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Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 300
Hads: 1,203
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 17.99%
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Brasserie Cantillon
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Lambic - Fruit | 5.00% ABV

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-23-2002

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Photo of acrawf6
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 bottle. Pours out dark straw that is slightly hazy with no head.

Smell. Combination is sweetness and muskiness. Earthy with some horse blanket aromas.

Taste. Very tart and acidic. Muscat grape fruity flavors are a dominant flavor with a touch of vinegar to it, but the aftertaste is quite nice with sweeter fruits, strawberry really jumps out for me, very much like a strawberry preservative. The beer itself is good, but i really like the aftertaste more.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium with a bit of carbonation.

Overall, honestly, I wish i would have opened this up with a friend cuz i dont think i can drink all 25.4oz of, but it is still quite tasty. I wish i had some good cheese to cut on the acidity of this beer. I enjoy the flavor but strangely i enjoy the aftertaste a lot more. A pretty good lambic overall though.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky to find on tap at Maduro, Madison, WI.

A-Hazy orange yellow with a small white head.

S-Nice! Green apples, sour citrus friuts and the trademark funky feet aroma. Quite sharp.

T-Sour and tart flavour as usual from Cantillon. Like a liquidfied sweet-tart! Very nice with a pleasant astringent white grape juice sneaking in at the end.

M-Medium-light body. Carbonation rather sparse. Almost like a wine.

D-I have become a real "sucker" for wild fermented sours in the past year or so. To find this on tap is a true treat. Nicely done! Cantillon is a truly world class brewery...can they do any wrong?

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Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of Viggo
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to biegaman for bringing this bottle, 2004 vintage!

Pours a clear amber, thin white head forms, settles down to a big bubbled ring around the glass, no lacing. Smell is awesome, socks and barnyard, very acidic, lemony, oak, intense sourness, honey and wheat, white grapes, very complex. Taste is intense, charred oak, lemon, wood, honey, grass, sweet and sour middle, some light fruits, grapes, barnyard funk and acidic finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. Very smooth and definitely interesting. Apparently the white grape brother to Saint Lam, both are excellent! Thanks Jan!

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Maduro. 8 I'd or so pour served in a wine glass.

Pour: lightly hazed peach-orange. No head to speak of.

Nose: lemony vinegar, tart white grapeskins, underripe peach/tangerine.

Taste: tart grapeskins and apricot-vinegar(?), white wine

Feel: bordering on flat, sits a litle limp in the mouth save for the lembic pucker

Drinkability/overall: Tamer than expected from Cantillon, but an interesting beer/wine hybrid nonetheless. Try it while it lasts.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Maduro. $4 for about ounces served in a white wine glass.

Appearance: Carbonationless bright gold. No head. Mildly cloudy.

Aroma: Malt vinegar, relatively subdued farmyard characteristics, lemongrass, must, and light hints of citrus.

Taste: Pleasant citric and vinegar notes. Light grape skin flavors. Lemon vinegar (is there such a thing?).

Mouthfeel: Sharp and acidic. Completely flat (is it supposed to be this way?), much more like wine than beer. Perhaps that is the goal...tart and sour but not to the extent o geuze or most craft lambics. The sourness is softer. Not bad and very dry.

Drinkability: Surprisingly, I'm not that excited about this. It's a little light on the funk for a funky/sour beer, and light on the sugar and flavor for a vinegary/tart beer. It's very subtle. I suppose if I wanted to I could session this but it's not quite my thing.

Update: April 2008...after a little more than a month in the barrel this beer has developed a subtle carbonation improves drinkability and in some ways appearance. The acidity seems softened by it.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - This one pours a cloudy bronze-marigold with a brief one finger head that disappears quickly like champagne. The beer is a rich alluring gold that reminds me of spring flowers.

S - White vinegar, malt vinegar, sweet and sour sauce, dandelions, green leafy salad with bitter greens and drizzles of red wine vinegar and oil. Acidic, complex, sweet, and extremely sour and salty.

T - Again, white wine vinegar and oil drizzled over a salad of mixed greens, hearts of palm, artichokes, dried tomatoes, and onions. Wonderfully complex and deep...this might be off putting for many, but I love vinegar and all things bitter so this is my cup of tea.

M - This is so sour and acidic! This could rip the enamel from your teeth and leave your fillings lying on your tongue! Amazingly bitter, sour, acidic, and biting but yet somehow seet and fresh like delicate flowers.

D - I love this stuff. The addicting sour cheek-pulling tartness is like crack. I wouldn't want to drink this all night during a serious session, but I can't think of a more wonderful ber to sip during this wonderfully warm spring-like January weather we are having. After a Sunday spent with my fiance tooling around the countryside in the Miata....this is the perfect brew to end a gloriously warm and bright day.

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Photo of grub
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

biegaman shared this one. thanks jan!

750ml bottle, corked and capped. 2004 vintage. sampled jan 19/08.

pours crystal clear golden yellow until the end of the bottle when a bit of haze comes through. a small dense white head forms, dropping fast with just a few spots of lace.

aroma is intense. white wine. oak. vanilla. malt vinegar. lemon. bread and cracker. bit of alcohol. barnyard funk. bit of horse blanket. touch of orange zest. green grapes. kiwi.

taste is excellent. bit of lemon and malt vinegar. vanilla and oak. white wine and green grapes. touch of orange zest. horse blanket. touch of funk. crackers and white bread.

mouthfeel is great. medium-low carbonation level. medium-light body. nice drying finish.

drinkability is great. not overly acidic. nice level of funk. great balanced. this holds up well against its sister beer, st lamvimus. you can definitely tell they're related, but each stands well on its own.

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Photo of blakesell
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from corked capped 750ml bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled Oct '06.

Appearance- Pours a hazy yellow almost like a hefe but with strange off-coloured swirls moving around with a black particle that got in there for good measure. Head is fine like Sprite and quickly dissapates but has suprisingly more carbonation than expected from Cantillon.

Smell- Sharp barnyard sourness with a strong Vigneronne grape bite a lemonady scent also jumps to the nose.

Taste- Sharp tartness and lemons with a strange winelike texture that gives the beer more complexity. Belgian sweet/sourness lingers forever after the swallow.

Mouthfeel- It just improves as it goes along, medium light bodied with good percived carbonation, but there really isn't much carbonation there at all.

Drinkability- As Cantillon is not for everyone, I would expect this drinkability to be much less for others, but for me this is amazingly drinkable and thus far is my favourite of all the Cantillon's.

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Photo of jwc215
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cage-corked bottle - bottled in Oct. '06:

Pours hazy golden yellow with a white bubbly head that descends to barely a patch, leaving some traces of lacing.

The smell is of lemon, sweettart candy, barnyard must and a hint of grapeskins.

The taste is of lemon, sweettart candy and barnyard must. Clove and ginger lend a spiciness to it. Sugary and honeyish sweetness blend nicely with the loemony tartness and light spiciness. Sweetened grapeskin segues into a dry finish.

Appropriately light-bodied, with mild to medium carbonation level for the style. It has a lasting, refreshing dryness.

This is a unique, refreshing brew. Interesting use of muscat grapes. Though I don't normally seek grapes in my beer (and prefer this brewery's St. Lamvinus), they do blend nicely into the house yeast strain and the malt that is used. It is a gueuze-like lambic that fits in nicely with the "unique treat" category.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (75cl, 2003), tasted in 2005.
Appearance: 100% lambic beer macerated with white muscat grapes. Bronze colour.
Taste: Wine sensations and fruity, astringency
Drinkability: a beer that smells of "chai"
"A delicate compromise between wine and beer. Fruity white grape married to the character of a powerful lambic than two years of age make the beer Vigneronne unique. Beer taste evolution, conservation and service at cellar temperature (12 to 15 ° C). order to take full of fruity it is advisable to drink it within one year after its purchase. "

Review added 10-27-2007, translated from french 1-31-2008.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colored brew, tiny white head on top, no lace. The sides of the glass are coated with tiny carbonation bubbles. The scent is pretty sour, almost like a wine scent. Not too strong. The taste is lip puckeringly sour, very active on the tounge. Grapes stand out as the main taste, very tart, quite a dry finish. Pretty thin mouth. Overall, probably what you would expect: a wine-like beer, amazingly active in the mouth, and quite a tasty treat.

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Photo of dnichols
2.4/5  rDev -43.9%
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.

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Photo of muldersha
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shows a slightly ruddy golden/amber hue with exciting aromas of melon rind, burnt rubber, spice and citrus notes. On the palate it shows an aggressive, lively lime citrus, quinine, and herbaceous flavor that turns a bit astringent, but should appeal to any fan of gin and tonic, mojito, or pouilly fume. Serve as an aperitif, with grilled fish or chicken kebabs. Interesting, refreshing and worth a try, but perhaps a bit pricey.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2004.

Pours out a honey color with a thinnish head and slow moving bubbles that crawl towards the surface. Smells like a really good geuze that leans towards a softer edge, much like something from Boon. I'm really trying to get some grapes, and if I strain, I can pick up a faint dryish white wine in the back, but that could be my imagination. This one is really lemony in the flavor and stands out above any really intense funk. Something that stands out is what I'm identifying as a faint fennel character in the background. When I think about it, I get this in some other lambics but have not been able to place it. Acidity isn't too harsh here and is rounded out by a little sweetness. Finishes dry. Any grape character I get comes at the very finish and echoes on into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light, but feels more subdued than other lambics I'm used to. The mild sweetness that rounds this out makes this a pretty easy drinkaer while still maintaining interesting characteristics.

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Photo of ciderfaerie
3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
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

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap (hell yeah!) @ Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn, New York.

Serve in a wine glass, cloudy yellow and light orange color with a thin white head. Not as strong of an aroma as other Cantillon's I have tried, but the sour fruitiness is still there. Not quite as tart as the others upon tasting either. Actually, this may have been the first time I have had a lambic and not "puckered" after the first sip. It has nice sweetness to it with legitimate sourness to back it up. The muscat grapes were not very noticable, but to me I saw a minor resemblance to a white wine. I was ready to move on to something else after one glass, but it was without a doubt an enjoyable offering from the Cantillon lineup.

Definitely a treat to have this on-tap, and even more enjoyable to drink it outside in the beer garden at a world class bar.

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Photo of dbalsock
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon visiting the Brewery in Brussels I had this again and found some discrepancies with my previous post. Itis not nearly as similar to a Flanders Red as I previously state. The grape flavor is very clean and cuts through the malt background to provide both a nice tart mouthfeel and a complex taste. Upon having it at the brewery I have decided to change its score. It is now one of my very favorite lambics.

App: Pours a pale orange color with a tiny white head that lasts about 2 seconds. There is no lacing, and the yeast adds some haziness, depending on how much your pour in.

Smell: Grapes and mustiness explode from the bottle and glass, you can smell it across the room. It's similar to a white wine, but a malty sweetness similar to a Flander's Red peeks through.

Taste: Again, the taste is similar to a Flander's Red, but is lighter and has more of a sour grape taste. The malt isn't nearly as heavy. The grape and the malt dominate.

Mouthfeel: Sour, but not the most sour of lambics. The malt backbone leaves a sweet texture on the front of the tongue and sour bumps on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: This is pretty easy going because it doesn't have strange tastes going on and no repulsive smells that are available in certain other lambics. A good lambic to get more lambic experience with.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the Beer Guy at McKean and Charles in Waldoboro for getting this (and then saving it a few weks until I could get up there). This was a 750ml bottle, bottled 30Oct06, and was served in a tulip glass. Nice orange color with a tiny head that dissipates quickly. Very still. It had the aroma of peaches. The taste was sour fruit, and was very acidic. Quite a dry beer, and quite enjoyable. Share it with a friend and pucker up.

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Photo of jwff
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2004. Pours a glowing orange tinted yellow. Really beautiful, almost ethereal. Head fizzes and dissipates. Smell is funk, must, tartness. Taste is highly acidic with ripe tartness and everything else that went with the smell. Fairly dry body until the finish where some sweet sugar comes in and balances it out. Great carbonation on this one. Real light and easy to go. Would have enjoyed this more if I split it with someone else because the acidity is so high.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sampling a bottle with Stopper who is kind enough to share one with me. The beer is at room temp and I pour into a pint glass.
Pours cloudy and opaque gold color like an unfiltered apple cider. A fizzy bleached white head foams up 1 cm and fades to an edge layer. Aroma is some bready yeast, lactic tartness, general funk and must and some lite fruitiness. First sip reveals a lite body with smooth texture and very fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is grainy and yeasty up front and is quickly dominated by tart fruit and alctic sourness. VERY funky and drinkable but I get some acid reflux as we finish the 750. Definitely not an everybody beer, but I enjoyed the experience. just warn folks that this is a puckering experience.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle picked up from HiTime wine in Costa Mesa, CA. in mid 2006 (?). Price info not recorded.

Pours a bright spritzy, somewhat hazy yellow into my Cantillon tumbler, with lots of small bubbles rising to the surface. A small head is there at first pour, but it quickly recedes into memory.

Aroma is that distinctive Cantillon lambic, sharp, sour, and good for cleaning sinuses. Citric acid (not citrus fruit) and perhaps a bit of a very dry white wine (but very gentle).

Flavor is also very familiar and lambic-like. Sharp hard edges, sour taste buds working overtime. Are there really grapes in here? I can't taste them. But having said that, this is a very refreshing warm Saturday afternoon drinker.

I like it for those moments when only sour will do.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

02/04/07- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both capped and corked. Dating is listed on cork...I believe this one was an '04. Poured into my Lindemans flute.

Appearance- Peach hazed pour. About as flat as flat can be. Very light lace spotting. Cork came out without a sound.

Smell- Funk and more funk. Hay, urine, rotted fruit....oh yeah! Some sour acidic fruit notes as well.

Taste- I've had this one once before on tap at the Toronado. It was my first lambic style ever. I had to chase every sip with a sip of water. It was that sour. This time around it wasn't that bad. It was pretty sour, but easliy taken down. Peachy-orange notes mixed with sour muscat grapes make a good combo.

Mouthfeel- Fairly dry mouthfeel with no carbonation.

Drinkability- Probably my favorite of the line to date. Seemed the easiest to suck down without burning a hole in my stomach lining. Muscat grapes work well in lambics apparently.

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Photo of Gavage
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy orange with some reddish tones. A wispy head and no lacing develops during the session. Many carbonation bubbles stick to the glass.

Smell: sour grapes are strong on the nose.

Taste: huge sour grape flavor with yeast, honey, and mild alcohol tones. Very dry. The sourness is bold but the tastebuds get accustomed to it quickly.

Mouthfeel: dry and smooth throughout. Aftertaste is bold but short, as the sourness seems to assault the tastebuds into submission. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: definitely down a few notches as the sourness tires the the tongue by the end of the glass. But the flavors are interesting and unique. Worth giving this a try if you like extremes.

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Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.