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


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Aged in oaken Bordeaux wine barrels with merlot grapes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gn0sis (52) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Opaque, vinous and tart with heavy fruit presence and purple tinged foam, grape skin residue mixed with a healthy yeast sediment after some years, complex and multilayered.. One of the most tart and beautifully integrated fruit lambics available. Truly among my favorite Cantillon offerings, and perhaps the one that got me hooked early on to grape lambics. Exemplary vintages include the 03’ Cabarnet Sauvignon fruiting shared by Sean at the JF Vonck tasting NYC, with an extremely balanced profile aging gracefully for many years, the remarkably tannic and juicy 05 375 bottling i acquired from Ølbutikken, and 08 - 11 vintages aged in my cellar that I’ve slowly watched develop over the last half a decade and had the pleasure of trying along the way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ST247 (372) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle sample @Cantillon Quintessence 2014. Pours red with a light pink head. Fruity aroma, bit sour, grapes. Taste is bit sour, fruity, grapes, bit sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1020) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
Sampled on several occasions. Pours dark red with purple hue. Aroma is dark forest fruits, cassis, some slight balsamic vinegar. Palate is slightly sweet and taste is comparable to a fine pinot noir alike wine (from les Riceys rather than Burgundy region).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (1159) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
Darkish pink with a light pinkish white head. Aroma is sour plums, muscat grapes, red currants. Light bodied, refreshing on the palate with subtle sweetness, fruitiness and tartness. Taste is grape juice, malt vinegar, sour plums. Yum

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACD (625) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 20, 2014
Tap at The Trappist, Oakland. Deep ruby red. Dark berries, light lemon rind, woody notes and solid vinegary funk on the nose. Wonderful depth of flavour: great berries (cranberries and blackberries), some cherry, definite woodiness, fairly moderate funk - lemon juice and light barnyard. Juicy berries continue towards the finish, lingering funk, great tartness. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoprider (105) - DENMARK - APR 19, 2014
Pours clear dark red with a minimal head. The nose is complex with clear wine similarities. Red grape and barrel comes through nicely along with funk and sweeter berries. The mouthfeel is light of course with prickly carbonation. The taste is sour initially with tart winey flavours. Sippable ans sappy with good amounts of brett to hit the spot. Nice crispy and sour aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beechner224 (649) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours a ruby red with white head. Aroma is tart, a bit funky. Very tart, a bit grape. Taste is light, tart, smooth, not sour, just tart. The more I sip the more I like. Very drinkable. Very grape/wine action going on. Tasty as hell.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geiserich (3340) - Linz, AUSTRIA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle: Really old one, approx. 10 or more years. Hazy, reddish, light pink color, very fizzy, no head. Notes of red wine, vinegar, cider. Flavor is also very sour with intensive notes of vinegar, citrus and citrus peel, red wine, barrels. For sure a good beer but too sour for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
k0mpsa (1109) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle from cantillon brewey, brussels. Hazy dark color, light red head. Light aroma of fruits, berries, sour notes. Sour taste, grapes, some sweet berries.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Bottle sampled at churchkey march 2014 2013 vintage pours dark red hue with a small pink head and no lacing. S pritzy head and some moderate carbonation. Nose is sharp lots of barrel sharp cheddar wood very nice!!! Flavors exhibit the sharp red wine character with tons of tart notes. Damn this is sharp. Damn! Long woody and berries on the finish. Wish I had a whole bottle of this! Very complex and unique!

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