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Cantillon Pikkulinnun Viskilambic

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


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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.

jrallen34's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrallen34 (3487) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2012
1 one 192 bottles... this was outstanding, the bourbon came exceptionally in the taste and aroma, never had a sour quite like it, one of my favorites

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Erasmus_ro (1630) - 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 (2856) - 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 (3367) - Oulu, 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 (12169) - Orange County, 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 (50) - 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 (53) - 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_ (89) - 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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ludvig (118) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2013
375ml Botlle cork 2009. awesome to try this beer, thanks to pikkulintu who gave me the chance (for two bottles)! a small frothy head that stayed for a while. aroma was spot on with vanilla vs the lambic sourness and complexity add to that a cured meat or the smell prosciutto and you have the aroma of it. taste wise i tasted the bourbon and therefor vanilla and some nice ripe red apples that lingered in the mouth as an aftertaste. amazing beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sean9689 (286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Original review 08-14-12

Pikku pours a mirky golden yellow, monstrous white head, and a thin collar on top. Barrel notes are most forward on the nose with some citrus, bourbon, and funky tartness following. Taste is less barrel, but a good amount of the booze and funky lambic working together. Citrus, oak, and must follow. Really an interesting lambic, and nothing like Iíve ever had. Bourbon and citrusy funk work well together.

Really cool beer that happens to be pretty damn good! Iíd love to have this one again down the road, but I have to find one first. Maybe when I hit Europe? Who knows.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (4216) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Bottle(red label). Golden pour with white head. Whiskey is mild, and still has tart fruit aromas. Oak, tart fruit, mild funk, and hints of bourbon flavors. A nice change to the cantillon lambics Iíve tried.

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