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

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RATINGS: 1065   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Aged in oaken Bordeaux wine barrels with merlot grapes.

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4.6
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Pours a ruby color with a white head that dissolves leaving just a white bubbling ring around the edges. Even though this was aged in wine barrels I am getting a lot of cherry in the aroma... it almost reminds me of black cherry Kool-Aid, of course a little more sour and funky... a good amount of hay and barnyard aroma. Flavor is really well rounded... just perfect in the sourness, tastes more earthy than other lambics I’ve had recently. The wine really comes out in the flavor, very wine-like finish that lingers long after the mouth shock from the sourness fades. I really think this is one of my favorites... awesome. =)

3.9
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2008
750ml bottle with no date on it. Pours a beautiful rosy pink color that looks a bright red in the glass. A bubbly white head forms and actually has decent retention, certainly some of the best I’ve seen in the style. A thick circle of puffy white bubbles circles the glass and some swirls form patterns in the center. Aroma is bursting with Cantillon house character, strong as ever. Intense Gueuze-like aromas - cider and horse, intense barnyard, very musty. Some grape and cherry-like aromas are also noted as well as a flowery, perfume character. A lot of acidic notes are also found. A tannic oakiness is found at warmer temperatures though it is certainly not overwhelming or obvious. This is just a lovely, intensely funky nose. Flavor is fairly intense sourness that leads to a fruity, wine drenched finish. The tartness does not linger, it hits the tongue then transforms to fruit and the finish is dry and not at all sour. Very fruity with an assortment of berry flavors, acidity is low-to medium. Slight oakiness and wine-like in the taste as well. The flavor lacks a little something, I don’t know what, but the aroma is better than the taste. If this tasted as good as it smelled it would be one of the better examples in its style but it’s missing a bit of complexity in flavor or something. This is still nice though.

4
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2008
A murky beer with a rose colour. Aroma os fresh and with intense, dirty and musty notes. Otherwise the fruity notes from the grapes. The taste is very fruitful with heaps of grapes - the merlot really shows through! It ends sour and cleansing. Great beer!

3.9
tlind2 (1820) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2008
330 ml bottle. Pours a beautiful ruby red color, much like a pinot noir aside from the off-white head. Sour fruity aroma. The taste follows the aroma, with some aromatics reminscent of white wine. Different and good.

4.1
renffisch (891) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2008
Smells of two week old ribena... that’s been in the sun... rubbish. Might be 30% and capable of flooring you in a pint... i don’t care... beer should not be made of grapes... end of. - Emily (self confessed non-beer aficionado... sorry.)

3.7
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - SEP 15, 2008
Bottle, 2005 vintage. Clear reddish brown/pink with a little white head. Vinous aromas with notes of flowers, fruit and some mushrooms. Flavours of sour fruit, raspberries and oak.

4.1
Doppelganger (1389) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Stunning luminous plum skin red, abundant fine pink head. That’s pretty! Dry wooly cinnamon, candied apples, salty dessert-island driftwood. Restrained mineral sourness with elements of green apples, raspberries and grapeskin. Refreshingly delicate but with a nice fullness. Beautiful.

3.6
badgerben (5380) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2008
2003 Vintage. Tasted September 7, 2008. Dark, murky red color with no head. Aroma of grape vines. Strong sour and tart wheat flavor. Very little grape flavor, but a lot of what I would call leafy or vine-like flavors. It seems that instead of the grapes imparting their flavors, it was aged with the vines stalks. Still good, but not the ’wow’ I was hoping for.

4.3
LinusStick (3532) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Oh what a stunning beer. If I could give a perfect score for any of the categories (I am anal about that and have never done it), aroma and flavor would be 10 and 10 respectively. Aroma was perfect. Strong funk, mold and barnyard fill the nose. Smells like it’s been buried for 100 years in a dirty wet dusty blanket. Pour was a beautiful dark red/purple with no head. Taste was extremely sour and funky. Heavy sour grape with an acidic mouth puckering aftettaste. Dries the mouth and cheeks. Little carbonation that disappears mid drink. Near perfect.

4.1
wickedpete (636) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Ruby red body and a whispy white head. A strong funky aroma hits right up front, kind of horsey, like a barnyard, and a nice sour fruit note comes through. The flavor is sweet and tart, plenty of delicious fruit presence, a bit of bitter funk, like cheese rind, comes through toward the finish.


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