Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus

375 mL bottle, corked & capped. Bottled 23rd December 2009. Blood red, scarlet pour with a big fizzy, pink head on the pour. Obviously this fades quickly to leave no lace and there is almost no retention. The nose makes it obvious that this going to be pretty tart. A little funk in the nose and we also get a touch of the horseblanket in the tastes. Initial tastes (unsurprisingly) prove that. Some light fruit, but otherwise it is ALL dry, tart, apple notes with the usual cider elements being...

Cantillon Fou’ Foune

It's funny how these things work out, and over the years I learned that it's just SO much better to simply roll with the punches. What am I talking about? Well, for many years I;ve stared at bottle of this on the shelves in Atlanta and decide to pass - not a huge fan of Lambics. Then, as usual, all hell breaks loose with massive hysteria when news comes that Cantillon is/was will be/may be, NOT brewing this anymore. Cue panic buying and extreme geekery. I shrug my shoulders and content myself...

Cantillon Iris

Style #102 out of #103 reviewed on BA. Also, BA review #2000. Black foiled neck, capped and corked. 2004 vintage, cork reads 2.006. Exactly the same bottle that I bought as a thank you for mikesgroove, and (from notes) the same beer that I have tried on more than one occasion in Belgium. Anyway, back to this bottle... Poured into the Brasseries l'Abbaye des Rocs chalice the beer sits fairly still in the glass with a hazed, orange pour and some spotty lace and a decent white collar. No lace....

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus

2007 vintage, capped and corked in the 750 mL bottle. Label slightly different than the BA db picture AND the label lists this at a 5% beer. Aged in Oak Barrels and has the Merlot grape addition. $29.95 from Green's, Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA, USA. Look, I've been to the Brussels brewery twice, travelled extensively in Northern France and Belgium so I know what I'm talking about, but I have to say the beauty and subtlety of Cantillon and the harsh Lambics still at least partially evades me....

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic

Despite the fact that I've drunk several saison's and I know that Lindemans lambics are very, very sweet and not representative of the classic style, you're never quite ready for the jolt to the taste buds that this beer provides. Very low carbonation and a crimson, hazy body with no head or lacing. Lots of floating sediment appeared to be in place too. A very organic smell, a bit like horse manure! Not very thrilling to the nose for the uninitiated, as expected for the rest. I'm afraid that...