Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Gueuze 100% LambicCantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic
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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.).

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Samact
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TH28
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. 1/18/17 bottle date. Appearance: Clear golden color with a pillowy white head and decent lacing Aroma: Strong funky brettanomyces character up front, lead by hay and horse blanket. A touch off grass, then the acidity pops up in the background, with apple cider vinegar notes. Taste: Starts with a light crackery malt sweetness before a bracing acidic tartness and bitterness, lemon peel, and light brett funk. Bready maltiness and brett notes emerge retronasally. Even some blue cheese Mouthfeel: Fairly light bodied with a high carbonation Finish: Dry and surprisingly bitter, with a lingering acidic lemon tartness. Funky blue cheese is there retronasally. Overall: An amazingly complex beer. Brettanomyces dominates the aroma, and the flavor profile shows off the bracingly tart acidity. A surprising amount of bitterness here and the lemon peel like acidic bitterness/tartness counterbalances throughout. Very crisp

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Photo of mollykats
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vidblain
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmurphy7
2.67/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

i am not a sour fan, which is probably why I can not appreciate this but it is just not for me. super light in look and feel, yet it tastes like I am sucking on a lemon.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mbalint1
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I have been scouring through my backlog, including some (mostly) bottles in my Beerfrigerator, an all-reefer with no freezer space. I had filled it at my parents' place, kind of ignored it, emptied it for the move to Chez Woody & then refilled it upon arrival. This one is going to be amazing! I pulled the cork & it is dated 1996.

From the bottle: "Brewers of Belgium's Most Authentic Lambic"; "Spontaneously Fermented Bottle Conditioned Methode Champenoise"; "Aged and Blended Lambic Beer"; "The world's classic Gueuze. A blend of one, two, and three year-old creates a second fermentation in the bottle. The champagne of Belgium."; "Store and serve at cellar temperature (50-55 F/10-13 C). Do not serve cold! Pour gently (leaving behind the yeast sediment) into a wine glass or traditional Belgian tumbler."

I had to both Pop! the cap & pull the cork until it likewise Pop!ped. Pop! Pop! I then began a very gentle pour into my awaiting glass until I saw the lees begin to move on the distended punt at which time I backed off. Color was a gorgeous Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, enticing a visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas, all wanting a taste until ... The nose hit us all. Man, when they talk about a "barnyard funkiness", this is the phrase's poster child! Cheesy, sour, sweaty, funky, wow! I remember being off-put the first time that I tried Gueuze for this very reason, but now, I have come to embrace it. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not terribly beyond it, either. That said, it was mighty carbonated, creating a pleasant effervescence in the mouth and on the tongue. The extensive aging had mellowed it from distinctly sour to a tickle in the hinges of my jaw, but the tartness was still as puckering as ever. The taste was musty and cheesy with a pronounced lemony sourness. I let it just kind of roll around in my mouth to allow the taste & smell to permeate my sinuses so as to create a pleasant memory. Finish was super dry, puckeringly tart & just what I expected from this gem. What a find in my cellar!

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Photo of jbdpsu82
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Davoc727
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SirBentham
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375 ml bottled 17 May 2016

Pours cloudy hazy amber gold orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like tart vinegary barnyard cobweb funk, some lemony citrus, woody cork, oak, apricot, grapes, apple skin, hay, toasty crackery malt, with dusty floral earthy herbal grass. Tastes tart and vinegary with some lemony citrus, apricot, grape, apple skin, big barnyard cobweb funk, woody cork, oak barrel, hay, toasty crackery malt, with dusty floral earthy herbal grass. Feels medium-full bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a really great gueuze.

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Photo of Ben1313
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebeers
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty clear dark, syrupy golden color with a thin white head.

Dry smelling with just a hint of wood and barnyard funk.

Nice sour taste -- barnyard, hay -- with a dry finish. There's a ghost of fruit in there, but it's hard to place. Maybe apple, maybe pear.

Medium bodied, very slightly sticky with modest carbonation.

Very dry, very funky, very refreshing.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When it rains it pours apparently. After drinking my first ever Cantillon- Rosé De Gambrinus
-at the excellent Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà , Trastevere, Rome, I promptly ordered Cantillon Gueuze.
It poured a mostly clear golden color with only a tiny bit of haze. A moderate foamy head that dissipates into a well retained creamy pillow of film and scattered lacing.
In the aroma the sourness and the funk, as expected, is there. However, it has a moderate and restrained quality that is a harbinger of what is to come in the taste. The aroma is comprised of lemon, grapes, white wine or apple cider vinegar, wild yeast, hay, wood and wheat. I dare say I even detected a hint of a nutty, maybe almonds, quality; all of it "not in your face", rather, understated and smoothly blended.
Onto the taste...I must say how blown away by the smoothness and harmonious balance of such complex flavors. Yes it is sour for sure, however, it is done in such an elegant and masterfully crafted way that makes it accessible and versatile for its other flavors present. There is the taste of sour fruits which occasionally bring out sweet flavors. There is the acidity of lemons, apple cider vinegar, wood, rustic and earthy yeast, bold but never ruthless. There is a malt backbone that reminds you it's beer, even a hint of hops bitterness towards the end.
Medium bodied, dry finish and supremely drinkable. To date the most finely crafted, sublime and delicious Gueuze I've ever had. Given its scarcity and price in the U.S, I hope to drink it again in this lifetime.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Virby44
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MagicJeff
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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 -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tylerstravis
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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 +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zenithberwyn
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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