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Cantillon Crianza Helena

Formerly brewed at Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Brussels, Belgium


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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Blended and bottled for De Heeren Van Liedekercke to mark the birth of the daughter of the owners on 23.10.08. This gueuze is a blend of lambic aged in cognac and Bordeaux barrels and jonge lambic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (1425) - Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2016
750 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 5/18/2014. Golden body until the end of the bottle, where it gets murky. Medium white head. Smells herbal with some lemon acidity. Kinda fruity from the cognac barrel. Woody and a little bit of hay. Tastes of sharp lemon sourness. Hay and grainy wheat. Yeasty. Light fruitiness. Lemon sourness lingers in the finish. Really funky. Moderate sourness. Kinda bitter, surprisingly. Medium carbonation. Very different from Classic Gueuze. I wasn’t impressed, initially, but after drinking it for a bit, it was really good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2016
750mL bottle drunk 8/13/16.
Peachy-maize-golden body shows good clarity and a fluffy, white head that shows strong retention for the style.
Pure brett goodness is joined by rich oak and cognac in the nose. It comes off soft and gentle, yet certainly highly aromatic, with light plaster and musty/funky notes. With extended breathing, a juicy stone fruit character, with light lime and band aid really takes hold. The brett has hit its expressive stride seemingly perfectly here. Impressive, as I usually associate this type of aroma with 3F and sure enough, the Milennium and 1999 both smelled similar, or at least, much more similar to this than Spuyten and Bourgogne. Back to the barrel, I’m not usually a big fan of barrel character in lambics, but it’s done perfectly here, adding very light toastiness and rich, woody notes in just the right proportion so as not to dominate, yet very much complement the more dry, tart, headier brett notes. With a bit of work, a moderate pepper/spice character is notable as well, also from the cognac. As the Zenne Y Frontera would prove to be, a few beers later, this is a masterwork of integrating barrel character without going overboard. No alcohol or flaw.
Dry, oaky and yet still quite bright, thanks to all of the brett. Perfect texture with ample, tight carbonation and a soft, wheat/tannin-laden feel to it. Not terribly acidic but just incredibly juicy. Not sure where it’s coming from but it balances the cognac/wood perfectly, just as in the nose. Soft, moderately sour, highly flavorful, lactic acids linger on the finish, keeping the beer intensely crisp, lip-smacking and bright. Favorite beer of the tasting, and that’s saying a lot, given the competition.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerman6686 (6380) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2016
Poured a nice peach color with a suprisingly big amount of carbonation given its’ age. Aroma was perfumey, citrus fruits, must, light asprin, minerals, lemon juice. So well rounded. Flavor similar, a bit more tart than expected, floral, grainy, fruit skins, grassy and funk. Beautiful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Art (3151) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2016
Bottle shared with big thanks to Dan. Thanks for sharing! Rate #3000. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a white head. Aromas of slightly floral characters. Light rose petals, slight rubbery dead yeast, light must minerals. Dank basement. Taste is super well balanced. Slightly tart with some mineral qualities. Body is medium light. Spot on. Still a little carbonation after 8 years. Lovely stuff. An experience in itself just to get to drink this beer. It was even better that it was among good friends.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyJ (5419) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2016
Bottle. Golden pour, lightly hazed, with a white head. Funky, hay, barnyard, lemon zest, tart, leather, musty grain, brett, and lemon grass. Very good, but not much better than other Cantillon Gueuze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
charule (2179) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to the superstar Dan. Poured light haze orange with light white head. Aroma funky fresh hay cow. Light carb med bod. Taste light stone fruit light acidic. Very subtle barrel that pretty much drys it out with little oak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GrumpyOldTroll (59) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2016
This is a beer that I’ve been fortunate enough to have had several times, and each time is a fun experience in its own way. It has a nice head and is perfectly balanced with tartness and leathery lambic notes.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
b3shine (8191) - Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2015
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a very hazy deep orange with ample fizzy, foamy eggshell head. Smells outstanding; an excellent blend of funk, oak, citrus, and cheese alongside an awesome damp basement presence and some grape notes from the barrels. Tastes like it smells, but not quite as robust and funky. Still incredible though, as the nose is as good any gueuze (or beer, for that matter) I’ve ever had. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and pleasant with mild to moderate tartness. Stunning gueuze that lives up to the hype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
neongolden (1255) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2015
(750ml bottle @ DHVL, Nov 16 2015, split w/ phyllomedusa) Pours hazy gold with a dense white cap of small bubbles fading to a ring. Aroma of pear, apple, stone fruits, slight stewed cognac sweetness, white grapes, wood, light cheesy funk, hay, and some citrus zest. Surprisingly bright for its age, a stellar nose! Taste brings all that fruit from the nose together in a nice bright, tart body with floral, grassy notes and a feeling of just slight under-ripeness in the fruit for bite. A little grape sweetness, probably the cognac. Some wood, musty attic funk and zesty citrus lead to a dry, tart and slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is just stellar, light but vibrant and not watery, with a fine carbnation that comes alive in the mouth. This is an absolutely top flight gueuze. The fruit notes and complexity were really stellar, and it all blended together and felt so nice to drink. Awesome!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bursprak (2573) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2015
Bottle at Dangerous Bottleshares WHLZBRZ edition, thanks Fredrik! Light hazy dark golden pour with a long lasting head. Tons of stone fruits, re apples, apple skin, minerals, musty oak, leather, barnyard, lime juice and a light spritzy mouthfeel. This was super good!

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