BeerandBlues2 (12193) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Brad, (thank you!) on 10/8/16.
High clarity leaving behind the sediment and revealing a sunset-hued golden body with a surprisingly large, white head showing strong retention for the style.
The nose is quite grape-forward, showing what definitely smells very Concord-esque. Many say Welchís grape jelly, and while I donít think itís that uncouth, thereís no denying the similarities. Thereís definitely some light powdered sugar evident but the sourness/acidity is quite nicely controlled and it smells soft, mild, even, etc....No alcohol or flaws and not exactly a study in funk, but certainly some mineral, very light horseblanket and light grapeseed suggestions.
Flavor is surprisingly acidic with lots of grapeseed and grapeskin character. These types of grapes are very tannic and it shows here. Itís pretty nicely integrated with the lambic, though itís still quite prominent. Tart acidity and a very tight, engaging carbonation keep it zesty, bright and refreshing, with soft, malt and wheat backing it. Dry, of course with interesting flavors arising from the combination of grape and lambic, as per usual. Still, I wouldnít call this terribly funky, certainly not by Cantillon standards. Is that why itís liked by so many?? Thatís definitely not why I like Cantillon....
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Amber golden pour with white head. A decent amount of carbonation. Jammy grape, funky, wine, sweet aromas. Flavors are sweet, grape jelly, mild tart fruit, wine and funk.
halo3one (5) - - OCT 7, 2016 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark red wine. Sour grape. Sweet & sour slushie. Hard to tell the age. Lightly tannic. Oak. Outstanding.
GrumpyOldTroll (59) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
ineedbeer (1858) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
knickskicks (1151) - - NOV 26, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
manker (66) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
gn0sis (65) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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‚Äôall. 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‚Äôs not the end-all, be-all for me. I honestly prefer Foune to DQ, but damn am I glad to have tried this. Cheers!
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!