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Cantillon Don Quijote - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 402
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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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hopburster

Washington

5/5  rDev +9.6%

03-06-2013 05:28:40 | More by hopburster
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jegross2

Illinois

4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the infamous Don Quijote from Brasserie Cantillon out of Belgium. This grape lambic was brewed exclusively for the Goblin Pub in Italy.

Score: 98

2008 vintage bottle served in an Iris balloon glass and enjoyed on 04/25/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a lovely pinkish-brownish-orange color with gorgeous fade towards the edges. No head off the pour. No lacing or retention. Real nice color, however. 4.5/5

Smell: Bold and distinctive Kedeem Kosher-for-Passover concord grape juice mixed with a lovely and bright tropical fruitiness and a light oakiness. Hint of vinegar too. I really dig the sour tropical fruit-spiked grape juice nose here. No funkiness. 5/5

Taste: Less complex and bold than the nose, but nonetheless tasty. Upfront is a relatively mellowed grape juice flavor that does not come across as sugary-sweet as it did in the aroma. Good tartness upfront too. Muted fruitiness towards the finish, with a lasting sourness. The grape flavor is somewhat crisp, with the linger being more of the lemon, hint of mango and mineral water character typical of Cantillon. This beer is quite lovely tasting, but the taste is not quite the fruity Kedeem grape juice bomb that the nose is. No real funk, save for a hint of such towards the finish. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Super juicy mouthfeel with a lightly dry finish. Lovely tartness that is not too subtle nor too intense, and a marvelously balanced acidity. 5/5

Overall: Supremely well-balanced and pleasantly fruity with minimal, if any, funk. This is one of the few whales out there that lives up to its mythos. While not cheap, it was certainly worth the once-in-a-lifetime tick. My only regret is that there was not more in the bottle to sip and savor.

Cost: $900 for a 375 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2014 17:53:59 | More by jegross2
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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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CheapBeerBuzz

California

5/5  rDev +9.6%

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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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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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New York

5/5  rDev +9.6%

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.6%

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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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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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New York

5/5  rDev +9.6%

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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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California

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

12-29-2012 03:55:36 | More by jerz
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New York

5/5  rDev +9.6%

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New York

5/5  rDev +9.6%

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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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Cantillon Don Quijote from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.