Bottle @ Moeder Lambic Original. Pours clear golden with a small white head. Aromas of citrus, white grapes, floral notes, peach, nutty vin jaune, ripe oranges. Taste has lots of vin jaune up front, nutty, caramel, oranges, citrus, red apples, vinous finish.
Bottle at BXLBeerfest Cantillon tasting, 6% ABV. Pours hazy orange. Aroma is fruity, vinous, oak. Later when it warms up the aroma is straight up curry! Flavor is sour, bitter, hint of sweetness, brettm oak, vinous. Feels really complex. Overall: great.
0,1l taster at BXLBeerfest. orange hazy color, small white head. smells medical, earthy, herbal, grassy, bit weird smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes earthy, medical, grassy, spices, peppery, wood, light wine notes, grapes, a bit of curry. finishes dry and lightly sour with notes of medical, spices and some grape notes. nice but also not totally my thing, bit weird 7, 4, 7, 3, 15
At Quintessence 2018. Unclear golden color with off white head. Yeasty aroma, barnyard funk, herbal spicy, wood, sweet vinous, rip fruits. Sweet and acidic taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.
Bottle pour at Quintessence 2018. Hazy deep yellow with a frothy offwhite head. Lovely gueuze nose with just the right amount of intriguing wine character. Almost the noble rot grape kind. More funk than I'd expect from Cantillon which I love. Balanced sour and fruity taste with a hint of residual fruity sweetness still lingering. Tart and slightly dry mouthfeel with balanced mellow carbonation. Absolutely lovely! Need to search out this wine thingy they've used.
Quintessence. Unclear golden. Funk, white wine barrels, nuts. Medium, quite acidic but not too much. Low wine flavours, but still a good balance. A tad too acidic. Very good.
Sample from bottle. Hazy golden with white head. Very grape forward with grape most, citrus, barnyard funk and oak. Some nutty notes at the end. Great beer!
Cantillon's famed geuze made from lambic aged on barrels of vin jaune, a very specific type of wine endemic to the French Jura region and production-wise closer to sherry than to regular wine; tasted from a vintage bottle at Cantillon's own premises during the Quintessence event. Medium thick, regularly shaped, egg-white, moussy but opening head over a hazy golden blonde beer with warmer peachy tinge. Incredibly attractive, quite unique aroma in which the sherry-like properties of the vin jaune are beautifully and quite expressively integrated in the lambic character; the combination of the two breathes impressions of barnyard, yellow curry paste of curry powder, lots of sherry-like nuttiness, sour apples, dusty haystacks, old white port, raw green gherkins, dusty old cupboards, cheese rind, paprika, gooseberries. Crisp, lambic-estery onset, teeming with crabapple and unripe plum, lemon peel edge, sour and a bit puckering at first but softening as the palate progresses into more and more complexity, highlighted by a refined, lambrusco-like carbonation. A soft, wheaty soil carries a structure of lambic and vin jaune merging into one another and producing that typical yellow curry-like aspect again retronasally, raw unpickled gherkin or courgette, walnuts, old sherry or white port wine, dusty old attic and sour apples - too much to break down into details really... Very 'old' woody character, vinegar-tinged sourness in the end, lambic funk and vin jaune nobility stay intertwined in a hugely fascinating manner. I was looking forward to trying this one and it comes as no surprise that it scores so high on this site, this is a unique, utterly complex and immensely interesting lambic - on a par with the greatest drinks of this world, regardless to which type of beverage they belong. This 'beer' was a truly memorable and awe-inspiring experience, glad I sampled this masterpiece, easily the best Cantillon I ever had and most certainly among the very best beers ever for me 'tout court'. With something as absolutely brilliant as this, scores on RateBeer seem petty and irrelevant - so I see no reason why does would not deserve a full 5/5.