Brabantiae
Brasserie Cantillon

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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #22
ABV:
5%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,127
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 10.26%
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
94
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Brasserie Cantillon
 
Belgium
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  126
Gots
  17
SCORE
92
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Notes: Brabantiae is a gueuze that was finished in Port wine barrels.
Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 94 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Mbrown44:
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Mbrown44 from Delaware

3.19/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not holding up well. Chlorine flavor very predominant.

Dec 22, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Bottled 2019. Pours with almost no bubbles. Lightly hazy golden. Smells of dried grass and sour citrus. Stone fruit acidity and oak. Tastes more acutely of red wine. Oak. Sour citrus. Dried grass. Cheesy funk in the finish with lingering oak. Low carbonation. Really low. Strong sourness. A little more sluggish and sour than their standard gueuzes. The port isn't immediately apparent, but it does differentiate it. Good.

Jan 22, 2021
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Beerbom from California

4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 12, 2020
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Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 10, 2020
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desint from Belgium

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 04, 2020
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MTKATL from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 27, 2020
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acurtis from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 09, 2020
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edthehead from New York

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 11, 2020
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Vicirus from Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aug 29, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A perfect amber, starting off chill fogged but calming to translucent, with a moderate but dense white cap that retains well for a short period, slowly settling into a fine bubbly collar.

Smell immediately and throughout two slow pours is champagne. Popping, zesty and brightly sparkling white wine. A closer examination brings toasted graham and hints of caramel malt.

Taste continues that unique-to-Cantillon character, and revisiting the nose, I realize this is the toasty, nutty character of the Port wine barrel. The barrel adds a uniquely mature, bitter element to the fluffy, medium-full body, which comes to a softly, cleanly dry finish that is impressively delicate.

Aside from those barrel notes, which also bring hints of amaretto, the primary experience--which I seemed to have glossed over--is a lightly tart grapefruit-orange gueuzeyness with very low acidity and minimal funk. It's a deilghtful lambic and probably my favorite non-fruited Cantillon thus far.

Aug 10, 2020
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ADTaber from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 17, 2020
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Cantillon glass, have to drink them all. Beer is odd looking, like dish water, brown hazy, no head, thin body, low carbonation, it looks old.

Very oaky, musky, funky, bitter in the nose, interesting aroma.

Beer tastes like a Cantillon, even after all these years this is what it tastes like, a lot funkier, the oak is turning into something else entirely, nice finish, quite tannic, dry. Interesting, probably never get to have it again but given the opportunity I sure would.

Apr 20, 2012
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Nov 29, 2014
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alfrantzell from California

3.36/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike and Jeroen for this dusty delectation.

Old lambic is a time capsule. From this particular cache I can infer the following:

1) In the olden days, beer was stored in port barrels. This was due to a wood shortage or poor reading comprehension. Regardless of what the liquid looked like prior to embarrelment, it's now copper-colored and cloudy.

2) Breweries shared quarters with livestock. Or else they offered internships to farmhands. It explains the smell. 21 years of encapsulation and the beer still reeks of oak stables.

3) Yellow woodsorrel and apple trees once infested Brussels. This lambic tastes like sour grass and old cider. Something -- probably port leached from the -bals -- insulates my throat from all the acid.

4) Belgians were unconcerned with hygiene. When my glass was drained, solids became visible. Historical dandruff?

Mmm.. artifacts.

Aug 14, 2011
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HopBelT from Belgium

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 05, 2019
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DenverLogan from Colorado

3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold yellow with some particulates. Aroma of horse blanket and old fruit. Flavors of lemon, peach, sweet & sour tartness, lime rind. Strong sour bite on the back of the throat... lovely overall flavors. At 20 something years old this held up rather nicely.

Sep 05, 2011
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Aug 24, 2012
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waltonc from California

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to forgetfu for providing this rarity, along with many other old sours from decades yore. Being able to compare this with others really drew out how well constructed this beer is and how well it has withstood the test of time. The consensus was that this beer was still excellent and has held up amazingly well. My recollection is that this was bottled in 1988, but I could have misheard.

Poured a hazy orange with white head and lots of carbonation (unlike the other extremely old Cantillons we opened, which were essentially flat). The nose was sour, musty, funky, with notes of apple, leather, and other miscellaneous earthy qualities I can't put into words.

The taste was similar, except that there was less mustiness on the palate. Again, nice sour notes in here and lots of funk. We were very impressed with how bright and acidic the flavor still is here.

Overall, a very impressive beer. Glad to have had the chance to try this and see how a well constructed brew stands up to time. Gives me confidence that holding on to something like a Lente will be worthwhile.

Sep 06, 2011
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Apr 16, 2012
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largadeer from California

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the ever-generous nerd for sharing this last night.

Cloudy, turbid orange-amber. The head is thin and fleeting. Quite a bit of sediment.

Interesting nose, though perhaps dulled a bit by age. A lot of woody, earthy funk; a forest floor sort of aroma with soil, mushrooms and damp wood. There are citrus notes as well, reminiscent of grapefruit and a slight vinous quality that could be from the port barrels, though it makes me think of white wine more than port.

The palate is oak-heavy and earthy, though tannins are mild at this point. Nice mushroom/soil funkiness. Very sour, surprisingly so, with grapefruit and lemon acidity. Pretty sharp. Lightly carbonated, which isn't a huge surprise from a bottle this old. The balance of sourness, oak and funk is really nice, but I think the beer is somewhat over the hill at this point. It was probably great when it was younger. Still awesome to try, thanks Mike.

Aug 13, 2011
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aasher from Indiana

4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The new batch, absolutely special gueuze right out of the gate

Jan 24, 2020
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HopHead84 from California

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/12/2011

Big thanks to Mike for opening this beer I never expected to try. The bottle was somewhat difficult to open, with the cork breaking in half before success was achieved.

A: Hazy orange with a huge white head. Nice color. 

S: Horsey notes are pronounced, blending with cheese and earth. Fruit is aromatic, redolent of apple, white grape, and pear. Musty barnyard melds with horse blanket. Light lemon. Smells great.

T: Cheese and lemon with a moderate citric acidity. Earthy and musty, with ample barnyard notes. Really dry, with evident oak. Finishes with a pronounced horsey funk and lingering citric acidity. 

M: Light body and high in carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and lightly tannic.

Overall: Surprisingly excellent, A pleasure to drink. I can't believe how well this has held up.

Aug 13, 2011
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.8%

May 13, 2013
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by me at my birthday pre-party. Served in a Kuhnhenn snifter.

A - After an adventure getting the broken cork out while the beer slowly gushed out around the residual chunks, the beer finally made its way into my glass. Voluminous white foam that settles to a solid cap and splotchy lacework. Murky orange body. Shockingly lively for a 23-year-old Gueuze.

S - The taste is extremely musty, with notes of cheesecloth, damp basement, old cedar chest, green apple skins, and mild oxidation. There's a faint yet sharp acetone note buried in there too. I initially wasn't sure about this one, but it grew on me a the beer warmed up.

T - Intense apple cider vinegar, tangy oak, leather, and less obvious oxidation. Sour, even for a Cantillon offering, but in more of a lemon juice and less of a vinegar kind of way. Again, plenty of earthen basement and old furniture. Strangely compelling.

M - Super dry, oaky, and tannic, with nice zesty carbonation, and surprisingly hefty medium body.

D - A singular experience, and an enjoyable no less. The flavors that have developed are quite interesting and manage to avoid veering into unpalatable territory. Yes, there's oxidation but not an excessive amount for a beer this old. Much more enjoyable that some of the ancient De Dolles I've had. Would drink again, but not at the price I paid for the bottle.

Jun 15, 2012
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t0rin0 from California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

Apr 09, 2013
Brabantiae from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 94 ratings