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Cantillon Blåbær Lambik - Brasserie Cantillon

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550 Ratings
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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 2,210
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)
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mrmiles

California

4/5  rDev -11.7%

11-18-2011 07:45:55 | More by mrmiles
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surlytheduff

Michigan

4/5  rDev -11.7%

03-25-2013 18:57:53 | More by surlytheduff
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MarkIntihar

Michigan

4/5  rDev -11.7%

01-15-2013 15:26:57 | More by MarkIntihar
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Phelps

Arizona

4/5  rDev -11.7%

Bottle shared by tlay10, poured into a tulip.

Cloudy maroon, rosy orange at the edges. A giant pink head of whipped froth.

Intense aroma. Cotton candy, vanilla, blueberry, funky vinegar. This beer has been aging for a while; the bugs have obviously overtaken the fruit. Not that that's bad -- the funk works.

Tart vinegar slightly offset with blueberry syrup in the front. The swallow delivers a soft flash in tartness, along with lingering barnyard funk. Notes of sweet honey and maple combine at the finish to deposit a lingering blueberry muffin flavor.

Thin, light body, mild carbonation, big fizz. A refreshing drink, light on the palate, works well with the delicate flavor.

Not as world-shattering as I've heard, but a solid sour. Nice flavor integration.

07-11-2013 23:00:46 | More by Phelps
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nonstick

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -11.7%

04-02-2012 20:32:15 | More by nonstick
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HitchSlap

Florida

4/5  rDev -11.7%

06-28-2014 02:15:14 | More by HitchSlap
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CityofBals

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.7%

09-12-2013 01:36:15 | More by CityofBals
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weaksauce

Ohio

4/5  rDev -11.7%

05-02-2014 02:02:09 | More by weaksauce
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Brew33

Ohio

4/5  rDev -11.7%

02-01-2012 01:11:06 | More by Brew33
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meerkat2

Florida

4/5  rDev -11.7%

01-01-2012 21:43:24 | More by meerkat2
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jbuddle

New York

4/5  rDev -11.7%

01-16-2013 21:28:44 | More by jbuddle
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mojiboo02

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.7%

01-24-2013 19:34:53 | More by mojiboo02
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JOrtt

California

4/5  rDev -11.7%

09-14-2013 16:31:58 | More by JOrtt
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kscaldef

Oregon

4/5  rDev -11.7%

12-23-2013 16:53:16 | More by kscaldef
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wintbs379

Michigan

4/5  rDev -11.7%

01-12-2013 17:14:58 | More by wintbs379
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caguiar

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -11.7%

11-26-2013 23:24:53 | More by caguiar
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

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
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -11%

Bottle: Poured a deep murky blue-ish color lambic with a large enough foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of funky notes with well balance sourness and some light blueberry notes is quiet special and intriguing. Taste is a nice enough mix between some light sour blueberries with some well balanced barnyard notes with good sour notes. All elements are well balanced and provided great enjoyment. Body was quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation.

09-30-2010 20:24:41 | More by Phyl21ca
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -11%

Appearance is deep blue purple with a small amount of purplish head. Nose is funk-ay!! Tons of barnyard and farmhouse. Tart blueberries are present, but funky yeast and bacteria overshadow it. Taste starts off with woody qualities and funk and becomes increasingly tart. Finish is tart and dry with tannins. Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. This one was a little heavier on the funky side than I expected, quite intriguing.

08-04-2012 06:21:52 | More by homebrew311
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oline73

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

05-17-2012 02:35:01 | More by oline73
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -10.6%

2009 release, not sure if it is Batch 4 or 5

Pours an absolutely ridiculous color...beautiful deep red/purple with a half finger of pink head. Possibly the most unique looking beer I've ever seen.

Smell is tart berries up front. I personally wouldn't be able to identify it as blueberry if I didn't already know. Some cobwebs creep in reminding you that this is a Cantillon beer sitting there. The fruitiness continues to build as it warms.

The taste is surprisingly subdued in the tart/funk departments. Blueberries and wild cherries are the dominant flavor. Oak is definitely noticeable. A very balanced lambic from a brewery who is usually quite brash. Tasty for sure though.

Mouthfeel is medium to full with a tiny bit of carbonation sting and a very dry finish. This beer is definitely very good, but I would be curious to see how other batches compare. This one was tasty, but not a standout.

01-21-2010 23:06:54 | More by alcstradamus
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -10.6%

2009 bottle. Pours a deep, opaque blood red with a really pretty cotton candy, rosy head that settled into a soapy haze. So pretty. Tart and acidic on the nose. Has a soft element that I really liken to 3 Fonteinen Hommage at about 1 year. Soft blueberries and raspberries. Pretty meaty. Soft and quite well integrated in the mouth. Deep blueberry skins and stems abound. A little foresty, pretty wild, quite rich. Brett isn't huge though it's quite sour and funky. Oak and soft acids are in the forefront along with the sour wild blueberries. Really enjoyable.

12-13-2010 00:00:45 | More by JAXSON
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bulldogp04

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -10.6%

This is review for batch 7.
Not as "pungent" as previous batches. Seems
A little more "watered down." don't get me wrong, there are berries and funk, but not as much oak or depth of flavor as I remember with previous batches. This was a 375 and I will re-rate a 750 batch 7 sometime in future to see if more complexity develops. Slighty underwhelmed this go around.

09-26-2011 03:49:43 | More by bulldogp04
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axeman9182

New Jersey

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
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tjthresh

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev -9.9%

750ml Bottle shared by Bobby91w. Pours a murky purple with a nod towards red. The nose is all about fresh blueberries. The flavor is they typical Cantillon lambic character turned down a notch or two. Oh, and the blueberries are rocking there too. I thought it was a bit thin. Other than that, really good stuff.

05-29-2009 11:03:44 | More by tjthresh
Cantillon Blåbær Lambik from Brasserie Cantillon
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