Cantillon Soleil De Minuit | Brasserie Cantillon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 01-19-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
67
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
11.74%
 
 
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308
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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 67
Reviews by alfrantzell:
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5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Soleil de Minuit is a simple lambic, really --

There are the cloudberries, slightly sweet, somewhat tart, but still fresh after eleven years in the bottle. Then comes the lambic, easily recognizable as Cantillon - ripe socks, yellow woodsorrel, and antique armoires. The whole thing goes down with a champagne consistency.

-- and since this was available only in magnums, that came in handy!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of joel66
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

poured golden yellow with white fluffy head and nice lacing.

The nose was stone fruit and citrus with a suttle musty wood character.

Flavor was musty oak, juicy apricot and tart berries.

Champagne like mouthfeel with a complex finish

Overall- delicious

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -21%

Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of ggaughan
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been waiting to try this beer for so long and was dissapointed to find they did not have 75cl bottles of this at Akkurat when I visited in August 2008. On a return trip in September 2009 my cousin krkearney and I split a 1.5 litre magnum of it ourselves! Vintage 1999. The beer poured a slight hazy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Bottle appeared flat as there was no pop when the cork was removed but there was definite life left in the bottle. The nose had a very unique and interesting berry character. A bit tart as well. The taste had a strong tart and acidic character. Lovely berry notes, a bit of wood and pepper in the background. The cloudberries are very present in this beer and make for a fantasticly unique beer.

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Photo of tetu
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of dsgolovin
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of GRG1313
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of dvnb
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 edition. A huge thank you to the appropriate parties for the opportunity to try this.
Served in a small wine taster glass, quick review from written notes.

Bright gold with sharp clarity, frothy edging of white foam and spotty lace in the glass. Seemingly little color attributed to the yellow-orange cloudberries.

Unusual aromas, medicinal camphor oil, green olives, olive oil, honey sweetness, green vines, sour fruit woven in under all that.

Super sour, intense and unusual fruit character. Dry finish, oaky sandalwood with an unripe green raspberry tartness. Salivary glands work into overdrive, the mouth literally waters with each sip. Overall a unique and unusual fruit lambic worth seeking out.

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Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ChrisPro
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Anonymous1
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of phingdong
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Nische
4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of masilva48
4.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -21%

Photo of AgentZero
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BucketBoy
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A bottle I didn't think I'd get to try. A 2 oz pour at Zwanze day, Chicago, 2015. Not a pretty beer. Relatively flat, watery, a few lazy bubbles. Smell is floral, musky, reminiscent of tangled berry vines along a northern creekbed ... warm summer underbrush, spicy. A hint of yogurt followed by Cantillon's house character of lemon and hay bales. Flavor has a perfumed, almost unctuos berry preserve note.

Something about this is strongly reminiscent of Ale Apothecary's Spencer - the way the fruit is subsumed, creating a complex, dense flavor that doesn't come across as initially fruity. All the simple sweetness of the fruit is transsubstantiated and you're left with all the structural components, the acidity, savory notes, the plant elements and earth. For all the intensity of aroma and flavor, the feel was a bit ethereal, lighter than expected.

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Photo of beerhawk41
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dbuckingham
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle at Akkurat, 2012 vintage, poured into a gueuze glass.

A- Pours a clear golden orange color, produces a thin white head that recedes to a ring, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smells absolutely amazing, the berries are huge, juicy, and smell delicious. There's also a lot of hay and dry must, along with a bit of acidity. This is crazy good.

T- Moderate tartness, nice mix of lactic and acetic, a mild herbal, leafy bitterness, along with a very prominent berry flavor, which again is awesome. Finishes very dry with a musty, woody funk.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate to lowish carbonation, has a smooth, soft feel with a very dry finish.

O- This is a really, really delicious beer, one of the best I've had from Cantillon. The berry flavor and aroma are incredible, it still might improve with more acidity, I expect this would be drinking really well in a few years as well. Hopefully I'll have the chance to try it again.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.75/5  rDev -37.9%

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Cantillon Soleil De Minuit from Brasserie Cantillon
93 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.
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