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Cantillon Goldackerl Gueuze

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


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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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 (1012) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GrumpyOldTroll (58) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2016
pours in a nice dark gold color with moderate head that fades quickly. The nose is wine and grapes with bit of funkiness. Solid mouthfeel and intense flavor. I’m a big fan of this beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle in Akkurat, Stockholm. Shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small unstable white head. NOSE sour, barnyard, fruity, bit over the top? Muskat. TASTE: sour, dry, oak, bit off.. Vinegar, grassy, not the best Cantillon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nische (1885) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle at Akkurat. Looks like apple juice with almost no head. Aroma of apples, earthy leafs, tart barnyard and grapes. Somewhat of a wine/beer crossover with very well hidden alcohol. Some taste resembling the cognac barrel with barnyard, stable, hay, overripe grapes. Not very acidic, but very dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DSG (11600) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 23, 2015
[4/25/15] Bottle sample at a tasting at omhper’s place in Tyresö. Thanks omhper, AndySnow and hackobock for sharing great beers! 2005 bottle. Clear golden. Very interesting aroma of wine, grapes, funk, cognac, cobwebs and oak. Sour funky flavor with oak, lemon, lots of wine, grapes, and a bit of cognac. Medium-bodied, slightly alcoholic. Very good, interesting and unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdamChandler (4518) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 8, 2015
75CL Bottle split 4 ways

A - Very dark golden orange color. A nice 2 finger head at first but faded fast

S - The nose is very interesting. Very grape forward. Almost wine like with a distinct mold aroma. A little funk almost no other Classic cantillon traits.

T - Good rich bubbly mouthfeel that’s dense and pretty remarkable. Sour is intense but manageable. The rotten grape taste is unique and actually pretty darn special. A lot to say but not much time.

M - Intense and thick due to higher gravity from grapes. Walnut and tree nuts and musty old cheese.

O - I found this beer to be so unique and special and deserving of the hype. The cost to taste value is impossible to compare but it is a world class Lambic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggsbowler (596) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2015
Bottle at Akkurat - yellow/orange pour. Grapes, wines, lemon zest, and tart nose. The taste is sweet, grape, wine, and a slight sourness. Really good!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
50belair (3380) - Florida, USA - APR 29, 2015
Bottle at Akkurat. Clear yellow pour with a white head. Funk with sweet vinous aromas. Absolutely delicious. Huge sweetness from the grapes with sour vinous undercurrents. So complex with oak, funk, wet hay, and muted citrus undercurrents. Fantastic mouthfeel and body. This just about pure perfection.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (3002) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle at Akkurat, shared with friends. Pours a cloudy orange with a low white head. Aromas of caramel, raisins, funk, oak, apple and cider vinegar. Taste is funk, apple, vinegar, caramel and citrus along with some roasted notes. Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation. Very very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (5290) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle (750 ml) @ Akkurat. Almost clear golden with a small quickly disapparing white head. Aroma is extremely funky with cheese, mushrooms, rotten grapes, dust and tropical fruits. Taste is also quite funky with moderate acidity, mushrooms, dust, rotten grapes, tropical fruits and oak. Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Almost oily mouthfeel. Dry finish. Unique lambic. I have never tried anything like that. Quite complex. Impressively expressive considering the soft carbonation. Very happy to had the chance to try that one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (5590) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle at Akkurat. Clear gold pour with disappearing white head. Aroma is so intense, so much rot, intense mushroom and cheesy notes, lots of oak, very winey, some old dusty notes, funky, but not at all in a usual lambic way, very cheesy, rot wine. Taste is very winey, light alcohol, fruity grape, musty, dusty, nice acidity, explosion of winey flavors, straw, oak. Palate is full bodied, light carbonation, nice dry finish. A bit heavy to drink, very original and extremely complex. Not sure I would drink this daily, but is very interesting beer.

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