MiP (14442) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 bottle, 5%. Beautiful, sour aroma, a little mold and berry. Hazy deep red colour. Small pink, almost bright red head. Good sour flavour, a little vinegar, but rounded off by the berries. Swelling mouthfeel. Berry aftertaste.
FlacoAlto (3838) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2005; Sampled May 2008
Rating: 4.1 /8/4/8/4/18
A vigorous pour produces a very, large bubble consistency, initially fat-one-finger thick, pale off white colored head. The beer is a ruddy, light plum color and shows a lightly hazy, pink-tinged, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite tart, with lactic notes up front and then butyric acid notes of Brett induced funk as a backdrop. A fruit skin aromatic note seems just perceptible, with maybe some imagined berry notes. Funk driven aromas of urea, funky-phenolics, damp horse blanket, some musty notes as well as some fruit-like acidity. I definitely think that the blueberry still contributes to the nose, it is quite soft, and I wouldn’t have noticed it if I didn’t notice this was a blue-berry beer, but it definitely adds something.
Bracingly tart as expected from a Cantillon product. As the head suggested this is only lightly carbonated, perhaps a touch more than a cask conditioned, real ale; the carbonation adds a hint of liveliness and more a texture than anything. The beer finishes with a touch of medicinal blue-berry character, though really the fruit character adds a slight roundness to the flavor that mellows the bracing sourness just a touch through the middle and finish of each sip. The substantial tartness reminds me a bit of sour-grapefruit, though the sourness is by and large contributed by lactic acid. Quite light, and if it wasn’t so acidic it would be down right quaffable; this is even on the light side for a Lambic as it doesn’t have an overly tannic structure to it that many have.
As the beer warms up the soft, non-specific, fruitiness becomes more noticeable. It really helps to soften the acidity, though to be honest for a sour beer lover the acidity was not too much to begin with. I could see many people having a hard time finishing a beer this sour. Fairly funky, though not over the top like the sourness. This has the requisite farmyard funk, some sweaty blanket notes and some wild mushroom character that provides a complexity boost behind the dominant sourness.
I believe this actually is a bit more sour than the Vintage 2007 version, but it also has less blueberry character, which makes the sourness a bit more pronounced. And this is most definitely on the hard side for a Lambic and even for a Cantillon; luckily I really find a bracing acidity quite nice, despite that fact that I can feel a slight burn in my stomach. I wonder how much this has changed since being bottled? I’ll never know, but I suspect the blueberry was just a bit more noticeable. Very nice, I haven’t had a hard Lambic in a while & this one definitely fit the bill and tickled my fancy.
Vintage 2007; Sampled April 2008
Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, purple-pink stained tan colored head. The beer is a deep purple color, but shows a deeply hazy, plum-red color when held up to the light. As I was pouring this beer a scent of blueberries was noticeable. A closer inspection is much more accented towards the funky Lambic notes; lots of funky, phenolic, bandaid like aromatics, a definite acidity, ample butyric acid notes, musty cotton balls and cured leather. Behind all of this is a subtle, yet zesty, berry character that is distinctly of sweet-ripe blueberries; the blueberry notes are almost more noticeable in the nose when you are not trying.
Bracingly tart, with a fantastic sourness that almost causes me to pucker. I would swear that the ample sourness is magnified by tart fruit character, though it is mostly lactic in make up. The finish has a mouth-coating tannic character to it that is deeply stained with berry skin flavors. The flavor of this beer is not quite as funky or phenolic as the nose suggested, but this is definitely on the funky side of the spectrum with light bandaid phenolics and moldy cotton ball notes. The tannins, fruit and oak contribute a nice heft to the body of this brew though a zippy carbonation keeps this on the airy / light side; overall this is a beer to be quaffed in quantity, just like a Lambic should be.
As the beer warms up it picks up a bit more fullness and the acidity seems to mellow just a touch, becoming a bit more fruit accented, though still bracingly dry and tart. I really like the tannic structure that this beer has, it gives it a texture that is quite akin to the feeling while drinking black tea; this somehow provides some balance to this beer. My second pour seems to get just a touch of ripe-berry character to it, just enough to add an ephemeral touch of sweet fruit character without actually adding any sweetness. This is just getting more and more drinkable, it didn’t start out a slouch either, and I am suddenly left wondering what happened to my 750ml bottle & asking myself why I don’t have more to drink right now.
Wow, this is supposed to be the less tart / funky of the two vintages; I can’t imagine (or is it can’t wait) the 2005 vintage I have waiting for me being more sour than this. This is just quite funky right now, this definitely leans towards the hard side & I wonder how much of this has developed since bottling; especially since I see this as being less tart and more fruity than the 2005. This is fairly fruity, but certainly not in a dominant fashion (even by authentic Lambic standards), the fruit seems to more contribute to the tartness and tannic qualities of this beer rather than the ripe berry notes one might expect in a beer described as fruity. After having said all that, this is just a fantastic beer, as someone who really likes funky, sour beers and my fruit to be a supporting player, well this just hits the spot quite well.
TheEpeeist (3524) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
375 ml bottle, 2007. My 800th rating. Thanks Yngvar! Murky garnet with a smooth pink haze. Nose is earthy vinegar, horse stall and leather with hints of wild blueberry. Tart and juicy with fine pricks of carb. Taste is blueberry and sour boysenberry that fades leaving dry cherry skin, mousse and wood. A lovely sweetness perfectly compliments the crisp acidity.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - APR 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml corked bottle. An unclear deep red beer with a huge, creamy and persistent pink head. The aroma is very nice, fruity, with notes of blueberries, lemon, cherries. Maybe less than usual, though typical Cantillon sourness. A bit fruit yoghurt like aroma. The flavour has a nice citric tartness, berries notes and has more fruits than many other products from Cantillon. Light to medium body, lively carbonation, dry long finish with sourness and light bitterness. Very good, one of the best Cantillons.
Phil (180) - Kent, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yum, Yum, Yum. Can I have some more please sir, said Oliver.
Definitely not a bowl of oatmeal. Elegant red hues, different from the 2005, I think we had some time back. The Cantillon tang understated, rather the blueberry muffin nose I was hoping for, was slightly there - but a nice fresh blueberry nose instead. Yes, I like this!
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle via marsiblursi, huge thanks for throwing that in!! Pours a cloudy reddish/purple color with a decent sized pink colored head. Aroma is funky, oak, blueberry, plum, acidic. Flavor is bluebeery, citrus, oak, barnyard, grass, acidic. palate is medium to light bodied, mediumcarbonstion, finished massively tart and resreshing. Lip puckering. This was absolutely amazing!!
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 (Bottle 37,5 cl) Vintage 2007. Pours a very cloudy reddish colour with a small, reddish head. Very sour and delicious Brett aroma with a fruity touch. Medium body, notes of almond and marzipan while the fruitiness is rather downplayed. Lots of sour Brett accents. Acidic, astringent finish yet still amazingly well balanced. 220308
cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks for the trading, Kim (belJohansen), I hope you enjoyed it ash mush as me :-)
Year 2007: Beautiful ruby read, bubbly with short lasting pinkl head. Notes of berries, leather, wood and barn yard. Tart but not as tart as prevoius year. Dry finish. A great lambiek, though it lacks sourness.
cgarvieuk (17022) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBESG 07... No idea how i missed entering this one ...Deep Hazy Burgandy ... quite fizzy ... sour sharp fruit ... couldnt detect any blueberries... Just wasnt my thig
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 Need re-rate this beer is perfect, a 5 indeed.
3rd Beer of the Beer Spot Tasting Sunday March 30th, 2008. Bottle via trade with Marilibusi, 2007 vintage, I brought this one. This was a fun beer to open, we popped the cap, and the cork rose on its own and flew up high, we didn’t loose a drop but it was a fun momentous opening. Pour red/pink with an off white head. Nose is sweet adn blueberry and super duper tart and really nice. Taste is full of blueberry, acidic and pucker. The taste is pure pure blueberry no fucking around like most blueberry beers. Taste is truly amazing, sweet blueberries, by far the best blueberry beer ever and probably my favorite lambic fruit I’ve ever had.