Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% LambicCantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

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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Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Great Lambic Summit

Pours a hazy golden straw color with moderate head of prickly bubbles and decent spotty sheets of lacing. Scent is mild and light, watery grape and apple, hints of spice, backed my a young funkynees and freshly dried straw. Taste is a touch more aggressive, but still controlled and light, pressed grapes and skins, the grain notes are a little more pronounced along with a muted barnyard, funk and tart tastes. A lighter medium body, spritzy at first but carbonation disapears quickly, dry. A nice, classic style done without much to get in the way of that fact.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a heavy, green 12.7 oz. bottle into a fluted tulip glass.

A - Deep gold-orange, hazy, with a 2.5 finger head of soapy bubbles that rescind rather quickly and leave a thin film atop the beer, with no lacing to speak of.

S - Sour apple mash, strong hints of dry cider and some summer wheat as well. Not overpowering, but welcoming.

T - Very tart cider at first, then gets really mouth-puckering sour, with the malts just barely noticeable. There is a citrusy brightness in the finish, but no hops. Despite the dominance of the sourness, this is a highly refreshing and very very tasty brew.

M - Good carbonation and a light-medium body, but nothing outstanding.

D - Refreshing, but definitely a sipper due to the sourness throughout, which stops just short of making this a difficult drink. Challenging, but rewarding.

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Photo of jpittman80
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden color, a finger of white head that fades to a ring and leaves a little lacing.

S - First thing I got was apples, then a punch of sour fruit, lemon, bready grains, and Belgian yeast.

T - Strong wild yeast character, very sour fruits. About the sourness of a good lemonade, but with the benefit of having other beer flavors. I don't get the proverbial "horseblanket" which I've tasted in other beers, but there is definitely plenty of funk. Leaves a bitter aftertaste on the back of the tongue, like... chewed aspirin, for lack of a better reference.

M - Dry and puckering, astringent. It's a gueuze.

D - It's pretty tasty, but I can't usually have more than one of these. Don't even try going to a mild style of beer after this, as it leaves your tastebuds scorched.

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Photo of muttyd
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2009.

A - Gushed slightly after opening. Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a huge foamy white head.

S - Sour citrus/grapefruit, funky barnyard, and musty. Very complex aroma that seems to change as the beer warms up.

T - This is how a gueuze should taste. Tart citrus/fruity sweet flavors up front followed by a mouthwatering astringency that tingles the jowls. Funky/yeasty flavors throughout. Sour meets musty meets grainy malts. Excellent.

M - Bubbly on the tongue with a sour finish.

D - At only 5% abv, this is my session beer. Love this style.

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Photo of Pahn
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled in 2008.

Appearance: Careful pour down the side then middle of the glass yields a one inch, fizzy white head that dissipates quickly leaving (like the beer) no lacing, but a froth ring around the surface of the beer. Pours a hazy, golden amber. The bottle, somewhat notably, didn't gush at all upon popping the cork.

Smell: From the bottle there's typical lambic sourness. In the glass it's less sour, and more funky yet bright. Some very mild citrus and apple notes. Settles back into general sourness. Smells good, but a little too restrained; doesn't really contribute much to the taste.

Taste: Right away there's a mild but mouth-filling sourness, then some smooth tannins in the middle, and some apple at the end. There's a cologne-like funk up front along with the sourness. The sourness definitely fills up the mouth, but isn't really puckering; more prickly on the tongue and sides of the mouth. The funk isn't earthy or musty, but rather it's more brett-tangy and vibrant. Tons of sour fruit up front. Every sip is different, but delicious and well-balanced.

Mouthful: Mildly juicy, mildly sour, medium bodied. Mild carbonation, not much puckering. Smoothly delivers all the intriguing flavors.

Drinkability: This is a beautiful beer, and complexity like this at only 5% alcohol can't be complained about. I would imagine I'll be finding new things in this beer for years to come. Extra points for the fact that I'm trying to drink this slowly to savor it, but it's disappearing quickly. The question isn't ease of consumption, but how hard it is not to drink it too quickly.

Cantillon Classic Gueuze is superbly balanced and delicious. It probably deserves a 5 for taste with so much going on, and so harmoniously. I'll be buying this again, hopefully often.

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Photo of cbutova
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, always excited to try a new sour.

A- Pours out golden yellow with a fizzy white head. Actually has retention (not often in lambics), sticky suds and leaves a bit of lace. The beer is fairly hazy and opaque due to the floaties. Lots of bubbles can be seen rising.

S- Sour lemony fruit, some acetic acid. Barnyard/horse funk makes a slight appearance. The oak is there in small amounts as well. It is very nice to see what aromas microbes are capable of producing. The strength is good but not great, good balance.

T- Lots of good flavors produced by yeast and bacteria. The sour level is medium-high, a nice level for this one. Lots of wine/viney notes and some oak from the barrels. I get a lot of grape-like fruit notes/lighter fruits. Some cherry notes and apple too. Barnyard is there but subtle and balanced. A tiny bit of vinegary acetic acid.

MF- Light but pretty creamy for a lambic, I am used to them being fizzy. Carbonation is actually fairly low and allows the flavors to come through even more. A coat of sour viney fruit on the palate.

DB- Pricey but good. A well crafted/strenuous beer to make, the flavors are nice and balanced but did not blow me away. A very nice example of what bacteria and yeast are capable of doing to a beer. A good one to split but I could enjoy a whole 750ml.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped and corked bottle with 2008 on the cap. drank from my duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a murky glowing golden colored body with a very small bright white head that can be heard fizzling away. little to no lacing left behind.

S- this one appears to be a funk forward cantillon. lots of the barnyard and old dirty laundry up front. some acidic note follow behind, but not as sour smelling as i was expecting. a little bit of lemon zest as well.

T- the taste starts out with a lot of the classic cantillon funk. barnyard, horse blanket, old gym socks....whatever you want to call it. its all something that shouldnt be an appealing flavor in a beer, but it is for some reason. lemon zest is in here also. acidic/vinegary finish that is very dry and semi tart.

M- not as mouth puckering as i was expecting, but still sour and dry. very low carbonation. very light bodied.

D- i had this beer when it was in its youth. ill revisit this vintage again a few times over the next decade (if my willpower holds out). not something id want every day, but a benchmark for the style.

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Photo of EvilGnome6
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt. 9.4 oz. bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a generous head that collapses quickly into a thin white cap with constant bubbles rising to the top.

S: Lots of sourness in the nose. Kind of like an apple sweet tart with a hint of grape. Strong acidity that stings the nose a little when breathing deeply. Slightly musty.

T: Very tart and dry with a white wine acidity. Tangy with a green apple bite. Very fruity with a hint of peach. Very sour but not overwhelmingly so with just enough sweetness to give it a crisp, refreshing finish.

M: So dry that it makes your teeth squeak when they touch. The tartness clings to the top of your tongue and the roof of your mouth for several seconds before it fades. In the end, it is remarkably refreshing.

D: This is remarkably drinkable for the style. Due to its tartness and acidity this is definitely a sipping beer. It's not something you could (or should) chug down in big gulps. It's the type of beer you should savor in little swigs to fully appreciate.

Overall: World class. Not cloyingly sweet like pasteurized and blended lambics. Just straight up sourness with an amazingly complex fruity flavor profile. I don't think I could drink it all night long but it's something I would gladly buy again.

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Photo of sadie23
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber and clear with a foamy head that subsided pretty quickly.

S: Tart green apples. Sour.

T: Even more intensely sour than I expected from the smell. A tart bite.

M: Dry and lingers in your mouth.

D: Very enjoyable. The 750 mL bottle is perfect for 2.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So finally this pops back up on shelves in Columbus. I snagged a 750ml.

A- The color is nothing short of beautiful. Its a semi hazed and very bright gold. It is the color is gold bullion. A small white head fizzes up and fades very quickly which is common in many sours. And a beer that is partly 3 years old.

S- Plenty of funk. Sour lemons, grass, wet hay, maybe a little bit of a urine smell.

T- Wow, sour as all hell! The only other beer that Ive had that seemed to be such a kick to the saliva glands was Beatification. Right away the sourness here rushes to your glands and balls up your cheeks in a sharp pucker. Loads of lemon juice, lime juice. Actually the sourness makes it hard to pick out some of the other intricacies of this beer. There is definitely some oak and earthy, funky stuff going on. The finish is another powerful surge of sourness that clings to the back of your throat. The bodies natural reaction to this is to regurgitate. I can feel a very slight hint at that reation, but I fight through it and my taste buds thank me.

M- Much thicker than I expected. Its syrupy and very very very dry. The sourness lingers and gives your mouth that thick feeling that accompanies many sour candies.

D- Very good stuff. It might be a bit too intense for a whole bottle to yourself though.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely classic. I'd take this by a hair over Girardin 1882 as far as everyday gueuzes go.

Have had many times both bottle and draft, but I finally got around to sitting down and reviewing one.

2009 Vintage

A: Orange-gold body. Just the slightest bit of haze. Fairly large, 3 finger, bubbly head. Good retention and a nice soapy lacing.

S: On first whiff, this has all the barnyard funk of the brightest, mustiest saisons. Lemons, oranges, horsebanket, and a bit of earth. Then you start to sense the tartness and sourness that will come. Then you realize you are drinking a top flight gueuze.

T: Like the nose, there is lots of funk. Sour lemon. Fresh squeezed orange. Light breadyness. General acidic citrus notes. Complex and layered. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied. Lively, but not unrestrained carbonation. Nice zing on the tongue. Good sour/tart finish. I don't find it puckering, but it is an aggressive experience on the tongue.

D: Whenever I have a good gueuze I can't help but say to myself, I would like to wake up every weekend and drink one for breakfast with waffles, whipped cream and fresh fruit. Cantillon is highly regarded for a reason.... this is just one of many.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is clear, sunset orange with a medium sized head and spotty lacing. The aroma offers barnyard funk, straw, tart lemons, citrus. Beautiful and simple. Classic Cantillon nose and flavor. A graceful acetic presence with a subtle burn in the finish. Very smooth with moderately low carbonation. Very enjoyable. As the label states, a classic.

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Photo of Naugros
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goldenrod to light orange in color. A finger-wide head forms, but dissipates to a thin film. The carbonation forms on the sides, settles down and continues from the bottom of the glass.

The smell is like lemons and oranges. Maybe sour orange juice soaked in a yeasty, French bread.

To me, this tastes like someone squeezed a tangerine into a slightly flat glass of seltzer and added some sour. It gives you a bit of a pucker, so the citrus must come from ample hopping. The malts are very crisp and not that easily discerned due to the incredible balance of this beer. The citrus flavor lingers in the aftertaste, being not at all unpleasant.

The pucker is quite pleasant and paired with the citrus it makes for a very refreshing beer. The body is medium, but the carbonation makes it seem lighter.

I was never fond of lambics due to only having the fruited ones. Now? I need to get more of this! I can see setting back one after another in the summer rather than a mojito or a shandy.

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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brownish gold in color, cloudy, 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: apple, lemon, and funk

Taste: apple, lemon, funk, vinegar, and small oak

Mouthfeel: sweet and sour mix, high carbonation, light body

Drinkability: Awesome gueuze. Could drink this all day. Not an intro gueuze as the sourness is prominent, but very very good.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"This one's on the house", proclaimed Casey as he plonked down a bottle of the 2001 Cantillon Gueuze on our table last night. Thank you SO much!

With great clarity, this beer is light orange with a dense off-white head with great retention and lacing. The nose... to quote Devin Townsend - "Oh. My. Fuck.Ing.God" Musty as hell with plenty of tannins, grapefruit, copious funk, this is exceptional. The blend and balance of musty basement with bright citrus character is particularly exceptional. The palate opens tart and salty, very Limburger-like. While tannic, this is still very bright and lemony with moderate citrus. Musty, cheesy, funky... this is the paragon of an aged gueuze. I can't help but stress how wonderful the balance between the tannins and the citrus is, this is just fabulous stuff.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12.7oz. corked & capped bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear golden orange color that produced an effervescent mountain of white bubbles and foam that stuck around for awhile. A really nice color and clarity.

(S)- Funky and dry with a mild sour cheese funk added into the mix. Some hay and barnyard with a subtle white grape/apple fruits. Rather lactic too.

(T)- A big dry sour puckered profile up front with some apple & lemon fruit acidity behind it. Tons of sourness on this with a mild yeast-like dry finish.

(M)- A lively carbonation level that combined with the big tart sourness creates a party in the mouth. Quite smooth despite the sour lactic acidity.

(D)- Just a 'classic' beer for the style; so the name fits it well. All-around just plain good and tasty.

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Photo of wd40
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2008, aged until 2010.

Straw yellow appearance with slight haze. More head than I thought it would have, but the carbonation is still very light and nice.

The sourness of the beer is even apparent in its fragrance. There's a little bit of funky grass/hay/barn smell in there.

The sourness is pleasantly pronounced flavor. The lingering aftertaste is actually kind of sweet like apple or pear. The finish is very dry.

The mouthfeel has a nice subtle carbonation that enhances the sourness.

The beer is very drinkable because of the minimal alcohol percentage and the extremely dry finish that keeps one thirsty for more!

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Photo of Walken
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon: Gueze 100% Lambic (Bottled, 2009) (Tasted 04/27/10)
11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a flute.

Appearance: Extremely hazy golden beer with a creamy, off-white head of meringue that retains really well, about three millimeters standing after a few sips, no lace.
Odor: Sharp, full tartness in the nose, lactic character expresses citrus, cider and an undertone of chalk, from god knows where.
Consistency: Dry and juicy with a full, fluffy carbonation, all at the same time. This is why I love Cantillon, their beers have a real dynamic element to the feel.
Flavor: Sour red fruit with hints of tangerine and perceptible honey. Finish is quick and crisp with a solid, long linger of overripe, tart fruity juiciness on the tongue.

Nothing short of perfection.

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Photo of ThaCreep
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As good Geuze, it offers a taste winey acid but with a little less acidity than the competition. The nose is complex, slightly acidic, and a good intensity with beautiful floral traces of citrus.

Sparkling but not too much, the body features flavors lactic woodlands and dry tannins and acids on the palate. The finish offers a wooded late drought and the presence of fresh citrus zest. Beer pure and fresh, easy drinking and refreshing.

A "must-have" when you speak about lambic.

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Photo of babaracas
3.91/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Bottled in 2009" on the cork. Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a thin ring of lace. Smell, which you can smell from across the room: vinegar, lemon, barnyard (but more like zoo) funk. Taste: lime, grapefruit, sour cherry... the tart and sour fades into funky midsip... finish is green grapeskin with a hint of sweetness. Low on the carbonation, which is not very noticeable because it's pretty much puckering. Finishes dry. I had a hard time with the combination of big funk and big lactic-ness in the aroma, but it's certainly tasty.

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

vintage 2009 served in a Tulip

pours a hazy straw with subtle hints of orange. light fizzy white head with nice retention.

sour and vinegar up front. light lemon zest and light sour grapes.

up front, nice light sweetness that lingers through out, even through the finish. lots fruit favors through out, mainly grape and green apple. nice light sourness without any strong vinegar flavor. quite balance.

light and dry with a nice moderate carbonation. sweetness coats the mouth.

insanely easy drinking. this is young and im sure it will become more sour over time and the sweetness may even take a back seat. i cannot wait to see what some time does to this.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured into Duvel tuliip.

A- Pours a nice golden orange that has the slightest bit of haze after a careful pour as to not disturb the yeast. Very minimal head that is gone in the snap of a finger. The little head that remains collects around the edge of the glass.

S- Pretty straight forward smell, grapes, a little bit of vinegar and the slightest bit of yeast. Smells almost of champagne or sparkling wine.

T- Green grapes, a little bit of tart cherries and again, a slight amount of yeast that could be from the small amount that wound up in my glass. A little bit of vinegar rounds out the taste.

M- Astringent. Makes your mouth pucker just a bit. A very dry finish. Contrary to what the head or lack there of would have you believe, there is a good amount of carbonation.

D- This makes for a nice sipping beer, not because of the ABV but because it is astringent. I only have one bottle but I think that after one, you wouldn't be able to differentiate tastes as well because of the astringency. A good beer for people looking to get into lambics or gueuze.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2009 bottling

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves a leggy lacing pattern behind

Smell: Barnyard funk, tart apples, lemons and oak

Taste: Starts out with a mouth-puckering blast of sour lemon, pomelo and apple flavors; by mid-palate, the oaky complexity and barnyard funk start to make their appearance, which is further intensified after the swallow; the tart flavors re-emerge in the finish, leaving the tastebuds gasping for relief but begging for more

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; mouth puckering tartness, with a slightly creamy finish

Drinkability: A really superb geuze, with all kind of subtleties

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Hart for pulling this vintage 1996 out of the cellar and sharing it!

A-Body is a uniform translucent, very hazy golden yellow color. Pours with virtually no head.

S-The nose in this brew is quite interesting. At first all that comes through is a huge barnyard funk-filled with earthiness, mustiness, mossiness...etc...but once the nose has become accustomed to this assault a lot of apple comes through-tart, juicy, and sweet-this comes no where near balancing the funk-but its certainly there.

T-Flavor is pretty interesting as well. Lots of funk comes through across the board but there are accents of apple and some other fruity sweetness. A big lactic sourness-not at all noticeable in the nose comes through for the finish and overpowers the initial flavors.

M-Very low, cask-like carbonation. Body is light weight but very full-quite smooth.

D- What a great opportunity to try this '96 vintage! Lots of sour and funk still hanging around in this brew-it has really held up well. I'd like to try this a bit fresher so I can look back and compare the experiences.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

4.5 A: Slightly hazy vibrant yellow orange color. One finger of "fuzzy" white head that drops quickly but leaves behind 1/8 inch head for quite some time.

4.0 S: Lots of astringent woodiness from the top. Acetic acid and feet that have not been washed in weeks. Zesty lemon and citric acid. Musty basement.

4.0 T: Puckering sourness throughout. Sturdy musty cellar undertones. Lemon and tart crab apple fruitiness, but for the most part dry. Woody astringency with a touch of acetic acid and lots of citric acid.

4.5 M: Lighter body, but quite creamy. Plenty of fizzy carbonation. Dry finish with lingering astringency.

4.0 D: Tasty brew. I've been into wild stuff lately and this hit the spot. Strong flavors, but not off putting. Well done.

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.
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