wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slightly cloudy, pure straw-yellow hue underneath a thin and frothy, white head. Aroma is very much within the Cantillon mould: very sharp with some funk around the edges. Strong acidic aroma pervade the experience, drawing on apple cider vinegar and lemon juice for inspiration. Behind that comes the ubiquitous Lambic horse blanket element, along with unlit matchsticks, wool, alfalfa and lichen. At the very edge of detectability, a light oak vibe. Tart and tannic berries rest atop everything, never getting in the way, but noticeable enough. Age has probably given the berries a reserved attitude. The flavour is very dry, tart and acidic as would be expected. There is a touch of tannins running through it, but not enough to distort or otherwise damage the experience. It should get old after so many bottles of Cantillon, but the scorchingly sour and dry finish is marvellous. Lingering acids and wood in the aftertaste -- retronasal finds some grapefruit. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, but the real story is the wonderfully slick, acidic body that slides away so easily, yet leaving so much flavour behind. The reserved yeast shot is mellow and has a touch of leather. A great beer, perhaps right above average for a Cantillon product. Worth the cost of admission for the experience, if not for the product. 375ml bottle at One Pint Pub (Helsinki), 2002 vintage.
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2009 375ml bottle (One Pint Pub, Helsinki) 2006 vintage.
Alas I was "tired and emotional" when I had this so my notes are scant. One thing’s clear though - this one’s *sharp*! Fortunately I’m familiar with Sea Buckthorn (’tyrni’), and immediately recognised the berry’s distinctive sharp aroma and sharp taste. The usual Cantillon sharp bretty lambic body supporting it was as good and sharp as ever - a perfect sharp antidote to an overdose of heavy Danish stouts etc. Did I mention how sharp it was? But in absolutely *no* way unpleasant. Cantillon never cease to amaze me!
Rerate: 2004 bottle in 2009 (7-4-8-4-15=3.8)
About as good as you can get without being a pant-wetting "wow". This has aged beautifully and is now full of masses of white pepper that balance the tart sourness brilliantly.
Ungstrup (34308) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My 1000th Belgian rating. Bottled. An unclear orange beer with a thin white head. The aroma is acidic and tart with notes of grapefruit and berries. The flavor is acidic and tart with notes of grapefruit, lactic acid, and sour berries. Nice acidity. Thanks Patrick
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4     Pale Yellow(1)->Copper(5) : 3     Still(1)->Volcanic Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 2     Lasting: 1     Lacing : 2
Intensity : 5
Yeast : 5   Bread : XX   Dough : XX   Esters : 2   Phenols : XX   Dusty : 2   Spicy : 2   Apple : 2   Banana : XX   Tropical Fruits : 4   Brett : 3   Barnyard : 3   Leather : 2   Wood : 4   Vinous : 3   Cheese : 2   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX
Malt : 2   Pilsner : XX   Pale : XX   Vienna : XX   Biscuity : XX   Toasty : XX   Hay : 2   Caramel : XX   Honey : XX   Cereals : XX   Grainy : XX   Wheat : 3
Hops : 1   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : 2   Perfume : XX   Orange : XX   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : 3   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Piney : XX
Notes : Pepper : XX   Cloves : XX   Coriander : XX   Ginger : XX   Orange : 2   Earth : XX   Vanilla : XX   Oxidation : XX   Bubblegum : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 1   Sourness : 5   Acetic : XX   Lactic : 4   Bitterness : XX   Farmy : 3   Complex : 4   Length : 4
Light(1)->Full(5) : 2   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : XX   Sharp : 4   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : 4   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : XX
Comments: Thanks Patrick! A wonderful fruit lambic, probably the best (better extracted fruit) out of the ones made for One Pint Pub. Sharp and bright fruit –sea buckthorn - which I had never heard of before this beer came to existence. A citric blast, well integrated, lasting tart impression, puckering dryness. The fruit comes out strongly, giving this more character and acidity than even the average Cantillon.
Proteus (98) - FINLAND - AUG 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden color with a fading taste. As the sea buckthorn is a very tart berry to begin with, you can expect a very tarty beer when it’s blended in a tarty lambic and that’s what this brew is all about! Great tartness all the way thru. Doesn’t actually differ that much from a gueuze, could easily be compared with a bit more tarty gueuze.
Christian (12883) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yellow with a small white head. Barnyard aroma with some perfumed berry notes happening. Lots of that cantillon grapefruitish sourness, not a lot of berry in the flavour.
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Vintage 2001 @ Chris_o shindig 2007. Hazy with small particles, light yellow color with virtually none head. Aroma is fruity vinegar, sour, refreshing. Flavor is moderate acidic, sour with a average to long duration. Body is light to medium, texture is watey, carbonation is flat. ;o))
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate:
37.5cl bottle at Chris O’s Shindig. I had the option of trading this with Pat but I said he should just bring it along to Chris’s do and open it there. How I was kicking myself when I tasted it. Superb stuff. All the Cantillon character you would expect with an unusual hit of fruit from what I guess is the sea buckthorn. I have no idea what they are supposed to taste like by the way. Amazingly drinkable considering the trademark Cantillon sourness. Lovely orange notes and sharp puckery vitamin c. Wonderful stuff. Slightly mellower than a lot from Jean but I guess a lot of that would be down to the age this bottle being from the first batch made for One Pint. YUM.
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vintage 2001 bottle, Chris_o shindig. Yellow cloudy with sediment. Nose is warm and acidic. Fruit vinegar. Vinegary aceticness and then fruity tones. Tannins and cranberry in the bite. Lasts as sour and sweetens a lottle. Quite nice actually, for a Cantillon.
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@chris_o. Vintage 2001. Very harsh aroma, vinegar and barnyard. Hazy, yellow color, white head, fair lace. Sour, fruity, vinegar in the background, pretty bitter for a lambic. I love lambic but most of the Cantillons are too harsh.