Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon
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3.38/5 rDev -22.8%
Pours a spritzy orange with a nice rocky head that really didnt leave much lace at all,whoa the funk like sitting in a barn with this bad boy I also picked up some oak and vanilla but the funk was hard core,My mouth is still puckering from this stuff full tilt sour and musty like intensly concentrated lemon pith and a wet basement.Not my cup of tea this will be my last foray into Cantillon brews this one is most intense in my opinion.
02-19-2005 01:22:42 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev -9.1%
On tap at Maduro. $4 for about ounces served in a white wine glass.
Appearance: Carbonationless bright gold. No head. Mildly cloudy.
Aroma: Malt vinegar, relatively subdued farmyard characteristics, lemongrass, must, and light hints of citrus.
Taste: Pleasant citric and vinegar notes. Light grape skin flavors. Lemon vinegar (is there such a thing?).
Mouthfeel: Sharp and acidic. Completely flat (is it supposed to be this way?), much more like wine than beer. Perhaps that is the goal...tart and sour but not to the extent o geuze or most craft lambics. The sourness is softer. Not bad and very dry.
Drinkability: Surprisingly, I'm not that excited about this. It's a little light on the funk for a funky/sour beer, and light on the sugar and flavor for a vinegary/tart beer. It's very subtle. I suppose if I wanted to I could session this but it's not quite my thing.
Update: April 2008...after a little more than a month in the barrel this beer has developed a subtle carbonation improves drinkability and in some ways appearance. The acidity seems softened by it.
02-20-2008 17:27:33 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
A: Hazy yellow with golden orange hues. A very small white head that settles quickly into a ring of lacings.
S: Fruity aromas with a subtle grape character. Slightly funky with notes of barnyard, mud, horse blanket and hay. Some vinegar and notes of tart peaches.
T: Quite sour. Notes of grapes and grape skins. Light sweetness, gentle wheat character. A minimal grassy bitterness in the mouth. Very sour in the middle. Pleasant barrel aged character blended with fruit pits. Funky notes of wet hay and mud. Plenty of grass and yeast. The finish is tart with notes of fruit and chestnuts.
M: Medium body with a dry finish. Very nice.
D: A very good beer. Unfortunately, the bottle was cellared for a couple of so the taste of grapes was on the decline, but still very good.
06-06-2009 17:01:30 | More by ricke
4.5/5 rDev +2.7%
Enjoyed another wonderful Cantillon with kmpitz2 and just ran across my notes. Golden yellow orange pour with not much of a head..just a fizzy big bubbly top to it. Brighty and shining in the glass. Before I even put my nose near the glass I get a blast of big, funky barnyard aromas. This is followed by a nice dose of vinegar, yeast and grains. You can smell this a mile away and it nearly burns the nostrils. Extremely acidic tones with just a hint of grape in the undercurrent. Damn.
First sip brings an upfront sour grainy fruitiness with a hint of lemon and white grape. The vinegar acidity very present along with some mouth puckering sourness...quite dry overall. Funky, horse blanket makes itself known on the way down and lingers slightly. Another intriguing Cantillon that shows the wonders of spontaneous fermentation.
Mouthfeel is light and airy with a good flow of bubbles throughout. Lovely mouth puckering goodness. A 750ml bottle that is very enjoyable when shared with a friend, as the whole bottle may be a bit much. A wonderful taste exeperience overall that shouldn't be missed...thanks to marburg for this one.
06-18-2005 15:55:59 | More by orbitalr0x
4.2/5 rDev -4.1%
Thanks to the Beer Guy at McKean and Charles in Waldoboro for getting this (and then saving it a few weks until I could get up there). This was a 750ml bottle, bottled 30Oct06, and was served in a tulip glass. Nice orange color with a tiny head that dissipates quickly. Very still. It had the aroma of peaches. The taste was sour fruit, and was very acidic. Quite a dry beer, and quite enjoyable. Share it with a friend and pucker up.
06-30-2007 13:44:55 | More by lordofthewiens
3.8/5 rDev -13.2%
This is an astonishing beer. It is truly like nothing I've ever tasted before. I'm very glad I've had it, but to be honest I doubt I'll ever drink it again. It's a very good beer, but it's kind of like seeing the movie American History X... it's a huge accomplishment, it's brilliantly done but you're rather not have to go through that experience again.
The aromas assault you as soon as you open the beer. Horseblanket? Try outhouse or feedlot on a sunny day. Wow!! There is some serious yeasty funk going on here!!
First pour shows a pretty gorgeous coppery orange. There are noticable variations in the colour from the out of control carbonation and the clouds of tiny floaters. Head is rather thin, but forms an excellent sticky lace.
Once poured, the aromas are still dominated by barnyard odors, but now there are some nice toasty oat notes as well as a noticably grapey touch.
The first sip of this beer is a shock. Your teeth stick to your lips and it is as if there is suddenly no spit left in your body. Tart is a true understatement here. Tart and intensly tanic as well. The tartness then begins to fade a bit, and other flavours reveal themselves. Some yeast and funk peek their heads out to say "yes, this really is a lambic after all." There is a nice soft body, a bit heavier than some lambics despite the carbonation. The finish is thinner and is still dominated by the tartness, but now there are strong grape notes and even some tropical fruit.
Incredible flavours, Incredible experience. I honestly didn't think I was going to be able to drink this at first - but it just became more and more interesting to me. This is a seriously challenging beer. But it's worth the effort to experience something as totally different as this is.
06-05-2003 22:52:00 | More by SamuraiJack
3.73/5 rDev -14.8%
Pours a slightly hazy golden straw with half an inch of bubbly white head that fades quickly into some wisps and a medium collar. Aroma is dry oakiness, white wine-like and a good earthiness. Taste is tart grapes, some vanilla and oak. High carbonation and low-medium body. Very tart overall and the grape plays a decent second string.
05-25-2014 01:34:02 | More by mverity
4.47/5 rDev +2.1%
750 ml bottle, capped and corked, with the top encased in black foil. 2003 vintage according to the stamped date on the cork. Lambic aromas begin spewing forth as soon as it is uncapped, even before the cork is removed. After a run of sampling some less than stellar beers, this one is a pleasant eye opener.
Appearance: Hazy tangerine hued body with a shortlived offwhite head. Enormous carbonation apparent in the goblet. No lacing.
Aroma: Sour and musty notes immediately take you aback. Chicken house yeasty funkiness assaults the senses. Very woodsy, possibly from the partially oxidized cork, but some oak shavings suggest cask aging. Slightly vinous note of white grapes and plenty of acidic vinegary tartness jump about the nostrils. Muted note of floral and grassy hops.
Mouthfeel: Slap your face acidic tartness is dominant. Light bodied, with good carbonation that softens as it warms.
Taste: Superb Lambic complexities abound. Tartly fruity, sour, acidic, vinegar like. Oak wood tones are also assertive. A hint of sour cherries briefly suggests a good Flanders Red, but fade into lemony grapes. Musty, spiderweb encrusted, dank attic mustiness replaces the funky dried chicken droppings of the aroma. The musty yeastiness is present all the way through. Tastes as if someone sneaked into the room and squirted the juice of a fresh lemon into the goblet. Wow! This is a tart and acidic brew. Very wild and earthy. Some oxidation in this one, but it seems to belong.
Drinkability: Bracing and invigorating, supremely complex. A classic Lambic that is a genuine work of the brewer's art. Highly recommended.
07-03-2005 14:18:02 | More by merlin48
4.47/5 rDev +2.1%
Had on tap at Binny's South Loop tasting room
Appearance: orange/yellow in color, cloudy, minimal head
Smell: sour mix and apple cider
Taste: sour mix, grapes, and green apples
Mouthfeel: very sour with sweetness in the background to mellow the taste some, tart, light body with low carbonation
Drinkability: One of the better Cantillon sours I have had. The initial taste is very mouth puckering. The apple and grape tones mix well with the sourness. I would drink several glasses of this if I knew my body could handle this.
08-23-2010 16:19:55 | More by tigg924
3.75/5 rDev -14.4%
Murky yellow color with very little head. Aroma was sour, similar to vinegar (surprise surprise), and had a bit of astringency similar to grape skins. Tasted like sour, dry, grape skins and a bit of other funk. Light body and very little carbonation. This beer was on tap at the Maduro. I think I like it better than my score indicates, but it is what it is.
12-28-2008 00:09:04 | More by badbeer
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
06-10-2010 01:50:11 | More by Mora2000
3.85/5 rDev -12.1%
On tap poured into an 8oz flute at Ebenezer's pub during the 6th annual Belgian Beer fest.
Pours a hazy pale straw color with no head at all. Nose is funky, sweet and a bit fruity. I ordered this thinking it was Saint Lamvinus so I was thrown off at first.
Taste is sweet, funky and quite grapey. It's very tart and puckering. Fairly light mouthfeel but nice sharp carbonation. Quite drinkable for a sour because it doesn't really have that horse blanket taste to it.
08-23-2010 14:02:02 | More by kingcrowing
4.4/5 rDev +0.5%
Thanks for opening this with me, Tenchi221!
(Aged for 2+ years)
Hazy golden yellow and slight orange with a small, near-white head that falls away quickly. This leaves irregular, webbed lacing down the glass. Unspectacular, but appropriate.
This has an explosive, bright, and vibrant aroma. There's lot of earthy funk, lots of tart lemon, big sour notes, along with some mild apple and white grape. Incredible.
The flavor is just as stellar, with the lemon, apple, and grape characters combining incredibly well, backed up and complemented by huge levels of sourness, and earthy, damp basement funk.
Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.
04-13-2012 16:44:23 | More by ehammond1
3.9/5 rDev -11%
Received this as a birthday present from the wonderful girlfriend!
Appearance- Pours a murky, dark straw color out of the bottle with a minimal sheet of white head across the top of the beer. Dies back almost immediately to nothing, though some evidence of carbonation beading up throughout the body.
Smell- Very funky and vinous. Smells heavily of barnyard and some musty hay. Much more funk action going on than I was expecting, even more noticeable than the grape addition. Furthermore, a bit of sweaty leather and along with this I smell for the first time what I think individuals would identify as "cat piss" in a lambic. Very odd, I don't consider it to be a bad smell but rather indicative of a unique funkiness.
Taste- Lactic tartness up front of the order of green grapes and lemon zest. A healthy amount of noticeable funk and barnyard. Less leather and no discernible "cat piss" in the flavor profile however. More of what I expect of funk. A very interesting flavor overall and though tart, it isn't overly tart for a Cantillon and goes down quite easy. Interesting.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is pretty spot on for the style, being a bit thin and moderately carbonated. Drinkability is also pretty high given that the tartness of the beer is fairly rounded out.
Overall, another very good offering from Cantillon. However, I would say it is not my favorite of their lineup for sure. Worth a shot but I even prefer the Classic amongst others
02-12-2010 04:07:30 | More by boatshoes
Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
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