ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Naturally since this beer will be rated en masse this weekend by geeks attending the festival it’s time I review it. Like the other rating (at this point there are only two) I sampled this thanks to Jean, who handed it to us with a big grin. One sniff and immediately I knew this was different. It was pretty still with only a ring of bubbles and a fairly darker appearance. The mouthfeel was not typical either. The beer is more sticky and much less effervescent than say a geuze would be. It has a leathery vinous nose that hints at sweetness. Once in the mouth the flavors of sourness hit along with a solid amount of sweetness. The higher alcohol percentage is apparent with a candi sugar flavor finish dominating, very triple like in my opinion. I was very happy to try this in Brussels... the day I return to Cantillon can not come soon enough. Reading the other review this calmed down a bit during the aging process as I had this at the end of April.
Sean9689 (258) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Eric.
Pours a orange color, bubbles here and there. Sweet malts, caramel, booze, some oak. Taste is harsh medicinal, some sweetness, oak, malts. Medium body, very light carbonation, harsh finish.
Very unique beer and not something I’d go after again.
fredrik_ (79) - SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Gn0sis for bringing this one.
This is a good beer although not a great Cantillon. Not sour enough very unbalanced. Fun to try though!
Ludvig (98) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to eric! very barley wine like although there is a lot that reminds me of a cantillon geuze or lambic. its not sweet and still not sour so somewhere in between! Schizophrenic!
Godofthecellar (495) - NYC, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by totoropanda, thanks Dan
Poured a translucent amber color with no head.
Nose was toffee,caramel with a light lemony funk
Taste was weird. Tasted like an old ipa turned to barleywine, sweetness that had funky notes. Didn’t hate but certainly did not love it
HonusWagner (1053) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2013
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
The worst beer I tried at Festival 2013, the low carbonation, heavy alcohol presence, weird sweetness, and barely apparent lambic quality made me really hate this beer. Ugh, why Jean why?!?
PriorL (912) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster from Jean at Cantillon brewery. Shared and thanks to Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: clear amber/blond beer, completely flat, no carbonation whatsoever.
NOSE: very dens grain flavor, almost like a liquor (if whisky had a light variant, it would smell somewhat like that probably), some horse blanket there, some candy sweetness as well. In a way this smelled somewhat oxidated. In total you can say that this smelled like a light version of a very good whisky.
TASTE: a lot of sugars in the beginning, afterwards rather dry and seemingly full of alcohol, lots of grains again, some wood there even.
I really enjoyed this beer, you can drink this as a "digestif" after your meal. It has a lot of flavor and tastes as if it has a lot of alcohol.
czar (3294) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
pour @ the festival, portland. clear golden orange without a head. big caramel and toffee nose, spices, moderate funk, some acidity - apples, dusty and cloying. flat carbonation, medium body - syrupy and heavy, cloying and harsh herbal-grassy finish. interesting stuff but honestly it is a mess.
kramer (4374) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Multiple samples @ The Festival. Pours a flat and heavy looking dark amber body with zero head. The nose is a little funky and woody, but the traditional Lambic character is a little too obscured by sweet almost toffee like notes. The flavor has some similarities to the straight Cantillon lambic, but the funk is too obscured by the sweetness. I wasn’t really expecting this to be good, let alone blow me away, so I guess I was a bit prejudiced going in, but this just isn’t something that I would enjoy drinking a whole bottle of. Mouthfeel is heavy and a bit sticky with some lingering funkiness but more of that sweetness as well, completely still. I’m sure that some people will go nuts for this, but it’s not something that I will look forward to trying again.
Lukaduke (1496) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 30, 2013
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample @ the Festival. Pours a honey colored copper with no visible bubbles. Lots of sweet caramel and toffee on the nose with a hint of vinegar. The palate follows with a disjointed combination fo sweet caramel, muscat grape, wet musty wood and vegetale bitterness.... wasn’t going back for another pour of this one, but glad to see Jean experimenting !
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pouring at The Festival in Portland with Kramer, Andrew, and J-Dadmond. Pours a clear golden amber with a thin white head. Big sweet malt and caramel on the nose. Toffee, very sweet. Chewy yeast. Malt, long funk, big and chewy. Interesting I guess.