Boutip (6273) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a pale hazy yellow color lambic with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and some great retention. Aroma of sour and tart notes are dominant and somewhat off-set by some light fruity apricot. Taste is a wonderful mix between some light apricot, some tart and sour notes with some well balanced acidity. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Very well made with a great balance between some tart notes with some fruit and well balanced acidity.
after4ever (8020) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, corked and capped. Pours a murky toffeeish dark orange with a slim white rim of foam. Big tart orange and apricot nose, pits and flesh and skin and the whole megilla. Funky and tart and acidic and in it to getcha right from the minute the cork leaves the neck. Creamy medium body, fairly still. Big blasts of apricot all over the mid-palate right from the attack, feels like some sort of awesome alcoholic bonus round and youíre Mario, running around picking up apricots at top speed. Tangy, tart, fruity, unmanageable like when you bite into one and you realize that not only is your shirt soaked, but your shorts are, too, and even your feet got doused. Itís just this huge payload of fruit flavor, but itís the real thing, not a sugary isolation concentrate like youíd expect from a pancake syrup--pulpy, pithy, bits of vinegary acidity, seedy bitterness, itís all swirling. Not easy to get into at first, itís very singular and very powerful. But once it has the chance to take shape in your expectations it really takes flight.
MeadMe (1650) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Monkís
A: Pours a nice bright orange hue with a touch of fizz that never really managed much of a head. No real retention or lace.
S: Wow I liked this beer in the bottle love it on draft. Wonderful aromas of dried apricots. There is a big sour acidic aroma as well. Lots of leather and citrus, mildly earthy.
T: Love in a glass. Tons of earthy apricot with a nice level of tartness. Lightly acidic with strong citrus notes and peach pits. Really is a joy to drink.
M: On the lighter side of medium, somewhat dry finish.
D: Good, this one was served in a small proper cantillon glass. I could easily sit back and enjoy an entire bottle though. One of my favorite sours.
travita (4972) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy look, almost aprioct in color, with a fizzy white head. The smell is super sour, tart, acidic, fruits. Canít quite pick out the apricot. The taste is sour, acidic, fruits, complex, and a little apricot comes through at the end with some warmth.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JAN 20, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at DōE Beerfestival 2009, Esbjerg. Pours an unclear amber beer with no head. The aroma is weak tart, peach and apricot. The flavor is very acidic. The palate is fruit. Overall the acidity overwhelms the taste.
piscator34 (2493) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled sample (2006) tasted with oakbluff. Pinkish gold in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of intense funk, lemon, apricot, and wood. Great full yet tart mouthfeel, with flavors of lemon peel, funk, mild apricot, herbs, and old wood. Not as much fruit as expected, but this is some very easy drinking stuff. Itís hard to put words to such a masterpiece, but this is some seriously good sour beer!
jkwalking05 (4721) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma is tart, lots of apricot. Taste is sour, acidic, with a well hidden apricot flavor pleasantly finishing.
alexsdad06 (10083) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
&50 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a slightly hazy apple cider color with a small white head. The nose moderately tart with heavy doses of apricots and peaches along with a little barnyard funk. Some acidity works its way in. The flavor is tart and sour apricot that just begins to be lip puckering. Some have found this to be a little harsh, but I found it to be very drinkable. The acidity was not overpowering and balanced everything else going on with this beer.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled in 2005.
Very hazy orange color with a reasonably big white head that leaves plenty of lacings.
The smell is really acidic with lots of tart fruit notes of lemon, apricots and some green apples. Lots of funky notes as well, mostly mud and blanket. Very intense.
The taste is almost unbelievably sour, really mouth-puckering. Lots of acidic fruit notes, mostly of apricots and lemon. Pleasant rustic funky notes of mud and wet hey. Notes of grass and wood. The finish is bone dry, and I really mean bone dry. The beer ends with tart notes of apricots, hints of salty aged cheese, mild grassy bitterness and lingering acidity.
Medium body, rather sparkling carbonation.
Iíve had this beer once before, but I was still amazed over how sour it is. By far one of the most sour beers Iíve tried. All in all, itís a great beer - wonderful fruity character and intense rustic flavors.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
JulienHuxley (5772) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2014 Bottle. Very good looking hazy peach appearance with lots of fluffy white foam. Light barnyard smell, many fruits in this aroma hard to spot the apricot precisely. I get apricot, orange, lemon. Acidity is present, but light by the standards. Palate is fizzy up front but there is something flat and sticky about this beer that makes is not quite on par for mouthfeel.
Had this beer several times since my initial rating, having each time a mixed bag of experiences. The most recent time was the 2013 vintage bottled at Cantillon and on draft at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, the same day. Very hazy pale gold pour with thin creamy white head. Aroma is so intensely fruity, bright bright apricots, mild Cantillon funk with a sweet fruity flavor, marmelade, apricot jam. Delicious.