Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

3,694 Ratings
Cantillon Gueuze 100% LambicCantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic

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Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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This listing is for all vintages (Gueuze, Oude Gueuze, etc.).

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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Photo of futurefjp
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not bad, but a real experience. Not a session ale, but a step outside the comfort zone for me. This to me is Cider/Wine/Beer...I find the taste confusing and its so tart...but its very crafty and refreshing. I think this is a really skillful beer to produce as there is simply so much happening so hats off to the Master Brewers in Belgium yet again.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml capped and corked bottle into a goblet

bottled feb 1 2013

Pours a hazy yellow with a very minimal nose. not the greatest looking beer. Nice aroma out of the bottle, good tart vinegary notes but not too in your face. The taste is very unexpected for me. It's not in your face lip puckering at all. on most gueuzes the sourness is up front and hits you right away. However, here, the sourness is on the back end. the flavor profile is incredible. lemon is apparent as well as green apples and vinegar. honestly there are a ton of different sour flavors that you experience throughout this one. complexity is insane. medium bodied with medium carbonation. a tad amount of bitterness here too, unusual for a gueuze.

overall this is quite different than any other gueuze ive had in the past. cant call it my favorite, but its worth picking up and trying it if you see it. definitely not your average beer. im thinking if i had drank an older one it might have been a bit better. it wasnt quite sour enough for me.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a heavy, green 12.7 oz. bottle into a fluted tulip glass.

A - Deep gold-orange, hazy, with a 2.5 finger head of soapy bubbles that rescind rather quickly and leave a thin film atop the beer, with no lacing to speak of.

S - Sour apple mash, strong hints of dry cider and some summer wheat as well. Not overpowering, but welcoming.

T - Very tart cider at first, then gets really mouth-puckering sour, with the malts just barely noticeable. There is a citrusy brightness in the finish, but no hops. Despite the dominance of the sourness, this is a highly refreshing and very very tasty brew.

M - Good carbonation and a light-medium body, but nothing outstanding.

D - Refreshing, but definitely a sipper due to the sourness throughout, which stops just short of making this a difficult drink. Challenging, but rewarding.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle dated 8/31/11 (pretty much exactly one year old). Split with one other person. Poured into HF tulip. A lot softer cork then I'm used to, I think it's the first time I've personally de-corked a Cantillon.

A- Pours a translucent golden orange, not really any head, lacing recedes fairly quickly, minimal carbonation with a few carbonation bubbles rising here and there.

S- Light funky smell of vinegar, a little bit of oak, some lightly sour green apples, maybe a tiny bit of aged cheese lurking in the background.

T- Light lemony citrus with a very light tartness, some light vinegar, finishes with a hint of sourness.

M- Light, slightly dry on the finish, not too much carbonation which I like for the style, very easy to drink.

O- This was a very good gueze, however probably not my favorite. I think I actually liked Hannsenn's slightly more then this. It was very drinkable, had a nice light funk to it, and is definitely something I'd like to drink again, maybe a different vintage. I would recommend this to any geuze/sour lover.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork and cap bottle.

Poured cloudy orange color with a minimal fizzy head that diminihed quickly with fair lacing. Heavy fruity and sour citrus aroma. Medium to full body with a dry texture. Heavy tart sour flavor with a medium bitter finish of long duration.

This is a standout beer for a select few.

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Photo of daledeee
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A difficult beer to find, but I have one.

This beer pours a pretty bright yellow orange with a haze. The head is noisy and bubbly and white. The head goes away but is easily revived with a quick swirl

Nose is quite vinegar with notes of yeast and tart apples. This is very unusual for me. Haven't had too many of this type.

Taste is quite unique as well. Very sour with apples, a hint of yeast and lemons. Very warming for a low alcohol beer. The bottle said to drink this pretty warm at 55F. Not as bubbly on the tongue as I thought it would be. I expected Alka-Seltzer but glad I didn't get it. This appears to be a very good representative of the style, but I am no expert.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into wine glass; unfiltered golden color with nice one finger head and lots of carbonation. Soured fruity, funky smell. Carbonation works the palate with sour notes on front and a nice soft fruit finish. The soured smell remains and as the beer warms the sour notes come alive. A nice Brett-style beer well done.

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Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, 37.5cl bottle, slightly chilled, poured in a traditional manner into a wine glass

Clear copper appearance with an effervescent head. Brett, vanilla, damp wood/earth fill the senses. Further, I can smell wet stone, leather, aged cheese, slight malt sweetness, hay and wheat.

The taste is a little young. Mouthfeel is a little viscous for the style. Strong lactic sourness clenches the jaw on the first sip. The front of my tongue feels numb for a second after a few more sips. Bleu cheese, leather and a little woody flavor is present. The lactic acid plays off the brett exceptionally well. If anything too well. This Gueuze is drinkably offensive. Lively carbonation lifts this beer off the palate leaving a lingering sourness. This isn't as quite as dry as I'd like it to be yet. I still think the brett has to eat through some more residual sugars. The beer sweetens as it warms and the palate gets fatigued.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear amber-gold with a soft, white half finger head, leaving a persistent film.

Lots of funk on the nose, but also acidic peppery spice. It's a nice balance, nearing piney hops at times. White wine vinegar and a little smoke develops as it warms.

Taste is resin, and sour grapefruit. Wow, I haven't really had any successful attempts at the following, but if you could take a West Coast DIPA and sour it exceptionally well by keeping many of the base attributes in tact, this could be the result! I also get blue cheese as it warms.

Overall this is pretty strongly on the acetic side, but there is quite a bit of bitterness for a sour, finishing semi-dry.

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Photo of JakeScully
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was expecting a lot more from this cantillon product which is overhyped in America. It's fairly good, but not world class, though I understand this one isn't the best from this brewery. At this price I'm not going to buy again.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woosterbill
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked & capped bottle (cork dated 2008) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden body with a thin, coarse head of persistent white bubbles. Not terribly compelling.

S: Highly piquant aroma of sour funk, unripe fruit, and spicy mustard. Slightly oaky and decidedly vinous. I'm loving it.

T: Puckeringly sour, with green apple dominating throughout. A little bit of the mustard from the nose comes through, but not much. No real funk, either. The sourness does relent a bit on the finish, where a touch of sweetness shows up. Extremly tasty, with my only complaint being that it's a little one-dimensional with the tart acidity.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, and nearly still - just a bit of soft carbonation shows up after vigorous swishing. A bit more life would be welcome.

D: Pretty good considering how sour it is, but I'm glad I got the 375 instead of the full 750.

Notes: Hugely flavorful, and pretty complex. I kind of dig the mustard, as well as the smooth finish. I bought this after being blown away by Girardin, and the Cantillon didn't quite measure up. While delicious, this beer just doesn't have quite the depth of the unfiltered Girardin. I'm definitely looking forward to trying more of Cantillon's offerings.


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Photo of bishopdc0
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with my wife at Novare Res on Zwanze day.
The beer is golden pale with a thin lace head

The nose is tart and sour like cherries or raspberries but without the distinction of each.

The taste is dry and sour to start very sour it becomes fruity like fresh apples and finishes with more of a cider sour apple taste

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Getting prepped for Eb's belgian fest- decided to pull this one out! Poured form the corked and capped classic gueuze bottle into a Raftman tulip- corked 2008. Pours a fairly clear dark yellow/ orange with a fast rising champagne- like head. Wonderful gueuzy aromas of sour green apples, some lemon rind, and general sourness. Taste is of sour citrus, some alcohol, tart fruits. Lots of carbonation and dry finish at first. As I get to the end of the glass, it has flattened quite a bit.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours honey golden with thick white head. Dissipates pretty quickly into white ring along sides of Teku glass.

Smell is lemony and tart. Hints of green apple with sweeter, smoother notes of honey present in the background and some definite funk.

Taste of Gueuze always catches me off gaurd. Very tart with citrusy lemon notes. This doesn't seem quite as tart as others I have had in this style. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very dry. Good carbonation.

Overall this is interesting and always fun to try. I am not a big fan of the style but it is growing on me. I think this is a good example of a gueuze/lambic.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2003

Nice looking beer. Beautiful pale straw color with decent but not serious carbonation. Head is quite white. Would prefer a bit more prolific gas.

Big nose. Big Brett and big sour apple. Very nice. Get some of the nasties in there too. What I take to be the enterics. They are really harsh.

It really isn't very harsh which is nice. Quite soft and approachable. Doesn't linger in my mouth and make my cheeks hurt as bad as Hanssens. Still get the big sourness in the front. Really tart. Touch of Brett in the mid palate. Really nice very dry finish as the tart funk fades slowly away into a kind of almost cheesy dry finish then to nothing. That touch of kind of cheesiness in the finish really bugs me.

Mouthfeel is right on for a Gueuze.

Pretty drinkable for a Gueuze. Except for that cheesiness its would be quite drinkable.

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Photo of Euroglot
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well after the shock wore off I really enjoyed sipping this. Kind of like sucking on a raw, tart lemon for the first time. You know you're into new, unexplored territory, but plunge on ahead anyway, until you're so lost you can't go back.

Murky yellow body with hints of orange. Small whitish head and some lacing. The smell is sour tartness and fairly bold - hints that you've got something rare here. Then the taste. Wow! Let me try that again as the brow furrows and mouth puckers. Am I really tasting something this tart and yet so appealing? Back for more - it's growing on you now. Sip, sip again, feel that strong acidity and champaign like feel? What is this? Tart, sour, lovely stuff this.

Could I drink it for long? Not more than I could suck a lemon for long, but, wow, on a special occasion and in the right mood, this is really special sipping. Try it, but be warned - there's no turning back.

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Photo of farrago
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The head crests near two fingers of dense off-white to light tan color, nice retention, keeps a thick surface layer. Deeply bronzed liquid, sunset orange, fully opaque, there’s quite a bit of active bubbles yet they are not always easily visible. The nose punches real hard and drives into the nostrils, smells mainly of yeast, pulped oranges and tangerines, cardamom, sage to white pepper with touches of pineapple, kumquat and star fruit, warming up does little to smooth it out. Medium-bodied, the carbonation lends strong prickle which even further accentuates the formidable sourness. Cavalcade of tart grapefruit, orange, lemon citrus, so stinging that the flavors become hard to separate. Yeast, wheat germ, barley easy to peg, the fruit flavors here too muddled by the sourness, mostly pineapple, nectarine, green apple with a few red cherry notes. Monolithic in scale and assured in the message it wants to send.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co., Glasgow (£5.20):
Bright and cloudy, orange amber colour with a one centimetre tall, short lived head that was bubbly and disappeared fast leaving only a few bits of white lace around the circumference on the glass.

Tarty initally with some sourness and a fair amount of lemon and sour grapes. There is a lot of different fruits noticeable on the nose; these include some apple and peach along with a strong acidic aroma.

Acidic and tarty up front with a nice mix of lemon, some vinegar and sour grapes. There is some lemongrass and a nice acidic bite with plenty of additional sourness. The flavour is one that enhances tenfold once left to settle for a few minutes too.

Very smooth, sour and tarty on the palate with a light body, plenty of carbonation and a crisp finish.

Quite a good beer, but only after it opens up a little and has been left to settle for a couple of minutes to left the extremly sour and tarty flavours die down some. It was a great beer though with plenty of depth and character, it was also pretty much what I was expecting for the beer.

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Photo of Myotus
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured gently at 50F from a bottle into a beer flute. Consumed on 09Apr16.
LOOK: A fingers worth of white foam is formed after pouring. Pale gold in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are in abundance and small in size. Lacing is thick, but subtle.
SMELL: Strong aromas of hay and sour green apple elegantly combine with mild aromas of earthy yeast, oak, peaches, white grapes, and pears along with subtle grass aromas.
TASTE: Strong earthy yeast, hay, and sour green apple flavors pleasantly bombard the palate upon first sip. Mild peach, white grape, and pear flavors instantaneously trail as earthy yeast flavors grow slightly stronger. Mild flavors of oak and subtle grass finish off the taste theatrical as all previous flavors push on.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with high amount of carbonation. Goes down rough due to the carbonation. Finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness.

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Photo of younger35
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this from Blue Max Liquors in Burnsville. Haven't had any of Cantillon's regular Gueuze's yet. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Bottled in 2007 on cork.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear light orange with a small half finger head that quickly dissipates leaving nothing. Tons of bubbles permeate throughout the glass.
Smell- Wow, I can smell the funk as I pour this. Very crisp and tart nose that has my mouth watering. Somewhat rice wine vinegary with an almost citric twinge. The usual horse blanket type mustiness and more of a cheese funk than I've smelled before. The barrel isn't all that prevalent in the nose but as it nears room temp a bit of that earthy woodiness comes through.
Taste- Definitely not as sour as I was expecting. I'd even venture to say it's not really all that puckering. A slightly vinegary tinge that is something like watered down apple cider vinegar. Slightly quenching in the back of my throat as a light earthy mushroom makes its way in. Not really all that funky as it's more just slightly dirty. More age would really accentuate both and probably give this a lot more character. The oak is strong and woody with the slightest touch of vanilla in the finish.
Mouthfeel- Very light bodied with a more repressed carbonation that I was expecting from the vibrant bubbles.
Drinkability- Not the intense lip puckering experience I was expecting but good none-the-less. The beer is actually extremely drinkable because of the subdued sour. A couple more years would probably make this the beer I was expecting but until then, still damned good.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Feb 2008 vintage. Poured into a Chouffe goblet. Orange color is cloudy but bright, almost shiny. Small but dense head. Looks sticky when swirled.

S - pale hops, sour apple, earthy straw. Distinctly woody, but much lighter than other aged beers: wet pine might be a good place to start describing. Certainly none of the oak or bourbon aromas you sometimes get. And let's not forget the yeast! Plenty of funky brett if you sniff for it. The predominant smell is sourness though, not funk.

T - Nicely sour from start to finish, without diminishing the complexity of the aromas one bit. I wouldn't call it crisp in the sense that ciders can be, but it certainly doesn't make you pucker either, as some earlier reviews have claimed. I will admit that there's more of a straight-up vinegar flavor present now, vs the more fruity & floral sourness of the smell, but it's not overpowering.

M - pretty light body, moderate fizz (doesn't last long though, especially at the ideal serving temps), finishes dry

D - very easy thanks to the ABV. Assuming you like sour beers, I suppose!

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
4.33 out of 5 based on 3,694 ratings.
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