readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow. The Don lives up to the hype. Nose is grape juice. Strongly reminiscent of concord grapes, some oak, hint of funk. Cloudy light red/dark pink. Taste is superb. Juicy grapes followed by light lemon tartness and a tpich of earthy funk. Refreshing - unlike any lambic I’ve had before. Fox grapes are legit.
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled, ericandersnavy tasting, clear orange in color with no head, few bubbles, aroma is dry white wine, musty, flavor is dry wine, light bodied, some sourness, funky yeast note, earthy floral finish
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky orange-red pour with a small white head. Nose is musty and very heavy on the grapes. Strong funk, lots of fruit, and plenty of acid. A touch of lemon zest, some blue cheese, and a bit of damp straw. Flavor is lightly sweet from the grapes, but still has a very pronounced acidity and sourness. Nice blue cheese funk, some grass, straw, and must. Strong citrus notes, a bit of oak, and a lot of barnyard funk.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
HUGE thanks to Umberto for busting out this rare treat during our epic drinking session at The Goblin Pub in Pavullo nel Frignano, Italy. Your generosity knows no limits!
Pours a hazy, bright amber color with golden orange edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.
Sweet vinous aroma with a really strong grape presence countered by a decent amount of musty funk. Nice earthy barnyard character with some horseblanket, lactic funk, cobweb, oak and grape must. Subtle acetic presence but the sweet grape and vinous dark fruit notes keep it in check. Very inviting nose with the vinous fruit and musty funk complimenting each other perfectly.
Tart and puckering with a good amount of sourness but it never becomes harsh or overly acidic. Lots of earthy barnyard funk and sweet, vinous fruit notes balance things out. Kind of reminds me of fresh St. Lamvinous but just a bit sweeter and more vinous. There’s a very prominent grape presence that counters the dry, musty funk and sour acidity nearly perfectly. Surprising how prominent the vinous fruit still is after four years. Some brett and lactic funk contribute to the complexity yet this beer remains delicate and easy to drink with some lingering acetic flavor in the finish that leaves me drooling for more. I could see this being too sweet and not sour enough for some people but I loved the balance of flavors.
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Huge thanks to Mike for sharing this rarity. The Don pours cruddy reddish amber with a small white head that settles to a ring and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The musty, earthy grape juice. Lots of grape juice, like Welch’s. There is also an aroma that smells like smarties as well as a bit of a mineral note and very light sulfur. The initial taste has a bit of sweetness with lots of musty grape juice. It is fairly tart with lactic acid. The smarties come through in the taste as well. The finish is drying with more grape juice. There as also a slight astringency. Medium body. Medium-low carbonation. This beer is certainly unique and very good. The Don lives up to the hype.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled March 2011; RBWG
The beer pours with a pale, wispy head that sits on top of a pale-purple tinged, amber colored beer. The nose has a really foxy (as in wild grape) note that sort of leans towards Concord grapes up front. There is a back note of mustiness, more moldy character, and some plastic-phenolic funkiness. It smells nicely tart, with more lactic notes than anything, but definitely some other acids round things out here as well. A butyric and goat-muskiness lightly touches the finish of the aroma.
As the beer first hits my mouth it tastes tart, but then gets more sharp and sour as it rolls across the tongue. This has a big, sharp, sourness in the end, but it is not acetic; some of the acidity must be from the grapes, as it is not entirely lactic in character. Linger flavors of foxy grapes melds with musky, and slightly moldy notes, as well as a touch of phenols that are almost plastic like in character. The plastic notes get a bit more prominent as the beer warms up. This is very dry, quite funky and the lemon-like tartness help immensely as well. A Brettanomyces signature plays a big role here, but part of the funkiness certainly comes from the particular grapes use. This is very light and quaffable (at least if you really like sours), but doesn’t come off as being watery or thin.
This is really nice, I would have loved to have had more, but this is certainly an awesome way to start off a grand tasting event. I like that this is super tart, and it is just so nicely evocative of musky, foxy, grapes and funk. This beer has definitely inspired me to find more funky, foxy, indigenous / wild grape varieties to use in Sour beers of my own; the signature that the grapes have left on this beer is just so interesting and intriguing.
Huhzubendah (3542) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad! This is at the very top of my beer wish list.
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.
Dunt (310) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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 welch’s grapes and grapefruit. I don’t know where people were getting the shit/dirty diaper notes on this before, I think this smells amazing. Doesn’t have as much of the Cantillon funk I expected. Flavor is incredibly tart, there is still a good amount of grape present, but I’ve 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 wouldn’t 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!
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
xscottypx (104) - Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.