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Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 293
Hads: 1,118
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 639
Gots: 230 | FT: 20
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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 frank4sail
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden crystal peach color with a slight white ring after the brew settles in the goblet. I brought this baby back from my trip to Belgium. Not much of a detectable nose. Slight bitterness upfront with a white grape sweetness. Very linear tasting. The dryness of the finish balences the sweetness upfront. Quite dry overall. A great beer to start the night with. White grapes are the dominant trait. Flatish mouth. A nice apartif.. (431 characters)

Photo of Realale
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy medium gold. Raspy head is quickly gone.

Nose is white grapey over crackery malt. Nice lemon/lime citrus notes. Some earthiness, and a bit of a floral dimension as well.

Wonderfully round and full in the mouth, particularly for a Cantillon. Plenty of lovely Muscat flavors melding with the earth and funk. The acidity is there to provide backbone, but it doesn't dominate. Finish just goes on forever.

Well-balanced level of carbonation provides an excellent mouthfeel. Great drinkability, and fantastic with food. (528 characters)

Photo of twilight
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my second Cantillon lambic, and man, am I converted. I had this on-tap at Spuyten Duyvil in a wineglass. The pour was a light peach pink, so I kind of felt like I should be embarassed, but if anyone had said anything I would've made them taste it. My roommate couldn't even gander a sip. "It smells." "Yeah, they call it 'horse blanket.'" "I don't like the way it smells." "Just try it" "No." And she goes back to her Sinebrychoff Porter.

I was only slightly disappointed by the mouthfeel. Only slightly puckerrific, but the taste. Oh, the taste. It's slightly sour with sweetness peeking through, and yes, the grapes are there, mostly in the finish, though I could discern some grapeskin bite (the kind of sour acidness you get then you lick a grape- don't ask) in the taste. Overall, yummy. I want to/will splurge for a bottle of this, one day.

Definitely no "sour grapes" here. Hahaha.... (905 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering from Cantillon was actually on-tap at the Carlsbad Pizza Port Belgian Beer Fest, one of sixteen Belgians on-tap. I had seen a bottle of Vigneronne the day before and found it had muscat grapes in it. I was so eager to try a Cantillon on-tap that I gave up two tickets for a double serving, about 8oz.
The appearance was a slightly hazy golden color with a modest white head that didn't stick around long or leave any lace. The nose had a vinegary, slightly funky, kinda sweet wine-like aroma. The funky smell was kind of like a visit to a farm - a hint of animal hide, damp straw, and that general barnyard aroma. Strange and strangely appealing.
The first taste resulted in the near-total implosion of my cheeks, such was the unexpected sourness. The initial flavor had me thinking of the little unripened green grapes I'd find as a kid and try to eat on a dare. Shockingly sour, it took a bit of getting used to. Once my mouth adapted to the eye-tearing sour bite, I noticed there was a sweetness, a touch of honey and grapes, mixed with a mild dusty yeast flavor. The fine, darting carbonation and the sweet&sour tartness made this feel light and creamy yet very, very dry when each taste went down.
Yee-oww, that stung! I enjoyed it in an almost masochistic way, as each taste made my eyes water and face contort. If you like big-time sour with your beer, Cantillon really knows how to brew it up. (1,418 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Raise a shout and a hip-hooray for my first bottle of Cantillon! Only had a taste of Rose Gambrinus once, years ago. Onward!
On first uncorking, a citric, sour, mustiness pervades the air from out of the bottle. Bright golden color, slight haze, with a solid white head that wittles down to nothingness in seconds flat.
Aroma: a subdued sour, a mellow lemon/orange, and a certain je'ne sais whosits, a dank must, but with a trace of sweetness and honey.
Taste: bracingly sour, instant grimace graces the countenance, but once you get over it, it's pretty easy to take. A light, rounded fruitiness lays underneath, a pleasant flavor, vibrant, tangy, tasty.
Medium body, extraordinary, tart texture, with a long, comfortable finish, giving a little spark with every encounter with the tongue. Good stuff !
Muscat grapes mixed with unblended lambic...I like it! (864 characters)

Photo of BierReise
3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and capped. No freshness date Pours a clear and initially sparkling gold that quieted down quickly leaving no head and a few tiny bubbles behind. Aroma is yeasty and fruity with grapes in the mix as well as a musty cellar funk. Mouthfeel is highly effervescent and crisp with a tart and dry finish. Flavor is sour and tart like a wine cooler with grapes providing most of the flavor. Not the best Lambic but not a drain pour either. (445 characters)

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

A murky peach coloured brew with golden yellow and orangey highlights. The aroma is more subdued than a typical lambic offering from Cantillon. The aroma consists of the white muscat grapes and the sweet sugars that they have let off. There is also a peach like frutiness amongst the mustiness and barnyard like traditional lambic aromas that are also prevalent in this brew. Finally a bit of sweet honey ties all of the flavors together and make this one extremely complex and interesting brew. The taste follows suit on the aroma. The traditional lambic funkiness and sweet and sour tartness are there, but there is also so much more going on in the mix. The clover honey, and white grape flavors explode on the tongue, and I can even taste a bit of other fruits (perhaps peaches and apricots) in the mix as well. The mouthfeel is extremely effervescent, astringent, sweet, sour and excellent and the drinkability is classic Cantillon excellence as well! What else can I say, that has not already been said. Another achingly original and traditional offering for Van-Roy and Cantillon...the true lambic masters! I found this to be best served at around 55* F! (1,161 characters)

Photo of Indybeer
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Poured a cloudy dark amber with no head to speak of, but lots of fine bubbles rising to the surface. This is my first experience with a Cantillon lambic. Aroma is musty like a old wet blanket. As it sits a lemony citus aroma comes through. The first sip brings in the ol pucker factor. As you continue drinking you can begin to make out the muscat grapes hiding in there. As it warms the sourness seems to intensify. Very Very good! (446 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A 750ml green glass bottle that comes with a cork/crown cap configuration, all enveloped in a thick black foil that covers the upper 3” of the slender proboscis like neck. Has a single obverse label which depicts a picture of a brewing melange, better explained on the Cantillon Website than here.

The extracted Cork is dated 2001 – tasted end 2003 – just right!

Poured firstly into a Jug, the contents of the 750ml bottle violently effervesce with an audible “space dust” whistle; the dregs of the bottle fill my Cantillon Tumbler. A marvellous tangerine peach fuzz body reverberates with a Satsuma orange hue punctuated with a matt honey-lemon finish. Flat, yet incredibly lively, this beer continually replenishes itself with vertical rising streamers

Strong retching muscle-bound malt-vinegary arms pump & then pull your nasal hairs out with a single-tingle and an acetic yank that cleanly removes the follicles. Damn, this is good. Farmyard funk & some sharp biting lambic tones flow uphill with a benevolent attitude akin to pissing your pants on a cold day – once you start it feels warm & good – so why stop? It starts with an enamel stripping sharp sourness that licks at your teeth and attacks the tongue and inner cheeks with a saliva-scavenging astringency that causes an involuntary pucker – you just know it’s going to happen – but it still shocks! Meanwhile, it grabs the tonsils like a well paid Sports personality that threatens a “star-rape”, you want to give in - but somehow can't. The Muscat Grapes break through in the back end, patiently waiting to get their 15 minutes of fame. They do, and rightly so. The Mouthfeel is incredibly lively, it has a vino-fruitiness that relaxes yet invites. The Juxta-posed qualities of the incredibly searing dryness and the thirst quenching qualities remain a bloody mystery. It strips the saliva then somehow replaces it, very slowly – How the fuck do they do that? Massive astringency in the back end. A desert beer, as opposed to a dessert beer!!

The highest quality vino-lambic that dearly endeared itself to me when I first tried it at the Gans in Huise (East Flanders) on a Cantillon night of immense proportions way back in Easter 1995. It is still as good now I see.

The Bastard Cousin of many a fine Italian Wine, this is a stupendously marvellous ‘DruivenLambik’ that merits some serious attention.

The “White” to the St.Lamvinus “Red”. This stuff is to die for. I could write a fucking Thesis on Cantillon. WORLD CLASS. Am I biased – Oh YES.

If Jean-Pierre Van Roy made Wine – believe me, he would be on every “trendy” Wine drinkers lips from here to Mars. BUT - as it is, he “just” makes unswervingly traditional authentic lambics (a.k.a. ‘funny’ beers) of the highest quality - so he barely warrants a mention outside of geeky beer circles.

It truly is a fucked up World. Go Figure!?! (2,909 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A golden peachy yellow haze at the pour and settles thicker yet in the glass like a slushy. Bubbly fizzed out, of what may have been a head, but nothing but quickly dispersing bubbles led the charge.
Aroma is rude, very pungent and strong with a major funkyness that nearly shouts out rotton, oily, canned tuna and musky horse blanket. Incredibly strong and foul with a certain vulgarness and bewitching arrogant elegance. It takes some getting use to, actually alot of getting use to. Most people wouldn't even think of drinking this upon smelling it, which you can take in from across the room, its stink has power and reach. After awhile of uncivil acceptance to its uncouth odor, finally some noticeable lemon tartness and wine-like fruityness begins to make its way through the fog. Its like getting slapped in the face by one of those dueling gloves and its serious about its challenge. Whiff me and like it or prepare to pay the consequences. Taste is hugely sour and tart, quick like a flemish or bruin and most other lambics, this reminds me of lemon sour patch kids candy minus a good portion of the sugar. Its immense and built on lemon sweetness with some of that muscat grape dryness really squeezing off the finish with a pucker. Some very light notes of that funky yeast late in the finish. This is a majorly sour sipper, full on tartness and breaches a new level of souring grab i've never encountered before, a bit to much for me, I'd love to be able to appreciate this more but it just wasn't happening. This was probably one of the most unique beers I've ever had and I hate to not like it, and I don't, I just think I still need to educate and nurture my palate when it comes to beers of this nature. I do like the whole love-hate thing going on in the smell, it amazed me more then anything that a beer could smell like this. Its not appealing but it has that certain edge of respect and interest thats mind blowing.
I'm at a loss for words really, giving any kind of numbers was an impossible task, with the exception of the smell which gets an instant 5 for its disgusting charm. (2,105 characters)

Photo of Jon
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 Vintage.

Hazed golden peach color, finding its way to a murky cider hue after the fizzy white head quickly fades. Oaky, vanilla notes play second fiddle to grassy, citrus notes and the ubiquitous musty, acidic nose that is distinctly Cantillon. Tart lemon and citrus flavor is most dominant, though the sugars from the Muscat grapes play a minor role around mid-bottle, creating a mildly sweet-and-sour effect. The sour notes, however, are most evident. Light-to-medium bodied with medium carbonation and a lightly effervescent mouthfeel. Very refreshing and drinkable. Overall, I can't say I detected too much of the Muscat grapes except for perhaps a little of their inherent sugars along the way. Not my favorite of all the Cantillon lambics (that's not saying too much, as I adore this brewery), but still a top-notch creation as would be expected. (860 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2001, Sampled November 18, 2003
As I pull the cork I get a strong smell of vinegar, this aroma seems to be attached to the cork and does not carry over to the beer. It is a cloudy orange color, and though well carbonated, it is not beery enough to hold a head for any length of time. A sour musty aroma emanates from my glass, notes of citrus as well. The taste is predominantly a lemony sourness. Definitely wine like in some ways (especially the body), but it is hard to say of this is from the Muscat grapes. There is a definite funky Lambic character here; musty, astringent, and acidic. Hard to say what grape character is here, it seems a bit lighter in body and there is a definite lack of heading proteins, perhaps a hint of the Muscat is in the acidic finish, but it is hard to say. As the beer warms up I get some cider notes as well, though it is still quite lemony. As a fruit beer it lacks the fruit character it should have (perhaps younger versions have more Muscat character). As a well carbonated Lambic type beer though, it works and is quite good. (1,075 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The final Canillon in my little "mini-tour" of fine authentic lambics.

Cork says 1998. Little did I know.

Pours with a fizz. A small ivory white head forms atop the hazy light golden body. It fizzles away quickly leaving a miniscule collar. Carbonation looks to be vigorous from appearance. Aroma is quite funky. Love that funky lambic smell. Like a horse stall at the State Fair. But in a good way. There's also lemony, grassy tones on the nose. And just a tad of sweet fruit as well. When the beer hits my tongue, I don't pucker nearly as much as I was expecting. The acidity and tartness seem a bit lower than your typical Cantillon offering, but they ARE there. And quite enjoyable. Funky yeast tastes mingle with musty overatures. Barnyard, Horse Blanket, lemongrass, acetic acid...damn enjoyable. Mouthfeel is lively. Burps burn my nostrils. This is a great sour beer. (880 characters)

Photo of ADR
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cap and a cork...poured into a wine glass. Hazy medium peach color, whitish carbonation sticking to the glass margins. Pungent aroma, winey and grapey with a goat cheese sharpness. Forget the blanket, this is the horse's stall. Jeez, another astringent killer from the Lambic masters, tart beyond description with lots of yeasty earthy mustiness to accompany it, with an early blast of acidity that lingers to the stomach. Dryer than the Gobi. You can still taste the flavor the next morning. If the Muscat grapes are overwhelmed as a separate element -- its understandable to my mind. Gawd, I like having the ability to choose this stuff, even if its like a duel between brew and mouth. Another historical masterpiece from the folks at Cantillon. Drinkable? Well...you have to pick your spots.

Source: Liquid Solutions (824 characters)

Photo of SamuraiJack
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is an astonishing beer. It is truly like nothing I've ever tasted before. I'm very glad I've had it, but to be honest I doubt I'll ever drink it again. It's a very good beer, but it's kind of like seeing the movie American History X... it's a huge accomplishment, it's brilliantly done but you're rather not have to go through that experience again.

The aromas assault you as soon as you open the beer. Horseblanket? Try outhouse or feedlot on a sunny day. Wow!! There is some serious yeasty funk going on here!!

First pour shows a pretty gorgeous coppery orange. There are noticable variations in the colour from the out of control carbonation and the clouds of tiny floaters. Head is rather thin, but forms an excellent sticky lace.

Once poured, the aromas are still dominated by barnyard odors, but now there are some nice toasty oat notes as well as a noticably grapey touch.

The first sip of this beer is a shock. Your teeth stick to your lips and it is as if there is suddenly no spit left in your body. Tart is a true understatement here. Tart and intensly tanic as well. The tartness then begins to fade a bit, and other flavours reveal themselves. Some yeast and funk peek their heads out to say "yes, this really is a lambic after all." There is a nice soft body, a bit heavier than some lambics despite the carbonation. The finish is thinner and is still dominated by the tartness, but now there are strong grape notes and even some tropical fruit.

Incredible flavours, Incredible experience. I honestly didn't think I was going to be able to drink this at first - but it just became more and more interesting to me. This is a seriously challenging beer. But it's worth the effort to experience something as totally different as this is. (1,772 characters)

Photo of mickeymac
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It comes in a 750 ml bottle with an interesting label adorned with grapes, grains, hops, and what appears to be the Star of David. The Cantillon web site explains that the star is actually a symbol of the various stages of the brewing process. The bottle is capped and corked. After the cork came out without even a slight pop, I was a bit concerned. My worry, however, was assuaged when the beer poured into the glass with an abundance of champagne-like carbonation and a healthy white head.

The beer is a slightly hazy gold. The smell is quite complex, with notes of apple, wet hay, and the muscatel grapes used in brewing, but the smell only hints at the tartness encountered in the taste. The first sip immediately causes the mouth to pucker. It is so dry that it almost seems to disappear immediately upon hitting the tongue. This one is certainly interesting enough to encourage me to continue in my gueuze education. (926 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I was a bit disappointed in my first “Cantillon” brew, I’m much more expectant of this one as it has a much greater audience amongst the beer reviews I read on a regular basis.
The color a bright orange, the head miniscule and what there is of it vanishes in the blink of an eye, the lace non-existent. Sweet and sour nose, extremely ripe pineapple maybe, musty like and old barn, or a vintage wine cellar for that fact, but not totally without merit this nose. Start is immediately tart with a fruit like sweetness and the top slim in is feel, the acidity stinging, the tartness more than I expected, the aftertaste devastatingly dry. (642 characters)

Photo of rastaman
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty interesting stuff, hazy, gold/orange/hay colour, barnyard nose, including hay, horse crap, dust, with a slight hint of grapeskin. Slight sweet tart start, with that classic Cantillon sourness, hints of grapeskins, you can taste the barrel in which it fermenst aswell, very earthy flavour, pretty darn good. (313 characters)

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Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
94 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.