Brasserie Cantillon

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Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #35
Ranked #1,567
4.28 | pDev: 6.78%
Brasserie Cantillon
Notes: Nath is the result of the maceration of rhubarb in 2 years old lambic, naturally refermented into the bottle.
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Photo of Vidblain
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Feb 24, 2020
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4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
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.


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kojevergas from Colorado, Sep 28, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2019 Nath, on draft at Moeder Lambic. What an exceptional example of a rhubarb beer. If you like rhubarb, you'll love this, as it has all of Cantillon's typical nuance, complexity and balance. But if you don't like rhubarb, this is not likely to be your thing. The nose is pretty pure, with the entire plant in its element, including some of the celery-like notes that don't show up in a beer very often.

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Photo of Arjen
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draught (2018 issue) @ Foeders, on the 1st day of Carnivale Brettanomyces 2019. Pours a hazy orange colour and a white-ish head with some retention. Aroma's: sour, wood, fruity. Retronasal follos this, sourness not too sharp. Flavour is sour with light bitterness. Light bodied. Soft carbonation. Some funk in the finish.

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Arjen from Netherlands, Jun 21, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 Nath consumed 09 Feb 2019. Thanks Brian!

Super rhubarb, raw and biting, earthy funk and with a mildly poop-like note that dissipates after being decanted. Mild pickle juice. The palate opens with bright lemon, rhubarb, mild clove, fresh mushrooms. Nice bright lemony acidity, mild floral honey. Soft, drying finish. The rhubarb expression is quite stellar here.

2018 vintage, on tap at The Beermongers, 02 September 2019
Nose has mild rhubarb and some raspberry along with a solid, funky, earthy, lambic base. Sharp, rotten lemon bright, sour, on point and focused with sharp rhubarb, lemon, mild barrel tannins. Well executed, though the rhubarb character isn't as brilliant as the 3F ToF. 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 vintage. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a cantillon stemmed glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a two finger white head that reduces slowly to leave a ring of retention.

Aromas of funky yeast, oak, fresh grassy fields, fresh garden tomatoes, Sauvignon grapes, more oak, raw.

Taste is easy, fresh, smooth, tart wheat and hay fields, grassy and earthy, white wine, oak, finishing champagne-like, dry on the tongue with a light, easy drinking body and medium carbonation.

Overall quite a delicious, balanced, easy drinking beer with lots of fresh flavors. I’d be interested in seeing how it ages, but right now it’s raw and ready to drink.

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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Jan 21, 2019
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3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle of the 2017 vintage .This is basically Zwanze 2008/2012 again right? Lambic with rhubarb? Bright golden color, almost no head but plenty of bubbles. It smells stinky and sweaty, dust and cardboard mixed with vegetables. Almost a salty aroma. The aroma has a real lambic funk to it. Flavor is salty, mild citrus, lambic, celery? Love this label and backstory but I am not the biggest fan of the beer. Or am I?

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ArrogantB from Colorado, Jan 02, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a snifter. A hazy golden color with a modest white head. Aroma was seriously funky with diesel fuel, cheese, and hay. The taste was followed. Strikingly funky. The above notes were in full view, balanced with a bright and tart fruity note. Clean and dry finish. Overall a fantastic sour beer.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Dec 02, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(5 oz pour at Zwanze Day event at Monk's... served in a little snifter)

Out of all sampled on the day, this to me showed the hardest, most complex funk, on the nose and on the palate... Reminded me, at a glance, of Mariage Parfait (not as mangy, however), and it's my own fault I didn't buy a bottle to compare... subtle, sweaty, bitter bite in its finish was refreshing - woke up my palate... another of which I would like to grab a bottle

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Sep 30, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Lemon is the key ingredient here, sorry rhubarb. The lemon holds everything together, bringing out the tart in the rhubarb, the big funk in the yeast, and the hay in the base. Creates some esters of green apple, grape, pear, and others. Warming up helps the depth of flavor Perfect to have with meats and cheese.

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REVZEB from Illinois, Sep 21, 2018
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3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy pastel yellow-gold with a soft, creamy white head that persists throughout as a thick clingy collar.

Really funky but light stinky cheese aromas are followed by overripe peach, and a little sawdust or crushed almond.

I do not get a lot of rhubarb in taste, more like a lemon-raspberry tart, which I guess in itself is pretty close to straight rhubarb, but we have rhubarb that grows all around the house so it's not a flavor I'm unfamiliar with when ultra fresh. I also get some barnyard funk, and as it warms, some fresh rhubarb faintly emerges. Luckily I had some rhubarb jam nearby to tease out the rhubarb flavor, but it is not like a mouth puckering crunch of that green-pinkish stalk, it's just a slight twinge running along the background.

Medium body with a soft, frothy feel.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Sep 16, 2018
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3.27/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

20 Agosto 2018. From tercertiempocervezas. 2017 version. 75cl. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 4. Didnt notice nothing special from the rubharb, just a well adjusted sourness that is affordable but fails to impress, specially given its high price tag. Avg 3.27

17 Dic 2019. Version de 2018. De tercertiempocervezas. En copa Teku. Compartida con Carlos, con pistacho. Recibiendo Hecatombe Sloths. Acidez bastante suave y asequible a cualquier paladar. Agradable pero sin nada que justifique su alto precio. La fruta (ruibarbo) no la noto

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Photo of rudzud
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enormous thanks to Francois for sharing.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of nice barnyard full, hay blankets, light fruit notes along with strong acidity.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with excellent funk and barnyard. Really nice light vegative, tart. Pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, clean.

O - Overall this was a rather solid Cantillon beer. Excellent funk and tartness.

Serving Type: bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Aug 11, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Francois
Big fizzy bubbly head, slight hazy blond color

Nose nice big funk, barnyard funk, little fruity in the background, mild grassy hay funk, big bright tartness, little tart rhubarb

Taste big funk, barnyard funk with tart rhubarb, generic fruity with bright acidic gritty, little grassy thing with juicy Cantillon funk and tart acidity,

Mouth is lighter bod decent carb, tart mild flemmy

Overall very nice

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Aug 11, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a snifter appears a clear light yellow to copper color with a white head.

It smells sulfuric, cheesy and grassy with quite a bit of egg farts going on. Honestly the nose is not appealing on this.

It tastes tart and lemony lactic to grassy with rhubarb being noticeable atop a slight grain essence.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. Despite getting off to a rough start in the nose department this turned out to be quite a chuggable offering that id quite enjoy to have some bottles of to revisit again sometime.

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stakem from Pennsylvania, Jun 15, 2018
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4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork and capped bottle, dated 4 July 2017, served in a Cantillon stemmed glass. Pours a bright lemon yellow body, unfiltered with a slight haze to it. One finger white head, good retention, a bit of lacing, even. Smell is vegetal and rhubarb-forward. Tart rhubarb character with a fair bit of herbal character backing it up. There is a leathery, lemon funk behind it all, with a mild-moderate acetic acidity and some oak. Flavour is mild-moderate acetic acidity, a lot of rhubarb character, oak, a bit of leather and wet funk. No sulphur. A bit of a mild vegetal bitterness on the finish rounding it out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, refreshingly tart without much bitterness, fair bit of funk on the backend. A really nice flavour, fairly tart without too much sweetness but not harsh like rhubarb can get to be on its own.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Apr 22, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml picked up from the brewery. I grew up with a rhubarb plant in the garden and a rhubarb pie and some preserves every year, so I was looking forward to this. Pour is...well honestly it looks like the gueuze. Lovely big head that goes creamy, and clear pale gold liquid, but the rhubarb doesn't color this one like many of the other fruits do. Nose is on the lighter side I'd say for Cantillon. Yes, it has the distinct funk and obvious citric acidity, but it is not pronounced. I do get the added element of rhubarb here and really like how it rounds out the smell. Taste is actually mild as well for a Cantillon. Very drinkable as the funk and tartness is slightly below average, but I could see some people saying this isn't what they were looking for. I honestly couldn't have picked out the rhubarb flavor in a blind tasting, but it seems to have just mellowed the whole thing out. I would go so far as to say this would be a good intro to Cantillon for folks that aren't used to the funky tartness since it is softer here. Overall, a very good beer...but I miss the funk a bit.

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Photo of alos31
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really loved this one. I was a little worried because of the rhubarb but I must say I was thoroughly impressed. The smell has qualities of funk but also spice. The sour is not too overpowering so this might be a great entry for someone as well.

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alos31 from Massachusetts, Oct 02, 2017
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4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle at the brewery, served in basket ad small tasting glass. Appearence is lightly hazed dull gold with a small white collar.

Smell is funky and musty, lots of barnyard, a hint of rhubarb. Big blue cheese and baby diaper.

Taste is also a funk bomb, as much as any Cantillon, which I'm loving. The rhubarb may have amplified the pucker factor here, and makes it's taste most prevalent in the aftertaste, and subtlety at that.

Mouthfeel is dry, oily, light, but with a little glycerine. Super tannic.

Drinakability is high if you like funk bombs. This is probably my favorite Cantiion yet.

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ccrida from Oregon, Sep 30, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Sovereign in Washington, D.C. Zwanze Day 2017.

Hazy yellow body with a small head. Huge cheesy funk aroma. Earthy, dank, old basement funk. Blue cheese and the classic flavor of Cantillon lambic. Tasty.

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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia, Sep 24, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Thin Man Brewery for Zwanze Day.

This one pours a sparkling yellow-ish color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells super earthy, and a little vegetal, with tons of barnyard, rhubarb stalks, and lemon.

Rhubarb works very well with lambic, but this has an odd vegetal character to it. It's less pronounced in the taste than the aroma luckily. The rhubarb seems to enhance the intense funk of the base lambic, as it's super lemon, grassy, and horse-blankety (that's a word, yeah?). The rhubarb supplied some typical rhubarb flavors, but it also seemed to provide the flavors of the leaves and stalks of the plant.

This is light bodied and delicately carbonated. It's a slow sipper due to the intense flavors.

This is definitely a fun beer, but the rhubarb did some weird/interesting things to the base lambic.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Sep 24, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 psyched that this went around for zwanze. pour at fools gold in NYC on zwanze day. pale orange. as promised nose smells like my ass but really comes together on that first sip.

rhubarb works so well for lambic it's scary. subtle but flavorful. simply delcious. it's as if rhubarb was made for lambic.

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cosmicevan from New York, Sep 23, 2017
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4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap. 2017. White head. Vibrant orange color.

Nose is lots of funky barnyard smelliness. Farts and manure.

Lots of tart rhubarb. Big cantillon funk for how young it is. Lemon citrus. Basement must. Sour and oaky. Very fruity.

I really enjoyed this rhubarb version. Very well done.
2017 bottle consumed 12/17
Nose is funk and farts. Rhubarb hits in the taste. Sour with some acidity. A really cool Lambic.
2018 Nath consumed 8/2018

White head. Golden color with an orange hue. Lots of rhubarb here. The most I’ve ever had from Cantillon. Sulphur and rotten egg funk. Sour with a hint of tart. Earthy and funky. Very nice. My favorite Cantillon rhubarb to date. 4.6

2019 consumed 8/19
No head. Great balance of sulfur farts and rhubarb. Lightly tart with a hint of citrus. Good balance of 2017 and 2018. Pretty easy drinking. 4.5
2019 bottle consumed 5/20.

Very balanced. Sulfur and farts have faded. All rhubarb, but not tart like it has been. Lemony and oaky lambic. Really enjoying this vintage. 4.55

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mothman from Minnesota, Sep 23, 2017
Nath from Brasserie Cantillon
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