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Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,018 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 589
Gots: 212 | FT: 20
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-23-2002

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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.

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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.

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Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,018 ratings.