BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was rather impressed with this beer, although reading the commercial description I realize that I missed out on some of the flavors injected into the beer (lots of hops and iris). Nonetheless, this beer packs some intense and refreshing sourness that I found very pleasant. If you like gueuze or are into sour, I would definitely recommend this beer.
Appearance was a hazy orange with a head of tiny bubbles. Aroma was lots of great sourness and a candy-sugar sweetness. Flavor was full-on sourness, which reminded me (if memory serves - which it probably doesnít) of the Cantillon Grand Cru Iíve had before. I also got some sour apple flavor. I didnít taste the hops or iris included in the brew, but enjoyed the taste very much nonetheless. Mouthfeel was astringent (owing to the sourness) and good.
Definitely recommended for those into lambics/gueuze or sour flavors.
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy beer with the color of old gold. A small fine laced white head. Typical sourish aromaís of the better lambic and geuzes. Mild sour flavor. Wood. A bit of citrus.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[bottle, 2004 vintage] Intriguing aroma, classic Cantillon, with some nice funky bacteria and earthy wood character. Amber, almost copper in color, with a ring of coarse bubbles. The flavor is quite acidic and funky along with some herbal hops-- grapefruit, mostly. The hops contribute a really interesting character to the finish of this lambic-- almost adding to the puckering abilities of beers like this. I really like the interplay of hops and wild bacteria.. an outstanding beer, overall.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - OCT 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004, 750 ml bottle, from Fin. Thanks so much for this mate!
Under the foil wrapper, a dusty layer of grime. The cork, under the cap, responds to the lightest touch of the corkscrew with a hiss. Excellent--I love a hostile beer! Clean white head on an warm orange pour, the malty orange color I associate with octoberfest beers. A nice touch of haze. A first sniff is funk--lovely peppery wool and dry red earth smell, a grape skin tannin touch. But around all that is an unusual sweet note--not sweet like candy, but sweet like spring air, etherial and soul-stirring. And I know this sounds nutty, but I feel like deep underneath there is a trace of gentle biscuit malt. Initial bracing grapefruit sour flavor gives way to herbal, peppery notes. The sourness blends very cleverly with an earthy bitterness that lingers into the finish. A subtle, elegant variation of the classic lambic formula. So refreshing. Mmmmm. Iím very happy this is the big bottle.
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - OCT 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 This is a really strange brew. An experiment at Cantillon. No unmalteds. Fresh hops. Bitter and sour struggle a lot but overall the result is quite agreeable. Not my favourite Cantillon.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
7/18/05 750ml. bottled 2000. Hazy amber with small off white head. Sour vinegary aroma. Nice tart taste but much less acidic than other Cantillons. Mellowed and I think better balanced than some of the other basic Cantillons.
bhensonb (12589) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml. bottle; 2004 vintage bottled in 2006. Earthy sour aroma. Hazy orange apricot color with a white head that really left rapidly. Thin to medium bodied with very mild carbonation. The flavor is lambic sour. A bit like earthy green apple. Pineapple? The finish is dry and sour and bitter. Changes from sip to sip. The finish is lactic, and fruity. Something like sucking on a lime peel. Problem: It is what it is, and coming up with what it is not to describe it doesnít work. Good stuff. Very good stuff.
Sammy (9685) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The blonde of lambics. Iris, Iris, fair and graceful in your looks. The smell of the earth, a pleasant mouthfeel. The taste of sweet apple not harsh. A work of art not to punch a hole through.
KimJohansen (10396) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light orange with small white head. Sour aroma with wood, hay and apple. Not that sour flavor for a Cantillon. Lacks bite but nice balance.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 vintage. Rich orange color. Massive sour nose with a healthy dose of funk. The sourness of the body did not disappoint after such a wonderful nose. Slightly bitter finish. A wonderful beer.