Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2009
Pours a hazy ruby with a nice reddish head.
Aroma is lovely and typical Cantillon. Humid cellar like, dry-bitter grape and weak notes of fruit.
The flavour is more sour grape like than bitter but still dry, with notes of hay, pine, earth and wine grapes.
A little ageing would properly do the trick and make this one my absolute favourites! JAXSON (607) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2009
2007 bottle. Pours a clear strawberry with a spotty head. Big brett is the first impression, more so than in most lambic. Kind of an earthy one, and there’s red berries of all kinds. Sounds very spritzy. Very sour, very tart. The brett doesn’t really shine in the flavor, though it’s integrated enough. Significant sour grape presence. Very thin, per the industry standard apparently. I wish there was more yeast complexity and body, but nice, quite nice. JaBier (8126) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Bottle sample at Muckfest 2009 Day 1. Cloudy dark red pour with no head. Fruity and sour aroma. Acidic vinegar flavor with flavors of wine and berry. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 Original rating. 750mL Bottle. Thanks James! Aroma is a fairly plain straight forward horsey funk, cotton, and lemon juice acid. A little acerbic grape skin. Pours a brilliant, vibrant flaming clearish red. Wow. Rose-tined head. Subtle mingling of lactic and citric acids. Champagne-like. The grape doesn’t jump and just lends a gentle, lightly vinous, addition of color and citric acid. Rich and tangy. Incredibly refined and delicate. Long, long, dry finish. So much softer than most Cantillons. Excellent. A wonderful sipper. 8/5/9/5/18=4.5
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2009
I wish I knew what year my first, original rate came from.
2008 Bottle. Thanks for sharing Sam! Super cheesy, horsey, funky wild olive aroma. Super tart, super lactic and biting. There’s some nice vivid fruit skin. Bloomy rind cheese qualities throughout. Goat cheese sharpness, almost. I don’t want to start anything, but this does have a bit of a salty, harsh pickle-juice character to it, especially when compared with the 2005 bottle. 8/5/7/3/14=3.7
2005 Bottle. Thanks for sharing Mike! A clear favorite for me, of the evening. Soft creamy raisin aroma. Clean and intergrated toned down citric, lactic, and fruit flavors. Not harsh at all, with a soft sweetness coming up the back. Graceful and elegant. A really stunning beverage. 8/5/9/5/18=4.5
Nose is strong of wood, red wine, berries, and slight funk.
Pour is a deep red with purple highlights.
Taste is heavy of red wine on the front, wine grapes turn sour, then the woodiness takes over and finishes with a nice funky earthiness.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUN 30, 2009
750ml bottle. Bottled in 2007. Served in a Smokestack chalice (v2) a little colder than needed. Gentle aroma, at first, possibly due to the temperature of the beer. What I can coax out of it is slight funky brett, a little wood, some acidity and a berry like fruitiness, akin to black raspberries. Reddish purple color with a smallish offwhite/pink head. The fruitflies seem to appreciate the aroma and or flavor since I just picked one out of my glass. The intial taste is somewhat tart, with under ripe berries, vanilla and some subtle barnyard characteristics, followed by a rush of acid, with the acetic aspect more noticeable, and some nice berry and general fruity flavors. There is more ethyl acetate (fingernail polish remover) than I would care for, but it is not over the top. I’m not sure that I could distinguish the fruit in the beer as being wine grapes, but I do get a nice berry flavor throughout and lingering into the finish. Once again, this is a Cantillon beer that I do not find overly sour, yet I am not sure if it is the beer or me, probably the latter. The beer seems to come into more of its own after warming up, there is more rich fruit flavors counterbalanced by a nice sourness that feels more lactic than acetic, inasmuch as it is more gentle for the amount of sourness presented than it would be if it was all or mostly acetic. The second glass seems to be a little more of most everything; more fruit, more tartness, more wood (still subtle), but less barnyard. This is a well made, imaginative beer, but it comes at such a steep premium that I doubt I will ever try it again and I am fine with that. mjs (7532) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 28, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2011 (Draught at Pikkulintu, 20110805) The beer poured deep red and cloudy. Its head was medium sized and pinkish. Aroma had sourness, grapefruit, wood and berries. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were sourness, grapefruit, berries, grapes, wood and low bitterness. Aftertaste was tart and sour.
JackT (71) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2009
(Bottle - 0.375 l, bottled in 2007, at Pikkulintu, Helsinki, on 2009-06-27) Ruby red and almost cloudy. Small white head. Sourness, berries and wood in aroma. Medium bodied and bit dry palate with medium carbonation. Berries, grapes, sourness, wood, bread and bitterness in taste. Berries and sourness in aftertaste. I prefer more sour lambics but this was nice, too.
Got this bottle from Ryan just returning from Belgium. Cranberry red body and pink head. Crisp, tart, dry flavor with a sour finish. This is the first legitimate sour beer I have had and I would definitely like to have more of it in the future. Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Nose=merlot and tartness. Pours a darker cloudy plum color that is quite beautiful. Smoother but not as crisp as the other Cantillon with a dry finish. Fred82 (2331) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2009
750ml bottle. Poured red with a pink medium head that is short lived. Aroma is barnyard, light sourness but not much fruits. Felt some tiny hints of wine as it warmed up. Taste is light sourness, dry but still not much fruits. Very drinkable and refreshing but I would have hoped for a much more fruity profile. There are small hints of cherries and grapes to be found but really discrete. Still, is is a really fine lambic that is very enjoyable and tasty. Also quite drinkable since the sourness is not too powerful. Carbonation is not very strong but full of small bubbles tickling the back of the tongue. I will have the chance to re-rate with my other bottle !!