Cantillon Crianza Helena | Brasserie Cantillon

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4.47/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
208
pDev:
7.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
452
Gots:
37
Trade:
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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of nmann08
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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 largadeer
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Originally consumed Oct 2010.

Pours a 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a clear golden orange. A lot of active carbonation.

Aroma: Classic cantillon funk. Sour lemons with acidity. Oaky and musky. Horse blanket with some leather. The cognac barrels are not very present. A bit of white pepper.

Taste: A bit sour, tart funk to this beer. Very acidic. Lemon citrus is huge. The cognac barrels show a bit here that I can taste it. It has a bit more of white pepper as well. Has some pears and apples. Some farm house horse blanket. A nice amount of oak as well. In the after taste I get some grapes.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, acidic. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends tart and dry.

Overall, it is a great beer, but I have a hard time telling it too far apart from the regular classic gueuze. It is better, but the cognac barrels do not show too much. They are there and it adds a hint of a layer to this beer.

Bottle consumed at DHVL December 2016.

White head. Golden orange color.

Lots of funk with some minerals showing. The cognac is showing very nicely. Some citrus with lemon and grapefruit. Basement must showing a touch. Ends a little dry, but mainly clean.

Very nice carbonation and feel. Soft and delicate.

This bottle is aging nicely. Very excited to have tried it again.

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

Had at the huge whale-ish tasting at Chris's. Huge thanks to FluffyMcTingle for this one.

Pours a big fluffy head, fades semi quickly, no lacing, hazy golden orange carrot color.

Nose has some light funk, light tart fruit, light malts, light musty grape like chardonnay aromas, barrel aroma, a bit of acidity, light lemon like too.

Taste starts with a light horsehair funk, chewy bready malts and wild yeast, semi tart at first then fades a bit, light lemony like citrus, very light on the crazy, bit acidity but not much, bit fruity, drier finish, lingering tart fruits, sticky flemmy, the funk disappears really quickly, little bready on the finish too.

Mouth is medium bodied, good carb.

Overall amazing! Great flavors, light tart, light funk and bready, not really acidic either, very tasty but drinkable.

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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 Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to nerd for opening this bottle up at DLD. This has been one of my top wants for quite some time now. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pour yields a nice golden-bodied brew with a thin white head that fades a bit quickly but leaves some nice bubbles behind. The nose brings forward a really nice funk element with quite a bit of barnyard plus some lemon and straw. Light oak character, but I don't get much of the cognac character. Not going to complain, as the aroma is one of the better aromas I've encountered from a gueuze.

The flavor backs off a bit and the funk is slightly more restrained. Light oak character plus moderate straw and funk. Fairly light acidity in the background. Feel hits the spot with a really nice dry and crisp finish and good carbonation. Really dry finish with a good level of pucker factor. All around, a really solid beer that I was thrilled to finally try.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mdfb79
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
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 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 mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Slatetank
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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Photo of orangesol
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to stakem for bringing this one to our recent gueuze tasting. Another want bites the dust.

A - Pours golden straw yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty streaks of lace down the glass. Not the best pour of the night but certainly not the worst either.

S - Smells of green apples, lemons, dulled spice, light acidity, barnyard funk and some dry oak. The mustiness and acidity are light, allowing most of the other flavors to shine through.

T - Starts off with a bright sour tinge quickly giving way to hints of lemon zest, granny smith apples, light spice, dry oak and the ever present barnyard funk. It has a good balance of sour funk to the other complementary flavors. Finish is pretty dry, lingering for some time. Little to no alcohol is detectable.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderately light carbonation. Crisp, tart feel that leaves the pallet dried long after the finish. I would have guessed this one would have a more aggressive pallet but it was very nice.

O - I really liked this one. It was easy to drink and was very approachable compared to some of the other beers we opened. I wouldn't trade away everything I own for one, but I wouldn't turn it down either.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks go out to jerz for opening this one up yesterday at our tasting.

A: The pour is a slightly hazed straw color with a fluffy white head which dies down fairly quickly.

S: The nose is absolutely wonderful. A lot of bright, green, tart aromas including lemons, grapes, and green apples. The wood and mustiness also really come through.

T: The sourness is exclusively on the front end of this beer and nowhere to be found after the beer initially hits your tongue, which is a very interesting sensation. The grapes, lemons, and green apples are noticeable here as well. Like the nose, the funkiness comes through quite a bit. A lot of hay and mustiness, along with some oak.

M: The body is medium with a very pleasantly tingling carbonation and a very crisp, dry finish.

D: I love a good gueuze anyway, and this one was no exception. I found the lack of sourness throughout the entire sip to be very intriguing and kept coming back for more.

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