Tried and true followers will remember Cantillon from my post on Zwanze Day in week 37, I decided to revisit the highly sought after brewery after seeing their beer on the bottle list at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown. Cantillon is so well known for their ability to create the best of the best in terms of Lambics, which go without saying that they make good Krieks and Gueuze as well. The brewery pays so close attention to detail and the history of brewing these quirky, sometimes scoffed at, beers, and the dedication shows.
Out of the bottle we have a clear red pour with a fizzy pink head. Much larger head than I was expecting. No lacing but decent retention. My server poured the beer, and set the bottle down before clearing the bottle, meaning my second pour was much more cloudy as the pour unsettled the yeast residing on the bottom of the bottle. More seasoned Lambic pourers keep the bottle on it’s side after the first pour to avoid this occurrence. It has a very sour smell with hints of cherries. While it is very funky, the acidity takes over. Following the smell the taste is much more acidic than funky and the cherries fall in the background, providing balance. Very delicious. While the acidity is the forefront, it is not overbearing. The funk and cherries balance it out very nicely and leave a tart aftertaste, which hangs on well after the beer has left the palate. Light and carbonated very well. Extremely dry finish. Very tart. This is very, very good. Balanced, tart, funky, easy drinking. I can understand why these are so hard to come by.