Cantillon Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon
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3.65/5 rDev -11.8%
Served at the Brewery in a flute glass. This beer was from the 09-10 brewing season and was drawn from the cask about an hour before I sampled it. Bottle of spring water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: As poured the beer was faintly hazed orange color with a faint reddish tinge. There was no head on the beer but this is pretty much to be expected with an unblended lambic. There was a little ring of bubbles around the glass and swirling did generate some signs of carbonation, but there was neither head nor lacing.
Smell: The aromas were soft and gentle (or light and faint) but with a definitely grainy component and a hint of citric tartness. (I was reminded in some ways of the grainy bready aroma in maibocks.)
Taste: The flavor is quite mild with some bready character and a touch of grainy sweetness. There are hints of the sour tartness to come but not a lot of anything funky showing yet.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with a soft smooth creaminess despite the almost non-existent carbonation. The finish was towards the long side as the beer finally showed a tartness that left a faint astringency and after taste in the back of the mouth and palate.
Drinkability and Overall Impression: I thought this was a very interesting beer to sample since it is, or will become, one of the components of Gueuze. Since it has already passed its first birthday, but not by much, it clearly has some maturation in its future before being blended with the other lambics that will one day join it to make up a Gueuze. I’m guessing that this one has to be let age a lot longer so that more of the mustiness and sourness can develop. My overall impression, as I’m learning more about Lambics and Gueuzes, is that this was a great opportunity to taste one of the beers that the blender works with. While it was not an exceptional beer the experience was unique and worth seeking out if possible.
04-16-2011 15:46:56 | More by drtth
3.65/5 rDev -11.8%
On cask at the GBBF.
Pours murky orange with no head. Sweet vinegar nose. Lemon with a musty edge, hay and a cider bite. Light, clean, dry.
My first unblended lambic, so not sure what this is supposed to taste like. Not unpleasant; I finished a half pint without struggling.
08-09-2010 12:25:18 | More by StJamesGate
3.65/5 rDev -11.8%
I had to wait 2 days for Moeder Lambic to tap this, but I made sure to come back and get a glass. This isn't my favorite way to enjoy Cantillon creations, I definitely prefer their gueuze or fruit-conditioned lambics, but I was very excited to try the raw young (medium?) lambic.
The liquid was clear and bright colored, light gold I guess, with a good layer of foam despite the still nature of the product. It smelled like, well, Cantillon. Mild funk and a few hints of lactic activity. This may have been very young, this really wasn't very sour. In fact I'd be hard pressed to get a second glass, particularly with the taps list at my disposal here at Moeder Lambic, but it's very nice to taste the essence of Cantillon. This is the basic unit, as it were, and as I'm an average student of the style its worthwhile to understand it's contribution. It would be nice to try a Cantillon Oude Lambic, not sure if the bottle lambics qualify (they may).
If you see this jump at the chance. Same with raw lambic from any of the majors.
04-09-2011 22:59:22 | More by TurdFurgison
3.73/5 rDev -9.9%
Poured from a pitcher drawn out of a cask into a lambic glass at Cantillon Brewery in Brussels.
A: A cloudy pure orange color with no head, just a few bubbles at the top of the glass. Much like a fruit juice.
S: Light hints of fruit. Some sour grape. Hint of citrus. Very light and faint smell.
T: Very dry, rough, and sour with hints of pure orange juice, grapefruit and grape seeds. Musty taste in the middle and yeast all over. Very unique.
I kept asking myself "This is beer?"
What a special experience to have this at the Cantillon brewery. Not exactly my favorite thing (I like the blends better), but very cool to have after seeing exactly how it's produced.
11-04-2010 18:34:01 | More by BucBasil
United Kingdom (England)
3.73/5 rDev -9.9%
Amber-honey in color, slightly hazy with no head. Lemon, rubber, aspirin, and vinegar mingle with honey and shortbread for a thoroughly strange and mish-mashed aroma, even for a lambic. The flavor is oddly salty, sour but not powerfully so, full of green apple, orange juice, and pickled plum, with a finish of toasted grain and a dollop of butter. Generally speaking it is reminiscent of seawater - savory, salty, tangy, and a perfect match for seafood or Japanese food, I suspect. The cask carbonation is all wrong, though - this needs to be fizzier and more lively, and colder. Not a brilliant beer - in my mind this is more Gose than gueuze - but drinkable and potentially a very good food beer.
08-04-2010 18:43:58 | More by soulgrowl
3.78/5 rDev -8.7%
I had this at Churchkey on Zwanze day 2012. It was on draft and was referred to as "Cantillon unblended 2 year". It was a sour lambic with lots of unusual, funky flavours. As one would expect for the style, it was a little out of control.
A: No head. Yellow. 3.5
S: Sour. Slight rotten apple smell. Some sweetness 3.5
T: Sour with a slight blue cheese flavour in the finish. Super interesting. Vomit finish. I enjoyed it though. 4
M: Flat. 3
12-03-2013 07:42:20 | More by vandemonian
District of Columbia
3.78/5 rDev -8.7%
smell is the best part- it smells fruity. a little bitter for my taste though.
appearance- rosy color. over time it turns into a darker amber color. dark at the bottom, light at the top.
smell- cherries, spices, peaches, grapes
taste- hops, cherry- sweet when it first hits your tongue, then it becomes sour as it goes down. It is tangy at the back of your throat.
mouthfeel- small bubbles
overall- a good beer. great if you like tart flavors. great if you like bitter flavors. not so great if you don't like the taste of hops.
08-26-2011 00:47:00 | More by Queenw19
3.88/5 rDev -6.3%
20 month old lambic tasted at the brewery.
Looks like apple juice. Golden yellow and orange. Small white bubbles formed from the pour dissipate quickly as there is no carbonation.
The aroma is mostly apple vinegar with some funk/must and light white grape.
The taste mirrors the aroma but with an added sour bite. Sort of mild sourness compared to some of the other 'Loon offerings.
Light bodied so no carb is not a problem.
Nice to try the regular unblended lambic.
12-19-2012 06:00:02 | More by MattSweatshirt
3.93/5 rDev -5.1%
On tap @ Monks during Zwanze Day 2012.
Pours a mostly clear bright orange color with just a few bubbles of white foam on top; little to no lacing as I swirl.
Aromas begin with a great deal of musty oak, the most oak I have smelled in a lambic to date. As it warms I get a little cheesy funk and a touch of lemon peel.
The taste follow the nose with the drying oaking tannic flavors up front which transitions into sour lemon and some musty, earthy hay or dried grassy. The acidity and tartness is quite light at this point being so young; there is almost a sweet maltiness to it.
The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with little to no carbonation; it's actually pretty much flat. Finish is drying and oaky with some lingering sweet and sour notes.
Overall this was an interesting experience to taste a lambic so fresh and unblended. It is really oaky but not overly so but the lack of carbonation hurts the drinkability. It is still quite tasty just kind of one dimentional considering the unblended nature and the youth. I would definitely have it again but I don't NEED to as with other Cantillon offerings.
12-07-2012 18:44:17 | More by claspada
3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
Cantillon Single Barrel Lambic served at Armsby Abbey. Into a Cantillon flute. Reviewed from notes.
Beer is clear and golden with a .5 finger white head with little retention. No lace. Average for the style.
Nose is lemon rind, citrus tartness, mild hay, barnyard funk. Light, crisp, and aromatic. Nice.
Opens soft pineapple, peach, apricot, and lemon tartness. Woody towards the end with funky notes of cobwebs, hay and wet wood. Tart finish and aftertaste. Very soft. Super drinkable with good complexity.
Light bodied with high carbonation. Spritzy and lively in the mouth with a dry finish and puckering aftertaste. Incredible feel on this one.
A decent beer with nice complexity and an incredible mouthfeel. I can see where the Cantillon magic stems from. Definitely worth seeking out on tap.
09-03-2012 01:38:48 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
I had this on cask at moeder lambic fontainas. Served in a Cantillon tulip glass.
Appearance: Pours a mostly clear orangish amber with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: This is a mild smelling beer, slightly tart and sweet with a hint of funk.
Taste: More assertive than the smell. Tart with a very slight funk. Just enough malt to back up the funky tartness. The finish is quite sour.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with almost no carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: The smell was nice but not strong enough. I enjoyed the balance and the fact that this one didn't try to kill you with tartness. I would have it again given the chance.
05-16-2012 01:22:18 | More by oline73
Cantillon Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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