Cantillon Lambic Chardonnay

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

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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 4.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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With worts on Chardonnay barrels.

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4.1
fonefan (52959) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2017

Bottle 750ml. shared at [ A Day To Sink All Sea Shepards tasting. ], Brussels, Belgium.

[ As Cantillon Lambic Chardonnay ].
Unclear medium orange yellow color with a small to average, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy yeasty, barnyard, leather, moderate to heavy grapes, apple, apple - grapes - wine - oak, white grapes. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate acidic with a long duration, tart, grapes - apple, funky, barnyard, grapes - wine - white grapes. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20160917]
8-3-9-4-17

4
ClarkVV (7050) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2016
2014 750mL bottle drunk 10/8/16.
Very carbonated, as these grape lambics seem apt to be. Pale, waxen-yellow gold with a large, off-white head that fades steadily. Good clarity, of course.
Very "clean" nose, not as in "not-flawed" but rather it’s very low on funk, especially for Cantillon. Nectarine, apricot and light minerality from the grape with moderate "tartness" suggested by the nose. I’d say the wine gets the better of the lambic, but it’s certainly not overdone, so I guess this is just a rather mild, easygoing lambic. Which is fine. No alcohol or flaw.
In the mouth, it’s well-carbonated, but with a supple, tannin-rich texture and fineness to the bubbles. Wood, wine and light sweetness redolent of grape must, though that’s not present. Tartness, bordering on a bit of sourness on the finish, but remarkably soft and mild here. Light wateriness to it and all-around pleasant, but would never put this as a Cantillon.

4.7
jtclockwork (17769) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Bottle - Grana Padano lambic share - pours yellow gold white head -nose/taste of chardonnay, funky white wine, oak, lemon and straw - medium body

4
kermis (15154) - The Hague / Amsterdam / Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2016
Bottle shared at A Day To Sink All Sea Shepards tasting. Hazy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma of barnyard funk, horseblanket, mineral notes, vinous notes and tart white grapes. Flavour is moderate sour. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. [17-09-2016]

4.4
rouhlas (4018) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - SEP 22, 2016
750 ml bottle shared at the original Chez Moeder Lambic’s cellar. Hazy yellow golden color with white to off white head. Yeasty aroma, barnyard, tart citrusy, lemon, grapes - white wine, wood. Light sweet and moderate acidic taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

3.4
GrumpyOldTroll (61) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Pours a light, golden color with a thin head that fades quickly. Intense nose with lambic, wine and oak scents. Carbonation reminds me of champagne.

4.1
gn0sis (70) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Thanks to Mike for the share. Wow.. A musky, cloudy treat, a touch of alcohol on the nose. First sip is a burst of sour followed by lingering complexity. Taste is almost pulpy with grape must essence & fruit character fully present. Long finish, would be a pleasure to see how this one ages.

4.1
PriorL (3068) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 6, 2015
Sample at Vini Birre Ribelli Brussels. Thanks Jean! APPEARANCE: light clouded blond beer, small unstable white head. NOSE: some oak, grapes come in really well. Sourness is hard to find here. TASTE: minerals, very fruity, quite balanced! White wine balances nicely with the sourness of the lambic. All around, an amazing experiment once again.

3.8
kraddel (9422) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2015
Tasted at Vinni,Birri,Ribelli 2015. Pours clear blonde, good white head. Intense lambic scent. Some wine grapes. Nice, full taste. Bit sweet, almost salty. Lambic character. Only very mildly sour, but meanwhile , this is a complex and elegant beer.

4.3
77ships (11601) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2015
Sampled 750 ml. bottle @ “Vini Birre Ribelli 2015”. Bit more than 1 year old at this point if I remember, I let it breathe a little bit as advised. Hazy citrus golden, small white. Nose is intensely mineral, very heavy, going almost into a salty direction, the grapes / must is clearly there, very big fermenting, spoiled character, raw fermenting white grape skins. Taste is hugely mineral, massively so, wine fink, some salty character, spoiled red grapes, spoiled grape skins, wine funk, hay, barnyard,… Bubbly, quite a substantial body. Very unique, I can almost see a wine lover understanding this more than a beer geek. It was a bit too extreme for me at first but I came around to it, very interesting. Jean Van Roy continues his bold quest into uncharted wine territory. He also gave us some interesting explanation about the wine producer & the wine must that he got from him. I am not the right person to relay that here.


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