Brasserie Cantillon

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Brasserie Cantillon
Fruit Lambic
Ranked #40
Ranked #1,626
4.29 | pDev: 6.76%
Feb 12, 2022
Jun 07, 2017
Notes: Nath is the result of the maceration of rhubarb in 2 years old lambic, naturally refermented into the bottle.
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Rated: 4.18 by hopley from Massachusetts

Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 5 by Ziosa from Missouri

Dec 29, 2021
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml bottle at share, 2019 vintage.Pale golden body with slight head.tart aroma, lambic funk. taste brings in light rhubarb accents, sweet and dirty. Different.
Dec 18, 2021
Rated: 4.51 by Lucnifter from California

Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Damian from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Drank on tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA
Served in a stemmed glass

Nearly crystal clear, medium amber appearance. The liquid was topped by a thin, fluffy, bone white cap that fell to a fat, clingy, lasting collar. There was only minimal lacing.

Outstanding aroma. The rhubarb was subtle initially but really made its presence known after some time. Freshly picked rhubarb came to mind. Moderately tart and vegetal but also slightly sweet. An intensely funky, cheesy note was also apparent. Loads of barnyard character too. Some oaky barrel was also detectable.

The flavor profile was very similar to the nose and nearly as impressive. Here, the rhubarb was quite punchy from the get go. Tart and bright with a touch of sweetness. Funky barnyard notes were apparent here as well, though slightly more subtle than in the nose. Somewhat cheesy. Lemon notes appeared in the center. Lots of oaky barrel on the back end and the finish. Pleasantly dry and tannic. More lingering rhubarb, lemon and barrel after the swallow.

Terrific soft, fluffy mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a crisp, sprightly effervescence that gave the beer a light frothiness on the palate.

Nath is a terrific rhubarb-infused lambic and one of the more interesting Cantillons I have yet to try. This beer displayed the perfect balance of fruit, tartness and barnyard funk.
Oct 29, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by sd123 from Georgia

Oct 26, 2021
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Another selection from Zwanze Day 2021. This might have been my fave of the day.

Pours amber. I thought it would be more of a rhubarb color. Maybe I was getting more of the strawberry from New Glarus when comparing the image of these beers. 1/3" white head. The aroma hits the nice rhubarb note, now I'm remembering that b1 Windowsill beer before it just got too massive in later iterations. The wood is mild behind it.

The taste is quite nice, rhubarb doesn't take on too bitter of a dimension, the acidity is in my wheelhouse, the sourness isn't overstated. There is a light brett like additional kind of fruit feel influence despite this being only rhubarb as I understand it. I thought carbonation was just right for the mouth feel. I really dug this one. I hate to be that guy who doesn't obey the narrative though, but I'm gonna say it. I think New Glarus does something like this that I like even more. I know, it isn't rare/Euro enough for the sissterhipsters, but nobody IRL takes them that seriously.
Oct 07, 2021
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
i had been wanting to try this one forever, so i was stoked to get the chance at zwanze day this year, this is the rhubarb one, itself a former zwanze day beer if i remember right. very mature base beer, more sour than the other ones i had in this session, and not just from the astringent natural rhubarb, the base beer seems older, more bacterial, sharper. this looks brassy colored, more still than the others from the tap, lightly hazy but still with a shine. the nose is natural rhubarb right out of the garden, amazing how similar its acidity seems to be to this lambic, the wood unites them, but i get white wine, under ripe strawberry, watermelon rind, and jasmine flower nuances too, lots happening here to my senses, and it makes my mouth water like crazy, still woody and dry too. so much rhubarb in the taste, and im stoked its all by itself, not fruits or spices or anything, so it comes through as really pure. the sourness is high though and there is that rhubarb almost pithy feeling astringency to this, real ingredients here for sure. white wine, old oak, lots of bretty funk, a white vinegar tang, and some appreciable wheat character keeping it earthy and grounded. better carbonation than it shows in the glass, very light body, tons of texture from the rhubarb on the swallow. great lambic, real mature, cool use of the rhubarb to yield something entirely unique. a pleasure to sip on.
Oct 07, 2021
Rated: 4.93 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania

Sep 30, 2021
Rated: 4.39 by steverx8 from England

Sep 25, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by moltch from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by JensUrup from Denmark

Mar 06, 2021
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Reviewed by zac16125 from South Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Vintage 2019
750mL bottle

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw yellow with 1 fingers width of bright white head which has good retention. Aroma is tart lactic acidity, lots of oak, and a decent amount of an earthy, almost woody character. I’m not going to lie, I’m no rhubarb expert (only time I can even remember having rhubarb was in strawberry rhubarb pie), so I’m not even sure what they smell/taste like but I’m guessing that’s the somewhat sweet yet earthy character I get on the nose. There’s a bit of white pepper spice which I don’t typically get with Cantillons, some floral notes to round it out. Wonderful and complex aroma. Taste is lots of tart citrus, quite sour, with an almost vinegary note on the finish. It’s very drying on the finish, with huge oaky notes. Lots of citrus with lemon, subtle orange zest, a bit of bitterness on the finish which again I don’t typically get from Cantillons (it is quite subtle though). Balancing fruity sweetness, which again I can’t really claim to know is rhubarb character, but that would be my guess. Some sweet and tart red berry notes. A fairly large minerality, not as puckeringly sour as many, and notably more oaky. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, appropriately highly carbonated, vibrant mouthfeel with a huge drying finish that makes you long for the next sip. Overall, a delightful beer. Not amongst my favorite Cantillons but still notably better than almost any other lambic brewer/blender.

Feb 08, 2021
Rated: 4.4 by 911CROFT from England

Dec 30, 2020
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear, deep rose coloration with a small, fizzy head that rapidly fades away and slightly visible carbonation. Smells of light doughy malt and a distinct rhubarb aroma, as well es some estery fruit notes of apple and apricot, with just a hint of funk and oak. Taste is a great balance of light doughy malt, a distinct tart rhubarb presence, some estery fruit, with notes of green apple, apricot and gooseberry, as well as just the merest hint of earthy funk and oak, with a good underlying acidity. Finishes with a medium acidity and some rhubarb and light funk lingering in the aftertaste. Effervescent mouthfeel with a medium body and medium/strong carbonation.

This is a Lambic that is very much in the same vein as Fou Foune, meaning that the focus is very much on its vibrant fruitiness rather than a deep complexity or rich funk. Which is fine, of course, although it's not quite as expressive as Fou Foune, being only 3 months older. Then again, I really think that Fruit Lambic like this should ideally be enjoyed as fresh as possible to really enjoy the fruitiness to its full extent. There still is a very nice, tart rhubarb presence to this, which is complemented by some fruity esters and a good, medium acidity that borders on being just a touch too intense though, while the funk and oak really are minimal, really more of some fleeting accents that fight a losing battle against the acidity. Overall, a quite enjoyable Fruit Lambic with distinct fruity, tart and acidic notes, but little funk or complexity, while its aroma and mouthfeel are both sublime. Really something that's more suited to the summertime than winter, much like Fou' Foune. (Vintage 2020, 6 months old)
Dec 27, 2020
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Reviewed by kevanb from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
750ml bottle, 2020 vintage dated June 17, 2020, poured into a Bar Volo Cantillon Zwanze Day glass.

The beer pours a cloudy orange-y red color, pinkish and amber hues with a few loose bubbles of off white head that offer no retention nor lacing. The aroma is lovely, fresh rhubarb, jammy and rich yet tart with moderate acidity, lovely earthy funk, a touch of underlying berry fruit and some wildflower. The flavors are excellent, bright and beautiful rhubarb, jammy, tart, earthy, vegetal, all the qualities that make rhubarb one of my favorite vegetables, just so delicate yet so expressive while there is a nice floral quality that plays with the funk, a bit of candied hop comes out with the more earthy qualities of this beer but it finishes with a lightly tart rush of rhubarb with a hint of lemon acidity. The mouthfeel is great, lively, crisp and coating with a vibrant medium body and a tart and dry finish.

Verdict: An excellent fruited lambic from Cantillon. Rhubarb is one of my favorite vegetables and this captures all the magic of rhubarb, simultaneously berrylike yet earthy and vegetal. A great spectrum of flavors for the funky lambic to play with and compliment. A truly great beer.
Nov 27, 2020
Rated: 4.27 by DvdP from Netherlands

Nov 09, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Beerbom from California

Oct 17, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2019 vintage; drank 9/26/20 @ Lola's.

When chilled, this was kind of harsh on the rhubarb edge; I got lots of bitter veggie and fresh earth vibes.

However, as it warmed strawberry jam note emerged that evened this out considerably.

Interesting, and certainly worth a quaff.
Sep 28, 2020
Rated: 4.59 by Foeder82 from Belgium

Aug 30, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by fehrminator from North Carolina

Jun 14, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by warnerry from Michigan

May 20, 2020
Rated: 4 by GRG1313 from California

Apr 28, 2020
Rated: 4.31 by BEER88 from Washington

Apr 03, 2020
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Reviewed by Vidblain from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Vintage 2017 - drank August 9th, 2018. Stinky, but so tart, sour, and wonderful. The rhubarb is lighter than I might like, but damn fine.

Vintage 2018 - drank February 23rd, 2019. Just as stinky as 2017's bottle. Still wonderful - quite sour.
Feb 24, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by edthehead from New York

Feb 11, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Jan 20, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by jkrug5 from Maryland

Jan 06, 2020
Rated: 4.44 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Dec 16, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Dec 09, 2019
Rated: 4.26 by desint from Belgium

Dec 08, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania

Dec 08, 2019
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
I had this as part of Zwanze Day 2019.

Whispers of rhubarb on the nose, with a subtle rhubarb strawberry character on the finish. Appears flat, with minimal bubbles. Lightly carbonated. Crisp finish. Delicious.
Dec 01, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by santig0nzalez from Paraguay

Nov 18, 2019
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Reviewed by JohnGalt1 from Idaho

4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Reviewed as part of the Beta Test App Version 0.1.0. Typical Cantillon funk with a nice smack of puckering rhubarb. Happy to get a chance to try this one.
Oct 24, 2019
Rated: 4 by BerryKumquat from California

Sep 30, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by Dazka from Italy

Sep 28, 2019
Rated: 4 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Sep 28, 2019
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.61/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Currently #36 on the Top Fruited Lambic beers list.

On-draught @ Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA during Zwanze Day. $12 per 6oz pour.

5.5% ABV.

APPEARANCE: White floater head proper. Vibrant gold body. No yeast/lees are visible within.

AROMA: Rhubarb, definitely. Pale malts disappear behind the center stage lambicus funkiness and bacterial intricacy. Funkier and more bruxellensis-emphatic than many Cantillon lambics I've tried. Sweaty gym sock style funkiness comes to mind. Hay, leather, microflora, dried lime, vinegar.

Definitely enticing, but the rhubarb doesn't seem as strong as, say, the cherry does in Cantillon Kriek.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Rhubarb is present but low key, bringing some bitterness as well as fruity sweetness. More barnyard notes/"dirty" funkiness is present here than in most Cantillon beers...I suspect this is more bruxellensis emphatic than their other usually lambicus-dominant brews.

Apple skin, hay, microfloral intricacy, pollen, wild yeasts, subtle bacterial notes.

Refreshing, smooth, dry, medium-bodied, approachable. Not too sour or acidic, but I do want more sourness and fruitiness from this that it doesn't quite delivered.

Complex, but it's not next level in terms of its marriage of fruit and spontaneous fermentation agents.

OVERALL: Not as oak, fruit, or bacteria forward as I'd hoped, but nitpicking Cantillon is a tough endeavor. Still a hell of a tasty lambic that will satisfy even the most picky of drinkers.

I guess I just don't like rhubarb as much as the fruits used in other Cantillon beers, and I love this less than those as a result.

Sep 28, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Sep 28, 2019
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