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%
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".

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Reviewed 12/31/2012. Thanks to Momar42 for all three gueuzes (and the kriek surprise afterwards!) This was part of the gueuze showdown, pitting Tilquin’s gueuze against the juggernaut duo known as Cantillon Gueuze and Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze. Part of a 750mL bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Notes from last night’s Skins/Cowboys game. A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a half finger white color with poor retention. S: This one had the most balanced hybrid between winy fruit tartness and earthy funk. A very expressive aroma, and the best one of the three (by a small margin). T: Acetic sourness comes on the palate fast and hard, and then afterwards cheesy, earthy funk...finishes the flavor profile fast and hard. This was the boldest and most complex of the three, yet it wasn’t that much harsher than the 3F (certainly it was somehow more subtle than Tilquin’s offering). Shockingly easy to drink for me. M: The finish is the ’dirtiest’ and most tannic of the three, closing the palate with big dryness, yet minimal harshness. This one is actually pretty thick in its texture, accentuating a fuller level of carbonation than the 3F Oude Geuze. O: This was the winner in my book - but I wouldn’t dare recommend this one to beginners. There is a sense of subtle delicacy to it; however the bigness of the acetic sourness, wet hay, and cheesy funk WILL scare off the average Fat Tire drinker the way a celery stalk scares off a fat kid. And moreso than the other two gueuzes, in fact. To those acclimated to the style’s idiosyncrasies, this one’s hard to beat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Karol (791) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle from Cantillon enjoyed in San Diego California. Clear golden copper color. Epic sauerkraut and pickels and white wine plus vinegar aroma. Taste mirrors the aroma plus epic sour dry flavor ending in super dry unripe wallnut taste. Nyebutchcoo epic!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ctipping (1335) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2016
375 mL bottle. Bottled 12/30/2009. Originally reviewed 9/10/2012. Hazy yellow-orange with a nice pillow of foam. Doesn’t yield an impressive head, but sticks around long enough to compensate. Nose is citrus acidity. Orange is the best descriptor. Grainy wheat with just a touch of funk in the aroma. Straightforward, but maybe lacking in some complexity. Tastes of sour-forward citric flavors. Orangy and lemony. Oaky and a little bit of a white wine flavor. Definitely lacking in the complexity of some of the great gueuzes, but what it provides is exemplary. Sweeter than other gueuzes. Not as dry. Very tart, but too much sugar to be spritzy. I’d take Drie Fonteinen any day over this. Not many other things I’d take over it, though. To complain about it is splitting hairs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kajser27 (1358) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 14, 2016
Unclear, yellow-golden colored, small non lasting white head. Aroma is of some malt and grapes, barnyard funk, some lemony and spicy notes. Taste is light+ sweet malt, spicy lemony, moderate barnyard funk and sourness, dry but not over the top. Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Not my style usually but this one was pretty fine. (bottle)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ciocanelu (1302) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 12, 2016
Clear golden color with white head. Aroma has really nice cellar funk, dank wood, barnyard and hay. Taste starts sour but not really acidic. I also get lemon and unripe stonefruits with some farmhouse funk on the finish. Dry body with medium effervescence. Really well made gueuze, one of my all time favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alteregoo (914) - POLAND - SEP 10, 2016
Piana nieduża, sycząca, szybko opada do zera. Barwa złota, delikatnie opalizująca. Aromat kwaskowy, głównie niedojrzałe jasne winogrona, agrest, cytryna, skóra, końska derka, wilgotna piwnica, lekka kuweta. W smaku średnio kwaśne, cytrynowo winogronowe, mineralne, wręcz lekko słonawe, cierpkie, konkretnie dzikie w posmakach. Wysycenie średnie, rześkie.
Bardzo udane Gueuze, którego największą zaletą jest smak (przy nieco mniej porywającym aromacie) - kwaśność na średnim poziomie, całkiem wyraźne bretty, bardzo pijalne i idealne na pragnienie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopmaestro (1275) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2016
Aroma is sour lemon with hay and a energetic fruityness from unripe green apples. Taste is fruity acidity with slight grassy sidenotes. Green apples and stable notes ends up in a tart and dry finish. This legendary Gueuze brings it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maracuja05 (448) - Mainz, GERMANY - SEP 4, 2016
05-05-16 // sample at Cantillon Quintessence 2015. 1996 vintage!! Just wow. This beer develops such an amazing comlexity after 20 years. Dry heavy sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imperial_suchy (17) - Rybnik, POLAND - SEP 2, 2016
Piwo to ma bardzo ładny jasny kolor, jest lekko mętne. Jego zapach jest zdecydowanie winny. Posiada słabą białą piane. Piwo jest bardzo wytrawne i kwaśne, ale przyjemne. Wyczułem też lekką goryczke. Piwo w przeszło lekko smakiem korka, ale nie przeszkadzało mi to, jest ono bardzo orzeźwiające

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
martpez (125) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2016
Pours cloudy with a lovely head. Wow this is good! Wonderfully complex. So much better then the relatively simple Boon Oude Gueuze. Sharp, tangy with some straw and lively fermentation. Some sourness with a fruity sweetness tip. Oh I do like this I need to try more Gueze as I have painfully little to judge it against.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
koshack (1333) - Gdańsk, POLAND - AUG 21, 2016
Aromat intensywny. Kwaskowy, dziki. Jet cierpki. Aż drażniący. Jest lekka nuta kwaśnych jabłek. Potem nuta wytrawnych brzoskwiń. Potem pod nim wychodzi lekka słodowość. W smaku bardzo kwaśne. Cierpkawy w drugiej nucie, potem to mija. Zostaje bardzo przyjemny kwaskowy posmak. Przypomina bardzo kwaśnego, wytrawnego szampana.

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