Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 293
Hads: 1,107
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.8%
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-23-2002

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark yellow/gold. Tiny bright-white collar. Minimal carbonation. Glows when held to light.

Smell: Fruity. Grape skin and flesh with a touch of peachy goodness. Layers of funk and a light earthy oakiness. Lemon rind. Citric bite on the back. Touches of hay and grass layered over a slight white wine. Floral. Some orange and apple, very mild. Nicely complex. Some pale malt in the back.

Taste: Grapes everywhere. Skin, flesh, and wine. Slightly acetic with a bigger citric bite. Minor oakiness runs through the back. Touches of funkiness. Lemon juice with a touch of rind. Soft peach with some apple. Vinous with a touch of spritzer. Earthy. Hay and some pale malt in the back. So much grape in a tart, white wine, way. Floral.

Mouthfeel: Minimal carbonation. Body runs medium with a push toward light. Smooth and dry at the same time.

Overall: Loon hunting season is open.

Nice soft fruitiness with the Cantillon funk. Yet another beer that I need more of and will never see. Time machines are coming right? (1,094 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle, shared at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury. Poured into a snifter.

Pour: A mostly clear yellow orange, with a finger of fizzy white head. The head somehow manages to hang around for most of the glass, and leaves a little lacing.

Smell: Big funky Cantillon lambic base up front, followed by some white grape must and oak. Lots of lactic character, and some light breadyness.

Taste: Big lactic white grapes up front, and some sour lemon juice. Quite a bit of barnyard funk, and some bready sweetness. Finishes sour with lactic lemons and grapes.

Mouthfeel: Really nice prickly sourness, and the carb is perfect. Not puckering at all. Really drinkable.

Overall: I didn't think I'd like this more than St. Lam, and I definitely do. Fantastic beer. (759 characters)

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

This bottle was over a year old when I bought it but that only seems to make it more tart and almost austere at times. I love a good lambic since it shows the real limit of beer at the sour end; this is a 5% ABV that is extreme in the way it takes funky yeast flavours, fino sherry flavours and at times a taste like an old Normandy Cider combined with a bracing tartness. One of the most intense lambics I have ever had but still totally drinkable and very complex for the style. (480 characters)

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

750ml, bottled 11/2011, into a Cantillon flute.

A: Pours a clearish straw color with a good white head.

S: Lots of slightly juicy and sweet white grapes, musty sourness, hay, a bit of pleasant cheesy funk.

T: Very fruity in the taste as well, with plenty of white grape notes that give an almost apricot-like tartness to the beer. Lactic, tart grape skin, moderately puckering acidity.

M Light-bodied with slight carbonation.

O: This tastes great. St. Lamvinus is more complex, but the fruit character in this is really cool. (530 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color. Not a ton of carbonation in this beer, or head. What head there is is pure white and reduces to a small ring around the edges of the glass.

Smell: Pale fruit scents - apples and white grapes - come to mind. Quite a bit of tartness and sour shows up, but overall a pretty juicy smell for a Cantillon.

Taste: Some pale fruit flavors show up front, but mostly just lemon tartness and sour notes. Much drier with less fruit notes than are on the nose. Good.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied, low carbonation, probably a bit too low for the style. Overall though, another nice sour from cantillon. (651 characters)

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

2011 750.

Appearance. Pours a pretty much clear apple-juice gold with a thin white head.

Smell. Sour lemons, earthy and musty funk, some sweet green and red apples, and just a bit of white wine.

Taste. Sour lemon juice, a little white wine again adding just a touch of sweetness. Not getting much else, but it's very nice.

Mouthfeel. Just above light in body, low carbonation. Seems just a little bit thin.

Overall. Not my favorite of the Cantillon I've tried, but love the style and could drink this all the time. (521 characters)

Photo of Tnudish
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First beer poured for my 28th birthday. What better way to reward yourself for making it another year on this planet than with Cantillon?

A-Vigneronne pours a hazy golden orange, with a fingers of soapy looking white head.

S- Nose is all muscat grapes and it is spectacular....probably the highlight of the beer for me. White wine and grape skin with some hints of lemon and just the slightest acetobacter.

T-Muscat/white wine grapes arent as prominent in the flavor, but they are still one of the main themes. It’s focused particularly on the grape skin and lemony lactic acidity.

M-Mouthfeel is light, carbonation is low to moderate, good sharp acidity, and a moderate finish.

O-Another great fruit lambic from Cantillon. Having had this a few times, I think I actually prefer it aged as opposed to fresh. It loses some of the gentle grape character as it ages, but it becomes incredibly more sour. (911 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head that recedes quickly only leaving a very thin ring of white on top. Lacing forms and is gone very quickly from the sides of the glass.

S: Definitely get the muscat grapes, green grapes, some lemon and citrus mixed with a little mustiness. Definitely a tartness as well.

T: Definitely reminds me of white wine with some of the white grape flavors up front. This transitions to a bit more of a tart citrus flavor in the middle with some lemon and a little green apple, very tangy.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Another fantastic beer from Cantillon, I just can't get enough. (685 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle purchased at Deep Ellum. Talked two other random guys sitting at the bar next to me who had never had Cantillon into splitting a bottle with me. Cost $40. Poured into small wine glasses. Cork says bottled in 2011.

A- Pours a translucent slightly peach golden color with decent carbonation and a thin layer of bubbly white head that slowly resides to leave almost no head. Not as much head as I was expecting. Coated the sides of the glass with lacing that receded back into the glass fairly fast.

S- Aromas of fairly tart muscat grapes, some light musty funk going on, a tiny bit of oak. Very aromatic- could smell right away when the bar tender was pouring the beer, even one of the other bar tenders commented on it.

T- Tart muscat grapes with a little bit of musty funk although not as much as the smell. A tiny bit of oak. Not as tart, sour, or complex as other Cantillons I've had, but overall a very pleasant, enjoyable flavor.

M- Fairly thin, nice carbonation that fits the style very well, very drinkable, finishes fairly dry.

O- This was another great Cantillon, however I can't say I like it as much as others that I've had. Although like other Cantillons I've had it was almost perfect for the style and left me craving for more. Even the guys I split it with were very glad I introduced them to Cantillon and had no remorse over paying the fairly high price tag. Overall very good and I'd recommend it to anyone. Don't expect anything extremely sour or over the top funky, just a very enjoyable slightly funky muscat grape flavored beer. (1,566 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Steasy66, thanks!

Hazy amber with a medium head, ok retention, ok lacing. Funky (manure), musty and slightly acidic aroma. Clean and mildly tart taste; wine notes come through (grape peel) and dry white wine tannins linger.

Mouthfeel is good as with all Cantillon, light and dry. One of my favorite 'loons.

4, 4, 4, 4.5, 4.5 (337 characters)

Photo of Auracom
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Jeff. 4-5 oz. poured in an FFF Rastal on August 17th, 2012.

A - Look almost identical to what I recall from the Classic Gueuze. Murky-yellow coloring. Virtually no head to speak of.

S - Plentiful white grape skins, dry grassy and spring notes, and a bit of lemon vinegar.

T - Considerably less sour than Classic. The muscat grapes are quite unique, the taste is soft and subtle through rear-palate. it is well balanced throughout.

M - Light body, appropriate carbonation, dry finish.

D - Among the most drinkable of Cantillons I've had so far because the sourness isn't absurd yet the flavor is still inviting. (636 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1416th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Taster
750 ml

2010 Vintage
Bottleshare in Chicago.

App- Like Most cantillons is a small yellow with some highlights in it. A bit of a small head formed and then was gone rather quickly.

Smell- More of a must bark smell from the grapes IMO. A stronger brightness vs. funk on the nose with tannic, oak and bark.

Taste- This was a very tasty lambic. The fruit from the grape and the floral notes came out more. A little bit dryer than I was expecting but quite flavorful.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium dry carbonation. A residual oak and tannic flavor remained.

Drink- Like all Loons, they are good. Some just arent as good as other loons. (694 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split three ways on 7.24.12 between myself, Greg and Jake.

A - Pours a cloudy, golden orange with a white head that clings to the edges.

S - Sweet and almost floral - wild flowers.

T - Sweet white grapes, a subtle smooth funk. It made me think of the Asain Muscat candy.

D - Creamy smooth, subtle with good carbonation and a light body.

O - Sweet and subtle tartness. Cantillon does no wrong. (404 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Slight white head over an inviting warm golden amber coloured cloudy liquid.

S: Sour funk, yeast, grassy hops and white grapes.

T: Sweet white grapes and grassy hops followed by yeast and sour funk. Indescribably beautiful.

M: Refreshing medium viscosity and a low level of carbonation. Perfect.

O: Unbelievable, it is beers such as this that give Cantillon the reputation that it deserves. (397 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-cloudy golden color with a frothy head that dissipates quickly, leaving a few strands of lace.

Aromas begin with that unmistakable Cantillon, funky Brett yeast aromatics; underneath there is a hint of white grape muscat and vinous oak.

The taste begin with the sourness which is bold and builds from there. There is this sweet white grape flavor underneath that provides an incredible contrast. As it warms you get more of the rustic, hay, barnyard; after the swallow, the sweet white grape flavor becomes a little easier to discern but is still dominated by the sour flavors of citrus pith.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Finish is a contrast between sweet fruitiness and white vinous oaky dryness.

Overall this is a super offering once again from the ever impressive Cantillon. Another winner and a nice change of pace the traditional darker fruited lambics. Definitely with your time and well worth seeking out for fans of the style. (987 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by cmrillo at his own party! Served from bottle into a Cantillon taster flute. Poured a golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, white grape, wood, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sweet fruit, grape, tart, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The grapes really took the headliner of this show as they were very well pronounced and very well integrated throughout the aroma and the flavor. This one was really quite easy to drink as there wasn’t really that much of a sour or tart aspect like most people thing when they have a brew like this. A really well done brew from one of my favorite breweries. Hope to try many from them in the future and I hope you are able to do the same. (962 characters)

Photo of rodkin
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orangish yellow. Small head, little ring around the glass, light lacing. Kind of reminds me of some brand of pear juice.

Smell is sweet and tart green grapes, kind of wine-like smell. Some slight funk, but really the grape is coming through strongest. Maybe some apple in there. Pretty sweet, but the tart balances it a bit. Smells good.

Taste is a bit funkier. Green grape upfront, some apple, oak, some strong tartness, but not vinegary. A little bit of mustiness, maybe some hay. Kind of wine-like finish. Super tasty. Gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel is just excellent. Light spritzy carbonation, a little light but not water-thin. Carbonation is just fantastic, lightly tickles on the way down.

Really drinkable, really tasty. (751 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy light straw with a creamy white head that stuck around for a while.

Classic Cantillon aromas. Lots of funk and acidity. Loads of tart white grape and oak above and beyond this.

Lots of good mustiness along with heavy sourness and drying oak. Lots of white grape flavor and finishes very dry. Fantastic all the way through.

Lighter bodied with high carbonation levels.

One of the best Cantillons I've ever had. The extra acidity and grape presence is great. Will definitely seek out again! (506 characters)

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

I cant believe i have not had this its definately something im keen to try and pours a murky apricot hue with a fast vanishing sparkling one finger head,the smell is wet hay,green apples,vinegar and typical lambic funkiness,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of green apples,white sour grapes,barnhouse funk but not as much as the other lambics,a touch of vinegar,warhead lollies and finished just like a granny smith apple being sweet and sour,overall its a nice pleasant Lambic which isnt as full on as the others and a nice match of lambic and grape cheers. (571 characters)

Photo of kjyost
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL capped & corked bottle shared at a recent bottle poured into ~5oz glass at ~6C. From notes.

Pours a clear straw to orange with minimal head. Nose of apple juice, chardonnay and a hint of smoke. Light tartness with fruity finish. Wine like. Clean sourness on palate. Enjoyable, though nothing that really jumps out at you. After drinking it I was informed it was aged in wine barrels. Makes sense, just not my favourite Cantillon beer. (442 characters)

Photo of Agold
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good lord. '97 vintage twice in 2 days? How the fuck does this happen. I love you Philly beer week. Thank you so much to mat and lauren and everyone else.

The beer pours and a surprising little head emerges on top of a burnt orange cloudy beer. Aroma is astounding, very little oxidation if any, lots of rich vinous aromas. The white grapes are not as pronounced as a fresh bottle, but they are definitely still there.

Aging beer was once described to me as being much like wood working. An object is artfully crafted and is beautiful to start out with, and aging a beer is like sanding that piece. Removing all the rough and sharp edges. Sometimes this is not desirable in either case, but sometimes it takes something amazing and improves on it. This is much more like the latter. Though the beer is much more sour, the flavors are very soft and full and smooth. Lots of winelike flavors, a bit of vinegar, and lots of lactic acid. The funk is hard to place, somewhere between sweaty and dusty and moldy. Mouthfeel was dry, but as I would expect from a beer this old it got flat pretty quickly.mOutstanding beer, even better experience. (1,142 characters)

Photo of shleepy
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a tumbler glass. Bought and drank in Brussels. ~6 month old bottle, so quite fresh.

A: Small head, quickly faded away. Burnt golden color.

S: Sweet grapes, apricots/peaches. A hint of sourness, and maybe just a little funk.

T: Grape and apricot juice-like. Very sour and very fruity. Not much funk, if any.

M: Low carbonation, lots of acidity.

O: I think it's actually more apricot-like than grape-like. Delicious, either way. Note that if you get an older bottle (and you probably will), it will probably have a lot more funk and at least a bit less fruitiness. (591 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had as part of the "Evening with Cantillon" event at the Belgian Beer Cafe Eureka, part of Melbourne's Good Beer Week.

Yep, it's that classic Cantillon look. Hazy golden hue, with a firm white head that persists as a solid if marginal film. Decent sudsy lace, and a light but firm body. Looks good.

Nose is crisp and vinous, with a slightly oaky character like aged chardonnay. Classic rubbery aroma as well, like the gas tube for a Bunsen burner. Quite leafy as well, with the vinous characters giving a slightly herbal, rubber-plant flesh kind of aroma. Interesting.

Palate is initially clear, but is hit quickly with a crisp, direct sharp intensity of acid. It's almost a crystalline clarity, as the palate feels a little empty apart from this. The herbal notes fight in the background, giving a sharp brutal beating. There's hidden classic lambic characters, but they're subtle, and overwhelmed by the other, more brusque flavours.

Not a bad drop, but it certainly seems harsher and less refined than some other Cantillon beers. There's a rugged unapologetic nature to this brew which makes it less approachable than others, even if you're forced to respect it. (1,169 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled November 24, 2011, best before December, 2012, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color, topped with a finger of white head.

S- Big funky aroma, lots of lemon citrus, some oak and white grapes. Very bright and refreshing.

T- Bracing tartness, big lemony citric acidity, nice hay and apple orchard funk, earthy and mineralic, very dry white grapes with some dry oak.

M- Medium bodied, carbonation slightly low, has a smooth and dry feel.

O- A delicious lambic, Cantillon doesn't disappoint. (532 characters)

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

Review from notes from Dark Lord Day '12, generously shared my Rempo. I'm not sure which vintage though.

This beer poured a light bodied Belgian pale esque gold in color with a slight white lacing around the glass and moderate carbonation. The aromas are very earthy, funky, floral, and herbal. It has some tea leaf to it. The flavors are dry and musty, funky, earthy, have some grassy hay to them, feature lit acidity and is somewhat citric. It drinks very light and dry. It has a moderate bite from the carbonation. The aftertaste leaves a resonating flavor or herbal spice which I really appreciated. I really liked this one. It was different than I expected. (663 characters)

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