Brasserie Cantillon

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Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #16
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4.66 | pDev: 8.15%
Brasserie Cantillon
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edthehead from New York

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lots of nice oak and must on the nose and the palate. Smooth, semi-still, and damp. Beautiful mouthfeel, Wonderful taste. Soft, earthy, and mild citrus. Can't say I've every enjoyed a Gueuze more! Would love to experience again if any exist.

Jul 23, 2020
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Fux from France

4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at our annual tasting at Moeder Lambic's cellar. I had never really thought I could try this one day, some I'm thankful for the chance given. I was in charge of opening the bottle and pouring it, and I felt quite nervous when the cork disintgrated at the contact of the cork screw. I finally managed to open it without cork pieces coming inside the bottle. Pfiou!
A: Well looking for its age, cloudy, orange with a small white head (good point: this is carbonated!)
S: Smell is dust and old basement at first, with juicy citruses, lemon and oranges. After opening a little while, I got more mineral and floral flavors, with also some fresh mint. No vinegar on the nose, which can happen with a beer this old. Reminiscent scent of mushroom and cobweb linger.
T: Taste is quite sour (citric acid, with moderate lactiness) and funky with hay, barnyard, lemon and mineral flavors. Age shows but it has held well. It is quite juicy and also highlights some of the quality of the old 3F gueuzes that I love.
M: Although it apparently took time, carbonation has reached a good level. Body is light to medium. Perfectly sessionable as it is.
O: Very good gueuze. Not exactly at the same level as the best examples from 3F, but really worth a try. Thanks Michaelis for having brought this to our Day to Sink all Sea Shepherds!

Oct 05, 2016
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blisscent from Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a straw yellow color with a soft and cloudy white head. Smells of dry malt and lots of refined wild qualities. Taste was exceptional and dry with a great tartness and heavy earthy barnyard notes and horse blankets. Ample amount of funky, lightly cheesy yeast . One of the best liquid beverages ever created.

Aug 16, 2015
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iong516 from Pennsylvania

4.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

1998 cork. Holy cobwebs and stinky cheese. Not oxidized or off in any way, great bottle. Docked it a bit for appearance because it was kinda murky but who cares? The cleanest pour was a bit darker than expected, a hazy orange bordering on amber. My pour towards the middle/end of the bottle was fantastic, and even the dregs tasted alright. ...bet I'll never have this again, thanks Nate and everyone else involved! Beautiful funk.

Jun 02, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Here's a bottle I never thought I'd try, but thanks to Francois for cracking this baby. 2001 vintage.

Light fizzy head, hazy orange bright color.

Nose amazing, perfect lambic funk, more hansenns like, great grape skin, must, fruity like funk, etc.

Taste great sour, grape skin, sour funk, again more hanssens like, just awesome sourness. Flemmy sour, nice funk with very little acidity,

Nice and bright mouth, little acidity and flemmy feel for a gueuze this old, and decent carb.

Overall fantastic!

Apr 04, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to Francois for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very nice crystal clear golden hue with a thin white halo, very nice.

S - Aromas of dusty basement, super funky, cheese, barnyard, super aromatic and complex.

T - Taste is just like the nose, super musty, light tart lemons, really drinkable, funky cheese, barnyard, hay, delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is really nice, super drinkable. Very enjoyable.

O - Overall this beer was awesome, never thought I'd get to try it.

Apr 02, 2014
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cfrances33 from Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle thanks to Matt, decanted and then poured into a Cantillon tulip. Pour is a mostly clear bright straw orange, with a finger of frothy eggshell head. Some lacing. Smell is bright, juicy lemon and a well balanced hay funk. Some earthiness. Taste is much of the same, with bright juicy lemon, mango, and peaches. Some cheese and a nice dose of minerally funk. Incredibly drinkable, with a nice tart lactic acid aspect. Finishes impeccably clean for a geuze this old. This was a great bottle, and lived up to its reputation

Feb 04, 2014
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BucketBoy from Pennsylvania

4.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Review from notes. This review is from the first time I had it, courtesy of SpeedwayJim (huge thanks!) at Ryan's Labor Day tasting 2011. I've had this again since then (huge thanks, Joel!) and the second time the bottle didn't quite pop in the same way this first bottle did. The first bottle was most likely the best beer I've ever had.

L - Orange-kissed Gulf sunset, hazy eggshell cap of wispy bubbles. Carbonated.

S - Fresh, pungent barnyard, lemon and rind, old cut grass, bright light sulphur, tropical fruits. Just plain awesome! I sat sniffing my glass for a full 15 minutes before drinking any. The best part of the beer for me.

T - Very assertive sour, great funk, barnyard, oak, fruitiness - just a great gueuze. So balanced. Everything you could hope for in a gueuze.

M - Nice and smooth, with fine carbonation.

O - Just killer! Well deserving of the hype, despite the second bottle I tried in 2013 being just okay (relative to the first bottle).

Jul 07, 2013
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joel66 from New York

4.96/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rating # 100

Bottle poured into a cantillon taster on 4/20/2013. I have been waiting a long time for this day to come. One of my biggest white whales has been beached.. Appearance. Bottle poured a hazy orange color with a thin line of head. good carbonation... its awake! Nose- lemons and peach, with a moldy funky cheese, notes of soccer cleats but in a good way(dont know how that is possible but it is) grass funk & hay. One of the best smelling beers i have ever had Taste- citrus notes mixed with barnyard funk. grapefruit and cheese. Lactic acid combined with a suttle earthiness probably attributed from the age of this fine geuze. Overall- this totally lived up to the hype. One of the best beers, and beer experiences shared with some great guys!

Apr 22, 2013
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cosmicevan from New York

4.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

big thanks goes out to GrumpyOldTroll, jbuddle, Sean9689, SpeedwayJim, AgentZero, dtmets84 for sharing in the greatest day of beer that i have ever been a part of. huge thanks to sean for providing this bit of unobtainium.

notes from 1/12/2013

consumed from a cantillon sherry glass.

poured a murky orange with a fizzy head that fizzed away leaving a ring of fizz on the surface. also, comes in a bottle with one of the coolest looking labels of all time (imho). OH MY! the smell is UNREAL. smells fruity and funky at the same time. has some vanilla like oakiness qualities even though tit isn't from barrels. so smooth and subtle. lemons and fruitiness with a hint of funk and even some notes of cheesy sourness. possibly one of the most balanced beers ever. so fresh tasting for a 15 yr old beer. like fruits that have JUST gotten ripe. feel is perfect. one of the best beers i've ever had.

Jan 20, 2013
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tarheels86 from California

4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL 1998 black foil at Akkurat. The pour out of the basket yields a hazy, glowing orange topped with a thin, white head. Apparently after this many years, the Loerik has come alive! Aroma is without a doubt the best aroma from just about any material derived from organic matter in the universe: incredible smack your face fresh white grapefruit, extremely fresh and fleshy/juicy Valencia oranges, white pepper, moldy citrus peels, rich peach yogurt, fleshy and overripe juicy peach, salty funk, light-fresh grapefruit heavy Brett. Literally 11/10 for aroma. The taste gives you almost a similar reward with heavy lactic sourness, fresh tropical fruits, earth, spice, leather, soft peach, maybe a hint of eggy sulfur. I sort of stopped taking notes on this one because it was obvious this would become a Top 5 beer of all time for me. Palate is perfection: wickedly lactic and yogurt heavy. It’s actually a bit unbelievable: insane amount of leather, bitterness, soft tartness, and fresh juiciness. Extremely long, cobwebby finish. Just ridiculous. It really makes Yellow Bus look a bit silly. 11/4/9/5/18 --> 10/4/9/5/19=4.7

Sep 06, 2012
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Tnudish from Wisconsin

4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Paul for this epic treat! Funny story about this, I was suppose to sample this over the upcoming weekend and found out I could no longer go. So as you can imagine, I am beyond excited to be seeing this tonight.

A-Brownish orange in color with a small head of small, tight white bubbles.

S-Nose is incredible, apricot, lemon rind, oak, and just straight funk....it’s beautiful.

T-Flavor is bright lemon, oak, must, and some cobwebs.

M-Light mouthfeel, pretty still actually, moderate acidity, and a nice long finish.

O-The most incredible gueuze I have ever consumed hands down. Not much else to say.

Note: I am aware that this is an incredibly shitty review for such an epic beer. I decided that it was in my best interest to just enjoy it both times I had a pour instead of writing a lengthy review on it. It's one of those beers that should be savored.

Jun 26, 2012
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Sean9689 from Illinois

4.67/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer twice in the last month...yeah, that doesn't suck. Both 750ml bottles into my go-to Narke tulip.

A - Pours a mirky golden yellow color, white fizzy head, wisps.

S - Mellow funky citrus, light mineral notes, oak, and hay. Smells like an old Gueuze, but if you've never had one, you don't know what I'm talking about. Musk, barn, and light acidic notes on the end.

T - Really reminds me of the Cantillon Gueuze I had from 1996, perhaps a bit more nuanced and delicate. Citrus, funk, tart, hay, musk. There's a mineral character on the finish mixed with the citrus and tart notes that I contribute to the age. Doesn't detract, but I think it could eventually build to hamper the taste.

M - Light body, light carbonation, refreshing, dry finish.

O - So, both bottles were extremely delicious. I would say this is one of the top Gueuze's I've ever had, and probably one of the best sours as well. Really good stuff...want more...plz? Until we meet again.

Jun 24, 2012
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craytonic from District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared by ygtbsm94 at our insane sour and wild ale tasting on April 14, 2012. Thanks Brad!

Appearance: Good carbonation, light lemon-orange-peach color.

Smell: Incredibly fresh citrus, lots of lemon and lime with a touch of sweet wheat. Truly perfect.

Taste: Phenomenal beer, incredible fresh citrust notes with the perfect amounts of citrus and funk, even after all these years. Nice sweet grass notes in the background.

Mouthfeel: Light and playful, slightly astringent

Overall: Great beer, possibly one of the best. I don't give very many perfect scores and this one earned it.

Apr 30, 2012
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared by ygtbsm94 at our insane sour and wild ale tasting on April 14, 2012. Thanks Brad!

The beer is straw yellow color with a soft, fluffy white head.

The aroma is fantastic. Citrus, funk, hay, farm scents, oak, earth. Wow. I kept an ounce in my glass and set it aside so I could return to its scent periodically, until I finally gave in a pounded it.

The flavor is just phenomenal. Way more citrus than I was expecting. Orange and lemon flavors balanced to perfection. Just the right amount of funk. A simple beer, really. I can't imagine a smoother, more delicious gueuze.

The feel was perhaps the best I have ever experienced in a lambic. To say that Loerik is smooth does not do this beer justice.

Overall, a stellar beverage. My highest recommendation.

Apr 22, 2012
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mdfb79 from New York

4.69/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 04/14/12 notes. Big thanks to Brad for sharing this one at our sour tasting. 1998 bottle.

a - Pours a murky deep orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, oak, bready malts, funk, acidic, light lemon and citrus hops. Really amazing nose with some sour citrus and fruit mixing with awesome funk. Really surprised for fresh this one smelt for being almost 14 years old.

t - Tastes of sour fruits, oak, bread, light funk, light lemon and citrus, earthy notes. Taste does not have as much funk as the nose and less citrus, and tastes a little bit older.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Super smooth and crisp and easy to drink.

o - Overall a really great gueuze; one of the best at a pretty epic tasting. I thought the nose was amazing and perfect, and was surprised how great it was for the age of the bottle. The taste was great but I felt it was a little more faded then the nose, but it was still an amazing beer. One of the best I've had, would love to have it again.

Apr 18, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't give perfect scores often, and I weighed the pros and cons of giving this beer a perfect score today, but when it comes down to it, this is likely the best beer I've ever had, it exceeded expectations in every way possible and completely blew me out of the water. Bottle shared by Brad at the DC Sour beer tasting the other day.

Served in a Cantillon glass because I'm awesome. 1998 cork date, beer is yellow and mostly clear (the bottom had some haze / yeast to it) and a thin white head, lazy, low retention, no lacing, low (but definitely there) carboonation, looks awesome.

The aroma is so good Brad kept a shot glass of it all night, nosing it all the time and enjoying it for hours on end. Mild sulfur, bright acidity but not acetic, oaky funk, with this lemony, rind, zestiness that carried throughout the beer strongly. Earth and mild leather and the sulfury almost rubbery type aroma as well. Incredible aroma, depth, complexity, pure awesomeness.

Mouthfeel was sharp but had a great finish, the beer is thin and brihgt on the palate with lemon and citrus, oaky bitterness and funk on the backend, the midpalate has some earthiness and sulfur notes that bring out the age and complexity of hte beer. The finish isn't too dry but it is a little dry, a great great great beer. Seriously one of the best gueuzes I've ever had and if I could get another bottle I'd do it in a heartbeat. Seriously the best beer I've ever had.

It doesn't get better than this, absolutely not.

Apr 17, 2012
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.94/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012. Served in a Cantillon old-school "Gueuze & Kriek" gueuze tumbler.

Huge, huge thanks to Brad for pulling this one out. This one stole the show for me.

1998 cork

Poured a fairly-clear golden color with a short white head that was pretty fizzy and didn't last for too long, though that was okay, as this was far and away the worst aspect of the beer; everything else about it was as damn near close to perfection as you could reasonably find in a beer.

The nose carried some heavy earthy barnyard notes full of stables filled with horse blankets. Over the top of that was fresh lemon rind and citric acid. It's incredible the amount of citrus this carried through, which is quite unlike many other aged gueuzes that I've had.

The flavor was incredibly smooth and crisp with notes of lemon and citrus, followed by heavy funk with notes of light earth and a touch of leather. Long, long flavor duration with a moderate-to-heavy acid presence. Pretty heavy funk on a light body with average carbonation. Very dry finish. Slightly puckering.

Overall, it really couldn't get much better than this. This bottles has absolutely aged out fantastically. It's only damn flaw is that I'll likely never have it again.

Apr 17, 2012
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank next to the 98 classic gueuze amongst many other. pour is a deep golden amber, mostly opaque with tons of pure white creamy head. the nose has a nice funk to it up front, rubbyer plastic and musky cellar notes are subtle. Strong peach notes, grapefruit, and the evidence of sourness in the nose. The taste is even better, brighter peaches and a more dusty funk with a great level of sourness in back. light body, creamy feel, soft palate, low carbonation in a good way and dry finish. the fruity flavors are extremely bright and the dry funk is integrated so well with a great drinkable sourness.

Jan 06, 2012
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rvdoorn from Netherlands

4.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opened during an EPIC sour tasting with PapaEugene and others! Thanks again for the great day! Thanks for Rwitter who left this for us at the Olbutikken.
Look: the beer pours a yellow-orange color with a very small white head that disappeared fast.
Smell: Musty hay, earthy funk, lemon, horseblanket and sour green apples.
Taste: Taste is amazing, with similar elements that were in the smell. One of the better geuzes I recently had. Very balanced and still so fresh!
Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation, smooth mouthfeel
Overall: What an experience, again! This beer is so smooth, fresh and sour. Unique is its own way. Extremely balanced, blew away most of the other sours we had during this day.

Dec 05, 2011
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

4.98/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've had the pleasure to drink this particular Lambic on a couple of occasions.

Vintage 1998 - Appearance has an orange golden body, very nice head, and a thin white lacing. Smell is Nose was sharp, very tart with some wood and citrus notes. Musty, horse blanket and lots of funk; another Lambic that I could nose for hours. Oh wait, I did nose during the entire tasting; aroma never faded!! Taste is tart and acidic, funky and super dry sour, but not too acidic as with some younger vintage Cantillon's; Flipping amazing!! Just the right amount of puckering mouthfeel with slightly prickly carbonation but soft to medium. Overall, another spectacular Lambic that I compare to the J & J Blauw but in a different way. I just wish I could have cases of this stuff.

Nov 15, 2011
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.56/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4oz. pour from a capped and corked 750ml bottle into a TJ’s snifter. Had at a tasting on 9/4/11.

Peach, yellow, cloudy. Thin ring of head that dissipates pretty quickly. Stringy lace. Good retention.

Funk, barnyard, hay, stinky cheese, lemon rind, some lemony sweetness, citrus, very aromatic.

Very sour upfront. Apricot and peach notes. Wet hay and wood. Straw. Lemon rind acidity. Peach at end with lemon citrus notes. Finish is lemon rind tartness with a subtle funky wood and cobweb aftertaste. Very balanced and great complexity. Definitely shows its age.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily smooth and silky in the mouth and smooth and slightly dry going down. Very subtle finish with little to no aftertaste. Perfection.

I’ll echo some of the thoughts of the reviewer below me. The nose on this beer is absolutely amazing. One of the most dirty, stinky, and funky gueuzes that I’ve ever had the privilege of smelling. However, taste wise, it’s not much different than a well-aged classic gueuze. In fact, side by side with the 1996 100% gueuze, both demonstrated very similar complexities and flavor profiles. Still, an incredibly solid beer that carries the Cantillon name well.

Sep 05, 2011
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capra12 from New York

4.14/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed out of a snifter glass.

Appearance: straw and rust in color, cloudy with ample head formation and little retention.

Smell: deep sour and funk with a barn yard punch that lingers.

Taste: opens with a fortified funk and sour. There is a subtle salty and cheese profile that subsides leaving a wet straw and oak profile. Tart aftertaste lingers on the palate.

mouth feel: light bodied, puckering, and moderate carbonation.

Overall: very tasty, and Im sad to see it leave my glass.

Sep 04, 2011
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ChrisPro from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle served at Akkurat on 8 June 2011

A - Bottled opened with a pop and poured a clear golden yellow. There was a monster head on this "lazy" gueuze that apparently decided to wake up. Nice lacing left as we drank.

S - Tons of funk and mustiness. I wanted a bit more citrus, but it just wasn't there. Maybe since the yeast woke up and carbonated this bottle, they ate up all the typical lemony goodness in a cantillon gueuze?

T - Slightly sour, but not puckering, also with a little dank finish. This is extremely dry.

M - Just perfect. The carbonation dances on my tongue bringing out the flavors. Pretty light bodied and quite crisp.

O - Very drinkable, and in a vacuum, this is a great beer. However, given the list at Akkurat, I wished I had tried something else instead.

Jul 26, 2011
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callmemickey from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed August 17 2010 at Akkurat in Stockholm.

A: Golden-straw body with just the slightest bit of cloudiness. Thin off-white head comprised of tiny, well defined bubbles. Slight lacing left behind in the tumbler after each sip.

S: Lemon-citrus, hay, and quite a bit of mustiness.

T: Quite funky, with a ton of barnyard flavors like hay, leather, and sweat. Not as much citric notes as in the nose. A bit muddled and not as complex as some other gueuzes with similar age.

M: Medium-light carbonation and a nice sour acidity. Not particularly puckering in the finish. Refreshing.
D: Given the difficulty in acquiring one of these bottles, I'd rather just get a well cared for classic gueuze... but that's not to say this wasn't enjoyable.

Feb 13, 2011
Loerik from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 80 ratings