Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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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.).

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Photo of Jow
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is really a bitter, sour and musky bier. To be honest a bit to sour and bitter for me.

But if you like these fierce flavours you need to try this one!

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Photo of stevoj
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375 ml Bottle from share. Cloudy pale golden with soft bubbly head. Sour notes from the get-go, brett, mild fruity aromas. Taste follows with more of the brett, soft tartness, some barrel notes, Light and airy. And delicious

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally cracked it open after having it sit in my fridge for almost a year. This is a September 2015 vintage. Time for some great taste for the dawn of a new life ;)

Appearance: Looks a lot like a fizzy strawberry lemonade, it is golden slightly hazy with a rose coloured hue, the colours actually dance and play depending on the light. A decent one finger head that is consistently smooth and chunky, dissipation is slow and leaves a quaint princely cap and crown with no real lacing. It is effervescent, plenty of bubbles popping up to the surface throughout.

Aromatics: Initial inhale was cider vinegar, but as I let it sita minute, and has a lot os tangy sour apple - but not an "aged" sour apple. It's crisp and fresh like you nose just bit into a super tart baby crab apple, which brings along with it some barnyard reminiscences, and leaves trails of apricot and nectarine in its wake.

Taste: A nice forward tart (not so much a sour) but big pomaceous flavour of apples and pears. The flavour also meanders through mild earthy florals and thinned sweet honey, and for a cider-y as it smells I get little in way of an acidic tanginess. It has a really nice introduction and then the tarts winds down into nothing.

Mouth: Over time the carbonation does get a bit timid and leaves just a mild fuzziness on the tongue, I think it has the right kind of weight for a gueze. A slightly salty spice tingle on the throat but never turns into a warming. Much like the last gueze I had, this one is very similar in body and has the same tangy/tartness that never makes it to sour, and also has a similar abrupt finish with no real palate sensations to note at the finish line.

Overall: I always love the crispness of a gueze and I have looked for that light saltiness, making sure it was well integrated. With Cantillon though, I never even noticed it, which means it was fantastically incorporated. The slight sour tartness and gentle fruitiness is what makes it enjoyable for me.

Pairing: It has a nice light fruit and gentle carbonation so a lite seafood. Pan seared red snapper filet or a lightly baked bass, a few herbs (garlic, rosemary, black pepper) and a spritz of lemon, served with a side of long grain wild rice and wild mushrooms.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not normally a style I'm into, but this was great. Funk on the nose with the barnyard/horse blanket aromas that come along with it. Flavor was a little tart, but balanced very well with funk. Easy to drink and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
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 jhavs
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, poured into flute.

Golden, ever so slight copper hue. Clear and bubbly. Foamy, big-bubbled head. The head is pure white.

Aroma is sweet-tart candy, bit of lemon rind and slight funk.

Tart but not crazy sour. Smooth, crisp flavors. Subtle all around. Citrus zest, a bit of cider vinegar.

Effervescent, bubbly, fairly light bodied.

Reading the reviews it seems like there is a lot of variation. Mine was extremely pleasant and full of clean flavors. Nothing negative, but nothing that blows you away like some other Cantillon options.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +10.9%
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 joaopmgoncalves
3.62/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This review is subject to a future chance due to the fact that the tasting wasn't done in the best condicions.

Drank on tap at Le Fine Mousse, Paris and poured to a teku glass.

A: The body is semi opaque yellow. Basically it's mid-way between opaque/cloudy and cristalline. No head is visible, and therefor no lacing nor retention. Zero.
S: The aroma is weirdly salty, like prosciutto salty.
T: The taste is overly salted, you can barely have some citric notes but they're really behind a block of salt. It's hard to get there but once you do, you've unlocked the other flavors such as a biscuit-y and sweet malt tones.
M: Mouthfeel-wise, the body is low to medium. More close to low carbonation. The end in the mouth is sour as expected. The saltiness, being too much, actually brings the beer down more quicly as you don't have much pleasures to have it in your mouth.
O: This was my first Cantillon. Didn't know what to expect from it but it seems to me, as referred before, that the underlying conditioning of the beer wasn't that great. That being, this is more of a totally-non-permanent personal review of this beer.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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 -6.7%
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 +6.9%
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 +2.8%
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 +8.1%
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 +10.6%
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 +7.6%
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 +5.1%
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 farrago
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The head crests near two fingers of dense off-white to light tan color, nice retention, keeps a thick surface layer. Deeply bronzed liquid, sunset orange, fully opaque, there’s quite a bit of active bubbles yet they are not always easily visible. The nose punches real hard and drives into the nostrils, smells mainly of yeast, pulped oranges and tangerines, cardamom, sage to white pepper with touches of pineapple, kumquat and star fruit, warming up does little to smooth it out. Medium-bodied, the carbonation lends strong prickle which even further accentuates the formidable sourness. Cavalcade of tart grapefruit, orange, lemon citrus, so stinging that the flavors become hard to separate. Yeast, wheat germ, barley easy to peg, the fruit flavors here too muddled by the sourness, mostly pineapple, nectarine, green apple with a few red cherry notes. Monolithic in scale and assured in the message it wants to send.

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Photo of janubio
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a red colour, with a pinky small head that fades leaving a creamy lace. Aroma of grapefruits, apple, citrus, cider, cherry, wood, vanilla.. Creamy and sour palate, normal carbonation. Taste of cherries; apples, grapefruits, wood, vanilla..

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +5.8%
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 +11.5%
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 +8.3%
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 +0.2%
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 -1.2%
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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