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Cantillon Brabantiae - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon BrabantiaeCantillon Brabantiae

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

55 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.61%


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: fewa on 04-11-2011)
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Reviews by julian:
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julian

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a rare, rare treat! Retired and expensive bottle, but I think definitely worth the price of admission to try something so old and filled with so much history and from one of the premier lambic makers in the world!

A: The bottle has clearly been cellared, in every literal sense of the word, and for quite a long time. The label is dusty and shows years of weathering. Some of it is torn at the corners and and the text is faded. This adds to the vintage feel and excitement of the pre-de-corkage :) The bottle was de-corked as if a bomb were being diffused...very gently and very carefully. The bottle gushed leaving no doubt that this was clearly going to be good, and that carbonation was still quite present. It poured a hazy golden color with hints of orange when held up to the light. Head was also there, and visible bubbles erupting on the surface. Wow. Unbelievable after over 2 decades of aging!

S: What immediately stuck in my head was green apples. Almost a cider like aroma, mixed with some earth, and barnyard funk. Slightly acidic and vaguely tart. A mild aroma of cork and musty oak. Lots going on here, and despite the age this has held up extremely well.

T&M: This definitely has the personality of a Cantillon gueuze and the expert blending abilities of the Cantillon family brewery. Again, following the nose there's some funk, earth and slight green apple accompanied by some tart citrus and mild acidity but none of this is over the top. You can definitely tell this was aged in oak barrels as that wet musty oaky goodness is also there. I can't even believe this is still very well carbonated. Just amazing. This has held up extremely well. The mouthfeel is crisp, yet somehow full. Not too prickly or dry and still has some body to it.

O: I can't believe I got to try one of these. I will probably never find one again. Given it's age, and history and how well it's held up this was simply delightful. If you can find it/trade for it, get it and drink it. It's worth it and you will not be disappointed. A once in a lifetime beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 03:47:32 | More by julian
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A mate brought this one over for a fun bottle share a few weeks back. Thanks for the good times gents!

This one was a mess. The cork snapped off at the bottom and the gusher of a beer managed to spray through a little hole in the remaining cork. We took it to the kitchen and eventually managed to pour it into a decanter through a hop bag in an attempt to filter out what we could. Eventually, we got to drink the majority of the bottle.

From a 750 into a small wine glass, eventually.
1989 vintage

APPEARANCE: The one pours a large, foamy white head with good retention. Cloudy gamboge orange with no real carbonation evident. Lots of floaties, despite the double hop-bag filtration process we rigorously put this one through. A ring remains to the end and leaves a few dots of falling lace down the glass. Has held up okay for all these years.

SMELL: Very funky with musty, dank aromas as well. Some lemon citrus on the nose as well as melon notes. Some oxidization and old cork comes out as cardboard, but as the beer sits, these aromas dissipates and some more lemon and funk comes though, with a hint of acidity as well.

TASTE: Flavors is actually better than the nose initially, with less musty oxidization. Quite sour with puckering lemon, funky barnyard stuff and only a touch of oxidization. A good dose of acidity at the swallow, with lemon and orange peel sourness lingering as well. Very sour with a hefty amount of acidity as well, and not as oxidized at the nose had suggested.

PALATE: Light body and higher levels of carbonation. Bubbly on the palate, goes down prickly and finishes dry and puckering on the palate. Very dry.

OVERALL: For a geuze this old, this was actually better than I'd expected. I'd heard reports that there was a lot of bottle variation at this point, which is understandable of course, but this bottle turned out alright. After the opening storm and the initial warnings of oxidization and old cork aromas, the beer settled down quite nicely and turned out to be enjoyable enough to drink. Not something I'd look forward to again, but it was certainly cool to give this one a try. Thanks again for a fun day everyone!

Serving type: bottle

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New York

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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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cfrances33

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to cpferris, served in a Hill Farmstead glass. The bottle was a MASSIVE gusher - even through the cork. Cork cracked off at the bottom.

Pour: Hazy, lightly burnt orange with a finger of off white head. Lots of sediment and a few cork flakes floating around. Not the most beautiful beer, but hey, what else could you expect.

Smell: Lots of musty library book, intense banyard funk, dust, and cobwebs. A touch of vinegar. Lemony sour notes, and some lactic acid.

Taste: More sour than the nose, but in no way exceedingly sour. Lots of barnyard funk, cobweb, old leather, and old book. Light vinegar again, but it only creeps in. A touch of lemon and a nice dry oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Not too sour in any way. Dry on the finish.

Overall: For a beer this old, this bottle was at least a winner. Drinking well. Incredibly excited to get to drink a beer literally as old as I am. Thank you Chad for this highest want of mine!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 06:38:45 | More by cfrances33
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California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Massachusetts

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New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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zach60614

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jon for this one. Another rarity slayed at a tasting 12/8. Reviewed from notes. 4oz. pour into a Cantillon flute.

Pours a 1 finger white head with moderate retention. Beer is slightly cloudy orange-goldenrod. Spotty lace with little cling. Considering its 23 years old, the carbonation is pretty impressive here.

Nose is grassy with bits of lemon rind, dry hay, wet wood, and cobwebs. Smells like its age but with a surprising, nice grassy freshness.

Opens lemon tartness, hay, lemon and vinegar tartness. Cobwebs and funk. Rotting wood at the end. Finishes hay and more lemon rind. Pretty mellow overall and well balanced but there's a slightly unpleasant vinegar note developing in this one already.

Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Spritzy and aggressive in the mouth and finishes dry. Decent but again, this one's clearly past its prime.

I'm as big a fanboy of Cantillon rarities as they come but this one is well over the hill. The vinegar notes developing are clear and the mouthfeel is dull and uninspiring at times. I'm glad I got to try it but I wouldn't seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 17:41:55 | More by SpeedwayJim
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joel66

New York

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared on Friday. Looked like this bottle was pulled out of a bomb shelter. Label barely in tact. To be honest, I was a bit nervous trying this as i really didn't know what to expect, and considering I have a few more bottles, this could have been a major bust from Belgium!

On the contrary, I feel like I hit the lottery. Cork pulled out in perfect condition, probably just the work of Thomas bottle popping skills but none the less it was impressive to see a 23 yr cork come out looking like the way it did.

The smell was of strong cheese, hay, barnyard. The cork, smelled like a finely aged cheese.

Taste was extremely sour. I had the first pour as well as the last and it got even more sour as this liquid gold came to room temperature.

Appearance was amber, with a cloud like head, with seltzer like bubbles.

Overall, I was really happy with this bottle and look forward to the next!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 22:13:18 | More by joel66
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brystmar

Texas

4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle graciously shared by Joel. Thanks!

This is the dirtiest bottle I've ever held in my hands. Black, tarry remnants of old parchment imply they were once part of a beer label as they disentigrate in my hands. Cap is rusted to hell, yet the cork is in excellent shape. Loud POP when it's pulled lets you know the beast inside is still alive and kicking.

Active, scruffy orange-gold body beneath a beautifully thick, fluffy, white head. As beautiful as it is unexpected. Billowing aroma of barnyard funk ascends from my glass. Were my eyes closed, I'd swear I was standing on a hay-covered floor inside a barn. Cheesy must, soured yeast, dry and earthy. This is what I assume it's like to nibble on a 23-year-old Gouda.

First sip brings dry yeast and citrus to the palate. Puckering sourness sets in almost immediately. Deeply funky yeast shows a level of flavor maturation I've never experienced with yeast before. Tremendous complexity at every turn. This is the oldest sour I've had (by 13 years!), and I now understand the "aged Cantillon acidity" other reviewers often cite. If only every lambic were this sour (and good!)...

I enjoyed Brabantiae immensely. This gueuze held up like a champ since its bottling in 1989, and it makes a strong case for cellaring every Cantillon / 3F bottle you have for two decades. Cheers!

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MasterSki

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by me at my birthday pre-party. Served in a Kuhnhenn snifter.

A - After an adventure getting the broken cork out while the beer slowly gushed out around the residual chunks, the beer finally made its way into my glass. Voluminous white foam that settles to a solid cap and splotchy lacework. Murky orange body. Shockingly lively for a 23-year-old Gueuze.

S - The taste is extremely musty, with notes of cheesecloth, damp basement, old cedar chest, green apple skins, and mild oxidation. There's a faint yet sharp acetone note buried in there too. I initially wasn't sure about this one, but it grew on me a the beer warmed up.

T - Intense apple cider vinegar, tangy oak, leather, and less obvious oxidation. Sour, even for a Cantillon offering, but in more of a lemon juice and less of a vinegar kind of way. Again, plenty of earthen basement and old furniture. Strangely compelling.

M - Super dry, oaky, and tannic, with nice zesty carbonation, and surprisingly hefty medium body.

D - A singular experience, and an enjoyable no less. The flavors that have developed are quite interesting and manage to avoid veering into unpalatable territory. Yes, there's oxidation but not an excessive amount for a beer this old. Much more enjoyable that some of the ancient De Dolles I've had. Would drink again, but not at the price I paid for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 06:00:49 | More by MasterSki
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Cantillon Brabantiae from Brasserie Cantillon
92 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.