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Cantillon Crianza Helena

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

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RATINGS: 272   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Blended and bottled for De Heeren Van Liedekercke to mark the birth of the daughter of the owners on 23.10.08. This gueuze is a blend of lambic aged in cognac and Bordeaux barrels and jonge lambic.


DMRz's rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2009
From a 750ml bottle at The Lion’s Pride - thanks Chris! Pours a light cloudy golden colour with cream white head. Strong winey aroma with white grape and clean, crisp Asian pear. Interesting dry, crisp flavor with white grapes, chalky mineral, and a certain quality that reminded me of oak aged white wine. The finish starts off with a hint of citrus sweetness then finished bone dry as expected of Cantillon. A very well constructed gueuze that I am certain will improve even more with age.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerman6686 (6172) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2016
Poured a nice peach color with a suprisingly big amount of carbonation given its’ age. Aroma was perfumey, citrus fruits, must, light asprin, minerals, lemon juice. So well rounded. Flavor similar, a bit more tart than expected, floral, grainy, fruit skins, grassy and funk. Beautiful beer.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Art (3034) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2016
Bottle shared with big thanks to Dan. Thanks for sharing! Rate #3000. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a white head. Aromas of slightly floral characters. Light rose petals, slight rubbery dead yeast, light must minerals. Dank basement. Taste is super well balanced. Slightly tart with some mineral qualities. Body is medium light. Spot on. Still a little carbonation after 8 years. Lovely stuff. An experience in itself just to get to drink this beer. It was even better that it was among good friends.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyJ (5354) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2016
Bottle. Golden pour, lightly hazed, with a white head. Funky, hay, barnyard, lemon zest, tart, leather, musty grain, brett, and lemon grass. Very good, but not much better than other Cantillon Gueuze.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
charule (2123) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to the superstar Dan. Poured light haze orange with light white head. Aroma funky fresh hay cow. Light carb med bod. Taste light stone fruit light acidic. Very subtle barrel that pretty much drys it out with little oak.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GrumpyOldTroll (59) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2016
This is a beer that I’ve been fortunate enough to have had several times, and each time is a fun experience in its own way. It has a nice head and is perfectly balanced with tartness and leathery lambic notes.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
b3shine (7960) - Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2015
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a very hazy deep orange with ample fizzy, foamy eggshell head. Smells outstanding; an excellent blend of funk, oak, citrus, and cheese alongside an awesome damp basement presence and some grape notes from the barrels. Tastes like it smells, but not quite as robust and funky. Still incredible though, as the nose is as good any gueuze (or beer, for that matter) I’ve ever had. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and pleasant with mild to moderate tartness. Stunning gueuze that lives up to the hype.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
neongolden (1139) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2015
(750ml bottle @ DHVL, Nov 16 2015, split w/ phyllomedusa) Pours hazy gold with a dense white cap of small bubbles fading to a ring. Aroma of pear, apple, stone fruits, slight stewed cognac sweetness, white grapes, wood, light cheesy funk, hay, and some citrus zest. Surprisingly bright for its age, a stellar nose! Taste brings all that fruit from the nose together in a nice bright, tart body with floral, grassy notes and a feeling of just slight under-ripeness in the fruit for bite. A little grape sweetness, probably the cognac. Some wood, musty attic funk and zesty citrus lead to a dry, tart and slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is just stellar, light but vibrant and not watery, with a fine carbnation that comes alive in the mouth. This is an absolutely top flight gueuze. The fruit notes and complexity were really stellar, and it all blended together and felt so nice to drink. Awesome!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bursprak (2300) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2015
Bottle at Dangerous Bottleshares WHLZBRZ edition, thanks Fredrik! Light hazy dark golden pour with a long lasting head. Tons of stone fruits, re apples, apple skin, minerals, musty oak, leather, barnyard, lime juice and a light spritzy mouthfeel. This was super good!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RasmusOtt (2177) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle @ Dangerous Bottleshares WLZBRZ edition thanks to Phredrik! Pours hazy orange with a white head. Aroma is stunning. Where to begin? Lots of green grapes, funk, cheese, oak, mould, citrusy notes, goose berries, stable, horse blanket, leather among other subtle notes. Could sniff this 4dayz yo! The taste is tart, oaky and rather dry with some juiciness to it though. Apples, vinegar, wood, dank basement, citrus, weak orange, leather, ginger and weak lime. Just delicate and deep like a basement filled with awesome gems. Mysterious woody quality with lots of fruits and funk. Best gueuze I have had yet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
knickskicks (1132) - - NOV 25, 2015
Golden pour. Very bright. Nose and taste are lemony, apple. Taste is tart lemon, some barrel. Muted compared to the other lambic tasted that night. Watery mouthfeel


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