Brasserie Cantillon

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Belgian Lambic
Ranked #14
Ranked #3,468
4.12 | pDev: 8.5%
Brasserie Cantillon
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From an amphora, this is clear copper with a thin, white head. The nose is soft and lemony with a mild, mushroom note, candy cap like with a touch of honey and mild floral notes. The palate opens moderately sour with a preserved lemon and rotting like like note. A little slick on the palate , with a pedio like feel, smooth and soft. Softly carbonated. Such a clear expression of the Cantillon house character.

May 21, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

25 cl glass after the tour at the brewery

clear, yellow golden color, not really any head. aroma and taste is tart, lemony, a touch of yeasty earthy funk. thin bodied.

Dec 15, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cool to try the base lambic beer at the brewery. You can see starting with this beer really helps with what they are bale to do. The feel is spot on for the style, just waiting for a fruit to come bond with it. Plenty of funk, lemon, hay, and tartness, an amazing base. But in the end, it does feel like a product waiting to be finished, or better yet, perfected

Sep 21, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw color with a light fog. No head. Aroma is light cereal, bread, and contains a little acidic sourness. Flavor profile is straw, cereal, wheat, with a moderate acidic presence. Mouth feel is medium-thin and still. Overall, straight forward, tight-tolerance lambic.

Reviewed from notes.

Sep 09, 2018
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.31/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

250ml on Cask at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Brussels (€3.70):
Definitely an interesting beer from Cantillon, I can only assume this one is a good beer based on the reviews online but it's definitely an acquired taste & one that I wasn't quite ready for when I tried this one. The beer was quite light & flat with a light body as well, overall the beer was dry & earthy with a sourness throughout & quite a lot of tart flavours too. A new style that I'm glad to have tried & perhaps I'll get to sample another like this at some point when I'm next in Belgium but I can't imagine it's a type of beer I'd pick up very often sadly.

Jul 10, 2018
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YalovaIA from Iowa

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First sample after brewery tour. Was told it the one I sampled was actually 14 month aged. Very delicious but of course less complex than their expert blends. Fun to try it.

Jan 02, 2018
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ccrida from Oregon

4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Moeder Lambic, what a joy!

Appearance is dull hazy gold with a big bubbled head, leaning still.

Smell is spritzy sour citus, sweet cereals and a little baby diaper

Taste has a real fruityness comes through the funk, resulting in a robust yet extremely balanced taste, enhanced by the soft mouthfeel of the cask. A little salinity as well, almost gose like, and very clean (save the wild funk). An indisputable world classic for a reason, amazing.

Sep 29, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a pitcher at the end of the tour at the brewery.

Pours a semi clea yellow, with no foam to speak of.

Smell is funky and lemony with some acidity.

Taste is mildly sour and funky. Slight hint of bitterness. Very crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel is almost flat and thin.

Really great to try the base for the Cantillon beers, and it's of course delicious.

Sep 19, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from pitcher at the brewery in August 2017. Pours a nice yellow with a small and quickly dissolving head. Nose is funky, earthy, a bit sour, and a bit of horse saddle. Taste is nice - sharp and sour, with some funk. Mouthfeel was dry and medium bodied.

Aug 28, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a pitcher at the brewery, 18 months old. Very clear yellow. Extremely still. No head whatsoever. Fruity, sour, wooden nose. A bit abrasive sourness as first, but then very wine like with the wood and white wine grape flavors. Slightly syrupy. Semi-dry. Very good sipper, and an absolute pleasure to try.

Aug 07, 2017
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Server at the brewery from a pitcher, 18 months old from the cask. Orange-amber color, clear, and obviously still. Slightly funky aroma, musty. Flavor reminded me quite a bit of bruoscella, but less sour. Slight cider like flavor. Delicious.

May 20, 2017
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is the young lambic (in my case 15 months unblended) that is served at the end of the self guided tour. Interesting and unique and gives one the opportunity to better understand how aging and blending make a difference.

A beautiful clear tannic yellow, still/no carbonation, a tart wine with an obvious minerality.

Apr 19, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On cask at Moeder. Clear golden color with off-white head. Aroma is really woody and rustic with some fermented fruits on top. Taste starts tart, bitter and woody and lingers on the aftertaste with bitter wood flavor. It has some funk but mostly you get the spicy wood flavors. Body is quite light and almost flat. It's a very different lambic from what I had from bottles. The lack of carbonation makes it really easy to drink and the cask notes really shine through.

Sep 01, 2016
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the cask, aged 18 months. Tasted at the brewery, poured from a jug into a Cantillon tasting glass.

Appearance: It was a clear dark golden orange colour with no head and no lacing.

Aroma: Funky and sour with hints of wood and lemon.

Taste: Sour, tart and funky with a touch of hay and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with pretty much no carbonation.

Overall: Quite nice, but I tend to prefer at least a bit of carbonation.

Aug 12, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber yellow, no head.

Aroma of citrus peel, grass and straw. Sour, green apples, citrus and hay.

Moderate, dry, almost sharp aftertaste, typical Cantillon funkiness is present, but only in a supporting role. All in all very agressive on the palate, due to the untamed sourness.

Not one-dimensional, but not as complex and balanced as the "Ouder" versions.

May 15, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Moeder

White head. Golden color.

Has a lighter acidity than the other ones. Easier to drink. Vinegar and lemon acidity. Not too sour. Nice funk to it.

Lighter bodied and carbonation level. Finishes clean. Very easy to drink, but not as complex as the others.

Mar 28, 2016
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FalconCount from Texas

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at the brewery after the tour. Fantastic experience, and tasting it where it is created certainly adds to the overall experience. A must do if in the area.

Oct 21, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

1, 2, and 3 year lambic poured from boxes. 1 year is much paler than 2 and 3 year. No head. 1 year is soft and almost sweet smelling. Straw and wheat. Low acidity. 2 year smells almost vinegary and oaky. 3 year is extremely oaky and yogurty. Tastes are dramatically different as well. 1 year has some sweetness with straw and grain. 2 year is extremely sour. 3 year is an incredibly complex lambic. Oak is prevalent. Moderate acidity, but less than I expected. Funky and yogurty tartness. All are flat and medium light in body. Fantastic experience to try these three components next to the gueuze they are blended into. They are interesting to taste, but the refinement of the gueuze they become belies their abrasive characteristics.

Oct 18, 2015
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snaotheus from Washington

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a wine glass from a pitcher at the Cantillon brewery. They told me it was 100% 16 month old lambic.

Pours straw yellow, with little head. Slightly hazy. Smell is mild, lemons. Tart.

Taste is soft, slow, rich, sour but not overpowering. Nice bitterness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is velvet. Just lovely. Overall, very good.

May 14, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this 1 yr old lambic side by side with the bottled Geuuze at Cantillion, served slightly chilled in a taster.

The color is golden with light haze and no head with some small bubbles -but it has a 'cask look' meaning lightly carbonation appearance and no lace.
The smell is great with sour aroma of wild yeast with light funk and wood with mild malt and lemon rind with tangy tropical scent. The feel is dry and tangy with light body and very sour effect with woody tannin and dry vinous and sour finish with practically no carbonation -(cellar temp/flat)

The flavor is good with a raw yet not extreme sour flavor of lambic with mild funk -still refined in its unblended young form fresh with lemony and woody elements yet the nice tropical tangy juicy flavor is not as intense with light acidity. Overall very good and was interesting to try side by side with a more finished tasting fresh bottle of Gueuze which lets you understand the progression of the flavor and feel better.

Aug 05, 2014
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Really couldy but fine particles floating within, slightly milky, no carbonation, no head.

S: The sour, grainy, mash and the same oak aged scent that pervades the brewery all come through in this beer. Dry and Fruity.

T: No carbonation, grain mash and oak, dry, almost an apricot quality, sour.

M: No carbonation, very dry.

O: Drank at Cantillon Brewery, awesome experience. This one came with the brewery tour.

Jun 20, 2014
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vandemonian from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this at Churchkey on Zwanze day 2012. It was on draft and was referred to as "Cantillon unblended 2 year". It was a sour lambic with lots of unusual, funky flavours. As one would expect for the style, it was a little out of control.

A: No head. Yellow. 3.5

S: Sour. Slight rotten apple smell. Some sweetness 3.5

T: Sour with a slight blue cheese flavour in the finish. Super interesting. Vomit finish. I enjoyed it though. 4

M: Flat. 3

O: 4

Dec 03, 2013
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Seanniek91 from Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from Cantilon Brewery. Served from a ceramic jug into a sherry glass. Room temp.

A-Cloufy golden/orange with no head or lacing.

S-Some lemon and orange with that Cantillon funk. Some hay and earthy aromas.

T-Lemon and grass. Earthy citrus with a bitter lemon peel finish.

M-Smooth, dry, flat. Room temp is perfect. I think I'd dislike it if it was cold.

O-Nice treat to be able to try it at the brewery. Good, but not the best of their offerings by any means.

Oct 09, 2013
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biegaman from Canada

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Moeder Lambic, in Brussels.

Cantillon Lambic has a honey hue and is topped with a pillow - no, strike that, a mattress - of white head. Its complexion is clear but the tone is significantly dulled by haze. There's nothing really in the appearance to indicate what an unusual and unique style of beer this is.

To modern mainstream drinkers, Lambic will smell as if quality control has not been invented yet. It is overtly sour and funky, with a vinegar-like tang and an earthy mustiness like that you'd find in a barnyard. Cantillon's personifies all these "unique" qualities unapologetically.

The tartness of the flavour, however, is somewhat dialed down on the palate by a crisp straw-like and lightly honeyed maltiness as well as minor hints of marmalade. It can be difficult to get a good grasp on the flavour, not only because it's so distinct from other beers but also because the mouth dries up almost instantly.

Despite the unyielding persistence of foam atop, the beer is entirely flat. This is no surprise since it's served from cask (and hence the only carbonation mustered comes from gravity). This sample is also rather on the warm side (again, no surprise given it's July). Combined, these factors allow the acidic tartness to invade and conquer the aftertaste unencumbered.

Unblended lambics have no smooth edges. They can typically be summed up in three words: funk, funk, and funk. Both literally and figuratively they lack the 'pop' of Gueuzes and instead really narrow in on those aspects of the style that most resemble, as Martyn Cornell has put it, "a rugby team changing-room after a tough match on a hot day". Sound appealing? Strangely, it is!

Aug 02, 2013
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Stevedore from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6oz pour out of an unlabeled bottle at Brasserie Cantillon at the conclusion of the brewery tour. Poured into a Cantillon taster glass 7/3/2014.

App- Hazy dark orange body, minimal white head, no lacing. Looks very placid.

Smell- Funky, lemon zest, orange, more funk, horse blanket and hay. Strong nose and very interesting. It smells an awful lot like the brewery itself!

Flavour- Lemon zest, oak, horse blanket, hay, straw, earth. Good amount of vinegar acidity, perhaps 6/10. Just about what I expected after the brewery tour, smelling and nearly tasting the air.

Mouthfeel- Low carbonation, a bit flat. Makes sense why they blend young and old lambic to make geuezes. Dry, acidic yet refreshing.

Overall- Interesting. It seems to basically be Bruocsella Grand Cru, but more raw and with a bit more carbonation.

Jul 04, 2013
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