Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,092
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.41%
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Gots: 223 | FT: 18
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-23-2002

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Ratings: 1,092 | Reviews: 298
Photo of dnichols
2.4/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BierReise
3.15/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of xpimptastikx
3.37/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!
7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

Photo of thirdeye11
3.39/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of GreenCard
3.45/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ciderfaerie
3.45/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I was a bit disappointed in my first “Cantillon” brew, I’m 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.

Photo of djaeon
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting a lot from this beer based of reputation. Maybe my expectations were too high.

Photo of 1Sundown2C
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meh I'm getting dish soap

Photo of marcpal
3.52/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle, split with akorsak and Phatz.

A - Poured a cloudy pear color with a small head that left a good lacing around the glass the whole way down.

S - Difficult to put a finger on it, but without making it sound putrid, smells almost stale on a powerful grape backbone.

T - Tartness is almost overwhelming...be warned in advance. I can say that for the style, the mixture of sour grapes and acidic citrus/spice works very well. It's not quite my style of choice by any means, but the sourness is appropriate for the lambic.

M - Medium-to-light body that remained bubbly with a crisp finish.

D - Again, it's not my forte, so it's hard for me to be completely unbiased...haven't had many from this style, but it definitely fits. It seems like much more of an acquired taste than I am used to.

Photo of rsyberg01
3.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of JAXSON
3.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.61/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very minor head, but good for this style. Slightly hazed. Strawlike color, almost like pear juice.

Smells of lactic acid, citrus, slightly oakey.

Taste tickles the nose. Lots of massive lambic flavors with a touch of sweeness towards the end from the grapes. Overall dry, slightly cloying. Not as much muscat as I was hoping.

Mouthfull is flat and muted, not much of a hint from the carbonation. I like it for this style though.

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.63/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL green champagne bottle, capped and corked, bottled in 2007.

Slightly murky gold, hints of amber, modest head, better looking than expected, though still sports fairly poor retention and no lacing.

Smell is sour, can't really detect much of the grape, though there is a vague wininess to it. I am not a fan of wines in general so this is a difficult one to describe. Taste is sour, tart, dry, not so in your face sour that it is undrinkable but it has a really aggressive edge. This might be due to the addition of grapes which I am not used to.

Mouthfeel is light, highly carbonated and refreshing. Does burn a bit from the acidity.

Drinkability is fairly high. it wasn't hard to finish the bottle between two people. Good, but not highly recommended. I'll stick to kriek or straight geuze.

Photo of Andreji
3.65/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer follows up what my feelings for lambics in general. I like them, yes, but I've come to learn this is an acquired taste rather than a straigth on brew.

I liked the appearance- starting off by the 75cl corked bottle that had a feeling of wine- much like the rest of the product. the pour was clean, slight headed and with a champagne appearance, you know, like when you pour it and the golden tone condenses on the glass and looks a bit more mate.

The smell...strongly wine-y, but still very strong. you can really feel the fermentation in it, because the yeast is very present, and commands all the feel for this sense.

the taste I was a bit disappointed with. Misschien wel, I have not still the practice for this sort of beer, but it seemed too much like other Cantillon products. a dominant apple taste, with a co-dominant (oh fuck it, I'm seein genetics at med-school) astringency. It has a really strong mouthfeel guided by this sour-bitterness that joins up at the end with a sort of salty taste.

I liked it, yes, I'm just a fan of other styles. BUT, there's still plenty of cantillons for me to try, and there's not one that I wouldn't have again.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.65/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottled 12/24/08, I think it was $18. Orange, still, not many bubbles. It smells pretty great, funky lambic with a taste that follows suit and adds a acidic sourness but muted. It has a kind of syrup quality to the feel, funky. This was an interesting lambic but I'm not sure my palate was up to the challenge as I really didn't taste the muscat grapes other than a faint hint of Diet-Rite white grape soda.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.66/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
3.67/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at monks during the cantillon mad monday - 06 vintage

Pours an almost crystal clear golden color with a bright flair in the light. Little to no head, some wispy film rests on top.

A rush of fruit combined with tartness in the nose, notes of green apple and pear. White wine grape (in this case, muscat) and some noticeable sweetness.

Fairly sour up front with some funky undertones. White wine and fruit notes combine with a decent sweetness. There's a definite smack of muscat grape, which I almost immediately didn't like. Finishes a bit sweet, dry, and sour.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, slightly sticky and lingering on the tongue. This was probably the only beer (out of 12) that I wasn't really into at the event, although I don't enjoy muscato in the first place.

Photo of badbeer
3.72/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of Soonami
3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for ThoreauLikeAGirl for sharing a bottle of 2009 Vigneronne.

This beer is a hazy tan with a good bit of carbonation and fluffy head. The beer smells smokey and meaty with a good bit of funk. There is lots of tart lemon, and grapeskin in the finish. A little horsey with dry bitter mineral finish. The beer is light and dances on your tongue.

Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of kjyost
3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL capped & corked bottle shared at a recent bottle poured into ~5oz glass at ~6C. From notes.

Pours a clear straw to orange with minimal head. Nose of apple juice, chardonnay and a hint of smoke. Light tartness with fruity finish. Wine like. Clean sourness on palate. Enjoyable, though nothing that really jumps out at you. After drinking it I was informed it was aged in wine barrels. Makes sense, just not my favourite Cantillon beer.

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Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
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