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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: 631 | Ratings: 3,073
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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Photo of adapt313
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow, straw like color with a fluffy white head. The smells is perfectyl balanced between tart and funk, white grapes and sour apples to barnyard hay and and musty old yogurt. The taste is incredibly nuanced and subtle. Where most gueuzes I have had are more in your face and pucker inducing, this transforms from fruit to earthy must to yogurt to vinegar but is never off putting or dominated by one flavor. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, dry and refreshing. Absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of SABERG
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 08/13/2012 into a Fantome tulip.
A - Deep honey colored, gentle carbonation meanders toward the surface, a thin lace
leaves the evidence.
S - Tart, acidic nose, leaves just enough room for delicate malts and vine fruits to poke through.
T - A bit of rice vinegar, blends with cherry, oak and the slightest hint of smoke, vanilla, green broad leaf tobacco.
M - A light stepper here, tart start, then a quick run out the door, beautifully, leaving only desire.
O - What a treat, enough acidity, balanced against a delicate malt offering, and a hint of summer berry.
Cheers all

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Photo of aleigator
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon gueuze '14 vintage

Pours a straw-yellow color, with a spongy, stable head, which is half a finger broad.

Exhibits an unbelievable balance between funky tartness, dusty wood and slightly spiced, citraic fruitiness. Reveals a plethora of subtle aromas, adding depth to the nose, a whiff of glue, old yogurt, vinegar and leather - leading to a unique smelling beer, full of little details.

Reveals a refreshing mouthfeel, due to the high carbonation, medium bodied beer.

Doesn't taste particular fruity in a sense of being specifically heavy on apples or very orange-like, while the beer does feature in fact a generous fruit note, with a lemony crispness to it. This impression gets balanced by musty, leathery malts, matured hops and vinegar, establishing a long lasting sourness. There is almost an explosion on the palate, as the carbonation hits the tongue, establishing an intense dryness, which is noteable until the very end. Finishes with a full-scale, crisp dryness, which doesn't numb the palate from receiving more subtle flavors though.

No fruits are needed to make this a great beer. I am astonished by its complexity, based on the beers lower abv. So much going on, while every aspect is artfully integrated in the beers taste, and interacts very well with its overall refreshing character.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.84/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Similar to the other Gueuze I had (Girardin), but smoother.
It has an orange color with tones of copper and a small whitey foam that leaves a tiny lace.
Smell is fruity and full of acetic notes, a bit spicy too.
Taste is fruity in the beginning. After some seconds comes an explosion of tartness, sourness and bitterness - nice feel. Body is delicate and carbonation at average making it somewaht refreshing.
Difficult to detail this Gueuzes, they are nice though.

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say, this just ain't my thing. Smelled like someone's sweaty old socks. Tasted pretty good, and got better after letting it sit a bit, but I just don't get it with this one (sorry).

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Funky, fruity nose with traces of of grapefruit, lemon, must, wet wood and wet horseblanket. Pours hazy straw with a very slight copper hue. Very tart over ripe fruit, lemon, sourness, a grapefruit sharpness, hints of pear, oak, and a quinine bitterness on the finish. Reasonably light, effervescent, refreshing.

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Photo of nquigley16
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours a nice golden hay with a hint of orange. Ivory white head, dissipates as fast as you would expect, but hangs on a little for the duration of the beer.

S- Not as complex as some but still amazing. Fresh lemon and orange zest, lactic, oak, damp wood, light peach notes, a little barnyard funk, and a dash of acetic.

T- Real sour, lots of lactic acid but you get a touch of acetic in there as well. Tannic and oaky, stone fruits, lemon. Slight woody bitterness on the back end.

F- Effervescent, not overly dry.

O- One of the best gueuzes out there for sure, not necessarily my number one but definitely in the top three.

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Photo of shangwang
4.89/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Cracked a 2011 with some friends. Loved everything about it - delicate sour flavor, but very smooth and drinkable. This won't smack you over the head, but it's tart and refreshing.

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
4.38 out of 5 based on 3,073 ratings.
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