Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,091
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.41%
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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 scottfrie
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of cvm4
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
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

Photo of fdig23
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Stevedore
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle from late 2012, generously shared by Dustin at our crazy bottle share last night, 10/5/2013. Poured into a Zwanze 2013 glass.

Review #227.

Pours a hazy golden straw body with surprisingly less effervescence than other Cantillons. Lacing is thicker and retains very well. This is a very pretty, light-coloured sour compared to the others I've had.

Compared to Cuvée St-Gilloise, this has a lot more of the classic musty Brasserie funk that I get in the Classic.. although not as full-bore as the Classic is. I love it, some people hate it but its such an unique smell that I've come to enjoy very much. The nice thing about this is that there are this crisp, tart grape notes that smells so incredibly refreshing. Smells somewhat sour, mostly vinegar.

This isn't the most sour Cantillon out there, but it is probably the most refreshing one I've had. It's sour, but also has a very nice tartness to it, which I imagine are from the grapes. A bit of lemon acidity, white grape tartness all complementing the horse blanket funk of the base lambic. Its a very clean beer with a lot of different, yet complementary flavours.

Lighter body, very well-carbonated, easy to drink with a dry, tart grape-y finish. Gets some more acidity as the beer warms up.

An enjoyable one to drink. I came into this one not expecting too much out of this Cantillon, but this one definitely exceeded expectations. So clean, crisp, sour, funky and fruity all in once. I highly recommend this one!

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle at Monks Cafe Bottled (Nov 23 2012)

A- Dark Golden hay color, minimal head, nice bubbles stuck to the side of the glass
S- The aroma is amazing, classic funky Cantillon aroma, but more subtle than most Cantillon that i've had. Sour lemon, sour white grape notes, malt comes out as well, nice musky notes.
T- The taste is delicious, so refreshing, very easy to drink for being sour and puckering. Sour lemon, white grape, barnyard funk.
M- Light/medium mouthfeel, clean drinking, dry finish, well carbonated.
O- I have yet to have a Cantillon beer that i've had any problems with, always delicious, always satisfying, this beer is no exception.

Photo of rlee1390
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A-Cloudy bright orange, one finger head.

S-Oak, mild funk, grapes very musty.

T-Woah. Musty as all hell, in a good way. Then wheat and oak round it out. The balance is perfect. The grape must and wheat is perfect.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-What a beer. The best Cantillon I had that day, perfect balance.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Very hazy orange body. Nice white head that settles to a thick collar.

Smell - Acidic and very citrusy. Lemon and orange. Musty hay. If I think about it, I can imagine it smelling like grapes.

Taste - Huge citrus flavor here. Much more lemon than any grape flavor, although I get the grapes more here than in the nose. Grain, hay, and all the standard Cantillon lambic flavors. The sourness is strong and blends well with the grape sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Strong sourness, but never overbearing.

Overall - This is great. Nothing like what I expected from a grape lambic.

Photo of MarcWP
4.81/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml acquired in trade. Bottled 2011. Consumed on 9/15/2013.

Pours a golden apricot color, hazy, with traditional looking head for the style. Looks beautiful with the sun shining through.

The aroma on this shows big standard gueuze whiffs of lemon peal, apple, apricot, lime, and hints of funk. Also coming through is some white, not like Chardonnay, but lighter and delicate, as well as raspberry and some floral notes.

On the palate you get lemon meringue, apricot, and white grapes. That's it! But it's still pretty close to fridge temperatures so I'm sure more flavors will rear their heads as it warms. This definitely sour, more so than say the classic gueuze, but I'm sure the two years age on it has added to the pucker. As it warms, funky/musty characters come out as well as deeper fruit flavors of pineapple and nectarine.

The mouthfeel on this is pretty traditional for a gueuze and the addition of muscat grapes hasn't changed it much. If anything perhaps a bit heavier but barely noticeable.

Overall I can say that this is worldclass and proof why American breweries are still playing catch up in both fruit based sours and traditional spontaneous fermentation examples. The grapes have made for a much brighter beer and fruitier style gueuze. This is a perfect beer to enjoy in the warm and lush green outdoors. It's VIBRANT.
Flaws? I can't seem to find any other than if this was a notch less sour it would be undeniably perfect.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of GJ40
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled from a 750ml bottle at Moder Lambic. Beautifully presented in a wicker basket and carefully poured by the waiter. Golden and clear with a small white head. Aroma is white grapes. Flavor follows. Very crisp and clean with a firm bite that doesn't overpower. Dry but with the perception of a mild sweetness. A fine feel with a medium yet firm carbonation. This is a fantastic beer with outstanding wine influences.

Photo of gcamparone
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip glass. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a hazy dull orange-hay colored body with a fast moving, fizzy white head that rises quickly and reduces just as quickly. Lots of fast moving carbonation. No lacing.

S- Smells pretty acidic, particularly citrusy with aromas of oranges, funky yeast, lemon peel, hay, and a musty, wet wood aroma in the background. Malt is definitely present. The last few sips produce a cheesy aroma.

T- The second it hits your tongue, Vigneronne's wild yeast punches you in the taste buds with a sour burst of lemon juice, tart grapes, sour apple, and orange juice. The follow through is woody, musty, and full of citrus rind, but the sharp tart fruit notes really take center stage here. Very forward with the brett and quite tasty. Aftertaste is tart and very dry.

M- Super crisp and refreshing. I downed the first glass in under a minute because it is that drinkable and thirst quenching.

This was my second Cantillon beer, and I have to say that it also lived up the the hype. The puckering tartness works perfectly here. Extremely balanced. Maybe a little less complex than other sours I've tried, but nonetheless world class.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle of Cantillon Vigeronne 2012 courtesy of fthomasl

Lightly hazed electric orange. Not much for retention or lacing, pretty typical Cantillon pour.

Nose is an interesting combo of musty basement, sharp acidity and grape juice. Definitely get the brett presence.

Wow...this is amazeballs. How can you get this much sweet grape winey-ness and sharp acitidity to balance with the delicate brett over such a light grain bill. The white grapes really shine. This might be my favorite Cantillon I have had to date. Thanks Frank!

Photo of Treebs
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle served from a lambic basket into a Zwanze Day taster glass. 2009 vintage. Big thanks to sweemzander for the share.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a minimal white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a to very thin ring. No lace.

S: White wine grapes with some light wheat sweetness. Very soft with tart white grape aspect. Light oak.

T: Oaky and funky with some white grape tartness. Dry oaky tannins with a little bit of mineral in the finish.

M: Light and bubbly carbonation. Tart and dry finish with a light body.

O: Very good. Not over the top with sourness or tartness, but it has enough of oak and white grape tartness to draw you back in.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours golden and somewhat orange color with just a small cap of white bubbles.

The aroma is nice and tart with green grape skins and a bit of funk. The palet is tart with green grapes and hints of cedar wood. Nice and crisp.

The body is light with good carbonation. Overall this one is great. Another real enjoyable brew from these guys.

Photo of Dreizhen
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl bottle at Delerium

A: Clear, light yellow, moderate bubbles.

S: Sour, white wine is the main smell. A little citrus hides behind that, but not much.

T: Tastes about like it smells. Mostly the sour funk you would expect from a Cantillon but with the accompaniment of a sour white wine. I still think there's citrus at the end, but again, barely there. Ends with a bite from the sourness and the carbonation. I don't think it works as well as the kriek or the framboise, but it's certainly not bad.

M: Light, carbonated, fizzy. Think Champagne.

O: Currently my least favorite Cantillon, so still better than a lot of the beer I've had in my life. If you're around Cantillon a lot, give this one a try eventually. But if you've only got a little time and can try only a few, I might let this one slide and stick with the Lou Pepes, St. Lumnivous, Fou Foune, etc...

Photo of jrenihan
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled November 5, 2009.

Beer is translucent golden, almost opaque. Small to moderately sized white head, little lace. Decent retention.

Nose is tart with a bit of a funky hint. Wheat. I get some grape when I look for it.

Funk and white grape dominate the taste. Lemon. Quite sour, dries the mouth in a big way. The wheat base is quite noticeable. The grape is not as strong as I imagine it was when the bottle was younger.

Light to medium bodied, low carbonation. Puckery in a big way.

Overall, a very nice beer but not one of the better Cantillons.

Photo of spoony
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip. Reviewed from notes taken on May 26, 2013.

A-It is light golden in color. The brew has more clarity than other Cantillon fruit beers, but it not as clear as the gueuze. A thin white head drops quickly to a collar.

S-The smell is musty and vaguely sweet; very vinous, like you might expect given the grape they use to make this beer. That being said, this brew still smells tart and acidic. Funk is moderate and more wet earth smelling than truly funky.

T-The taste is more tart that I would expect. There is some serious pucker power here. Some of the wine grape comes through, but the overall effect is more earthy and musty that fruity. It is complex and the fruit flavors are pretty subtle.

M-The feel is typical Cantillon, i.e., light in the body with the perfect dose of moderate, crisp carbonation.

O-This is maybe the most interesting Cantillon I tasted at the brewery, but not my favorite. The musty grape flavor just did not jive with the lambic in the same way that, for example, the apricots do in the case of Fou Foune. My criticism aside, this is still a very good beer and better than most other fruit beers out there. The acidity here would pair well with a white fish dish or salmon.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet wheat, funky barnyard yeast, oak, grapes, tart green fruits, mild sourness, touch lactic acid, touch lemon zest.

T - Wheat malts, funky barnyard yeast, grapes, oak, mild sourness and tart green fruits, some lactic acid, hint of vanilla and lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a funky, tart, and lightly sour finish.

D - Great complexity and balance.

Photo of beerloverofbham
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of backbaybrewer
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Ap: Pours a yellowis gold color and leaves very little white, fizzy head.

Ar: grapes, some funk and some sour.

Taste: Matches the scent - grapes, funk, sour with some wood and some white wine quality, with a wood finish. Very balanced.

Mouth-feel: Medium to high carbination. light, but not thin.

Overall: Well Balanced and pleasing beer. Very much like drinking a nice white wine with carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Resuin
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a stemmed tulip. This was bottled in November 2011 so it has about a year and a half of age on it, as of this review.

Appearance: Pours a nice honey color and leaves very little white, fizzy head - less than a finger.

Smell: White grapes, green apple, some funk - decent amount of sour but not overbearing by any means - very light and balanced.

Taste: Matches the scent - white grapes, funk, sour green apple, oak - definitely has a white wine quality to it. There is a nice oaky finish. This one has the perfect amount of sour to it and is delicious - just the right balances.

Mouth-feel: Exceedingly smooth, medium carbonation to it, on the lighter side of a medium body.

Overall: I was very impressed with this lambic - I think 1.5 years in the bottle has done it well. This is very well balanced and the muscat grapes definitely give this one some delicious flavors. I could drink a lot of this stuff!

Photo of Jonada
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottled on November 23rd 2012. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden blonde color with 1 finger head which dissipated quickly to a white collar.

Smell: Musty, lemon, funk, wood, white grape, with just a tiny hint of fruity sweetness.

Taste: Medium tartness upfront is countered nicely with a slight white grape sweetness. I'm also getting, some funk, lemon acidity, oak, green apple, and some lactic character. The grapes are much more noticeable on the palate than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and refreshing. Medium carbonation. Sourness isn't intense or mouth puckering. Highly drinkable

Overall: I got this at the same time as a bottle of the Saint Lamvinus. I had very high expectations for the St. Lam, and while both were great, I actually ended up liking this a bit better. If you're a fan of the style, this is definitely worth seeking out.

Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,091 ratings.