Gueuze 100% Lambic
Brasserie Cantillon

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Style:
Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #3
ABV:
5%
Score:
98
Ranked #190
Avg:
4.48 | pDev: 8.71%
Reviews:
934
Ratings:
3,879
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Year-round
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SCORE
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Notes: This listing is for all vintages (Gueuze, Oude Gueuze, etc.).
Reviews: 934 | Ratings: 3,879
Photo of thebeers
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
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 +4.5%
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 MagicJeff
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
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 DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
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 doktorhops
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #850!!! Told you I was saving up something special: Doc’s first bottle of Cantillon! I’ve been waiting 6 years to get my hands on a bottle of this - the hype train has turned into a blimp, a giant golden blimp that is headed right into the sun where it might possibly crash and burn, but what a blaze of glory to go out on right? So why exactly is Cantillon so highly sought after? Some call it “the champagne of Belgium”, others like them whales because they are so damn rare - like a single case of this gets to Australia every year, or it could be that this is a blend of one, two and three year-old lambics (spontaneously fermented) beers - a perfection of Belgian brewing in a glass... I’m about to find out what it is that makes Cantillon: Cantillon.

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy deep orange, like a dying sunset on a beach somewhere in Belgium [they have beaches there right?], body with a nice off-white splotchy head that leaves some lace on the side of the glass, top-shelf. 9/10.

S: Funky grape with a mead-like scent, yeast-driven brew, colognes struggle to smell as good as this! Hints of apple/pear esters, earthy notes, more musty character than you can poke a stick at. If you’re into your Saisons/Gueuzes/Lambics/Flanders Oud Ales then then Cantillon is music for your nose. Sets the bar high here. 10/10.

T: Brett funk, tart grapes/lemon/apple/pear leads into a honeyed mead-like centre, finishes with an acidic cider vinegar note and an oak-driven woody dryness. Quite a multifaceted flavour - hits the tongue with sour/sweet/bitter/dry all at the same time. Herbal bitterness in the background. Flavour is a bit more sour than I like, but I can totally appreciate the overall complexity of this fine Gueuze. 9/10.

M: Mid to light, bordering medium bodied, with a light/dense carbonation - all works well, more body wouldn’t go astray if I had one thing to pick about it. 8/10.

D: Well it was quite a whale, not quite my Moby Dick (that would be Heady Topper), but nonetheless a BIG tick off my bucket list here. What did I think overall? Amazing aroma, TBH it smells much better than it tastes, the sourness and acidity is borderline more than I can stomach, still this is a benchmark Gueuze that everyone should try at some point - doesn’t need to be a daily purchase, and the flavour of Saison Dupont is more up my alley anyhow. Glad I finally got my hands on a Cantillon though, good times! 9/10.

Food match: Would pair perfectly with a hard cheese platter - truffle pecorino especially. Also brasserie cuisine - Cantillon was made for this.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Classic look: soft yellow-gold, a little cloudy, thin lace cap. The aroma & the taste are prototypical: tart lactic acid & dry farmhouse funk, very evenly balanced between the two. Lots of oak tannin, pear crist, lemon, some earthy but light yeast. Very even, not super tart in my opinion but enough to provide depth and character to the beer. A classic.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Acidic and with clear notes of brett, and horse-blanket/barnyard. Bitter toward the end. Some gasoline-like aftertaste. Medium body and with very little carbonation. Not the most complex gueuze I have tried but it was perhaps not matured enough.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smell is cantillon funk, some citrus and basement. Taste is quite bitter and perfectly sour. Is compare the level of intensity to that of a DIPA. Mouthfeel is wonderful - viscous and highly carb'd. Love it.

But overall.... I would take 3F any day for complexity and drinkability. Having had Cantillon classic gueuze back to 2006, they can get a strange taste (like canned Bartlett pears?) with time, than I dislike, and the bitterness and intensity covers up the subtle lemon and horse blanket layers I get with 3F. Still a classic example of the style!

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Photo of Phineasco
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light yellow, lightly carbonated, tiny head that receded quickly.
Smell: Grapes, white wine, slight funk, cheese, apples, and melon.
Taste: Slight tartness up front, followed by Brett funk, apples, and white whine.
Feel: Pillowy soft. Goes down way too fast.
Overall: A beautiful beer that I could drink every day of the year and would get better each time I drank it. Not overly tart with assertive flavors, but is brilliant in its sublety.

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Photo of EMV
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Cantillon long-stemmed tulip.

L: Cloudy light golden pour with a finger of white lace. Solid lacing.

S: Tart and funky.. lemon rind and bread dough. Yeasty and complex.

T/F: Classic gueuze... tart and defying explanation. Yeasty... funky... lemon and unripened cherries. A dash of sour apple... dry and almost astringent. Some fruity sweetness behind the tart. Dances on the tongue... nice carbonation and medium body.

O: One of the flagship Belgian Gueuze's, and doesn't taste quite like anything else out there. Always a treat when you can get it, and I pick up something a little different each time I try it.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rating is for vintage 2007 from Cantillon cellar:
Pours golden / amber with small white head.
Aroma has Cantillon funk, green apples, hay, barnyard, wet cellar, lemon.
Taste is hay, lemon, bitter green apples, lemon tart, little funk.

This review is for the "regular" none aged:
L:4 S: 4 T: 4 F: 4 O: 4
Pale orange with small head
Aroma is funky, sourdough, bread, hay, barn
Taste is dusty, grapefruit, lemon, funky

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/3/14; drank 3/3/15 @ Fischmans.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Hazy dandelion appearance.

Minimal white head; no lace.

Mildly tart melon nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mildly tart fresh melon flavor; crisp & refreshing, this simple brew would be perfect on a hot summer day. A great balance between fruit sweetness & pleasant tartness.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.87/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep orange to straw. Pale and slight clarity. Thick white head with perfect round clear bubbles inside.

S: lots of barnyard funk. Horse blanket. Oak. Sour grapes. Old shoe leather.

T: very bitter upfront. More so than I expected. Sour notes. Oak is previlent.

F: thin plus body. Crisp bitter finish

O: it's ok. I wanted to like this more being what it is and the hype; but it's really just average at best.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into wine glass; unfiltered golden color with nice one finger head and lots of carbonation. Soured fruity, funky smell. Carbonation works the palate with sour notes on front and a nice soft fruit finish. The soured smell remains and as the beer warms the sour notes come alive. A nice Brett-style beer well done.

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Photo of Hallu
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

They only do the organic version now (Bio). I've had two of those. The first one I had was a bit disappointing. A good gueuze, but nothing exceptionnal. The second one I had was much better. A really powerful yeasty smell without being too agressive, you can smell the straw, the apple cider, the oak... And in the mouth it's a perfectly balanced gueuze. I bought a second one for aging, and I think it'll develop some interesting notes, like with the 3 Fonteinen gueuze which is still my favorite one. I just wished the Americans would stop buying Cantillon by the case like it's the only good brewery in Belgium, making it harder for us to find Cantillon's products in France... Breweries like 3 fonteinen or De Ranke are doing great stuff too in the gueuze/kriek department. In fact I think 3 fonteinen does a better gueuze than Cantillon, and De Ranke a better kriek... Still, that gueuze is the 2nd best I've ever had.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first Cantillon was a surreal experience for my beer tasting. It was really well done. I think I hyped it up to have a giant funk symphony in my mouth and it was pretty good but I had too high expectations. Really well done. The funk smell is great and the sourness is spot on.

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Photo of Shanex
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was expecting a lot more from this cantillon product which is overhyped in America. It's fairly good, but not world class, though I understand this one isn't the best from this brewery. At this price I'm not going to buy again.

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Photo of Jow
3.78/5  rDev -15.6%
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 -6.5%
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 -6.9%
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 -3.1%
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 -9.4%
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 -6%
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 +1.1%
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 +7.1%
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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Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 3879 ratings