Cantillon Blåbær Lambik - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.64/5 rDev +2.4%
375ml bottle, 2012 vintage, at Tørst in New York.
Pours a dark blue/purple with a small light purple head, decent lacing.
Smell is initially just massive blueberry. As the beer warms, the funk really starts coming through. Get blueberry, tart apple, citrus, wet hay, musty old barn smells, some mushroom. Quite funky.
Taste is like the nose. Blueberry, tart fruit, hay, mustiness, damp mushroom, barn/forest kinds of smells. Lots of funk. Definitely more funk than the 2012 fou foune or framboos, but it doesn't really come through until it warms up. Not quite as sour as framboos, however.
Mouthfeel is very light, with decent carbonation. It's almost a little too light for my taste, though.
This beer is excellent. I feel super lucky to have gotten to try it. Can't wait to get my own bottles.
03-15-2013 06:25:21 | More by rodkin
4.84/5 rDev +6.8%
750 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, served in a wine glass at Tørst in NYC.
A- Pours a dark purple color with a thin, fizzy pinkish head that quickly settles to a wispy collar.
S- Huge blueberry aroma, the kind of thing you'd expect from a blueberry pie, as well as some tart blueberry juice and skin aromas. There's a big lactic acidity with a touch of vinegar. As it warms a wonderfully complex earthy funkiness emerges, which lends some mustiness, horse blanket smell, and wet oak. It smells delicious.
T- Similar to the aroma, more flavors of blueberry, with a nice blend of sweet and tart blueberry flavors. The tartness is really great, with mostly lactic character but still some acetic. As it warms the funkiness becomes more prominent. The funk has a wet, earthy character with some hints of mushroom. There's also some oak and dry tannins.
M- Medium-bodied, has nice moderate to low carbonation with a very tannic, dry finish.
O- A delicious beer. I wasn't sure what to expect given the hype that surrounds it, but the blueberry character is really amazing and the funkiness of this beer is highly complex, so I think it definitely lived up to its reputation. This is one of the best beers I've had from Cantillon, and certainly one of the best fruited lambics I've ever had.
03-12-2013 17:45:24 | More by WillCarrera
4.06/5 rDev -10.4%
375 mL bottle of the 2012 vintage. Served in a wine glass at Torst.
Blabaer pours a surprisingly dark cherry red, I was expecting it to be a bit lighter. Minimal pink foam tops the beer, and does manage to stick around for a while. The nose is a good blend of an earthy, slightly musty funk, and a slightly tart berry fruitiness. Flavor wise, the beer's not quite as balanced. The brett character isn't as potent, relegated to a bit of damp hay lurking in the background. The blueberry influence is a bit muted as well, just a faint berry flavor is appreciable. In fairness though, blueberry is a pretty subtle fruit in general when it goes into a beer. The acidity is what really stands out, flashy and striking while not being overpoweringly sour. I want to guess that Cantillon uses an older batch of lambic as the base here. The body is nice and light, but I find myself wishing the carbonation had just a little more zip to it. Blabaer is a great beer, and I'm glad I got the chance to try it, but give how much more of a challenge it is to get than some other 'loons, I don't think that I would recommend this one over the others.
03-12-2013 17:38:45 | More by axeman9182
4/5 rDev -11.7%
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. 2012 vintage. From notes.
Blåbær has a blue violet hue and is moderately transparent around the edges. There is not much carbonation and barely any head; there is just a small off-white cap.
The main aroma is blueberries, although the smell is not that strong. There are some tart and funky notes that give it a little more character.
The flavor reminds me more of tart blueberry skin than the whole fruit. It has that kind of hollowed out flavor to it, like there should be a more robust fruit flavor. Because of that, the flavor does not really change that much over the course of the sip and lacks much complexity. The blueberry has just a touch of sweetness to go along with its moderate tartness. There are some funky nots, and a bit of dry, oaky tannins to go along with the tartness.
The body is only somewhat sour and acidic. The lack of sweetness or real punch, combined with the light carbonation, make it feel duller on the palate than it is, with a medium lambic body. There is just a bit of dryness at the end of the sip.
Considering I was dying to try this for a long time, it did not meet my expectations. There are other Cantillon lambics I prefer.
01-30-2013 00:42:39 | More by KickInTheChalice
Cantillon Blåbær Lambik from Brasserie Cantillon
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