gyllenbock (9840) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2011 Sample from batch 4. (7, 4, 8, 3, 16) total 3.8 (April 2009)
In all honesty I thought it would both smell and taste more blueberries than it did.
The beer was still good with a nice balance between the sourness and sweetness from the fruits.
I must re-rate this one. The new rating is for a bottle of 2011 Vintage (batch 7)
I was a novice in terms of drinking Lambic when I drank batch 4 in April 2009.
The beer was tastier now, I felt more blueberries in both the aroma and taste. Someone mentioned the Swedish blueberry soup, Blåbärssoppa, I must say that was a good comparison besides the tartness that is quite spectacular in this beer. Very good beer but not as good and elegant as Cantillon Soleil de Minuit. kappldav123 (6133) - GERMANY - OCT 2, 2009
The bottle looks really good, the beer in the glass also. Very dark, dark red, modest turbid. Starts very, very fruity, also quite sourish. Notes of berries and elder. Sourishness is increasing, finish very intense and warming, prickly and scratchy aftertaste. Very, very good! Thanks to Todeon for the bottle! TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Shared at BCTC thanks to Miver. Pours a hazy/milky pinkish with little to no head. Aroma of this wonderful sourness, funky and horsey. Some of the blueberry character still there but mostly all consumed by the wild yeast. Flavor was the same thing going on. So good yet so hard to explain. VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Batch 4, 2009 vintage Poured a dark pinkish red into my Cantillon tumbler. Head was a huge light pink creamy wonder. Aromas of sour cherries,raspberries,blueberries,pepper, and some leather. Perfect balance of sour and fruit. Amazing beer. May someday I drink again. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2009
375ml courtesy of Fiver29 – thanks John! Pours a cloudy purplish amber with a thin tan head. The nose is barnyard dfunk, vinegar, aspirin and unripe fruit. The taste is sour lemons, red wine vinegar, tart blueberry skin and light funk. Puckeringly sour at first but that fades to a semi-sweet fruit finish. Medium prickly mouthfeel. Very good - thanks again John!
BOLTZ7555 (3127) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Bottle shared by Sparky27...WOW!!! Thanks again Eric!!! 2007 vintage produced a crystal raspberry pour with a fizzy eggshell head...pink/lavender hue. Aroma is extreme barnyard, pungent lemon rind, vinegar, and funk. Flavor is tart and puckering, with no real distinguishable blueberry present. Got lockjaw with the first sip, but this either mellowed or my tongue acclimated to the sour. Definitely more drinkable as it warmed. Lively carbonation that ignited the palate. Very good. HenrikSoegaard (14531) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2009
Bottle. 2007. Frothy white good mostly deminishing head. Wonderfull red colour. Very sour barnyard aroma. Berrys not very present alas. Powerfull sour acetic flavor. Again lacks berries-notes. Long great sour finish. Oily palate. marcus (10668) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 17, 2009
It says 2009 on the bottle, which I believe is from batch 4, purchased at the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam. It’s a purplish blue lambic with a very pretty pinkish purple head - I just love the colors. There is a vinous blueberry aroma and a subtle blueberry flavor that is sour but not tart. I would drink a lot of this if I could find it. It just keeps getting better as it warms. bhensonb (15739) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Bottle shared by Marcus. 50 euro in the Netherlands! Much appreciated. Pours a dark reddish blue with a rather pinkish head. Very strong aroma of sour berry. Medium body withs pritely carbonation. Flavor of blueberry skins, and a decent refreshing sour. A clean, refreshing sour. It gets better, and more blueberry with time. Something quite unusual. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Review #1000. I can’t thank Jan enough for the opportunity to try this rarity, a 375mL bottle, 2007 vintage.
The cork came out with an impressive pop. Pours a gorgeous hazy purplish red with a fizzy lavender head that recedes fairly quickly but does hang around as a cap for the duration. Lacing is spotty.
The aroma is very interesting and the blueberries were evident right as I popped the cork and they seemed fairly sweet and sugary. However, once in the glass the aroma become much more pungent and trademark Cantillon. It’s got the strong tart blueberries, a strong vinegar acidity and a healthy dose of funk. A strong, complex and overall stunning nose.
The taste is more of the same with a strong vinegar presence up front with the blueberries coming in on the tart side of things. There is a faint sweetness in there, but not nearly as sweet as that initial blueberry smell in the nose. The finish is dry with lots of funk and lots of tart fruit.
The mouthfeel is spritzy with lots of carbonation and very dry and funky on the palate.
Well, I’ve certainly been looking forward to this one and it didn’t disappoint. It’s got lots of funk and vinegar but it’s much more balanced (for me) than some of the other Cantillons I’ve had. Wonderfully balanced and deserving of the praise.