RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Split with the missus. Pours gold with a slight white head. Funky, unfamiliar aroma. Lots of barnyard but some strange fruit. Taste is excellently tart. Fruity, puckering. Pretty all right.
Inbreak (4426) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 16.08.2013, 0,375l bottle (bottled 2005 / brewed 2003) @ One Pint Pub:
Paying €45 for a 1/2 bottle of beer is not something I normaly do (Utopias beeing worth whatever it will cost not included). But this one I just had to have! Nice quiet evening, sitting all alone outside the bar, starting to get a little dark outside, enjoying this bottle of long sought beer all by myself. And "OMG!" what a beer this is!! This is SO incredibly nice I could drink it every day for the rest of my life: Nice creamy longlasting head, looks fantastic. Aroma is really nice and balanced sour, lemons, sorrel, citrus peel, grass, rhubarb, sea buckthorn. Taste is very fresh and sour, sea buckthorn, fresh lemons, sorrel, raw rhubarb, citrus peel, oak. Slightly dry mouthfeel. Theese divine drops are worth every penny, and then some...
KansaiBeerLvrs (4467) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
5% at One Pint Pub, Helsinki. 47 euro! Man maybe I am nuts but it is a rare beer I hear can only be bought here, so what the hey. 2002 vintage bottled in 2004 so 9 years old. Fairly clear hold color, light head. Nice sour tart aroma, a hint of unknown berries in the background. Very very sour & acidic, but a clean finish with that earthy fruity taste from the plant they used. The fruit is sea buckthorn berry, I guess that is why the finish kind of had a sea quality to it similar to nori. Kind of salty, a tasty sour beer, worth the experience I guess but the price keeps climbing... Once is enough, but quite good!
Damico (3140) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 bottle at One Pint Pub from the gentleman behind the bar. Maybe the rarest beer that I have ever tasted. It pours clearer golden orange with just a small white ring for a head. The aroma brings a tart yeast base with funk, my colleagues describe it as feet. Flavor brings faint sweet berries which wake up well with the temperature going up super. There is a dry body and tart ending, but not puckering, The flavor brings tart yeast that ends smooth. The beer is very dry overall.
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle, 2005 cork...thanks to Springer!
Pours a light sunny orange color, wisps on top, thin ring of head around the glass. Nose is a mix of bitterness & funk, some herbal notes in there as well. It does have some notes of oxidization as well. Flavor is a bit better then the nose. Funk, bitterness, sour, oak, and light herbal notes. Light body, good carbonation, tart dry finish.
This was an "interesting" beer, but compared to the other lambics throughout the night, it was closer to the bottom-end. Still, glad to have tried it and appreciate the share.
Dunt (302) - Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottles provided by my future best man Bryan. Thanks a lot Springer! Pours a lightly hazy orange with a thin white head. Very distinctive nose on this, I haven’t smelled sea buckthorn at all, but smelling this I know exactly what is now. If I had to describe it, it smells a little corked with a little minty and oceany/salty character to it. Flavor isn’t as sour as I’ve been told, it’s actually pretty tame in comparison to the Spuyten and Bourgogne. It’s has a berry and saltiness to it. Light mouthfeel, light carbonation, moderate acidity, and a long finish. I really enjoyed this beer, another very unique beer from Jean.
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 vintage. Pours a murky gold/light orange with a touch if foam. Nose is unusual - smells of seaweed and lemon. Oddly - taste follows. Somewhat salty and herbal with a touch of lactic tartness on the finish. Feel is superb. Light/medium bodied with soft carb. Truly an unusual beverage.
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle at the One Pint Pub
Seeing that this was available I jumped on the chance to try an elusive Cantillon. As expected it was world class and phenomenal. If I could have I would have taken a bottle home. When you travel to Helsinki make sure you make the One Pint Pub a destination if only for this release.
Aroma / Appearance - Despite being a 2005 vintage there was still traces of carbonation. A minimal flat head sat on the coppery golden base like liquid gold. Vinegar, blue cheese, a dirty hamper full of sweaty exercise clothes, and spicy winter berries provide the intense lambic experience I was looking forward to.
Flavor / Palate - Vinegar and sweat socks brush away anything that was previously on the palate like sandpaper. Blue cheese dressing carries into a fine tart finish. The fruity aspects are like drinking cool Arctic air. The bitterness is even balanced enough that it doesn’t trash the stomach in the way some lambics can.
vtafro (6567) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at one pint. Hazy golden pour with white head. "Mouthwatering" tart aroma, with fruit and funky tones. Flavor is balanced with tart and sweet fruit tones and just funk and sourness.
3fourths (9108) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2013 2005 cork date, had at One Pint Pub in Helsinki
Clean early pour: Subdued fruit aroma, much more of a well-aged lambic character, meaning there is a mild neutral berry-ish smell behind the strong pedio and lacto. Minimal oak, some cork notes, light wheat and honey-ish pale malt. The berries actually turn more towards a Chardonnay / white grape aroma with some time. Medium-light body with very bright acid and a developing basement must / cobweb character. Fruit flavor is completely dried out, white grapes / white raisin / apricot, turning to a generic berry flavor in the finish. Does not have a vibrant or rich fruit flavor at this age, it’s mostly all bacteria with minimal oak and quiet wheat / pale malt.
Mid-pour: becoming more dusty and musty, oily as well, especially late. Veeeery dry.
Late pour: heavily minerallic such as these Cantillons are at the range of 7-10 years: bit of bile / stomach acid, strong concrete / minerals, some sulfur / match sticks, and with a small bit of yeast it is muddy/sludgy late, just a bit too much, somewhere above "creamy". So, an interesting one from Cantillon, but closer in character to the classic gueuze than any fruited lambic now that it has been in the bottle for so long. Would like to try a fresh bottle of the 2013 (cork date) when it is released, that’s the best way to judge the fruit expression in this one.