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Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 298
Hads: 1,177
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 640
Gots: 235 | FT: 19
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

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Photo of gyllstromk
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another offering from Cantillon. This is a lambic to which white grapes are added. This Vigneronne has a nice peach color, with mild carbonation. Actually, the person at Cantillon told us it might be flatter as it is young in the bottle, and to wait, but a lambic lover can only wait so long.

The aroma is an explosion of tropical and citrus fruit with slight buttery notes. The palette has one of the best deliveries of any lambic i've ever had. It starts with nice pineapple and cantalope, transitions into orange and grapefruit, with a sharp acidic finish. So refreshing! But the grapes are not obvious; this is the least apparent fruit from any fruit lambic I've had. Still, a delight!

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this a few weeks ago at the Linwood Grill in Boston. It was only 12 dollars for a big bottle. I couldnt believe it. This review is from notes I wrote later that night.

It pours a hazed straw color with a long lasting frothy head. An extensive network of lace trails and ridges drape the glass. The aroma is pure unadulterated lambic funk. Ive never had a lambic with such a 'banyardy' nose, complete with wet horse hair and uric acid. The taste is equally funky with all the same farm characteristics. An intense sourness builds from the beginning and leads to a Death Valley dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium with mellow carbonation.

This is a stellar beer. While I couldnt detect the Muscat grapes, the extra funk more than made up for it. Try this beer if you like Cantillon.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Slight white head over an inviting warm golden amber coloured cloudy liquid.

S: Sour funk, yeast, grassy hops and white grapes.

T: Sweet white grapes and grassy hops followed by yeast and sour funk. Indescribably beautiful.

M: Refreshing medium viscosity and a low level of carbonation. Perfect.

O: Unbelievable, it is beers such as this that give Cantillon the reputation that it deserves.

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Photo of craytonic
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden yellow pour with a decent head

Smell: Good does of vinegar with a nice earthy must with some hay / lemon grass. Very nice vinous element with some lemon citrus as well

Taste: Incredible wine-like quality, I can't pin the grape. Also a great acidity and signature cantillon funk. Bit of green apple.

Mouthfeel: Just perfect with the grapes and perhaps some tannins, medium body in heft

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle capped and corked bottled in 2004. generously opened at an awesome tasting that John hosted, thanks John

Pours a hazy (Like Cantillon always does) light straw color with a white head, very carbonated.

Very sour nose with a very slight vinegar scent. there is also a hint of the grapes used in this, no doubt they are contributing to the acidic sourness. a small amount of funk and wood can be detected

Extremely sour, very puckering. can only take very small sips at a time. the acidity is present and helped along by the addition of the grapes. funk is very mild and almost undetectable because of the nearly overwhelming sourness.

Very light bodied and extremely well carbonated. this mouth is very puckering. this is supremely drinkable as every sip left me wanting and craving another.

A+ definitely indulge in one if you have the chance

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - This one pours a cloudy bronze-marigold with a brief one finger head that disappears quickly like champagne. The beer is a rich alluring gold that reminds me of spring flowers.

S - White vinegar, malt vinegar, sweet and sour sauce, dandelions, green leafy salad with bitter greens and drizzles of red wine vinegar and oil. Acidic, complex, sweet, and extremely sour and salty.

T - Again, white wine vinegar and oil drizzled over a salad of mixed greens, hearts of palm, artichokes, dried tomatoes, and onions. Wonderfully complex and deep...this might be off putting for many, but I love vinegar and all things bitter so this is my cup of tea.

M - This is so sour and acidic! This could rip the enamel from your teeth and leave your fillings lying on your tongue! Amazingly bitter, sour, acidic, and biting but yet somehow seet and fresh like delicate flowers.

D - I love this stuff. The addicting sour cheek-pulling tartness is like crack. I wouldn't want to drink this all night during a serious session, but I can't think of a more wonderful ber to sip during this wonderfully warm spring-like January weather we are having. After a Sunday spent with my fiance tooling around the countryside in the Miata....this is the perfect brew to end a gloriously warm and bright day.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml acquired in trade. Bottled 2011. Consumed on 9/15/2013.

Pours a golden apricot color, hazy, with traditional looking head for the style. Looks beautiful with the sun shining through.

The aroma on this shows big standard gueuze whiffs of lemon peal, apple, apricot, lime, and hints of funk. Also coming through is some white, not like Chardonnay, but lighter and delicate, as well as raspberry and some floral notes.

On the palate you get lemon meringue, apricot, and white grapes. That's it! But it's still pretty close to fridge temperatures so I'm sure more flavors will rear their heads as it warms. This definitely sour, more so than say the classic gueuze, but I'm sure the two years age on it has added to the pucker. As it warms, funky/musty characters come out as well as deeper fruit flavors of pineapple and nectarine.

The mouthfeel on this is pretty traditional for a gueuze and the addition of muscat grapes hasn't changed it much. If anything perhaps a bit heavier but barely noticeable.

Overall I can say that this is worldclass and proof why American breweries are still playing catch up in both fruit based sours and traditional spontaneous fermentation examples. The grapes have made for a much brighter beer and fruitier style gueuze. This is a perfect beer to enjoy in the warm and lush green outdoors. It's VIBRANT.
Flaws? I can't seem to find any other than if this was a notch less sour it would be undeniably perfect.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy light straw with a creamy white head that stuck around for a while.

Classic Cantillon aromas. Lots of funk and acidity. Loads of tart white grape and oak above and beyond this.

Lots of good mustiness along with heavy sourness and drying oak. Lots of white grape flavor and finishes very dry. Fantastic all the way through.

Lighter bodied with high carbonation levels.

One of the best Cantillons I've ever had. The extra acidity and grape presence is great. Will definitely seek out again!

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Photo of JulioH
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Really liked this beer.

Pours a nice gold beer. Nice head. Smells like funky yeast, apricots. Taste is really nice. This is the best apricot/peach beer I've had. It not only tastes like apricot, but it also tastes like apricot pits. The flavor is very intense. Body is on the thick side due to apricot puree (my guess).

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage, so consumed right at 1 year from bottling. Aroma was great, so grape nuts and some funk. The taste was awesome as usual. It is hard to be Cantillon, they make great beers.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2005 vintage bottle pulled out by surprise at our tasting last night. This is officially my very first Cantillon ever and I have to say this is the way to do it.

Now, I thought the A&T that we had the same night before this was funky, but seriously step the fuck out of the way and make way for this beer. Damn brah, this is the funkiest of the funk. Very little presence of the wine form the barrel this beer spent time in. You do get a little of that oak, and slight citric acid notes with a little apple from the malolactic fermentation used to make the wine, but for the most part it possesses every adjective that BAers use to describe these interesting Belgians. Stale/moist cellar, musty dust, gym locker and lots of lemon on the palate. Finishes as dry as your grandma's coochy. Really interesting stuff.

I would have loved to see what this is like fresh and would definitely want to track down a fresher bottle to see the changes this monster has gone through.

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Photo of hawks10
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml green corked & capped bottle - Bottled on November 5th, 2009 - Enjoyed on November 5th, 2010 - Poured into my Cantillon stemware...

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden orange. Even with a vigorous pour, barely any head forms, and what little does form fades away quickly leaving just a white ring around the top...

Sour and acidic, sweet and fruity with white grapes and sour apples being the focus. Swirling the beer in the glass really opens up the funk. Strong barnyard presence with some pungent baby diaper when you stick your nose in the glass. Earthy, dry and oaky. Beautiful...

Puckering tartness to start, sour apples and tart white grapes. Lemony astringency makes my teeth dry and my tongue feel hairy. Definitely still retained a ton of fruit presence over the year it aged in the bottle, as this one is still very fruity and delicious. Tart and puckering throughout with an intense oaky dryness taking over in the middle and carrying long through the finish. When the dryness starts to come out, so does the funk. Intensely earthy, leathery and barnyard/musty flavors are everywhere. This beer is simply delicious, still intensely fruity while being mouth puckering sour at the same time. Tons of the typical Cantillon funk adds to the complexity and tremendous balance of this beer...

Medium bodied with low carbonation. This one sits pretty still on the tongue and has an oily/greasy feel going down. Tart and dry...

Wow, was blown away by this one. Have had it on tap multiple times (unknown ages) and really enjoyed it, but this one year old bottle really outshines the times I have had it on tap...

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Photo of beerloverofbham
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed at Brouwer's Sour Fest. Served in a snifter.
I'll have to apologize in advance for any verbosity and poetic musings. This was my first taste of anything from Cantillon.
Color of unfiltered apple juice, with a small, pure white head. Smells like melted rubber in a wet basement. Tastes incredibly complex--I might have to say a wine snob's beer if that makes sense--lots of layers here: dark fruit, red wine, a little barnyard funk, with a slight hop flavor here and there. Very drinkable. Strong harmony of flavors lingers before fading off the tongue, like an orchestra's perfect decrescendo. Alright, enough bullshit; this was just a great beer.

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Photo of GJ40
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled from a 750ml bottle at Moder Lambic. Beautifully presented in a wicker basket and carefully poured by the waiter. Golden and clear with a small white head. Aroma is white grapes. Flavor follows. Very crisp and clean with a firm bite that doesn't overpower. Dry but with the perception of a mild sweetness. A fine feel with a medium yet firm carbonation. This is a fantastic beer with outstanding wine influences.

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Photo of jlenik
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled: December 24, 2008

a: golden and hazy. no head retention but there is an obscene amount of lacing.

s: there is a dry white wine feeling coming off from the smell. sweetness from apricot notes subtle.

t: tart and lime like. sweetness from the grapes helps balance the beer. yet it still stay sour which I won't complain about.

m: dry and sour. the sweetness is there but it stays subtle and compliments the overall feel.

o: a great offering from Cantillon. I would love to have the chance to have this beer on tap one day.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle of Cantillon Vigeronne 2012 courtesy of fthomasl

Lightly hazed electric orange. Not much for retention or lacing, pretty typical Cantillon pour.

Nose is an interesting combo of musty basement, sharp acidity and grape juice. Definitely get the brett presence.

Wow...this is amazeballs. How can you get this much sweet grape winey-ness and sharp acitidity to balance with the delicate brett over such a light grain bill. The white grapes really shine. This might be my favorite Cantillon I have had to date. Thanks Frank!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 1997

golden orange, body design of the glass changes the opacity of the beer from seethru to hazy in different spots. no head, vinous. aroma is mild bacteria with a big blast of grappa and licorice. lots of creamy oaky age encircles the flavor experience. tart and rich overall with definite moments of muscat and a satisfying, dry mouthfeel after swallowing. perfect evening sipper. would drink this nightly if i could.

love the almond hints that this lambic leaves with warmth.. overall a very special brew.

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Photo of grub
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

biegaman shared this one. thanks jan!

750ml bottle, corked and capped. 2004 vintage. sampled jan 19/08.

pours crystal clear golden yellow until the end of the bottle when a bit of haze comes through. a small dense white head forms, dropping fast with just a few spots of lace.

aroma is intense. white wine. oak. vanilla. malt vinegar. lemon. bread and cracker. bit of alcohol. barnyard funk. bit of horse blanket. touch of orange zest. green grapes. kiwi.

taste is excellent. bit of lemon and malt vinegar. vanilla and oak. white wine and green grapes. touch of orange zest. horse blanket. touch of funk. crackers and white bread.

mouthfeel is great. medium-low carbonation level. medium-light body. nice drying finish.

drinkability is great. not overly acidic. nice level of funk. great balanced. this holds up well against its sister beer, st lamvimus. you can definitely tell they're related, but each stands well on its own.

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Photo of ausonius
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cantillon Vigneronne with Italian Muscat Grapes

From 750 bottled Christmas Eve, 2008 into a big Riedel Bordeaux.

Rich, bright yellow w/hint of orange.
Very light, patchy (barely) head which quickly fades away entirely except for the slightest lacing possible left on the glass.

Aroma: Big sweaty, spicy key-lime, lemon, lactic & Brett. Earthy oak. Piquant yet round. Tangerine & the most subtle hint of butterscotch.

Palate: Big beautiful, round lactic sourness hits you first.
Just a hint of prickly/spritzy carbonation.
Earthy lemon, blood-orange, key-lime , oak, Brett, & a heavy but bright creamy texture. Spicy w/some fresh earthy grapyness - hard to identify as Muscat, though the grapes definitely add a lot of vinosity.

So big, intense, complex, long & all of an (almost) perfect piece!

Amazing stuff!

96 Points

I taste miracle after brewing miracle from Cantillon, & it never gets tired! Thank God I AM worthy!

BRAVO! and Big Cheers, as usual to Cantillon!

P.S. Not bad (read: Amazing!) w/cream cheese on Russsian rye & chicken stew!

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Don.

Poured a golden yellow color with no head nd rather still. The nose was intense. Super funkey, insane sour, acrid, pungent. The closest I can recall is when I worked at a zoo (yes, I really did) and had to clean the donkey stalls. That was the ost acrid smell I have ever encountered. This beer was very close. Wow. Just wow. The flavor was wesome. First, it pulled all moisture from my mouth. The sourness was intense, but not puckering. I got a small hint of hte vinous grape nd grape rind. It was an intense flavor, but not lingering and offensive. It finished a bit grainey even. Just beautiful. The feel was moderate with a very light carbonation. Drinkability was as good as it gets. I thought it was going to kick my ass whe I first smelled it, but the flavor was very refined and mellow. Everything was in harmony. Awesome beer. Don, you are a champ.

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Photo of Realale
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy medium gold. Raspy head is quickly gone.

Nose is white grapey over crackery malt. Nice lemon/lime citrus notes. Some earthiness, and a bit of a floral dimension as well.

Wonderfully round and full in the mouth, particularly for a Cantillon. Plenty of lovely Muscat flavors melding with the earth and funk. The acidity is there to provide backbone, but it doesn't dominate. Finish just goes on forever.

Well-balanced level of carbonation provides an excellent mouthfeel. Great drinkability, and fantastic with food.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle, shared at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury. Poured into a snifter.

Pour: A mostly clear yellow orange, with a finger of fizzy white head. The head somehow manages to hang around for most of the glass, and leaves a little lacing.

Smell: Big funky Cantillon lambic base up front, followed by some white grape must and oak. Lots of lactic character, and some light breadyness.

Taste: Big lactic white grapes up front, and some sour lemon juice. Quite a bit of barnyard funk, and some bready sweetness. Finishes sour with lactic lemons and grapes.

Mouthfeel: Really nice prickly sourness, and the carb is perfect. Not puckering at all. Really drinkable.

Overall: I didn't think I'd like this more than St. Lam, and I definitely do. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm... Another beer from Cantillon -- always a treat!
This one's a hazy copper in appearance, with a thin, wispy white head. The aroma is lip puckering at arm's length. The flavor, too, is incredibly tart, a bit sweet mid-palate with hints of grape-skin, vinegar, and oak. Very, very dry in the finish. Let this one sit a while, if you can, as it develops some nice funky, earthier cork and barnyard notes as it warms.

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Photo of northernbrews
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased from Merchant's in Dearborn.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange in my snifter. There is a minimal white head that hangs around for the party.

Smell: Hole-hearted barnyard, barrel-aged funk. Little bit of spices and tropical fruits. I could smell this for hours. It lets you know that you are in for something special. Mouthpuckering sourness awaits....

Taste: Yep...Damn this is tart and funky. Taste follows the aroma. Lots of sourness upfront followed by slight grape skin dryness. Nice dry and tart finish. Simply amazing.

Mouthfeel: This coats the mouth with puckering sourness. It's like sucking on 20 sour patch kids at once. Nice...

Drinkability: For a true Lambic, this is one of the most drinkable. I could easily down a 750 of this. Definitely makes you want more and more.

This is my favorite of the Cantillon offerings I've had so far. Another excellent lambic out of this wonderful brewery. I am becoming more and more amazed with every Cantillon I have. This is another one to be savored. If you like your beers sour, this one is for you. Go in with an open mind, and lets you senses get abused. Worth every penny of the $14.99.

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Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.