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RATINGS: 613   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Although we enjoyed aging Batch #1 in used La Folie barrels from New Belgium Brewery, one of which was the renowned PH1 barrel, Batch #2 is something completely different. After a trip to Belgium in 2006, Vinnie successfully tried his hand at spontaneous fermentation using traditional, and not so traditional, Lambic methods. Out of respect for our Belgian brewing friends, we call this style “Sonambic”, a portmanteau between Sonoma and Lambic.

We stole this term from our friend Brian Hunt at Moonlight, our local farmhouse brewery. In 2007, we executed a second spontaneous fermentation, making yet another batch of Sonambic. This year, we blended those two batches to create our second bottling of Beatification which we are very excited about! Batch #2 has a big grapefruit aroma and grapefruit rind flavor with funky Brettanomyces and a tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gEUS (1283) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2014 Bottle sample at Quintessence 2014 - pours light yellow with a nice fine mousse. Aromas of fresh sour apples, some lactic notes and a tad of funk. Lively fresh acidic body smoothing out towards the end. A real treat! ----- Batch 2 = cheesier, batch 3 = more spicy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suedehead288 (411) - BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2014
2014.04 - Cantillon Quintessence 2014 - geur van lambiek en zure appeltjess - idemdito smaak -

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6969) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle sample @ Cantillon Quintessence 2014. Dorée claire, col blanc léger. Arôme est malté avec ce rappel moût sur un rétro aigrelet et fleuri accompagné d’un léger fruité citronné. Palais est sec et terreux voire poussiéreux. Belle effervescence sur un léger fruité citronné et agrumes ajoutant au profil général aigre. Grade un petit rappel lambic aux teneurs fleuries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (1468) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
Crystal clear yellow with a pale head. Aroma is barnyard funk, cheese rind, citrus peel, peach, apricot. Reasonably light bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel, refreshing tartness on the palate with a hint of balancing sweetness. Taste is candied citrus peel, tart apricot, fizzy peach, grape skins, cider vinegar. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Luk_ (217) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
Bottle. Deep hazy golden like the typical Cantillon. Minimal head though. Aroma is barnyard, brett and leather but also very fruity (mango, oranges and apricot). Very wild and expressive. Taste is citrusy tart, but not very dry. It reminds me of a lemon pie with candied zests. Lemon is puckering but sweetness lingers in the aftertaste. Slight musty feel. It almost feels like a pure lambic and is definitly one step ahead from the regular american wild. I slightly prefer Temptation to this one, but it deifnitly hit the spot in its category.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oOJUXEOo (300) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
Bottle, served at Handley BrewFest. Beautiful golden color, slightly murky with an aroma of citrus and funk. Taste is clean and refreshing surprisingly, and has those same Brett funk and citrus qualities. Another great ’ tion’.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricTeusink (703) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Another of the many beers received in trade for BA Mexican Cake. Pours a hazy clear yellow. Spicy nose. Flavor is taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaart. Bottle - Received in Trade

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcartamdg (2135) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Batch 6. Pours a bright gold with no head. Aroma of oak, Brett, funk and lacto. Taste is sour, oak, funk, lemons, apples and white wine. Really complex, really sour, really delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmerz (719) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Draught at RR Feb 14 after 3 PTY. Pours hazy light orange with good initial head and good lace. I had a cold and couldn’t get much off it aroma wise at first when it was cold. As it warmed I got more though...lemon, bright floral, summer dusk dust. The flavor was such beautiful sour, tart lemon, funk, cobwebs, cardboard. The feel is alive, heavy on the sides, cooling, dense, and pulls a pucker. This was the star beer of the session for me, no question. Worthy of comparison to the best Cantillons I’ve had.The bartender said they only expose it to environmental yeast and bacteria for less than an hour, not overnight or weeks like I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1566) - Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2015 Batch #6 (I think) bottle from trade, dated 9/11/13. Pours to my tulip a light yellow golden color with a small fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Aroma is nice tart lemon, yeast funk, some pleasant citrus-like sweetness, light vinegar (very light on that note), apricots, lots of lacto acidity. Flavor is a nicely balanced sweet and sour lemon, lots of lactic tartness, dry oak, dry dusty Geuze-like qualities yet a nice sweet citrus character to balance. Some wine like qualities with Sauvignon blanc type of acidity. Light bodied with high carbonation and a crisp finish. This is really nice, but I can’t ever see paying $18 for a small bottle myself. Differentiating sour beers is tough I guess. With that said no doubt I would drink this again. Yum.

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