Friday, September 6, 2013

Brasserie Cantillon Brouwerij - (Brussels, Belgium)

 Once again I am very grateful to the people behind the website when it comes to visiting some of the must-visit Brussels attractions.   Cantillon Brewery is famous for their rarity of making a natural wild-yeast fermented beer.   How they work is that natural yeast existing in the mountain air becomes a natural fermentation catalyst for the final beer product.  A similar style of beer can also be found in France!



Cantillon makes Lambic Beers,  which are very thin and sour -
It’s almost like a non-gastric Cider.   Acid freaks like myself found myself totally at comfort here,  but their beer styles are so different from the normally expected Belgian beer types..!




Lambic style Beer by Cantillon -
It is thin-bodied, sour and refreshing, with an almost honey-suckle aroma but in the mouth was flat and very acidic..  It is such a fresh fruity beer but more resembling a fruit cider.



Cantillon Gueuze -
A melange blend of different vintages of the Lambic beer base,  this undergoes secondary fermentation and is one of the best rated beers in the world.   Although more well structured as an overall package,  this still remained fairly sour as a finish..   Although I really enjoyed this,  I did think the beers at Cantillon to be too fresh and flat to be appreciated by the usual beer crowd.  All 3 beers I tried were had such a sharp drop-off and made my stomach give the acidity a silent protest.





Cantillon Cuvee St. Gilloise -
I actually really admired this 2 years aged Lambic style cuvee beer,   but if this was brought into Hong Kong I hesitate the guess that most beer drinkers can’t easily adapt to the relative flatness and tart sourness.   It is more sophisticated than the normal Lambic beer base above and quite artisanal unique mind you -  but I really don’t think this is really meant to be built for everyone!   

Brasserie Cantillon Brouwerij -
An eye opening experience for me. 
The naturally air fermented beers were so different and flatly tart.   In my opinion,  more like an aperitif than a beer?   It takes an open mind to appreciate here…  I have also encountered Flemish style beers in Holland,  which also borrowed or blended from the Lambic beer idea.



Price:   Euro 10,00
Ease of Access:  3/5
Drinks:  ♕♕♕♕  to ♕♕♕♕♕ 1/2

Address:  Rue Gheude 56, Anderlecht
Ph: +32 2 521 49 28

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