barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Funky and Musty. Very dry finish. Hard to pin down exactly what this tasted like. I liked it.
TBone (12333) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 75cl, 2004 vintage (BBE 2030)
Hazy bright orange color, small orangey head, mostly vanishing. Strong sour aroma of apples, also earth, leather and cork. Soft, rounded mouthfeel. Starts fruity (apples again) sweetish then fills the mouth with sourness (lime). Earthy notes in the finish. Long acidy aftertaste. Well-balanced gueuze.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle, 2004 cork: Pours tranparent light orange, with a large white sustaining head. Tart, sugary, barnyard aroma. Flavor is overly tart and sour, finishes dry and bitter.
PorterPounder (5344) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Discount Liquors, Milwaukee, WI. -- 12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy, murky, medium golden with a tight, white long lasting head. Tangy aroma, reminds me somewhat of a dry powdered chemical compund that the janitors used to put down on the floor to dry up vomit. A bit of ctric acidness mellows it a bit. Flavor is overwhelming sour. Just as imperial IPAs have stretched the boundaries on bitterness, it seems this style (even though it has been around for hundreds of years) just tries to make itself as sour as possible. No fruit to salvage it here like in Lambics. As sour as can be, which is what Iím sure it is trying to aim at, so it is true to style and appreciated, just not my cup of tea.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, 2003 cork. Not much carbonation on this guy, just a small pfft on opening and just a thin smattering of bubles after the pour. Clear golden body, looks like a deceptive pale lager. The lack of fizz doesnít translate to a lack of aroma. Assertive burnt grapefruit / lactic acid with a benign sugar-cookie sweet malt hiding in the background. The flavor is refreshing (itís 82F and humid in my apartment, the tartness is welcome) and challenging at the same time. Tart grapefruit peel, iron, strawberry leaf, "sour" all over a now cowering pale malt. The finish isnít too dry, it just leaves the bitter sour taste for savoring.
mds (2194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. 2004 cork. pours a cloudy body with a colour that is very similar to a freshly squeezed glass of "lots of pulp" grapefruit juice along with a large fizzy white head that is very short lived as it quickly fizzes away. aroma fills the room with earthy wood notes and tart apple juice. itís certainly very tart and perhaps rivals any other lambics that I have tried. rich in complexity with a generous funkiness and just shines in every conceivable aspect. drier than the desert. Itís great having a whole bottle of this to myself - I donít even consider $6 USD to be that expensive for such a phenomenal beer. Cantillon truly is one of the greats.
schuimkroaat (413) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2006 37.5 cl bottle, bottled in 2004. Honey coloured, slightly hazy, tiny bubbles rushing to the surface, small but very persistent lacy head. Sour-sweetish aroma of delicious home-jarred food, with vinegar and horseradish. Lemon tart flavour, a bit grassy, dry to the bone and acidic, ending in unassertive but clearly present hop bitterness. Flows over the tongue like lukewarm honey, still releasing a lot of dry crispiness. Very nice, yet lacks the complexity of (for instance) Girardin black label. Maybe, with more ageing...?
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle, bottled in 2002. Pours fairly clear w/ small white head, good dose of bubbles...Acid sour hay in the aroma...Very dry, with some apparent bitterness and maybe even a bit of malt flavor...Dry and lingering...a minute after I sip it, I can lick my lips and get a nice little 9v battery charge. Very nice gueuze.
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super funk cantillon nose. Lemon, must, grapes, oak. God, I love the way their beers smell. Beautiful gold, thin champagne head. Very tart and acidic, lemon, whheat, oak, cherries, sour grapes, tart grapefruit. Yowza!
Geiserich (3276) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUN 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light cloudy, orange color. Aroma is full of acid, strong notes of cidre, sour apples and agressive lemon notes. Strong acid flavor, very astringent, notes of sour must, strong notes of lemon juice. A hard core beer, but quite a experience.