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 (13832) - 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 (10885) - 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 (10411) - 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.
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Amber color, slight reddish mahogany. Aroma is pungent, wine-like, sour grapes, straw. Vinous and sour, some acidity and hints of wood flavor. Some fruit. Kind of dry. Decent.
JK (5632) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Predictably awesome like everything Cantillon produces. Sour, barnyard aroma, acidic, and promising a sour flavor that Iím anxious for. Very light sugar in the flavor, more mostly sour, and abundant Belgian yeast giving a barnyard and horseblanket character. Cloudy orange color.