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


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Apricot lambic

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kinz (3258) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
diabel (1606) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 9, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2003
Hazy pink grapefruit body, apricots hidden in a stable aroma. Strong sitrussy flavor, bigger acidity than Lou Pepe, some saltiness. Cheers Kasta!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2003
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.

Sampled 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6378) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 17, 2003
Cloudy , citussy . Sour but also what is important to metion -earthy . Tart front , midlle earty and mellows at the end .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2003
hazy yellow. spritzy earth, tart and mild peachy aroma. tastes way more sour than it smells with with lots od cider vinous and vinegary notes. peaches and apricots play back up and are always there, but aren't quite a foil for the extreme sour. ends dry and earthy. very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SilkTork (5179) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2003
Bottle at GBBF 2003 Hazy vomit colour. Shit and acid aroma. Acidic up front, quite sharp and unpleasant. Middle is beech and oak wood. Finish returns sharp and dry. Probably the worst lambic I've had. Nuffield will now send me a message saying how much he hates me....

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