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Cantillon Soleil de Minuit

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


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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A cloudberry lambic, brewed exclusively for Akkurat, Stockholm, Sweden. Re-launched May 18th 2013.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kryon (2283) - Hšsselby, 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 (251) - 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 (544) - 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 (5130) - 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 wasnít 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 cloudberryís aroma/flavor profile. Definitely some woodiness to it, as James suggested. Perhaps lightly cedary? Thereís 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 Iíve ever had. But thatís fine, because this is one of the top 3 fruit aromas Iíve ever smelled.
In the flavor itís 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 "Whereís the horseblanket?" and thatís a fair critique. But I personally canít 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 (12846) - , 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
simont1 (524) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2016
Aroma of white wine, cloudberry jam, big funk, oak, light vanilla, caramel, lemon, grapefruit pith. Taste a bit more mellowed out, tart cloudberries with a lightly bitter oaky caramel, quite woody and citrusy, but still feels heavy. I think this one needs some age.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bobhund (128) - - DEC 28, 2015
Köpt på Akkurat, Stockholm. Fantastisk på alla sätt, hade hjortronen tagit över än mer från Lambicen hade det blivit full pott. Det ska dock sägas att hjortronen tar stor och fräsch plats, världsklass! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
vjohans (659) - SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2015
Bottle 2015. Simply the best lambic i have tried. The cloudberies is mindblowing in such fresh bottle. Wow. Better then blŚbśr. Amazingly balanced. Drank a.whole Bottle myself..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GrumpyOldTroll (55) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2015
This one would probably benefit from a couple of years in a cellar to even it out a bit, but itís a pretty special beer and Iím lucky to have tried it. Thereís not enough horse blanket but thatís fine; thatís not the point. Also - I can confirm that 750s and magnums donít make a difference, but it does taste better in the USA than it does in Sweden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CLeclercq1961 (118) - Temecula, California, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Initial sourness. Some mango in aroma with the oak and lemon peel the berries, cloudberry to be exact was well balanced not overpowering but evident. The base of lambic was fantastic. Tart and refreshing.

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