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

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common

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RATINGS: 1549   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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".


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2002
Sour, moreso than the Lindemans. One dimensional? I didnít see the complexity other speak of. Not bad, but for experienced drinkers only - who know what theyíre getting into. Weird seeping cork.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2002
Only my 2nd lambic, and I think Iím a fan of the style. Has a very dry woodiness, metallic flavor, but it is truly yummy. Fruity, mouth-puckeringly sour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2003 Refreshingly dry. All of the soury goodness to be expected of a good lambic. The more of it I drink, the more I notice and the more I love.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2002
Oddly, there was some liquid underneath the cap but over the cork, but the cork and the beer seemed to be fine. Pours with a huge head, which appears almost alive as it recedes, with lots of rising carbonation, light orange body, slightly hazy. Sour, cidery nose, typical of the gueuzes Iíve sampled. Very woody flavor; the sourness is more subdued that the Lindemans examples Iíve tried. Nonetheless, it is very tart, and quite dry. Halfway through the glass, the sour fruit flavors asserted themselves over the woodiness, making this the best lambic Iíve tried so far.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2002
Attacks your palte, with its heavy acidity and sourness. Bone dry, refreshing, complex, very good. Was also interesting to see the differences between this and the Girardin Gueze (which i had next to it). To me the Girardin was slightly more complex, and it also had more acidic sourness than the Cantillon. The cantillon however was more bone dry, and less tart.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Perfect equilibrium of green apples, earthy yeast, lemon, grapefruit and leaves...Not too agressive for a Cantillon, nicely carbonated, refreshingly tart, a fabulously serene and confident example...Lemon juice lingers without the barnyardy funkiness though...Nicely placed yeast cushion and a smooth wheat presence make for a creamy summer quencher and a classy evening sipper...A delectable, quintessential gueuze...

A 10-year-old, 1996 bottle proved to be in absolute stellar shape, making me raise my score even more...Balance of all elements, tartness, dryness, sweetness, perfect carbonation, sustaining malt structure, and all in all, the perfect gueuze, period...Age Cantillon Gueuze, you really wonít regret it...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aracauna (3052) - Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2002
Outside of bottle in area around cap was covered in a black crusty liquid that smelled of soy sauce. Cork was still in good condition though. When cork was about halfway out we heard the hissing and rushed it over to the sink to protect the floor. Right about the time I got it to the sink the cork shot out (attached to one of those big cork screws with the handles to make it easier to get the cork out) and it hit the ceiling.Iím just glad I had it aimed straight up and not towards my head or the window. The head was huge but faded quickly and unevenly. The scoring in the bottom of the glass left a thick column of tiny bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass so the head never completely went away. The smell was a bit musty with an aroma I have noticed with many darker belgian ales, especially the La Trappe Dubbel and Quadrupel. I had thought that until recently it was candy sugar, but Iím not sure if thatís what it is since I donít know if itís used in this beer. In the flavor, the beginning is some maltiness, mustiness and a few other flavors I donít recognize. The finish is sour and a fairly lengthy aftertaste is also sour. The sourness is the largest part of the flavor profile but not as much as I had been led to believe. A very interesting experience, but it was a little difficult to drink more than a glass.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fraternie (815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2002
Incredibly complex sourness in the malt and a perfect finish. My favorite geuze. Drinking it in the brewery may have added to that, but still a world class beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2002
Drank with the family in the brewery while watching the World Cup. Fabulous, you can almost taste the history and funkiness of the brewery while you drink the beer. As they told us, íBeer is meant to be acid, it should not be sweet!í The flavors of this one are a great mix of sourness and acidiy without being overpowering. I really enjoyed this lambic.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2002
Draught version. Cloudy orange brown with a hint of red. Thin white head. Sour youghurtlike aroma. The flavor is sourcream like with hints of chives and bluecheese. Sourish finish. A middle of the road benchmark gueze


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