Bottle date 2001, Cork date 2002, Sampled April 2004
This beer pours an ever so slightly hazy deep red color. It is topped by bubbly light red to pink colored head, that never quite disappears entirely. The carbonation is persistent, though not overly high either. The aroma is sour and woody at first, then notes of Barnyard funk kick in. There is a definite musty, leathery, ancient dusty room type aroma here. At the very end I get a bit of sweet cherry notes in the nose.
The tasted is softly acidic (for a Lambic) and it is accompanied by a rich body. There is a definite dry, tart, tannic cherry note here. The time spent on the cherries seems to have increased the body quite substantially. This is quite good, and quite different from what I was expecting. It is a bit softer, and a bit better integrated than the standard Cantillon beers. It is nicely sour, with notes of citrus & vinegar. The finish is woody and reminds me of cherry skins. This is certainly a beer I could drink a lot of. The cherry flavor is quite good in this beer. There is no sticky sweetness, like that found in the more commercial versions, instead there are these intense, chewy, mouth filling, cherry skin, dry, tart flavors that just proclaims that there are cherries in this Lambic. I really like this, and it certainly has grown on me as I finish the bottle.
Thanks to Joey for bringing this one last night to La Bella. A 2005 bottle (the cork says bottled in 2007). This beer was the last on of the night, as it should...it's just the perfect dessert.
Pours a dark ruby, or cranberry juice, color with a fizzy quarter inch of foam.
Theses beers always bring a tear to my eyes...Wonderful aroma. Cheesy, hay, sour and dried cherries, leather, lemon, oak, vanilla, and red grapes. Complex, yet very well blended and crafted beer.
Some leathery flavors upfront with some sweet and tart cherries in the middle, cheesy in the finish. On second sip I get some lemons, tangy wheat, and musty flavors. Nice dryness in the finish with just a touch of tart cherry juice sweetness. Later on I get a taste similar to salty apricots, vanilla, mellow oak flavors, deep cherry pit, and green apples. Medium acidity and not too harsh on the stomach, quite easy to drink. Fizzy and effervescent on the palate.
What a wonderful beer.
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