Ernest (6011) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly yeasty (barnyard), with notes of sour apple and cask wood. Flavor is moderately sweet, harshly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, harshly acidic. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, heavily astringent. Poorly balanced and too astringent IMHO...I like strong sourness in traditional lambic, of course, but Cantillon's products typically have little else going on. This is no exception...light aroma, very stark and simplistic (or so it seems to me). Girardin, Hanssens, Oud Beersel, etc. are all so much better IMHO.
fiulijn (13436) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled in 2000, 4 years old
Hazy golden color. Vinegar, mold, wood, cellar aroma. Harsh, astringent, woody; the fruitness is not easy to perceive.
Kinz (3159) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from my Belgium trip. Bright hazy yellow, very thin veneer of a smooth white head. Pretty. Aroma initially of barnyard, but quickly tempered by a clear citric apricot note. In the mouth, there is an initial scorching knock of sourness, followed by barnyard funk, and ending with a surprising smooth, sweet flavor of almost pure fresh apricot. I'm amazed at how clear an apricot flavor came through. Amazing stuff.
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Treble blond colour, whithout head. Sour, rotten aroma. Sour flavour, sweet in the end. Very special beer. Now I'm glad I spent so many money on it, (but not as many as in the USA), I payed 5 euro in the brewery.
igneous1 (1486) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
hazy as hell apricot color. thin head...thicker at the edges. some sediment. my nose detects more vinegar than fruit and a tiny bit of fresh asphalt smell that i seem to get with the Oude Beersel line. very tart flavor. extremely crisp and acidic. this may be the most tart example to date for me. positively sends the salivary glands into overload...just what i'm looking for. but at the $27.99 price tag on the 750ml bottle, i probably wouldnt buy it again.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy pink grapefruit body, apricots hidden in a stable aroma. Strong sitrussy flavor, bigger acidity than Lou Pepe, some saltiness. Cheers Kasta!
Kåstå (1272) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy dark blond geuze with no head. Aroma of apricot-peach. Lovely complex fruity sourness and a wonderful complex palate. Fruity, sour and dry aftertaste.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2010 August 2009 Bottled on date; Sampled July 2010
The beer pours with a hazy, sedimented, mucky color due to the completely crap pour by the waitress. It is topped by a fizzy, short lived, white head. The aroma is very tart smelling at first, but yields to notes of apricots, a hint of yeast and then back to tart again. Musty aromatics are joined by notes of musky barnyard notes as well as some catty, urea like notes. The nose really has a nice, floral / fruit apricot character to it that makes this vibrantly aromatic.
The flavor is bracingly sour upfront and finishes with a softer apricot like acidity that is joined by lactic acid sourness too. A floral apricot flavor is definitely here, despite the beer being bone dry. The body is quite light and refreshing and is definitely a beer meant for consuming in quantity (assuming you can get past the sourness of course). This is very nice, I would have loved to be able to try an even fresher example
Sampled July 2004, 2001 bottling.
Pours a very hazy orange-gold color. The head is cream colored and dissapears after a couple of minutes. The aroma is tart and funky. It is quite sour with some muted barnyard Brett notes. As is usual with Cantillon the taste is at first shockingly mouth puckering. After all of this time I don’t even get a sense of the apricots. A bit of chalkiness is in the middle of this beer, which seems to add a bit of fullness to this otherwise light and refreshing beer. The sourness is reminiscent of grapefruit and lemons. Though I really wish there was some apricot flavor here, it is still quite good, though just as a Lambic.
A orangish light gold color to this beer, that is more light gold than anything. Pours with a lively carbonation. I can’t detect any apricot in the aroma, though there is a slight fruitiness, but mostly smell sour. The taste is of course quite acidic, with general musty character as well. If I did not know this beer I would have no idea that it was made with apricots. The lambic beasties have completely obliterated all signs of the apricots. As a lambic type beer this is quite good, though seems a bit simplistic compared to some of the other offerings. Tastes more of a citrus type fruit, which comes from the acidity. I am a bit dissapointed in the apricot character from this beer, but it is still quite good.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy yellow/gold. Slight, frothy yellow head. Light aroma of apricot, barnyard, & tart lemony citrus. Light, dry feel. Very sweet apricot flavour up front. Gives way to a leathery, earthy, cidery tartness.
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy , citussy . Sour but also what is important to metion -earthy . Tart front , midlle earty and mellows at the end .