spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2007
’01 Vintage.Avery balanced sourness with a hint of tart cherries in the aroma.Pours a very dark red with a medium pink head.Great balance of sourness and cherries.Medium mouthfeel with a hint of cherries in the finish. jcat (23) - USA - APR 21, 2007
Wow- this has a strong sour cherry flavor. The first taste or two really makes you pucker. Nice reddish appearance though and strong sour cherry aroma. It did have a spicey flavored aftertaste. thebaldwizard (1365) - Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2007
#800!!! ’01 Vintage. Cork was in great shape, which was a pleasing sign. The pour revealed a gorgeous deep red brew that sported a lightly colored pink head with lively carbonation present in the glass. Aroma of sour cherries wafted from the glass, and presented a wondeful experience for the nose. Sour cherry spice? This beer puts forth that flavor and makes it work to perfection. The sour aspect hits first, of course, but does not overwhelm at all. In the middle of the experience, the cherry flavor makes itself known without being unwelcome. Finally, a dash of peppery madness arrives and suprises the taste buds in a delightfuly delicate dance of flavoring. This is simply a superb experience--one that I’m glad I waited to experience. tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2007
2002 vintage. Pours deep ruby red with pink highlights. Sour cherry and hints of spice (cinnamon & nutmeg?) on the nose. Quite firm body. WOW! An explosion of sour and tart cherries on the palate. Quite tart and dry. Finish dry and ling. Very fun stuff. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 2004. Pizza Port Belgian Beer Fest. On tap. Vivid, exciting bright real red fresh cherry juice vibrance, alive with dripping moisture and a wildness of the pits. Florid and bright vermillion, with a rose fringe and blush head. Flavor is a sweet, chirping acidity in the note of perfected aged cherry alcohols, fresh flesh and pining pits. Amazing balance derived singularly from the fruit. All around stunning.
wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Great, great beer(ish). Ruby red color, spectacular cherry smell. Much better than lindenmans, because less sharp and less sweet. The best Cantillon. Tried it at the12 hour Belgian beer partyin Carlsbad, CA. Possibly the best beer tasting ever,with 70 bottled rare and expensive beers and 20 on draft. Tmoney99 (14963) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Bottle 2003. Poured hazy reddish color with an average frothy reddish head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex sour cherry aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and lively carbonation. Heavy sour cherry flavor with a medium tart sour finish of long duration. Sour refreshing brew that was good for 2300. mds (2256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2007
Bottle. 2001 vintage.
Pours a murky, varying, reddish coloured body with a medium-sized soapy white head. Loads of cherry, acidic seeds, vinegar, and sweet jam in the aroma. Very tart acidity, chewy fruit sharpness moving between cherries and raspberries. In the middle there is some fruit sugar and then leads into a well-attenuated long, lingering, aciditic finish.
Another great Cantillon.
ALLOVATE (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2007
Photo of the bottle and glass:
In the far, far reaching netherworld of the notebook I pull out another one. Tasted way back in March ’06, seems a lifetime ago. A 2003 corked seven fifty, into a shallow chalice at just on cold. Classic, candi apple red body, bright, with minute intermittent carbonation almost too fine to distinguish. A head developed off the pour, a tight, thin, wafered pad of pink to sit in charm of the beer itself. Aroma, a let down. I expected aggressive, in fact I wanted aggressive and alas, only subtlety here. A light prickle, acidic and tart, fell fruit, slight dampness of hessian but little else, no real character. It’s peppery in the mouth, lively and yet delicate in body. The spritzy carbonation and tart cherry flavours cause it to bounce across the palate with so much haste it barely grips for enjoyment. It is sour, no doubt, but so, so controlled up against the likes of the Cantillon 100% Kriek. The palate so dry, it does manage to leave a feint cherry essence to linger on the lips where the saliva once dwelt. Subtle baby-spew end and fruit on dominance so much to not really be of character at all. It sadly lacks in true Lambic character, it’s just too subtle to be of worth. Where are the cobwebs, the must, the damp cellar, the Brett. and Lambicus. I did expect more, but hey, I love Cantillon so it is forgiven. (apologies for the overuse of the word subtle!) KnutAlbert (6791) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2007
Tasted at the brewery.
Very smooth, the cerries bringing a new dimension. A little sweetness in the finish, but the sourness lingers, too. Very refreshing!