Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon
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2.38/5 rDev -45.8%
I poured a 750 ml foiled, capped and corked bottle into a cooled tulip. The cap was stamped "2006."
A: It was a very light golden color with a tint of copper hue. There was a slight white head that was long gone and left not remnant or lacing.
S: Sweet and sour with strong overtones of citrus and a distinct aroma of alcohol.
T: Pucker up...this is one tart brew. It is like drinking pure cider made from slightly unready granny smith apples blended with lemons and tangy grapefruit juice. Upfront this is one sour brew but it recedes to a light bitterness and has a tart finish that does not linger long after the sip is done. It had a strongly acid taste that would not settle well on an empty stomach.
M: Very light, sour/bitter and highly acidic. Each sip is like taking a bite out of a sour green apple. Considering hour sour it is it leaves a sightly drying sensation but very limited bitter or sour aftertaste.
D: Best in small doses. This is not a beer for a long session. It would be best served to sip in small quantities. It's a novelty beer that I doubt I'll every buy again.
Comment: I am not a fan of Lambic brews and this did not win me over. Its great to try something different but I doubt I'll develop a taste for this brew or its co-habitants in the land of lambic.
09-28-2007 02:37:49 | More by dnichols
3.15/5 rDev -28.2%
750ml corked and capped. No freshness date Pours a clear and initially sparkling gold that quieted down quickly leaving no head and a few tiny bubbles behind. Aroma is yeasty and fruity with grapes in the mix as well as a musty cellar funk. Mouthfeel is highly effervescent and crisp with a tart and dry finish. Flavor is sour and tart like a wine cooler with grapes providing most of the flavor. Not the best Lambic but not a drain pour either.
02-13-2004 21:07:12 | More by BierReise
3.33/5 rDev -24.1%
2007 750mL bottle
A - hazy unripe peach color with a few bubbles, minimal lacing.
S - vinegar, and lots of it. Behind that hides some grapes and apples.
T - Dominated by vinegar with notes of white wine and minimal oak.
M - Enamel stripping dry at times.
O - I don't remember this beer being dominated by vinegar last time, but I've only had this fresh. Not as acetic as other beers I've had, but definitely not put together well.
07-16-2011 16:04:36 | More by xpimptastikx
3.38/5 rDev -23%
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
3.38/5 rDev -23%
My first experience tasting a Cantillon, and on draft no less. Got this at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO. Poured from tap into a chalice.
A: Not an appealing looking beer really. Cloudy, pale sickly green/yellow pour with very little head that recedes quickly.
S: Smell is very vinegar like, some sour muscat grapes without much funk to be smelled here. I like it!
T: Very straightforward with the muscat grapes. Sour, vinous, apple cider vinegar, and very sour. Since I like sour it's good, but maybe too sour without anything to balance it out.
M: Undercarbonated, but not too thin. Really just average, but somewhat style appropriate.
D: Hurt by the abundance of sourness. Good thing this was an 8oz pour as it would have been tough to finish more I think. Makes your cheeks pucker when you drink it.
Overall I liked it, but not sure I would seek it out again given the price of Cantillon beers.
05-27-2009 18:19:11 | More by thirdeye11
3.38/5 rDev -23%
Reviewed on 5/8/08. Bottle (bottled in 2005). Pours a clear light orange with no head. Aroma and flavor of tartness, super sour green grapes, wood, the usual barnyard funk, bitter melon rind. Finish almost tastes like wine. Tasty, but soooo sour! It took me about 2 hours to finish one wine glass full of this!
12-02-2008 21:40:40 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.45/5 rDev -21.4%
This is from a 2003 bottling...
Appearance: pale yellow/orange, quite hazy, brief spritz of suds that quickly dissipate leaving no foam
Aroma: white wine, apple cider, old socks, mold, buttermilk, and a hint of butterscotch
Flavor: mouth-puckering tartness like sucking on a lemon wedge; hints of unripe white grapes, butter, cork, mold, and a grape-skin bitterness in the aftertaste; finishes dry with a lingering acidity
Mouthfeel: medium-light body, mild carbonation, acidic, a bit slimey after a while
Other comments: The characteristic Cantillon sourness is turned up a notch from the grapes. Any sweetness from the grapes has long disappeared. I really need to try a younger bottle to see how it compares.
05-27-2008 06:45:00 | More by GreenCard
3.48/5 rDev -20.7%
little head, cloudy apple juice, light orangey; typical sour lambic scent; white grape juice; katsupy attributes (not in a bad way) although not so sugary - reminds me of flanders red ale; brings out the goat in goat cheese; sour, fizzy carb which i like; very drinkable, although not much difference from a plain lambic
07-17-2007 03:59:26 | More by ciderfaerie
3.5/5 rDev -20.3%
As I was a bit disappointed in my first Cantillon brew, Im much more expectant of this one as it has a much greater audience amongst the beer reviews I read on a regular basis.
The color a bright orange, the head miniscule and what there is of it vanishes in the blink of an eye, the lace non-existent. Sweet and sour nose, extremely ripe pineapple maybe, musty like and old barn, or a vintage wine cellar for that fact, but not totally without merit this nose. Start is immediately tart with a fruit like sweetness and the top slim in is feel, the acidity stinging, the tartness more than I expected, the aftertaste devastatingly dry.
02-19-2003 16:40:29 | More by Gusler
3.5/5 rDev -20.3%
On tap at Monks, poured into thin tall glass.
A: Very light yellow that has virtually no head and not much lacing. Expremely pale coloring.
N: Much more like wine and vinegar than anything else. Funky and tart.
T: Strong tartnesss, citrusy sourness. Grape wine flavors and reminded me of currant vodka in the upfront flavors in the breath of the taste. The sweetness picked up through the beer and wine flavors became stronger.
M: Extremely light, not crisp but sticky.
D: Not overly sweet but not as good as I was hoping. Worth a try but not much more than that. Other Cantillons are better for sure.
07-18-2008 20:14:29 | More by marcpal
3.58/5 rDev -18.5%
S - 750 ml bottle, label with muscat grapes and the star of david on the front. very attractive and somewhat lavish looking.
A - Pours a somewhat golden and hazy color with a light frothy head that diminshes into a nice ring that hugs the point between glass and surface edge of the beer. decent lacing that is really quite sticky and coats itself quite nicely against the side of the glass when tilted
S - Fruit esters purge to the surface with a somewhat sour pungent accompaniement that also tingles the nostrils. makes my mouth water a bit.
T - Very similar to a flanders red, only much less tongue twisting it is. a decent amount of fruit hits the palette, immediately follwed by the sourness of the mixed lambic which makes for a nice little combination of flavors, definitely meant to be drunk slowly. A good bit of tannins also help through with this beer.
M - It lands on the palette quite smoothly at the beginning but then the intense sour hits you and immediately cuts through the surface and leaves your tongue feeling a bit dry and ready for another sip.
D - Not that easy to stomach. I would recommend sharing a 750 ml bottle with at least two other friends because though it is a good brew, it is just so sour that it really takes it toll with one or two glasses.
07-05-2006 09:56:51 | More by rsyberg01
3.58/5 rDev -18.5%
Bottle with a 2007 cork date. Pours a slightly hazed hay gold with a small head. Nose is wet hay, dank basement, lemon, typical bold and tight Cantillon funk. Lightly vinous. Mouth is much more grape-forward than the nose. Dank, wet horse, fairly sour, white grape spiraled in. Not as tight of a fruit integration as they often achieve. After a few sips it's evident that some ridiculous acidity is going on. Becomes literally painful to drink, in a way I haven't experienced before. Okay, not great, one of their weaker fruit lambics, aside from the absolute chore it was to drink this. Perhaps a younger bottle would have been better in that regard.
06-03-2011 03:13:04 | More by JAXSON
Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
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