1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Cantillon Blåbær Lambik - Brasserie Cantillon

Not Rated.
Cantillon Blåbær LambikCantillon Blåbær Lambik

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

549 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 549
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 2,207
Gots: 87 | FT: 4
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 549 | Reviews: 216 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bstyle
bstyle

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

10-09-2013 20:13:27 | More by bstyle
Photo of theGlasstronaut
theGlasstronaut

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -39.3%

10-08-2013 20:32:34 | More by theGlasstronaut
Photo of Matagal
Matagal

Brazil

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

10-05-2013 15:01:23 | More by Matagal
Photo of Strelnikov
Strelnikov

Texas

5/5  rDev +10.4%

09-29-2013 20:32:09 | More by Strelnikov
Photo of koopa
koopa

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

09-28-2013 14:29:07 | More by koopa
Photo of Mark000
Mark000

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -11.7%

09-24-2013 00:58:13 | More by Mark000
Photo of cfrances33
cfrances33

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

09-22-2013 23:18:50 | More by cfrances33
Photo of LambicKing
LambicKing

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

09-22-2013 23:00:58 | More by LambicKing
Photo of Hanzo
Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev -11.7%

09-22-2013 17:34:53 | More by Hanzo
Photo of MarkVegas
MarkVegas

Nevada

5/5  rDev +10.4%

09-19-2013 00:43:33 | More by MarkVegas
Photo of lunarbrew
lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.76/5  rDev +5.1%

Thanks to Stevedore for sharing such a treat. Poured into a Cantillon fruit lambic glass

Beer pours a hazy grapefruit juice color. Very interesting. I've never seen a beer that looks like this. Fizzy and intriguing. A red/purple glow permeates the beer.

Smells pretty damn sour. Lactic and green apple skin. Of course, a nice blueberry scent. It's not a sweet blueberry preserve smell, but instead a fresh tart blueberry smell.

Taste matches the smell. There are tart fresh blueberries, heavy lactic, some vinegar, some lemon, some green apple skin. There is funk in here, but to me it is covered by the flavor. Quite sour. Most sour beer I've had next to Beat.

Mouthfeel is medium, fizzy, and finishes pretty dry. I get one of those "I want more" sensations after each sip due to the lactic and dry finish.

Overall, this was indeed amazing. Lives up to the hype imo. A very unique lambic--like none I've tasted.

09-17-2013 21:16:17 | More by lunarbrew
Photo of Stevedore
Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +2.2%

375ml bottle, with vintage '12 written in silver on the label, generously traded to me by Brian who is such a great Beer Advocate for giving me this opportunity to drink a beer I'll probably never have a chance to drink again. Seriously. Thanks again, Brian, aka 4DAloveofSTOUT. Poured into a Cantillon wine glass tday, 9/15/2013, which is my first ear anniversary. Review #208.

Okay, so this beer pours something amazing. Its like this ruby grapefruit colour, so orange yet so purple at the same time. I cannot truly describe how great this beer looks. It pours with a typically Cantillon effervescent sour head that retains very well with a great film on top. Its just truly a great looking beer, even compared to Fou' Foune.

Smell on this is interesting. I can definitely smell that brewery funk; it takes me back to the brewery even more than Classic Geuze does. It's just funky, yet has that tart, ripe blueberry flavour that truly takes this beer somewhere else. The blueberries are there in such a way that Fou' Foune's apricots are, such that it doesn't take away from that Cantillon prototypical funk, but it adds so much more to it. Not gonna lie, this smells sour and just tasty at the same time.

Flavour is even better than the smell. It's not the most sour beer I've ever had (that still belongs to Beatification b5) but it is just so complex and well-melded together... only second to Fou' Foune's apricots. It's sweet yet so damn sour at the same time.. while spewing out that classic Cantillon earthy funkiness. This is where I realize that the rarity itself on this beer is not the only thing driving this beer's ratings up, this beer stands very well on its own. No question about it.

Mouthfeel is typical Cantillon. Medium bodied yet so smooth and well-carbonated. The aftertaste is that classic Cantillon funkiness, horseblankets and barnyard flavour straight up. I can't imagine 3F doing anything better than this, because I'm just a huge fan of that Cantillon funk. Probably because of the great memories behind our trip to Cantillon in Anderlecht.

Okay, so I can honestly say that this is beer really lives up to the hype on its own merits, because that blueberry sweet AND sourness contributes a lot to this beer, more so than Bordeaux grapes or more cherries have done. I wish Cantillon would make a year-round blueberry lambic so that we could get this one more easily. Its an über whale because of its several hundred bottles-a-year production, but I will strongly, strongly recommend that everyone who likes sours, try to get one of these bottles at least once in their beer lifetimes.

09-15-2013 05:15:53 | More by Stevedore
Photo of JOrtt
JOrtt

California

4/5  rDev -11.7%

09-14-2013 16:31:58 | More by JOrtt
Photo of CityofBals
CityofBals

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.7%

09-12-2013 01:36:15 | More by CityofBals
Photo of adrienne
adrienne

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

09-09-2013 12:38:49 | More by adrienne
Photo of DLucky
DLucky

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

09-04-2013 18:35:22 | More by DLucky
Photo of scotv
scotv

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

09-04-2013 01:05:17 | More by scotv
Photo of DougVanHoy
DougVanHoy

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

09-02-2013 20:20:57 | More by DougVanHoy
Photo of Rutager
Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.71/5  rDev +4%

A huge, HUGE thank you to the most awesome Jeffo for casually tossing this in the box he sent in probably the biggest trade I've done. I just about fell off my chair when I pulled this out, my biggest want for as long as I can remember.

3rd 40th birthday beer of the day. 2011 375ml bottle.

Appearance. Pours a nice looking, hazy, purplish-pink with s finger + of pink head with a hint of blue.

Smell. Nice and sour with that great woody funk, classic cantillon funk that is. Sour blueberries are there for sure ...the little wild sour ones that grow on the mountain, not the big fat sweet ones that are farmed out this way. Not sure what else to say, blueberry cantillon lambic, fuck yeah.

Taste. Oh man, sour blueberries, so tasty. Lots of that nice woody funk that anyone who's tried Cantillon knows and loves. It's a medium level of sourness and the blueberries are there, but a little more faint than I had imagined. Not like blueberry juice or anything, just amazing lambic complimented with the nice blueberries.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body, fine medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Expectations were high and I was not let down. Fantastic stuff. Wish it was part of the regular line up. Again, huge cheers to Jeffo for this bottle of blueberry heaven.

09-01-2013 01:09:03 | More by Rutager
Photo of trxxpaxxs
trxxpaxxs

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

08-31-2013 14:07:15 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of mdaschaf
mdaschaf

Washington

4.69/5  rDev +3.5%

Review from notes. Much thanks to Paul for sharing this with me!

A: Pours a nice light purple color with a thin white head on top, mostly forming a ring. Thin lacing with nice retention.

S: Fantastic fruity aroma. Lots of blueberries with a bit of sour/funk typical of Cantillon offerings. There is a bit of cheese that comes out as it warms.

T: Jammy blueberries with a slight tartness. Nice funk/cheese on the flavor as well, which blends nicely with the fruit for a fantastic flavor profile.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not overly tart, slightly dry.

O: An amazing beer. Going in I had high hopes, which were tempered from others who have had the beer previously. I will agree that it is amazing, but I would rather drink other Cantillon beers which take less effort/cost to get.

08-29-2013 02:34:53 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Rifugium
Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -22.7%

08-28-2013 22:45:52 | More by Rifugium
Photo of makdeco
makdeco

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

08-25-2013 15:37:27 | More by makdeco
Photo of mcc1654
mcc1654

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

08-22-2013 20:21:29 | More by mcc1654
Photo of TheBronze
TheBronze

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

08-19-2013 18:48:34 | More by TheBronze
Cantillon Blåbær Lambik from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.