Gueuze 100% Lambic
Brasserie Cantillon

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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #3
ABV:
5%
Score:
98
Ranked #191
Avg:
4.48 | pDev: 8.71%
Reviews:
937
Ratings:
3,908
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Brasserie Cantillon
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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SCORE
98
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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
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M_C_Hampton from Georgia

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

A: poured from a 750 mL bottle into a taster glass, golden colored with a large white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: cider apples, cheese, musty and earthy

T: sweet and sour up front, lemon, tart fruit, earthy hop on the finish with plenty of funky flavor, I still taste a slight cheese aftertaste

M: light and crisp with low to medium carbonation

O: excellent lambic, funky flavors not for the faint of heart

Sep 03, 2018
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was the first ever Cantillon beer that I ever had. It was worth the wait! Love the bottle art. Love absolutely everything about this. Cant wait to try more!

Aug 25, 2018
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

just drank Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambik (classic) from Brasserie Cantillon, ABV 5.00%, the one in the picture. It is one of the best Gueuze I've ever had. It was a truly pleasant taste experience.

Look: hazy light golden with a thick fluffy white head

Aroma: citrus, some brett yeast, white wine

Taste: fruity and tart, lemon, apricot maybe, orange, green grapes, white wine, oak barrel, a little bit of brett funk, slight lasting bitterness. It is not too tart, just really pleasant drinking with a complex interesting flavor.

Feel: light body, easy drinking

Aug 12, 2018
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

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

2013 variant, somewhat gentle but down the middle pour yields an almost opaque glowing gold beer topped off with a thin ring of bright white head that quickly recedes. Just beautiful. Nose is tart, fruity, and funky. Palate builds upon this with a robust a complex fruity character - getting some lemon, orange, and grapefruit peel. This is definitely a strong funky and sour quality as well, grassy, oaky, dry, farmhouse notes of earth and hay, slight spice to it and a wine like quality. All of the flavors so smooth and perfectly intergrated. Beautifully light and slightly effervescent mouthfeel. Perfect beer.

Aug 05, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden amber coloration with a tiny, fizzy head that soon fades to nothing. Smell is dominated by musty, blue cheese funk and fruity and tart esters of white grape and gooseberry and oaky, tannic accents, with a hint of a certain sweetness coming through as well. Taste is a great balance of tart and fruity esters of white grape, and gooseberry, strong funkiness with a musty, blue cheese character and a sharp lactic acidity, which lends a certain citrus bite to this, with lighter notes of oaky tannins and just a hint of white vinegar as well. Finishes with a medium/strong acidity and some funk and oaky tannins lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and light/medium carbonation.

A great Geuze that has got quite a funky and very sour and acidic character to it, but also features a certain sweetness as well as fruity undertones and some distinct oaky, tannic accents. I know a lot of people like that extreme sourness, but for me personally it is a little too strong here, although not exactly overpowering or overly vinegary by any means. This is still quite complex and nicely balanced, with the oaky tannins adding an especially pleasing depth here, but I prefer a little bit more subtleness to this style, while I'm also not a huge fan of the accentuated sweetness and light to medium vinegar notes, while I also think that the mouthfeel is just a little flat. All in all a great Geuze that is quite bold in its sour and funky expression, but I personally prefer the more subtle balance of 3Fonteinen.

Jul 20, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review #500!

L -- Golden straw body with robust effervescence and a handsome white head. Good retention and lacing
S -- Super funk-forward. Generic farmyard smells, wet hay, earth. Quite strong and pungent
T -- Oak barrel, lemon, white wine tannins, hay funk. Quite restrained tartness, which allows for more of the naturally innoculated character to come through.
F -- Medium- mouthfeel, high effervescence. Very drinkable and excellent with food. No bitterness at all
O -- Definitely a worthy torchbearer of the style. The tartness is not overpowering, which I really appreciate.

89/100

EDIT(11/6/18):
Had a pour straight from the barrel at the brewery. Not much to say other than it was pretty neat. Cool being able to try without any carbonation whatsoever. Had a very dry cider like character to it

May 26, 2018
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Bfork from Belgium

3.73/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: cloudy orange hue. Barely any head, settled very quickly and barely leaves a ring around the glass.
S: sour indeed but mild and not overwhelming
T: Tart lemon zest, funk, sweet tart, oak balanced
F: fresh, citrus forward, dry

May 14, 2018
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Before I get into this I'm just gonna say it: This is one of the biggest disappointments I've ever experienced in my beering life.

A: Pours with a lovely orange hue, with a creamy one finger head. Looks great.
S: Pineapple, light touches of vinegar, slight undercurrents of pepper, apricot, orange and general citrus.
T: Very well balanced, slightly sweet, not overly sour. It's fine. Dankness from hop decay is here and funkiness is here, but not in spades. IT'S FINE. oh and sweet-tarts, yeah.
M: It's dry, what more do you want?
O: It's really good, but I like my Gueuze intense and this is not intense really, it's barely sour. So to me this is very underwhelming. Girardin is better, Hanssens is waaaay better, all Boon Gueuzes are better, tilquin is better, Lindemans cuvee renee might be as good. I don't look for balance in a lambic, that's not why I'm here. Try it if you can find it, don't turn it down if it is offered to you, but don't wait in line for it, don't sell your soul for it, and don't spend your time wishing you had tried it, IT'S FINE. THAT'S IT.

Mar 24, 2018
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MFMB from Idaho

4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016, pours a light golden straw yellow with notes of pink and orange. Translucent in appearance with a thin foam head that dissipates quickly. Nose is of light funk, lemon zest a musty oak. Taste of tart lemon and citrus peel that give way to a slight bit of funk, a bit of that burlap sack stored in a barn for 50 years funk if you know what I mean ;) Smooth oak rounds out this one perfectly. Tartness was definitely the star here but I wouldn’t say the beer was overly tart or sour. It had the perfect amount of balance. Medium to light on body with moderate carbonation. Very dry clean finish to it.

Mar 04, 2018
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Tim5085 from Virginia

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle share.
Look: Light pink/amber. No head or lacing.
Smell: Farmhouse, light leather.
Taste: Nice, fruity, very balanced with no overpowering acid.
Feel: Even with no head, carbonation still nice.
Overall: A very nice beer. Wish I could get this locally.

Mar 03, 2018
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yasky from Canada

4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Darker golden pour, smaller head. Barnyard, earth, funk, yeast, lemon in the aroma. Funky up front, citrus notes, earthy, barnyard, horseblanket, light wood. Medium to lighter body.

Oct 24, 2017
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lic217 from Connecticut

4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 3/29/17

Look: 4.25
Aroma: 4.5
Taste: 4.5
Feel: 5
Overall: 4.75

The beer pours with absolutely no head. Its light orange color with almost some pinkish hues. Smell is slightly fruity and a little funky. Each sip is delicous. At the start of the sip there is very mild fruit flavors, neither sweet nor bitter or even acidic, but towards the end a big clean hit of acidity and dryness hit the palate. Its not overwhelming and is quite pleasant. There is some nice light funkiness to go with some of the fruitiness. The beer is easy drinking and has a nice tingly carbonation. Overall, a fantasticly well done beer. No flaws, clean, and very drinkable. The complexitity, clean flavor, and overall feel remind me of a Hills Farmstead Saison.

Oct 23, 2017
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TH28 from Florida

4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. 1/18/17 bottle date. Appearance: Clear golden color with a pillowy white head and decent lacing Aroma: Strong funky brettanomyces character up front, lead by hay and horse blanket. A touch off grass, then the acidity pops up in the background, with apple cider vinegar notes. Taste: Starts with a light crackery malt sweetness before a bracing acidic tartness and bitterness, lemon peel, and light brett funk. Bready maltiness and brett notes emerge retronasally. Even some blue cheese Mouthfeel: Fairly light bodied with a high carbonation Finish: Dry and surprisingly bitter, with a lingering acidic lemon tartness. Funky blue cheese is there retronasally. Overall: An amazingly complex beer. Brettanomyces dominates the aroma, and the flavor profile shows off the bracingly tart acidity. A surprising amount of bitterness here and the lemon peel like acidic bitterness/tartness counterbalances throughout. Very crisp

Sep 10, 2017
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Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 3908 ratings