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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% LambicCantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of nquigley16
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours a nice golden hay with a hint of orange. Ivory white head, dissipates as fast as you would expect, but hangs on a little for the duration of the beer.

S- Not as complex as some but still amazing. Fresh lemon and orange zest, lactic, oak, damp wood, light peach notes, a little barnyard funk, and a dash of acetic.

T- Real sour, lots of lactic acid but you get a touch of acetic in there as well. Tannic and oaky, stone fruits, lemon. Slight woody bitterness on the back end.

F- Effervescent, not overly dry.

O- One of the best gueuzes out there for sure, not necessarily my number one but definitely in the top three.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

157th Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. Enjoyed with some local beer geeks in Denver way back when. Thanks Knownfactor for this treat!

A: Bright golden hue. Barely 0.25 (bubbly pure white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Oh the goodness of the Classic Cantillon Gueuze. Funk, must, sweet dried fruit, lemon zest, and tart cherry. Everything I would expect from an "ideal gueuze".

T: Clean (citric) sweetness straight to sour and tart. Beautiful balance of funk, barnyard, and crispness here. So, so good, but not quite great - it's close though.

M: Light bodied with delicate (i.e. perfect) carbonation.

O: Simply put...a rock solid classic. Not quite great (there a better ones out there), but really, really good. Well done (again) Cantillon!

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Photo of Gatch
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Armsby Abbey for Zwanze Day.

A: Beautiful straw golden yellow with a big fizzy white head.

S: Incredibly funky and barny and some sour fruit.

T: Perfect amount of dry funk with hints of super tart fruit. Slight white wine qualities.

M: Dry, fruity, sour deliciousness. One of the best I've had. Everything balanced to make a nearly perfect gueuze.

O: Everything I expect in the style. It's difficult to describe these beers but I know its one of the most delicious on the planet.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my 700th review, so I figured that I would look into the ole closet for something special. Alas, Cantillon Calssic Gueuze! I have drank this beer a number of times and remember really liking it. It comes in a smaller bottle too, but this is a 750mL that I plan to tackle by myself. THIS will be an adventure, but I think that I am up to the challenge. Let the beer begin!

Appearance: Pours a very clear slightly reddish golden color with a small 1/4" head after a really careful pour. There was a solid vortex of bubbles rising to the top, and the beer actually gained a bit of head within the first minute after the pour. The foam itself was antique white and made up of small bubbles. There is a pretty solid amount of lacing left on the glass after drinking the beer. Overall, this is a VERY well presented beer.

Aroma: I get the invitingly funky, citrusy, wholesome goodness that you expect from Cantillon, butI forget how much I like it as I seldomly drink this beer. Man, it has everything in the aroma...earth, lemon zest, hell...I can almost pick up battery acid...fabulous! You can pick up just about anything your heart imagines, the aroma is so complex. As the beer warms up some, the aroma is taking on a defined "wet hay" character...mixed with the plethora of other things that are still there, but the hay is coming out.

Taste: The flavor is thin as amazingly drinkable for such a wild aromatic ride. The funky flavors are there, and the beer is hugely carbonated, but there is enough malt in here to give some balance to the flavor so that it doesn't hit your cheeks like sucking on a Lemon...like some do. This is my first beer of the evening, and my first sip didn't make me pucker. I am not saying that it is syrupy like the Lindemans Gueuze is, but it definitely has some balance. Overall the mouthfeel is light, but the carbonation gives is some creaminess to coat the throat to get it ready for the acidity that is to come. There is definitely a bitter lemon zest in the finish that I think may be contributed by the hops as it has a Saaz edge to it, which is typical for this style, so it makes sense. You are left with citrus on the lips and acidity on the back of the throat to linger forever after the sip.

Opinion: All I really can say is "Wow!". Gueuze is my favorite style, but I would have to say that this is probably my second favorite one. I would still take a Girardin 1882 Black Label Gueuze over this one, but I am just splitting hairs to do so. This is a more "True" representation of the style, IMO. This beer is so wild that you are forced to drink it slowly...which is not a bad thing. I prefer to regulate myself, not be regulated by a beer, but this beer is worth it. Girardin is a bit more approachable up-front...but I am really enjoying the all-out onslaught to the senses that you get with this beer. I would have to say that if you can afford it, and can take it, drink this as regularly as you possibly can. These beers are a beautiful slice of history and you can only keep them around by buying their products and making sure the bills are paid at the Ole Brasserie. I am not trying to give a lesson in the economy of beer, but this beer and the legacy that goes with it is THAT good.

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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 Rochefort10nh
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah Cantillon Classic Gueuze why has it taken me so long to review you?

Beautiful burnished gold in appearance with slight but persistent carbonation. Pencil thin white collar of foam even with a vigorous pour.

So very lactic on the nose with lemons, straw and leather wafting up from the glass. Faint notes of vinegar and stone fruits join in the parade of scents.

Taste is exceptional. Everything I love in a great gueuze. Lemon zest, nectarines, a woody mustiness, a slight sweetness that comes before the palate cleansing finish that dries the mouth and makes one salivate.

As with any outstanding gueuze, drinkability is where this shines. Despite being acidic in nature and possessing an extreme earthy quality, Classic Gueuze is both refreshing and satisfying with or without food. It's five percent abv. also allows one to drink many glasses without feeling bloated or inebriated.

This is my second favorite regular production gueuze in the world.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw colored hazy body with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Bubble come up from the bottom of the glass for quite some time.

Smell is funky and earthy, lots of barnyard scents, it smells very enticing. Very nice here.

Wow, what a great beer, so complex. Lots of barnyard and funk going on in the mouth with a dry leather finish. Very tart and sour with a little bit of vinegar flavor. Terrific gueuze.

Mouthfeel is dry and with high carbonation, just the way a gueuze should be, perfect

Very drinkable beer, this beer is simply a classic as the label so aptly suggests.

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Photo of safaricook
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the old style Cantillon glass. Very clear gold, steady flow of medium sized bubbles supporting the head that starts almost 2 fingers before reducing to a rim.
Aroma is rusty, earthy, straw, apricot, peach, strawberry
Taste is bone dry, minerally, sour like lemon juice, surprisingly strong bitterness in the aftertaste
Light on the palate and bone dry, leaves you with clean bitterness wanting more
I somehow started my sour/wild beer journey some years ago and here I am back at last. I know now it does not get any better.

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Photo of Zach136
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 2013, reviewed live.

A - Slightly cloudy, light straw color. Moderate carbonation, no head.

S - Pungent, eye watering grapefruit and lemon tartness.

T - Very balanced acidity, sour apple bomb, grapefruit zest and light oak.

M - Drying, light and refreshing. Very slight vanilla as you give your palate a rest.

O - Not the most sour gueuze ever, and thats a good thing. The balance brings out complexity, absolutely one of the best in the world.

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Photo of MarioM
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 375 ml poured into a Jester King stemmed glass.

A: Pours a slight off white head made of extremely creamy bubbles with large bubbles pilling in the center but quickly dissipated to a slight rim of tiny bubbles. Medium carbonation and an amazing clear golden yellow color. This is a beautiful crisp looking beer.

S: Light funk with citrus on the nose. Some tropical fruit Brett hints with Lactic acidity in there as well. Very clean sour aroma with the funkiness coming through when swirled and force it to release carbonation.

T: Tart but not extremely sour. I'm not getting much funk in the taste however. Carbonation is not as high as I would expect but I've swirled a couples time so I didn't help that situation. Bitter as it finishes but starts with some citrus combined with a slight tropical fruit character from the Brett but does not last very long. Very drinkable and refreshing. Getting extremely better as it warms up...

M: Dry and finishes with a nice bitterness that leaves you wanting more and more. I can drink this all day. The bitterness is not your typical IPA hop bomb bitterness but more of a tonic water bitterness that complements the tartness.

O: A great and classic example of the style, hence its name. Very drinkable, refreshing and interesting but not as much funk as I would like but I can see why this is a bench mark for the style. This bottle is relatively young so I'm extremely interested to see how it ages. Well worth a try and will continue to snatch this every time I see it. Also, nest time I will serve this slightly above the recommended 50-55 deg f since I thought it improved as it warmed.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 10-3-08 and consumed on 1-31-10

I'm not sure what can be said about this beer that hasn't been said before. Wonderful taste and aroma; it's wild and funky, leathery, bitter lemon, and horseblanket. A perfect balance of acidity, it's refreshing and dry, though not as dry as some of their others. This could be perfect with some more age on it.

I love this beer, it's not Iris good though, Hannaford.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having drank this beer on many occasions I realized that I've never reviewed it. Well time to fix that. 2009 bottle shared with my dad.

A: Partly cloudy pale golden straw hue. About a half finger of white head is achieved from an aggressive pour. Little flecks of sticky lace remain.

S: Like heaven in a glass. Full on wet and moldy barnyard straw. Tart white grapes, lemons, dusty library books, green apples. Spot on gueuze.

T: Sharp and dry lactic sour punch. The barnyard funk is present in every sip. Moldy gym socks, wet wood, lemon, green apple skin, sour grapes. Right where I want my guezue to be.

M: Light and dry body. Prickly carbonation.

O: What else is there to say about this world class beer. So complex and delicious. I could drink this all day. To my surprise my dad loved it. Looks like Cantillon has another fan now.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 ml, bottled in 2010.

Poured into a large wine glass at windowsill temp, about 50F.

Deep hazy golden, bubbly, with a ring of off-white froth around the edge.

Quite pungent. Forest floor and hay type smells, with some fresh tart fruitiness like grapefruit with hints of nectarine and berries, and yeasty cheese rind.

Nice tangy acidity. Tasty grapefruit, and complex dead leaf, wood, and hay flavors. Only a fleeting suggestion of fruity sweetness. Long finish, extremely dry and a bit bitter, grapefruit and old wood.

Prickly tang and tiny soft bubbles make for a lip-smackingly enjoyable texture. The acidity that isn't over the top, and the dry bitter finish make this extremely refreshing and drinkable.

Tasty, complex, balanced gueuze. Very nice stuff.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass at room temperature. Bottled on March 9, 2011. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while.

L - Deep gold color with a 3 finger white bubbly head. Slightly hazy, a few carbonation bubbles, head dissipates quickly, hardly any lacing.

S - Definite Brett in here. Vinegar aromas as well as apples and cherries. My mouth is puckering just by smelling this thing. Awesome.

T - Mind blown. Fruity sweetness, a mixture of grapes, cherries, and apples that turns very, very sour very, very quickly. There is just a crescendo of sourness that seems to build forever. It’s awesome. The barnyard from the Brett is evident as the liquid rolls over your tongue and in your throat in the aftertaste. There’s lots of stuff going on here but it is mouth-puckeringly sour in an amazing way.

F - Medium-bodied with a sharp, biting, slightly dry finish. Mouth-coating and lip-licking stickiness.

O - I was looking forward to this and was not disappointed. I’m a fan of sours and I’m trying to get more experience with them. This was a terrific experience. One thing that I love about it is that you could give it to someone who wasn’t familiar with sours and they would never in a million years think that it was beer. It just goes to show you how vast this wonderful world of beers is. Loved this and highly recommend it.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml Belgian flag bottle poured into Cantillon balloon glass. Pours hazy gold with a thin layer of white head that persists through out. The nose is loaded with character. Fresh cut grass and hay come first along with bright lemon zest that cuts through the funk. Speaking of funk, notes of earth and hay linger strongly through out with an obvious tangy ness present as well. Taste starts with huge wave of citric acid, lemon zest, and tartness. The tartness sets the table for the earthy funk. Notes of hay, oak, and cork come through towards the finish with some peppery spice notes. Super complex, different notes come to the front with each sip. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with light body. Overall, a very enjoyable brew. Super funky with a nice dose of tartness as well.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After removing the cork which cracked in half, no doubt due to improper storage (2009 vintage) a cloudy orange/brown and medium amber body cascades down the glass, releasing a one finger's worth of white quickly dissipating head.

Deeply complex taste with soft, tart fruits, hay, lemons sprinkled with sugar, and a vinegar-like middle. Also some green grapes and what I detect as a mix between pepper and nutmeg and other spices; some delicious yeast and funk to be sure. This beer is truly a masterpiece given its exquisite balance and no off flavors. Each sip gives a different experience as the beer changes and unfolds throughout the duration of the imbibing experience. Suffice it to say, I ended up just having to enjoy this brew after giving up trying to do some in depth analysis.

Sugary malt character adds balance but doesn't distract from the funky, tart interplay. Bitterness tingles early on but disappear as sourness crescendos. A desire to keep experiencing the flavor roller-coaster yields an excellent drink-ability rating.

Medium carbonated with a fluffy light to medium body. Smooth and slick over the tongue. Refreshing and invigorating; a perfectly crafted lambic.

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Photo of corby112
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 31 January 2013

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with straw/banana yellow edges and a two finger pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Great retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Musty barnyard aroma with lactic funk, damp earth, horseblanket, citric acidity and a very subtle acetic character. Strong barrel/damp oak in the nose with cheesy funk, grass, straw, cobweb and sweat. Not too funky however with pale malt, light fruit and vibrant citrus countering the earthier elements. Some bread and biscuit along with apple and a prominent zesty lemon juice presence. No solvent character to speak of. A little tame at this young age but the different characteristics mesh together very well in the aroma.

Medium body with soft carbonation and delicate sourness. Tart and puckering with a decent amount of earthy, lactic funk but not harsh or overly acidic. Dry oak/damp wood flavor but not toothpick-like or overwhelming. Some cheesy lactic funk with musty bugs, straw and earthy grass countered by pale malt, bread, ester-y fruit sweetness and citrus acidity. Really well balanced with biscuit-y malt, sourdough bread, sweet apple and tart lemon juice flavor. Lingering acetic vinegar presence in the finish that leaves me salivating for more. No harsh or solvent-like off flavors to be found. Perfectly balanced and extremely easy to drink which is surprising considering this beer's complexity. Just an overall amazing beer. Exemplary for the style.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into large snifter glass, shared with other BAs

Pours a pale straw color with dark golden colors, thin fading head with faint wisps of film and lacing streaking across the beer and glass.

Nice spritzy funkiness with tart and straw, light pear and apple sweetness, not crazy barnyard, an amazing balance between sour and sweet.

Tasty sourness with fruit balance and straw. Light fruit notes include apple peel, unripe grape. Some bittering with sweet notes to balance it out. An almost puckering moment of sour towards the dry lingering finish.

Lighter spritzy body, dry and lingering on the palate but inherently refreshing. Pleasant throughout, super tasty, delicious mesh of scent and taste from top to bottom. Another bullseye from Cantillon.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had a bottle of this at the Hopleaf in Chicago. 375ml, presented with a Cantillon tumbler.

The color was pale whitish-yellow with a nicy fizzy head. The closest description is carbonated grapefruit juice but with nice barnyard aromas and flavors. It had a kind of horsy muskiness which worked well with the mouth-puckering tart sourness.

Excellent, I've come around to this style of beer.

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Photo of shleepy
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a 375mL bottle into snifter. Spoiler alert: I've had this beer many times before, and I think it is the best "common" / mass-produced gueuze on the market... though the 3F comes close.

A: Slightly hazy, gold. Small, white head that quickly dissapears.

S: Oak, pine... general "cellar smell." There is a certain fruitiness to it, as well (citrus?).

T: Incredibly delicious. What sets Cantillon apart from the others is the absolute balance of all elements. It's got oakiness, subtle citrus and maybe apricot, funk, and sourness, but nothing excessively sticks out.

M: Oh, and there's also the beautiful mouthfeel and body. It's sour, pleasant, and very light. You could drink this beer all day.

O: Some breweries are overrated and overhyped. And I'm not just talking about companies like Dogfish Head, but even the actual good ones - say, Russian River. I like Russian River, and drink their stuff regularly, but they do not deserve the hype (heck, I prefer Cascade Barrel House). Cantillon and 3 Fonteinen really do deserve their hype and their wonderful reviews. The Cantillon gueuze is just amazingly balanced. I can see why some people prefer the 3F (and I love that one, as well), but Cantillon keeps its oak flavor in check, thereby creating a beer that is extremely easy to drink and exposing an array of subtle but interesting flavors.

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

750ml bottle, 2011 Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio

A: Hazy yellow/light orange color with a white head that quickly dissipates.
S: Lots of vinegar and citrus at first. Sour lemons, lactic acid, sweet wheatiness, some apples, some must and a lot of funkiness. Not as strong as I had imagined, but it smelled wonderful.
T: Mouth-puckering sourness. Earthy/musty flavor balanced with some wheat sweetness and lots of lemon acidity. A bit of green apples and apricots in there as well. Has a bit of a woody flavor at the end.
M: Light/medium bodied with decent carbonation. Could be a bit higher. Finishes very dry.
O: This is an amazing gueuze. I prefer the balance in this one compared to the funkier versions brewed up by 3F. Both are excellent though, and I will gladly drink either of them any day.

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Photo of jtingue
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated December 2nd 2010. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Crystal clear golden yellow in color, with some visible effervescence. Pours with a finger of head, which quickly dissipates to a few groups of tiny bubbles on top of the beer.

Smell. Very floral up front, with a tart apple aroma. Definitely some smells that are unfamiliar to me, given the more standard beers I normally review.

Taste. Starts out tart, and very clean. Some of the fukiness that this beer is famous for comes in, and is joined by a slightly oaky flavor. The funk is joined and eventually taken over by some fruity tartness similar to apples and cherries. Some sweetness starts to balance out the sour and tart flavors, and is joined by a floral note. The finish is very dry and funky, but with a lingering wonderful floral flavor.

Mouthfeel. Thin body, but with excellent carbonation, giving the beer a somewhat creamy and fuller mouthfeel.

This beer lived up to all of my expectations. Very glad that I have one to age.

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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 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 jcartamdg
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my bruery tulip. Pours golden with a foamy 1 finger head that stays. Aroma of Brett, lemon and a little funk In the back. Taste is tart, cidery, lil funky and delicious. Mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation. Very drinkable! Overall this is amazing, great sour flavor with high drinkability.

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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