mdfb79 (8) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
From 11/05/10 notes. Had at a small tasting thanks to ygtbsm94; huge thanks to Brad for sharing this very sought after beer! Bottle is from Batch 3, 2007 Vintage.
a - Pours a reddish amber color with two inches of fluffy white head that has excellent rentention and leaves a little bit of lacing and light carbonation evident.
s - Smells of tart blueberry, sour fruits, brett, and oak. The blueberries aren’t overpowering, which makes it wonderful to smell and enjoy.
t - Tastes of blueberry, sour fruit, yeast, and brett. Hints of oak as well, but not as much as the smell. The tart blueberries come through a little more in the taste than the smell, but again, pretty amazing.
m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and crazy drinkable. A little bit tart but not too lip puckering, which allows it be be drank easily. Perfect mouthfeel.
d - Wow, what an amazing beer. At 5% ABV, I feel like I could drink a whole bottle of this and still want more. I’m not just marking this up due to rarity; this is one of the best beers I’ve ever had and if you like blueberries as I do, you’ll love this one. We tried various sours at the tasting, including LeBleu and Crianza Helena and I enjoyed this one more than both of them; I came home the next day and immediately tried to trade for a bottle. Would love to have again sometime and truely worth the hype.
djd07 (4629) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2007 bottle thanks to mlunger at RBWG. Pours a cloudy purple with small off white head. The aroma is a strong funk, blueberry, vinegar. Thin mouth with nice tart blueberry, light funk and earth, oak tannin, held up very well, really enjoyed this.
DesertDevil (584) - Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010 bottle (thank you for opening this one, daknole). Odd phenolic aroma of burnt polypropylene tarp, mild musty blueberry, and slightly rotten wood. Pours a light violet with slight sediment. The plastic aroma carries over to the taste with wet Band-aid, tart blueberry, moldy fruit skin, and acrid smoke. Super dry finish. Sadly, this bottle is well past its prime.
sunnrider (18) - San Sebastian, SPAIN - FEB 1, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2014 bottle, at the shop in Copenhagen.
Simply delicious, funky sour barn smell from the glass, but it drinks so smoothly, you just want more. Possibly the best vintage yet?
Experiment_Ale (1070) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 vintage. At Matt’s to kick off the new year. Pours dark raspberry rose with white head. Aroma is Cantillon funk, watery. Taste is classic Cantillon funk, watery, not much else. Not amazing. I hear the other bars are much better, but this was disappointing.
jredmond (5818) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2014 Bottle at Franks (huge thanks to whoever brought this). Pours a hazy golden orange-pink body with thin bubbly white lacing. Nose is full of tart blueberry, citrus fruits, sour peach, fruit seeds, light jam/marmalade character and light sour bread. Mouthfeel is wonderful -soft and light-bodied with medium tartness and light acidity; notes of tart blueberry pie, fruit skins, funk, sour citrus fruits, cherry pie, light cheesy flavor and soft mineral character. This is an incredibly perfected fruit lambic.
Marheb (2657) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Une belle robe violette avec une mousse rosée active, Le nez est poussiéreux, minéral et un brin mentholé. Le bleuet peine à percer dans les première gorgées alors que la verdure domine avec ses tons doucement acétiques. Plus elle s’ouvre, plus le bleuet s’exprime et l’ensemble devient alors plus suave.
hackobock (1888) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle received in trade, 2013 vintage, thanks Dedollewaitor!
Pours ruby red with a frothy pinkish head. Aroma is funky, soft citrus notes, barnyard, typical Cantillon lambic with a layer of tart blueberries on top. Taste is light tart, fruity blueberries, light sweet, medium dry with a smooth tart lasting finish. Light to medium bodied with soft small bubble carbonation.
ineedbeer (968) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle from 2013.
Aroma is rather blueberry forward with background oak and barnyard funk. Medium light acidity with hints of citrus. Light phenolics.
Pours a slightly murky, purple red with a small pink head that quickly disappears to the edges.
Flavor is moderately acidic and slightly harsh. Moderate blueberry character. Light barnyard, earthy funk with a bit of oak. Light medicinal phenolic character.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, definitely one of my last favorite fried lambics. Blueberries just don’t seem to work very well in beer and add an odd character to Brett funk. It does get better as my palate adjusts to the blueberry.
MikeLuke23 (82) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cool, color. Very acidic. Tastes a lot like every blueberry sour I have had. The fruit just comes off to me as a weird cheesy/farty/stale vanilla thing. This is a great sour beer... I just don’t care for blueberry or boysenberry beers.
Enegaard (68) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the rating for the 2014 edition which is the best one I’ve had, the other years I’ve tried varies between 3.9 and 4.3.
Very intense beer, you get that it’s a Cantillon right away, very fruity, but not overwhelmingly so - compared to for instance the Mikkeller double blueberry, which is more like a perfect blueberry drink of fruitiness. This one has more edge, you get to taste parts of the blueberry you can’t normally taste, but in this super exposed way you can. I love this one, feel grateful it comes out in my neighborhood every year.