Bottled 2001, Sampled January 2004
Pours a semi-hazy gold color and is topped by a white head. Sour citrus aromas emanate immediately from my glass. These aromas are accompanied by notes of musty mushrooms and urea. A very tart first sip; my lips pucker and it feels like my cheeks have turned inside out. Ah yes this is going to be a good Cantillon offering.
Fairly low carbonation for a Gueuze, though strictly speaking this is not one, as it only has three year old Lambic in it. This is quite lemony and not as funky as some Lambic derivations. The brettanomyces character is pretty subdued, but there are definite musty-leathery notes here. A bit of vinegar adds to the acidity. The beer finishes with a slight tannic astringency, which seems fairly typical. My only complaint is that perhaps this bottle could have used a bit more complexity. The good/ variable thing about Lambic is that the next bottle is likely to be quite a bit different, so perhaps my complexity is hidden in the next bottle.