Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Brussels, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 1093   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Apricot lambic

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DarkMagus (529) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2009
250ml pour, on tap at Toronado in San Francisco, CA ($7.50!!). This one absolutely rocked me with its sourness. The bartender at first wondered whether I truly knew what I was ordering, I assured him, though I may look somewhat naive to the stuff (do I really?), I did in fact order it, picked it out from the hundred-or-so beers available, thus there is no need for a "warning". Somewhat irritated by this, I thought I should order two, one to savor at my table and one to unflinchingly pour down my throat in an instant while he watched, to show him what kind of stuff I am made of. A sort of beer geek spite. After having sufficiently convinced the bartender that I was worthy of a glass, he changed his tone and began to give me his own analysis, which I did not want or need. I took the beer back to my seat, and began drinking it. It took me about an hour to get through the 250ml, partly because it was so intense and extreme, partly because I wanted to prolong this glorious experience. Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with very little head. Ultra-sour, funky champagne-barrel musty woody aroma with a tinge of nondescript tree-fruit. Slightly citrusy perhaps. The flavors were punishingly sour, with only the slightest hint of apricot. It seems that the apricot, and its delicate and subltle flavors, are well-suited to provide a fruity background character to lambic beers, but cannot "shine through" the funk. Absolutely bone dry super tart finish. That was probably the most interesting aspect of this beer. The finish was abrupt and dry, but tickled the taste buds just enough to produce an intense craving for more and more. This is the hallmark Cantillon experience. This is the cornerstone of any sour beer addiction, in my opinion. It is sour candy for the adult beer geek. Amazing, as are most Cantillon brews. But this one had something extra special...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Hazy nectarine orange yellow body; minimal head. Aroma - lambic funk, oak crates, apricot? yes, apricot. Very tart; Soft juicy prickly apricot in the finish. Super refreshing. Exquisite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Very impressed with this brew. Sourness is intense. Had on Draft at Toro SD 1st anny. Have 1 bottle I’ll give at least 2 years to funk up even more. Apricot flavors come after the sourness eats away at your enamel. Enjoyed cold and when it warmed up. Cantillon is in a leage of their own when it comes to sours. This could easily become a 5.0 beer given time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1588) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle. Pour is cloudy light orange with minimal head. Aroma is very pleasant: sour, sweetness, floral notes, funk, and some wood. Flavor is very sour up front with a mild sweetness and woodiness to follow. The tart flavor lingers with typical lambic flavors. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (3195) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Bottled 2008. Lightly hazy golden with a thin head. Powerful aroma from the instant I popped the cork. Sweet fruit, musty, yeast, tart. Flavor is very sour and acidic. Fruits, must, yeast, light sweetness. Dry, puckering finish. Might fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2009
750ml shared by OSCF at the Carolina Crew tasting - thanks, Todd! Dayum, what a nose! Having this one close to the BBC peach was an eye-opener in terms of how to do it up right. Not that we didn’t know that (know that!) but here we have a vivid demonstration. I actually think the qualities of this particular fruit are far more apposite to this style of beer than some raters, and so I think the particular blend of woods, fruit, and fizzy tart lambic works extremely well here. A real delight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4672) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Thanks Todd. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a thin white head. The nose is tart, yeasty, major acidity, mild apricot, funky. The flavor is super tart and acidic, some phenol, musty background. Tart/acidic palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (10125) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 18, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2014 375 ml bottle, 2010. Amazing apricot nose, much more than any bottled version of this I have had. Lovely deep fruity nose, with manure, apples, light spice. Lovely sour apricot flavor. Brilliant body. Wow, this is good. Probably kept in th efrig the whole time, because this is so fruity. Great.

375 ml bottle from 2008. 3.7 Light amber-tinted gold, like ginger ale. Head goes quickly to lace. Aroma of apricots, lemons, horse blanket, grape. Big acidity, yet smooth and soft. Lemon, citrus, all kinds of fruit, lactic acid, and enough sweetness too. Not exactly one of my favorites of theirs, but very interesting and nice indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009 Bottle opened like a pandora’s box by ajm. Please God, tell me this was infected. Smells absolutely vile -- like human remains or the worst baby diaper you’ve ever changed. Other than this smell, there was no sign of infection, though, so (to my disbelief) we actually consumed more than half of the bottle! Anything for a rating, right? Pours a hazy apricot color with a trim white head. Tastes of soured apricots, seeds included, wood, and mold. ROUGH. RERATED: On tap at Hop Leaf. This is way better when it’s not infected :) Pours apricot in color with a frothy white head. Smells uber funky. More lemon juice than apricot, but certainly balanced in its assult. Glad I got to try this one again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle from Belmont Station. Massively disappointing because this bottle was infected and the nose was like diapers and rot. The flavor, while there, was certainly interfered with. The juice of the apricot was present and nicely soured but it was all I could do to make it out. Will try another bottle if able.

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