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

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RATINGS: 853   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Aged in oaken Bordeaux wine barrels with merlot grapes.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Great combination of the signature Cantillon acidity and a slightly sweet winelike finish. what the godds drink with dinner.SOUR tart citrus with a nice tannic acidity that balances perfectly.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2005
Purple Ribena colour with OK head retention, a first for Cantillon in my experience. Aroma features the typical Cantillon toastiness, light vanilla, blackcurrant, raspberry, musty attic smell, generic "red wine" smell and a tiny bit of diacetyl(!). Tastes incredibly like a red wine. Juicy fruit (as opposed to Juicy Fruitô) character, not that itís sweet at all, and a light tartness - itís never really sour which kinda threw me. Itís perhaps a tiny bit lifeless mid-palate and thereís the faintest hint of tomato sauce flavour. Big savoury finish much like wine - peppery and lightly tannic. The balance between the fruit, tannin and acid is perfect. For a wine this really impresses me - blending with a beer means it lacks the overbearing alcohol and tannin flavour that so many wines (especially from this part of the world) have which really ruin it for me. For a wine/beer hybrid itís also really good, though perhaps skewed a tiny bit too much towards wine, especially in flavour. Itís just that for a wine/lambic hybrid it doesnít quite have enough lambic character to really impress me. A bit more funk and a fair bit more sourness and this would be brilliant. As it is itís really good, fascinating stuff. Thanks Chuk. Oh yeah, how can this be 5% abv if they just blend with regular lambic???

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2005
What an unusual beer! Beautiful dark rose color, huge foamy pink head. Shared with three colleagues over dinner tonight. To give it a great rating for nose you have to like lambics; this one had only hints of stinky funky, but itís still a lambic. The taste was less stinky, a little flat by lambic standards, with a long sour finish. It was surprisingly thin and light in the mouth given the beautiful appearance. Really pricey, more like a bottle of champagne than beer (!) but an interesting experience, once.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6015) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Consumed at Cantillon bewery. This rose red lambic pours with a short pink head. The flavor is very tart and the palate is spritzy. The addition of Merlot grapes creates a very unique taste.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kmpitz2 (21) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2005
This rare treat was shared between 4 people last night, and I have to believe that I will have to drink this beer again, without the other 3 glasses being shared. The liquid pours a beautiful rosey ruby color with a finger of spritzey head that immediately fallst to ring the beer with large bubbles. This one is very wine-like in the color, somewhere between a blush and a dark red. The nose was true to the Cantillon form. Funky, sour, acidic, but with a nice fruity grape coming in behind the funk, smelling so damn good. The flavor. What can one say about liquid nirvana; something so awesome that I would be happy to drink exclusively for the rest of my life. What struck me most was how mellow and smooth this was. Iíve had a few of the Cantillon line, but this was every bit as funkey, but much more mellow. Still sour and acidic and tart, but not puckering. The grape flavor hits secondarily behind the initial burst of sour and acid, but it serves to polish this beer like the finest diamond. The feel was a weak moderate to moderate, wtih a light, dancing bubble on my tonge. Nothing that got in the way, but enough to know it was there. Awesome balance on the pucker factor. Wow...wow, wow, wow. If there is anything left to say about the drinkability that canít be drawn from what Iíve already said, I donít know what it would be. Hunt this beer. Drink this beer. Love this beer. So good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Poured deep red with a shade of purple. Thin pink head. Moderate vinegar aroma and hints of ammonia. Flavor is lightly vinaigrette with some mild grape. Not my favorite Cantillon but pretty tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Bottle. Very barny and sour smelling. Flavor is seemingly a little more subtle. Didnít get a lot of wood or wine out of this one. Tart and sour on the palate. A nice treat!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Sampled at marinaro500ís post-Thanksgiving gathering, provided by the host. Cloudy orange/red body, thin off-white head. Aroma? Sour, sour, sour, with touches of brie cheese rind and barnyard, maybe a hint of toast. Flavor? Lest I forget, sour, sour, sour. Very little grape to be found. Very musty and barnyardy, tart, maybe a hint of fermented juice. A nice pick-me-up to the palate after sampling several stouts and hoppy beers.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Thanks M500 for the tasting: Reddish hue with small head and little lace. The aroma has notes of grapes, lemongrass, tannins, oak wood, barnyard yeast esters, and a touch of sea salt. The taste starts sour and pretty much stays that way throughout the glass. Lots of vinous character on top of the lambic nature. This my friends not a beer for most people. Even I had a hard time getting into it. It is noted that this is still less sour than many Cantillon offerings.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vikingman69 (12) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2004
A well done tart belgium lambic. For most beer drinkers it will be a little on the sour side. For more experienced beer drinkers it will be on the exquisite side. Its worth a drink for you Belgium lovers.


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