Stine (1746) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 750 ml bottle, vintage 2003. Thanks Ben! A dusty dandelion yellow, soft and luminous. Sweet-tart apricot skin aroma with an intimidating array of wild oddities beneath; banana pepper skins, pickled ginger and garlic cloves, pineapple rinds; amidst the characteristic dryness of mineral yeasts, there’s a pillow-soft goat cheese tang for it all to swim and settle in.
Flavor is a raging swell of sour acidity, with a lacquer of fruit, honey, and flowers that lends a needed delicacy to the middle, to settle the violence of the acetic acids for a moment; still, the barren wood acidity and its wild heat that tends to dominate many of these not-yet-very-old Cantillons remains on furious display here; huge amounts of hot lemon juice, champagne vinegar, and pissy white wine. Altogether one of the sourest experiences yet, and certainly harrowing, and stunning.
Oily, medium body; softly carbonated; adhesive, vinegar-cured peppers and general raw sourness in a very long finish. A swift kick in the ass and sometimes the throat; sometimes an epiphany and sometimes an attack.
AmEricanbrew (6656) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 2006 is stamped on cork. Hazy orange amber with a slim head. Huge barnyard piss, apricot flesh and its woody pit aromas. Big ass funky sourness everywhere, with apricot, woody peach pits, and barnyard funk acidity. A very nice funky fruit Lambic.
daknole (10836) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2011 Cloudy apricot, gold pour. Damn what a beer! Man oh man. Rerate! Sour apricot amazingness! Sour, funky, sour! Apricot flavor is nice, sourness rocks...damn straight. Fuck yeah. Fuck yeah and FUCK yeah.
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2009 A 0.75L bottle at Kaisla. White fast dissapearing thin head. Hazy pale hey colour. Taste typically cantillon. In the beginning round apricot taste. Also some lehints of lemon and typical sourness. When getting warm also nose gets hints of apricot. Good!
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[1466-20080531] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Sour geuze aroma has a bit of dust and petrol candy. Hazy, light orange brown body with a quick foamy white head. Sour sour citrus flavour is quite acidic. Sour medium body. Lovely sourness, yum.
Overheard: "Like being punched in the face with a sour gumball."
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, I expected to like this, but I didn’t think I would like it this much. Wonderful to say the least. Hazy yellow color, a bit of white head. Aromas of stinky cheese, apricots, and funk. Very tar sour fruit flavor, apricots, and a dry finish. The tartness actually causes my mouth to water.
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2013 75cl, exclusive brew, with apricots, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex sour fruit brew, balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, good sour brew
bhensonb (13826) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Marcus for this bottle. Hazy pale gold color with a minimal white head. Aroma is slightly sour with esters of pale stone fruits. Flavor is nicely sour with pale stone fruit flavor. Could be apricot. Body is near medium and carbonation is mild. Finish is medium sour. Mild funk. Just excellent.
rallison (116) - USA - JUL 22, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Joey for bringing this 2002 bottle to Carlos’ place for the tasting!
Aroma is funky, citrusy and nice sour peach/apricot - none of that artificial fruit you get from some of lesser lambics (and I’m not even talking about the horribly sweet Lindeman’s versions). Love that funk.
The taste is quite tart and relatively clean. Yummy funk and sour apricots. Soft wheat-like character upon warming.
Sourness is not quite as sharp as on fresher bottles, but you could argue this is a good thing. My preference - nice and sharp. Age treats it very well though, so you won’t go wrong aging a bottle.
Still, one of my favorite Cantillon beers. How I need to get some more bottles!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, sampled at the 1st Annual Shenandoah Beer Throwdown, courtesy of wickedpete. Thanks, Pete!! Pours a hazy, straw-orange color; light off-white head with patchy lacing. Loads of funk (stinky feet, cheese, barnyard funk), apricots, and peachy sweetness in the aroma; good levels of acidity; nice combination of sweet fruit characer and loads of funked sourness; great nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: enormous amounts of tartness, sour apricots and peaches; funk, horseblanket, and cheese; again, an excellent rendition of a fruity and intensely funky / soured lambic; great stuff. Lengthy finish: tart peaches / citrus, funk, and some soft oak.