Monk's Cafe Cuvee De Monk's Gueuze | Brasserie Cantillon

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Monk's Cafe Cuvee De Monk's GueuzeMonk's Cafe Cuvee De Monk's Gueuze

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Belgian Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MuddyFeet on 09-07-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 166 |  Reviews: 76
Reviews by brother_kenneth:
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, bottled on November 14, 2008, split this with Abe and Lauren at Belgian Cafe, poured into a gueuze glass.

A- Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a rapidly dissipating white head, leaves little lacing.

S- The aroma is just insane. Lots of citrusy acidity along with a complex funk that's a combination of barnyard/horseblanket notes along with an almost moist earthiness. There's also musty wood and a bit of very lightly sweet honey aroma. This is seriously one of the best smelling gueuzes I've had in a long time.

T- Similar to the nose, very sour with a solid dose of lemony and mild grapefruit tartness. Also a big earthy funkiness with barnyard and wet oak flavors. Some white grape fruitiness and dry grass/herbal flavors. Very tasty and complex.

M- Light-bodied, low carbonation and a smooth feel, bone dry finish.

O- Another really excellent gueuze from Cantillon, the flavors are delicious and complex and the aroma is just incredible, I think I slightly prefer this to the regular 100% gueuze, which is saying quite a bit. Great stuff.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from '08, served in a Cantillon tulip. Huge thanks to Tony for sharing this.

A: Hazy orange body with a thin but persistent head of fine white foam that settles into a solid ring and leaves delicate lace. Ok.

S: Funkier than usual Cantillon, with lots of earthiness and mustiness on top of the usual lemony, mustardy acidity. Some grassiness, too. Great.

T: More sour than the nose promised, with the crazy musty sourness funkiness pushed back to the very dry, lightly astringent finish. So, so dry.

M: Light, creamy, lively medium body. Great.

O: Yet another solid offering from Cantillon, although I don't think it's much better than the regular. Really glad I got to try this!


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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ggaughan
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is only on tap at the back bar at Monk's Cafe. I had mine sitting at the front bar. The beer poured a clear golden color with no head to speak of. The aroma of this beer was a very destinctive sourness, earthy. The taste of this beer is very sour as expected but not overpowering, actually well balanced I thought. Well balanced with a sweetness that appears very fresh, lemony. The earthy funk that you would expect from a Cantillon beer is in here and very well received. The beer has a light feeling and a dry finish.

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

Shared at Monk's with BeerThursday. Review from notes. 2008 Vintage, served in a gueuze glass.

A: Pours a very hazy golden yellow color with a small white head on top that leaves a small cap on top. Sporadic lacing down the sides.

S: Very subdued, but in a good way. Not in your face tart, but certainly there. Some nice citrus fruits, lemon, a little apricot, a hint of peach. Underneath a faint hay/funk.

T: Again, not in your face sour, but very even making it extremely drinkable and smooth. Similar fruit notes to the aroma with some lemon zest, apricot, and pear. Slight funk in the middle as well and a bit of oak coming through.

M: Medium bodied with even carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking, not overly sour/tart, but seems just about right for this beer.

O: Another great gueuze from Cantillon. Was very happy to have shared this bottle with Jay.

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Photo of Stigs
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from bottle at Monk's, served in a flute-type glass

A - thin and fluffy white foam about half an inch in height which settles to film and ring. the beer is cloudy, and on the darker side of gold colored.

S - puckeringly sour from the nose alone. balanced by woody oak and a slightly musty (but pleasant) basement smell. also notes of cheese and fruits (green apples and sour lemon zest).

T - bright and almost tearing sour and lactic acid which carries through the end of each sip. tastes of sour green apples and white grapes which turns into some slightly funky mustiness and a subtly sweet oaky finish. just lovely in all its simple complexities.

M - light body, moderate carbonation, prickly and finishes dry from the sour. just about par for the style.

D - loved it, probably my favorite Gueuze to date. incredibly balanced but sour enough to cure the cravings. paired this with some mussels and frites, i was in heaven.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Monk's Cafe Cuvee version of Cantillon Gueuze pours a mainly clear, glowing orange-gold body beneath a short head of bright white foam that drops quickly to a creamy collar. The nose offers the expected Brettanomyces character with notes of earth, leather, horses, damp straw, and light mustiness. But it's also fruity (tart apple, apricot, lemon), a touch grainy, mildly perfumey, and delicately spicy. It's softer and rounder than most examples, and that carries over into the flavor. It's not quite as razor sharp and prickling with tartness, and the barnyard characteristics are held in check. Really well done! Remarkably drinkable! Superbly refreshing! An excellent introductory gueuze.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml corked and capped bottle into a Darkness sniffer. Shared with schen9303.

A: Standard pour yields a single layer of coarse white bubbles atop a cloudy grapefruit beer that dissipates quickly. Lacing is spotty and with moderate cling.

S: Nose is subtle. Funky Brett, cobwebs and slight band aid. Subtle lemon and mango tartness and oakiness. Also a little bit of citrus. Not the most aromatic.

T: Lemon tartness and Brett funk. Soft acidity throughout with some citrus twang in the middle. Brett builds up towards the back with an oaky, dirty funk. Gets dry as it lingers in the mouth. Finish is citrus and lemon acidity and aftertaste is slightly tart and dry.

M: Light to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Oily, silky and smooth in the mouth with a slight prickly bubble going down. Just a bit of dryness at the end and finish is prickly with a clean aftertaste.

D: This one reminds me a little bit of an aged Cantillon Classic Gueze but with softer acidity and therefore a higher drinkability. Very subtle and moderately complex overall. A solid offering from Cantillon and one worth seeking out. 750ml wasn't nearly enough.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to xnicknj for this one.

vintage 2008.

pours a beautiful bright golden yellow with subtle hints of orange. color is amazing, a total 5 but the lack of head knocks this to a 4.

heavy oak, old musty dank basement,

flavor is also oak heavy. very dominant. some light lemon citrus hidden beneath. very musty and old tasting.

carbonation i very low. does not really take away from it though.

overall not bad but not nearly on the same level as classic gueuze. however glad this is indeed different. i dig the old musty flavor. however for the trouble this is to land, stick to classic.

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Photo of nickd717
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to chswimmer for sharing this. Craig is doing enough trading these days to provide beer to slake the thirsts of the entire SF Bay Area.

Pours clear golden with a nice lasting white head.

Aroma is like a great gueuze - funky and tart with a little sweet malt - as well as some great citrusy hops.

Flavor has a great restrained tartness level with an interesting hop bitterness. Citrusy and funky.

Fairly acidic with medium body. Somewhat lively on the mouthfeel, but not one of the best palates I've encountered.

An excellent gueuze overall. They should hop up more of these lambics.

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Photo of kenito799
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz pour at Monk's back bar, Philly, $7.

What a dream Monk's is...real gueuze on tap as if I am transported back in time and I am Belgian peasant, without the buboes and lice...

Lambics don't look like much, clear light amber, as this was in its unassuming flaring flute-beer glass. Oh, that heavenly brett-infused blanket, barnyard, citrus, apples, sourness but not really vinegar. I am a Medieval tenant farmer supping the nectar of the fields..lemony-crisp, bone-dry, tangy and astoundingly refereshing. I am ready to move to Philly. Few beer experiences are this good.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Philly Chris for sharing this one!

High clarity orange, larger bubbles, thin ring at its edges.

Fresh aroma, green herbal hops blend nicely with the signature Cantillon lemony and hay notes.

Dry hops are very noticeable, leafy green bitterness linger in the aftertaste. Puckering tartness with some uniquely buttery vanilla oakiness. Not far off from Iris, which we had just prior to this.

Soft supple feel, as drinkable as classic Gueuze, slighty different than Iris but in the same vein.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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