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.
ElManana (209) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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!
Bov (9492) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@Quintessence - clear orange-red beer with no head retention; aroma of rhubarb and sour apples, light chewy nose; full-bodied, some sweetness below a decent sourness, some residual sweetness, sour fruits marmalade (pineapple and rhubarb)
manker (47) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
@ Quintessence and last summer at home. It has developed since last year when it was way to thick and difficult to enjoy. Still heavy, musty with caramell, old highly concentrated apple juice and ripe fruits.
Martinus (2817) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber brown colour, no real head. Aroma of caramel, wood, malts, sugar, light raisins and nuts. Quite sweet flavour, wood, malts and caramel. Light sour finish, caramel and nuts. Interesting brew.
(from 75cL bottle @ Cantillon Quintessence)
mmahut (957) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light hazy orange body with low head. Aroma is high on alcohol, woody, cherry, little bit spicy. Taste has high alcohol sweetness with light fruity sourness. Body is full, medium carbonation.
BRW (1005) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At quintessence. Amber colour with white lace. Brett, malty aroma. Acid, sour, malt and brett taste. Medium body.
aleigator (220) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper-orange color, no head. Aromas of ripe, fermented fruits, grapes, apple, very sweet - no funky notes. Tastes sugary, toffeeish. Syrup, pine, unusual mild sourness, alcohol isn’t hidden at all. Not too easy to drink, no real depth, but lots of sugar. Still a very unique Lambic, which a subtle dryness in the end.
kraddel (3114) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours brown ( clear and light ) really dark for a lambic
Smell is metalluc , bitter sourness , almost dusty , and sweet buttery . Taste is very sweet , stone , funk , grainy , full , mlty . Very intense and unique lambic taste . Really cool to try !
gn0sis (52) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Shelton Festival in Portland, ME, 2013. Pours nearly flat, translucent golden glow. Aroma of slight yeast, vegetal tones.. Tastes thick and somewhat "sweaty".. not overly viscous , hardly any sourness and very little acidity. Huge subdued funky body, very thin lacing, bitter taste **Revisited bottles in Stockholm and at Denver Ghost Tasting, all consistently underwhelming. I don’t necessarily see myself reaching for another pour, though it would be nice to try in a few years to see how things are developing.
ST247 (380) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sample @Cantillon Quintessence 2014. Pours cloudy amber, no head. Fruity and spicy aroma. Taste intense spicy, bit alcoholic. Finally a Lambic I really like.