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Cantillon Crianza Helena - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Crianza HelenaCantillon Crianza Helena

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158 Ratings
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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 mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 10:45:36 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks go out to jerz for opening this one up yesterday at our tasting.

A: The pour is a slightly hazed straw color with a fluffy white head which dies down fairly quickly.

S: The nose is absolutely wonderful. A lot of bright, green, tart aromas including lemons, grapes, and green apples. The wood and mustiness also really come through.

T: The sourness is exclusively on the front end of this beer and nowhere to be found after the beer initially hits your tongue, which is a very interesting sensation. The grapes, lemons, and green apples are noticeable here as well. Like the nose, the funkiness comes through quite a bit. A lot of hay and mustiness, along with some oak.

M: The body is medium with a very pleasantly tingling carbonation and a very crisp, dry finish.

D: I love a good gueuze anyway, and this one was no exception. I found the lack of sourness throughout the entire sip to be very intriguing and kept coming back for more.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 17:37:17 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 16:37:34 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Thorpe429


4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to nerd for opening this bottle up at DLD. This has been one of my top wants for quite some time now. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pour yields a nice golden-bodied brew with a thin white head that fades a bit quickly but leaves some nice bubbles behind. The nose brings forward a really nice funk element with quite a bit of barnyard plus some lemon and straw. Light oak character, but I don't get much of the cognac character. Not going to complain, as the aroma is one of the better aromas I've encountered from a gueuze.

The flavor backs off a bit and the funk is slightly more restrained. Light oak character plus moderate straw and funk. Fairly light acidity in the background. Feel hits the spot with a really nice dry and crisp finish and good carbonation. Really dry finish with a good level of pucker factor. All around, a really solid beer that I was thrilled to finally try.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 11:12:18 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of MasterSki


4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to spycow for opening this highly-regarded brew. Served in a Lost Abbey rastal teku.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam that settles to a thin ring and some light film, leaving behind minimal lace. Transparent golden body. Looks like gueuze.

S - Funky, cognac and spirit notes, lemon citrus, and a high amount of wood and oak character for the style. Typical Cantillon must and cobwebs.

T - There's more sour and acetic character in the taste, mixed with lemons, grapeskins, floral notes, hay, and smooth, mellow cognac. There's a slightly salty tanginess to it I can't totally describe - more for modesty's sake than because I'm unable to articulate.

M - Super dry, medium-light body that is quite refreshing. There's some pucker and tartness to it, but not a huge amount.

D - Extremely drinkable, although it was getting a bit acetic and stomach-churning (although that might have been a result of all the other sour beers that preceded it).

This is a very good, if somewhat atypical, gueuze, but after having it a handful of times I can honestly say that it has never wowed me. I much prefer J&J Blauw or a vintage De Cam. Still, it's the sort of high-quality beer that I've come to expect from Cantillon, and I'd gladly have it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 16:54:45 | More by MasterSki
Photo of drabmuh


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

A beer I never thought I would get to try came out in a recent tasting. It was wonderful and beautiful.

This was the best gueuze I have ever tasted. Beer was poured into a becher glass. Beer is yellow and has a slight haze to it, forms a white head of large bubbles that disappears quickly and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass.

Aroma is dominated by acids. There is a strong acetic and lactic acid aroma. The acetic is not balsamic in any way, I'm not expecting a complete sour bomb.

The aroma followed through with a sour bomb taste. Great, palate cleansing, beer. Overall the body is thin and the carbonation on the tongue is great. There is definitely a vinegar and citric taste to the beer. I can detect some woodsey character and maybe a slight funk to the whole thing. Its a complex and fascinating beer for sure. Drinkability is really high, I could drink this all day long. Mouthfeel is great, the sour builds and begins to linger in the back of the mouth.

Overall, this was a great beer and like I said, one of my favorite gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 21:46:45 | More by drabmuh
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
Photo of jlindros


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

Had at the huge whale-ish tasting at Chris's. Huge thanks to FluffyMcTingle for this one.

Pours a big fluffy head, fades semi quickly, no lacing, hazy golden orange carrot color.

Nose has some light funk, light tart fruit, light malts, light musty grape like chardonnay aromas, barrel aroma, a bit of acidity, light lemon like too.

Taste starts with a light horsehair funk, chewy bready malts and wild yeast, semi tart at first then fades a bit, light lemony like citrus, very light on the crazy, bit acidity but not much, bit fruity, drier finish, lingering tart fruits, sticky flemmy, the funk disappears really quickly, little bready on the finish too.

Mouth is medium bodied, good carb.

Overall amazing! Great flavors, light tart, light funk and bready, not really acidic either, very tasty but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 02:53:18 | More by jlindros
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Cork Date; Sampled September 2009
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a murky, light amber color that shows a hazed, orange tinted, gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has a nice sourness to it that I find deeply satisfying; a bit lactic acidity is followed by a backdrop of urea, ample butyric acid notes (a big musky note, ample mustiness that turns into a damp, almost moldy earthiness). Other funky notes of woody mushroom aromatics, a touch of acetone, some rubbing alcohol are also found in the nose. There is a grassy grain note here too, as well as some nice fruitiness that contributes notes similar to grapefruit, a touch of sour pear and some sour apple aromatics. Structured oak notes provide a solid woodiness as well as some light spicing. The nose of this beer is fantastically complex, exquisitely intriguing and exactly something that I really want to spend time breathing in.

The beer is bracingly tart as it first hits my tongue, but it is not among the most aggressive Cantillon beers. There is also a nice, though soft, fruitiness here, especially in the finish, that one doesn't usually associate with a Lambic; I am tasting flavors reminiscent of star fruit, touches of green, unripe apple and a grapefruit note (this last can often be found in Lambic). The oak character is big here (at least for a Lambic, and it was even more defined in the nose than usual), it is not dominant though; it provides lots of tannic structure to the body, a light spiciness and a definite woody flavor. The oak character, for some reason, really reminds me of the oak notes found in a tannic red wine (though I can't quite place my finger on why). There is a definite urea note here that lingers just underneath the more dominant notes; it pairs with a musty, earthy flavor that then moves into a musky, signature Brettanomyces funkiness that lingers on the tongue in the finish. The body here is nice and light, but still has a nice structure / framework due to the oak tannins; it is not at all watery and is about as good as I could ask for in a Lambic.

I wouldn't have guessed that the two interesting barrels that went into this blend (the cognac and Bordeaux barrels) were in this beer without first knowing that fact, but there is a definite fruitiness to this brew that one doesn't usually find in a Lambic fermented in a often used barrel; notes of green apple and a not ripe fruit character are definitely found in the flavor profile and provide a unique touch to this Gueuze. As the beer warms the fruitiness only becomes more apparent.

This is an absolutely fantastic Lambic; it is not the hardest, most sour version out there, and it is very well integrated in each of its component characteristics. The touch of fruitiness from the barrel character is quite a nice addition, as is the fresh oak character that is not found in the typical Lambic. This is one of those beers that remind me that the complexity and integration of the top Lambic producers is so much better than can be found in all but a select few of the American Sour producers. Just simply an awesome beer that I have thoroughly enjoyed drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 16:09:50 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.72/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 07/24/10 notes. Review #500

a - Pours a hazy golden-amber color with a little bit of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of lemon, citrus, floral hops, earthy malts, and some funkiness as well. Some funk and tartness comes out as it warms.

t - Tastes of funk, almost cheese like, as well as tart fruit, lemon, grapes, and maybe a hint of oak.

m - Light to medium body and light carbonation. Quite dry and crisp. Pretty easy to drink.

d - An amazing gueuze; one of the best I've had in the style. Lots of nice tart and funky fruit and very easy to drink. Glad I got to try and would love to have again.

EDIT: Got to try this a second time on 11/05/10 thanks to ygtbsm94 (thanks Brad!), and enjoyed it even more than the first time. The smell is absolutely amazing and I felt like I could have drank a whole bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 02:44:58 | More by mdfb79
Photo of corby112


4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with slight yelloish hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy off-white head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring.

Very earthy funk aroma with lots of barnyard horseblanlet character in the nose along with hints of aged cheese, foot, bandaid, cobweb and subtle light fruit notes. Incredibly funky smelling with subtle lactic and vinegar notes as well as some light crisp fruit.

Very tart puckering mouthfeel that is not at all acidic with lots of sour lactic creaminess and earthy oaky tannis. Very vinous with lots of crisp light fruit notes, especially apple and pear but the sour barnyard fink dominates creating am extremely refreshing quaffable sour that isn't too overpowering in any area, letting all of the complex flavors shine through. This beer is extremely funky and incredibly complex. Very dry with a lingering mouth puckering finish that leaves me salivating for another dip.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 07:32:46 | More by corby112
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 Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.97/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to Brad for sharing this rarity. The beer poured a cloudy straw yellow with a moderate head and lacing. The aromas were sour, barnyard, hay, oak, outdoor, farm. The taste was absolutely incredible. Ridiculously smooth, rich and complex, perfectly balanced, dancing on the tongue and encompassing the entire taste spectrum. The acidity was enough to boldly challenge you and make you pucker, while at the same time it slid down your throat with silky smoothness. The aftertaste compels you to take another sip asap. The sourness is crafted perfectly. I could easily drink this anytime. I hope I have the chance to try this one again.

There are no flaws that I could detect whatsoever in this brew. This is one of the best sours I have ever tasted. Highly recommended!

November 5, 2010
I was fortunate enough to have another glass of this on my birthday, and it was every bit as good as I remember. This is one of the best beers I have ever had, but then again, I am very fond of Cantillon and gueuze in general.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 22:47:14 | More by Huhzubendah
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
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 mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a clear golden orange. A lot of active carbonation.

Aroma: Classic cantillon funk. Sour lemons with acidity. Oaky and musky. Horse blanket with some leather. The cognac barrels are not very present. A bit of white pepper.

Taste: A bit sour, tart funk to this beer. Very acidic. Lemon citrus is huge. The cognac barrels show a bit here that I can taste it. It has a bit more of white pepper as well. Has some pears and apples. Some farm house horse blanket. A nice amount of oak as well. In the after taste I get some grapes.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, acidic. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends tart and dry.

Overall, it is a great beer, but I have a hard time telling it too far apart from the regular classic gueuze. It is better, but the cognac barrels do not show too much. They are there and it adds a hint of a layer to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 01:35:00 | More by mothman
Photo of HopHead84


4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 11/6/2009 and poured into a snifter. The cork opened with a whisper. The beer is straw golden with a thick frothy off white head. It's translucent, and head retention is great.

The nose opens with musty barnyard, horsey notes, and barrel tannins. There's a touch of spicy oak, as well as light citrus in the form of lemon and a shadow of peach. Beneath the funk, I detect a distinct element of tart white grapes. The nose has a touch of lactic character and I notice subtle cognac and vinous Bordeaux. The aroma is a stellar combination of citrus, funk, and vinous notes.

The flavor starts tart, dry, and tannic with lemon and deferential peach. White grape notes are present. The funk is at a moderate level, with mustiness, earthiness, and horse blanket. The lemon seems to increase in tartness midpalate, becoming puckering and mouth watering. The finish is very tannic with wood notes and lingering tart white grapes. Citrus acidity is at a moderate level throughout.

The beer has a very tannic and dry mouthfeel that seems to suck the moisture from my mouth. That being said, the drinkability is amazing. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 23:43:54 | More by HopHead84
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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
Photo of largadeer


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 17:33:46 | More by largadeer
Photo of DefenCorps


4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Shane.

Mostly clear amber with a dense white head with excellent retention and lacing. A fantastic looking beer, this is, and the nose does not disappoint either. Loaded with a blend of the classic Cantillon funk with musty attics and a touch of wet dog. Behind that lies an exceptional barrel character, with a very mellow cognac character present, reminiscent o the 50N4E with the grapey,vinous character minus the boozy character. I can't say I get much Bourdeaux character. Mildly oaky with a mild tannic character that blends with the vinousness really well. One of the best smelling beers I've had, exceptionally balanced and nuanced
The flavors open plenty sour with some lemony acidity, some orange rind character and a mild grape flavor mid palate. The wine character comes through really well, though I get more of a white grape character than red. Funk is noticeable too, with a more sharp, musty character. The finish is quite intense with aa lot of really drying tannic character, causing my mouth to pucker with the sourness as well as the tannins. Medium-light in body with a moderate level of carbonation, the feel is spot on for the style, though the tannins make for a beer that's just a touch hard to drink a lot of. That said, I had to really hold back on pounding my sample. Very well done!

**Edit 27 July 2012**

It's been almost 3 years since I've had this. Thank you, Joe.

The nose is green/grassy with cognac, lemon, raw peach. Grapes are present. Chewy, yeasty, a little nutty even? Nice balance. The palate opens sweet and sour, vinous and grapey with nice grape skin tannins. Nice cognac and pomace flavor. Mildly fruit. Great balance and depth. The funk here is low, this has a chewy, yeasty, chalky(calcium) character. Excellent

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 01:36:39 | More by DefenCorps
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4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ups to spycow for this 750ml bottle served in a tulip...appearance - nothing of note...The aroma is pretty nice however wish it was stronger, giving off more funk. Horse blanket, lemon, oak and on the finish a hint of the cognac. Gladly the cognac doesn't come through stronger...The taste is more sour than the aroma, its funky but not a pucker at all, more cognac comes through. A really nice feel on the palate.

Another good Cantillon, a hot beer because of the rarity but don't pursue if it costs a ton.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 23:44:45 | More by jrallen34
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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
Photo of woosterbill


4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a wine glass; sampled at DLD '11. Undying gratitude goes out to the generous soul who shared this rare gem (and long-time personal whale). I am not worthy.

A: Lightly hazed pale amber body with a finger of frothy white foam. Attractive.

S: Classic Cantillon funk (i.e. lemon, barnyard, mustardseed, apple-skin, hay, etc), plus a bit of vanilla, cognac (very faint, but I think I pick it up), and generic sweetness. A bit sweeter than expected, but that isn't a bad thing: this is probably the most balanced and complex aroma of any Gueuze I've ever had. Fantastic.

T: Sour as all hell, with puckering lemon leading the way to a bit of caramel sweetness, and then more tart fruit. Intense and delicious, but not quite as supple and varied as the aroma.

M: Rich, full, and well-carbed. I can't imagine a more luxurious-feeling Lambic.

O: What a terrific beer - but of course I feel that way about almost every Cantillon I've ever had. Is this one unique? Certainly. Is it better than most? Probably. Is it the best I've had? Not quite - if only the beauty of the aroma had carried through fully into the taste. As it was, it tasted pretty much like Classic Gueuze, just with a bit more sweetness. That's not a bad thing, of course...


Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 12:15:07 | More by woosterbill
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Rhode Island

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

I usually don't review small samples, but having been afforded the chance to try this rare beer by Chris Lively at the Lion's Pride's Vagabond post-release party, I had to take advantage of this rare opportunity. Served in a wide-mouth, stemmed tasting glass. Poured a honey gold with a swirl of foam comprising the head - some spots of lacing, but weak legs. Nose was subtle, yet complex - some funk, as well as an earthy/horse blanket quality, hay, followed by citrus and the scent of cork. Taste was light - some wood, a strong, yet not overpowering citrus quality formed the backbone, with some wood that comes out towards the latter half, followed by some cork. Mouthfeel was light in body with a lively background effervescence, culminating in a dry and clean finish. Incredibly easy drinking gueze - nice balance with no detectable abv - a pleasant spritz to the palette. I am truly thankful for the experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 23:56:30 | More by Jwale73
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4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chris aka spycow.

A - Golden bodied beer with a little bit of a white head that didn't stick around for long and left minimal lace on the sides.

S - Nice tart funk with some barnyard elements. I actually didn't know this was in cognac barrels, although I wouldn't have guessed based on the smell. Smells a little bit like some red, sweet fruits, guessing that's the influence there. Not a ton of wood on this one. Smells nice.

T - Tart beer with some good funk, some sweeter fruit, nice horseblanket and barnyard, little grass, tiny bit of grapes and yeast. Really just a lot going on, it's nicely complex and is something I could see tasting good for a while longer.

M - Tart, dry finish, medium bodied, smooth with somehow tingly carbonation.

O - A really great beer, not going to break any doors down for it, but I'd trade for it if the price is right and would never refuse it. Has a lot going on that can keep one interested for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 19:48:44 | More by AgentZero
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Cantillon Crianza Helena from Brasserie Cantillon
98 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.