Cantillon Crianza Helena - Brasserie Cantillon
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Reviews by Habanero58:
United Kingdom (England)
4.9/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Sitting on a very sunny patio at De Heeren van Liedekercke on April 23rd, the waiter approaches with a Cantillon tulip and a wicker pouring basket containing a 375ml bottle of "Crianza Helena".
I asked him for some history on this beer, and he kindly obliges explaining this was a special bottling, whereby three lambics were specially and carefully chosen by Helena's parents and blended and bottled at Cantillon to celebrate the birth of their daughter in October 2008.
The blend was from a 3yr old cognac vat aged lambic from March 2005, a 2yr old Bordeauxvat (Chardonnay, I believe) aged lambic from Jan 2006 then a younger lambic was chosen from Mar 2007 to re-ignite the two older lambics into this celebratory gueuze.
Crianza Helena pours a rich golden yellow, slightly hazy, and creates a deep foamy white head. The bright, sunny setting could not have been more appropriate to catch the colour and highlight the appearance of this beer.
For me the taste was a sort of epiphany of everything a perfect gueuze should be. Sour, but not aggressively so and I could defintely pick up the cognac oaking very strongly, and this flavour reminded me very much of the 50N 4E Cantillon unblended lambic (I do not know if 50N 4E was actually used in the blend itself)? but Crianza Helena had the added spritziness and zest of a gueuze.
Drinkability was incredibly high, but this was more a desire to drink it in bigger volumes. Reality told me to take it easy, to take it slowly, and to relish every sip of this relatively small bottle. (and then revisit the empty bottle occasionally to gather any stray drips that may have accumulated... sad, but true)
I deliberately chose to drink a regular Cantillon Gueuze after this one, and for the first few sips I noticed less depth and a relatively less powerful taste in comparison, but then I just got re-acclimatised to what was another world class beer, albeit not quite so rich in flavour as the Crianza Helena.
I also managed to buy one 750ml bottle to take away, which is now stored safe and sound in my little beer cellaring chiller.
As the bottle label says ... Vivan de gees! Vivan Helana!
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2010 14:26:39 | More by Habanero58
More User Reviews:
4.8/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Bottle at De Heeren.
A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin white head.
S- Lots of funk, citrus and oak along with an interesting sweetness of honey, grapes and subtle cognac.
T- Layers of complex funkiness, barnyard funkiness and damp wood, citrus. The grape and cognac are very subtle but add a nice accent to the awesome flavors of the lambic, but are definitely much less forward than on any other cognac barrel lambic I've had.
M- Smooth, soft and dry with nice acidity.
O- A fantastic beer, the lambic flavors themselves are stellar and the barrel aging from the components just adds another layer of complexity.
Serving type: bottle
06-06-2014 22:04:19 | More by WillCarrera
4.18/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Golden body until the end of the bottle, where it gets murky. Medium white head.
Smell - Herbal with some lemon acidity. Kinda fruity from the cognac barrel. Woody and a little bit of hay.
Taste - Sharp lemon sourness. Hay and grainy wheat. Yeasty. Light fruitiness. Lemon sourness lingers in the finish. Really funky.
Mouthfeel - Moderate sourness. Kinda bitter, surprisingly. Medium carbonation.
Overall - Very different from Classic Gueuze. I wasn't impressed, initially, but after drinking it for a bit, it was really good.
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2014 22:38:24 | More by Alieniloquium
Cantillon Crianza Helena from Brasserie Cantillon
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