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Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Brussels, Belgium

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RATINGS: 598   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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A bilberry (European blueberry) lambic brewed exclusively with/for Ølbutikken, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2005 Vintage (batch 1) - First release ever, only 50 bottles released, 75cl bottles. Gold foil.

2007 Vintage (batch 2) - The first release of 2007, 37.5cl and 75cl bottles. Black foil.

2007 Vintage (batch 3) - The second release of 2007, 75cl bottles. Gold foil.

2009 Vintage (batch 4) - The first release of 2009, 37.5cl and 75cl bottles. No foil. Label reads "2009".

2009 Vintage (batch 5) - The second release of 2009, 37.5cl and 75cl bottles. No foil. Label reads "2009 II".

2010 Vintage (batch 6) - 400 litre barrel with 100kg bilberries added. No vintage on the label.

2011 Vintage (batch 7) - 400 litre barrel with 100kg bilberries added. 37,5cl and 75cl bottles. No foil. Label reads "11".

2012 Vintage (batch 8) - 400 litre barrel with 100kg bilberries added. 37,5cl and 75cl bottles.

2013 Vintage (batch 9) - Label indicates "13"

2014 Vintage (batch 10) - Label indicates "14"


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
humlelala (1272) - DENMARK - FEB 11, 2016
(15 cl pour from tap @ Himmeriget; 2015 vintage) Served at fridge temperature but left to sit in the glass for ten minutes to properly appreciate the aroma. I’ve long abstained from imbibing this beverage knowing that I haven’t really developed a palate capable of appreciating spontaneously fermented beers that well. However, this offer was too good to pass on. The glass is a small footed tulip and the colour of the lambic is difficult to ascertain as the sun has set and we only have candlelights and weak spotlights by the bar. It does look like it has a Syrah-like reddish purplish hue with a little head that is somewhat lighter. As you tilt the glass the beverage seems to draw little curtains of lace. Good retention and regeneration. Aroma seems to be mostly funk at this point at least when contrasted with the Amorosa of similar vintage in the glass next to it. The funk seems to me to have soft notes of barnyard. On the palate the beverage strikes you as bone dry with a disciplined tart expression that seems rather ’clean’ and well-defined making it rather easy on the stomach. Carbonation doesn’t seem to play much of a role here. Halfway through the glass and having swirled it once I manage to catch a hint of blueberry in the aroma but it’s elusive. To be honest 15 cl was the perfect amount for me. Enough to appreciate the experience while still leaving space to enjoy other beers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ctipping (1007) - Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2015
750 mL bottle. 2012 bottle. Originally reviewed 6/15/2013. Deep red, purple body. Nice white head. Collar lasts forever. The blueberry aroma comes out a lot, but it’s got a green character to it. Nice funk and acidity. Taste is also very green. Funky and a nice blueberry flavor. Graininess and sourness. Finishes with a nice fruity flavor blended into a sour bite Spritzy carbonation. Medium to light body. I hoped the fruit character would be incredible, but it’s very vegetal. Fou’Foune is better, but this is a great lambic.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RobertDale (5098) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2015
375 ml. bottle. Thanks Nikos! Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a small pinkish head. Aroma of fruit, berries, and funk. Taste is fruit, tart blueberries, funk, earth, and wood. Delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (3199) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2015
shared bottle, poured a deep dark red colour with a small pink head on top. sour dark blueberries, hay, rosebottle. berries, pie, barnyard, and blueberry juice, spiced yeast, citrus, lot of barnyard, earth notes, blueberries makes the base even more sour. def. not one of the best fruited cantillon lambics, bit to hyped i think

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bikeclj (17) - Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2015
An absolutely wonderful beer. A smooth tartness with very balanced blueberry flavor complements. It's like popping a fresh blueberry in your mouth. It dances on your tongue and makes you wish it wasn't as rare as it is. No head and lightly carbonated. This beer was and treat. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CLeclercq1961 (118) - Temecula, California, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Had many of the vintages as I used to live right by there. Usually pours a dark blue violet. Quick reducing white head. Aroma of ripe blueberries and then funk barnyard and old oak with some musty barnyard. Great mouthfeel of initial fruit sweetness then dry and tart. The finish is earthy and leathery with blueberries present.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (5466) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2015
Bottle share sample at CBC. Thanks! 2015 vintage. Dark reddy brown, still, small off-white head. Aroma is apple, vinegar, jammy fruits, dirty. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is light vinegary, plum, berries and lemon. Not overly acidic. Great to try.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleigator (675) - GERMANY - OCT 12, 2015
Blabaer ’15 vintage Pours a dark purple, ember red color, with a dark pink, small head. The head collapses immediately to a glass coating sheet of lacing, revealing tiny bubbles at its edge. The nose reveals a great blend of funky barnyard, dusty malts and unripe blueberry skin. Once the aromas open up, a ripe fruit tone becomes present, together with a mineralic quality, reminding of an actual fruit juice. Its tartness is present enough though, to prevent the beer from becoming jam sweet, also due to a light note of wood bark, wet spruces and leather. Has a wonderful soft mouthfeel, while the beer reveals a lively, mineral accentuated carbonation, adding an utmost pleasant softness to its profound tartness. Blueberries become visible in a prickly, unripe way and turn sweeter, once earthy malts wrap up the beers tart qualities. Berries don’t get overly prominent on their own, but provide a great balance together with the present, pleasantly dry funkiness, ending with a ripe, wood accompanied, mellow sweetness. Its finish exhibits a great range of intense flavors working together with the fruits, consisting of lemon zest, a mineralic softness and a note of old, soft cheese, highlighted by the fantastic mouthfeel. A great beer with an authentic, well integrated fruit character, which goes hand in hand with the typical Cantillon lambic sourness. Still, the most outstanding aspect of this beer is its phenomenal soft mouthfeel.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NBird (620) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2015
From ølbutikken. July 2015. Looks.. Rich dark red/burgundy , the fast dissipating head is sml and is burgundy shaded white. Smells..blueberry and the skins, danky old sock farmyard, toe jam.. Tastes.. Bright and fruity blueberry, the cantillon lambic sourness is there at first but it goes away and leaves a real fresh tarty berry skin and flesh taste and mouthfeel. It’s a little less carbonated and more juicy then other cantillon fruit blended beers.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clownoisseur (408) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Bottle thanks to Justin! Shared at my wedding on 9/12/15. Pour was a gorgeous ruby color, purple hues, pink head that fizzled into nice lacing. Aromas were of tart blueberry, medium barnyard funk, medium floral...notes of bread lingered with the hints of vanilla and oak. Taste was absolutely delicious! Big blueberry presence...more than I expected! Although, the dose of funk was not what the nose suggested, the blend of tartness from the fruit/yeast pulled things together nicely. Oak impressions gave vanilla, earth, under-ripe wine grapes and a bit of earth. Finishes, semi-dry with a good pucker/final dose of blueberry. I have heard that the 2013 vintage is not up to par with the others.....and if this is the case, I can’t wait to try this again!! Thought it was spectacular and extremely well-balanced. A night I will not soon forget.


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