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Cantillon Soleil De Minuit - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 281
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 01-19-2005

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4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

poured golden yellow with white fluffy head and nice lacing.

The nose was stone fruit and citrus with a suttle musty wood character.

Flavor was musty oak, juicy apricot and tart berries.

Champagne like mouthfeel with a complex finish

Overall- delicious

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4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the recently released 2012 vintage, 750ml. Generously shared by a true lambic lover during an epic sour tasting.
A: The beer is yellow / orange with golden copper glints. Pours crystal clea rwith a white head that fades quite quickly.
S: The nose is very fruity. The cloudberries outstand (there is 6€ worth of fruit on a single bottle, hence this nose!). it reminds me a little bit of red currants and cranberries (with little sourness however). There is also tropical fruits notes and some pear. A light funky scent and some hay aromas in the bakbone.
T: The palate is surprisingly little sour, with almost no tartness on it. It emphasizes much more the fruity flavors, with cloudberry, red currant, orange, mango. It also shows very nice wood flavors. It is not the fruity explosion of a fresh Foufoune, but there are various fruits layers here that express in a brilliant way and which should age well.
M: The mouthfeel is not much sour, but very bright. The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing.
O: A very nice treat. I'm very happy to have been able to try this one. This is a very solid offer from Cantillon, once again.

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4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, never thought I would have an opportunity to try this beer. This is without a doubt the pinnacle of my beer drinking career. I will try to do the beer justice with this review. Cork denotes this is the 1999 vintage.

A-The beer pours a hazy tangerine color with a small white head. Great carbonation still after so long.

S-I’ve never smelled or tasted a cloudberry, so these next two categories will be hard to judge. The nose is incredibly musty with some pretty prominent urine notes, I don’t know why, but it’s incredibly appealing to me.

T-Soleil is crazy sour, probably the most sour Cantillon I’ve ever had. Typical Cantillon funk and lemon rind.

M-Light mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, good acidity, and a moderate finish.

O-Fantastic beer and such a treat to enjoy, I would probably still rate Loerik above this, but that takes nothing away from this. An incredible experience that I’ll never forget. Thanks guys!

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Cantillon Soleil De Minuit from Brasserie Cantillon
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