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 (13724) - 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.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Last beer of a behemoth of a session provided by Mes. I don’t like fruit and despise apricot so you could have twatted me with a feather when I loved this. Stunk of pig shit. Fresh, sweet and the right balance of tartiness. Very hard to put down and very refreshing.
DietPepsican (1581) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I can’t believe it took me so long to try this. Hazy lemon colored pour, small white head. Tart peach aroma. Flavor is sour peach, grapes, tannins, citrus, lemons...wow. Finishes nice and sour, I was sipping for a bit. This is great.
CH-303 (1896) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 30, 2008
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Appearance: Cap&Cork. Light orange, cloudy. Very little head.
Aroma: Sour, little bit fruity. Apricot.
Taste: Pretty sour. Bit of fruit. Quenching.
Info: 375ml bottle, 7/2-2007, 162/300
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color with a clean white head. Aroma is a bit sour and funky with apricots, fresh orange, and light sugar. Flavor of candied apricots and tart, citrusy lambic with a nice bit of acidity. Solid feel with a medium pucker factor. Very good and different enough to distinguish itself. Another fine Cantillon!
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil. Lightly vegetal, apricot aroma. Flavor was slick, powerful sourness, with only light fruit. Sharply acidic, almost piercing. I poured my wine glass pour into a traditional Cantillon tumbler and it became a much different beer. Though it was just as bracing, the intensity of the aroma and sourness died down, at least a bit. Still, it was a tough beer to put down. Reaffirmed my belief though that all but the smallest samples of lambic should be drank from the traditional tumblers.