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Cantillon Goldackerl Gueuze

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


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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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In the lambicworld you have mixed beer with winegrapes for centuries but what has never been done is to use grapes that have been infested with Nobel Rot. (Botrytis Cinerea)
Said and done! We contacted the controversial, austrian winemaker Willi Opitz.
Mr Opitz is very well known for his sweet wines and has won awards such as Late Harvest Winemaker of the Year. He has also made wines for McLaren,the department store Harrods in London as well as the wine Mr President that has been drunk in the White House both by President Clinton and President Bush. He is very innovative and has learning by doing as his motto and he seamed just enough Rock `n´Roll to go along with our new crazy idea. And just as we thought. When he gets the question he replies: " if you are going to make a new unique mixture of beer and wine, I am going to be a part of it!"
Mr Opitz has his vineyard in Burgenland near the lake Neusiedle. The mist and fog from the lake come in over the growth in the autumn mornings and make a terrific climate for the Nobel Rot.
The Botrytis forces out the water from the grapes and makes the sugars crystalize and contributes with a concentration of tastes that are just unbelievable.
The blending!
On the 19th of November of 2004 the little molded sweeties arrived to head-brewer Jean Van Roy at the Cantillon Brewery in Brussels. 35kg of Sämling and 35kg of Welschreisling. That is the same 50/50 mixture that Willi Opitz uses to make his "Beerenauslese Goldackerl".
A very sweet, slightly acidic dessert wine with different tropical fruits in both nose and palete. We macerated the grapes in a secondfill cognac barrel using a 2-year old, soft lambic with strong wine caracter.
The fermentation begun after a few weeks and went on for almost 3 months and created a wonderful, dry, extremely fruity botrytis lambic with lots of raisin and Cognac in the nose!!!
Bottling according to the Champagne Method!!
On februari the 8th the Botrytis Lambic was bottled. But still one more unique action was to be taken.
When making a "Gueuze" the blender adds a bit of young lambic to his old when bottling. The young lambic still has fermentable sugars and will create a secondary fermentation in the bottle. This method was created by the Benedectine monks in the 1530 ´s and is known to the world as "The Champagne Method".
In our Botrytis Lambic we have added the Wine "Beerenauslese Goldackerl" in the bottles both for fermentable sugars as well as the extra flavour. That of course will name our beer Goldackerl Gueuze.

dreadnord's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Probably one of the most unique gueuze ever made. Pours pale yellow with a big white head. Nose is peppery, funky grape, lemons, vinegar and some spice. Taste has insane complexity with intense tart yet big bittersweet in the mix. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, light body and a huge finish. Amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (1391) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2014
August 11, 2014. Bottle at Akkurat. Pours light hazy dark golden with a quickly dissipating frothy white head. Aroma is sweet fruity grapes, oak, barnyard,1 cognac, vinous. Taste is sweet grapes, on top of the dry tart vinous lambic, very smooth and well blended together. Finish is tart fruity and acidic with a dry woody note. Very smooth oily texture, medium bodied, average carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Experiment_Ale (1004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2014
750 at akkurat 2005 vintage. Pours mostly clear cider orange bronze with no head. Aroma is cognac, fine sherry, some funk but not classic cantillon funk. Taste is super interesting, heavy red and white grape notes, sherry, cantillon funkiness that is real nice, one of the most subtley unique beers I have ever had. The head bartender at Akkurat says he beers is around 12+ percent according to the carlsberg lab, they also said it is infected and should not be served to any customers (=. Awesome, awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndySnow (3364) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Akkurat, Stockholm.
Appearance: Hazy golden colour with a small white head that vanishes quickly leaving no lacing.
Aroma: Sour, grape, fig, fruit, cognac, raisin.
Body: Full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Sour grape, fig, raisin, grapefruit, vinous, fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
manker (47) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle @ Akkurat. One of the Cantillons I love to have at Akkurat only to remember that I don’t like it, but that I love it. Totally unique with clear funky noble rot grapes which stand out and divide those who tries the beer, either you love it or you don’t understand what effect the grapes add to the beer. the complexity is boosted by the cognac barrels which add layers murky wood and apples.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gn0sis (52) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Sampled at Akkurat, 2012, (and again in 2013). Viscous, oily pour with hardly any head or lacing evident. Can smell the grapey sweetness right away, though it later proves a bit misleading. First chalice full almost looks like it was still lambic, but upon tasting subtle effervescence reveals itself. Flat funky barnyard with a moderate acidity, legs appear similar to that of an icewine. Truly a unique aroma and taste come from the noble rot grape, a prickly vinous tartness /funk balance unlike any of the other grape Cantillon expressions. Some found it off-putting; I found it particularly unique, if not one of the most unique Akkurat specials.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (1923) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2013
75cl bottle at Akkurat. 2005 cork. Talking of a unique lambic.. It pours a deep golden colour with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is deep and complex with sweet vinous notes, lemon zest, apricots, lemon funk and basement. Taste is similarly round and complex with a great interaction of the sweet grapes with the lambic to give a balanced and complex product. Notes of white wine, sweet liquor, lemon, dust and wood. Medium body with soft carbonation. Quite acidic most vinegary finish. It really delivers what promises in the description, a great beer and truly unique lambic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3489) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle. Golden hazy pour with white lacing. Cognac and wine grape aromas.. Flavor may differ slightly from a normal cantillon gueuze, has a wine and cognac influence. Still a nice beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dunt (286) - Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Bottle sampled at Akkurat. Pours a clear muddy orange in color with a 1/2" of quickly dissipating white head. Nose is perfection. It is a beautiful union of wine and beer. There is a bouquet of bright white grape to this, not like Vigneronne, more like a dessert wine. Flavor is equally exquisite. The white grape profile isn’t as prominent , there is quite a bit of tartness from the lambic that is softened from the wine though. Light mouthfeel, spritzy carbonation, moderate acidity, dry finish, and a long finish. No hint of the 10.1% alcohol. One of my favorite Cantillon to date. This beer is exactly what the next generation of lambic should strive to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2013
From a bottle at Akkurat. Pours clear lively blond with a finger of white head, quick dissipation. Smells sort of like mead, bit hot, sweet grain and a bit of tart lacto, bit of clove and berry. Taste big and funky up front, tart in the middle, and sweet on the tail. Berries and a bit of wild spice. Sweet and sour. Lighter bodied with very little alcohol heat. Unique, and a great experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sean9689 (278) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2013
The "F**k Yo Passport" Tasting. 750ml bottle into Cantillon taster.

Pours golden yellow, fizzy white head, thin ring. Nose is hay, funk, oak, and a nice vinous character. Flavor is lots of oak and vinous grape notes, not insanely sour, just right. Time has smoothed this one out completely. Light body, light carbonation, dry finish.

An excellent beer and worthy of the hype, IMO. I was sad when I finished my pour and fear I may never have this one again. Truly excited to finally try this one.

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