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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% LambicCantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic

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Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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This listing is for all vintages (Gueuze, Oude Gueuze, etc.).

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Reviews: 631 | Ratings: 3,074
Photo of SierraFlight
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Birthday bottle at Churchkey. Hazy yellow-gold with a thin white cap. Aroma is tart and funky with some wet hay, apple skin, and a touch of citrus. Taste is sour apple and grapes, funky earthiness, and sugar and citrus sweetness on the swallow. Light body, thin slightly creamy texture, active carbonation, acidic dry finish. Interesting first foray into the champagne of Brussels.

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Photo of BrAdequate
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had some amazing Belgian sours, and amazing American sours while I've waited for this whale to hit a shelf near me. I love it. I see why it's the benchmark and I know I want it every time I'll be able to get it. Funky in a wet hay barnyard way. Fully sour and barrel-ly delicious. I LOVE how it hits you with something epic at every stage and the finish is so enjoyable. Really I love this thing and love how it's influenced so many dope sour brews.

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Photo of Matty123
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A fantastically perfect example of what a Gueuze should be. The two clowns who reviewed this beer before me didn't review the beer properly. Anyway more Cantillon for the rest of us

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Photo of Guas11
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Incomparably outstanding...supremely tart...don't plan on drinking anything else the rest of the day. Felt like I had 8oz of liquid gold in front of me....I was forced to order another immediately....I feel lucky to have been able to dry this on draft.

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

This was the first gueuze I've tried, some years ago. It tasted awful then, didn't understand it at all. That moldy and barnyardy smell and taste didn't appeal me at all. With time I've learned to appreciate this beer style and now I've returned to this beer. Of course, that moldy, barnyardy, champagne-like and citrussy aspects are just what I've been expecting, and, of course, this time it was delicious.

Surprisingly, I find this gueuze to be more hoppier than any one I've tasted so far. Perhaps that was the additional reason not to like it at first. And that's why I think this wouldn't be that one gueuze I'd recommend to start exploring this beer style. One of my favorites in style, I like it just as Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait, Lindemans Cuvee Rene or Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze, but it's somewhat more peculiar than them.

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Photo of papat444
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

Thanks to FondueVoodoo for this one. Bottled Nov. 28, 2013, lot C12.

Pours a gorgeous light orange color. Flavor is highly acidic with a dry tartness. Flavor of sour lemons, tannic, bitter finish. Always a pleasure.

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Photo of Buchu70
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Sour and a bit bitter after taste, nice tasting. Tasted while doing a tour of the brewery last week. I brought home bottles of Fou' Foune x 3, Lou Pepe - Kriek x 2 and a bottle of Iris.

Well worth the visit if you are in Brussels.

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Photo of trippytbta
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

2013 bottle

A: pours murky golden orange. small white head

S: Smells like farm animals and hay, plus a massive funky sour

T: sour and acidic, after taste is a little fruity

M: bubbly, crisp, and dry

Overall: I am not an expert on this style, but it seems like a very solid gueuze. Great representation

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Photo of guityler83
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Dated 28 - November 2013

A: Poured into a Cantillon flute glass this would be the first time I’ve had the gueze away from Belgium. The head quickly dissipated away and showed bright white in color with tiny white bubbles. The beer is a golden yellow with moderate clarity and no lacing or sediment (on the first pour).

S: Big aroma of funkey brett character – straw, hay and basement dust. Tartness in the aroma with zesty lemon (not like pledge but fresh juicey lemons). Light oaky woody aroma that blends naturally with the funk.

T: Huge bright sourness that is not for the faint of heart. Lemon candy and citrus tartness. Funky horse blanket, oak and hay. No hops. No alcohol. Nothing but beautiful and pure sour and funk. Very well balanced – nothing overwhelms but it has a very powerful flavor profile for a 5% beer.

M: Light crisp finish with mouth puckering sourness. Carbonation is moderate to low with no harshness or alcohol warming.

O: I feel like this beer is the sum of its parts, Yes its very sour and has a good amount of funk but combined with the bright aroma and perfect and approachable mouthfeel, it makes this beer fun to drink and you always go back for another.

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Photo of Agent1
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%

Appearance - Poured into a flute glass. Not a long lasting head, but very white and bubbly -- similar to champagne, and very typical for Cantillon. Quite active, but quickly fades, showing signs that this is still a very young beer. Slightly amber in color compared to other brews by Cantillon. It's clear that more of the malted barley is being showcased here, versus the wheat (also described on the label).

Smell - Rich honey, lemon zest, sourdough bread, musty grapes, pear, aged cheese, fermented cherries, coriander, subtle lavender and various other floral notes.

Taste - Strong lemon peel, pepper, straw and marigolds, coriander seeds, extremely grassy and sour. Musty and dry. Beautiful hay, wheat and honey notes all blend into a whopping sour crescendo. It's amazing to know there is no sugar added, only the natural enzymes and sugars extracted from the mash. Barley is prevalent over the wheat in flavor, especially in its coloration. A super clean, dry hop profile helps to round out and clean up everything near the end, leaving the mouth to pucker.

Mouthfeel - A little under-carbonated, but keep in mind, this is still a young bottle, and according to the label, can be aged to 2030 with a proper cellar. Crazy for only a 5% lambic.

Overall - Very, very nice. As always, Cantillon delivers. For a straight ahead Gueuze/ Lambic that does not rely on additional flavoring of spices and fruits, this is a work of art and shows that Cantillon is one of, if not THE best brewery making sours today. Simple in its approach, yet somehow resulting in extreme complexity. I have but no choice to age a few of these little babies.

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Photo of kellyej
5/5  rDev +14.2%

I had this for the first time on draft at the Publick House in Boston earlier this year. This beer is amazing and has turned me into a gueuze/sour beer lover for life!
A: Cloudy; yellow, golden color; weak head
S: The nose had a bit of banana bread with cloves along with farmy/musty qualities
M: Medium body, low carbonation
T: Don't let the sweet aroma fool you, this is a sour beer! Once you adjust to the sour, there are notes of unripened green apples and pepper/spices.

Would love to trade for this beer!!

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

A harmonious mixture of pulped oranges, lemon zest, hay, oak, grains, and earthy yeast presents itself as the first aromatic impression. The covalent bond of fragrances is further bolstered by hints of pear and sour apples -- the funky hay and oak stick around long after all the other aromas become an afterthought.

In true Cantillon fashion, the brew imparts an eye-opening tart and sour influx of flavors upon the tongue then neutralizes it with generous servings of the signature Cantillon funk: lemon juice and acidic orange pulp are first to touch down, followed by more eathy barnyard notes of cheesecloth, hay, and mashed grain-like flavors. The finish is somewhat bitter and grainy, almost like chewing on lemon peels then chewing on spelt.

Medium-light bodied, with a crisp and refreshing overall mouthfeel. Carbonation doesn't appear substantial to the eye, but is quite lively once it makes contact with the tongue. While it shows flashes of an immensely complex and wide flavor profile, it's at the same time grainy and down-to-earth as if to express a longing for simplicity. I'm running out of florid expressions to use for this one, so I'll end with a more cliché one: this is an absolute classic that will not be outdone anytime in the near future.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.97/5  rDev +13.5%

A: Bloom fades quickly. Slight lacing. Hazy, grapefruit-like orange/ruby hue. No perceived yeast sediment.

S: Spicy, fruity, yeasty, dry bouquet. Definite notes of lemon, grape, and grapefruit.

T: Delightfully complex flavor profile, with notes of lemon and grapefruit. Tart, very dry citrus flavors combine with a pleasant slight sweetness and a very nice bitterness at the end.

9/20/14....Zwanze Day at Bier Station in KC. Had two big glasses of this and several others. Absolutely fantastic on tap!

M: Slight carbonation. Very smooth. Medium bodied.

O: Probably the best example of this style I have ever had. Worth the splurge.

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Photo of More_betterness
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Belgian flag bottle poured into a LA Teku.

A: Clear golden copper with a white one-finger head that recedes to a small ring around the rim of the glass. Not quite as effervescent as I have come to expect from a gueuze.

S: Tart peach, white wine grapes, and lemon zest initially. A touch of bready wheat and funk close things out.

T: Tart granny smith apple and dry white wine upfront. Sweet peach mid palate is quickly swept away by tart lemon juice. Slight minerality in the finish.

M: Medium bodied and bone dry. Carbonation was much lower than I expected. Flavors linger on the palate reminiscent of a very dry white wine.

O: My only negative is the low level of carbonation and that may just be a variation in the bottle I had. Otherwise this is an absolutely fantastic gueuze that I can't wait to try again.

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 375 ml into a tulip glass

A- a hazy gold with very little head. Head disappears completely.

S- so much funk! Has a peachy, apricot smell followed by more funk. There is a sort of woody smell that adds to its funkiness.

T- follows the nose very well. Sweet peaches and apricots. Definitely some tropical fruit in there. The funkiness is a little harsh as there is a really strong undertone that sits in after the fruit dissipates. Pretty sour but not as sour as I expected. There is a pretty apparent bitterness hidden under the funky sour.

M- medium bodied and sour. Cheeks pucker but not anything too intense.

O- not the best gueuze I've had. But definitely a good one. If the bitterness wasn't there it would be way better.

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Photo of Santanax
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2013 Belgian Flag label...pours rich yellow urine color...This beer smells amazingly oaky, earthy, & funky.... the taste is a balance of Oak, barnyard funk, and and medium lactic tones giving the tart lemony characteristics...Overall a great Gueuze... sadly i overpaid.... but it was tasty nonetheless...

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Photo of zac16125
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a Teku
Vintage 2011

A big thanks to joshwith for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Pours a somewhat hazy golden color with 1.5 fingers width of white head. Head dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves effectively zero lacing.

S: Lots of tart lactic acidiy, and an equally big lemon-lime citrus. I also get oak, vanilla, fruity esters, some floral notes, and subtle melting plastic like funk. Awesome.

T: Funkier than the nose, with that burnt plastic like character. Next I get a fair amount of citrus rind and lactic tartness. Pretty sour, but not to the degree of some Gueuzes or other Cantillon's Ive had. I also get a pretty big degree of floral notes, oak, some sweet citrus notes, and some bitterness. Tartness builtd throughout the drink. Theres a very nice flavor of oak and fruity esters that linger forever in the aftertaste. Great complexity, and really tasty beer.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation is moderate but lower than most examples Ive had of the style, fairly drying on the finish, and drinkability is very good.

O: One of the standards of the style, truly a classic.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml Belgian flag bottle poured into Cantillon balloon glass. Pours hazy gold with a thin layer of white head that persists through out. The nose is loaded with character. Fresh cut grass and hay come first along with bright lemon zest that cuts through the funk. Speaking of funk, notes of earth and hay linger strongly through out with an obvious tangy ness present as well. Taste starts with huge wave of citric acid, lemon zest, and tartness. The tartness sets the table for the earthy funk. Notes of hay, oak, and cork come through towards the finish with some peppery spice notes. Super complex, different notes come to the front with each sip. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with light body. Overall, a very enjoyable brew. Super funky with a nice dose of tartness as well.

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

A - Light haze on an apple juice gold body. Thin white head settles quickly with little-to-no lace.

S - White peach, lemon, green tea leaves, fresh grass, muscat grape.

T - Grapefruit rind and pith, oak, honey, bitter dandelion, lemon, lime zest. Soft and gently complex.

M - Smooth medium frame with a gentle creaminess, and a sessionablely sour finish.

O - Well balanced with a fantastic flavor profile. The quintessential archetype example of the style.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml Bottle part of a private order

Appearance - Gold colour with a smaller size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Citric, funk, apples, bread/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste apricot, citric acid, and breads/grains. There is also some apples anda bit of a medicinal flavour.

Overall - Sour and funky like other gueuzes I've had, but this one has some nuances and complexities. Each sip seems to reveal different flavours. Not mind blowing, but one of the best withing the style that I've had.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden hued beer with a wisp of off white head covering just a portion of the top of the beer. Sour apple and pale wheat aroma. Tart apple and pale wheat flavor with a nice light malt backbone. The finish is heavily carbonated and dry. This is a great summer warm weather thirst quencher.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. A pale straw yellow concoction full of fizzy effervescence, including a meringue-like off-white head that disappears quite quickly, leaving a fine lacing on the glass. Aroma is decidedly tart and funky, apple cider and/or rice vinegar with a subtle brown sugar undercurrent. Wonderful. Tons of acetic/tannic fruit but with a subtle sweetness as well. This gueuze wins on aroma alone but fortunately delivers a top-tier experience on the palate as well. Champagne or wine wine-like, with a moderate amount of horse blanket (not overpowering in this regard) and essentially dominated by sour fruit and tannic flavors ... Lemon, unripe pear, cranberry, white grape, green pineapple. Carbonation remains in the background, such that the sour flavors can really pop, and finishes very dry and almost woody with ample lemon and tart green apple skin. If I can say anything negative at all, its that I was looking for something in addition to the tartness ... Perhaps I was looking in the wrong place. Classic gueuze.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle; complete with cap and cork, poured into an over sized wine glass. Liquid itself doesn't look like anything out of the ordinary. Slightly darker than straw yellow in the fall. Really nice clarity (despite the bottle saying pour out unwanted sediment). Tiny white bubbles producing maybe a finger width head, a ring stays around it most of the time. Good looking beer, but probably wouldn't look twice at it.

A little funky in the smell, but not too bad. Lemon acidic sourness and maybe a little peel. Sort of similar to a white wine. So say lemon peel, grape skin, honey crisp apple rinds, something to that effect. Not overly potent, pretty pleasant.

Taste is really good, on par with the smell. More fruity tart than sour. Plenty of pith and skin from lemons (maybe some lime), white grapes and honey crisp and granny smith apples. Slightest bit of grassy funk as well.

Moutheel is really good. Easy medium body and a very light carbonation level. Nice lingering flavor. Slightest bit of slightly touching your sweet taste buds and then tart and sour in a natural earthy sort of way. Not overpowering and has a nice clean feel all the way to the finish. Really drinkable. Thank you for the Christmas present from my wife via the BBG! Thanks to both of you. Very nice beer; not exactly my style, but I'd drink it again!

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Photo of jbwimer
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love the belgian funk. Some apple sweetness, lemon tartness, you can taste the funk as well. Manages to avoid any off vinegar/acidic unpleasantry. A really well balanced gueuze from the best.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2014-05-30 in Lancaster, PA at Hunger 'N Thirst (from tasting notes)

A - Mildly hazy, golden-yellow with a short, white head and light lace.

S - Hay, Belgian yeast, sour, flowery, light malt. Smells great.

T - Tart citrus at first, funk, fairly sour but not as much as a Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge. Very dry and a great aftertaste.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O - Remarkably well-balanced. Wonderful.

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
4.38 out of 5 based on 3,074 ratings.
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