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Cantillon Crianza Helena

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%
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.

mdfb79's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mdfb79 (8) - New York, New York, USA - APR 7, 2011
From 07/24/10 notes. Review #500 a - Pours a hazy golden-amber color with a little bit of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident. s - Smells of lemon, citrus, floral hops, earthy malts, and some funkiness as well. Some funk and tartness comes out as it warms. t - Tastes of funk, almost cheese like, as well as tart fruit, lemon, grapes, and maybe a hint of oak. m - Light to medium body and light carbonation. Quite dry and crisp. Pretty easy to drink. d - An amazing gueuze; one of the best I’ve had in the style. Lots of nice tart and funky fruit and very easy to drink. Glad I got to try and would love to have again. EDIT: Got to try this a second time on 11/05/10 thanks to ygtbsm94 (thanks Brad!), and enjoyed it even more than the first time. The smell is absolutely amazing and I felt like I could have drank a whole bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kermis (7107) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle shared at DHVL. Pours very hazy orange with an off white head. Aroma of cobwebs, dusty cellar, barnyard, oak, light earthy notes and light citrus. Flavour is moderate sour with a really dry finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Awesome!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
illidurit (2244) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Pours clear orange gold. Aroma is awesome, so funky and grimy, sweetish sourish with cognac accents and a brett end. Flavor is sour and bitter, lemon juice and a melange of funk, weird buggy malty basement, fungal wet firewood. Cognac lends a sweet accent. Whoa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
manker (56) - SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2014
Lovely aroma, murky citrus, mild funk, green apples. Some elderflowers and tart berries. Tart and slight bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steve_0 (3410) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Dave. Huge thanks man! Pour is hazy orange with big white head and good lacing. Super funky, sweet tart, lemon rind, urine, oaky, white wine, herbal, cobwebs, and oranges in the aroma. Taste is white wine, funk, oaky, grassy, earthy, lemony, some biscuit, urine, fruity, and dusty with a semi-tart, dry finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Extremely dry, funky and well rounded. Such a treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Experiment_Ale (1089) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2014
At Stephen’s 2nd annual Great American Beer Festival Tasting on 10/1/14. Pours orange murky with layer of white foam head. Aroma is Classic Cantillon funk but more delicate, nice. Taste is complex and delicate gueuze lemon zest funk. Hay.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (5839) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2014
bottle shared by fux, huge thanks! pours hazy if not cloudy very pale golden with a very nice white head showing good retention and lacing. funk-plenty, lemony, peppery tropical fruits, very fruity - apricots amongst others, smooth oakiness - way better integration of cognac barreling than 50n, for instance, light acidity - gently citric and lactic - right on the spot, grassy and herbal old nobleness. bright carbonation, light body, very nice balance, ending tart and fruity. excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mathieuc (2276) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2015 Bottle shared by Fux, many many thanks F-X for this once in a lifetime opportunity! Pours a really hazy golden with a medium white head that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of funk, hay and fruits. Taste is acidic and dry, never too sour and really classy. I can’t say that I tasted any cognac unlike in 50’N 4’E but it was really fruity. More cheesy funk. Body is medium, carbonation as well and mouthfeel really vinous. Overall this was really, really good... awesome even I might say! Cantillon one-offs are just where it’s at! ;) Surprising since I usually choose 3F and Tilquin when looking for a "normal" oude gueuze...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (3734) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Acquired one bottle in a trade and another @ DHVL in Belgium. Not sure which of these I’m open but both have been sitting horizontally in the cellar @ 55F for 6 months. Enjoyed split many ways but I made sure to get my pour first and tried to keep yeast out of things.

A - You still get this slightly off-cloudy orange like golden beer. champagne bubbles but only faint. 1 finger head fades to half a finger white fluffy and remains.

S - The nose is interesting. It’s a lot of sweet woody almost light candy aroma. Some very light spice, orange peel and a LOT of funk!

T - Well, the taste is incredible. I already like it far more than Blauw but it’s more acidic, more sweet-tart candy and less refined but a lot less oak. I’m guessing most of the intense flavors of 2008 are long faded most notably the distinct cognac. Honesty, I get a brandy note at the finish, some really moldy old grapes, old cheese. There’s a really nice present of sweetness and something else I can’t really describe. A well melded lambic

M - Very dry, acidity is higher than I would have hoped.

O - Worth the 125 Euro plus shipping? It’s really good! I’d drink Armand & tomme or fresh 3F Oude Gueuze any day. Still an interesting beer and I’d like to have tried it fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (2666) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Hazy golden pour. Big white head. Little lacing. Nice funky aroma. Citrus and grass. Taste is tart citrus. Lemon rind and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (7070) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours gold with a white head. Tart and acidic, with faint fruity notes, rustic grainy notes, and a bright lemony tart finish. Awesome stuff.

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