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

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RATINGS: 945   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Aged in oaken Bordeaux wine barrels with merlot grapes.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2008
75cl bottle: Pours a lovely translucent dark pink, like blood-orange juice. Slight pink mousse dissipates before you notice it. What a lovely aroma wafts from the glass. An earthy bouquet of mixed berries, possibly grape, but more blueberry and raspberry. Acid followed by classic "horse blanket" with musty wood, and just a hint of cork. Wow, mild for a lambic and amazingly well balanced. A lovely play between dark red berries, cherry, grape, wood, acid twang, and light carbonation. A little sweeter than expected but that plays well with everything thats going on. Long dry, tart finish that leaves just enough fruit on the palate. Very enjoyable. I shared it with some "wine friends" and some "non-drinkers" and it went over very well indeed.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2008
Cloudy pinkish/red poor very thick looking with alomst zero head. Aromas are earthy, very complexe, rhubarb, red wine vinegar, celery salt, cumin, humidity, pommegranite and dandelions. Very acid and sour yet amazingly balanced for a lambic. Long lasting everything!Once the beer gets to room temperature it becomes slightly sweeter. Flavors are somewhat the same oas the aromas... added sour apples. After the acid /sour explosion i get hints of mixed nuts and ash. What an experience and amazing for its kind.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1213) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2008
(tasted at the Cellarís after-tasting) Pours cloudy red with a white head. Aroma smells just like the cow barns at a county fair. Basically what Iím trying to say is it smells like cow manure. Thereís funk there too, but this smells like any other high-end lambic maybe a little stronger. Taste had all of your typical lambic qualities, sour, tart apple, little bit of cherry and thatís about it. Lingering sour aftertaste. Not bad, but not my favorite style.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jhagmar (114) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2008
Bottle. Thanks to ekstedt. Reddish pink with a light, white head. Smell of gastric acid, grapes, sulphur. Intensely sour, very dry.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Courtesy of Pailhead. July í06. Bright red, chill haze, no head. Huge sour/tart kick up front, mouth puckering w/o taking a sip. Tart grapes and huge woody tannins in the background. Flavor again, very sour up front, faint grape and lacto. Through the middle develops a nice balance of sour/tart/wood tannin. Sort of 1 dimensional in a way, but I like it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ba2008 (25) - USA - JAN 2, 2008
Pours an amazing deep pink-red, with a very mild head on top. Nose is quite sour, a little sweet fruit too. Taste is similar; this beer is incredibly sour, a hint of sweet raspberry deliciousness as well, but overall a quite not-sweet beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Adenila (1557) - DENMARK - JAN 1, 2008
Stunning deep red look with an almost pink head. Aroma is heavy eartheren dusty along with sour rubberlike wild fermentation and minor sweet almost cherry like fruitness. Heavy sour flavor towards tart, with only minor notes of fruity grapes. Is acctually very simular to the vignerone imo. I still enjoyed the entire bottle though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1246) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2007
[Bottle] Pours hazy red with no head. Aroma is very funky, quite tart, and then grapes. Taste is is the same with the sourness coming through more as expected. Finish is a bit dry. An enjoyable beer, but it really didnít separate itself from other fruit lambics Iíve had.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2007
The color is like raspberry juice and the head is nice and pink. The aroma has notes of barnyard, sweat, basement and wine. The flavour has notes of moderately sour grapes, sweat and basement. Iím not fond of this style. 2406

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
islay (1462) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Small serving during 11-30-07 tasting at the Lex-Larp Cellars as I joined joet and the Twin Cities crew. Poured from a 750 mL bottle. Strong, funky smell that reminds me of cow manure or baby poop. I did get used to it after several sips, but Iím not going to pretend I like it. If it hadnít become significantly less bad upon sipping, I might have given the aroma a 1. Here at RateBeer, we rate on a hedonistic scale, and the aroma by no means brought me pleasure. I donít care if thatís what itís supposed to smell like; it smells horrible. Pours a hazy red with a pink-hued light-colored head. Sour, dry, tart taste with some subdued sweetness. Flavors of crabapple, apple, lemon, and tonic water. Long, strong, tart aftertaste. Medium body. Soft in the palate. The rest of the beer more than makes up for the awful reek. If you try this beer, I highly recommend plugging your nose.


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