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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1633   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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".


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2005
Pale yellow beer with a small white head. Sour apple aroma with a yeasty dusty note. Flavor has a balanced sour and sweetness and a light fruityness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Surprisingly less sour than the Framboise. This is my first Gueuze, so maybe I just didn’t konw what to expect, though. Good sweetness in the flavor, and it didn’t have the vinegar aroma/flavor that the framboise did.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
turbothy (1130) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2005
[from bottle @ Copenhagen Beer Festival 2005]
My first gueuze. Pours a nice piss yellow, with a funny not-so-sour aroma. Flavour is puckeringly sour, with a milky aftertaste reminiscent of good old-fashioned Danish kærnemælk.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KarmelietQueen (8) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2005 does not count
Resembles a glass of honey with a thin layer of whipped cream on top. The aroma has strong apricot overtones and even the tartness to come hits your nose. It’s hard not to pucker when sipped - very similar to Shock Tarts, with a very sour and sweet combination. A very complex, interesting beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMerritt (1856) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Very hazy dark-yellow with a small, bright-white head. Acidic aroma, strong of sour straw, tart rhubarb, soft cheese, suede, and "barnyardy" things. Very dry, sour flavor with a certain light sweetness not unlike crabapples. Lively carbonation. Very refreshing - truly the champagne of beers.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Bottled in 2003: Poured in 2005. Pours a hazy gold with almost no head. Aroma is hay, burlap, orange, mild cherries, and soil. Flavor is dry and SOUR. This is the type of sour that makes your gums behind your last molars ache. Flavor is fairly complex despite the predominance of the sourness. Mild malts, cherries, apple, some very lemony notes, a little grassy. Not as sweet as some in the style. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Strange yellowish color with almost no head. Very sour acidic aroma and a sweet fruity presence. Some cherry aroma sitting under a lighty smokey cloud. Increadibly sour and quite acidic. Did I mention that it’s sour. Fruity, mostly a sour cherry flavor. My first real gueuze, I’m intreagured by the style and will definately come back for more.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2005
A towering, tightly beaded head capped the hazy golden body. The aroma is a barnyard funky one, grassy and musty, quite tart, with very sour lemon. Quite acidic on the tongue and throughout the mouth. It tastes quite sour, dirty and lemony, but then develops an almost grainy sweetness. The finish, however, it quite tart and bitter. Hmmm.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2005
750 ml bottle. Cloudy gold/orange with a small head. Aroma is standard Cantillon barnyard with lemon and orange zest. Starts nice and sour with a puckering tartness but as it warms (or my tongue adapts) it becomes sweeter and a bit more enjoyable. Lively carbonation dazzles the palate. Finishes dry.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8161) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Pours hazy straw colored with minimal head. Aroma of sour fruit, some Brett, woody esters, and slight saisony aromas. Tastes extremely tart, with some fruit and Brett in the finish. A solid gueuze, but I prefer mine with more free sugars.


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