JoeinDahlem (1325) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Trying this beer was actually one of my life-goals. Never expected anyone to bring it over to my place for a tasting. Big thanks, Brad! The 75 cL pours a hazy, dark, purple-red. Nose is lemony, with fresh, tart berry notes. The flavor is happily less acidically harsh, softer, much smoother than other Cantillons I’ve enjoyed. Intensely juicy and tart. Delicious.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazed and then translucent caramel rose in color. Aroma is a revelation of safire, tart blueberry acid, sweet cheese rinds on lacquered barn plants and a hint of currant and cranberry avec juniper. Flavor is an apostate of tartness. Supple, soured blueberries dance with sweet and tart cranberries in grape currant. Casual carbonation is perfectly positioned. Harvest wheat is glossed with soured chiffon brushstrokes. Almond trails sweeten the sourness as the fruits draw out the acidity. Wonderfully succinct, all thanks to Ughsmash.
Ernest (6200) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2007 batch). Head is initially average sized, frothy, dark pink, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark red, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately yeasty (horseblanket, barnyard), with notes of berries (blackberry, blueberry, black cherry) and band-aid. Flavor is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is trace sweetness, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent. One of Cantillon’s more interesting and enjoyable beers.
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light red colored. Unclear. No head. Sweet and light acidic fruitiness in the aroma. Loads of blueberries in the aroma and the flavor. The sweetness of the berries is very well countered by an acidic sourness. Some wood notes as well. Very dry. Ends on a sour acidic note. Is very refreshing and balanced. Was fortunate enough to visit Cantillon with Jeppe and Michael in November 2007. Really looking forward to taste it again.
hopscotch (9120) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Hazy, ruby/purple hue with a mid-sized, fluffy, pink head. Good retention. The funky, fruity nose releases notes of horse blanket, wet leather, blackberries, currants and strong, sharp cheese; followed up by restrained, not-quite-ripe blueberries. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Medium lactic sourness alongside mildly sweet, almost-ripe wild berries and funkiness. Tart, fruity, funky finish. Unusual and world class!
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a very nice looking deep red almost purple color with a thin pink head. Just a great looking beer. The aroma is of sour blueberries and raspberries with some funk in there as well. The flavor is mostly sour but the blueberriers really push their way forward along with some of that funk in the there as well. Medium bodied with a nice carbonated feel to it that leads to long sour fruit finish. This one was really nice, and a pleasure to be able ot try.
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle, 2007 vintage, thanks kmweaver) Cloudy violet body with medium pink head. Aroma is mild sweet, vinegar, horseblanket, some blueberry, cat urine/dirty socks. Taste is mild sweet, fairly sour (though not by Cantillon standards), some blueberry, wet hay/horseblanket, light lemon. Light-medium body, medium acidity.
3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 original rating, 2008:Has the look of dark red wine, with a medium dark purple color showing pink at the edges of the glass. Some glasses were poured with a billowy purplish head, while others had only a small film. First impressions of the nose are starchy cranberry skins and a bit of a blackberry stem/hair scent, a raw fruit smell that is rare to find in beer. After time a bit of an unflavored yogurt character develops in the nose. First taste is light bodied, pillowy dried cranberries, with some dry, puckery, tannic black cherry and blueberry skins, with a decent dose of yogurt tartness and mild funk developing over time.
rerate, 2012: well, not that good. caustic, sour, tart, and the blueberry seems to work against the acid and esters. it’s mineral-heavy with a rough texture and sourish fruit and vegetable flavor. hmm.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle, 2007 vintage, courtesy of Papsoe. Thanks, Henrik! Pours a murky, red raspberry color with a grape tinge; fluffy pinkish head with medium-bubbled lacing. Plenty of sweat, salt, horseblanket, and tart reddish fruit in the aroma; also an inky, pitty / vinegar note that adds something quite pleasant here; the blueberries finally come through at a distance. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: nice tartness and red fruits / blueberries; a fair amount of fruit skins, pittiness, and deep inky fruit juice; some funk and horseblanket and lightly wooded; not a huge amount of fruit length on the palate; medium finish showing inky blueberries and tart citrus and fruit pits; a bit of bread and funk.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2010 2007. Sample from kmweaver. Deep, dark red/maroon with a large reddish pink head, fading to a cover. Funky sour nose with band aid, light berry, horseblanket and cheese. The flavor is moderately sour, lightly sweet with berry, melon, lemon, lactic acid, leather and oak. Medium body is soft with moderate carbonation. Nose is disappointing, but everything else shines.
2005, opened on 6/6/10. Big sour nose, the fruit is almost completely faded, cotton candy, lots of lemon. The taste is nicely sour, lots of fresh citrus, yogurt, cotton candy. Lovely stuff, but more of a straight lambic than a fruit lambic. 8/4/9/5/18 = 4.4
2007, black foil, batch 2, opened on 6/6/10. Totally different beer. Nose is much more fruity, but has a distinct band-aid note. Taste is slightly less sour than the ’05, much more fruity, can get a decent amount of the blueberry, the citrus is completely covered up. Decent. 7/4/7/4/15 = 3.7.
2007, gold foil, batch 3, opened 6/6/10. Ahh, awesome nose, unlike the previous, no band-aid here, can really pick up the fruit. Taste is decently sweet, moderately tart, isn’t as "hard core" as the others, but quite delicious. Really an excellent beer. 9/4/8/4/17 = 4.2