KansaiBeerLvrs (1856) - 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 (2553) - 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 (272) - 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 (283) - 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 (2915) - Clevelandish, 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 (3217) - 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 (7976) - 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.
VastActiv (2779) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 0.375l at One Pint Pub, Helsinki. Colour is clear orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Massive sourness, berries and still good to drink.
Tinco (566) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had a what they said was a 2007 bottle and a 2001 bottle at One Pint Pub!
Apperance: First pour was clear hay golden color with a nice white head. Later pours were more cloudy and the yeastshot was dark grey.
Aroma: Funky, horseblanket, salty, moldy fruits, tart, green apples, sour, hay, barnyard, classic cantillon aroma!
Taste: Tart berries, hay, tart apples, salty, sulfuric, old cheese, stinky, lots of classic cantillon funk and salty seaberries. I have not tasted buckthorn in itself but I can clearly see their tasteprofile. The give the beer a very interesting flavour and aroma. Lovely! (4,6)
2001 (Bottle 166/250)
Apperance: clear hay, golden had a small white head. leaves some small bubbles. Looks good!
Aroma: Lot more tart than the 07. Green apples, very balanced, more subdued components in this one. The cheesy sulfuric smell is very nicely blended together with the tart berries and the classic cnatillon funk.
Taste: Very tart and sour, nice salty flavoured berries. Flavours are blended together nicely and creates a very complex and interesting profile. Unlike any other Cantillon I´ve had before! This is outstanding.
I prefer this a little over the 07 because of the nice blending together of the different components.
These two bottles were a great experience and the brew was divine!