Cantillon Lambic D'Haute Densité | Brasserie Cantillon

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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

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Ratings:
70
Reviews:
10
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
18.55%
 
 
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3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewery

Copper Ruby color. Very little white head.

One of the odder cantillons I have tried. Grape like flavors. Oaky. Tanins. Kind of boozy. Herbal and earthy with some fruity zest. Not to sour or tart. A touch of vinegar. Maybe a bit of caramel sweetness as well. No carbonation here.

Very interesting offering. Worth a try but one and done.

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3.9/5  rDev +13%

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

~4-6 oz. pour at Brasserie Cantillon. October 2012. Review from notes. After conversing with Jean for a couple hours, he disappeared to get "something very special." I was intrigued, to say the least.

The beer is a bit darker than the standard lambic. A few bubbles, but the beer is essentially still. The nose brings grape skins, musky funk, white wine, oak, light floral notes, earthy scents, mushrooms.

When Jean brought this to me, he did not tell me what was in the glass. I sniffed and savored for approximately a half hour before finally succumbing to curiosity. Me: "I’ve never had this before." Jean: "I know" He then explained the lambic and the process by which it came to be.

Alcohol content was masked so elegantly, I had no idea this weighed in at 9.7% abv. This drinks like an elegant French wine paired with all that is fabulous about Cantillon, what an experience. This was perhaps the highlight of my trip to Belgium.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of AlexFields
2.59/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of chippo33
4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dicers
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of tobelerone
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Howlader
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jwale73
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at the brewery on 11/14/2015. Poured a caramel hue with a translucent clarity and a thin tight band around the shoulders. Not much to the nose - caramel malt notes and a light medicinal quality. Not much to the flavor profile either - again, some caramel as well as toasted oak and medicinal notes. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a still carbonation and lightly acidic. Overall, an interesting experiment. Smooth and easy drinking but not much flavor or general character.

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4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BAsbill
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
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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