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Cantillon Pikkulinnun Viskilambic

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


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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Brewed for the 9th anniversary of Olutravintola Pikkulintu in Helsinki, Finland. A 2-year old unblended lambic, matured (for the whole period) in a bourbon barrel. Only 3 kegs and 192 bottles produced, and only sold at Pikkulintu.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
halo3one (5) - - OCT 7, 2016 does not count
Golden, hay. So much whisky in the nose. Smooth, funk, and more whisky, oak, vanilla. So good, wish this was in their regular lineup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GrumpyOldTroll (59) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2016
A light golden color with a thin head. The aroma is wood and whiskey. Moderate mouthfeel and quite tart. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2016
375 ml bottle at Pikkulintu in early August, big thanks to Timo for seemingly making an exception and letting me purchase this to share with my lady! 2009 cork; 1 barrel ever made, according to the bartender. Remarkably clear, only slightly opaque, pour, with a small but excitable head. Whiskey barrel is very evident on the nose, with vanilla and cinnamon shining boldly on top of musty funk and barnyard hay character. Fascinating and utterly captivating flavor profile, with sweet vinous white grape, bosc pear, bright, tart, early fall apple, and apricot. Still tart, but holy shit is this good. One of the best beers Iíve ever tried.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Erasmus_ro (2539) - Alabama, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Tap @ Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Pours a hazy, dark yellow with a small, white head. Aroma is sour, some oak, leather, whiskey, fairly sweet. Whiskey is pretty strong. Taste is sour with appleskin, vinegar. Begins with a lot of oak and whiskey, but that disappears in the middle. Strong sourness. Whiskey shows up in the aftertaste again. Fairly light, fairly strong carbonation. Saliva-inducing as these proper lambics tend to be. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RexTalionis (3522) - FINLAND - NOV 19, 2014
Draught. Pours unclear golden in color with a whitish head. Quite intensive wooden notes at first, also some sour fruits and tartness mixed with some grainyness is present aromawise. Bit of funkyness too, even if itís quite mild on this front though. Itís tart with some sour berries and apples in taste, but yet it feels smooth, perhaps the barrel aging is behind this one as the wooden notes are there in aftertaste as well. Crisp finish though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VastActiv (5734) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2014
Tap at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Colour is slightly cloudy orange with small white head. Aromas and flavors: Fruits, citrus, oak, hints of bourbon and nice soft sourness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle @ Patís. Thanks, Jer! Clear golden pour with white foam. Smells kind of corked. A fairly typical aroma for an old Cantillon lambic. Lemon, grass, straw, and must. Thereís a decent amount of oak and vanilla, though. Flavor is much different than I would have anticipated. A lot of bourbon, graham cracker, and vanilla. Still, somewhat sour, but sort of restrained. Lemons and a musty, damp funk of straw and grass. Perhaps a touch on the sweet side. Very different from what Iíve tasted before and what I expected.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
manker (66) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2014
Two bottles (!) @ Pikkulintu. Fantastic bourbon aroma and flavor where the vanilla, bourbon and lambic sour merge perfectly. Citrus and some floral tones. The right amount of booziness and a great experiment which has aged really well. Lucky to have been given two bottles and would love to have it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
gn0sis (65) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Shared two bottles side by side at Pillulintu with Fredrik, Magnus and Ludvig on our trip to Helsinki 9/13. Extremely seductive aroma of oak and burnt char, some malty sweet aromas as well. Pours dark with minimal carbonation and lacing, slight effervescence and slight head. First sip is thirst quenching, full bodied.. delicious. Pure oaky goodness, with nuanced sweetness from the bourbon (the bartender wasnít exactly sure which type of barrel it was aged in, jury is still out on that).. This is an example of a courageous experiment that had mind blowing results. I would say that bourbon barrels and lambic are not oft enough used in conjunction and hope to see more aging of this type in the future. For now this is all we have, and its damn near perfect for what it is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fredrik_ (102) - SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2013
Thanks Markko at Pikkulintu for not giving us only one but two of these! Really love how the viski really blend with the sourness in this one. Damn i love this beer!

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