rederic (3202) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled in 2004, hazy yellow hue, with almost no head, only a shy white ring of foam, the nose is offring the characteristic personality of cantillon, with his tartness, vinous and sournesss aspects, the apricot fruitiness seems to be hidden in the oakiness, but we can perceive the sweetness of the fruit in the traditional lambic aroma. Follows through an energetic yeastiness from the brettanomyces, unfolding some percing tartness and sourness flavors, to allow the shyness of the apricot to emerges in the acidic immensity of the lambic, leading towards a long intense winey and dry finish.
TURDFERGUSON (4010) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle. pours a hazy yellowish orange. huge cantillon funk dominates the nose with mild apricots and lemon. mouth puckering tartiness, more funk and vinegar take over the palate. yummy. goes very nice with Hopistotle420ís birthday carrot cake. Happy birthday benny boy!
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle, sampled with the Montreal crew at the "letís make Clark jealous" tasting.
Sunny and peachy orange like a tropical sunset or a really bad 80ís T-shirt, it sported a thin white lacing.
One whiff and Kapow! The usual Cantillon rainbow of aromas that youíre not supposed to like but still do, the hay, the pig pen, old baseball mit and grandmaís old photo album are there, but the fruit seems much more present, as if it were served with a twist of orange.
If it were any more acidic than this, it would puncture your stomach. But the fruit shines beautifully once again, showing oranges, tangerines, peaches and a little passion fruit. Finish is sharp and dry, but with a very long tongue flipping aftermath. The drinkability of this elixir was strongly debated amongst the crew, and as usual concensus was not achieved. I was on the "yes" side, because I already dusted off a 750 by myself in Brussels, however I didnít enjoy the bottle I had at Delirium Cafť as much as this one. But I agree with the fact that this isnít for everyone. Iím not saying this to pass off as a snob, Iím just saying that there isnít enough Pepsid AC, Rolaids or Tums on earth to cure what this Beer would do to anyone with ulsers or acid reflux.
We had this first, figuring that Rastacouere, who was late, wouldnít mind missing this, it turned out to be one of the surprise winners of the show! Just goes to show that Cantillons can still surprise you, and that bottle-to-bottle variability can lead to startling results.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a milky yellow, almost a mustard aroma to it. Definatel lambic pucker to it. Half way through theres a punch of breadyness that vanishes quickly leaving the pungent behind.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Poured a yellow color with a small head with very little lacing. Aroma was lemony and of some other fruit. Taste was so like sucking on a tart lemon, there was another fruit flavor that i couldnít figure out. Very sour. Still not liking lambics."
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate:
75cl bottle from Battersea Beer Festival! Quite impressed they had this to be honest. Typical lambic nose but with a little more funk than you would usually expect from Cantillon. I mean seriously funky. Itís almost James Brown. Wonderful hazy golden appearance. Taste is just what you would expect from Cantillon but where is the apricot? Ah there it is. Not even a hint of it until the finish then it hits you just hard enough to leave a glorious creamy and tropical aftertaste. A most unusual experience for a lambic. Yes all the characteristics you would expect are there but cream? And obvious sweetness? Very very heavy sediment for my final pour. Sim wouldnít drink it. I gave it a good home. Great stuff and a little deviation from the norm.
Lubiere (10842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden lambic with a thin white head. Pleasant apricot aroma with horseblanket and cheesey notes. Good fresh apricot pulp in mouth, with some sour cherry notes, and lactic points. Excellent ! Sampled at Quintessence Cantillon 2005.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Oakesí í05 Xmas Party
Cloudy banana color with puffy cloudy head. Nose is moist, yeasty, soiled hay, a bit tart and vinous. The flavor is tart, as expected, but a bit too much; too vinous. I like a good balance of sour vinegar taste and funk in a Lambic and it isnít here. Still an awesome quaffing beer but I start to sweat after drinking too much of this. And trying to down a whole swallow is going to need a moment to recoup.
thebeertourist (5072) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden, almost yellow, with the characteristic fine white small-bubbles foam. It reduced to a film, though. Apricot aromas lening in with refreshing lemon. Initially very acidic, lots of lemon, mellowing towards the finish with the apricots taking more centre-stage together with hints of almond. Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, dry finish. An amazingly complex beer.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml. bottle, enjoyed at the Spuyten Duyvil. Hazy yellow/orange color with a small white head. Funky, musty aroma of tart apricots and hints of bleu cheese. Huge citric acid sourness to this beer. I love tart and this is one of the most tart beers Iíve ever tried. The apricot flavor was much more subdued than the aroma, just a hint of the fruit. Excellent, as always from Cantillon.