GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Review #1000. I can’t thank Jan enough for the opportunity to try this rarity, a 375mL bottle, 2007 vintage.
The cork came out with an impressive pop. Pours a gorgeous hazy purplish red with a fizzy lavender head that recedes fairly quickly but does hang around as a cap for the duration. Lacing is spotty.
The aroma is very interesting and the blueberries were evident right as I popped the cork and they seemed fairly sweet and sugary. However, once in the glass the aroma become much more pungent and trademark Cantillon. It’s got the strong tart blueberries, a strong vinegar acidity and a healthy dose of funk. A strong, complex and overall stunning nose.
The taste is more of the same with a strong vinegar presence up front with the blueberries coming in on the tart side of things. There is a faint sweetness in there, but not nearly as sweet as that initial blueberry smell in the nose. The finish is dry with lots of funk and lots of tart fruit.
The mouthfeel is spritzy with lots of carbonation and very dry and funky on the palate.
Well, I’ve certainly been looking forward to this one and it didn’t disappoint. It’s got lots of funk and vinegar but it’s much more balanced (for me) than some of the other Cantillons I’ve had. Wonderfully balanced and deserving of the praise.
alexanderj (3542) - Branson, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; thanks to Jon via KimJohansen. Poured a deep red with a pink head. Aroma of blueberry, yeast and tart sourness. Flavor was the same with a blueberry that emerged with time; some leatheriness like Jon. A nice beer with some excellent components.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - AUG 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to KimJohansen. Deep red pour with a pink head. Seedy blueberry aroma, pretty tart overall. Same flavor, only slight blueberry is recognizable, a little leathery funk flavor and tart overall. Good mouthfeel.
j12601 (9562) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle of the 07 at BCTC. Pours a cloudy and murky purple hued brown. Big, but still subtle and real, blueberry aromas with some soft fuzzy funky tones to it. Flavor is all blueberries, and blueberry skins, with a light tannin. Slowly developing Cantillon vinegar notes and a long tangy finish. This was delicious. Big thanks to whomever it was that shared these (I’m sure I met you, but names escape me at the moment) and to Trevor for clandestinely gathering me up and sneaking me off to the volunteer tent to try this. Amazing.
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 1: 2005 and Batch 2/3: 2007 bottles tried side by side at BCTC ’09 courtesy of Miver. Thanks so, so, much for sharing these gems, Joe! Like the others have said, and the commercial description indicates, Batch 1 is much more sour with more distinct Cantillon character while Batch 2 is more balanced and fruity and woody but still very nice. Its all about what you like in a lambic. I like them both, and wonder what they would have tasted like blended together. So glad I go to try these at our epic late night blueberry lambic tasting in the volunteer tent!
Oakes (15803) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Jan & Charlotte for this treat! Lovely deep reddish-purple colour. Some haze. Thin purplish head. Bold fruity aroma shows a fair bit of wood and funk. Good balance. Bone dry, with a fair bit of yeastiness. The fruit is restrained, but present, in particular lending a juicy accent to the strongly woody finish. A bit too much yeastiness muddles the finish but overall a decent, subtle example. 2007 bottle.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
05 and 07 Vintages samples courtesy of Miver. The colors vary so much from the two. 05 is lighter and not as hazy and the 07 is much red/blue color. I prefer the 07 so it has more fruit and not quite as acidic but still really nice and sour. Less vinegar and lemon than the 05. Both awesome to finally try.
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
small sample from rudolf at BCTC 2009 couurtesy of ???. Pours a redish pink pour. Earthy musty aroma. Taste was that earthy musty tart cantillon funk. Blueberry flavor seemed slight to be but nevertheless a outstanding beer
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 Bottle, THANK YOU JAN & CHARLOTTE! Bright deep opaque magenta with fizzy head that does not last. Pure blueberry wafting from the bottle when the cork is popped but in the glass becomes less fruity and more about the Cantillon house character. Has a complex aroma of sour funk and blueberry jam spread on top of a nice slab of wood. Other organic smells also creep in, pineapple rind. Then tart, earthy, and phenolic aromas. The palate is fizzy and prickly. Wow, the beer is lip-puckeringly tart at first and was not noticing the blueberry either. As my palate attenuates it becomes very fruity as well as sour and the beer finishes dry and earthy. As it warms it becomes much more complex and much better as the flavors emerge. More and more drinkable too as the fruits and grains come out to add some sweetness. Lends itself to sipping and contemplation. Excellent.
anders37 (23333) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Batch 3. Pours a reddish color with a small slightly pinkish of-white head. Has a fruity tart blueberry aroma. Fruity tart berry and blueberry flavor with some hints of citrus. Has a fruity tart berry finish wit some hints of citrus and blueberry in the aftertaste.