Cantillon Feestbier HBL

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Brewed for the lustrum of Heikantse BierLiefhebbers, lambic with green gooseberry.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dunt (321) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2013 Thought this bottle was beyond extinct, so lucky to have an opportunity to try this. Pours a cloudy cantaloupe color with a small amount of off-white head on the pour. What the hell? The nose on this beer is bizarre, as someone else at our tasting picked out, there are some very prominent pepper and giardiniera notes to it. Wow that’s weird...not bad by any means, just very unique. Flavor actually mirrors the nose quite a bit, only it is exceptionally tart. There is lemon and a somewhat "green" flavor there as well. Light mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, and heavy acidity...almost stomach churning. Glad to have the opportunity to try this. It’s a polarizing beer I think, but I happen to like it quite a bit because of how unique it is. Nonetheless, I don’t know that I could drink more than my pour.

GrumpyOldTroll (61) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2016
A very odd beer. Golden yellow color with a bit of a pickle juice crossed with white wine type of thing happening, and it is quite sour.

Alengrin (5722) - BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2014
Occasional ’beer’ for the 20th anniversary of beer club HBL, consisting of old Cantillon lambic, Iris, Achilles gooseberries and a ’liqueur’ for refermentation in the bottle, like they do in the Lou Pépé range. Thick, regular, yellowish white head, deep orange blonde colour, murky. Intense aroma of sherry, lemon juice, hay, grapes, tomato, honey and indeed a lot of gooseberry. Taste very fruity, less acid than I would have expected from this brewery (probably because of the Iris, which has a softer character than usual for Cantillon), even a sweetish touch at a certain moment, strong carbonation, dry sourness, gooseberry present but not overwhelmingly, typical funky, dry and thirst-quenching finish. A different Cantillon and less exciting than I had expected.

manker (76) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2014
Red label, cork 2005. very..special and unique in its own way. Among the Cantillons that I have liked the least. Earthy gooseberries and at times a bit sticky and peppery. Not too sure what they were going for, but it’s still not that bad, not just living up to the high quality of the brewery

gn0sis (70) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
A bottle shared at the Denver Ghost Tasting, acquired by the attendees together. One of the least exceptional examples of Cantillon I’ve had, though quite a curiosity. With this, like a couple other experimental bottlings, it’s tough to differentiate between the flaws and the actual intent of the beer. Green peppers, earthy fresh veggies and pickling spices dominate the palate here. Texture is almost oily with a note of slime. If hard pressed, this might be the only Cantillon regarded as a drainpour, though it was still fun to try.

Ludvig (134) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2014
The red label feestbier. Cork 2005. Cloudy appearance, with a nice hint of gooseberry. Clear taste of the berries and a distinct sour taste. Some plastic phenolic notes that disturbed the beer it self.

fredrik_ (102) - SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2014
Red Label, cork 2005. Intresting this one. Quite unique in good and bad ways. Very phenolic aroma. Gooseberries is not hard to find in this beer. Extremly sour. It’s a good sour but a bad Cantillon.

chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2013
weirdest Cantillon I’ve had, ended up like something I’d expect from Fantome. Of all the one offs out there, this is the one to avoid. Smells like peppercorns, tastes like peppers, never a combo you’re excited for.

Sean9689 (286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2013
750ml bottle on 08-14-12.

Feestbier pours golden yellow, frothy white head, spotty lace. Very...odd? Spicy, pickles, some citrus, and pine (not in a hoppy way). I am the person to say this beer tastes like giardiniera, and it was almost impossible to ignore that from then on out. There’s a mix of citrus, pickle, giardiniera, peppery spice, and oak. Not sure if I could even smell or taste the gooseberries, oh well.

A really "interesting" beer that really threw us all for a loop. Not sure I’d go crazy to have again, but hey, it was a cool beer to try and who knows if there’s any left floating out there.

Huhzubendah (3742) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2012
750 mL bottle 2006 vintage Bonus appearance points for dressing the beer up in a tuxedo. The beer is golden orange with a subtle haze and 1/4" white head. The aroma offers gooseberries (yes I know what gooseberries smell/taste like), mushrooms, melons, earth. The flavor offers a lot of oak. Sour, tart, earthy, notes of pepper, subtle vegetables. Notes of white wine. Very interesting, intriguing, and enjoyable. Delicious, but at a steep price. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-09-2012

GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2012
750mL 2006? Bottle. Tuxedo bottle (?). Needs a better picture since this one looks ridiculous. Bright low haze gold pour. Higher carbonation. Acid cut head. Nose is wet mushroom and some dirt. Heavy earth and soil moving to some heavy papaya and jackfruit. Nice though. Taste is bright cantaloupe and mango. Palate is massively lactic and super intense. No acetic. Sharp and tangy. Delicious overall. Really funky and different. Taste is bracing acidity. Super lactic and mouth watering. Spicy acidity. Nice. Refreshing. Bracing. Lemon juice heavy. Super leathery with big lemon. I like it. The nose requires ignoring dirt and wet mushroom in order to discover tropical fruitiness.

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