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Cantillon Lambic Amphora

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

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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Lambic beer fermented in stone amphoras, ancient style.

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3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Samtzu (237) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 22, 2016
Zwanze day 2016. Light gold, slightly off putting nose. No carbonation, fruity, zesty, slightly tart.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nazbion (297) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JUN 3, 2016
On the brewery. Pours hazy golden with no head (almost no carbonation). Aroma of white wine, barnyard, grains. Taste is sour, acetic, light malty finish. Light body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
samzim (397) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2015 Scent of raspberries and salt. Clear straw colour. Sour front with notes of cherry and lemon. Light body with mild carbonation. Quite an interesting beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevd193213 (989) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 4, 2015
tasting at the brewery. Hazy golden pour with no head. Aroma is light fruits, and barnyard. Chewy mouthfeel with a sweet/sour finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VictorStr (1740) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2015
Provning p Cantillion bryggeriet. Vldigt ljus, inte skum, ingen kolsyra. Syrlig, viss citrus. Bra balans i smaken nd.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
k0mpsa (2530) - Tuusula, FINLAND - MAR 18, 2014
Tasting at cantillon brewery, brussels. Hazy orange color, no head. Aroma is fruity, sweet, sour, peach. Taste is light sour fruits, apples, peach and some yeast.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
NOTE: this was drawn directly from a barrel at Cantillon Brewery in Brussels, Belgium. It is a blend of 2009-2010 batches of their spontaneous lambic. It can only be had at the brewery from what I understand. The description is a bit deceptive in that the beer is blended, but not triple blended as a gueuze would be (thus, flat). Scene: me at Cantillon, "can I get a glass of the lambic?" Lady: "yeah...oh, Im sorry, we have to get some from a barrel, I dont have any. Im very sorry." Me: (hardcore grin) "Awesome. Can I take a picture?!" Then we went to the barrel and she drew me up some lambic, which had bugs in it, which is awesome. A: Flat copper ale with hint of haze. There are still 3 flies in my glass even after she tried to remove all of them (there were countless). Looks much like dark apple juice. No bubbles, no lacing; anticipated as much. S: Smells of wood, brett, lemons, grapes (fermenting), eggs, meringue. Tough to really get a full wiff. T: Initially, this hits the palate and tastes bland. In this phase you can taste mothers nature: soil, dried alfalfa, biscuits, lamb (yes, lamb). Then as I let the beer roll over the tongue, beautiful sour flavors emerge in tones of lemon, grapefruit, apple. Upon the finish, the buttery flavor reminds me vaguely of a short oaked chardonnay in French Oak (very low levels of oak). The finish is long and hard (thats what she said). This is truly the most multi layered beer Ive tasted to date, truly outstanding in the flavors and my diction cannot do it justice. M: Thin and flat, as anticipated. I acutally feel like carbonation on this beer would inhibit the nuances. The beer feels also like it has high surface tension: as though its beading over my tongue rather than soaking in. O: This is an experience I will likely have only once, but certainly I will recall it so frequently. My wife will be tired of hearing this story over and over. One of my best experiences. If you ever have the chance, try this, and at 2 euro, its a bargain in my book. Serving type: cask 06-21-2011

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silvan7 (1146) - Samarate, ITALY - APR 2, 2013
UPDATED: APR 17, 2013 Amphora @ Cantollion on March 2013. Direttamente dallanfora, profumo di luppolo erbaceo ed intenso. Colore giallo tenue, con qualche traccia di aranciato. Pochi profumi ma molto caratteristici(Erba tagliata di fresco, fiori di campo). Al palato il corpo quasi assente. prima ci sono le note aspre tipiche della fermentazione spontanea e subito dopo un luppolato intenso che su una lambic necessario al fine di non renderla acetosa. carbonatazione totalmente assente (senn non avrebbero inventato la Geuze)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (45155) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2013

Gravity from the amphora @ [ The Cantillon’s Brewery Quintessence ] at Brasserie Cantillon, 56 Rue Gheude, Brussels, Belgium 1070.

Light unclear medium yellow orange colour with a small, fizzy and open, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy horse blanket, fruity, grape - citrus, leather, mineral - iron notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and light acidic with a long duration, tart, dry dry, grape, light earthy, minerals and iron notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. [20121005]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9604) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2012
Draught from the amphora Plain yellow-orange beer without any head. Meaty esters imposing themselves on a very aromatic lambic (hints of elderflower?). Very little typical lemony/citrussy notes, usual for Cantillon. Much more spicy flavour than usual lambic. Both the meaty esters nd the elderflower flavours returning in the mouth. Retronasal hops come up, slightly cheesy. No new aftertaste, flavours slowly dwindling. Light body, high attenuation - no change there! Something that really requires further investigation and experimenting! It would be a dreadful shame if this were to be a one-off try! Jean, au labo, fieu!


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