Cantillon Brabantiae - Brasserie Cantillon

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 115
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 DenverLogan
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of julian
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Photo of nickd717
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: pours a hazy orange color with a large but short lasting head. There are some yeast particles in the beer. Should have let it stand longer before opening than the 24 hours I did.
Smell: Smell was very earthy with oak, funk barnyard, citrus, and sour fruits like apple and white grapes. Only very light signs of oxidation give away that this beer is 22 years old
Taste: hell yeah, this beer is pukering sour, earthy and bit musty with clear oak and citrus. Some blue cheese with a very lemon-like acidic taste. When the beer warms up it gets more white-grape vinous. Very nice
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium carbonation.
Overall: Although I have been stupid in not letting the beer rest long enough before opening, this beer is very good. It held up very well, this bottle was absolutely not over the hill yet. Gueuzes develop in a very particular way that not everybody can appreciate (or is used to), but this one is still fresh after 22 years (even more than most very old gueuzes from the 70s and 80s I had), amazing!

Photo of Doodler
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now here is an old beer that I never expected to try. Big thanks to Bill for cracking this at his homebrew club's blueberry lambic tasting...

This beer opened with a gush of carbonation and poured a hazy orange with a nice foamy head that quickly faded. Despite it's age, the nose was still amazing. Deep notes of funk and green apples, wood, goat cheese and earthy minerals. Loved sticking my nose in this one.

Taste was still tart, with a mellowed horse blanket and leather funkiness. Lots of citrus, oak and and white pepper flavors up front, with a nice sourness lingering on the finish.

Dry and spicy aftertaste. Solidly carbed and very drinkable.

The Port barrels and 22 years of aging gracefully give this one a unique character. A rare treat from one of my favorite breweries and most appreciated. Thanks greatly amigo!

Photo of alfrantzell
3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/12/2011

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.

Photo of PapaEugene
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened this bottle with Channan and rvdoorn during a great evening of beer cuisine and beer tasting.
A: Opened the bottle and was surprised by the liveliness in this 20+ years old cantillon geuze. The pouring in the glass was almost like a champagne sensation. Very strong carbonation, resulting in a white head that doesn’t last long. Nice golden-brown hazy color.
S: Citrus, grapes, apple, wood and some funkiness.
T: Really incredible how fresh this beer tastes! Lemon sourness, sour apple, pleasant peppery, very oaky like you can find in a well-aged tawny porto or sercial madeira. Wine like towards the aftertaste and at the end it is oak wood and a pleasant bitterness.
M: Sparkling like a champagne, soft mouth feel with a nice bite.
O: Hugely impressed how a geuze this age can stay so lively. Very well balanced and so full of taste. Needless to say that it leaves you wanting more. A great evening with a great beer!

Photo of fewa
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to PapaEugene for trading this unique bottle of Cantillon beer with me. As was told to me by Jean van Roy himself, the Branbantiae is a geuze produced on the basis of lambic that was aged on porto barrels (at these days, the first time Cantillon used different barrels in their history). The production process can be mostly compared to the production of 50°N-4°E (that was based on Lambic from cognac barrels). This beer was produced on request of Brabant (a province in Belgium) to celebrate the tripel anniversary of the late king Boudewijn. The beer was bottled in season 88-89.

L: the beer poured a hazy golden-orange body with a nice whit head, which disappeared quickly leaving a thin ring around the inside of my glass.

S: Very funky with grass, wet straw, tart lemon, fresh apples, wooden oak notes and in the background some very well hidden wine-like sweetness that I cannot really define (maybe some influence of the porto barrels?). The trademark Cantillon smell with just a little bit of extra bite. Very nice.

T: Wow, a beautiful balance of flavors back and forth. Tart, refreshing flowers, apples and lemon peel, back to tart again and a dry nice wooden bitterness in the aftertaste. The porto barrels result into a fruity suppleness that provides an exceptional balance of ripe fruits to tartness, a bit wine like. Also, I really love the wooden notes in the aftertaste. this beer has more oak influence than a typical geuze-lambic. The oak contributes more towards the end and brings some pleasant spicy-oak bitterness in the beer, which suggests that Tawney port was aged in these barrels previously.

M: Almost hard to believe this is a 22 year old beer, the carbonation is incredibly lively, amazing! Body is silky smooth and the beer tickles the tongue. Very well balanced and very drinkable.

O: This beer is even better than I could hope for. The porto barrels resulted in a very special taste and smell, making this beer quite wine-like. The tartness and funk are increased by age, like only a Cantillon can, and so amazingly balanced. This is easily one of the best Cantillon beers I ever had. I just wish I could drink more of this one.

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Cantillon Brabantiae from Brasserie Cantillon
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