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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Two year-old lambic, dry-hopped in the cask for three weeks.

Added by Dukeofearl on 01-23-2005

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Photo of tbryan5
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. 7 oz pour.
Another near flawless offering from one of the best Lambic Brewers in the world. Pours a beautiful golden hue with a lily white 2 finger head. Great funk and earthiness complimented by a hint of bitterness from the dry hopping. Great lambic and the standard of the style.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled 24 September 2021
Dry hopped with Hallertau

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, white head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a nice full wisp. A cloudy carrot orange with medium levels of carbonation evident. Splotchy wisp and ring but no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Tart lemon, green apples, light notes of vinegar and some floral hop notes. Touches of oak as well. Mild but nice.

TASTE: Quite sour and acidic up front, with lemon and vinegar through the middle into the swallow. Very little funk, but some bitter floral hops and light oak flavors accompany the tart lemon and sourness in the mild finish. Pretty clean and crisp, and increadibly easy to drink.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, creamy as well, goes down smooth and finishes dry but not overly puckering. Very nice and refreshing.

OVERALL: This is great. I'm not all that experienced with gueuze yet, but this is one of the more approachable I've found so far. The sourness is balanced well with the hop bitterness, and the feel is creamy and crisp at the finish, making this absurdly easy to finish quickly. A very nice gueuze I will gladly drink again, especially on a hot summer's day like today. Recommended.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pear colored appearance with an active and alive foam. Sour, tangy pear aroma with white wine, vinegar and Apple cider. Lemony tart flavor with some Apple cider, balsamic vinegar, earth, and mineral. Tart, sour feel, quite tangy it feels alive on the palate.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Zwanze Day @ Avenue Pub.

Appearance: light yellow, light haziness, bone white minimal head.

Aroma: lemony tart notes, funk, acid, musky sourness, floral notes, with some herbal spiciness.

Taste: strong sour note, lemony zest, musk, funk, sour apple, earthy yeast, floral.

Mouthfeel: light, a bit crisp, but lower carbonation.

Overall: fantastic. Ended up with this when they kicked the Kriek keg, and I'm glad it did. The highlight of the night for me.

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Photo of tpd975
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light golden yellow hue with a small white head.

S: Nice bold funkiness. Lemon and wet grass stand out. Dank basement and cheese.

T: Tart apples and lemon up front. Wet hay and wonderful funk. Crushed sweet tarts and a nice blast of acidity.

M: On the light side of medium, nice tartness (not overly) with a grassy hop bitterness.

D: Darn good, man Cantillon does no wrong.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.26/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/11/08. On tap at Spuyten Duyvil Brett Fest. Pours orange with no real head. Aroma is not very strong, mostly of sour funk. Flavor of lemon, slight sourness, and slight hop bitterness. The hops add an interesting dimension to this lambic, but I'm not sure they blended well with it. The palate also seemed weak and unlike other Cantillons I've had. Tasted like an American sour ale/lambic-esque beer and didn't quite impress.
6/4/7/3/15 (3.5/5)

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Photo of hopdog
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared bottle courtesy of egajdzis (and I've had this one multiple times to boot!).

Poured a medium and cloudy orange color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of horseblanket, leather and musty. Tastes of green apples and light lemons. Nice lighter sour and tart finish. Very good.

Notes from: 4/24/05

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Photo of david18
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer among a number of sour beers at a sour beer event at Rattle N Hum in Manhattan. It was great to taste so many sour beers side by side and this one really stood out as the gold standard among the many others I tried.

Poured a golden orange with a nice frothy head that left a great deal of belgian lacing behind.

Aroma was of oak as well as some slight fruit and a little bit of sweetness.

Flavor as well featured a combination of wood, sour and sweetness blended together perfectly.

Overall a very good beer that I was glad to try on tap, as I've only had Cantillon beers in bottles.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ebenezer's Pub and served into wine glass of sorts.

A - Pours a darker golden color, thin collar, sticky lace, thin whispy cap.

S - Light sour tart, slight funk, barn, hay. I'm really surprised there isn't the hoppy notes I remember from the bottle. Truthfully, I didn't enjoy them all that much, just surprised they're gone from this one on-tap.

T - Chris called this "Cantillon Light". I think that's pretty much true. Tastes like a "light gueuze", light tart, sour, funk, oak, barn, slight funky dry finish. No real hops, which I don't mind at all.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - Very enjoyable and very easy to drink. I had two of these and my fiancee had another...a perfect beer for the summer. Really enjoyed this one on-tap much more then from the bottle. Recommend!

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An early pour (4 oz, give or take, to a short goblet) off the 750ml capped/corked bottle I shared at an epic tasting among BAs. The base of the back label reads 'Brewed November 2005 --- Bottled January 2008'.

I recall getting a taste (well, maybe two) of this fine lambic at a distributor's event back in 2009... And it was poured by the now-departed Toby Day; we chatted a few minutes about the beer and about his job repping imported brewers like Cantillon. I digress...

A: Golden, somewhat hazy (with a few stray larger bits), but loads of rising carbonation to a small but tight whitish head, creamy then fading to a slim ring.

S: Sharp, nostril-twitching tartness at first, then a transformative moment where sweeter fruit (a lighter apple, or white grape maybe?) and 'barrel' mustiness introduce themselves.

T: 'Tart' is both a given and an understatement. Yes, it's wonderfully sour, projecting pithy lemon, brash green apple and unripened raspberries, but there's a lurking woodiness and dry spice (hops?) in the finish. Never grows into sweetness much, but really that's ok because there's so much depth to the simple little word 'tart' here.

M: Among the more pucker-inducing, cheek-tugging, tongue-twisting mouthfuls I can recall. So acidic; saliva flows like an open spigot. Busy carbonation, clinging sourness, drier finish.

O: Clearly one of the favorites among all the wilds/sours tried - and rightly so. Wonderfully ripe and pungent, juicy and lasting, great depth. Sure, it's what Cantillon is known for, but it's always nice to be reminded of why they are, arguably, the best at what they do. A pleasure to drink and to share among friends.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is cloudy orange with a short dense head that doesn't last long. Nose is funky. Tons of sourdough, lemon, and a slight hint towards a sulphuric character. Notes of hay and dry oak. Very complex on the nose. Taste starts funky with lemon, bready sourdough character, drying tart character towards the end. Some grape skin in there as well. Mouthfeel is dry and highly carbonated. Overall, a very complex and unique brew.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Belgian Beer Festival 2011
Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

A bright, dark orange and a thin white head. Highly carbonated. Looks thin, with a myriad of little bubbles racing their way to the top of the glass.

A spicy, musty, funky aroma, consisting of bright fruit, lemon, and apple, tangy Brett yeast, hay and grass, and lots of barnyard funk. Pretty awesome. This seems like Cantillon's classic gueuze amped up to the n-th degree, and it just smells extraordinary. Heavenly!

The sweet fruit flavors are really able to shine here--lemon, apple, and pear. The tart funk and sourness is huge, though this beer seems extraordinarily well balanced and a touch sweeter and brighter than the classic gueuze.

Light, bubbly, airy mouthfeel--an absolute pleasure.

Perfect.

Hands down, my favorite beer of the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Festival.

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Photo of Brew33
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, finally I get a crack at Cuvee Saint-Gilloise.

The pour is typical Cantillon Gueuze. Bright yellow, with a thin white head that disappates almost instantly. The nose is full of the sour, juicy, mouth-watering aromas. But there is also a big, citrusy, hop aroma. I couldn't believe how hoppy the nose was. It made for an interesting combo that I had never experienced before.

After my first sip of these beer I was perplexed. Definitely the least sour Cantillon beer I've ever had. Not to say it isn't sour, it certainly is. But the hop bitterness or youth of this beer keeps the pucker factor pretty low. It's absolutely delicious. The restrained tartness really lets some of the other elemnets shine. Dry grain, light brett notes, some tropical fruit. This thing is a gem!

Mouthfeel was spot on. Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel.

Overall, another stellar beer from Cantillon.

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Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 750ml caged and corked bottle

Appearance: The body is btw straw and golden yellow in color with a slick appearance. Carbonation is minimal, the head is an off white 1 inch crown that shows little retention and leaves little lace.

Smell: Hops, barnyard funk, and a touch of urine soaked hay.

Taste: Same as nose. I had heard that the recipe was different for the new vintages (hops addition) and thats why I tried this bottle fresh. I figured lets try it while the hops are shining. Well the sourness/tartness is minimal when its fresh but it fuses nicely with the hop treatment. Different and well done.

Mouthfeel: On the lite side of medium bodied with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Low abv and not very sharp....so easy to drink.

If you are looking for that classic "Cantillon Sharpness" that will make you pucker, this isn't the right Cantillon for you. This new recipe is quite sessionable.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my tasting notes. On tap at The Lion's Pride. A hazy golden yellow color with some lacing. Nose is of citrus fruits, most notably lemon, with some barnyard funk and light hop notes as well.

Very refreshing taste, with the lemon and funk intertwining beautifully to make this a very drinkable and unique unblended lambic. Not as harsh on the palate as other lambics, so I could see myself drinking more than a few glasses of this and still having some taste buds left.

Very rare to see this on tap anywhere. I'm very glad I got to try it. Keep the Cantillon coming!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet wheat, oak, vanilla, barnyard funk, tart green fruits, lactic acid, citrus hops, lemon zest, light sourness.

T - Sweet wheat, oak, vanilla, barnyard funk, tart green fruits, lactic acid, lemon zest, light citrus and floral hops, light sourness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a funky, tart, sour finish.

D - Fantastic balance and complexity, the hops are a great addition.

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Photo of Floydster
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is what my buddy recently brought back for me from Brussels, 750 ml bottle that was around twenty dollars supposedly, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Hazy but bright golden color, thin 1/2 inch white bubbly head, disappeared quickly, not much retention but did leave some rings of lace

S-Sourness, lemon juice, citric acid, some horse blanket, almost some vinegar, cherries, and funkiness

T-Sour and dry right from the beginning, some herbal and floral accents mix with the lemon juice in the middle, finish is acidic with a strong citrus tart, mellowed out after the first sips and the sourness turned to a more sweet fruit flavor, got some funk in the aftertaste that was leaning towards the barnyard aroma I noticed later on, the dry flavor of this beer was super strong and I could not seem to get over it even by the end, needed more sweet accents in my opinion, I love sour beers but this took it to another level

M-Medium body, tart, dry, and chalky mouthfeel, tons of carbonation, taste lingered a long time mainly because of the dryness

D-Tasted better as it warmed and the tart settled down a little bit, low ABV allows for fairly easy drinking, sourness can be a little much though, did not finish the whole bottle

I did not know anything about this brew but I am glad I got to try it, also saw in on tap the day before down at Churchill's in San Marcos left over from CBC week, probably will not get to drink this again because I have never seen it in bottle form in the US, recommended

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Photo of bobsy
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Labelled under it's alias, 'Cuvee St-Gillesoise'.

Pours a hazy and almost flat gold, with a small white collar that dies to nothing after a minute or so. The surface is perfectly still, only disturbed by the occasional bubble. The nose has some great funky notes, which really come out with a leathery character. Definitely some barnyard there, as well as hay and tree fruit. Decent lemon notes, but not remotely as sour smelling as some of their other beers.

The restrained sourness continues in the flavour. There's obviously a good amount of puckering goodness there, but its more in the mould of a very dry white wine than of a bottle of white wine vinegar. Good splash of lemon upfront, and a mild funkiness that liquifies the barnyard, before diluting it down. Smooth mix of flavours with a mellowing fruitiness. I'm surprised by the carbonation, which is more active than the appearance suggests, and it works wonders here.

This is perhaps the least sour of all the Cantillons I've come across, but its ridiculously drinkable. I'd like to up the funk a little, but perhaps taht would alter what is evidently a very fine balance and a great work of brewing. Pretty magical stuff!

Huge thanks to Cristian for sending me this bottle!

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at corporate brew and draft in Baton Rouge

Poured a a semi-hazed straw yellow color with a slight bubbly white head
Oh man, this smelled AMazing! Brilliant mix of melon fruits with grassy, floral hop presence. Some hints of pepper/spiciness, white wine and a bit of lemony citrus.
Taste was nice and tart, but not overly acidic. Earthy hops give way back to the tartness. Get some woodiness as well.
Really dry and crisp mouthfeel.
This is another world-class offering from Cantillon.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%

- 2014 vintage
- Off tap @ Beachwood (LBC) on 7-Nov-14
- 10 oz. pour into a wheat beer glass

One of the best gueuze I've had. More layers than the classic.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. 750 ml bottle, 12 oz sample. Poured a very clear, lightly coppered orange color with a sparse whisp of head over top. After the pour, this one was pretty still, with no bubbles working out of solution. There was no mistaking what this beer was going to be about when smelling it. Tons of sourness hit hard, with a big acidic sharpness. There was mild donkey urined soaked hay acridness, and I'm not sure if this should follow the last statement, but I thought it was very enticing. Flavor really assulted me with sourness on the first sip, that moved to a more vinegar-like sharpness and acidity. There was an odd sharp sweetness in there as well that I could not correlate to anything I was familiar with. Mouthfeel was moderate with a very light carbonation. It left a good bit of stickey spit in my mouth and was moderately dry on the finish. Overall, this was another winner from Cantillon. Very good taste, with a lot of intense flavors like sour and acidity. Not a lot of complexity there, but it really worked for my taste. Good brew.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at Gingerman out of a Snifter

A: Poured a fluffy white filmy head with very little retention. Brew itself was light orange and semi-cloudy with absolutely no lacing.

S: Sourdough, bready, citrus, and faint alcohol.

T: Extremely tart in the beginning but fades into a grassyness. Hops appear in the end as does the sourness. Bitterness in the aftertaste lingers extremely long.

M: Medum bodied and coarse, finishes wet and clean with a very strong and memorable aftertaste. Feeling left in mouth is oily.

D: Rather drinkable but this one tastes more like a sour than anything else. Building of bitterness in the end takes away from overall enjoyment though.

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Photo of Overlord
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Deaconbluez!

Pours a hazy golden orange. About two inches of white foamy head.

Smells like sadness. LOL. I crack myself up. Actually, faint wisps of grass and hay, along with a familiar funky lemon/vinegar smell.

Taste is surprising. Really not like any of the other Cantillons I've had. A weird spicy, musty, funky herbal lemon thang that's really exotic. Hm. The funk and sour notes are blended with this strange background.

Interesting. Not particularly drinkable. Well carbonated, particularly considering the style.

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Photo of mcallister
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me of the skin of a pear multi colored and even looks fuzzy and opaque. a small slightly off white head last quite a few minutes.

Tart fruits and berries with a good fresh earthy grassy hop character. Just a great effervescence with a bit of a funky character.

Nice tart front and finish but things seem thin in the middle. Slight acidity with a plethora of fruits, starfruit, stonefruits, some berry flavors, hints of wood and tannin with a nice hop bitterness on the finish with a bit of the grassy and earthness throughout.

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Photo of grub
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

another from my trades with freud. thanks again fred!

375ml corked and capped bottle. bottled 2010. sampled feb 4/2011.

pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a big cap of fine white head. the head drops fairly fast but never completely disappears. spotty lace.

aroma is great. lemon. cider and malt vinegar. bright and floral. light herbal component. lots of horse blanket and leather. bit of tobacco. white bread. grain. cracker. hint of alcohol. light citrus and fruit.

taste is great. much like the aroma. lemon and light malt vinegar. cider vinegar. bit of mineral character. hint of sweetness to the light citrus character. white bread and cracker. hint of grain. leather and horse blanket. low bitterness level. fairly low acidity. balanced sourness.

mouthfeel is great. light body with a nice dry finish. very fine medium-light carbonation level. nice brett mouthfeel.

drinkability is great. this may be one of the most balanced cantillons i've had. not overpowering in any one direction. great sour depth and complexity. good stuff!

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