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Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic - Flavored
Brussels, Belgium

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RATINGS: 662   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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4.2
100Beier (272) - 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 (621) - - SEP 25, 2021
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2021 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

4.5
MelvinKalksma (4589) - 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 (12187) - 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 (9514) - 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 (3450) - 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 (1184) - 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.

4.1
markoijelena (4664) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - MAR 1, 2020
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2020 Bottle 0.375l at Cantillon, Brussels, Belgium. 29.02.2020. Pour it dark purple-ish color with small white head. Aroma blueberries, light funky note. Taste lots of blueberries, some stone fruit, light funky lambic feel, light bitterness at the end, really nice balanced.

4.1
Rask0lnikov (2713) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 30, 2019
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2019 375ml bottle. Huge thanks, martjoobolut! Pours bordeaux red colour. Thin pinkish froth on top. Beautiful blueberry aroma with lots of funk and muskiness. Grapes as well. Mineral notes, blueberries, berriful finish, earthy notes. Aroma is more complex than the taste. But still excellent fruit lambic.

4.3
beernbourbon (1639) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2019
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2019 Bottle shared by Blake- 12! Thank you! Rich purple color. So so much blueberry still. Light funk and less tart than expected. Dry, clean finish. Amazing.


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