Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,093
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 akorsak
3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle split with JohnnyM2002 and Phatz.

A: The ale is a slightly hazy goldenrod color with a thick head that quickly dissolves to a white ring around the glass.

S: The aroma is thick with brettanomyces tartness. There is also a green grape sourness mixed in.

T: The flavor is a continuation of the nose. The ale is sour, tart, puckering. Very intense, it combines some green grape tartness, sweet and fresh but very tangy, with a brett-infused harshness. Be warned, your mouth will never be the same.

M: The mouthfeel is tart, green grapes and acidic dryness. It does not let up at all.

D: The drinkability is limited by my general dislike for the style. It packs a punch and makes you regret/anticipate each sip.

Photo of northernbrews
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased from Merchant's in Dearborn.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange in my snifter. There is a minimal white head that hangs around for the party.

Smell: Hole-hearted barnyard, barrel-aged funk. Little bit of spices and tropical fruits. I could smell this for hours. It lets you know that you are in for something special. Mouthpuckering sourness awaits....

Taste: Yep...Damn this is tart and funky. Taste follows the aroma. Lots of sourness upfront followed by slight grape skin dryness. Nice dry and tart finish. Simply amazing.

Mouthfeel: This coats the mouth with puckering sourness. It's like sucking on 20 sour patch kids at once. Nice...

Drinkability: For a true Lambic, this is one of the most drinkable. I could easily down a 750 of this. Definitely makes you want more and more.

This is my favorite of the Cantillon offerings I've had so far. Another excellent lambic out of this wonderful brewery. I am becoming more and more amazed with every Cantillon I have. This is another one to be savored. If you like your beers sour, this one is for you. Go in with an open mind, and lets you senses get abused. Worth every penny of the $14.99.

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

Served in a flute glass. Pours a cloudy pale yellow-orange color with a barely there beige filmly head. Highly carbonated. Tight bubbles throughout drinking.

Smells strong of wild yeast, grapefruit, mustly grapes, and a vague lemon smell. Just plain smells sour, in a good way.

Crisp and refreshing taste. Tart grapefruit initially with a very brief earthy, winey-grape sweetness that finishes with a pleasant dry yeasty tartness and sourness. The flavors transition quite well.

Light bodied, perfectly carbonated. Slightly tingly on the mouthfeel, but I think it adds to the experience. Very crisp finish; you can't wait to get more.

Easy to drink, but I think 1 or 2 is the limit here. This is a beer to savour and enjoy all the fruity sour goodness. If you're looking for a chugging beer, this is not it.

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

This beer was served in a flute glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy light peach coloration. The head was a thin biege ring around the glass. Tight bubbling carbonation rises to the top of the glass.

Smell: The beer is loaded with funky musty bret yeastyness. The beer has great fruity esters floating around the smell. I think I catch a suggestion of sweet muscatal grapes. The beer has a lemony cider sort of smell.

Taste: This beer is very sharp and crisply acidic. Needless to say the pucker factor is very high. This beer has a lead in with a suggestion of muscatal grapes. The beer then proceeds to go sour. The sourness grows from a lemony sour to the expected bret sourness. The beer has a very earthy finish.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a light body. The beer is lightly carbonated. The beer is very tart and acidic. Both the tartness and the acidity help create an oddly refreshing beer drinking experience. This beer is not for every beer drinker. If you dont like sour beers look else where.

Photo of Hibernator
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cantillon Vigneronne
750 ML green corked bottle with tin foil wrap
2001 bottle
Served in a Duck Walk vineyard champagne flute

Pours a cloudy orange and mustard yellow blend. Thin white lace for a head that is concentrated with mini carbonation bubbles.

Funky nose with whiffs of white wine, apple cider vinegar and baked bread.

Sour twang with a freshly sliced lemon citrus punch and a dash of black pepper. The ultimate cross of lemon and lime tartness with a funky Lambic presence. So tart and sour that the tastebuds scream in fear. I have to emphasize the striking vinegar snap on the palate. Salt and vinegar potato chip blast with a citrus fruit backdrop.

The mouthfeel is mighty intense and provocative on the palate. I find myself sipping this beer quickly; more and more interested at finding out what is going on here.

Enjoyable, unique, authentic and mysterious.

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer departs an unfortunately corked bottle (pour horizontal storage?) into my wine glass. Aromas and initial flavors hint that it's still in fine shape (besides it's too sour to show any infections or other flaws). Super cloudy, straw yellow/orange, bubbly and a small head. I've come to learn the aroma of a Cantillon is just amazing, this one displaying some solvent, hay, sourness, and a touch of fruit, though I can't decide what. The flavor hits you as intense sourness, a bit of the wheat is detected. And, as their website notes that use a small amount of aged hops, so they go unoticed. As I hit my next glass of it, the grapes come into play and it's clear this is very much a sparkling wine like experience. Went well with a Frenchie leek and mushroom quiche. Can't wait to try the "rare" St. Lamvinus.

Photo of rsyberg01
3.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S - 750 ml bottle, label with muscat grapes and the star of david on the front. very attractive and somewhat lavish looking.

A - Pours a somewhat golden and hazy color with a light frothy head that diminshes into a nice ring that hugs the point between glass and surface edge of the beer. decent lacing that is really quite sticky and coats itself quite nicely against the side of the glass when tilted

S - Fruit esters purge to the surface with a somewhat sour pungent accompaniement that also tingles the nostrils. makes my mouth water a bit.

T - Very similar to a flanders red, only much less tongue twisting it is. a decent amount of fruit hits the palette, immediately follwed by the sourness of the mixed lambic which makes for a nice little combination of flavors, definitely meant to be drunk slowly. A good bit of tannins also help through with this beer.

M - It lands on the palette quite smoothly at the beginning but then the intense sour hits you and immediately cuts through the surface and leaves your tongue feeling a bit dry and ready for another sip.

D - Not that easy to stomach. I would recommend sharing a 750 ml bottle with at least two other friends because though it is a good brew, it is just so sour that it really takes it toll with one or two glasses.

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

I purchased this a few nights ago at Downtown Wine and Spirits. Vigneronne came in a corked and capped green 750 mL bottle. The label says "Blended Lambic Beer Brewed With Italian Muscat Grapes". I let this warm to around 45ºF and served it in one of my New Belgium snifters. It was consumed over the course of an hour and a half, and by the end the beer had reached ambient temperature (~70º F). The artwork on most of Cantillon's labels is very nice; this bottle is no exception.

Appearance: Pours an absolutely brilliant hazy golden color, with a wispy head that thins to a tight white ring. The carbonation seems to be somewhat higher than the other Cantillon beers that I've tried.

Smell: This beer has the smell that I've come to expect from Cantillon lambics. There is an intense sour aroma, with a funky earthy barnyard aroma that emerges upon swirling. There are also light fruity aromas, but these are masked by the other aromas.

Taste: I could pick out some very lightly sweet fruity flavors that could be grapes. The sourness begins lightly in the center and grows in intensity through the finish where it mingles with earthy hay-like flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation is more evident than in other Cantillon beers. There's a slick oiliness and a very dry finish.

Drinkability: The intense sourness means that this is a beer for sipping.

Overall: There's a very nice interplay between fruit, sourness and funk in this beer. Lambics are fast becoming one of my favorite styles.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.61/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very minor head, but good for this style. Slightly hazed. Strawlike color, almost like pear juice.

Smells of lactic acid, citrus, slightly oakey.

Taste tickles the nose. Lots of massive lambic flavors with a touch of sweeness towards the end from the grapes. Overall dry, slightly cloying. Not as much muscat as I was hoping.

Mouthfull is flat and muted, not much of a hint from the carbonation. I like it for this style though.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this a few weeks ago at the Linwood Grill in Boston. It was only 12 dollars for a big bottle. I couldnt believe it. This review is from notes I wrote later that night.

It pours a hazed straw color with a long lasting frothy head. An extensive network of lace trails and ridges drape the glass. The aroma is pure unadulterated lambic funk. Ive never had a lambic with such a 'banyardy' nose, complete with wet horse hair and uric acid. The taste is equally funky with all the same farm characteristics. An intense sourness builds from the beginning and leads to a Death Valley dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium with mellow carbonation.

This is a stellar beer. While I couldnt detect the Muscat grapes, the extra funk more than made up for it. Try this beer if you like Cantillon.

Photo of UnionMade
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rather clear, a bright burnished gold color. A small puff of white foam fizzes away like soda, leaving only a thin collar covering the beer, which quickly dies away. Funky, funky aroma. Sour, with a grapey tartness. Moldy, basement funkiness nearly gives the effect of mint. Very strange, but that's the scent that lingers in my nose. A bit cheesy, but mostly a winey grape tartness. Puckering sourness starts things off, making my eyes water a bit. I haven't had Cantillon in a while! The sourness makes my lips tingle a bit. Moldy, farmy funk reminds me of wet hay and stilton cheese, giving in to a slight medicinal sharpness and strong, grapey sourness busting through the finish. Distinct crabapple, with a citrusy hue. A slight bit of alcohol, maybe. Definitely a lingering brettanomyces character. Yeee-owch! Fairly light bodied, with sparkling, champagne-like carbonation. Very dry on the palate all the way through, finishing almost papery. Another winner from this antique brewery.

Photo of dogfooddog
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork dated 2001. I have owned this bottle at least 3 years myself.

Cap has dark sweet-smelling liquid beneath and on top of cork. Yuch. Cork (thoroughly soaked) comes out with a nice pop. It smells great and pours a large 50%+ head into the glass. There is sediment in the glass even though I was careful. served around 50F.

Nose is very tart and acidic, fills up part of the room at first, not as complex as some other cantillon products I have had recently. Head fades to almost nothing.

Taste is pucker-sour, a real eye-opener. this may be the most acidic and astringent of their products that I have tried, or maybe my memory is bad. In any event a very refreshing( almost painfully so ) lambic and just the thing if you want to be soured to the max. Lacks some of the complexity of some other cantillon products, even unblended lambics.

Photo of Goldorak
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 vintage

Appearance: A darker shade of peach, sort of like apricot juice. Like most lambics, head is pretty much non-existent.

Smell: An old French farmhouse, filled with hay, the shingles are a little old, the rain slowly drips in. A few tired old work horses, their heavy leather saddles hung on the support beams for the night.

Taste: Acidity is a much more tame than the Foufoune that blew me away minutes before, it still had that great musty Cantillon flavor, the usual lively carbonation was a bit more subdued, odd since this bottle is relatively young. Aftertaste was also a little less intense, not as drying. A great Beer for sure, just not at the level of some of the others, IMHO.

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

1996 bottle that has lost none of it's agressiveness. It may have been sleeping but many did it wake up my tongue.

Cloudy straw color some white head but mostly just bubble sitting on top. Funky but fruity and I really like way it gets my mouth anticipating the sour brett. As always the first sip is a wake-up call to the tongue. This is enjoyable but becomes more rewarding with each sip. White grape juice and a hint of sulfur in the kick help round out the sourness. Nice and light in the mouth and ever refreshing.

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and capped. According to the cork, this bottle is from 2003. This beer pours out a bright yellowish orange color with no head, although there appears to be some carbonation present. The aroma is grapes, oak, and horse blanket. This beer sure doesn't lack for funkiness. The aroma changes from minute to minute, more so than just about any beer I've ever tried. Shake your glass gently, take a deep whiff, and the aroma will jump out and bite your head off. The flavor is sour, though it doesn't have the vinegar flavor of many other lambics. The grapes impart a tasty fruitiness. Some oak flavor. Finishes very dry with a pungent bite. This one will burn a hole in your belly, but you just can't stop sipping. There is more carbonation than it appears. Great drinkability. This reminds me why I love beer.

Photo of mzwolinski
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm... Another beer from Cantillon -- always a treat!
This one's a hazy copper in appearance, with a thin, wispy white head. The aroma is lip puckering at arm's length. The flavor, too, is incredibly tart, a bit sweet mid-palate with hints of grape-skin, vinegar, and oak. Very, very dry in the finish. Let this one sit a while, if you can, as it develops some nice funky, earthier cork and barnyard notes as it warms.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I “dropped the bomb” with this one at a brew-in we were having yesterday. Just about anything from Cantillon will surely mix up a party. It's like drawing a line in the crowd between extreme like and loathe.

The cork says that this is a vintage 2000 bottle.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear light orangish yellow color with a loose and active white head at first pour. The foam fell pretty quickly to a very small ring maintained by a small amount of rising bubbles.

Aroma: My friend Chris said, "it smells like my dog pen". There was a really earthy aroma when it was first poured, but this goes away really quickly to let you pick up a whole basket of citrus fruit with the nose (now THAT is a visual!). As it sits in my glass in excess of twenty minutes, some of the earthiness comes back, so that it is taking on some hay aromas.

Taste: Sour with a light body. These beers are really great! It is so light and sour with all of this citrus fruit that it is almost like drinking a glass of lemonade. This beer gets really drinkable as it warms up a bit.

Opinion: I just love these beer styles, but I am in a sad state...literally, Texas doesn't sell any of them. This beer is particularly easy to drink, and if I were in Belgium, I am sure that I would have reordered at least one. Perhaps the drinkability came from the fact that it was five years old. Still a beautiful beer!

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

Presentation: 750ml bottle, corked, capped, and foiled. One of the few bottles left at Cantillon, at a mere 6 euro. Bottled in 2005.

Appearance: Very light golden color, crystal clear with a moderate white head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Incredible, great tartness with those funky wild yeast overtones. Light bardyard, wet horseblanket, and almost herbal chemical bitterness.

Taste: Stong up front sourness with a light bitterness and funky bardyardy flavors. Then near the finish, the tartness slowly fades completely away and makes way for a smooth and sweet malt. The finish is dry, funky, and the tartness comes back. On the way down, it burns the through with its strong acidity.

Notes: Very interesting how the taste of this beer progressed. Very sour and funky, then sweet malt, then dry with a throat burning sensation.

Photo of Andreji
3.65/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer follows up what my feelings for lambics in general. I like them, yes, but I've come to learn this is an acquired taste rather than a straigth on brew.

I liked the appearance- starting off by the 75cl corked bottle that had a feeling of wine- much like the rest of the product. the pour was clean, slight headed and with a champagne appearance, you know, like when you pour it and the golden tone condenses on the glass and looks a bit more mate.

The smell...strongly wine-y, but still very strong. you can really feel the fermentation in it, because the yeast is very present, and commands all the feel for this sense.

the taste I was a bit disappointed with. Misschien wel, I have not still the practice for this sort of beer, but it seemed too much like other Cantillon products. a dominant apple taste, with a co-dominant (oh fuck it, I'm seein genetics at med-school) astringency. It has a really strong mouthfeel guided by this sour-bitterness that joins up at the end with a sort of salty taste.

I liked it, yes, I'm just a fan of other styles. BUT, there's still plenty of cantillons for me to try, and there's not one that I wouldn't have again.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 1997

golden orange, body design of the glass changes the opacity of the beer from seethru to hazy in different spots. no head, vinous. aroma is mild bacteria with a big blast of grappa and licorice. lots of creamy oaky age encircles the flavor experience. tart and rich overall with definite moments of muscat and a satisfying, dry mouthfeel after swallowing. perfect evening sipper. would drink this nightly if i could.

love the almond hints that this lambic leaves with warmth.. overall a very special brew.

Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, capped and corked, with the top encased in black foil. 2003 vintage according to the stamped date on the cork. Lambic aromas begin spewing forth as soon as it is uncapped, even before the cork is removed. After a run of sampling some less than stellar beers, this one is a pleasant eye opener.
Appearance: Hazy tangerine hued body with a shortlived offwhite head. Enormous carbonation apparent in the goblet. No lacing.
Aroma: Sour and musty notes immediately take you aback. Chicken house yeasty funkiness assaults the senses. Very woodsy, possibly from the partially oxidized cork, but some oak shavings suggest cask aging. Slightly vinous note of white grapes and plenty of acidic vinegary tartness jump about the nostrils. Muted note of floral and grassy hops.
Mouthfeel: Slap your face acidic tartness is dominant. Light bodied, with good carbonation that softens as it warms.
Taste: Superb Lambic complexities abound. Tartly fruity, sour, acidic, vinegar like. Oak wood tones are also assertive. A hint of sour cherries briefly suggests a good Flanders Red, but fade into lemony grapes. Musty, spiderweb encrusted, dank attic mustiness replaces the funky dried chicken droppings of the aroma. The musty yeastiness is present all the way through. Tastes as if someone sneaked into the room and squirted the juice of a fresh lemon into the goblet. Wow! This is a tart and acidic brew. Very wild and earthy. Some oxidation in this one, but it seems to belong.
Drinkability: Bracing and invigorating, supremely complex. A classic Lambic that is a genuine work of the brewer's art. Highly recommended.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed another wonderful Cantillon with kmpitz2 and just ran across my notes. Golden yellow orange pour with not much of a head..just a fizzy big bubbly top to it. Brighty and shining in the glass. Before I even put my nose near the glass I get a blast of big, funky barnyard aromas. This is followed by a nice dose of vinegar, yeast and grains. You can smell this a mile away and it nearly burns the nostrils. Extremely acidic tones with just a hint of grape in the undercurrent. Damn.

First sip brings an upfront sour grainy fruitiness with a hint of lemon and white grape. The vinegar acidity very present along with some mouth puckering sourness...quite dry overall. Funky, horse blanket makes itself known on the way down and lingers slightly. Another intriguing Cantillon that shows the wonders of spontaneous fermentation.

Mouthfeel is light and airy with a good flow of bubbles throughout. Lovely mouth puckering goodness. A 750ml bottle that is very enjoyable when shared with a friend, as the whole bottle may be a bit much. A wonderful taste exeperience overall that shouldn't be missed...thanks to marburg for this one.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Don.

Poured a golden yellow color with no head nd rather still. The nose was intense. Super funkey, insane sour, acrid, pungent. The closest I can recall is when I worked at a zoo (yes, I really did) and had to clean the donkey stalls. That was the ost acrid smell I have ever encountered. This beer was very close. Wow. Just wow. The flavor was wesome. First, it pulled all moisture from my mouth. The sourness was intense, but not puckering. I got a small hint of hte vinous grape nd grape rind. It was an intense flavor, but not lingering and offensive. It finished a bit grainey even. Just beautiful. The feel was moderate with a very light carbonation. Drinkability was as good as it gets. I thought it was going to kick my ass whe I first smelled it, but the flavor was very refined and mellow. Everything was in harmony. Awesome beer. Don, you are a champ.

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

It is my birthday and I have saved this beer for a while to enjoy. The cork reads 2000 and this is a 750ml bottle. This beer pours out a golden yellow color with very little head. The carbonation level is very low. The smell is typical Cantillon. Sour and fruity.

The taste is slightly sweeter than their other beers thanks to the muscat grapes. The grapes add perfect balance to this beer. People always add weird tastes to this line of beers so here is mine. A bit grainy like cereal with hints of wheat and oats. I believe most of their beers are dry hopped. I never really pick up any of the hop notes in their beers. The sourness seems to dominate. A spectacular beer!

Photo of santoslhalper
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Poured a simple golden yellow without no head,

Smell: The smell is of grapes and some hints of spices. A hint of oak is also detectable.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is such a simple, beautiful grape taste. The simplicity of this beer is what makes it so wonderful. There are subtle coimplexities, but they aren't the focus. The focus is on the wonderful grape flavor that is full and incredibly thirst quenching.

Drinkability and Overall: This is easily the best lambic I've ever had. It's absolutely brilliant. The grape flavor is so real and so damn tasty. I'm in love with this beer, and I wish I could drink it all night. One of the best.

Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,093 ratings.