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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
97
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619 Reviews
Cantillon Gueuze 100% LambicCantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

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:
619
Ratings:
3,025
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
19.86%
 
 
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1,093
Gots:
887
For Trade:
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Photo of HopBomb515
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden with a small white head that fades to nothing and leaves no lacing. Huge sour nose. Sour vineous grape, barnyard funk, and sharp acidic edges of hay all around. Sharp carbonation, crisp edges and dry as can be. Deeply complex sour that's hard to put words to. Absolutely stunning.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Cantillon's Gueuze 100% Lambic a couple months ago for $12.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been saving this one for my 2,000 rating on BA since I always try to have something a little special, different and not something that I would normally drink for these milestones, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a green 375ml bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's got a classic look to it and it's eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy orange color that took on more of a golden orange color when held to the light, it had a thin ring off bubbly off white head that quickly faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a very nice looking Gueuze it's pretty standard looking for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a big sweet tart candy aroma being the first to show up and it's got a little fruityness that imparts some stone fruit aromas with some lemon coming through. Up next comes the yeast which impart a funky barnyard and wet straw aromas and it's followed by the malts which impart more of a pale malt, slight grainy and light bready aromas. This beer has a very nice aroma, it's just what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the sour fruit flavors being the first to show up and they impart most of the same aspects that it did in the aroma, but less stone fruits and lemon shows up this time. Up next comes a lower amount of high sourness with the malts showing up next which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but it's a little lighter this time. Up next comes the yeast which imparts the same funky aspects that it did in the aroma, but it's also a little lighter than it was in the aroma. On the finish there's some lingering sourness with a nice lemon and sour aftertaste. This is a very good tasting beer, it's just what I would expect from the style and nothing is out of place.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, a little mouth puckering, a little acidic, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is very nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer and a great example of the style, it had everything that I look for in the style and not a single thing was out of place. This beer had nice drinkability, the whole bottle would be my limit though, anymore than that and ti would be too acidic for me. What I like the most about this beer is the taste and how true to style it was, not a single thing showed up that wasn't suppose to be there. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, there's ins anything that I disliked or would change. I would for sure buy this beer again if I see it and I would love to see how it ages. I would recommend this as a must try for anyone who really likes the style. All in all I was very happy with this beer and a little impressed, they really nail this style and I can see why so many people search this beer and brewery out. It's not a favorite Cantillon beer, but it;s one of the best Gueuze I've had. Great job guys, this is a very tasty and memorable beer, keep it up.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, dated September 2015.

Nice aroma of lemon, grass, dirt weed and barn. I don't know, it smelled really good. Huge funky sour notes and dry, but somehow very refreshing. Body is Brooke Burke. So damn good. One of the best sours I've ever had.

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Photo of davejy
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased

Look: Golden color with 1.5 finger head. Nice lace as well.

Smell: Funk, Acidic, grassy

Taste: Acidic and funky. Tart.

Feel: Perfect amount of carbonation. Medium low body.

Overall: Great Gueuze. Tough to find but worth it. Perfect amount of tart, funk, and acidity.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow and orange, amazingly great white head on the top, 1/2". Best lace in genre. Aroma hit the grassy dry and tart notes.

Not a sweet lambic/gueuze, this one is dry, highly carbonated, dropping some grapefruit, green grape, apple, lime and lemon notes, grassy, hay, mild funk, relatively clean. Very consistent. French oak? Some acidity that isn't overdone. Sets the standard for gueuze in my opinion.

I think this one is often deemed a lesser Cantillon because it is the most available. Chasing one off Cantillons doesn't make sense, they rarely are as good as this one.

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Photo of mooseo
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011

A - Straw yellow with a small bubbly white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Spicy and complex, tart Belgian yeast.

T - Tart and sweet, white grape juice, slightly acidic. Earthy and complex.

M - Light-medium body, medium carbonation.

O - Excellent beer with a wide array of subtle flavors and complexities.

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Photo of Buck89
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy straw color with a shy white foamy head. Aromas of lemon, hay, funk, and bleu cheese. Nice tart flavor with lemon, berries, barnyard, smoke, Gouda cheese, and cracker. Dry finish. Complex.

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Photo of thatche2
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draught into a tulip glass (2015 version). Appearance is a bright copper color with three finger thick head and excellent retention.Taste is very refreshing with an interesting citrus profile and a nice yet subtle balance of salt. Excellent beer with almost perfect balance, but I was hoping for a bit more citrus. Regardless, I could drink this Gueuze all day.

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Photo of -Rick
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle

pours a straw yellow color, with a slight white head. Smells like lemon, hay, a slight wet funky aroma. Tastes of tart lemon, quite citric. almost a wood barrel taste to it. There was almost no carbonation in this beer. Overall a great gueuze. Glad to have tried this one.

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Photo of pagriley
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 into snifter. March 2015 bottling

L - pours golden straw with fluffy 2 inch head and bright carb
S - Lemon, hay and soft spice. Not much funk, and not sharp or sour. Quite bitter on the finish
T - more lemon peel, tart, with a bit of funk, but all well balanced
F - Bright effervescent carb with light body

Overall, a really tasty Gueuze. Honestly, I think this isn't really any better than many widely available Geuzes (Marriage Parfait, 3F, Cuvee Rene) but absolutely on the bucket list for a lambic fan. Will be interested to see how it evolves and ages, as it is very subtle right now at 1 year in the bottle.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014 bottle pour into a wine glass. Funky, slightly sour, hay with a bit of brett. Lighty acidic and better as it warms. Tart and refreshing, excellent overall.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was able to have a glass while visiting the brewery in September. Also, have opened a few bottles I brought back from the trip.

Look: Light straw body. White fast dissipating head.

Smell: Funk barnyard aroma. Slight acidic fruit.

Taste: Tart, but not as sour as I thought it would be. Tart fruit funky finish.

Feel: Bubbly. Feels a lot like champagne.

Overall: While I do enjoy it a lot, this is my least favorite of the beers I've had from Cantillon. I do think it is better than most American version.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Straw yellow color with a hazy look to it. No head.

Smell - Straw, grass, funky yeast.

Taste - Earthy, funky, tart and sour acidic taste.

Feel - Thick mouthfeel, with very little carbonation.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a wine glass form a 750ml bottle (bottled Jan. 28th 2015)

A - pours a very hazy copper orange with a minimal very white head and a bit of lacing

S - Very funky, stinky feet, tart fruits, fresh and wet wood, vinegar, fruity hops, bread yeast, sweet, sour

T - lots of green and brown earth, terrior, very woodsy, very slight booze, tart fruits, green/brown hops, funk, musk, sugar, sour

M - Full bodied, well balanced, great complexity, medium plus acidity, medium carbonation and a sour to semi-sweet sour finish

D/O - This is just awesome. Refreshing, sour, sweet, woodsy and full of life and flavor. Try it cold and let it warm and try it again. Each degree changes the balance and complexity that changes the experience as a whole. Perfectly sweet, perfectly sour and perfectly aged. Well worth whatever you pay. get two bottles, one to drink immediately and one to age. Wow.

Final thoughts - Not sure on the price but well worth it. The 5% ABV isn't going to get you anywhere but it really isn't the point of this wild ale.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle from ThatCracker (thanks again!). Bottled 12/14. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a hazy, orangey straw yellow with a dense, frothy three fingers of white head. The pale foam shrinks back to a broken halo without leaving any lacing to speak of.

Smartly sour nose. Semi sour fruits, sugar, faintly earthy and a little vinegar. Nice.

A pleasantly earthy sourness pervades the flavor. Bracingly sour with lemon peel, an earthy Brett-like funk, faint apricot, trace sugar and a vaguely vegital intermittent mild bitterness. While it is plenty easy to drink, this is sour enough to prevent gulping.

Light body with an almost distant carbonation that seems to be seen more than felt. Aftertaste is sour, earthy and vaguely fruity.

I can definitely see how this is the gold standard of the style. I'm quite happy to have made a friend that is able and willing to share some of this legendary brewery's beers. Cantillon's Geuze is completely worth a try if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone fruit, apricot, peach, earthy Brett, hay, white grape, vinous, grapefruit pith, oak, vanilla, honey, green apple

A very great gueuze but I still prefer Tilquin based on the blind tasting.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a light haziness. Has a tart sour aroma. Flavor is sour, tart, a touch salty finish and very smooth overall. Leaves a nice aftertaste. This is delicious

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A special beer for a special time. My wife is due in 3 weeks! Counting down the days. Bottling date is slightly obscured, but it looks like July 2013, so this is over 2 years old. No liquid between the cap and cork, so that's good news. 750 ml bottle into a champagne flute:

A - A beautiful bright orange. Looks like a dark champagne in the glass. Tons of bubbles reinforcing the 2 finger off-white head. The way a gueuze should look.

N - Hmmm, lots of tart funk. There's a deepness to it though, as if the funk and sourness is coming from some place far below the head and building it's way into something big. I've said this a few times recently; the beer isn't very tart, it just has a lot of tartness. Like the tartness is somewhat mild, it's just everywhere.

T - THAT is interesting. I'm getting a not insignificant amount of hoppy bitterness. The tartness is similar to the nose; it's not overly tart, but it's tart everywhere. This almost tastes like a brett IPA, which is not at all what I expected. It's not exactly what I would prefer, either, but it's still extremely tasty.

M - Yeah, lot's of froth instantly, and then the bubbles are everywhere. I swallowed 10 seconds ago, and it still feels like I'm sloshing it around my mouth. Very impressive.

O - Best gueuze I've had, for sure, although I have not had many. Excited to try the LPK next; perhaps I'll open it in a few weeks when the new one arrives. Cheers!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured at the brewery, Brussels.
Chunky froth over glowing brass. 4.25
Wool, flowers and pears - wild! 4.5
Apple sweet, goats cheese, specks of grapefruit, and herb. 4.5
Cheese rind ending and tight, tart linger.
Round, smooth, crisp. 4.25

Farmy but finishes delicately. Low on acetic. More barnyard in the nose and funk in the finish, along with sharp citrus, than the straight lambic. Manages to be both wild and polished, which is probably why this brewery has the rep it does. 4.5

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Photo of Moose90
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into tasting glass

A — Pours a clear and bright yellow color into the glass, there is a white ring of lace that sits atop the beer, but it does not cling to the inside of the glass or leave anything in its wake.

S — Smells of funk, barnyard, lemon, acetic, quite acidic and bright. As it warms you pick up some fruity tones, some white grape and a little bit estery. Really just fantastic.

T — Fantastic depth of flavors here, lemony, acidic, tart, bright, funky, barnyard, musty, funky, tart, vinegar, exceptional balance of flavors.

M — Light-Medium bodied, highly carbonated and effervescent.

O — Excellent overall, one of the best Gueuze out there for sure. Really great depth and balance, incredibly well done.

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Photo of Pete_IV
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 classic gueuze. Poured Inot cantillio snifter. Pours a nice golden color with a small white head and constant bubbling. Smells like a chardonnay, pear and some vinegar notes. Tastes just as smells dry at first and then nice and tart. Great beer.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Zwanze Day 2015, Anchorage Brewing Company. Seems like this beer looses a lot of the funkiness when on tap, that you normally get from the bottle conditioning.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was really musty, dry and sour all around. Quite enjoyable between the bigger beers and really thankful I got to try it. The funk was too jaw locking, I could easily keep sipping it.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

World Class is right! Best gueuze I've ever had (bottle reviewed was from 2012). A tad sour, mild funkiness - just the way I like a classic gueuze - exceptional balance throughout! My assumption is that the sourness would have been much higher if the bottling date was more recent and so I'm glad I waited to pop this one until now.

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Photo of Feelmebone
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Old check in from a glass at deccios armonk. Thought I would get over the flavor but the age on made it hard to finish the bottle myself.

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