JohnnyJ (5200) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2010 7/18/10 - 2001 vintage bottle, 2006 vintage bottle, 09 draft at Stone Sour Ale Festival 2010. Pours hazy yellow, white head, marginal lacing. The 01 is extremely tart and funky; hay, grass, barnyard leather, musty, very very puckery sour, grainy bread, oak, and there is still fruit in this! Apricots and light peach notes. The 06 and 09 get progressively more fruit and less sour and funk. I absolutely loved the 01, one of the best beers I have ever had. Thanks so much for the bottle share.
5/24/09 - On tap at Toronado SD ist Anniversary party. Pours a slighty hazy bright gold color, with no head. Flavors of vinager, apricots, bread, oak, leather, light sour fruit. Very tart. An excellent lambic.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2009 Aroma of citrus, peach and grapes. Taste is super sour, tart, mouth puckering, delicious peach fruit flavors and acid. Man was this some sour stuff. Fresh this has more cheese to it than with age. Not as good fresh IMO. Averaged to 3.5.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Toronado’s 1st Anniversary. Pours a strong yellow with some small tight bubbles and no head. Nose is vinagery, and apricot. Flavors have a nice apricot flavors, Almost a jam or nectar. Some breadyness too. Light and refreshing mouth.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil, shared. Pours a cloudy golden color with a paper-thin white head. Aroma is dried apricots and that unmistakable Cantillon funk I love so much. Flavor is sweet apricot up front with a more nutty characteristic (apricot pits?) and overwhelming tartness at the end. It’s just wonderful and a complete classic. Very glad I tried it.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle generously shared by csbosox; thanks again, Chris. Pours a cloudy bright straw with a thin white ring and a small island of bubbles sitting at the surface. The nose is of dried apricots and a solid sour funkiness; pretty nice. The mouthfeel is SUPER tart with a drying finish. The flavor is of the same dried apricots found on the nose with the addition of bitter apricot pit and an over-the-top tartness that diminishes my enjoyment of what otherwise is a very nice beer. Overall, I really like the nose, but the sourness just becomes a bit too much for my tastes.
beastiefan2k (3045) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL shared by csbosox, thanks Chris. Bottled 21 Aug 2006 so it is still pretty young and comes off as that. The pour is a beautiful apricot color (really there us no better way to describe it), thick looking. Aroma is full of thick and fuzzy apricot skins. It is very natural and fresh smelling, just love it. And yeah, other lambic things going on but the apricot is awesome. Taste has lots of puckering apricot with the lambic. Very funky and dry. Well I am not talking much about the lambic parts cause its Cantillon and as this beer the really sour and dry aspects will grow. With age I have experience this may be the most sour of all the Cantillon brews.
theisti (3652) - Kansas, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared by csbosox. Bottled 21 Aug 2006. Pour is cloudy, very hazy, orange white - looks like fresh squeezed orange juice. There is a lot swirling around in this glass. Not too much of a thin white head. Aroma of yeasty tart / sour apricot. Behind the fruit, I get musty oak and wet earth. Engaging nose, but fairly fruit dominated. Taste is bright acetic sour, very alive and fresh apricot flavor. The yeast character is also assertive and large. Funky, dirty, earthy. This is big bright and acidic. Nice balance of flavors, more balanced than the nose suggested. Quite puckering. Thanks for sharing this one Chris.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml, bottled 21Aug06, with thanks to csbosox! Pours a super cloudy, dirty yellow golden. Nose is lots of apricot, with some sour grape and light funk. Flavor is puckeringly sour, yet retains the apricot and light funk. A bit too much sour pucker for me on this one but still interesting. Thanks for sharing Chris!
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is a bit sulfurous, lots of apricot, and funk and blanket and mineral.
Taste is apricot and punchy, blanket, oak, and barnyard.
Leaves soft and sweet, but still sour and approachable. Finishes a bit too sweet. Needs some crispness. The wheatiness is still too present in the sweetness.
I get a bit more sulfur and cheese out of this.
Holy shit, I want some bleu cheese with this.
Needs 5 years at least.
bluevegie (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Don’t give up after the first whiff or sip. Hazy, light orange coloured body with minimal head. Fairly sour after the first sip and second and third but as you drink more and also let it warm up it really grows on you. Apricot and lemon and a bit of peach in the taste also the funk . Good beer.