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Cantillon Blåbær Lambik | Brasserie Cantillon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#122
Reviews:
252
Ratings:
804
pDev:
8.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of TallSaint
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12/25/2012 at the Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen, Denmark. 2012 Vintage.

My ridiculously priced Christmas gift to myself...when in Rome...

This beer pours a gorgeous purple/blue-ish red with a finger of purple-tinged head. Lacing sticks nicely all the way down the glass. On the nose, upon first opening, it is musty with subdued blueberry notes. The classic barnyard smells are present in droves - leather, dirty horse blanket and some manure. The blueberry notes begin to take over the nose the longer it is open and it forms a nice harmony with the musty, barnyard notes.

In terms of taste, it is very similar to the nose. Upfront it is all must, leather and other brettanomyces induced flavors. In the mid-palate blueberries come through but are quite subdued at first. After being open for about 15 minutes though, the blueberries come to life and take center stage. The blueberry is intense but not too sweet and very vibrant. These juicy blueberry flavors provide an excellent balance to the musty-ness. The blueberries are followed by the typical Cantillon mouth-puckering tartness however beneath this the blueberries are still present. It finishes dry with a sweet undercurrent of the juicy blueberries.

A amazing lambic! It is very typical Cantillon but much, much more vibrant. It is a drop-dead gorgeous beer. The taste is quite similar in beauty with its harmony between dry earth and must, and sweet blueberry. It's exceptionally balanced and it takes your palate on quite a ride. It's an unmissable beer that is undoubtedly my favorite lambic.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into taster - 2011 vintage - thanks to Mark000

Pours a brilliant purpley blue color with a cloudy haze. Crop of white head rests on top, fading into a collar of filmy residue with spotty lacing on the glass.

Juicy blueberries in the nose with funky sourness. Soft acidity and faint sweetness, straw and wet hay. Still fruit-forward yet tart despite the year+ of age.

Blueberry-driven tartness with plenty of jammy fruit tones. The sourness builds on the palate while drinking, yielding a funky yeast and wet hay. Straw and biscuit malts with grain and more blueberries. Tart fruit skins and oak with a soft vinous character. Finishes tart and dry on the tongue.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, bubbly and lively on the tongue. One of the best fruit lambics I've ever had, although I believe Fou Foune is still my favorite.

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Photo of teddyarrowhead
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of maximum12
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enormous gratitude goes out to lurchingbeast for sending this along in a recent BIF. Not being a dedicated whale-hunter, I figured I wouldn't get to sample this, & oh well, but hey! Look! It's here! 375ML bottle with a blue label & no apparent year - the cork has 2010 printed on it. Pulled out to celebrate my wife's <number censored> birthday.

Pop the cork out & can't resist a whiff, & it's good. The pour is purlishreddishbluish with plenty of emotion in the head. Nose is like nothing I've sensed: plenty of blueberry, but bone-dry, almost leathery. No sour overdrive. Me likes.

Blåbær Lambik drinks like I think a sour should: sour plus something else. Lovely tartness up front, of course, but not tearing the enamel off the sink twenty feet away, & the blueberries add to it nicely. The berries aren't the sweet berry you'd pick off a bush in the wilderness (sigh, I'd like to do that, but it's winter), but dry, dusty, unripe berries. Bit of vinegar mid-bite. Dry, dry, dry. I am sucking this down. It's like a pleasantly harshed up version of my favorite fruit juice.

Now I've had it & this - this is what lambics/wilds should be like, the sour & tartness playing off other aspects of the beer rather than being an exercise in facial contortions. Mind-blowing? No. Excellent? Certainly. Very glad to try it.

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Photo of emdawg
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of Shmeal
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of spdyfire83
3.75/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

300th Review
37.5cl bottle poured into Loon flute
Vintage: 2012

Poured after letting this sit out for about 30 minutes, but the flavours were still muted together so let it warm to about 55°F before actually enjoying and reviewing.

A: Deep burgundy in color with slight tint of purplish ruby. Single (off-white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Mostly lambic funk here with notes of must, aged cheese, soft citrus, and very hidden blueberry notes.

T: Like the nose, the blueberry flavor is quite muffled here. Disappointing considering fruit lambics are usually most enjoyable relatively fresh. I'm curious to know how this drinks compared to other vintages of this beer. The base lambic quality here is very enjoyable and smooth though - must, funk, and rounded - just wish the blueberry was a bit more pronounced.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very enjoyable here!

O: A quality beer for sure, but this didn't live up to the "hype" for me. I'm looking forward to trying another vintage of this to see how it compares.

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Photo of girlmeetsbeer16
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of Romulux
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of bennetj17
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of ckeegan04
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.62/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mr. Chris Johnson for this..
Light port like matron color with little bubbly whiteish head and no retention.

Tart berries on the nose. Straightforward.

Flavor follows the nose. Tart blueberry. A touch of sweetness on the backend.

Mouth is light bodied with medium carb.

A good not great representation of the style in my opinion.

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Photo of bauermj
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of MrFootstones
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

Gotta say, I sure as hell didn't expect this guy to drop in my lap the way it did. My thanks go out to whomever it was that shared the bottle with me. It pours a clear deep indigo topped by a finger or so of light purple-ish foam. The nose comprises funky blueberries, light tobacco, and plenty of farmhouse-style funk. A hint of vinegar seeps in the back door. The taste brings in more of the same, with that vinegar coming in stronger, though not strongly enough to properly usurp. The tartness is a lot lower than I expected, though there's definitely some tannic qualities to be found. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly sticky finish. Overall, while this was a generally enjoyable beer, it came nowhere near to living up to the hype surrounding it. I can't for the life of me fathom why so many would stop at so little to obtain what I thought to be something just pretty good. To each their own, I suppose...

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of DucksFan16
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of stoutluvr420
4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a nice light purple color mixed with red highlights and an odd colored head--purple-pink almost. The aroma is what you expect from classic cantillon.Not a ton of blueberry aroma I would say, but a definite fruity scent does arise now and then. Slight funk. Flavor was almost delicate, tartness is more restrained than in most of their beers; a mix of light berry flavors with a decent smack of tartness and the inevitable funk. I really like how subdued this beer is and think it is wonderfully crafted.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of auroracrisis
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml into a tulip, this is a 2011.

Pours a deep purplish, crimson color with a light pink head of about a finger. Head sticks around for a bit, then dies down to a light foaming around the edges of the glass.

Big horsey funk and mild blueberry jam on the nose. Some vinous notes, plenty of sour and a touch of oak tannin. Much funkier than I expected.

Huge vinous notes with a bit of blueberry. Lots of funk on the tongue as well, and plenty of barrel and sour notes. Not a super balanced taste, gives way to much more funk than fruit in my opinion.

Spritzy and medium body with a very dry finish. Spot on for a lambic.

Good funk with a mild blueberry presence among oak and vinous notes. Overall, I would say this does not live up to the hype. Is it an outstanding beer? Of course. But don't trade away the farm. Try it if you have the opportunity but don't lose sleep over it.

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Photo of twowheelssoar
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Gfunk720
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle, out of my HFS stemware. Special thanks to my fiancee for bringing these back from Copenhagen.

A- The most beautiful ruby purplish color. Pours with a nice light bubbly purple head as well. It is little murky looking. Exactly what you'd expect from blueberry juice.

S- I get some blueberry, vinous notes, and plenty of sour funk. Very typically of most cantillon beers I've had in the past. Very well balanced between the funk/fruit/sourness.

T- A heavy acidity immediately sweeps through my mouth, very tart and vinegary. Follows up with with tastes of blueberry skins, and hints of funk. The aftertase lingers for a while, and really holds a lot of blueberry flavor. Extremely well balanced flavor for a sour.

M- Pretty much perfect. Good carbonation, body, and profile. It is very complex and transitional, while not overpowering the palate. Just the right amount of funk and sourness.

O- Overall the balance of this beer is really what amazes me. To some degree I expected a bit more blueberry flavor, but this was very pleasant and tasty. The blueberry came out more as it warmed up a bit, and it really became pleasant. One of my favorite Cantillons to date, if not my favorite.

-Gfunk

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Photo of Dudeabide
2.26/5  rDev -50%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - purplish color with a pink head, nice in appearance
S - smells of vinegar with some lingering blueberry, not appealing at all
T - Slight blueberry, lots of vinegar. I poured mine into the dump glass.
M - On par with the style.
O - This was compared next to a home brew, both smelled strongly of vinegar, I had a hard time telling which one I liked better, and both saw the dump glass. They were served blind but it was let known that one of them was Blabaer, very disappointing. Ending my search for this beer now.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
2.37/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2012 vintage, 375ml
It's a nice purplish red color with a ring of pink foam. Smells of vinegar and blue cheese. Tastes of vinegar and a touch of fruity sweetness. It's quite dry and acidic. This is not good. I hope other vintages are good, otherwise this beer is seriously mediocre and y'all are deceiving thyselves

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Cantillon Blåbær Lambik from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 804 ratings
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