Cantillon Cuvée De Florian (1996) - Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Cuvée De Florian (1996)
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21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 6.44%
Wants: 50
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

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: alfrantzell on 04-26-2010)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle at Akkurat, dated "1996 Akkurat Cuvee" as well as a hand-written 1996 on the label, poured into a wine glass.

A- Pours a clear golden color, thin white head that recedes to a collar and leaves spotty lacing.

S- Smells absolutely incredible. The funkiness in here is highly complicated, has a lot of hay, dry mustiness, but also earthiness, a bit of cheesiness (not in a bad/butyric way at all though), as well as moist oak. There's lemon citrus as well. The most interesting part is an actually very prominent aroma that I can't really put my finger on, it doesn't smell like any other gueuze I've ever had, the closest I can get is to say somehow herbal or floral. Amazing, amazing, amazing.

T- Just as awesome. The acidity here is spot on, it's very acidic, but not overly so, less than I was expecting for its age. Again, a very complex, tasty funkiness, with prominent lemony citrus. Finishes dry, musty and oaky.

M- Perfect. Medium-bodied, smooth, soft feel, moderate to lowish carbonation (which was nice and a bit of a surprise after the 3F 50th/1998 gueuze, which is very spritzy by this point), finishes dry.

O- One of the best Cantillon beers I've had, even more impressive for how wonderfully it's drinking after 17 years.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

218th Review
75cl bottle shared at Akkurat with a great crew
Poured in a stemmed glass
Enjoyed on 9 May 2012

Vintage: 1996

NOTE: According to the bartender, this beer is the regular Cantillon Classic gueuze produced with an extra bit of love (i.e. the best lambic at the time) as it was named in honor of Jean Van Roy's first born son, Florian.

A: Sweet golden yellow. Half (bubbly white) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Mostly oak and aged cheese. Notes of classic Cantillon gueuze - barnyard funk, must, and lemon have held up amazing over time. This beer smells heavenly!

T: Taste follows smell precisely. Nice balance of oak, cheese, straw, and funk with perfectly timed citrus note near the end. This beer is so easy drink, well-rounded, crisp and smooth. Not a single flaw in the taste. Absolutely beautiful! Just perfect.

M: Light bodied with appropriate carbonation. Not too sharp or rounded; just right.

O: This is exactly why I think Cantillon can withstand the test of time and develop beautifully with age. This beer is so balanced, crisp, and amazing. Perfect is the only word that comes to mind when drinking this beer. For me, this is the essence of gueuze perfection. (Long) Stand ovation here!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 1996 and named after the brewer's son.

Looks like their standard gueuze, but has a metallic smell to go with the usual funk, oak, and woodsorrel. Tastes like -bal aged lemons with a little white wine. Ever smelled the scum that gets trapped under your fingernails? That's what the finish tastes like. All aspects of the beer are crystal clear -- a vivid gueuze for its age.

This was assembled with Cantillon's "best lambic", according to the Akkurat bartender. As the only difference in label from the Classic Gueuze is a plain sticker that reads "Cuvée de Florian", this may be more of an exercise in psychology than brewing. Either way, any fourteen year old Cantillon product is nothing to sneeze at. This is truly a dynamic fluid.

Cantillon Cuvée De Florian (1996) from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.