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Cantillon Vigneronne | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-23-2002

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet wheat, funky barnyard yeast, oak, grapes, tart green fruits, mild sourness, touch lactic acid, touch lemon zest.

T - Wheat malts, funky barnyard yeast, grapes, oak, mild sourness and tart green fruits, some lactic acid, hint of vanilla and lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a funky, tart, and lightly sour finish.

D - Great complexity and balance.

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Photo of beerloverofbham
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed at Brouwer's Sour Fest. Served in a snifter.
I'll have to apologize in advance for any verbosity and poetic musings. This was my first taste of anything from Cantillon.
Color of unfiltered apple juice, with a small, pure white head. Smells like melted rubber in a wet basement. Tastes incredibly complex--I might have to say a wine snob's beer if that makes sense--lots of layers here: dark fruit, red wine, a little barnyard funk, with a slight hop flavor here and there. Very drinkable. Strong harmony of flavors lingers before fading off the tongue, like an orchestra's perfect decrescendo. Alright, enough bullshit; this was just a great beer.

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Photo of backbaybrewer
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Ap: Pours a yellowis gold color and leaves very little white, fizzy head.

Ar: grapes, some funk and some sour.

Taste: Matches the scent - grapes, funk, sour with some wood and some white wine quality, with a wood finish. Very balanced.

Mouth-feel: Medium to high carbination. light, but not thin.

Overall: Well Balanced and pleasing beer. Very much like drinking a nice white wine with carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Resuin
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a stemmed tulip. This was bottled in November 2011 so it has about a year and a half of age on it, as of this review.

Appearance: Pours a nice honey color and leaves very little white, fizzy head - less than a finger.

Smell: White grapes, green apple, some funk - decent amount of sour but not overbearing by any means - very light and balanced.

Taste: Matches the scent - white grapes, funk, sour green apple, oak - definitely has a white wine quality to it. There is a nice oaky finish. This one has the perfect amount of sour to it and is delicious - just the right balances.

Mouth-feel: Exceedingly smooth, medium carbonation to it, on the lighter side of a medium body.

Overall: I was very impressed with this lambic - I think 1.5 years in the bottle has done it well. This is very well balanced and the muscat grapes definitely give this one some delicious flavors. I could drink a lot of this stuff!

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Photo of Jonada
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottled on November 23rd 2012. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden blonde color with 1 finger head which dissipated quickly to a white collar.

Smell: Musty, lemon, funk, wood, white grape, with just a tiny hint of fruity sweetness.

Taste: Medium tartness upfront is countered nicely with a slight white grape sweetness. I'm also getting, some funk, lemon acidity, oak, green apple, and some lactic character. The grapes are much more noticeable on the palate than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and refreshing. Medium carbonation. Sourness isn't intense or mouth puckering. Highly drinkable

Overall: I got this at the same time as a bottle of the Saint Lamvinus. I had very high expectations for the St. Lam, and while both were great, I actually ended up liking this a bit better. If you're a fan of the style, this is definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to farundrpar for bringing this one to our Kebab and Cantillon dinner party.

From a 750 into a tumbler
Bottled 24 November 2011
Best Before October 2015

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking white head with decent retention. Hazy amber orange in color with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a thick ring but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A slightly milder aroma of lemon esters and green grapes. Some funky, dank aromas in there with a tough of floral notes as well. Quite pleasant.

TASTE: Follows the nose nicely. Sour, tart lemon up front with some green grapes and white wine flavor as well. Funkiness is there in the middle into the finish, with a touch of mould and must as well. Some bitter floral notes at the finish before a mostly sour and acidic finish that lingers mildly on the palate. Pretty flavorful and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes rather dry. Puckering and somewhat acidic after the swallow.

OVERALL: This one was rather enjoyable. Perhaps a bit more acidic than the other Cantillon fruit lambic we had that night, which may turn some people off. I found it quite pleasant and would glaldy drink this one again. Thanks again farundrpar!

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnished gold with white film.
Musky mead and grape on the nose.
Honey and white vinegar, some toasty grain, with grape skin tartness.
Green apple skin finish and acetic linger.
Crisp, light-medium, fizzy.

Not unlike wine. Not that sour either. A clean if bracing palate cleanser.

2nd tasting: Kumquat nose, yellow plum that shows flashes of wild, and chalky end. Still lesser among Cantillons.

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Photo of dgilks
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright golden colour with a smooth, white head. Half-decent head retention for the style.

Classic Cantillon lemon notes with a lot of funk. There is a ton of acid on the nose with a light, light, light grape note.

Really interesting. Lots of funk with a noticeable enteric note. Lots of acid with lemons dominating and then a white grape note that sort of sits there. Interesting.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A really solid fruit lambic. There is an earthy note added by the grapes that is really nice. I'd love the fruit to be just a touch more prominent but I'm clutching at straws here.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle at Mecca(Cantillon).

Big fluffy white head that retains well on top of a slightly hazy deep golden orange body.

Has a sweet white grape smell to it along with the signature hay funky barnyardness of Cantillon.

Grape, green apple, grass, lots of cheese at the back end. There is some light sweetness.

Has a mellower tartness than I've experienced from some Loons but still bigger than most lambics out there. The carbonation is a little subdued with a medium body. It is so smooth. The saliva just doesn't stop flooding my mouth while drinking this.

I thoroughly enjoyed this. Damn.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1/18/13

Split with Goblinmunkey7

RIP my cheap bottle opener/corkscrew, 2009-2013

Appearance: Lightly hazy, gold/straw - small, white head - fades to a tiny cap and an elegant ring - not much lacing, but this is forgivable

Smell: Sour, tart, and lovely - gently acidic, with some lemon and other light fruit skins - tart apples, and some white grapes - lightly musty, wet, and damp - wet, chewy smelling wood

Taste: Sour and complex - acidic and lactic sour, distinctively Cantillon - wet, damp, and musty, with some hay and horse - simultaneously clean, with some crisp, light fruits - tart apple skins, with some white grapes - a nice undercurrent of lemon in the background - funky, and lightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely smooth, somewhat refreshing, could use more carbonation

Overall: I can't spell "Vigneronne" but I can't complain about anything else in this beer

Cantillon is consistently fantastic. This is no exception. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to try this. I'm curious what a couple of years of age would do to this, since it's already so balanced.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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?

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Photo of cfrances33
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Etan
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Tnudish
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of tewaris
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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

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Photo of Auracom
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of claspada
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.