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Cantillon Crianza Helena

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


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RATINGS: 268   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (4212) - BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
One of Cantillon’s many one-offs, this time for De Heeren Van Liedekercke, a geuze made from the regular Cantillon lambic, one matured on bordeaux barrels and one matured on cognac barrels. Coarse and crispy, off-white, quickly dissolving head, colour an ochre blond, murky. Typical Cantillon nose, sulphuric, dry sherry, wet hay, horseblanket, white grapes, gooseberries, lemon and very, very faintly a hint of brandy. Fruity taste, grapes and gooseberries again, quickly overwhelmed by lactic acid and subdued citric acid, vinous mouthfeel, , grapefruit, sherry, tannines, very complex and dry finish, sour and bitterish. I’m a sucker for old geuze and this is one of the best I ever had the pleasure to taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (8762) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle thanks to Minh. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is strong funk, oak, earth, and cognac. Medium mouthfeel with strong funk, citrus, pepper,bourdeux and nice lingering dry finish. Stoked to finally try this, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Luk_ (239) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2014
From notes. Bottle. Pours a lightly hazy blond with minimal head. Aroma is very peppery, even green pepper and light barnyard funk. Cognac notes are definitly perceptible, there is decent oak presence, Taste is moderate lactic tartness with a strong oak presence. Softer than your average Cantillon. Carbonation is still very lively after aoll these years. Not a spectacular gueuze but well done and refined.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (3066) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
At Heeren van Liedekercke, with S&G Tasting group, first day trip. APPEARANCE: light clouded blond beer, small unstable white head. NOSE: barnyard, very sour, fruity, little sweet. TASTE: completely, like Cantillon geuze actually, slightly aged though. Little more fruity maybe? But very nice geuze in general.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggsbowler (591) - 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 (63) - 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 (2530) - 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 (7228) - 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 (12010) - 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.

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