CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - OCT 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Burgundy. No head. Aroma of lemon, cider, brett, socks, cheese, wood, lightly vinous. Slightly less sourly acidic (only slightly!) than most Cantillons, and with an extra layer of woody complexity. Superb dry finish. Gorgeous.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 Sampled at Loganís RateBeer tasting. Thanks to me for bringing this. Alluring clear cherry-amber hue with a sudsy, effervescent off-white head. Aroma of barnyard, sweat, cranberries, and sharp acidity. Flavor follows the cranberry theme, basically tasting like sour grapes, with substantial oak character. Super dry with palate-scouring sharp acidity. This is an amply sour, yet somewhat soft and interesting lambic. Later sampled on draught at Caponeís in Norristown, which was also a pleasant experience.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It had one of those aromas you have to think about carefully: hard to put into words. At first I thought there was a definite fruity sweetness, but then I wasnít so sure, as a sour cidery note prevailed. Colour was a cloudy dark red, nearly purple. Short-lasting rosy head. Taste was sharply sour and fruity with a long bitterness at the finish. Unusual, thought-provoking, enjoyable.
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottled 2004, 0.375l) Deep ruby red color with a smallish, fading head. Tart and fruity aroma and flavor with wood and cherry hints. Medium-bodied, white-wineous, balancedly tart palate with quite low carbonation. A very enjoyable and refreshing, tart and balanced brew.
madsberg (10144) - SÝborg, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled: Reddish coloured. Hazy. Light reddish head. Wood, sourness, light barnyard and loads of berries in the nose. Flavour is quite sour with a light sweet touch to balance. Quite acidic and dry. Raspberries notable. Ends on a very dry fruity sournote. Quite drinkable and interesting.
pilsnerrogge (2491) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red currant red. Pink, lively head. Lambic-ish barnyard aroma with a touch of brie cheese. The flavour brings grape skin and red currants. Tasty.
Sigmund (5086) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, RBESG 2005, Grand Tasting. Cloudy reddish colour with brownish tones. Intense barnyard and "fruits of the forest" aroma. Intensely sour flavour, lemons with notes of raspberries and blackcurrants. Overpowering and delightful at the same time.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown copper body with thin reddish head that sticks to the ring. Sour sweet aroma. Puckering flavor, typical of a strong lambic and a bit much for my taste. Clean sour finish.
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cherry, semi-clear cloudy with a quickly fading head. The smell is tart, cider notes, grapes, yeast. Smells like a winery after the harvest. Definitely some oaky notes
Suttree (5132) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
In Stephen Beaumontís Premium Beer Drinkerís Guide, he says of Cantillonís St Lamvinus "It was a beer I could have spent hours tasting, and still never have been fully satisfied with my notes" - So Iím in good company in that respect. Cloudy purple with a hint of brown, and quickly disipating pink head. Toasty, musty, slightly metallic barnyard aromas (I know everybody says "barnyard" in reference to lambics, but I canít think of any other way to put it). The broad overview of the taste is like this: Tart up front, of course, that blends seemlessly into dry red wine flavors. But really, thatís woefully inadequate to describe all the subtle changes and nuances that happen in every sip. I can say that as it warms, the wine flavors become more prominent, and occasional notes of lemon and oak pop up, as well. I wish i had a bottle to age a bit, but this was really great. Big Thanks to Secret Santa.