rouhlas (3783) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - SEP 21, 2016 Sean9689 (286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Originally rated on 06-24-12. I’ve had this beer twice in the last month...yeah, that doesn’t suck. Both 750ml bottles into my go-to Narke tulip.
Pours a mirky golden yellow color, white fizzy head, wisps. Nose is mellow funky citrus, light mineral notes, oak, and hay. Smells like an old Gueuze, but if you’ve never had one, you don’t know what I’m talking about. Musk, barn, and light acidic notes on the end. Flavor really reminds me of the Cantillon Gueuze I had from 1996, perhaps a bit more nuanced and delicate. Citrus, funk, tart, hay, musk. There’s a mineral character on the finish mixed with the citrus and tart notes that I contribute to the age. Doesn’t detract, but I think it could eventually build to hamper the taste. Light body, light carbonation, refreshing, dry finish.
So, both bottles were extremely delicious. I would say this is one of the top Gueuze’s I’ve ever had, and probably one of the best sours as well. Really good stuff...want more...plz? Until we meet again.
750 ml bottle shared at the original Chez Moeder Lambic’s cellar (A Day To Sink All Sea Shepherds tasting). Hazy orange color with off white head. Malty and yeasty aroma, toasted bread, funky barnyard notes, grass, citrusy fruity, stone fruits, wood. Light sweet and moderate acidic taste. Medium oily body with soft carbonation. kermis (14553) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2016
Bottle shared at A Day To Sink All Sea Shepards tasting. Very hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma of deep dank cellar funk, basement, cobwebs, light mushroom, citric notes, mineral and slight mint notes. Flavour is light moderate sour. Light medium bodied with soft carbonation. So soft, refined and easy drinking. A great experience to be able to try this beer. kraddel (8890) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2016
@ A day to sink all seasheppards, Thnx for sharing !!! Pours unclear blonde, very small ring of white foam. Smell is super intense on funk and oak. taste is intense, funk, oak, brett. Typical cantillon, in all the foog ways. Funky grainyness, but in a super-complex balance. Good MF . Has gotten soft carbo at this time. Very nice ! GrumpyOldTroll (61) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Pours a nice golden straw color and most bottles I’ve had have been nicely carbonated. It’s an interesting beer and is quite different from a regular gueuze. Worth tracking this one down but there is definitely some bottle variation at this point. brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle @ Pat’s. Thanks, Jer! Hazed golden-orange pour with a white head. Really citric and lemony. Funky mushroom and library books. Some damp straw, orange peel, and golden apple. Nice sourness to the flavor. A slight sweetness of orange marmalade and apple. Sour lemon and green grapes. A sort of musty funkiness and slight earthy quality. Sort of zesty.
fredrik_ (102) - SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle thanks to Lulu, Shelton label. A very elegant beer. Nose is complex although a little oxidized. Beer the same.
Ludvig (134) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
This beer is so moderately acidic, and i dont find that in old lambic if it is not Cantillon. Perhaps above all on should speak of the elegance in the sourness that only comes with old Cantillon! An oxidation that makes one think of dusty cellar! The taste of green apple peel but a flavor the meat from red apples, complex is the least one can say! manker (76) - SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2014
Danke Lulu. Musky aroma with nice sourness. Slight oxidation which gives depth and keeps aromas of citrus and hay. Really an aroma you want to come back to and sit and smell for a while. Lovely complex flavor, simple but wow what a mouthfeel, in the beginning. Apples, citrus and lots of murky barnyard cellars. Long finish with a sour almost bitter finish. Although there is something in the after taste I dont really dig. Alengrin (5722) - BELGIUM - SEP 3, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2015 Considering Cantillon’s quality, it would be a shame to throw away geuze bottles that show a fermentation going to slowly, so those bottles were cleverly marketed as ’Loerik’, meaning something like ’lazybones’. A geuze Cantillon "in development", so to speak. Due to the slower than expected refermentation, this one stays softer and ’flatter’ than the fully developed geuze Cantillon, but otherwise the main character is the same. Great, in other words. Which probably partially explains why this has become something of a ’white whale’ now that it is no longer produced, I suppose. gn0sis (70) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Sampled at Denver Ghost Tasting, 10/13.. Clean bottle sourced from an old Belgian cellar- 1998 Cork -an extremely well preserved cork at that. Pours with a tinge of carbonation and a bright golden presence in my tulip. This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Aromas of hay, grass and barnyard, along with some lemon rind dominate. Small head, minimal lacing, watered down oily presence in glass. Looks like perfection, and tastes even moreso like it. Its amazing- supreme balance of tartness and oak, along with a delicate subtle hint of oxidation. This bottle appears to have been aged under optimal, even near-perfect cellaring conditions. Not much tops this in terms of non-fruited Cantillon offerings, this is the pinnacle.