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 birchstick
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage

A - pours a golden yellow without much head

S - smells of spritzy citrus and some sweet funkiness

T - the taste is starts off very sour that makes you pucker up quickly. Once my mouth got over the initial sour bombardment, I picked up sour apple and citrus flavors from the nose, some hay and funkiness. Overall, very tart and delicious.

M - Dry tannic qualities that leave a really dry mouthfeel that was expected from the flavor profile

D - this is a very tart beer that was my first true sour. I really enjoyed this beer. Very bold flavors that eventually destroy your palette. Although I couldn't have more than a 350ml bottle, I really enjoyed it throughout.

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Photo of JLeege
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Gueuze ~ Bottled Dec. 2009

Appearance- Pours a clear gold with a two finger white head, quickly dissipating. Active carbonation.

Smell- This is very aromatic. Earthy, tart, green apple.

Taste- WOW. First sip was absolutely mouth puckering, but this is incredible. Very tart, sour green apple with an earthy grassy funk in the middle. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel- light and crisp, from what I understand is the ideal for this style

Overall- For my first gueuze this went very well, maybe to well! First of all these beers are expensive and I think I am in love, second this went down incredibly quick, I need to teach myself to slow down and really enjoy this!

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at De Bier Tempel in Brugge - 75cl bottle that was corked and capped. Poured this little beauty into a stemmed tulip glass.

Bottled on November 20th, 2009.

A: Pours a straw colored golden hue with a decent thin head that surprisingly stuck around for most of the glass, thick lace and very effervescent.

S: Big time chardonnay, slightly funky (not as much as i expected though), fermented apples/fruit, sour dough bread and a peppery woodiness that is real nice.

T: Real woody and tart with perfect acidity, chardonnay flavors, citrus, a bit of wet blanket and hay with a nice fruity finish.

M: Light bodied and extremely dry, highly carbonated, very mouthwatering and smooth.

D: This brew drinks like a dream and the low ABV makes it perfect for an all day drinker.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Second Cantillon, first gueze. Expected to absolutely hate this beer but had to give it a shot. Hated the kriek.

Poured a honey color with a small amout of white head that fades leaving no lacing.

Smelled of tart apples, slight funk, bread, and a slew of other subtle things.

Taste was awesome. Taking a sip reveals the apple and white grape flavor, proceeding into some serious funky hay/horsey flavors. Very acidic, but beautifully tart. Makes the jaw clinch and spaz.

Mouthfeel was medium body, not a lot of carbonation to speak of.

Drinkability is a little lower, maybe not for the style, but at the end of the bottle i was struggling a little from all the sourness.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

guest reviewed by KriekQueen-

A: light amber color. Darker at the top and a glowing gold in the center and bottom.

S: wheat, sweet and sour apple, dust, fungal scent, fruity smell at the tail end.

T: bitter when it first hits the tongue then transitions to a sour wheaty taste then transitions to a milder bitterness as it hits the back of the tongue. Fruity aftertaste (banana, apple, and pear).

M: fizzy throughout the sip, moderate body

D: quite the beer for those who enjoy sour flavors with a hint of bitterness. Highly recommended for the lambic lover.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cantillon Classic Gueuze

Appearance: Yellow-orange, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: Grape skins, grapefruit, and slight yeast.

Taste: Sourness with a bitter sweetness, citrus, and a hint of grassiness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium and bitter.

This is very interesting. It is very tart and flavorful. It is also very acidic.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden yellow with a thin head and lots of cascading carbonation. Semi-unfiltered and not much lacing.

S - Tart. Funky yeast/citric acid phenols, over ripened apples, super sour lemon, and a strong sour wheat aroma.

T - QUITE sour...I've had some gueuzes in my day before but this one takes the cake on sourness. Flavor dies quite quickly but from the quick flash of taste I get lots of super sour apple, hay/horse blanket, citric acid, and lemon zest.

M/D - Light body with an ultra sour finish. The intensity of the sourness makes it a definite sipper but complex enough to come back for another drink. Always a pleasure to enjoy such an exotic, "out there" beer style.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, 37.5cl bottle, slightly chilled, poured in a traditional manner into a wine glass

Clear copper appearance with an effervescent head. Brett, vanilla, damp wood/earth fill the senses. Further, I can smell wet stone, leather, aged cheese, slight malt sweetness, hay and wheat.

The taste is a little young. Mouthfeel is a little viscous for the style. Strong lactic sourness clenches the jaw on the first sip. The front of my tongue feels numb for a second after a few more sips. Bleu cheese, leather and a little woody flavor is present. The lactic acid plays off the brett exceptionally well. If anything too well. This Gueuze is drinkably offensive. Lively carbonation lifts this beer off the palate leaving a lingering sourness. This isn't as quite as dry as I'd like it to be yet. I still think the brett has to eat through some more residual sugars. The beer sweetens as it warms and the palate gets fatigued.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow, good lacing and an undying layer of foam.

Smells of lemon, barnyard, grapefruit, sourness.

Taste is the nose, nice medium amount of sour. Yeasty.

Good mouthfeel, good carbonation.

All in all a good gueuze. Not my favorite as it is very traditional, somewhat plain. A good jumping off point for sours I suppose.

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Photo of larryi86
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pt 9.4 oz. bottle dated 20 November 2009 poured into a snifter

A- A slightly hazy golden color with a hint of copper and very nice lacing

S- Tart, acidic, fruity, funky, sour. I am picking up some tart apples and a hint of lemon.

T- Ok, in the first sip the funk was overwhelming, this is the first Gueuze I have tried and did not know what was a about to hit my tongue. Once I got adjusted to the funk flavor I noticed a nice big sour lemon like taste that is well balanced with the funk. Good complexity.

M- Smooth, light, and refreshing. Very fitting for the flavors.

D- Next time I buy a big bottle I will find someone to split it with because it was overwhelming having a big bottle in my first tasting. I really did enjoy this and felt that it opened a door to styles I have not tried yet. I have not had many sour beers and just opened me up to a whole new world of beer.

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4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12.7oz bottle into Duvel tulip: from notes
A: Pours a lively 2in. head that is white. The body is a deep golden hue, with plenty of haze. The classic appearance with no lace.

S: A spicy and zesty aroma is present. With medium intensity, showing a great use of wild yeast. A very deep and bold aroma, that is classic for the style.

T/M: The front is a zesty hint off the nose and brings a tingling sensation from the body. The mouthfeel is zesty, spicy and sour, in a complex layering effect. The lingering taste holds a rich note of sourness. While there is a tartness that is constant throughout the whole experience. As the brew warms the flavors become more complex and linger for longer.

D: This is the benchmark Gueuze for me and one that all others are compared to. A brew that truly has refined the style. And it also drinks like water,.. mmm so refreshing.

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Photo of gatornation
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a 12.7 oz. bottle it poured a dark yellow color with lots of bubbles and a fresh filmy white head that dissipated ..smell was sour funk and hay with lemon and earth smell..taste was lemon/fruit tart with some oak and a sour barnyard finish..mouth feel was tart and crisp ,dry and smooth on the palate..very drinkable but more tart than sour,as it warmed it just got better and better..very enjoyable

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Photo of jrallen34
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Local Option into a tulip...Nice light cloudy medium gold, what a gueze should look like. Head is sparse, gone quicly...Ther aroma is really nice, just funky horse blanket sourness, not super strong but a good happy medium, not overly complex...Taste is a puckerer, super tarty but drinkable, light apple skin, pretty tannic.

A well above average gueze.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange/gold with a huge foamy head. Big pop when the cork is pulled. Rising bubbles, some foamy lace in the goblet.

Tart apple skin aromas, yeast, sharp acidic scents. Dusty grain. Something mildly floral, even woody. Very unique. Whiff of booze that you don't taste.

First sip is acidic and tart -- not citric, but the strength of a lemon. Unripe fruit, turning into sour and bitter flavors, which changes again as the palate begins to clear. Flavors clear to sour and lightly bitter, ending in an acidic note. Apple skin aftertaste. Really different.

Foamy and medium-light. You actually get an acidic burn in the palate at one point. Bubbles clear the sour and bitter clean. Crazy carbonated.

Overall, for something this sour, this is actually going down very easy. Only 5% helps, but there is so much more. This was $9 for 12 oz, so this won't be a regular thing, but this is something I will pine away for. Fine brew.

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Photo of BetterDarker
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 poured into chalice, served on the colder side, and drank slowly to allow the beer to come up to 50 degrees.

A: Pours slightly hazy hay color, with very little head, dissipates quickly to bubbles, some lacing.

S: Nice acidic/tart funk up front. After my nose adjusted a bit I picked up some citrus.

T: Plenty of funk up front with a clean acidic bite. Minor disclosure here, this is only my second sour, so my palette is still wrapping its head around the complexity of the style. So, aside from the expected acidic flavor, there's something in the finish, a hint of oak perhaps or actual malt, not sure, but it's very good.

M: Dry, nice carbonation, light body.

D: Highly drinkable, nice ABV makes it more drinkable for me and very refreshing. I'm getting this whole sour thing now.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a flute.

Pale straw golden color. Lots of bubbles floating around. A thin cap of white foam that leaves some lacing behind.

Smells of lemony tartness. Some barnyard funk, and horse blanket.

Tastes of lemony tartness. Some hay, and a bit of barnyard funk. Hints of spicy oak as well.

Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Tart, funky and tangy.

An impeccable gueuze. Simply delicious, and satisfying.

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Photo of CMW
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear straw color with a medium size white head. The head fades quickly but leaves some minor lacing. Carbonation can be seen throughout.

S - Earthy smell, grass, lemon, funk.

T - Very acidic, sour and wonderful. Dry finish, almost champagne like. I also detect a slight bit of apple.

M - Light and airy.

D - I could definitely drink more of these. This is one of the best guezes I have had.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A bright light yellow champagne look,.

S- Fruity notes and a little grassy scent.

T- Taste of lemon zest and orange peel with a sourness through out the sip.

M- Dry smooth sour feeling through out the sip.

D- Still getting used to drinking sours. But this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a burnt orange color with very little head and quite a bit of bubbles.

S: Tons of funky barnyard aromas along with hay, wet oak, straw, and grass. Green apple and lemon provide plenty of acidity and tartness.

T: Just as funky, sour, and delicious as always. Very, very acidic, primarily lactic acid, with great lemon, green apple, and green grape notes. The funk is very green as well with grass, and wet straw, along with a mustiness and some wet oak.

M: The body is medium with a nice lively, champagne like carbonation.

D: One of the best and most consistent gueuzes out there. I could drink this by the case.

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Photo of roseredkrisaann
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first taste of a geuze beer.
My first impression nice color some hazy gold.
Strong bodied pronounced sour but smooth taste. The arome i taste of natural cider, is very earthy and fruity all at the same time. I realy like that type of beer. I hope to taste more of these beers.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a slight head but reasonably lively carbonation. Smells funky like a ripe washed rind cheese- definitely in the smelly socks direction, but strangely, in a good way, and somewhat restrained. Acetic as well. The taste is clean, lemony, sour and a little on the thin side, but finishes with some nice clean funkiness. Smooth, a little wonky, and refreshing. Nice, classic gueuze.

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Photo of kylehayworth
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had notes on this from a while back, thought I would review it on my lunch break.

This is my first gueuze, so I am not quite sure what to expect, but here we go...

A: Has a nice Midas touch of hazy gold...the head rises and falls a crisp white, and leaves behind a small thin lake of the same color.

S: This is very earthy and fruity all at the same time. Lots of lemon-lime tartness, maybe a little of the rind, but faint. I also smell some green apples.

T: A bold sour/tart forward with a mild spice. The finish lingers with a cider'y finish. There is a lot going on, I'm trying to figure it all out.

M/D: It is very bitter and sour, but crisp and clean all at the same time. I could finish one bottle, but that is all I can handle in a night. I would make this an endcap to an evening.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fun bottle. Cork AND cap.

A - Murky honey, small white head, reduces to disk. Not much lace.

S - Tart, funk, sour, oh my. That is about it.

T - Taste IS smell, only a little sweet note at finish. Big sour thing.

M - Good balance, coating, carb, etc.

D - Not an every day, not a session, but pretty tasty.

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Photo of cooch69
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cantillon Gueuze pours a bright golden orange with a small loose head. It is pretty clear, but then again I left most of the sediment in the bottle.
The nose is very refreshing. It is vibrant, acidic, and earthy. It has a mellow sweetness in the smell as well.
This beer is one of the more sour and acidic Gueuze's that I've tried, comparing it to others such as Girarden or Oude Beersel. I had it with garlic mussels(with no Frites) too bad. Next time I'll have to be better prepared.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into 250mL Jenlain flute glass. Bottling date on the back: 20 November 2009.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with a medium sized white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving no lace behind but lots of foam floating on top of the beer. Many (but not TOO many) bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Very funky smell- sour lemon and champagne, along with musty, old wood and a hint of bitter yeast.

Taste: Begins very sour, almost like diluted lemon, finishing with champagne sourness and a musty wood/yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very dry- but not overly dry- from start to finish. Light body with light, very natural carbonation and a champagne finish

Drinkability: The first Cantillon lambic I had was very, very dry and overly sour- this one is still very dry and very sour, though more complex than the other. Even if you don't like unblended lambics, gueuze may be the way to go. I like this beer, and it is a shame that I don't have proper cellaring space- this beer (like champagne) seems great for a celebration, such as a wedding or the new year, etc. When I get some cellaring space, I'll buy a few bottles of this to put away for later.

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
4.32 out of 5 based on 3,643 ratings.
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