Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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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
Reviews:
899
Ratings:
3,652
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
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Photo of madtrixter787
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle my friend mcann2pu brought back from a visit to DE.

Appearance: Not too much head, though the poor was not that aggressive. Nice cloudy golden haze.

Smell: Strong sour smell at first, though toned down and a little fruitier when brought to room temperature.

Taste: Very sour at the front, with a very complex finish. Hard to describe the different flavors, though pear comes through for the fruit. Very well blended.

Mouthfeel: Nice and bubbly, as expected.

Drinkability: Definitely gets better when brought closer to room temperature. Would not want to drink more than a bottle at a time, but that can be a good thing with beers this complex.

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Photo of infi
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. bottle, bottled on 30 Dec 2009. Shared with BA brun.

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Pours a golden champagne-like color with nice thin, white and loosely-bubbled head that quickly dies into ringed cap. Smell is full of a nice lemony and green apple tartness with a mild funkiness from the spontaneous fermentation. There's also a good amount of a odoriferous breadiness from the yeast.

Taste is lively with an initial sourness, which then recedes into a short-lived green apple skin tartness. The sourness isn't cheek-shrinking and mouth-puckering either. No off-putting flavors like metallic oxidation or overpowering lacto-funk. Very simple and easy, yet incredibly tasty.

Mouthfeel is thin, just about one step lower than a champagne with lesser carbonation. I'll gladly drink another bottle of this, not cause it's Cantillon, but it's incredibly refreshing and delicious. Definitely would recommend this to someone trying to foray themselves into the sour territory.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up last week while on my trip here in the UK. We don't have Cantillon back in NH and the price point was quite attractive.

Pours a golden orange collor with quite a bit of haze, reminiscent of freshly squeezed apple juice. A light white head makes a short appearance but does not stick around too long.

Aroma is not quite as farmhouse funky as expected, but still loaded with lots of tart and sour notes. The fruity tartness gives this gueuze a juicy aroma.

Initial taste is sweet and tart before the lemony sourness comes in and takes over the flavor profile. With a bit of warming and exploring, some funkier flavors some out, but nothing too outrageous. Overall a very well balance enjoyable sour.

Mouthfeel does feel a bit thin, but at only 5%, I wouldn't expect much more.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled November 13 2009 and consumed today on its first birthday. Split between a couple Duvel tulips with my wife (TulipSnifter), we enjoyed this beauty at about 8 a.m. after I got off work from the night shift. It has the appearance of guava nectar in the glass with a 3 finger egg shell head from a hard pour that recedes to a minimal wispy cap. No lacing is apparent...but none is expected.

Lacto citrus in the nose there is no questioning that there is something sphincter puckering going on in my glass. A touch of wood mold and gorgonzola round out the aroma.

Sip...pucker...repeat! Wow what a tasty sour beer! I wouldn't call this as lemony as I would say its more of a grapefruit juice essence. The wood is also there in spades, as is the raw funk. Again I'm picking up on some moldy cheese almost as an aftertaste.

Thin in body and moderately carbonated, this drinks fast. An extremely high attenuation allow this to finish nice and dry. Very quickly, the glass disappears and I'm hearing cries from the other bottle I have in my possession calling to me. I'm hoping to let it fester until the 2 year mark but oh boy...its going to be tough. Definitely seek this guy out!

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

This bottle is one year old today.
Appearance: Golden orange with a light cap.
Smell: Green apples and citrus lemons.
Taste: Lemon, funk, and maybe some green apple. The warmer it got the more it tasted like apricot.
Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp, lightly carbonated and very tart.
Drinkablility: This is a great drink. This is absolutely wonderful.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml. The pour resembles apple cider. Very clear, golden orange with a thin, fizzy head that was gone just as quick as it appeared.

A nice tart nose like lemons and green apples.

A light jolt of sour up front followed by a mix of musk, hay and funk.

Somewhat refreshing. Dry finish. Nice carbonation.

I will admit that after reading the reviews, I was a bit worried this would be too sour, but this was not the case. I found it to be very refreshing and enjoyable for my first gueuze.

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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 BucBasil
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a white wine glass at the Cantillon brewery in Brussels.

A: A slightly hazy peachy orange color topped with a 2 finger light tan head with ok retention.

S: Lovely fruity smell with hints of apple and honey, slight apricot or peach note. Slight yeast presence. Malt character is light but balances nicely. Tart and light sourness in there as well, but not extreme. Good balance here.

T: Very sour and slightly fruity. Some citrus. Very very dry and slightly astringent. Finishes with raw apple and white grape notes, as well as some earth and must. Vinous.

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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 birchstick
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage

A - pours a golden yellow without much head

S - smells of spritzy citrus and some sweet funkiness

T - the taste is starts off very sour that makes you pucker up quickly. Once my mouth got over the initial sour bombardment, I picked up sour apple and citrus flavors from the nose, some hay and funkiness. Overall, very tart and delicious.

M - Dry tannic qualities that leave a really dry mouthfeel that was expected from the flavor profile

D - this is a very tart beer that was my first true sour. I really enjoyed this beer. Very bold flavors that eventually destroy your palette. Although I couldn't have more than a 350ml bottle, I really enjoyed it throughout.

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Photo of JLeege
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Gueuze ~ Bottled Dec. 2009

Appearance- Pours a clear gold with a two finger white head, quickly dissipating. Active carbonation.

Smell- This is very aromatic. Earthy, tart, green apple.

Taste- WOW. First sip was absolutely mouth puckering, but this is incredible. Very tart, sour green apple with an earthy grassy funk in the middle. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel- light and crisp, from what I understand is the ideal for this style

Overall- For my first gueuze this went very well, maybe to well! First of all these beers are expensive and I think I am in love, second this went down incredibly quick, I need to teach myself to slow down and really enjoy this!

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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 bs870621345
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Second Cantillon, first gueze. Expected to absolutely hate this beer but had to give it a shot. Hated the kriek.

Poured a honey color with a small amout of white head that fades leaving no lacing.

Smelled of tart apples, slight funk, bread, and a slew of other subtle things.

Taste was awesome. Taking a sip reveals the apple and white grape flavor, proceeding into some serious funky hay/horsey flavors. Very acidic, but beautifully tart. Makes the jaw clinch and spaz.

Mouthfeel was medium body, not a lot of carbonation to speak of.

Drinkability is a little lower, maybe not for the style, but at the end of the bottle i was struggling a little from all the sourness.

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

guest reviewed by KriekQueen-

A: light amber color. Darker at the top and a glowing gold in the center and bottom.

S: wheat, sweet and sour apple, dust, fungal scent, fruity smell at the tail end.

T: bitter when it first hits the tongue then transitions to a sour wheaty taste then transitions to a milder bitterness as it hits the back of the tongue. Fruity aftertaste (banana, apple, and pear).

M: fizzy throughout the sip, moderate body

D: quite the beer for those who enjoy sour flavors with a hint of bitterness. Highly recommended for the lambic lover.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cantillon Classic Gueuze

Appearance: Yellow-orange, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: Grape skins, grapefruit, and slight yeast.

Taste: Sourness with a bitter sweetness, citrus, and a hint of grassiness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium and bitter.

Overall:
This is very interesting. It is very tart and flavorful. It is also very acidic.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden yellow with a thin head and lots of cascading carbonation. Semi-unfiltered and not much lacing.

S - Tart. Funky yeast/citric acid phenols, over ripened apples, super sour lemon, and a strong sour wheat aroma.

T - QUITE sour...I've had some gueuzes in my day before but this one takes the cake on sourness. Flavor dies quite quickly but from the quick flash of taste I get lots of super sour apple, hay/horse blanket, citric acid, and lemon zest.

M/D - Light body with an ultra sour finish. The intensity of the sourness makes it a definite sipper but complex enough to come back for another drink. Always a pleasure to enjoy such an exotic, "out there" beer style.

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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 ptykozoon
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow, good lacing and an undying layer of foam.

Smells of lemon, barnyard, grapefruit, sourness.

Taste is the nose, nice medium amount of sour. Yeasty.

Good mouthfeel, good carbonation.

All in all a good gueuze. Not my favorite as it is very traditional, somewhat plain. A good jumping off point for sours I suppose.

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Photo of larryi86
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pt 9.4 oz. bottle dated 20 November 2009 poured into a snifter

A- A slightly hazy golden color with a hint of copper and very nice lacing

S- Tart, acidic, fruity, funky, sour. I am picking up some tart apples and a hint of lemon.

T- Ok, in the first sip the funk was overwhelming, this is the first Gueuze I have tried and did not know what was a about to hit my tongue. Once I got adjusted to the funk flavor I noticed a nice big sour lemon like taste that is well balanced with the funk. Good complexity.

M- Smooth, light, and refreshing. Very fitting for the flavors.

D- Next time I buy a big bottle I will find someone to split it with because it was overwhelming having a big bottle in my first tasting. I really did enjoy this and felt that it opened a door to styles I have not tried yet. I have not had many sour beers and just opened me up to a whole new world of beer.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12.7oz bottle into Duvel tulip: from notes
A: Pours a lively 2in. head that is white. The body is a deep golden hue, with plenty of haze. The classic appearance with no lace.

S: A spicy and zesty aroma is present. With medium intensity, showing a great use of wild yeast. A very deep and bold aroma, that is classic for the style.

T/M: The front is a zesty hint off the nose and brings a tingling sensation from the body. The mouthfeel is zesty, spicy and sour, in a complex layering effect. The lingering taste holds a rich note of sourness. While there is a tartness that is constant throughout the whole experience. As the brew warms the flavors become more complex and linger for longer.

D: This is the benchmark Gueuze for me and one that all others are compared to. A brew that truly has refined the style. And it also drinks like water,.. mmm so refreshing.

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Photo of gatornation
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a 12.7 oz. bottle it poured a dark yellow color with lots of bubbles and a fresh filmy white head that dissipated ..smell was sour funk and hay with lemon and earth smell..taste was lemon/fruit tart with some oak and a sour barnyard finish..mouth feel was tart and crisp ,dry and smooth on the palate..very drinkable but more tart than sour,as it warmed it just got better and better..very enjoyable

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Photo of jrallen34
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Local Option into a tulip...Nice light cloudy medium gold, what a gueze should look like. Head is sparse, gone quicly...Ther aroma is really nice, just funky horse blanket sourness, not super strong but a good happy medium, not overly complex...Taste is a puckerer, super tarty but drinkable, light apple skin, pretty tannic.

A well above average gueze.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange/gold with a huge foamy head. Big pop when the cork is pulled. Rising bubbles, some foamy lace in the goblet.

Tart apple skin aromas, yeast, sharp acidic scents. Dusty grain. Something mildly floral, even woody. Very unique. Whiff of booze that you don't taste.

First sip is acidic and tart -- not citric, but the strength of a lemon. Unripe fruit, turning into sour and bitter flavors, which changes again as the palate begins to clear. Flavors clear to sour and lightly bitter, ending in an acidic note. Apple skin aftertaste. Really different.

Foamy and medium-light. You actually get an acidic burn in the palate at one point. Bubbles clear the sour and bitter clean. Crazy carbonated.

Overall, for something this sour, this is actually going down very easy. Only 5% helps, but there is so much more. This was $9 for 12 oz, so this won't be a regular thing, but this is something I will pine away for. Fine brew.

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Photo of BetterDarker
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 poured into chalice, served on the colder side, and drank slowly to allow the beer to come up to 50 degrees.

A: Pours slightly hazy hay color, with very little head, dissipates quickly to bubbles, some lacing.

S: Nice acidic/tart funk up front. After my nose adjusted a bit I picked up some citrus.

T: Plenty of funk up front with a clean acidic bite. Minor disclosure here, this is only my second sour, so my palette is still wrapping its head around the complexity of the style. So, aside from the expected acidic flavor, there's something in the finish, a hint of oak perhaps or actual malt, not sure, but it's very good.

M: Dry, nice carbonation, light body.

D: Highly drinkable, nice ABV makes it more drinkable for me and very refreshing. I'm getting this whole sour thing now.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a flute.

Pale straw golden color. Lots of bubbles floating around. A thin cap of white foam that leaves some lacing behind.

Smells of lemony tartness. Some barnyard funk, and horse blanket.

Tastes of lemony tartness. Some hay, and a bit of barnyard funk. Hints of spicy oak as well.

Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Tart, funky and tangy.

An impeccable gueuze. Simply delicious, and satisfying.

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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