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

bottled
common

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1901   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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".

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
charlotte (5267) - rdovre, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2009
Bottle at Bishops Arms.Golden colour with thin head.Aroma of citrus and sour apples,feels refreshing even with a strong sour taste a bit like champagne.Nice beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gary (1952) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2015 330ml cork : re8 pending Ive had this gueuze many times over the years at differing ages , I reckon the best example of the style that Ive drank! I remember trying this as my first ever gueuze and found it a brutal experience as a novice to lambics. Now Im older and as sour as this gueuze .
A dirty golden colour ,it looks rustic and grimy . The nose darts out at you , big powerful funk notes suggesting dank cellar . pungent cheese . dirt covered lemon..
Its as dry as a bone on the palate. Refreshingly acidic and beautifully puckering ..cheesey accents from stale hops are almost rich ...
Complex .Addictive . Beautiful .!!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2009
2007 bottle. Cloudy, golden pour. I could smell the funk as I poured. Dank smell of wet hay, citrus, and lots of sour citrus. Flavor is extremely sour and wonderful. Some hay in there. My mouth waters. Awesome, delicious beer.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Poured slightly cloudy golden, with a light head and lively carbonation. The aroma was fruity, citrusy with some horse. Taste was mostly horse, with a little fruitiness and slightly sour, almost no hops. Quite complex and interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3921) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2009
Green bottle, 750 ml, via Importations Prives Biropholie, savoured on January 19 2009; eye: peach, hazy, no effervescence, tiny ring of tan head; nose: sourness, horse, citrus; mouth: sourness, horse, astringency, citrus, short sour finale with presence of horse, medium body, not much carbonation, rather acidic, a bil watery; overall: quite likable for its style FRANAIS Bouteille verte, 750 ml, via Importations Prives Biropholie, savoure le 19 janvier 2009; il : pche, voile, pas deffervescence, petit anneau de mousse fauve, pas de dentelle; nez : aigreur, cheval, citron; bouche : aigreur, cheval, astringence, citron, courte finale aigre avec prsence de cheval, corps moyen, peu carbonate, plutt acide, texture un peu aqueuse; en rsum : bien aim pour ce style

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2009
Bottle at Tupalevs, courtesy of Walter, big thanks to both. Well, my first REAL Gueuze (St. Louis, you dont count), I was quite excited about this one. Pours out an interesting hazy straw gold with no head. The aroma is just out of this wolrd bizzare, but not in an offensive way, at least to me. Smells dank, Bretty, like diapers, yet it works? Flavour is equally bizzare but in different ways. Lemon lime burst on the palate right away before a quick fizzling out into some weird armpit/sweatsock characteristics, yet it works? Almost a tad fruity, buried underneath all the Brett, but I did get some peach out of it. Very big puckering effect. Drinks excessively well for what it is, though this is not at all an accessible beer to someone who has no idea what it is, or any experience with Brett, who can be a bit of a jerk if he doesnt know you well enough yet. Crazy acidic, yet it works? Smells like a diaper, yet it works? Drinkable but at the same time impossible to drink for some, yet it works? Inhibits characteristics that would otherwise mean terrible beer, yet it works? Awesome stuff. I wish I could get so much more in the way of Gueze, but the LCBO doesnt really believe in Lambics. If nothing else youve got to at least admit, its FAR from boring!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours golden, slightly hazy, quite bubbly with slight to no head. Nose of some musty funk, tart, lemony, hints of acetic. In flavor: tart, lemon, mineral, some wood, sour, again slight hints of acetic. A little carbonation, very dry, nicely puckering. Excellently balanced and thirst quenching.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
grandgenie (259) - val-des-monts, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2009
Dgust avec french tickler, parozoid et agaguk le 20 fevrier 2008. Cloudy golden poor with a tiny head that quickly fades. Aromas of apple cider, rhubarb, unripped bananas, white wine, alcohol and herbal hops. Acid, sour, salty... Great balance and a lighter lambic compared to its other brews. Added flavors of light white wine, rhubarb and sour apples.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer5000 (6261) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2010 375 ml bottle. Hazy orange body with almost no head. Aroma is sour, acidic and fruity. Flavor is sour, acid, lemon and some wood. This is the classic gueuze, its refreshing, tart and complex. The feeling of drinking this is almost difficult to describe, I found this different every time I had one depending on the surroundings and the day-to-day form. It can be a bit rough but it can also just be refreshing, the champagne of beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (4169) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 10, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2011 A genuine highlight of a tasting a couple months back, from notes....
This is very lightly carbonated and pours a hazy gold. I love the flavor very sour and dry, some citrus and certainly some apples. This is funky and dry the dryness reminds me of champagne. Aroma had some clear horse blanket but also presented earthy and oaky aromas. 4.2

Second rating; on cask at Monks Cafe as Monks Cafe Cuvee Cantillon.
I was informed that this beer was not for sale by the bartender. He must have sensed that I really wanted some because he generously GAVE me a 3 or 4 oz sample about a half hour later. My rating came out exactly the same this time around, but I thought the beer was different enough to merit another rating.
Pours a hazy reddish color and is fairly flat. The aroma is corky and oaky with a nice horse blanket funk you can smell how tart this is. The Flavor is of sour lemon rind and is funky and tart with lots of pronounced woody notes. 4.2


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