Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Unblended
Brussels, Belgium


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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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A high density lambic, think of it as a Gueuze/Barley Wine.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Naturally since this beer will be rated en masse this weekend by geeks attending the festival it’s time I review it. Like the other rating (at this point there are only two) I sampled this thanks to Jean, who handed it to us with a big grin. One sniff and immediately I knew this was different. It was pretty still with only a ring of bubbles and a fairly darker appearance. The mouthfeel was not typical either. The beer is more sticky and much less effervescent than say a geuze would be. It has a leathery vinous nose that hints at sweetness. Once in the mouth the flavors of sourness hit along with a solid amount of sweetness. The higher alcohol percentage is apparent with a candi sugar flavor finish dominating, very triple like in my opinion. I was very happy to try this in Brussels... the day I return to Cantillon can not come soon enough. Reading the other review this calmed down a bit during the aging process as I had this at the end of April.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElManana (209) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2014
very barley wine like although there is a lot that reminds me of a cantillon geuze or lambic. its not sweet and still not sour so somewhere in between! Schizophrenic!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9492) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 17, 2014
@Quintessence - clear orange-red beer with no head retention; aroma of rhubarb and sour apples, light chewy nose; full-bodied, some sweetness below a decent sourness, some residual sweetness, sour fruits marmalade (pineapple and rhubarb)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
manker (47) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2014
@ Quintessence and last summer at home. It has developed since last year when it was way to thick and difficult to enjoy. Still heavy, musty with caramell, old highly concentrated apple juice and ripe fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (2817) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2014
Amber brown colour, no real head. Aroma of caramel, wood, malts, sugar, light raisins and nuts. Quite sweet flavour, wood, malts and caramel. Light sour finish, caramel and nuts. Interesting brew.
(from 75cL bottle @ Cantillon Quintessence)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmahut (957) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 13, 2014
Light hazy orange body with low head. Aroma is high on alcohol, woody, cherry, little bit spicy. Taste has high alcohol sweetness with light fruity sourness. Body is full, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BRW (1005) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 7, 2014
At quintessence. Amber colour with white lace. Brett, malty aroma. Acid, sour, malt and brett taste. Medium body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aleigator (220) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2014
Copper-orange color, no head. Aromas of ripe, fermented fruits, grapes, apple, very sweet - no funky notes. Tastes sugary, toffeeish. Syrup, pine, unusual mild sourness, alcohol isn’t hidden at all. Not too easy to drink, no real depth, but lots of sugar. Still a very unique Lambic, which a subtle dryness in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3114) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2014
Pours brown ( clear and light ) really dark for a lambic Smell is metalluc , bitter sourness , almost dusty , and sweet buttery . Taste is very sweet , stone , funk , grainy , full , mlty . Very intense and unique lambic taste . Really cool to try !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gn0sis (52) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Sampled at the Shelton Festival in Portland, ME, 2013. Pours nearly flat, translucent golden glow. Aroma of slight yeast, vegetal tones.. Tastes thick and somewhat "sweaty".. not overly viscous , hardly any sourness and very little acidity. Huge subdued funky body, very thin lacing, bitter taste **Revisited bottles in Stockholm and at Denver Ghost Tasting, all consistently underwhelming. I don’t necessarily see myself reaching for another pour, though it would be nice to try in a few years to see how things are developing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ST247 (380) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle sample @Cantillon Quintessence 2014. Pours cloudy amber, no head. Fruity and spicy aroma. Taste intense spicy, bit alcoholic. Finally a Lambic I really like.

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