Cantillon Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-30-2002

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Ratings:
266
Reviews:
57
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.27%
 
 
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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

Photo of MattMorin
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of alfrantzell
3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On handpump at Moeder Lambic Fonteinas. Not sure of how old it was, but Jean Van Roy was kind enough to draw me a glass from the barrel earlier that day, which he said was 18 months old and which was very similar to the one at Moeder Lambic.

Gold in color with no head but good air retention. Smells like minerals. Tastes like minerals and white wine. In the barrel version, the vinous quality tastes almost like plastic. Thin mouthfeel in both cases, little of the trademark funk or sourness. Moderate oak, though.

Very interesting to try, but ultimately I prefer Cantillon's lambic older (Bruoscella Grand Cru) or blended.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of heerboth
3.27/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aleigator
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drabmuh
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the "oude" version, a 1998 bottle shared by Brad (I believe that was the date). Thanks Brad! Beer served in a snifter, at the time of this review, this is #5 on the "Top Beers - Lambic - Unblended" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is clear and still, amber with no head, no carbonation, interesting.

Aroma is mildly sour, a little cidery, interesting aroma, there are hints of the Cantillon style funk in there but mostly there is this almost sweet note to it.

Beer is medium in body, a little cidery on the nose, the finish is nice with a little tartness coming through, a shadow of funk is in there as well. I really am looking forward to one day trying this beer at the source.

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Photo of halo3one
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had to wait 2 days for Moeder Lambic to tap this, but I made sure to come back and get a glass. This isn't my favorite way to enjoy Cantillon creations, I definitely prefer their gueuze or fruit-conditioned lambics, but I was very excited to try the raw young (medium?) lambic.

The liquid was clear and bright colored, light gold I guess, with a good layer of foam despite the still nature of the product. It smelled like, well, Cantillon. Mild funk and a few hints of lactic activity. This may have been very young, this really wasn't very sour. In fact I'd be hard pressed to get a second glass, particularly with the taps list at my disposal here at Moeder Lambic, but it's very nice to taste the essence of Cantillon. This is the basic unit, as it were, and as I'm an average student of the style its worthwhile to understand it's contribution. It would be nice to try a Cantillon Oude Lambic, not sure if the bottle lambics qualify (they may).

If you see this jump at the chance. Same with raw lambic from any of the majors.

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Photo of drtth
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the Brewery in a flute glass. This beer was from the 09-10 brewing season and was drawn from the cask about an hour before I sampled it. Bottle of spring water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer was faintly hazed orange color with a faint reddish tinge. There was no head on the beer but this is pretty much to be expected with an unblended lambic. There was a little ring of bubbles around the glass and swirling did generate some signs of carbonation, but there was neither head nor lacing.

Smell: The aromas were soft and gentle (or light and faint) but with a definitely grainy component and a hint of citric tartness. (I was reminded in some ways of the grainy bready aroma in maibocks.)

Taste: The flavor is quite mild with some bready character and a touch of grainy sweetness. There are hints of the sour tartness to come but not a lot of anything funky showing yet.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with a soft smooth creaminess despite the almost non-existent carbonation. The finish was towards the long side as the beer finally showed a tartness that left a faint astringency and after taste in the back of the mouth and palate.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I thought this was a very interesting beer to sample since it is, or will become, one of the components of Gueuze. Since it has already passed its first birthday, but not by much, it clearly has some maturation in its future before being blended with the other lambics that will one day join it to make up a Gueuze. I’m guessing that this one has to be let age a lot longer so that more of the mustiness and sourness can develop. My overall impression, as I’m learning more about Lambics and Gueuzes, is that this was a great opportunity to taste one of the beers that the blender works with. While it was not an exceptional beer the experience was unique and worth seeking out if possible.

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3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sending me this, Cory! 1998 vintage, kegged in 2001. Poured into Cantillon tasting glass.

A - Pours a yellow/orange/reddish color (depending on the light), some bubbles here and there, but otherwise, not much carbonation.

S - High level of puckering tartness, some fruity sweetness, old cheesy funk, slight touch of citrus. The nose has a lot of funky sour notes to it...smells pretty "raw".

T - Lemon peel, slightly salty, citrus, light sourness, and oak. Finish is bleu cheese funk mixed with some tart notes. The taste isn't quite as tart/sour/funky as the nose suggests. There's more cheese/dust/funk then anything. The hops are pretty much nonexistent, being almost 14 years old. As it warms, it reminds me of a slightly tart apple juice (minus the huge sugar) with a big emphasis on tart green apple notes.

M - Light, pretty much flat, dry finish.

O - Pretty good but not one of my favorites from Cantillon. The nose is good, but I don't think the taste lived up to what I was expecting. There's less complexity, but it is damn easy to drink. Obviously, you're going to try it, no matter what I say. It's Cantillon.

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3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pitcher drawn out of a cask into a lambic glass at Cantillon Brewery in Brussels.

A: A cloudy pure orange color with no head, just a few bubbles at the top of the glass. Much like a fruit juice.

S: Light hints of fruit. Some sour grape. Hint of citrus. Very light and faint smell.

T: Very dry, rough, and sour with hints of pure orange juice, grapefruit and grape seeds. Musty taste in the middle and yeast all over. Very unique.

I kept asking myself "This is beer?"

What a special experience to have this at the Cantillon brewery. Not exactly my favorite thing (I like the blends better), but very cool to have after seeing exactly how it's produced.

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3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Amber-honey in color, slightly hazy with no head. Lemon, rubber, aspirin, and vinegar mingle with honey and shortbread for a thoroughly strange and mish-mashed aroma, even for a lambic. The flavor is oddly salty, sour but not powerfully so, full of green apple, orange juice, and pickled plum, with a finish of toasted grain and a dollop of butter. Generally speaking it is reminiscent of seawater - savory, salty, tangy, and a perfect match for seafood or Japanese food, I suspect. The cask carbonation is all wrong, though - this needs to be fizzier and more lively, and colder. Not a brilliant beer - in my mind this is more Gose than gueuze - but drinkable and potentially a very good food beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of vandemonian
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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

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Photo of ystazi
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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Cantillon Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
4.11 out of 5 based on 266 ratings.
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