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Cantillon Crianza Helena - Brasserie Cantillon

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186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.42%
Wants: 431
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ggaughan on 01-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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750ml bottle, 2008 cork, October 23, 2008 on the label, poured into a Cantillon scipt flute. Enjoyed on 12.6.14, reviewed from Tasting Journal.


The beer pours a hazy orange color, light amber hues with a few bubbles racing to the top of the glass where a white head crests, barely a finger that has little to retention or lace. The aroma is just incredible, very delicate, lightly funky, strong grain presence but loads of citrus, fresh stone fruits, tart apple, wildflower, bordeaux, a bit of sweetness form the cognac that also brings out some richness with plenty of oak barrel. The flavors are impeccable, super juicy and fruity, loads of citrus, peach fuzz, red grapes, wildflower, red wine provides a bit of a sturdy backbone to balance the sweetness and decadence from the cognac, while both prop up the oakiness and mustiness while the funk lingers so nicely against the tart backdrop of flavors. The complexity is fantastic and the unique expression of barrels works so perfectly. The mouthfeel is nice, soft, delicate and coating yet crisp and assertively carbonated where it needs to be and the finish is super easy.

Verdict: A splendid beer from Cantillon, so unique and unexpected. All of the barrel elements really work and each pick out various nuances to celebrate, the red wine really adds to the fruitiness and acidic sourness although kept in balance by the cognac which is sweet and helps center the beer, allowing the musty funkiness complimented by the wildflower and light citrus to really shine like their traditional gueuze would, but with such stellar undertones. A truly beautiful beer and one of the best examples of true experimentation and showmanship.

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Cantillon Crianza Helena from Brasserie Cantillon
98 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.