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Cantillon Soleil De Minuit - Brasserie Cantillon

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 261
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

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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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

09-17-2013 18:17:29 | More by Thorpe429
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spycow

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7%

01-10-2013 03:19:58 | More by spycow
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emerge077

Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 00:48:08 | More by emerge077
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #2500. So I missed drinking a magnum of this beer in 2009, as when I visited Akkurat, they were undergoing renovations and their cellar was inaccessible. After my near-miss I had largely abandoned hope of trying this beer, but lo and behold it shows up at a friend's house less than a mile from where I live. 1999 cork, served in Hill Farmstead stemware.

A - It's still carbonated after all these years. Removing the cork yields a nice pop, and a careful pour yields some quick-dissolving white foam that settles to a partial ring and some stray bubbles. Lightly hazed dark orange body.

S - As someone who's enjoyed cloudberry jam on occasion, I was pleasantly surprised by the persistence of the fruit character after 13 years. Slightly overripe cloudberries mingle with musky funk, mild vinegar sourness, and perhaps a faint hint of oxidation. The aroma is quite potent, and leaps from the glass.

T - The taste, on the other hand, is quite sour, with white wine vinegar and a lightly salty mineral character I get from many Cantillon offerings. Berry flavor is more understated, lending more in the way of a tart, candy flavor. I think I prefer the balance of funk, fruit, and tartness found in the aroma, but this will definitely please lovers of all things acidic.

M - Lower carbonation, medium-light body, and exceptionally dry on the palate. There's some tooth-coating candy stickiness left behind. Not quite as moisture-obliterating as the Feestbier.

D - I must agree with Arne - magnums are the appropriate serving format for this beer. I could imagine crushing 1.5L of this on the Akkurat patio with the sun still shining at 9pm. However, I think there are at least a half-dozen lambics I'd choose over this one if I were stuck on a desert island.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 17:37:48 | More by MasterSki
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

06-14-2013 15:42:16 | More by drummermattie02
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bark

Sweden

4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 21:49:49 | More by bark
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

06-23-2012 18:25:06 | More by AgentZero
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.75/5  rDev +7%

10-01-2013 16:36:05 | More by francisweizen
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whartontallboy

New York

5/5  rDev +12.6%

06-24-2012 05:45:40 | More by whartontallboy
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -38.1%

09-16-2013 14:01:28 | More by sweemzander
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 05:13:26 | More by Sean9689
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7%

09-14-2013 21:34:38 | More by AleWatcher
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle served at that place in Stockholm, lambic basket and proper glassware.

The appearance is a light orange tone with a small white head that does not sit atop for very long. Pulling this towards my nose to check the aroma and I get funk, hay and do get some cloudberries coming through. The aroma did not disappoint and continues to build anticipation of tasting this beer. Upon taking a small sip, I taste oak, a general earthy funk and a good dose of cloudberries. I am someone who has enjoyed cloudberries several times over the years and this beer did a great job of using this Northern Scandinavian fruit. The mouthfeel is a bit champagne like and finishes quite dry. It leaves you with some of that sourness, but not too much. All in all, this beer lived up to my hopes and expectations, which were high. It is a great beer and worth the $.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2014 01:43:22 | More by mltobin
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pixieskid

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

05-13-2013 15:42:24 | More by pixieskid
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle at Akkurat, 2012 vintage, poured into a gueuze glass.

A- Pours a clear golden orange color, produces a thin white head that recedes to a ring, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smells absolutely amazing, the berries are huge, juicy, and smell delicious. There's also a lot of hay and dry must, along with a bit of acidity. This is crazy good.

T- Moderate tartness, nice mix of lactic and acetic, a mild herbal, leafy bitterness, along with a very prominent berry flavor, which again is awesome. Finishes very dry with a musty, woody funk.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate to lowish carbonation, has a smooth, soft feel with a very dry finish.

O- This is a really, really delicious beer, one of the best I've had from Cantillon. The berry flavor and aroma are incredible, it still might improve with more acidity, I expect this would be drinking really well in a few years as well. Hopefully I'll have the chance to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 21:05:25 | More by WillCarrera
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bauermj

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

01-13-2014 02:11:19 | More by bauermj
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Brabander

Netherlands

3/5  rDev -32.4%

09-15-2013 08:49:32 | More by Brabander
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CityofBals

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7%

09-12-2013 03:21:59 | More by CityofBals
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

02-04-2014 00:22:27 | More by cfrances33
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ChrisPro

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.6%

01-16-2013 00:06:57 | More by ChrisPro
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Anonymous1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-10-2014 17:57:23 | More by Anonymous1
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weonfire

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.9%

03-01-2014 22:52:45 | More by weonfire
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Quackus

New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

08-02-2013 20:34:29 | More by Quackus
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jbuddle

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

07-30-2013 13:10:10 | More by jbuddle
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

07-11-2013 01:30:40 | More by phingdong
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Cantillon Soleil De Minuit from Brasserie Cantillon
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