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Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Brussels, Belgium

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RATINGS: 687   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2005
2001 vintage, just like the picture.
Brownish and quite murky, like most Cantillons the head was lively at first but died off rapidly.
Crush some sour, unripe raspberries, stick that jam into a well used baseball glove and leave it between two bales of hay during a rainy October and thatís what this Beer smells like. I kid you not.
A bit more fruity than a kriek, but the difference is almost negligible. The acidity beats up your tongue and bullies your taste buds for itís lunch money. Like the Parliament Funkadelic is jamming in my mouth!

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - SEP 17, 2005
2001 vintage
I realize people expect this beer to be venerated as a matter of axiom simply because it is one of the best examples of a narrowly appreciated style. The thinking goes, "if you donít like sour lambics, donít rate them." Sorry, I just canít play along with that game any more than I would give a high rating to a certain brand of ketchup stout or a turnip wheat simply because it was the best known example of the style. A $28 bottle of beer had better taste like liquid orgasm. Instead it tasted like raspberry vinegar. You are welcome of course to take my review with a grain of salt, but Iím not going to celebrate a beer I find undrinkable just because itís a prime example of an almost undrinkable beer style (though there a few sour ales I find quite enjoyable). I tried to give Cantillon one more chance. Never again. All you super-sour lambic fans are welcome to this stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2005
Bottled. 2000 vintage. Pours a nice brownish red colour with a tiny, diminishing head. Aroma is raspberryish with a barnyard undertone and some citric and corky notes. Very acidic and quite tart. Oak, raspberries, hay. The acidity made it hard to consume the whole bottle, as it burned it my throat and stomach. But apart from that, a wonderfully tart and fruity beer, which seems to have aged well. Huge thanks to bierkoning for providing me with this vintage.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2005
Dark reddish appearance. No head. Raspberries are dominent in all aspects in this beer. Quite sour finish. Truly a nice refreshing brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JUN 20, 2005
750ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Bright red/pink. Fizzy dissipating pink head. Aroma of lemon, brett, barnyard, cheese and citric raspberry. Also a hint of cherry. Excellent lip pursing lemon sourness in the taste. Good long acidic finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2005
2002 bottle: Cloudy luminescent red with a pink small head. Big sour funky aroma. Lots of rotting raspberrys. Sour intense flavour, loads of sweet raspberrys with a juicy acidic finish. Very refreshing, and wonderfully complex.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cornfield (5460) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 Vintage 2001: This is another one of those lambics where I have to admit, "I donít get it." Iíve grown to enjoy the Limburger qualities of a good gueuze, but I donít enjoy it when applied to fruit. Itís just not fun to me when the stale fruit aroma is "enhancedí by that of sweaty gym socks. Sour and barnyard-ish, the fruit flavors come across as if theyíve already been eaten. Still, I will try this and re-rate it in the future as I try to broaden and develop my tastes.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 14, 2005
there is nothing better then an expensive beer bought by some one else. bottle from 2001. Beer smells slightly sour and fruity and sweet. It pours blood red which is pretty interesting if your used to regular beer. Flavor wise this a great beer. Itís sour, but not too sour, itís fruity, but not to fruity. Itís very balanced. I canít really say that there is any real problem with this beer. If you got the money give it a try.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (7991) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2005
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Red/pink in colour with no head after a short wait. Aromas are raspberry and vanilla with cheese, stinky feet and that Cantillon farmyard effect. Flavours are sour raspberry with soft cheese. Citrus acidicy jabbers your jowls. This is another good Cantillon. I have had all the Lou Pepe lambics now and this is as good as the others.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2005
2002 vintage, bottled 2004. Intensely deep pink-red colour, hazy and hardly any carbonation so it barely poured with any head and that didnít last long at all. Amazingly strong raspberry aroma - wow! The fruit character really makes this beer - thereís just loads of raspberry jam and a fair bit of seed character. Yum! Otherwise the aroma is the typical Cantillon character with the emphasis on sweat and dried fish. Thereís also a fair bit of raspberry character in the flavour and an intense lactic sourness but I think Iím coming to realise that a lot of Cantillonís stuff doesnít really have much else. Whereas the 750mL bottle of Oud Beersel Gueuze went like a flash, it became a bit of a chore to get through the entire bottle of this, as there really isnít that much besides the fruit character and the searing acidity. Itís still a very, very good beer, itís just not mindblowing. I think if Iíd had a 200mL glass of this it would have gained a much higher rating.


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