Bottle shared @ Cantillon. Pours clear golden with a small white head. Aromas of seabuckthorn, light chessy funk, mineralic, citrus, floral notes. Taste has seabuckthorn, citrus, lightly bretty funk, oaky ish finish.
Bottle at Stadin Panimo. Slightly hazy orange with a brief white head. Funky barnyard, quiet a bit of sea buckthorn, some light cheesy tones, cloudberries and minerals. Quite a bit of resemblance to Soleil. Tart seabuckthorn finish. Great one!
Fruchtiger, moderat säuerlicher Beginn. Geringe Bitterkeit, trocken fruchtig, steigende Säure. Vollmundig, beerig, weich. Langer, weich säuerlicher Abgang. 10/8/9/9/11/9
F: big, white, good retention. C: shiny gold, light hazy. A: basement, brett, barnyard, sour fruity, old chees, mineral, funky, sea water, wood and complex all together. T: sour fruity, woody with light tannins, peach, brett, basement, sour apple peels, mineral, sea buckthorn, medium body and higher carbonation, bit oily mouthfeel which positively surprised me, really great one, fully enjoyed, 375ml bottle @ Cantillon.
Cantillon lambic with sea buckthorn, an unlikely fruit to be found in traditional lambic, but originated as a specialty beer for One Pint's Pub in Finland, comparable to the way Soleil de Minuit and Blabaer originated, as commissioned beers with 'nordic' fruits not traditionally used in Belgium; raving reviews, relative rarity and the fact that this comes from the most popular of traditional lambic producers, have lead to similar effects in creating a legendary status for these beers, and vintage bottles of this one change ownership on the secondary market for astronomical prices. For reasons unclear to me, however, Cantillon has been selling this beer at their brewery for quite a while now - at a price of 'only' 12 euros - but understandably, and I assume in agreement with One Pint's Pub, it is only available for on-site consumption (and doesn't even have a back label). This rating concerns a bottle consumed at Cantillon. Creamy and dense, egg-white, membrane-lacing head, thick and stable initially but eventually dissipating; hazy warm orangey-hued peach-golden colour. Crisp, elegant, noble bouquet of sour sea buckthorn berries indeed but not overwhelmingly so, sawdust, dried lemon peel, lime juice, Bretty 'sweat' effect, bread crust, dusty attic, sherry vinegar, green sour apples, damp haystack and eventually, when pouring in the sediment, a vague and less pleasant note of rotting potatoes, but as this only appears in the very end and remains volatile even then, I will not take it into account too much. Crisp sour onset, very refreshing lemony sour berry effect with a subtle note of berry peel wryness; the fruit acidic as well as lactic sourness dry a pleasantly bready, somewhat cracker-like malt base. Woody and berry skin tannic notes in the finish, a bit astringent of course but far less so than expected based on this fruit's reputation of being very wry, with a lovely sour green apple note (light apple vinegar even), Bretty sweat and hay effects and dusty aspect. Very nice Cantillon indeed, very refreshing and drinkable yet well-bodied and complex, with a pleasant sourness that turns out far less sharp and astringent than I was expecting, so in that sense this is masterfully done. Glad I could taste it without having to pay a small fortune for a bottle... Thank you for that, Cantillon, now do the same with Blabaer and Soleil please.
375 ml bottle at Moeder Lambic Original, during Zwanze 2018 weekend. Almost clear orange color with off white head. Yeasty and light malty aroma, funky, barnyard notes, fruity, sweet and tart fruity, stone fruits, berries, light cheesy, herbal, bread. Sweet and light acidic taste. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.
37.5cl @ Cantillon, for a nice 12€ - no insane vintage gimmick whale hunter BS here - Vintage 2018. Dorée sur un col blanc-cassé qui se retrouve tenace sur les rebords du verre - assez unique dans une Cantillon d'avoir une telle rétention de mousse. Arôme est bien funk, lambic avec bonne effluve de chêne qui donne tout de même une note de douceur en rétro. Je retrouve un nez finement citrique et un bouquet qui rappelle un peu les vielles semelles de chaussures de gym - Palais est léger le tout, à l'image du col, tend à avoir une consistance crémeuse en bouche. Le profile est funk avec les baies d'argousier augmentant l'effet acidulé et astringent. La mousse reste en bouche, le caractère du bois est plaisant et accompagne bien l'assemblage des lambics. Léger piquant et acidulé revient sur le nez après une gorgée.
11-09-18 // 375ml bottle at the brewery. Almost clear golden. Creamy white head. Dry funky nose. Quite fruity funky. Soft mouthfeel. Wild. Lemon notes. Lovely.
375ml bottle at Cantillon. Hazy golden color with a fine head. Woody, citrusy nose, with some berry-like fruit (no idea what sea buckthorn actually tastes like personally). Very sour and dry flavor, sharp and acidic. Soft, silky body. Interesting but this is a bit too sour for me, and it seems like the fruit is just adding more sourness, rather than other interesting notes.