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Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Brussels, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1050   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Apricot lambic


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (16188) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2012 Sample at Esbjerg Beerfestival. Small head with short duration. Color is hazy yellow. Aroma and taste are sour lactose acid, malt and fruits. Long sour finish. Rerated @ fonefan tasting, where we had a bottle from 2005 and a bottle from 2011. The beers were just totally different. The 2011 had lots of fresh apricot, was sweet and very easy drinkable whereas the 2005 bottle was dominated by sour brett, stable and leather. Both are great beers. Old rating 7/2/7/3/15. New rating 2011 7/3/8/4/15. New rating 2005 8/3/9/4/17.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (12845) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2009
Bottle. Jydske Øldage 2009. Frothy white fair mostly deminishing head. Yellow colour. Light malty very sour aroma. Moderate bitter very sour flavor. Apricut just present. Long powerfull lambic-sour finish. Oily palate.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Why did it take me so long to try this beer? Ive seen it available at Churchills (pubs are expensive places to try expensive beers), now its gone. Then Ryan had it at his Cantillon tasting, but \i left too early. Then Ive seen it here or there. Well I finally found a 2008 375mL bottle at Tanakaya in Tokyo and bought a bottle. Chilled in the fridge and poured into a large snifter. Beautiful cloudy orange amber color. Aroma...aroma..cough...well, ahem. After brewing 7 sours and noticing my own mistakes, and loving Cantillon for years, Im starting to notice some undesirable (to me at least) aromas in Cantillon beers. Of course there is the initial wonderful sour aroma, with a hint of acetic acid, which I like. Apricots are very difficult to discern in taste or aroma, but probably you can see it in the color. Next in full force in the aroma is a vegetal skunky aroma. Ive smelled in my ciders and one of my Berliner Weisses. Very remiscent of the garlic of Saaz hops, but it could be remnants of enterobacter production of DMS, though I would hope this would fade after the 1-2 years of barrel aging. It could be something related to aged hops. Whatever. Even though Im trying hard to avoid the DMS aroma in my sours (and I never notice it in American sours), Foufoune is still very good. Dryness amplifies the sourness like a young tart peach. Easy to drink. If money were no issue, I buy more, but since money is an issue, Ill stick to brewing more sours at home. Yum.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - OCT 13, 2009
Bottle from 2005. Pours hazy golden yellow with a small lasting egg white head. Aroms of vinegar, lemon, wood, musty basement, yeast and spice. Sour and fruity flavour with notes of peach, balsamic vinegar, wood and green apples. Tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2009

Source:750 mL bottle at a tasting in Nashville.
Glass:Fullers snifter.
Appearance:Hazy orange pour with a thin white head.
Aroma:Cheese and apricots.
Flavor:Sour, stinky cheese, with a peachy finish.
Palate:Light body with solid carbonation.
Overall:Loved this. Want more.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hirigalzkar (2790) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2013 Bottle. Ap: Light orange/dark yellow, Hazy! Ar: Champagnesque. Has a aged fruity character. Banana, vanilla. Not as sour as many other lambics. Fla: Fruity! Sour in a sweet fruity way. Tiny bitterness in the end. Re-rate on draught @ Akkurat. Rally crisp and fresh mix of fruit and some cheesy funk!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - AUG 31, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2013 750 ml corked bottle. A hazy deep orange beer, with a large, frothy/fizzy, mostly diminishing white head. the aroma is lightly malty (grain), moderately yeasty (barnyard, earth, cheese), with notes of apricot, peach, exotic fruits, citrus. The flavor is moderately sweet, ultra heavily acidic. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, dry, long finish with light bitterness. Along with Rosè de Gambrinus, the sourest and most extreme Lambic I’ve ever tasted. Uber sour and astringent, still, I beg for another sip. The nose is fruitier and brighter than previously remembered. Objectively speaking, not much flavor balance, still I managed to finish the whole bottle myself.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle @ WTF OMG! Poured a hazy deep yellow. Nose is mild sourness, funk, acid, vinegar, lemon, grapes, white wine. Flavor is ripe peach, leather, fresh cut wood, tart apple, unripe fruit. Hints of sweetness. Super dry. Awesome!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9178) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2009
From the Bottle at Dr Bill’s Tasting Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 09/10/2008 Thin white head. Golden coloured and hazy in appearance. Sour fruit apricot flavours. Dry in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (12573) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2015 2005 bottle bought in Vinens Verden Odense. At home, chilled on a hot day. Cloudy orange with a small white head. Lots of wonderful classic Cantillon funk in the nose, leather, grapefruit and grasss. There is a fruity touch, and knowing what it is, you can pick out the apricot.Very dry and tart, even for a Cantillon. Fruity notes that in combination with the sourness makes me think of un-ripe fruits for a second. But the musty and funky complexity makes it a pleasure to drink anyway. 8-3-7-3-15

2011 edition re-rate, bottled August 2011, opened December 2011. The aroma is now filled with apricot compared to the earlier rating of a four year old bottle. Sweet apricot jam, probably even a bit too much, on top of a bit of grapefruit and mild funk. Dry and tart fruity flavour, as sour as any Cantillon, but with a lot of apricot. The aroma is a bit too much and too perfumed fruity, but the flavour is spot on. Clearly a lambik to drink fresh to get the full experience.

Medium fresh re-rate, 2014 bottle on the last day of 2015. Excellent balance between very tart beer, and delicious, fragrant apricot.


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