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Cantillon Crianza Helena - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.19%

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ggaughan on 01-06-2009)
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Photo of jegross2


4.95/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing Crianza Helena from Brasserie Cantillon out of Belgium.

Score: 99

Bottle is dated October 23, 2008. Served in a Goose Island taster glass and enjoyed on 08/25/13. Thank you Paul for sharing this treat! Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Orange body with a murky yellow-orange layer on top and bottom; has a nice color fade. Pours less than a finger of head that settles to a thin, whispy coating. Average lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Huge notes of lemon zest, orange citrus, straw, and just a hint of earthy musty funk. Really excellent balance between these qualities. 5/5

Taste: Very tart, not overy funky. Orange and lemon citrus plus oak, followed by earthy/musty/bretty flavor in the finish. A little vinegar too (but it is very understated here). Light grain flavor. There is a delicate and complex balance between the citrus, tart and funk characters here. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, spot on low carbonation for the delicateness of the flavor. Has a zest tartness, that is juicy and savory. Really lovely mouthfeel. Has a lively electricity on gums. 5/5

Overall: This beer has a lovely tart citrus character with just a little bit of funk for complexity. Reminds me of a "softer" tasting, more complexly flavored Drie Fonteinene Oude Gueuze Vintage 2008. This one is not overrated in the least. Seek out with confidence!

Cost: Approximately 40 euro for 750 ml.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 22:59:31 | More by jegross2
Photo of ArrogantB


4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle courtesy of one of you gentleman traders and poured into Zwanze day tulips that my cuz picked up. Choice. Appearance is identical to Cantillon gueuze, orange, good foamy head, bubbly. Aroma is real close to Cantillon Classic gueuze and I'd be hard pressed to find the difference, moldy orange and lemon rind, slight funk. The flavor was also very close to the classic, acidic, lemony, not much brett or farmy qualities. I did not taste any trace of cognac barrel. I will say that this is a lot smoother than a one or two year old bottle of classic gueze but this didn't really feel like a special 'llon more like a select blend which I guess makes it special but it was still just Cantillon gueuze to me. I wouldn't go out of my way to acquire any more of this since the classic is just as good if not better at times. Also the price and availability of this is ridiculous.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 00:12:38 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of scottfrie


4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Jared! 375ml bottle 10/23/08. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a light golden color with a thin bubbly head that faded into a lasting collar.
S: Vinous and funky nose with notes of white grapes, sweet stone fruits, tart peach, earth and straw.
T: Sweet tasting with lots of lemon and peach with maybe some apricot. Citrus bite is low, not super tart, with a little bit of fruit pith flavor coming through. Funky earthy straw and vinous barrel bring up the rear.
M: Dry mouth, low carbonation, easy to drink tartness. Goes down smooth.
O: Very good, one of the better loons. Thanks for sharing J.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 18:41:58 | More by scottfrie
Photo of jethrodium


4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Pours a clear light amber with almost no head. A bunch of bubbles at the edge of the glass and no lacing. The aroma is musty with lots of funk and a bit of apricot. There is also a strong mineral note and a some slight oak. There is also a hint of white grapes. The taste is dry and tart. There is musty funk, apricot, some white grapes, a bit of oak, and some pear. There is also a pretty strong mineral note. The finish is quite dry with a hint of oak and a lingering mineral presence. Medium-full body. Low carbonation. Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 20:55:26 | More by jethrodium
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes sampled Aug 19 2010 at Eb's
Pours a fairly clear golden color with a decent white head that shows some retention. Smells of light fruit, grainy and bready with a bit of sweet honey and an earthy funky yeast edge. I get a hint of vanilla or wood tannins but its very faint. The flavor is light fruity and refreshing with just enough tartness to provide some balance. A little bit of sour a little bit of a little bit of funk and a little bit of oak. Medium to light body with a crisp bubbly mouthfeel. I like this beer a lot, but I can really taste the rare. I'm glad I got to try it, but I wouldn't stress over having it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 17:59:45 | More by johnnnniee
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4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Marcos!

Golden-orange body, minimal ring of white head forms on the surface. Plenty here to smell: funky, bright aroma shows off sharp lemon tartness. Cheesy. Tons of depth and strength in the nose. Might be the best aroma from any Cantillon I've encountered.

Tastes similar to the nose, but throttled back slightly. There's a unique twist on the flavors here that I can't quite finger; must have something to do with the cognac barrels (which seem absent). I love what cognac does to beer, so I must say I was a little disappointed it didn't show up. A little grassy, lots of lemon citrus, pleasantly puckering, nicely rounded overall. Excellent!

Sublime. My favorite Cantillon right now.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 23:52:02 | More by brystmar
Photo of spdyfire83


4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

250th Review
37.5cl bottle poured in a Cantillon gueuze glass
Vintage: 23/10/2008

Enjoyed at DHvL in early June 2012. This beer kicked off the dinner session of an enjoyable day with Joost, Jessie, Helena, Tom & Co.

One-quarter of the way to a thousand reviews deserves something special - here goes...

A: Clear amber yellow. 2+ (white) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: There is a very distinct and sharp edge on this nose. Smells of aged cheese, must, dried hay, and funk. Loads of lemon and citrus zest too. Cantillon never disappoints in the nose. Superb!

T: Taste parallels smell closely, but a bit softer and more dull (in a good way though). A very rounded and crisp gueuze.

M: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Yum!

O: A very nice, crisp, and balanced beer. This will hold up over time like the rest of the Loons and I'm sure will only get better. Also, it was fun to enjoy this beer while little Helena was running around De Heeren van Liederkercke before the dinner rush picked up.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 19:27:09 | More by spdyfire83
Photo of Tnudish


4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Broke this open for Loonfest 2012. Sampled alongside a 2010 classic gueuze.

A-Pours a hazy golden orange, with maybe a fingers worth of white head.

S-In comparison to the classic gueuze, this nose is incredibly funky. It is intense mustiness, some mineral character, cob web, etc.

T-Flavor is exceptionally sour and funky. The cognac barrel is lost in the flavor, but I do get some bordeaux in it.

M-Mouthfeel is light with gentle carbonation, with some moderate acidity.

O-Very nice gueuze, wish the cognac would come out more but it’s still an incredible beer. Can’t wait to see how this is with another couple years on it.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 21:23:48 | More by Tnudish
Photo of Khazadum


4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great head and carbonation level, good lacing.

Great effusive funk... Eggy. Light tannic character, a back end that's just... Different then normal gueuze.

Tasted of tannins, hay, horse saddle, grape tannins, and just a faint faint fruity. The finish is different then you'd expect, but hard to tell from classic gueuze.

Body is bright, crisp, medium bodied. Long lasting tannin bitterness, fruit body edges.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 22:22:51 | More by Khazadum
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District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared at our insane sour and wild ale tasting on April 14, 2012.

Appearance: Orange-golden pour, nice head and lacing.

Smell: light citrus, funk and barnyard with a touch of orange and hay.

Taste: Very sour with light notes of citrus and funk with hints of cognac and Bordeaux.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and soft, nice addition of some tannin from the barrels.

Overall: very good, but not the absolute best Cantillon has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 19:35:10 | More by craytonic
Photo of Fux


4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at de Heeren van Liedkercke. Worth the visit for their vintage beers list as well as their really nice food pairing !

A: Pours hazy light golden with a small head but leaving a persistent film on top of the glass.

S: Aroma is fruity (yellow fruits, apricot, peach, citruses also, orange, lemon) and also a bit funky.

T: Taste is tart but smooth, also fruity (I got orange, apricot, tangerine, green apple). Superb balance of the mild tartness and fruity flavors. The presence of ageing on oak barrels (Cognac and Bordeaux) is perceptible there.

M: Mouthfeel is wonderful. The attack on the palate is sharp, with a good carbonation, but it becomes smooth and sweet on the length.

O: Wonderful brew. Balanced, complex and so easy to drink. I hope I will be able to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 12:20:58 | More by Fux
Photo of ngeunit1


4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a thin ring of white head with some nice lacing.

S - The aroma is a mix of white grape, lemon, sour/tartness, good amount of funk, and some oak coming through.

T - Starts off with a mix of lemon, sourness, and some tartness with a bit of funk. Through the middle some more barnyard funk comes through with some oak and grass. The finish is a mix of acidic lemon, sourness, green apple, and a touch of the barrel flavors.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels very smooth with a nice tart finish.

D - Very drinkable. Excellent balance between all of the flavors and the beer really feels like it all comes together. The different barrel flavors add a nice extra touch to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 07:01:59 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of cpetrone84


4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a lighter golden yellow and a small tight bubbly head of off white color. The nose is extremely dusty, tons of cob webb funk, dry newspaper. Some faint mineral salt aroma transitions to a subtle semi ripe apricot. The taste is glorious, so funky and dry, newspaper, cobwebb, dusty cellar, faint sweetness and light bit of mineral. Lemon zest and soft peaches balance and a delicate sourness make it complex and extremely drinkable. The body is extremely light and delicate, so soft and smooth on the tongue, lighter carbonation and a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 19:10:07 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of orangesol


4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to stakem for bringing this one to our recent gueuze tasting. Another want bites the dust.

A - Pours golden straw yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty streaks of lace down the glass. Not the best pour of the night but certainly not the worst either.

S - Smells of green apples, lemons, dulled spice, light acidity, barnyard funk and some dry oak. The mustiness and acidity are light, allowing most of the other flavors to shine through.

T - Starts off with a bright sour tinge quickly giving way to hints of lemon zest, granny smith apples, light spice, dry oak and the ever present barnyard funk. It has a good balance of sour funk to the other complementary flavors. Finish is pretty dry, lingering for some time. Little to no alcohol is detectable.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderately light carbonation. Crisp, tart feel that leaves the pallet dried long after the finish. I would have guessed this one would have a more aggressive pallet but it was very nice.

O - I really liked this one. It was easy to drink and was very approachable compared to some of the other beers we opened. I wouldn't trade away everything I own for one, but I wouldn't turn it down either.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 19:25:46 | More by orangesol
Photo of AleWatcher


4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with urbancaver, backfat, and Brad from Jackie O's.

Bright shiny golden color with a fizzy white head head. Great retention.
Smells great-- lots of funky oak notes with a good lemony cities spritzer vibe.
The flavor holds notes of; bright lemony citrus, big cheesy oaky funk, and a great sourness level that really brings it all together.
The body is effervescent and well carbed-- glorious.

Overall-- I love gueuze. I love Cantillon. I think this beer is amazing. Much brighter and less earthy than the regular Classic, and more sour than the Monk's Cafe.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 16:02:36 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of stakem


3.98/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a matching Cantillon tasting glass, this brew appears golden in color with a bit of haze about it. A finger of white froth sits atop and slowly recedes leaving some patchy lace on the glass. A swirl revives a finger of white back to the surface that displays decent retaining powers.

The smell includes some fruity hints of lemon and pear mixed with the expected funk of stinky cheese. There is a mild oak inclusion that brings forth some musty quality and more scents of apples. As the brew warms up, there is a bit more focus on the barrel qualities as well as some tartness of lemon across the nose.

The taste is earthy with funky cheese, grass, sulfur and some citrus to herbal notes. The herbal quality mixes with the oak flavoring across the back and brings out more musty barrel properties. There is a lot of barrel nuance going on here with mild vanilla indications splashed with faint vinous quality.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. There is seemingly no alcohol inclusion which really enhances the overall drinkability. This was more herbal than expected for a Cantillon offering but it was well rounded and enjoyable. Perhaps the best aspect of this brew was how easily approachable it was and how subtle the nuances were. Nothing harsh or overbearing about it. I probably could have tanked this whole bottle myself without issue but where is the fun in that. Worth seeking out but nothing I would give an arm an a leg for.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 16:47:02 | More by stakem
Photo of Slatetank


4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to stakem for sharing this bottle at a gueuze tasting held by foofaa.

I got the last of the bottle so the minute amount was sufficient to get some notes -Appearance is lightly golden with an amber hue and good clarity with a quick dropping white cap. The smell is unique in ways I didn't expect -the nose is floral, earthy and has a hint of cedar with moderate amount of horsey brettiness with the funk low and sour fruit notes rounding out the aroma. The feel is a bit high puckering and sour astringent with light bitter tinge with woody tannin and spicy with very tart middle to finish lasting after the taste actually.

The taste is as intense as the aroma with a a bit of bitter lemon and woody flavors with slight rind accent with pithy dry notes with a slight grapefruit edge. The taste has bitter and sour flavors working in tandem with the woody tannin and wild yeast combining for a very unique taste. The wood almost gives off a cinnamon like floral and earthy tinge with lots of wood and spice continuing mid-taste to the finish. The overall drinkability is pretty high and has a rind like element that makes it pretty complex with puckering flavor in the finish. If you like Cantillon's extreme sour profile this is something that may appeal to you.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 18:48:28 | More by Slatetank
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4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a drie fonteinen tulip

vintage 2008

pours a burnt golden yellow with a fizzy white head. great retention. slight haze through out, yet bright.

musty oak and stale lemon. funk is bright and zesty. strong, with a complex mix of sour and funk, sharp.

very similar to the nose with the added oak, oak is strong and dominating in the finish. up front is the bright funk mixed with a tart and sour lemon. low lying white grape and green apple. subtle yet complex and perfect.

light, soft, but with a strong carbonation to bring out the best of every flavor.

this is stunning, seek out asap.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 01:28:09 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Entering in some old review... Ditmier provided this one a while back, thanks a ton buddy. '08 bottle... pours hazed lite gold... solid white head... nice lacing.

Nose is everything expected.... dusty brett funk... lemon... musty damp basement.

Flavor is very tart.... a lot of lemon... green apple skins... dusty dirty brett... faint oakiness tends to get lost a bit among the other big flavors... long dry finish.

Body is light with a spritzy carbonation.... flavor lingers forever.

Thanks again Eric... You are a good BA.


Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 04:15:22 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Mora2000


4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle. Really excited to try this one. Dated 2008 on the label.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of the classic Cantillon funk with some yeast, wheat and lemony notes. There is also a little bit of wet wood mixed in to the aroma, which smells amazing.

The flavor is a little more complex than the aroma. I get a lot of tart wheat and lemon notes, with some really nice funk and some oaked notes. There is also a little bit of apple notes as well as some nice sour notes. The sour and funk notes are not overpowering and are very well done. The beer is extremely easy to drink and very enjoyable.

The carbonation is absolutely perfect and the mouthfeel and about medium and very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 06:17:35 | More by Mora2000
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1200!!! Massive thanks goes out to my boy beeruser for busting this out just because he knew I wanted to try it! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a slightly hazy golden orange with a one finger pure white that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, fruit, tart, tart cherry, vinegar, wood, and sour apple. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, sour apple, tart, fruit, subtle vinegar, wood, lemon rine, and tart cherry. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. It is hard to believe that I finally got the chance to tick this one after chasing it for so long on the ISO:FT forum. It did not let me down at all... The aroma was surprisingly complex with all of the notes that I was able to pick up on. And the flavor took the same complexity and ran with it. Mouthfeel was spot-on for the style and made this one drink quite well. Worth the trade value if you have the weight to pull it. I plan to be trading for a bottle of two in the future based on this experience myself...

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 00:34:39 | More by thagr81us
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4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much Adam! Epic!

Pours a hazy yellow. Lots of white head. Head sticks around forever. Smells funky and tart. A really nice lemony sweetness. Love the aroma. Oak is strong. Love it. Tastes tart and oaky. Light lemony flavours. Nice oak sweet smooth mouthfeel. Overall very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 12:59:52 | More by Urbancaver
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4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at Lobo's Darkness Day get together.

yellow hay straw pour with thin white head that settles to a whispy crown. Aromas mostly of over-ripe mango and pinapple, some lemon and a bit of wet oak. Wow is this well balanced. A bit of tart acidity on the front that gives way to light funkyness and barrel notes. More of the overripe fruit, like a tropical apple sauce balanced out with a bit of tart lemon. Nice in the mouth, a bit smooth for a gueze (barrel booze?) but I wont hold that against it. Great to try this gem. Thanks!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 13:48:19 | More by baconsausage
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4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bluebetty for this rarity.

750 ML bottle poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a golden orange color. One finger bright white head that slowly settled to a bright white layer of film. Good initial isible carbonation.

S-- White grape, apple, lemon, earthy funk, could smell the tartness quite well. little bit of vanilla in the nose.

T-- Forward tartness and acidity. Lots of green apple, lemon and other tropical fruit flavors but the white grape taste is what set this off for me.

M-- Slightly sweet and slight bits of the barrel in the finish. Really subdued barrel feel. Really just the right amount I thought. Not overly tart or sour. Almost perfectly balanced.

O-- Outstanding. More impressed on how well balanced this was. Not overly tart or sour. Worth the praise this beer gets.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 04:00:46 | More by mulder1010
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4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crianza Helena with MrFootstones.
Tulip style glasses

App- Clear orange golden. white foam. nice layer of creamy foam caps the beer with about 1/4"

Aroma- musty funk like Cantillon's cellar (yeah I went there MrFootstones). nice acidity, fruity aroma. some pineapple, tropical fruit, mango and peach. very nice. musty. damp oak.

Taste- very nice. lots of nice acidity and tropical fruit. very good. not harsh at all for cantillon. mellow oaky character. hints of sweetness from oak and some white wine grapey sweetness and hints of acidity. mostly green apple and tropical fruit. the cognac comes through a bit, but is subtle. nice lip smacking acidity and nice finish. notes of floral honey as it warms. some light crackery malt.

Mouthfeel- very nice. high fine carb. dry but with enough balancing sweetness. very well done.

Overall- I love Geuze. This is one of the best Cantillons I have ever had. Nice green apple and tropical fruit with musty dusty oak and deliciousness balanced and blended together very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 02:44:13 | More by hobojon
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Cantillon Crianza Helena from Brasserie Cantillon
98 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.