Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Brussels, Belgium


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In March 2005, the brewery Cantillon had bought second hands barrels in the region of Cognac. For 15 years, the wood had been impregnate with cognac. Then for 2 years, our lambic has extracted all the flavors and aromas to make a unique gueuze. The name comes from the geographic location of the brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Pours a hazy golden yellowis orange color with a thin fizzy white head. Tart and funky aroma with hints of oak and whiskey. Puckering but not too acidic. Lighter bodied than most gueze. Probably a result of the aging. Nicely balanced, somewhat malty with light carbonation and light crisp fruit. The oak and cognac really come through making this a really unique gueze. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2008
(bottle shared by tytoanderso, thanks Tyler!) Pours light gold with no head whatsoever. Pleasant gueuze aroma, with the usual cut grass and funk, but there are other odd scents that appear. One of the oddities is a dominant smell of hamster bedding, with additional hints of peroxide and leather. Weird, but intriguing. The taste however, is more along the lines of a gueuze, with a lot of brine and salt, dill, lemon peel, mustard, and a lot of funk. Wood shows up in the finish, and the mouthfeel is thicker than most in the style. This was strange, but in a good way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
750ml bottle. 2007. Slightly rotting fruit aroma. Some cork. Plenty of wood tannin. Aged cheesy funk. The requisite barnyard notes. Very dusty and musty basement. Some wet dog. The deeper I dig, I think I can pick out some of the cognac. The acidity pierces the nostrils. Pours a still gold with virtually no appearance of carbonation. The flavor is wonderfully acidic and tart. Awesomely funky. Loads of sourness with some tart fruit and lots of wood. Rather full bodied for the style with an awesomely aggressive sour and tart finish.

Honestly... It really just smells like dill and tastes like hampster bedding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 According to my notes, the actual name of this beer is ’’Retard Direction Beer.’’ So thanks to mmtmatrix for sharing a bottle. Poured a clear peach-orange color with a thin white head that diminished to a thin layer. Aroma of tart fruit (orange, lemon, peach), funky yeast, some barnyard, a hint of cognac, and some oak. Tart, dry entry with some moderate fruit (peach skin, orange, lemon) that leads into a funky yeastiness with some barnyard character, tannins, and some drying oak. Soft carbonation with a great dry bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Very light golden orange color with a small, white head. Aroma smells of traditional Cantillon lambic with a very, very light added hint of cognac. Flavor is aged, well blended lambic with just the slightest note of cognac. Lacking the softness I would prefer and mainly just harsh, oude gueuze. A bit off balance and with out cognac character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Shared bomber, thanks to CMUBEERMAN. 09.21.08, in Chicago. Pours gold with bubbles, thin white head. Aroma is sharp, tangy, and bitter. Flavor is woody, tangy, fruity, crisp and sour. We tasted this alongside Isabelle, and Isabelle is superior, in my opinion. Still, a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Pours out cloudy gold with white head.Taste is sour funky goodness. Tart with a nice woody finish. The cognac is a nice touch. Smooth and tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2008
A sour barnyard aroma with a vinous character amid the barnyard and yeast. Faint vinous character in both bottles I’ve had, but the cognac showed through much more in the second bottle. Incredibly sour and worthy of the Cantillon name.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6274) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Courtesy of Styles

Bottle: Big apple and lemon sourness aroma with some faint oak and a touch of fruit. It pours a cloudy golden-orange with a small white ring for a head. The flavor starts with sour lemons and apple. There is some sweet apple and vanilla in the background and the finish is moderately oaky. Light bodied with mild carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5898) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 Poured a hazy, dark golden color with a small ring of white bubbles around the edges, and light lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, citrus fruits, light cognac, leather, oak, and green apple. Taste of green apples, red grapes, vanilla oak, cognac, brett, and a sour, wild yeasty finish.

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