Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Gueuze 100% LambicCantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic
BA SCORE
96.7%
Liked This Beer
4.45 w/ 3,713 ratings
Cantillon Gueuze 100% LambicCantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic
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
Ranking:
#172
Reviews:
911
Ratings:
3,713
Liked:
3,589
Avg:
4.45/5
pDev:
8.99%
Alströms:
4.49
 
 
Wants:
1,178
Gots:
1,179
Trade:
84
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Photo of josanguapo
1/5  rDev -77.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

From XXXII. Dont know if my bottle was damage, but it tasted disgusting. Like drinking vinegar. Pure acid.

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Photo of jscottmacc
1.6/5  rDev -64%

Photo of mattcrill
1.76/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I'm assuming I just don't get this beer. To have this be called "beer" seems a bit of a stretch for me. I haven't had a ton of lambics but I can see why they add fruit to this stuff and I probably won't be having more of these.

Appearance: Hazy amber color similar to a pale ale with virtually no head.

Smell: Tart and vinegary. Maybe that wet horse blanket smell that people always talk about but to me it was more like wet arm pits.

Taste: Mouthwatering and puckering. It was like drinking bad lemon juice or sour white grapes. If I had something like this in my fridge and it smelled and tasted like this, I'd throw it out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied I guess. It was definitely carbonated but it wasn't something I wanted to leave in my mouth that long.

Drinkability: Couldn't do it. It ended up in the drain. I had other non-BA's sample this all with the same nose curling results.

I'm sure this is an acquired taste. It took me time to acquire a taste for IPA' s but even my first IPA I said, "not bad...I can see getting into this". Not so for this. I don't want to be closed minded so I will probably re-visit this style again but it will be an exception no the norm. To each his own but damn...this stuff was rough.

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Photo of kegger22
1.86/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pour amber and flat with no head. Aroma was the semi-sweet smell of decay. The taste was sour, just sour, no bitter, no sweet, no anything else, just sour. Feel was light bodied with zero carbonation. It was hard to get it past my puckered lips. Drinkability? I simply have no idea. This was horrible. If it had been a wine, I would have said it had turned. I have tasted vinegar with better flavor. Just for the record, I will never try anything like this again. I blame ignorance in my not having an understanding of what a lambic was. 8 bucks literally down the drain.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
2/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Peach colored; cloudy; small head that dissipates quickly

Aroma: Tart, sour citrus smells

Taste: Sour, tangy, lemony start; dry mid, with dry finish

Remarks: This style is m not my thing, but it's on my beer list to try

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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2/5  rDev -55.1%

Photo of clesius
2/5  rDev -55.1%

Photo of ejw127
2/5  rDev -55.1%

Photo of HardyGeneraL
2/5  rDev -55.1%

Photo of John_M
2.12/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I'm slowly trying to understand and appreciate sour beers, but then I come across a beer like this and it sends me back to square one. At Dyan's HOTD tasting the other night; this was the "dinner" beer. Everyone else at the table lapped it up, but as for me....

The beer pours an attractive gold color with very nice head retention and lacing. On the nose, mama mia!!! How in the hell can anyone drink something that smells like this? The aroma in this beer is about as rank as anything I've ever come across, and is just flat out disgusting. You just can't tell me this is how this beer is supposed to smell. I get mustard, vinegar, head cheese, dead possum and God alone knows what else. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, coupled with a gut wrenching and palate pulverizing blast of sour. Maybe this beer would make a nice vinegarette salad dressing, but actually drink this??? Mouthfeel is pretty light, as one would expect with the low alcohol. The beer finishes with a sulpheric bite, which only adds to the horror.

Horrible and completely undrinkable. The intensity of sour in this beer is amazing. I just don't get it. Can I go now?

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Photo of Naerhu
2.13/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

No head. hefeweizen-looking, only less opaque.

Smells like something fermenting in the bucket I left in my sisters garden.

Oddly bitter and sour. Tastes like I would imagine fermented grains to taste had I never tasted beer before. Kinda sweet, kinda extremely sour.

I would have rated this beer higher, but then I tried to imagine what piss might taste like, and all that would come to mind is the taste of this beer I had just consumed. Therefore, I consider my score for this beer, quite charitable.

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Photo of Mar02x
2.16/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was able to try this beer at a brilliant beer tasting at my uncle Peter's place. My nephew Michael brought this beer with him. Thanks for sharing Michael.

A - A hazy yellow beer with a thin white ring that goes for a head.

S - A cherry sour kind of smell. I wasn't expecting this from a Gueuze style.

T - Like I said; a cherry sour.

M - A medium carbonated beer and sour.

O - This is not my style, just to damn sour. I just can't understand that some people love this stuff.

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Photo of JDV
2.26/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a rich golden to orange color with no lasting head, and almost none to begin with. Smell is unappealing guaze, horseblanket. Taste is very sour and bland with no real flavor. No maltiness or sweetness, and just spoiled bacterial sourness. Saying this tastes of the multitude of fruits I've read in reviews really seems to be stretching it a bit to me...

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Photo of fear025
2.28/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Aroma:Sour lemon and apple in the nose, with a funkiness.

Appearance:Pale golden orange, weak lacing, weak head.

Taste:On first taste, the sourness hits very hard. After that it gets easier to drink, and I start to get some faint citrus.

Mouthfeel:This one is harshly astringent on the back of my throat, which is helped by the mild carbonation.

Drinkability:This 2009 vintage is still kind of harsh, it probably needs a few more years in the bottle.

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Photo of wyllder
2.39/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Moan & Dove.

Pours light, foggy amber with orange hilights and small white head.

Smell is sour-patch-kids with an underlying character of hay or wheat.

Taste is like a mouthfull of liquid sour patch kids & pixie sticks laced with a somewhat rank wheat or yeasty underbelly.

Mouthfeel, when I wasn't puckering my mouth in reaction to the taste, seemed ok.

Other than the flavor, which has got to be a love it or hate it thing, it was passably drinkable.

There, I drank it. I opened my mind for a pint and decided this stuff just isn't for me. I've got to drink several more lambics, so maybe I'll eventually develop a taste for this, but as of this moment I find this stuff as close to my concept of beer as a Smirnoff Twisted.

Wyll-

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.43/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12.7 oz green bottle, corked and capped. cork says bottled in 2010. when cap is removed, there's a nasty black slime on top of the cork. I removed the cork without getting any in the beer.
warmed up to cellar temperature as instructed on the label.

appears a clear golden color, lots of carbonation bubbles stream to surface. smell is funky and musty, maybe a bit of citrus.

taste is extremely mouth puckeringly sour and harsh. lemon rind, vinegar. hard to drink. mouthfeel isn't bad. lighter body, significant carbonation.

overall - just way too sour for me. I've enjoyed other lambic styles, but this is just too much sour.

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Photo of roblowther
2.48/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Clear pale gold with copper highlights and a thin determined head. It leaves really nice lacing. The smell was acidic when I first opened the bottle, but given a chance to breathe it takes on sweet & sour fruit notes, with apples, cherries, and fresh hay. The taste is nice malt at first but just flat-out puckeringly sour. There is a pepper to the finish, as well as apple and apricot notes but wow. This thing is puckering my mouth just sitting on the table. The mouthfeel is creamy and slick, the drinkability is just not there. I can't get past the sour, be it appropriate for the style or not. Sorry, not for me.

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2.5/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.5/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I like beer, this isn't a beer I like!

I've been to the Brewery, done the tour, drank the stuff while there and I just can't bring myself to enjoy any of the products I've had. This green 75cl cork and crowned bottle is no different. I can see why this style of beer is dying a death.

I travel to Belgium about 4 times a year for little beer breaks and I've really tried to embrace the Gueuze/Lambic way, but I've failed.

Opened during a Belgian Beer Night with friends, this didn't go down at all well.

Light orange, slightly cloudy, hazy it looked like a nasty cider.

The aroma was of rotting old lemons, vinegar and sour cooking apples.

The taste is sour, sour anything and everything really. Just sour.

The closest liquid I've had that tastes and feels like this, is pickling malt vinegar.

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Photo of Angerhaus
2.6/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I don't get it.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.66/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

A - A deep gold with a small frothy white head. Head has good retention. Specks of lacing scattered about the glass. Slightly hazy. Edit: the slightly warmer beer had no head or lacing. Adjusted score from 3.5 to 3.0.

S - Smells intensely of tart lemon rind, concentrated vitamin C, stale air over stagnant waters, rotting wood (smells like rotting pine if you want to be specific) and, well, a bit of horse shit. Tiny bit of acetone and fresh macadem. This is funky enough to send Parliment back to the drawing boards. While . . . interesting . . . the smell is hardly enticing. It is so potent that it is actually quite offensive. Edit: As it warms the smell of shit subsides and is replaced by the much preferred smell of horses. The tartness decreases in potency while the rotting wood shifts to a roting oak which is slightly preferred. I adjusted the score from 1.0 to 2.0 to account for the new smell.

T - Puckeringly sour. Like sucking on a vitamin C pill. Aside from that there is . . . well, some lemon and musty water - like what I imagine water that was used to dust something would taste like afterwards (I know that one should dust with a dry object, but still). There is a faint bitterness in the bizzarrely tart aftertaste. Again, here this is absurdly sour, but not to the point of being gross. It also lacks the more unpleasant characteristics so prominant in the aroma Edit: The sourness wanes slightly while the mustiness increases. I don't think this affects the overall flavor much.

M - Smooth, thin, extremely refreshing - no complaints here.

D - I generally enjoy sour beers, but this over the top. It is quite possibly the most sour thing that I have ever consumed in my life. The smell is just awful, but the rest is not bad. It serves as a very refreshing sour beverage if the smell can be ignored. I want to try other gueuze to see if they are all like this. This particular gueuze went fairly well with a hickory smoked gouda.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.67/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 37.5cL bottle into a small flare glass.

A: I had considerable trouble with the cork. Poured fizzy, barely hazy, with a light copper tone. Little to no head, no lacing.

S: Sour fruit, brine, and a faint urine scent. I realise this hardly sounds appetising, but it's strangely appealing...and certainly interesting.

T: Initially I was pleased as I was met by sour fruitiness and pleasant carbonation. But then disaster struck -- the briny smell emerged in a flavour tasting *exactly* like pickle juice. Honestly, it's as if someone dumped a pickle jar full of spoiled wine into my beer. I am not pleased. After a few sips it becomes less offensive -- perhaps it didn't age long enough? The aftertaste is similarly unpleasant.

M: I gave this a four for novelty; the mouth-puckering isn't enjoyable, but neither is it entirely unpleasant. Like biting into a lemon, only less tart.

D: Perhaps lambics just aren't for me. I could barely finish half the bottle. I'll try one that's been sitting around a few years and see what I think then.

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Photo of cmurphy7
2.67/5  rDev -40%
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 cfadams17
2.75/5  rDev -38.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -38.2%

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