Liam Deegan

Beer Review: Cantillon Classic Gueuze

In Reviews on September 24, 2009 at 7:32 am

Green 12.7oz bottle with yellow label. Capped and corked. Cork smells of sour apple, brut champagne even an oaky chardonnay evokes some mental puckering.

A- Beautiful! Poured into a large wine glass. Stark white head, while minimal, then quickly fades to just a surface ring of white. The color is a beautiful oragne, amber color, when held up to the light resembles the last moments of a deep orange sunset over water.

S- Sour smell, it has the effervescent strike to the nose much like a dry champagne. Apple and bubble gum are the first elements that become apparent and as the scent travels from the nose towards the back of my mouth, the sour fruit, and hint of alcohol make their presence known on the back and sides of the tongue.

T- Sour green apples again are the stars in this glass. They roll over the palate, making the sour stroll down the sides of my tongue and bitter comes in to finish off the taste. Other tastes noticed before the bitter roll back are in order of dominance, after apple of course are blackberries, tart raspberrys, even grapefruit.

M- The mouthfeel of this beer has the coating of a white wine with the liveliness of a champagne, leaving a dry puckering finish.

D- This was my first venture into lambics and it may have been a jump into the deepend, but I quickly developed a taste for this before I was halfway through. Reviewing while drinking made me stop and admire it, it is a process I have come to enjoy. Hindsight may be 20/20 but immediate thoughts are always more truthful. I do enjoy this beer, but perhaps, much like champagne, not an everyday thing


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