Cantillon Bourgogne Lambic

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


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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Unblended lambic aged 2 years in a white wine barrel from Nuits-Saint-Georges in Bourgogne.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GusL (15) - - JUL 1, 2011
From my brothers cellar-collection. Probably my favourite lambic yet - has an excellent combination of dry/tart, sour and fruity taste. The aroma is splendidly fruity and pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (6410) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2016
2005 750mL bottle, white, handwritten label, from the ever-generous Hildigoltur, fka Jacob Lovenlund, shared on 8/13/16.
Still amazed how well the carbonation is retained in these older lambics. While theres little retention, it still pours a sizeable, white head. Deep, amber-tinted, bronze body shows good clarity.
A bit more oak, and acetic-lactic character in the nose, than Spuyten, but remarkably similar with a good homogenity of acids, moderate funk (cellar, earth, mild barnyard, yogurt) and easygoing fruitiness. A bit more intensity with an almost sour cherry-like sweet/sour element (B. Lambicus?). No alcohol or flaw.
The light sweetness that develops in older lambics is here present but is easily matched by a strong citric character (that I think is actually just wood plus lactic acid). Much stronger acidity than Spuyten, reminding even moreso of Classic Gueuze from this era. The wine character is noteable, being nicely intertwined with the sweetness to produce an almost riesling-like sweetness with the sourness even replicating the acidity of a riesling (though of course, these are chardonnay barrels). Do not get any wine-derived minerality, however.
As the beer progresses, the acidity and oak build, bringing lip-smacking tartness and retronasal acidburn, quite pleasantly. Low but engaging carbonation still tickles the palate, as well.
Very cool to try. These old Cantillons are so different than the old 3Fs...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jtclockwork (15951) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2016
Bottle - Generations Lambic Share - pours orange gold white head - nose and taste of white wine, funk, lemon funk and horsey funk - medium body

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
vtafro (7433) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2016
Bottle. Orange pour with white bubbles. Light wine, grape, oak, funky aromas. Oak, funk, white wine, light grape must and sweet tones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GrumpyOldTroll (61) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Sampled at the Monroe tasting in 2013. Moderate head and carbonation. The wine barrel is present but overall i didnt think this one has aged very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fredrik_ (102) - SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle thanks to Brian. Extremly elegant beer. Wine is showing in a beautifull way. Aroma of peaches. Elegant sourness to it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ludvig (137) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
A extreme elegance with lots of citrus! Lime in some degree but especially lemon! But most of all there where mandarins! The taste of Mandarin (a little orange citrus fruit) makes this Cantillon beer step up to something different from all other Cantillon beers I have tried, a sweet orange taste but still sour all the way, its hard to explain. But there where apricots, lots of them as well, so much of different winy fruits! The flavor tends to sour candies that I ate at my grandmothers house as a child with a fantastic fresh rolling acidity and fresh fruit flavor. lovely!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
manker (74) - SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2014 Deep aroma with lemon, wood and grapes. Mandarin oranges mixed with some sour oranges, lemon rind and oak, pleasant grape character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gn0sis (68) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Sampled at Monroe tasting 2013, Second bottle follow-up at Denver Ghost Tasting 10/13. Tried next to Spuyten Dyuvil, both from the same era, both strikingly similar, and both different for very subtle reasons. Moderate head and lacing, slight foam and carbonation present, as with most gueuze in the 10 year age range. Moderate viscosity and hint of oiliness, but overall very light bodied. Tastes like soft oak and well aged lambic, very slight tannic presence, I like the subtlety of the aging in the French wine barrels, reminds me also of an earlier expression of Jean Chris Nomad. Extremely special and tasty, nuance and subtlety are key factors at play here. This one requires some thinking, and at the end of the day its an extremely solid gueuze expression, if nothing else. Would love to revisit again someday.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2013
tart acidic and vinous, held up well over time, lucky to finally had this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Unlabeled 750ml bottle poured into a cantillon taster. Certainly never thought id have an opportunity to try this Ghost. I have to say, the hype left me slightly underwhelmed Poured an yellowish orange color with very little carb. Nose was heavy on the oak, lactic acid and citrus Flavor was pretty complex. Heavy oak presence with a nice mixture of lemon juice/peel and white wine and white wine barrels. Suttle presence of fruit on the finish. Overall this had a very nice dry mouthfeel and was a great experience to be had. However, I would not seek this one out simply due to its difficulty

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