Bacterial (1637) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle consumed at the brewery. Clear pale golden pour with a white head. Slightly malty and sour nose - just a hint of booze. Soft, slightly sour, mellow. Wonderfully complex without being overwhelming. Some cognac in the finish with some lingering bitterness.
Brigadier (3030) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle
Lucky enough to score a bottle of this last year on a trip to Brussels, I have been eagerly waiting for a chance to open it ever since. Rating number 3,000 seemed as good a reason as any so while the palates were still fresh I shared one at a recent tasting. In hindsight I do wish that I could have split it with more folks who helped me reach the milestone because this world class release sets the bar high even for Cantillon. Hopefully folks like b3shine, ContemplateBeer, tastybeer, hezron, malachi, 1FastSti, Ughsmash, miketd, leaparsons, chriso, Travlr, and all those other people I have shared beers with over the years get a shot at this if they’ve not already stored a case in the cellar.
Aroma / Appearance - A golden flat base lacks much, if any, carbonation. Typical of an old lambic it pours with no head. Cognac and lemons grace the air with a smooth vinegary finish that is not nearly as intense as originally expected.
Flavor / Palate - Cognac and lemons provide all the depth this gem requires. The light smooth mouthfeel finishes with a tart kick. A long lasting finish reminds one of a great bottle of vintage cognac pulled from a dusty cellar. I wish I had another bottle to share with people down the road because this is an experience that everyone should get at least once during their rating careers.
GothGargoyle (1312) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 0647 at Moeder Lambic, decanted into a flask and let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Clear Holden with a small pale head. Aroma is the best funk aroma ever, barnyard, mild cheese, horse blanket, with hints of white wine, olives, honey, white truffle, apricot. Light bodied, almost ethereal, but with a lingering funky character that makes me beg for more. Taste is almost indescribable, funky and lightly tart mild stone fruits, olives, dry white wine, sharp cheese. Best. Gueuze. Ever.
hackobock (1491) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
140801. Bottle, thanks tderoeck for sharing.
Pours clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is fruity with citrus, apricots, brett, funky, hay, barnyard, oak, cognac. Taste is light sweet fruity with a light/medium tart woody note, finish is light/medium bitter with some pear, citrus and cognac coming through. Texture very smooth and oily, medium bodied, soft carbonation.
tderoeck (4923) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 3, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
1/VIII/14 - 75cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ Belgo-Swedish Crazy Summer Trade Tasting - BB: n/a, 2014 vintage (2014-865) Big thanks to 77ships for picking this one up for me!
Clear light orange beer, creamy irregular white head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: brett of course, sour apples, pretty fruity, peaches, bit lemony. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: soft sourness, woody notes, walnuts, bit lemony, soft bitterness, fruity, apricots. Aftertaste: bitter touch, sourness burns a bit, lemon peel and orange peel, peaches. Surprised that someone below me mentions metallic, since I’m usually pretty sensitive for that, but now I don’t taste it.
Luk_ (197) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear gold with decent white head. Aroma is very expressive and perfumed: cognac, white fruits (pears), flowers and oak. Taste has also an intense cognac presence along with sweet fruits and a very light lactic tartness per Cantillon standards. Palate is very mellow and suits this one nicely. I prefer regular gueuze but this is very interesting take on the style.
Atom (1371) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
For my good friend mattyb83 on the night before his wedding, congrats!! Bottled 23 Feb 2010 pours a slightly hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma is sweet with a mild funk, smooth. Starts with dry horse blanket, big tart sour in the middle, with a cognac and barrel presence on the finish. Well balanced and tasty.
Alengrin (2186) - BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2014 One of the uncompromising and creative Cantillon lambics, matured on cognac barrels for 2 years and named after the brewery’s geographic coordinates. Yellow-white, creamy, thinnish but very stable head, like the classic Cantillon Gueuze, colour also identical to the Gueuze (’old gold’ with the typical ’champenoise’ sparkling); aroma breathes Cantillon in all respects, with its characteristic impressions of wet hay, lemon juice, rancid butter, dry sherry and sour, unripe berries, but in comparison with the standard Gueuze less citric acid and more woody, more mature as it were, with a very subtle, but still recognisable cognac flavour; this is reflected in the taste, which ’attacks’ less agressively than the Gueuze (as in: less citric acid), softer, more rounded maltiness, green apple and grapefruit, sharply tingling carbonasition as in any good geuze, aftertaste woody and dry, although seemingly less bitter than the Gueuze, with again that subtle, almost vague hint of cognac. An interesting experiment and a subtle variation on the geuze theme - and considering the limitations of the genre in terms of production, any ’authentic’ and uncompromised variation in geuze is welcome to me.
jtclockwork (8628) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2014 New Rating. Bottle shared by me at Astoria share. Pours orange gold white head. Nose/taste of faint cognac, funk, oak, earthy acid and touch of sweet orange peel. Medium body.
Old Rating: Pours golden. White head. Nose/taste of funk, oak, light cognac, earthy funky peach and lemon. Medium body. 3.9
berntholer (949) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
ivorywhite head disappears immediately with big CO2 bubbles. golden colour. aroma is very fruity and reminds a lot of fou’foune, hay, horse. taste like aroma with a bitter and slight wry finish. medium body and carbonation. nice, but couldn’t detect the cognac though. bottle 75cl