Jean Chris Nomad 2011 | Brasserie Cantillon

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Jean Chris Nomad 2011Jean Chris Nomad 2011
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Radome on 10-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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89
Reviews:
28
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
7.05%
 
 
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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!

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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.

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4.62/5  rDev +5%
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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at a tasting with blauw, roze, 50th, crianza and this bottle. Jcn won.

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4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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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!

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4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
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?

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Jean Chris Nomad 2011 from Brasserie Cantillon
4.4 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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