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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% LambicCantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This listing is for all vintages (Gueuze, Oude Gueuze, etc.).

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
634
Ratings:
3,099
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
19.63%
 
 
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Photo of cyrenaica
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on June 18,2009 at "The Beer Bistro" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer was bottled on February 22, 2008...and if stored in a cool dry place would keep until 2030 (it said so on the bottle). The beer poured a cloudy gold colour with a very thin white head. The aroma was sour cherries and apples with a little bit of malt. The mouthfeel was dry, very tart, highly carbonated, and medium bodied. The flavour was tart apples, and some graininess. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.89/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle - bottled in 2009 - served into a tulip glass

Pours a glowing goldenrod color. Fairly hazy. The head is pretty much white and sits at one and a half fingers in size. Spotty lacing in the few spots where there is lacing. Pretty solid looking, especially for the style.

Oh, man, this is a great nose for a Gueuze. This beer brings the FUNK. Horseblanket, decaying hay, a bit of poop - the Brettonamyces aromas are strong (and lovely, if you're into Brett). To balance that funk is the tang of wheat, the sourness of lemon juice and the sharpness of vinegar. It doesn't have any aromas that you don't normally expect from gueuze, but what it has (especially in the category of funk) is perfectly executed.

This is a tremendous guezue. It is perfectly balanced between sour and funky. Lots of lemon juice flavor provides the sharp, sour backbone needed to deliver the amazing funk character. Taste follows the nose, only there is no poop flavor. Instead we get some phenolic business that takes the edge off the sourness. I'm a little surprised that the beer isn't MORE sour, given that this bottle was bottled in 2009. Still, this is great. So, so much funk.

Love the mouthfeel. Light to medium bodied with a just-right amount of carbonation. It is very drying; this would make for a killer aperitif. The drinkability is insane; this is totally sour and funky but also refreshing; I can polish off a 750mL of this very quickly.

I can't imagine a guezue getting much better. The balance is tremendous and the funk is so well-executed. This is the best guezue I've ever had; if there are better than I really, really want to try them. Please. Give them to me. I'm down for trades.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw colored hazy body with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Bubble come up from the bottom of the glass for quite some time.

Smell is funky and earthy, lots of barnyard scents, it smells very enticing. Very nice here.

Wow, what a great beer, so complex. Lots of barnyard and funk going on in the mouth with a dry leather finish. Very tart and sour with a little bit of vinegar flavor. Terrific gueuze.

Mouthfeel is dry and with high carbonation, just the way a gueuze should be, perfect

Very drinkable beer, this beer is simply a classic as the label so aptly suggests.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last batch of notes from last week.

Cork comes off with no pop, i was afraid it'd be flat but it wasn't. 750ml into an oversized wine glass. Bottle date is 10-3-08.

Pours a nice hazy orange, head turns to a spotty cap and thick ring. Leaves some lacing.

Smell is the funkiest I have experienced. Light fruit, feet, hay, just straight up back room in a barn that a homeless guy sneaks into to sleep. Of course that is all acceptable and well in the world of sours. My roommate said it smelled like garbage, lols.

Lots of lemon ad barnyard in the taste, more fruit than in the scent. Very musty and sharp, tart light fruit. Still some white wine and oak notes as usual for a lambic/gueuze but it's very much smothered in sour funk.

Well-carbonated, nice body. Leaves sour film all over your mouth. 750ml by myself wasn't too much of a problem.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12.7 oz. bottle, thanks Cantillon for giving the lambic fan an extra 1.5 oz! Big thanks to Ken for having this available at Pacific Park Market, I've never seen the smaller Cantillon's ever, 2009 Vintage,

A: Pours a light orange with a soft white head, good retention, not a lot of lace.

S: Definite Brett influence - classic horse blanket, wet leather, but with a lot more lemon in the nose compared to a lot of gueuzes like Boon.

T: Massive amounts of acidic lemon, hint of lime along with the requisite funk - wool, leather and cheese. Real nice apricot/peach/stone fruit type play in the finish.

M: Very soft carbonation, very smooth on the palate - there's just an ease on the palate. Overall it's not super acidic, surprising coming from Cantillon. Dry, and wets the appetite - would make a superb aperitif on par with Orval.

D: This is just a classic beauty, there's nothing more to say. Great complexity and flavour, and I was really racing through the bottle. The acidity is not nuts, it just makes the beer that much more drinkable. This beer is still quite rare in the Southland so I'm trying to milk it as much as possible.

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Photo of TommyW
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Cloudy, gold with a bubbly, white head that lowers quickly.

S- Apple skins, granny smith apples, very tart, a bit of lemon citrus and a touch of cider vinegar.

T- Again, very tart and funky. Apple and lemon sweetness that quickly turns tart and last throughout; overlapping a slight cider-like vinegar taste.

M- Fuller, slick feel to this one with a very light carbonation that gets a little more aggressive on the finish.

D- Really nice Gueuze; very tasty and tart, making it a great sipper.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.62/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with a huge head, had to back off on the pour a little to keep it from becoming overwhelming. A gold color that is just a little bit hazy. Lots of bubbles.

S - Just a minor bit of funk, nicely tart, mostly apples in this smell. Slight bit of acetone/phenol in there, but smells very good.

T - $*@#!! This is the most sour, tart, thing I have ever tasted in a beer. My mouth is puckering. It's good, but damn, hard to get past the sour. Some apples, little bit of barnyard funk, and more sour. It's getting mour sour throughout the drink.

M - Lighter side of medium, good carbonation that helps this beer out nicely.

D - Couldn't finish the entire (large) bottle, which is unusual for me. Too freakin sour and my tastebuds just couldn't take it after a while. Good, but in small doses.

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:

This beer comes in a well presented 375ml green bottle with a cork and cap, which really amps the artistic look to it. I pulled the wrapping off and got a pleasant pop noise as I slid the cork out and reached for my new tulip which was given to me by a friend. I gave this beer a healthy straight on pour and it greeted me with a sold three finger thick head which appeared to be really light and fluffy. I'm holding my glass up to the light and I'm getting a really vibrant dark gold color that has a slight amount of haze in it. As typical I gave the glass a nice swirl and didn't really get any legs running down the wall which confirms that this is a nice light beer.

Smell:

Right off the top there is a huge bouquet of sour apples, grassy hay like aromas, with some acidity and vinegar thrown in. This almost reminds me of a dry cider that was soured intentionally, with some lemon and faint oak notes thrown in. This is a real nice challenge to pick out all of the nuances going on here since it is so complex... wait I have another good descriptor for you...hear me out...this is almost musty smelling like and old basement.

Taste:

Holy *@$& is this sour! I took my first big sip and it made my eyes close it was that tart. Now don't get me wrong here this isn't a sour like when milk goes bad this is a pleasant flavor adding tartness meshed with complexity. I'm pulling out loads of lemon, acid, barnyard funk, citrus, and lots of fruit. Almost every sip I take the flavor profile changes and I love every one! This is the true meaning of fermented art work because this beer takes a true test of time, skill, and a little bit of insanity to make. The beer has a real dry finish almost like a brute champagne and really is a nice because you want to keep coming back for more on a hot day like today. But in a whole there is no other way to describe this but just mouth puckering tartness.

Drinkability:

This was an amazing shock to the taste buds today, I recommend that everyone breaks away from their favorite style once and awhile just to give your senses something new to enjoy. As far as drinkability goes, this one is really going to be up to you because it is so different from any style out there. I'd say that its pretty drinkable but not in large quantities and I'm glad that it was in a short bottle. This beer was refreshing and tart and I could see it pairing very well with lots of foods and desserts. If you happen to come across this style of beer go for it, you never know what you'll think unless you try it

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

750ml bottle in a wine glass. Pours the color of honey, opaque, with bubbly white head. Taste is sour - obvi - think of lemon/limey sour more than funk but without the harshness. Really hits the front of your tongue. The aftertaste is pleasing, but its tough to get to all the subtle flavors going on underneath.

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Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a two finger white head which fades quickly and leaves little lacing. The aroma is tart apples, lemon, and barnyard funk.

The flavor is very tart, a lot of tart apples and barnyard funk combine with lemon to make a beer which is very mouth puckering in a pleasant way. There is a little bit of sweetness which is detectable, and it quickly gets overpowered by the tartness.

Light to medium bodied, acidic, with low carbonation. Finishes very dry. A nice complex Gueuze which is well made, and definitely worth seeking out again.

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

pour is like apple juice with a small head and a bit of murk. nose of apples and lambic funk. palate is has a lot of latitude for something that is suppose to be asstringent and contracting for the tastebuds. sour apple with some woodiness... but the finish is key. a bit of malt quality of honey and pollen deep in there. palate if he finish beside sour is prodominently oaky. a mild finish that sit on the tongue and reveals qualities of lilly and other floral delicacies. great.

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

2009 vintage. Beer is yellow / orange and forms a big white head of tiny bubbles. Carbonation is moderate and steady. No lacing on the glass but this beer looks great.

Aroma is sour, very lactic, slightly acetic. Very good.

Beer is thin and kind of fruity with lots of great flavors. Finishes cleanly, nice lactic and acetic notes with great tartness at the corners. Drinkability high, mouthfeel great. One of the best gueuzes I've ever had.

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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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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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