Carignan 2015
Brasserie Cantillon

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
ABV:
5%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.45 | pDev: 4.94%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
67
From:
Brasserie Cantillon
 
Belgium
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  26
Gots
  4
SCORE
93
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Reviews by mhksuccess:
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mhksuccess from California

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 22, 2015
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.79/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle at the brewery, of course. Enjoyed alongside Pineau D'Aunis.

A: Clear, deep crimson body under an inch of fine, rapidly dissipating pink foam. Excellent.

S: Intense and fruit forward, with ripe grape, cassis, and spice alongside the characteristic Cantillon funk and acidity. Unlike the Pineau D'Aunis, which was all about the sour funk, this one's aroma is much more complex and multilayered. Not only is the fruit more prominent, it's a more multidimensional fruitiness. Terrific.

T: Even better than the aroma, which I didn't think was possible. The richness and complexity of the carignan grapes is unbelievable, with all the depth of a fine bottle of wine (complete with vanilla oak and delectably spicy tannins) leading up to a crisply sour citric acidity and a dose of mustardseed piquancy ahead of the clean, tart finish. Simply amazing.

M: Typical Cantillon: plenty of carbonation plus abundant acidity makes for a lively tactile experience, but there's just enough creaminess to keep it from being too sharp.

O: What a Lambic! This was the best beer I had during my recent visit to Brussels, and clearly bested everything else I had at the brewery (including Fou'Foune and 50n4e). If they ever released this to the wild, it would be beyond ridiculous. I sincerely hope that it stays on-premise only, and that I'm fortunate enough to get to try it again with some age. This bottle was neck-and-neck with St. Lamvinus '05 for my favorite Cantillon fruit Lambic of all time, and one of the best beers I've had in a long, long time.

Cheers!

Mar 26, 2015
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 14, 2015
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mothman from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cantillon carignan 2015

White head. Ruby color. Beautiful.

Very fruity. Grapes, tannins, leather, and oak. Berries show the most. Light funk with acidic noted and vinegar.

Very enjoyable. Easy drinking. Complex.

Apr 03, 2016
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canjeeps from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Jan 18, 2016
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer on 11/7/2015 while visiting Cantillon. Presented in a lambic basket and shared in a taster. Poured a hazy beet color with no head - just a thin, tight band around the edges. Nose is fairly subdued - light funk and dull cranberry notes. Taste expresses some acetic notes and light tart fruits (cranberry?). Mouthfeel is incredible - light in body, mildly acidic with a slight sting to the salivary glands. Overall, the verdict is delicious! Perhaps a bit young still in terms of potential complexity; however, the sum was definitely greater than the parts. A top notch beer.

Nov 15, 2015
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StJamesGate from New York

4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the brewery, Brussels.
Glowing raspberry with fast-fleeing froth. 4.25
Big Bretty barn (and poo!) and cherry stone nose. 4
Stone fruit, some goat cheese, green apple, cranberries, more yoghurt and some herbs. 4.5
Yoghurt end and tart grape skin linger.
Lacto smooth, dry, crisp. 4.25

Two-year-old lambic made with the titular grapes, which are prone to wild yeast infections, as it happens.

Flavors come in waves - fruit and wild blend seamlessly. Incredible balance, and lacto smooths it out. Smells more wild than it is, but amazing how much funk is in there, considering how refined it is. When it comes to fruit in lambic, this has kinda ruined kriek forever for me.

Stunning. 4.5

Oct 05, 2015
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spycow from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 12, 2016
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mattmarka1 from Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nov 05, 2015
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snaotheus from Washington

4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015-05-11
750ml bottle in a basket split amongst a bunch of wine glasses at the Cantillon brewery. Cantillon described it simply as, "French grapes."

Pours light pink, with a small ring of head. Smell is lightly of grape juice and generic fruit. Of course, lambic.

Taste is light red wine, and sweet tart.

Mouthfeel is very dry. Overall, good beer.

May 14, 2015
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 23, 2015
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petermethot from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 01, 2016
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chickenm from Canada

4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 08, 2015
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AlexFields from Tennessee

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Feb 26, 2016
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digita7693 from Germany

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 14, 2015
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warnerry from Michigan

4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 23, 2015
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beerpirates from Belgium

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 09, 2015
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klipper from Michigan

4.27/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 14, 2015
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.84/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Carignan recolte 2015 (2015 vintage). Bottled 28 October 2015. Label is dark yellow/beeswax in colour and "Cantillon" appears in red text at its top.

Bottle is 75cl format and comes in green glass. Bottle purchased at Cantillon brewery in Brussels for 15 euro and reviewed live as a fruited (I.e. graped) Lambic.

HEAD: ~2cm wide head. Recedes within 2 minutes, leaving no lacing. Nice consistency; nice complexion.

BODY: Vibrant bright red. Translucent; semitransparent. No yeast can be seen within.

It's a great look for a fruited Lambic. I'm eager to try it.

AROMA: Suggests a soft powdery brew with a red wine emphasis. Also, plenty of complex bacterial intangibles and lambicus yeast complexity, lending it about a 3-4/10 sourness in terms of intensity. Acidic but not acetic or vinegary. Subtle oak lurks beneath the surface. A blip of clean Cantillon funkiness. Mild red grape character; it seems mellow but contributory. More tartness would be nice.

I detect no booziness nor off notes.

Aromatic intensity is average for a Lambic.

TASTE: Semisweet red grape, grapeskin, rose wine, really reticent muted oak. And that's it for the barrel...

Base brings plenty of fruitiness, but it's indistinct. Wheat and malted barley are so neutral they let the fruit and sourness shine.

Speaking of the sourness, I get about a 3-4/10 intensity. Not much tartness, to its detriment. These seemingly young grapes would really benefit with more of a tart acidic flavour.

Blips of wild red berries. Subtle bacterial intangibles. A kiss of that clean Cantillon funkiness.

Not leathery, lemony, horseblanket-redolent, or overtly brettanomyces-emphatic.

Balanced and rather enjoyable, with notable subtlety, nuance, and intricacy. Depth of flavour is good, but could be better.

A biteen jammy, which is nice. Sweetened cranberry comes to mind.

TEXTURE: Acidic, smooth, wet, supple, light to medium-bodied, lightly tart, refreshing, a biteen powdery. Not quite as soft as the best beers in the style, nor quite as delicate. More of a more smacky more puckering presence on the palate would be nice.

Not oily, gushed, harsh, hot, rough, scratchy, astringent, syrupy, or sticky.

OVERALL: Highly highly drinkable, with a great presence on the palate. An(other) extraordinary brew from possibly the best brewery in the world, and absolutely a must try. More great work from Cantillon.

B+ (3.84) VERY GOOD

Mar 24, 2016
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phingdong from New Hampshire

4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 20, 2015
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acurtis from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 23, 2015
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

4.07/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 04, 2016
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CheapBeerBuzz from California

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jul 02, 2016
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aug 31, 2015
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beergorrilla from Michigan

4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 26, 2016
Carignan 2015 from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 67 ratings