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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ggaughan on 01-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 201
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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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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Photo of Lazerlobe
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to digita7693 for the chance to try this.

A: Soft golden wheat color. Whispy ephemeral foam.

S: Straight up Cantillon funk (earthy, dirt, lemon must). Light and spritzy.

T: Light, funky, dark mushroom, dry and tannic tartness comes on but quickly gives way to bretty spiciness and steps back to allow spices to shine. Not picking up any barrel.

M: Light and dry. Carbonation begins to fade quicker than other Cantillons.

O: A fairly standard Cantillon gueuze. Quite good and light but not mindblowing.

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Photo of jlindros
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
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 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 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 portia99
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (2008) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Thanks to fluffymctingle for generously opening this one up at a huge tasting last weekend.

A - Very pretty beer - hazy orange color with good head, 1 finger high of fluffy white foam that has excellent staying power.

S - Funky, sweet, lemony, grassy, cool mild spiciness

T - Tart up front, no real acidity behind it though, lemony/lemonade, bitter on the finish, quite dry...delicate, well balanced flavors.

M - Thin/medium body. Nice carbonation, bitter underneath. Tart and dry.

O - Really, realy good. Another rare beer that I thought I'd never get to try - definitely lives up to the hype. Very good sour.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle contributed by hu5om at our recent La Crosse sour tasting. Thanks for the nice suprise, Ryan! Split with some upright BAs and served in tulips:

A - Dark orange with yellow tones in the middle. Light head that dies pretty quick to form murky clouds int he middle. Not much lacing retention.

S - Tart funk. Hints of apples and slight cherries and plums. Little bit of barnyard. Not picking up on much of the barrels much. A tad bit leathery.

T - Really tart funk. Hay and horse blanket. Cherries, plums, and bits of raspberries. Heavy on the apples.

M - Smooth and dry. Tart bite in the back. Carbonation is not too bad.

O - Pretty good but not blown away. A really nice suprise and I'm really glad to have got the chance to try it. Thanks again for sharing Ryan.

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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 Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
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 BearsOnAcid
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange hue, small fluffy head.

Soft lambic aroma fusing a sweet vinious aesthetic and mellow toffe scented cognac.

Mild brett accents with a tartness that is a bit subtle than most Cantillons but burns a little going down. Reminds of maybe a younger lambic. Cognac is most noticeable, lending a little bit of toffee and spice to the mix. An interesting experiment that executed successfully but seems to be made with some restraint.

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Photo of fewa
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! Dry mouthfeel, but incredibly easy to drink. medium carbonation. What a beauty.

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Photo of nkersten
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Chris (thanks!) and reviewed from notes. Poured from bottle into tulip with a light golden body and small white head that quickly fades. Smell is characteristic Cantillon funkiness - very similar to iris, lemon tartness, barnyard funk, some oak. Taste is a pretty intense sour, barnyard, hay, some cheese flavors, a bit of cognac, oak, and apple skins in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied, medium to high carbonation and incredibly dry. The sourness of this beer is almost overwhelming when the dryness is factored in. A good beer and I happily finished my pour, but I would most likely not go out of my way to try this again.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev -12.2%
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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Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tasting glass. Thanks to John for sharing this one!

(A)- Pours a clear goldenrod color that produced a good white head.

(S)- Dry, yet lightly earthy with light funk and must. Bits of lemon and a subtle underlying sweetness.

(T)- Rather sour up front with an added dryness. Minimal tart fruits with some mild background spice of some sort. Mild brett detectable.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Good sour profile. A touch of like a woody spice that I know learned was cognac barrels; makes sense now.

(D)- A nice profile to it for sure that fits the style, but dropped lower on the radar for me with everything else we were trying that evening. Still solid stuff though.

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Cantillon Crianza Helena from Brasserie Cantillon
4.42 out of 5 based on 201 ratings.
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