Brasserie Cantillon

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Brasserie Cantillon
Ranked #10
Ranked #637
4.38 | pDev: 7.76%
Oct 31, 2022
Jan 02, 2008
Notes: In March 2005, the brewery Cantillon had bought second hands barrels in the region of Cognac. For 15 years, the wood had been impregnated with cognac. Then for 2 years, our lambic has extracted all the flavors and aromas to make a unique gueuze. The name comes from the geographic location of the brewery.
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Rated: 4.46 by rbrefbeerman from California

Oct 31, 2022
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Rated by unclekeith from Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Substantial variation from batch to batch partly due to barrels.
Sep 06, 2022
Rated: 4.77 by timmy2b from New York

Aug 30, 2022
Rated: 4.74 by Tmappin from Canada (NS)

Aug 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Cradled 750mL bottle served in decanter, sat for ~20 minutes, then served into glass. Pours a golden color with a light haze to the transparency, even after 4/5ths of a bottle were poured into a decanter, sat, then into the glass. Head is two fingers of white foam. Aroma is barrel right off the front, with cognac leading it. Vanilla, heavy stone, and lemon zest do well to complicate the nose in endearing ways. Flavor profile leads with more vanilla, with heavy barrel character behind. Rum starts to show up more at the close, adding a dark fruit quality. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a boiled, fuzzy texture. Overall, just sublime. Cognac and rum enhance the complexities here, without over extending themselves.

Served from a 750mL bottle. Decanted. Reviewed from notes.
Apr 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a clear, golden amber coloration with a small, fizzy head. Smells of doughy malt and estery fruit, with notes of green apple, apricot and lighter dark fruit and berries, with accents of plum, cranberry and white grape, as well as some musty funk and oak also coming through. Taste is an excellent balance of light doughy malt, estery fruit, lighter dark fruit and berries, with notes of tart green apple, pear, apricot, plum, fig, cranberry and white grape as well as some hay, musty, cheesy funk, oak and hints of vanilla and nutmeg, all underlaid with a light lactic/citric acidity and booziness. Finishes with a light/medium tartness and some estery, dark fruit and berries, as well as funk, spice and oak lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

The aging in Cognac barrels certainly makes for a very interesting Gueuze here, adding some more more dark/red fruit and spice to the typical, estery fruit flavor profile, as well as a hint of booziness, which I'm actually not that keen on, although it's really not too bad. All in all, those Cognac notes are rather subtle here, which is a good thing, with them not overpowering those estery fruit and funk notes and making for a complex and subtly balanced Gueuze with a rich and unique depth of character and wide range of fruity notes. This grew on me even more as it warmed, with those fruity, spicy, funky, woody and lightly boozy characteristics really coming together and making for a very unique and enjoyable drinking experience.
Apr 02, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by loganburgh from Michigan

Mar 29, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Mar 13, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by paulish from New York

Mar 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Jack_14 from Italy

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Deep golden, almost orange.
Foam present but soft and quite evanescent.
Already on the nose the warm smell of fruit in alcohol, wood and light mold.
Taste nuances that pass with harmonious balance from the typical reflection of Bretta mold, to the roundness of the wood, dried fruit, candied fruit and the alcoholic note of the distillate that emerges in the background.
Beer that evolves over time in the glass, always releasing new hints that are undoubtedly attributable to cognac, with the bretta always present during the soaking.
Sep 27, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by steverx8 from England

Sep 25, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Jul 24, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by vfgccp from New York

Jul 12, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 21, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Mar 04, 2021
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Blend of lambic brewed on 30 November 2016 and 6 December 2016, aged in Cognac barrels and bottled on 28 February March 2020. So, whatever batch that is.

This one pours a light and clear orange-ish color, with a very small head, and not much lacing.

This has a soft and funky aroma to it, with some cognac sweetness, cheese, wet oak, lemon, and white wine.

I'm not super big on lambic anymore, or at the very least I don't really chase it. But I can't really deny how tasty and unique this one tastes. The cognac gives a sweet little kiss to the funky and cheesy base gueuze. There's some nice wine-like character, a bit of lemon rind, and oak.

This is light bodied and very lightly carbonated, with a soft mouthfeel. It's a slow sipper.

This blend seems to very soft, subtle, and drinkable, without the huge intensity of some of lambics out there. I dig it.
Feb 15, 2021
Rated: 4.6 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
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Reviewed by PandaHatRodeo from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2018 vintage, brandy barrel aged.

Classic Cantillon funk, woody/ earthy funk. Slightly sweet notes from brandy barrel. Little to no carb. However delicious.
Jan 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Glimmering honey-amber with a short khaki head that slowly dissipates to an uneven film.

The aroma is mildly pungent of aged cheesy hops, nutty oak and funkily sticky, overripe yet bright stonefruit, soaring gloriously with apricot lambic vibes.

The cognac cask seems to actually tighten it up, and even sort of dilutes it--not quite in a watery way, but providing a sort of crisper and more focused expression than I'd expected. It's not the intensely woody, funky expression that you might find in Drie Fonteinen's Zenne y Frontera. It's actually the polar opposite.

The oak is very subtle here. It's cleanly dry, but has a sharp flavor to it that tingles the cheeks. Yet there's only a mild acidity. It's like mango-apricot with a bitter resinous funk. As it warms it becomes cedary, and also almost passion fruity, while remaining overall bitter and mild.

The medium-light body is slick yet prickly and as such very drinkable, going down effortlessly

2020 vintage, cognac.
Jan 03, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by cp45 from New Jersey

Dec 31, 2020
Rated: 4.55 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Nov 16, 2020
Rated: 4.43 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Oct 17, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by desint from Belgium

Sep 17, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by 22Blue from Kansas

Aug 16, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Eziel from Ohio

Jul 30, 2020
Rated: 4.22 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Feb 17, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

Sep 30, 2019
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Reviewed by ArrogantB from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This review is for batch 3 from 2015 - cognac barrel aged. Honestly, there is almost no discernible cognac in the aroma or the flavor. It is a good lambic with a bit of funk and sourness but if you are looking for cognac then move along and hit up the armagnac version, it was better.
Sep 22, 2019
Rated: 5 by Ziosa from Missouri

Aug 16, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by Drift from California

Feb 28, 2019
Rated: 4.83 by Narkee from Australia

Feb 06, 2019
Rated: 5 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Feb 05, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jan 27, 2019
Rated: 4.52 by jbdpsu82 from Pennsylvania

Oct 12, 2018
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The cognac cuts into the bitterness of the lambic finish, and replaced it with a sweeter booze, really nice and elevated. Plenty of green apple, pear, hay, lemon, earth tones, oak and that cognac finish kissed with slight smoke. Smell is more boozy and rigid with plenty of farmhouse elements to balance. More sour than most cantillon lambics, otherwise feel is classic and smooth with lingering earthiness and funkiness. Sip slowly to truly take in, so much depth, but in my humble opinion it is not cantillon's best lambic
Sep 12, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by brother_rebus from Maine

Aug 20, 2018
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2012 vintage at Akkurat.

Pours a clear yellow with some wispy head.

Smel is very interesting , crisp and tart with hints of youghurt and a solid note of cognac and oak.

Taste is less sour than most Cantillons, but a bit more funky. The cognac and oak also adds a little bit of sweetness. Very complex and deep.

Mouthfeel is thin and sparkly.

Overall, a very interesting beer. Expensive, but very glad I splurged.
Aug 09, 2018
Rated: 4.69 by edthehead from New York

Jul 29, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jul 05, 2018
Rated: 4.4 by SadMachine from New Jersey

May 19, 2018
50°N-4°E from Brasserie Cantillon
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