HogTownHarry (5905) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, jerc, mabel, and tupalev - bottle courtesy of J&K. Yellow-amber cloudy pour with a drizzle of white head - looks good to me! Lemony-dry woody aroma, strongly funky and acidic - the usual Cantillon miasma that I love - perhaps a little simple, but appealing. Taste - well, yes, it’s defniitely straightforward, not the most complex offering I’ve had from them, but still a yummy woody/resiny acidic treat, yeast and sourness and funk and sour fruit assaulting my tongue - in a good way. Perhaps a tad thin in the body, and sharp on the palate - but I liked it a lot - my lingering impression was "green apple lambic!!" (which sounds like a great idea, btw - brewers, are you reading this???)
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Jerc, Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and Mabel, courtesy of Jerc and Mabel. Thanks for sharing this rare Cantillon J&K! Dark hazy yellow, small white head. Great, I dig hazy! Sour aroma (in a good way), hint of fruitiness. Good taste - intense sourness and acidic citrus notes - bitter fruit skin. Maybe not complex or wowing, but still damn good. So quenching. I really enjoyed it.
JoeMcPhee (8053) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by beastiefan2k... I know I’m going to regret all this acid tomorrow. Deep golden-straw colour. Aroma is quite soft and muted. Barnyardy funk with the classic Cantillon character. The flavour is shockingly subtle with a soft grapey sweetness and a soft earthiness that I wasn’t expecting. Light vanilla and faint oak flavour along with the dusty/funky flavour. Soft acidity that is completely unlike any Cantillon I’ve ever had... it’s sort of a bastard stepchild of a marriage of Cantillon with 3 Fonteinen.
notalush (4449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to beastiefan2k for sharing - cloudy straw, nearly still beer - kind of muted funk and acidity in the aroma for a Cantillon - strong woody components in the nose - the oak is also quite strong in the flavor, and the beer doesn’t have that huge, cheek-slapping sourness I expected - still quite funk/barnyardy, though - because of the nature of the base beer, the cognac barrel hasn’t added a lot of it’s own character, but it has softened the beer a great deal, making it smoother and easier to drink than most of their beers - it also allows some of the earthy complexities to come to the fore that the high acidity would otherwise have squashed - nicely done.
blankboy (5603) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev, jerc & mabel -- courtesy of jerc & mabel. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a small creamy white head. Nice aroma of funky yeast, white wine, some sweetness and barn hay. Flavour’s almost hard to drink, but not really -- lots of sour citrus fruit, funk and tartness and with a dry finish. Quite dry and musty. Slight alcoholic burn. Medium bodied. There are definitely better Cantillons but this is still pretty good stuff.
beastiefan2k (2190) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2010 From miketd and recently also shared by Maxxdaddy, thank to everyone. The color seems a little bit more orange-ish than usual., has no head but a ring lacing. At first I notice a difference compared to the regular, does not seem, to be as acidic in the nose (still strong though), a bit of leafy oak coming through (again different). I get a bit of "heat" on the nose, not that I can directly call it a cognac aroma though. Some marmalade sourness and sweet-less fruit. taste is so subdued for Cantillon (almost at the Loerik level right now). Not at all as mouth puckering as most Cantillon. I get a good amount of earthy sourness but finishes only medium acidic (as opposed to a total onslaught). So easy to drink for such a sour brew. The barrel has really tamed this puppy.
750mL cap and cork (which was slimy and smelled weird), Rodenbach GC smaller tulip.
Matt shared this recently and it isn’t doing well, its very un-gueze-esque and a vegetal aroma, lifeless. it has even a little bit of sweetness in the flavor, some light oxidation, and super weird in general. Not aging well, take some points off the total score.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008-04-18. Hazy orangey amber body with a modest white head. (3+) Musty aroma is only moderately funky in magnitude by Cantillon standards, but has a fair bit of depth to it. (7+) Flavour is pretty sour, light funky must is a bit rough for my liking but has some interesting highlights. Solid lambic but I don’t love it. Bottle from Bier Circus, Brussels
"So the board has four spots... we call them corners..." - Tupalev
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Pours out in a hazy pale orange colour with a small white creamy foam. Fresh acidic of lemon-peels, grapefruit, wet wood, tar yellow fruit and green grapes. Medium-bodied with fresh acidic and slightly woody notes of grapefruit, white grapes, lemon and old hay. Long sour finish of of grapefruit, lemon-peels and wood. Fantastic.
MaxxDaddy (362) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Jeppe (huge thanks!). Pours hazy yellow/orange with slight white head. Aroma is predominantly citrus with touches of tartness. Taste is sour lemons with some pepper and barnyard in there as well. I couldn’t really sense any cognac or other boozy, sweet alcohol notes in here. Lively palate with plenty of acidity. Finishes somewhat dry.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
3-21-08 bottle shared at tasting
Cloudy yellow orange with no head. Sour funky smell. Flavor is tart and sour and seemingly not very balanced. Low carbonation and thin and waty. Seems a bit underdeveloped.