EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of brainlair. Orange yellow pour with a white hazy head. Smeels like nature. Some flowery notes. Roasted green pepper and tomato. Herbal grassy flavor. Green pepper and plant roots. Sour but not overly so.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Yazoo release party. Pours hazy gold with a white head. Bold funky aroma. Nice assertive flavors (funk, herbs, tart lemons) with a semi dry finish. Very complex and wonderful. I enjoyed this more than the 1900 and Classic Gueze.
lsuwyatt (7) - - FEB 18, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a wonderful beer. I had this on tap at the Avenue Pub in New Orleans. Served in a wine glass. The small white head stuck around for a while. The smell and taste was the classic cantillon with a slight change from the elder flowers. This is a world class beer and my second favorite fruit cantillon behind Fou’ Foune. If you can find it get it. You will not be disappointed.
vyvvy (3553) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #2800 - Pours clear copper / amber with a large white head. The aroma has smooth tartness, interesting fruitiness, white grapes, citric acid, huskiness, buggy wild yeast and some floral poweriness. Medium body that is very crisp and finishes with gentle carbonation. The flavor starts with the aroma traits and is quite dry with lots of pepper aspects. There is a tangy fruitiness which may be the elderberries. Very bright and refreshing. The finish has some peppery tartness with some lemony acidity. Excellent lambic.
JoeTheYounger (1122) - Claremont, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at triple rock Sour Sunday. Poured a Cloudy orangish/yellow pour. Aroma was very funky and wet dog. Taste was mildly tart with a overload of floral edelberry which was a bit over the top.
marcus (5876) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle at Triple Rock Sour Beerfest. Pours cloudy golden with a modest tangerine head and a magnificent sour fruit aroma. There is a delicate floral fruit flavor with a tangy feel. The elderflower flavor is just slightly astringent but adds a nice layer to the palate.
MaltOMeal (1088) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Avenue Pub in NOLA. Pours a cloudy amber with a white head. Nose is of funk, cheese and subdued fruit. Taste is of sour lemon and grapes with some cheese. Mouthfeel is thin, tart, wet, crisp and acidic. Good, but not ’blow me away’ Cantillon like some of their others.
tkrjukoff (3870) - SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of rlgk. Pours hazy golden amber with a nice off white head. Aroma is brännässlor, stable, sour, floral and dry. Flavor is sour, tart, floral, lemon juice, fläder, unkel and bitter. Finishes longlived tart snd sour bitter.
rlgk (9016) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at "Alex surölsprovning 2012". Elder aroma, sourish, grapes, stable, fruity, oaky notes, floral. Fruity flavor, citrus, elderflowers, floral, grapes, sour, horse blankett, sourish, some grapes. Long sourish finish.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Boisterous elderflowers move into citrusy funk, as subdued acidity and fluffy effervescence make for a compelling summer brew.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A tower of foam tops the hazy blond.
-That aroma is pure elder flower. I loved it, but it kind of masks the complexity of what is to come in the flavor profile.
-I’m even getting hints of saffron; can’t say that’s happened often when drinking beer...
-The flavor profile is quite Saison-like. The drinkability helps a lot too; this is not of those super acidic lambics.
-Cantillon keeps making these very impressive new creations AND their staples are consistently excellent. I don’t see myself stopping to encourage them any time soon.