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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Reviews: 900 | Ratings: 3,667
Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
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
4.99/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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 +4.4%
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 +9.7%
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 +2.5%
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 -10.6%
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 -6.2%
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 +3.7%
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 +2.5%
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 JakeScully
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
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 -12.7%
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 -3.2%
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 -3.7%
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 +0.2%
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 -6.2%
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 -2.8%
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 +4.6%
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 +10.9%
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 joaopmgoncalves
3.62/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This review is subject to a future chance due to the fact that the tasting wasn't done in the best condicions.

Drank on tap at Le Fine Mousse, Paris and poured to a teku glass.

A: The body is semi opaque yellow. Basically it's mid-way between opaque/cloudy and cristalline. No head is visible, and therefor no lacing nor retention. Zero.
S: The aroma is weirdly salty, like prosciutto salty.
T: The taste is overly salted, you can barely have some citric notes but they're really behind a block of salt. It's hard to get there but once you do, you've unlocked the other flavors such as a biscuit-y and sweet malt tones.
M: Mouthfeel-wise, the body is low to medium. More close to low carbonation. The end in the mouth is sour as expected. The saltiness, being too much, actually brings the beer down more quicly as you don't have much pleasures to have it in your mouth.
O: This was my first Cantillon. Didn't know what to expect from it but it seems to me, as referred before, that the underlying conditioning of the beer wasn't that great. That being, this is more of a totally-non-permanent personal review of this beer.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the opportunity to enjoy this fine beverage during my celebration of zwanze at home with a few friends. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Nice tartness with a bitter finish.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small wine glass pour at Slow Boat Tavern for Zwanze Day.

Pours an almost clear yellow-amber. Small white head. Smell is mild and vaguely tart, with a hint of funk.

Taste is soft unripe peach tartness, some bitter finish. As I continued to drink it, I started to get something floral that made me think of hops, which was interesting.

Mouthfeel is silky and dry. Overall, very good beer.

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Photo of braker649er
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this on Zwanze Day 2016 at the Slow Boat Tavern in Seattle. They had run out of the Zwanze beer, and the event had been focused earlier in the day, so we slipped in and enjoyed this beer that is still impossible to find in Seattle normally. World class! However, reviewing this from memory is tricky, and the experience lost something being accompanied by devout sour-humbugs. Still and all, I felt this lived up to reputations with complexity and smoothness and sharp sourness in one. Beautiful from color and midsize head to the finish on the tongue with some zip. Great!

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Service: Bottle
Bottled in: 2014
Glad to have this one as my 600th logged beer. I owe you one (or two), Jacob!!

Clear with slight chill haze, nice vibrant yellow that is "barely not clear" with a flash of effervescent white head. Drops to scummy ring. No lacing. (4)

Acidic tartness against a backdrop of rich funk. Under-ripe fruit, plow horse sweat, bubblegum, hay, slight lacquer, vinegar, green strawberries, etc. My god, the smell shifts around the glass as I take whiffs! (4.5)

Lemons, twangy lactic tartness, horse blanket, crab apples, musky muddy character that is really excellent, under-ripe fruit with dead lawn and flowers approaching fall as the funk and hops dry your palate out. (4.5)

Bright, thin, effervescent, fresh, more drinkable than other sours I've encountered. (4.25)

I get it! Sweet mystery of life at last I've found you. Sours might not be my favorite or anything, but this is an amazing fucking beer!!!
This is the sort of beer that shows you what people like about sours. Or me at least. Wow. It looks nice in glass as far as sours and my personal interpretation of 'nice' go. The aroma and flavor are complex for days. A balancing act between tart, outright sour, earthy, stanky, floral, and so on. Contrary to what I had expected, despite being very sour the real stand-out is the funky, barny canvas that the rest of it is painted on. I can definitely understand the love for Cantillon and its flora. I already understood the love for the process and history, but having the beer seals it all together pretty nicely. (4.5)

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Photo of eifster82
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2007 bottle at Cantillon Brewery. (Side note, I had this at the same time as 2008 Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise).

Golden yellow color with a sizeable nice fizzy foam head which dissipates quickly. Barnyard funk, lemon grass, wheat, oak... it's all in the smell. More sour present than the funk in the taste, but follows the smell notes closely with all kinds flavors: citrus (lemon), oaks, weeds and wild grass.. some kind of cheese!? Being inside Cantillon brewery and drinking this, you can definitely pick up the smells in the air from the place and all the barrels, and how they make it into each beer. Truly unique. The aftertaste is dry but refreshing ... not sure how that makes sense, but as I was sipping I could pick up each finish. Just a phenomenal beer. Cantillon brews truly are unlike any other and at the top of the class. This one is no exception.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
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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