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Cantillon Crianza Helena - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.42%
Wants: 426
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
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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.

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev -4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.71/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of womencantsail
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4.82/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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4.02/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of mdfb79
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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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.

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Cantillon Crianza Helena from Brasserie Cantillon
98 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.