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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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a wine tulip glass.

Peach-skin color in the body with some golden hues. Fizzy but persistent pale white head. Not exactly a transparent beer, but neither is it murky. Light trickles of carbonation show through. 5

The nose is tart with some orchard fruit, fuzzy funk, and a white wine yeast aroma. Clean and appealing, but not profound in any way. 4

A surprising bit of raisin flavor is the first thing I taste, followed by unripened peach, earthy, floral funkiness and a sharply tart apricot juice flavor. 4.25

It's tart with some lemony acidity and a full-bodied feel. The finish has some tart bite before a vinous dryness and sticky funkiness that lingers. Carbonation up front gives a lively feel and accentuates the tartness before things settle into a lingering dry, oaky finish. 4.25

It's very good, I'll leave it at that.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle from ThatCracker (thanks again!). Bottled 12/14. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a hazy, orangey straw yellow with a dense, frothy three fingers of white head. The pale foam shrinks back to a broken halo without leaving any lacing to speak of.

Smartly sour nose. Semi sour fruits, sugar, faintly earthy and a little vinegar. Nice.

A pleasantly earthy sourness pervades the flavor. Bracingly sour with lemon peel, an earthy Brett-like funk, faint apricot, trace sugar and a vaguely vegital intermittent mild bitterness. While it is plenty easy to drink, this is sour enough to prevent gulping.

Light body with an almost distant carbonation that seems to be seen more than felt. Aftertaste is sour, earthy and vaguely fruity.

I can definitely see how this is the gold standard of the style. I'm quite happy to have made a friend that is able and willing to share some of this legendary brewery's beers. Cantillon's Geuze is completely worth a try if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone fruit, apricot, peach, earthy Brett, hay, white grape, vinous, grapefruit pith, oak, vanilla, honey, green apple

A very great gueuze but I still prefer 3F and Tilquin based on the blind tasting.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a light haziness. Has a tart sour aroma. Flavor is sour, tart, a touch salty finish and very smooth overall. Leaves a nice aftertaste. This is delicious

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A special beer for a special time. My wife is due in 3 weeks! Counting down the days. Bottling date is slightly obscured, but it looks like July 2013, so this is over 2 years old. No liquid between the cap and cork, so that's good news. 750 ml bottle into a champagne flute:

A - A beautiful bright orange. Looks like a dark champagne in the glass. Tons of bubbles reinforcing the 2 finger off-white head. The way a gueuze should look.

N - Hmmm, lots of tart funk. There's a deepness to it though, as if the funk and sourness is coming from some place far below the head and building it's way into something big. I've said this a few times recently; the beer isn't very tart, it just has a lot of tartness. Like the tartness is somewhat mild, it's just everywhere.

T - THAT is interesting. I'm getting a not insignificant amount of hoppy bitterness. The tartness is similar to the nose; it's not overly tart, but it's tart everywhere. This almost tastes like a brett IPA, which is not at all what I expected. It's not exactly what I would prefer, either, but it's still extremely tasty.

M - Yeah, lot's of froth instantly, and then the bubbles are everywhere. I swallowed 10 seconds ago, and it still feels like I'm sloshing it around my mouth. Very impressive.

O - Best gueuze I've had, for sure, although I have not had many. Excited to try the LPK next; perhaps I'll open it in a few weeks when the new one arrives. Cheers!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured at the brewery, Brussels.
Chunky froth over glowing brass. 4.25
Wool, flowers and pears - wild! 4.5
Apple sweet, goats cheese, specks of grapefruit, and herb. 4.5
Cheese rind ending and tight, tart linger.
Round, smooth, crisp. 4.25

Farmy but finishes delicately. Low on acetic. More barnyard in the nose and funk in the finish, along with sharp citrus, than the straight lambic. Manages to be both wild and polished, which is probably why this brewery has the rep it does. 4.5

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Photo of Moose90
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into tasting glass

A — Pours a clear and bright yellow color into the glass, there is a white ring of lace that sits atop the beer, but it does not cling to the inside of the glass or leave anything in its wake.

S — Smells of funk, barnyard, lemon, acetic, quite acidic and bright. As it warms you pick up some fruity tones, some white grape and a little bit estery. Really just fantastic.

T — Fantastic depth of flavors here, lemony, acidic, tart, bright, funky, barnyard, musty, funky, tart, vinegar, exceptional balance of flavors.

M — Light-Medium bodied, highly carbonated and effervescent.

O — Excellent overall, one of the best Gueuze out there for sure. Really great depth and balance, incredibly well done.

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Photo of Pete_IV
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 classic gueuze. Poured Inot cantillio snifter. Pours a nice golden color with a small white head and constant bubbling. Smells like a chardonnay, pear and some vinegar notes. Tastes just as smells dry at first and then nice and tart. Great beer.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Zwanze Day 2015, Anchorage Brewing Company. Seems like this beer looses a lot of the funkiness when on tap, that you normally get from the bottle conditioning.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was really musty, dry and sour all around. Quite enjoyable between the bigger beers and really thankful I got to try it. The funk was too jaw locking, I could easily keep sipping it.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

World Class is right! Best gueuze I've ever had (bottle reviewed was from 2012). A tad sour, mild funkiness - just the way I like a classic gueuze - exceptional balance throughout! My assumption is that the sourness would have been much higher if the bottling date was more recent and so I'm glad I waited to pop this one until now.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Don't think this one reaches the heights of 3F's Oude Geuze (which I've had at similar ages to this one), lacking its depth/complexity of both aroma/taste, but what does recommend this one is its lightness of feel and great drinkability. It offers some nice fruitiness in the nose, along with a bit of funk that sort of lingers beneath the surface, never dominating but always popping up every now and then to remind you it's there. Palate is sweet apple tartness along with some slight vinegary funk. Sure, there are probably some other notes I could imagine, but that's the gist. I appreciate that the sour character doesn't completely scorch the tongue. This is solid stuff.

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Photo of Feelmebone
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Old check in from a glass at deccios armonk. Thought I would get over the flavor but the age on made it hard to finish the bottle myself.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

There is a reason this is one of the top ranked gueuzes in the world. Cantillon sticks to the traditional methods and does it better than almost everyone. This beer is full of carbonation with just the right amount of sourness offset by a little bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle. 2014 vintage. Poured into a tulip.

A: Golden. Hazy.
S: Tart sourness. Fig.
T: Intense vinegar sourness. Fig and plum. Funky. A little bit balsamic. Dry.
M: Light bodied with medium high carbonation.
O: Not my preferred everyday style. But when I want something tasting sour I would pick up this.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw colored golden yellow with a thin layer of active carbonation.

Citric acidity, slight funk, crisp, and dry.

Subtle grape leads into tart citrus, light musty funk, and refreshingly dry.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, tart, dry, and refreshing.

Overall, this beer is all about subtle nuances, but does not disappoint.

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Photo of drmeto
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-pours a slightly hazy golden with a small,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-lemon,grapes,wheat,low tanin bitterness
-not too sour
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
Damn good Lambic

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose was classic Cantillon funk...stands out a great deal more in the geueze than their fruit lambics. Earthy and barnyard. Taste is sour without being over the top, and holds complex light fruit notes underneath. Pretty much awesome in every way, assuming you enjoy the style. Others in my group didn't want their glass after first I snapped them up too.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Classic Gueuze

Look 10/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 93/100

A style I'm not crazy about... It's really delicious though. Nice and tame with a great sour grape after taste. I really love that it's dry and crisp, yet has a nice fruity sweetness. While I would ALWAYS purchase this if I had the opportunity, I doubt I would ever jump through a hoop to get it. Maybe one hoop, but it didn't change my life. But again, I am not insanely crazy about the style. So take that with a grain of salt~

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Photo of neenerzig
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my twin sister Amy who lives in Orange County, CA for saving this bottle that she got when she went to Switzerland for work a few months ago to drink with me when I came to visit her, which I am now. Poured into a snifter-esque wine glass, this beer is a very cloudy/hazy medium golden color with a copper hue. Had a white head of big bubbles about an inch thick when first poured, that settles mighty quickly to an extremely small ring lining the inside of the glass and then eventually to nothing at all. Not unusual for the style. No lacing. Aromas of funky wet horse blanket, tart sour, and oak barrel. Has a nice tart, sour flavor, along with a just slightly vinegary and salty aspect , lemon and grapefruit citrus, and an oak barrel funk. Has a crisp, smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with light carbonation. Has a very dry, somewhat sour aftertaste that likes to linger. An excellent beer all around! So glad I got the chance to try this, as this is rarely seen in America for sale.


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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden pour with a small head. Aroma is very fruity, with tart gooseberries, elderflower and unripe raspberries along with funky and goaty notes hiding underneath. Mild oaky notes show themselves later on. Upon tasting, first of all I’ve gotta say, this is pretty damn tart, like biting into a lemon through the skin and all. A fair whack of acidity, with little in the way of balancing sweetness. Once you’ve got used to it some oak and funk comes through. Not bad after a couple of sips! Light body and carbonation - I would have liked it to be more lively!

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow gold color with white fizzy head. Funk, tartness, and citrus acidity and fruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes tart and dry.

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Photo of TDotScott
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2013 vintage. Poured into a Cantillon tumbler.

L- hazy gold straw, non persistent white head.

S- some funk, lots of lactic acid. Phenols, but in balance.

T- sublime balance between brett fruitiness, barnyard funk, lemony sour, some soft cereal grains, with a lasting phenolic bitterness.

F- good and effervescent. Some oak tannins.

O- the balance is great. It's worth the hype.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured into Speigelau glass

A: light hazy straw colored gold with fairly good clarity decent head that fades quickly

S: lots of vinegar with a slight grape tannin oak smell maybe a little bit of straw taste too

T: sour with a lot of that slight wine grape vinegar with a nice puckering finish

M: slight cling but fairly smooth and light lingering bitterness in the aftertaste

O: it's not bad but not mind blowing. I don't think I could discern any difference between gueuzes but it's pretty good. I appreciate the person who procured me this rarity more than I like the beer.

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Photo of dmitrosan
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer!
Very balanced sour and fruity nose with aroma of buckwheat honey and fermented rise.
The dominated grapefruit taste with kind bitterness of grapefruit pulp and wheat, honey and vanilla aroma.
Very fresh, I really enjoyed it!

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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