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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: 255   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.


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.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle as a massive present from mesandsim. Shared after diner at thier gaf. Id no idea what i was gettin into when i opened this bottle. The soft cantillon goodness grabs your nose and says stay here for a good few mins before you drink me, its bretty as fuck, woodness is interesting as theres two different types of wood playing with you, a subtle pineyness, tart and wonderful. The drink itself is amazingly carbonated, soft tiny bubbles tingle you just enough to know its therem, the wine barrels musty it up a good bit and the cognac adds a good seetness that make it probably the easiest to drink cantillon ever. My god, just knowing that iv had this makes me feel better.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Aroma has notes of tropical fruit - starfruit in particular and nice cognac notes as well. Quite tart and dry, as Cantillons are wont to be. The elegance of this blend, however is almost unreal. Hints of tannin from the Bordeaux barrels plays off the acidity. Just superb.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Huhzubendah (2650) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2012
A huge thanks to Brad for sharing this rarity. The beer poured a cloudy straw yellow with a moderate head and lacing. The aromas were sour, barnyard, hay, oak, outdoor, farm. The taste was absolutely incredible. Ridiculously smooth, rich and complex, perfectly balanced, dancing on the tongue and encompassing the entire taste spectrum. The acidity was enough to boldly challenge you and make you pucker, while at the same time it slid down your throat with silky smoothness. The aftertaste compels you to take another sip asap. The sourness is crafted perfectly. I could easily drink this anytime. I hope I have the chance to try this one again. There are no flaws that I could detect whatsoever in this brew. This is one of the best sours I have ever tasted. Highly recommended! November 5, 2010 I was fortunate enough to have another glass of this on my birthday, and it was every bit as good as I remember. This is one of the best beers I have ever had, but then again, I am very fond of Cantillon and gueuze in general.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (4255) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2012
Thx. to Gene / Travlr for actually sharing this among some other very impressive beers he also brought - 75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBSG 2012 - pours a darker shade of orange with little in the way of head - smells of those old falling apart Cantillon corks, mellow earthly, light mushrooms, old lightly soured fruits, lemons and apricots, fruity - taste is lightly bitter, mellow mushroom, falling apart corks, very light wine, white grapes, pears, old lemons, tart, light acidity, plenty of horseblanket, green apples, much like the Nomad not much in the way of the flavours from the spirits carried in the original barrels and if you could ever pick them up, mostly long gone by now but like the Nomad this carries the old woodiness of those barrels as opposed to the taste of the actual spirits, lovely sour - it is fine stuff that aged great, it is age that this probably showed more of itself but any fine bottle of Cantillon geuze will be probably yummy with some nice aging on it, dry, little carb, nicely filling out for this kind of stuff, yummy stuff it is more the treatment and aging - lot of this Cantillon stuff is not an attempt to make the greatest geuze or anything but rather to play with fun flavours and experiments - aging and special nature does the elevation

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2009 Bottle (750ml). At MesandSimís, London May 10 2009). Shared by Mes. Of course. Rating #3600, by the way. JEEE ZUSSS this is a great beer! Hazy gold pour with a small creamy white head, swirls around lasciviously in the glass, like it knows something, the sour trollop. Big, big big ragged/jagged lanonlin/lemon funk nose-smash, really clears out the sinuses, unrecognizable raw green treefruit, incredibly yeasty - massive; MASSIVE. The taste - right on the heels of that aroma - even moreso, lemon, funk ... just brill, words failed me, I drooled on my notebook ... powerful, how the hell does a 5% ANYTHING smash a velvet-wrapped brick through your skull? This is even pretty thick-bodied, incredibly acidic, only mildly carbonated - it finishes in its own sweet (okay, sour) time, and leaves you wanting to weep that the glass and bottle are empty. Stunningly good. Really. I licked my glass.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaxxDaddy (410) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Bottle @ DHVL. Easily THE beer of my Belgium trip. Pour orange with a light white head. Aroma is full of luscious oak, and grapes. You can really tease out the barrel elements of this one just from the aroma itself. Truly amazing and complex. Taste is lemon, more oak, wine/grapes. So much going on here, way more than any other gueuze Iíve tried previously. Lingering sourness in the finish. A wonderful beer and itís scary to think hat this will probably close to 5.0 good in a year or two.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
theisti (3296) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2009
750 ml capped and corked bottle. Shared by mreusch. Marked 23 oktober 2008 on bottle, blend per the description. Pour is a very slight haze golden orange with a one inch white head the fizzles out noisily. Nice upward stream of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Aroma of funk, lemon citric and wet - but clean earthiness. Really soft, complex and engaging nose. Taste is the citric tart funkiness, very alive, earthy, mineral with layers of flavors and complexity. There is an element of the oak wood are present, as well as a nice bright acetic vinegar character. Just so much going on in this beer, and so beautifully balanced. Finish is quite clean, snappy with brisk sourness. Palate is really alive with natural carbonation, tingly on the tongue and just incredibly satisfying. Certainly a World class beer. Matt, not sure what to say, sharing this with me was just unreal generosity.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Big ups to jblauvs and fonefan for this opportunity. This bottle has been on the top of my list for quite some time now. Pour is nectar-peach in color with a lively gueuze-typical white frothy head. Aroma yields powerful notes lemon, farm-funk, grass, hay, earthen pasture, and straw. As Helena warms, sweet cognac grape comes through more powerfully with a subtle background of oak and well proportioned acetic acid. Flavor manifests with unadulterated funky lambic glory. Massively sour notes come through, allowing for a borderline sharp experience, but its really all about the balance. Oak, funk, nectar, straw, grass, horsepen, and a pleasant bone dry acidity come through more powerfully as she warms. A slight vinous character is also noticeable with prolonged quaffs, as is demonstrated by some sweeter grape notes. Palate contains caressing fine bubbled effervescence allowing for a pillowy mouthfeel and a slippery finish that quickly drys out to bone-status.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with slight yelloish hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy off-white head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Very earthy funk aroma with lots of barnyard horseblanlet character in the nose along with hints of aged cheese, foot, bandaid, cobweb and subtle light fruit notes. Incredibly funky smelling with subtle lactic and vinegar notes as well as some light crisp fruit. Very tart puckering mouthfeel that is not at all acidic with lots of sour lactic creaminess and earthy oaky tannis. Very vinous with lots of crisp light fruit notes, especially apple and pear but the sour barnyard fink dominates creating am extremely refreshing quaffable sour that isnít too overpowering in any area, letting all of the complex flavors shine through. This beer is extremely funky and incredibly complex. Very dry with a lingering mouth puckering finish that leaves me salivating for another dip.


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