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Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic - Flavored
Brussels, Belgium

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RATINGS: 665   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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A bilberry (European blueberry) lambic brewed exclusively with/for Ølbutikken, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2005 Vintage (batch 1) - First release ever, only 50 bottles released, 75cl bottles. Gold foil.

2007 Vintage (batch 2) - The first release of 2007, 37.5cl and 75cl bottles. Black foil.

2007 Vintage (batch 3) - The second release of 2007, 75cl bottles. Gold foil.

2009 Vintage (batch 4) - The first release of 2009, 37.5cl and 75cl bottles. No foil. Label reads "2009".

2009 Vintage (batch 5) - The second release of 2009, 37.5cl and 75cl bottles. No foil. Label reads "2009 II".

2010 Vintage (batch 6) - 400 litre barrel with 100kg bilberries added. No vintage on the label.

2011 Vintage (batch 7) - 400 litre barrel with 100kg bilberries added. 37,5cl and 75cl bottles. No foil. Label reads "11".

2012 Vintage (batch 8) - 400 litre barrel with 100kg bilberries added. 37,5cl and 75cl bottles.

2013 Vintage (batch 9) - Label indicates "13"

2014 Vintage (batch 10) - Label indicates "14"

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4.3
Rubin77 (7876) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2022
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2022 75cl bottle (vintage 2021) @ brewery. Head is big, pink, long lasting. Colour is dark red. Aroma is a lot of blueberry, bit rhubarb, lemon, red wine, woody, funky. Taste is very fruity, nice sour tones, light old lemon, a lot of blueberry of course, very juicy fruitiness, blueberry skin, funky, woody, bit rhubarb, medium to high carbonation, bit puckering, very nice balanced as I expected, fully enjoyed.

4
CraftBeerNick (7571) - Wokingham, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2022
UPDATED: APR 28, 2022 Bottle at Cantillon, 28th April 2022. Pours a purple hazy beast. Aroma is fruit, berries, must and funk. Taste is sour, blackberry and blueberry. Taste is earthy, berries, funk and smooth sour. Really good, but not the best at Cantillon today

3.8
EdKing (3500) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2022
UPDATED: APR 9, 2022 Bottle at Cantillon Brewery. Opaque purple beer with clarity at the edges, briefly has white/pink bubbles. Nose is blackcurrant blueberry, tart and sour, touch of cherry, volcanic minerals. Has a Ribena like nose… more blackcurrant than blueberry. Taste is subtle fruit, soft blueberry, blackcurrant, tart, moderately so… overall soft and subtle fruit

4.2
100Beier (416) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2021
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2021 [Tasting Blåbærday - Amagerbryghus København] [Vintage 2020] Aroma: Moderately acidic, vinous, huge almonds, dark cherries, blueberries, funky, oaky, woody and dusty Appearance: Ruby red with a small slowly disappearing pink head Taste: Moderately acidic and mildly sweet, blueberries, woody, dusty, oaky, dark cherries, funky, black berries and red berries Mouthfeel: Watery texture with moderate carbonation Overall: Quite complex and easy drinking, awesome beer Jeppe/Cantillon 😎

4.2
olberic (988) - Trying to read Alengrins reviews, - SEP 25, 2021
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2022 2020 edition Aroma is stingy sour with blueberries, almonds, marzipan, sour yeast, dark cherries, and fermented fruits. Wine ish aroma Darkred colour with small head Taste is so well balanced, blueberries, red berries, almonds, grass notes, floral notes, pastry notes Smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation Amazing Tasted at zwanze 2021 Blåbær 2017 Tasted in line for zwanze again. Kinda good, but a lot of soapy aroma. Slight blueberries, but not too complex. Liked 2021 more. (8,4,7,4,15)

4.5
MelvinKalksma (5331) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2021
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2021 Opaque red/purple beer with a slight off-white/pink head. Heavy aroma; taste starts medium/heavy sweet and ends slightly/medium dry and sour. Blueberry, tart, lambic and citrus. 9/5/9/4

4.1
AirForceHops (13259) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 19, 2021
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2021 750 ml. 2015 vintage. Thank you Adam for this really special lambic! Aroma is musty yeast, funky berries, white wine. Flavor is not as sour or tart as expected. Does show a good amount of funky berry, musty basement, almost has a sweetness. Really balanced with a lingering funky note.

4.3
Alengrin (10227) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2020
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2020 When Jeppe-Jarnit Bergsø, brother of Mikkeller founder Mikkel Borg Bergsø and himself later the brewer of Evil Twin, opened the Ølbutikken beer shop in Copenhagen fifteen years ago, he probably hardly realised that he and his brother more or less started a revolution in Europe: the craft beer revolution came from America to Europe first through Denmark, though of course important changes in beer culture had been going on for many years before that in the United Kingdom and Belgium as well, and Norway already had its great pioneer Nøgne Ø since 2002. Yet, the pioneering role of Denmark’s capital in bringing American style ‘postmodern’ craft brewing to Europe can hardly be overestimated, and Ølbutikken was a pioneer among pioneers. Among the beers Ølbutikken commissioned for sale at the shop only was this blueberry lambic by Cantillon: Ølbutikken delivered the blueberries to the brewery in Anderlecht, and there it was steeped in lambic in the same way as lambic brewers already traditionally did with cherries or raspberries. As much as we now, fifteen years later, take this kind of thing for granted, back in 2005 this was anything but self-evident (even though Cantillon was already one of the most progressive lambic producers back then also with less evident fruit species); so the result, simply called Blåbaer (‘blueberry’ in Danish), was an important and influential beer, that helped to spark the renewed interest in not just Cantillon’s oeuvre, but traditional lambic in general. Since 2005, Cantillon has been producing this Blåbaer (almost) every year in limited quantities, even after Ølbutikken closed its doors – Himmeriget took over the commissioning of Blåbaer from there – and it has become one of those iconic whales that are being traded for often hundreds of euros on the second-hand market. I have been reading about it for fifteen years – and tried to obtain a bottle a few times without success – but only now I found myself in the opportunity to finally taste it, as Cantillon is now selling bottles in their taproom in Brussels. Had it from a 75 cl bottle, 2019 vintage. Densely mousy, medium thick but opening, pale lilac-tinged off-white head on a hazy, beautifully purple beer with carmine red tinge. Aroma of indeed obvious blueberry, as in actual blueberry juice as well as clear blueberry skins, also cooked blackberries, stewed rhubarb, very dry red wine, lemon juice, background impressions of damp cellar, wet old wood, rosehip tea, sweat. Very fruity onset, juicy sweetish and spicy blueberries galore, but in a slender, elegant way, tart but relatively mildly so, with lots of minerally effects on the sides, adding crispness and further elegance; soft bready ‘soil’ under ongoing blueberry juiciness and fleshiness, with a soft blueberry skin astringency towards the end, where light woody and funky-Bretty notes show up as well, though the soft sourness and fruitiness of the berries remains the dominant factor all the way through, with this ongoing minerally undertone accompanying it. Great fruit lambic as expected, and even if this may not be the most overwhelming Cantillon lambic I had to date (implying that its high ratings everywhere have a lot to do with its sheer rarity as well), I very much enjoyed it because of its elegance, subtlety and balance – apart from, of course, the feeling that I just ticked another famous bucket list beer, which admittedly adds to the experience. I would, however, not go out of my way to obtain a second-hand bottle for hundreds of euros either (even if I am still very curious about earlier vintages), but there is no denying that this is a beautiful beer that allows the blueberries (or, more accurately in the English language perhaps, 'billberries') to shine beautifully - connecting with Denmark's traditional affinities with this and other kinds of forest fruit. Nordic-themed lambic the way it was intended.

4.2
fkoolen (3608) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2020
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2020 37,5cl bottle @ Cantillon. Pluspoints for the iconic label. Cloudy brownish red, fine cteamy beige head. Berries indeed, medium acidity and tartness, faint funk. Medium body, lively fine carbonation.

4.3
WingmanWillis (1360) - Croydon, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2020
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2020 Bottle shared at Cantillon brewery museum. Pours deep red purple. Murky. Pinkish head. Aroma is pure funk, blueberry, oak, some white wine. Taste is a nice mellow barnyard funk, sharp blueberry, dry oak, white wine finish. Top drawer stuff.


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