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

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very Sour but smooth, a beverage requiring food to balance the acid. Amber haze. Apple aroma and sour green apple taste. Mid sip sweetness Not for popularity, and must be shared. Dries throat and leaves a sour with sugar and salt aftertaste. Drink for the experience and then have something to remove the taste.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to open something special for my 200th review.

Cork indicates this was bottled in 2005. The cork itself smells very funky and earthy - like it was buried underground with bacteria.

Pours a deep honey orange color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small chunks of lacing around the glass on the drink down. A very tart and sour vinegar smell, apple peels, and funk/must. The first sip of this beer gave me a mouth puckering chill. Sour vinegar, tart lemon, apple skins, and musty and funky earthiness. This beer says it was aged in oak barrels but I don't get any woody aspects whatsoever. Very light but pronounced carbonation make for a clean and crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good gueuze and my beer ever from Cantillon. This is the first bottle of Cantillon I have ever seen in the Los Angeles area and the last bottle in the store. I didn't think twice about snatching it up and I am very glad I didn't. A very tasty beer indeed.

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a delicious and wonderful example of the style. it appears cloudy and lemon juice colored, with a small white head comprised of big round bubbles the rise pretty aggressively on the pour. acidic citrus peel and tart lactic acid are what i smell, almost stings my nose to breathe this in deeply. the flavor is also very tart, and lemon seems to be the predominant flavor, although some wild sour yeast is also doing its part to keep this tart. its wheaty, but not heavy. the mouthfeel is in fact really light, and if it wasnt so intensely acidic, it might come off as quite delicate really. the carbonation is good, but thats the biggest critique i have with this. i like my gueuze effervescently bright, and this one seems a little flat to me. not flat flat, but just less bubbly than i know the style to be. maybe my bottle wasnt the most fresh, but it lacked that sonic carbonation. overall though, this is, as the label says, the classis gueuze. famous for a reason.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't something I normally order but since Jen at the Trapp Door drove all over for it I figured I would give it a try. This beer has a good amount of pressure in the bottle, right after the cap was removed the cork started coming out on it own. With a little help of a cork screw it was poured into a wine glass. It had a bubbly golden color to it, very clean and clear looking. The smell was vibrant with funk aromas that I could smell before it was even placed in front of me. The taste of the beer is nice and tart with some funky flavors going on. The mouthfeel was also pretty nice, very drinkable. Overall I found it to only be harsh on the first sip, after that it got much better and easier to drink. Good stuff for sure.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that fade away into lacy patterns. A very slight amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of sourness in the nose along with some hints of fruit, funk and yeast.
T: The overall taste has a strong amount of sour flavors and is quite tart and acidic. The sourness persists through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. There is a moderate amount of dryness from the initial taste through the finish.
D: The sour flavors are strong, but do not completely overpower the taste and make this an interesting beer to sip. It's relatively easy to drink for the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

As advertised, this blended lambic proves to be as flavorful, complex, and refreshing as any beer can be.

Lemons, limes, and must fill the nose in a very tanic and vinous fashion. Sourness, tartness, and old woods are definately on the menu. The zing of dry white wines, sour grapes, and crab apples come to mind and nearly give me an astringent reaction just from the aroma.

A murky light golden pour releases a juicy burst of carbonation (champagne-like) early that is short lived, quickly settling into a light effervesence that releases a thin and stubborn sheet of white foam. With good retention and light lacing this gueuze shows better beery attributes than most.

The intense tartness of lemons, limes, and white grapes provide the first wave of flavors while softer malt breadiness and mild sweetness offers a quick repreive from the full brunt of the possible astringency. Salty flavors come in just before the musty wood and sweatly flavors take hold. Quite savory and crisp in the mid palate. The tartness then quickly fades into a hoppy bitter flavor that brings in the dry and crisp finish. The beer just keeps comming, wave after wave of flavor.

Likewise, the mouthfeel goes through a similar procession- a wash of acidity comes first, while a malty creaminess and structure follows, all just before a dryness and mild astringency give the final impressions of texture.

A very well balanced and complex sour ale that twarts the notion of one-dimensionality or simplicity. Characterful and as unoffensive as true sours can be.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - strange, we've only received the 'Lambic-Bio' version of the gueuze before in Alberta, so it's nice to finally see this, the most 'common' Cantillon now available here.

This beer pours a hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow-amber hue, with two chubby fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat sudsy dirty white head, which leaves little beyond a few wayward pinpricks of lace around the glass as it evenly blows off.

It smells of sharply tart lemon custard, baked fleshy green apple, bready pale malt, a rounded musty funk - one thankfully bereft of cheese or horseblanket - soft earthy yeast, a touch of minerality, and laid-back leafy, straw-like hops. The taste is even bigger on the sour lemon and perky green apple acerbity, with a decent gritty and mildly grainy maltiness, yeasty rising bread, further sour lactic notes, indistinct savoury spice, a sound, sort of pleasantly neutered funkiness, wet oak, dry straw, and more earthy hops.

The carbonation is actually quite lively, providing a tight, burbling frothiness throughout, the body medium-light in weight, and plainly smooth, the inherent acidic nature taking a little straight off the top here. It finishes mostly dry, any lingering malt ceding the way for a final flourish of sour fruitiness, funk, and wood graininess.

An expertly blended sour and aged Belgian ale - many flavours stand out, sure, but are best appreciated as a whole. It's like an experience in lambic wizardry - make it sour and funky, and somehow easily drinkable and enjoyable at the same time. Glad to have finally gotten the opportunity to try this one - everyone who thinks that they like 'sour' beers should be afforded the same.

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Photo of kojevergas
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Expectations are sky-high given the brewery. 75cl green glass (ugh, Cantillon!) bottle with branded pry-off cap over an internally-housed branded cork purchased at Cantillon earlier today and served into stemware in my hotel room in Brussels. Reviewed live. 5% ABV confirmed per the label. Bottled 21 December 2013. Expectations are quite high given the brewery. Reviewed as a gueuze. "To be drunk preferably within 20 years after the bottling date."

Served chilled and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: No lacing. Pours a 1 finger wide head of average thickness and creaminess. Retention is poor - perhaps 30 seconds including the retention of the white floater ring it quickly reduces to. Unremarkable overall.

BODY: The usual Cantillon hazy copper with orange and gold hues. Translucent but not transparent. Murky, but I see no yeast particles or hop sediment.

Appears undercarbonated. It's generally appealing, but there's nothing unique or special about this, in fairness. To say this is a great appearance for any style of beer is madness, but I'm excited to try it given the brewery.

AROMA: In classic Cantillon fashion, the cereals here are too prominent. Additionally, the sourness seems too tame and restrained for a gueuze - maybe a 5/10 in terms of sourness - but the wild yeasts (esp. lambicus) and bacterial character responsible for that sourness are/is lovely.

No real hop character is noticeable. I don't detect any alcohol or off-notes.

It's a light, tame aroma for a gueuze, and doesn't come off very evocative. There's no barrel character, really, and as abovementioned I'm concerned about the sourness. But all things considered it's a pleasant albeit reticent aroma, and I'm anticipating a good gueuze.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, lightly smacky. Carbonation is perfect; this will age very well in that regard. Light to medium in body, and very refreshing. Excellent presence on the palate, with an apt thickness and not too much weight or heft. It's not overbearing, but presents the flavours as they need to be presented. As such, this texture is a good companion to this flavour profile and I think it well executed.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

TASTE: I hope the sourness will rise substantially with age, because this is about a 6/10 as-is - which I find disappointing, especially given the style. As is usual with Cantillon's unfruited beers, I find the cereals in this flavour profile to be entirely too prominent; sourness should render all malts and grains practically unnoticeable. In that sense, it's a somewhat imbalanced brew.

No overt hop character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

I do like it, but it's not a stylistic paragon methinks. Aside from the cereal emphasis, it's a pretty well balanced beer and has nice subtlety for a gueuze, but it does lack complexity, intricacy, and even nuance - where's the oak/chestnut barrel? Even some more mild dampened hay would be a nice addition - or perhaps a vague hint of fruity hop character. Pretty good depth and duration of flavour. Above average intensity of flavour.

It isn't the palate-stripping puckering sour-bomb many will hope for, but what relatively little lambicus yeast character and bacterial sourness is present is absolutely lovely. I want more of it, and the main problem with this beer is that it doesn't quite deliver.

As it warms, there are surfacing notes of green apple skin/peel, faint lemongrass, and a kiss of lemon zest. I enjoy the slightly improved depth and complexity.

OVERALL: It's a good gueuze, of course, but unfortunately it's not a great one. Cantillon has shown they can make far far better gueuze, and I definitely think this is well worth trying, but I doubt I'd pay American prices for it. Extremely drinkable; I look forward to killing this bottle alone. But I wouldn't point to it as a world class gueuze, nor would I even say it's a must try per se. But hot damn is it tasty.

Will age impeccably methinks.

I'm having it side by side with Grand Cru Bruocsella (2011), and I do think this is superior; it's far less cereal-dominant.

B+

***

2005 vintage @ Cantillon for 20 euros on 03.25.2016:

Still pours a 2cm head after all this time, which sits for 4 minutes. Damn impressive after 10 years.

Body is a clear yellow-copper.

Sm: So funky. Lemongrass. Sweaty gym sock. Salt. Barnhouse sweaty funk. Musty cereal grains.

Aromatic intensity is average

T: Incredible funkiness. Sweat, Lemongrass, neutral Belgian malts, mature cereal grains, the best barley flavour I've ever tasted, Subtle sourness (~4-5/10 in terms of intensity). Fuck, that barley aroma and taste is fantastic. Balanced and enjoyable/approachable.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, acidic, refreshing, light-bodied, incredible. An incredible complement to the taste. So damned approachable.

OVERALL: Aged beautifully. One of the best beers in this style I've had.

A-

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2009 bottling

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves a leggy lacing pattern behind

Smell: Barnyard funk, tart apples, lemons and oak

Taste: Starts out with a mouth-puckering blast of sour lemon, pomelo and apple flavors; by mid-palate, the oaky complexity and barnyard funk start to make their appearance, which is further intensified after the swallow; the tart flavors re-emerge in the finish, leaving the tastebuds gasping for relief but begging for more

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; mouth puckering tartness, with a slightly creamy finish

Drinkability: A really superb geuze, with all kind of subtleties

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Photo of oline73
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with three fingers of fluffy white head. As the head fades it leaves some lacing on the glass. Good retention.

Smell: This one has a very strong smell, and it's wonderful. Herbal, quite tart and funky. I'm picking up some of the oak from the barrels as well.

Taste: Just like the smell. There is a lemon tartness along with a strong, funky herbal presence. There is definitely some oak and a bitterness in the finish. This is a fantastic gueuze.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the light side of medium with aggressive and tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a fantastic Gueuze. Very tart and complex. So easy to drink.

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Photo of emerge077
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mini-magnum, 12.7oz corked, capped, & wrapped. Cork stamped 2006.
Nice label, bold red Cantillon lettering on mustard background against black detail, and silhouette of a tipsy fellow in a chair. "Classic Gueuze"

Pours a cloudy orange apricot, hazy. Some bubbles froth up, but soon settle to a ring around the glass. Some cloudiness, no sediment to be seen. Served at cellar temp, around 50º.

Once out of the bottle, the predominant aroma is wild yeast and wet pastures. This is cut by a sharp citric note, but it is alluring and easy to get lost in. Definite funky cheese in there, it intensifies with a swirl of the glass. Soft woody oak around the edges. Aroma is by far the best i've experienced in a traditional Gueuze. Very rustic and complex.

Taste is initially tart citrus upfront, mellow fruit and hay funk in the middle, closing with a dry, sour finish. Some farmhouse cheese rind reveals itself too. Ethereal traces of dry oak round it out. A little acidic in the mouthfeel, but not as abrasive as some. Mellow enough to take a gulp, but that's almost sacrilege. Dryness enhances the session factor, even though it's a pricy option.

Lots of character to this one...i'm returning to it more and more all the time. A classic indeed.

Organic Gueuze review
5/4.5/4.5/5/5

2004 bottle, label says "Organic Gueuze" with an image of a copper mash tun and poppies in a wheat field.
Label photo: http://i.imgur.com/UCmxP5V.jpg

Poured into a tumbler, the deep orange body is slightly hazed, but with no visible sediment. It formed a nice head and surprisingly 20 minutes later it hasn't broken. The foam had a very creamy texture. The aroma was a little different than the current "Classic Gueuze", with orange peel and definitely some orange yogurt wafting up. With a swirl there was the more typical sharp acidic note. The first sips felt soft, time seems to have mellowed it's sharpness, though it was still puckeringly sour. Orange and lemon rind, with all the succulence of sucking on a peach pit that still has fruit clinging to it. Definitely soft and peachy. Savory cheese notes come out in a longer draw. It's an ethereal experience, i'll be sad when this bottle is gone!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: sampled at the brewery in Brussels. Poured a golden colored beer with great carbonation and a good head. Aroma is a mix between some floral tomes and the Cantillon yeast. Taste is a bit deceiving since it is too much acidic that it kills the rest of the flavours. I know this is supposed to be the classic gueuze but I believe that some other gueuze a better balanced then this one.

Re-rate: Bottle dated 2004. Barnyard aroma with sourness and acidic notes quite evident. Taste is quite sour but not as acidic as the bottle tasted in Brussels which was probably fresher. This version seems to make more sense with ratings included here.

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