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Cantillon Don Quijote

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Formerly brewed at Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Brussels, Belgium

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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A fruit lambic brewed with Italian grapes similar to Concord grapes or Fox grapes (Vitis Labrusca) exclusively for Goblin Pub and Livingstone Club - Florence - Italy.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad! This is at the very top of my beer wish list. Review #600 Vintage 2008 Bottle 64L A: The appearance is radiant orange/red, akin to grape juice. The beer has a small head and leaves just a trace of lacing, typical of a Cantillon lambic. S: The aroma is fantastic, with a balance of classic Cantillon funk and freshly squeezed grape juice. T: Like the aroma, the flavor is grape juice and funk. The beer is not overly sour or funky, but I certainly would not describe it as sweet, even though grapes / grape juice are very prominent. M: Medium thin bodied. The aftertaste is fantastic. The balance of funk and lambic flavors with fruit is wonderful. D: A pleasure to drink. I could have sipped this all night, if only that were possible.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dunt (281) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Been waiting a long time for this day. My biggest personal whale for as long as I can remember. Pours a cloudy pinkish brownish red...kinda resembles a grapefruit in color actually. Small white head of tight, white bubbles. Nose is explosive fruit, specifically a mix of welchís grapes and grapefruit. I donít know where people were getting the shit/dirty diaper notes on this before, I think this smells amazing. Doesnít have as much of the Cantillon funk I expected. Flavor is incredibly tart, there is still a good amount of grape present, but Iíve been told its faded quite a bit since the last bottle the group had opened. There is some light lemon, but again, a lot less than a typical Cantillon offering. Light mouthfeel, good acidity, good carbonation, and a long finish. Such a great experience! I was skeptical that it wouldnít hold up to the hype, but this beer is incredible. I think I need to follow through on getting one for the cellar. Thanks for going after this guy with me Ethan and Chris!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
From notes, had last year at Goblin. Pours light red with a small pinkish off white head. Nose is grapes, berries, light citrus, vinegar and funk. Taste has notes of sweetness and bitter but sour dominates mostly. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth. body is light with a hug long lasting finish. Great.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xscottypx (104) - Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2012
reviewed 01-08-2012. never ever thought i would be doing this.... pour was a faint red with some violet. head was white and frothy with a hint of faint color like light red in it. some retention and lacing. pour was from towards the top so it was fairly clear and clean. scent was interesting. lots of cheese, old sweat, musty, with this light sharpness and intense concord grape. very complex and interesting. starts out quite sour and intense, then starts to fade out with a just amazing combination of subtle oak, mustiness, and straight grape in the finish. the grape just sits on the tongue. nice and dry with some help from the oak. nice mild carbonation, slight sweetness. this was amazing, lots of interesting characteristics all over it.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (3876) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Sampled at STLWillís 30th b-day tasting. This was a beer where the nose and the taste were worlds apart for me. Pours clear copper with a small white head. The aroma has lots of unrefined wood, body odor, dirty grapes, light sourness and bugginess - this didnít give me high hopes. The body is light/medium as is smooth by the breweries standards along with mild carbonation. The taste starts off with a husky/grainy quality that has a sweet/tart taste thatís very buggy and highly acidic. The grapes didnít come out to me until the finish and they came out big there with the Concord flavor. Lots more acidity on the finish as well. A great beer, just didnít care for the aroma.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2012
750 ml bottle sampled at STLWillís 30th birthday party- thanks, again! Pours a murky reddish gold color with a white ring for a head. Aroma has a big dose of red grapes, both tart and more sweet and juicy, with barnyard funk, oak, and cheese. Flavor of grapes, lemon juice, vinegar, oak, yogurt, and more farmhouse funk. Pretty damn sour and tart. Dry, with moderate carbonation. Pretty damn amazing.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2012
So very fortunate to try this one. From notes, bottle share at CDC b4 release. From such a small sample I got so much. The palate was incredible, and followed a fruit forward but light nose, citrus, cherry, minimal funk. Cascading down my palate was a hodgepodge of fruits and acidity. Must have bottle.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nimbleprop (4536) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2011
750ml bottle pours a hazy amber with a creamy, white head. Nose is sweet, berries, earthy, wet fertilized soil, red grapes, funk, band aid, a little rotting vegetable, strawberry patch. Flavor is more straight forward, grassy, hay, funky like the Blauw we had earlier but with white grapes, strawberry, berry sweetness, a little horsey, some bandaid. Not as acetic as other Cantillons. Perfect level of carbonation, soft, medium bodied, lightly tart. Super smooth. Very drinkable.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Thanks Travlr and GT2! Hazy orange pour with pink hints. The aroma is pure bliss: ultra juicy grape skins and grape flesh with classic overbearing Cantillon acidity. So vibrant and juicy I canít even believe it. Brett and farmy musty funk follow. The grapes completely dominate. Not overly nuanced or complex, but what we have here is certainly a masterpiece. Finish is dry and loaded with grapes.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerandBlues2 (9358) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2011 Bottle shared by GT2. Pours lightly hazy copper/amber with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is complex earthy, barnyard, and horse blanket with grapes, straw and meal malt, huge phenols and spicy hops. Flavor is sour and tart grapes, spicy phenols, light Brettanomyces notes, oak, vinous, lactic sourness and a dry finish. Medium-light body, no warmth, medium carbonation.


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