Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio
A bottle of Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio from Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium, at Håndverkerstuene in Oslo.
Cantillon Gueuze is the benchmark of what constitutes a gueuze lambic beer. At 5% abv, it was created by blending 1, 2 and 3 year old lambic beers which was then re-fermented in bottle to create that nice, Champagne like, bubbly carbonation.
Gueuze poured a slightly cloudy, orange tinged golden color with a bubbly white head. Heavenly sharp, sour aroma with notes of lemon and a funky barnyard smell. Awesome. Tart mouthfeel, with a sting of acidity and a nice sparkling carbonation. Wow! The flavor started out with a good fruitiness, apples and citrus, on a backdrop of tart lemon. The barnyard note was present in the flavor too, but very mild. The finish had a long and lingering sourness that really cleansed my palate. Magnificent.
Overall, the Cantillon Gueuze is a fairly sour gueuze and probably not for the uninitiated, but once you've fallen in love with this type of beer there's no return: This the the No 1 Gueuze of the world!
By the way, Cantillon Gueuze really is an excellent alternative to Champagne.
This classic beer label, of Manneken Pis enjoying a glass of gueuze while "releiving the pressure", was made for the Cantillon Gueuze by Raymond Goffin in 1986.