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Cantillon Blåbær LambikCantillon Blåbær Lambik

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made in cooperation with Jeppe from Olbuttikken in Copenhagen. Jeppe provides the blueberries for the beer,and it is brewed at Cantillon and then shipped back to Copenhagen and only sold at Olbutikken.

2005 Vintage (batch 1) - 50 75cl bottles released. Gold foil.
2007 Vintage (batch 2) - 37.5cl and 75cl bottles. Black foil.
2007 Vintage (batch 3) - 75cl bottles. Gold foil.
2009 Vintage (batch 4) - 37.5cl and 75cl bottles. No foil. Label reads "2009".
2009 Vintage (batch 5) - 37.5cl and 75cl bottles. No foil. Label reads "2009 II".
2010 Vintage (batch 6) - 37.5cl and 75cl bottles. Label reads "2010".
2011 Vintage (batch 7) - 37.5cl and 75cl bottles. No foil. Label reads "11".
2015 first year with the year printed on the label and not handwritten

Added by Crosling on 04-11-2007

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Photo of rudzud
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage. Honoured to share this with JLindros in honor of his newborn son. Review 2800.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice slightly hazy blueberry juice hue with a light pink head that fades to leave sticky lacing and a thick blanket.

S - Aromas of incredible blueberry, berry skin. Excellent light funk, basement and cheesy funk, soft lemons. Really really fragrant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, tons of blueberry skin and tannins, loads of funk, cheesy basement. The acidity is nice, but the tannins are a bit too over powering.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, very clean with a good funk.

O - Overall this was a very good lambik. Excellent blueberry notes with really good funk. Excellently crafted.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to rudzud, the gem I've been trying to get for a while! 2013

Huge frothy head, pink blueberry thick head fades semi slowly with big lacing, slight hazy dark purple maroon berry juice color.

Nose is incredible! Loads and loads of blueberry, fresh blueberry and aged funky, great lambic funk, earthy tart sour funk, sour lambic tart berry skin, blueberry flesh, juicy as Hell.

Taste brings tons more blueberry, big berry skin, little bitter tannin, acidic funk, lambic acidic funk, funky wild acidic lambic tart earthy, blueberry seed, tart funk, delicious but tannins and acidic bite are a bit too much.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, good acidity.

Overall awesome, incredible but some parts could be better.

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Photo of Shogun250
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 750ml.

Had a quarter pour side by side with a myriad of other blueberry beers. Big take away was I surprised how soft and not sour this was. Tart yes and still got that Cantillon funk. Got more berry flavor as it warmed. I've heard this beer is really over-hyped and compared to the other blueberry beers out there I still think this is a very special beer. Maybe bluberry sours in general are just not as flavorful and jammy as raspberry, cherry, apricot, etc. Proabably wouldn't seek it out again but was still a great beer to have.

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Photo of kitch
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A 375ml bottle at Himmergiet of the 2015 Vintage. Poured into a mini wine glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy ruby red dark purple colour with a one finger pinkish purple head that had good retention and sparse lacing.

Aroma: Blueberry, tart, funk, some acidity and lemon.

Taste: Blueberry, sour, tart and light funk.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Wow, this was just special. One of the best Cantillon offerings I’ve tried along with the Lou Pepe Framboise. It’s just too bad I missed the 2016 release in Copenhagen by two days as I would have loved to open another bottle.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich bluish, purple with healthy blueberry yogurt head. Bottom of cork and nose smells like spontaneous funk with minimal barnyard mustiness but with healthy blueberry aroma. Taste is young lambic citric acidic sourness with big tannic presence, a bit of lacto, and slight but real blueberry undertones. Mouthfeel is full but the finish is very bitter and dry. Overall, this is one of the best blueberry beers I've had but it's a difficult fruit to conquer. Age would tone down the bitterness and let the lambic base come around but would likely diminish the amazing nose and kill the fruit from the taste. Great beer but I prefer many of Cantillon's other offerings.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The blueberry taste was a little more subdued than I expected, but despite that it's still a fantastic beer. Goes without saying that it feels pretty cool to notch this one off my bucket list - it helps to have friends who are connected!

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Photo of jolly_lynch
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Deep, dark purple hue with a nice amount of carb retention after the pour. Gorgeous.
S: Tons of that lovely Cantillon funk with a complimenting undertone of fruit that smooths out the nose.
T: Similar to smell; perfect funkiness, and just the slightest hint of juicy blueberry. The most authentic blueberry flavor I've ever experienced in a beer.
F: Great carb level; does just enough to cut through the juicy funk so that the taste both coats and lingers for further enjoyment.
Overall, this lived beyond what I had expected. Blueberry is such a difficult flavor to impart into beer, and Cantillon, once again, blew me away. I'm stingy with chasing down hyped beers, but this is one I would recommend again and again.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle. I believe it to be 2015. Poured a ruddy, muddy purple. Almost wine like. A purple/pink frothiness that sits atop the beer. Aroma promises a very sour aspect to the beer. Earth, vinegar, wood, and of course, a mixture of ripe perfumey blueberries and underripe, tart blueberries. The flavor was probably not as complex as other Cantillon beers I have had but it was surely impressive and flooring. It starts off very tart. A bright pop of sourness that has a balsamic quality folds into a display of woody blueberry wine. I loved how dry it finished. Each sip was better than the last as my palate adjusted to the potency of flavor. The body was light and the tartness lingered. Probably won't have this again so it was definitely a treat.

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Photo of orangesol
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beer #4000 deserves something special. Huge thanks to DocJ007 yet again for the crazy beer he shares with us all. 375ml bottle from 2012.

Pours deep reddish purple with a one and a half finger tall white head, slowly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small webs of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smells of sweet/tart fresh picked blueberries, the ever present Cantillon musty brewery funk, some mild lactic sourness, yogurt and finally some grains. Taste follows the same path with plenty of tart blueberries and lactic sourness up front followed closely by the must and finally the lightly chewy grains. Feel is slightly grainy quickly being enveloped by plenty of musty sourness and slight sweetness from the berries.

Overall an excellent fruit lambic. I still prefer a few of there others more but I would never turn down another chance to try this one. Glad to finally get to try it, thanks again Justin!

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Photo of flyingpig
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle of the 2015 Vintage.
Tried at Himmeriget, Copenhagen; 160 Danish Krone for the 375ml bottle
Excellent stuff from Cantillon & easily the best of the albeit limited selection of lambics I've tried so far. Starting with a nice cherry & raspberries taste, the blueberries came through strong soon after & there was plenty funk/tart too. An excellent balance & great mouthfeel, the beer had a lingering sourness that stayed with you after each sip; excellent stuff & a must try if you can find it.

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Photo of KaeF
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage. Fruity smell, soft sourish, fresh, lightly sweet of the berries. It is a nice beer, but I like the regular seasonals more. Nice to have tried, but I won't trade for it anymore.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.89/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 bottle pours a deep purple color with magenta and deep red as well. Beautiful color. Nose is quite funky. There's a hint of a lactic/yogurt type of funk and sour on the nose. Not getting the fruit on the nose, but blueberries aren't extremely pungent. The flavor is fairly acidic. There's a funky tannic quality that I assume comes from the fruit. It's not a perfect marriage between the base beer and the fruit. It closely approximates the overtly sour american wild ales. Not my favorite offering from the fruited Cantillon portfolio but also very unique to that end. A "bottleshare" beer in my opinion that can be tasted and discussed among friends rather than a full solo drinking experience.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful purple/red color. The nose is a strong punch of blueberry and lacto/sour. The taste some blueberry but more sour and your standard Cantillon bite. The feel is heart-burny like all Cantillon. Overall a great beer that actually beat my expectations.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very lucky to be able check this one off the list finally! As soon as I popped the cork the blueberry aroma hits you....tons of blueberry on the palate as well! Glorious Cantillon offering but I think it is on the same level as Fou and LPF.

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Photo of antoines15
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. 2015 vintage. Fresh blueberries, classic Cantillon feel, beautiful blue/red hue. As many have said before me, glad I finally got to try it but probably wouldn't seek it out again due to it's ridiculous trade demands. Preferred the Kriek that we consumed immediately after.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.92/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the coolest looking beers ever. Blue, purple, even a little light red to the edge of it. Must take a lot of blueberries to make this. Aroma was tart, sour funkyblue cheese blueberries, really dropped that on me something fierce, amazing ass aroma.

Taste, wow, just wow. Possibly the best Cantillon. Thick blueberry sour pancakes with goat cheese.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy purple color with a lacy light purple head.

S: It has that funky cheesy aroma that makes Cantillon so good. There is no fruit in the aroma.

T: classic Cantillon. There is a decent amount of blueberry present but you absolutely need to wait until the beer warms up significantly before tasting.

M: Same as most Canillion. It is thin and has sharp carbonation like a lambic should be.

O: Great beer but probably overhyped. The blueberry is amazingly well balanced with the lambic and adds a unique flavor to a lambic.

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Shared a 750mL 2013 Vintage, with a very generous friend.

- Pours a murky dark purple with a bit of pinkish white foam.
- Smell is quite mild actually, with a bit of berry and hay.
- Taste is nice tart blueberry up front with a whole bunch of musty funk behind that. Relatively low acidity and not very sour at all. The finish has a bit of an earthy bitterness. Not too dry, a little low on the carbonation, but the multiple layers of funk really make this beer unique and interesting.

- Overall quite the treat. Complex with a lot of mustiness and not overly sour which allows more of the subtle notes to come through. Obvious this beer demands a lot for trade, but glad I got to try. I've seen mention of bad things about the 2013 vintage, but I still enjoyed it a lot (I don't have a comparison with other years).

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Photo of Mojua
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 375ml bottle - Beautiful beer. No head. Light carb. Musty and funky nose. Tart and funky in the mouth. Little bit of fruit on the finish. A good beer, and I'm glad I got to tick it, but LPF and LPK are at least as good, and a lot easier to come by.

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Photo of aleigator
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Blabaer '15 vintage

Pours a dark purple, ember red color, with a dark pink, small head. The head collapses immediately to a glass coating sheet of lacing, revealing tiny bubbles at its edge.

The nose reveals a great blend of funky barnyard, dusty malts and unripe blueberry skin. Once the aromas open up, a ripe fruit tone becomes present, together with a mineralic quality, reminding of an actual fruit juice. Its tartness is present enough though, to prevent the beer from becoming jam sweet, also due to a light note of wood bark, wet spruces and leather.

Has a wonderful soft mouthfeel, while the beer reveals a lively, mineral accentuated carbonation, adding an utmost pleasant softness to its profound tartness.

Blueberries become visible in a prickly, unripe way and turn sweeter, once earthy malts wrap up the beers tart qualities. Berries don't get overly prominent on their own, but provide a great balance together with the present, pleasantly dry funkiness, ending with a ripe, wood accompanied, mellow sweetness. Its finish exhibits a great range of intense flavors working together with the fruits, consisting of lemon zest, a mineralic softness and a note of old, soft cheese, highlighted by the fantastic mouthfeel.

A great beer with an authentic, well integrated fruit character, which goes hand in hand with the typical Cantillon lambic sourness. Still, the most outstanding aspect of this beer is its phenomenal soft mouthfeel.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage, 750ml, poured into a HF tulip glass...
color is deep magenta, ruby red with a purple tinge, half inch of foam...looks beautiful!
Nose is funk, blueberry, cherry, lemon
Taste is fantastic, blueberry fruit mixed with lemon, some funk and tartness with a hint of plastic-essence... really delicious flavors though not as in your face (concentrated) as, say, lente which explodes in your cheeks!
Drinking great right now, but may improve with age....

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Photo of CraigTravor
4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

MY friend got ahold of one of there bottles. He was kind enough to share it while we watched the Wisconsin basketball game. The flavours were good: a little tart for my preference. I really enjoyed the smell and aroma. It drew me in and made me want to drink it.

I appreciate being able to try such a rare and delightful beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL corked and capped bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 2012
(A)- A sexy crimson burgundy color with some purple-like highlights. Some light white froth that dissipated quickly
(S)- Mildly tart up front but rich jammy blueberry fruits. Subtle oaky funk. Slight stone-like mineral bit on the finish. A dynamic smell despite some age on the bottle
(T)- Just a sexy beer. Rich, jammy blueberries meets a stoney oak funk. Mildly tart to really up the complexity
(M)- A fantastic carbonation level. Silky smooth with just the right amount of fruit, tartness, and oaky funk to balance well yet still creating a complex and dynamic mouthfeel
(O)- So happy to have finally tried this very long time want. It is not Cantillon's best, but that is like saying I had mediocre sex. . . its still sex

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the 2014 edition. A very pleasant beer. Subtle cheesy funk on top of a floral blueberry aroma. Taste follows, tart blueberry meat and a touch of structure from the skins. The truest taste of a warm summer blueberry I've had, but lacking depth. I sense that you need something of a neutral background for this delicate flavor to avoid being swallowed. As a canvass for showcasing that ephemeral flavor, excellent. But lacking the complexity and layers of many other lambic. An incredible summer beer though if only it were relatively easy to acquire.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Shared a bottle at Olbutikken with Morten and others in the store. Was happy to be able to try, but concerned about the hype. No worries, An amazing lambic. Absolutely beautiful color and clarity. Nose was so fresh and bright. Funk was upfront. but gently restrained. Really enhanced rather than dominated the flavor Blueberry flavor was complex and reminded me more of eating slightly unripe berries from the garden. Leaned toward tartness rather sweet blueberry pie. Malts and yeast merged to provide additional flavors and accents. Smooth, delightful carbonation. Wonderfully drinkable
It's a shame that this beer is not more available. Understand why, but this would be such a great beer outings, accompanying picnics, sipping on the deck and sharing with friends. This is not a beer to limit to tastings and talk.

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