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


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RATINGS: 955   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Apricot lambic

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12100) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - 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!

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Emil (6065) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (8289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 2008-05-31. Hazy yellow body, small white head. (3+) Musty, big peach aroma, touches of peach pits. (8+) Bracingly sour flavour blows out most of the fruit, but taking a largely sip and breathing in the aroma deeply finally brings out more of the peach near the end of the glass. (7+) Average palate is quite effervescent. (3+). Glad to try this one, it was much more palatable than my previous sample. I wonder if the fact that this was a large bottle and the other small made any difference? Bottle, Post-Mondial Tasting, Montreal 8/4/7+/3/16-17 - 3.9 <P>October 2004. Bottle Beerbistro. Pours a hazy pastel yellow, with an orange hue to it. Little or no head. Slightly sweet musty fruit plays second fiddle to the sour lambic aroma. Big sour start kicks my tongues ass into consciousness. Refreshing, the acidity leaves my tongue watering in confusion. Sour tartness typical of Cantillon dominates the flavour, with pleasant but overwhelmed fruity highlights. Pithy notes in the finish. Spritzy effervescent body. Not my cup of tea. $20 on the pricey side for such a small bottle even if it is from the cellar collection. Consumption enjoyment was enhance by dodging Kimchee mint projectiles. ;) 6/3/6/3/14 - 3.2

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2990) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2004
Bottle, beer bistro. Poured a syrupy orange with almost no head. Acidic and slight fruity (apricot) aroma, but not overpowering. Taste is sour for sure, but I was looking for a lot more apricot to balance it out - if I wanted to try the gueuze, I would have ordered it. Still a wonderfully complex beer, but it just didnít grab me like I thought it would - I preferred the Rose De Gabrinus. Oh yeah, I thought the label was one of the best Iíve ever seen.

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