Gueuze 100% Lambic
Brasserie Cantillon

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Style:
Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #3
ABV:
5%
Score:
98
Ranked #192
Avg:
4.48 | pDev: 8.71%
Reviews:
932
Ratings:
3,868
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Reviews: 932 | Ratings: 3,868
Photo of MikeM75
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.

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Photo of Bshaw22
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.

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Photo of rapayn01
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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | 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

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Photo of CHickman
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.

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Photo of fitzy84
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.

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Photo of npolachek
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.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
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

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Photo of JLK7299
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!

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
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

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Photo of Hyptochrons
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.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep gold coloration with a tiny, quickly dissipating, fizzy head. Smell is quite funky, with notes of white grape, citrus, hay and a hint of blue cheese. Taste is quite dry, tart and funky, with earthy, musty woody barnyard notes, citrus zest and green apple at the forefront and lighter notes of hay, blue cheese and white grape. Finishes with a dry tartness and a good dose of funk lingering in the aftertaste. Sparkling, effervescent mouthfeel with a medium body and lively carbonation. Really well-balanced Geuze with a light sweetness, strong dryness, moderate tartness and strong funky notes. Quite drinkable, but with a certain complexity. This was much better from the bottle than I remember it on tap about a year ago.

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Photo of Holderness
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

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Photo of Bfork
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

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Photo of JackRWatkins
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.

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Photo of MFMB
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.

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Photo of Tim5085
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.

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Photo of yasky
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.

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Photo of lic217
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.

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Photo of TH28
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

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Photo of cmurphy7
2.67/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

i am not a sour fan, which is probably why I can not appreciate this but it is just not for me. super light in look and feel, yet it tastes like I am sucking on a lemon.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I have been scouring through my backlog, including some (mostly) bottles in my Beerfrigerator, an all-reefer with no freezer space. I had filled it at my parents' place, kind of ignored it, emptied it for the move to Chez Woody & then refilled it upon arrival. This one is going to be amazing! I pulled the cork & it is dated 1996.

From the bottle: "Brewers of Belgium's Most Authentic Lambic"; "Spontaneously Fermented Bottle Conditioned Methode Champenoise"; "Aged and Blended Lambic Beer"; "The world's classic Gueuze. A blend of one, two, and three year-old creates a second fermentation in the bottle. The champagne of Belgium."; "Store and serve at cellar temperature (50-55 F/10-13 C). Do not serve cold! Pour gently (leaving behind the yeast sediment) into a wine glass or traditional Belgian tumbler."

I had to both Pop! the cap & pull the cork until it likewise Pop!ped. Pop! Pop! I then began a very gentle pour into my awaiting glass until I saw the lees begin to move on the distended punt at which time I backed off. Color was a gorgeous Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, enticing a visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas, all wanting a taste until ... The nose hit us all. Man, when they talk about a "barnyard funkiness", this is the phrase's poster child! Cheesy, sour, sweaty, funky, wow! I remember being off-put the first time that I tried Gueuze for this very reason, but now, I have come to embrace it. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not terribly beyond it, either. That said, it was mighty carbonated, creating a pleasant effervescence in the mouth and on the tongue. The extensive aging had mellowed it from distinctly sour to a tickle in the hinges of my jaw, but the tartness was still as puckering as ever. The taste was musty and cheesy with a pronounced lemony sourness. I let it just kind of roll around in my mouth to allow the taste & smell to permeate my sinuses so as to create a pleasant memory. Finish was super dry, puckeringly tart & just what I expected from this gem. What a find in my cellar!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.93/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottled 17 May 2016

Pours cloudy hazy amber gold orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like tart vinegary barnyard cobweb funk, some lemony citrus, woody cork, oak, apricot, grapes, apple skin, hay, toasty crackery malt, with dusty floral earthy herbal grass. Tastes tart and vinegary with some lemony citrus, apricot, grape, apple skin, big barnyard cobweb funk, woody cork, oak barrel, hay, toasty crackery malt, with dusty floral earthy herbal grass. Feels medium-full bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a really great gueuze.

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Photo of thebeers
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty clear dark, syrupy golden color with a thin white head.

Dry smelling with just a hint of wood and barnyard funk.

Nice sour taste -- barnyard, hay -- with a dry finish. There's a ghost of fruit in there, but it's hard to place. Maybe apple, maybe pear.

Medium bodied, very slightly sticky with modest carbonation.

Very dry, very funky, very refreshing.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When it rains it pours apparently. After drinking my first ever Cantillon- Rosé De Gambrinus
-at the excellent Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà , Trastevere, Rome, I promptly ordered Cantillon Gueuze.
It poured a mostly clear golden color with only a tiny bit of haze. A moderate foamy head that dissipates into a well retained creamy pillow of film and scattered lacing.
In the aroma the sourness and the funk, as expected, is there. However, it has a moderate and restrained quality that is a harbinger of what is to come in the taste. The aroma is comprised of lemon, grapes, white wine or apple cider vinegar, wild yeast, hay, wood and wheat. I dare say I even detected a hint of a nutty, maybe almonds, quality; all of it "not in your face", rather, understated and smoothly blended.
Onto the taste...I must say how blown away by the smoothness and harmonious balance of such complex flavors. Yes it is sour for sure, however, it is done in such an elegant and masterfully crafted way that makes it accessible and versatile for its other flavors present. There is the taste of sour fruits which occasionally bring out sweet flavors. There is the acidity of lemons, apple cider vinegar, wood, rustic and earthy yeast, bold but never ruthless. There is a malt backbone that reminds you it's beer, even a hint of hops bitterness towards the end.
Medium bodied, dry finish and supremely drinkable. To date the most finely crafted, sublime and delicious Gueuze I've ever had. Given its scarcity and price in the U.S, I hope to drink it again in this lifetime.

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Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 3868 ratings