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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.).

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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Reviews: 634 | Ratings: 3,097
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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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone fruit, apricot, peach, earthy Brett, hay, white grape, vinous, grapefruit pith, oak, vanilla, honey, green apple

A very great gueuze but I still prefer Tilquin based on the blind tasting.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a light haziness. Has a tart sour aroma. Flavor is sour, tart, a touch salty finish and very smooth overall. Leaves a nice aftertaste. This is delicious

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A special beer for a special time. My wife is due in 3 weeks! Counting down the days. Bottling date is slightly obscured, but it looks like July 2013, so this is over 2 years old. No liquid between the cap and cork, so that's good news. 750 ml bottle into a champagne flute:

A - A beautiful bright orange. Looks like a dark champagne in the glass. Tons of bubbles reinforcing the 2 finger off-white head. The way a gueuze should look.

N - Hmmm, lots of tart funk. There's a deepness to it though, as if the funk and sourness is coming from some place far below the head and building it's way into something big. I've said this a few times recently; the beer isn't very tart, it just has a lot of tartness. Like the tartness is somewhat mild, it's just everywhere.

T - THAT is interesting. I'm getting a not insignificant amount of hoppy bitterness. The tartness is similar to the nose; it's not overly tart, but it's tart everywhere. This almost tastes like a brett IPA, which is not at all what I expected. It's not exactly what I would prefer, either, but it's still extremely tasty.

M - Yeah, lot's of froth instantly, and then the bubbles are everywhere. I swallowed 10 seconds ago, and it still feels like I'm sloshing it around my mouth. Very impressive.

O - Best gueuze I've had, for sure, although I have not had many. Excited to try the LPK next; perhaps I'll open it in a few weeks when the new one arrives. Cheers!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured at the brewery, Brussels.
Chunky froth over glowing brass. 4.25
Wool, flowers and pears - wild! 4.5
Apple sweet, goats cheese, specks of grapefruit, and herb. 4.5
Cheese rind ending and tight, tart linger.
Round, smooth, crisp. 4.25

Farmy but finishes delicately. Low on acetic. More barnyard in the nose and funk in the finish, along with sharp citrus, than the straight lambic. Manages to be both wild and polished, which is probably why this brewery has the rep it does. 4.5

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Photo of Moose90
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into tasting glass

A — Pours a clear and bright yellow color into the glass, there is a white ring of lace that sits atop the beer, but it does not cling to the inside of the glass or leave anything in its wake.

S — Smells of funk, barnyard, lemon, acetic, quite acidic and bright. As it warms you pick up some fruity tones, some white grape and a little bit estery. Really just fantastic.

T — Fantastic depth of flavors here, lemony, acidic, tart, bright, funky, barnyard, musty, funky, tart, vinegar, exceptional balance of flavors.

M — Light-Medium bodied, highly carbonated and effervescent.

O — Excellent overall, one of the best Gueuze out there for sure. Really great depth and balance, incredibly well done.

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Photo of Pete_IV
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 classic gueuze. Poured Inot cantillio snifter. Pours a nice golden color with a small white head and constant bubbling. Smells like a chardonnay, pear and some vinegar notes. Tastes just as smells dry at first and then nice and tart. Great beer.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Zwanze Day 2015, Anchorage Brewing Company. Seems like this beer looses a lot of the funkiness when on tap, that you normally get from the bottle conditioning.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was really musty, dry and sour all around. Quite enjoyable between the bigger beers and really thankful I got to try it. The funk was too jaw locking, I could easily keep sipping it.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

World Class is right! Best gueuze I've ever had (bottle reviewed was from 2012). A tad sour, mild funkiness - just the way I like a classic gueuze - exceptional balance throughout! My assumption is that the sourness would have been much higher if the bottling date was more recent and so I'm glad I waited to pop this one until now.

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Photo of Feelmebone
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Old check in from a glass at deccios armonk. Thought I would get over the flavor but the age on made it hard to finish the bottle myself.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

There is a reason this is one of the top ranked gueuzes in the world. Cantillon sticks to the traditional methods and does it better than almost everyone. This beer is full of carbonation with just the right amount of sourness offset by a little bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw colored golden yellow with a thin layer of active carbonation.

Citric acidity, slight funk, crisp, and dry.

Subtle grape leads into tart citrus, light musty funk, and refreshingly dry.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, tart, dry, and refreshing.

Overall, this beer is all about subtle nuances, but does not disappoint.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose was classic Cantillon funk...stands out a great deal more in the geueze than their fruit lambics. Earthy and barnyard. Taste is sour without being over the top, and holds complex light fruit notes underneath. Pretty much awesome in every way, assuming you enjoy the style. Others in my group didn't want their glass after first taste...so I snapped them up too.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Classic Gueuze

Look 10/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 93/100

A style I'm not crazy about... It's really delicious though. Nice and tame with a great sour grape after taste. I really love that it's dry and crisp, yet has a nice fruity sweetness. While I would ALWAYS purchase this if I had the opportunity, I doubt I would ever jump through a hoop to get it. Maybe one hoop, but it didn't change my life. But again, I am not insanely crazy about the style. So take that with a grain of salt~

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Photo of neenerzig
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my twin sister Amy who lives in Orange County, CA for saving this bottle that she got when she went to Switzerland for work a few months ago to drink with me when I came to visit her, which I am now. Poured into a snifter-esque wine glass, this beer is a very cloudy/hazy medium golden color with a copper hue. Had a white head of big bubbles about an inch thick when first poured, that settles mighty quickly to an extremely small ring lining the inside of the glass and then eventually to nothing at all. Not unusual for the style. No lacing. Aromas of funky wet horse blanket, tart sour, and oak barrel. Has a nice tart, sour flavor, along with a just slightly vinegary and salty aspect , lemon and grapefruit citrus, and an oak barrel funk. Has a crisp, smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with light carbonation. Has a very dry, somewhat sour aftertaste that likes to linger. An excellent beer all around! So glad I got the chance to try this, as this is rarely seen in America for sale.


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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow gold color with white fizzy head. Funk, tartness, and citrus acidity and fruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes tart and dry.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured into Speigelau glass

A: light hazy straw colored gold with fairly good clarity decent head that fades quickly

S: lots of vinegar with a slight grape tannin oak smell maybe a little bit of straw taste too

T: sour with a lot of that slight wine grape vinegar with a nice puckering finish

M: slight cling but fairly smooth and light lingering bitterness in the aftertaste

O: it's not bad but not mind blowing. I don't think I could discern any difference between gueuzes but it's pretty good. I appreciate the person who procured me this rarity more than I like the beer.

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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