Gueuze

Blend of lambics produced during different years.

Beer with a slightly acidic and fruity taste, delicate and woody fragrance and a dry finish that lingers on the palate.

Beer with taste evolution that will keep for a long time in a good cellar.

Color :

golden yellow

Alc:

5.5%

IBU:

30

Serving Temperature:

15 °C/59 °F

Conditionnement

  • 37,5 cl (12,5 oz) (currently available at the brewery)
  • 75 cl (25 oz) (currently available at the brewery)

A Word from the Brewer

Lambics produced at Cantillon Brewery are referred to as “young” after one year of ageing and are considered as fully matured after three years. Young beers contain the natural sugars that are necessary for secondary fermentation in the bottle while beers that have matured for three years contribute their taste and refined flavours.

Gueuze is the ultimate result of a complex blend of lambics of different ages and with different tastes kept in oak barrels. The brewer’s main task involves tasting and he or she will have to try around a dozen lambics from different barrels, finally selecting five or six. It is by this method that gueuze 100% lambic, presenting the typical characteristics of Cantillon Brewery’s beers, is produced. Each blended batch yields a slightly different gueuze because the natural elements at the heart of the beer make it impossible to produce a standardised product.

Bottles are positioned horizontally in a cellar and left to rest for an average of one year, this being the time required for the conversion of the sugars into carbon dioxide (secondary fermentation in the bottle). Saturation of the liquid takes place slowly and naturally, and when the lambic turns into a foaming beer it is called gueuze.

History

In the 18th century, a Benedictine monk named Dom Pérignon discovered the champagnisation process while blending different non-sparkling white wines. Around a hundred years later a brewer in Belgian Brabant blended various lambics, resulting in secondary fermentation in the bottle. Gueuze was born. Up until the 19th century, people living in Brussels and surrounding Brabant mostly drank two types of beer: lambic and faro. However, the introduction of glass bottles and Dom Pérignon’s discovery would bring about a revolution in the small world of Brussels brewers. In a short period of time, gueuze became the iconic beer of Brussels.