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)

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Added by ggaughan on 01-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.71/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -26.5%

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4.36/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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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 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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4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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