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Cantillon Lambic D'Haute Densité | Brasserie Cantillon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Huhzubendah on 06-20-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,587
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
82
pDev:
17.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
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Reviews by DoubleSimcoe:
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this Cantillon Lambic d'Haute Densite at the Cantillon Brewery. Unique, boozy, flat and absolutely phenomenal, my favorite of all the Cantillon brews I tried that day.

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber brownish color with some big bubbles. Really pungent old wood barrel on the aroma, dusty and musty. Taste follows with the dusty wood and earthy bitterness. A bit of acidity but it's more astringent, not sour. Flat, medium body.

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Photo of Ace1117
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Highbury09
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamFuel
4.49/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the brewery.

Pours a murky reddish orange.

Smell is powerful, with some grape fruit and quite a bit of cloudberry. Smell is more perfumey than sours usually are.

Taste is massive, with the grape fruit and cloudberries joined by oak, and some earthy bitterness. Finish is long and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium, thicker than other Cantillons.

Overall, a bit of an odd bird for Cantillon. Tastes like almost nothing else I've had, but I really, really liked it.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kermis
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaxOhle
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Luk13
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of brikelly
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of epyon396
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drewone
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Marco_Gtz
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of wildcats10
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of tobelerone
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Seanniek91
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

9% ABV. Served from the bottle at Cantillon. 3 euro/20cl pour.

HEAD: None whatsoever.

BODY: Murky and dull, but translucent. Muted orange-amber, but not at all vibrant. I see no yeast within.

Appears only slightly carbonated.

Frankly, appearance is quite poor. Maybe the bottle Sat a couple nights with the stopper in it or something, but this is how Cantillon themselves has opted to serve it, and there is no option for a full sealed bottle.

AROMA: Nice acetic character, with the beginnings of vinegar alongside reticent oak. A hint of Rodenbach-esque cherry pie filling (possibly just an ester; I doubt any actual cherry was used). Acidity, faint bacterial intangibles, slightly sour lambicus yeast....maybe a 2/10 in terms of aromatic intensity. None of the 9% is present here, which seems miraculous in a Lambic.

Sherry wine comes to mind; it's quite an oxidized neutral Lambic.

Aromatic intensity is below average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Like a neutral sherry, but with lambicus yeast/bacterial sourness. Granted, the mikd sourness is maybe a 2/10 in terms of intensity.

Not boozy at all; I've no idea how they accomplished that with only mild wheat and malted barley as the grain bill.

It's thicker than most lambics. Still acidic, but only a bit smacky on the palate. More of a bacterial pucker would be nice.

Sherry, faint caramel, rich oak, indistinct fruit, light vanilla, barleywine-like oxidation, grape, must, treacle. Balance is rough, to be honest. Its depleted raw taste combined with its undercaebonation and oxidation make it an acquired taste. The mouthfeel is the bigger issue, coming off light and flat yet thick and acidic. Smooth, wet, unrefreshing.

There's no harmony of texture and taste here. Not a gestalt build.

OVERALL: Barring an emperor's new clothes phenomenon, even diehard Lambic enthusiasts will shy away from calling this world class. I do like it for what it is, but it leaves a lot to be desired, especially in terms of sourness and carbonation. Wine-like in many ways, few of which are to its benefit.

But at 3 euros a pour? Worth every cent.

Low B- (3.27) / WORTHY

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4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chippo33
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Cantillon Lambic D'Haute Densité from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 82 ratings
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