czar (4126) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2013 pours hazy yellow with a nice white cap, good retention and lacing. white grapes, oak, barn, lemongrass, peppery, fruity - hint of pineapple, nice funkiness. bright to average carbonation, light body, semi-dry bretty herbal-grassy and astringent finish. cognac barrels clearly enhance fruity flavors but imparts a bit of sweetness and not that much complexity or depth. very enjoyable! had a second bottle two weeks after the first one and cognac was much more present, brandied fruits, quite cheesy too.
Inbreak (1897) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 20.04.2013, 0,75l bottle shared with ClubGonzo & ej @ the brewery:
Lett fyldig og tørr lukt med preg av lys malt, sitrus, tørka frukt, tre, syregras. Frisk lett tørr og syrlig smak med preg av lys malt, sitrus, tre, syregras, sitrusskal. Middels bitterhet som set litt. Grei.
Minderbinder (1683) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nice clear blond with low white head. Some lacing. Aroma is of funk, barnyard, citrus, fruits. Taste is of funk, some acidity, cheese, citrus. Spicy feeling on the tongue. Barnyard. Palate: Light body, low but decent carb. Overall: Very good. Clean. Nice barnyard. Very fruity. Somewhat refreshing.
tom10101 (2642) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2014 October 27th 2013: Bottle (750 ml). 2013 Vintage. Thanks to GrumpyOldTroll for this one! Clear bright golden with a small white head and good lacing. There’s a lot of wood/oak in the aroma along with light funky notes, hints of cognac, fruity notes and light sweetness. Taste is slightly sweet with a lot of oak again (less than aroma though), apples, light cognac and light sourness. Light to medium body. Low carbonation. Slightly dry and somewhat winey. Mild. Not as sour as most gueuzes. Complex, but much less than Crianza Helena. Delicate. Unique and quite good. 8-4-8-4-16
EDITED: I tried it 2 weeks after the first time. Same batch and from the same trade. The cognac was somewhat more present in that one, especially in the taste which gives the beer more complexity. I added .1 to the overall. 4-8-8-4-17
UPDATE: I tried it again at Cantillon on April 18th 2014. We decanted it for 1 hour in a jar before drinking it and it makes all the difference. Wow! Now we can feel the cognac in this one, in both the nose and the aroma. Way more complex this way and you even get a little more warming presence in the mouthfeel. Lesson learned: you have to give these cognac aged Cantillon the time to breathe. Awesome Gueuze! 9-4-9-4-19 = 4.5
JulienHuxley (2935) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear pale gold pour with thin white head. Aroma is funky, quite a bit of oak, much more oak aroma than I’m used to for lambic, light cheesy notes, rather tame for a cantillon. Taste is fruity, light oaky notes, a bit winey, not very sour at all, med-dry. Palate is light, low carbonation. Delicate beer, very subtle.
fletchfighters (1039) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 vintage Thanks to Owen for the bottle
Hazy yellow color, some subtle lacing and some subtle half inch head. Thicker ABV legs with this though.
Nose is apple, pear, citrus, and after a bit oak and cognac. More muddled and heavy than the lower ABV Cantillon offerings.
Taste is a lot of oak, cognac, wine, apple, pear and citrus. More like a wooded fume blanc with the amount of oak and fruit. Very vinous character.
Feel is much more about the barrel. Oaked fruit, slightly heavy and a lot less carbonation than others. Nice but possible too heavy and not as lifted. Fun to try but was a bit meh about it
Steve_0 (2537) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Back room dealings at What the Funk!? Bottle - 2013 Vintage. Pour is hazy yellow with no head - decent lacing. Super funky, lemony, oaky, citrusy, a touch of grass, urine, somewhat spicy, and floral aroma. Taste is citrus, lemon peel, funk, barrel characteristics - wood, caramel, toffee - fresh cut grass, dough, and urine with a lightly tart finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Not very sour, but definitely has some funk going on - well balanced. Very unique and such a treat to try.
shoulderbroken (1887) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Brewery. Light golden colour, small bubbly white head. Aroma is funky, good sourness, boozy from the cognac I guess. Bit of citrus punch too. Lemon sherbert. Taste is good. Flat creaminess, nice sourness but not overly so, aftertaste is quite dry and creamy. Pretty different. Definitely more mellow than the regular one. Punch is quite fruity, grapefruit and berries too. Gooseberry. Great stuff.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml capped and corked bottle served from a lambic basket into my WLV Zwanze day taster. Batch 2, 2013 release.
A: Pours a clear, golden yellow color with a bubbly white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring.
S: Lemony with a sweet cognac backing. Oak with a slight sourness to it. A little acetone as well. Slightly acidic as well.
T: Really oaky with a lemon grass bite. Slightly acidic citrus with the cognac sweetness. Vanilla oak sweetness with a sweet malt profile. Little sour bite as well.
M: Light bodied with a bubbly carbonation level. Oaky finish.
O: A little rough around the edges at this point. I think it needs some time to let the Cognac meld into the beer and some of the funk to come up. Still a really nice beer.
Serving type: bottle
NBird (341) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at nüetnigenough, Brussels late August. Hotel internet died as I finished writing the rating- memory rating... Pours goldy orange, little head. Smells.. Fruity, sour and the cognac barrels super present, smooth. Tastes.. Milder or rather smoother than the cant’ gueuze, still sour and fruity and funky, but rounded off with sweetness and alcohol from the cognac barrels. This remains in my top 3 out of 100 odd beers tasted on the August euro beer safari