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Review of Cantillon Cuvee Saint-Gilloise

03 Oct
Hello everyone.  I hope all is well.

For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Cantillon Cuvee Saint-Gilloise produced by the Brasserie Cantillon located in Brussels, Belgium.

Cantillon….. ’nuff said.

From the website, cantillon.be, I couldn’t find any sort of description of this particular beer, nor could I find anything on ratebeer.com so let’s just get it poured and see how it is.

Bottoms up.

    
This brew comes in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 5.0%.

It poured a hazy, deep orange to light amber color.  It had a white head that formed to a decent size.  The texture was a touch soapy and soft.  The retention time was only average and the lacing looked pretty decent for the first few drinks.  After that it just left a few patches then finally dissipated completely.

The aroma was….. awesome!!!  A distinguished, exceptional, balanced and complex fragrance of yeast and bread intermingled with a nice bit of that barnyard funk.  Subtle acidity from a white grape and light green apple essence.  It also had a mellow but well blended touch of wood as well.  A beautiful bouquet.  World class in my opinion.

The flavor started nice and tart with a phenomenal, but restrained sourness and funk.  The wood came on superbly after a few sips.  It kind of tasted like a sour apple jolly rancher.  The flavor also had a predominant bready/yeasty component with a grassy/hay undertone.  Very impressive to say the least.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Bone dry, firm, snappy, crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching.  The carbonation was very good and lively and a ton of flavor was left behind on the palate begging me to take another sip….. which I proceeded to do.

Uh…. yeah.  What a great beer.  What else needs to be said really?  This thing only got better and more defined as I went along.  The drinkability was top notch.  I tried not to rush through this, but I couldn’t help it considering how good it was.  The only thing that I may gripe about was the appearance.  I’ve seen better looking beers, but as we’ve said before, the appearance is definitely not the most important aspect of any beer, much less one from Cantillon.  So, if you guys haven’t had the Cantillon Cuvee Saint-Gilloise I’d highly recommend you try it.  It doesn’t disappoint.  If you have tried it let me know what you thought.  I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.6 out of 5
Grade:  A+           

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4 Comments

Posted by on October 3, 2012 in Cantillon, Country: Belgium

 

4 responses to “Review of Cantillon Cuvee Saint-Gilloise

  1. Unsystematic

    October 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    So jealous you got to try this. We never get Cantillon out here. Seen/bought it only twice and I've been looking for two solid years straight. I've never seen this one, but I'm seriously hoping it gets out here soon.

     
  2. Unsystematic

    October 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    So jealous you got to try this. We never get Cantillon out here. Seen/bought it only twice and I've been looking for two solid years straight. I've never seen this one, but I'm seriously hoping it gets out here soon.

     
  3. Scott Shrewsberry

    October 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Unsystematic,

    Honestly, I don't get Cantillon either. I have one other bottle to try and that's it. I really lucked out in finding these. I'm hoping to run across a few more at somepoint. Everytime I see a bottle I pick it up regardless of the price. A person almost has to because you never know when you might see another.

    Thanks, as always, for reading, commenting and the support.

    Cheers,
    Scott

     
  4. Scott Shrewsberry

    October 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Unsystematic,

    Honestly, I don't get Cantillon either. I have one other bottle to try and that's it. I really lucked out in finding these. I'm hoping to run across a few more at somepoint. Everytime I see a bottle I pick it up regardless of the price. A person almost has to because you never know when you might see another.

    Thanks, as always, for reading, commenting and the support.

    Cheers,
    Scott

     

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