Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Brussels, Belgium


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Apricot lambic

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2005
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 pepe’s anyday over this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 23, 2005
[PIBF ’04] Bottle. Cloudy pinkish in color. Very sour barn nose. Very sour apricot like flavor. (I know it is apricot but it is hard to find under all the horse blanket flavors).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Wow, Sourest lambic I’ve come across so far. Incredibly dry, acidic, lighter apricot. Very refreshing. Awesome stuff but this isn’t for newbies. The sourness will suck your lips down your throat if you’re not too careful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Pours hazy golden color with no head. Aroma has a very strange sourness to it. Wohlfs brought up "perm solution" which I will have to agree with. Flavor is a very nice sour/tart balance with only a hint of apricot. Very nice brew if you can get past the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2006 Pours a hazy blonde color with a ring of white lace. Acid, tart aroma of apricot, typical Cantillon wildness. Acid, tart and mouthpuckering flavor of apricot, again this reeks of Cantillon a lot, their wild yeast signature is there, there’s a good dose of funk and it’s also citric. The mouthfeel is dusty and dry. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2006 Couleur jaune paille allant vers le doré, pratiquement aucune mousse, faible et nonchalant dégagement gazeux laissant initialement de grosses bulle sur le rebord du verre. Arômes semblant très acide, vieux barils de bois humide, quelque peu herbal sous de faible parfum d’abricots dominé par les citrons. Plein de caractère sauvage, typique brettanomyces. Les caractéristiques du fruit sont abstraites au début et prennent de l’ampleur au fur et à mesure que le liquide se réchauffe, devenant ainsi bien reconnaissables et plaisantes. Très tartrique et acide en bouche, semblant pleinement atténuée, présence du blé devenant plus marquée vers la fin. Très appréciable et typique de Cantillon. Bouteille achetée à la brasserie, Avril 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Sample shamelessly mooched from Stephen Beaumont’s bottle. Cloudy, milky orange body. Aroma reminds me of French Chardonnay, sour grapefruit, and stonefruit. Funk and yeast are prominent, then again my sample wasn’t the cleanest. Ultra sour flavor, seemingly beyond maximum threshold. Intense horse blanket and ripe stone fruit complexity. Great beer. Will definitely re-visit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4809) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2005 Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Very sour and tart aroma with a light mustiness. Pours a very cloudy dull yellow with a small white ring for a head. Very sour and tart from start to finish with a light acidity in the finish. So sour and tart that apricot, or any other flavor for that matter, is completely dominated and covered up.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle from Styles. Opaque yellow-orange colored with a slight white head. Aroma is very sulfury, reminding me of what a hair shop on permanent day smells like. Light to medium bodied. Well carbonated. A bit sulfury in flavor but not enough to detract from the sour barny flavors. A touch of apricot shows through. Tart. Nice beer but the sulfur smell really detracts for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6493) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Bottle #34 of 180, bottled in 2000 and consumed at Toronado, San Francisco. This bright orange lambic poured with a thin white head, eliciting a sharp citrus-like aroma. There is a delicate apricot flavor, with a very dry palate and a tart lemon finish. I have enjoyed many of the Cantillon brews, and this was my favorite.

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