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Cantillon Blåbær Lambik - Brasserie Cantillon

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591 Ratings
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Ratings: 591
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 2,282
Gots: 97 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Crosling on 04-11-2007

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".
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Photo of Florida9
4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the asshole who gave me some of this beer.

A: purplish red in color. Moderately cloudy. Forms a thin but very stable bluish purple head that sticks around for the entire glass. No lacing, but none expected.

S: aroma is primarily blueberries, but "dry" blueberries if that makes any sense. Sort of like blueberry leather. Then there is a slightly acetic note with a bit of dusty basement in the mix.

T: flavor is tart, slightly vinegary, but not overly so. Again there are blueberries, but they taste like the tart, unripe, not yet sweet and juicy blueberries you usually tossin the sink and don't actually eat. There is a bit of mustiness on the finish that sticks around for bit

M: medium bodied, tart, with good carbonation. There is a surprising bitterness that accompanies this beer, bu it doesn't distract from it.

O: wel I'm glad nameless asshole brought this beer for me to taste. An interestingly rare tick, though I don't see it living up to the hype.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of oldp0rt
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of rmaste6282
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of kevanb
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml Bottle, 2011 Vintage. Huge thanks to Chris for bringing this over!

Pours a fantastic reddish purple color, hints of pink and burgundy with a nice fizzy pinkish white head that is very lively but recedes quickly, no lacing or head retention to speak of. The color though is gorgeous. The aroma is amazing, huge blueberry notes leap out of the glass, nice amount of yeast and funk, but nothing too cheesy or vinegary either, perfectly balanced. Mild amounts of wood find its way out as well. The flavors are just about perfect, lots of fresh blueberries, acetic acid, oak and funk. The balance is perfect, such a jammy, yet juicy flavor, this could be a pie filling or muffin filling. The body is perfect, while it has the acidity of most lambics and sours, this one is so soft and smooth on the tongue.

Verdict: This is fantastic and warrants the hype. This is definitely a celebration of fresh and natural blueberry.

Photo of Miamilice
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.53/5  rDev -22.1%
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

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle split three ways on 7.24.12 between myself, Greg, and Jake. Thanks for sharing this Jake.

A - Pours a dark pink-burgundy with a white to light pink head that fades down, but never fully disappears.

S - Funky, some slight sweetness, that comes out more as it warms. The berries are more present as it warms also.

T - Super funky, then some sweetness from the berries, then a shift to a tart berry finish. Very complex. Again more sweet as it warms.

D - Funky, with a dry finish. Nice carbonation.

O - A very complex and multi-layered drink. I am so thankful to have had the chance to try this treat.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of durwoodx
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of brez8791
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of sjstraub
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of jsilva
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of beeruser
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of bsuedekum
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of jh1982
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of SageO
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of domtronzero
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a bottle at Mikkeller bar during the Beer Celebration weekend. Poured into a tulip glass. This bottle is from the new batch, it didn't even have a label on it.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy purple color with some red and pink where the light hits the glass. There is a finger of pink head that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Distinct lambic tartness and funk. Mildly sweet with some aged hops in the background. The blueberries are there, but they show up under the tart notes.

Taste: Sweet and tart. Definitely getting some funk and citrus like acidity. Blueberry flavor shows up but the beer isn't sweet. The finish is sour with a touch of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with foamy, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great fruit lambic, but I don't know that it's that much better than the Kriek or the Rose. I would have this again, but not at the current price.

Photo of brystmar
4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*** Update after opening an '09 in Oct 2012. Been fortunate enough to try both the 2011 (b7) and 2009 (b4, I think) vintages recently. Both shared a gorgeous appearance unique to the style yet were wildly different from each other in every other regard.

The '11 emitted an exceptionally pungent aroma of fresh, juicy blueberries that would make most muffin aficionados jealous. It's on the *very* short list of aromas that would get a 10/10 from me. Taste was rather mild and boring, though. Almost watery with barely any funk or tartness.

The '09 was exactly its opposite: nose lacked depth and pungency while the taste showed matured fruits, funk, classic Cantillon acidity, and an overall level of refinement that simply isn't in the fresher bottle.

Blabaer is the perfect example of the "<girl 1>'s face on <girl 2>'s body" dilemma in beer.

*** Original review of the 2011: ***

375ml bottle split 3 ways, thanks to my new Swedish buddy! 2011 vintage.

I started trading beer specifically to acquire a bottle of Blabaer for my brother's 30th birthday last year, and although that mission was unsuccessful, it's heightened my anticipation of trying this lambic tremendously. Being the good brother I am, I saved a small pour of this for my brother (using a wine stopper) and presented it to him the next evening. Anyway, on with the review!

Deep, dark blueish/red color; almost purple. Let's make my 5th grade science teacher happy and call it indigo. Head is a similar color, and there's plenty of it.

A luscious aroma of freshly picked blueberries and wild yeast fills my nostrils. Smells like the juice from squeezing a ripe blueberry between your fingers, yet it also somehow reminds me of opening the can of tiny berries inside a box of Sarah Lee muffin mix. All I know is this smells incredible!

...but unfortunately the taste isn't on the same level. Blabaer is plenty acidic, yet only mildly sour. Most of the flavors are here, though it could use more funk and overall sourness. More depth and boldness of flavor would do wonders. Finishes a little watery. It did improve as it approached room temperature, but it wasn't served particularly cold in the first place. All three of us were equally disappointed with the taste. :(

Much like the Kate we opened immediately prior to this, Blabaer seems to suffer from hype syndrome. That said, this is still a very good lambic, and I'd love to try an older vintage.

...But honestly, I'm pretty sure I prefer Fou'Foune.

Photo of whartontallboy
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of islandboi8204
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage, 750 mL split two ways.

Pours a dark red, fuchsia color with a pinkish foam that settles to a thick ring. Beautiful color, when held to the light, hints of blue and purple.

The blueberry was incredibly prominent. Typical Cantillon funk, wet oak, basement blueberry skins, and graham cracker sweetness.

The taste is very similar to the aroma, but I get blueberry skins more on the finish. Not overly sour, but a great balance and blend of sweet, sour, tart and funk complexity.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, almost milky, with a very dry finish. It has a thicker body than I'm used to, but it works well here. Very drinkable.

Overall, this is incredible and met the hype for me. Really complex and unlike anything I'd normally drink, in a good way. A quite intriguing beer - I look forward to trying my other vintages.

Photo of mjn5036
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of FUNKPhD
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Cantillon Blåbær Lambik from Brasserie Cantillon
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