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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 907   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Aged in oaken Bordeaux wine barrels with merlot grapes.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Thanks to sprinkel, Indy tasiint 12/10/05. This was one of the standout beers of the night. Purple pink pour with some haze. Aroma lends a warmth and an amazingly tart fermented character. Terribly tart and fruity aroma, and in this case I use terribly as a powerfully positive descripitive. Aroma also has warm notes of plastic and sour funk. Really unique and deep aromas. The flavor is completely mouth watering. Amazingly smooth, tart, and acidic cherry and wine fruit flavors. Great finish makes you want more of this beer. I can’t really explain how great this beer was. I need more, and just wish it wasn’t so expensive. Trust me though, I will have more.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2005
(Bottle courtesy ’Sprinkle?’ Indy tasting 12/10/05) Aroma is strong cabernet and port wines. Pours a deep muddy violet-red with small head. Flavor is sour grapes, very ’winey’, vinegar, and oak. Palate is tart and sticky. Not sure if I would have enjoyed this more by itself and not mixed in with all the other brews at the tasting. A small sample may not be enough to appreciate the depth and character.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2103) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 12, 2005
clouded iced tea pour with a yellow head. aroma is so good, so evil, so vile, damn i love it. sweaty paper bag with some dirty blankets and dry manure nose. much milder sour flavor than i expected. tannins are noticeable, woody orange peel taste. so much depth to this. so dry, so good. it is powderific. thanks andrew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Bottle. Thanks to someone at the Indy Circle City Samplers rate party. Pours a hazy pink color. Aroma of tart vinegar with strong cherry notes. Flavor is quite sour, this makes the mouth water for more. This was crazy on the palate. Wish I had more of this.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10461) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
Rosé lambic with a light cherry and lactic acid aroma. Dry cherries in mouth with strong sour notes, very puckering and definitely classic. Rich and complex, with cheese-like qualities. Medium bodied. Sampled at Quintessence Cantillon 2005.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2005
This seems to have taken on the color of the wine that originally aged in the oaken barrel, a rich Burgundy. The head is bubbly, pink, and soon gone. The aroma is of tart grapes, used pencil erasers, and old sneakers. Oddly, the combination works. More one-dimensional than other Cantillon lambics that I’ve had, this has the flavor of sour grapes alone, very acidic, and very refreshing in the finish. Not bad at all.

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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2005
Red colour, thick diminishing head. Fruity, rubber-ish nose. Sour flavour from dark fruits. Really refreshing. Pleasant acidity in finish. Somewhat vinous.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2005
vintage 2002. the second cantillon in my beer career, it’s great!! looks amber/ reddish with a fizzy disappearing head. smells like rotten fruits, barnyard and classic horseblankets. great sour balsemic vinegar and sour grapes taste. finishes long acidic dry tart and full of tanine. what a great sipper, just great.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - NOV 16, 2005
Ketchup, Rotting fruit, grapes, jelly, roast beef(?!), burlap, and barnyard in the nose. Not quiuit as sour as expected with a load of fresh medium sour grapes. Jammy with a lemon tartness that lets a touch of olive come through. Finished zesty with more grapes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2005
wow, it’s been 4 months since I’ve had a Cantillon. it’s time! color is ruby amber, off white dense foamy head. aroma is horseblanket, sour concord grape, and a little balsalmic vinegar. flavor is sour and tart but still mellow. not much fruit flavor. clean finish.


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