Category Archives: Belgian Lambic (Unblended)

Mikkeller Jonge Spontanale 4 month

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 6.2%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Unblended)
Other Notes: Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Lambic aged 4 months.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.35
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.2

Intro: A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 21st June 2022. Poured into a Cantillon gueuze glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy dark golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Funk, oak, green apple, pear and a touch of lemon.
Taste: Sour, green apple, pear, funk, musk, oak and grass.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: This was interesting, but perhaps still a bit young and underdeveloped.

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3 Fonteinen Zenne y Frontera Solera

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 7%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Unblended)
Other Notes: Lambic blend aged on Oloroso & Pedro Ximénez sherry casks

Brewer Description: (from bottle) With the first version of Zenne y Frontera, 9 Oloroso barrels and 3 PX barrels were filled with young lambic. After one year of oak maturation, the characteristics of the finest of sherries and the 40 year old casks integrated with the 3 Fonteinen lambic. Only half of the volume of all casks was blended and bottled and the barrels were filled again with young lambic – our interpretation of the “solera” method. For this second edition, again only half of all barrels was blended and bottled. After another 17 months of bottle maturation, the average age of this naturally refined traditional lambic beer is more than 45 months. This batch is limited to 3000 bottles.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.8
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.6

Intro: A 750ml bottle, batch 2, bottled on 26th March 2016 and a best before date of 26th October 2026. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen funnel and decanter, decanted for 60 to 90 minutes and poured into a 3 Fonteinen Zenne glass.
Appearance: A mostly clear golden orange colour with a minimal white head and sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Earthy funk, barnyard, hay, oak, nutty, sherry, peach and lemon.
Taste: Complex flavours. Funky, earthy, barnyard, sour, lemon, grape, apricot, sherry and oak with a hint of vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Wow, such complexity and goodness from a beer. Amazing and well balanced. Now I really want to try this side by side with the sherries and even batch 1, if at all possible.

Cantillon Iris Grand Cru

Brewery: Brasserie Cantillon
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Unblended)

Brewer Description: Similar to Iris, but bottled before the dry hopping process and aged in the barrel for an additional year for a total of three years.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.04
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 375ml bottle at the brewery, brewed on 5th March 2013, bottled on 26th May 2016 and poured into a Cantillon tasting glass.
Appearance: It poured a clear copper orange colour with pretty much no head and sparse lacing.
Aroma: Funky, sour, grapefruit, lemon, leather and oak.
Taste: Funky, barnyard, sour, caramel, bitter melon bitterness, grapefruit, lemon and oak.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with no carbonation.
Overall: This was nice and easy to drink and I preferred it over the Bruocsella Grand Cru. I’ve yet to try Iris though, so can’t compare it to that yet.

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Cantillon Oude Lambic

Brewery: Brasserie Cantillon
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Unblended)

Brewer Description: From the cask and aged 18 months.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.93
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: From the cask, aged 18 months. Tasted at the brewery, poured from a jug into a Cantillon tasting glass.
Appearance: It was a clear dark golden orange colour with no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Funky and sour with hints of wood and lemon.
Taste: Sour, tart and funky with a touch of hay and lemon zest.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with pretty much no carbonation.
Overall: Quite nice, but I tend to prefer at least a bit of carbonation.

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Cantillon Bruocsella Grand Cru

Brewery: Brasserie Cantillon
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Unblended)
Other Notes: Lambic Bio 2012

Brewer Description: (from bottle) The Lambic Grand Cru Cantillon is like a cereals-based wine. It is a Lambic that has matured for three years in oak-wood casks and has been selected for its unique colour, bouquet and aroma. It has a very long shelf life. It should be served in a wine glass at a temperature of 12-15 degrees. Store in a cool cellar. Beer with taste evolution. To be drunk preferably within 20 years after the bottling date.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.36
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.2

Intro: A 750ml corked and capped bottle bottled on 21st August 2015 and poured into a wine glass.
Appearance: It poured a very slightly cloudy golden orange colour with pretty much no head at all and very sparse lacing if any.
Aroma: Leather, oak, malt vinegar, dusty, chalk and funky. Maybe a hint of apricot but not really.
Taste: Tart, sour, green apple, vinegar, lemon juice, oak and funk.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with pretty much no carbonation.
Overall: The taste was decent and better than the aroma. However with every sip, the aroma kind of gets to me. The dusty and chalky element just wasn’t my cup of tea. In addition, the complete lack of carbonation was not so good. Perhaps this particular beer is just not for me considering all the other world class Lambics that I’ve tried.

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