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Jean Chris Nomad 2011 - Brasserie Cantillon

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Jean Chris Nomad 2011Jean Chris Nomad 2011

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.08%
Wants: 226
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The third in a series of beers made for the Mi-Orge Mi-Houlbon beer store in Belgium and Jean Le Chocolatier chocolate shop. A blend of 1, 2 and 3 year old Cantillon lambic from Red Bordeaux, White Bordeaux and Cotes de Rhone barrels.

(Beer added by: Radome on 10-12-2011)
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Reviews by ggaughan:
Photo of ggaughan
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nomad is a special beer made exclusively for the Mi-Orge Mi-Houblon beer store in Arlon, Belgium and for Jean Chocolatier, also of Belgium. This is the third in a series of beers made under the JeanChris label (Jean from Jean Chocolatier and Chris from Mi-Orge). Chris was directly involved in selecting the barrels of lambic at Cantillon that were used in this gueuze blend. As with other Cantillon gueuze blends, Nomad includes 1yr, 2yr and 3yr old lambic but the proportions used are different in Nomad. I was told that the typical Cantillon gueuze blend is about 17% of 3 year old lambic but in the Nomad they used 33% of 3 year old lambic.

The beer poured a vibrant gold color with a touch of cloudiness and a slight white head that disappeared after a few moments as expected.

The aroma of Nomad is musty/earthy, a bit funky with a slight hint of some woody notes and citrus. All the fingerprints of a fantastic Cantillon gueuze.

The taste is very pleasing. A nice lemon bite on the tongue but not as acidic as a classic Cantilon gueuze, there is more of a rounded edge to Nomad but yet a more complex taste I believe, some woody notes which I don’t typically get in a Cantillon gueuze. I think this comes from the fact that 33% of Nomad is made up of 3 year old lambic as opposed to a classic gueuze which is around 15-20% of 3 year old lambic. I think the higher % of old lambic lends a more balanced taste.

Overall I think Nomad is a very well balanced and well thought out gueuze. Refreshing with a nice dry finish but it still approachable, especially for those that can’t always handle a very acidic gueuze which this is not. Nomad is definitely worth seeking out.

ggaughan, Nov 11, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of joel66
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opened on 4/20/13, poured into a cantillon tasting glass

appearance- Hazy orange with a finger width of foamy white head

Nose- funky apple and citrus

taste- Citrus-- lemons, grapefruit, with a clean fruit finish. As it came to room temperature i could really grasp the blend of wine characteristics and notes of oak barrels. very light funky cheese came across my palate but was an undertone to citrus. moderate to light carbonation offering up a very smooth finish.

joel66, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of gregmoscetti
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

gregmoscetti, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

CBC bottle share.

A: Hazy light gold color with a big white head.
S: Smells strongly of lemon. Citrus, wheat, grass. Light wood and must. Nice and earthy with lots of funk. Can't detect any wine.
T: Strong sourness. Not like the Classic Gueuze, this one has a bit of a floral and grassy characteristic. Tastes a bit fruity, like apples. Strong lemon acidity, oak and a bit of cheese. A touch of vinous characteristics at the end.
M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Spritzy and dry finish. Slightly vinous dry mouthfeel. Pretty acidic.
O: Excellent gueuze, as usual from Cantillon. Would love to have another bottle of this one to age.

standardcherry, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by me at a tasting 1/12/13. 4oz. pour into a Cantillon Zwanze glass. Reviewed from notes.

Thin white head with great retention. Stringy, spotty lace to match. Thin legs. Beer is a clear pale lemon-goldenrod. Head retention is impressive here.

Nose is straw, light lemon tartness, fresh grass. Moderately aromatic. Pretty simple and rather fresh.

Opens light lemon spritz. Hay, old wet wood, lemon rind, very mellow vinegar notes linger in the back. Dry and lightly tart going down with more wood, horse blanket and lemon rind in the finish and aftertaste. Like a 2-3 year old, well aged gueuze.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Lively in the mouth and clean going down. Clean finish with a dry, sticky aftertaste. Solid.

A lot of people have compared this one to Classic gueuze and I think rightfully so. That said, this one tastes and smells a bit older than its 2011 date. There's also noticeably less sweetness (which I appreciate). Worth trying and a very well made beer but I wouldn't go out of my way for this one again.

SpeedwayJim, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Orange body. A bit of haze. Medium collar.

Smell - Very woody. Citrusy. A little herbal. Dry grass.

Taste - Citrusy sour. Lemon. Grassy and woody. Lots of oak. Very much like Classic Gueuze, maybe a shade less malty.

Mouthfeel - Crisp. Well carbonated.

Overall - Excellent. Very similar to Classic Gueuze, but that's not a bad thing.

Alieniloquium, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +14.2%

GRG1313, Aug 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

incubuscience, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of claaark13
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

claaark13, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of durwoodx
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

durwoodx, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
5/5  rDev +14.2%

BeerFMAndy, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Sean.

Standard Cantillon gueuze appearance here: clear pale amber with a big bubbly head. The nose is quite different from Classic Gueuze, however, with a vinous and earthy oak presence that overwhelms the funk. It smells rather acidic too, presumably from the greater portion of 3 year lambic in the blend. It's softer on the palate than expected, very oaky and tannic, vinous, earthy, with gentle acidity. Very full, rounded mouthfeel. This is an excellent gueuze that leans more toward the mushroomy and vinous side than the bright and citric.

largadeer, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of beerdrifter
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

beerdrifter, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of ChrisPro
4.25/5  rDev -3%

ChrisPro, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of 77black_ships
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Notes from late 2011:

75 cl. bottle – had to try a couple of bars before I got this one – glad to have tried it, although I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t get it as a take away because I wanted to enjoy this leisurely at home – they kept saying that they had to open it there and I had to drink it on the premises because they didn’t want to see this wind up on ebay – told them that I respect Cantillon just a bit too much in order to do that but it is not like there is any way to check my claim – label looks kind of on the cheaper side of thing as some slightly rarer Cantillon tends to be, red Jean Cris label upfront & on the back some explanation, only in French – the explanation basically describes what the Jean Cris series is all about, although I am willing to bet that most people who have tried it did some more for the Cantillon than the Jean Cris name, no disrespect to the guys – it clearly states that this is an all new beer consisting of a blend of lambic of 3 different years aged on Red Bordeaux, White Bordeaux & Côtes du Rhône barrels – good until 2030 (I believe them but I don’t think that I will ever get the chance to verify this statement) – bottled on 07/01/2011 making this close to 10 months old when consumed – slightly hazy golden with almost no head, whatever there is, is very lambic-like \ smell is pretty typical Cantillon, I would say that this would somewhat reminiscent of a 1 yr old Cantillon lambic, very musty, lots of horseblanket, tart, sour lemon, decay, web-covered ancient cellars of ruins but still rather restrained \ Taste is very tart, musty, rotting & decaying with musty lemons, vinegar, lots horseblanket, even more sour & tart white grapeskins, really lots of them, sour, ancient, lots of half rotting old musty wine barrels, like someone forgot them for a century in a cellar & you are kind of licking the inside of them, hint of the gueze bitterness you usual get at the very end f the finish – definitely not an over the edge sour \ typical body \ am I insane or am I the only who isn’t getting any real wine in here which was sort of what I was expecting for? I am getting musty, sour grape skins but no more than you would regularly get from Cantillon, I am getting a lot rotting old wine barrel wood but no real wine in here, maybe I don’t know enough of wine or perhaps even geueze for that matter & I came in with the wrong expectations \ Overall great as is everything in which Jean is even remotely involved in but I don’t think that this ranks amongst the best of Cantillon, whatever interest little or big exists for this beer is not because it is the best Cantillon ever, although it is certainly an enjoyable one.

77black_ships, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of pperez38
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

pperez38, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of digita7693
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to get a bottle of this and couldnt resist trying it:)

A nice golden color, with just a hint of cloudiness. slight head that disappears quickly. all rather typical of a gueuze

S Nice fresh lemony smell, some floral notes and a splash of mustiness, with maybe a hint of wine.

T lemon up front, and some wine notes to it, not overpowering, but just hidden in the background along with some must. Some sourness to it, but not enamel peeling. A great beer to sip on, one you could drink several glasses of.

M nice carbonation, very smooth

It reminded me of something between cuvee des champions and the classic gueuze. Excellent, refreshing, very drinkable.
Id love to try all 3 side by side to note the differences.

digita7693, Nov 06, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

ygtbsm94, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012. Served in a Cantillon wine glass.

Pours a clear, sparkling straw color with an average-sized fizzy white head with decent retention and some sparse lacing on the way down.

The aroma has some heavy barnyard and horse blanket notes with some light leather and a nice bit of earth. A good dose of wine and oak are there. Everything is really fresh and pungent, which I quite enjoyed, though others may find it to be a bit young.

The flavor carries on with more wine and funk. Really fantastic balance. There's moderate acidity and heavy funk over a light body with a nice, dry finish.

Overall, loads of fresh funk and nice acidity with a good helping of wine in the background. One of my favorites of the night. Fantastic.

Thorpe429, Apr 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

AgentZero, Jun 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

pokgye, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Ilovebrew
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Ilovebrew, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Tim for sharing.

Pours a golden orange color with a tall white head. Really intense nose. The typical Cantillon funk is present here and there is a ton of wine and wood aroma here. Quite lactic with a nice grassiness and earthiness. The flavor is reminiscent of Classic Gueuze. Strong acidity but also quite a lot of earthy and musty funk. Noticeable wine barrel flavor and a tannic dryness on the finish.

womencantsail, Aug 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

cfrances33, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

nkeckhar, Nov 25, 2013
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Jean Chris Nomad 2011 from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.