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Cantillon Don Quijote - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 413
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website

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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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 46 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of joel66
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

joel66, Dec 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

trxxpaxxs, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of cfrances33
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!

cfrances33, Feb 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jan 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

brian4beer, Nov 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

BeerAndBourbon, Oct 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

BARFLYB, Oct 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Mopps, Oct 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Ilovebrew, Aug 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Quackus, Aug 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

bauermj, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of BucketBoy
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.

BucketBoy, Jul 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

TurdFurgison, Jun 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

hopburster, Mar 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

jbuddle, Jan 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

ChrisPro, Jan 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

jerz, Dec 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Pete27lax, Nov 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

MikeyMikee, Nov 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Oct 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

DoubleJ, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
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.

scottfrie, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of tarheels86
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

tarheels86, Sep 06, 2012
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Cantillon Don Quijote from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.