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

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RATINGS: 518   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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A 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 blueberries added. No vintage on the label.

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

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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 original rating, 2008:Has the look of dark red wine, with a medium dark purple color showing pink at the edges of the glass. Some glasses were poured with a billowy purplish head, while others had only a small film. First impressions of the nose are starchy cranberry skins and a bit of a blackberry stem/hair scent, a raw fruit smell that is rare to find in beer. After time a bit of an unflavored yogurt character develops in the nose. First taste is light bodied, pillowy dried cranberries, with some dry, puckery, tannic black cherry and blueberry skins, with a decent dose of yogurt tartness and mild funk developing over time.

rerate, 2012: well, not that good. caustic, sour, tart, and the blueberry seems to work against the acid and esters. it’s mineral-heavy with a rough texture and sourish fruit and vegetable flavor. hmm.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 9, 2008
750mL bottle, 2007 vintage, courtesy of Papsoe. Thanks, Henrik! Pours a murky, red raspberry color with a grape tinge; fluffy pinkish head with medium-bubbled lacing. Plenty of sweat, salt, horseblanket, and tart reddish fruit in the aroma; also an inky, pitty / vinegar note that adds something quite pleasant here; the blueberries finally come through at a distance. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: nice tartness and red fruits / blueberries; a fair amount of fruit skins, pittiness, and deep inky fruit juice; some funk and horseblanket and lightly wooded; not a huge amount of fruit length on the palate; medium finish showing inky blueberries and tart citrus and fruit pits; a bit of bread and funk.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2010 2007. Sample from kmweaver. Deep, dark red/maroon with a large reddish pink head, fading to a cover. Funky sour nose with band aid, light berry, horseblanket and cheese. The flavor is moderately sour, lightly sweet with berry, melon, lemon, lactic acid, leather and oak. Medium body is soft with moderate carbonation. Nose is disappointing, but everything else shines.

2005, opened on 6/6/10. Big sour nose, the fruit is almost completely faded, cotton candy, lots of lemon. The taste is nicely sour, lots of fresh citrus, yogurt, cotton candy. Lovely stuff, but more of a straight lambic than a fruit lambic. 8/4/9/5/18 = 4.4

2007, black foil, batch 2, opened on 6/6/10. Totally different beer. Nose is much more fruity, but has a distinct band-aid note. Taste is slightly less sour than the ’05, much more fruity, can get a decent amount of the blueberry, the citrus is completely covered up. Decent. 7/4/7/4/15 = 3.7.

2007, gold foil, batch 3, opened 6/6/10. Ahh, awesome nose, unlike the previous, no band-aid here, can really pick up the fruit. Taste is decently sweet, moderately tart, isn’t as "hard core" as the others, but quite delicious. Really an excellent beer. 9/4/8/4/17 = 4.2

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Thanks Jason for sharing this 2005 vintage. The beer pours to a glowing peachy amber body with a thin white head. The aroma is super complex. Gueuze-laden Cantillon with tons of barnyard and funky cheese feet and blueberries. The flavor is amazing. Tart and funky sour fruits, feet, barnyards, and sourness. Amazing! So very complex. Super tart palate with a perfect puckering sourness. A near perfect delight!!!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Bottle, with Fin, Loz and Traci at our Belgian Beer Tasting (Part II). Unclear burgundy blue/red, pink-ish tan head. Murky warm berry aroma, mint, cake, tom-cat walking upwind, and a bit of something that reminds me of the earthy oxidizing iron smell of an old farm tractor. Powerful mouth-drying tannins. Berry skins in an interesting dark way that makes me think of iron filings. A nice level of restrained tartness under the tannin. Interesting and very unique. It was a privilege to try this rare beer, and a big thanks to henrikb for the bottle!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (7278) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2008
Shared this in Belgian Beer Tasting evening with Loz, Casey and Traci’ 04-01-08 Poured quite a dark red colour, hazy and with pink head. I’m not really that familiar with bluberries and so i likened the aroma to that of brambles, it reminded me of one of those warm late summer early autumn days when out picking blackberries. The first sip just sucks every last bit of moisture out of your mouth almost like inserting a vacuum cleaner in their really quite a Wow never had a beer with such amazing tannin level. I sip again and the blueberries and sourness are there but there is a refreshing taste and dryness to this as well. tart and wonderfully fruity and another amazing beer from Cantillon. Many thanks Casey for sharing this

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2008
A Mes & Sim rate: 37.5cl bottle at my sister’s house in Manchester.
First a little story. In May we went to the amazing Ølbutikken with Chris_O and David Rastacouere. Chris and David had already let Jeppe know they were coming so he had bottles of Blåbær waiting when they arrived. As I was unannounced there was none for me but I left with a promise from Jeppe that he would make sure I got a bottle at some point. A couple of months later I get a beermail from him saying he is sending me a bottle over with Jens Ungstrup who was attendding the excellent RBESG in Glasgow on the condition that we promised to drink it on a romantic night in with a fresh palate. Well it wasn’t quite a romantic night in but we supped it in Manchester to celebrate the birth of my sisters little boy. Seemed a fitting tribute. It also seemed fitting that as our 3K was not far away we should hold back on the entry until now. This little bottle went from Brussels to Copenhagen to Glasgow to London to Manchester. I love ratebeer. Ok, enough waffle. The beer. I’m a sucker for a nicely coloured beer and this one really hit the spot. A thick rich purple / pink colour with a really excellent lilac head. Mad looking but utterly gorgeous. Strange initial plastic note in the aroma quickly gives way to something that I can only descibe as a freshly bathed baby. Yes there is obviously some sweet / sour blueberry and light citric Cantillon wooden funk but it’s more restrained and delicate than most. I couldn’t help but smile the first time I took a sniff. The very second it hits your tongue you are left in no doubt that this is special. It has such amazing body for a lambic. Much fuller than normal, I guess down to the blueberries and so much smoother also but there is still that prickle around the edges reminding you what this is. Big tarty sour lambic funk balances perfectly with sweet sugary fruit. It’s like an ice dance routine carried out on your tongue with effortless grace and poise. Juicy and puckery with an amazing sherbert tartness. Elegant, almost mellow and incredibly refined. Outstanding length, it just goes on and on. The finish sends you on such a journey that you almost want to wait a while before taking another sip which is a really good thing as you don’t want to rush something so rare. My only slight critisism would be that I feel there is just a little too much fruit and not enough tartness showing. One day I may be lucky enough to try the 2005 vintage... It’s still bloody amazing beer however. The final journey the "Mes and Sim" labelled bottle made was to come home with us and take pride of place in the kitchen between the Aarmonnik and the Stille Nacht Reserva. A beer of noble charm and yet another thing for which we cannot thank Jeppe enough. You seriously kick ass mate.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2008
Cloudy dark red pour with a medium, creamy, pink head. Superb aroma of blueberries with the assertive funky and acidic Cantillon signature. Amazing flavor of blueberries, mild cheese, it’s very acidic and wild, the Cantillon way, it’s also pleasantly dry. The body is light with a dusty texture and gentle carbonation. What an awesome fruit lambic, merci David!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2007
2007 vintage, 37.5cl bottle, with appreciation to sunevdj, and also received a bottle from Storm - thanks guys! Pour is a thing of beauty, lively and aromatic, with a hazy ruby body and a beautiful bright pink foamy head that maintains a thin covering. Aroma gets your attention - funkdelicious, sour, tart, with a nice cherry/blueberry fruitiness. Flavor has a nice persistent sourness that is well placed yet not overdone, with a whisp of blueberry that seems to come out of nowhere. I am by no means a lambic expert, as this is my first formal introduction to a fruit lambic, but this is one amazing beer! Definitely a style deserving of further exploration...

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5966) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2010 Rerate 2009 batch 5 bottle, thanks Secret Santa: More fruity than the batch 1 with less funk and acidiity so far. The taste is less aggressive but actually more approachable because of it. The mouth feel is equally less aggressive and less refreshing. Aroma -1, Taste -1, Palate -1, overall -1.

Rating #3300 (bottle 2005), Cheesehead YeAH 2007, many many thanks Jason, this beer is truly worthy of it’s scores! Clean golden hue with small foamy head and spotty lace. The aroma is funky cheese and catty vapours along with a woody and mineral base with just a hint of blueberry and lemongrass. JUST WOW!

The taste is Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces laced, quite sweaty and salty with a herbal and grassy note in and about. Overall it is tart and even a tad flowery with just a hint of blueberry on the finish. The mouth feel is refreshing and sprite with a bone dry woody finish and a note of mineral on the aftertaste. <P> This ROCKS! I would hope to one day taste the 2007 version to see if the fruit is indeed more noticeable. SO CHOICE, U MUST TRY SOME


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