obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy apricot color w/thin white head. Peach, apricot, funk, citrus(light), and cantelope on the nose. Medium weight w/sour dry finish. Sour melon, fruit, peach, apricot, and light funk on the palate. Definatly one to share.
Crockett (998) - Steelback County, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours straw yellow with a tiny quickly disipating soapy white head. Aroma of apple, peach, yeasty dough and citrus. Very acidic. Drying lemon juice, yeast, initially some saltiness. Soft toasted herbs, thyme and spice. Apple cider vinegar and must. Some vegetable stock I couldn’t quite figure out, it didn’t hurt it. Finish is puckeringly sour.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2000, Bottle 18/180. Typical peppery sour Cantillon house aroma. Peppery sour, no trace of fruit detectable. Great full lambic flavor, horsey, and perhaps more sour than most. Very funky. Merest hint of apricots in the long sour finish. Wonderful stuff.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cantillon blows my mind. Pours a rich deep opaque straw hue. No head. The apricots really shine through. At first it smells like a trad. Gueuze, but then underneath it all a sweetness and hazy jamlike smell appears. The apricots fade into the flavor which is like a subdued Gueuze with small notes of sweetness. More sour than anything I’ve had by Cantillon. Exceedingly sour. Exceedingly awesome.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy yellow orange body topped by a quickly collapsing white head. Lacing is nice. The aroma is musty barnyard and some apricot after it warms up a bit. The flavor is quite sour and acidic with the apricots being a secondary to tertiary element. Much less apricot then I was expecting. Medium bodied with a dry finish. Nice beer a nd very typical Cantillon. I would have preferred a bit more apricot, but really not much to comploain about.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Haxy cider gold. Nice lacing, firm bubbly head had a nice lasting character to it. Nose is quite sour and a bit funky, but not much in the way of apricot at first. As it warmed, some apricot came around in the nose a bit, but really not enough that this is taking on a real apricot-esque character. Flavor very, very sour and pungent, more sour than musty or funky, really no fruit to speak of at all, just mostly tart. Would like more apricot in this, has promise of a fascinating flavor combo but just not that much fruit-wise going on. Really more gueuze than anything.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light apricot aroma with lots of great lambic almost overpowering it. Very sour and tart flavour with a pleasant and natural apricot touch. Refreshing.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slightly soured aroma. Very acidic and soured...almost like lemonade left in the sun for 6 hours. Not a favorite of mine.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: 2000 - #176 of 180. Cloudy light golden color with a moderate off white head and a touch of lace. Heavy aromas leading to te acidic brew that it is know to be. Touches of unripe fruit and rubber in the nose. Initial cobwebs and dust mixed with sour fruit. This can really clean the teeth. Dry and quenching to say te least in the finish. This is one of the roughest/toughest lambics out there. Small sips every few minutes seem to be the limit. Seems to peel the enamel off the teeth. Quite smooth and effervescent in feel. Long sour acidic finish. Heartburn in bottle. For me the fruit does not come out and the balance is off. I can appreciate the effort. The efforts here are more geared to creating the most sour brews, akin to the american most hoppy. Late lingers of mild hops and apricots do come out, but perhaps a touch to much suffering on the way.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of sour fruit, barnyard, wet blanket, cloudy apricot in colour, tiny white head. Quite tart, with flavour holding lemon, grapefruit and some yellow plum. Ultimately dry, but enjoyable. Really well done, kudos to Smokeless Joe’s for bringing this to town!