Cantillon Crianza Helena - Brasserie Cantillon

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189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 438
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 189 | Reviews: 91
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the "King of Beers" Jon for sharing this one.

Poured into a 5 oz. taster glass. Not a proper vessel for reviewing appearance, so my rating for this category is adjusted to create an accurate overall score.

Pours a clear effervescent golden color. The aroma is huge with a sweet and boozy corn/hay profile and some oxidation.

The flavor is sour up front with an apple juice and Cheerios mid-palate. Some apple skin and boozy sweetness in the finish.

The body is medium and carbonation is low and appropriate.

Overall this was tasty but not very complex at all in the world of Cantillon and really is not an improvement in any way over their standard gueuze. Nonetheless, it was a still a fantastic beer that is unfortunately too rare for its own good.

Photo of mothman
4.28/5  rDev -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.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this bottle the other night with some friends. We can definitely chart this under the beers I never thought I would have category. I was trembling I was so excited. Poured into a stemmed glass. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pour resembles a glass of champagne. Thin white head leaves thin lace to sit atom a deep honey colored body.

S - The smell was strong. It was noticeable across the table as soon as the beer was being poured. Slightly vinegary with hints of oak, tart apples and a slightly musty/yeasty finish in the nostrils.

T - Sour as all hell! Tart apples are very noticeable with hints of vinegar and traces of cognac.

M - Good carbonation and a light body makes this a rockin' gueze. The finish seems to have a bit of tannin.

D - I would be happy if this was the only gueze I could drink for the rest of my life. Simply a stunning beer.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed glass. Nice medium orange color with spritzy bubbles that are not unlike champagne. Head is off white and leaves just a bit of lacing.

The aroma of this one was very prevalent while being poured across the table. Nice green grape smell. After examining my glass, I detected the similar smell of sour green apples. A bit of mustiness follows the slight aroma of tartness.

Taste is like lemon with a hint of rind. The start is mostly clean, but follows with just the slightest bit of dirty blanket. The finish is very sour.

Great mouthfeel and light body. The carbonation really fills the mouth in this. Quite possibly the best part of this one.

Great great beer. Couldn't quite detect the Cognac barrels, but perhaps they help mellow out the flavors into each other. It was hard not to finish this one too quickly.

Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for breaking this bottle out for our tasting.

A - Pours golden yellow, fizzy head, thin cap on top and a ring around the glass and some spotty lacing.

S - Great funk notes, tart/sour, cheese, oak.

T - Not quite as funky as the nose was suggesting. Funk, cheese, barnyard, oak barrels, cognac. The cognac spirit is very-much pronounced on the palate while it barley shows up on the nose. This gives the beer a nice twist, which would otherwise make this a rare Classic Gueuze that I could buy down the street.

M - Light, champagne-esk, dry finish.

D - I finished my glass with ease, and would gladly have another. A very nice gueuze, but not sure I'd go crazy to find another bottle. That said, put it in front of me again, I'll drink it! Recommend.

Photo of jrallen34
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.67/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by alfrantzell a while back. From notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden-straw body with off-white head. Standard for a lambic; nothing offensive or outstanding. I'd prefer more clarity, but I'm not sure if that's a fair expectation.

S: Footy, salty. Barnyard, grapes, leather, musk.

T: This is sweeter than I would expect a gueuze to be. Grape sugar, apparently cognac. It dominates the funk and leather, suppressing the gueuze characteristics I enjoy.

M: More carbonated than I like. Not impossible to deal with, but it's a criticism.

D: I wasn't particularly impressed with this. Too dry can be a problem for lambics, but this misses the mark in its own way. I might try again but I didn't go crazy enough to hunt it down once more. Thanks for sharing, Arne.

Photo of Schmaltzy
4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off I have to say that I am eternally grateful to an awesome BA who wishes to remain anonymous, no he's not on my trading list, that hooked me up with this beer to celebrate the birth of my son.
Just discharged from the hospital and just waiting to get home and try this epic wale. Perfect timing with my first son and my 100th review.
A- Pours a lively slightly hazy golden hay color with 1-2 fingers of white whispy head which reduced to a thin ring of foam, light lacing. Very nice guezue, but not a 5.
S- Nice funkiness here, musty attic, lemongrass, citrus, definate fresh cut grass, barnyard, hay, heavy dry oak, very complex, as it warms I pick up light hints of sweet/dry congnac but it is very light and hard to find.
T- Nice lemon, citrus, with loads of grass/lemongrass, nice funk, must, barnyard hay taste, slight spicy pepper flavor, slight apricot flavors on the back end which I think comes from the lemon blended with the slight sweet congnac tastes, finishes very very dry and oaky, very nice and complex flavors constantly changing on you as it warms.
M- Probably the the best mouthfeel I have had, very nice light body with lovely lively carbonation, finishes super dry with loads of oak.
D- Easy to drink, very easy to drink. Great flavors, extremely complex, loads of sour flavors and just an extreme pleasure to try this great beer.
Well I don't know if my rating was bias due to the fact that I just got home with my baby boy and opened this beer to celebrate, but it is definately the best beer I have had so far.

Photo of callmemickey
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with the wife on August 12 2010 at De Heeren van Liedekerke. Little Helena happened to be in attendance running around behind the bar placing with old bottle caps and beer glasses.

A: Bright golden-wheat colored body. Medium sized off-white cap. Stuck around for a few minutes before settling down. Spotty lacing left behind on the glass as the head receded.

S: Bright lemon, possibly some orange and grapefruit, musty oak, wheat, and farmhouse funk. Quite dynamic and pungent.

T: All the notes from the nose are present here, but come together even better. The citric notes are quite profound and well defined. Lots of musty oak comes through. Very tart and sour.

M: A bit too effervescent for my liking with a bit of bracing sharpness which comes from the aggressive sourness. With age, this beer should become even more epic as the flavors start to mellow and the carbonation mellows some.

D: A superb younger gueuze. I can't wait to try this again in a few more years.

Photo of mdfb79
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Damian
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a 75 cl bottle at De Heeren Van Liederkercke, Liederkercke, Belgium
Presented in a lambic basket and served in a Cantillon tumbler at cellar temperature

Review #525

Hazy, glowing straw yellow in appearance. The liquid was topped by a small, fizzy cap of bubbly white froth. Within seconds, the head dissipated to a thin yet resilient film.

The aroma was very dry and powdery initially. As the beer warmed, the nose became a bit more interesting. Slightly musty and oaky. Somewhat tart with subtle notes of wheat. Overall, much more mild than I was anticipating.

Unlike most Cantillon beers, Crianza Helena was quite restrained on its sourness. What it lacked in this aspect however, it more than made up for in complexity. Musty and somewhat funky up front. Oaky. Lots of wheaty tartness, hay and green apple notes. Crisp and snappy. Although the beer was aged in Bordeaux and cognac barrels, the beer had a very white wine-like quality about it. The finish was tart and dry with lemon notes coming through strong.

The mouthfeel was soft and pillowy with a fine, mild, tongue blanketing effervescence. Quite smooth and creamy, particularly for the style.

Drinkability was outstanding. Helena Crianza is a sublime example of a balanced gueuze. The beauty of this beer lies in its subtleties.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nickd717
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of alfrantzell
3.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to xpimptastikx for this bottle, vintage 2008. Shared at a tasting with Arbitrator, chswimmer, largadeer, nanoslug, nickd717, Sandstone, and 2oztoFreedom.

Smells like newly struck matches and -bal aged toes. Smacks of lemon juice, white wine, oak staves, and.. sugar? There's a residual sweetness that coats the mouth, probably from the cognac barrels.

Sweet sourness is the province of Flanders Reds; it doesn't do gueuze any favors. This is Boon territory. That in conjunction with the abundant carbonation makes me wonder if there was corporate sabotage at play. Rest assured, I'll get to the bottom of this. Just let me get to the bottom of my glass first.

Okay, I'm on it.

Photo of boothbeer
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Graduation Sour Tasting- Split 4 ways

A: 1 finger of off white head that reduces slowly to a thin film. Pours a bright golden yellow color.

S: Smells almost like a German lager..has a musty aroma. Pick up that bandaid smell.

T: Very nice sour flavor. Definitely got a bandaid or rubbery flavor to it. Also its a little grassy and earthy. I pick up some grapefruit pith/rine. Really just a complex great tasting beer.

M: Super dry! Nice light body here that is well carbonated. There is a tingle at the finish, but left me parched and wanting more.

D: Super easy to drink. Not too sour, but just enough. Nicely balances and very complex. Really liked this beer. 2nd favorite. J&J Blauw edged it out by a little.

Photo of koopa
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml caged and corked bottle opened and basketed by Joost himself and served by Thomas at Cafe DHVL on 4/25/10. It was nice also meeting Helena herself :)

From Notes...

Appearance: Pours straw yellow with the slightest orange hue. The crown is 2 fingers, white, oily, with moderate retention and good lace.

Smell: Loads of brett giving off a strong lemon notes and good funk. Not extremely musty but complex and inviting.

Taste: Same as nose - loads of lemon...really fresh tasting! The cognac doesn't really come through for me.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and a touch thin for my liking. I'd love a bit more body.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable due to the great flavor profile, good carbonation, and light body.

Photo of rhinos00
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Brian for this opportunity. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into tulip glasses for the second part of out sour graduation tasting.

A- Pours a bright, hazy golden color. Produced two fingers width of thick, white head. Reduced to a thick ring throughout consumption. Some lacing as consumed.

S- If you want funk, here it is. Musty band-aids right off the bat (in a good way). Also picking up grassy hay and horse blanket. Amazingly complex and unique.

T- Spicy must flavor in the beginning. Transitions into a lemon zest, acidic aroma with a bit of grassy hay in the background. Finishes slightly on the sweet side with the addition of oak and a touch of cognac.

M- Perhaps the best mouthfeel I have experienced of any sour I have ever had. Light bodied with perfect carbonation. Finished bone dry. Feels like my palate has just been cleansed and purged of all things bad.

D- Just a perfect amount of sourness and complexity. Goes down extremely smooth and begs you to come back for more.

Overall, another Belgian classic. I did prefer the taste of some of the others in our sour tasting, but the mouthfeel and drinkability was off the charts.

Photo of Habanero58
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Gueuzedude
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of xpimptastikx
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally opened this for a BA returning to Austin this weekend.
Cell phones notes.

No fizz with bottle opening, pours hazy straw with thin white sheet of fine bubbles, good lacing. Smell - funk, lemon, grapes, wood, more barnyard. (Cognac barrel much less present than 50N-4E). Taste - starts sours then lemon, grape, and some oak with a super dry finish. Not exceedingly sour for Cantillon, but so perfectly balanced. Pretty drinkable with a decent mouthfeel for a gueuze, still highly carbonated.

Photo of bret27
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared at woodshop. Not sure of his name but a young guy in a blazer that just kept hooking me up w/good stuff. If I find him I'll have to thank him. The bottle was apparently brought by yespr off RB. Thanks!

limited notes.

Hazy yellow color; creamy white head with fine- Smell: Funk, lemony citrus, and intense sourness without being harshly acidic. Does have tartness though just not lou pepe tartnesss, funky citrus, wheat?, lemons, Dry tasty finish.

Photo of vacax
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy, fuzzy, lots of white head and good lacing present. Smells of Belgian funk, surprising amounts of flora, pears, and fruity tartness. Tastes richly sour up front with pleasing funk that transitions into a fruity and floral experience on the midpalate. The finish ends it all on a note of near perfection, fruity floral and puckering. Body is medium with a higher but creamy carbonation. Very easy to quaff, I went back to this bottle a number of timesl. This was just a treat, one of the best gueuzes I have tasted.

Cantillon Crianza Helena from Brasserie Cantillon
98 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.