dagimp (1008) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2009
On tap at Capone’s in 2009 from a 2008 keg. From a snifter. Smells of light funk, and fruit. A light orange color with little to no head. Tastes sour up front with a very light apricots. Sourness is not overpowering and very, very smooth when combined with the sweetness of the apricots. A great sour which I would happily drink again. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Tap at Capones . 2008 keg. Pours a hazy golden orange with a smaller bubbly white head. Aroma of peaches and apricot, sourness and funk is there but restrained. Flavor of the same apricot and peach. I like how the sourness matched up with the fruit in this one. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2011 There are excellent floral and citrus notes in this ’08 tap at capones. The translucent honey colors have a noticably bubbly appearance. The tart flavor is smooth with a rich gueze like flavor that settles beautifully.
Second time off the production line during the breaking of the bottler at Cantillon - August ’10. There are unbelievable notes of apricot so pleasant in the nose. Served out of an unlabeled bottle at room temperature off the line, the tartness is tame. vyvvy (6639) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Pours cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma is very tart with apricots showing through well. There is sharp citric acid, wild yeastiness, crispness yet smooth. Medium / light body that’s very crisp and has flowing prickly carbonation. The flavor starts with dried apricots, citric acid, lemoniness, spice and funky grainy bugs. The finish is sour and tart with less apricot and lots of lingering citrus and funky bugs. A great lambic. Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2009
750 ml bottle
floydian1 (1479) - FNQ, Australia, - NOV 25, 2009
I have one of this sittiing in the cellar but now that someone shared one I may trade it off. This is a great Cantillon as the scores indicate but for their level of quality not the best. Given the price tag I would rather have a bottle of any of the Lou Pepe lineup instead. If you like interesting experiments in different fruits however give it a try.
Aroma / Appearance - Cloudy orange as I expected it to be the body is flat and lifeless. The sour apricot aroma is nowhere near as intense as many other Cantillon lambics but still sharper than many from other breweries. On a scale of 1 to 10 I would put it around a 7. It still retains that classic Cantillon vinegar character just without the lingering intensity.
Flavor / Palate - Apricots, as expected, dominate the profile from start to finish. Not as sour as even the nose suggests this is relatively easy to drink for a classic lambic. The biggest difference is the lack of acidity in the finish. Perhaps this will come with time in the bottle but usually Cantillon beers have that kick from the start. From any other brewer this would be a great release. For Cantillon I would place this as "yet another average" lambic which is to say that if you find it on sale be sure to buy it ASAP. Just don’t expect the same experience as with many other beers in their lineup.
750ml bottle (best before 12/2018) from Nectar in Brisbane (recommended). A hazy dark orange pour with a very stable thin white head that laces well. Aroma is typical Brett yeasts, wheat, lemons, damp wood and subtle apricots. The tongue is rather harsh tart flavours of lemons, lactic acid and a hint of vinegar. The finish is sour and long lasting. It is medium bodied with a smooth oily texture. I often complain about the artificial sweetness of the more commercial fruit lambics but this is certainly not a problem with this beer. In fact it tastes more like an oude geuze than a fruit lambic in my opinion - more sour lemons than sweet apricots. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2009 750ml Bottle (2009 Vintage): Aroma of apricots, lambic, oak, light tartness, and a hint of horse blanket. Poured amber/orange/apricot in color with a small, white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and medium to heavily tart. Tastes of lambic, apricot, light oak, and citric acid. Medium body. Tingly texture. Lively carbonation. Sweet, tart, apricot, lambic, and slight oak finish. 7/4/8/4/15=3.8
Tap at Capone’s (2008 Vintage on 12/1/09): Smells of a ton of funk, Limburg cheese, and faint apricot. Poured flaxen/brown in color with no head. Cloudy. Full of huge particles/chunks throughout. Flavor is medium tart and medium sweet. Tastes of a ton of funk, Limburg cheese, light apricot, and slight peach. Medium body. Puckering, then lightly dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Medium tart, medium sweet, funk and apricot finish. Delicious. 9/4/9/4/16=4.2 ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Aroma of sour fruit, hints of dried apricots, wild funky yeast and aged hops. Looks nice and yellow light cloudy in the glass. Taste is really nicely balanced not overly soured, not too much sweetness or fruit flavors just a nice well blended lambic. Yum! durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle picked up from State Line Liquors and generously delivered by JCB. Thanks, Jason! I was going to to hold on to this for a bit, but I couldn’t even make it 5 hours. What can I say -- my wife wanted to drink it and it turned out to be a milestone rating (1200), so how could I resist? Pours hazy golden orange with a surprisingly lively and large white head. Nose of apricots and peaches as well as lemons, white grapefruit, funky yeast, leather, and some tasty barnyard notes all hanging around out back. Similar taste, but with a zippier tartness. Complex yet very accessible. Lively palate. Wonderful beer. fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle pours golden orange color with white head that whisps away quickly. Aroma is remarkable. Funk, acidic hay, barnyard, leather, lemon, fruit, earth, and my mouth puckers. This smells so tart. Moldy mouthfeel. Flavor is not nearly as tart as the aroma leads you to believe. What a bummer. It has all the flavors I smelled. Its just not as pronounced taste wise as it was on the nose. Which was a bit of a disappointment. Still a good beer. Just not great.