BRW (1005) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At quintessence. Red colour with white head. Fruity, brett, wine aroma. Sweet, fruity, wine, grape taste, with some brett. Medium body.
bartlebier (1718) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - MAY 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle shared by the Italian canzone crew @NachtvdGrote Dorst, Eizeringen 25/04. Pours an appealing milky deep pink with pastel rosé froth. Lucent aromas of mature ruby grapes, sedate funk and balsamico rosso. Taste suavely combines those aromas over lemon peel and old hop funk into a supremely drinkable, cask-dry rosé of a geuze experience, perfectly impromptu-paired with pecorino and Oud Brugge - grazie a tutti!
bytemesis (3152) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours clear candy apple red, gets quite murky as the bottom of the bottle is reached though, small pink head and nice lacing. Aroma is initially very funky - lots of blue cheese and barnyard. That fades as the beer breathes which brings out red grapes and vinous musty fruity notes. Flavor is quite tart, puckering and mouth drying, funkiness is fairly light and subdued. Lots of vinous notes and what seems like some saltiness. Medium body, nice.
barn0216 (403) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with bytemesis, big thanks. Bright red color. Fruity aroma and horse blanket. Dry taste, tart, fruity, cherry, oak. Tasty.
gn0sis (52) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque, vinous and tart with heavy fruit presence and purple tinged foam, grape skin residue mixed with a healthy yeast sediment after some years, complex and multilayered.. One of the most tart and beautifully integrated fruit lambics available. Truly among my favorite Cantillon offerings, and perhaps the one that got me hooked early on to grape lambics. Exemplary vintages include the 03’ Cabarnet Sauvignon fruiting shared by Sean at the JF Vonck tasting NYC, with an extremely balanced profile aging gracefully for many years, the remarkably tannic and juicy 05 375 bottling i acquired from Řlbutikken, and 08 - 11 vintages aged in my cellar that I’ve slowly watched develop over the last half a decade and had the pleasure of trying along the way.
ST247 (380) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample @Cantillon Quintessence 2014. Pours red with a light pink head. Fruity aroma, bit sour, grapes. Taste is bit sour, fruity, grapes, bit sour finish.
gEUS (1055) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on several occasions. Pours dark red with purple hue. Aroma is dark forest fruits, cassis, some slight balsamic vinegar. Palate is slightly sweet and taste is comparable to a fine pinot noir alike wine (from les Riceys rather than Burgundy region).
GothGargoyle (1201) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Darkish pink with a light pinkish white head. Aroma is sour plums, muscat grapes, red currants. Light bodied, refreshing on the palate with subtle sweetness, fruitiness and tartness. Taste is grape juice, malt vinegar, sour plums. Yum
ACD (634) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at The Trappist, Oakland. Deep ruby red. Dark berries, light lemon rind, woody notes and solid vinegary funk on the nose. Wonderful depth of flavour: great berries (cranberries and blackberries), some cherry, definite woodiness, fairly moderate funk - lemon juice and light barnyard. Juicy berries continue towards the finish, lingering funk, great tartness. Delicious.
Hoprider (105) - DENMARK - APR 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear dark red with a minimal head. The nose is complex with clear wine similarities. Red grape and barrel comes through nicely along with funk and sweeter berries. The mouthfeel is light of course with prickly carbonation. The taste is sour initially with tart winey flavours. Sippable ans sappy with good amounts of brett to hit the spot. Nice crispy and sour aftertaste.