Ludvig (118) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2014 Courtesy of Jean! had it at the brewery. lots of tannins in flavor. Some aroma of basil, just a hint but still there.
gn0sis (53) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
9/2010- LH12 has been on the top of my list, especially after how pleased I was with 50ºN-4º. I really could not wait to try the ’unblended’ version side by side with 50º, and recently I got the chance... Very slick golden pour with little cloudiness, though when held up to the natural sunlight it was far from translucent. When agitated, sticks to the glass leaving a quickly dissipating oily sheen. The aromas of cognac are present, but hardly overwhelming. Taste is reminiscent of an eau du vie, after a few moments I was hit with that comforting barnyard essence. Minimal carbonation, vs. the moderate effervescence of 50º. That familiar, lingering sourness is present in the finish, though with this one it’s all about subtlety. Oak is present in the taste, however there’s not much of a booziness overload considering such a long exposure in the casks. This was one of the most unique Cantillons I’ve experienced, very balanced and great to enjoy over the period of an afternoon tasting at the Spuyten Dyuvil Lambic Fest. We blended some of the LH12 with several other lambics, and it complimented some of the fruit lambic (pinot d’anuis, malvasia, hommage) quite nicely. Would love to try this again, regretfully that may never happen so I’m glad I had the chance. Upon closer inspection of the empty bottle, this is the first Cantillon I’ve seen with no residual dregs or sediment.
I was lucky to try this a second time, thanks to Joe (ineedabeerhere) at Steve’s house in NJ, all the good things about the first time except I was able to really sit on it and let it open up for quite some time, which really showcased a lot of the exquisite flavors and aromas. Hope to try again someday.
fredrik_ (89) - SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was a great beer. Very elegant amazing that it has been aged 5 years on cognac barrels. Truly a treat and a nice end to our Belgium trip.
jredmond (5812) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 Backlog. Bottle at Zwanze day with Clocks, Puzzl, Max and Vic. Pours a deep murky brown body with thin minor lacing. Aroma is light oak, faint tart fruits, some strange flavor - mushroom? - and light spice. Mouthfeel is medium to thin, seems past its prime, with notes of oak, dusty basement, vague funky dark fruits, light vegetale character and sweet round malt.
teorn88 (3399) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. It pours a clear amber colour with almost no head to speak, just few large bubbles. Aroma is full on cognac, rich an sweet with vanilla and red grapes. Some light funk and barnyard. Taste is again quite sweet with intense cognac notes, vanilla sweet red wine, some light zestiness in the finish. Wood is there as well as some booze. Medium body with soft carbonation. Overall, very glad I got to try this one but you can certainly find better Cantillons and better cognacs out there.
Dunt (297) - Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled at Moeder Lambic. So incredibly excited for this opportunity. Opened with my wife Molly and two new friends we met earlier in the day at Cantillon. Pours a flat muddy orange in color with some light bubble formation around the edges of my glass. The nose is comprised mainly of oak and cognac/spirit with a small amount of lemon rind and mustiness. The flavor started out buttery and lactic tartness, but as the bottle warms up to room temperature, the cognac and oak becomes more pronounced. There is a light amount of fruitiness as well. The mouthfeel is light and oily with no carbonation and a moderate finish. Very special experience getting to try this out. With that said, I think I enjoy aged 50N or Crianza more. Thanks a bunch to the Moeder staff on their excellent service and the opportunity to try this beer.
jtclockwork (9638) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Zwanze Day. Pours bright orange. Nose and taste of oak, cognac, lemon, apple skin and mild tartness. Medium body.
Experiment_Ale (1068) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Zwanze Day 2013. Pours bright orange. Aroma fig tart raison. Taste is tart oily raunchy dust, smooth. Finish is medium and oily, tart sour. Mouthfeel is oily. Very interesting.
HonusWagner (1638) - Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lambic Summit PBW 2010. A strange beer, has a weird sort of flat buttery characteristic, quite tart with apple qualities, meh.
mcberko (7789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #4000. 750mL bottle at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, pours a clear golden, like cognac, with barely any head -- only a few bubbles. Aroma of heavy cognac upfront, with notes of wood and oak in the back. Flavour brings out heavy notes of cognac without being boozy, loads of wood and some oak notes. Way richer than the 50N-4E, which is just cognac around the edges, whereas this one is fully cognac indeed with a very warming effect. Excellent stuff.