diabel (1609) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2005 Rerate: Orange colour, almost no head, very cloudy. Quite lacing. Citrus aroma. A complex sour flavour, with fruit-sparkles. Quite long finish. Fizzy Carbonation. I just love this kind of gueuzes.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2003
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Ever driven by a dairy farm? You know that intense, putrid, musty cow manure smell that makes you gag? This beer has a lot of that in the aroma and flavor. I like moderate lambics, with the sour/barnyard notes in balance with malt or fruit or whatever (something half-way between this and Lindemans). This beer is definitely at the extreme end of the sour/barnyard range. I've tried several of Cantillon's styles, and they all have the same signature barnyard/sour/enteric/horsey characteristics. The sample I had was relatively young - 2001 - but I still think this beer is best left to the true lambic enthusiasts, as opposed to people like me who like a mild one now and again. I realize this is a classic, if extreme, example of the style, so my rating reflects my personal tastes to a strong degree.
PhillyBeer2112 (2544) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
45-50 deg in a tumbler. Cork indicates 2001 bottling, sampled May 2003.
Light bit of yeast sediment provides a mild cloudiness in this golden yellow beer, with a small foamy white head of modest lacing.
Pungent aroma of sour fruit (cherries mainly), some malt. Some light fruit (peach) but not very distinguished.
Notably tart flavor, with some astringency in the finish and mild chest warming. Fruitiness less apparent in the mouth than in the nose. Could use a tad more carbonation, becomes borderline cloying, losing the refreshing edge this beer should have.
Another nice lambic in my recent round of samplings of the style, but not as complex as the best ones I've found so far. Perhaps its relative youth hinders further complexity.
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very enjoyable pouring experience, lots of foam... great aroma, pretty sour taste.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I uncorked the bottle, and noticed that the cork said "Bottled in 1993." It poured like a fresh beer, scant white head above cloudy amber beer. Aroma of definitive Lambic basement funk. More funk and strong sourness in the flavor, also some wood barrel notes. Finish of mouth-drying sourness, with a wee bit of hop bitterness. My friend who doesn't drink beer liked this. Perfect for #400!
rauchbier (3634) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned. Gold colour, good initial fluffy white head and sparkling condition. That typical barnyard lambic nose with hints of metallic tartness, lemony citric tartness in the mouth and a quite subdued finish which is dry but nowhere near as bone dry as some Cantillon beers.
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 11, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the October 1999 vintage. A copper color with a tornado of fine rising bubbles up the middle of the glass that fuels the white foamy head. Sour, smooth, wood, citrus, apples, and lemon releases a bang onto the palate. Dry with a nice tart aftertaste.
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAY 11, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[bottle] Golden colour, cloudy appereance, nice head. Cheesy aroma. The flavour is obviously dominated by sourness, but it has also a great complexity with fruity traces (apple citrus and peach). Really pleasant, a great gueuze.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 1, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2004 Oh man...On draught and from the bottle. Both samples are fairly similar. Very beautiful hazy deep golden coloured liquor. Foamy dense white head. Nose is fantastic: barnyard, leather, stale cheddar, vinegar, rubber bads and bandaids. This is by far one of the best brews I have yet to encounter. Starts nice and perky. Assertive sourness all the way through. Creamy texture. Every sip yields to another flavor, unexplainably complex. I dont want to spoil it, so get this one for yourself! This is great to steam mussels in...And to bath in for that matter.
Jayb0 (1052) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Very enjoyable, reminscent of the Petrus Aged Ale with the vinous dry oak and strong tartness. Light gold, small, appetising head in a thin tulip glass. Musty, slightly citrusy and malty in the nose, mouth-filling sour tartness up front, earthy, almost bubblegum sweetness on the sides of the tongue. Hard pear and apple. Long finish. One of those beers that has flavors developing for many seconds after the sip. You may need more than one of these as it gets better and better as you adjust to the strong flavors.