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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1004   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Aged in oaken Bordeaux wine barrels with merlot grapes.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Sampled @ Backus’s Backdoor Bash.Courtesy of the Cheeseman, Poured a beautiful pink grapefruit color with no head.The nose was full of funk.Flavor was sour but not overdone.Lots of vinous grapes here.This was pretty good considering i am not a big fan of sours.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2008
I enjoyed this one with Beerlando and the pear and apple stilton. Thanks to TheCheeseman for hooking us up with both. It was amazing and my favorite experience of the BBBash. It poured like a slightly milky, watered down pinot noir with no head but just a little white lacing. Tastes like tart cranberries, wild yeast and a fine red wine. Perfect balance between the tart, sweet and bold wine elements. A great beer, especially paired with the sweet and creamy stilton.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2008
2008 vintage, courtesy TheCheeseMan. Wow! This one is killer! The color is so absolutely beautiful, like the flesh of a glistening, freshly sliced, ruby-red grapefruit. The cloudy body is capped with a wispy white film. Minimal, spotty lacing slowly rejoins the body. The nose is mildly funky by Cantillon standards, fleshy Merlot and Cab Franc grapes taking top billing over tart red berries and dusty, barnyard yeast. The flavor is supremely blended, no on element overpowering the next. Luscious, lightly tannic red grapes show alongside old, saturated oak, tart berry, acidic lemon, and moderate barnyard yeast funk. The mouthfeel is light and effervescent, sufficient tartness imparting a quenching sensation, with sufficient berry sweetness lending easy palatability. This is just a damn fantastic beer. Bravo Cantillon! I might also point out that this beer paired like a dream with creamy Stilton with dried pears and apples, also provided by TheCheeseMan. I need more of both, ASAP!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12045) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 21, 2008
Bottle at Falling Rock Tap House, GABF 2008. Pours ruby with an average, fizzy, white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (hay, straw), light hops (flowers), average yeast (earth) with notes of grape, wine, berry flesh and green leaves. Light bodied, thin texture, average carbonation, and a sour finish. Average duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and sourness.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10848) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2012 Rerate now that I like sours. Nice ruby pour, whitish/pink head. Aroma is tart cherries, tart grapes, cheesy, yeasty, aspirin. Flavor is sour, grapes, funk, just amazing.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Pours out ruby pink with lots of bubbles. Smell is fruity, musty, and funky. Taste is fruity and tart. With notes of cherry and grape with the wood. Almost a wine like after taste. Great sour finish.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Pours a ruby color with a white head that dissolves leaving just a white bubbling ring around the edges. Even though this was aged in wine barrels I am getting a lot of cherry in the aroma... it almost reminds me of black cherry Kool-Aid, of course a little more sour and funky... a good amount of hay and barnyard aroma. Flavor is really well rounded... just perfect in the sourness, tastes more earthy than other lambics I’ve had recently. The wine really comes out in the flavor, very wine-like finish that lingers long after the mouth shock from the sourness fades. I really think this is one of my favorites... awesome. =)

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2008
750ml bottle with no date on it. Pours a beautiful rosy pink color that looks a bright red in the glass. A bubbly white head forms and actually has decent retention, certainly some of the best I’ve seen in the style. A thick circle of puffy white bubbles circles the glass and some swirls form patterns in the center. Aroma is bursting with Cantillon house character, strong as ever. Intense Gueuze-like aromas - cider and horse, intense barnyard, very musty. Some grape and cherry-like aromas are also noted as well as a flowery, perfume character. A lot of acidic notes are also found. A tannic oakiness is found at warmer temperatures though it is certainly not overwhelming or obvious. This is just a lovely, intensely funky nose. Flavor is fairly intense sourness that leads to a fruity, wine drenched finish. The tartness does not linger, it hits the tongue then transforms to fruit and the finish is dry and not at all sour. Very fruity with an assortment of berry flavors, acidity is low-to medium. Slight oakiness and wine-like in the taste as well. The flavor lacks a little something, I don’t know what, but the aroma is better than the taste. If this tasted as good as it smelled it would be one of the better examples in its style but it’s missing a bit of complexity in flavor or something. This is still nice though.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2008
A murky beer with a rose colour. Aroma os fresh and with intense, dirty and musty notes. Otherwise the fruity notes from the grapes. The taste is very fruitful with heaps of grapes - the merlot really shows through! It ends sour and cleansing. Great beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tlind2 (1569) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2008
330 ml bottle. Pours a beautiful ruby red color, much like a pinot noir aside from the off-white head. Sour fruity aroma. The taste follows the aroma, with some aromatics reminscent of white wine. Different and good.


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