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Cantillon Crianza Helena

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


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RATINGS: 264   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggsbowler (569) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle - pour a dark murky yellow. Nice tart notes in the nose plus a hint of brandy. The taste is sour and tart w/ a little peppery hint. Damn good!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gn0sis (54) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Sampled in 2010 at Captain Lawrence picnic table tasting,(thanks GregC for sharing). Pours clear and bright, if a bit darker than bio gueuze. Aroma of booze and wood, also some moderate barnyard presence on the nose. First taste is oak with a slight burn, followed by the house cantillon barnyard/cobweb essence. Faint remnants of cognac dance on the tongue, you really have to look depending on the example however. Later sampled at many a tasting, as well as at the source, De Heeren van Liedekerke. Bottle variation has been vast, with early examples seeming to have suffered from poor storage/transport condition. Best bottle I’ve sampled would be a 4.5 from DHVL, removed from the cellar, covered in dirt and debris, supposedly not moved since originally placed there after Helenas birth. I love cognac and this is somewhere right under the best examples of cognac aged Cantillon I’ve had the pleasure of trying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThirstyBird (2315) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2014
Bottle @ RBBSG II. Courtesy of Travlr! Pours a hazy apricot color with a tan head. The smell is funky, sour, lemons, apricot and a bit dusty. The taste is tart lemon, apricot, funk, mild cork, dry oak with a dry and woody aftertaste. Active carbonation with a light body. A special beer that was a real treat to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2014
Bottle shared at the 11k/7k/5k. Aroma is honeydew, pink peppercorn, and lemon zest. Pours hazy blonde with nice film throughout. Taste is mineral, melon, pineapple, pepper, and oak. Great sweet citrus taste throughout with just enough wild yeast to keep things crisp and wonderful. Great gueuze!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jredmond (6659) - New York, New York, USA - APR 7, 2014
2013 Backlog - bottle brought to Franks. Thankfully, I was lucky enough to try this again at Clocks courtesy of Ryan - so I guess this is an appropriate 5K rate. Pours a light hazy body with tight, white lacing. Aroma is much more peppery than I remember the first bottle being - a bit like mammouche - with additional notes of sour citrus fruits, bourdeaux and old oak character. Really nice. Mouthfeel is tart and vineous with notes of sour fruit, pepper, bourdeaux, no cognac thankfully, oak, dusty basement, earthy character and light champagne. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2014
’08 @jts 7/5/11k jt/jredmond/jcw Gathering shared by rciesla or Leigh-750 bottle-disappearing white-hazy gold. A-vinegar, tart, lt malt. T-lots of vinegar, tart-citric/acetic, lt malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyit (3671) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2014
Bottle @ Too many geuze’s only one toilet, Ulfborg 2012. Hazy yellow of color with an off white head. An aroma of whitewine, wood and sour. A flavor of wood, dusty, dry, sour, white wine and a very dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1228) - New York, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle, 01/11/2014. Pours golden orange amber, slight haze, bubbly white head fades relatively quickly, soapy ring of lacing left behind. Aroma is lactic vanilla yogurt, slight earthy funk, aged cheese, nice notes of pear, light apple and grape, dry peppery wood. Taste is grapefruit and green pepper, mild tartness, slight sour hay, subtle sweet cognac notes before mellow funky finish, light bleu cheese, nice oak, hint of tannin. Medium body, not overly carbonated, coats the mouth, round like an older geuze. Lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, huge thanks to Aaron for this pour, Darkness Day 2012. Cloudy golden pour with thin white head, aroma is big bleu cheese, funky barnyard, hints of nice lactic yogurt notes, hints of nice horseblanket, lots of citrus also comes through. Taste is a mix of big funky horse, cheese, parmesan and bleu notes, slight salty barnyard as well, into a nice lemon, citrus, hints of oaky tones going into a lactic yogurt sour, finshing fairly tart, nice and funky. Very well done, as usual.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fred82 (2123) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2013
750ml bottle at a tasting with JulienHuxley, Minderbinder, HoppyPocket and Tom10101. Bottle thanks to me. Bought at DHVL.
Appearance : Clear pale amber with small head. Short retention.
Aroma : Soft and clean funk with acidic notes. Quite peppery, pink and white pepper corns. Some wood spices as well.
Taste : Clean and sharp citrusy tartness. Light pepper corns. Acidic. Pretty woody, some spices. Nice fruity notes.Very slightly acetic. Citrusy finish. Very light cognac notes.
Overall : Quite different I would say. Very nice peppery notes. Nice wood as well. Overall a very gentle gueuze. Complex and tasty but not the most powerful especially for a Cantillon. Great stuff, something I’d really like to have again.because it really had something special and different.

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