TheBeerGod (5225) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a peachy colored blond with a small white head. Aroma is SOUR apricot, leather, sweat, musty basement and wet cardboard. Some light wood as well. The taste is VERY SOUR! You’d think after 2 years in the bottle it would mellow some. Lemon and apricot along with more wood, and perhaps some sweetened undertones. The mouthfeel is sour and acidic. Finish was sour but not nearly as bad as I was thinking after the first sip. Very dry finish as well. Good beer, but this needed to age more to mellow it some.
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottles 2001: Now this I like as opposed to the Bruoscella 1900 Grand Cru I just dumped. Hazy light orange hue with fizzy white head and some lace. The aroma as heavy horseblanket and dusty yeast esters, ripened cheese, light apricot and apple, vanilla bean, and pipe tobacco. The taste starts tart and woody with subdued fruits and vanilla undertones. Major acidic nature with a touch of hop leaf and woody finish. Lively and aggressive mouthfeel. BURP! Yep, this beer has the standard Cantillon pucker factor, but good depth of palate too. Not a good as the Lou Pepe line, but better than some of it siblings.
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2009 (Draught) Opaque orange with a small head. Tart apricot aroma. Dry and tart flavor of apricot and sour apple. Medium body, slightly fizzy carbonation. Pleasantly tart, balancedly fruity-flavored lambic.
(Bottled, rated Apr 17, 2004, was 6-3-6-4-12=3.1) Hazy golden color, no head. Sour, fruity and acidic aroma. Very sour and crisp, fruity flavor. I can’t find the apricot, but apple is present. Sour, sticky palate with smooth and long vanilla aftertaste. Some cantillon-typical stomach-acid present, but not too bad overall. The 0,375l bottle is way too big, though.
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stunning stuff, this. I've had a fair few bottles and it just gets better and better with less fruitiness but more fruit acidity to challenge the palate. It has a mesmerising nose of apricot and old straw with the usual lambic overtones and the flavour is uncompromisingly sour and acidic, yet balanced with soft, fleshy fruit and a strong leafy hop taste. The long finish has fruit, a dry bitterness and an increasing grapefruity sourness. Amazingly complex and packed with interest to reward the serious drinker, one of the best beers I've had. (Bottle in Cantillon Brewery, Brussels)
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Should be listed in the dictionary under "horseblanket". Very strong odor of it and other barnyardy, cheesy, strong stuff. Apricot aroma is detectable after it gets down to room temperature. First sip is strongly acidic and almost putrid. Cloying, thickens the palate with tangy, sticky saliva. Puckering, once it goes down. Awesome and strong, this is no beginners lambic, but it also borders on too acidic, for the stomach starts to churn after my second glass. The apricot is tasty and fresh as it warms, I;ll enjoy the next bottle at room temp. Superb if you are looking for an unusual lambic with strong chracteristics and mucho acidity. A fun after-dessert sipper.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The aroma is among the most Brett-laden cheesy of any lambic I've had, punctuated with slight sour whiffs of apricot and, as Ungstrup has noted, peach. Golden cloudy and luminescent. Thin islands of foam last like living breathing things. Unblended and higly sour, but also sweetens considerably when fully warm. Lemony yet soft. Certainly not sweet like a framboise is sweet.
Ungstrup (29223) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
an unclear orange beer with a small head. The aroma is of sour milk. And so is the flavor, though combined with notes of peach. It has a very dry end. This is not my favorite fruit-lambic.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2004 SE Gathering: Very fruity sour apple flavor with strong grapefruit overtones. I can't detect any hops or malt in this one. Tastes like a sour fruity wine.
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy yellow appearance. Lip pukering sour with apricots and lemons. This was my least favorite of all the Cantillons I sampled at the Atlanta gathering. But it is still another good lambic. Enjoyable if not great.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A musty golden appearance. Apricots as an afterthought. Alot sweeter than most of the Cantillon line. Still very sour and musky, but very crisp in the finish.