New Cantillon lambic with honeyberries, the edible fruit of the blue honeysuckle, a honeysuckle species native to the colder regions of Eurasia and North America; the fruit is cultivated and consumed especially in East Asia (including Japan, where they are called ‘haskap’), but also in other parts of its range. I never had the actual fruit and have never seen it for sale in Belgium either so I wonder how Cantillon ever got the idea of working with it – but then Cantillon has been a pioneer of extending the choice of fruit in fruit lambics for decades now, so I guess this is just another experiment they thought would be interesting (they were right). Bottle shared by Craftmember at Cantillon’s bar in Anderlecht, cheers! Mousy, deep reddish-tinged ‘mauve’ head, dissolving completely; very deep, near-clear ‘bordeaux’ robe with ruby glow, a beautiful colour indeed. Unusual and fascinating, but attractive aroma of elderberries (which are related to honeyberries, in fact), Ceylon tea, sakurambo, bergamot, rosehip, cooked blueberries, dried lemon peel, old dry sherry, dusty old wood, sumac, green apple slices. Crisp, tart onset, a pungent lemony edge surrounding a core of again elderberry- but also blueberry-like, juicy and fleshy fruitiness yet nowhere harshly puckering; fizzy carbonation accentuating an already very prominent ‘base minerality’ which for some reason I find in lots of Cantillon lambics lately. Supple, vinous bready malt body completely covered in this honeyberry effect, which becomes herbal and tea-like in the end, but also remains utterly juicy; light berry skin astringency in the end as well as woodiness, but the fruit remains dominant, in all its ‘woody’, juicy, herbal qualities. This rather bizarre fruit lambic makes want to go out and learn more about the taste of these honeyberries – but in any case the beer is as unusual and distinct as it is beautiful, in looks, aroma and taste, one of the revelations of the day, in fact. Very, very special even in a Cantillon context.
26-09-20 // Happy Zwanze Day 2020 at Mon Petit Café, Stuttgart. Draft. Batch2, 2020 versions, exculisvely on tap for Zwanze Day2020. Very dark red color. Wild berry nose. Red berry forward funk. Great.
0,15l from tap at Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà. Dark brown color, smells wood, berry notes, some tannins, some funk, herbal, some dried fruits. Very nice smell. Full body, soft carbonation. Tastes funky, earthy, berry notes, some wood, dried fruits, marzipan, nutty, herbal, grassy. Finishes dry and light to medium sour with notes of grass, earthy and berry notes. Very nice one, barrel forward, very nice berry notes. 8,4,8,3,17
Draft @ ML Fontainas.
Couleur brune-pourpre (plus foncée que la Zwanze 2020), col crémeux rosé.
Arôme au nez marqué par un fruité de baies - impression de myrtille sur stéroïde avec un renfort d'effluves de baies sauvages-cassis, fougères et sous-bois. Retrouve un bouquet lambic plus en retrait.
Palais garde une approche funk de lambic, petite acidité le tout est compensé par cette baie 'nordique' qui est une myrtille allongée dans une teinte bleue-prune qui garde aussi une petite note aigre. Retrouve un caractère fruité plaisant avec une petite épaisseur de bouche et un apport intéressant de lambic.
Draught Dense, ultra-fine, baby pink head; deep cardinal red beer. Fruity nose, berries, lemon, but also just a bit pharmaceutical, as some dried exotic berries in the officina. Earthy, lime, herbal, and quite delicate. Vinous, red wine, tantalizing unknown red fruit, lemon/lime, rhubarb. Again something special-animal, as musk or something from a terrarium. Medium bodied, acidthinning, light,-burn, low carbonation. Long-lasting flavours. Excellent, very wine-like variation, loving it!
12/IX/20 - 75cl bottle @ Cantillon brewery (Brussels), BB: n/a, bottled: 5/VII/19 (2020-888) Thanks to Erwin and ElManana+1 for sharing today’s beers.
Clear deep purple beer, small creamy off-white to rusty red head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: bit chemical, fruity notes, tannins, woody, pretty funky, grapes, berries. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bitter start, pretty dry, some cherries, some tannins, nice acidity, slightly sweet. Aftertaste: pretty bitter, nice, fruity, some jam, tannins, bit of a sweet touch, nice acidity.