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Cantillon Soleil de Minuit

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


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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A cloudberry lambic, brewed exclusively for Akkurat, Stockholm, Sweden. Re-launched May 18th 2013.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (9519) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2016
Bottle thanks to Polly. Pours a cloudy yellow gold with medium frothy white head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is wood, citrus, funk, berry. Medium body, oak must, berry, stone fruit, funky, light tartness, really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ktwse (3825) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2016
Pours clear peach with flat head. Aroma of cloudberries, grapes, apples, bretta, slightly funky. Taste is rich apple tart up front with a strong cloudberry finish. Light and crisp body with average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4293) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2016
Bottle @ Akkurat. Pours clear golden amber with a small head. Aroma is bretty dour fruity some cloudberry stable funky. Flavor is nicely sour fruity berry funky astringent wood. Great balance and very elegant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (1699) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2016
Bottle at Akkurat, 2015 vintage. Aroma is very nice with a moderately strong berry aroma, though with and herbal, tannic note similar to berry leaves and skins. Light herbal note. Light oak notes. Berry is light enough to allow the base beer to show through. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a medium sized, white head that recdes steadily. Second pour had some berry sediment. Flavor has a medium to medium high berry note. A moderately strong tannic note from the berry skins and seeds with a bit of an herbal, berry leaf note. Medium light oak notes with some light hay and light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall, still not my favorite berry lambic as the tannins are a bit strong, but the berry notes are very unique. The lighter cloudberry character does a nice job of integrating with the base lambic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GrumpyOldTroll (59) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2016
Yellowish golden color with moderate head that dissipates pretty quickly. The nose is all cloudberries. The newer batches also have a bit of a plasticy thing going on, especially the 2013 vintage. Overall a very excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kryon (2570) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2016
Pours clear yellow with low white head Aromas of cracked garden branch, sour grapes, hints of baking soda, barnyard Taste has acidic notes, funky, sour grapes, cloudberries, grassy, sour cherries, hints of baking soda

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokestereo (296) - SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2016
Pours hazy golden woth a thin line of white head. Aroma; Funk, lemon, hay, wood, cloudberry and some grapefruit. Flavour; Cloudberry, acid, funk, lemon, hay and wood. Bitter, sour and nice..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
linusb (716) - SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2016
A: Light yellow with a nice one finger white head. N: Horse, hay, stable T: Cloudberry, green apples, horse, lemon O: Very fresh and very nice, more bitter than expected. Love it!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (5539) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2016
Bottle, Akkurat 20th anniversary batch, shared by James on 2/5/16.
First off, a huge thanks to James for very graciously offering to share this with me with nothing in return expected and I will hopefully return the favor at some point.
Thank god we had some cloudberry jam before trying this stuff. Not that the aroma wasn’t amazing, but I was much more able to appreciate just how magnificent of a job they did in getting the pure, lovely cloudberry aroma and flavor in to the beer, after trying the jam. Nose is wow. Just wow. Jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring. However you want to phrase it. It was a long time before I even felt the need to take a sip of the stuff. Extremely difficult to describe cloudberry’s aroma/flavor profile. Definitely some woodiness to it, as James suggested. Perhaps lightly cedary? There’s a dry apricot element and then a very wine-like character as well, almost riesling-like. Intense, hugely aromatic and unwavering, it captures the cloudberry perfectly in the nose and is decidedly much less funky than any other Cantillon I’ve ever had. But that’s fine, because this is one of the top 3 fruit aromas I’ve ever smelled.
In the flavor it’s quite wine-like, with the woodiness prominent, and the big juicy, fleshy, almost gooseberry-mixed-with-apricot-and-sugar character that I seem to associate with cloudberry. Tart, for sure, but less of the extreme funk that Cantillon is known for. Some, like GrumpyTroll, remark "Where’s the horseblanket?" and that’s a fair critique. But I personally can’t take fault with it when the fruit is captured so perfectly here. A truly incredible beer that very much met the years of hype and searching to try it. Hope to have it again some time soon at Akkurat!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtclockwork (14585) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2016 Pours orange gold - nose and taste of strong cloudberry, old wood, funk and light horse blanket - med body. Bright cloudy berry.

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