Jean Chris Nomad 2011
Brasserie Cantillon

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Lambic - Gueuze
4.41 | pDev: 7.03%
Brasserie Cantillon
Retired (no longer brewed)
Jean Chris Nomad 2011Jean Chris Nomad 2011
Notes: The third in a series of beers made for the Mi-Orge Mi-Houlbon beer store in Belgium and Jean Le Chocolatier chocolate shop. A blend of 1, 2 and 3 year old Cantillon lambic from Red Bordeaux, White Bordeaux and Cotes de Rhone barrels.
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Nicolaiw from Denmark

4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale yellow with no head.
Aroma has ripe stone fruits, musky, old cellar, barnyard, citrus.
Taste is more fresh than the aroma, fruity, citrus, unfortunately a bit oxidized.

Oct 17, 2017
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jaken0ss from New Jersey

4.99/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle shared on 7/20/15 in a blind tasting

Unfortunately, this was the first beer that was opened blind. And it was by and far the best. An absolutely stellar example of a gueuze, up there with Eszett for the best gueuze I've been lucky enough to taste. Huge citrus and wine undertones, just absolutely incredible beer.

Thanks Grant!

Jul 21, 2015
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BucketBoy from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the third bottle I've had in as many years. Gorgeous golden hay glowing in my Voodoo teku. The nose is bright and funky, with white grape, light vanilla oak, and a touch of mushroom. JCN is drinking as well now as ever, probably even better, with robust Bordeaux barrels really showing their presence above the supple lambic base. Just lovely.

Apr 06, 2015
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one many moons ago from Jean le Chocolatier. Big thanks to digita for helping make it happen.

From a 750 into a tasting glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a smaller, medium looking white head with good retention. Clear gamboge orange in color with medium levels of carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a thin film and ring.

SMELL: Very smooth with citrus aromas, some acidic lemon, white grapes and white wine, wood and some hay and barn notes. Lovely wine-like and citrus aromas work nicely with the funky notes from the gueuze.

TASTE: White wine, grapes, citrus lemon and some acidity up front. Flavorful and interesting. Finishes with plenty of sour lemon, citrus fruits, white wine, grapes and wood notes lingering on the palate, as well as some funk and mustiness underneath. Very nice and well balanced, and considerably different than the LP gueuze we drank ahead of it.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes very puckering. Very dry finish on this one.

OVERALL: Really loved this one. Much more citrus, lemon and less musty than the regular gueuze, and the wood, wine and grape character sets it apart from the Lou Pepe. Not sure how people are saying these brews are all comparable to each other. In any case, this was well worth the wait and thanks again to digita for helping with the haul here.

Jan 31, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Orange body. A bit of haze. Medium collar.

Smell - Very woody. Citrusy. A little herbal. Dry grass.

Taste - Citrusy sour. Lemon. Grassy and woody. Lots of oak. Very much like Classic Gueuze, maybe a shade less malty.

Mouthfeel - Crisp. Well carbonated.

Overall - Excellent. Very similar to Classic Gueuze, but that's not a bad thing.

Sep 21, 2014
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77black_ships from Belgium

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Notes from late 2011:

75 cl. bottle – had to try a couple of bars before I got this one – glad to have tried it, although I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t get it as a take away because I wanted to enjoy this leisurely at home – they kept saying that they had to open it there and I had to drink it on the premises because they didn’t want to see this wind up on ebay – told them that I respect Cantillon just a bit too much in order to do that but it is not like there is any way to check my claim – label looks kind of on the cheaper side of thing as some slightly rarer Cantillon tends to be, red Jean Cris label upfront & on the back some explanation, only in French – the explanation basically describes what the Jean Cris series is all about, although I am willing to bet that most people who have tried it did some more for the Cantillon than the Jean Cris name, no disrespect to the guys – it clearly states that this is an all new beer consisting of a blend of lambic of 3 different years aged on Red Bordeaux, White Bordeaux & Côtes du Rhône barrels – good until 2030 (I believe them but I don’t think that I will ever get the chance to verify this statement) – bottled on 07/01/2011 making this close to 10 months old when consumed – slightly hazy golden with almost no head, whatever there is, is very lambic-like \ smell is pretty typical Cantillon, I would say that this would somewhat reminiscent of a 1 yr old Cantillon lambic, very musty, lots of horseblanket, tart, sour lemon, decay, web-covered ancient cellars of ruins but still rather restrained \ Taste is very tart, musty, rotting & decaying with musty lemons, vinegar, lots horseblanket, even more sour & tart white grapeskins, really lots of them, sour, ancient, lots of half rotting old musty wine barrels, like someone forgot them for a century in a cellar & you are kind of licking the inside of them, hint of the gueze bitterness you usual get at the very end f the finish – definitely not an over the edge sour \ typical body \ am I insane or am I the only who isn’t getting any real wine in here which was sort of what I was expecting for? I am getting musty, sour grape skins but no more than you would regularly get from Cantillon, I am getting a lot rotting old wine barrel wood but no real wine in here, maybe I don’t know enough of wine or perhaps even geueze for that matter & I came in with the wrong expectations \ Overall great as is everything in which Jean is even remotely involved in but I don’t think that this ranks amongst the best of Cantillon, whatever interest little or big exists for this beer is not because it is the best Cantillon ever, although it is certainly an enjoyable one.

Oct 23, 2013
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standardcherry from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

CBC bottle share.

A: Hazy light gold color with a big white head.
S: Smells strongly of lemon. Citrus, wheat, grass. Light wood and must. Nice and earthy with lots of funk. Can't detect any wine.
T: Strong sourness. Not like the Classic Gueuze, this one has a bit of a floral and grassy characteristic. Tastes a bit fruity, like apples. Strong lemon acidity, oak and a bit of cheese. A touch of vinous characteristics at the end.
M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Spritzy and dry finish. Slightly vinous dry mouthfeel. Pretty acidic.
O: Excellent gueuze, as usual from Cantillon. Would love to have another bottle of this one to age.

Aug 28, 2013
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joel66 from New York

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opened on 4/20/13, poured into a cantillon tasting glass

appearance- Hazy orange with a finger width of foamy white head

Nose- funky apple and citrus

taste- Citrus-- lemons, grapefruit, with a clean fruit finish. As it came to room temperature i could really grasp the blend of wine characteristics and notes of oak barrels. very light funky cheese came across my palate but was an undertone to citrus. moderate to light carbonation offering up a very smooth finish.

Apr 23, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some grain, acidic, and mineral aromas. Taste is much the same with some mineral-like flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great aromas and flavors that make it super easy to drink.

Mar 11, 2013
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jethrodium from California

4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle generously shared by cpferris. Big thanks to Chad for sharing this rarity. Pours a clear light amber with close to no head and some light lacing. The aroma is funky with a mineral note, with a bit of a wine note that becomes more prominent as it warms up. The Initial taste has a bit of sweetness with lots of funk and a mineral note as well as some light grapefruit. The finish has a decent tartness and a light tannic astringency. Medium body. Low carbonation. This was good, but I don't know if it's a huge improvement over classic gueuze.

Jan 19, 2013
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by me at a tasting 1/12/13. 4oz. pour into a Cantillon Zwanze glass. Reviewed from notes.

Thin white head with great retention. Stringy, spotty lace to match. Thin legs. Beer is a clear pale lemon-goldenrod. Head retention is impressive here.

Nose is straw, light lemon tartness, fresh grass. Moderately aromatic. Pretty simple and rather fresh.

Opens light lemon spritz. Hay, old wet wood, lemon rind, very mellow vinegar notes linger in the back. Dry and lightly tart going down with more wood, horse blanket and lemon rind in the finish and aftertaste. Like a 2-3 year old, well aged gueuze.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Lively in the mouth and clean going down. Clean finish with a dry, sticky aftertaste. Solid.

A lot of people have compared this one to Classic gueuze and I think rightfully so. That said, this one tastes and smells a bit older than its 2011 date. There's also noticeably less sweetness (which I appreciate). Worth trying and a very well made beer but I wouldn't go out of my way for this one again.

Jan 13, 2013
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scottfrie from California

4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing, Chad! Snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours lemon-golden with amber highlights beneath a thin white head that faded into a good long-lasting collar.
S: Very funky nose, light citrus, and a bit of sweetness. Smells awesome, a bit fruity too.
T: Follows the nose with a good funky fruity flavor. I get notes of golden fruits, hay, straw, citrus peel, peach, apricot and a hint of shit and earth. The finish is sweet but has a good bite of acid, and the aftertaste is smooth and clean.
M: Medium body, very smooth mouthfeel, acidic but not vinegary. Super easy to drink.
O: A wonderful gueuze. I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while. Thanks again cpferris!

Jan 12, 2013
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Sean9689 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at our Epic Tres Tasting and also again with some friends at our pre-T25 Mega Tasting.

JCN pours a golden yellow color, white fizzy head, and some wisps on top. Lots of citrus, oak, cheese, and a vinous kick on the end. It's more complex then your regular old Classic Gueuze, and I would easily be able to tell the different between the two. Tastes even better then the nose, with lots of citrus funk, nice and tart, good acidity, oak. The wine barrels aren't there as much as the nose, but it's still an excellent-tasting beer.

Really dug this beer both times I've had it, and I'm looking forward to cracking another one in the next 6 months or so. Not sure if it will improve or lose some wine barrel complexity...we shall see.

Aug 14, 2012
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brokensail from California

4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Tim for sharing.

Pours a golden orange color with a tall white head. Really intense nose. The typical Cantillon funk is present here and there is a ton of wine and wood aroma here. Quite lactic with a nice grassiness and earthiness. The flavor is reminiscent of Classic Gueuze. Strong acidity but also quite a lot of earthy and musty funk. Noticeable wine barrel flavor and a tannic dryness on the finish.

Aug 04, 2012
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spdyfire83 from Ireland

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

260th Review
75cl poured into a Cantillon gueuze glass
Vintage: Cork reads "2010", so this must be the real deal.

Enjoyed at Chez Moeder Lambic Sint-Gilles in early June 2012.

A: Deep Loonie yellow. Single+ (foamy white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Smells of funk and must - classic goodness, per the usual! Touch of lemon zest and grapefruit with nice aged cheese and slight dustiness to it.

T: Very soft and mild for a Cantillon gueuze. Balanced notes of must, oak, and slight lemon. Earthy character and nice funk, but I think it is too young to enjoy at this point.

M: Light bodied with appropriate carbonation.

O: A very young gueuze, but still quite tasty and enjoyable nonetheless. I think this will grow and develop wonderfully with a bit of age and look forward to drinking another bottle in a decade or so - I think it has Cuvée De Florian potential. Definitely fun to try and finishing a 75cl solo was great! A bit steep at EUR 40 for the bottle, but that price will only go up for on-site consumption I'm sure (LH12 was EUR 180 at the time of my visit and that's just too darn much for a beer).

Aug 01, 2012
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Sean. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Definitely not counterfeit based on close inspection of the label.

A - Not much pop from the cork. Thin white foam quickly settles to nothing. Transparent golden body.

S - Super funky and vinous, with surprising malt heft. The stone fruit and light caramel malt flavor is mildly reminiscent of Armand'4 Winter, but there's that signature Cantillon lemon and mineral in the periphery. Surprising balance here.

T - Taste has more in common with your typical Cantillon gueuze, with stone fruit, lemon sourness, some funky feet, moderate acidity, and a slightly brackish and salty mineral finish. The fresh wine barrels impart an additional vinous quality not normally present in the Classic Gueuze.

M - Lower carbonation, quite dry and acidic, medium-light body, with some slight vinous alcohol presence.

D - I think the cork may have been slightly compromised in this bottle, as the other reviews mentioned spritzy carbonation and voluminous foam. In any case, I was slightly underwhelmed with this one even though it's still an enjoyable gueuze. This may be heresy, but I think Drie Fonteinen is a better bet for blended beers, whereas Cantillon's forté is fruit lambics.

Jul 01, 2012
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HopHead84 from California

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Big thanks for sharing.

A: Vibrant orange with a big long lasting mousse-like white head. Great looking beer.

S: Firm barnyard and goaty notes with mushroom and earth. Really bright with a pleasant citrus quality. Light dark fruit notes give a vinous impression. Woody, leathery, and tart. Really nice aroma.

T: Mouth puckering tartness with woody and earthy notes. Rustic and tannic. Light apricot and lemon characteristics blend with leather, barnyard, and light salty notes. Pleasant citric acidity throughout that meets a moderate lactic sourness. Piquant citric finish.

M: Upper light to lower medium body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, spritzy, and lightly tannic.

Overall: A killer Gueuze. For being fairly young it's pretty damn complex. I could drink bottle after bottle of this.

Jun 18, 2012
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largadeer from California

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Sean.

Standard Cantillon gueuze appearance here: clear pale amber with a big bubbly head. The nose is quite different from Classic Gueuze, however, with a vinous and earthy oak presence that overwhelms the funk. It smells rather acidic too, presumably from the greater portion of 3 year lambic in the blend. It's softer on the palate than expected, very oaky and tannic, vinous, earthy, with gentle acidity. Very full, rounded mouthfeel. This is an excellent gueuze that leans more toward the mushroomy and vinous side than the bright and citric.

Jun 11, 2012
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craytonic from District of Columbia

4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pour is a golden apricot, with a touch of flush. Good carbonation.

Smell: Earthy, with light must and funk and a slightly bitter citrus element. Some oak. Very young.

Taste: Slight bitterness, very young and earthy. Touch of wheat and lemongrass.

Mouthfeel: Very light with good carbonation.

Overall: Good beer but too light and young, would like to try it again in 3 or 4 years.

Apr 30, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle consumed out of a Cantillon stemmed glass because I am an adult and am competent.

Beer is yellow, straw, clear, moderate to high carbonation, white head, small and medium bubbles, low retention, no lacing, steady carbonation.

Beer smells like a Cantillon but it is already clear that this is a super young beer. White wine, oak, sulfur, bright, a mild malt, funk, wet smelling. Smells good, but could be better.

Beer is vinous, has a mild carbonation bite to it, light in body, nice finish, mildly dry, a little funky, oaky on the end, again it is good but feels a little too young. Would I have it again? Yes, in a minute. I think it will improve with age and should be good in the future. Another great gueuze from Jean.

Apr 18, 2012
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012. Served in a Cantillon wine glass.

Pours a clear, sparkling straw color with an average-sized fizzy white head with decent retention and some sparse lacing on the way down.

The aroma has some heavy barnyard and horse blanket notes with some light leather and a nice bit of earth. A good dose of wine and oak are there. Everything is really fresh and pungent, which I quite enjoyed, though others may find it to be a bit young.

The flavor carries on with more wine and funk. Really fantastic balance. There's moderate acidity and heavy funk over a light body with a nice, dry finish.

Overall, loads of fresh funk and nice acidity with a good helping of wine in the background. One of my favorites of the night. Fantastic.

Apr 17, 2012
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mdfb79 from New York

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 04/14/12 notes. Had at our Epic Sour tasting.

a - Pours a clear bright golden yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of funk, cheese, light sour fruits, oak, earthy notes, hay. Super funky and cheesey, really awesome nose for a gueuze.

t - Tastes of funk, sour fruits, cheese, hay, earthy notes, light spice and bread. Taste is funky as well, but with a little more sourness than the nose. Awesome.

m - Light body and low carbonation. Crisp and very easy to drink.

io - Overall I thought this was a fantastic gueuze. It's super funky in the nose and sour in the taste; would love to get more of this one.

Apr 17, 2012
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is crystal clear and light golden in color with a quarter inch of lasting white head.

The aroma is complex and wonderful. Classic Cantillon funk, with notes of hay, grass, and the great outdoors. Lovely notes of white wine, tart grapes, and a touch of oak.

Complex and well done. Champagne and white wine with a hint of sweetness. Tart and dry in the finish with lingering white grape flavors. A touch of citrus and classic gueuze.

Tart and dry. Bold and assertive.

What a treat it is to try a new beer from my favorite brewery. A very tasty beer.

Apr 16, 2012
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rvdoorn from Netherlands

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opened this rare bottle during an EPIC sour-tasting with PapaEugene and others last weekend. Because some BAs mentioned this beer resembled the regular Cantillon geuze, I had it side to side with that one.
Look: The beer pours a nice golden color that is typical for a fresh Geuze with a medium-large white sparkling head that disappeared fast.
Smell: The typical Cantillon smell, lemon sourness up front, hay, musty, hints of oak and white grapes.
Taste: Pleasant sourness, typical musty horseblanket, some hay, white sour grapes and oak. Finish is bone dry, with more complex wine notes in the end again.
Feel: Like champagne, vibrant and sparkling.
Overall: I noticed that this beer got mixed reviews from my BA buddies, personally, I don’t understand why. For me this is a very much improved version of the regular Cantillon Geuze. It is much more drinkable, not overly acidic like some other Cantillon beers, and has very well balanced wooden tones in the beer. This is what one calls a “malse Geuze” in Dutch. I do agree with some of the other reviewers though, that the beer is still very young and will definitely improve further in the future. But already an outstanding, drinkable geuze now. I can’t wait to taste this one again in some years. A new classic born?

Dec 05, 2011
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ggaughan from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nomad is a special beer made exclusively for the Mi-Orge Mi-Houblon beer store in Arlon, Belgium and for Jean Chocolatier, also of Belgium. This is the third in a series of beers made under the JeanChris label (Jean from Jean Chocolatier and Chris from Mi-Orge). Chris was directly involved in selecting the barrels of lambic at Cantillon that were used in this gueuze blend. As with other Cantillon gueuze blends, Nomad includes 1yr, 2yr and 3yr old lambic but the proportions used are different in Nomad. I was told that the typical Cantillon gueuze blend is about 17% of 3 year old lambic but in the Nomad they used 33% of 3 year old lambic.

The beer poured a vibrant gold color with a touch of cloudiness and a slight white head that disappeared after a few moments as expected.

The aroma of Nomad is musty/earthy, a bit funky with a slight hint of some woody notes and citrus. All the fingerprints of a fantastic Cantillon gueuze.

The taste is very pleasing. A nice lemon bite on the tongue but not as acidic as a classic Cantilon gueuze, there is more of a rounded edge to Nomad but yet a more complex taste I believe, some woody notes which I don’t typically get in a Cantillon gueuze. I think this comes from the fact that 33% of Nomad is made up of 3 year old lambic as opposed to a classic gueuze which is around 15-20% of 3 year old lambic. I think the higher % of old lambic lends a more balanced taste.

Overall I think Nomad is a very well balanced and well thought out gueuze. Refreshing with a nice dry finish but it still approachable, especially for those that can’t always handle a very acidic gueuze which this is not. Nomad is definitely worth seeking out.

Nov 11, 2011
Jean Chris Nomad 2011 from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 93 ratings