Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - DEC 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Apricot in color, with a tiny ring of offwhite head. Aroma is essence of apricot and peach.. A fuzzy peach skin smell if thats even possible. A tad of funk as well in the nose. Flavor is Abrasively tart with peach vinegar. The Rudest Cantillon Ive Ever Had. not incredibley complex but perfects what it does. The peach is fuzzy and not cloyingly sweet with an awe inspiring presence of tart funk. Fuck...Yum..
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2011 Bouteille de 750 ml, chez David et Catherine. Merci Denis ! Arômes de lambic avec une touche d’abricots. Robe saumon et trouble, effervescence assez faible et peu de mousse. Très intense en bouche, on retrouve des notes de pommes vertes, les abricots, une touche de blé et la signature caractéristique du lambic. Finale très sûre (lactique et citrique) et très longue. Une très bonne bière, mais tellement sûre qu’elle doit être bue tranquillement et en petites quantités. 3.8
Bouteille de 750 ml, édition 2010, bue lorsque vieille de quelques mois. Incroyables arômes d’abricots frais et de levures sauvages. Le lambic est présent, mais les fruits dominent. Belle robe légèrement rosée et trouble, peu de mousse et effervescence assez active. En bouche, les abricots sont bien présents et très frais. On retrouve également de belles notes citronnées et de paille, ainsi qu’une délicate touche de céréales. Finale très longue, lactique et citrique. La fraîcheur du fruit dans ce lambic est vraiment incroyable! 4.3
Tmoney99 (13587) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured clear orange golden color with minimal fizzy white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Good tart apricot & yeasty aroma. Medium to full body with tingly sticky texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy funky fruit flavor with a solid tart fruit and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout lambic.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled this on tap at Capone’s recently.
Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow color with light golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger creamy white head that slowly receeds into a lasting ring that leaves traces of spotty lacing behind.
Slightly earthy barnyard funk aroma with lots of earthy oaky tannis, cobwebs, horseblanket and light lactic creaminess. Hints of honey and crisp light fruit, especially apricot as well as some apple and pear.
Very funky intense mouth puckering funkiness up front that slowly mellows out mid palate into a nice crisp lactic funky sweet tart feel. Perfect bone dry sweetart finish that leaves me salivating for another sip. Funky tart sweetness with a nice touch of oaky tannis that is prominent up front but mellows toward the end of the swallow letting the lactic cremainess and light fruit notes shine through. Perfectly balanced and insanely drinkable once you get over the initial pucker shock. Lots of apricot as well as other light golden fruit, mostly apple and pear. Puckering dry finish but not acidic. Pretty much perfrect. Highly recommended. One of the best Cantillons I’ve had.
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Capones. Pours a cloudy yellow honey with a small frosty white head. Aroma of funk, sourness, light peach and apricot. Taste of light peach, apricot, funk and sourness.
dagimp (960) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Capone’s in 2009 from a 2008 keg. From a snifter. Smells of light funk, and fruit. A light orange color with little to no head. Tastes sour up front with a very light apricots. Sourness is not overpowering and very, very smooth when combined with the sweetness of the apricots. A great sour which I would happily drink again.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 11, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Capones . 2008 keg. Pours a hazy golden orange with a smaller bubbly white head. Aroma of peaches and apricot, sourness and funk is there but restrained. Flavor of the same apricot and peach. I like how the sourness matched up with the fruit in this one.
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2011 There are excellent floral and citrus notes in this ’08 tap at capones. The translucent honey colors have a noticably bubbly appearance. The tart flavor is smooth with a rich gueze like flavor that settles beautifully.
Second time off the production line during the breaking of the bottler at Cantillon - August ’10. There are unbelievable notes of apricot so pleasant in the nose. Served out of an unlabeled bottle at room temperature off the line, the tartness is tame.
vyvvy (5885) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma is very tart with apricots showing through well. There is sharp citric acid, wild yeastiness, crispness yet smooth. Medium / light body that’s very crisp and has flowing prickly carbonation. The flavor starts with dried apricots, citric acid, lemoniness, spice and funky grainy bugs. The finish is sour and tart with less apricot and lots of lingering citrus and funky bugs. A great lambic.
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle
I have one of this sittiing in the cellar but now that someone shared one I may trade it off. This is a great Cantillon as the scores indicate but for their level of quality not the best. Given the price tag I would rather have a bottle of any of the Lou Pepe lineup instead. If you like interesting experiments in different fruits however give it a try.
Aroma / Appearance - Cloudy orange as I expected it to be the body is flat and lifeless. The sour apricot aroma is nowhere near as intense as many other Cantillon lambics but still sharper than many from other breweries. On a scale of 1 to 10 I would put it around a 7. It still retains that classic Cantillon vinegar character just without the lingering intensity.
Flavor / Palate - Apricots, as expected, dominate the profile from start to finish. Not as sour as even the nose suggests this is relatively easy to drink for a classic lambic. The biggest difference is the lack of acidity in the finish. Perhaps this will come with time in the bottle but usually Cantillon beers have that kick from the start. From any other brewer this would be a great release. For Cantillon I would place this as "yet another average" lambic which is to say that if you find it on sale be sure to buy it ASAP. Just don’t expect the same experience as with many other beers in their lineup.