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

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RATINGS: 877   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Apricot lambic


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Amazing Aroma, apricots, salt, that horse blanket sourness, and a gueuze like aroma kick. Wow, this is an amazing aroma. Iíve lived at at house with an apricot trees my whole life, and perhaps that helps this beer. Body is a pale gold, but appealing, with a thin layer of white bubbles covering the top of this lambic. Taste is very sour, salty, but fades to a subtly sweet apricot/gueuze tastes. Almost makes me roll my eyes. This beer tingles the palate, and is amazing. Wow, thatís all I can say.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005
750ml bottle bought at the brewery. Aroma is sour, funky, slightly fruity. Flavour is sour and dry with noticeable fruit and is probably the sweetest Cantillon beer Iíve had to date (which doesnít say much). Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Piercingly, brutally sour and not unlike a Berliner Weisse. Shades of apricot in the nose, but very little in the flavor. Donít buy this looking for a standard American fruit beer - itís an unblended lambic left sitting in Bordeaux wine barrels for two years with evidently one apricot. More of a citrus taste really - think lemonade without any sugar. Fairly dry. I should have saved the $30 and just bought a lemon. More importantly, I felt this beer lacked the complexity of many of the previous Cantillon lambics that Iíve had. And the lack of apricot flavor was disappointing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2005
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy yellow body with a moderate white head. Tart aroma of white grapes, apples, and rhubarb. Tart flavor with a dry finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2005
750ml bottle from beersofeurope.co.uk. Cloudy yellow straw colour. Medium dissipating head, more sparkling than the Lou Pepes. Cheesy feet aroma with fruit, not immediately obvious that itís apricot, quite lemony. Tastes gloriously sour with an extremely long acidic finish. Another cracker.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2004
2000 Vintage:Very pale in color, light gold, with a head more like a a bottle conditioned beer than the typical honeycombed, champagne-like head of a lambic. Aroma is typical Cantillon (barnyard, wet basement, and a big acid) with a touch of powdered sugar but no presence of apricots. Acid overrides most of the palate but there are still remnants of what could best be described as Apricot Sweet-Tart(TM) candy enveloped in a slightly grainy though heavily bready malt. This was very good, but I do not think it accomplished what it set out to do.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2004
75cL bottle. Clear with golden/yellow color. Medium head. The aroma is Cantillon all the way. Plenty of sourness with horseblanket and funk. It smells like a grapefruit. The flavor is pucker-quality sour!!! It has grapefruit flavors with a touch of vinegar but it all blends together with the funk that is Cantillon. You canít really taste the apricots but it does have a fruit quality that the gueuze doesnít have. Excellent beer.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2008 Ah, my golden find. 9.99 for 75cl. And, itís a 2001 bottle. Pours a fabulous pale yellow, very cloudy, thin white soaphead. Smells sour/tart. A little musty, stale hops, very little barnyard character, a little vinegar. Dry. Now to taste. Jawclenching sour. Oh sooo sour, and oh sooo good. Very geueze like, though a little lighter. Damn is this a fine lambic. Taste shows acid, lemon, actually a malt character. Finishes very dry. The Apricot comes out near the end, hidden by the acidity and by a touch of smoke, banana, cloves. Itís hard to pick through the sourness, but thereís a lot of wheaty flavors coming through. Damn fine!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2004
On tap at Anam Caraís Belgian Month. Dark yellow orange with no head. Sour fruit aroma. Malty sour with some fruit. My friend ordered this one and let me try it. Iím not a big fan of lambics, but this was pretty drinkable. Not like those crappy sweet ones.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2007 Copenhagen beer marathon 2004, Golden color, heavy sour acid fruity aroma and taste, medium body, sour finish. 2-3-1-3-5. Re-Rate. Bottle. A golden beer with no head. The aroma is light acid, sour and fruity with a hiny of barnyard, so is the taste, very dry. Medium body with a dry acid sour finish. 5-3-5-4-11.


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