Cantillon Crianza Helena | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Belgian Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ggaughan on 01-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 92
Reviews by tjmodica:
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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Photo of jaken0ss
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml Bottle opened on 7/20/15..tasted blind at a share

The aroma on this beer prior to breathing was absolutely horrendous, like reminiscent of urine bad.

After about 30-45 minutes at room temp, the beer opened up beautifully. The taste and nose were the most complex on any beer I've ever had. Truly a treat, but wish I was lucky enough to have one of the bottles of this that have been considered mind-blowing.

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Photo of ricke
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy pale orange with a small white head that leaves small lacings.

S: Funky barnyard, mild acidity, lemon and oak. Some sweetish fruity notes, perhaps from the cognac. A good smell, very well balanced.

T: The taste is fantastic. Beautiful balance between a pleasant sourness, funky notes and sweetish cognac notes. Lots of fruit notes (lemon, apples), hints of oak, grass, mud and hey. The cognac really adds a nice dimension to this beer. The finish has that characteristic grassy bitterness found in so many beers from Cantillon, some acidity and a lingering semi-sweet note almost reminiscent of vanilla.

M: Medium body, clean and refreshing carbonation.

A: Wonderful beer. It's not mouth-wreckingly sour, as some other beers from this brewery, in fact taking the brewery into account, it almost comes out as mild. But it's so tasty that it nevertheless makes for a great tasting experience.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle. Really excited to try this one. Dated 2008 on the label.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of the classic Cantillon funk with some yeast, wheat and lemony notes. There is also a little bit of wet wood mixed in to the aroma, which smells amazing.

The flavor is a little more complex than the aroma. I get a lot of tart wheat and lemon notes, with some really nice funk and some oaked notes. There is also a little bit of apple notes as well as some nice sour notes. The sour and funk notes are not overpowering and are very well done. The beer is extremely easy to drink and very enjoyable.

The carbonation is absolutely perfect and the mouthfeel and about medium and very smooth.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.71/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kingcrowing
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a very light golden amber with a very thin small white head. Nose is very nice and tart and funky.

Taste is super dry and tart, it's really nice and crisp. Lots of sour and tartness but actually quite tame on the sour but super musky for cantillon.

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Photo of sourdog
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ggaughan
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled brewed for De Heeren Van Liedekercke to mark the birth of the daughter of the owners on 23.10.08. This gueuze is a blend of lambic aged in cognac, Bordeaux and jonge lambic.

The beer poured a fairly clear golden color with a thick white head with strong bubbles. The aroma had some straw notes, strong citrus character and some yeast notes were present. The taste is so fresh with a nice tart taste, citrus and some peppery and other spice notes. There were also some good orange notes, grapefruit as well. Overall this is one fantastic and vibrant beer that will probably get even better with age and I can't wait to try it again.

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Photo of nkersten
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Chris (thanks!) and reviewed from notes. Poured from bottle into tulip with a light golden body and small white head that quickly fades. Smell is characteristic Cantillon funkiness - very similar to iris, lemon tartness, barnyard funk, some oak. Taste is a pretty intense sour, barnyard, hay, some cheese flavors, a bit of cognac, oak, and apple skins in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied, medium to high carbonation and incredibly dry. The sourness of this beer is almost overwhelming when the dryness is factored in. A good beer and I happily finished my pour, but I would most likely not go out of my way to try this again.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to digita7693 for the chance to try this.

A: Soft golden wheat color. Whispy ephemeral foam.

S: Straight up Cantillon funk (earthy, dirt, lemon must). Light and spritzy.

T: Light, funky, dark mushroom, dry and tannic tartness comes on but quickly gives way to bretty spiciness and steps back to allow spices to shine. Not picking up any barrel.

M: Light and dry. Carbonation begins to fade quicker than other Cantillons.

O: A fairly standard Cantillon gueuze. Quite good and light but not mindblowing.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared at a tasting. Poured 3oz. into a small snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a slightly cloudy orange-yellow. Lacing is sparse and with little cling.

S: Nose is wood, bark, tart, and stale rubber. Tickles the insides of my nostrils. Cognac barrels are present but relegated to the background. Aromatic and very style appropriate.

T: Opens mildly tart and slight woody in the back. Yeasty bitterness is present towards the middle and finish but this is mostly covered but a lemon, citrussy sourness. Slightly peppery. Brett funkiness appears towards the end just before the finish which dries out the palate. Aftertaste is tart.

M: Light to medium bodied, light carbonation. Sticky and oily in the mouth. Saliva enducing puckering sourness. Messy finish with a dry, lingering aftertaste.

D: A very solid offering from Cantillon but this isn't too much (if at all) better than an aged Classic Geuze. Cognac barrels are detectable but just barely and is lost on someone who's palate isn't sophisticated enough to appreciate the subtleties of that flavor. Again, a very good beer but not worth trading house and home for.

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Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hooliganlife
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a drie fonteinen tulip

vintage 2008

pours a burnt golden yellow with a fizzy white head. great retention. slight haze through out, yet bright.

musty oak and stale lemon. funk is bright and zesty. strong, with a complex mix of sour and funk, sharp.

very similar to the nose with the added oak, oak is strong and dominating in the finish. up front is the bright funk mixed with a tart and sour lemon. low lying white grape and green apple. subtle yet complex and perfect.

light, soft, but with a strong carbonation to bring out the best of every flavor.

this is stunning, seek out asap.

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Photo of nickd717
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared by alfrantzell at a tasting. 2ozToFreedom was there, and it was great to see the short-lived legend still doing his thing (ticking).

Pours hazy golden with a frothy white head that fades to a millimeter-thick foam layer.

Aroma is feet, but good feet. Sweet malt, barnyard funk, oak, and cognac.

Flavor is really excellent. Some malty sweetness as well as tartness, funk, feet/cobweb, oak, and cognac.

Great palate - medium-bodied with a nice restrained tartness and lively carbonation.

This beer lived up to the hype. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Golden body until the end of the bottle, where it gets murky. Medium white head.

Smell - Herbal with some lemon acidity. Kinda fruity from the cognac barrel. Woody and a little bit of hay.

Taste - Sharp lemon sourness. Hay and grainy wheat. Yeasty. Light fruitiness. Lemon sourness lingers in the finish. Really funky.

Mouthfeel - Moderate sourness. Kinda bitter, surprisingly. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Very different from Classic Gueuze. I wasn't impressed, initially, but after drinking it for a bit, it was really good.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1200!!! Massive thanks goes out to my boy beeruser for busting this out just because he knew I wanted to try it! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a slightly hazy golden orange with a one finger pure white that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, fruit, tart, tart cherry, vinegar, wood, and sour apple. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, sour apple, tart, fruit, subtle vinegar, wood, lemon rine, and tart cherry. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. It is hard to believe that I finally got the chance to tick this one after chasing it for so long on the ISO:FT forum. It did not let me down at all... The aroma was surprisingly complex with all of the notes that I was able to pick up on. And the flavor took the same complexity and ran with it. Mouthfeel was spot-on for the style and made this one drink quite well. Worth the trade value if you have the weight to pull it. I plan to be trading for a bottle of two in the future based on this experience myself...

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Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of claaark13
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of hobojon
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crianza Helena with MrFootstones.
Tulip style glasses

App- Clear orange golden. white foam. nice layer of creamy foam caps the beer with about 1/4"

Aroma- musty funk like Cantillon's cellar (yeah I went there MrFootstones). nice acidity, fruity aroma. some pineapple, tropical fruit, mango and peach. very nice. musty. damp oak.

Taste- very nice. lots of nice acidity and tropical fruit. very good. not harsh at all for cantillon. mellow oaky character. hints of sweetness from oak and some white wine grapey sweetness and hints of acidity. mostly green apple and tropical fruit. the cognac comes through a bit, but is subtle. nice lip smacking acidity and nice finish. notes of floral honey as it warms. some light crackery malt.

Mouthfeel- very nice. high fine carb. dry but with enough balancing sweetness. very well done.

Overall- I love Geuze. This is one of the best Cantillons I have ever had. Nice green apple and tropical fruit with musty dusty oak and deliciousness balanced and blended together very nicely.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of mlhyatt
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy golden color lambic with a huge foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma consists of sour notes with some light funk and some notes of oak and acidity are also clearly detectable. Taste is more similar to the regular lambic then I would have expected with the classic Cantillon acidity and the deep sour notes. I honestly can't say I really tasted the cognac or Bordeaux barrel. Still very much enjoyable though not as special as I was expecting.

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Photo of durwoodx
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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Cantillon Crianza Helena from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 208 ratings