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Cantillon Don Quijote

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


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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

mdfb79's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mdfb79 (8) - New York, New York, USA - APR 7, 2011
From 01/22/11 notes. Total surprise to get to the tasting and see this one; huge thanks to ygtbsm94; thanks again Brad, this is one beer I just assumed I would never get to try. Review # 1000! a - Pours a somewhat murky raspberry pink color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. s - Smells of oak, welch grapes, tart fruit, funk, yeast, and a little manure. I like the smell and did not get as much manure as some people do, but itís definitely the weakest part of the beer in my opinion. t - Tastes of oak, grapes, tart apples, funk, tart fruit, and earthy notes. m - Light body and low carbonation, awesome smooth body. Insanely easy to drink. d - I thought this was an outstanding beer, aside from the smell. I just couldnít get over the small manure in the smell to give this a better grade; without that this one would have been even better. Would love to have again and very glad I even got to try this one once.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GrumpyOldTroll (58) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2016
This is an amazing beer. It pours a deep purple and has a nose that smells like freshly made grape juice with slightly leathery lambic notes. The mouthfeel and balance are perfect.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ineedbeer (1807) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Aroma is beautiful with great, sweet grape notes. Some leathery funk notes with a light herbal character. Light oak and lemon notes. Pours a slightly hazy, light red with some orange and brownish hues. Small, thick, white head with decent retention as it lingers on the edges. No lacing and small legs. Flavor is fairly acidic with some medium light lemon notes. Moderate grape flavor with a bit of sweetness. Some medium light oak notes. Light leather, herbal and barnyard funk. Some lingering tart grape and oak notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, an amazing beer with great grape notes. Sweet and tart with nice oak and leathery, barnyard funk notes.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
knickskicks (1150) - - NOV 26, 2015
750 ml. Hazy reddish pour. Nose is cheesy, passionfruit, red grapes. Taste is very jammy, berries, vinous, very tart. Full mouthfeel. Lingering tart jammy finish. Taste isnít as complex as the nose but still probably the best fruited lambic Iíve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
manker (65) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle at tasting. Very unique beer with a musty candy fruitiness to both aroma and flavor. The acidity and sourness complements the semi-sweet grape flavors. So complex yet so straightforward. Gentle as an Italian lover but rough like a bearded horse farmer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gn0sis (64) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle shared at Mikeyís - 2011 - Murky off-purple pour into cantillon tulip, this is perfection in a glass. Dank aroma of musty grapes, faint funky profile ultimately overpowered by the robust fruit. Extremely heady taste..musky and tart, though not bracing. Like a blended vignerrone and st. Lamvinus with some cobweb and equestrian essence to mellow things out. Big thank you to Franco for the expedited shipping and the opportunity to try this. Thanks also to the kind FedEx customs rep who said she would "see what she could do" after it was flagged. Canít wait to see how this develops over the next decade. After sharing and tasting many more bottles of this, at Dirty Truth Thanksgiving dinner 2011, at the lambic tasting in Monroe, the Stockholm lambic tasting 2013 ,and more recently at the Denver Ghost Tasting, this pour continues to illustrate why grape lambic embodies all that I desire in a beer. It really doesnít get any better than this, having had nearly all the grape lambics and variants from Cantillon. Truly a special treat that defines a lambic lovers existence, the sweet forbidden Italian grape melded with the bright acidity of Cantillon lambic makes for a beverage not matched by any else on planet earth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2014 375ml graciously shared by blatantdream. Thank you! Murky, dirty orange hue with plenty of handsome off-white foam adorning my glass. A gorgeous lambic. Dank grape aroma full of funk and hay. Grape drank, y’all. Deep, complex fruit profile shows surprising resilience considering this bottle is now 6 years old. Puckering sourness massages my taste buds, imparting a pleasantly stinging brightness after each sip. So, this is a fantastic lambic, but it’s not the end-all, be-all for me. I honestly prefer Foune to DQ, but damn am I glad to have tried this. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 12, 2014
38cl, Vintage 2008, retired exclusive brew, with Italian grapes, thx alot to Secret Santa!, very complex sour fruit brew, sour/fruity and slightly vinous/woody, very balanced, cloudy, small head, top class!, yet very expensive!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Rating 500.. Wow, grape jelly goodness... if i could have sex with a beer id fuck the shit out of don quijote...favorite beer. Thats all folks

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (6446) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2013
Review form notes dated 22 October 2011. 75cl bottle at Goblin Pub. Big thanks to Umberto for this one. It pours a hazy red/deep pink colour with a small white head. Aroma is pure grape juice upfront with a funky feet and cheesy aroma. Some sweet candy notes too. Taste is acidic and sweet with grapes and candies upfront. Midway through the sip you get some mineral qualities, almost salty, then cheese and dust and quite a lot of funk. Dry sour finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, a big personal whale and a very good lambic too. Itís probably no better than a SanLam in absolute terms, but the DQ is truly unique.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cfrances33 (35) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle decanted and poured into a Cantillon tulip. Pour is a mildly hazy, juicy magenta. A finger of pink head. Smell is beautiful, rich grape and lemon acidity. A good dose of funk as well. Jammy grapes and lemon acidity on the taste. Grape flavor is rich, but not too sweet... balanced well with one of the cleanest funk profiles Iíve ever encountered. Minerally and delicious. Mouthfeel is rich, juicy, yet untterly drinkable. Dry finish. Overall... this might be tied with Blauw for the best beer Iíve ever had. Certainly the best fruited lambic. Perhaps we will meet again one day!

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