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


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Aged in oaken Bordeaux wine barrels with merlot grapes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Devils night at Mullmans. Pours a dirty deep pink with an initial head but fades. Aroma is wine-like, lots of fruit, hints of sulfur, some brett and lactic acid. Flavor has a light fruitiness to it with a moderate sour backbone, although not nearly as sour as some other Cantillons. Finishes a bit tart, acidic and dry. It seems like some of the harsh sulfite content has gone down since the last time I had this over a year ago.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Thanks to Mullman, at the Devil’s nite bash. Well, sour as hell, smelled like socks and cheese, tasted like socks and cheese. Color was red, small to no head. Not my cup of tea, sorry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - OCT 28, 2005
Bottled. Clear cherry red, no head. Sour, red wine aroma, berries and wood. Flavor of grapes, redcurrant, with hints of wood, cherry, and a bit of that cantillon skunkyness. Clean palate, moderately carbonated. Very faint, dry aftertaste. Altogether very much like carbonated cheap red wine. Definitely different. Quite interesting for the first four sips, after which it soon becomes rather monotonous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2005
A Mes rate: 75cl bottle purchased during our wonderful visit to the brewery. It was not quite ready for consumption when we got it, in fact we were made to promise not to drink it until it was ready before it was given to us along with very specific storage instructions and dates. I think we just about made it on the date... However, I think this may have benefitted from being left alone for a little while longer. It was just slightly lacking in carbonation and that let the palate down just a little. As a resuslt it drank more like a wine but a little thinner in the mouth. Aroma is glorious as you would expect. Very wine like in many ways but with all the lambicness you would hope for too. In fact almost everything about this beer is exactly as the Cantillon description would lead you to believe. Half lambic, half merlot. And it is rather glorious. Appearance is a little boring however. Looks for all the world like a watered down merlot, a cloudy purpley red. Flavour... well what can I say? It’s a red wine lambic. The grapes are clearly there as is the barnyardy lambic straw and butter. But they never really mix. I do not at all mean that in a bad way, they are just always separate. It switches from wine to beer, wine to beer, all the way up to the finish where it finally settles on the wine. Fine choice it is too. The finish is excellent and leaves me wanting more. Fantastic stuff all round. I wish I had the will power to have let it lie for a while longer, I would be very interested to know how it ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20395) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2005
Bottled. Rubr brown colour, almost no head. Red currant and sourness in aroma wit hints of strawberries. Dry, lots of red wineish hints and sour fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sammy (8679) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2005
Expensive. Powerful sourness from tannins of the skins, with bursting aroma of oak and berries. Beautiful. The Palate cleaner. Not for the novice, but certainly a hit. Astringent yet balanced. I saved this for the boys, Radekfest 05 sample 26. An experience to be had once.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2005
Cherry red body with a medium size but hardly lasting pink head. Berries in the aroma and slightly musty. Taste was pleasantly sour, tart and easily drinkable. A touch of oak with the wine notes comng very late Next time I will serve in a flute glass as that would enhance the experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonas (5658) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2005
Neon red. Straw, fruit and cheese aroma, grape notes not really that noticeable Dry and well balanced, dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - OCT 10, 2005
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Burgundy. No head. Aroma of lemon, cider, brett, socks, cheese, wood, lightly vinous. Slightly less sourly acidic (only slightly!) than most Cantillons, and with an extra layer of woody complexity. Superb dry finish. Gorgeous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 Sampled at Logan’s RateBeer tasting. Thanks to me for bringing this. Alluring clear cherry-amber hue with a sudsy, effervescent off-white head. Aroma of barnyard, sweat, cranberries, and sharp acidity. Flavor follows the cranberry theme, basically tasting like sour grapes, with substantial oak character. Super dry with palate-scouring sharp acidity. This is an amply sour, yet somewhat soft and interesting lambic. Later sampled on draught at Capone’s in Norristown, which was also a pleasant experience.

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