argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml Bottle, RBSG05) Cloudy amber body with minimal head. Aroma is sour, horseblanket, some barnyard, cheese. Taste is quite sour, light sweetness, lemon. Nice yeasty barnyard in the finish. Light body with medium carbonation. No question that this is a Cantillon.
MrRomero (1973) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBSG 2005: poured cloudy light orange yellow with a medium dissipating white head. Funky, barnyard, sour, yeasty. Typical Cantillon product.
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 RBSG Montreal Friday Night Tasting. Hazy golden colour, thin white foam. Sharp, tart, barnyard and leather aroma. Straightforward sour with a dry lightly yeasty bitter finish. Refreshing and light bodied. Good, but seemed to lack the complexity of other Cantillons.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
vintage 2003. aroma had no vinegar, with a touch of fruit. a cloudy apricot color with no head. tart taste, sour aftertaste. a nice bubly action seems to stick to the side of the mouth. a good entry to a style that is not my favorite.
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled 2004 (on cork). Fresher aroma and (obviously) more lively than the Loerik. Hazy amber with a "regular" ring of head, dies entirely. Smooth aroma with some lovely sour, woody, vinegar edges (no contradiction between smooth and vinegar, I hope). Major palate tingle, bringing the sourness I was looking for. Lambic flavors about, and it is extremely enjoyable for its very fresh, vibrant notes. A real winner among Cantillons.
diabel (1589) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2005 [Notice] Below are 2 ratings of mine, quite different in score etc. One for the Cuvee des champions and one for the Cuvee 89. According to me, they were totally different, could be due to the fermentation or bottle conditioning.
Bottle at Le Bier Circus, Brussels - Cuvee 89 Fizzy, white head, which diminishes as most of the lambics do. Hazy, orange body. Nose of lime, grapefruit, pine. Lightly acidic, moderately bitter initial flavour, with presence of hops. Moderately acidic, lightly bitter finish (averagily long). Light to medium bodied. Fizzy carbonation. Nice beer. The dry-hopping is markable. I drunk thisone at one of the last days of Le Bier Circus at N°89. Anyway somewhat different for a Cantillon-batch.
Earlier Rating: 9/28/2004 Total Score: 4.4
Bottled I did not get hold of the Cantillon Cuvée 1904, luckfully I did get hold of it’s successor, the Cantillon Cuvée des Champions.
It has an off-white, fizzy head, which is fully diminsihing. The body is clear and orange-amber. From the moment I opened this bottle, I smelled the very warm aroma, which is citric, hoppy and reminds me of a very good wine. The initial flavour is moderately acidic, lightly bitter. The finish is moderately sour and lasts for minutes. I do agree with BierKönig that this one is a very extra-ordinay lambic. This isn’t an aggressive beer (as I would describe a ’normal’ Cantillon Gueuze), but because it is so well-balanced it’s truely a pleasure to drink.
Actually this beer was made in honour of the promotion of a soccer team (Royal Union Sint Gilloise) into the second soccer division in Belgium. I hope some day RUSG wins the UEFA"s Champion’s League and that Jean will make a lambic that is as superb for the CL’s victoy as this beer is superb for the promotion. Because that would make the perfect lambic!
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vibrant aroma, with more fruit hints than a normal lambic with subtle lemon, orange and peach and lightly herbaceous, floral hops from the dry hop, perhaps? Light orange color. Dry with mild tartness and wld yeast flavors. Well balanced. Really your typical Cantillon lambic, which is still mighty tasty, but I didn’t notice much from the Goldings addition, except a little bitterness.
Ernest (5887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003-04 bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Body is hazy light amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard, horseblanket), lightly hoppy (herbs, lemon), lightly malty (toasted grain). Flavor is moderately sweet, heavily acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, heavily acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation. One of the more aromatically strong and enjoyable Cantillon beers I’ve had. Perhaps not quite as sour as most, but that’s made up by the strong bitterness. So, yeah, still very very dry. The mouthfeel is pretty flimsy, but otherwise I like this more than most Cantillon products.
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Very golden and with a great lasting head. Sweet and sour aroma of grapefruit and lime mixed with a flowery hop note. On the palate the beer is rich and packed with flavours of citrus fruits and typical lambic caracter. The acidity makes it dance on the palate. Superb gueuze!
rauchbier (3498) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2005 Bottled, at the Brewery. Served by Jean-Pierre Van Roy. Hazy amber, good white head and pleasant gentle condition. Gentle citric aroma that seems to come as much from the hops as it does from the tartness of the gueuze. Some background peppery hop resin also noticable. Dry and citric gueuze notes in the mouth with more background hoppiness. Long soft and citric dry finish with some retronasel hop notes. Cantillon Cuvée du 89 version (7-2-8-3-15) Bottle, at the Cantillon Open Brewing Day March 2005, thanks to Jean-Pierre Van Roy. Hazy gold, thin white head and almost no condition. Herbal hops and gentle barnyard notes in the nose, soft and dry in the mouth with a gentle grapefruity citrus note and a background phenolic infection that seemed unlike the normal Cantillon wild yeast. Gentle hop flower and citrus lingering in the finish