Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Cantillon Classic Gueuze
I picked up a bottle of Cantillon Classic Gueuze from Al’s of Hampden and decided to open it for Belgian National Day. The beer pours a orange-gold color with a bubbly white head that rapid fades away with the hissing sound of carbonation. The aroma consists of lots of vinegar, Belgian yeast, lemon, orange, hay, and barnyard funk. The taste is smooth at first with a solid yeast base before a very funky sour takes over the tongue. There isn’t too much vinegar associated with this beer, but I picked up a lot of hay, barnyard funk, lemon peel, and orange. The finish brings out a peppery spice that hits the back of the mouth and lingers for a while. The after taste is a sour lemon, but not a fruity lemon taste, and slight oaky remains. The alcohol content is 5.0% ABV. Overall, I liked the Classic Gueuze, but I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite Belgian lambic. It really has a barnyard taste to it which takes some getting used to, but the citrus notes make up for it.