Cantillon Brabantiae | Brasserie Cantillon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by fewa on 04-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
68
Reviews:
35
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
Wants:
128
Gots:
6
For Trade:
1
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Photo of mfmeli
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

1991 bottle that I got in a trade. Cap was rusted, cork completely dissolved. Decanted it. Color was a deep orange-bronze and very clear except the part that was left in the bottle, which was gross looking. Very oxidized, musty aroma, old books, lemon, wet wood with a bit of rot in it, leather, peaches. Body was very oily, flat, silky smooth, full. Favor less musty than the nose, some honey, lemon, leather, old books, wood, cork. This definitely was past it prime, and I suppose I should have opened it when I first got it, but still it has help up remarkably well for a 26 year old gueuze. I look forward to trying the new one in 2019.

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Photo of Dicers
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of halo3one
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Fux
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at Moeder Lambic cellar. Very exciting to try this one as I had been teased by Jean-Pierre van Roy about it but never been able to sample some. So Thx Bart!
A: Very dirty look. orange with lots of sediments. The head is really impressive. Thick foam, creamy.
S: Smell is musty, dusty and a little bit oxydized, but not that much for such an old beer. Funk, mushrooms and wet wood in the nose, typical of an old Cantillon. No cardboard oxydation however. Port flavors at the end, wine, cherries and grapes, a little bit subdued.
T: Very sour. Musty, old basement flavors. Not so much port actually. Reminiscent of old 3F oude geuze vintage (reminds me of the first bottle of 2002 OGV I have had). Quite juicy with mineral qualities.
M: Puckering acidity. Still well carbonated.
O: Very interesting? The port is not obvious but this has aged well.

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4.76/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brian4beer
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mbrown44
3.19/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not holding up well. Chlorine flavor very predominant.

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Photo of baybum
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of claaark13
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Jeffo
3.13/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A mate brought this one over for a fun bottle share a few weeks back. Thanks for the good times gents!

This one was a mess. The cork snapped off at the bottom and the gusher of a beer managed to spray through a little hole in the remaining cork. We took it to the kitchen and eventually managed to pour it into a decanter through a hop bag in an attempt to filter out what we could. Eventually, we got to drink the majority of the bottle.

From a 750 into a small wine glass, eventually.
1989 vintage

APPEARANCE: The one pours a large, foamy white head with good retention. Cloudy gamboge orange with no real carbonation evident. Lots of floaties, despite the double hop-bag filtration process we rigorously put this one through. A ring remains to the end and leaves a few dots of falling lace down the glass. Has held up okay for all these years.

SMELL: Very funky with musty, dank aromas as well. Some lemon citrus on the nose as well as melon notes. Some oxidization and old cork comes out as cardboard, but as the beer sits, these aromas dissipates and some more lemon and funk comes though, with a hint of acidity as well.

TASTE: Flavors is actually better than the nose initially, with less musty oxidization. Quite sour with puckering lemon, funky barnyard stuff and only a touch of oxidization. A good dose of acidity at the swallow, with lemon and orange peel sourness lingering as well. Very sour with a hefty amount of acidity as well, and not as oxidized at the nose had suggested.

PALATE: Light body and higher levels of carbonation. Bubbly on the palate, goes down prickly and finishes dry and puckering on the palate. Very dry.

OVERALL: For a geuze this old, this was actually better than I'd expected. I'd heard reports that there was a lot of bottle variation at this point, which is understandable of course, but this bottle turned out alright. After the opening storm and the initial warnings of oxidization and old cork aromas, the beer settled down quite nicely and turned out to be enjoyable enough to drink. Not something I'd look forward to again, but it was certainly cool to give this one a try. Thanks again for a fun day everyone!

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Ilovebrew
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Quackus
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of cfrances33
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to cpferris, served in a Hill Farmstead glass. The bottle was a MASSIVE gusher - even through the cork. Cork cracked off at the bottom.

Pour: Hazy, lightly burnt orange with a finger of off white head. Lots of sediment and a few cork flakes floating around. Not the most beautiful beer, but hey, what else could you expect.

Smell: Lots of musty library book, intense banyard funk, dust, and cobwebs. A touch of vinegar. Lemony sour notes, and some lactic acid.

Taste: More sour than the nose, but in no way exceedingly sour. Lots of barnyard funk, cobweb, old leather, and old book. Light vinegar again, but it only creeps in. A touch of lemon and a nice dry oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Not too sour in any way. Dry on the finish.

Overall: For a beer this old, this bottle was at least a winner. Drinking well. Incredibly excited to get to drink a beer literally as old as I am. Thank you Chad for this highest want of mine!

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of GRG1313
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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Cantillon Brabantiae from Brasserie Cantillon
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