Lubiere (9998) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Fresh from the tap, unblended) Deep cherry red with light cherry head. Light fresh sweet cherries in aroma. Ever puckering sourness, with fresh cherries in mouth, but a bit light bodied. (7-4-7-3-13). Aged bottled version was more intense on the cherries in aroma, more tart, due to blending with gueuze. Excellent (8-4-8-4-16). Sampled at Quintessence Cantillon 2005.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sour fruits, musty barn in the aroma. Red with pink highlights and a fast fading white head. Mouth puckering sourness dominates the flavor with the cherry only barely making an appearance and even then it tastes like sour cherry candy and not real cherries. Musty barn and blanket flavors follow that. Very high acidity actually hurts your throat if you lrt the liquid linger.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Pinkish red color with a fairly fizzy pink head. Musty aroma, punchy funk, light cherry, quite sour. Flavor is nicely balanced between the funk, the sour and the cherry. A bit woody, definitely earthy, with lots of Cantillon house character. Active mouthfeel, finishes sour, quite dry, very acidic. Completely refreeshing. Excellent, I’ll need to pick up some more.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear red with a small pink head. Tart and fruity aroma, with brine, funk, and a little earthiness. Very tart flavor, but not in the same way as the Rose de Gambrinus; this is a tartness separate from the subtle cherry fruitiness. Lip-puckering. There is some funk in the middle, and it finishes with a funky, salt-water dryness. Not as good as the Rose de Gambrinus, but decent.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle this pours a bold rose red with a quickly falling white head. Big sour cherry and wild yeast nose give it a very funky earthy smell to it. The nose gives a great view of what is to come, showing an acidity so strong it burns your nose when you inhale, kinda getting your palate ready for the sour kick that will attack it in a second and the massive dry finish that will follow. The only thing that really showed from the cherries was the sourness, no sweet cherry flavor.
HungChad (13) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 2003. Really gorgeous beer - would be a five if it held a head for more than 2 seconds. Typical sour, acidic, bit funky Cantillon lambic. Fairly smooth like their Gueze. Unfortunately, for all the cherries that died in the barrel, not much of that comes through to the nose or in the flavor. If you like the sour funk, stick to the Cantillon Iris - it is more complex and interesting. If you want something less sour where the fruit really comes through, go with a Boon fruit lambic.
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ruby pink tinged lambic, slight head dies quick. Piercing sour barnyard aroma. Flavor is the typical Cantillon funk combined with the faint remains of sour cherry, almost gone after 2 years in the bottle. A good lambic, but to really appreciate the fruit you should try this while it is still fresh.
harrisoni (13711) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2013 Bottle from Utobeer. Deep cherry colur with no head. Very sour lactic nose, no noticeable malt to balance. Sour cherries as well as iced cherries as daniel brown described it. Very sour and acidic in mouth. More of an experience than a beer really. Finish has cherries which are sour and acidic. I prefer Liefmans or kriek fantastyck. Re rate. Craft Clerkenwell tap lovely rich cherry aroma superb taste. Lovely
smithlrs2003 (11) - washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. deep red color. Very dry, almost bitter. black cherry flavor, but not sweet. almost more like a wine.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 10, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Rich purple-red beer with a tiny white head. Musty/ dusty fruity aroma. Tart flavor with a sour/slightly sweet underside. Musty throughout. Low carbonation. Light fruit. Try other lambics - I just couldn’t get into this one.