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Cantillon Loerik - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 6.05%
Wants: 277
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 07-02-2004)
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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this bottle to bring down with me to KY to share with kmpitz2...after struggling with the slightly damp cork that broke in half we finally got the bottle open. Cork reads that this is a 1998 vintage. Pours from the bottle a nice cloudy orange color with an effervescent bubbly white head. The funkiness is apparent before the glass even gets near my nose. Upon closer examination I get some grainy, lemony notes. Acidic vinegar, bile and stomach acid....but in an oddly inticing way. Horse stable aromas and funky yeasties. Damn.

First sip brings a nice sour, mouth puckering graininess upfront along with hints of lemon and pear. A decent amount of sweetness mellows out the acidity a bit. Dirty, rank horseblanket and vinegar mix with a nice earthy yeast character. A very interesting gueuze here that I find easy to enjoy.

Mouthfeel is smooth with small bubbles. Goes down easily seems to hit each and every tastebud on the way down. Drinkabiity is only hindered by the rarity and price tag on the bottle. Otherwise...this lazy gueuze would be one I'd turn to more often. Cantillon does not fail to impress me.

orbitalr0x, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of KAF
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

KAF, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of jlindros
4.59/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Here's a bottle I never thought I'd try, but thanks to Francois for cracking this baby. 2001 vintage.

Light fizzy head, hazy orange bright color.

Nose amazing, perfect lambic funk, more hansenns like, great grape skin, must, fruity like funk, etc.

Taste great sour, grape skin, sour funk, again more hanssens like, just awesome sourness. Flemmy sour, nice funk with very little acidity,

Nice and bright mouth, little acidity and flemmy feel for a gueuze this old, and decent carb.

Overall fantastic!

jlindros, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of rudzud
4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to Francois for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very nice crystal clear golden hue with a thin white halo, very nice.

S - Aromas of dusty basement, super funky, cheese, barnyard, super aromatic and complex.

T - Taste is just like the nose, super musty, light tart lemons, really drinkable, funky cheese, barnyard, hay, delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is really nice, super drinkable. Very enjoyable.

O - Overall this beer was awesome, never thought I'd get to try it.

rudzud, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of cfrances33
4.79/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle thanks to Matt, decanted and then poured into a Cantillon tulip. Pour is a mostly clear bright straw orange, with a finger of frothy eggshell head. Some lacing. Smell is bright, juicy lemon and a well balanced hay funk. Some earthiness. Taste is much of the same, with bright juicy lemon, mango, and peaches. Some cheese and a nice dose of minerally funk. Incredibly drinkable, with a nice tart lactic acid aspect. Finishes impeccably clean for a geuze this old. This was a great bottle, and lived up to its reputation

cfrances33, Feb 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jan 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

largadeer, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

gn0sis, Oct 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

toretto, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of BucketBoy
4.76/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Review from notes. This review is from the first time I had it, courtesy of SpeedwayJim (huge thanks!) at Ryan's Labor Day tasting 2011. I've had this again since then (huge thanks, Joel!) and the second time the bottle didn't quite pop in the same way this first bottle did. The first bottle was most likely the best beer I've ever had.

L - Orange-kissed Gulf sunset, hazy eggshell cap of wispy bubbles. Carbonated.

S - Fresh, pungent barnyard, lemon and rind, old cut grass, bright light sulphur, tropical fruits. Just plain awesome! I sat sniffing my glass for a full 15 minutes before drinking any. The best part of the beer for me.

T - Very assertive sour, great funk, barnyard, oak, fruitiness - just a great gueuze. So balanced. Everything you could hope for in a gueuze.

M - Nice and smooth, with fine carbonation.

O - Just killer! Well deserving of the hype, despite the second bottle I tried in 2013 being just okay (relative to the first bottle).

BucketBoy, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of joel66
4.96/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rating # 100

Bottle poured into a cantillon taster on 4/20/2013. I have been waiting a long time for this day to come. One of my biggest white whales has been beached.. Appearance. Bottle poured a hazy orange color with a thin line of head. good carbonation... its awake! Nose- lemons and peach, with a moldy funky cheese, notes of soccer cleats but in a good way(dont know how that is possible but it is) grass funk & hay. One of the best smelling beers i have ever had Taste- citrus notes mixed with barnyard funk. grapefruit and cheese. Lactic acid combined with a suttle earthiness probably attributed from the age of this fine geuze. Overall- this totally lived up to the hype. One of the best beers, and beer experiences shared with some great guys!

joel66, Apr 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

GRG1313, Mar 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

yourefragile, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
4.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

big thanks goes out to GrumpyOldTroll, jbuddle, Sean9689, SpeedwayJim, AgentZero, dtmets84 for sharing in the greatest day of beer that i have ever been a part of. huge thanks to sean for providing this bit of unobtainium.

notes from 1/12/2013

consumed from a cantillon sherry glass.

poured a murky orange with a fizzy head that fizzed away leaving a ring of fizz on the surface. also, comes in a bottle with one of the coolest looking labels of all time (imho). OH MY! the smell is UNREAL. smells fruity and funky at the same time. has some vanilla like oakiness qualities even though tit isn't from barrels. so smooth and subtle. lemons and fruitiness with a hint of funk and even some notes of cheesy sourness. possibly one of the most balanced beers ever. so fresh tasting for a 15 yr old beer. like fruits that have JUST gotten ripe. feel is perfect. one of the best beers i've ever had.

cosmicevan, Jan 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

jbuddle, Jan 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of tarheels86
4.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL 1998 black foil at Akkurat. The pour out of the basket yields a hazy, glowing orange topped with a thin, white head. Apparently after this many years, the Loerik has come alive! Aroma is without a doubt the best aroma from just about any material derived from organic matter in the universe: incredible smack your face fresh white grapefruit, extremely fresh and fleshy/juicy Valencia oranges, white pepper, moldy citrus peels, rich peach yogurt, fleshy and overripe juicy peach, salty funk, light-fresh grapefruit heavy Brett. Literally 11/10 for aroma. The taste gives you almost a similar reward with heavy lactic sourness, fresh tropical fruits, earth, spice, leather, soft peach, maybe a hint of eggy sulfur. I sort of stopped taking notes on this one because it was obvious this would become a Top 5 beer of all time for me. Palate is perfection: wickedly lactic and yogurt heavy. It’s actually a bit unbelievable: insane amount of leather, bitterness, soft tartness, and fresh juiciness. Extremely long, cobwebby finish. Just ridiculous. It really makes Yellow Bus look a bit silly. 11/4/9/5/18 --> 10/4/9/5/19=4.7

tarheels86, Sep 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.6%

pixieskid, Sep 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

durwoodx, Jul 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

imperialking, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Tnudish
4.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Paul for this epic treat! Funny story about this, I was suppose to sample this over the upcoming weekend and found out I could no longer go. So as you can imagine, I am beyond excited to be seeing this tonight.

A-Brownish orange in color with a small head of small, tight white bubbles.

S-Nose is incredible, apricot, lemon rind, oak, and just straight funk....it’s beautiful.

T-Flavor is bright lemon, oak, must, and some cobwebs.

M-Light mouthfeel, pretty still actually, moderate acidity, and a nice long finish.

O-The most incredible gueuze I have ever consumed hands down. Not much else to say.

Note: I am aware that this is an incredibly shitty review for such an epic beer. I decided that it was in my best interest to just enjoy it both times I had a pour instead of writing a lengthy review on it. It's one of those beers that should be savored.

Tnudish, Jun 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

whartontallboy, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer twice in the last month...yeah, that doesn't suck. Both 750ml bottles into my go-to Narke tulip.

A - Pours a mirky golden yellow color, white fizzy head, wisps.

S - Mellow funky citrus, light mineral notes, oak, and hay. Smells like an old Gueuze, but if you've never had one, you don't know what I'm talking about. Musk, barn, and light acidic notes on the end.

T - Really reminds me of the Cantillon Gueuze I had from 1996, perhaps a bit more nuanced and delicate. Citrus, funk, tart, hay, musk. There's a mineral character on the finish mixed with the citrus and tart notes that I contribute to the age. Doesn't detract, but I think it could eventually build to hamper the taste.

M - Light body, light carbonation, refreshing, dry finish.

O - So, both bottles were extremely delicious. I would say this is one of the top Gueuze's I've ever had, and probably one of the best sours as well. Really good stuff...want more...plz? Until we meet again.

Sean9689, Jun 24, 2012
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Cantillon Loerik from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.