Cantillon Carignan

Brewery: Brasserie Cantillon
Country: Belgium
ABV: n/a
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Carignan récolte 2015

Brewer Description: 200kg of Carignan grapes in a 400 litre barrel with 2 year lambic.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.79
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.7

Intro: A 750ml bottle at the brewery. 2015 version bottled on 28th October 2015. Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass.
Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy purple-ish, grape red colour with a one finger pinkish head that settles to a thin layer with moderate lacing.
Aroma: Sour, tart, fruity, grape, cherry and strawberry.
Taste: Quite similar to the aroma with sour, tart, grape, cherry, strawberry, cranberry, raspberry and light funkiness.
Mouthfeel: Light creaminess, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was excellent. It looks great, tastes great and was refreshing.

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Cantillon Zwanze 2012

Brewery: Brasserie Cantillon
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Zwanze 2012 is identical to the 2008 version

Brewer Description: Lambic with rhubarb added.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.15
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Note: I do not know what rhubarb smells or tastes like.

Intro: As Zwanze 2012 version. A 750ml bottle at the brewery. Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass.
Appearance: It poured a hazy golden orange colour with a half finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left almost no lacing.
Aroma: Tart, funky and oak with a touch of leather and some fruitiness (which I will assume is rhubarb).
Taste: Sour, tart and funky. Some hay, lemon, grapefruit and a tart fruitiness (which again I will assume is rhubarb).
Mouthfeel: Dry-ish, light bodied with low to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Another nice beer from Cantillon and my first Zwanze. I do kind of wish I tried actual rhubarb first before trying this beer so that I had at least an idea of how close or how strong the rhubarb came through. But in any case, this was still very good.

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Cantillon Fou’ Foune

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

Brewer Description: Around 300 grams of Bergeron apricots per liter.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.71
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5

Intro: A 750ml bottle at the brewery. I believe it was bottled in August 2015. Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass.
Appearance: It poured a hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head with pretty good retention and left sparse lacing.
Aroma: Funky, sour, apricot, stone fruit and citrusy lemon.
Taste: Sour, tart, apricot, mango, orange, barnyard, hay with a hint of vinegar.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate spritzy carbonation.
Overall: Wow, really good. Easily a must buy in my book and I’m definitely on the lookout for it.

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Cantillon Lambic d’Aunis

Brewery: Brasserie Cantillon
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.5%
Style: Belgium Lambic (Fruit)

Brewer Description: (from bottle) En collaboration avec Les Vins Contés. (From what I gather, the Pineau d’Aunis grapes are provided by Oliver Lemasson from Les Vins Contés.)

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.31
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 750ml bottle at the brewery. I didn’t see a bottled on date but as this bottle had the newly printed red label, it was probably early 2016. Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass.
Appearance: It poured a clear strawberry red with a two finger white head that dissipated almost immediately and left sparse lacing.
Aroma: Light funk with fruity strawberry, cherry, grape and light oak plus floweriness.
Taste: The floweriness really comes out in the taste followed by grape, strawberry and raspberry fruit with bits of hay.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Very nice sour with fruit. Not a big fan of the floweriness, but this was ok and not overpowering. Very easy and refreshing to drink.

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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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