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Cantillon Lambic de Haute Densité

Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Unblended
Brussels, Belgium


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
A high density lambic, think of it as a Gueuze/Barley Wine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PhillyCraft (4270) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Sampled at Cantillon museum. Pours brownish orange color. Sweet and infected sugar, notes are acid polish and malt. Lots of booZe. Something is severely wrong in this one. We all dumped this into the floor buckets.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maakun (1879) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle sample at Cantillon. Slight hazy amber with no head just some tiny bubbles. Lots of funk and wood, some cheese, very grainy with an almost wort like taste. Quite some bitter vegetables, a touch of aceton and alcohol. Light sweet and sour with almost medium bitterness. Full bodied with low carbonation. Interesting, but feels unfinished.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (3458) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2015
(Cantillon Lambic de Haute Densité) Tap at Moeder Lambic during Zwanze Day, 250 ml glass. Deep orange colour on the body, murky, small and thin white head with good density and good retention too. Aroma is heavy on wheat, light grapey, grains, old hops. Nice taste, again wheat, grains, alcohol is notable, grapes. Medium body, soft carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RasmusOtt (1729) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2015
Pour @ the brewery. Pours amber with a beige head. Aroma of butterscotch, caramel, sweet malts, funk and kinda like a barley wine with some tart and funky notes. The taste has some caramel, nuts, oak, wood, weak sugar, some citrus peel and vinegar. Not really my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (1482) - GREECE - SEP 25, 2015
From tap at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Hazy dark amber color with off white head. Malty aroma, caramel, sugar, some dark fruits, light funk, wood, vinegar. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Craftmember (32) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 24, 2015
Bottle at MLF Brussels, apparently an older one. My glass was a cloudy, rusty amber, with a lightly tanned medium head. Aroma of caramel, lactic acid, fruit, berries, a hint of cognac like alcohol, some leathery notes, malt and a persisting background note of somethng sticky sweet. There’s no carbonation, and a lacey, oily mouthfeel. Taste is a mix of sweet and sour fruit with an oxidated, almost smoky note to it. There are hints of yoghurt-like plums, reine claude, malts, wheat, hay, leatherlike earthy note aswell, and a silt edge in the end; a smell and taste like a heavy sweet summers’ day in the country... I know opinions differ about this one, but I liked it very much!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (6085) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2015
From a bottle at the brewery. Shady orange, no head. Fruity, raisins and port wine, some alcohol. Full bodied, low carbonation. Dry, low bitterness, low acidity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (3547) - BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2015
Lambic brewed at higher density to achieve a ’tripel’ version of the style; older sample at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Thick, dense and stable, cream white head probably formed due to continued fermentation in the cask over time, residing over a hazy brownish amber beer - clearly darker than usual for Cantillon lambic, already revealing the higher alcohol strength. Aroma of peach, madera, cognac, oxidized malts, wet wood, cranberries, leather, whisky. Sweetish, very estery onset with a deep sherry tartness to it, smooth, bit bready with soft carbo, vinous, soft lactic acidity, retronasal oxidation putting me off a little bit, dry tart lambic finish with a deeply buried but structurally important hop bitter accent. Unusual, and that is probably the reason this divides opinions: we are simply not used to this because it has no tradition. At least very interesting as an elaboration on the lambic theme, but the sample I got was far from fresh so I failed to truly enjoy it, I’m afraid; still, it has originality and a lot of complexity, so it does still deserve a high score as far as I’m concerned.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
markextrae (2356) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2015
sample at the brewery. poured a murky darker orange amber colour with no head. pretty visious. nose is rather sweet, malty, and a clear notice of alcohol. some sour citrus / lemon notes. old grains, earth notes, and a hint of plums. but mostly malts. mouthfeel if very thick. it’s a misser for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erasmus_ro (2020) - Alabama, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Tap @ Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Brussels, vintage 2011, ABV 8.5%. Pours a dirty orangey brown with a good, beige head. Aroma is strongly fermented malt, whisky. Taste is a lot of maltinc.ss, whiskey, malted barley, light fruitiness in the background. Full with low carbonation. Definitely a different kind of lambi.

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