3fourths (7534) - Boulder, - AUG 2, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottled April 2011. after having this batch twice in January at Avenue Pub in New Orleans, I decide to get around to a proper rating since I canít remember my previous one well enough.
early pour: lightly hazed golden body with a small film of a white head, quickly dying with no lasting retention. first smell is some sort of strange calcium, dried fruit and concerte must. the calcium, itís almost like carbonic acid, smelling like an apricot-flavored soda, tingling and prickling the nose. the fruit character is certainly apricot, though itís partially muted and obscured by the yeast, which is lactic and brett-heavy in character, but also showing signs of butryic acid. to be honest, the smell of the first pour lacks depth and comes across as apricot soda. medium-full body with pronounced chewiness but high dryness gives it a syrupy / oily texture. lactic acid is sharp and brett seems to contribute small amounts of must and plastic. the finish, while quenching and salivating from the acid, leaves an oily film of soured apricot juice. carbonation froth across the back is as magical as any Cantillon, though, and for me seems to be the high point of this beer.
late pour: some lemon rind pastry flavors start appearing, and the lactic acid seems to amplify, griping the entire mouth. the oiliness is present more, and the dry apcicot flavor in the finish combined with the quenching acid is ridiculously enjoyable. alas, the nose seems to move away from the apricot and show more of the lactic acid and calcium than before, but overall it doesnít change much between early and late pours as most other Cantillons. itís certainly a delicious lambic, and interesting to see the microflora play with the apricots, but I find myself preferring the more rich and pulpy raspberries in the Rose and pittiness of the cherries in Lou Pepe Kriek more than the apricots here.
sir__v (416) - Lille, FRANCE - DEC 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap @ La Capsule, Lille - FRANCE. Color: nice clear golden beer with small carbonation and small white foam. Smell: nice acid and sweet smell equilibrium with a mango notes. Taste: acid and sugar taste. Aftertaste: nice acidity with sugar not so persistent.
bursprak (152) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared 750 ml bottle @ home. Pours hazy golden with a very small head. Aroma is tart and funky with unripe peaches. Taste is nicely balanced sourness with the peaches really coming out in the finish. Great beer!
NBird (250) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 btl. Looks..apricot/yellow med murky med head. Smells.. Apricots, and the brett funk and still more slightly unripe apricot. Tastes.. Apricots, just unripe enough and just sweet enough lots of brett funk, some slight sparkling vinous notes, finishes dry. Hello summer
tadahster (100) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 10, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious. Like a slightly un-ripe apricot. And those are the best kind of apricots.
Buongiorgio00 (83) - - DEC 1, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
In assoluto una delle birre piý buone del mondo. Il fruttato rilevante e accattivante delle albicocche Ť accompagnato dal sentore acido netto che ci si aspetta da un maestro come cantillon. Ogni volta che mi trovo davanti a un bicchiere di Fou Foune comprendo la ragion díessere di qualcosa come le birre artiginali. Le birre artigianali esitono affichť possa esitere un miracolo come la Fou Foune di Cantillon.
ej (527) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (Bottled 28.aug 2012). Pours a cloudy pale orange with a large head. Diminishes rapidly to a centimetre thick without leaving any lacings. Flowery aroma with loads of peach and apricot. Mellow tartness and acidity, and a faint hint of wood. Taste is refreshingly sour with high levels of carbonation. Fantastic citrusy, acidic fruityness. Fizzy on the palate. Dry finish witch leaves a light bitter, acidic touch. Doesnít get much better than this! :)
Prufrockstar (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to Jake for sharing this one. Bottle that was apparently pretty fresh. Pours gold, murky, some white head. Aroma of barnyard peaches diaper fruitylicious yeah! Cantillon. Taste:fruit, peach, really surprisingly dry; funky but not tart. So nice. Dirty and great. Wait, this is apricot? Man, I really donít know my fruits. I suck. This beer doesnít suck, though -- this beer is pretty damned tasty.
ryanfolty (1676) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
November 26, 2013 - attack of the fruited sours continues. Light orange pour with large amount of head that lasted for a while. Aroma was a little bit sour, but also a nice sweet light fruit / apricot and some yeast / barnyard funk came through as it warmed. I am just digging this interesting aroma. The taste was nicely balanced. Some tartness in there, but well balanced by the sweet fruit and the funky yeast. Had the Cascade Apricot right before and this just blows it away. 2012 vintage. Happy Birthday Darcy!
Blade86 (361) - Wrocław, POLAND - NOV 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
golden hazy, small white foam; apricot, floral, acidic aroma; heavy sourness, lightly sweet; light body, thin feel, average carbonation, long sour, fruity finish;
Overall: yet another very good beer from Cantillon
kazin (163) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Notes from backlog. Oh dear, what a powerful flavor! Overpowering acidity, and really made me do my "happy sour face". Hints of apricot are present, but mostly just citrusy and vinegar sourness.