vyvvy (6639) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Sampled at STLWill’s 30th b-day tasting. This was a beer where the nose and the taste were worlds apart for me. Pours clear copper with a small white head. The aroma has lots of unrefined wood, body odor, dirty grapes, light sourness and bugginess - this didn’t give me high hopes. The body is light/medium as is smooth by the breweries standards along with mild carbonation. The taste starts off with a husky/grainy quality that has a sweet/tart taste that’s very buggy and highly acidic. The grapes didn’t come out to me until the finish and they came out big there with the Concord flavor. Lots more acidity on the finish as well. A great beer, just didn’t care for the aroma. phaleslu (10553) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2012
750 ml bottle sampled at STLWill’s 30th birthday party- thanks, again! Pours a murky reddish gold color with a white ring for a head. Aroma has a big dose of red grapes, both tart and more sweet and juicy, with barnyard funk, oak, and cheese. Flavor of grapes, lemon juice, vinegar, oak, yogurt, and more farmhouse funk. Pretty damn sour and tart. Dry, with moderate carbonation. Pretty damn amazing. cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2012
So very fortunate to try this one. From notes, bottle share at CDC b4 release. From such a small sample I got so much. The palate was incredible, and followed a fruit forward but light nose, citrus, cherry, minimal funk. Cascading down my palate was a hodgepodge of fruits and acidity. Must have bottle. nimbleprop (8718) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2011
750ml bottle pours a hazy amber with a creamy, white head. Nose is sweet, berries, earthy, wet fertilized soil, red grapes, funk, band aid, a little rotting vegetable, strawberry patch. Flavor is more straight forward, grassy, hay, funky like the Blauw we had earlier but with white grapes, strawberry, berry sweetness, a little horsey, some bandaid. Not as acetic as other Cantillons. Perfect level of carbonation, soft, medium bodied, lightly tart. Super smooth. Very drinkable. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Thanks Travlr and GT2! Hazy orange pour with pink hints. The aroma is pure bliss: ultra juicy grape skins and grape flesh with classic overbearing Cantillon acidity. So vibrant and juicy I can’t even believe it. Brett and farmy musty funk follow. The grapes completely dominate. Not overly nuanced or complex, but what we have here is certainly a masterpiece. Finish is dry and loaded with grapes.
BeerandBlues2 (13697) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2011 Bottle shared by GT2. Pours lightly hazy copper/amber with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is complex earthy, barnyard, and horse blanket with grapes, straw and meal malt, huge phenols and spicy hops. Flavor is sour and tart grapes, spicy phenols, light Brettanomyces notes, oak, vinous, lactic sourness and a dry finish. Medium-light body, no warmth, medium carbonation. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2012 fiery ruby grapefruit, thin white ring. Nose is light grape and strawberry, sweet fruit pulp grows with warmth, bit of stable in the back bit dusty, peppery. Pinot d’aunis has way more going on, laughable comparison though I had once thought it would be perfect side-side. Flavor is thinner, lightly sugary with white grape skins, very drying finish sourness lasting. No pepper or ultra dryness like Pinot daunis, grape skin appears sweet and thinner as a result, even softer body (how can anyone complain d’aunis dry tongue-rake is "still" compared to this?). Very nice, but as with most Cantillon, brett and acetic notes making it messy. craftycarl21 (2339) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Giant thanks to travlr and GT2 for sharing this epic bottle!! Beautiful pour with tints of pink, purple, and gumwood orange, along with a roseate head that dissipates quickly. Nose and flavor are absolutely rife with white grape and deep sweet concord grapes, light pepper, strawberry, and beautifully nuanced fruity funk. The flavor brings more strawberry, grape, and citric funk. Honestly just an outrageously tasty fruit lambic. One of my favorite beers of all time. Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2011
bottle. poured a cloudy amberish type color with a white head. aroma was grapes, horse blanket? and cherries. flavor was grapes, cherry, funk, lemon, and orange. body was light dry and fizzy. GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
750mL thanks to Travlr. Given to me on my 24th birthday and shared at Sour Epic Part 2. Thank you Gene! The pour is quite hysterical- sort of a clear, neon purple with deep sunset highlights. A short lived pink head fizzes. Dregs at the end look opaque fuschia. Nose is at first a lot of white grape juice moving to sweet strawberry and tangy rhubarb. Very bright aroma and sweet grape juice and even hints of cinnamon and clove. Taste is straight geuze all the way with big tanginess, white pepper, mild berry character, and ruby red grapefruit sections and peel. Acidity level is perfect- juicy and tangy. Vibrant and bright. Perfect palate. Very yummy overall though I’m told the grape robustness is falling off and instead gaining more normal geuze complexity like older Blabaer batches.