped-and-corked 37,5cl bottle, bottled "06 DECEMBER 2008," personally imported from Paris for me in Summer 2019 by my daughter, into Teku tulip 3.0.

This late 2018 bottle pours peach-gold, almost orange. Nice near-white head is soon gone without a trace. The big sour and fruity aroma soon settles into persistent horse blanket. After a surprisingly mild start, wheat spice makes a brief appearance, before the funk and sharp but not terribly tart fruit--peach and persimmon--arrive and carry the beer to its very dry finish.

May 17, 2020
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REDAMI from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Hazy apricot pour. thin to non-existent white lacing.

S - Brett, stewed apricot, wet straw/grassiness.

T - Tart, grassy, vaguely salty, hops on the back.

F - Juicy at the start, dry finish. Finely carbonated, but not stinging.

Complicated, but well balanced.

Apr 18, 2020
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Stockatron from Australia

4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Complex, subtle, sophisticated, beautiful. get the sour funky farmy smell upfront and at first sip, but then more complexity comes through with in the palate, a bit of the citrus flavours you get in a white wine, beautifully balanced

Wanted to try this one for a while, got to have it as part of a Zwanze Day event here in Australia.

A 150ml pour from a keg shipped over from Belgium, would love to try a full bottle or two to appreciate it fully, but even among some very other nice beers, it stood out. well worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

Oct 07, 2019
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a lightly hazy amber with a rose gold hint around the edges.
Smell has lactic tartness over a rich sweet breadiness, oaky and kinda funky. Light hints of light stonefruit like peach or apricot.
Taste is divine, a nice complex tartness that isn't puckering married with some woody funky bits.
Mouthfeel is dry and crisp. Leaves you ready for another
Overall it's not hard to understand why this is held up as the standard bearer for the style. A truly world class display of depth and balance. Tart and funky and lightly sweet. Everything super delicate and well put together. Different flavors show themselves as it warms a bit but each iteration is a joy.

Oct 07, 2019
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MikeM75 from Virginia

4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Funky hazy tart beer, a true Belgium lambic. We toured the brewery - so cool! One of only breweries in Belgium that did not close or convert to munitions during WWII.

Sep 09, 2019
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange yellow out of the bottle. This is the BIO (organic version). A friend brought back from Belgium.
Smell is funky lemon. Super balanced.
Flavor is lemon tart up front with a little balanced funk and finishes to smooth perfect non bitter or tart. So easy to go back for another sip. I want to go to Belgium and drink 100 of these. One of the most balanced nuanced beers I've ever experienced. So greatful to try this.

Aug 19, 2019
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 37.5 cl bottle at a friend's home. My rating is perhaps low because I was expecting a Kriek. That's what he said he had, but he had apparently already shared that with someone else. This tasted more like sour plums.It's not my favorite style. I could have sworn it is 5.5% abv.

Mar 20, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage enjoyed in the first days of 2019
Slightly hazy pale yellow with a very thin head.
Some funk on the nose but quite clear compared to other gueuzes.
The taste is sour with mostly lactic notes and no acetic notes. Funky bretts, the raw wheat is very present and quite smooth.
Quite dry and with a champagne-like carbonation.
A unique Gueuze. Refined compared to other examples.
Had it a lot of times after that both on tap and in bottle. What strikes me the most is the balance of the beer. Have it fresh you've got a perfectly refreshing drink. Have it a room temperature and you've got a wonderfully complex offering.

Jan 22, 2019
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CHickman from New York

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

Bottled 16 June 2017: Pours clear gold color with a 2+ finger white foamy head that seemed like a cloud on top of the brew, dissipating slowly and leaving minimal spotty lacing, most of which slides down quickly.

Smells of barnyard funk, wet grass, a muddy trail and then honey, toasted grains, fruit notes like peach, lemon zest and a very acidic juice like grapefruit juice or sour orange juice. Complex for sure, but everything is muted and even with the funk, fruit and earthy notes interchanging with each whiff. I get floral notes as well after a few minutes.

Tastes of tart fruit like sour white grapes, green apple, lemon zest, red grapefruit, orange peel and then comes funk and what could be brett, along with yeast, dry flowers, peppery spices, rose pedals, honey, wet cardboard or musty bread, some more trailing funk like the smell of wet animal hair and then a dry trailing fruity aspect. It's very complicated and bounces between tart and funky, but the malty base brings sweet grainy notes it that cuts the sourness and allows more fruity flavors to come through. Hard to put my finger on everything that I taste as it's mostly what's listed above with flavors that resemble ginger ale and white wine. Very easy to drink considering the tartness at points. This is a style I need to explore more to build up my appreciation.

Jan 13, 2019
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Seymour in Greenfield. The beer had a bright, orange-yellow appearance with a thin head. The beer had a mixture of aromas of cherries, white wine, grapes that was wonderfully balanced. The taste had those aromas but it included an apple tartness. Very well carbonated and crisp. Overall, an excellent beer, especially with its aromas and flavors.

Oct 07, 2018
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npolachek from New York

4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Golden appearance. Taste of apples with earthiness. Crisp feel in the mouth with solid carbonation. Would pair well with cheese or chicken. Solid finish and aftertaste. Great beer.

Sep 07, 2018
Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 3949 ratings