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Cantillon Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Lambic
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92
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161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 41
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-30-2002)
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

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
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cps98

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

A – Cloudy, deep yellow light orange color. No head was seen but light lacing was present for the better part.

S – Really sweet aroma, lots of Brett funk present also some hints of citrus.

T – I got a lot of citrus notes like lemon, and grapefruit. Lots of lactic acid.

M – light bodied, really dry. Little to no carbonation.

O – This was a really nice 2 year lambic on tap. Clean crisp flavors, some layers of funk and acid. I really liked this since the Brett didn’t get too funky.

12-10-2012 18:08:34 | More by cps98
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Draft offering of a 2 year year old unblended lambic. The brew appears a clear golden orange through body and more yellowish around the edges. A few larger sized bubbles hang around the perimeter of the glass.

The nose has notes of cheese, oak and vinegar with a slight edge of something fruity like pear and citrus zest. Very clean smelling with a nice complexity and overall enjoyable set of balanced aromatics.

The flavor is a bit like coder at first and surprisingly more focuse on alcohol esters than I would have guessed. Some notes of pear mix with a woody earth inclusion and an herbal bitterness brings in the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a lower level of carbonation. A kiss of alcohol keeps things interesting. This was tart but not puckeringly so. I found myself crushing my glass quicker than I wanted to was left wanting to drink more. I dont know how often a treat like this comes around but if you get a chance, you need to try this.

12-10-2012 15:53:32 | More by stakem
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claspada

New Jersey

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
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wyatt

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-03-2012 21:32:26 | More by wyatt
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

This is an excellent lambic by cantillon, enjoyed on tap at armsby abbey on zwanze day.

this beer pours a nice yellow straw color and completely transparent, with no head.

the smell is quite funky with some definite barkyard and musty cellar notes. there is a hint of tart green apple in the smell.

the taste is pretty similar to the nose, lightly tart very funky and extremely drinkable.

mouthfeel is almost completely still, maybe due to being force served from the keg a small amount of CO2 dissolved into the beer.

overall this beer is great, but i do prefer 1900 grand cru

12-03-2012 18:29:58 | More by rowingbrewer
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Agold

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-02-2012 21:05:32 | More by Agold
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-02-2012 17:56:33 | More by HopsHopenstein
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured on tap into a tumbler at Churchkey as part of Zwanze day 2012. From notes, 2 year unblended.

Ok I am sure I am going to get some hatred on this one, but I have to be honest with myself here from all the Cantillon fanboys (and ladies). I know of course lambics can come out without any head, that's fine. That's not my issue with appearance on this. My issue is this looks in the glass like a urine sample. Golden urine yellow, the odd tiny bubble creeps up or sticks to the glass, and clear. I am sorry gang this doesn't look appetizing appearance wise, that's just me. Let's get to the more enjoyable parts of this now shall we.

Bouquet has a real nice brine salt character, and mixture of classic funk notes. Lemon tang punches in nicely also.

Palate hits with a real big almost thick vinegar body. Somewhere between white wine and rice vinegar acid, chewy and dense. Finish hits with a real hint of strangely faint sweetness slightly masking over the sourness. Heavily earthy and lots of soil dirt in the mid palate, also bringing much of the classic lemon sensing nose to taste.

Overall it's a solid lambic, even if it doesn't look like something I would want to drink.

12-02-2012 14:10:43 | More by smakawhat
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Armsby Abbey for Zwanze Day.

Very interesting and unique beer. Never had an unblended lambic until now. The official name on the board was Single Barrel Lambic #2 (unblended) so I'm hoping this is the right place for this review. Vinegar, must, earth, wet wood, funk, and barn come through in the nose and the flavor. It sounds strange but you can really get the barrel and unblended qualities from this. Not as effervescent as blended versions. Started the day with this and was very happy with that choice. Great stuff.

12-02-2012 07:28:06 | More by Gatch
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +7%

This is the un-blended 2 year Cantillon lambic served on-tap at Lord Hobo for Zwanze Day 2012. 12oz serving in a tulip glass ordered twice and consumed alongside other Cantillons including Zwanze '12. Supposedly this is very rare and we were told not many bars got this even for Zwanze Day.

A- Appears a bright still golden color with hardly any carbonation and absolutely no head. Some faint small carbonation bubbles here and there, but overall hardly any carbonation and absolutely no lacing.

S- Musty, Funky, a little bit of Vinegar. Fairly aromatic and comparable to a nice aged cheese.

T- Musty, funky, some light vinegar, very light acidic sourness on the finish.

M- Medium bodied, easy to drink, not really carbonated but doesn't really take away anything from the taste.

O- I'm very glad I got to try this- not only was it very interesting but it was very good. It was awesome being able to try this alongside other Cantillons. I wouldn't say this was as flavorful as other Cantillons, but it definitely had the unique Cantillon funk that the microorganisms in the brewery creat. For an unblended lambic this was fantastic and practically just as enjoyable as any blended lambic. Overall this was an awesome experience and I would recommend any one to try it as well if they get the chance.

12-02-2012 04:38:01 | More by jaasen64
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

On-tap at Churchkey for Zwanze 2012, aged 2 years. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear golden orange color with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S- Very funky, some barnyard character but also lots of musty cheese, lemony citrus and some wood.

T- Similar to the nose, lots of funk with hay and cheese, decent amount of lemony tartness and lactic acidity, the finish is super dry and astringent with some wood flavor.

M- Light-bodied, bone dry with light acidity.

O- A very interesting beer, not my favorite from Cantillon but it's still a great beer and cool to compare to Bruocsella.

12-01-2012 21:34:07 | More by WillCarrera
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bishopdc0

Maine

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-01-2012 18:22:40 | More by bishopdc0
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IrishColonial

Texas

3/5  rDev -27.5%

12-01-2012 17:19:32 | More by IrishColonial
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-01-2012 17:11:24 | More by Rhettroactive
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

New review. The bottle I had before was suspect. This time, I tried the beer at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. The next day I had this again at Cantillon.

The beer is hazy and copper hued with a thick head. The aroma is funky and fabulous, and of course, embodies that classic Cantillon scent I have come to love. The flavor is fabulous. Earthy, fresh, funky, musty, damp basement, rain, straw, hay, farm. Complex and yet so easy to drink. Light in body but not thin. A wonderful lambic.

***Original review 07 July 2012***

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

1998 vintage

The beer is transparent and copper to amber in color. No head whatsoever. The aroma brings basement, rain water, funk. The taste is much sweeter than anticipated. A bit of Cantillon funk in the finish, but not to the usual level. Notes of ripe fruit. Overall, this was just ok. I look forward to trying this from the source and comparing to this vintage bottle version.

10-30-2012 02:44:31 | More by Huhzubendah
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Radome

California

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

Tasted at the brewery after taking the self-guided tour. The beer was introduced as the unblended base lambic, meant to demonstrate the building block that will be blended and fruit-infused to create other beers.

A - Golden with some orange highlights; fairly clear. No head at all, just a handful of thin bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S - Aroma is unexpectedly delicate. I get some dry malt graininess, and slight cheese-like funk; however, the biggest element is a gentle, sweet citrus. Others have called it lemony or lemongrass, but I get sweet oranges--mandarin oranges are the closest reference I've got.

T - Flavors are not assertive. There is a low, somewhat sharp blue-cheese note, low bready malt, and again the sweet orange note. No hops flavor, as expected.

M - Light body, no hops bitterness noticeable. No carbonation--totally flat. No alcohol sensation.

O - This is a very enjoyable, easy-drinking beer. I am not a huge fan of lambics, but this one is very impressive for a "work in progress" that is meant for blending and not intended to be sold on its own.

10-15-2012 21:27:41 | More by Radome
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

09-11-2012 21:02:53 | More by DrinkSlurm
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SpeedwayJim

New York

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
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nsheehan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

08-16-2012 04:56:13 | More by nsheehan
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hanlonrn


4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-10-2012 11:57:49 | More by hanlonrn
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jsilva

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

07-01-2012 12:49:59 | More by jsilva
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-23-2012 08:38:00 | More by allforbetterbeer
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -14.3%

This is the "oude" version, a 1998 bottle shared by Brad (I believe that was the date). Thanks Brad! Beer served in a snifter, at the time of this review, this is #5 on the "Top Beers - Lambic - Unblended" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is clear and still, amber with no head, no carbonation, interesting.

Aroma is mildly sour, a little cidery, interesting aroma, there are hints of the Cantillon style funk in there but mostly there is this almost sweet note to it.

Beer is medium in body, a little cidery on the nose, the finish is nice with a little tartness coming through, a shadow of funk is in there as well. I really am looking forward to one day trying this beer at the source.

06-11-2012 17:17:13 | More by drabmuh
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-10-2012 01:49:03 | More by ygtbsm94
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