JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample from 2007 bottle courtesy boboski. Deep purple-red color with light pink head. Smells awesome - freshly pulpy blueberry aroma over a light perfumy dose of musk. The blueberry presence is evident on the nose and the funk and fruit aromas compliment each other exquisitely, and the same can be said for the taste. The sourness is mild for a Cantillon, with the blueberry flavors coming out upon initial taste, but also appearing in the finish along with the sour. I’m not really a blueberry fan, but this brew utilizes the berry character with restraint and the result is a unique, outstanding beer. Thanks bobo, for the opportunity to try this.
Edmoe (239) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark opaque raspberry color. Aroma is very tart and woody. Very nice pucker factor. Fruity (but not really getting blueberry) w/ grass. Finishes dry. Very nice!
fiulijn (14397) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2013 2013-08-08, vintage 2013; 37.5cl bottle, corked, 7-5-7-3-15=37
The ruby red color is cloudy, with pink head, short lived. The smell of cellar tends to show feety traits, with light berry fruitiness; interesting but not exciting (7.4 points). Nice mouthfeel, lean, with controlled carbonation; the acidity level is moderate, the fuity presence is minimal (much less than required, and with poor, moldy character); what really stands out here is the chalky astringency.
A good beer, but frankly I would always take a kriek over this one.
2007-10-28, vintage 2007; 37.5cl bottle, corked, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Huge foamy pink head that leaves below a cloudy ruby color, with a nitro-like effect. Excellent aroma, mixing in a perfect way the delicate cellar and sweat smell of a lambic with the fruits; citrus fruits too; later, the cellar and cobwebs aroma wins. Good mouthfeel, most of the carbonation is gone with the foam; the blueberry (with a flavor that is similar to the syrup, but not as much sweet) manages to cut most harsh sides of the lambic, and the result is a very vinous drink, with a limited sourness; it’s quite astringent as well. Very good, and quite original.
pantanap (3356) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2010 bottle....props to Drewbeerme for bringing this....appearance: raspberry red w/ fluffy head of pink hues. resembled blushing monk in nature...aroma: strong barnyard funk, tart berries, and vinegar....taste: extreme tartness, vinegar, that gave a little way to some of the underlying berries. i love my sours and this one was no different. tart level might have been a tad over my head though.....my first Cantillon experience and it was a memorable one!
thanks to jeppe for another chance to try this last night. crisp, tart, blueberry flavor some nice added funkiness. very nice.
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at "An Evening with Pantanap #1. thanks to drewbeerme for bringing this along. 750ml bottle 2007 vintage. Pours a red brown with a pink head. Sour aroma. Funky with hay and berries. Sour fruit flavors. Raspberries, grapes, blueberries, cranberries, and oak. This one is really tasty.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
sampled at "An Evening with Pantanap #1": thanks to sunevdj for this one. 2007 vintage, 750ml bottle. pours deep dark red with purplish-pink head. nose is really funky, vinagery, sour, blue berries, and oak. flavor is really tart at first but then there’s the beautiful notes of blueberries coming underneath it all. juciy blueberries blended nicely with earthy, funky finish. acidity is there but low enough to drink keep it drinkable. wow, awesome and really unique stuff.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
beer #12 of the night at my 1000th tasting party, this was from ’05 and shared by Joey ( Iowaherkeye ) poured a florescent orange-red with a fizzy head. flavor was very dry & tart. I’ve been trying the sour beers from time to time, but as of yet, don’t like them for the most part. this one was too sour for my tastes and the fizzy carbonation gets in the way of some of the underlying flavors.
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2011 Thanks for sharing, iowaherkeye. The body was orange and hazy with a white head. Of course the aroma was typical Cantillon with lots of sourness and cherries. There was also a little bit of citrus with lemon hints. The taste was super sour with leathery goodness. Lots of Sweet Tart candy. This is defnitely a good one for the sour heads, but a little much for me.
ekstedt (5413) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2011 Bottle (Vintage 2007) from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen, Denmark. Beautiful appearance with a hazy purple colour and a large creamy pink head. A tangible touch of fresh blueberries marries the typical Cantillon earthy horstable leather aromas very well. Light to medium bodied with a soft prickling tongue feeling. As usual for a Cantillon, I find the agressive acidity to be a little bit to much.
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.