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Cantillon Don Quijote - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Don QuijoteCantillon Don Quijote

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

73 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 11.84%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A fruit lambic brewed with Italian grapes similar to Concord grapes or Fox grapes (Vitis Labrusca) brewed exclusively for a Florence, Italy, Pub in 2008.

(Beer added by: kappldav123 on 06-12-2010)
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle decanted and poured into a Cantillon tulip. Pour is a mildly hazy, juicy magenta. A finger of pink head. Smell is beautiful, rich grape and lemon acidity. A good dose of funk as well. Jammy grapes and lemon acidity on the taste. Grape flavor is rich, but not too sweet... balanced well with one of the cleanest funk profiles I’ve ever encountered. Minerally and delicious. Mouthfeel is rich, juicy, yet untterly drinkable. Dry finish. Overall... this might be tied with Blauw for the best beer I’ve ever had. Certainly the best fruited lambic. Perhaps we will meet again one day!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 00:20:16 | More by cfrances33
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joel66

New York

4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

If i could have sex with a beer, id fuck the shit out if don q. Its that good!
Grape jam , flavor and taste, ton of fruit, light tartness, incredibly well balanced. Pinot di aunis is a very close second but jesus this beer is good. If only it was readily available!

Until we meet again

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 07:45:53 | More by joel66
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BucketBoy

Pennsylvania

4.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Review from notes. Tasted at Ryan's Labor Day tasting 2011. I forget exactly who brought it, but thanks for sharing this awesome bottle! I had this again a second time (thanks, Dan and Trey!) in March 2012 and that bottle seemed to have somewhat significantly faded fruit (the bottle was turned every few months; perhaps that had something to do with it). This first bottle was just sheer awesomeness - a real grape jam bomb.

L - Juicy red-purple haze - what a distinct color. Amazing!

S - Shit and Welch's grape jelly. Deep horse blanket, two-day-old uncleaned barn stalls, jammy red grapes, grape skins.

T - So delicious. Near perfection for a fruited lambic. Cantillon always kills it with the grape sours, and needs to continue to make more. Just delicious and deep - lactic tartness, grass, sharp cheese, ripe socks, and that huge Welch's concord grape jelly fills the mouth.

M - Soft, smooth, infinitesimally small grainy vinousness sticks to my tongue.

O - I love this beer! This bottle was fantastic, but the second bottle I tried in 2012 was faded in the fruit (though still very tasty) - I would need to taste this again before trading for a bottle, as I am fearful that what made it so spectacular, the grape, may be falling off. Could simply have been bottle variation or storing differences too.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 17:11:43 | More by BucketBoy
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scottfrie

California

4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A very special thanks to colonelforbin for opening The Don.

A: Pours a deep murky iced tea amber with a very thin bubbly white head.
S: Super sweet smelling with dominating notes of sugary grapes. There is a decent amount of funk beneath the sweetness that reminds me of Pez candy mixed with cheese and used baby diaper.
T: Heavy grape mouth. The grapes really do taste similar to Concord, and I can’t help but be reminded of grape jelly or grape juice. Light funk, cranberry juice, drying tannins and a little bit of grease come through alongside a bit of lemony citrus acid. Not as much baby poop as the nose. This is one of the best combination of sweet and funky flavors I’ve had the pleasure of drinking.
M: Extremely dry and extremely smooth. Sweet fruit balanced the dryness, and the acid is smooth and mellow.
O: A delight to be savored. All that were present can attest to how long it took me to drink my glass. I’ve never tasted a beer with this unique grape flavor profile. Definitely lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 17:06:01 | More by scottfrie
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tarheels86

California

4.13/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750mL thanks to Travlr. Given to me on my 24th birthday and shared at Sour Epic Part 2. Thank you Gene! The pour is quite hysterical- sort of a clear, neon purple with deep sunset highlights. A short lived pink head fizzes. Dregs at the end look opaque fuschia. Nose is at first a lot of white grape juice moving to sweet strawberry and tangy rhubarb. Very bright aroma and sweet grape juice and even hints of cinnamon and clove. Taste is straight geuze all the way with big tanginess, white pepper, mild berry character, and ruby red grapefruit sections and peel. Acidity level is perfect- juicy and tangy. Vibrant and bright. Perfect palate. Very yummy overall though I’m told the grape robustness is falling off and instead gaining more normal geuze complexity like older Blabaer batches. 12/12/2011 8/4/8/5/16=4.1

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 19:43:22 | More by tarheels86
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to Umberto for busting out this rare treat during our epic drinking session at The Goblin Pub in Pavullo nel Frignano, Italy. Your generosity knows no limits!

Pours a hazy, bright amber color with golden orange edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet vinous aroma with a really strong grape presence countered by a decent amount of musty funk. Nice earthy barnyard character with some horseblanket, lactic funk, cobweb, oak and grape must. Subtle acetic presence but the sweet grape and vinous dark fruit notes keep it in check. Very inviting nose with the vinous fruit and musty funk complimenting each other perfectly.

Tart and puckering with a good amount of sourness but it never becomes harsh or overly acidic. Lots of earthy barnyard funk and sweet, vinous fruit notes balancing things out. Kind of reminds me of fresh St. Lamvinous but just a bit sweeter and more vinous. There's a very prominent grape presence that counters the dry, musty funk and sour acidity nearly perfectly. Surprising how prominent the vinous fruit still is after four years. Some brett and lactic funk contribute to the complexity yet this beer remains delicate and easy to drink with some lingering acetic flavor in the finish that leaves me drooling for more. I could see this being too sweet and not sour enough for some people but I loved the balance of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 00:32:05 | More by corby112
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jethrodium

California

4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Huge thanks to Mike for sharing this rarity. The Don pours cruddy reddish amber with a small white head that settles to a ring and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The musty, earthy grape juice. Lots of grape juice, like Welch's. There is also an aroma that smells like smarties as well as a bit of a mineral note and very light sulfur. The initial taste has a bit of sweetness with lots of musty grape juice. It is fairly tart with lactic acid. The smarties come through in the taste as well. The finish is drying with more grape juice. There as also a slight astringency. Medium body. Medium-low carbonation. This beer is certainly unique and very good. The Don lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 20:48:25 | More by jethrodium
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Tnudish

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been waiting a long time for this day. My biggest personal whale for as long as I can remember.

A-Pours a cloudy pinkish brownish red...kinda resembles a grapefruit in color actually. Small white head of tight, white bubbles.

S-Nose is explosive fruit, specifically a mix of welch’s grapes and grapefruit. I don’t know where people were getting the shit/dirty diaper notes on this before, I think this smells amazing. Doesn’t have as much of the Cantillon funk I expected.

T-Flavor is incredibly tart, there is still a good amount of grape present, but I’ve been told its faded quite a bit since the last bottle the group had opened. There is some light lemon, but again, a lot less than a typical Cantillon offering.

M-Light mouthfeel, good acidity, good carbonation, and a long finish.

O-Such a great experience! I was skeptical that it wouldn’t hold up to the hype, but this beer is incredible. I think I need to follow through on getting one for the cellar. Thanks for going after this guy with me Ethan and Chris!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 03:55:45 | More by Tnudish
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

never ever thought i would be doing this....

pour was a faint red with some violet. head was white and frothy with a hint of faint color like light red in it. some retention and lacing. pour was from towards the top so it was fairly clear and clean.

scent was interesting. lots of cheese, old sweat, musty, with this light sharpness and intense concord grape. very complex and interesting.

starts out quite sour and intense, then starts to fade out with a just amazing combination of subtle oak, mustiness, and straight grape in the finish. the grape just sits on the tongue. yes.

nice and dry with some help from the oak. nice mild carbonation, slight sweetness.

this was amazing, lots of interesting characteristics all over it.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 16:06:36 | More by hooliganlife
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opened during an EPIC sour tasting with PapaEugene and others! For me, this was the 2nd time I had this beer. Thnx Nerd
Look: the beer pours a red-amber color with a purple hue in it and a nice fluffy head
Smell: Very funky barnyard with sour grapes, hay, grapefruit, lemon and musty oak
Taste: Taste is dominated by sour grapes. As the nose predicted, the beer is very funky. Some spicy oak and lemon in the sour, and very dry aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Smooth body with medium carbonation
Overall: What a great beer to try, still improved by age compared to the last time I had it. Try it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 12:26:56 | More by rvdoorn
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BOLTZ7555

Arizona

4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired via trade with daknole and shared @ RBWG...Dak you ROCK!!! Honestly, I love sours but have never seen/appreciated the wizardry of Cantillon. All prior brews were so jaw-locking that I didn’t really enjoy them. This one has made me reconsider and has opened my eyes to what this brewery can do. Popped the cork on this one and immediately noticed the fragrant aroma. I was awe-struck...this is the best smelling sour I have ever had the pleasure of inhaling. Incredible grape, tart cherry skin, lemon pith, and balsamic vinegar make their way to the nose. Extremely bright fruit presence, minimal funk in the aroma. Visually, this one was watermelon in color with a nice wispy white head. Solid carbonation. Beautiful. Flavor is vastly different that the aroma (and reading the ratings, it appears that everyone’s perception was skewed based on where in the bottle you got a sample). Tons of funk, horse blanket, and lemon Jolly Rancher accompany raspberry, grape, and wild cherry. Extremely acidic. Could drink this all day, every day. Truly incredible.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 06:11:47 | More by BOLTZ7555
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gn0sis

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky off-purple pour into cantillon tulip, this is perfection in a glass. Dank aroma of musty grapes, faint funky profie 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 15:20:29 | More by gn0sis
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t0rin0

California

3.78/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First review in 250 reviews where I'm not adding the beer. Came out of retirement to offer an opinion not skewed by hype.

Sampled 3/5/2011.

Pours a crazy pinkish orange color with a mostly white (stained with a little pink) head, moderately hazy, no lacing or retention.

Aroma is great. Heavy on the red grapes, some spices, and a healthy dose of barnyard funk and lemon in the background followed by a hint of oak. I could smell this all day.

Flavor is a huge let down. Those intense red grapes are there along with the typical fruity funk and lemon that I've come to love in my Cantiloons but what's this? Ocean water? Tastes like someone blended a pinch of sand and salt into the mix. And then comes the oak, and more oak. Very odd.

Mouthfeel is lambic. Light, really bubbly, refreshing. Drinkability is hindered by the seawater aspect of the beer.

Ƭίcƙ/Special Occasion for Wales #5,733

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 06:47:31 | More by t0rin0
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Bottle opened January 2011

A: Slightly hazy orange-red with perhaps a slightly purplish hue. Small, but tightly-packed bubble-filled head. Spotty lacing.

S: Unique grape aroma. Best way to describe it is that wonderful Welches grape jelly aroma. Light acidic citrus undercurrents. A little oak and must. Some miscellaneous berries as well that are a little tough to identify with all that grape jelly.

T: Damn. I love this. Its like Blabaer in the sense that the uniqueness of the flavor is pretty close to mind-blowing. Like the nose tons of grape jelly, raspberries, lemon, wood, must, funk.

M: A slight sweetness up front followed by a drying finish. Medium to light bodied. Even effervescence. Not overly sour and puckering, but there is plenty of acidity there to keep a sour-head happy.

D: A truly unique Cantillon offering. Certainly one of my favorites. The only question is... what the hell do I do with my last bottle... drink or cellar?

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 04:08:46 | More by callmemickey
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. tpd975 contributed this one. thanks greg!

750ml corked and capped bottle.

pours muddy red, a bit clearer toward the top of the bottle. no head and no sign of lace.

aroma is ok. feet. alcohol. bit of nail polish remover. earth and a bit of wood. malt vinegar. bit of dark fruit. nutty.

taste is nice. similar to the aroma, but with less of the feet and other harsh notes. leather. horse blanket. sherry. low bitterness level. medium acidity.

mouthfeel is goood. light body with a fairly dry finish. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. not the worst sour i've had, but certainly not the best either. a little rough around the edges, but not unpleasant overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 15:16:03 | More by grub
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, never thought I'd try this but there it is. Thanks to Brad (of course) for sharing this amazingly rare and awesome beer. 2008 vintage.

A: Beautiful ruby red with a orange-yellow core to it. Little head to top it off.

S: fruit juice nose with some lactic, woody notes and dry tart grape, berry and raspberry in the nose. Some malt, but it's really about funky fruit here with some barnyard smells mixed in.

T: Wow. Stunning crisp grape and berry mix of flavors with the classical cantillon sour edge that is perfect. Subtle malts intertwine the fruit and wood. Dry to finish.

M: Awesome feel, just right carbonation. Amazing.

D: What can I say, it's great man.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 03:33:11 | More by Dreadnaught33
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mdfb79

New York

4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 04:29:19 | More by mdfb79
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad! This is at the very top of my beer wish list.

Review #600

Vintage 2008
Bottle 64L

A: The appearance is radiant orange/red, akin to grape juice. The beer has a small head and leaves just a trace of lacing, typical of a Cantillon lambic.

S: The aroma is fantastic, with a balance of classic Cantillon funk and freshly squeezed grape juice.

T: Like the aroma, the flavor is grape juice and funk. The beer is not overly sour or funky, but I certainly would not describe it as sweet, even though grapes / grape juice are very prominent.

M: Medium thin bodied. The aftertaste is fantastic. The balance of funk and lambic flavors with fruit is wonderful.

D: A pleasure to drink. I could have sipped this all night, if only that were possible.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 17:18:45 | More by Huhzubendah
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koopa

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the many outstanding bottles shared at a tasting we had last night at beerloco's. Big thanks to Ryan for bringing this gem!

Appearance: Pours an attractive radiant blood orange with a 1 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and decent lace.

Smell: This one is all about that distinctive fruity grape note (thinks welsh's grape jelly filled grape bubblegum) in the beginning that then gets washed over by a classic Cantillon urine and yeast wave. Truly unique and highly enjoyable.

Taste: Same as the nose but more integrated and not as grape dominant as the nose. I'd give it a 4.25 if I could.

Mouthfeel: Thin, fairly spritzy, and slightly watery in the finish. My lease favorite aspect of this brew.

Drinkability: All day and all of the night!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 14:47:07 | More by koopa
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to one bad mofo for this one. Adam you are a tickers best friend. Poured from a bottle into my tasting glass.

A: Amber gold hue. Not much head no lace.

S: WTF! Straight up cow manure. This is the most "barnyard" beer I've ever encountered. There is a touch of grapes in there but it's heavily masked by the grren cow poop aroma. I understand what they were shooting for but god damn!

T: Luckily the poop doesn't come through as much in the flavor. It's there but the grapes have taken over. Lactic sour and loads of wet wood.

M: Light crisp body. Modest carbonation.

D: I'm not sure I get this beer. Super glad to try it but why would I want to taste manure? Maybe I'm crazy. This one is a miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 18:49:12 | More by beerwolf77
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tasting glass. Crazy thanks to Adam for sharing this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy mahogany yet reddish hue. Has some golden orange/caramel highlights. Some transparent bubbles.

(S)- First off, yes, the consensus was that this smells like manure, but I find that it did have that "poop" aroma, however it was far more like that earthy barnyard sense with some poop in there. That combined with a rather fruit forward dark grape aroma really made it almost straightforward, yet a dynamic smell for me; I like it.

(T)- Like the smell, it is quite fruit forward with a delicate tart sourness. Really is quite harmonius with that earthy aspect and some nice mellow acidic fruits.

(M)- A slightly bigger carbonation level that I expected, but not really bothersome to me. It is really well balanced without being too sour or acidic.

(D)- A refreshing offering by Cantillon. Has a really nice profile that I enjoyed immensely. Great fruit profile. Not necessarily the best beer of the night, but certainly perhaps one of the more unique ones.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 13:19:16 | More by sweemzander
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review #500. Big thanks to a very generous Sean9689 for succumbing to peer pressure and popping this treat open.

A - Orangish color with a slightly offwhite head that looked a little bit carbonated, surprisng for the type of beer this is. Has some nice brownish, purple hues to it, giving the hint of the concord grapes in there.

T - Oh God, I hate doing this after drinking the beer because it was nice and tasty, but I got the very distinct smell of horse manure. It litererally smelled so much like horse shit, that I had to not breath through my nose while I was drinking this (I worked with horses for a while, and it was like mucking out the stables). HUGE manure smell, not just kind of stinking, but like I stuck my face in a pile of it, wow. I don't know how everyone else was enjoying the smell, it got described by them as "horsey" or "farmy" but it was so bad for me I was repulsed. So strange, maybe just an off nose that day but I couldn't stand it. On the plus side, some nice grape came through, but I really couldn't keep sticking my nose in this much.

T - As long as I wasn't breathing through my nose, it tasted very well. Surprised that I couldn't taste horse shit, or at least my perception of it, given how closely smell and taste are linked. There is definately a lot of old barn smell in there, slightly damp hay, horse leather and blanket, and the concord grapes have a very strong, but not overpowering, grape taste. Some nice funk and tartness, it is the nicest bit jammy.

M - Jammy, smooth, dry, has a bit of a sparkling bubble carbonation, which suits it well.

D - I got it all down, but I had to hold my breath due to the horse shit taste. Other than that, this was a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 18:52:38 | More by AgentZero
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle. Pours a amber red color with a white collared head. Very purple grape smellig like concord grapes. Barnyard as well. The aroma has a slight aroma of horse apple aka barnyard manure, this aroma seems to be quite polarizing, either you like it or hate it. The taste is leaps and bounds better than the aroma and I like the aroma! Flavorwise I get purple grape first and foremost followed by some earthiness and oakiness. The taste is really good, wow. Don Q is the man. Sour and tart that makes you pucker. Light mouthfeel with nice balance of carbonation. Overall, a really nice beer and one that I will probably never get the chance to try again.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 13:35:04 | More by kbutler1
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, 2008. Pours a clear rosy pink with a small white head. Nose is very, very dry, grape skins, deep, strange funk, floral almost. Really a lot of musty, barnyard funk. Sour of course, lemon acids, really dry wine barrel, long, sour finish where the funk just blooms. Not acetic, which was a concern given some aged Cantillon fruit lambics I've had. This is one of the most dry, deeply funky beers I've ever tasted, and it's really interesting. Tannic, oaky, bright, deep. Tight, refined, and focused. Amazing how dry and expressive the funk is here. Freakin' good.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 03:00:40 | More by JAXSON
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to myself for destroying my credit score for this one. Shared with a group of like-minded gentlemen.

Poured into a 5 oz. taster glass. Not a proper vessel for reviewing appearance, so my rating for this category is adjusted to create an accurate overall score.

Pours with a crimson hue. The aroma is Welch's Grape Poop. OK, actually I didn't get a lot of manure, I just wanted to say Welch's Grape Poop. The Welch's Grape is definitely accurate, however.

The flavor is insanely delicate and balanced. Tart grapes and a quickly disappearing sourness up front. Rich fruitiness that meshes perfectly with earthiness and funk. Brilliant, really.

The body is slightly high on the carbonation. Overall this is a sublime fruit lambic, but I think it also still has room to mature and gain complexity. Opening my only other bottle is going to take a lot of guts.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:32:02 | More by alcstradamus
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Cantillon Don Quijote from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.