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


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RATINGS: 619   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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"

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Bottle shared by fogdog at the BA Bolita release party. What a gorgeous beer. Brilliant cloudy red with a foamy thick purplish-pink head. Nose is crazy berry, with yeasty acidic notes of sourness. Light in body with huge berry notes up front before the tart sourness starts to hit you. Sour but not puckeringly so. Amazingly balanced. One of Cantillon’s best fruit beers. I was really glad to get to try this rare brew, thanks Kevin!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (7932) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2009
(Bottle, 2009, purchased at Ölbutikken, Copenhagen) Deep red colour with frothy, pink head. Tart, acidic, fruity nose with earthy notes of stable and barnyard, tart hints of berries (not obviously blueberries). Tart, fruity taste with sour berries (blueberries, cowberries, cranberries) and an earthy, funky sourness. Fruit never takes over, it just contributes to the balance (as usual with Cantillon). Medium body, dry and tart with that lovely refreshing Cantillon acidity that makes it so drinkable in all its extremity. Lovely beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2009
[Bottle] shared by tytoanderso. Thanks a ton for sharing this one! Gushing bottle pours a beautiful deep blueish purple with a large, very creamy pink head. Nose is super funky with lots of brett, not a ton of berry, and hints of definite tartness. Flavor is initially fairly sour and tart, lots of acidity, some fruit that isn’t necessarily easily identifiable as blueberry, some mineral character, and hardly any sweetness. Really fantastically creamy mouthfeel, but it dries out beautifully on the end leaving a woody and fruity finish. Awesome, awesome beer, and well worth the wait!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Pours a berry red color with a pink head. Nose is berries, lactic acid, tart unripe fruits. Flavor was loads of blueberry and sharp acidic tartness. Very nice. I need more than just a taste of this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2010 Poured at CCB thanks fogdog!!! Nice reddish/pink color. White head. Aroma is fruity, sour, vinegar, wet wood and funky earth tones. Flavor is sour and fruity. Tons of earthy notes, some bursts of tart fruits, vinegar and lively carbonation. Glad I got to try this one for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2009
750ml. 2009. Cold out of the fridge and this one is a gusher! Watch out!

The first thing I notice about this beer is the absolutely striking appearance. Pours an absolutely gorgeous ruby pink with an amazingly frothy bright pink head. Aroma yields loads of Cantillon funk. Earthy minerals and gravel seem to override any essence of fruit. A big sniff yields just the smallest hint of tart, dried blueberry skin. Tart and acidic for sure. Earthy, funky, dirty and leathery despite all of the fruit. Cobwebby and slightly musty basement. Flavor actually shows the fruit more than the nose. A most excellent melange of fruit, barrel and sour yeast. Not nearly as bracing in it’s sourness as Fou Foune or the Lou Pepe’s. Shows quite a bit of balance. Earthy, leafy and funky yet retains some of the blueberry skin tannins. Wonderful in it’s simplicity. Lush and amazingly creamy texture. Fully alive with flavor leading to a very pleasant acidity and a lightly tannic finish. Wow! Thanks a ton Nilkas! Beautiful beer all the way around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Bottle at Cigar City BA Bolita release, courtesy fogdog. Pours a reddish dark pink, with frothy white head and tons of lacing. Nose is very tart, dry, some dark fruit as well. Flavor has a nice acidity, blueberries, cherries, some other berries, lots of fruit, dried out nicely. Pretty good. Medium-bodied, balanced, refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1611) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Huge Thanks to Fogdog and jdub for bringing this one out for the Cigar City BA Bolita release party. A: Pours a nice deep berry red with a fizzy head with a pink tinge. Little retention and no lace. S: Nice funky sour aroma. The berries are there but they are of the sour sort. T: Nice and acidic up front. The berries come out in the middle. They are in fact sour like early season strawberries with a blast of under ripe blueberries. Hints of citrus peek through along with the funky tartness found in all Cantillions. M: Rather light to be honest, zippy carbonation. D: Very good for the style. I usually don’t find Cantillion to be real drinkable this one is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Bottle 2009 generously shared by JoeMcPhee: Rich deep murky ruby with a deep red head- nice looking! Insane funk in the aroma- lots of cheese character (gouda rind) and cobweb. The blueberry is not sweet, rather tannic and reminiscent of the skins. Not as citric as I expected. Very light and fluffy feel. Minerally upfront- quite fruity in the flavor. Way less tartness/sourness than I expected. Soft blueberry skins and mild lactic character are evident in the fluffy body. Light, fluffy, fruity and gentle. Not as wild nor sour as I expected it. Still it’s a great Lambic, but I want to try the older vintages now, which according to past ratings had less fruit presence and more lactic wildness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Bottle from MaltOMeal at the Houston sour tasting. Thanks, man! Pours a deep cranberry with a fizzy body. Aroma is cranberry soda with a touch of strawberry. Flavor is raw lemon hay. Tingly mouthfeel. Tastes nothing like it smells.

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