OldMrCrow (2243) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2006 Tap at Brouwers.
Pours a saturated light red with a perfect pink head, long-lived lovely fine bubbles that sip like cream. The sour cherry and barnyard aroma is well-reflected in the flavor; there a tremendous sour cherry juice explodes inside a latrine-dominated lambic. Hints of oak at the side of the palate, amply but not overly carbonated; less of that back-of-the-nose lambic burn than one might otherwise expect given the intensity of the lambic character. Very nice!
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2008 2003 bottle from The Belgian Room, NYC. This beer gains a lot as it warms. Funky sour aroma gives a blast of fresh cherries even 3 years (edit: 1 year) after bottling as the beer enters the mouth. Breathing through the mouth really amplifies the brilliant aroma. After a very brief cherry punch in the mouth, the beer proceeds into familiar sour lambic flavor before imparting a strong white wine muskiness in the finish. The muskiness fades as it warms, allowing more balanced flavors to shine through. More cherry in the finish as the beer coats the lips and leaves lots of flavors for the licking. Sourness wasn’t quite as intense or brutal as I’ve seen in other Cantillons, less acidic/vinegary/minerals, instead softer and smoother. Top-notch stuff.
Pailhead (6144) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: Courtesy of rudolf via Secret Santa. Huge funky sour/tart aroma with a hint of cherry. Pours a cloudy reddish-orange with a small pink head. Huge tart and sour flavors up front. Increased sourness than most Cantillons. Hints of cherry in the middle. Not very wood when compared to other Cantillons. Finishes with an increased sour presence. Absolutely awesome and ranks up there with the St. Lamvinus as my favorite lambic.
BeerandBlues2 (11472) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2001 Vintage corked and capped bottle. Pours a deep red garnet with a frothy and small pink head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is sour cherry and green berries, yeast (cellar, cobwebs), malt (straw), vinegar and lemon notes. Tongue tantalizing and mouth watering tart, sour bitter fruit (cherry, lemon zest), moderate acidity that increases as the beer temperature rises, the sweetness of the fruit is hidden, notes of fruit skin and oak. Medium bodied, dry and clean palate.
jzzbassman (1530) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Special bottle for my 34th Bday, this did not disappoint for my second from this fine brewer. Big cherry aroma that is a little funky. Flavor continues among this vein with a cheese like sharpness in the profile, ending with a musty sourness that just begs you to take another drink. Rolling it over my tongue gave a nice velvet feel.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice cloudy strawberry colour with a small white head. Aroma is dry, sour, with cherries and old leather. Flavour is quite sour and tart, with cherries and a lovely oak presence. Smooth on the tongue with lingering cherry.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy deep reddish beer with no head. Tart fruity aroma with yeasty notes and a vague hint of wood. fruity, light tart and sweet flavor with a yeasty and dusty note.
JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to beeryum for this one. Deep, deep blood red colour, thick red head. Really gorgeous brew. Tart lactic aroma, much more pronounced cherry character than in the regular kriek with a beautiful vanilla and soft almond note in back. Plenty of musty and funky aromas as well, but they serve to accent the beautiful fruitiness. Mouthfeel is lean and dry with some mouthpuckering acidity, dry leathery character and some lingering lactic acidity. Fruit is more prominent in the nose than in the mouth. As it warms, the sourness seems to mute, bringing forward some softer earthier character that I quite enjoy. More temperature also helps bring out the fruity flavours. Classic delicious Cantillon.
eaglefan538 (2982) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 Vintage. Poured a burgundy color with a nice little pink head that subsided to only a ring after a few minutes. Lacing was almost absent. Carbonation bubbles were not in the body. Aroma was tart, vinegar, citrus/cherry. The flavor was full of lots of stuff, hay, vinegar, oak, citrus, light cherries, and definite tartness. Nothing sweet about this, although for Cantillon, not offensively tart. Body was full for the style. Mouthfeel was acidic. Very nice if you’re into these sorts of things, but it’s not something I’d go back and pay $24 for another bottle. This is only for the hard core at those prices.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at O’Briens - wow, how lucky am I to find it this way in the US!?! Arrived in a tulip glass, a beautiful cloudy dark cherry color with a small pinkish head that leaves spots of lacing. Aroma is dry, dry, dry, champagne, pie cherries, wet wool and a bit of funk. Tart, dry, puckering cherry flavor, with little to no residual sugar evident, oaky and sour finish. Medium body and fine, crisp carbonation. Truly a treat!