JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
emacgee (4662) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
KyotoLefty (9990) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jzzbassman (1593) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 Bottle. Pours straw like with a thin white head. Lovely apricot jam aroma, with that classic Cantillon musty funk. At cellar temp this is shockingly sour, but finishes jammy with rich butter notes.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Kevin and Karen for buying and sharing this one. Really tart up-front, as it warms you get some of the fruitiness towards the back-end. I enjoyed it all-told, but it was almost a little too astringent for me.
illkarate (115) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml, 2008, pours with a beautiful orange color fading to yellow at the bottom of the glass. Virtually no head, just a ring of carbonation around the glass. Apricot flavors at the front, tart, but not overwhelmingly so... green tomatoes, sour apple, Hints of peach, berries. Wow, great lambic.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at toronado. Yellow golden with no head. Big sour aroma and a huge kick you in the teeth sour apple taste.
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
transfering from notes. Bottle in a trade with ?. Poured a cloudy orange color with almost no head. lots of sour apricot and some funk on the nose. Taste is lots of sour apricot and some vinegar. Nice wood notes at the end. Very nice.