Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cloudy golden hue with no head. Aromas of aples, flowers. Flavors of apples, pears, yeast with a bitter/sourness. I may have had an old bottle that wasnít stored well.
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - JUL 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I bought the bottle without having read any comment about this beer, so I was really surprised of its absence of carbonation. Golden coloured, lemony in nose, sour in taste, very complex aroma.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Zero carbonation, no pop of the cork, nor did I get even the faintest whiff of a head. Oddly enough, it didnít impair the drinkability at all. Deep, slightly opaque gold. Nose sour and a bit bready. Flavor sour but not overpowingly so, good musty character, nice balance between overpowering gueuze and artificially sweetened lambics.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled in 2003, so says my cork.
Marvelous, golden, peachy color, hazy as she comes, with no head to speak of...nose is sour, lemony, musty, a bit of vinegar and orange peel, and some spiciness...and stil a little dry...some complex stuff, so far!
Oooo! Sourness grips the tastebuds, claws fast like an eagleís talons as it hits the tongue, bumps and climbs and cavorts all over the palate, one restless little brew we have here....it mellows some, plays gamely in the mouth afterwards and settles, sour has put down itís pistols and is laying it out lightly now...but, with each subsequent sipping, the dance begins again, a blitz of a ballet in the mouth, a whirl of a dervish...
body is light, but flavor is huge, and the impact on the senses is enormous, with a softly sour lingering finish.
A relentless masterpiece, this Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru, a bold, yet benevolent fellow. My mouth wonít know quite what to do with itself when the bottle is gone.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
SLightly sweet throughout. Somewhat soured. Not a favorite of mine but decent.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
My cork says this was bottled in 2003.
No head, no carbonation. Big, bright aroma, has tart grape, unripe banana and musty straw. The flavor features unripe green apples and sliage with a straw dust finish. I think Iíd like the beer more if it had some carbonation to liven up the mouthfeel. It was sort of like drinking an extra-tart cider.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting appearance - in my glass, it looked like a hazy amber gold core surrounded by a thinner and lighter yellow outer level. Aroma was strong - summer fruits (apples - thanks, Alicia), musty oaky wood, yeasty; a ton of aromas that I canít think of actual words for. Taste was vinous - very smooth and thicker than the other Cantillons I tasted (at Buckeye Lambic tasting 6/12/04). Medium sour and tart, some vinegar; oak at the end with a thin sweetness that lingers on and on. Thereís a spicy peppery flavor that tingles the back of the throat. This stuff is complex - will have to revisit this again later.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2004
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Art of Beer Festival 2004: Has a golden orangish/red color with little carbonation or head. Smell is a bit sour. Taste is like sour apples. Overall this stuff does not float my boat...
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good bubbling golden colorm with a decent head on top. The aroma is a rather grassy one from a distance, but upon serious inspection, its a saltish yeast. Flavor is a bitter sweet, as expected, but has a fine distinction to it.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2005 2001 Bottle at the Art of Beer Fest 2004. Pours a magnificent bright goldenrod, with red tinges, and dark brilliant oranges. Like polished copper. No head, but some wisps of lacing on the edges. Aroma is intense and incredible (as usual from this brewery). Cider vinegar, oak, cedar, huge sour yeastiness, salt, sugar and maybe a hint of light molasses. Aroma is so superb and full it really sets my expectations high (as if they werent high enough already). Upon first sip, I think two things right away. 1) This is really good, authentic tasting lambic that is neither too sour/dry. 2) Wow, this body is very loose and lightly watery. Perhaps the age of it creates a lot thinner mouthfeel, but thatís what it seemed. As far as the flavor though, it paralleled the aroma quite well. Deep apple cider meets belgian yeast and oak. This is the best oak flavor Iíve tasted in a beer. Lots of light fruit esters, good lingering sourness on the finish, quite cheesy at the end as well, though in a sweetish/sour sort of way. Wow this was intersting stuff. I just wish the body would have held up better. I can hardly wait to try the bottle in my cellar and rerate. 10/5/8/4/16
2003 bottle While I donít hold it against the beer for being flat, as thatís to style, this particular vintage seemed very underwhelming. Much looser body than the older vintage I had (strange) with less oily, oaky complexities. Yeast sourness is still present, of course, but the usual funky, cheesy nuances of Cantillonís lambics seem less accentuated here. Still, I give them credit for bottling a style that is not terribly suited to the bottle. 8/5/7/3/14
On draught at Redbones, 4/14/05!!! Wow, to say I was excited to try draught unblended lambic is a vast understatement. Being somewhat disappointed by the 2003 bottle, I wasnt sure how it would be. However, this was superb. Flat, yet not lifeless, there is a slight tingling sensation as you drink the beer. The aroma was full of brett, citrus, lemon sorbet and rich, well-oiled leather. Flavor is a mountain of brett, more oily leather tannins, with lightly sweet malt, sweet apples and sour, yet tantalizing bacterial nuances. Too bad the keg only lasted a couple of days. . .9/5/8/5/18