Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This listing is for all vintages (Gueuze, Oude Gueuze, etc.).

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
900
Ratings:
3,667
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Funky, fruity nose with traces of of grapefruit, lemon, must, wet wood and wet horseblanket. Pours hazy straw with a very slight copper hue. Very tart over ripe fruit, lemon, sourness, a grapefruit sharpness, hints of pear, oak, and a quinine bitterness on the finish. Reasonably light, effervescent, refreshing.

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Photo of kellyej
5/5  rDev +15.5%

I had this for the first time on draft at the Publick House in Boston earlier this year. This beer is amazing and has turned me into a gueuze/sour beer lover for life!
A: Cloudy; yellow, golden color; weak head
S: The nose had a bit of banana bread with cloves along with farmy/musty qualities
M: Medium body, low carbonation
T: Don't let the sweet aroma fool you, this is a sour beer! Once you adjust to the sour, there are notes of unripened green apples and pepper/spices.

Would love to trade for this beer!!

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Photo of Neorebel
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cantillon's classic Gueuze is everything it's modest name implies and more. With a honey-like appearance and a cap of pure white bubbles, it's simply beautiful. It's only minimal haze shows that it is lightly carbonated. It shines radiantly! The sweet aroma reminds one of plums, sour apple, cider vinegar, and a slight 'barnyard' funk. The flavor envelops the drinker in stages... right off the bat, tart fruit esters, like sour cherry and the aforementioned plum wash over the palate, quickly giving way to a funky/yeasty middle and a strong grapefruit/citrus aspect. The mouth feel is slightly wine-like, and seriously has something in common with fresh spring water... it's so very refreshing. The finish mostly acidic and, crisply bitter. Overall, this fine beverage is expertly balanced, probably the biggest remarkable aspect here. Additionally, it's not so harsh going down either, it's rather delicate and drinkable. Cantillon's Gueuze is truly an archetype for the style.

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Photo of DCon
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a 1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle from Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO for $25 & shared w/ GeoffTheAleMan. Poured from the Bright Yellow labeled bottle w/ a silhouette of a man in a chair leaning back & downing a cold one into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Has "Classic Gueuze, Ale Aged in Oak Barrels" on the front and on the back, Bottled: ?/?/2010 (Month & Day rubbed off)...

Aroma- Strongest sour, goaty, barnyard, and horsey notes you can ever imagine! Hits the nose with so much power, you go back for more but could give you a nosebleed if you tried hard enough. Watch out! Some fruit in here also but couldn't make out any specifics.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that lasts the entire time! Has a golden color body and leaves good lacing behind. Not quite 100% clear but good clarity.

Flavor- Wow, wow, wow! Lemon puckering from the start to finish. Very well balanced though. Has nice malt and barnyard flavors while being able to see the oaky flavor mentioned on the bottle! No hops but not worried. Awesome from start to finish!

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Crazy High Carbonation, Lemon strength like never before, and then has a tart puckering on the finish.

Overall Impression- It took me over 600 beers to find but I found it! The perfect 5 out of 5 beer! It could be a 10 out of 10 too if you put it on an even tougher scale. If you get a chance, get your hands on this and let it age. I'm going to be searching far and wide for this and wouldn't mind buying 2 or 3 to enjoy once again and then age the other two! Not one category in this had any flaws... How could this be? Really appreciated the lemon flavors and how real this one was! Highly, HIGHLY recommended! Don't worry about the price on this one, it will be worth your buck.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cork Dated 2001:
Extremely astringent, superbly sour, very sharp with hints of bitterness. A truly Classic Gueuze, often regarded by many as a benchmark example of its style. A beer style that does polarize drinkers. You will Love it & want more - or Hate it, & spit it out. Apart from the Gueuze-Vigneronne (also Cantillon), it would be my chosen desert island beer. Jean-Pierre Van Roy of Cantillon tries very hard to create authentic lambic beers, & he has excelled himself in my opinion with the Gueuze. Beer can be lively (hence the reference to Gueuze as the Champagne of the Beer world) - do not stand over the cork when pulling, have your glass ready - you have been warned! Improves with age. Try and find older examples with the blue and white Mannekin Piss pictured on the labels, as opposed to the colored brew-kettle on recent years bottles. Can I give this 6 out of 5?!

>>Updated 6/2/03
750ml – Old Style Black Label – Cork Dated 1996.
A brilliant murky fluid, which has an orange cloudy hue. Served in a dry flute glass with minimal carbonation, white, but very tight thin bubble head. It resembles a flat Hefeweizen after a short time.

Has all the nasal beauty of a herd of damp unsheared Sheep, you know the ones that have shit stuck to their matted back ends. Liquid farmyard effluent traces, wet straw, hay-lofts, rotten soaking oak casks, old wooden barns & crap stained muck-spreaders.

Incredibly dry, impressive yeast dominant astringency, with a massive acidity that fights every drop of saliva in the aural cavity. It decimates the mouth & creates an arid wasteland. The sourness has lessened over the years. Dehydrated cheeks are powerless to defeat the “you-know-what-is-coming-next” aspect. The Cantillon mouth-pucker. I am sure I swallowed my own mouth at least twice.

Drinkability – More Please…….

Geeeeee-zuss – DON’T drink this if your lips are chapped!

A WORLD CLASSIC that just gets better (worse?!?) as it gets older.

Kudos to EyeChartBrew for supplying this dirty whore of a lambic.

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Photo of Guas11
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Incomparably outstanding...supremely tart...don't plan on drinking anything else the rest of the day. Felt like I had 8oz of liquid gold in front of me....I was forced to order another immediately....I feel lucky to have been able to dry this on draft.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.99/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Light yellow, lightly carbonated, tiny head that receded quickly.
Smell: Grapes, white wine, slight funk, cheese, apples, and melon.
Taste: Slight tartness up front, followed by Brett funk, apples, and white whine.
Feel: Pillowy soft. Goes down way too fast.
Overall: A beautiful beer that I could drink every day of the year and would get better each time I drank it. Not overly tart with assertive flavors, but is brilliant in its sublety.

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Photo of cccarson
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle dated November 2008, poured into a snifter.

A: The only reason I didn't give this category a 5, like the others, was because just looking at this beer doesn't do justice to what you are about to consume. It is a pretty beer, for sure (it looks somewhat like a summer wheat beer with a smaller head), but it is almost deceiving in what you are about to experience.

S: Green apple and dark, damp cellar with slight lemon peel. Spectacular.

T: The taste follows the nose perfectly. The green apple and damp cellar smell come through and they are joined by a tart, dry funk that makes your lips pucker in the best way possible. As the beer warmed (I had the entire 750ml to myself) the damp cellar smell and taste crept out even more. It was great both at the cooler temperature and at the warmer temperature (just a little different).

M: Dry, crisp, puckering, tart, perfect.

O: 5% ABV? Seriously? I could drink this all day and night. I polished off the 750ml with no problem whatsoever. That it was aged from November 2008 probably only added to the beauty and complexity of this beer. Stunning.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%

A: Bloom fades quickly. Slight lacing. Hazy, grapefruit-like orange/ruby hue. No perceived yeast sediment.

S: Spicy, fruity, yeasty, dry bouquet. Definite notes of lemon, grape, and grapefruit.

T: Delightfully complex flavor profile, with notes of lemon and grapefruit. Tart, very dry citrus flavors combine with a pleasant slight sweetness and a very nice bitterness at the end.

9/20/14....Zwanze Day at Bier Station in KC. Had two big glasses of this and several others. Absolutely fantastic on tap!

M: Slight carbonation. Very smooth. Medium bodied.

O: Probably the best example of this style I have ever had. Worth the splurge.

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dusty, musty yellow into my glass, with a small head that quickly settles down.

Aromas are all over the place -- rusted steel, cat urine, straw/hay, decaying citrus rind, etc. I could smell this all day. It's one of those aromas that you never quite forget, and instantly recognize, much like an old locker room. That smell is in here too, come to think of it.

Taste is pungently sour, but not overwhelming. The tastes are similar to the aromas, but even more present and vital here. It's very hard to describe...just one of those things that has to be enjoyed.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style, light and dancing on the tongue -- this would be a perfect substitute for champagne.

Drinkability depends on who you are. Myself, I consider this eminently drinkable, especially during the hotter days of the summer. Another friend of mine drinks half a glass and has an acidic stomach all evening. To each their own. Seeing how this is my review, it gets a 5.

This is the quintessential Gueuze Lambic. Additionally, I prefer it to the flavored lambics that Cantillon makes, as it lets the brewer's craft truly shine. There are those in the Cantillon catalogue that are inventive than this, there are those that have wonderful ingredients added, but in a style as random and varied as the winds that blow through the brewery, this beer remains the benchmark.

A beautiul thing.

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Photo of drpimento
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Doesn't get much better than thls! Poured cold, straight out of the fridge with a nice foamy, thick, off-white head that slowly settles and a little lace. Color is a clear amber with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, tart, citrus, spice, perfume. Flavor's like nose, tart from yeast and carbonation perfectly married up front, hint of sweet, and grapes in back; very clean. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, long, refreshing and satisfying. Truly a masterpiece.

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Photo of gtermi
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: The beer pours a hazy golden orange body with a thin white head that quickly disappears.

S: Sourness and fruit tart! Damn this beer smells so damn good..

T: Like the smell, I am getting tons of sourness. It sort of reminds me of sour candy with a bit of wheat..

M: Beer goes down so smooth with a tiny bit of carbonation on th back of the tongue..

O: This is just one of the best beers I've ever had... Every aspect of this beer is amazing.

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Photo of TDotScott
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2013 vintage. Poured into a Cantillon tumbler.

L- hazy gold straw, non persistent white head.

S- some funk, lots of lactic acid. Phenols, but in balance.

T- sublime balance between brett fruitiness, barnyard funk, lemony sour, some soft cereal grains, with a lasting phenolic bitterness.

F- good and effervescent. Some oak tannins.

O- the balance is great. It's worth the hype.

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Photo of Jason
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a glass of this at the brewery in Brussels ... can't get any better than that. They served it via lambic basket into my glass then I closed my eyes and I was in heaven for a few min.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh my, my!!! This is what it is all about!! DRY, tart, prickly carbonation, musty, earthy, funky goodness :-)

Not your usual beer. If you are not prepared for the very wild flavors of a Cantillon you may go into shock. If on the other hand you are looking for a very authentic Lambic, this is your man!!

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Photo of Matty123
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A fantastically perfect example of what a Gueuze should be. The two clowns who reviewed this beer before me didn't review the beer properly. Anyway more Cantillon for the rest of us

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Photo of jandadeboer
4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best bottles of Gueuze I've had. A young Gueuze, so the taste is not as sour as an Oude Gueuze. Beeradvocate says it is retired, but mine was bottled 27 August 2013. So it is probably back in production. Of course, I got it in Ghent, Belgium and not the good ole US of A.

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Photo of Travlr
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle tasted at the brewery. Hazy yellow with chunks and mud in the bottom of the bottle. Rapidly disappearing head with scant lacing. Aroma of must and mold and citrus and horse sweat, but in a good way. Sour dry taste, wonderful complexity with notes of grapefruit and lemon. Even wakes up your tonsils. Dry finish. Heaven.

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Photo of Brad007
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've recently started to get more into sour beers and to my delight, I spotted a bottle of this on the shelf at the local beverage warehouse.

Poured into a Rare Vos glass.

Color: A decent golden-amber color with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Sour with a tart hint of apple and fruit on the nose. Definitely smells like a gueze.

Taste: Tart and mouth-puckering upfront. Hints of sour fruit, especially apple and grape. Finishes dry and sour.

Mouthfeel: Tart and sour. Apple flavors shine through more. Simple and smooth.

Verdict: Definitely more tolerable than other sour beers I have had. It's a style that's not for everyone but I find myself enjoying it the more I get into it. If you have an affinity for all things sour and you love beer, you might like guezes. I would recommend you pick up a bottle of this. So far, it's possibly the best example I've had. It's not overly sour and the aftertaste is smooth.

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Photo of jefferz5000
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you to BTPete for this bottle, from like a year ago.

Poured in my Cantillon tumbler (Mega thanks to Jerriko!), this gueuze pours a pale, slightly hazy gold, with a small, white fizzy head that's still sitting there, a while after the pour and some consumption. I can't believe the head is still there! It's beautiful. Lots of bubbles zing to the top, as well.

The aroma of this is amazing. I keep having to take another whiff. Very tart right off the bat, funky too. The classic barnyard odors, hay, some poop. Some sort of unripe tropical citrus. A lot going on and it's just great.

The taste lives up to the nose. It's very impressive, the best Gueuze I've had. Very sour, but not too acidic, with a hint of sweetness after a few sips. The barnyardness really starts to come through. A hint of bitterness on the finish. It's mouthwatering, and quite drinkable.

Mouthfeel is nice, too. Smooth with much less carbonation than you would expect, given the fierce bubbles that you see first off. Doesn't leave my mouth too dry, but wanting more.

Overall, this is quite the treat and I'm so glad to finally have opened my bottle. The Cantillon tumbler makes it even more of an experience, and I can't wait to enjoy more Cantillons with it.

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Photo of korguy123
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Special thanks to Evan for this one. Bottled September 17th 2011

A- Hazy orange pour with a thin white cap that slowly disappears. lacing is minimal.

S- Lemon, grass and full on funk. The beer is making my mouth water. Typical Cantillon smells of hay, horse blanket and damp barn.

T- Sour, funky and delicious. This thing is a triple threat. Starts off with a puckering lemon, cranberry sour that quickly hits its stride with full on barnyard funk. There is a grassy aftertaste that makes my mouth water for more.

M- Thin with oodles of carbonation making this sour and prickly on the tongue.

O- This one is remarkable. A true bench mark for all other gueuzes on the market.

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Photo of pluppykatie
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 750ml pour into a mini duvel tulip.
Appearance - a nice light orangy color, pretty clear.
Smell - smells great. There's something familiar about it but can't put my finger on it. Maybe vinegary? But I really enjoy that.
tatse - excellent.
mouthfeel - smooth and a little fizzy at the same time.
overall - a real treat.

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Photo of ImprovX
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L- A nice golden honey color. Maybe a touch orange. With a thin, quickly disappearing, champagne like head. Beautiful.
S- Nice citrusy vinager scent. Good funk.
T- Lambic at its finest. Nice pucker, without masking the various flavors.
M- Goes down smooth. Leaves that nice slightly dried mouth feel.
O- One of the best bottles anyone can buy now-a-days.

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4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of three beers offered as a tasting at the brewery in Brussels. Poured into a flute.
It was pale golden, sour and dry. Definitely more like wine than what you would expect from a typical beer. Incredibly complex, vinous, sour, apple, funk, softer and more complex than you would expect. Wonderfully strange to someone used to "regular" beers.

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Photo of dwren89
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: slight haze, gold color, small white head

Aroma: bittersweet fruit, milder acidity on nose than the pure Lambic, sour notes

Taste: musty, barnyard like flavor, less acidic than 15 month pure Lambic, sour notes on finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium carbonation, prickly on the palate

Overall impression: a mellowed version of the 15 month Lambic with sour and acidic notes toned down. Also with the addition of the 3 year Lambic, it achieves that musty, barnyard flavor that is so desired in a proper Geuze.

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