fonefan (31777) - 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 (7121) - 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 (1189) - 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 (4992) - 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.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - JUN 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At One Pint Pub, Helsinki; vintage 2003, 4 years old
Hazy blond color; no head, but a thin foamy collar. Strong aroma, where the Lambic mixes with the persistent aroma of a French creamy cheese. The mouthfeel has probably been softened by the age; there is some round malt flavor, with strong citrusy character (mix of lemon and pink grapefruit), without being extremely sour (for a Cantillon, of course). The final as well is quite round, with a crescendo of astringency. An easy Cantillon; deep and pleasant, as usual.
Miksu (4741) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAR 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.375 l bottle, 2003 vintage. Golden-yellow color with more head than usually in lambics. Very rich and refreshing, lots of acid and parfumy aroma of sea buckthorn, reminding cloudberry. Acidic flavor with horsey-bitter wild yeast bite and strong berryish backbone. Nice long berryish finish. Bone dry, but not as hard as some other cantillons. Also more fruit character than say in their Kriek. Excellent!
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Snow white head, unclear milky yellow body. Mild fruity aroma, some tartness, pretty intense. Some sweetness from the fruit. Flavor is very fruity with a well balanced sourness, so fruity it shows lemonade characters. Sharp, biding feeling on the tongue. Really nice, I love it when the fruit characters shines through so much! Thanks a lot J!
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden hazy body, yellowish creamy head; Lots of fruit in the nose, very clear Sea Buckthorn aromas, actually to clear, they are overpowering everything else, I smell great, but lacks a little balance; Soft carbonation, a bit thin in texture, very fruity acidy; Fruit steps out again to much in finish, it is really like drinking Sea Buckthorn juice or the aroma of jam made from it with very little sugar.
diabel (1589) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle White/blond, murky body. Slightly off-white, rocky head. Very large head, well lasting, which is quite remarkable for a Cantillon - probably due to the age (was bottled in 2001). Aroma of a lambic and wheat beer. Moderately sour, lightly sweet, fruity flavour. Typical Cantillon sourness. The flavour is ok, but not overwhelming by a good lambic-fruit combination. But it’s very subtle and well balanced.
kepano (245) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
After only a small sample of Sebastian’s (DerDoppelbock) begging powers, Jean at Cantillon was generous enough to offer a bottle of his sea buckthorn lambic destined for Helsinki. We made it our final tasting of the evening after a rather remarkable suite of lambics highlighted by ancient De Trochs and Belle-Vue Sélection. Poured, its lurid yellow color was shrouded as a witbier, and topped of a generous white lather. The scent had a classic touch of Cantillon, that sour must that permeates their range. There’s a distinctly bitter aroma I can only attribute to the sea buckthorn berries, a fruit I am unfamiliar with and unique in a quality I can’t quite describe. Added to the nose is a complex and arid mix of Gruyère, hazelnuts and manure. The flavor was again dominated by the enigmatic fruit, a bitter sensation reminiscent of red currant added to the puckering explosion of lemon in oak. Overall an interesting experiment, but one that I may have enjoyed more out of the context of our fabulous tasting and definitely would have had I a stronger connection with the fruit.