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Cantillon Crianza Helena

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


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RATINGS: 251   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 Iíve 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamJackson (2608) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Acquired one bottle in a trade and another @ DHVL in Belgium. Not sure which of these Iím 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. Itís 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 itís more acidic, more sweet-tart candy and less refined but a lot less oak. Iím 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. Thereís a really nice present of sweetness and something else I canít really describe. A well melded lambic

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

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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (2248) - 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 (6111) - Newark, New Jersey, 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (1719) - BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
One of Cantillonís 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. Iím 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 (3577) - 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_ (120) - 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 (1779) - 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 (290) - 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 (52) - 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 Iíve 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 Iíve had the pleasure of trying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThirstyBird (1566) - DŁsseldorf, GERMANY - 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.

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