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Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon VigneronneCantillon Vigneronne

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Ratings: 692
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-23-2002)
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Photo of fdig23


4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Monks

Appearance: Ugly murky copper, no head.

Nose: At first it's overwhelmingly funky, like rotten grapes. After a you really get into it though the nose opens up and is really interesting. Typical herbal, musty Cantillon funk, lemon peel, sweet vinous notes, a hint of earthy oak.

Taste: Huge tart grape character, like a very acidic white wine. Vibrant lemon and lime, grassy haybale, vanilla oak. Clean and complex.

Mouthfeel: Not much in the way of carbonation, but still plenty drinkable.

Overall: A great one, the muscat grapes add a hint of sweetness and an extra layer of complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2013 05:06:51 | More by fdig23
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4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 9oz wine tulip glass at Trappist Provisions - at the rate of the amazing stuff they've been tapping as of late, I may just consider living there. Part of their sour tap takeover. Review is from my notes.

Pours a hazy straw-amber color with some light orange hues. Maybe a tint of green from the grapes. Contains a good level of carbonation on-tap, with a half finger of frothy head to boot, but alas, as all Cantillon beers, it fully recedes and leaves nothing really behind. It still retains some carbonation, but more and more it starts to resemble a wine far more than a beer. Given the flavor profile of this, it is rather appropriate. Not pretty and glimmering as other offerings from the brewery, but undeniably rustic - looks like a classic farmhouse ale mixed with a syrupy white wine.

The aroma is fantastic - filled with fruity, musty, floral, and herbal notes all around. This reminds me very much of their Bio-Lambic Gueuze, only with far more fruity notes obviously from the muscat grape must. At first there's a musty, wet straw aroma, as if you're walking in a damp barnyard, which then envelops into notes of orange peel, sweet grape must, apricots, melons, and white peaches, with herbal notes of dried grass and floral notes of honeysuckle. There's a little bit of sweetness from the grains, as well as a sharp, citrus finish, but it's the yeast and grapes that are in full force here, providing a rather tame yet lush aroma as far as Cantillon goes.

The flavor comes as a surprise, with far less tart and funky flavors as you'd expect - however, it still presents itself as comforting and delicious overall. There's an immediate funky, barnyard aroma, with notes of dried lemon peel, stone fruit, white raisins, and herbal, grassy flavors, which then meld into a semi-tart, sweet flavor from the muscat must. Off-dry, in fact, but not without some tannic, bitter qualities from the oak. Very complex, and very juicy - this takes the pure core of muscat grapes, and demonstrates how it is, in fact, a rather tart, juicy, and near vegetal-like offering when used to its advantage. The finish lingers on for a while, as very bright, creamy, and complex. Not exactly puckering as other beers they have made, but extremely enjoyable - refreshing and highly drinkable.

I'm so glad I had the chance to try this - this drinks excellently on tap but I'd imagine it would be a little drier and tart from the bottle. Quite frankly, I enjoy its off-dry, musty flavor as is, as it retains a funky complexity that is cut by the semi-sweetness from the grape must. In terms of being drinkable, this may be the highest one I've had so far from Cantillon. Absolutely a must-have to convert those to sours. I doubt there's any brewery that can top this level of quality with brewing with white sweet grapes such as the moscatel varietal. I will definitely seek out more of this in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2013 20:55:42 | More by magictacosinus
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4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a footed glass at the Mikkeller bar in SF. From notes. Reviewed 10 August 2013.

A: Hazy translucent brown-gold-hay.

S: Generic lambic, but a little sweet. Funky. Wait, I was wrong. The more I sniff, the more dizzying and intoxicating it becomes.

T: Oh wow. This is good. Tart and fruity. Chill and relaxed. Perhaps one of the best sours I've tasted. I like the grapes, I like the funk. I love this beer.

M: Thin, tart, and bright.

O: Highly recommended. Would love to have again. Exceptional.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2013 06:32:19 | More by AgentMunky
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4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 08:37:53 | More by beerloverofbham
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage on draft at Monk's Cafe.

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden straw color with a thin white head that quickly dissaptes.  Not much lacing to speak of.

Slightly funky, vinous aroma with hints of musty funk and wet hay along with earthy oak and vinous light fruit.  Lots of grape in the nose.  

Medium bodied with a nice mix of dry, tart/earthy funky notes and sweet light fruit. Dry and very puckering without being harsh or acidic.  Sweet acetic vinegar lingering complimented by sweet vinous fruit notes.  Grapes are still prominent five years later.  Hints of dry, earthy oak and musty funk are perfectly balanced with a lingering sweet vinegar finish that leaves me thirsting for more.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 02:20:28 | More by corby112
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3.65/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 04:11:08 | More by xnicknj
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4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottle, 750ml

A - It pours a turbid peach-orange hue, with a short lived head; subsequently, it looks fairly still. Several times I declined to drink this beer because it looked like too much yeast/sediment had been disturbed, and I assumed the bottle had been jostled. Prior to opening this, this bottle was undisturbed for over a month, which did nothing to drop the haze out of suspension.

S - The nose suggests tart lemon and lime, musty basement, farm-barn-hay and fairly strong lactic notes. I do not discern anything particularly vinous of note, aside from that which would normally be present in a Gueuze or Lambic; if there weren't grapes on the label (and I didn't know about Cantillons) I would not guess that this was a Muscat Lambic.

T - The taste is bracingly sour, more so than I was anticipating. There is, again, not much grape; the flavor is more towards lime pith and sour lemon, with musty wet wood and dank basement rounding it out. Lactic notes are evident much more than Brett. Some apple skin is noted as it airs out.

M - Fairly still in appearance, it is surprisingly lively on the tongue. The relatively low carbonation accentuates the sour flavors, allowing them to linger without mitigation.

O - Not Cantillons finest, but damn good anyway.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 15:40:33 | More by ktrillionaire
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4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in white wine glass)
A- This beer has a slight murky deep orange body with a thin ring of white around the rim. There is a very gentle carbonation of one or two bubbles that are visible.
S- The cheese rind brett note is followed by a soft tartness and a nice white grape skin aroma finishes.
T- The light cheese rind flavor has a smooth tartness to follow with a mild white grape tannin note in the finish. There is a nice pucker and a muscat grape note that linger.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no alcohol heat.
D- The bright tartness with the subtle muscat grape flavor and cheese rind work great together. This is easy to drink and crisp and the tartness is smooth enough for another glass.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 01:28:07 | More by rhoadsrage
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4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This golden fluid, the 2009 vintage, is delivered from the tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas with a fleeting head. It off-gasses scents of nectarines, spiced apricots, chardonnay, inexpertly cleaned white peach pits, and tastes austere, but not as caustic as the bottled form -- aided, no doubt, by the keg format, which thickens the mouthfeel and focuses on the fruit. The funk and sourness are left by the wayside, but it's for a good cause.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 21:18:38 | More by alfrantzell
Photo of tigg924


4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 16:19:55 | More by tigg924
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3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 14:02:02 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of fear025


4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL.

Aroma:Balsamic vinegar.

Appearance:Sightly hazy pale orange, with minimal head and poor lacing.

Taste:Upon first taste, this beer has a medium sourness as compared to other Cantillons. On second taste, more balsamic vinegar tastes come through. On the foretaste, it tastes like a sweet lime soft drink for just a moment, and then the midtaste comes in with sourness and musket grape flavor. The aftertaste then fades pleasantly.

Mouthfeel:This beer has a light mouthfeel, without the harshness present in many sour beers.

Drinkability:This Cantillon is quite drinkable and pleasant. My palate has a tough time with sour/tart beers, but this one is quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2010 05:32:17 | More by fear025
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4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge

Hazy yellow pour into a goblet

Nice sharp tartness, funky yeast, and sour grapes

Crisp tartness, sour white grape skins, pleasant sourness, lemon, some funk at the end that is complimentary and subtle and not overwhelming. Tannins quite evident on the finish.

Nice pucker with a seemless meshing of many pleasant characteristics of a solid fruit lambic. Wish I had enjoyed another.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 03:12:53 | More by BarrytheBear
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4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Dog a few times, had to get some more. It's been years since I had this.

A- A nice white gold color with some small tans in between. Somewhat of a white fuzz on top semi soapy, dies down quick.

S- My god this is sour scented. Big wine grapes of the muscat type. Vinious, sour funky,earthy, Cantillon. It really jumps out at you, more than St. Lamvinous does, these grapes is ripe. It just smells good.

T- It is good. This is the stuff. Grapes coming in under a big sour apple blast. Wine grapes. Funky and tart. Semi earthy. Not getting a lot of moldy cheese and feet, just grapes and funk.

M- Puckeringly good. Just enough pucker though. The grapes are big in taste and winey and stay a bit. This finishes quite dry. Light bodied nicely carbed and a mouthfull, of sour.

D- I love this stuff, off tap it's just amazing. Woukd love to age a bottle of this for a decade. It's not overly sour, I had a few without much trouble. A bit acidic. It's nothing short of amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 01:40:33 | More by BARFLYB
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4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at blue dog landsdale.

A- comes to me with a slight wisp of head nothing much to speak of. Hazy dull yellow in color that gives a nice glow when lit from behind.

S- hugh funky barnyard and crushed muscat grapes. Dusty and musty. Lemon juice.

T- tart and sour with under ripe green grapes, lemon juice. Nice lacto character. Funky oak and a hint of white wine vinegar and other vineous hints.

M- medium to light in body with a small tingly carb that slowly builds and adds to the nice pucker. Dry finish.

D- very tart and sour with bugs galore. Oaky and juicy. Very enjoyable indeed. With two glasses in me and some nice cheese life is good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 23:39:02 | More by oglmcdgl
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3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap into a tulip at Local Option.

The beer bours a murky gold with light head, looks like a typical gueze.

The aroma is on the lighter side which is surprising for a lambic, light tartyness not funk dominates. The finish is light oak and grass.

The taste starts off nice, a little sweet on the front then some nice tartness, easy to drink to start. You can really tell they used grapes here as it is very similar to drinking white wine, a pinot grigio and sauvigon blacn. I really liked this beer to start but the more I drank the less I liked it. The finish is very pronounced and gives off a very weird oak/grass almost scotch like finish. Its very distracting, too much alcohol.

The feel is light and warm. It starts off drinkable then fades as the alcohol finish becomes more pronounced.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2010 17:47:33 | More by jrallen34
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4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a light golden yellow small puffy white ring. Lite retention with some spotty lace.

S: tart green grapes. Oak with some mild wine tartness. Citrus as well.

T: citrus and green grass. White wine and oak. Crisp and mildly tart.

M: lighter side crisp and tart.

D: awesome tasty and damn drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2010 18:22:11 | More by tpd975
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4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel very fortunate to have had this on draft at Churchkey side by side with Saint Lamvinus. Beer is yellow and completely hazy, no head really, lacing is low as well as carbonation.

ARoma is tart with a citric based sourness and a mild funk (less than the St. L).

The beer is grapey for sure, sweet and smooth, low body and a late sour with a tartness that gets me in the corners of my mouth. There isn't a lot of carbonation in the mouth, but this beer is suppose to be thin and the sour comes from acids. This is a great beer. The more Cantillon I have the more I love them. I would serious recommend it. I need to find a bottle so I can compare them.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2010 17:20:33 | More by drabmuh
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4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this on tap at Brass Rail 3/4 - served in a snifter.

A - A hazy peach juice color w/ basic white ring of a cap w/ tiny beading. The ale has a moderate amount of visible carbonation

S - The aroma has a mild sour nose w/ subtle fruit note -grape-like w/a light tartness and classic wine grape vinegar sourness you expect from a Cantillon lambic

M - The feel is more sour than anything with a intense tart puckering feel w/ lingering juiciness and mild dry sour astringency w/ moderately high level of carbonation and slighltly high acidity level

T - This lambic has a subtle acidic white grape juiciness at the start w/ slight pucker inducing sourness as indicated in the feel that carries over to the taste which brings a light peach and mild plum aspect w/ tanginess and tannic elements displayed. There is a bitter lemon and cherry tinge at the back of the throat w/ mild citrus flavor w/ bold tropical fruit like kumquat in a sweet tart taste that lingers long after the swallow

D - For such a sour lambic it is really a drinkable one w/ the fruit notes very fresh and vibrant and the evolution of the taste profile as it gets warmer is great. The temp brings out more asrtringency and also light sweetness. I sipped on this for awhile - top notch!

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 16:29:51 | More by Slatetank
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4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2010 13:25:45 | More by DefenCorps
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4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer came to me a VERY hazy golden color with no head at all. Lacing was present but minimal.

Smell: Huge hints of citrus and banyard funk.

Taste: Amazing taste. The hints of lemon along with a wonderful funky sourness. This also had an amazing sweetness to it. Almost a little too sweet.

Mouthfeel:Medium body with low carbonation.

Overall: An amazingly unigue beer that I am happy to been able to try. Thanks to Polly at Avenue Pub for bringing this one in. Not one of Cantillon's best beers but still a good one. At $9 for 10 oz considering the rarity of this beer not a bad price either!

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 13:28:53 | More by Beerbuddha
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4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a goblet as part of the Lion's Pride Belgian Beer Fest. The beer has a cloudy, opaque peach appearance, like a glass of juice or nectar. There was no head, per se, but I could see some individual bubbles on top that kind of looked like specs floating in the beer.. It coats the sides of the glass slightly. It has an aroma that is both musty and sour. I can smell some peach as well. The taste has some sourness, but not too much. It is a bit cider-like. It tastes aged, kind of like an old oxidized beer, but not quite. There were some ripe fruit flavors as well. It has a light body. There was a good tingling sensation from the sourness. I also felt a slight puckering after I swallowed. It was very drinkable. I could easily go through an entire bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2010 14:55:17 | More by ToasterChef
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3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Avenue Pub.
Pours a hazy dirty orange color

Smells of mostly vinegar, sharp citrus acid notes.

The taste is sour mid palate with some lemon and young white grape tartness. chardonnay oak to tart tones with a tart finish.

soft mouthfeel with very little carbonation following.

A nice refreshing drink great for an aperatif.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2010 11:33:08 | More by Lldeegan
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4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the Local Option in Chicago. pours an amber orangish color with a single finger of eggshell colored head that has good retention and leaves no lacings.

aroma is acidic with a light cherry note and a base of the famous Cantillon funk. the acidic note is vinous in character and envoelops the other aromas as the brew warms a bit.

taste follows the nose with a finish of a sharp bite that carries through to the aftertaste. wonderfully funky on the palate with a farmhouse quality and a very subtle note of distant fruit. vinous in the nose and on the palate, which adds a bit of sharpness to the back end. an excellent lambic.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly balanced between funk and acidity. the sour note keeps the palate honest, while cleansing the palate upon finishing.

drinkability is excellent. a tasty mix of sour and funk, with a very drinkable aura and a finish that cleanses the palate. a bit less sour than the Classic Gueuze, but just as drinkable. there is a subtle note of cherry and a touch of pear as the brew warms a bit, giving it some complexity, but in the end it takes a back seat to the funk. cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2009 15:42:38 | More by botham
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District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Darker, but vibrant orange color; poured with no head whatsoever

S - Lightly vinegary; vinous; citric; tart; skunky like grape aroma

T - Tart and vinegary at fist with plenty of acidity; very wine-like from the muscat grapes; dried fruit finish

M - Thinner, nearly no carbonation

D - Nice enough, but not the most drinkable I've had in the style or even from Cantillon, but still damn good

Overall, enjoyable and interesting and certainly worth a look.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 00:40:21 | More by Nickls
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Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 692 ratings.