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Cantillon Crianza Helena

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

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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyit (3573) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1184) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arminjewell (8522) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fred82 (2115) - 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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PatrickGav (23) - - AUG 20, 2013
The aroma is funky, acetic, and sour. The flavor is definitely sour with some mineral notes. It got a bit better as it warmed. Another delicious product from Cantillon. Wow.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChinoSkillzian (179) - The LBC, California, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Bottle at RBSG LA. Pours a hazy golden color with medium foam that dissipates quickly. Aromas of musty cellar, oak, lemon, and wet hay. The palate is more neutral than sour, but with some tartness, and flavors of white wine, oak, grape spirit, and some good funk/old cellar notes. Finishes dry.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulienHuxley (4034) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
Bottle shared by Fred82, many, many thanks! Clear gold pour with pretty but very rapidly receding white head. Aroma is quite green, green pepper, green peppers, lots of oak aroma, quite mild funk - very tame for an aged Cantillon. Taste is a delicate sour, peppery, light oak tannin, very balanced and clean. Soft, lightly carbed palate. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (2417) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2014 Bottle 750ml. Thx Fred. Pours golden with low white head. Lots of bubble action. Some lacing. Aroma is of funk, citrus, sourness, some sugar. Taste is of funk, barnyard, green stuff, citrus. Palate: Med carb, higher than expected. Ligth-medium body. Overall: Very good, pretty funky. A bit watery? Anyways, a serious beer.[8/4/8/4/16] [Had another go at this one at a tasting. My notes are very similar to this former rating, so I’m not changing alot. +1 taste. Still in very good shape.]

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
Bottle shared by Fred82, thanks a lot! Pour is clear golden with minimal head and little lacing. Aroma wet hay, funk, bret, light peppery notes and faint vanilla. Taste is brett, less funk than expected, a bit fruity, oak, little cognac notes, faint sweetness. Low body. Not your typical geuze. Very interesting and very good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tom10101 (3704) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle (750 ml). Shared by Fred82, huge thanks for this! Clear golden with a small white head and little lacing. Aroma is of barnyard (less than regular Cantillon though), vinous/cognac notes, hints green pepper, light sweetness... really complex and different than other Gueuze I’ve tried. Taste is also really complex (even more than aroma) with slight sweetness, vinous/cognac presence, barnyard, wood, green pepper and fruity notes. Mouthfeel is slightly dry and vinous. Medium body. Medium carbonation. This one is not as drinkable/refreshing as most Gueuze, but it’s so complex and well balance that it’s really enjoyable. Almost a sipper. Multi-layered. Delicious!


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