Gueuze 100% Lambic
Brasserie Cantillon

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Style:
Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #3
ABV:
5%
Score:
98
Ranked #193
Avg:
4.48 | pDev: 8.71%
Reviews:
932
Ratings:
3,868
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Notes: This listing is for all vintages (Gueuze, Oude Gueuze, etc.).
Reviews: 932 | Ratings: 3,868
Photo of Chibeerguy1
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at Northdown Cafe in Chicago at the 2013 Lions Tiger Beers 3F / Surly event

Got lucky enough to try this before I even knew about Cantillon. This was probably only the fifth or sixth sour beer I had ever tried, but damn it was good. Its too bad its never around. It really made me understand the difference between the American sour experimentation's and a true Belgium gueuze. Im hooked. More, please!

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Duvel tulip at 8-10 celcius.

Pours hazy orangish yellow, thin but large white head that dissipates down to a film over the beer, very little carbonation.

Aroma of sour apples, raw peeled potatoes, feet and unripe pear skin. Flavor is a bomb of sour fruit esters and sourpatch kids candy.

Dry and puckering, extremely good, I would make this my lawnmower beer if it was available easily.

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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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Photo of scinerd3000
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Light golden color with slight amber highlight and an ever so slight haze. Highly carbonated and effervescent. White head recedes quickly. No lacing.

S: Sour apples, funky brettanomyces character, hay, slight musky horse blanket, wood. Lemons and more funk. At almost room temperature, huge oak notes come through. No hop smell

T: Sour lactic upfront moving into an oak and hay-like flavor. Very refreshing. Taste sticks around and dissipates slowly on my pallet. Grassy in the middle of the taste with a slight spice character toward the end. As it warms, notes of leather and figs? Huge sour apple and lemons. Very complex! Each sip opens into new flavors... No DMS, slight vinegar (almost imperceptible). No hops perceived.

M: Dry and sour leaving a sweetness around your mouth. Oak gives this beer a pucker factor which left my mouth dry. Smooth and refreshing although slightly thin.

O: One of the best I have ever tried. Definitely worth trying and I continue to drink this whenever I can find it. Damn well brewed

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Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fifth bottling, October 2000.

This beer has a deep golden hue to it but it glows an almost luminescent orange. A compact and long lasting white head adorns the surface. Carbonation noted is modest. There's a nice musty aroma to this beer. Also a little of that Barnyard/Horse Blanket aroma mixed in. And some lemongrass and vinegar on the nose as well. Very inviting. I think this gueuze nails the flavor profile right on the nose for the style. Just delicious. Quite drinkable. I'm surprised at how fast I'm drinking this lambic. The mouthpuckering quotient seems a bit tamer in this one than in other styles of Cantillon I've enjoyed (Kriek and Rose). I like the way the tart acidity is kept in check, but still is allowed to give an abundance of character to the beer. Some hay and stale hops are noted. Vinegar. And a somewhat crass "farmyard" flavor that is quite enjoyable. Damn fine gueuze.

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Photo of pschul4
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Some days you just wake up and be all like "I need a fucking gueuze!"

A- Pours a very pale orange with a short white head. Falls back to only some white wisps around the rims of the glass

S- Daaamn! Smells so sour! Some funk in there with touch of citris but the sourness rules all

T- Beautiful. Nice sourness without being too much. This truly is everything you can want in a sour

M- Nice and light. Couldnt imagine a heavy sour

O- This is the bar for a reason. Beautifully done and I'll be trying to get my hands on more of this in the future

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage $15 750ml yellow label. Clear yellow color with a head that immediately disappeared. It is very spritzy at first but after about five minutes there is almost zero carbonation and the beer is very still. Grassy aroma with just a hint of mustiness. The flavor is very sour, lemons, white grapes, good stuff. This is very easy to drink despite the intensity of the flavor.

edit 09/11/09 375ml 2008 bottled vintage

It smells like fruits and mushrooms with a distinct lambic aroma. The flavor is amazing, sour fruit, lemon juices, I don't know what else to say...fantastic gueuze!

edit 11/12/11 750ml 2009 vintage

good gueuze

2008 vintage consumed 3/2/2018

No gunk under the cap and the cork is in great shape. Smells excellent, tastes delicious. The fact this is ten years old and is just as great as it was nine or so years ago is incredible. No oxidation whatsoever. I think I paid $6.99 for this bottle back in the day.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Agent1
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%

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 Patrick999
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled October 2008. I had to kinda mangle the cork to get it out.

Poured into a goblet. Sparkling gold, no head retention.

It has the unmistakable Cantillon aroma right off the bat - it wafts out of the bottle as soon as you pull the cork. There's a lot of musty peach-crate with this one, also apple orchard and wood. Textbook gueuze aroma.

As is typical, on first sip, the level of sour was almost shocking. Yet as the palate acclimates, each successive sip becomes less sour, to the point where I find myself not taking sips, but rather taking large swallows. Holy f'ing crap, this is tasty and easy to drink! Lemon-peach sourness and light wood, some definite cheesy funk. Also of note, I really get the aged hop in this gueuze. Very nice interplay of sour, funk and bitter going on - but would you expect anything less.

There's just a soft kiss of carbonation - I love the carbonation level I typically find in Cantillon bottles. So smooth.

This is a benchmark gueuze, worthy of the name "Classic." We beer nerds tend to go wild (pun intended) for the latest sour offerings from Russian River and Lost Abbey - as good as those beers are, this is every bit as good, if not more so, in my opinion.

Some Cantillon brews are so sour, your stomach starts to feel it. Not so with this....as I said, I find myself taking large, deep sips of this with no gastric protest. Tasty, complex, low-ABV - real winner here. Big time. I don't know which gueuze I like better, this or Girardin. Outstanding. I'm pretty close to giving this a straight 5.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage. Poured from 750 mL capped and corked bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow with moderate carbonation producing a 2 inch fizzy white head with decent retention.
S: Lovely...sweet funk, tart, earthy barnyard, dry minerals, peppery spice, and a subtle sweetness.
T: Wow! Subtle citrus sweetness, barnyard funk, oak tannins, vanilla, tart and sour (lemon, cherry?), white pepper, and dry minerals. With warming, an almond note emerges that is quite nice. I'm sure I'm missing some of the elements...very complex which likely comes from the blending of one, two, and three year old lambic.
M: All sorts of sour, tart, sweet, funk, and dry. Nice lingering and maturing on the palate too. Light body. Moderately effervescent.
D: Phenomenal for style. Hands down, best gueuze I've had. Refreshing and deeply complex at the same time which is a very difficult feat. Simply a tremendous brew!

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Photo of warmstorage
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, from the brewery itself, then flown back to the US as checked luggage. 2003 vintage. Also some impressions taken from the four days I had it at the brewery, in similar bottles.

Appearance: medium orange, zero head, zero lacing, minimal carbonation noted.

Aroma: Tangy sharp, slight vinegar. Classic brett, hard to imagine how it could be done better.

Taste: beautiful, distinctive Brett goodness. Tangy, sharp, assertive, puckering brett beauty. Little else: minimal hop character, minimal malt body.

Mouth: mostly a puckering, little else to say.

Overall: A delight, at least for those who love traditional gueze. Puckering, tangy and delicious. I'll buy it again and again, every time I have the opportunity.

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Photo of Realale
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

5th Bottling, 2000

Deep clear gold. Big, extremely fine foamy off-white head - the bubbles are so small its almost impossible to see them with the unaided eye! Head sits at 1/2" and doesn't move in the lovely Cantillon tumbler kindly donated to my cause by MJR.

Nose is a squirt of lemon juice over spicy wheat and crackery malt. Barnyard is there, but its more in the background than usual for Cantillon. Overall, the nose is mouth-watering and well-balanced.

Just stunning in the mouth. Acidic, and on the light side of medium. Its a malty, earthy, barnyard, lemony, leathery feast for the palate. Longer than a time-share condo presentation. A wonderful softness from the bottle-conditioning despite the incredible acidity. Just great stuff.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From notes, bottle to white wine glasses on 12-22 with the girl. My first Cantillion.

A- Poured like champagne on the side of glass yielding thin head and a golden hay color. Hazy and nice carbonation rising throughout.

S- Nice funk to it. A little barnyard like things have been eating and then doing what comes next. But nice.

T- Love that tart. Like you just want to slowly let it sift into your mouth and let the sour hit, then the flavors, apple, cider, some pear and then barnyard with a smooth finish. You can taste the quality.

M- I love the puckering but it lets you move into some real nice flavors and leaves you wanting another pucker.

O- I haven't gotten into to much Gueze, Wild, Sour territory so what a great start. Really awesome.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, very long lasting cascade produces a small white head, typical pale ale colored body. Scent is tart tart tart. Taste is sour and earthy. Lots of yeast which has been through god knows what. Fruits and grass, honey. Watery yet full bodied, active on the tongue. Cantillon at its finest. God i love these beers

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Photo of botham
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cantillon Classic Gueuze. nothing on the bottle indicates that this is the organic version, but the listing for the 'Classic Gueuze' is listed as an alias for the organic gueuze. oh well.

bottle poured into a sinfter. pours a golden apricot with no head, a thin rim, no lacings or retention.

aroma is of a strong acidic sourness with a touch of light funk. a bit of wet hay and some distant fruit are in the background as well. pleasantly sharp in the nose.

taste is great. the sour is not as pronounced here, not until the finish. the funk is a bit more of a factor here, with a lightly tart aftertaste and a mildly sharp finish. exceptional on the palate.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and mostly crisp with only a light tartness after the fact. very tart on the palate with a pleasant sourness and a mildly crisp quality overall.

drinkability is excellent. beers like this will always get some bad reviews because the flavors are so polarizing, which is unfortunate. this is a supremely sour and fresh brew with a tart profile and a sourness that plays off of a light funk, helping to sustain the crispness. what a solid beer. it dances on the palate with its light sharpness and leaves the palate puckering for the next sip. cheers!

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Photo of Avalon68
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle Cantillon Gueuze 1996. Tasted 3x over the last month.

A: Bright golden yellow in color and highly carbonated.
S: Lemon Pith, Funk, and musty basement. Awesome
T: Lemon up front, followed by a bit of funk(mushroom) and a slight mineral taste. Very tart and incredibly dry.
M: Absolutely great. Light and clean with a lot more carbonation than I expected.
D:The dryness makes it so you can't stop going back for more.

All in all I really enjoyed this one. I've opened 3 bottles in the last month and everyone that has tasted them had good things to say. These bottles were a lot more tart and dry than more recent examples I have tried. I was honestly blown away. Very good stuff.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent light orange/amber color with a finger of head. This thing REEKS of funk. Pure unadulterated band aid, attic dust, moldy cheese "bliss" if thats what it should be called. Big notes of lemon and orange as well. I'm actually intimidated by the level of funk here, it is quite scary.

The taste is a bit of a different tale. The funk is initially restrained, while the citrus elements burst out in the forefront along with a note of sourness that disappears almost instantaneously. But then it comes. In comes the cheese. In comes the must. In comes all the other barnyard adjectives you can come up with. This beer is just all all out assault on the palate. Not for the weary, that's for sure. Hard to understand how so much flavor and complexity can be packed into a 5% ABV beer, but that is the beauty of lambic and especially the beauty of gueuze.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation levels. Quite a beer for sure, and one in which words can't really do justice to the experience of drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of rastaman
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Exceptional!!!! Bone dry and slightly tart acidic sourness, very earthy aroma, and impressivly refreshing. Complex, and dry from start to finish, definitely my style of beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

08 cork on this 375 mL bottle. Pours a stunningly clear gold color with a bubbly head that fades fast to near nothingness.

Nose is mouth-wateringly tart with a notable brett presence. Has an aroma reminiscent of rotting wood, rubber, Sweetarts and stinky feet...a smell only a beer geek could love.

Taste is tart grains, but manages to be oh-so soft. Big brettanomyces presence, but still plays second fiddle to the sourness. So damn delicious, I could drink one of these every single day. Light fruitiness, rubber is still there. I could see this aging with the best of 'em. Pretty complex, despite leaning heavily towards the sour end of the spectrum. Just an amazing beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This one is bright, light orange in color with some good, visible carbonation. The color was crystal clear; almost radiant. The head was modest and fully white.

Smell – This was still cold when I opened it. The nose started off with a light sourness that developed into some beautiful horse blanket. This is your classic horsey aroma. A second assessment of the nose after an hour or so showed a bit stronger sourness and the presence of a good, healthy malt base that was kind of yeasty.

Taste – The light, freshly-squeezed lemonade was very even. This Gueze is not overly sour like other efforts I’ve tasted. The light, unsweetened pink grapefruit and hints of cherries rightly complimented the other flavors that I picked up at the nose. Everything here is so natural. I almost missed the light, natural sweetness until Skyhand pointed it out to me.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied Gueze is very dry without a hint of bitterness. The delicate, active carbonation was right on. This one is perfectly blended. The balanced mouthfeel was the key to my enjoyment of this Cantillon.

Drinkability – How can you go wrong? This is not an over-the-top example of this Belgium style. It is incredibly well-blended and balanced. It is the perfect mating of light sourness, intense but pleasing dryness, and wonderful carbonation.

Comments – I popped this 2001 to celebrate my 1,000th review on the site, and it surely made the occasion a memorable one.

Reviewing Notes: I could have copied and pasted the style description right out of the BJCP on-line style guide to write this review. Word for word this bottle represents the ideal of a Belgian Gueze.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into flute -- bottled in 2010 sometime.
Shared by aasher.

I've had this beer so many times and couldn't believe I'd never typed up a review!
Here we go--
Dark golden body with a fluffy 3 finger white head... Nice retention.

Smells oaky and funky with some delicious lemony citrus notes. The flavor adds a tasty sourness.

Light and effervescent feel. Great level of carbonation.

Overall-- this is the measuring bar of gueuze for me. This is the standard by which all others are to be judged.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the Publick House in Boston. $7 a glass was very reasonable.

It came in a wine glass with a bubbly long lasting head that left little lace. The aroma was redolent with sharp lemony notes, leathery brett and a bit of farmyard funk. The taste was astonishingly dry with a strong acidity and herbal, earth flavors. Horse blanket and enteric sour flavors got more prominent as the glass warmed. blue cheese (or some kind of pungent cheese) and fresh mown grass also figured into the infinitely complex mix. The mouthfeel was slightly viscous but still light, I know that sounds like a paradox. Carbonation was on the light side. The finish was desert dry with residual funk.

This was a top form lambic, and my first sample on tap. Incredible stuff. I wish something like this was available in Toronto, or any proper lambic for that matter.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle. Bottled: 2 February 2012

A: Pours a sunset yellow color with a fingers worth of head that lasts surprisingly long (at least in terms of gueuze)

S: Nice and tart with a bit of funkiness. Lighter fruits come through as well as an oaky woodiness

T: Starts off with a bit of a puckering sour followed quickly by a refreshing tartness, subtle horse blanket, and light fruitiness. Oak finishes it out, along with a lingering tartness

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: A classic gueuze indeed. All the quality and flavors you would expect out of any gueuze are there as well as great drinkability for a sour beer. Obviously a little pricey, but definitely worth the $15-17 for a 750 mL bottle. A must-try for any gueuze/sour lover

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Photo of Ego
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

duck duck geuze (sorry, couldnt resist)

@ 12.99 for a bottle this aint cheap fizz, nice pop of the cork, immediately hit with that belgian yeasty/bready/honey thing... but I am getting ahead of myself..

this bottle has no bottled date but I trust my beer guy and he told me it is a fresh case right from belgium.

appearance:
straw lemonade suspension, one full finger of head dissipating, no carbonation bubbles seen in the murk, the color, although murky looking, is incredibly consistent glass to glass, knowing all that goes into this style that amazes me.

nose:
the standard farm belgian nose, like dough witha touch of honey or even summer flowers and behind it lies a flow of lemon tartness.. makes the mouth water, I close my eyes and imagine a fruit hybrid made from pears, apples and lemons, where you get the sweetness of pear apple on a bite then the finish is the tart refreshment of lemon sorbet.. wonderfully balanced nose.

taste:
the lemony flavor is up front (not as heavy duty as cantillon's other lambics). the medium body almost is hidden because of the tart refreshing finish. the carbonation is just enough to keep this afloat in the mouth, like the nose, this is balanced as well. I also detect a little salinity in the finish matching the tart ness, which gives way to subtle apple/pear tones.

drinkability?
well, if you like geuze dial this one up, this is a very drinkable brew, there are no distractions of too much fruit etc, you really get the raw lemon feel of the style. for me this is nearly as good as it gets.. awesome brew.

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Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 3868 ratings