Cantillon Crianza Helena

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


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RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mdfb79 (8) - New York, New York, USA - APR 7, 2011
From 07/24/10 notes. Review #500 a - Pours a hazy golden-amber color with a little bit of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident. s - Smells of lemon, citrus, floral hops, earthy malts, and some funkiness as well. Some funk and tartness comes out as it warms. t - Tastes of funk, almost cheese like, as well as tart fruit, lemon, grapes, and maybe a hint of oak. m - Light to medium body and light carbonation. Quite dry and crisp. Pretty easy to drink. d - An amazing gueuze; one of the best Ive had in the style. Lots of nice tart and funky fruit and very easy to drink. Glad I got to try and would love to have again. EDIT: Got to try this a second time on 11/05/10 thanks to ygtbsm94 (thanks Brad!), and enjoyed it even more than the first time. The smell is absolutely amazing and I felt like I could have drank a whole bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerhunter111 (19933) - PCastle, GERMANY - APR 19, 2017
Many thanks to Erzengel for sharing!
Pours hazy light orange golden colour with a small off-white head. Aroma of tart fruits, peach, orange, dry wood, herbs oaky vanilla. Taste of dry herbal fruits, sour fruits, orange, vanilla, super!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erzengel (8544) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - APR 5, 2017
Bottle from a trade with fonefan. Great woody fresh smooth nose. The beer starts fresh smooth, sour woody and very round. Mild sour horse blanket, the woody cognac barrel is there, the bordeaux a bit in the back as well. Great smooth aftertaste with a moderate sourness. Long, intense, round mild smooth woody sour beer. Fantastic mild woody lambic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (8023) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2017
750. Damn, thanks, D. Lets just not all think too much about the cost on this one, and pretend that the other bottles that came with it were a big chunk of the price. Either way, shit, it was worth it. Pours a clear bright medium amber with a scant off-white head. Basement, pencil shavings, fresh cut hardwood, minerals, wet grass and straw, and a bit of barnyard on the nose. Everythings a beautifully integrated symphony. Creamy medium body with moderate carb. All the funky, minerally, wild notes from the nose show up on the palate, nothing overpowering, nothing out of balance, just a wild bouquet of different notes hovering in perfect formation together. Mild dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JefVerstraete (3264) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2017
From old ratings. Sample @ Tuinfeest Heeren Van Liedekerke. Hazy orange colour, creamy white foam. Nose of green apples, barnyard, funk. Lemony, refreshing. Very nice geuze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdmiralVernon (1185) - SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2016
Hazy deep orange coloured with a one finger white head. Very funky nose to it! Nice flavours of lemon peel, grapefruit peel and apples. Earthy and funky as well! It is nice. :)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (6558) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2016 Bottle: Served in a Cantillon tumbler: So here it is, or beter here it goes :-) Been saving this all the time till my little baby girl was born. Op je gezondheid, Stella! White head. Hazy orange body. Incredible nose: fruit, dust, cognac, funk, rubber, ash, soap, vinous, light farm and even some caramel. Flavour is quite bitter for a Lambic. But theres a good tartness/sourness. Some funk and wood, older flowers, fruit, earthy, darker wood, some caramel, malts, brett, light farm, some cheese and some dryness, even some cognac and wine. Ever changing beer, interesting! Aftertaste is dry, tart, malts, funk, brett, wood, fruit and some cheese. Low carbo, creamy tart mouthfeel, between medium and full bodied. Interesting beer! Not what I expected but very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (7647) - Rimini, ITALY - NOV 8, 2016
75cl bottle shared at DHVL. It pours a hazed golden color with a medium white head. Aroma is rich and dusty, with oak, vanilla, funky white grapes, lemon juice, basement. Taste is also oaky and lightly bitter in between the layers of lemony tartness and basement funk. Theres some stone fruit notes, possibly from brett or oak. Its somewhat softer than regular Cantillon gueuze. Body is medium with good carbonation. Overall, excellent and interesting beer, on pr with 50N4E for me, but theres better Gueuzes out there.basement aromas,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (1850) - Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2016
750 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 5/18/2014. Golden body until the end of the bottle, where it gets murky. Medium white head. Smells herbal with some lemon acidity. Kinda fruity from the cognac barrel. Woody and a little bit of hay. Tastes of sharp lemon sourness. Hay and grainy wheat. Yeasty. Light fruitiness. Lemon sourness lingers in the finish. Really funky. Moderate sourness. Kinda bitter, surprisingly. Medium carbonation. Very different from Classic Gueuze. I wasnt impressed, initially, but after drinking it for a bit, it was really good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ClarkVV (6542) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2016
750mL bottle drunk 8/13/16.
Peachy-maize-golden body shows good clarity and a fluffy, white head that shows strong retention for the style.
Pure brett goodness is joined by rich oak and cognac in the nose. It comes off soft and gentle, yet certainly highly aromatic, with light plaster and musty/funky notes. With extended breathing, a juicy stone fruit character, with light lime and band aid really takes hold. The brett has hit its expressive stride seemingly perfectly here. Impressive, as I usually associate this type of aroma with 3F and sure enough, the Milennium and 1999 both smelled similar, or at least, much more similar to this than Spuyten and Bourgogne. Back to the barrel, Im not usually a big fan of barrel character in lambics, but its done perfectly here, adding very light toastiness and rich, woody notes in just the right proportion so as not to dominate, yet very much complement the more dry, tart, headier brett notes. With a bit of work, a moderate pepper/spice character is notable as well, also from the cognac. As the Zenne Y Frontera would prove to be, a few beers later, this is a masterwork of integrating barrel character without going overboard. No alcohol or flaw.
Dry, oaky and yet still quite bright, thanks to all of the brett. Perfect texture with ample, tight carbonation and a soft, wheat/tannin-laden feel to it. Not terribly acidic but just incredibly juicy. Not sure where its coming from but it balances the cognac/wood perfectly, just as in the nose. Soft, moderately sour, highly flavorful, lactic acids linger on the finish, keeping the beer intensely crisp, lip-smacking and bright. Favorite beer of the tasting, and thats saying a lot, given the competition.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerman6686 (6607) - 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.

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