Radek Kliber (5906) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 5, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy lambic . White head. Sour as is should be cherry and young gooseberry tartness. I caused havoc on my sensitive palate ... I am serious...
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Summer Gathering 2003: Fascinating, very different stuff. Sweet nose, hints of currants or blueberries. A certain funkiness--olives or pimientos going on in there. Cloudy yellow. Intensely sour, salty, funky, touch of olives, blueberries, and gin. Very dry and lip-smackingly tart.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy yellow/gold w/ little head. Musty, tart but sweet brine aroma w/ some horse blanket & leather notes. I assume the fruitiness is Cloudberry, but I've never had cloudberries. Light, dry, acidic feel. Very sour, salty, briny flavour combines with an almost lemony fruitiness.
JoeM500 (1900) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Oakes for this pleasure. Very odd, but intriguing nose. Sort of like a pimento olive in a very dry martini. Sweet and sour tasting, often dry and elusive. We all spent a lot of time with this sample and I, for one, am going on a cloudberry search at Ikea very soon. Refreshing and slightly complex, excellent fruit flavor for a fruit I have yet to try on it's own.
Schroppfy (2350) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
RBSG2003. The single most sweet and tart simultaneity I have ever experience, bar none. Delicious. Salt and leather are there among the cloudberry (?) sweetness (I have to get me some of those!). Thanks Josh!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy apricot orange with a nice, but not outrageous, head. The aroma was one of the most unique experiences of my life, likely due to the cloudberry, with which I have no experience before this. Both tart and sweet at the same time. A nice tart fruitiness is present, not unlike, but better than, the FouFoune. Acidic and tart throughout. The fruit usually helps cut the bite, but I think it may have only enhanced it here. This was a very lucky opportunity for me, and I owe many thanks to Oakes for allowing me to sample this. A tremendous offering from Cantillon.
JorisPPattyn (7298) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Colour: hazy orange; thick wild head, nearly immediately gone. Nose consists of a lesser fruitexplosion. I suppose it are cloudberries, but it makes me think of pineapple, or very sweet rosy grapefruit. Horseblanket is there as well, as well as something like VERY fresh, living seafood.
Taste comes with the Cantillon acid-bite, surrounding an astounding fruity taste. Rosy grapefruit comes to mind again. The fruityness definitely mellows the acidity. My wife, however speaks about decaying and oxydizing vegetable matter...
There is some throat-burn, so quite some acids. Refreshing, too. No new aftertaste, just the aromas of the fruit, esters and fruitacids lingering on. A rare one, this, to be consumed with moderation and reverence.
DrBeer (825) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled bottle (no.373) was stored for two years. It´s golden and cloudy with huge aroma of cloudberries with a sourish tone and a hint of mineur. The flavor is sourish with a cloudberry tone and lots of cloudberries in the finish. A beer that´s just keeps getting better and better. When it first arrived in june 2000 I thought it was a bit too tart but it has developed extremely well.
omhper (17437) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pale yellow. Somewhat hazy. Sweet cloudbery smell. Big cloudberry aroma, tart finish. Obvious cask character.
DanielNylander99 (5) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2001 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a breakthrough in brewery (almost..). Combining swedish cloudberries with Belgian beerbrewing is genious! This lambic was produced by the swedish pub Akkurat (norwegian for ’correct’), Jamtlands Brewery in Sweden (correct me if I’m wrong) and Brasserie Cantillon in Belgium. What I’ve heard (I’m a regular at Akkurat in Stockholm) is that some swedish guys sent 300 kilos of cloudberries down to Cantillon and got back around 3000 bottles. They sell this rare lambic at Akkurat for 105 SEK (around $10 USD) and it’s damn worth the money! I have had atleast 10 bottles of this sour, yellowish lambic the last 3-4 months and this is one of the reasons I go to Stockholm regularly (I work now in Oslo, Norway).