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Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
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RATINGS: 612   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"


4.3
   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 (5500) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 6, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 07 bottle shared by iowahereye Thanks Joey. at joets house. Reddish purple pour with no head. Tart funk and slight berries in the nose and flavor. Lively mouthfeel and woodsy finish. Quite acidic as well. Glad to have had the chance to try this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2009 Pours a beautiful reddish-purple. Aroma is mixed musty, berry, woody. Very acidic and tart, complements the blueberries. I was fortunate to get to try this one, thanks to iowaherkeye

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badgerben (4852) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2008 Sour Beer #100. Much courtesy of BDR. Deep red or purple color with a medium head that quickly collapses into a film. Musty blueberry aroma, a little old oak and some winey qualities. Holy blueberry taste. It’s very leafy and herbal-like as well. Not just blueberries, but like they took a whole blueberry bush, knocked off the dirt and pitched the whole thing into the beer. I like! Very weak oak flavor as well. The tartness only arrives on the finish, which is also a bit of a Brett dryness. Freakin Yum!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2008
2007 Vintage, 750mL bottle. Big thanks to my cousin, ggaughan for this treat. Pours reddish purple, capped with a moderate sized light pink head. Nicely acidic aroma; tart with some blueberries and white pepper in the background. Flavor is tart but not over the top. Tartness takes the forefront, with wood, blueberries, brett, citrus, white pepper, and a little herbal character. Berries play a complimentary role, rather than being the star. Long, mildly tart finish. Really nice beer, I’m glad I got the opportunity to try this. Thanks, Greg.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2009 Deep, dark red with a small grey’ish head. Lovely, complex fruity and funky aroma. Vinous yet refreshing. Medium, slick body. Very full of taste. Starts sweet and fruity, only slightly sour. The finish has allot of blueberries. This beer has allot of dimensions, the aftertaste is dry with allot of genuine fruit taste. Generous, very tasty beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebeertourist (5179) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2008
2007 bottle, 75 cl, from Ølbutikken. Deep purple red colour with a small pinkish head that gradually disappeared. Complex fruity and funky aromas, fruit evolves from pure blueberries to more cherry character after a while, but the lemony Cantillon lambik nose is still strongly present. Strong impact by sharp lemony flavours at first, followed by more mellow blueberries, to be ended on a long, woody, acidic dry note. Truly wonderful.


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