GregClow (2961) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry & tupalev - courtesy HogTownHarry. Hazy orange-amber with a very still body and no head. Aroma is very sour and funky, with some serious band-aid/medicinal notes - really nice. Flavour is agressively tart and acidic off the top - it was almost too much for me, and I usually really like lambics & geuzes. I got into it more after a few sips, but I found it lacked the complexity and character of the other Cantillon beers that Iíve had. I think I wouldíve appreciated it more on itís own rather than in the middle of a several hour tasting session. At least it cleared those awful Glenora beers from my palate...
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a still amber, withi a grainy cloudiness. Aroma of acidic grapes, apricots, some funk, and a bit of sweetness underlying it all. Taste is tart up front with farmhouse funk with some bitter dried apricot in the finish. The body is surprisingly full. Overall Iíd say this is not the most pungent Cantillon Iíve had, but is actually quite easy drinking and agreeable. NIce.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2006 Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and Hogtown Harry, courtesy of Harry. My first unblended Lambic I think. Dark yellow, with a bubbly little head - almost looks like it was poured from a cask. Intense sourness in aroma, with some burnt rubber thrown in (thanks Harry for articulating that). Nice sour taste - very citrus, even banana like. Not tartness, all citrus and very dry. Really nice to sip, but not overly complex. Thanks Harry, a real treat.
HogTownHarry (6200) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - my bottle. Poured hazy orange with virtualy no head. Aroma .. ah, Iím really getting to love these funky, sour beers - this one had sour cider, tart fruit, burned rubber, funky cheese ... mmm. Taste was a bit too mild, but still nice - to much tart non-hoppy citrus, not quite sour enough, still tasted of cheese, sour fruit, old sneakers - mouthfeel very acidic, but pretty flat, I assume thatís the style, this is my first unblended lambic - overall it grew on me, but I still prefer the geuze style with its carbonation to this on - tupalev is right, it would make a good summer patio sipping beer.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours flat and hazy. Big stinky funky woody sour aroma. Has some fruity notes also, maybe some cherry and pear. Also a bit of breadiness. Very clear and strong in smell. Passes fast to the throat in a fleeting manner, taking all vestiges of the previous meal with it. Repetition captures the flavor. Musky and tart with something of an acidic burn in the finish. The really interesting part of this beer is the retronasal aroma. It has some juniper and dried apricot that is very appealing but quickly lost. Somewhat creamy body with a moderately dry finish. Really an exceptional beer.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 A Mes rate: 75cl bottle from Dranken Geers
Shared at home with Sim and Terry Tibbs. Bottle is from 2003 and although it is only 4 years old at this point it is clearly starting to age quite nicely in comparison to the other bottles I have had of this. Excellent looking for an unblended. Very slight carbonation that is undetectable in the mouth but clear in the appearance. Especially after a swill. Dry, earthy aroma with serious barnyardy funk.Lovely citric notes and plenty of Cantillon barrel in there too. Incredibly dry in the mouth. Utterly excellent lambic. Heavily citric and sour. So very refreshing and drinkable. Almost wine like qualities. Palate cleaning attributes are nothing but superb. Prickle at the back of the throat leaves you wanting more. So bloody good.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy dark golden pour with no head. Excellent aroma of tart fruits, cheese and barnyard. Sadly the flavor is not as amazing as the aroma, there is tartness, mild cheese and barnyard, the finish is sweet and tart. The body is light with a liquorous texture and very low carbonation. One of the mellower Cantillon products, damn.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 mL bottle (corked and capped, bottled in 2005) sampled late October 2005: pretty clear, golden hay; completely still. Lemon grass and citrus resin aroma with leather, limestone and bittersweet vanilla. Though the palate lacks all carbonation, this one doesnít need it, because you are transported back to a time when beer isnít supposed to be fizzy, where all of the flavours are completely natural and 100% unique. Flavours are lip puckering with bitter grapes and sour grass. Dry, acidic finish, simply splendid.
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma:Chesse,strong lambic aroma...
Appearance:Light hazy gold,no head...
Flavor:sour,watery,dry...Its more easy to drink than the other cantillon ...
Ughsmash (7330) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Style #70! Bottle... not sure of the vintage. As expected, a slightly hazy rather pale golden pour. Not too exciting to look at. Very pungent aroma of horse blankets, vinegar, manure, and tart lemons. Lemons, leather, must, and green apple were all present in the flavor. Fruity tartness and sourness were the most dramatic components of the palate... along with a significant level of acidity. Finish was crisp, dry, and quite refreshing. The lack of carbonation felt odd at first, but really allowed the flavor to develop across the palate. This was quite enjoyable.