Cantillon Crianza Helena - Brasserie Cantillon
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Reviews by PapaEugene:
4.65/5 rDev +4.3%
Well, what can I say... rvdoorn did it again. Shows up at my house with this unique beer that makes my personal stock shiver. This time from Ebay... well sometimes you have to bleed to get something special.
A: Amber colored with a impressive thick white head.
S: It reminded me immediately of the 50N4E of cantillon (the only unique beer that was not from the rvdoorn hunting). Funky as hell and a great smooth not overpowering Cognac treat. Some wine like scents as well.
T: Woody, winy, cloves and mixed citrus flavors are present. Some funk as well.
M: Medium body and carbonation.
D: Very high.... but quiet impossible to get your hands on this one.
12-06-2009 21:52:47 | More by PapaEugene
More User Reviews:
4.55/5 rDev +2%
A: Hazy pale orange with a small white head that leaves small lacings.
S: Funky barnyard, mild acidity, lemon and oak. Some sweetish fruity notes, perhaps from the cognac. A good smell, very well balanced.
T: The taste is fantastic. Beautiful balance between a pleasant sourness, funky notes and sweetish cognac notes. Lots of fruit notes (lemon, apples), hints of oak, grass, mud and hey. The cognac really adds a nice dimension to this beer. The finish has that characteristic grassy bitterness found in so many beers from Cantillon, some acidity and a lingering semi-sweet note almost reminiscent of vanilla.
M: Medium body, clean and refreshing carbonation.
A: Wonderful beer. It's not mouth-wreckingly sour, as some other beers from this brewery, in fact taking the brewery into account, it almost comes out as mild. But it's so tasty that it nevertheless makes for a great tasting experience.
10-16-2009 19:31:47 | More by ricke
4.53/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
12-12-2011 06:17:35 | More by Mora2000
4.33/5 rDev -2.9%
750ml corked and capped bottle poured into an acbf tasting glass.
Pours a very light golden amber with a very thin small white head. Nose is very nice and tart and funky.
Taste is super dry and tart, it's really nice and crisp. Lots of sour and tartness but actually quite tame on the sour but super musky for cantillon.
06-27-2010 04:48:43 | More by kingcrowing
4.47/5 rDev +0.2%
Bottled brewed for De Heeren Van Liedekercke to mark the birth of the daughter of the owners on 23.10.08. This gueuze is a blend of lambic aged in cognac, Bordeaux and jonge lambic.
The beer poured a fairly clear golden color with a thick white head with strong bubbles. The aroma had some straw notes, strong citrus character and some yeast notes were present. The taste is so fresh with a nice tart taste, citrus and some peppery and other spice notes. There were also some good orange notes, grapefruit as well. Overall this is one fantastic and vibrant beer that will probably get even better with age and I can't wait to try it again.
01-06-2009 19:34:48 | More by ggaughan
4.15/5 rDev -7%
Shared by Chris (thanks!) and reviewed from notes. Poured from bottle into tulip with a light golden body and small white head that quickly fades. Smell is characteristic Cantillon funkiness - very similar to iris, lemon tartness, barnyard funk, some oak. Taste is a pretty intense sour, barnyard, hay, some cheese flavors, a bit of cognac, oak, and apple skins in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied, medium to high carbonation and incredibly dry. The sourness of this beer is almost overwhelming when the dryness is factored in. A good beer and I happily finished my pour, but I would most likely not go out of my way to try this again.
12-05-2010 01:56:42 | More by nkersten
4.22/5 rDev -5.4%
Thanks to digita7693 for the chance to try this.
A: Soft golden wheat color. Whispy ephemeral foam.
S: Straight up Cantillon funk (earthy, dirt, lemon must). Light and spritzy.
T: Light, funky, dark mushroom, dry and tannic tartness comes on but quickly gives way to bretty spiciness and steps back to allow spices to shine. Not picking up any barrel.
M: Light and dry. Carbonation begins to fade quicker than other Cantillons.
O: A fairly standard Cantillon gueuze. Quite good and light but not mindblowing.
06-18-2011 21:56:44 | More by Lazerlobe
4/5 rDev -10.3%
Shared at a tasting. Poured 3oz. into a small snifter. Reviewed from notes.
A: Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a slightly cloudy orange-yellow. Lacing is sparse and with little cling.
S: Nose is wood, bark, tart, and stale rubber. Tickles the insides of my nostrils. Cognac barrels are present but relegated to the background. Aromatic and very style appropriate.
T: Opens mildly tart and slight woody in the back. Yeasty bitterness is present towards the middle and finish but this is mostly covered but a lemon, citrussy sourness. Slightly peppery. Brett funkiness appears towards the end just before the finish which dries out the palate. Aftertaste is tart.
M: Light to medium bodied, light carbonation. Sticky and oily in the mouth. Saliva enducing puckering sourness. Messy finish with a dry, lingering aftertaste.
D: A very solid offering from Cantillon but this isn't too much (if at all) better than an aged Classic Geuze. Cognac barrels are detectable but just barely and is lost on someone who's palate isn't sophisticated enough to appreciate the subtleties of that flavor. Again, a very good beer but not worth trading house and home for.
10-25-2010 02:40:26 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.55/5 rDev +2%
poured into a drie fonteinen tulip
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.
01-01-2012 01:28:09 | More by hooliganlife
4.45/5 rDev -0.2%
750ml bottle shared by alfrantzell at a tasting. 2ozToFreedom was there, and it was great to see the short-lived legend still doing his thing (ticking).
Pours hazy golden with a frothy white head that fades to a millimeter-thick foam layer.
Aroma is feet, but good feet. Sweet malt, barnyard funk, oak, and cognac.
Flavor is really excellent. Some malty sweetness as well as tartness, funk, feet/cobweb, oak, and cognac.
Great palate - medium-bodied with a nice restrained tartness and lively carbonation.
This beer lived up to the hype. Excellent stuff.
06-24-2010 16:13:21 | More by nickd717
4.18/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
05-18-2014 22:38:24 | More by Alieniloquium
4.5/5 rDev +0.9%
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...
12-11-2011 00:34:39 | More by thagr81us
4.33/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
09-09-2011 02:44:13 | More by hobojon
4/5 rDev -10.3%
Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy golden color lambic with a huge foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma consists of sour notes with some light funk and some notes of oak and acidity are also clearly detectable. Taste is more similar to the regular lambic then I would have expected with the classic Cantillon acidity and the deep sour notes. I honestly can't say I really tasted the cognac or Bordeaux barrel. Still very much enjoyable though not as special as I was expecting.
04-01-2010 16:37:34 | More by Phyl21ca
4.47/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
12-27-2011 04:15:22 | More by JohnGalt1
4.95/5 rDev +11%
Reviewing Crianza Helena from Brasserie Cantillon out of Belgium.
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.
08-25-2013 22:59:31 | More by jegross2
4.8/5 rDev +7.6%
reviewed from notes from my bday sour fest. this was poured into a snifter.
Very nice bright amber color with a huge amount of white fizzy head on top. At least four inches of white foam topping off this one made it look wonderful, with a deep cloudy and hazy look to it, I knew it was aged well.
The aroma was so sour and bitter, I had a cheek to cheek grin immediatly. Simply a wonderful aroma here, tons of yeast coming through, lots of light sour grapes and tartness. The flavor was superb, really one of the best I have ever had. The first light notes of sour yeast roll across the tongue and just explode in your mouth, rippling and shredding taste buds all the way. Nice white grapes, light grains, and fresh grass all coming through. As it warmed some more subtle pear and apple characters were coming through now, this was astoundingly complex, so much so I did not really even know where to begin with this. I was floored by the flavor here. The carbonation was huge, keeping it light and airy and really letting every get to a depth that was confoundedly complex.
05-12-2011 10:45:36 | More by mikesgroove
4.83/5 rDev +8.3%
HopHead84 shared this one last weekend. Thanks, Shane.
Hazy amber with a fluffy white head that retains very well. The aroma has a bold spicy oak presence, tart white grapes, green tea and beautifully balanced funk. There are subtle hints of cognac. On the palate, it opens with a big tannic woody character, sharp lactic sourness, green apple and grape skin. This is unusually oaky and tannic for Cantillon. Carbonation is medium-high, and the mouthfeel is extremely dry. The finish is woody and tart with flavors of lemon peel and grape seed. I could session this stuff, it's so balanced and delicious. Cantillon can't make a bad beer it seems.
Update: This gueuze grows on me more each time I revisit it. It's up there with the best of them. The fruitiness and basement-like funk on the nose, strong tannins and slight barrel sweetness make it unique and thoroughly enjoyable.
11-11-2009 17:33:46 | More by largadeer
Cantillon Crianza Helena from Brasserie Cantillon
98 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.