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Cantillon Soleil De Minuit - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 274
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 01-19-2005)
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2.75/5  rDev -37.4%

sweemzander, Sep 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

Brabander, Sep 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

utah44, Sep 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

Mbrown44, Aug 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

Thorpe429, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of mjohnson17
3.68/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at Zwanze Day 2013.

A: Clear pale yellow/orange. No head, small foam/head ring around the edges of the glass, no head in the middle of glass.

S: Fruity. Not sure what an actual cloudberry smells like but I get apricot, cranberry, pears, some white grape musk. Mostly light fruit nose, a bit of acetone.

T: Disappointingly acetone/nail polish remover. There is some of that fruit that I mention in the smell, white grape, pear, come citrus like orange and lemon. Very little sour or mustiness, do pick up some wood/oak.

M: Nice enough. Surprisingly carbed mouthfeel for very little head on the pour.

O: Really fortunate and glad I got to try this, especially outside of Sweden. Definitely didn't live up to the hype. It was a solid enough offering from Cantillon but to be honest would take most of their regular lineup any day.

mjohnson17, Sep 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

davidwhatshisnam, Jun 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

baybum, Aug 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

weonfire, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Franck, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of bark
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 1999. This beer is probably only sold at the beer bar Akkurat in Stockholm, who made this experiment together with Cantillon.

The colour is orange-red-brown and the liquid is somewhat shady. There is no virtually no head at all, although there is a thin white lacing.

The smell is an almost unbelievable blend of sweet cloudberries and sour vinegar. There are also some notes of wheat flour and iodine.

The taste is as complex as one could have expected; there are dry notes of lemon peels, white vinegar, iodine, lime, fruits and cloudberries (which didn’t dominate the taste as much as I had thought). The aftertaste got a loch and developing taste of cloudberries, a full sour body and salt-sour notes of jam and gravy.

The carbonation was representative for the gueuzes with lots of very fresh small bubbles.

bark, Sep 09, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

dsgolovin, Jul 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

beerhawk41, Jun 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

cfrances33, Feb 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

KeKeKumba, Feb 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

bauermj, Jan 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Quackus, Aug 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

tom10101, Sunday at 11:08 AM
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4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First, this beer wasn't only available in magnums (sorry, Arne). Secondly, this was an unlabeled 750ml with a cork from 1999 into a Narke tulip given to a friend by a really good friend not in the USA.

A - Pours golden in color, fizzy white head, bubbles on top.

S - Super funky tart nose, light fruit, some booze for only 5%. The fruits are sweet but I'm not exactly sure I can pick out cloudberries. Musk, hay, and light acidity.

T - Super sour, tart, light booze burn on the finish, lightly oxidized, light fruit aspect....not sure if it's cloudberries or not, but some fruit is there. For only 5%, I'm surprised how much alcohol there is on the way down. The finish is very tart, light fruit.

M - Light body, light carbonation, dry finish.

O - Sour...very sour. Not as much finesse as I thought there would be with this Lambic. I think the fruit has been overtaken by the tart funky notes, but still, there's some complexity. I am grateful to have tried this beer, and I know I'll never have it again. Thanks to my friend for making this happen because of some genuine beer karma....much deserved.

Sean9689, Jun 24, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been waiting to try this beer for so long and was dissapointed to find they did not have 75cl bottles of this at Akkurat when I visited in August 2008. On a return trip in September 2009 my cousin krkearney and I split a 1.5 litre magnum of it ourselves! Vintage 1999. The beer poured a slight hazy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Bottle appeared flat as there was no pop when the cork was removed but there was definite life left in the bottle. The nose had a very unique and interesting berry character. A bit tart as well. The taste had a strong tart and acidic character. Lovely berry notes, a bit of wood and pepper in the background. The cloudberries are very present in this beer and make for a fantasticly unique beer.

ggaughan, Oct 10, 2009
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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml @ Akkurat

Pours out gueuzey. Clear apple juice like with a thin white cap.

The tumbler glass isn't the best for aroma but a fresh pour yields a nice smell. I am anticipating the taste greatly. Has the Loon funk to it and plenty of fruitiness.

Pretty funky with hay and barnyard and horse blanket, etc. Sharp acidity stings the throat. Fruity with the acidity of green apple and lemon. Apricot, green grape, and pear.

Light carbonation and dry as hell, but gets the mouth watering.

The price tag hurts so much, but I somehow made it to Stockholm so why not.

MattSweatshirt, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of gnoff
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Akkurat in Stockholm, Sweden. November 2005.
Brewed for Akkurat by Cantillon, flavored by cloudberries.
Put on bottle in 1999, matured well since.
Very nice smooth scent and flavor, well balanced but still sour.
Part from the price I wouldn’t mind having a few more ot these.

It's still a lambic in the bottom though, and the taste will remind you of it.

gnoff, May 08, 2006
Photo of emerge077
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 edition. A huge thank you to the appropriate parties for the opportunity to try this.
Served in a small wine taster glass, quick review from written notes.

Bright gold with sharp clarity, frothy edging of white foam and spotty lace in the glass. Seemingly little color attributed to the yellow-orange cloudberries.

Unusual aromas, medicinal camphor oil, green olives, olive oil, honey sweetness, green vines, sour fruit woven in under all that.

Super sour, intense and unusual fruit character. Dry finish, oaky sandalwood with an unripe green raspberry tartness. Salivary glands work into overdrive, the mouth literally waters with each sip. Overall a unique and unusual fruit lambic worth seeking out.

emerge077, Jun 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Anonymous1, Feb 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

phingdong, Jul 11, 2013
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Cantillon Soleil De Minuit from Brasserie Cantillon
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