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Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 691
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%

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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-23-2002)
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Photo of jmarsh123


4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 20:35:14 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of ADZA


4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 07:53:53 | More by ADZA
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 02:52:10 | More by kjyost
Photo of Agold


4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 04:40:02 | More by Agold
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4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 15:50:14 | More by shleepy
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 03:30:26 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of WillCarrera


4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 04:17:14 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of aasher


4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 23:34:23 | More by aasher
Photo of farmhousebound


3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage.

A: hazy pale straw-orange.

S: blueberry-lemon. sweet and sour. big fruitiness.

T: more of the same. beautiful. not puckering. dry(ish) tart finish.

M: close to perfect. medium bodied, juicy, a bit creamy.

O: first try for me on this one. not even close to buyer's remorse.

find it, don't overpay for it, and drink it.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 06:43:03 | More by farmhousebound
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4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2009)

Thanks for opening this with me, Tenchi221!

(Aged for 2+ years)

Hazy golden yellow and slight orange with a small, near-white head that falls away quickly. This leaves irregular, webbed lacing down the glass. Unspectacular, but appropriate.

This has an explosive, bright, and vibrant aroma. There's lot of earthy funk, lots of tart lemon, big sour notes, along with some mild apple and white grape. Incredible.

The flavor is just as stellar, with the lemon, apple, and grape characters combining incredibly well, backed up and complemented by huge levels of sourness, and earthy, damp basement funk.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.


Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 16:44:23 | More by ehammond1
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3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1995 Vintage, enjoyed on 4/10/12 at Monk's Cafe Beers of the Celler event.

The cork disintegrated into the bottles a bit and sometimes into the glasses, but oh well! Hazy yellow in color, it pour much lighter than Iris with absolutely no head. 4.5

The aroma is one of the strangest I have ever come across. Musty, stinky funk there's something there I can't describe. Malts? This must be the sweaty goat I’ve heard of. 3.5

The taste has definitely thinned compared to Iris. I'm going to call this aroma/flavor malty and not quite as enamel rippingly sour. An easy drinking 17 year old gueueze that's for sure. 4

Very light body with that similarly lasting aftertaste. No carbonation, which will be a theme this evening I suspect. It coats the palate nicely and goes down quickly and smoothly. 4

This was so good I ate grilled octopus with it. Which if you know me, you know this is a huge feat. It stepped down in quality from the Iris for me, but I'm not worried moving forward! 4

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 22:38:13 | More by russwbeck
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4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

2009 vintage.

Pours a murky yellow with an off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is super sour, tart, and funky with a lemon aroma. Taste is the same with a sour lemon flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good lambic with an awesome flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 04:05:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of woosterbill


4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from 2010, poured into a goblet in a backyard in Brussels. The first bottle to grace my new Lambic basket!

A: Hazy orange-gold body under a transient, coarse white head that flees into a ring. Light lace. Pretty good.

S: Fruity - grapes with tropical nuances, lemon and green apple - some mustardy Cantillon funk, and a lovely hint of dry, mineral-laden earthiness. Terrific.

T: Very tart lemony sourness up front, with some grassy and mustardy funkiness in the middle and a heavily grapey, dry finish. Lots of rich grape flavors on the long, delicious aftertaste. Fantastic.

M: Creamy, frothy medium body. Very nice.

O: Yet another winner of a fruit beer from Cantillon. I'm glad I got this one to go at De Heeren van Liedekerke, and just wish that it were easier to find stateside.


Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 16:05:28 | More by woosterbill
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3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

December 2008 vintage (opened in Mar 2012)

Appearance – A light amber, golden peach color. Hazy, but lets a lot of light through. Head is light with no signs of lacing.

Smell – Sour muscat grapes, vinegar, oak.

Taste –Like the smell; sour grapes with a hint of vinegar and a touch of oak.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated, thin, with a sour bite.

Drinkability – A decent lambic, but a bit too sour for me to find highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 07:22:13 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of 2004 cracked open 7 years later....

appearance is golden with a thick fluffy white head. A small sip brings incredible sweetness followed by sour. The aftertaste is incredibly dry, almost like sucking on a block of salt. Definitely a sour from the nose to taste and followthrough. It's got intense sweetness that's followed by a dry dry, Mouth-Puckering sourness. Incredible beer that manages to stay drinkable to the end.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 02:10:32 | More by ThePorterSorter
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4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ReadBaron for this great brew.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a nice cloudy straw color with a nice finger of off white head.

Smell – Lots of horse blanket, must, barnyard and brett funk, oak, white grapes, and lemon zest.

Taste – More sour than expected but enjoyable nonetheless. More sour lemon/lemon zest than grapes. A nice oak flavor mixed with must and funk midway, and slight grape tannins at the end.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied, sprtizy carbonation, finishes tart and dry.

Overall – A good lambic from Cantillon, but not my favorite. Still, very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 02:21:22 | More by SpdKilz
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4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle at Monk's, Philly, PA
2010 vintage

Normally I wouldn't pay a whopping $45 for a bottle at the bar, but my friend wanted to try a "good lambic," not caring about the price, so I picked this one out and he paid, as I'd probably never consider having this one by myself. He hated it of course, but he's still a novice. More for me. I'm not big on Cantillon or lambics in general, but this is probably one of the best I've had from them.

Poured into a Cantillon balloon glass, this beer was a light golden-peach color, mostly clear, but a little foggy from sediment towards the end; a minimal layer of delicate bubbles capped it off, with no real retention or lacing to speak of. Aroma of pale malts, white wine, and some musty funk. Taste of fresh cut grass, white wine, apple skins, oak, a dash of Champagne, with an ubiquitous mild funkiness throughout. Very nice, very delicate. Sour, but not lip-puckering. (Though it should be noticed that this followed a Russian River Supplication, so my palate might have been biased.) Light-bodied more or less, and very enjoyable overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 13:45:36 | More by Rifugium
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4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2000 vintage shared by Scotty (hooliganlife). Poured into snifter.

A - Pours a hazy orange color, off-white colored head, thin collar, and some wisps on top.

S - Nice fruity aroma, oak, light acidic notes, some grape/vinegar combo in there too. There's a nice mustiness that comes with the almost 12 years of age, which mellows of the vinegar.

T - Nice sour/tart notes, the grapes aren't up-front as much as I was expecting, light acidic notes, old musty barn from all the age, and light oak. Really good stuff and the age has really taken this one to another level.

M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A really nice-drinking lambic that has benefitted from the age, IMO. Awesome of Scotty to share this with me, and it's something I'll be chasing to get a hold of more. This destroyed the '08 St. Lamvinus that we opened directly after. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 19:35:54 | More by Sean9689
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3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the Holland's for bringing this one to our gueuze tasting. A 750ml bottle from 2007.

A - Pours a beautiful slightly hazy straw yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass. A very nice looking beer.

S - The shear amount of old basement must in this beer is staggering. It completely overpowers the nose from the get go. It dies down a little bit as it warms up offering hints of vinous grape skins and a bit of lemon but this one is all funk.

T - Starts off with, you guessed it, a ton of wet basement funk that really never leaves the picture. As the funk dies down you get hints of tart sourness, vinous grape skins, lemon and dry oak. Not as sour as I was expecting, yet way more funk than I was expecting. Finish is pretty dry, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The funk is very strong, leaving the pallet quite dry, clinging to the pallet long after consumption.

O - I think this may be the mustiest beer I have ever had. It overpowers most of the other flavors and made the beer fairly hard to finish. With all that said I still enjoyed it for what it was. I will have to give this one another chance in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 19:04:04 | More by orangesol
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4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Vigneronne exhibits the typical characteristics of a Cantillon that I have grown to expect. The beer itself has a cloudy golden yellow color, evidence of the fruit and lively yeast and bacteria. A bubbly off-white head demonstrates proper carbonation before fading to a thin collar.

Smell: A surprisingly interesting and aggressive nose on this beer. Earthy and musty more than tart, there is a strong wild component to the aroma. Citrus and white grape create a tartness in the background.

Taste: The flavor has a more tart flavor than the aroma would let on. Lemon zest and a general citrus flavors create a sour edge, which a robust white grape flavor walks along nicely. A bit of pepper and soft spice come in near the end. The malt has a light crackery taste to it, but it is definitely an afterthought with so much going on on the sour and funky fronts.

Mouthfeel: The body and carbonation meet the standard Cantillon recipe - medium, crisp carbonation which accentuates the flavor, with a body that is slightly fuller than medium. Fairly dry base, but there is enough of a puckering sour sensation to keep my mouth salivating. I would expect that with some more age this will become even more dry and the body will lighten up a bit as well.

Overall: Over the past year, I have grown to truly love nearly everything Cantillon produces, and this is no exception. White grape is not my true favorite fruit, for which I adjusted the overall score down half a point. That has to due with my preference more than the production value, however.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 01:17:22 | More by KickInTheChalice
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4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy, murky yellow color without too much of a head

S - nose consists of sour notes and some mustiness with hints of soft grapes

T - lots of sweet grape upfront and through the middle. The lambic sourness and Cantillon funk hit the tastebuds in the back of the tongue. Pretty decently balance - not crazy sour, yet at the same time not super fruity.

M - body falls out with the carbonation showing up on the backend

D - another solid offering from Cantillon. I really liked the grapes in this - I was expecting more of a vinous characteristic, however it was more of a soft white grape flavor which pleasantly surprised me. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 15:03:32 | More by birchstick
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4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Lukie @ IBS

Pour is slightly reddish tinted orange. This one can provide some very interesting lacing patterns.

Smell is very funky. Cologne, lemon and a foreign sweet fruity smell (orangey), which may be the grapes. Yer there's definite orange juice and orange cordial notes to this beer. Also a corney element like the plain Gueuze. Somehow I feel this is one of the funkiest Cantillons I've had. At colder temperatures I get more rockmelon.

The taste is sour up front, lemony, lots of quinine, dry. Dries the mouth and very sour.

Feels like this has a bit of body to it but its cut with the sourness. Very interesting combination.

I like the difference in nose and taste. Nose is mostly funk, then you get a contrasting taste with a good dose of minerally dry sourness.

This is really good. The only one of the standard range which rivals the Lou Pepes. I feel it works much better than St Lamnivus.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 05:08:00 | More by danieelol
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4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottled September 2010. Poured into a matching Cantillon tulip. This brew appears a light golden yellow color that is fairly clear upon the first pour. A finger of white head forms across the top and slowly and audibly fizzes away. A ring maintains across the top of the brew holding close to the wall of the glass. Some spots of lace are left where the head previously prevailed. A light swirl releases some bubbles which adds a thin layer to the ring around the top.

The smell of this brew is classic Cantillon funk. It is mildly musty with a barnyard quality of bretty leather character. A bit of mildew and raw oak quality is evident. More sniffs reveal a mild white grape character that mixes with some sulfur and cheese. Light tannic quality mixed with some mild spices. As the brew warms, a very subtle vanilla indication comes out that brings on more focus to the white grape inclusion.

The taste is sharp and acidic striking up thoughts of lemons. Raw oak mixes with musty and mildew character with that classic Cantillon flavoring that shows off leathery and earthy dry funk and brett qualities. Some fruity and floral quality is evident with a mild rind bitterness that fades into the barrel properties of vanilla and slightly tannins. I never truely pick up on juicy white grape flavoring, but it is there with a flavoring of their skins and lightly of the juice when the brew warms. I would love to have a fresh bottle for comparison purposes to see how the fruit fades and the funk evolves in this brew.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modestly light level of carbonation. The alcohol is pretty much completely hidden. It is a light and lively brew with a great depth of flavor and aroma to take in. I found it to be very enjoyable and easy drinking making me fly through a glass and reach for more.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 01:50:46 | More by stakem
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District of Columbia

4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden yellow pour with a decent head

Smell: Good does of vinegar with a nice earthy must with some hay / lemon grass. Very nice vinous element with some lemon citrus as well

Taste: Incredible wine-like quality, I can't pin the grape. Also a great acidity and signature cantillon funk. Bit of green apple.

Mouthfeel: Just perfect with the grapes and perhaps some tannins, medium body in heft

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 03:56:16 | More by craytonic


4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served into an Oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on sep´11.Flews golden in color with a foggy appearance.Off-white closed bubble brief crown.Yeasty,woody,fresh grass aromas with subtle fruity hues.Fresh flower upfront followed by a earthy rough palate,white raisin zest, smooth sourness.Light but intense body.Medium carbonation. Dry finish & fruity aftertaste.Well balanced beer.Perfect pairing with dry old cheeses.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 22:53:44 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 691 ratings.