Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% LambicCantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic

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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 Sabtos
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Phil-Fresh
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Complex and quite balanced, pretty funky, with lots of earthy, horse blanket with a moderate sourness aroma.

A: Orange-yellow-ish color, hazy with a moderately thick white head with solid retention. There is ample lacing in the glass.

T: Balanced between barnyard characteristics, light wheat, with an intense sourness. There is a very light oak note with semi-dry finish.

M: Med-light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Awesome; the beer has great complexity and balance between the funky notes, light wheat, and lingering sourness. The beer is refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A deep copper good color with a white head that leaves no lacing but stays around the edge of the glass. Smells like must, apples, cider vinegar, leather. The taste is sweet, apples, faint cider vinegar, salt, dust and hay. This is an awesome beer.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the opportunity to enjoy this fine beverage during my celebration of zwanze at home with a few friends. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Nice tartness with a bitter finish.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small wine glass pour at Slow Boat Tavern for Zwanze Day.

Pours an almost clear yellow-amber. Small white head. Smell is mild and vaguely tart, with a hint of funk.

Taste is soft unripe peach tartness, some bitter finish. As I continued to drink it, I started to get something floral that made me think of hops, which was interesting.

Mouthfeel is silky and dry. Overall, very good beer.

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Photo of braker649er
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this on Zwanze Day 2016 at the Slow Boat Tavern in Seattle. They had run out of the Zwanze beer, and the event had been focused earlier in the day, so we slipped in and enjoyed this beer that is still impossible to find in Seattle normally. World class! However, reviewing this from memory is tricky, and the experience lost something being accompanied by devout sour-humbugs. Still and all, I felt this lived up to reputations with complexity and smoothness and sharp sourness in one. Beautiful from color and midsize head to the finish on the tongue with some zip. Great!

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Service: Bottle
Bottled in: 2014
Glad to have this one as my 600th logged beer. I owe you one (or two), Jacob!!

Clear with slight chill haze, nice vibrant yellow that is "barely not clear" with a flash of effervescent white head. Drops to scummy ring. No lacing. (4)

Acidic tartness against a backdrop of rich funk. Under-ripe fruit, plow horse sweat, bubblegum, hay, slight lacquer, vinegar, green strawberries, etc. My god, the smell shifts around the glass as I take whiffs! (4.5)

Lemons, twangy lactic tartness, horse blanket, crab apples, musky muddy character that is really excellent, under-ripe fruit with dead lawn and flowers approaching fall as the funk and hops dry your palate out. (4.5)

Bright, thin, effervescent, fresh, more drinkable than other sours I've encountered. (4.25)

I get it! Sweet mystery of life at last I've found you. Sours might not be my favorite or anything, but this is an amazing fucking beer!!!
This is the sort of beer that shows you what people like about sours. Or me at least. Wow. It looks nice in glass as far as sours and my personal interpretation of 'nice' go. The aroma and flavor are complex for days. A balancing act between tart, outright sour, earthy, stanky, floral, and so on. Contrary to what I had expected, despite being very sour the real stand-out is the funky, barny canvas that the rest of it is painted on. I can definitely understand the love for Cantillon and its flora. I already understood the love for the process and history, but having the beer seals it all together pretty nicely. (4.5)

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Photo of eifster82
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2007 bottle at Cantillon Brewery. (Side note, I had this at the same time as 2008 Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise).

Golden yellow color with a sizeable nice fizzy foam head which dissipates quickly. Barnyard funk, lemon grass, wheat, oak... it's all in the smell. More sour present than the funk in the taste, but follows the smell notes closely with all kinds flavors: citrus (lemon), oaks, weeds and wild grass.. some kind of cheese!? Being inside Cantillon brewery and drinking this, you can definitely pick up the smells in the air from the place and all the barrels, and how they make it into each beer. Truly unique. The aftertaste is dry but refreshing ... not sure how that makes sense, but as I was sipping I could pick up each finish. Just a phenomenal beer. Cantillon brews truly are unlike any other and at the top of the class. This one is no exception.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage. Poured from 750 mL capped and corked bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow with moderate carbonation producing a 2 inch fizzy white head with decent retention.
S: Lovely...sweet funk, tart, earthy barnyard, dry minerals, peppery spice, and a subtle sweetness.
T: Wow! Subtle citrus sweetness, barnyard funk, oak tannins, vanilla, tart and sour (lemon, cherry?), white pepper, and dry minerals. With warming, an almond note emerges that is quite nice. I'm sure I'm missing some of the elements...very complex which likely comes from the blending of one, two, and three year old lambic.
M: All sorts of sour, tart, sweet, funk, and dry. Nice lingering and maturing on the palate too. Light body. Moderately effervescent.
D: Phenomenal for style. Hands down, best gueuze I've had. Refreshing and deeply complex at the same time which is a very difficult feat. Simply a tremendous brew!

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Photo of edthehead
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep straw yellow color with a modest semi foamy white head that goes away quickly. Definate barnyard funk on the nose with gravel, wood, and weedy earthy tones. Really sharp bitter sour tarty taste that lingers and continues to develop on the back of the tongue throughout. Pleasantly effervescent carbonation and soft mouth feel. Mellows as it warms. Fabulous classic Gueuze, top of its category.

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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 StoutHunter
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Cantillon's Gueuze 100% Lambic a couple months ago for $12.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been saving this one for my 2,000 rating on BA since I always try to have something a little special, different and not something that I would normally drink for these milestones, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a green 375ml bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's got a classic look to it and it's eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy orange color that took on more of a golden orange color when held to the light, it had a thin ring off bubbly off white head that quickly faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a very nice looking Gueuze it's pretty standard looking for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a big sweet tart candy aroma being the first to show up and it's got a little fruityness that imparts some stone fruit aromas with some lemon coming through. Up next comes the yeast which impart a funky barnyard and wet straw aromas and it's followed by the malts which impart more of a pale malt, slight grainy and light bready aromas. This beer has a very nice aroma, it's just what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the sour fruit flavors being the first to show up and they impart most of the same aspects that it did in the aroma, but less stone fruits and lemon shows up this time. Up next comes a lower amount of high sourness with the malts showing up next which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but it's a little lighter this time. Up next comes the yeast which imparts the same funky aspects that it did in the aroma, but it's also a little lighter than it was in the aroma. On the finish there's some lingering sourness with a nice lemon and sour aftertaste. This is a very good tasting beer, it's just what I would expect from the style and nothing is out of place.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, a little mouth puckering, a little acidic, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is very nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer and a great example of the style, it had everything that I look for in the style and not a single thing was out of place. This beer had nice drinkability, the whole bottle would be my limit though, anymore than that and ti would be too acidic for me. What I like the most about this beer is the taste and how true to style it was, not a single thing showed up that wasn't suppose to be there. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, there's ins anything that I disliked or would change. I would for sure buy this beer again if I see it and I would love to see how it ages. I would recommend this as a must try for anyone who really likes the style. All in all I was very happy with this beer and a little impressed, they really nail this style and I can see why so many people search this beer and brewery out. It's not a favorite Cantillon beer, but it;s one of the best Gueuze I've had. Great job guys, this is a very tasty and memorable beer, keep it up.

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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 davejy
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased

Look: Golden color with 1.5 finger head. Nice lace as well.

Smell: Funk, Acidic, grassy

Taste: Acidic and funky. Tart.

Feel: Perfect amount of carbonation. Medium low body.

Overall: Great Gueuze. Tough to find but worth it. Perfect amount of tart, funk, and acidity.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow and orange, amazingly great white head on the top, 1/2". Best lace in genre. Aroma hit the grassy dry and tart notes.

Not a sweet lambic/gueuze, this one is dry, highly carbonated, dropping some grapefruit, green grape, apple, lime and lemon notes, grassy, hay, mild funk, relatively clean. Very consistent. French oak? Some acidity that isn't overdone. Sets the standard for gueuze in my opinion.

I think this one is often deemed a lesser Cantillon because it is the most available. Chasing one off Cantillons doesn't make sense, they rarely are as good as this one.

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Photo of mooseo
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011

A - Straw yellow with a small bubbly white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Spicy and complex, tart Belgian yeast.

T - Tart and sweet, white grape juice, slightly acidic. Earthy and complex.

M - Light-medium body, medium carbonation.

O - Excellent beer with a wide array of subtle flavors and complexities.

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Photo of Buck89
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy straw color with a shy white foamy head. Aromas of lemon, hay, funk, and bleu cheese. Nice tart flavor with lemon, berries, barnyard, smoke, Gouda cheese, and cracker. Dry finish. Complex.

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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 -Rick
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle

pours a straw yellow color, with a slight white head. Smells like lemon, hay, a slight wet funky aroma. Tastes of tart lemon, quite citric. almost a wood barrel taste to it. There was almost no carbonation in this beer. Overall a great gueuze. Glad to have tried this one.

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Photo of pagriley
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 into snifter. March 2015 bottling

L - pours golden straw with fluffy 2 inch head and bright carb
S - Lemon, hay and soft spice. Not much funk, and not sharp or sour. Quite bitter on the finish
T - more lemon peel, tart, with a bit of funk, but all well balanced
F - Bright effervescent carb with light body

Overall, a really tasty Gueuze. Honestly, I think this isn't really any better than many widely available Geuzes (Marriage Parfait, 3F, Cuvee Rene) but absolutely on the bucket list for a lambic fan. Will be interested to see how it evolves and ages, as it is very subtle right now at 1 year in the bottle.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014 bottle pour into a wine glass. Funky, slightly sour, hay with a bit of brett. Lighty acidic and better as it warms. Tart and refreshing, excellent overall.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was able to have a glass while visiting the brewery in September. Also, have opened a few bottles I brought back from the trip.

Look: Light straw body. White fast dissipating head.

Smell: Funk barnyard aroma. Slight acidic fruit.

Taste: Tart, but not as sour as I thought it would be. Tart fruit funky finish.

Feel: Bubbly. Feels a lot like champagne.

Overall: While I do enjoy it a lot, this is my least favorite of the beers I've had from Cantillon. I do think it is better than most American version.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Straw yellow color with a hazy look to it. No head.

Smell - Straw, grass, funky yeast.

Taste - Earthy, funky, tart and sour acidic taste.

Feel - Thick mouthfeel, with very little carbonation.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a wine glass form a 750ml bottle (bottled Jan. 28th 2015)

A - pours a very hazy copper orange with a minimal very white head and a bit of lacing

S - Very funky, stinky feet, tart fruits, fresh and wet wood, vinegar, fruity hops, bread yeast, sweet, sour

T - lots of green and brown earth, terrior, very woodsy, very slight booze, tart fruits, green/brown hops, funk, musk, sugar, sour

M - Full bodied, well balanced, great complexity, medium plus acidity, medium carbonation and a sour to semi-sweet sour finish

D/O - This is just awesome. Refreshing, sour, sweet, woodsy and full of life and flavor. Try it cold and let it warm and try it again. Each degree changes the balance and complexity that changes the experience as a whole. Perfectly sweet, perfectly sour and perfectly aged. Well worth whatever you pay. get two bottles, one to drink immediately and one to age. Wow.

Final thoughts - Not sure on the price but well worth it. The 5% ABV isn't going to get you anywhere but it really isn't the point of this wild ale.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle from ThatCracker (thanks again!). Bottled 12/14. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a hazy, orangey straw yellow with a dense, frothy three fingers of white head. The pale foam shrinks back to a broken halo without leaving any lacing to speak of.

Smartly sour nose. Semi sour fruits, sugar, faintly earthy and a little vinegar. Nice.

A pleasantly earthy sourness pervades the flavor. Bracingly sour with lemon peel, an earthy Brett-like funk, faint apricot, trace sugar and a vaguely vegital intermittent mild bitterness. While it is plenty easy to drink, this is sour enough to prevent gulping.

Light body with an almost distant carbonation that seems to be seen more than felt. Aftertaste is sour, earthy and vaguely fruity.

I can definitely see how this is the gold standard of the style. I'm quite happy to have made a friend that is able and willing to share some of this legendary brewery's beers. Cantillon's Geuze is completely worth a try if you have the opportunity.

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