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Cantillon Blåbær Lambik - Brasserie Cantillon

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world-class

554 Ratings
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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 2,219
Gots: 89 | FT: 5
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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Photo of jegross2
4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the infamous Blåbær from Brasserie Cantillon out of Belgium.

Score: 96

2012 vintage bottle served in a GLASS and enjoyed on 05/07/13. Review is from iPhone notes

Appearance: Pours a lovely Byzantium/blueberry color with a thin layer of thistle colored head. The color of the head looks like what you'd expect on the label of a fancy bath product. Average lacing, excellent retention. I adore the color on this brew! 4.5/5

Smell: Sweet and jammy blueberries mixed with that classic "Cantillon dust" aroma you get with all their other beers. Not very sour-apparent on the nose. Hint of vinegar too. Not very complex, but extremely appealing. Maybe I am just a sucker for blueberries? 4.5/5

Taste: Sweet/jammy and slightly acidic blueberries with a nice light tartnesses towards the finish. Some of that "Cantillon dust" flavor throughout as well. Drying tartness, makes for a very interesting mouthfeel. Like the nose, the taste is not very complex, but what it delivers is quite delicious! 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation. Sweet fruitiness and mildly acidic. Dry finish. 4.5/5

Overall: I found this brew to be absolutely delicious (albeit not overly complex), but as many have pointed out before me, this is not Cantillon's best beer (let alone their best lambic). I would absolutely love to try this one again, but it us not worth jumping through all the hoops one has to jump through in order to obtain a bottle when Fou Foune, St. Lamvinus, Vigneronne and Lou Pepe Kriek are at least as good, cheaper and easier to obtain. I'd recommend folks who have not had this beer before give it a try, as I found this beer to be world class; however, I would likewise recommend that such folks seek out a bottle with a group of friends so as to share the burden of the premium it'll take to obtain.

Cost: 46€ (approximately $60 USD) for a 750 ML, 23€ (approximately $30 USD) for a 375 ML.

jegross2, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of dsgolovin
5/5  rDev +10.4%

dsgolovin, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of MJsGhost
5/5  rDev +10.4%

MJsGhost, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of BAstoutsNsours
3.74/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

BAstoutsNsours, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of WOLFGANG
5/5  rDev +10.4%

WOLFGANG, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of eggs
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

eggs, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Deep red, purple body. Nice white head. Collar lasts forever.

Smell - The blueberry flavor comes out a lot, but it's got a green character to it. Nice funk and acidity.

Taste - Also very green. Funky and a nice blueberry flavor. Graininess and sourness. Finishes with a nice fruity flavor blended into a sour bite

Mouthfeel - Spritzy carbonation. Medium to light body.

Overall - I hoped the fruit character would be incredible, but it's very green. Fou'Foune is better, but this is a great lambic.

Alieniloquium, Jun 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

drummermattie02, Jun 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

millerbuffoon, Jun 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

chase2634, Jun 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

thewimperoo, Jun 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Beerdy, Jun 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

NCBeerFan, Jun 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

montrealbcr89, Jun 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

mroberts1204, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Geuzedad, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

Anonymous1, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes (Mr. Bubbler's "End of the World Tasting") 12/21/12. Thanks.
300th review.

Vintage 2011. 750ml bottle.

A: Pours a deep reddish purple with a 1" light pink head which fizzles before fading to the rim leaving a few spots of lace.

N: Classic horseblanket funk, chessy, with mild blueberry jam, some vinous notes. Somewhat sour with wood tannins.

T: Fresh blueberry and white grape. Funky with woody mold and mildly sour. Well balanced.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry, musty/dusty and fruity finish.

O: Amazing and enjoyed. Maybe overhyped? Try it and decide for yourself. Would have again and again.

wethorseblanket, May 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

ajzy, May 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

beernads, May 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Mayo2323, May 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

thezoobrew, May 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

mrandypandy, May 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

sendsilk, May 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

bigaltemple, May 11, 2013
Cantillon Blåbær Lambik from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.