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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1811   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
The world's classic Gueuze. A blend of one, two, and three year-old lambics creates a second fermentation in the bottle. The champagne of Belgium. In contrast, the Lou Pepe Gueuze is a blend of three 2-year-old lambics.

Newer vintages are labeled "Organic Gueuze", "100% Lambic Bio" or "Classic Gueuze".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boesky (52) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2007
750ml. Pours a cloudy orange, with a medium head that quickly dissipates. Nose is slightly sweet and leathery. First taste impression is that of very sour and spritzy, but the sourness gives way to a dry and clean finish. Complex and interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kramer (5735) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2007
25 oz bottle, Stateline Liquors, 2005 vintage. Pours an almost perfectly clear golden yellow body under a fizzy one finger white head that faded pretty quickly to a whispy thin covering. The nose is full-on cheesy, stinky feet funk with some notes of oak, apple cider vinegar, light sulfer and a little musty cork. Sour, acetic, and tart citrus fruitiness grab you right off the bat, it’s bone dry and wonderful. A dry oakiness and lingering apple cider vinegar finish. The classic Cantillon acidity runs things from beginning to end. Mouthfeel is slightly dusty up front, but finishes with almost a light doughy stickiness. Great pinpoint prickly carbonation. Overall, I’ve had this previously quite a few times and some bottles are certainly better than others, but you can always expect an authentic and high quality experience. I’ve had bottles that probably would have scored a 4.5 that day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Cantillon Friday Night Tasting Session, Providence RI
Pours a golden colour with a thin white head. Nose of barnyard funk, hay, and citrus fruits. Initial taste is tangy sour fruits overlayed with a coating of saltiness. The tanginess is controlled and not overwhelming. Palate duration is excellent with that musty wet hay and acidic fruits lingering. Dry finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2007
05’ Bottle Pours a clean light orange body with a lot of bubbles at first that all seamed to disappear. Distinct barnyard aroma with a lot of grapefruit undertones. Flavors are grapefruit and sour grapes up front with a lemon rind and herbal finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (3254) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2007
I have often enjoyed this beer to satiate my sour urges, whether it be the in a 375mL bottle or a full 750mL. Whether it be the "organic" labels or the yellow labels, and I really love this beer. However, I sit down to rate it now because I got to try it on tap for the first time ever. It was a surprise at the Blind Tiger and I figure I would combine all the experiences here. The tap poured very still with no head and no visible carbonation. The aroma is very musky and barnyard with just a hint of the signature Cantillon sourness. This is the first hint that this keg is younger than the bottles (or at least conditions much slower). The bottles are usually a greater assault of sour and acidity on the nose. Taste, on tap, is again a subdued Cantillon with a vinegar-barnyard-musk. The mouthfeel is very original with a needles in syrup thang going for it. Only a faint signature Cantillon acidity presents itself and in its place is a leftover doughy yeatiness, which I never find in the bottles. There is a bit more body and sweetness to this young gueuze, which I do not often find in the bottles. Very nice to see the spectrum of the Cantillon gueuze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (2394) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2007
(Thanks to radiomgb). 37.5 cL bottle from 2003. This beer is orange-gold in colour with very little head, and very active carbonation. The aroma is quite herbal, with some grape skins in there and a strong, sharp acidic quality. The taste is unlike any other beer I’ve tried. There is a sweet & sour thing going on, with green apple and grape skin sourness overwhelming an underlying sweetness. It is also a little spicy at the end. Lingering, acidic finish. The body is very dry, but quite full. Very refreshing. Thanks, Jeff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Bottled. Pours cloudy honey colored with a small off white head. Aroma is a sweet fruit blend with sourness just underneath it. Flavor is sour, tart, and dry right away then it fades to a sweeter citrus and comes back to sour. Barnyard, funky cheese, dry haystack, moldy, classic lambic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeinDahlem (1438) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 10, 2007
Tangy, sour, lots of lemon and grapefruit, with a nice does of must and dust. Acidic and only faintly bitter. Lively and incredibly dry. Just fantastic, every time. I remember the first few times I ever had it... it was a challenge. Strange what happens to a palate. Now it’s one of the more refreshing beers I know. Never disappoints.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2010 375 ml. Pours cloudy amber with small head and little carbonation. Sour nose of citrus and earth. Sour flavours of lemon and other citrus fruits with earthy untertones and crisp mouthfeel. Dry finish. Yummy. 06/29/2009 Re-Rate: Cloudy peach with almost no head. Aroma is quite tart with lots of fermented fruit and funk. Flavor is sharp and a bit vinegary with sour notes prevailing again. Fruity notes aren’t quite as evident as the aroma would suggest. Palate is smooth and caressing with a very dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1819) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2007
375ml Bottle. Pours a clear golden amber body with nice head. Aroma is of funk, horse blanket, wood. Flavor is tart, sour, nice "fruit" dry finish to it. Very drinkable. I have a 750ml that will be interesting to see how it ages in 10 years.

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