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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-23-2002

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Photo of drabmuh
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel very fortunate to have had this on draft at Churchkey side by side with Saint Lamvinus. Beer is yellow and completely hazy, no head really, lacing is low as well as carbonation.

ARoma is tart with a citric based sourness and a mild funk (less than the St. L).

The beer is grapey for sure, sweet and smooth, low body and a late sour with a tartness that gets me in the corners of my mouth. There isn't a lot of carbonation in the mouth, but this beer is suppose to be thin and the sour comes from acids. This is a great beer. The more Cantillon I have the more I love them. I would serious recommend it. I need to find a bottle so I can compare them.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

02/04/07- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both capped and corked. Dating is listed on cork...I believe this one was an '04. Poured into my Lindemans flute.

Appearance- Peach hazed pour. About as flat as flat can be. Very light lace spotting. Cork came out without a sound.

Smell- Funk and more funk. Hay, urine, rotted fruit....oh yeah! Some sour acidic fruit notes as well.

Taste- I've had this one once before on tap at the Toronado. It was my first lambic style ever. I had to chase every sip with a sip of water. It was that sour. This time around it wasn't that bad. It was pretty sour, but easliy taken down. Peachy-orange notes mixed with sour muscat grapes make a good combo.

Mouthfeel- Fairly dry mouthfeel with no carbonation.

Drinkability- Probably my favorite of the line to date. Seemed the easiest to suck down without burning a hole in my stomach lining. Muscat grapes work well in lambics apparently.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky pineapple in color with pale yellow highlights that had almost no head and no lacing sticking to the glass. The signature cantillon sour acidic oaky barrel funk was definitely there in the nose with some pungent muscat grape notes and slight vinegar notes as well. It also had some nice mouthwatering citrus aromas. The taste had more of the lemon citrusy character with some muscat grapes, oaky, funky, and barnyard accents but it did have slight acidic notes. The brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet but lemon citrusy, oaky, funky, vinous, dry and sour puckering finish that lingered on the palate. It drank really good and I'm always happy to try different cantillon beers anytime. Good lookin out drew for bringing by to bobby's crib.

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Photo of Gavage
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy orange with some reddish tones. A wispy head and no lacing develops during the session. Many carbonation bubbles stick to the glass.

Smell: sour grapes are strong on the nose.

Taste: huge sour grape flavor with yeast, honey, and mild alcohol tones. Very dry. The sourness is bold but the tastebuds get accustomed to it quickly.

Mouthfeel: dry and smooth throughout. Aftertaste is bold but short, as the sourness seems to assault the tastebuds into submission. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: definitely down a few notches as the sourness tires the the tongue by the end of the glass. But the flavors are interesting and unique. Worth giving this a try if you like extremes.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/24/08.

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a few bubbles, but no real head. The aroma is very sour with some oak notes mixed in. The flavor is very tart grapes along with some oak. There are some vinegar components. This beer is very similar to white wine. The beer is very dry. Very low carbonation and the beer has a thin-medium mouthfeel. The beer is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes from Dark Lord Day '12, generously shared my Rempo. I'm not sure which vintage though.

This beer poured a light bodied Belgian pale esque gold in color with a slight white lacing around the glass and moderate carbonation. The aromas are very earthy, funky, floral, and herbal. It has some tea leaf to it. The flavors are dry and musty, funky, earthy, have some grassy hay to them, feature lit acidity and is somewhat citric. It drinks very light and dry. It has a moderate bite from the carbonation. The aftertaste leaves a resonating flavor or herbal spice which I really appreciated. I really liked this one. It was different than I expected.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Dog a few times, had to get some more. It's been years since I had this.

A- A nice white gold color with some small tans in between. Somewhat of a white fuzz on top semi soapy, dies down quick.

S- My god this is sour scented. Big wine grapes of the muscat type. Vinious, sour funky,earthy, Cantillon. It really jumps out at you, more than St. Lamvinous does, these grapes is ripe. It just smells good.

T- It is good. This is the stuff. Grapes coming in under a big sour apple blast. Wine grapes. Funky and tart. Semi earthy. Not getting a lot of moldy cheese and feet, just grapes and funk.

M- Puckeringly good. Just enough pucker though. The grapes are big in taste and winey and stay a bit. This finishes quite dry. Light bodied nicely carbed and a mouthfull, of sour.

D- I love this stuff, off tap it's just amazing. Woukd love to age a bottle of this for a decade. It's not overly sour, I had a few without much trouble. A bit acidic. It's nothing short of amazing.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2001, Sampled November 18, 2003
As I pull the cork I get a strong smell of vinegar, this aroma seems to be attached to the cork and does not carry over to the beer. It is a cloudy orange color, and though well carbonated, it is not beery enough to hold a head for any length of time. A sour musty aroma emanates from my glass, notes of citrus as well. The taste is predominantly a lemony sourness. Definitely wine like in some ways (especially the body), but it is hard to say of this is from the Muscat grapes. There is a definite funky Lambic character here; musty, astringent, and acidic. Hard to say what grape character is here, it seems a bit lighter in body and there is a definite lack of heading proteins, perhaps a hint of the Muscat is in the acidic finish, but it is hard to say. As the beer warms up I get some cider notes as well, though it is still quite lemony. As a fruit beer it lacks the fruit character it should have (perhaps younger versions have more Muscat character). As a well carbonated Lambic type beer though, it works and is quite good.

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Photo of biegaman
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage opened 07/03/09

British potter and art critic Rosemary Hill commented that: "to make objects by hand in an industrial society, to work slowly and uneconomically against the grain, is to offer, however inadvertently, a critique of that society."

The Van Roy-Cantillons pride themselves on making that statement, on saying "goodbye to modern civilization". Their family brewery - where literally nothing in the production has changed since 1900 when it was founded - is a surviving vestige of beer's past. Vigneronne is a blend of true Gueuze and Italian muscat grapes, officially known as "druivenlambik" (grapes lambic).

A very sun-faded tone of yellow with a blurring, dusty complexion that is most exposed when held into the light. No head what so ever forms which is actually quite typical given that no yeast is actually pitched to make a lambic; its only carbonation is created in the bottle during refermentation.

The microbiota of Brussels make for a very striking scent. It is equal parts sour and acidic with an underlying sugary sweetness. There's a touch of vinegar and a very cider-like characteristic. Altogether, these components make fair-warning signs of what's to come...

Which is more sourness, acidity and sugary sweetness. Now the taste of tart fruits (apricot, lemon and green grape) is especially pronounced. The use of oak barrels for aging is overshadowed by the naturally-occurring yeast and bacteria that dwell within them. It's to these little organisms that we can thank for all this 'funk' and acidity.

Apparently the sugar in the grapes mellows out the base Gueuze beer even more so than other fruits but this still tastes as tart and tooth-rottingly acidic as any other Cantillon. As would be expected, the flavour of the Muscat grapes impart a lot of taste similarities to a dry white wine, the resemblance to which comes out more with warming.

Vigneronne, however marvelous it is, makes up less than 5% of Cantillon's overall production. This is largely due to the fact that all the grapes are picked by hand which doesn't allow sufficient time to coincide with the start of the Lambic brewing season.

Although I love Kriek (cherry Lambic), I could imagine it might grow tiresome if it were the only fruit lambic offered. Considering most of the other fruit flavoured offerings are the often artificially sweetened commercial versions that really bare little resemblance to true style, I would vote this as my daily Lambic of choice (second only to the St. Lamvinus).

Visiting the Cantillon brewery Jean Van Roy told me that he felt the Vigneronne to be even more complex and impressive than its red grape brother the St.Lamvinus. Although I personally would respectfully disagree with that, I do feel that both are not only examples of world-class craftsmanship and time-honed skill, but also artistic works of beauty.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.66/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, 2008 Vintage,

A: Pours yellow-orange, with a light head and carbonation, good colour.

S: Musty barnyard, green apples, lemon. Not a huge nose for a lambic, not as fragrant as it should be.

T: The flavour is where it's at. As with all Cantillon's I've had it is very full-flavoured. Lemon-lime, more toward the lime, lacto-fermented lemonade/punch. The grapes give an almost White Burgundy note in there as well, though it is minour. It has a great potential to gain even more complexity as it ages.

M: Silky, very smooth, but needs carbonation, thin, still quite acidic which gives it some body. As Gabe at Beachwood described it the beer is ropey, that's where these 2008s are right now.

D: Good drinkablity. This effort by Cantillon is still very young, I don't think I've had anything younger than about 3 years from them before, this is just a year old. The flavour is very good, but other aspects of the beer need some work. In 5 years it could justify its $19.99 price-tag, but not today.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden with no head. Smells typically sour, but not overly acetic. The sweetness of the grapes nicely balances the sharpness of the sour and mellows everything out considerably, both in the nose and in the mouth. There is almost a peach-like richness of fruit in the aroma. Tangy and luscious. A hint of creaminess in the finish. Very smooth, not too sharp and wonderfully sweet and sour with a hint of tannins from the oak and grape skins. This paired wonderfully with a sharp cheddar and water crackers, with the sweet/sour beer acting as a nice foil to the sharpness and richness of the cheese. Fairly subtle for this brewery, but very complex notes of oak, sweet grape, acetic notes, a touch of barnyard, and a subtle creaminess. Delicious.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage. Poured into a snifter. The beer is pale cloudy golden with a white head.

The aroma has a lot of Brett funk. Musty barnyard and hoarsy. The Muscat grapes are quite prominent, and more apparent than I was expecting. Some acetic acid is also present.

Tart Muscat grapes combine with strong Brett character to make for a very enjoyable flavor: fruity, dry, and just a hint of sweetness. The Brett imparts wet horse blanket notes and mustiness, but allows the fruit some room to breathe. A little vinegar is noticeable in the flavor, as well as some acidity, which is most prominent in the tart and fruity finish.

The beer is light bodied with medium carbonation

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY.

This one pours a sparkling straw yellow, slightly hazy, with a small head and no lacing.

Aromas include white wine and white grapes, lemon tart candy, and some mild funk.

This is a wonderful grapey lambic. It's got an assertive sparkling tartness, and it's fairly sour, about a 6 out of 10. There's a dry earthy white grape character, and some tart candied lemon as well. It all comes together exceedingly well.

This is light bodied, with crisp and well carbonated mouthfeel, it's super drinkable.

Another great lambic from Cantillon.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had as part of the "Evening with Cantillon" event at the Belgian Beer Cafe Eureka, part of Melbourne's Good Beer Week.

Yep, it's that classic Cantillon look. Hazy golden hue, with a firm white head that persists as a solid if marginal film. Decent sudsy lace, and a light but firm body. Looks good.

Nose is crisp and vinous, with a slightly oaky character like aged chardonnay. Classic rubbery aroma as well, like the gas tube for a Bunsen burner. Quite leafy as well, with the vinous characters giving a slightly herbal, rubber-plant flesh kind of aroma. Interesting.

Palate is initially clear, but is hit quickly with a crisp, direct sharp intensity of acid. It's almost a crystalline clarity, as the palate feels a little empty apart from this. The herbal notes fight in the background, giving a sharp brutal beating. There's hidden classic lambic characters, but they're subtle, and overwhelmed by the other, more brusque flavours.

Not a bad drop, but it certainly seems harsher and less refined than some other Cantillon beers. There's a rugged unapologetic nature to this brew which makes it less approachable than others, even if you're forced to respect it.

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Photo of corby112
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage on draft at Monk's Cafe.

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden straw color with a thin white head that quickly dissaptes.  Not much lacing to speak of.

Slightly funky, vinous aroma with hints of musty funk and wet hay along with earthy oak and vinous light fruit.  Lots of grape in the nose.  

Medium bodied with a nice mix of dry, tart/earthy funky notes and sweet light fruit. Dry and very puckering without being harsh or acidic.  Sweet acetic vinegar lingering complimented by sweet vinous fruit notes.  Grapes are still prominent five years later.  Hints of dry, earthy oak and musty funk are perfectly balanced with a lingering sweet vinegar finish that leaves me thirsting for more.

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Photo of wl0307
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The first time that I tried this beer four years ago, the bottle was taken back from my visit to the Cantillon Brewery, knowing nothing about lambic and surely having little idea about what to expect from a white-grape-infused ale. Now I'm better equipped with some experience, so it might do it justice to record my notes here. Coming in a 750ml green bottle, capped and corked, at just 5%abv. as opposed to 6% reported here. Bottled on 20/11/07, served cool in De Dolle Oerbier's long stemmed goblet.

A: pours a bright pale golden hue with very very mild carbonation and a fast dissipating white head. Looking quite elegant, especially the understated carbonation.
S: beautiful aroma true to a classic lambic, consisting of salty-sour lemons, lightly stinky edge of dried grapefruit peels, freshly-cut grass, and semi-sweet but light-bodied malts, leaving funky elements and aromatic oaky scent lurking in the background. If grapes had given themselves out, the hint would be the fresh and lightly sweet aroma from the skins, but overall it's well mixed with the lambic base. So elegant and balanced, not at all astringent as some other Cantillon products.
T: the foretaste is highly, intrusively, savoury and tart (ringing a bell of Cantillon Geuze here but even tart-er!), along with secondary flavours of funky yeasts, dry-ish zestiness of lemons and neutrally-flavoured wheat-malts; going deep down the palate, the flavour is seamlessly transformed into a semi-lubricating aftertaste with a deep impact of hops, soft oak, herbs even, and, maybe, white grapes' tannin. In the finish, the level of acidity manages to make a truce with the overall body here, leaving but a lightly dry and chewy palate. Marvellous.
M&D: clean on the palate, the soft carbonation serves the tart profile extremely well, while the body is by far one of the best I've tasted for any Geuze/Lambic. For, not only it retains the integration well but also all the flavours (that I can detect) evolve just neatly and seamlessly within this "agreed" boundary... It's more acidic on the flavour than on the nose, and the white grapes have indeed rendered a higher level of sour fruitiness if I am not trying too hard to make sense of the influence. All in all, this is not something I would try often and "get used to", lest the special characters might fall on my deaf ears (spoiled taste-buds actually) someday and not SO heavenly anymore!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in white wine glass)
A- This beer has a slight murky deep orange body with a thin ring of white around the rim. There is a very gentle carbonation of one or two bubbles that are visible.
S- The cheese rind brett note is followed by a soft tartness and a nice white grape skin aroma finishes.
T- The light cheese rind flavor has a smooth tartness to follow with a mild white grape tannin note in the finish. There is a nice pucker and a muscat grape note that linger.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no alcohol heat.
D- The bright tartness with the subtle muscat grape flavor and cheese rind work great together. This is easy to drink and crisp and the tartness is smooth enough for another glass.

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Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle split with JohnnyM2002 and Phatz.

A: The ale is a slightly hazy goldenrod color with a thick head that quickly dissolves to a white ring around the glass.

S: The aroma is thick with brettanomyces tartness. There is also a green grape sourness mixed in.

T: The flavor is a continuation of the nose. The ale is sour, tart, puckering. Very intense, it combines some green grape tartness, sweet and fresh but very tangy, with a brett-infused harshness. Be warned, your mouth will never be the same.

M: The mouthfeel is tart, green grapes and acidic dryness. It does not let up at all.

D: The drinkability is limited by my general dislike for the style. It packs a punch and makes you regret/anticipate each sip.

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Photo of dar482
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%

The beer comes in a light golden yellow.

The beer offers a decent amount of signature funk upfront complimented by a decent amount of lambic tart along with a good amount of white grape and white grape skin. Appropriate are comparisons to champagne or white wine.

One of the more subtle of the Cantillon's, but that is a compliment to the brew.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 2/11/13, bottled Nov, 5, 2009

A slight haze in golden orange body, hard pour give only a noisy, fizzy, cola like film that's gone in seconds leaving no lace

S mellow funk, wet wood, lemon and orange, dried hay, musty grapes, a hint of caramel, and some leafy herbal notes

T more grapes then the nose and just a hint of vinegar, not too far from the nose, just a faint hint of vanilla seems a little out of place but everything works well together

M medium bodied, low carbonation but not flat, very slick on the palate, slightly sour and tart but its quite mellow, funk, citrus and grape linger on the finish

O quite easy to drink, not overly sour, interesting brew to say the least, not my favorite Cantillon but I could easily drink another bottle on my own

I'm glad I finally got around to trying this one, I had a little stash of Cantillon that I forgot about a ways back and I'm just getting to them now. With 4 years on this bottle I'd love to try a fresh bottling for comparisons sake

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured a turbid yellow color. Aroma is deeply sour and funky. Smells like a Gueuze. Flavor brings high acidity and bracing sourness. Tart lemon, cellar mustiness. Earthy tanginess. White wine, oak, veiny cheese. The grapes do give it a taste similar to an aged white wine. Earth and hay. Finishes with a lingering, tart, dry bite. Light bodied. Highly effervescent. Not often do I get to drink beers from Cantillon so when I do I try my best to appreciate them. I don't like this one as much as most of their others but when can one experience a beer quite like this from anyone else?

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Photo of barczar
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big chardonnay aroma, with tons of barrel and big funk and tartness.

Very dry, crabapple tartness, lactic sourness. Puckeringly sour. Delicious. Big grape tartness, as well.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review #600!
750mL corked and capped bottle poured into a stemmed glass. November 5th 2009 on the back label.

(A)- Pours a cloudy apricot orange color. Produced a light layer of white bubbles that subsided quickly. A beautiful looking color though.

(S)- A tart apricot/white grape/ and apple like fruits. Earthy too, with some clay and a hay funkiness. Slightly lactic. I am lovin' the smell on this.

(T)- Pretty much what the smell foretold. A big acidity and sourness up front. The white grape/apricot fruits really shine through in the acidity. A good funk in the middle, but is kept in check by the acidic fruits. A subtle sweetness on the finish.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Very high acidity that lends to a big sourness as well. Good fruits. Despite its acidic strength, it is rather smooth; a subtle sweetness and crisp fruits keeps it at bay.

(D)- When I think Cantillon cannot surprise me any more than they already have, they somehow continue to each time I try something new of theirs. While this is only a year old, the acidic/sour fruits really balance well with the funk and subtle sweetness. This could age for decades because it is so highly acidic, but the fruits really are tasty in this now.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden orange, hazy, with a frothy white champagne like head, quickly gone. Smell is an initial wiff thats musty and sour, hints of sweet wine grapes trail. Taste follows scent, with a slighttly less pronounced sour and musty profile, and a little more pronounced sweet wine grape as well as hints of grapefruit, apple and white wine vinegar. Medium bodied, slightly slick, good carbonation. Very interesting beer with a few unique things going on. Worked well as a substitute for white wine with a Mediteranean style meal.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Church Key last night. Pricey, but absolutely worth it, much better than any bottle of this I've had.

The pour is a hazy, murky yellow with no real head. I've had better looking beers, but few have smelled better. Just a massive white grape character, fresh, juicy and vinous. The sourness is quite pronounced too with a sharp acidity, mostly lemony, and this works brilliantly with the fruit, making for a vinous beer. Funk is modest with a bit of musty basement and dank earth.
The flavors on the palate are through the roof. There's so much juicy, fruity, white grape character that it's incredible. Like a dry white wine, the fruit character is explosive, but the lack of sweetness makes for a very refreshing beverage. The sourness is quite prominent, surprisingly so, with a big lemon character along with a touch of funk. Medium-light in body with a low level of carbonation, this beer finishes dry and pucking, palate cleansingly so, with a lingering lemon juice and white grape character. Truly phenomenal.

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4.29 out of 5 based on 1,262 ratings.
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