Cantillon Crianza Helena | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: 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
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3.25/5  rDev -27.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of alfrantzell
3.65/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to xpimptastikx for this bottle, vintage 2008. Shared at a tasting with Arbitrator, chswimmer, largadeer, nanoslug, nickd717, Sandstone, and 2oztoFreedom.

Smells like newly struck matches and -bal aged toes. Smacks of lemon juice, white wine, oak staves, and.. sugar? There's a residual sweetness that coats the mouth, probably from the cognac barrels.

Sweet sourness is the province of Flanders Reds; it doesn't do gueuze any favors. This is Boon territory. That in conjunction with the abundant carbonation makes me wonder if there was corporate sabotage at play. Rest assured, I'll get to the bottom of this. Just let me get to the bottom of my glass first.

Okay, I'm on it.

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3.67/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by alfrantzell a while back. From notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden-straw body with off-white head. Standard for a lambic; nothing offensive or outstanding. I'd prefer more clarity, but I'm not sure if that's a fair expectation.

S: Footy, salty. Barnyard, grapes, leather, musk.

T: This is sweeter than I would expect a gueuze to be. Grape sugar, apparently cognac. It dominates the funk and leather, suppressing the gueuze characteristics I enjoy.

M: More carbonated than I like. Not impossible to deal with, but it's a criticism.

D: I wasn't particularly impressed with this. Too dry can be a problem for lambics, but this misses the mark in its own way. I might try again but I didn't go crazy enough to hunt it down once more. Thanks for sharing, Arne.

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

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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Brad (ygtbsm94) for bring this VERY sought after brew to an excellent tasting!

A: Pours a golden color, mildly cloudy, with a small frothy head.

S: Sour, but not in a fruity way, but in a "it just is..." kind of way. There is an unusual flame, or fire note in this. NOT BURNT, but just fiery!

T: Same as the nose, but with even a more pronounced cinder block undertow. The acidity is great for the style, and the finish is very dry.

M: A bit oily (in a good way), and the bubbly carbonation has a good bite to it.

D: The chances of me trying this brew again are slim, but I'm so glad (and lucky) to have gotten to try it. For my money, I could have used some fruit in the overall product .... but that's just me.

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3.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a matching Cantillon tasting glass, this brew appears golden in color with a bit of haze about it. A finger of white froth sits atop and slowly recedes leaving some patchy lace on the glass. A swirl revives a finger of white back to the surface that displays decent retaining powers.

The smell includes some fruity hints of lemon and pear mixed with the expected funk of stinky cheese. There is a mild oak inclusion that brings forth some musty quality and more scents of apples. As the brew warms up, there is a bit more focus on the barrel qualities as well as some tartness of lemon across the nose.

The taste is earthy with funky cheese, grass, sulfur and some citrus to herbal notes. The herbal quality mixes with the oak flavoring across the back and brings out more musty barrel properties. There is a lot of barrel nuance going on here with mild vanilla indications splashed with faint vinous quality.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. There is seemingly no alcohol inclusion which really enhances the overall drinkability. This was more herbal than expected for a Cantillon offering but it was well rounded and enjoyable. Perhaps the best aspect of this brew was how easily approachable it was and how subtle the nuances were. Nothing harsh or overbearing about it. I probably could have tanked this whole bottle myself without issue but where is the fun in that. Worth seeking out but nothing I would give an arm an a leg for.

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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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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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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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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Thanks to Chris for breaking this bottle out for our tasting.

A - Pours golden yellow, fizzy head, thin cap on top and a ring around the glass and some spotty lacing.

S - Great funk notes, tart/sour, cheese, oak.

T - Not quite as funky as the nose was suggesting. Funk, cheese, barnyard, oak barrels, cognac. The cognac spirit is very-much pronounced on the palate while it barley shows up on the nose. This gives the beer a nice twist, which would otherwise make this a rare Classic Gueuze that I could buy down the street.

M - Light, champagne-esk, dry finish.

D - I finished my glass with ease, and would gladly have another. A very nice gueuze, but not sure I'd go crazy to find another bottle. That said, put it in front of me again, I'll drink it! Recommend.

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

Bottle. Pours a clear slightly orange color with a light white head. Funky, barnyard, lemony aromas in the nose. Not a big cognac drinker so fo rme pinpointing that aroma was tough although this did have a barrel type aroma to it. Light mouhfeel with good carbonation. Slightly tart wih notes of pepper and lemon. Acidic and funky comes to mind. The pepper taste gets in the way of the overall enjoyment of the beer but it is really good. Very easy drinking.

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to stakem for sharing this bottle at a gueuze tasting held by foofaa.

I got the last of the bottle so the minute amount was sufficient to get some notes -Appearance is lightly golden with an amber hue and good clarity with a quick dropping white cap. The smell is unique in ways I didn't expect -the nose is floral, earthy and has a hint of cedar with moderate amount of horsey brettiness with the funk low and sour fruit notes rounding out the aroma. The feel is a bit high puckering and sour astringent with light bitter tinge with woody tannin and spicy with very tart middle to finish lasting after the taste actually.

The taste is as intense as the aroma with a a bit of bitter lemon and woody flavors with slight rind accent with pithy dry notes with a slight grapefruit edge. The taste has bitter and sour flavors working in tandem with the woody tannin and wild yeast combining for a very unique taste. The wood almost gives off a cinnamon like floral and earthy tinge with lots of wood and spice continuing mid-taste to the finish. The overall drinkability is pretty high and has a rind like element that makes it pretty complex with puckering flavor in the finish. If you like Cantillon's extreme sour profile this is something that may appeal to you.

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4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 split two ways at De Heeren. Poured into Cantillon wine glasses. Served at cellar temp. Reviewed 19 June 2011.

Ar: Floral, chalky, lemon, dirty, strong chalky/dusty, straw, mild cheesyness, strong dry earth, waxy, green

Ap: Thick off white head, good retention, very mild haze, straw colored

T: Chalky, lime, tropical fruit, restrained lemon acidity, dusty/dry celalr, unique dry earthyness, hay, wood, pleasant citrus, green/underripe fruit, waxy, mild bitterness, lingering waxy character, moderate funk, lightly herbal, storng applesauce

M: Light body, medium/high carbonation, chalky fiinsh, bright green acidity

O: Unique, strange waxy/dry earth character, srong applesauce, strange funk, original and good.

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4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beerwolf77
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another insane beer busted out by Jon at our tasting. dudes seriously got a bottomless bag of tricks. Thanks again Jon. Poured into my tasting glass from a bottle.

A: Golden yellow hue. Just a wisp of white head no lace.

S: Super funky. Loads of wet straw and horse blanket. Wet wood and plenty of sour lactic goodness.

T: Typical lactic sour. Lemons, green apples and wet wood. Modest amount of white pepper and earthy undertones.

M: Light crisp body. Teeth clenching sour and dry finish.

D: Another sour beer another pleasurable drinking experience.

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