BigBeer45 (1402) - Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2008 My first of this type of beer, 12.7 oz. bottle, this does not have the labels shown here but has the gold label with the Cantillon male shadow garbed in yesteryear on it, 2006 date on the cork, bought at Cloverleafs, the gentleman behind the counter asked me if I have ever had a Gueuze before, I said "No", he told me not to drink it too cold, that letting this warm up would help to bring out the flavor, pours a bright clear gold with some yellow, it is a pretty gold that is nice to observe, has a small white head of bubbles that fade to almost nothing, funky tartness in the nose, rotten/decaying hay aromas, faint fruit sweetness with lemon and grapefruit citrus in the nostrils, there are some fragrances of ashes and wet ashes, earthy with dry and wet wood fragrances, there are fragrances of a brook running through the woods, some nectar like sweetness arises as the ale warms, has a salty tartness flavor, sour grapes, has a medium mouth feel, not a lot of carbonation, some textures reminded me of wine, when this approached room temperature there was a sensation and taste of dry and sour grape skins rubbed along my tongue, this has a pronounced tartness that is puckering to the lips that is reminiscent of some of the Fantome beers but a little more so in twitching the lips, interesting, I will have to find some older bottles to try.
jhagmar (114) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Thanks to ekstedt. Light golden with a white head. Smell of dry cider. Very sour.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - DEC 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This particular gueuze is much more comparable to most normal beers that I have had. That is not saying that it tastes like normal beers at all, it is just closer. The aroma was very aggressive with a lot of funk coming through. The taste was tart initially, with it later giving way to a light sourness. Warming up removed some of the bite and really let the beer become a real treat. I would have this many more times.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 Pours a champage golden color with a thin white head. Aroma was funky, tart, and complex. I wish they made this aroma is cologne form! Taste is tart up front, with citrus tones, and finishes in the back with some carbonation. Man I love this stuff!
LinusStick (3183) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 A nice gueze. Aroma of strong funk and a hint of vinegar. Pour was a murky gold with no head. Taste was very tart and acidic. Light fruit with vinegar, oak and must. A strong citrus/grapefruit aftertaste that closes your throat. Light carbonation which disappointed me, but good nonetheless.
Boesky (52) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml. Pours a cloudy orange, with a medium head that quickly dissipates. Nose is slightly sweet and leathery. First taste impression is that of very sour and spritzy, but the sourness gives way to a dry and clean finish. Complex and interesting.
kramer (5757) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
25 oz bottle, Stateline Liquors, 2005 vintage. Pours an almost perfectly clear golden yellow body under a fizzy one finger white head that faded pretty quickly to a whispy thin covering. The nose is full-on cheesy, stinky feet funk with some notes of oak, apple cider vinegar, light sulfer and a little musty cork. Sour, acetic, and tart citrus fruitiness grab you right off the bat, it’s bone dry and wonderful. A dry oakiness and lingering apple cider vinegar finish. The classic Cantillon acidity runs things from beginning to end. Mouthfeel is slightly dusty up front, but finishes with almost a light doughy stickiness. Great pinpoint prickly carbonation. Overall, I’ve had this previously quite a few times and some bottles are certainly better than others, but you can always expect an authentic and high quality experience. I’ve had bottles that probably would have scored a 4.5 that day.
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cantillon Friday Night Tasting Session, Providence RI
Pours a golden colour with a thin white head. Nose of barnyard funk, hay, and citrus fruits. Initial taste is tangy sour fruits overlayed with a coating of saltiness. The tanginess is controlled and not overwhelming. Palate duration is excellent with that musty wet hay and acidic fruits lingering. Dry finish. Very drinkable.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
05’ Bottle Pours a clean light orange body with a lot of bubbles at first that all seamed to disappear. Distinct barnyard aroma with a lot of grapefruit undertones. Flavors are grapefruit and sour grapes up front with a lemon rind and herbal finish.
beastiefan2k (3316) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have often enjoyed this beer to satiate my sour urges, whether it be the in a 375mL bottle or a full 750mL. Whether it be the "organic" labels or the yellow labels, and I really love this beer. However, I sit down to rate it now because I got to try it on tap for the first time ever. It was a surprise at the Blind Tiger and I figure I would combine all the experiences here. The tap poured very still with no head and no visible carbonation. The aroma is very musky and barnyard with just a hint of the signature Cantillon sourness. This is the first hint that this keg is younger than the bottles (or at least conditions much slower). The bottles are usually a greater assault of sour and acidity on the nose. Taste, on tap, is again a subdued Cantillon with a vinegar-barnyard-musk. The mouthfeel is very original with a needles in syrup thang going for it. Only a faint signature Cantillon acidity presents itself and in its place is a leftover doughy yeatiness, which I never find in the bottles. There is a bit more body and sweetness to this young gueuze, which I do not often find in the bottles. Very nice to see the spectrum of the Cantillon gueuze.