Cantillon Lambic D'Haute Densité | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
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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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#39,752
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
87
pDev:
17.37%
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Photo of epyon396
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of judkinst
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ace1117
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dicers
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrfehon33
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Deltoro
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wonothesane42
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YvesB
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Howlader
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
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 BAsbill
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexFields
2.59/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Highbury09
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of w5baron
2/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of canjeeps
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MatthewWalters
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Novice review: Poured at the brewery at the Public Brewing Session into their stemmed tasting glass. This one was 9% ABV, I think the highest one on the tap list. In the glass it is leaning towards brown but with a sunlight hue to it. Difficult to detect any cloudiness in it. No head or carbonation. I can't pin it down but I don't like the smell or the taste on this one. Did not taste like the other ones I had that day. No sourness to it, seemed like an un-traditional one from them. Mouthfeel is thicker, dry, and again, zero carbonation. Semi unpleasant. Overall, I wouldn't order this again, but I am thankful I got to try it, as it looks to be a hard one to find.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TampaRainman
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of halo3one
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cantillon Lambic D'Haute Densité from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 87 ratings