tom10101 (3009) - Quebec, - OCT 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2014 28-10-2012: Bottle (750 ml) 2009. Traded by urbancaver, thanks Cam! Pinkish/red with purple reflects (the last pour was deep purple) with a small persistent white/pinkish head and good lacing. There was still plenty of blueberries in the aroma with the usual Cantillon barnyard and wild notes and hints of wood. Unlike the other ratings I’ve saw here, I found the blueberries to be more present (and fresher) in taste than in the aroma. Agressive Cantillon-style barnyard/leather taste with nice wood notes. Dry, acidic and astringent mouthfeel. Good carbonation. This is the best fruited lambic I’ve tasted so far (closely followed by Saint-Lamvinus)! 9-4-9-4-18 = 4.4
21-04-2013: Bottle (375 ml) 2012 vintage. Shared by Jeffo, thanks. Hazy reddish purple with a small pinkish head and little lacing. Aroma is of blueberry skin with light citris/lemony notes. Quite smooth on acidity. Taste is also of blueberry skin with some barnyard notes and a light but sticky herbal finish. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish. If I remember correctly, the blueberries were much brighter in the ’09 vintage we had last year. It’s still very blueberry forward, but not explosive. Really a long lasting blueberry skin aroma and taste. Good balance. Very nice lambic, just not as mindblowing as I remembered. 4-8-8-4-17 = 4.1
MikeLuke23 (82) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cool, color. Very acidic. Tastes a lot like every blueberry sour I have had. The fruit just comes off to me as a weird cheesy/farty/stale vanilla thing. This is a great sour beer... I just don’t care for blueberry or boysenberry beers.
Enegaard (63) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the rating for the 2014 edition which is the best one I’ve had, the other years I’ve tried varies between 3.9 and 4.3.
Very intense beer, you get that it’s a Cantillon right away, very fruity, but not overwhelmingly so - compared to for instance the Mikkeller double blueberry, which is more like a perfect blueberry drink of fruitiness. This one has more edge, you get to taste parts of the blueberry you can’t normally taste, but in this super exposed way you can. I love this one, feel grateful it comes out in my neighborhood every year.
ThirstyBird (1664) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - NOV 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 bolt 2013 - thanks to Dedollewaitor! Pours a full reddish/blue color with a berry colored head. The nose is blueberry, tart sour. The taste is tart blueberry, green apples, funk ending lightly sour with fruit rounding out. The body is light and slightly oily with very fine carbonation.
Erzengel (3383) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - NOV 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to ThirstyBird for sharing!! 2013er Batch.
Fruity-fresh nose with sourish hints. Very smooth and fresh beginning. Very soft. The typical Cantillon-taste is there, also blue/red fruits (in the aftertaste you can figure the blueberries out), but the sourness is very low. Tart-horse blanket aftertaste, fresh-smooth, soft and nice!!
--> Very interesting brew, but not as deep or complex as I have thought!
Nische (861) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep ruby color with small pink foam. Aromas of funk, oak, must, and mixed berry smoothie. The palate is sour and acidic, with flavors of slight oak, lemon, very light blueberry, lighter red fruit, tannin, and acid. Finishes dry. I expected more blueberry in this one, but it’s still an excellent beer.
imbibehour (2) - - OCT 21, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from the bottle into a tumbler glass at Øltibukken store in Copenhagen Denmark. Vintage 2014, 375ml bottle.
Big deep ruby red color like a gem. An absolute crystal clear gem, no hints of darker or lighter hues of different colors. Shines crystal clear. A faint pink head dissolves with a little bit of suds, but even manages some carbonation while in a simple conical tumbler. One of the most impressive colors on any beer I have ever seen. Doesn’t get any better for a lambic.
Fascinating aroma. Bouquet fills with earth funky notes, slightly ashy but even more so with hints of garden mushroom and fresh tilled soil. Fruit angle is all over and surprisingly varied. Blueberries of course but also sour cherry, raspberry, even peach like fuzz which works out amazingly.
THe first sip is exquisite. While the fruit comes nicely with funky aromas, there is a great melding sweetness of balsamic vinegar to match. It’s as if it is drizzled all over a salad bowl filled with fruits of cherry, blueberry and so forth. Great funk acid tones on this, with much of the earthy bouquet matching nicely.
Everything is incredibly balanced with wild yeast taking the first notes, and fruit following with sweet acidic tones. Not quite Rodenbach sweetness but unique all it’s own. Extremely complex and balanced. The feel even for a lambic, does come off a little less impressive. Depth in malt even comes across light, but the flavors easily push through. Fun carbonation. Hinting at light seltzery qualities but never getting there from a large palate that is complex
What more needs to be said? A great lambic, probably the best blueberry beer of any style by far I have ever had. Not my favorite Cantillon, but does this get any better? No, unequivocally not even close.
tmrmwel (1033) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, vintage 14 @ Ølbutikken, København. Pours dark red with a small short lived head. Aroma is tart and funky, with plenty of berries, as well as horseblanket and some apple cider vinegar. Full body with very soft carbonation. Flavour is nice and fruity sourish with apple cider vinegar, blueberries and blackcurrants, as well as some funky fruitiness. Fabulous everlasting berry tartness in the finish.
rxeight (1464) - Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 750. Thanks Jeremy. Color is the inside of a blueberry. I guess amber. Lots of animal funk aroma, sour blueberry. Taste is medium sour blueberry. Good sour blueberry. Not too acidic. Solid but not worth the hype.
BiiruBierBeer (221) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells sour with notes of berries and white wine. Taste is tart berry sour with a slight acetic/vinegar touch but not much. There was an odd musty/dusty sort of smell and taste to it which wasn’t bad per se but it was certainly odd.
bytemesis (3433) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared among friends with thanks to Dylan! 2013 Vintage. Pours a beautiful rose purple, initially clear but clouding up as the sediment in the bottle is disturbed. Small pink head with decent lacing. Aroma is Cantillon funk all the way, plus some fruity blueberry notes. Flavor is dry and funky, basement, must, barnyard, with just a bit of fruit -- less than on the nose -- some oak tannins and viscous notes as well. Lightish body.