BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2009 Many thanks to Yesper for hooking me up with an ’07 vintage in our trade. A wonderful sour nose with plenty going on. Barnyard funk, faint blueberries, and a grassy character. Cloudy red color with plenty of head. Faint blueberry in an intensely sour body. More of that barnyard funk is present too. A smooth finish for something so tart.
Second bottle. ’07 vintage. This continues to be my perfect fruit lambic. Well rounded and amazingly tart lambic body with plenty of blueberry flavor. Tastes not only of blueberry, but also possesses a vegetal flavor like they tossed the entire plant in there. Fantastic.
2009 Vintage, batch 4. A much darker color than my last two bottles, with a bit more head than usual. The head lasted a good 25 minutes, as some moron set off the fire alarmsI Very very tart with a strong blueberry flavor.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 2005 Vintage: Poured a hazy amber color with a thin off-white head. The tart aroma was lactic and acidic. Hints of leather and a light blueberry. I really think I smell the blueberry because I was told thats what is in there. The flavor was pretty tart with some vinegar notes. 8/4/6/3/14
2007 Vintage: Poured a very hazy purple color with a purple head. The aroma was yeasty and funky. Some horse aroma. Fruity and tart with nice blueberry and other berry notes. The flavor was moderately sour and moderately to highly acidic. Fruity but finishes pretty clean with just berries left. Light body. Big difference between 2005 and 2007.
Enjoyit (3448) - Vadum, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2008 2007. Hazy orange of color weak white head. An aroma of bluebeery, horse and fresh blueberry. A flavor of sour fruits, notes of wood, dry, gooseberry, notes of blueberry and blackcurrant.
kp (10886) - 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 (1724) - 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 (1162) - 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 (11933) - 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 (1776) - 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.