Jean Chris Nomad 2011 | Brasserie Cantillon

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Jean Chris Nomad 2011Jean Chris Nomad 2011

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

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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3/5  rDev -32%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Fewa for this one...

A: Dark yellow slight orange and white head that goes into a modest lacing.

S: Vinegar and a light funkiness

T: Vinegar, some oak, brett, and something musty which is too strong for such a light taste.

M: Very thin body, medium carbonation

O: Well, I was warned by FEWA not to open up this bottle... yet, and he was so right. High expectations, but it was a big letdown, especially since I gave up a whale for this. I was told that grapes were used for this batch, but I don't notice this in the palate. Nice bottle for Cantillon collectors, but if you're not into hype, buy a Vigneronne or a classic Geuze. Way better than this!

ADJUSTED my review after trying another bottle in a side to side blind tasting, during an EPIC sour tasting with rvdoorn and other sour-lovers. Probably it just wasn't the right day for my taste the first time. Still too fresh in my opinion, but much better than the regular cantillon geuze.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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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.

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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.

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4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I visited Miorge Mihoublon and saw this beer on the shelf in 750 ml bottles. Christoph, the store's owner and the "Chris" in "Jean Chris", said it was a collaboration with Cantillon using grapes. Of course I had to try it. Chris said they had made only 1000 bottles.

A - Beer is a golden color, maybe just the tiniest bit cloudy, so that it catches the light and gives the impression of being translucent. The head starts out as thin and white with large bubbles. It quickly fades to be almost non-existent. As the glass is swirled the legs are evident and there is a slight lacing.

S - This beer has a classic Cantillon gueuze aroma. It has sharp lemon on top and an undercurrent of metallic earthiness, musty grapes and a hint of sourness and barnyard funk.

T - The lemon is very assertive up front. Following that I get grainy malt and grape skins. Later there is a renewed sourness that is different from the lemon early in the palate. The finish is bone-dry.

M - The body is light. The carbonation is light to moderate. There is no burn from the alcohol or hops.

O - Tis is a very approachable, drinkable beer in the great tradition of Cantillon gueuzes. I am not an expert on the type, but I have visited the brewery and tasted a few, and this beer seems worthy of the name.

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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.

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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).

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Jean Chris Nomad 2011 from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 93 ratings
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