ClarkVV (3742) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draught at Sunset Grille, Feb 2005. Based on the qualities of my sample, Iíd say it was somewhere in the 2000-2002 vintage range. Peach-apricot colored beer, with a small, fizzy white head, mostly disipating, with light lacing. Quite hazy. Aroma of light blue cheese, old funk, musty gym shoes and just an ever so slight hint of apricot essence. Flavor is very relaxed, by Cantillon standards. Sourness to start, but itís much less aggressive and dominant than in some of their other beers. A light amount of real apricot flavor (like biting in to a dried apricot) is well integrated with the tart, base lambic. Notes of light cheese/bacteria and a bit of sweetness right near the finish. Ends quite a good deal more sour than it starts, with plenty of yeast funk. Delightful flavor throughout really showcases the lambic, with some apricot as an afterthought. Medium body, no wateriness, very low carbonation, but just enough to please the palate and keep it refreshing and light. I am definitely going to buy a bottle of this soon.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Well, Iíve been buying this Cantillon stuff at premium prices and being largely disappointed. This is another. Hazy orange/amber with a fleeting champagne head. Nose was acidic, citrus, sour, yearty. Medium bodied, thin. The flavor was sour, bitter, acrid, crappy. Sorry, just not my style.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ive been wanting to try this for a while and thanks to edward (brooklynboy) I was able to. Again, just too acidic and lambicy. I couldnt even pick out that this was apricot until I read the description.
kirtley (3) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2005 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Although itís apricot it really tastes more like a Tangelo (grapefruit-orange hybrid). Definite saltiness too. Horse-blanket aroma as youíd expect, but not over-powering.
yousee (48) - BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 Pale gold colored beer with a little head. Aromas of apricots and salt. Taste is very sour and salty, but while warming up turns over to a subtile sweet apricot tastes.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the BEST of the cantillons. A shame we wonít be getting them in Ontario anymore because allegedly they have too much arsenic according to LCBO standards. Hazy peach/pink with a tartness that radiates through every inch of your being. Dry finish, wine-like sensational on many levels. Who knew apricot could be so fabulous?
Nate (3522) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
pH=3. Decent aroma, light apricot notes, heavy gueuze yeast and wheat, with wet canvas or horse blanket. Hazy pale apricot amber-orange with no head. Medium body with heavy carbonation, carbonic burning. Extremely acidic throughout. Puckering tartness, almost beyond enjoyable. Typical Cantillon gueuze lambic profile with apricot notes throughout. The sourness of the apricots imparted even more sourness than usual, and I found this difficult to drink. Induced acid reflux.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 19, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amazing Aroma, apricots, salt, that horse blanket sourness, and a gueuze like aroma kick. Wow, this is an amazing aroma. Iíve lived at at house with an apricot trees my whole life, and perhaps that helps this beer. Body is a pale gold, but appealing, with a thin layer of white bubbles covering the top of this lambic. Taste is very sour, salty, but fades to a subtly sweet apricot/gueuze tastes. Almost makes me roll my eyes. This beer tingles the palate, and is amazing. Wow, thatís all I can say.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle bought at the brewery. Aroma is sour, funky, slightly fruity. Flavour is sour and dry with noticeable fruit and is probably the sweetest Cantillon beer Iíve had to date (which doesnít say much). Very nice.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Piercingly, brutally sour and not unlike a Berliner Weisse. Shades of apricot in the nose, but very little in the flavor. Donít buy this looking for a standard American fruit beer - itís an unblended lambic left sitting in Bordeaux wine barrels for two years with evidently one apricot. More of a citrus taste really - think lemonade without any sugar. Fairly dry. I should have saved the $30 and just bought a lemon. More importantly, I felt this beer lacked the complexity of many of the previous Cantillon lambics that Iíve had. And the lack of apricot flavor was disappointing.