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Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
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RATINGS: 598   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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"


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ygtbsm94 (12) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2009
I’ve had the pleasure of tasting several bottles ( 75cl & 37.5cl) of this fine fruit Lambik; vintage 2007 Batch 1 & 2. Pours a light to medium burgundy with slight white head! Has a pleasant tart funky barnyard aroma with a touch of blueberry maybe a little cranberry in the background. Gotta love this soft tart blueberry zest; just enough to cause the lips to smack with delight. Much less acidic and sour than some other Cantillon fruit Lambics though. The mouth feel was pleasant with some carbonation along with a perfect balance of Blueberry tartness/acidity. This is definitely one of the best fruit Lambics on the market today. Thanks Jeppe for supplying all those tasty blueberries to create such a great brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2009 09 bottle opened by Bobby. Much better looking clear purple with a pink head. Much fruitier. 750ml Bottle shared by Bobby91w. Pours a murky purple with a nod towards red. The nose is all about fresh blueberries. The flavor is they typical Cantillon lambic character turned down a notch or two. Oh, and the blueberries are rocking there too. I thought it was a bit thin. Other than that, really good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (7667) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2009
Rating #900. Bottle kindly shared by Anker. Wow - cloudy reddish brown body with a dark pink creamy head. Aroma is of course very acidic with notes of blueberries and hints of dust, citrus and a little wood. The palate is very soft and smooth. Flavour is very acidic but the blueberries matches the acid very well. Hints of basement, citrus and dust as well. Must be one of the best balanced sours out there.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (2650) - Odense SV, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle shared by Anker. Thanks alot. Hazy red body, with a small pink head. Aroma is sour, dust, citrus, and blueberries. Flavor is sour, dry, dusty, citrus and blueberries. The best lambic i have ever tasted.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2009 Bottle Batch 2. Pours an hazy red colour, with a medium red head. Aroma is hay and citrus, with sweet hints of blueberry and cellar. Very nice! Flavour is dry and dusty citrus and pine, with a smooth and sweet touch of fermented blueberries. Making it nicely balanced and very pleasant. For sure the best lambic I have tasted. Batch 4. "8-5-8-3-16=4.0" Like batch 2 but very fruity and with a vinous touch. Its lagging some of the cellar like and dry citrus/grape notes, due to the extra fruitiness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beer5000 (5726) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2009
375ml bottle 2007. Hazy reddish body with a small, diminishing pink head. Aroma is fruity and sour like Bret. Flavor is fantastic refreshing and sour with fruit in a well balanced and much drinkable way. It’s definitively Cantillon but I don’t know if I really can taste any blueberry, but this is really great. Close to perfection.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2009
I’ve had this twice. The rating is mostly from our ridiculous lambic tasting during GABF 2007; it has been adjusted based on a few sips I had at Alesmith during RBSG 2008 that were better than I remembered it being. Mauve in the glass with a light pink head. Smells mostly of gueuze acidity as all Cantillon lambics do. My first sample wasn’t fruity in the smell at all, but the second sample was wonderfully full of fresh, warm blueberry goodness. As with all Cantillon beers, the initial burst of acidity is golden. Blueberry in the first sample was most noticeable as a burst in the beginning of the finish, but the berries rode the initial fizziness of carbonation in the second sample and were more apparent throughout. The first sample was much earthier and more subtle. Both were delicious, but in different ways. I’d love to have more of this in the future.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2009
Bottle. Pours a nice redcolor with a medium sized pink head. Aroma is funky with lots of berries and fruit. Taste is berries,oak and some funky notes with plenty of acidity. Would of liked this one much better when its aged awhile but already a treat!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Shared by Ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad. Still too immature for me. Cantillon taste 100 percent better after you lay them down for a few years. Needs to develop more depth to become something special. Nice blueberry flavor though...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Bottle sitting next to me, thank you brad you are the man! Pours a dark maroon body with a quarter inch white head. Light berry and woodiness. Light acidity, effervescent and palate cleansing blue berry to finish. So freaking good.


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