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Cantillon Vigneronne | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-23-2002

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Photo of farrago
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thin coating across the surface of pure white foam, just about settles in as it evaporates, the lacing forms very broad and deep patches which disappear from the glass sides as much as slide down below. A horde of active bubbles appear throughout the darker coppery gold color, more orange hue than yellow, adequate clarity, neither really hazy nor transparently clean. Freshly mown lawn grass, green straw, wheat chaff, chamomile and wet cellar dirt and stone mark the nose at first, strong sour vinous quality as well, quieter apricot pits and green melon rinds, the yeastiness flits in and out due to its sour profile, overall smells like a lot of stuff you’d be allergic to in springtime. Medium-bodied, the sourness sets it like stone in the mouth the carbonation at best provides tiny pinpricks on the tongue. The Muscat comes through clearly, puckering vinous nature, and the oak brings a tart toastiness which evokes more dill than any caramel or sweeter oak flavoring. Violets, hay, straw, pulped and dried oranges, chamomile, sea weed, flavors veer all over. It is not all that dry, yet it grips as if desiccating the palate. Also cleaner than expected without much mustiness. Lengthens as it warms, however, flavors stay consistent. (Bottled November 23, 2012)

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Photo of kevanb
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into a Cantillon balloon glass. Enjoyed on 2.21.2016, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a great golden peach color, very hazy and cloudy with a thick white head, great retention but little in the way of lace. The aroma is beautiful, white wine acidity, bursting with grape flesh, musty oak, wildflower, wheat, lightly tart, a touch of funk with some peach skin that lingers nicely. Tons of fruit profile leaps out, very bright and inviting. The flavors are stellar, juicy grape, tart and fleshy with some peach skin and earthy pit that gets progressively more sour, in a good way, as it warms and opens up. Musty oak, light funk, strong yeastiness, lightly floral with some dirtiness counters the sour fruits and helps keep this beer in balance with loads of complexity. The mouthfeel is great, coating, juicy medium body that is very lively with active carbonation and a sour finish that isn't uncomfortable at all.

Verdict: A stunning lambic from Cantillon, shocker right? Loads of wine influence, even at 3 years old, bright and fresh fruit character presented in a very delicate and refreshing package. Definitely worthy of the Cantillon name and real treat to enjoy.

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Photo of parkeak0
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled Oct 2014. Consumed March 2016. Pours hazy golden, robust head that dissipates quickly. Nose is sour unripe fruit, pungent acid sourness, no overt fruit aromatics initially, though this changes as the beer warms slightly from cellar temp. Fruit aromatics become more present -- hints of brandy/eau de vie. Taste is strongly sour, green fruit but some of the fruit aromatics showing through. Identifiable as Muscat? Hard to say... but the grape is definitely there. Oak is subtle and well integrated.

A fantastic beer -- lucky to have had the chance to try it.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an excellent beer. Pours a beautiful golden orange with a yellow perimeter. Smells grassy and earthy. And like a barn. Taste is much the same. Super musty and astringent. A real treat that I was lucky enough to try. A really unique beer.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was lucky to have the opportunity to try an 09 vintage bottle at a share recently on Super Bowl sunday! Aged amazingly well! Always ISO vintage Cantillion!

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

75cl bottle. Pours a semi-opaque orange with a white head that disappears quite quickly. Smells of balsamic vinegar and white grapes. Tastes very much like white grape vinegar, very light and with a low carbonation. Not much lambic funkiness going on, and a much mellow taste than other lambics, slightly tart and sour. A very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon wine glass. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy .5 finger white head that collapses. Beer is a clear goldenrod that reveals little carbonation. No lace. Average.

Nose is grape, oak, cobwebs and a bit of fruit syrup. Pungent and funky.

Opens tart and spritzy. White wine grapes, oak and a pungent funkiness in the middle. Some lemon with a slight plastic-y presence. Foam, hay and a biting tartness at the middle to end. More wood, barnyard and extreme tart lemon and white grape at the end. Juicy. Delicious!

Light bodied with low carbonation. Slick, oily and prickly in the mouth and goes down aggressive and crisp. Puckering finish with a bone dry aftertaste. Very nice.

A bit one-dimensional in my opinion. Over-the-top tart with just a mellow fruit presence. Solid and one that'll certainly age well... but I expect a bit more from the best lambic-maker on the planet.

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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 VelvetExtract
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured a turbid yellow color. Aroma is deeply sour and funky. Smells like a Gueuze. Flavor brings high acidity and bracing sourness. Tart lemon, cellar mustiness. Earthy tanginess. White wine, oak, veiny cheese. The grapes do give it a taste similar to an aged white wine. Earth and hay. Finishes with a lingering, tart, dry bite. Light bodied. Highly effervescent. Not often do I get to drink beers from Cantillon so when I do I try my best to appreciate them. I don't like this one as much as most of their others but when can one experience a beer quite like this from anyone else?

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Novare during Zwanze Day (2015)

A: Pours a clear white wine color with almost no head

S: Very tart and funky with a nice oaky presence, along with some vinous qualities from the grapes. Lightly fruity as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off nice and tart, with some funky and oaky notes to start things off. Goes into some nice fruity tones along with the grapes. Nothing really overwhelming, it all meshes extremely well. Finishes with some acidity and more musty grape notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Quite acidic and obviously tart

O: A very refreshing version of their lambic, the grapes really add some nice musty and vinous notes throughout. The oak adds to the wine-like allure as well. Not their most in-your-face fruited lambic, I'd say it is nicely suited for summer drinking. As with all of their brews, pick it up if you see it, as you won't have very many other chances to try it if you pass it up

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY.

This one pours a sparkling straw yellow, slightly hazy, with a small head and no lacing.

Aromas include white wine and white grapes, lemon tart candy, and some mild funk.

This is a wonderful grapey lambic. It's got an assertive sparkling tartness, and it's fairly sour, about a 6 out of 10. There's a dry earthy white grape character, and some tart candied lemon as well. It all comes together exceedingly well.

This is light bodied, with crisp and well carbonated mouthfeel, it's super drinkable.

Another great lambic from Cantillon.

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Photo of aleigator
4.58/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.28/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of bcp5296d
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 cork. Medium tartness, tons of white grape, moderate funk, the most well balanced white grape beer I've had. I'd imagine this is the standard. Not sure how it could be any better.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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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 Thehuntmaster
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

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

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Santanax
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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