About Lambic Gueuze

About Lambic Gueuze
Gueuze lambics are pale straw to golden in color and range in alcohol from 4-8%. Commonly brewed from unmalted wheat, pilsner malt and aged hops, the unique flavor profile of these beers is a result of wild, open-air fermentation in conjunction with extended aging in oak barrels, which imparts a unique and complex vinous character and sourness. Lambics labeled as gueuze are a blend of young and old beers typically ranging from 1-3 years. Blending results in a sharp champagne-like effervescence and tart, toasty flavors. Originating centuries ago in and around Brussels as farmhouse specialties, these beers are still brewed today in the same manner with many of the best examples still Belgian in origin. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René, Boon Oude Gueuze, Hanssens Oude Gueuze and Cantillon Gueuze Lambic.

Top Picks for Lambic Gueuze

Upland Brewing Sour Reserve
97 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Sour aromas and flavors of pickled vegetables and fruits, champagne vinaigrette on greens, honey buttered sourdough toast, and reduced lemon with a lightly tannic, tart, effervescent, sour full body and a tingling, distinctive, very long finish conveying nuances of radish and jicama, nuts, and grassy earth finish. A superlative sour beer with great length, power, and finesse.
Awards: 2017 Top 3 Best Beer, 2017 Top 2 Best Ale, 2017 Top 3 Best US Beer, 2017 Best Sour Beer
LambickX Private Domain 2015
95 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Lively, smoky, sour aromas and flavors of grilled lemon, dark roasted nuts, scorched prairie, and horse blanket and barn with a tart, effervescent, sourish light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-long finish with accents of nectarine pit, baked lime, chalk, and chia and hemp seeds finish. A very complex gueuze with cascading waves of flavor.
Brouwerij Timmermans Oude Gueuze
93 points
Hazy old gold color. Sour aromas and flavors of lemon, white balsamic vinaigrette, nectarine, and gauze and horse blanket with a supple, puckering, finely carbonated, sour full body and a tingling, very long finish with overtones of peach pit, lemon and kiwi seed, lemon zest on sourdough toast, and olive brine finish. A wonderfully bracing and appetizing gueuze that invigorates the palate and will be marvelous at the table.
Bzart Lambiek
90 points
Clear old gold color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of roasted peaches and nuts, sourdough bread, and clay with a supple, tart, fizzy, sweet medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-length finish with notes of overripe lemon and green apple, lemon pepper on greens, and earth finish. A clean, elegantly styled gueuze.
Brouwerij Lindemans Oude Gueuze Cuvée René
90 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Lively, complex, yeasty aromas and flavors of sourdough bread, dried citrus and stone fruits, mossy earth, and horse mane with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish with notes of spinach and mustard greens, white balsamic vinegar on green peaches, hearts of palm, and grass and nettles finish. A complex, bracing tart, very earthy lambic for the table, especially with shellfish.
Vicaris Tripel Gueuze
88 points
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Bright, funky, fruity aromas and flavors of caramel apple, paper mache, hint of glue, and fish food with a lean, crisp, effervescent, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish with accents of apple butter on lemon scone, toasted nuts, peppered kiwi, and grass finish. A mellow, round and toasty gueuze with delicate sourness.
LambickX de Troch 2015
84 points
Minutely hazy brilliant light gold color. Rustic, funky yeasty aromas and flavors of horse mane, herb roasted nuts, dried citrus peels, and kitty litter box with a silky, crisp, petillant, sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, breezy finish displaying notes of pickled radishes, moss and dirt, singed barn wood, and Band-Aid finish. A super funky, edgy lambic.
Brasserie Schoune Ma Ptite Gueuze
81 points
Dusty old gold color. Rich, sourish, fruity aromas of overripe apples and overripe pear, lemon vinaigrette, sourdough muffin, and banana leaves with a glycerous, lively, spritzy, very sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length honeyed quince and kumquat, sprouts, and grass finish. A nice gueuze-like sour beer.