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 wordemupg
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped Oct,16,2012 bottle poured into tulip 6/11/13

A almost clear golden yellow body with just a few slow tiny bubbles visible but a healthy two fingers of foam that slowly falls to a thick film leaving random lace on the way down

S funk and wet wood hit me first, grass and hay, apple, peach, lemon and pear, slightly cheesy, leafy hops smells like it should

T cereals, wood, funk and lemon, not quite everything the nose had going on but still represents the style very well

M light bodied, well carbonated, a little grit, sour but not overly so, finishes with funk and sour lemon

O extra points here for being so easy to drink and having nice mix of fruit, funk, and wood, well rounded brew and I could easily drink another bottle or two no problems

I'm wishing I had a hot summers day to do with this one but I have no complaints even on this chilly evening. I'm a little surprised it took me so long to rate the easiest to find Cantillon but I was bound to get t it sooner or later

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A - A hazy cloudy golden body with playful bubbles. The head is huge and white with sticky bubbles and a decent lace.

S - Tartness, Funky-funk, Strong sour citrus and some oakiness.

T & M & D - Tangy fruits and a great sourness throughout the mouth. However, what singles the cantillon out for me is the beautiful oakiness that comes in and mellows and melds the flavors in the middle and end of the mouth allowing the beer to maintain complex crisp flavors without finishing with a mouth puckering overly sour taste.

O - An awesome Gueuze! One of my favorites as it has great flavors and begs you to drink more and more. Love it.


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Photo of brew3crew
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Zeanze day 2011. Really looking forward to this one.

A- hazy yellow with no head whatsoever

S- little bit of fruit, lot of funk

T- follows the nose. Go figure. Very dry finish. Nice tartness and funk

M+medium body and smooth

O-good beer. Can't wait to see what this does with age.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 cork date, so I guess it's a 2004 bottle? Yellow and black label with the drunk guy on the chair. Drinking this right after a 2009 Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze. Pours a mostly clear apricot orange sort of color with a medium head. Less spritzy and a touch darker than the Fonteinen. Nose is immediately more sharp and less minerally than the Fonteinen. More lemon, more funk. Somehow chewier in the nose, as weird as it sounds. Flavor is massively funky, urine, manure, mushroom. Way more flavors going on than the Fonteinen, not all of them pleasant. Despite all the crazy funky oddities of this it works pretty freakin well. On the opposite end of the flavor spectrum from the Fonteinen. Cantillon is way more earth, fungus, digestive like, while Fonteinen is toward the champagne, mineral, lemon end of the spectrum The Fonteinen is actually more dry in my opinion. Both fantastic. As this one opens it's sublime.

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Photo of GuzzLah
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a hazy yellow-light orange with an ephemeral head. A little lace. No bubbles.

S - green apple, leather, light barnyard, acetic, mild lactic.

T - green apple, lemon, mild cider vinegar with a peppery finish.

M - light-medium body. Creamy. Mouth watering sour, but not super sour.

O - a little sweeter and fruitier than its peers. I prefer Drie Fonteinen, but this is certainly a well made Gueuze and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cantillon Classic Gueuze. 2009 vintage. Poured from a 375ML bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a slightly transparent golden-copper color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Can actually here the Belgian yeast in the glass. Looks like a great beer.

s - Smells of funk, Belgian yeast, citrus, tart lemon, and some floral notes. As it warms up some tart apple as well. Smells wonderful.

t - Tastes of tart apples and tart lemons, citrus, and some definite funk. Also tastes of Belgian yeast and some earthy/floral notes. Pretty nice.

m - Light body and low carbonation, very crisp and enjoyable.

d - The drinkability of this beer is amazing, and probably it's best trait. The fact that it is only 5% ABV makes it very easy to drink. While it is very sour and tart, it is not insanely lip pucking like some others, which also helps the drinkability and makes finishing a bottle alone easy. I also loved the smell; would definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of Rinkor16
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this with my older brother. 2011 bottle opened on 7/6/12.

A: Nice orange and yellow color. Very little head that would slide right off the glass.

S: Tons of citrus. Lemon, orange and oak.

T: Extremely well balanced. Nice citrus notes up front followed by the funk and sour. Reminded me a lot of Beatification, but less intense. Very dry finish that leaves you wanting more!

M: Right amount of carbonation. Very refreshing.

O: Fantastic! I wish I could get a hold of this more often.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Moeder Lambic

Comes served in the Cantillon tumbler glass.

White head and a hazy dark golden body.

Lots of funkiness in the aroma. Green apples and vinegar.

Green apples, vinegar, white grape, and a funkiness that lingers that is musty and a touch cheesy.

Mild carbonation and super smooth.

Triple G beer here...great goddamn gueuze.

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Photo of Treebs
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 corked and capped 750 ml bottle served in a Portsmouth tulip. Big thanks to Tnudish for the share.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a whispy film that hovers the whole way down leaving some splotchy lace.

S: Nice funky notes with a tart green apple and some white grape skins.

T: Tartness is up front with green grape skin, slight puckering sour and some nice funk on the finish.

M: Light and refreshing with some spritzy carb and a slightly sour finish.

O: This a delicious beer and my pour left the glass very quickly. This is a very balanced beer and I would love to have it again and again.

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Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass at cellar temperature.

A: Poured a mildly hazy golden color, with a slight fizzy head that didn't have much staying power.

S: Sour Brett notes, with a bit of pepper and tart fruit notes... sort of like apple cider vinegar, but much better.

T: Signature Cantillon profile: I always describe is as sour "Sweet Tarts," with the sweetness bleached out, about a tablespoon of vinegar, and a great blend of white and black pepper... that's my take anyway.

M: Very sour as a result of the brett. Also, the carbonation was very bubbly, fizzy, and campagne-like. The finish was mouth-ringingly dry.

O: One of the best brewery "flagship beers" on the market.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at De Bier Tempel in Brugge - 75cl bottle that was corked and capped. Poured this little beauty into a stemmed tulip glass.

Bottled on November 20th, 2009.

A: Pours a straw colored golden hue with a decent thin head that surprisingly stuck around for most of the glass, thick lace and very effervescent.

S: Big time chardonnay, slightly funky (not as much as i expected though), fermented apples/fruit, sour dough bread and a peppery woodiness that is real nice.

T: Real woody and tart with perfect acidity, chardonnay flavors, citrus, a bit of wet blanket and hay with a nice fruity finish.

M: Light bodied and extremely dry, highly carbonated, very mouthwatering and smooth.

D: This brew drinks like a dream and the low ABV makes it perfect for an all day drinker.

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Photo of wd40
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2008, aged until 2010.

Straw yellow appearance with slight haze. More head than I thought it would have, but the carbonation is still very light and nice.

The sourness of the beer is even apparent in its fragrance. There's a little bit of funky grass/hay/barn smell in there.

The sourness is pleasantly pronounced flavor. The lingering aftertaste is actually kind of sweet like apple or pear. The finish is very dry.

The mouthfeel has a nice subtle carbonation that enhances the sourness.

The beer is very drinkable because of the minimal alcohol percentage and the extremely dry finish that keeps one thirsty for more!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy golden orange color with a nice small white cap and loads of bubbles

S: Sour lemons, light vinegar, some other unripe fruits, mainly white grapes

T- Tart of course. Sour lemons and unripe grapes. A bit earthy, some grass and wood but very minimal, light hint at vinegar, booze is low but the beer feels a bit stronger

M: Lots of carbonation that makes this Gueuze a refreshing brew.

O: Very good for style and very easy to drink

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Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pour is like apple juice with a small head and a bit of murk. nose of apples and lambic funk. palate is has a lot of latitude for something that is suppose to be asstringent and contracting for the tastebuds. sour apple with some woodiness... but the finish is key. a bit of malt quality of honey and pollen deep in there. palate if he finish beside sour is prodominently oaky. a mild finish that sit on the tongue and reveals qualities of lilly and other floral delicacies. great.

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Photo of readbaron
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden bronze color with little head.

Smells sour - green apples with some yeasty funk

Tastes heavenly! Incredibly sour, again with green apples, grape skin, and grapefruit. Finishes smooth and dry.

M - light and clean with more carbonation than I initially would have thought.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head and minimal lacing

S-lemon, grassy, funk, musty

T-lemon, yeasty funk, grass, earthy, hint of orange

F-medium body with nice crisp carbonation, tart and acidic

O-my favorite gueuze thus far, nice body and flavor

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Photo of zac16125
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a Teku
Vintage 2011

A big thanks to joshwith for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Pours a somewhat hazy golden color with 1.5 fingers width of white head. Head dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves effectively zero lacing.

S: Lots of tart lactic acidiy, and an equally big lemon-lime citrus. I also get oak, vanilla, fruity esters, some floral notes, and subtle melting plastic like funk. Awesome.

T: Funkier than the nose, with that burnt plastic like character. Next I get a fair amount of citrus rind and lactic tartness. Pretty sour, but not to the degree of some Gueuzes or other Cantillon's Ive had. I also get a pretty big degree of floral notes, oak, some sweet citrus notes, and some bitterness. Tartness builtd throughout the drink. Theres a very nice flavor of oak and fruity esters that linger forever in the aftertaste. Great complexity, and really tasty beer.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation is moderate but lower than most examples Ive had of the style, fairly drying on the finish, and drinkability is very good.

O: One of the standards of the style, truly a classic.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a bottle at The Jeffrey Craft Beer and Bites in New York, NY

Note: Bottled 1 February 2013

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some hints of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a very thin (barely covering the entire surface of the beer) fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderately sour with a presence of fruit (white grape and lemon), lighter amount of funkiness, and hints of yeast. Very light notes of oak.

T: The beer has a strong sour flavor that is quite acidic and tart - there is a light to moderate presence of fruit (white grape and lemon) along with light notes of funkiness, yeast, and oak. Quite puckering.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate to heavy amounts of acidic prickliness are also present.

O: As this was a complementary bottle from the owner of The Jeffrey, it may have been even more enjoyable than it already would have been and considering the quality of this beer that is great. Probably one of the most perfect examples of the style in my opinion. It is truly a classic - strong sour flavors but exactly what you would expect for the style.

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Photo of dmitrosan
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer!
Very balanced sour and fruity nose with aroma of buckwheat honey and fermented rise.
The dominated grapefruit taste with kind bitterness of grapefruit pulp and wheat, honey and vanilla aroma.
Very fresh, I really enjoyed it!

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Photo of HardTarget
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hand carried back from Brussels, purchased from the Van Roys.

A) Very hazy peach brown glass with a halo of head.

S) Wow. Typical of the style, lemon juice intensity, fermented fruit, horse-blanket farmhouse extravaganza.

T) Surprisingly smooth, peach nectar that has sat under a farmers house for a decade. Lemon juice, farm, bit of baby diaper, hard core, but accessible.

M) Puckering tartness, abrasive in some respects, medium light body, crushingly dry in the finish.

D) Not a session, but I will gladly replace the bottle in my cellar.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

picked up a 750 at Riley's here in Madison.

Pour: golden yellow, cloudy with a few mm of snow-white head.

Nose: barnyard funk, acetic acid, lemon juice

Taste: super-tart, acetic acid, lemon-pepper, skunky-funk. Totally refreshing and enjoyable.

Feel: silky-smooth, a little flat and thin, but tart and to style I suppose.

Drinkability/Overall:'s good to know that I'm game to this beer now. Tart, funky, refreshing. A very well made artisinal lambic.

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Photo of berkey
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz corked and capped bottle poured into a La Trappe glass. From 10/03/09 notes. This one has a yellow label with a man drinking in a chair.

Opens with a nice champagne pop and pours with a loud hiss. A small head forms and immediately fades almost completely. Body is that cloudy, almost dirty yellow-orange of many Cantillon brews. Very fine carbonation is easily visible.

Aroma very pungent with a high amount of what is so often called horse blanket. Having never been in a stable I'd sooner say 'dirty towel' but you get the picture. Faint sweetness comes through just enough to make itself known along with some sour bread notes. Funk is really the most intense smell though. Has that 'are you sure this is safe to drink?' character that the funkiest lambics share.

After the zaniness of the nose the flavor isn't as intense as I expected. Actually fairly balanced all things considered. Funk is there in good measure, at first in the aftertaste, then more as it reached CA room temperature. Not harshly sour, slightly dry, faintly sweet, with a good woody character.

Very drinkable once I adjusted to the funky pungency but I'm still glad I went with the smaller bottle. 750 ml of Gueuze is a little much me. Feel was excellent with the pleasantly intricate prickly carbonation.

All in all another highly enjoyable Cantillon brew. These beers are becoming a regular part of my beer runs. Hopefully I can find more Cantillon offerings in these smaller bottles as the big ones are a little pricey.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow that becomes hazy once some of the sediment makes its way in. White head and not much lacing.

Smells of that trademark acidic, sour, funky, mustiness that I have really come to enjoy.

Tastes sour (mouth puckering), acidic, golden fruits, and musty/barn. I still have a hard time understanding how something so weird can be so damn good.

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Photo of marc77
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy pale amber hue. Thick, dogged, vanilla white head leaves tattered, rough lace. Dryish, dusty yeast, multiple flora must along with dessicated hay hit the nose initially. They are promptly ensued and complemented by bittersweet lactic notes as well as mellow hints of underripe pair. Understated and welcoming aromawise. Sharper, acetic notes incipient in flavor bite the palate, then taper languidly into a melange of lemon flesh and old lemon peel. Muted, washed horse like enteric hints emerge mid palate along with ghostly kernels of wheat, lending an odd, yet agreeable soured grain impression. Stately underripe plum flesh tartness and tannic skin bitterness persists as a constant undertone. Well carbonated and spritzy, yet there's a subtle, proteinaceous quality that adds girth to the body. Finishes with a brusque snap of oaky sweetness, but otherwise simply lactic and arid. A beautifully complex brew, with an austere, yet assertive acidity. The flavor components haven't quite coalesced, but cellaring should quell any astringencies nicely. Bottled in 2002. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for delivering this fine beer.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a sample of this at the brewery following a tour of the place. Served cool from the bottle in a wine like glass.

A-murky yellow body, light white ring head.

S-barnyard, sour and rose flower

T-fruit stone, sour, wine, some grassy notes.


D-very nice complexity. interesting sense-wise. I would drink this again.

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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