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Cantillon Lambic D'Haute Densité - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 22.35%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Huhzubendah on 06-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 5
Photo of callmescraps
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Very grateful to get this one from a friend. Had never heard of it, and now realizing why. The bottle is lovely, a wonderful old fellow with sexy curves, more like a champagne bottle than anything.

Appearance- Vigorous pour produces virtually no head. Thick, golden brown in color. Like a slightly lighter apple cider.

Smell- Lovely, barnyard and funky. Cidery, Just a real deep funkiness.

Taste- Follows the nose. Funky, a little sour apple, pepper. A little vegetal. Maybe some grape. Definitely maltier than anticipated. Some lemon zest.

Feel- This is a little tough. It's just flat, sitting there on the tongue, clingy.

Overall- Disappointing. It's been awhile since I've had any Cantillon, and I can't say this one was worth the wait. Very glad to have tried it. They make so much wonderful stuff, but it's always going to be hit and miss. Well, this is a miss. Not even a particularly interesting miss. That said, it's got some nice things to recommend it.

Photo of Jeffo
2.06/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle shared at Moeder Lambic at the yearly tasting last weekend. Always a good time gents!

From a 750ml, hand marked bottle into a tasting glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours out flat with no head at all. Deep, hazy safety orange in color with no carbonation evident. Flat and unremarkable.

SMELL: This is pretty rough. Rotten vegetables with some caramel notes and light funk initially. Very musty with notes of what can only be described as dried mother's milk. Not appealing.

TASTE: Also rather challenging in the flavor as well. Quite sweet up front with caramel and toffee mixing in with rotten vegetables and cabbage at the swallow. Some funky notes with mold and musty flavors try to cut through the foul fruit and rotten vegetables, but fail. Some old, dried milk lingers on the palate as well. This is tough.

PALATE: Thicker and syrupy body with no carbonation. Flat and slick going down, finishing slightly sticky on the palate.

OVERALL: This was an option for Zwanze 2012 but got scrapped. Apparently it was then sold off to a festival in the US... I appreciate the effort and the attempt to make something different. The guys at Cantillon don't shy away from the unknown, which makes them a fun brewery to support. Unfortunately they can't all be winners, and this one just doesn't work for me. Thanks for the share gents. Always good times.

Photo of Sean9689
2.92/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Eric.

Pours a orange color, bubbles here and there. Sweet malts, caramel, booze, some oak. Taste is harsh medicinal, some sweetness, oak, malts. Medium body, very light carbonation, harsh finish.

Very unique beer and not something I’d go after again.

Photo of Noyt
3.17/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First pour at the Festival. From the decanter, clear gold brown pour with zero head. Weird grape aroma, lots of wood, cherries ketchup, strangely acetic for a lambic, really woody. Flavor of sour cherries, lots of oak, light boozy notes, slightly acrid wood finish. Palate is med bodied with low carbonation. Usually I'm a big fan of Cantillon, but this one was disappointing.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

~4-6 oz. pour at Brasserie Cantillon. October 2012. Review from notes. After conversing with Jean for a couple hours, he disappeared to get "something very special." I was intrigued, to say the least.

The beer is a bit darker than the standard lambic. A few bubbles, but the beer is essentially still. The nose brings grape skins, musky funk, white wine, oak, light floral notes, earthy scents, mushrooms.

When Jean brought this to me, he did not tell me what was in the glass. I sniffed and savored for approximately a half hour before finally succumbing to curiosity. Me: "I’ve never had this before." Jean: "I know" He then explained the lambic and the process by which it came to be.

Alcohol content was masked so elegantly, I had no idea this weighed in at 9.7% abv. This drinks like an elegant French wine paired with all that is fabulous about Cantillon, what an experience. This was perhaps the highlight of my trip to Belgium.

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Cantillon Lambic D'Haute Densité from Brasserie Cantillon
79 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.