Don Quijote
Brasserie Cantillon

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From:
Brasserie Cantillon
 
Belgium
Style:
Fruit Lambic
ABV:
5%
Score:
100
Avg:
4.58 | pDev: 11.14%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
36
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Aug 21, 2018
Added:
Jun 12, 2010
Wants:
  465
Gots:
  9
SCORE
100
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Don QuijoteDon Quijote
Notes: 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.
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Rated: 4.6 by CTJman from Connecticut

Aug 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.41 by aasher from Indiana

Sep 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.94 by baybum from Pennsylvania

Oct 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.83 by halo3one from Georgia

Mar 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.99 by Deltoro from Florida

Dec 28, 2015
 
Rated: 4.75 by atrocity from Virginia

Sep 02, 2015
 
Rated: 4.81 by POTABLE83 from New York

Apr 13, 2015
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Reviewed by lawsonciv from Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This beer is unbelievable. I have never had a beer so hyped (and so damn expensive) but it was worth every penny. The hype is real on Mr. Donnie Quijote. Tons of grapes on the nose with a more subtle grape flavor in the taste. I imagine a bit of the grape has gone away in the last 6 years this bottle has been aging. Beautiful beer. I would spend $100 an oz again. haha
Jan 31, 2015
 
Rated: 5 by jschonert from Missouri

Nov 08, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by trxxpaxxs from New York

Sep 13, 2014
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Reviewed by jegross2 from Illinois

4.87/5  rDev +6.3%
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.
May 21, 2014
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Reviewed by cfrances33 from Illinois

4.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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!
Feb 04, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by CheapBeerBuzz from California

Jan 26, 2014
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Reviewed by joel66 from New York

4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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
Dec 31, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by brian4beer from Indiana

Nov 30, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by BeerAndBourbon from Ohio

Oct 28, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

Oct 20, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by Mopps from Virginia

Oct 15, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by CityofBals from Illinois

Sep 12, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by Ilovebrew from New York

Aug 09, 2013
 
Rated: 5 by Quackus from New York

Aug 02, 2013
 
Rated: 5 by bauermj from Illinois

Jul 14, 2013
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Reviewed by BucketBoy from Pennsylvania

4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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.
Jul 07, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by TurdFurgison from Ohio

Jun 24, 2013
 
Rated: 5 by hopburster from Washington

Mar 06, 2013
 
Rated: 5 by jbuddle from New York

Jan 16, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by ChrisPro from Illinois

Jan 16, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by spycow from Illinois

Jan 10, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by jerz from California

Dec 29, 2012
 
Rated: 5 by Pete27lax from New York

Nov 20, 2012
 
Rated: 5 by MikeyMikee from New York

Nov 19, 2012
 
Rated: 4.5 by BdubleEdubleRUN from California

Oct 31, 2012
 
Rated: 4.25 by DoubleJ from Wisconsin

Oct 29, 2012
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Reviewed by scottfrie from California

4.86/5  rDev +6.1%
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.
Sep 12, 2012
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Reviewed by tarheels86 from California

4.13/5  rDev -9.8%
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
Sep 06, 2012
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Reviewed by corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.67/5  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.
Sep 05, 2012
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Reviewed by jethrodium from California

4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
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.
Aug 30, 2012
 
Rated: 4.75 by MrFootstones from California

Aug 25, 2012
 
Rated: 4.75 by durwoodx from Virginia

Jul 06, 2012
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Reviewed by Tnudish from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +9.2%
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!
Jun 26, 2012
Don Quijote from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 83 ratings