Cantillon Crianza Helena | Brasserie Cantillon

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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:
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Added by ggaughan on 01-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 206 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of Mora2000
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
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 thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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 WeisGuy
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Urbancaver
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much Adam! Epic!

Pours a hazy yellow. Lots of white head. Head sticks around forever. Smells funky and tart. A really nice lemony sweetness. Love the aroma. Oak is strong. Love it. Tastes tart and oaky. Light lemony flavours. Nice oak sweet smooth mouthfeel. Overall very enjoyable

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of baconsausage
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at Lobo's Darkness Day get together.

yellow hay straw pour with thin white head that settles to a whispy crown. Aromas mostly of over-ripe mango and pinapple, some lemon and a bit of wet oak. Wow is this well balanced. A bit of tart acidity on the front that gives way to light funkyness and barrel notes. More of the overripe fruit, like a tropical apple sauce balanced out with a bit of tart lemon. Nice in the mouth, a bit smooth for a gueze (barrel booze?) but I wont hold that against it. Great to try this gem. Thanks!

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Photo of mulder1010
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bluebetty for this rarity.

750 ML bottle poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a golden orange color. One finger bright white head that slowly settled to a bright white layer of film. Good initial isible carbonation.

S-- White grape, apple, lemon, earthy funk, could smell the tartness quite well. little bit of vanilla in the nose.

T-- Forward tartness and acidity. Lots of green apple, lemon and other tropical fruit flavors but the white grape taste is what set this off for me.

M-- Slightly sweet and slight bits of the barrel in the finish. Really subdued barrel feel. Really just the right amount I thought. Not overly tart or sour. Almost perfectly balanced.

O-- Outstanding. More impressed on how well balanced this was. Not overly tart or sour. Worth the praise this beer gets.

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Photo of hobojon
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
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 MrFootstones
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hobojon for bringing this back from De Heeren. Split two ways into a tulip glass.

Pours with a thick dense head which forms a lasting 5mm foam cap. Bright golden in color and fairly clear.

Smells like Cantillon! Light but sharp funk, ripe citrus, musty oak, a grassy meadow, even.

Tastes lemony (zest, pith, and juice). Clean, mild brett character, hay. Intriguing barrel notes and a touch of sweet malt in the finish.

Not overcarbed, slightly slick. Leaves teeth and mouth with tannic coat.

Very delicious. Not the most complex beer, but a clean and focused offering from Cantillon that is a step above their standard gueuze for me.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A HUGE thanks to Alex (Masterski) for providing this bottle. I technically won it in a raffle, but I still tip my cap to Alex for being such a great BA member.
Also a tip of the cap to Patrick and Dan (Jctribe25 & Prufrock) as the two folks who I shared the bottle with. Both great guys. Dan sponsored a mini tasting around a trade involving Kern River Citra..
We drank the Crianza out of small glasses and I noticed there was little to no head on any of the pours. The beer was a white wine, urine, yellow gold color with a dull finish. No lacing to speak of. A slight haze. Certainly not crystal clear.
The Aroma.. I could spend about an hour typing about the aroma. At first you noticed a lot of funk, barnyard notes with some tartness … However this continued to evolve. I can’t believe I am typing this, but it’s exactly what it smelled like. Patrick and Dan will confirm I was laughing and noting this the entire time. The beer smelled like Body Odor!!! It smelled like I do after a 10 mile run. I couldn’t believe it and continued to ensure I was sensing this and I was. For the record I was freshly showered and had not just run 10 miles that evening.. so no it wasn’t me. The most embarrassing thing to right is that it was more interesting than anything else. Really complex and interesting.
Flavor was very nice. Certainly tart, but not nearly as abrasively tart or acidic as some others. Green apple, some white wine notes. Very earthy, some lemon notes. This is truly a beer where you appreciate that overall “flavor” come from a combination of taste and aroma. Lot’s of complexity, but a simplicity in how delicious it was. A treat to drink.
Light delicate, refreshing and fresh… (I know it’s not a new bottle, but there was still a bright freshness to it)
I really enjoyed drinking this and consider it a treat to have had the opportunity.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
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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Photo of sarro
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A couple nice pours courtesy of brewdan--thanks so much for hosting!
Gently pours a nice one finger head. Color is an orangish yellow that’s slightly hazy and includes a swarm of tiny bubbles. Smell reminds me of Cantillon gueuze, but at a more reserved level. Thin body and high carbonation. I taste soft raw pear and watery lemon rind. Finish is sour with a subtle grape flavor. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Verecund
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

July 2011. Thanks to a generous BA for this.

Pours sunglow with a half-finger of white head that fades quickly. Surprising clarity; this is a pretty beer.

Intriguing nose: grape must, huge funk, lightly sweetened tropical fruit. A nice clean citric element, barnyard funk, and grassy graininess. As I kept smelling this, the tropical fruit note was somewhat clarified, though never perfectly - it's more of a sweet/tart fruit (green apple? white grape?). Light oak. Great balance for a gueuze.

Citric acidity hits the tongue immediately, but falls off as quickly as it came - Crianza is almost watery (by comparison) mid-palate. A different fruit profile than most gueuzes. There's citrus, of course, but then white grape must and light strawberry-vanilla sweetness. The tannic oakiness provides some structure, especially on the finish.

"Thick" for a gueuze (low carbonation). It could use a touch more tingle on the tongue. Very dry finish.

Not that I know much about cognac, but this seems 90% gueuze and 10% cognac barrel-aging (unlike, say, 50N-4E). Delicate and delicious, especially on the nose. I just wish there wasn't that lightly watered-down feel/taste on the front of the palate.

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

Bottle shared by Chris aka spycow.

A - Golden bodied beer with a little bit of a white head that didn't stick around for long and left minimal lace on the sides.

S - Nice tart funk with some barnyard elements. I actually didn't know this was in cognac barrels, although I wouldn't have guessed based on the smell. Smells a little bit like some red, sweet fruits, guessing that's the influence there. Not a ton of wood on this one. Smells nice.

T - Tart beer with some good funk, some sweeter fruit, nice horseblanket and barnyard, little grass, tiny bit of grapes and yeast. Really just a lot going on, it's nicely complex and is something I could see tasting good for a while longer.

M - Tart, dry finish, medium bodied, smooth with somehow tingly carbonation.

O - A really great beer, not going to break any doors down for it, but I'd trade for it if the price is right and would never refuse it. Has a lot going on that can keep one interested for a long time.

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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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Cantillon Crianza Helena from Brasserie Cantillon
4.42 out of 5 based on 206 ratings.
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