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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1585   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".


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - OCT 30, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2003 fabulous. tart sour but far from one dimensional. hazy amber color, funky horsey aroma. many complexities here - a hinbt of apples some herbs. perfect carbonation and refreshing. the champagne of beers. the funk in this beer may scare off some but its worth it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaymobrown (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2002
1996: Sour with a must nose. Extremely sour taste of lemon. The end was smooth and there wasnít quite as much edge as the newer versions. 1999: A more floral nose and sour taste. 2000: Tone of lemon with soap water. Not nearly as good as the older versions. The rating here is a combination of the three years.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2002
3.7 rating is for 1996 VERSION: Hazy and bright gold with the musty basement smell that gives hint to itís age. Complex start with pepper and bready notes. The end is that supreme sourness that also proves it has aged well and is ready to drink. Another superb gueuze. 1999 Version: Seemingly more dry and complex as compared to the 2000. Some sour notes still wayward. OCTOBER 2000 VERSION: Soapy nose and taste, many flavors- especially the sour ones- seem out of order and in your face. Iíd still rate this young gueuze about a 2.7 or 2.8.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2571) - GERMANY - SEP 18, 2002
Initially smells like a clogged drain, but the aroma got much better through the glass. Cloudy gold color but no head to speak of. Puckering sour of course with a chalky finish. Did we get a bad bottle? Was complex and unusual for sure, but unpleasant at times – and I really like Gueuze beer (see my rating for Oud Beersel for example).

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YogiBeera (2480) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2002
Same as the Cantillon Kriek I am not sure if this bottle got infected. Had 2001 bottle and also it smelled like rotten eggs. After a while it began to smell fruity and citrus-y. Had a nice dusty yellow orange body with a little head. Sour with a bitter finish. After it sat a while it also hat initials of grapefruits. Long medium aftertaste. As we got this and the Cantillon Kriek at the same store, it might be the storage that didnít do well on these beers. Definetly have to try it again.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2002
Holy crap, this blows my mind. From the rusty cap onward this has a most amazing outlandish smell--salty, sour, yeasty, and a disturbing touch of diarrhea. Pours a lovely golden color with a huge but quickly diminishing head.
I really canít wrap my mind around the complicated flavor of this thing. It is so sour that it makes my eyes water and nearly makes me wretch. But thereís something there that I want to get to the bottom of--a maltiness hiding in there, and a spicy flavor reminiscent of pot. A totally new experience for me.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2002
I didnít like this gueuze all that much. Lindemanís was much more palatable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2002
golden hazy appearance. quite tart, very spritzy. quite refreshing even at room temp. very complex

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2002
Had at the brewery and in the bottle. Very nice and tart.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4558) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2004 My eyes shoot out of my head when I saw the incredible score for this beer. Highly overrated. When I drunk this one, my thought was that the other Lambica I've had were not that bad. Aroma is perhaps the most striking and confusing of this one. Not knowing what to think about it, I gave the aroma the benefit of the doubt. Taste is horrible sour.
Rerate 22-08-'04. Well times change. So does taste. The new bio version. Very oaky aroma, winey and fruity (apple and citrus). Hazy, orange-yellow coloured with a firm white lasting head. Taste is tart, moderate sweet, oaky. Very well balanced. Tartness evolves towards finish. Quite dry brew. (Offcourse....)


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