Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 293
Hads: 1,103
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.8%
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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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Photo of aleigator
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Vigneronne '14 vintage

Pours a hazy amber-yellow color, with no head or visible carbonation.

Smells surprisingly fruity, of young, juicy white grapes, embedded in dusty malts, wooden earth and a note of white lemon rind. This gives the beer a pleasant depth, with no flavor standing out too much on its own, the beer convinces by its balance, exhibiting a pleasant tart peak.

Has a lower carbonation, as this is still a very young Lambic, while it is enough to set the brews taste into the right spotlight.

The grapes arent too present on themselves, while they blend perfectly into the funky, acidic sourness. Its fruitiness reveals apple rind, soft grape pulp and a flowery grassiness, creating a dough, soft and pleasant appearance. Flowers blend well into the musty malts, revealing a soapy hint with unsweetened marzipan, fresh lemon juice and incredibly profound, well accentuated grapes. Finishes with a short lasting sourness, gently wrapped up by malts and flowery grass, pear, grapes and citrus likewise.

This lambic features rich, multi layered and incredibly well integrated grapes, creating a round, diversified taste, with dry white pepper husk, dandelions, lemon peel and a note of honey. All these flavors find their balance in the tart, perfectly build lambic base, creating a fantastic beer. (1,316 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This was the current seasonal release when I visit Cantillon in earth April, and I brought back a few 750ml in addition to the regular line up.
Slightly hazy golden pour with 2cm head of fine foam which dissipated fairly quickly without lacing. Nose seemed lighter on the funk than other Cantillons Ive had...slight let down. Flavor was sour and dry as expected, but where's the fruit? I drank this young to get the most out of the fruit, but only a vague tart vinous quality really came through. I was hoping to really get the grape influence more strongly. Mouthfell was perfect like it always seems to be with this producer. Full carbonation without feeling like soda pop, like a fine champagne. Overall, very good sour, but not as good as some other Cantillon seasonal offerings in my opinion and not all that distinct from the regular geueze. (850 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015-05-11
750ml bottle in a basket served amongst a bunch of wine glasses at the Cantillon brewery.

Pours very slightly hazy golden with a ring of head. Smell is like lambic, tart with white wine.

Taste is tart white wine, with a slight sweetness that barely overpowers the slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is again velvety and airy. Overall, very good. (353 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is salty, spritzy and seltzer like with a dry Chardonnay and citrus. The flavors are deeply citrus with a fresh squeezed pulpy orange at first blush. It moves to a tangy lemon and then apricots surprise. There's a nicely complex earth tone surrounded by white wine. Fabulous tangy feel without being sour or puckering. (329 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big chardonnay aroma, with tons of barrel and big funk and tartness.

Very dry, crabapple tartness, lactic sourness. Puckeringly sour. Delicious. Big grape tartness, as well. (175 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2012. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an orangish pale color with white fizzy head which fizzles out almost instantly. No retention or lacing.

S: Juicy white grape integrated with moderate dried flowers and citrus notes, a bit of earth, oak, and vanilla, with solid brett backbone.

T: Dried flowers, nice funk, light orange/tangerine, white grape juice. Finishes pretty dry. A refreshing ale.

M: Medium-light body and medium-high but softish carbonation.

O: Tasty, and highly drinkable. A nice brunch beer. Among my favorite Cantillon. (550 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%

The beer comes in a light golden yellow.

The beer offers a decent amount of signature funk upfront complimented by a decent amount of lambic tart along with a good amount of white grape and white grape skin. Appropriate are comparisons to champagne or white wine.

One of the more subtle of the Cantillon's, but that is a compliment to the brew. (346 characters)

Photo of jbwimer
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dry, funky white wine. Great grape influence and that signature Belgian funk. Doesn't drink as heavy as other Loons I've had. Quite refreshing really. Awesome beer. (164 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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). (320 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

750ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass
Bottled in Oct 2013

Appearance: Vigneronne pours a lightly clouded bright golden-yellow with streaks of orange. A rough pour yields a small white head that fizzes away pretty quickly and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. 4

Smell: Mmmm, this smells fantastic. The nose is chock full of fantastic Cantillon funk, with a touch of fruity grape that grows as the beer warms. Notes include: Musty basements, dry grass, old hay, some wood, lemon, tannic grape skins and tart white grape. 4.75

Taste: The flavour isn't quite as tart as I expected, but is nonetheless delicious. There is a moderate tart white grape character , combining with grape skins, a floral/medowy character, mustiness, green apple, lemon, some vinegar, dry grass and a little white wine. 4.25

Mouthfeel: The body is fuller than light and fairly typical for a fruited lambic, while the carbonation is of a lower level. 4.5

Overall: Another great fruit lambic from Cantillon and one I will buy whenever I get the chance. 4.5 (1,060 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Where do you knock this beer? Looks better than Fou, smells incredible; best M out of any Cantillon that I have had.

A- Perfect musky hazy golden. Perfect medium lacing that sticks around. Very cloudy looking, but that does not come off too much in the taste.

S- Acid funk>white grapes acidity>musky earthiness. By no means is this lacking in top notch Belgian funk. It is there for sure. The acid funk is more of a combination with the fruit and bacteria doing there work. The white wine grapes show up big to give this beer an identity. The musky earthiness makes me happy and reminds me of Cantillon and 3F.

T- Follows the nose to a T. One thing to be noted here is that the taste is a bit muted compared with the nose, but it comes off sooo smooth and soooo fck balanced. Top notch. The taste does go away quicker than a Fou or Saint Lam.

M- This was really hard not to give it a 5. Almost as smooth as Framboos if we are talking fruit lambics. Almost comes off as a watery pureee of fruit. Creamy, thick; very very nice!

O- I think for the rotatings I would go Saint Lam>Viggy>Fou for the big guns. This beer was better than I thought it was going to be. I have a few more to see if I get variance. (1,224 characters)

Photo of Santanax
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I acquired a 750 from a craigslist cellar clearing... the beer corked and popped with little to no carbonation... the smell of funky musty grapes and oak emanate from the cork...pours very golden yellow with some funky grape peel smells coming off the lightly carbonated body....go in for the taste and it is a of a fine oak aged grape juices very wet and juicy on the palate funk and slight tartness nothing too sour...the finish is dry but the juiciness of the grapes is present in the 2013 bottle...Absolutely a beautiful introduction to the Cantillon Brewery. (563 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i had the esteemed pleasure of having this on tap and in a bottle just one day apart, which is not only a rare treat, but something to almost feel guilty about, beer this sought after and all, but i am thankful and will remain that way. this beer, for carrying so much hype, isnt as distinct as i expected it to be, and in fact is an awful lot like the classic gueuze itself. i think the grapes are a little more vibrant in the on tap version, but the properties of both are quite similar honestly. the bottle pours hazy golden, still looking, but with a short white head. as per cantillon usual, there is as much funk as there is sour here, tons of musty oak in the nose, and i get the lambic part of it long before i get any fruit. the fruit is a little more dramatic in the flavor than the nose, and has a sweetness to it. more of a riesling thing to me than a muscat one, although i dont drink a ton of white wine, i get that vibe from it. the oak is nice on it, really robust and mellowing, and the sourness too is tempered by it. tart for sure, especially in the finish, mouth watering like crazy, but the fruit doesnt add as much to it as either of the berry beers they do, and certainly not as interesting as the elderflower mamouche i had earlier in the week. its hard when comparing so many world class sour beers, but for me, the fruit is lost a little in this one, not as radiant and memorable as others they make. i love the complexity and the ancient feel to this, how truly high quality it is is certainly obvious, but im not sure the grapes make it any more special than the lambic is in isolation. nice dry but mouth watering finish, good acidity, and maybe a touch undercarbed. overall outstanding beer, but not my favorite cantillon brew by any measure. (1,772 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage procured at the brewery during May of 2013. Pours a dull, orange-gold hue with a hazy clarity. Head is loose and off-white and quickly dissipates into a tight, thin band around the shoulders of the glass. Nose is fantastic - lovely grape aromas with just a suggestion of tartness. Taste expresses quite a bit of fruit, a light tartness and a slightly salty character. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a mild astringency and a residual acidic burn at the back of the throat between quaffs. This beer was delicious and more than I expected. I'm quite amazed at how much I enjoyed and think it may surpass my love of fou' foune. I'd love another bottle for extended cellaring. (688 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle capped and corked from Tipples. Bottles November 23, 2012 and poured May 25, 2014. Pours hazy golden with a half finger fizzy white head that dissipates almost immediately. Super musty dusty aroma, oak, funk, huge acidity, apricots, grape skins, a bit of vinegar, tart and sour smelling, very light vinous notes. Flavor is intensely acidic and sour, some floral notes on the tongue, citrus zest all the way through, dry oaky finish, and some lingering vinous warm left in the throat. Mouth puckering like whoah. As this warms it mellows a bit and the white wine notes become more present. Spritzy and prickly carbonation--lots of it--and light on the palate without sacrificing bold flavor. Super dry. Extremely clean and crisp. Good stuff. (754 characters)

Photo of mverity
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (335 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This ale pours light golden with no appreciable head. High viscosity but little carb. The nose takes a minute to open. Once it does raw oak with some floral notes come through and it's rounded off with sour grapes. The sour level is fairly high. Great flavors of oak, sour yeast, bread, and grain. The fruits do not dominant in the nose or palate. Low carbonation, very smooth, super clean.

This does not disappoint. I would go to extents to have this again. Very good. Worth the price and hassel. (499 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A warm orange color with medium carbonation. No head due to the acidity.

Acetic and lactic in aroma. Gentle fruit aromas. Very little funk.

Brite and crisp on the pallate. Slightly fruity. Somewhat complex with notes of hay and grapes.

Light and crisp.

Well rounded, gentle complexity, very crisp finish. (308 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 11/23/12
HF stem

A: Pours crystal clear pale yellow orange. Frothy bright white bubbled head. Fades quick. Nicely carbonated.

S: Loon funk. Dry barnyard. Dusty. Dry oak. White wine grapes.

T: Prickly carbonation. Sourness on the tip of tongue.

M: Light bodied. (272 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a chalice.

A: Nice bottle art, first of all. Pours a cloudy orange color forming a small white head with very small retention. Only very few lacings are formed and left in the glass

S: Very fruity and vinegar, as expected. Quite winy: with strong notes of white wine. Some notes of oak. Earthy yeasts and bit metallic end

T: Very fruity upfront. Funky. Dominated by Muscat grapes. A bit metallic in upfront too. Lemony acidity. Strong notes of vinegar. Oak. In overall, quite sour and dry. Earthy yeasts

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Acid, as usual, with a strong Lambic fruitiness in the aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Classic Cantillon, I mean, a very fruity beer that is, at the same time, tart and extremely dry (747 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into stemmed Night Shift glass. Bottled 12/24/2008.

A: Pours a deep golden amber color with a short lived fizzy bright white head that quickly faded into a fuzzy collar.
S: Super funky and stinky notes of earthy musk, fine aged cheese, dry straw, damp basement, and vinous oak barrel. Funk is mainly cheesy, with some mild golden fruit sweetness poking through.
T: Dryness is very woody as the oak really shines. Funk is extremely cheesy and earthy with notes of sweet golden fruit up front and vinous white wine in the finish. Oak throughout, dry earthiness, slight acid but mild tartness.
M: Very mild carbonation, dry tannic mouthfeel, light acid bite, ultra dry and gritty with tannins.
O: Very smooth, ultra dry, very cheesy, musty, and flavorful. Balanced and not overbearingly tart. Gueuze-like. Loved it. (833 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Nov. 5, 2009

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden body with a fizzy one finger head. Not really any retention or lacing, though I don't expect it with this style.

S - An overwhelming musky funk at first, which you can work your way through. Lemon peel, hint of oak, white grapes and that good musky funk all over.

T - Has a nice sour white grape to it with lemon tartness and oak.

M - Light bodied and low carbonation without feel flat. It has a dry finish and is so easy to drink.

O - There's no wonder this is rated so high. No hype here folks! (556 characters)

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (972 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 2/11/13, bottled Nov, 5, 2009

A slight haze in golden orange body, hard pour give only a noisy, fizzy, cola like film that's gone in seconds leaving no lace

S mellow funk, wet wood, lemon and orange, dried hay, musty grapes, a hint of caramel, and some leafy herbal notes

T more grapes then the nose and just a hint of vinegar, not too far from the nose, just a faint hint of vanilla seems a little out of place but everything works well together

M medium bodied, low carbonation but not flat, very slick on the palate, slightly sour and tart but its quite mellow, funk, citrus and grape linger on the finish

O quite easy to drink, not overly sour, interesting brew to say the least, not my favorite Cantillon but I could easily drink another bottle on my own

I'm glad I finally got around to trying this one, I had a little stash of Cantillon that I forgot about a ways back and I'm just getting to them now. With 4 years on this bottle I'd love to try a fresh bottling for comparisons sake (1,048 characters)

Photo of fdig23
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (608 characters)

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Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
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