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Cantillon Brabantiae - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

57 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 114
Gots: 6 | 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: fewa on 04-11-2011)
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Photo of Arbitrator
3.05/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously shared by nerd. Thanks, Mike.

A: Pours an orange body with (surprisingly) carbonation, leaving thin tendrils of lace and a ring of bubbles on the beer.

S: Small aroma of funk (thinking old feet here), faded oak, grape. Not a strong nose, but that's kind of expected given the age.

T: Mild, weak flavor. There is some citrus, a mild manifestation of oak and some residual grape sweetness. It's sour, but any mitigating and complexifying (?) flavors have dropped out a long time ago. Mild cardboard, mellow presence overall. Well past its prime, and a counterexample to the idea that lambics age forever.

M: Light-bodied, with good carbonation, which was unexpected. It finishes dry owing to some sour burn.

O: It's a Rare Tick (TM), so I'm sure it deserves an A, but this is a prime example of a beer well past its age. Sorry, Mike.

Arbitrator, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
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!

Jeffo, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of SpeedwayJim
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.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of alfrantzell
3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike and Jeroen for this dusty delectation.

Old lambic is a time capsule. From this particular cache I can infer the following:

1) In the olden days, beer was stored in port barrels. This was due to a wood shortage or poor reading comprehension. Regardless of what the liquid looked like prior to embarrelment, it's now copper-colored and cloudy.

2) Breweries shared quarters with livestock. Or else they offered internships to farmhands. It explains the smell. 21 years of encapsulation and the beer still reeks of oak stables.

3) Yellow woodsorrel and apple trees once infested Brussels. This lambic tastes like sour grass and old cider. Something -- probably port leached from the -bals -- insulates my throat from all the acid.

4) Belgians were unconcerned with hygiene. When my glass was drained, solids became visible. Historical dandruff?

Mmm.. artifacts.

alfrantzell, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of MrChopin
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hazy gold, foamy milky white head. Old metallic nose, rindy, green construction smell similar to Brouwsel 20 at this point but worse. Flavor is less old, slightly green and moldy but more lambic, light acetic through finish, dusty armoire, bit of cotton candy, no grapes, low carbonation. Thin, lightly hot. Decent, the flavor considerably better than the nose, but no way I'd dive to the ocean floor and break open Long John Silver's treasure chest where these bottles are locked away, let alone trade a whale for it.

MrChopin, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the ever-generous nerd for sharing this last night.

Cloudy, turbid orange-amber. The head is thin and fleeting. Quite a bit of sediment.

Interesting nose, though perhaps dulled a bit by age. A lot of woody, earthy funk; a forest floor sort of aroma with soil, mushrooms and damp wood. There are citrus notes as well, reminiscent of grapefruit and a slight vinous quality that could be from the port barrels, though it makes me think of white wine more than port.

The palate is oak-heavy and earthy, though tannins are mild at this point. Nice mushroom/soil funkiness. Very sour, surprisingly so, with grapefruit and lemon acidity. Pretty sharp. Lightly carbonated, which isn't a huge surprise from a bottle this old. The balance of sourness, oak and funk is really nice, but I think the beer is somewhat over the hill at this point. It was probably great when it was younger. Still awesome to try, thanks Mike.

largadeer, Aug 13, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

ygtbsm94, Apr 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

jbuddle, Jan 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Quackus, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pre-Toronado 24th Tasting. Huge thanks to Mike for cracking this one.

A - Pours an orange color, fizzy carbonation, spotty lace, thin ring around the glass.

S - Funky cheese, sharp sour, woody must, slight sweetness from the port barrels are still barely there, but detectable. Very light on most parts, mostly due to the large amount of age on this one.

T - Light and faded for the most part. Citrus, musty oak, some sweetness, barn, earthy, sharp sour. There's still some good detectable notes in there but it's quite obvious this one has faded and has been on the way downhill.

M - Light, surprisingly good light carbonation, dry finish.

O - Well, it's probably the best beer I've had with that much age on it, however, it's clear this one has been on the way down for quite some time. Most of the notes are faded and it's pretty musty. Worth a try, but don't go crazy giving up your cellar for this one.

Sean9689, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of nimbleprop
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No listing on Ratebeer so I needed to post this up here. 1989 bottle brought to a tasting by jbatey. 750ml bottle actually gushed. Couldn't believe after 20 years in the bottle, it gushed. The bottle itself looks like it's been through hell. Pours a murky, burnt yellow with a thin, creamy white head. Nose is musty, leathery, salad dressing, burnt lemon peel, grapefruit, windex. Flavor is tart, lemon, grapefruit, wood pulp, vinegar, champagne grapes, a little wet cork. Full bodied, tart, acidic finish.

nimbleprop, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of DenverLogan
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold yellow with some particulates. Aroma of horse blanket and old fruit. Flavors of lemon, peach, sweet & sour tartness, lime rind. Strong sour bite on the back of the throat... lovely overall flavors. At 20 something years old this held up rather nicely.

DenverLogan, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of tarheels86
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL shared by jbeatty on RB. The cork pops out fairly easily but is soaked to the core and shriveling inside. Probably will not be holding up for too much longer. 1/3 of the cork breaks off upon opening and is deserted inside the bottle and refuses to come out. Who cares, we pour anyway for 10 people at Sour Epic Part 2.

Ap- hazy, bright golden with a medium, tight, white head. Looking good. Small yeast particulate and a piece or two of cork floaties.

N- Really crazy. Not necessarily good or bad. Big funk, sweaty arm pits, yellow apples, mild cider character, other oddities like flashes of white sushi vinegar. Pretty crazy to mull over.

T- Tart lemon and even some sugary yellow apple and cider character. Very sharp lemon acidity and fairly one dimensional. But easily is more integrated than the nose and is quite enjoyable. I savored about three different pours for at least 30 minutes trying to decipher what was going on.

P- tart, acidic, citric. No acetic flaws. Vinegar character flashes in the nose but no acetobacter character in taste profile thankfully.

Overall quite interesting, much better than expected at this age. No druiven geuze character anymore and no white grapes to speak of. But aesthetically this has held up well. More of a novelty to try and I'm thankful for the experience.

tarheels86, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.2%

zestar, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -5.2%

yourefragile, May 13, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What fun. A Cantillon gueuze from 1989. After the cork fell apart, plummeting into the bottle, we finally managed to distribute some clean pours. The beer is hazy and murky, appearing a dark orange hue. The aroma brings age, funk, ripe citrus fruit, and classic Cantillon gueuze scents. The flavor is good but not great. Notes of basement, ripe oranges, really old gueuze (shocker there). Maybe a hint of lemon zest or other assorted tart fruits. Tangy and tart lip smacking finish. Overall, a fun experience, but not worth the exorbitant cost.

Huhzubendah, Apr 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

t0rin0, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of Tnudish
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle popped by oreo. Thanks for nothing loser. Poured into my brand new 7venth Sun snifter.

A-Pours a dull light brown in color with a surprising amount of head for such an old beer. I got near the end of the bottle so there is significant amount of sediment.

S-Nose is surprisingly heavy port and lemon rind, leather, it just smells old as shit.

T-Tart port notes, lemon rind, and must.

M-Surprising carbonation, almost a little spritzy, light mouthfeel.

O-I know these bottles that are hit and miss, but I think we got a winner. An awesome treat to have, thanks Mike.

Tnudish, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Bardwashrind
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this by way of the swift and masterful Forgetfu at Popkas's second end of summer sour tasting (09/11). Thanks to both of these fine gentlemen for the rare opportunity.

Like an old champ coming out of retirement and returning to the ring for one last bout. Old school Cantillon to the point that some still don't believe it's tale.

The bottle had obvious age, dusty and somewhat moldy with a slightly rusted cap. The label was legible and in tact but again very fragile in appearance. The cork was an off putting color of dark brown and looked as if it needed some surgical attention for removal. Very carefully did the Doodler make the first incision. Surprisingly, as the cork was falling to pieces, the beer actually had so much carbonation and body that it was foaming it's way through the semi-opened cork channel.

Finally opened with sediment and all, the beer had a remarkable amount of bubbles . Very musty aromatics, some cellar and oak, a bit of cork for sure but not too off putting. Funky and wild on the nose with that typical lemon juice like tartness and a bit of earthy almost raw hide flavors. Quite an intriguing introduction as the aged element didn't seemed to be contributed by oxidation, instead it was like rummaging through old magazines and records long forgotten in the fruit cellar.

The flavor was quite a treat. Tart, almost overly so and quite sour actually. There was a big 'barnyard' comparison and a little dustiness, but together with how sour the beer actually was, it was a pleasure to drink. Very complex and as it opened the cellar floor and damp oak flavors blew off a little. This was remarkable as the mouthfeel wasn't thin but still had a soft precision to it. I wouldn't have guessed port barrels but a more distinct amount of wood was present than I usually get from Cantillon.

I'm excited to see that some of these bottles have made their way into the light of day as of late. If I had that bait to reel in a bottle of my own, I wouldn't think twice as the last two sips of my small pour were unraveling quite nicely and I would love to experience of committing to at least a half a bottle to see just how well things opened up. The older generations always have so much to teach us young whippersnappers. I will remember this one for a while.

Bardwashrind, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Cantillon glass, have to drink them all. Beer is odd looking, like dish water, brown hazy, no head, thin body, low carbonation, it looks old.

Very oaky, musky, funky, bitter in the nose, interesting aroma.

Beer tastes like a Cantillon, even after all these years this is what it tastes like, a lot funkier, the oak is turning into something else entirely, nice finish, quite tannic, dry. Interesting, probably never get to have it again but given the opportunity I sure would.

drabmuh, Apr 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

digita7693, Jan 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Ilovebrew, Aug 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

rowingbrewer, Mar 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

GonzoHomebrewer, Apr 26, 2014
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Cantillon Brabantiae from Brasserie Cantillon
92 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.