BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Oakesí í05 Xmas Party
Cloudy banana color with puffy cloudy head. Nose is moist, yeasty, soiled hay, a bit tart and vinous. The flavor is tart, as expected, but a bit too much; too vinous. I like a good balance of sour vinegar taste and funk in a Lambic and it isnít here. Still an awesome quaffing beer but I start to sweat after drinking too much of this. And trying to down a whole swallow is going to need a moment to recoup.
thebeertourist (4755) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden, almost yellow, with the characteristic fine white small-bubbles foam. It reduced to a film, though. Apricot aromas lening in with refreshing lemon. Initially very acidic, lots of lemon, mellowing towards the finish with the apricots taking more centre-stage together with hints of almond. Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, dry finish. An amazingly complex beer.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml. bottle, enjoyed at the Spuyten Duyvil. Hazy yellow/orange color with a small white head. Funky, musty aroma of tart apricots and hints of bleu cheese. Huge citric acid sourness to this beer. I love tart and this is one of the most tart beers Iíve ever tried. The apricot flavor was much more subdued than the aroma, just a hint of the fruit. Excellent, as always from Cantillon.
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle at GBBF, August 2005. I could have sworn Iíd rated this before, so didnít make very extensive notes. Seems I hadnít rated it. Fruity, but Iím not sure I would have spotted it as apricot had I not known, Typical Cantillon stuff. Funky aroma, very sour and tart, but clean and refreshing. Very gueuze like for a fruit lambic. Nice.
schuimkroaat (413) - Leuven, BELGIUM - SEP 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.75 L bottle, bbe Dec 09. Shiny, fluorescent, light honey colour, very turbid, minimal head with some lace sticking to the edge of the glass. Rotten, íeggishí, sour aroma with good floral notes but also some rubber. Sour and dry taste with clearly and wonderfully present apricot. A bit more fruit than lambic in a good combination of the two. Solid body, light carbonation, very dry mouthfeel.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Apricot colored liquid below a small, slowing forming head. Initially bright and vibrant fruit aroma of apricot and peach, which becomes less apparent as the bottle nears final consumption. Other aromatic Cantillon lambic qualities are also present, but in a subtle way. Unbelievably harsh citric acid flavor, with very little character besides an extreme amount of sourness. This is an unbelievably intense lambic, probably the most sour lambic ever. Itís so strange, because I adore the three year old Grand Cru, but that beer has so much more depth and character, besides the sourness. This is just cutting, with very little fruit character.
TBone (12333) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 75cl, vintage 2003
Pale yellow-orange, no head. Sour nose, fruits and horse blanket in it. Bone dry (it canít get much drier), same time deliciously fruity. For sure, the best apricot lambic you can get.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Den Tatoverede Enke, Cph. The aroma is quite sweet yet very tart, notes of peaches, really dry. Hazy yellow body, with a small white head. Extreme sourness, followed by notes of grape fruit. Bone dry. Thanks to tbone_ for sharing this magnificent beer.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one is quite sour. I like the combination of the exotic fruit at the sourness. Not artificial, as if Cantillon would ever be. The only good apricot beer Iíve tried.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Initially pours pretty clear out of the bottle but immediately turns very hazy and opaque straw yellow/light gold. Very minimal head and no lace. Aroma is very complex, yet it isnt all that inviting. Initially some fruit is noticed as you pop the cork, along with some woody notes, but when it is cool you can notice a lot of sour notes, mixing heavily with a lot of musty aromas as well as lots and lots of sulfur compounds. Some sulfur dioxide, and a bunch of different thiols I cant pinpoint. Some of the aromas are very similar to those found in a fermenting lager, or those that come from weihenstephan yeast with respect to the sulfur. As it warms more and more sour and musty barnyard smells come up along with a hint of fruit- apricot-peach like. Dear lord this is some sour stuff. First sip is like tasting a sour warhead- maybe even more sour. This is really mouthpuckering yet I cant seem to stop tasting it. Lots of sour notes up front with lactobacillus, then a bit of the fruit in the end. I expected a lot more fruit in this lambic- but only got a minimal amount. Obviously this is very dry due to its acidity. Not sure If I will be able to drink this whole bottle by myself, but it is so unique that Ill give it a try. I got really lucky with this bottle being that it only cost me $11 in brooklyn (obviously a mismarked bottle) instead of the usual $20-25 per bottle. Very good overall, but Ill take any of the Lou pepeís anyday over this.