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Brasserie Cantillon

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Style:
Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #12
ABV:
7%
Score:
95
Ranked #457
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 7.95%
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
450
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SCORE
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Notes: Aged in cognac barrels
Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 450 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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Photo of stakem
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle generously shared by Huhzubendah, big thanks to you Matt. The brew appears an attractive clear pale yellow color with a white head that is quick to fade.

The aroma contains some pleasant white grape juiciness overtop herbal earthiness and citrus zest. The taste is a bit grassy with bitter earthiness and a dry neutral oak character. Into the aftertaste is a slight bitterness like citrus pulp/pith.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. A very pleasant experience and dare I say this brew is downright crushable. I need to get myself a bottle of this.

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Photo of kevanb
3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, batch 2, poured into a Cantillon script tumbler, generously shared by Erik, enjoyed on 12.6.14, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a very clear copper color, light gold hues, a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass with a thin white head, poor retention and lace. The aroma is quite sweet, very rich, decent funkiness, a bit of barnyard, strong oakiness and must, but just super powerful cognac, that really tones down any fruitiness and floral character to a moot point. The flavors showcase a bit more complexity, funkiness, more traditional gueuzy funk, a bit of fruit and floral character peeps out, but oak is quite strong and the cognac, rich and sweet with some strong caramel and almost a bit of pepperiness that really lingers on the palate, not quite cloying, but assertively sweet. The mouthfeel is quite nice, smooth and coating with just a hint of zippy carbonation that finishes super easily, really helps the flavors feel a bit more alive.

Verdict: I can't say I'm loving this one. Enjoyable for sure, unique and creative, but the cognac is really assertive and for my palate, too sweet and too rich for a gueuze or a lambic. A novel experiment that achieves minor success, but a bit lacking complexity and balance.

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Photo of Sarge3130
3.39/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not digging this one. Miss for me.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle of Batch 2 (2012). Served in a wine glass.

Pours a beautiful hazy darker golden body, one finger white head with very nice retention time; dropping into a medium sized collar. Slight lacing, but not a ton. It's slightly darker than I expected it to be, but not in a bad way. It smells impressively oaky with a nice sweet grain quality to it, with the characteristic funk of the brewery. This one in particular, like Bio Gueuze, brings me back to the brewery as soon as I smell it. It's very similar to Classic Gueuze, but I think the nose has even more oak to it. I don't smell cognac, but it is noticeably sweeter than I'm used to from Bio Gueuze. Flavour is an intense combination of Senne valley funk, lemon, oak, moderate acidity, wheat, and a nice mildly warming bite on the backend which I am choosing to associate with the cognac barrel. That slight bite of heat and the mouthfeel is what I find to definitively differentiate this from other Gueuzes. The flavour really pops on this one and never really quite lets go; it's as assertive at the end as it is in the beginning. The mouthfeel is noticeably fuller, more of a medium-full body, good carbonation, very easy to sip on. This is the biggest differentiating factor from the other Gueuzes as the cognac barrel seems to impart a fuller body and a slight bite that isn't quite boozy, but it does pleasantly warm you up a little as it goes down. Overall, this was an absolute delight and seems to be drinking noticeably well at 3 years. It essentially has many of the same qualities as Bio Gueuze does that I have come to love, but with a nice cognac barrel twist to it that works quite well.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of IronTom
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EB1
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of funkyaudio
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Raziel313
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another overly hyped Cantillon. Sorry but just tastes like vinegar

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Photo of socalbrewlvr
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rifugium
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Euromance
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LockeSD
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sean9689
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

A - Pours a golden yellow, fizzy head with dissipates into a thin film on top and a thin ring around the glass.

S - Smells like ass...literally. Baby diapers, huge funk, slight sourness. I don't know if I should admit this or not, but I kept reaching for the bottle and smelling it...whew! Nasty goodness!

T - Big on the funk, light on the tartness, lemon zest, cognac oak notes, nice tart alcohol finish mixed with some good in there.

M - Light, fizzy carbonation, very dry finish.

D - Wow. Had two pours of this funky stuff. The taste lingered with me long after I was finished. Very unique and cool offering by the one and only Cantillon.

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Photo of Moses_Malone
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gotti311
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Port_Seat
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into an acbf tasting glass.

Pours a very light and clear golden color with a small thin white head, nose is light sweet and quite tart.

Taste is very funky and tart, but still very drinkable. Its gt a very nice amount of sour that won't kill your pallate so quick, very tasty.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mgr78704
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JamFuel
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 450 ratings