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Cantillon Goldackerl Gueuze

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


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RATINGS: 84   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.

jrallen34's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3487) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2013
shockingly excellent, didn’t lose the vinous character over time, complex, tart, captured my attention, savored this, world class

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (1711) - 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 (3383) - 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 (3807) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (1977) - 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 (1071) - 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 (4411) - 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 (50) - 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 (53) - 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 (3489) - 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 (4222) - 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.

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