Cantillon Brabantiae - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.48/5 rDev +6.2%
Bottle at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012. Served in a Cantillon wine glass.
After we were finally able to get the clay off the cap and get the nearly-disintegrated cork out of the bottle, this one pours a hazy golden color with a very small head that actually feel to leave a spot or two of lacing.
The nose carries some light bread and a touch of oxidized malt. Over the top of that was a moderate barnyard aroma with a bit of cheese and dough. Light notes of sherry and a touch of woodiness in the background.
Long flavor progression across the palate with a bit of perceived sweetness followed by moderate acidity and funk. Very light carbonation, giving way to a finish of cheese and basement notes.
Overall, this was really interesting and I really dug the funk mixed with oxidation notes. A real winner for me.
04-17-2012 10:44:26 | More by Thorpe429
3.5/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
08-13-2011 20:08:48 | More by largadeer
4.3/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
06-15-2012 06:00:49 | More by MasterSki
4.23/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
04-20-2012 00:58:53 | More by drabmuh
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
From 04/14/12 notes. Had at our Epic DC Sour tasting. Cool to try a bottle this old, from 1989.
a - Pours a murky orange brown color with one inch of off white head and light to moderate carbonation evidne.t Bottl was a light gusher.
s - Smells of musty notes, dark fruits, light funk, oak, earthy notes. Good but not too funky or sour. A bit old and musty.
t - Tastes of barnyarf funk, sour fruits, dark fruit, oak, earthy notes, musty notes, light spice. Taste is much better then the nose, with a lot more funk and some sourness to it.
m - Medium body and low carbonation. Super smooth and easy to drink.
o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit. The nose was good, but the taste was great and it was very easy to drink. Very nice funk and sourness in the taste, worth seeking out.
04-18-2012 00:55:48 | More by mdfb79
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.88/5 rDev +15.6%
Review #1800. Quite the milestone...
Thanks to Adam for sharing this wale!
Pours a finger of white head. Very carbonated for how old it is. A little sediment in my glass. Color is a vibrant golden orange. A light haze.
Aroma: Musty, old basement. Funky and very sour. Lemon acidicness. Astringent. Smell is amazing. Very fruity. Muskmelon. It really doesn't smell like it is 22 years old.
Taste: Spot on amazing. A perfect amount of sour and tartness. Green apples and lemon citrus with old basement funk. A little bit of vinegar. Some cobweb and basement musk. It tastes like old. Oaky with a little bit of spice and malt.
Mouthfeel: Sour and tart, but clean. Lighter bodied with a great amount of carbonation. Ends clean.
Overall, this was an incredible beer. It tastes a lot younger than 22 years old. It is phenomenal. This bottle must have been cellared perfectly. One of the best beers I have had in this style. I could easily drink a lot of this,
12-18-2011 21:32:00 | More by mothman
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
04-17-2012 04:08:39 | More by Huhzubendah
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
Big thanks to Mike for opening this beer I never expected to try. The bottle was somewhat difficult to open, with the cork breaking in half before success was achieved.
A: Hazy orange with a huge white head. Nice color.
S: Horsey notes are pronounced, blending with cheese and earth. Fruit is aromatic, redolent of apple, white grape, and pear. Musty barnyard melds with horse blanket. Light lemon. Smells great.
T: Cheese and lemon with a moderate citric acidity. Earthy and musty, with ample barnyard notes. Really dry, with evident oak. Finishes with a pronounced horsey funk and lingering citric acidity.
M: Light body and high in carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and lightly tannic.
Overall: Surprisingly excellent, A pleasure to drink. I can't believe how well this has held up.
08-13-2011 17:34:44 | More by HopHead84
3.58/5 rDev -15.2%
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.
08-14-2011 23:22:24 | More by Sean9689
4.55/5 rDev +7.8%
750ml bottle thanks to nerd. 1991 vintage. What a phenomenal rare tick.
Hazy golden in color with a small whitish head leaving swirls and a ring. Some red/purple hues.
Funky aroma with big barnyard funk notes, oak, and slight port notes.
Phenomenal gueuze flavor with awesome dryness and tartness and intense funkiness. Good wine-like notes.
Excellent mouthfeel, extremely dry and crisp with great acidity level.
Wow, this is a real winner. One of the better aged gueuzes I’ve had.
08-19-2011 16:16:38 | More by nickd717
3.18/5 rDev -24.6%
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.
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!
02-28-2014 16:13:44 | More by Jeffo
3.05/5 rDev -27.7%
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.
10-11-2011 04:38:57 | More by Arbitrator
3.2/5 rDev -24.2%
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.
12-09-2012 17:41:55 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.73/5 rDev +12.1%
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!
11-23-2012 21:18:04 | More by brystmar
Cantillon Brabantiae from Brasserie Cantillon
92 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.