Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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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
Ratings:
3,694
Reviews:
905
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
Wants:
1,175
Gots:
1,175
For Trade:
83
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Photo of MagicJeff
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally got a bottle of this at the Tap at Ponce. Thanks @ThirstyGiant! Poured into an oversized Burgundy wine glass.

Look: Deep gold, hints of old copper. Lots of carbonation but not a big head.

Smell: Yellow gatorade. Funky apple tarts. Green apple peel. some old yellow flower petals. some vinous qualities on the nose.

Taste: Bracing lemon, apple cider vinegar, tart green apple picked at the perfect time. Aspiriny-grainy funky finish.

Feel: This is so tart but then the tiny scrubbing bubbles come in and make you want to take another sip.

Overall: I can't describe the nose on this beer. So incredibly complex. Glad I got to try one. Hopefully I can find another and put some age on it.

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

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap @ Moor, Bristol - Pours golden yellow with a nice white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - light acetic acid, apple, vinous. Taste - Fruit acidity, unripe fruit notes leading to tart berry feel, light pepper feel, roasted barley notes, dry finish. Thought I might struggle with this but on a very hot day extremely nice brew.

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Photo of ZachMayer14
3.45/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tylerstravis
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I wanted to try this fresh and it was way too fresh. Will revisit with an older vintage.

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Photo of eluvah
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zenithberwyn
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Feldpausch
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blaze5445
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BltByKrmn
3.61/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Patinthebronx
4.99/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of NYR-Zuuuuc
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of doktorhops
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #850!!! Told you I was saving up something special: Doc’s first bottle of Cantillon! I’ve been waiting 6 years to get my hands on a bottle of this - the hype train has turned into a blimp, a giant golden blimp that is headed right into the sun where it might possibly crash and burn, but what a blaze of glory to go out on right? So why exactly is Cantillon so highly sought after? Some call it “the champagne of Belgium”, others like them whales because they are so damn rare - like a single case of this gets to Australia every year, or it could be that this is a blend of one, two and three year-old lambics (spontaneously fermented) beers - a perfection of Belgian brewing in a glass... I’m about to find out what it is that makes Cantillon: Cantillon.

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy deep orange, like a dying sunset on a beach somewhere in Belgium [they have beaches there right?], body with a nice off-white splotchy head that leaves some lace on the side of the glass, top-shelf. 9/10.

S: Funky grape with a mead-like scent, yeast-driven brew, colognes struggle to smell as good as this! Hints of apple/pear esters, earthy notes, more musty character than you can poke a stick at. If you’re into your Saisons/Gueuzes/Lambics/Flanders Oud Ales then then Cantillon is music for your nose. Sets the bar high here. 10/10.

T: Brett funk, tart grapes/lemon/apple/pear leads into a honeyed mead-like centre, finishes with an acidic cider vinegar note and an oak-driven woody dryness. Quite a multifaceted flavour - hits the tongue with sour/sweet/bitter/dry all at the same time. Herbal bitterness in the background. Flavour is a bit more sour than I like, but I can totally appreciate the overall complexity of this fine Gueuze. 9/10.

M: Mid to light, bordering medium bodied, with a light/dense carbonation - all works well, more body wouldn’t go astray if I had one thing to pick about it. 8/10.

D: Well it was quite a whale, not quite my Moby Dick (that would be Heady Topper), but nonetheless a BIG tick off my bucket list here. What did I think overall? Amazing aroma, TBH it smells much better than it tastes, the sourness and acidity is borderline more than I can stomach, still this is a benchmark Gueuze that everyone should try at some point - doesn’t need to be a daily purchase, and the flavour of Saison Dupont is more up my alley anyhow. Glad I finally got my hands on a Cantillon though, good times! 9/10.

Food match: Would pair perfectly with a hard cheese platter - truffle pecorino especially. Also brasserie cuisine - Cantillon was made for this.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Classic look: soft yellow-gold, a little cloudy, thin lace cap. The aroma & the taste are prototypical: tart lactic acid & dry farmhouse funk, very evenly balanced between the two. Lots of oak tannin, pear crist, lemon, some earthy but light yeast. Very even, not super tart in my opinion but enough to provide depth and character to the beer. A classic.

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Photo of heddar33
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JustinSparks
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PerHops
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drone
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DraftDaddy
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nedster10
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Acidic and with clear notes of brett, and horse-blanket/barnyard. Bitter toward the end. Some gasoline-like aftertaste. Medium body and with very little carbonation. Not the most complex gueuze I have tried but it was perhaps not matured enough.

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Photo of kash2112
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ead73
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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