Cantillon Blåbær Lambik

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


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RATINGS: 636   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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ClarkVV (7099) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2018
2015 750mL bottle drunk 9/20/17.
A beautiful robe of violet-magenta shows good clarity in the light, leaving the plentiful sediment behind. Pink-tinged white head shows modest retention for the style, eventually fading to ring.
The nose is just filled with beautifully expressive fruit, side-by-side with tart bacteria/yeast creating wonderful layers of complexity. Sniffable to perpetuity, it's both tart, juicy, tannic and even somewhat vinous, yet never "sweet" or "sugary". Nor is it too sour, achieving a good mix of both fruit and bacteria acid while lively Brett adds band aid, light lime and other soft funk and mineral. No alcohol or flaw. Very high strength of aroma.
Similar fruit flavors abound, tickling the tongue as plentiful Brett and lacto add a lightly puckering character and both fruit and barrel tannin soften the blow (though it's never terribly sour), mostly just very tart. The fruit is well-integrated again and the carbonation quite engaging, but it's markedly thin, seemingly over-attenuated and phenomenally bone dry, to the point of fault. It's pretty rare that under-malting and/or thin, washed out texture is a thing I get from Cantillon (or 3F for that matter) so this was even more disappointing. Just didn't have enough malt depth/suppleness. Obviously I'm not expecting it to be sweet, thick and richly malty, but it was noticeably less than the standard and caused a lot of astringency to build up on the finish. Assuming this is just a bottle or batch variation and still enthused to drink more Blabaer.

Speko (561) - DENMARK - SEP 29, 2017
Tap @ Himmeriget. Pours dark purple with small head. Blueberry, wood, stables, vinegar, det finish with blueberry in the aftertaste.

wlf (782) - DENMARK - SEP 29, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2017 From tap, 2014 vintage tasted September 2017; red with pinkish head; aroma is fruity, tart and slightly funky, berries; taste is low in sourness, berries, slightly funky, fruity dry finish; texture is juicy with high carbonation and a light body

MartyW (444) - DENMARK - SEP 23, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2017 2014 vintage tapped at Himmeriget. Ruby with a small white head. Blueberry, wood, vinegar, horse blanket, funky aroma. Blueberry, sour vinegar, woody touch, blueberry skin. Good tart aftertaste with lots of blueberries. Good although imo overhyped.

Werckmeister (3531) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - AUG 1, 2017
0,375l bottle at Himmeriget shared by me. Vintage 2015. bourdeaux like color, small pink head. smells cheesy, blueberries, grassy, funk, berry notes, green apples. very nice smell. Medium Body, light carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of grass, funk, some berry notes, green apples, spices, peppery. finishes medium sour with notes of funk, grass and peppery notes. very nice one, could use a bit more fruit notes, but overall very nice stuff.

Cunningham (8668) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2017
Deep blue amber color with a pink ish head. Good intensity in the aroma. Medium body and a mellow carbonation level. Balanced sweetness and a fine acidity. Dry ending. Lasting flavor with blueberries, wood, yeast and fruity notes. Nice tasty stuff.
Tried 2010, 2011 and 2017 version. All of them were a bit different. Also varied if you got some of the bottom sediments in the glass. Two different bottles were also different.
[Bottle at Himmeriget in Copenhagen, Denmark – Blueberry release 2017]

drfabulous (9098) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 8, 2017
375 ml bottle from Himmeriget. A blue purple color with some light funk and very light tart in body. Blueberry throughout. Very nice and smooth.

dogfish120love (1364) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 10, 2017
Pours a reddish purple with a pinkish lacing. Aroma is blueberry skins and vinegar moderately sour. Incredible

ALIBALI (2947) - Kiel, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2017
Fresh Bottle. 2016. Need the older Ones :). Stunk, KellerfussWaltz und fies rund. Lambikwunderkind mit absolut blaubeeriger Tiefenwirkung 👌💋. 375ml Bottle. Shared with Rasmus & Scottie. Ca. 15 Euro. HIMMERIGET, Kopenhagen.

Iphonephan (7551) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2017
From 33 cl bottle vntage 2013 courtesy of Kermis in Den Haag. Pours a cloudy blue-tinged mahogany. Aroma of blueberry and sour grapes. Sour, and bitter finish.

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