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Cantillon Crianza HelenaCantillon Crianza Helena

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ggaughan on 01-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of henway
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vibrant bright amber color with a hefty amount of white fizzy head. A lot of foam on this, with a cloudy, hazy appearance.The aroma was so sour and funky. An awesome aroma here, tons of yeast coming through, a lot of light sour grapes and tartness. The taste was incredible, probably the best beer I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying. The first notes of tartness come in a refreshing manner tongue and explode in your mouth. Nice white grapes, light grains, and fresh grass and a hint of fine Chianti. As it gets warmer some more fruit such as pear and apple characters come through, very complex. I don't even know how describe all of it. the flavor is out of this world. The carbonation was still good, keeping light and fresher. mouth feel is light syrupy and crisp. Goes down incredibly cool. Simply fantastic.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off I have to say that I am eternally grateful to an awesome BA who wishes to remain anonymous, no he's not on my trading list, that hooked me up with this beer to celebrate the birth of my son.
Just discharged from the hospital and just waiting to get home and try this epic wale. Perfect timing with my first son and my 100th review.
A- Pours a lively slightly hazy golden hay color with 1-2 fingers of white whispy head which reduced to a thin ring of foam, light lacing. Very nice guezue, but not a 5.
S- Nice funkiness here, musty attic, lemongrass, citrus, definate fresh cut grass, barnyard, hay, heavy dry oak, very complex, as it warms I pick up light hints of sweet/dry congnac but it is very light and hard to find.
T- Nice lemon, citrus, with loads of grass/lemongrass, nice funk, must, barnyard hay taste, slight spicy pepper flavor, slight apricot flavors on the back end which I think comes from the lemon blended with the slight sweet congnac tastes, finishes very very dry and oaky, very nice and complex flavors constantly changing on you as it warms.
M- Probably the the best mouthfeel I have had, very nice light body with lovely lively carbonation, finishes super dry with loads of oak.
D- Easy to drink, very easy to drink. Great flavors, extremely complex, loads of sour flavors and just an extreme pleasure to try this great beer.
Well I don't know if my rating was bias due to the fact that I just got home with my baby boy and opened this beer to celebrate, but it is definately the best beer I have had so far.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to Brad for sharing this rarity. The beer poured a cloudy straw yellow with a moderate head and lacing. The aromas were sour, barnyard, hay, oak, outdoor, farm. The taste was absolutely incredible. Ridiculously smooth, rich and complex, perfectly balanced, dancing on the tongue and encompassing the entire taste spectrum. The acidity was enough to boldly challenge you and make you pucker, while at the same time it slid down your throat with silky smoothness. The aftertaste compels you to take another sip asap. The sourness is crafted perfectly. I could easily drink this anytime. I hope I have the chance to try this one again.

There are no flaws that I could detect whatsoever in this brew. This is one of the best sours I have ever tasted. Highly recommended!

November 5, 2010
I was fortunate enough to have another glass of this on my birthday, and it was every bit as good as I remember. This is one of the best beers I have ever had, but then again, I am very fond of Cantillon and gueuze in general.

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Photo of jegross2
4.94/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing Crianza Helena from Brasserie Cantillon out of Belgium.

Score: 99

Bottle is dated October 23, 2008. Served in a Goose Island taster glass and enjoyed on 08/25/13. Thank you Paul for sharing this treat! Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Orange body with a murky yellow-orange layer on top and bottom; has a nice color fade. Pours less than a finger of head that settles to a thin, whispy coating. Average lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Huge notes of lemon zest, orange citrus, straw, and just a hint of earthy musty funk. Really excellent balance between these qualities. 5/5

Taste: Very tart, not overy funky. Orange and lemon citrus plus oak, followed by earthy/musty/bretty flavor in the finish. A little vinegar too (but it is very understated here). Light grain flavor. There is a delicate and complex balance between the citrus, tart and funk characters here. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, spot on low carbonation for the delicateness of the flavor. Has a zest tartness, that is juicy and savory. Really lovely mouthfeel. Has a lively electricity on gums. 5/5

Overall: This beer has a lovely tart citrus character with just a little bit of funk for complexity. Reminds me of a "softer" tasting, more complexly flavored Drie Fonteinene Oude Gueuze Vintage 2008. This one is not overrated in the least. Seek out with confidence!

Cost: Approximately 40 euro for 750 ml.

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Photo of Habanero58
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sitting on a very sunny patio at De Heeren van Liedekercke on April 23rd, the waiter approaches with a Cantillon tulip and a wicker pouring basket containing a 375ml bottle of "Crianza Helena".

I asked him for some history on this beer, and he kindly obliges explaining this was a special bottling, whereby three lambics were specially and carefully chosen by Helena's parents and blended and bottled at Cantillon to celebrate the birth of their daughter in October 2008.

The blend was from a 3yr old cognac vat aged lambic from March 2005, a 2yr old Bordeauxvat (Chardonnay, I believe) aged lambic from Jan 2006 then a younger lambic was chosen from Mar 2007 to re-ignite the two older lambics into this celebratory gueuze.

Crianza Helena pours a rich golden yellow, slightly hazy, and creates a deep foamy white head. The bright, sunny setting could not have been more appropriate to catch the colour and highlight the appearance of this beer.

For me the taste was a sort of epiphany of everything a perfect gueuze should be. Sour, but not aggressively so and I could defintely pick up the cognac oaking very strongly, and this flavour reminded me very much of the 50N 4E Cantillon unblended lambic (I do not know if 50N 4E was actually used in the blend itself)? but Crianza Helena had the added spritziness and zest of a gueuze.

Drinkability was incredibly high, but this was more a desire to drink it in bigger volumes. Reality told me to take it easy, to take it slowly, and to relish every sip of this relatively small bottle. (and then revisit the empty bottle occasionally to gather any stray drips that may have accumulated... sad, but true)

I deliberately chose to drink a regular Cantillon Gueuze after this one, and for the first few sips I noticed less depth and a relatively less powerful taste in comparison, but then I just got re-acclimatised to what was another world class beer, albeit not quite so rich in flavour as the Crianza Helena.

I also managed to buy one 750ml bottle to take away, which is now stored safe and sound in my little beer cellaring chiller.

As the bottle label says ... Vivan de gees! Vivan Helana!

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Photo of largadeer
4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HopHead84 shared this one last weekend. Thanks, Shane.

Hazy amber with a fluffy white head that retains very well. The aroma has a bold spicy oak presence, tart white grapes, green tea and beautifully balanced funk. There are subtle hints of cognac. On the palate, it opens with a big tannic woody character, sharp lactic sourness, green apple and grape skin. This is unusually oaky and tannic for Cantillon. Carbonation is medium-high, and the mouthfeel is extremely dry. The finish is woody and tart with flavors of lemon peel and grape seed. I could session this stuff, it's so balanced and delicious. Cantillon can't make a bad beer it seems.

Update: This gueuze grows on me more each time I revisit it. It's up there with the best of them. The fruitiness and basement-like funk on the nose, strong tannins and slight barrel sweetness make it unique and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with urbancaver, backfat, and Brad from Jackie O's.

Bright shiny golden color with a fizzy white head head. Great retention.
Smells great-- lots of funky oak notes with a good lemony cities spritzer vibe.
The flavor holds notes of; bright lemony citrus, big cheesy oaky funk, and a great sourness level that really brings it all together.
The body is effervescent and well carbed-- glorious.

Overall-- I love gueuze. I love Cantillon. I think this beer is amazing. Much brighter and less earthy than the regular Classic, and more sour than the Monk's Cafe.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle at De Heeren.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin white head.

S- Lots of funk, citrus and oak along with an interesting sweetness of honey, grapes and subtle cognac.

T- Layers of complex funkiness, barnyard funkiness and damp wood, citrus. The grape and cognac are very subtle but add a nice accent to the awesome flavors of the lambic, but are definitely much less forward than on any other cognac barrel lambic I've had.

M- Smooth, soft and dry with nice acidity.

O- A fantastic beer, the lambic flavors themselves are stellar and the barrel aging from the components just adds another layer of complexity.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a thin ring of white head with some nice lacing.

S - The aroma is a mix of white grape, lemon, sour/tartness, good amount of funk, and some oak coming through.

T - Starts off with a mix of lemon, sourness, and some tartness with a bit of funk. Through the middle some more barnyard funk comes through with some oak and grass. The finish is a mix of acidic lemon, sourness, green apple, and a touch of the barrel flavors.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels very smooth with a nice tart finish.

D - Very drinkable. Excellent balance between all of the flavors and the beer really feels like it all comes together. The different barrel flavors add a nice extra touch to the beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

reviewed from notes from my bday sour fest. this was poured into a snifter.

Very nice bright amber color with a huge amount of white fizzy head on top. At least four inches of white foam topping off this one made it look wonderful, with a deep cloudy and hazy look to it, I knew it was aged well.

The aroma was so sour and bitter, I had a cheek to cheek grin immediatly. Simply a wonderful aroma here, tons of yeast coming through, lots of light sour grapes and tartness. The flavor was superb, really one of the best I have ever had. The first light notes of sour yeast roll across the tongue and just explode in your mouth, rippling and shredding taste buds all the way. Nice white grapes, light grains, and fresh grass all coming through. As it warmed some more subtle pear and apple characters were coming through now, this was astoundingly complex, so much so I did not really even know where to begin with this. I was floored by the flavor here. The carbonation was huge, keeping it light and airy and really letting every get to a depth that was confoundedly complex.

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Photo of boothbeer
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Graduation Sour Tasting- Split 4 ways

A: 1 finger of off white head that reduces slowly to a thin film. Pours a bright golden yellow color.

S: Smells almost like a German lager..has a musty aroma. Pick up that bandaid smell.

T: Very nice sour flavor. Definitely got a bandaid or rubbery flavor to it. Also its a little grassy and earthy. I pick up some grapefruit pith/rine. Really just a complex great tasting beer.

M: Super dry! Nice light body here that is well carbonated. There is a tingle at the finish, but left me parched and wanting more.

D: Super easy to drink. Not too sour, but just enough. Nicely balances and very complex. Really liked this beer. 2nd favorite. J&J Blauw edged it out by a little.

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Photo of vacax
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy, fuzzy, lots of white head and good lacing present. Smells of Belgian funk, surprising amounts of flora, pears, and fruity tartness. Tastes richly sour up front with pleasing funk that transitions into a fruity and floral experience on the midpalate. The finish ends it all on a note of near perfection, fruity floral and puckering. Body is medium with a higher but creamy carbonation. Very easy to quaff, I went back to this bottle a number of timesl. This was just a treat, one of the best gueuzes I have tasted.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

250th Review
37.5cl bottle poured in a Cantillon gueuze glass
Vintage: 23/10/2008

Enjoyed at DHvL in early June 2012. This beer kicked off the dinner session of an enjoyable day with Joost, Jessie, Helena, Tom & Co.

One-quarter of the way to a thousand reviews deserves something special - here goes...

A: Clear amber yellow. 2+ (white) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: There is a very distinct and sharp edge on this nose. Smells of aged cheese, must, dried hay, and funk. Loads of lemon and citrus zest too. Cantillon never disappoints in the nose. Superb!

T: Taste parallels smell closely, but a bit softer and more dull (in a good way though). A very rounded and crisp gueuze.

M: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Yum!

O: A very nice, crisp, and balanced beer. This will hold up over time like the rest of the Loons and I'm sure will only get better. Also, it was fun to enjoy this beer while little Helena was running around De Heeren van Liederkercke before the dinner rush picked up.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 07/24/10 notes. Review #500

a - Pours a hazy golden-amber color with a little bit of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of lemon, citrus, floral hops, earthy malts, and some funkiness as well. Some funk and tartness comes out as it warms.

t - Tastes of funk, almost cheese like, as well as tart fruit, lemon, grapes, and maybe a hint of oak.

m - Light to medium body and light carbonation. Quite dry and crisp. Pretty easy to drink.

d - An amazing gueuze; one of the best I've had in the style. Lots of nice tart and funky fruit and very easy to drink. Glad I got to try and would love to have again.

EDIT: Got to try this a second time on 11/05/10 thanks to ygtbsm94 (thanks Brad!), and enjoyed it even more than the first time. The smell is absolutely amazing and I felt like I could have drank a whole bottle.

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Photo of kappldav123
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at home. The bottle looks really great. The beer in the glass is very zippy, sourish-woody aroma. Tastes sourish, not too intense, lemon-notes, also other fruity notes, probably some apricot. Very well balanced, warming finish. Really great beer! Would like another bottle!

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with PapaEugene during our beer drinking evening.

Poured into an original Westvleteren glass. The beer pours a dark yellow golden color, with a thick white head which is very long lasting.

Smell: Sourness, very funky sourness. Also a lot of wooden notes (cognac oak barrel). A bit red wine like, with grass and citrus notes. Smells simply fantastic.

Taste: Tartness up front, dry and fruity (peach, citrus). There is also a nicely balanced wooden taste, with hints of cloves. Funky!

Mouthfeel: Dry mouthfeel, but incredibly easy to drink. medium carbonation

Overall: What a beauty. I want to drink it again.... and again... and again...

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Photo of corby112
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with slight yelloish hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy off-white head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring.

Very earthy funk aroma with lots of barnyard horseblanlet character in the nose along with hints of aged cheese, foot, bandaid, cobweb and subtle light fruit notes. Incredibly funky smelling with subtle lactic and vinegar notes as well as some light crisp fruit.

Very tart puckering mouthfeel that is not at all acidic with lots of sour lactic creaminess and earthy oaky tannis. Very vinous with lots of crisp light fruit notes, especially apple and pear but the sour barnyard fink dominates creating am extremely refreshing quaffable sour that isn't too overpowering in any area, letting all of the complex flavors shine through. This beer is extremely funky and incredibly complex. Very dry with a lingering mouth puckering finish that leaves me salivating for another dip.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with the wife on August 12 2010 at De Heeren van Liedekerke. Little Helena happened to be in attendance running around behind the bar placing with old bottle caps and beer glasses.

A: Bright golden-wheat colored body. Medium sized off-white cap. Stuck around for a few minutes before settling down. Spotty lacing left behind on the glass as the head receded.

S: Bright lemon, possibly some orange and grapefruit, musty oak, wheat, and farmhouse funk. Quite dynamic and pungent.

T: All the notes from the nose are present here, but come together even better. The citric notes are quite profound and well defined. Lots of musty oak comes through. Very tart and sour.

M: A bit too effervescent for my liking with a bit of bracing sharpness which comes from the aggressive sourness. With age, this beer should become even more epic as the flavors start to mellow and the carbonation mellows some.

D: A superb younger gueuze. I can't wait to try this again in a few more years.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes, enjoyed @ MA BA tasting. Poured into Stone VE Tasting glass.

A- Hazy sunset orange body, very thin head. Vibrant color, glows in the glass.

S- Burst of citrus, some vanilla/oak and grassy funk.

T- Tart lemon- mild funk. Wow, this is smooth. Not sour at all- really mellow stuff. A little grape acidity and some oaky tannins. This stuff really comes together wonderfully. Cognac comes through in the finish and adds a wild card into the mix.

M- Tart, sweet, a bit savory. Oaky, drying. Supreme balance.

O- My notes end with 'lives up to the hype' underlined a bunch of times. This stuff is phenomenal.. for sure my favorite cantillon to date.

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Photo of kevanb
4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle, 2008 cork, October 23, 2008 on the label, poured into a Cantillon scipt flute. Enjoyed on 12.6.14, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a hazy orange color, light amber hues with a few bubbles racing to the top of the glass where a white head crests, barely a finger that has little to retention or lace. The aroma is just incredible, very delicate, lightly funky, strong grain presence but loads of citrus, fresh stone fruits, tart apple, wildflower, bordeaux, a bit of sweetness form the cognac that also brings out some richness with plenty of oak barrel. The flavors are impeccable, super juicy and fruity, loads of citrus, peach fuzz, red grapes, wildflower, red wine provides a bit of a sturdy backbone to balance the sweetness and decadence from the cognac, while both prop up the oakiness and mustiness while the funk lingers so nicely against the tart backdrop of flavors. The complexity is fantastic and the unique expression of barrels works so perfectly. The mouthfeel is nice, soft, delicate and coating yet crisp and assertively carbonated where it needs to be and the finish is super easy.

Verdict: A splendid beer from Cantillon, so unique and unexpected. All of the barrel elements really work and each pick out various nuances to celebrate, the red wine really adds to the fruitiness and acidic sourness although kept in balance by the cognac which is sweet and helps center the beer, allowing the musty funkiness complimented by the wildflower and light citrus to really shine like their traditional gueuze would, but with such stellar undertones. A truly beautiful beer and one of the best examples of true experimentation and showmanship.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a wine glass; sampled at DLD '11. Undying gratitude goes out to the generous soul who shared this rare gem (and long-time personal whale). I am not worthy.

A: Lightly hazed pale amber body with a finger of frothy white foam. Attractive.

S: Classic Cantillon funk (i.e. lemon, barnyard, mustardseed, apple-skin, hay, etc), plus a bit of vanilla, cognac (very faint, but I think I pick it up), and generic sweetness. A bit sweeter than expected, but that isn't a bad thing: this is probably the most balanced and complex aroma of any Gueuze I've ever had. Fantastic.

T: Sour as all hell, with puckering lemon leading the way to a bit of caramel sweetness, and then more tart fruit. Intense and delicious, but not quite as supple and varied as the aroma.

M: Rich, full, and well-carbed. I can't imagine a more luxurious-feeling Lambic.

O: What a terrific beer - but of course I feel that way about almost every Cantillon I've ever had. Is this one unique? Certainly. Is it better than most? Probably. Is it the best I've had? Not quite - if only the beauty of the aroma had carried through fully into the taste. As it was, it tasted pretty much like Classic Gueuze, just with a bit more sweetness. That's not a bad thing, of course...


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

Thanks, Shane.

Mostly clear amber with a dense white head with excellent retention and lacing. A fantastic looking beer, this is, and the nose does not disappoint either. Loaded with a blend of the classic Cantillon funk with musty attics and a touch of wet dog. Behind that lies an exceptional barrel character, with a very mellow cognac character present, reminiscent o the 50N4E with the grapey,vinous character minus the boozy character. I can't say I get much Bourdeaux character. Mildly oaky with a mild tannic character that blends with the vinousness really well. One of the best smelling beers I've had, exceptionally balanced and nuanced
The flavors open plenty sour with some lemony acidity, some orange rind character and a mild grape flavor mid palate. The wine character comes through really well, though I get more of a white grape character than red. Funk is noticeable too, with a more sharp, musty character. The finish is quite intense with aa lot of really drying tannic character, causing my mouth to pucker with the sourness as well as the tannins. Medium-light in body with a moderate level of carbonation, the feel is spot on for the style, though the tannins make for a beer that's just a touch hard to drink a lot of. That said, I had to really hold back on pounding my sample. Very well done!

**Edit 27 July 2012**

It's been almost 3 years since I've had this. Thank you, Joe.

The nose is green/grassy with cognac, lemon, raw peach. Grapes are present. Chewy, yeasty, a little nutty even? Nice balance. The palate opens sweet and sour, vinous and grapey with nice grape skin tannins. Nice cognac and pomace flavor. Mildly fruit. Great balance and depth. The funk here is low, this has a chewy, yeasty, chalky(calcium) character. Excellent

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Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 11/6/2009 and poured into a snifter. The cork opened with a whisper. The beer is straw golden with a thick frothy off white head. It's translucent, and head retention is great.

The nose opens with musty barnyard, horsey notes, and barrel tannins. There's a touch of spicy oak, as well as light citrus in the form of lemon and a shadow of peach. Beneath the funk, I detect a distinct element of tart white grapes. The nose has a touch of lactic character and I notice subtle cognac and vinous Bordeaux. The aroma is a stellar combination of citrus, funk, and vinous notes.

The flavor starts tart, dry, and tannic with lemon and deferential peach. White grape notes are present. The funk is at a moderate level, with mustiness, earthiness, and horse blanket. The lemon seems to increase in tartness midpalate, becoming puckering and mouth watering. The finish is very tannic with wood notes and lingering tart white grapes. Citrus acidity is at a moderate level throughout.

The beer has a very tannic and dry mouthfeel that seems to suck the moisture from my mouth. That being said, the drinkability is amazing. Highly recommended.

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

Well, what can I say... rvdoorn did it again. Shows up at my house with this unique beer that makes my personal stock shiver. This time from Ebay... well sometimes you have to bleed to get something special.

A: Amber colored with a impressive thick white head.

S: It reminded me immediately of the 50N4E of cantillon (the only unique beer that was not from the rvdoorn hunting). Funky as hell and a great smooth not overpowering Cognac treat. Some wine like scents as well.

T: Woody, winy, cloves and mixed citrus flavors are present. Some funk as well.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

D: Very high.... but quiet impossible to get your hands on this one.

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Photo of Damian
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a 75 cl bottle at De Heeren Van Liederkercke, Liederkercke, Belgium
Presented in a lambic basket and served in a Cantillon tumbler at cellar temperature

Review #525

Hazy, glowing straw yellow in appearance. The liquid was topped by a small, fizzy cap of bubbly white froth. Within seconds, the head dissipated to a thin yet resilient film.

The aroma was very dry and powdery initially. As the beer warmed, the nose became a bit more interesting. Slightly musty and oaky. Somewhat tart with subtle notes of wheat. Overall, much more mild than I was anticipating.

Unlike most Cantillon beers, Crianza Helena was quite restrained on its sourness. What it lacked in this aspect however, it more than made up for in complexity. Musty and somewhat funky up front. Oaky. Lots of wheaty tartness, hay and green apple notes. Crisp and snappy. Although the beer was aged in Bordeaux and cognac barrels, the beer had a very white wine-like quality about it. The finish was tart and dry with lemon notes coming through strong.

The mouthfeel was soft and pillowy with a fine, mild, tongue blanketing effervescence. Quite smooth and creamy, particularly for the style.

Drinkability was outstanding. Helena Crianza is a sublime example of a balanced gueuze. The beauty of this beer lies in its subtleties.

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Cantillon Crianza Helena from Brasserie Cantillon
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