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


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RATINGS: 1121   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Apricot lambic

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Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2010 Update. 2006 vintage, consumed in September 2010. Dear lord, this is a ridiculously bad ass beer. It just keeps getting better and better with age. This most recent experience displayed an initial softness to the fruit that wasn’t present in its brash, youthful state. Still, the groundswell of intensity builds with each sip, bordering on full-out sour apricot beauty amidst a complex citrus gueuze-like finish. Excellent stuff. Note to self.....acquire more of this by whatever means necessary. This might just be my favorite fruit lambic of all time.

Original rating (circa 2008, from both fresh draft and year old bottles). A clear, glistening, golden-orange body is topped with a thin, wispy film with a bubbly, off-white rim. Sudsy micro-spots of lace show like constellations in the night sky. As soon as liquid hits glass, an explosion of sour fruits and barnyard funk dart for the nose. Intense lambic sourness attacks relentlessly, while scents of sun warmed apricot skins and acidic apple cider vinegar fight through the lingering, cloudy, farmhouse funk. The first sip comes with a cringe inducing, mouth puckering assault. This stuff is heavy duty sour.....sucking on a lemon sour......but if you can handle it, you are rewarded with luscious, juicy apricot, nectarine and green apple goodness. The light carbonation and classic lambic body are perfect, as any fizziness would surely intensify the acidic punch beyond tolerable levels. This is a fantastic beer, but make sure you are well versed in sours before you go anywhere near this bad boy. You have to crawl before you can sprint.

Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - SEP 24, 2008
(bottle, thanks Badgerben!) Pours a fairly still yellow. The aroma is all over the board, scents of freshly cut avocado, garlic, dried apricot, and the characteristic Cantillon barnyard funk. The taste was too sour and abrasive for me. There is huge mineral, vinegar, and lemon components that dominate over the subtle undertone of apricot. The flavor finishes with lingering sourness. This is definitely the most sour beer I’ve tried.

Blom (848) - Sorø, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2008
Hazy yellow with a diminishing head. Citric and sour aroma of vinegar. The flavour begins nice - with notes of lemon and fruits - not sure if it’s apricot. Then the Cantillon effect kicks in going into harsh grape like acid and sourness. The throat burns and the stomach turns. Extreme. (A S.1, E. 2)

badgerben (5328) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2008
2003 Vintage; Tasted September 7, 2008. Cloudy yellow color with a thin head. Aroma of dry wheat, honey and dried apricots. The dried apricots really come out in the flavor. Plenty of orange blossom honey. Quite sour, though not necessarily tart. A little peach towards the finish.

Stine (1799) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Poured from a 750 ml bottle, vintage 2003. Thanks Ben! A dusty dandelion yellow, soft and luminous. Sweet-tart apricot skin aroma with an intimidating array of wild oddities beneath; banana pepper skins, pickled ginger and garlic cloves, pineapple rinds; amidst the characteristic dryness of mineral yeasts, there’s a pillow-soft goat cheese tang for it all to swim and settle in.

Flavor is a raging swell of sour acidity, with a lacquer of fruit, honey, and flowers that lends a needed delicacy to the middle, to settle the violence of the acetic acids for a moment; still, the barren wood acidity and its wild heat that tends to dominate many of these not-yet-very-old Cantillons remains on furious display here; huge amounts of hot lemon juice, champagne vinegar, and pissy white wine. Altogether one of the sourest experiences yet, and certainly harrowing, and stunning.

Oily, medium body; softly carbonated; adhesive, vinegar-cured peppers and general raw sourness in a very long finish. A swift kick in the ass and sometimes the throat; sometimes an epiphany and sometimes an attack.

AmEricanbrew (7011) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Bottled 2006 is stamped on cork. Hazy orange amber with a slim head. Huge barnyard piss, apricot flesh and its woody pit aromas. Big ass funky sourness everywhere, with apricot, woody peach pits, and barnyard funk acidity. A very nice funky fruit Lambic.

daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2011 Cloudy apricot, gold pour. Damn what a beer! Man oh man. Rerate! Sour apricot amazingness! Sour, funky, sour! Apricot flavor is nice, sourness rocks...damn straight. Fuck yeah. Fuck yeah and FUCK yeah.

JK54B (1602) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 17, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2009 A 0.75L bottle at Kaisla. White fast dissapearing thin head. Hazy pale hey colour. Taste typically cantillon. In the beginning round apricot taste. Also some lehints of lemon and typical sourness. When getting warm also nose gets hints of apricot. Good!

mabel (9787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
[1466-20080531] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Sour geuze aroma has a bit of dust and petrol candy. Hazy, light orange brown body with a quick foamy white head. Sour sour citrus flavour is quite acidic. Sour medium body. Lovely sourness, yum.
(Post-Mondial Tasting)
Overheard: "Like being punched in the face with a sour gumball."

wickedpete (636) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Wow, I expected to like this, but I didn’t think I would like it this much. Wonderful to say the least. Hazy yellow color, a bit of white head. Aromas of stinky cheese, apricots, and funk. Very tar sour fruit flavor, apricots, and a dry finish. The tartness actually causes my mouth to water.

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