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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: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Pours hazy pale yellow with a big white head. Nose is intense lemon, vinegar, pepper, barnyard funk. Taste is intense tart with great bitter balance. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, light body and long finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (8530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2012
750ml bottle (thanks Ryan for saving this to share with me!). Poured a medium golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Citrus, some wood, earthy funkiness, and some grapes. I would not have guessed cognac, as I didn’t get any in either the aromas or tastes. Nice and ’softer’ all the way around (not an ’in our face’ Gueuze, but one I could drink all day long).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (2437) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2012
autch that hurts in the wallet! 37,5 cl bottle @ dhl pours hazy blonde, white steady foam , aged smell ( oak) verry appart for sure! sweet, bitter, sour, herbal all at once. sour aftertaste xithoud a doubt one of the most complex beers i ever had or will have, yet there is better. intresting to drink once but i would pay this amount of money for another one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
750ml bottle courtesy of one of you gentleman traders and poured into Zwanze day tulips that my cuz picked up. Choice. Appearance is identical to Cantillon gueuze, orange, good foamy head, bubbly. Aroma is real close to Cantillon Classic gueuze and I’d be hard pressed to find the difference, moldy orange and lemon rind, slight funk. The flavor was also very close to the classic, acidic, lemony, not much brett or farmy qualities. I did not taste any trace of cognac barrel. I will say that this is a lot smoother than a one or two year old bottle of classic gueze but this didn’t really feel like a special ’llon more like a select blend which I guess makes it special but it was still just Cantillon gueuze to me. I wouldn’t go out of my way to acquire any more of this since the classic is just as good if not better at times. Also the price and availability of this is ridiculous. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-18-2012 00:12:38

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
Pours a hazy and amber beer with a white head. The aroma is spices, tart and oak. The flavor follows the nose with additional grapefruit. The palate is dry with bitterness. Overall a really good and complex beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fredrik_ (81) - SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle shared by Ludvig. This is a great beer. A top geuze. If you haven’t tried it you have to.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NielsenRatings (8275) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2013 Bottle @ Armin’s bachelor party, picked up at De Heeren. Thanks Joost! Pours a cloudy dark golden appearance with a decent sized white head. The aroma and flavor actually surprised me a fair amount, as it had a lot more funk and less overly acidic sourness than the other Cantillon gueuzes. Tons of aged parmesan, funk, barnyard, yeast, and tart lemons in the nose. More cheese, fairly oaky, moderately sour, lemon citrusy, horse blanket, barnyard, somewhat spicy flavor with just a mild wateriness on the finish, but that was hardly anything to complain about. Refreshing, funky, and tons going on in this beauty. We had Zomer the night before at Darkness Day and I found it to be slightly superior, but this was quite nice. Another bottle @ JetsonFest III in KC. Fuck yeah

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (5215) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle (75 cl), courtesy of mybestfriend. Clear deep golden, brief white head. Grapefruity cidery aroma, some earthy funk, wood, and coconuts. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry with medium to high acidity.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
_angst_ (2371) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
750 ml bottle courtesy of Victor (non-RB). Wow, didn’t think I’d have the chance to try this one. pours tiny hazy reddish golden with a frothy offwhite head that quickly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is sour and funky with crackers, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, hay, barnyard, brett, pineapple, dry soil, lemon zest, horse blanket, leather and hints of green apples. Taste is sour and tart with grapefruit juice, lemon juice, crackers, dusty barnyard, hay, horse blanket, dry soil, dried apricots, unripe pineapple and mango, brett, peppery wood and orange zest. Mouthfeel is dry, tart and light to medium bodied. Finish is sour and tart with grapefruit juice, unripe pineapple, dry soil, green apples, hay, barnyard, leather, dried apricots, horse blanket and green grapes. Very sour and tart. Possibly a bit over the top of the sourness but it’s a great beer of course. 

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle at USA comes to Skövde. Slightly hazy golden beer with a very small head. Sour aroma, grapefruit, citrus, earthy, grass, woody, acidic, hay, lemongrass, sourish, berries, tart, funky, rubber, leather, barnyard notes. Sour grass flavor, hay, rubber, leather, tart, funky, grapefruit, citrus, woody, oak, hugely sour, dry, lemongrass, hay, lemon juice, apples.


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