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

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RATINGS: 1853   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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".


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2007
[Sampled at DōE-festival, Valby, 2007 with svoger.] After a heavy tour passing stouts and IIPAís this was a wonder. Sourness of grapefruits made me ready for further investigation at the festival. It cleaned my mouth in the best way, you can imagine. Iíll never forget it. Maybe I should sample it neutral one day, but I think Iíll give it the same rating. From now on Iím lost in Cantillon!!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2007
Original notes lost.
Smells soapy, citrusy and bretty. Nice and complex aroma with hints of green apple peel. Slightly leathery.
The flavour is not as sour as I prefer, but itís adequate. Thereís a vague saltiness which gives it a little more body.
Hazy, warm yellow with some pale foam. Itís quite soapy and light, yet slightly viscous to the palate. Nice carbonation. All in all a nice but pretty light gueuze.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 750ml corked and capped bottle, recommending I drink it before 2030. On this evidence, I could have waited. Pours a dull, faintly misty gold with a creamy white head receding to a halo. Nose is sherbety and sharp, with notes of lemon rind and sodden barrelwood. Pungent, shuddering, sour apple gobstopper sourness beyond the cheapest, nastiest, bone-driest champagne or white wine Iíve ever encountered. But none of the wood-tinged dankness or fustiness needed to make the acidity interesting. Once the glass has stood for 10mins, the acidity becomes almost unbearable...but still I keep lifting the glass. No choice really as the g/f has just tipped hers into mine. There is a fruitbowl of sour apple, lemon and tangerine flavours swirling around somewhere in there, but overwhelmed by a burning, gastric acidity. The reason why a beer this dominated by one-dimensional sourness is hailed as a complex classic continues to elude me. A beer that challenged my senses from first swig until last, but not a beer I enjoyed.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2007
From a 375mL Bottle, 2006 Bottling Date. Pours a transparent honey gold color with shades of naval orange skins and a finger of rocky, brilliant white head. Crisp, tart, brilliantly acidic, funky aroma of fermented lemon peels and under-ripe mango flesh. A wave of pineapple skins, granny smith apples, and anjou pear served on a cracked wheat cracker with a healthy spread of chevre cheese. Lovely balance of natural fruit aromas and funky acidity in that the funkiness adds complexity without completely dominating the fruity characters from the wild fermentation. Light bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a crisp acidity. The palate starts out with some crisp lemon and husky rhubarb stalks. White oak and dusty leather pile on, fruits remaining. A dusting of cracked white pepper and lactic fermentation cheese finish off the flavor brilliance. Fantastic example of the style; I like my gueuze to have a prickling carbonation to enhance the biting acidity of the beer - this particular bottle doesnít have this quality although itís not flat by any means. Everything else is rock solid and absolutely gorgeous, leading me to expect sheer beauty from a bottle with a well conditioned sizzle. I will certainly keep searching eagerly for that bottle...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 25, 2007
Bottle at Aba Jour bar in Ghent (Belgium), poured a clear gold with no head. A beautifully clean sour aroma with some citrus and some sweet berry. A light palate at first and some citrus apple, then the sourness comes through, lingering for a long time after the swallow. Why I like these bbers I do not know, but I do.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thewolf (12081) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2007 Bottle, from Kolding Vinhandel. Bio. Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a fine medium white head. Flavour is a little underwhelming, sour berries and vinegar. Flavour is fresh and quite tart. Sour and fruity. This lambic feels up my mouth nicely. Fresh and lively, but very much a lambic in the oldfashioned sense.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - JUN 10, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2013 Bottle. A hazy and sparkling medium blonde body, with a large, fizzy, mostly diminishing white head. The aroma is lightly malty (grain), moderately to heavily yeasty (barnyard, cheese, basement, leather), with notes of lemon, wood, green apples. The flavor is lightly sweet, heavily acidic, very lightly bitter. Light to medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, dry finish with light to moderate bitterness. Time to re-rate Cantillons beers since Iím getting into Lambic more and more. Wonderful, refreshing, complex and funky.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 8, 2007
750mL bottle, Botteld in 2.005 on the cork--mine is a yellow label with the silhouette of a guy drinking in a chair. Pours a clear orange yellow with a one finger yellowish white head that fades to a film after a short time. Aroma of very sour lemons, oak, white pepper, unripened pears, leather, hay, and even got a fair amount of sulfur (reminds me of smoke bombs on the 4th of July). Damn this is tart--and then my mouth waters like a mofo. This isnít acidic with a vinegar taste--moreso fruity like lemons. Some hay and A tinge of fruity sweetness shows up for but a moment. Otherwise, thereís the light pepper and a little funk. Dry finish. Mild carbonation with a light body. Pretty good, though I canít kill the whole bottle myself.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2007
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 Unclear yellow body, moderately carbonated, topped by a spritzy thin head, disappearing to a light ring, barely anything. Quite funky aroma, barnyard, hay, apple, slight sulphur, horse shit in the background, but in a good way of course. First sip is a blast of classic lambic funkiness. Assertive sourness, noticeable dry-out effect. Very rustic, almost unclean, character all around. Close to being flat. Mellow, woodsy feel, slightly tannic. I can see that this might be a less approachable example of the style, but delicious to me and has a lot of class. Refreshing and fantastically drinkable, I was ready to go for another 750 if this wasnít my last bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (40454) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2007
37.5 cL bottle. Pours unfiltered orange with a quickly disappearing crispy head. Aroma is fruity sour to acidic. Flavour is vinegar dry, slight sweetness too. Dry finish. Tasted decent, but I admit that this is a vaste on me, I donít really understand to appreciate this one.


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