kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Date: October 10, 2007
Source: Tasting, Logan Pre-GABF
Appearance: opaque burnt orange, fine white head
Aroma: tart and funky berry aroma with a lot of musty cobwebs
Flavor: big tart flavor, lots of berry tartness, plenty of funky funk, lasting tartness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
Date: July 16, 2010
Appearance: muddy purple, fine pink aroma, lots of drippy lace
Aroma: musty old dry blueberry aroma
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor is quickly balanced by the big tart blueberry and a boatload of funk, long sour finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 18/20
Score: ***+ /4
BeerBiker (1412) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Odense-tasting at Scheffel. Bottle from Christian.] Where are the blueberries, but it’s okay. Very great brew with notes of red look and fast pinky head, acidity, sourness, wood, oak, dry, refreshing. Had expected it in another way, but I cannot complain!
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Nick for this sample! 750ml. Bottle. 2007 vintage. Pours a purple/red color with a pinkish head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is subtle on the blueberries with more barnyard funk, wood, and citrus. Flavors of blueberries, raspberries, funky sour cherry in there as well. Nice balance between the sweet and sour. A well made beer.
jfm (1725) - Holbæk, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2007. Nice fruit aroma. Red color with a nice thick pink head. Very nice fruit taste with light notes of blueberry. Very nice acidic sourness with notes of grape and lemon. Very nice and balanced palate. Very nice
Guerde (1115) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Much thanks to Brewfiend for sharing this) Pours red with a light red head that lingers. A very funky aroma, with some musty hay and a nice blueberry undertone. Flavor was quite tart and oaky with just a faint hint of blueberry present, most noticeable on the finish. The finish was dry as well, and this was an amazing beer.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2010 (750ml bottle, 2007 vintage) Pours a cloudy magenta body with a large pinkish purple head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of subtle blueberries, barnyard funkiness, citric, light wood, and earthy characteristics. Flavor of blueberries, raspberries, tart, earthiness, and faint black cherry as it warms. An absolutely incredible creation!
(2009 vintage, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a pinkish purple body with a spare pin head. Aroma of barnyard, vinous, blueberries, florals, and light chemicals. Flavor of menthol, chemicals, blueberries, and some funkiness with a dry finish. Worst bottle of Cantillon I have probably had.
OldMrCrow (1624) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 Bottle purchased at Olbultikken.
This is one both capped and corked; as I remove the cap the cork explodes off the ceiling with a violence the likes of which I’ve never seen, leaving a purple blueberry stain across the elegantly finished 16-foot ceiling of my hotel room. Yet the beer doesn’t gush out; rather it waits, restrained, for my pour and then sparkles vigorously in the glass, a not-even-so-large pink head atop a gorgeous, murky, hazy rose-purple like unfiltered cherry juice.
Even as I pour I’m getting a vast rush of berries in the air. It’s glorious, and as I dive my nose into the glass that thick Cantillon funk comes out, for all the world like horse-stable, that lovely woody vinegar, this time accented with berries, overripe blueberries with cherry and blackberry tones.
The flavor is perfect. Glorious sour cherries atop that unmistakable Cantillon musk. Woody lemon acidity cut by luscious fruit. Perfectly dry. I try MartinT’s pairing, or the closest I can muster in my hotel room: a 70% Valrhona chocolate bar and it’s divine. The chocolate is merely fine, but the sip of lambic afterward with the chocolate oils still on my palate....perfection.
The beer sparkles away on my tongue. This is one of the epicurean highlights of my life experience, I’m in love but the odds are I’ll never see it again, given its rarity. It’s a one-night-stand and that’s breaking my heart. All I can do is savor every last drop of the experience.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Body-red like dark red cranberry juice, hazy, foamy, maroon head like red whip cream/butter foam or yogurt pink. Nose-dusty, berry, medium to high sour, low funk, dry on the back end, kind of astringent, like rubbing alcohol, blueberries come out on the back end, light soapiness, light yeast, low sweetens, peppery, berries come out as it warms., Very sold and unique.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to Kramer for sharing this bad boy. 2007 vintage 750 ml bottle. Pours a brilliant bright violet, almost has purple hints and bright pink hints at the same time- slightly hazy and mukry with a nice carbonaiton, fizzy head goes to nothing after a short while. Aroma is very tart, but not the usual citrusy or lacto tartness. Has a wierd funk, horsey, farmhouse, and a good amount of plasticy off phenols which were intriguing. Plastic pool toy with more red fruit tartaric acid quality- hints of blueberry but nothing like any other blueberry beer. More tart citric, tartaric/malic and every kind of acid flavor- low on acedic. More plastics and phenols flavrs, very tart, harsh and astringent finish with still a bit of sweetness left. This will probably age pretty well and mellow out a bit. Cool beer.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a vibrant red purple color with a pink head, that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, leather, blueberries, hay, and barnyard funk. Taste of sweet blueberries up front, with some citrus fruits, but then the brett kicks in, and balances the sweetness with the killer Cantillon house character. Thanks Jason!