ClarkVV (6825) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2016 mdfb79 (8) - New York, New York, USA - APR 7, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From 01/22/11 notes. Total surprise to get to the tasting and see this one; huge thanks to ygtbsm94; thanks again Brad, this is one beer I just assumed I would never get to try. Review # 1000!
a - Pours a somewhat murky raspberry pink color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of oak, welch grapes, tart fruit, funk, yeast, and a little manure. I like the smell and did not get as much manure as some people do, but it’s definitely the weakest part of the beer in my opinion.
t - Tastes of oak, grapes, tart apples, funk, tart fruit, and earthy notes.
m - Light body and low carbonation, awesome smooth body. Insanely easy to drink.
d - I thought this was an outstanding beer, aside from the smell. I just couldn’t get over the small manure in the smell to give this a better grade; without that this one would have been even better. Would love to have again and very glad I even got to try this one once.
Bottle shared by Brad, (thank you!) on 10/8/16.vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2016
High clarity leaving behind the sediment and revealing a sunset-hued golden body with a surprisingly large, white head showing strong retention for the style.
The nose is quite grape-forward, showing what definitely smells very Concord-esque. Many say Welch’s grape jelly, and while I don’t think it’s that uncouth, there’s no denying the similarities. There’s definitely some light powdered sugar evident but the sourness/acidity is quite nicely controlled and it smells soft, mild, even, etc....No alcohol or flaws and not exactly a study in funk, but certainly some mineral, very light horseblanket and light grapeseed suggestions.
Flavor is surprisingly acidic with lots of grapeseed and grapeskin character. These types of grapes are very tannic and it shows here. It’s pretty nicely integrated with the lambic, though it’s still quite prominent. Tart acidity and a very tight, engaging carbonation keep it zesty, bright and refreshing, with soft, malt and wheat backing it. Dry, of course with interesting flavors arising from the combination of grape and lambic, as per usual. Still, I wouldn’t call this terribly funky, certainly not by Cantillon standards. Is that why it’s liked by so many?? That’s definitely not why I like Cantillon....
Bottle. Amber golden pour with white head. A decent amount of carbonation. Jammy grape, funky, wine, sweet aromas. Flavors are sweet, grape jelly, mild tart fruit, wine and funk. halo3one (5) - - OCT 7, 2016 does not count
Dark red wine. Sour grape. Sweet & sour slushie. Hard to tell the age. Lightly tannic. Oak. Outstanding. GrumpyOldTroll (61) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2016
This is an amazing beer. It pours a deep purple and has a nose that smells like freshly made grape juice with slightly leathery lambic notes. The mouthfeel and balance are perfect. ineedbeer (2209) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Poured from a 750 ml bottle.
Aroma is beautiful with great, sweet grape notes. Some leathery funk notes with a light herbal character. Light oak and lemon notes.
Pours a slightly hazy, light red with some orange and brownish hues. Small, thick, white head with decent retention as it lingers on the edges. No lacing and small legs.
Flavor is fairly acidic with some medium light lemon notes. Moderate grape flavor with a bit of sweetness. Some medium light oak notes. Light leather, herbal and barnyard funk. Some lingering tart grape and oak notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, an amazing beer with great grape notes. Sweet and tart with nice oak and leathery, barnyard funk notes.
knickskicks (1162) - - NOV 26, 2015
750 ml. Hazy reddish pour. Nose is cheesy, passionfruit, red grapes. Taste is very jammy, berries, vinous, very tart. Full mouthfeel. Lingering tart jammy finish. Taste isn’t as complex as the nose but still probably the best fruited lambic I’ve had. manker (76) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle at tasting. Very unique beer with a musty candy fruitiness to both aroma and flavor. The acidity and sourness complements the semi-sweet grape flavors. So complex yet so straightforward. Gentle as an Italian lover but rough like a bearded horse farmer. gn0sis (68) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle shared at Mikey’s - 2011 - Murky off-purple pour into cantillon tulip, this is perfection in a glass. Dank aroma of musty grapes, faint funky profile ultimately overpowered by the robust fruit. Extremely heady taste..musky and tart, though not bracing. Like a blended vignerrone and st. Lamvinus with some cobweb and equestrian essence to mellow things out. Big thank you to Franco for the expedited shipping and the opportunity to try this. Thanks also to the kind FedEx customs rep who said she would "see what she could do" after it was flagged. Can’t wait to see how this develops over the next decade.
After sharing and tasting many more bottles of this, at Dirty Truth Thanksgiving dinner 2011, at the lambic tasting in Monroe, the Stockholm lambic tasting 2013 ,and more recently at the Denver Ghost Tasting, this pour continues to illustrate why grape lambic embodies all that I desire in a beer. It really doesn’t get any better than this, having had nearly all the grape lambics and variants from Cantillon. Truly a special treat that defines a lambic lovers existence, the sweet forbidden Italian grape melded with the bright acidity of Cantillon lambic makes for a beverage not matched by any else on planet earth.
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2014 375ml graciously shared by blatantdream. Thank you! Murky, dirty orange hue with plenty of handsome off-white foam adorning my glass. A gorgeous lambic. Dank grape aroma full of funk and hay. Grape drank, yâ€™all. Deep, complex fruit profile shows surprising resilience considering this bottle is now 6 years old. Puckering sourness massages my taste buds, imparting a pleasantly stinging brightness after each sip. So, this is a fantastic lambic, but itâ€™s not the end-all, be-all for me. I honestly prefer Foune to DQ, but damn am I glad to have tried this. Cheers! BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 12, 2014
38cl, Vintage 2008, retired exclusive brew, with Italian grapes, thx alot to Secret Santa!, very complex sour fruit brew, sour/fruity and slightly vinous/woody, very balanced, cloudy, small head, top class!, yet very expensive!