Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 985
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 553
Gots: 202 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-23-2002)
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4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

2009 vintage.

Pours a murky yellow with an off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is super sour, tart, and funky with a lemon aroma. Taste is the same with a sour lemon flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good lambic with an awesome flavor.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a somewhat-dark peach color with only a slight head. Very bright coloring.

S: Lots of vinegary and acid with some green apple and green grape. Lactic sourness, but nothing too overwhelming.

T: Green grapes and a bit of musty earthiness. Some tongue-puckering qualities, but nothing too substantial.

M: Pretty sour and a medium body with good carbonation.

D: Nice, but the flavors never really completely fused together like they do in most Cantillon beers; still, a very solid offering.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

December 2008 bottling per the cork; brewed with Italian muscat grapes.

Pours a medium orange amber with a thin white head that quickly fades.

Nose is sour wheat grass, wet hay, and sour green apples with undertones of sweet wine vinegar.

Mouthfeel is crisp, fresh and puckering. This one is mouthfilling and rich in character.

Flavors are intense, insane and layered. Big sour green apple with light undertones of sour green grapes and puckering citrus. Very tart yet deceivingly well balanced.

These are the only beers I like a bit on the colder side and not room temperature. However, the extreme citrus and tart character softened and more sweet/grape/apple to acid balance came through as it warmed to cool from cold.

A puckering drink all the way through to a salivating lemon citrus finish. Very drinkable and appealing but very big in character and one keeps salivating from the acid long into the finish.

Nice sour although two glasses was my limit on this one

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a frothy head that dissipates quickly, while leaving a few strands of lace

Smell: Brett yeast aromatics dominate (surprise, surprise), creating a lot of barnyard funk; underneath, there is a hint of vinous muscat, with a sweet essence that beguiles

Taste: The sourness starts out bold and builds from there, but all the while there is this sweet grape flavor underneath that provides an incredible contrast, if you can taste beyond the barnyard; after the swallow, the sweet flavor becomes a little easier to discern but is still dominated by the sour flavor; the combination tastes of grapefruit pith, but in a far different way from a West Coast IPA

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: While I am not a big fan of the style and struggle to consume this, I find this a very intriguing beer and look forward to my rare excursions into the world of lambics

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very clean, lactic tartness is the perfect counterpart to the white grapes used in the blending for its recipe. But the lime-like acidity obviously steals the show.

Vignerone pours with a canary-yellow hue and carries a mystic glowing haze. Bleached white foam amounts to a timid coat of foam, yet disipates to stillness quickly- all expected from unblended lambics.

Very sharp aromas of limes, white wine, balsamic, sandalwood, and mild leather all add to the complex yet delicate aromas. Mild pilsner malt provides to slightest of a base for the wild, fruity-tart aromas and must character.

Lemon/lime zest and pilsner cracker-like taste begin an assault on the front of the tongue while it mellows a bit, allowing the more grape-like flavor to settle on the middle of the tongue and palate. This, all before the hop bitterness and acidic vinegar-like sourness leaves it's memory on the mouth as the beer finishes. Crabapples, under-rippened berries, and kiwi all come to mind as the zesty lime tartness leaves a final impact in finish.

Light and acidic throughout, the beer's thinness allows the full brunt of taste to lay on the mouth's surfaces; only adding to the impact of sourness and astringency in mouthfeel. The feel of grape seeds, grape skins attack the sides of the jaws and usher in a crisp, lactic finish. Very dry and palate stripping of all residual sweetness or lingering taste. Very refreshning and mouthwatering from nose to finish.

Thanks bbehr!

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4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright golden yellow color lambic with a small pure with bubbly head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of horse blanket with light green apple acidity and light tart finish. Taste is a well balanced mix between some tart notes with light oak and some horse blanket and soaked leather. Acidity is well balanced but muscat grapes are hard to noticed but could have dropped the acidity level since I seem to noticed that there is less acidity then in a regular Cantillon product.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip it was a light orange brown with a very nice three finger head of lace and a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice retention only gradually let the head fade away, what was left was a very nice set of concentric side glass rings of lace. Smell was very sour, lots of grapes and other fruits. A bit light on the nose before the sour wrath kicks in. Flavor was very full and robust. Nice yeast filled flavor wrecks your taste buds but calms down considerably on the finish. A huge rush of sour fruit than kicks into overdrive and puckers your lips through the finish. This was a wonderfully unique brew that had a very good flavor and a light fruity feel that really made it shine.

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4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a slightly hazy golden straw color with a few bubbles after a vigorous pour, not much in the way of carbonation.

S: The nose is nicely acidic with plenty of lemon, green apple, and green grapes. There's a slight wet hay aroma and a bit of must.

T: The flavor has a nice combination of a slight sweetness (seemingly from the grapes) and the trademark Cantillon sourness. The lactic acid is prominent and gives that wonderful lemony flavor. The grapes really stand out and provide the beer with an excellent dryness.

M: The carbonation is low, but it works with lambics. The body is medium and the beer just has a wonderfully dry finish.

D: Cantillon is one of those breweries that just can't do any wrong. I would gladly drink this one again.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.38/5  rDev -23.2%
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 largadeer
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy, hazy blond with a thin white head. Plenty of visible carbonation, but the head falls flat pretty quickly.

Smell - Intense funk; barnyard, dirty socks, mold, lemon and cheese come to mind. Not much fruit in the aroma. Very pleasant once the nose gets used to it.

Taste & mouthfeel - Lemon juice, vinegar and white wine. Mellow sourness and considerably less funk than the nose presents. Hints of vanilla and muscat grapes. Light-bodied with medium acidity. Very nicely balanced - this is one of the most drinkable Cantillon beers I've tried, though the vinegar-like flavor is slightly stronger than I'd like.

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3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, capped and corked bottle, the November 2009 vintage - a lambic with wine muscat grapes - sounds good to me, like an obvious "well, we've got a lot of this stuff lying around, let's see what we can do with it". On the label, a star of David sits amongst the raw ingredients in this offering - heads up, He'Brew!

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with one skinny finger of fizzy dirty white head, which disappears in a mere instant, leaving no remnants, lace or otherwise, anywhere near the glass.

It smells of sour, underripe apples, wheat grain, dusty wood, vinegary, yet still fruity and musky white wine, and a tame barnyard yeast funk. The taste is tart green apple, lemon juice, a softer, more rounded wheat malt, white wine vinegar, weakly funky yeast, faint wood grain, and dead-flower, musty hops.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, just a slight metallic edge, one sort of obfuscated by the inherent acids here, the body on the light side of medium weight, airy, and a bit fruity in its plain smoothness. It finishes dry, tart, and mouth-puckeringly crisp, with just a wee bit of musky white wine esters and 'everything dies' funk.

I'm drawing a reasonably straight parallel to the white wine must that I've got fermenting at the moment - yeasty, sweet and zingy white grape juice, and faint alcohol. The exaggerated tartness is the beer's domain alone. Overall, a nicely drinkable sour lambic, the guest muscat grapes doing well to exhibit their own wares.

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Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.