Cantillon LH12 | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DefenCorps on 06-10-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of gn0sis
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

LH12 has been on the top of my list, especially after how pleased I was with 50ºN-4º. I really could not wait to try the 'unblended' version side by side with 50º, and recently I got the chance... Very slick golden pour with little cloudiness, though when held up to the natural sunlight it was far from translucent. When agitated, sticks to the glass leaving a quickly dissipating oily sheen. The aromas of cognac are present, but hardly overwhelming. Taste is reminiscent of an eau du vie, after a few moments I was hit with that comforting barnyard essence. Minimal carbonation, vs. the moderate effervescence of 50º. That familiar, lingering sourness is present in the finish, though with this one it's all about subtlety. Oak is present in the taste, however there's not much of a booziness overload considering such a long exposure in the casks. This was one of the most unique Cantillons I've experienced, very balanced and great to enjoy over the period of an afternoon tasting. We blended some of the LH12 with several other lambics, and it complimented some of the fruit lambic (pinot d'anuis, malvasia, hommage) quite nicely. Would love to try this again, regretfully that may never happen so I'm glad I had the chance. Upon closer inspection of the empty bottle, this is the first Cantillon I've seen with no residual dregs or sediment.

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Photo of jedwards
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil.

Pours clear and coppery... actually looks a bit like cognac. Nose is musty, earthy, and slightly boozy -- taste is dry, tart, huge oak, tannic and extremely vinous. The cognac is there as a note in the flavor but not overt. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, surprising given that it is completely uncarbonated. Wonderful unblended lambic, and another great example of what leaving a lambic in the barrel for more than three years can do.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, copper color. Bottled still. Soft cognac aroma and oak is most noticeable. Earthy brett and light acidity. The flavors and aroma are the most subtle I've ever found in a Cantillon. Mellow cognac, oak and unblended lambic create a perfect marriage. Slightly tart, taste is smooth. Reminds me of a chardonnay without the very dry finish. It's interesting how the flavors mimic white grapes. Mouthfeel is unreal. Thin, delicate, and not oily.

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Photo of alfrantzell
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in 3/2005, bottled in 4/2010
(L = lambic, H = the year, 12 = batch number)

One in a series of experiments by Cantillon to brew a 10%, decade-old lambic. It assumes the shape of the glass and sits there, copper-colored and still.

Oak, vanilla, and roses in the nose, and, as it warms, some spirit tones. Aside from the white grape essence, it's reminiscent of the two year old lambic occasionally available at the brewery. Fortified cologne, basically.

The taste is not that sour, though there are chardonnay tartness and tannins. Despite the stillness the feel is smooth and supple. A winner.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Lambic aged 61 months in a cognac cask" at lambic summit. Clear gold, no head or lacing, quite still. Pungent, earthy nose of white wine vinegar, the only Cantillon beer this evening which had much white wine vinegar component. A bit of cat urine on the nose, heavy sulfur. Really pungent flavor, sulfur, white wine vinegar, lemon. Intense mouth and really sour on the back palate. Not getting a ton of cognac in that it's so dry and the barrel really brought out these funky qualities. Reminds me a bit of Lambicus Dexterius, but a bit more refined. An interesting treat, but it would be difficult to drink a whole bottle of this. Could use a bit of time to mellow out.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Great Lambic Summit..

Golden Orange, crystal clear and flat. Scent is of of soured white wine vinegar, touch of watery apple, grape and orange and mild funk. Taste is acidic, vinous and filled with watery tropical fruits. Medium body, flat and smooth. Interesting, different and definitely unique.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jean shared this with us at The Great Lambic Summit. Thank you! This is a lambic aged in a single cognac cask for 61 months, yielding 300 bottles.
The nose is flat orange amber with no head, on par for an unblended lambic. The nose is compelling. Stinky, this smells a *little bit* like ass. Coupled with the funky base lambic, it's unique, and the cognac character is quite pronounced. Sulfury, mildly cider-like and with some vanilla, this is mildly vinous.

The palate is super sour with a beautiful fruit bouquet with tropical fruit and a noticeable ripe jackfruit character,especially on the finish. Sour and lingering with some acetic sharpness, this is rather cheesy and funky. Moderate cognac character, there's some grape and tannins. Medium in body and rather flat, this is great stuff. I preferred the 50N4E more, but I would not turn this down if offered to me!

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Cantillon LH12 from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 84.4% out of 100 with 32 ratings
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