Cantillon Loerik - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 8.5%
Wants: 294
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stcules on 07-02-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1998 vintage shared at Akkrat with my cousin. Beer poured a cloudy golden, amberish color with a strong head with active carbonation. Still strong after a decade in the bottle. No longer a lazy gueuze! Nose was sharp, very tart with some wood and citrus notes. Taste is tart but not overpowering and actually was very pleasant with lemon, banana and earthy notes that just work to make a fantastic beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.59/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of joel66
4.96/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Photo of iong516
4.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

1998 cork. Holy cobwebs and stinky cheese. Not oxidized or off in any way, great bottle. Docked it a bit for appearance because it was kinda murky but who cares? The cleanest pour was a bit darker than expected, a hazy orange bordering on amber. My pour towards the middle/end of the bottle was fantastic, and even the dregs tasted alright. I'll never have this again, thanks Nate and everyone else involved! Beautiful funk.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.56/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4oz. pour from a capped and corked 750ml bottle into a TJ’s snifter. Had at a tasting on 9/4/11.

Peach, yellow, cloudy. Thin ring of head that dissipates pretty quickly. Stringy lace. Good retention.

Funk, barnyard, hay, stinky cheese, lemon rind, some lemony sweetness, citrus, very aromatic.

Very sour upfront. Apricot and peach notes. Wet hay and wood. Straw. Lemon rind acidity. Peach at end with lemon citrus notes. Finish is lemon rind tartness with a subtle funky wood and cobweb aftertaste. Very balanced and great complexity. Definitely shows its age.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily smooth and silky in the mouth and smooth and slightly dry going down. Very subtle finish with little to no aftertaste. Perfection.

I’ll echo some of the thoughts of the reviewer below me. The nose on this beer is absolutely amazing. One of the most dirty, stinky, and funky gueuzes that I’ve ever had the privilege of smelling. However, taste wise, it’s not much different than a well-aged classic gueuze. In fact, side by side with the 1996 100% gueuze, both demonstrated very similar complexities and flavor profiles. Still, an incredibly solid beer that carries the Cantillon name well.

Photo of emerge077
4.57/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at Delilah's 2009 Lambic Tasting. 1998 vintage.
Review from notes.

Hazy peach body, ample visible carbonation with a thin froth at it's edges. Aroma of musty hay, damp compost/organic funk, and dried wildflowers. Acidic sour grapefruit and signature Cantillon lemony citrus flavors. Tannic and woody on the back end. A very juicy and puckering feel that primes the salivary glands well. A fantastic aged lambic with a unique wild character, still bright and very sour after 11 years in the bottle.

Photo of rallison
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1998 Vintage. Bottle. Sea O'Floydster epic tasting, post PP Belgian Fest. Thanks WeeHeavySD (pretty sure you brought this one) for bringing this bottle.

Musty, funky and amazing in the aroma. I could smell this for hours.

Super smooth body. Acidic, some dryness (but, again, so smooth too!). Hints of white wine. Amazing. A touch bready. Perfect combination of musty, light funk, white grapes (none in there as far as I know, but there is something reminiscent of them in there), wheat and other flavors and aromas that my palate is not good enough to pick up. Truly a standout.

Highly recommended. This beer is incredible.

Photo of Rastacouere
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rare chance to find a bottle at spuyten duyvil. Nice looking bottle at that. Nice hazy blonde, honest white head. Weird nose of dijon mustard, leather, barnyard. Complex and interesting experience to spend 10 minutes sniffing this glass. Puckering. Not too agressively acid, this is very drinkable actually and less astringent than most while not missing any of the funk. Hay, spices, mustard, bread, balsamic vinegar flavors. Surprising medium-full body. Not bad for a brewing error! Perhaps my favorite of the cantillons I’ve had to this date.

Photo of ChrisPro
4.13/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle served at Akkurat on 8 June 2011

A - Bottled opened with a pop and poured a clear golden yellow. There was a monster head on this "lazy" gueuze that apparently decided to wake up. Nice lacing left as we drank.

S - Tons of funk and mustiness. I wanted a bit more citrus, but it just wasn't there. Maybe since the yeast woke up and carbonated this bottle, they ate up all the typical lemony goodness in a cantillon gueuze?

T - Slightly sour, but not puckering, also with a little dank finish. This is extremely dry.

M - Just perfect. The carbonation dances on my tongue bringing out the flavors. Pretty light bodied and quite crisp.

O - Very drinkable, and in a vacuum, this is a great beer. However, given the list at Akkurat, I wished I had tried something else instead.

Photo of psiweaver
4.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had the last bottle at De Heeren Van Liedekerke with Belgian BA Yapi. Poured into a small Cantillon wine glass. this is the 1998 and only vintage.

poured a wonderful golden straw color with a soft just off white head about a knuckle thick.

wonderful funky smells with a bite of lactic bite but overall very mellow and more dry and vinus.

the taste is absolutely out of this world. the perfect balance of sour bite with just the right amount of grace and power. This beer is absolutely incredible. incredible depth of flavor starting with the rich gueze and mellowing into citrus and funk.

very smooth rich mouthfeel.

amazingly drinkable but my palate was shot after this one.

A world class bottle of beer that I was happy and lucky to try. Really wish I could have it again.

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.98/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've had the pleasure to drink this particular Lambic on a couple of occasions.

Vintage 1998 - Appearance has an orange golden body, very nice head, and a thin white lacing. Smell is Nose was sharp, very tart with some wood and citrus notes. Musty, horse blanket and lots of funk; another Lambic that I could nose for hours. Oh wait, I did nose during the entire tasting; aroma never faded!! Taste is tart and acidic, funky and super dry sour, but not too acidic as with some younger vintage Cantillon's; Flipping amazing!! Just the right amount of puckering mouthfeel with slightly prickly carbonation but soft to medium. Overall, another spectacular Lambic that I compare to the J & J Blauw but in a different way. I just wish I could have cases of this stuff.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012. Served in a Cantillon old-school "Gueuze & Kriek" gueuze tumbler.

Huge, huge thanks to Brad for pulling this one out. This one stole the show for me.

1998 cork

Poured a fairly-clear golden color with a short white head that was pretty fizzy and didn't last for too long, though that was okay, as this was far and away the worst aspect of the beer; everything else about it was as damn near close to perfection as you could reasonably find in a beer.

The nose carried some heavy earthy barnyard notes full of stables filled with horse blankets. Over the top of that was fresh lemon rind and citric acid. It's incredible the amount of citrus this carried through, which is quite unlike many other aged gueuzes that I've had.

The flavor was incredibly smooth and crisp with notes of lemon and citrus, followed by heavy funk with notes of light earth and a touch of leather. Long, long flavor duration with a moderate-to-heavy acid presence. Pretty heavy funk on a light body with average carbonation. Very dry finish. Slightly puckering.

Overall, it really couldn't get much better than this. This bottles has absolutely aged out fantastically. It's only damn flaw is that I'll likely never have it again.

Photo of jlindros
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Photo of grub
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. Maltzilla contributed this one. thanks diego!

750ml corked and capped bottle.

pours hazy light orange with a bit of fine white head. the head drops fast and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. alcohol, with bits of nail polish remover and paint thinner. huge horse blanket and leather. peanut and seeds and perhaps some cherry pit. white bread and cracker. bit of cider vinegar. big earthy character. light herbal character.

taste is great. as in the aroma with a nice malty sourness. more brett and horse blanket character. bit of acidity.

mouthfeel is great. medium body with a dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. good balance. great depth.

Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 1998. According to the beer guy at Super Saver in Somerville, NJ, only 180 bottles were imported into the US. Poured a cloudy yellow/golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas and tastes of wood (oak), citrus, earth, apples and sourness. Nice lighter sour, tart, and puckering aftertaste (not overpowering). I wish all 'mistakes' where this fantastic.

Photo of BucketBoy
4.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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).

Photo of tarheels86
4.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Photo of silenius
4.15/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in March 2005. Cork date is 1998.

I popped the cap and heard a slight hiss. This was surprising given that a cork is wedged in the neck as well. Brown sludge had formed on the very edges of the cork and I could see some bubbles sneaking past.

I pulled the cork which was a bit dry (perhaps from being stored upright) and poured the beer into a Duvel glass.

The body of the beer is a hazy, lightly cloudy orange yellow with pinkish glint. The head is really just a skim on the top of the beer.

Smell is really quite pleasant for being sharp smelling. Definitely not sharp like a much younger gueuze. This one has a much more round smell to it. Not biting, but still sharp smelling. 5yr or 10 yr aged Modena vinegar is more like it.

Taste has a bite, but not as mouth puckering as I had feared. It has the same kind of round taste to it that I get in the smell. Not as pointy (if a taste can be pointy.) It leaves with a dry herbal bitterness which does not remind me of hops and a strange sweet twinge.

Mouthfeel has carbonation in it despite the lack of head.

Drinkability is good, but after one 750ml, I don't think my mouth can take much more!

Photo of cfrances33
4.8/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Photo of cosmicevan
4.97/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank next to the 98 classic gueuze amongst many other. pour is a deep golden amber, mostly opaque with tons of pure white creamy head. the nose has a nice funk to it up front, rubbyer plastic and musky cellar notes are subtle. Strong peach notes, grapefruit, and the evidence of sourness in the nose. The taste is even better, brighter peaches and a more dusty funk with a great level of sourness in back. light body, creamy feel, soft palate, low carbonation in a good way and dry finish. the fruity flavors are extremely bright and the dry funk is integrated so well with a great drinkable sourness.

Photo of callmemickey
4.15/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed August 17 2010 at Akkurat in Stockholm.

A: Golden-straw body with just the slightest bit of cloudiness. Thin off-white head comprised of tiny, well defined bubbles. Slight lacing left behind in the tumbler after each sip.

S: Lemon-citrus, hay, and quite a bit of mustiness.

T: Quite funky, with a ton of barnyard flavors like hay, leather, and sweat. Not as much citric notes as in the nose. A bit muddled and not as complex as some other gueuzes with similar age.

M: Medium-light carbonation and a nice sour acidity. Not particularly puckering in the finish. Refreshing.
D: Given the difficulty in acquiring one of these bottles, I'd rather just get a well cared for classic gueuze... but that's not to say this wasn't enjoyable.

Photo of alfrantzell
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 1998.

It rests tanned, bronzed, and svelte in the glass, reeking of wood and horse fetor. Tastes like oak staves, shepherds' crooks, and Belgian balustrades. Lemon juice in the finish, which is sharp and drying.

Speaking of finishing, this did carbonate. It has a pleasantly hefty mouthfeel. As the bottle warms, some vanilla and brown sugar fade in. An ineffably good gueuze.

Photo of UnionMade
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Acquired a bottle for my wife as a Cantillon set for the holidays. The cork broke in half as I was removing it. Piecing it together, it was bottled in 1998. Listening to the Machinarium Soundtrack while drinking. Popping off the crown, I'm greeted with syrupy brown liquid, no doubt leached through the cork.
Clear polished copper, fiery in the my little Cantillon snifter, with a fugitive poof of head. Recession of the head is clearly audible. The bubbles settle down to a thin collar as fast a pour of soda, then dies out to nothing after a couple sips. Singular bubbles rise up here and there. I'm impressed with the clarity. Like crystal until the last dregs.
Smells earthy. Wet dirt after a rainstorm. Less sour and farmy than I expect from Cantillon. Some of their lambics are punishing, but this is pretty mellow in comparison. I guess it's Cantillon with training wheels? Honestly, I feel relieved. We've been saving the lambics because they hurt so good, too good for our aging GI tracts.
This one's been hanging out in cellar for quite a while. It made the trip with us from New England to Colorado in June of 2009. I purchased it in 2005 through a friend in Chicago. The sip opens with dry, dry malt flavor, not quite ever achieving sweetness, just earthy woodtones and a mild fruit sourness. Something like lemon, apricot and almost-ripe berries. The whole feel of this beer is old and matured, even the fruit flavors seem less like fresh fruit and more of the dried variety. More white wine characteristics than most Cantillons. Sweet notes of brie and emmentaler cheese. Very light on the palate. No residual sugars here. Rather dry finish, though not quite eradicating my mouth of moisture like most Cantillon brews. Frankly, I'm amazed at how much carbonation is still here. Soft and finely bubbled, but still very sparkly on the tongue. Not quite frantic, as some bacterial ales can be, but certainly on par with your average brew, just much more refined. I'm guessing a few years in the bottle helped this one out.
Session sour ale? I think this might be it. I almost regret letting this one sit in the fridge for so long. If this weren't the only bottle I'd ever drink, I'd be kicking myself for missing out.

Photo of Sean9689
4.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Cantillon Loerik from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.