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Cantillon Blåbær Lambik - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Blåbær LambikCantillon Blåbær Lambik

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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.79%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Made in cooperation with Jeppe from Olbuttikken in Copenhagen. Jeppe provides the blueberries for the beer,and it is brewed at Cantillon and then shipped back to Copenhagen and only sold at Olbutikken.

2005 Vintage (batch 1) - 50 75cl bottles released. Gold foil.
2007 Vintage (batch 2) - 37.5cl and 75cl bottles. Black foil.
2007 Vintage (batch 3) - 75cl bottles. Gold foil.
2009 Vintage (batch 4) - 37.5cl and 75cl bottles. No foil. Label reads "2009".
2009 Vintage (batch 5) - 37.5cl and 75cl bottles. No foil. Label reads "2009 II".
2010 Vintage (batch 6) - 37.5cl and 75cl bottles. Label reads "2010".
2011 Vintage (batch 7) - 37.5cl and 75cl bottles. No foil. Label reads "11".

(Beer added by: Crosling on 04-11-2007)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a slightly murky dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some blueberry and other berry aromas along with a distinct plastic-like smell in the mix. Taste is much the same with the plastic quality coming through on the aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer as it stands but the plastic quality in the aroma and taste is not something too desirable in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:24:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 Batch II

A - A very, very dark red. About two fingers of a pinkish head that laced very nicely.

S - Lots of fruity berry goodness, including what seems to be blueberries. Little bit funky with some nice tart sweetness.

T - This was nice, but kind of disappointing given what I was hearing my friends say about it. A buddy of mine drank it with me and he said Batch 1 was significantly better. Has a funky blueberry taste, but not quite as sweet an tart as I was hoping. Little yeasty, and a little bit of heavier flavor than I wanted.

M - Syrupy and medium bodied, slightly creamy, nice carbonation, but would have preferred it a touch lighter.

D - Sweet and unoffensive, so it's pretty easy to drink. Not a session beer so to speak, but an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 05:40:26 | More by AgentZero
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared my 2007 vintage 750 ML with some other Ba's...
Served in my Ithaca Tulip.

Pours a beautiful clear dark rosy pink. One finger pink-tinted white head. Lacing and retention are normal for style.

So the smell yields giant blueberries and oak. The flavor is fresh and bright-- not dank, musty, or earthy... Some oak and vinegar hit on flavor, but accent the blueberry nicely. Sweet and tart. Very moderate sourness. Tasty and nice. Not really much funk here... And not a ton of sourness... This drinks a bit like a well-made sparkling blueberry juice.

Body is light and airy. Very nice. This is insanely easy drinking... I like it, but I am not willing to stab my wife in the face for another bottle... And I don't really like my wife at the moment (she's pregnant and angry!).

As far as it goes, this was my white whale.... This beer was very good, but in the end, I'm not sure it lived up to it's hype or my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 21:00:45 | More by AleWatcher
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Let me precurse this review by saying how excited and full of anticipation I was to finally have a chance to try this brew...

750ml bottle, '11 inscribed on the bottom of the label with silver marker. Split with Slatetank and Kegatron during a recent wild ale tasting. Poured into a matching Cantillon long stemmed tulip, this brew appears a deep purple color. A pink frothy head sits atop the brew and gets revived to a full finger's strength when lightly swirled. When held to the light, ruby coloration shows through the body and despite a careful pour, some tiny spots of what looks like blueberry skin rests on the bottom of the glass.

The smell of this brew is primarily funky with notes of plastic while it is chilled. Some indications of cheese and earthy fruit start to evolve as the brew warms up. It also has a mild almost medicinal touch about it. When the glass is swirled, only then do berry tinges come out and blend through the aroma. Once warm, this brew picks up a sort of damp woodsy character from the barrel aging. While not the most fragrant, bright or upfront fruit scent to a beer, it is well rounded and enjoyable.

The taste is funky primarily with plastic notes upfront. I won't sugar-coat my first impression; it is slightly disappointing considering the unrealistic aura surrounding this brew. As it warms up, it turns earthy and pitted with a light medicinal touch. The berry inclusion here gets increasingly earthy with a wet and almost moldy wood feel to it. There is a spice of alcohol that comes out across the back as the brew warms up. It is tart and rich in berry flavor once warm which is pleasant considering the initial let down.

This is a light bodied brew with a perfect amount of modest carbonation. It is lively enough in the mouth but not overdone and distracting. There is a solid mix of flavor/character to take in with lots of earthy tones. However, the initial impact of plastic and light nail polish remover was quite unwelcomed and didn't blend well with the rest of the brew. This offering was somewhat dry on the tongue which increased its overall salivation factor and ease of drink ability. It carries with it almost a cooling aspect about it in the back of the throat.

After the fact consideration: While glancing over other reviews, I don't see mention of some of the unpleasant character I picked up on in this. It makes me wonder just how variable some bottles can be. This is something I wouldn't mind trying again but it most certainly is not worth the price of admission. It is not the best fruit lambic I have had, it's not even the best Cantillon offering available. The sheer amount of blueberries that had to be packed in this to discolor the brew to the deep purple it is, is amazing. Unfortunately, that excitement/impression doesn't easily transpire to the same degree in either the flavor or aroma.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 19:02:06 | More by stakem
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Tnudish

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, generously provided by Rich. Thanks a bunch for sharing this treat Rich!

A-No head on the pour, but it is a beautiful deep purple red in color. It is slightly hazy in clarity, it looks stunning.

S-For being a year old at this point, there is still quite a bit of blueberry in the nose, much more than I remember when I originally tried this last year. Plump blueberries and some yogurt character.

T-Blueberry is a little more subdued in the flavor, but is still quite present. There is also lemon rind, oak, and a generous amount of funk.

M-Light mouthfeel, good acidity, lower carbonation, and a moderate lingering finish.

O-One of the better fruit lambics Cantillon makes, but in term of fruit lambics I think I still prefer Fou Foune, Saint Lamnivus, and Lou Pepe Kriek.

Note: I had a 2012 vintage the following day and found the blueberry to be much more faint in the '12. I assume that the recipe is pretty consistent batch to batch, so I found it peculiar that I found the blueberry to be more prominent in the older batch than the new one.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 21:01:32 | More by Tnudish
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PEBKAC

New York

3.8/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Separate '05 & '07 bottles shared under the admissions tent lights at BCTC late on Saturday. Too many spitters & not enough swallowers, as there was still some left once they were passed around & most of us turned in. In comes the late-night lush that is moi to make sure nothing goes to waste. :)

Double-fisting & always prepared, one comes out a rusty, yellow brown & not very pretty. The second, prettier. A cherry stained purple, with a dusty blue head.

A sour lemon yogurt-sort of smell carries off the top of the older bottle, while the newer brings just mainly boxed, dusty blueberries.

Taste was big in both directions. Not a real fan of exhibit A, as it was too much cheese & vinegar, & too little fruit. Fruit pits if you want to be picky, minerally, with a regurgitated stomach acid/gueuze sort of burn. Not exactly knocking it, just a little disappointed. It was a decently pungent Cantillon, but that's not exactly what I came for. The 07 was quite tasty though, though probably less complex. Super earthy & upfront blueberries, strong wheaty presence, barrel, & just a bit cidery on the end. Neither quite tannic, but the big fruit in the fresher bottle sold me.

Both times, a little too frothy. B was thicker, more rustic then A. A puckered me up plenty, B while slighter, still had me clenching some.

Sad to say that, however uneven, this score is a blend.

Quite a pleasure to have been its receptacle. :P

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 06:22:27 | More by PEBKAC
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 - 37.5cl bottle

Red wine appearance. Pink head.

Funky brett and acidic aroma. Super tart red berry flavors. Almost smells like a framboise. Some off band-aid scent.

Tart berries up front on the palate. Think very sour blueberries with no sweetness. Bone dry brett flavor with that band-aid after taste.

Almost didn't enjoy this because of the band-aid off flavor but then it went away after taking a few sips thanks to the acidity leveling my tastebuds. Flavor was short-lived on the palate. Very enjoyable but I liked the '09 better. It was fruitier, which is something I was hoping for in a fresh batch.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 03:04:56 | More by BearsOnAcid
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BAstoutsNsours

Florida

3.74/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle, 2012 batch. served at 55 degrees

A: Purple mixed with ruby red. Small head that recedes quickly with a small amount present throughout consumption

S: mild funk with blueberry skin, unremarkable for a cantillon.

T: fresh blueberry, funk, slight lemon.

M: this is probably the best part about this beer, nice amount of carb, prickly, medium body. What you expect with a loon.

O: It was nice to try this but it didn't live up to the hype I expected. I'd just as much prefer to drink a Rose, St. Lam, or Fou as I would this. I'll probably try and seek out another batch just to compare.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 15:46:49 | More by BAstoutsNsours
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Night of epic proportions, review #2. Thanks to xpimptastikx for the share! 750ml bottle served in a Meantime snifter.

A big head forms right off the bat, rosy plum-colored, fluffy, cloud-like, not wanting to budge. Hazy is the body of Blåbær, with a deep cranberry hue. The nose is all phenolic funk. A bit too medicinal for my liking, with vinous greenery, fresh vegetation and wet soil.

More phenols in the taste, with Band-Aids galore. Earthy blueberry rinds and vine clippings. Blåbær slowly numbs the tongue as if it were a low-dose application of topical anesthetic. Slightly distracting, but the underlying sourness and tart, fruity finish is where it should be. Carbonation is big and bubbly, rolling around the tongue with a delicate effervescence. Almost too much for me, although this Lambic does calm down as it warms. Glad I got the opportunity to try it, but Blåbær wasn't quite up my ally. Thanks again Michael for sharing this!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 16:28:29 | More by wagenvolks
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spdyfire83

Ireland

3.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

300th Review
37.5cl bottle poured into Loon flute
Vintage: 2012

Poured after letting this sit out for about 30 minutes, but the flavours were still muted together so let it warm to about 55°F before actually enjoying and reviewing.

A: Deep burgundy in color with slight tint of purplish ruby. Single (off-white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Mostly lambic funk here with notes of must, aged cheese, soft citrus, and very hidden blueberry notes.

T: Like the nose, the blueberry flavor is quite muffled here. Disappointing considering fruit lambics are usually most enjoyable relatively fresh. I'm curious to know how this drinks compared to other vintages of this beer. The base lambic quality here is very enjoyable and smooth though - must, funk, and rounded - just wish the blueberry was a bit more pronounced.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very enjoyable here!

O: A quality beer for sure, but this didn't live up to the "hype" for me. I'm looking forward to trying another vintage of this to see how it compares.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 12:09:08 | More by spdyfire83
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.69/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 bottle

A - Ruby red body with a light clean white head to it

S - Blueberries, sweet tarts, blue cheese and barnyard funk

T - Really funky with lots of blue cheese and barnyard, not tart as all but instead is all funk. Light tart blue berries but barely blueberries or tartness to it. It was a pure funk bomb

M - Really dry and slightly watery body. A slight thickness from the funk remains on the tongue kinda like the creamy layer that remains after you eat some blue cheese

O - Not that impressed and thought this was really overrated as this was one of my least favorite Cantillon to date. Really a funky beer but not much tartness or fruit flavor to it

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 22:25:38 | More by jeonseh
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MrVonzipper

California

3.6/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mr. Chris Johnson for this..
Light port like matron color with little bubbly whiteish head and no retention.

Tart berries on the nose. Straightforward.

Flavor follows the nose. Tart blueberry. A touch of sweetness on the backend.

Mouth is light bodied with medium carb.

A good not great representation of the style in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 02:23:00 | More by MrVonzipper
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.48/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at woodshop by the same generous soul that shared Framboos

Look: Pours a bluish/purple color with a reddish ring around the top of the glass. 1/4 inch pinkish bubbly head the resides down to a small ring and leaves behind some spotty lace

Smell: Lots of freshly picked blueberries some some under arm funk that make me think this must be what the guy smelled like when he picked the blueberries and some oak

Taste: This for me is where I lost interest in the beer. The beer starts out with some blueberry flavor and to me it taste like a cheap blueberry syrup then is followed up by this weird plastic off putting flavor. Some very light tart and funk and oak cleans up the backend of the beer

Mouthfeel: Thinner body mild to medium carbonation and just a bit tingly

Overall: Extremely happy that I got a chance to try this beer and even more happy that I never traded for one. So far of all the Cantillons I have had this one was the biggest disappoint. I would half heartedly recommend trying this one just because of its current high regard in the beer community

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 17:59:31 | More by DarthKostrizer
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

2.35/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2012 vintage, 375ml
It's a nice purplish red color with a ring of pink foam. Smells of vinegar and blue cheese. Tastes of vinegar and a touch of fruity sweetness. It's quite dry and acidic. This is not good. I hope other vintages are good, otherwise this beer is seriously mediocre and y'all are deceiving thyselves

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 00:10:40 | More by ColdPoncho
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Dudeabide

Ohio

2.28/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - purplish color with a pink head, nice in appearance
S - smells of vinegar with some lingering blueberry, not appealing at all
T - Slight blueberry, lots of vinegar. I poured mine into the dump glass.
M - On par with the style.
O - This was compared next to a home brew, both smelled strongly of vinegar, I had a hard time telling which one I liked better, and both saw the dump glass. They were served blind but it was let known that one of them was Blabaer, very disappointing. Ending my search for this beer now.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 04:43:35 | More by Dudeabide
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Cantillon Blåbær Lambik from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.