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Cantillon Don Quijote

 
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Formerly brewed at Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Brussels, Belgium

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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A fruit lambic brewed with Italian grapes similar to Concord grapes or Fox grapes (Vitis Labrusca) exclusively for Goblin Pub and Livingstone Club - Florence - Italy.

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4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2012
So very fortunate to try this one. From notes, bottle share at CDC b4 release. From such a small sample I got so much. The palate was incredible, and followed a fruit forward but light nose, citrus, cherry, minimal funk. Cascading down my palate was a hodgepodge of fruits and acidity. Must have bottle.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (6067) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2016
Bottle shared by Brad, (thank you!) on 10/8/16.
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 Welchs grape jelly, and while I dont think its that uncouth, theres no denying the similarities. Theres 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. Its pretty nicely integrated with the lambic, though its 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 wouldnt call this terribly funky, certainly not by Cantillon standards. Is that why its liked by so many?? Thats definitely not why I like Cantillon....

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vtafro (6884) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2016
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.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
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.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ineedbeer (1927) - 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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
knickskicks (1160) - - 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 isnt as complex as the nose but still probably the best fruited lambic Ive had.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
manker (66) - 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.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gn0sis (68) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle shared at Mikeys - 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. Cant 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 doesnt 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.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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, y’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 it’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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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!


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