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Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
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RATINGS: 580   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"


mdfb79's rating

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mdfb79 (8) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2011
From 11/05/10 notes. Had at a small tasting thanks to ygtbsm94; huge thanks to Brad for sharing this very sought after beer! Bottle is from Batch 3, 2007 Vintage. a - Pours a reddish amber color with two inches of fluffy white head that has excellent rentention and leaves a little bit of lacing and light carbonation evident. s - Smells of tart blueberry, sour fruits, brett, and oak. The blueberries aren’t overpowering, which makes it wonderful to smell and enjoy. t - Tastes of blueberry, sour fruit, yeast, and brett. Hints of oak as well, but not as much as the smell. The tart blueberries come through a little more in the taste than the smell, but again, pretty amazing. m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and crazy drinkable. A little bit tart but not too lip puckering, which allows it be be drank easily. Perfect mouthfeel. d - Wow, what an amazing beer. At 5% ABV, I feel like I could drink a whole bottle of this and still want more. I’m not just marking this up due to rarity; this is one of the best beers I’ve ever had and if you like blueberries as I do, you’ll love this one. We tried various sours at the tasting, including LeBleu and Crianza Helena and I enjoyed this one more than both of them; I came home the next day and immediately tried to trade for a bottle. Would love to have again sometime and truely worth the hype.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (5780) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2016
Tap (yes tap)@Himmerriget, Copenhagen - (2015 vintage) deep dark fuzzy scarlet red coloured pour with pink head. Aroma and taste is berry fruity with blueberry prominence, ripe berry skin, fruity jammy berry fruits, funky farmyard nuances, hints of oak wood, tart fruity and delicate on the palate, lingering berry fruity finish. Lovely.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
humlelala (1190) - 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 (713) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GrumpyOldTroll (55) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2015
A nice complex fruit flavor that fades over time and is replaced by horse blanket. A solid beer and very pleasant to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RobertDale (4741) - 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 (2772) - 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 (4891) - 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 (599) - 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.


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