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Brasserie Cantillon

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Style:
Lambic - Traditional
Ranked #4
ABV:
7%
Score:
97
Ranked #508
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 7.97%
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
456
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Brasserie Cantillon
 
Belgium
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  652
Gots
  79
SCORE
97
World-Class
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Notes: Aged in cognac barrels for two years.
Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 456 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by spicelab:
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spicelab from Australia

4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to MrKennedy for this long-time want. Shared at tasting, reviewed from notes.

Dirty pear with a scant but persistent white head that subsides to a resilient collar.

Classic gueuze tart citrus, showing orange, grapefruit and apricot with lifted woody notes and subtle nuttiness from the Cognac.

Barrel comes through much more. Still a lively acidity with ample green apple and capsicum notes, but the buttery, oaky, vinous barrel influence gains ascendancy. By the end it's geting aggressively woody.

Medium bodies with nice texture from the barrel influence. Very restrained carbonation. Finishes dry, but again the barrel prevents it from being rippingly tart.

Cleverly done and deceptively complex. While the Coganc influence causes a diminution of the gueuze character, the subtle interplay between the two is quite intriguing.

Oct 25, 2013
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Mar 09, 2016
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kevanb from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Dec 17, 2014
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Sarge3130 from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not digging this one. Miss for me.

Apr 02, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Aug 08, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Mar 11, 2013
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IronTom from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mar 21, 2015
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DeutschesBier from Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jul 25, 2017
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EB1 from California

4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mar 30, 2016
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funkyaudio from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

May 19, 2014
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Raziel313 from California

4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another overly hyped Cantillon. Sorry but just tastes like vinegar

Feb 10, 2015
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socalbrewlvr from California

4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Mar 18, 2015
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apr 23, 2015
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Euromance

4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dec 24, 2014
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LockeSD from New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Sep 10, 2013
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SimcoeKid from California

4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jul 23, 2016
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Sean9689 from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Oct 10, 2010
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Moses_Malone from District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nov 29, 2017
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Gotti311 from Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jan 30, 2014
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Port_Seat from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Oct 14, 2014
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kingcrowing from Vermont

4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Jun 27, 2010
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dec 28, 2014
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sweemzander from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Jul 15, 2013
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mgr78704 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Oct 27, 2014
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
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
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 456 ratings