Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon
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3.98/5 rDev -9.3%
Pours a pale, straw gold color with very little carbonation to speak of. The light ring of foam around the edge of the glass dissipates quickly.
The smell is confusing and foreign. Composed of almost 100% wood, there's a slightly burnt smell somewhere mixed in with a faint hint of wild, funky grapes. See comments below for more on the smell.
The first sip is complete barrel juice. It's as if this beer was brewed not from malted barley but from aged wood itself, earthy and bitter. I cringed and was very upset as it left my mouth, but pressed forward and took another swallow. The second sip was the same barrel flavor, but with a nice tart grape/muscadine (hence muscat) flavor that stuck around much longer than the actual beverage. The more it warmed the more total funk came out, near the bottom of the glass I was not only accustomed but actually really liked the taste.
The mouthfeel of the beer is very carbonated for such little head. There's an interesting bite as the beer goes down that's almost bitter but somehow pleasing. It was a good beer, but very much eclectic, definitely the most wooded beer I've tasted in a while.
Random comments we heard while tasting:
"It tastes like a porno, this is raunchy"
"It smells like deep fried wood"
"It tastes like youth"
08-17-2011 02:20:37 | More by Nashvillain
3.65/5 rDev -16.9%
on tap at monks during the cantillon mad monday - 06 vintage
Pours an almost crystal clear golden color with a bright flair in the light. Little to no head, some wispy film rests on top.
A rush of fruit combined with tartness in the nose, notes of green apple and pear. White wine grape (in this case, muscat) and some noticeable sweetness.
Fairly sour up front with some funky undertones. White wine and fruit notes combine with a decent sweetness. There's a definite smack of muscat grape, which I almost immediately didn't like. Finishes a bit sweet, dry, and sour.
Lighter medium body, well carbonated, slightly sticky and lingering on the tongue. This was probably the only beer (out of 12) that I wasn't really into at the event, although I don't enjoy muscato in the first place.
08-10-2011 04:11:08 | More by xnicknj
3.73/5 rDev -15%
purchased at la cave aux bules in paris. brought back to the us under the impression that it was more rare than it actually is...
green 750mL bottle poured in a duvel tulip. aggressive pour.
bottle dated september 29, 2010.
a. aggressive pour yields low foaming, subsides to half a finger white head. pale golden body, hazy.
s. mild funk, farmy. fruit sweetness, pear and peach.
t. very dry, low sourness, sauvignon blanc tartness
m. lightly carbonated, medium bodied, nice, like a chewy chardonnay
o. a good food beer, the carbonation makes this that much more than a table white.
08-10-2011 01:06:38 | More by dirkchivers
3.33/5 rDev -24.1%
2007 750mL bottle
A - hazy unripe peach color with a few bubbles, minimal lacing.
S - vinegar, and lots of it. Behind that hides some grapes and apples.
T - Dominated by vinegar with notes of white wine and minimal oak.
M - Enamel stripping dry at times.
O - I don't remember this beer being dominated by vinegar last time, but I've only had this fresh. Not as acetic as other beers I've had, but definitely not put together well.
07-16-2011 16:04:36 | More by xpimptastikx
3.73/5 rDev -15%
White head on a straw body. Laces a bit.
Nose is vinegary, vegetal, some faint fruit, complex, very reminiscent of Bourgogne de Flandres.
Taste is drier, quite tart and vinegary but with some fruit subtlety (muscat grape?).
Mouthfeel is quite bright and crisp.
Quite nice, though for being rarer, was not noticeable more impressive than more common sours (Bourgogne de Flandres).
07-09-2011 01:22:03 | More by zaphodchak
4.5/5 rDev +2.5%
Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:
2003 cantillon vinyeron – beautiful copper color, murky, more of a honey copper color like a yellow/orange. Swirling this beer brings the carbonation to life which is pretty mind blowing for an 8 year old beer (come to think of it, this beer was brewed around the time I met my wife and we now own a home and have a kid…and this beer still holds up great, maybe even better than it would’ve been when it was fresh? Can’t say that about a lot of beers). Really well carbonated…smell is CRAZY. It’s like I don’t know, can’t even describe it…kind of a smokiness or a charcoal sour. Wow, this is a complex beer, carbonation, sourness, matureness, tastes like European oldness…different. What a beer…WOW. Paint me impressed.
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4 - 4.5 - 4.5 - 4.5 - 4.5
Notes from a tasting on 8/15. thanks to danedelman for bringing this one out.
a - murky yellow.
s - smells like salami and cheese
t - pretty good. little rubber. sour. subtle green grapes.
m - smooth and even
o - really good. not in your face. sour. smooth and easy. wine like.
07-05-2011 04:01:32 | More by cosmicevan
4.5/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured into a tulip it was a light orange brown with a very nice three finger head of lace and a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice retention only gradually let the head fade away, what was left was a very nice set of concentric side glass rings of lace. Smell was very sour, lots of grapes and other fruits. A bit light on the nose before the sour wrath kicks in. Flavor was very full and robust. Nice yeast filled flavor wrecks your taste buds but calms down considerably on the finish. A huge rush of sour fruit than kicks into overdrive and puckers your lips through the finish. This was a wonderfully unique brew that had a very good flavor and a light fruity feel that really made it shine.
07-04-2011 04:22:48 | More by mikesgroove
4.3/5 rDev -2.1%
Poured from a bottle into a goblet.
Appearance: Pours a bright, mildly cloudy yellow/orange color with just a little head that disappears completely. Pretty beer.
Smell: Quite funky, vinegar and citrus tartness, fruit notes, not a lot of grape in the smell.
Taste: Extremely tart and bitter. Vinegar and citrus notes with mild grape. This is pretty funky, but I would say tart is the best description. The finish is a lot like vinegar.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild to no carbonation and a slick finish.
Overall: Less grape than I would have expected, but still very good. Tart and refreshing. I would definitely have more.
07-03-2011 21:40:05 | More by oline73
4/5 rDev -8.9%
Drank from a 75cl bottle
Bottled: 29 September 2010
Best before 12/2012
Served in a wine glass
Special thanks to Douglasjamjak for giving this awesome gift to my parents.
The beer poured a hazy, pale straw yellow with a fluffy, bright white, one-finger head. Within seconds, the head dissipated to a thick, lasting ring.
Lots of damp must came through in the aroma. Some citrus too. A touch of crisp tartness appeared as well, but I would not call it "sour" per se. Grainy and a touch biscuity.
The flavor profile was similar to the nose, except a bit sharper. Crisp with some biscuity malts up front. Lots of sour, lemony notes in the center. Perhaps some bitter lemon peel as well and wheaty tartness too. The finish was crisp, tart and refreshing with a distinct bitterness. The bitterness seemed to come from both the lemon rind and the punchy (at least for the style), earthy hops.
The mouthfeel was lighter bodied with a crisp, sprightly effervescence. Zippy on the tongue.
Although I enjoyed this beer, I definitely consider it to be one of the more tame offerings in the Cantillon lineup. Additionally, I was a bit disappointed that I could not pick up any muscat grape nuances. Nevertheless, this is a refreshing treat, perfect for sipping on a hot summer day.
06-19-2011 01:21:52 | More by Damian
4.1/5 rDev -6.6%
Bottle courtesy of Zimmerbloke.
Served in my Ithaca tulip.
Mmmm. This is good.
A glowing apricot colored body bubbles up a small white head. Minimal retention, an no lacing.
Smells of huge Brett funk... Sour white grapes... Oak... Nice. The flavor is more of the same, with a great acidic sourness. This becomes very intense and sour as it warms up. Very nice. A little sugary note comes up on the finish that reminds of sour candies-- like lemonheads coated in the sour sugar from sourpatchkids.
The body is rather like a white wine.
Drinks pretty nicely. Not my favorite Cantillon-- but quite nice and enjoyable.
06-18-2011 04:41:48 | More by AleWatcher
3.58/5 rDev -18.5%
Bottle with a 2007 cork date. Pours a slightly hazed hay gold with a small head. Nose is wet hay, dank basement, lemon, typical bold and tight Cantillon funk. Lightly vinous. Mouth is much more grape-forward than the nose. Dank, wet horse, fairly sour, white grape spiraled in. Not as tight of a fruit integration as they often achieve. After a few sips it's evident that some ridiculous acidity is going on. Becomes literally painful to drink, in a way I haven't experienced before. Okay, not great, one of their weaker fruit lambics, aside from the absolute chore it was to drink this. Perhaps a younger bottle would have been better in that regard.
06-03-2011 03:13:04 | More by JAXSON
4.78/5 rDev +8.9%
bottled: December 24, 2008
a: golden and hazy. no head retention but there is an obscene amount of lacing.
s: there is a dry white wine feeling coming off from the smell. sweetness from apricot notes subtle.
t: tart and lime like. sweetness from the grapes helps balance the beer. yet it still stay sour which I won't complain about.
m: dry and sour. the sweetness is there but it stays subtle and compliments the overall feel.
o: a great offering from Cantillon. I would love to have the chance to have this beer on tap one day.
06-02-2011 00:26:56 | More by jlenik
4.33/5 rDev -1.4%
2009 Bottle, 750ml
A - It pours a turbid peach-orange hue, with a short lived head; subsequently, it looks fairly still. Several times I declined to drink this beer because it looked like too much yeast/sediment had been disturbed, and I assumed the bottle had been jostled. Prior to opening this, this bottle was undisturbed for over a month, which did nothing to drop the haze out of suspension.
S - The nose suggests tart lemon and lime, musty basement, farm-barn-hay and fairly strong lactic notes. I do not discern anything particularly vinous of note, aside from that which would normally be present in a Gueuze or Lambic; if there weren't grapes on the label (and I didn't know about Cantillons) I would not guess that this was a Muscat Lambic.
T - The taste is bracingly sour, more so than I was anticipating. There is, again, not much grape; the flavor is more towards lime pith and sour lemon, with musty wet wood and dank basement rounding it out. Lactic notes are evident much more than Brett. Some apple skin is noted as it airs out.
M - Fairly still in appearance, it is surprisingly lively on the tongue. The relatively low carbonation accentuates the sour flavors, allowing them to linger without mitigation.
O - Not Cantillons finest, but damn good anyway.
05-27-2011 15:40:33 | More by ktrillionaire
4.38/5 rDev -0.2%
Poured from a 750 mL. bottle (Bottled On 10/30/06) into a tulip glass.
A moderate pour yields a 1 1/2-finger energetic off white head that disappears in seconds leaving no trace behind. The body is a hazy golden apple juice color with steady streams of quickly rising carbonation bubbles. No lacing can be seen throughout consumption.
Grapes, green apple, and a little funk make for a nicely aromatic nose. You can practically smell the sour waiting within. A biscuit undertone adds an earthy warmth.
A striking lemon sourness stings the tip of the tongue just before a sweet grape flavor settles over the rest of the tongue. A great, dry sourness then erupts from the back of the mouth. The sourness in this beer is great for fans of the style and the sweetness really helps to balance it and assist in drinkability.
Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer is both sippable an gulpable. However, I highly doubt that anyone truly enjoying this beer would not wish to make it last.
05-26-2011 08:00:39 | More by output01x
3.83/5 rDev -12.8%
A very clean, lactic tartness is the perfect counterpart to the white grapes used in the blending for its recipe. But the lime-like acidity obviously steals the show.
Vignerone pours with a canary-yellow hue and carries a mystic glowing haze. Bleached white foam amounts to a timid coat of foam, yet disipates to stillness quickly- all expected from unblended lambics.
Very sharp aromas of limes, white wine, balsamic, sandalwood, and mild leather all add to the complex yet delicate aromas. Mild pilsner malt provides to slightest of a base for the wild, fruity-tart aromas and must character.
Lemon/lime zest and pilsner cracker-like taste begin an assault on the front of the tongue while it mellows a bit, allowing the more grape-like flavor to settle on the middle of the tongue and palate. This, all before the hop bitterness and acidic vinegar-like sourness leaves it's memory on the mouth as the beer finishes. Crabapples, under-rippened berries, and kiwi all come to mind as the zesty lime tartness leaves a final impact in finish.
Light and acidic throughout, the beer's thinness allows the full brunt of taste to lay on the mouth's surfaces; only adding to the impact of sourness and astringency in mouthfeel. The feel of grape seeds, grape skins attack the sides of the jaws and usher in a crisp, lactic finish. Very dry and palate stripping of all residual sweetness or lingering taste. Very refreshning and mouthwatering from nose to finish.
05-25-2011 16:10:13 | More by BEERchitect
4.33/5 rDev -1.4%
Drank from my De Struise tulip.
A - Pours a hazy Golden light honey colour with a quit.e tight White one fingered head that reduces quickly.
S - Nice sour grape aromas and some decent woody oak aromas too.
T - Really nice beginning of sour lemon tannins before the grape flavours sneek in. The finish is long and funky and the sourness lasts.
M - Light to medium body and fullish zingy carboination that is perfect for this style.
O - Another damn fine offering from this amazing brewery. PAcks a great punch of tartness that yoiu would enjoy.
05-24-2011 14:38:19 | More by eric5bellies
4.43/5 rDev +0.9%
From 04/30/10 notes. Brought a bottle of this to Dark Lord Day; 2009 vintage. Poured from a 750ML bottle into my SAVOR snifter.
a - Pours a hazy bright yellow-golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident.
s - Smells of funky, sour fruits, earthy notes, lemon, citrus, barnyard funk, and white wine. Very enjoyable and sour, with some slight mustiness in those earthy tones.
t - Taste matches the nose pretty much. Tastes of sour lemon and fruits, white wine, oak, light mustiness, and some of that Cantillon funk. Very enjoyable.
m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation, with a pretty crisp body.
o - Overall another great beer from Cantillon. I've heard this one ages great so I will hold onto my other 2 bottles for a few years, but it's still great right now. Will certainly have it again.
05-08-2011 23:55:31 | More by mdfb79
4.08/5 rDev -7.1%
Bottled on September 29, 2010. Opened on April 15, 2011.
Pours a hazy slightly browned gold with a half finger head. She's an ugly one, for a Cantillon.
Surprisingly musty given its youth, which blends into a sharp tartness. A really pleasant blend of hay, white wine, and oak, with faint hints of citrus and white grape.
Unabashedly funky, there's something about Vigneronne that screams Cantillon. Straw, a light tannic note alongside leathery funk, lemon, white wine [vinousness] and juicy white grape [sweetness]. Slightly sour, though tame all things considered.
Just under medium in body, with just under medium carbonation. One of the sweeter (less dry) Cantillon lambics I've had, at least in the finish.
Very tasty and hugely quaffable. This one won't live through the night.
04-16-2011 03:09:02 | More by Verecund
4.33/5 rDev -1.4%
2009 Vintage consumed early 2011.
A: Golden straw body. Nice clarity. Smallish, off-white head. Spotty suds left on the glass.
S: Nice white wine notes of light grassy citrus, oak, and white grapes. Moderate must and some funk.
T: Complexity progresses from the characteristics found in the nose. Essentially take a nice gueuze, mellow it some, and add white wine-like fruit flavors and you have Vigneronne.
M: Moderate to light bodied. Perhaps a little more effervescence would be a slight improvement. Nice refreshing quallity in the finish.
O: Probably one of the more "under the radar" Cantillon offerings that provides some uniqueness but maintains a generally mellow flavor profile.
03-19-2011 13:14:23 | More by callmemickey
4.22/5 rDev -3.9%
Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 ml bottle dated 12/24/2008. Tasted on 12/24/2010, exactly 2 years from bottling. Poured into a cervoise...
A - Poured a nice golden straw color; quite hazy but still a bright color. A nice white collar forms with no other head building up at all.
S - Earty mustiness, sour and funky. Nice slight vinous note from the grapes used in this one. Woody notes come through as well along with some slight cheesy notes and a nice breadiness
T - Earty and tart. Nice lactic flavors along with strong breadiness and musty characters. There's some nice fruits coming through - grapes, apples, some lemon and pear. Oak is slightly noticed.
M - Light-medium bodied and crisp on the palate. Carbonation was lower than expected, but still quite nice.
O - Really quite nice. Another great offering from Cantillon and one that I would definitely like to try again. The grapes added something quite nice to this one.
03-16-2011 22:54:00 | More by KAP1356
4.33/5 rDev -1.4%
Picked up a bunch of these on a recent trip to Capone's...good stuff.
Pours a honey color with no head and no lacing.
Smells of funk, oak, grapes, acid, lemons, and a light herbal note.
Taste is grape and funk up front, lemons and grapes in the middle, funk, oak, and grape on the end. Grape lingers and is very nice.
Mouthfeel is lightly prickly, which is strange for a beer that has no visible carbonation, but still good.
Drinkability is good, not too sour to not be able to finish the 750, but its gonna be a long time with the bottles.
Not the best cantillon I've had, but looking forward to the rest of them.
02-23-2011 00:25:14 | More by bs870621345
4.85/5 rDev +10.5%
750ml bottle capped and corked bottled in 2004. generously opened at an awesome tasting that John hosted, thanks John
Pours a hazy (Like Cantillon always does) light straw color with a white head, very carbonated.
Very sour nose with a very slight vinegar scent. there is also a hint of the grapes used in this, no doubt they are contributing to the acidic sourness. a small amount of funk and wood can be detected
Extremely sour, very puckering. can only take very small sips at a time. the acidity is present and helped along by the addition of the grapes. funk is very mild and almost undetectable because of the nearly overwhelming sourness.
Very light bodied and extremely well carbonated. this mouth is very puckering. this is supremely drinkable as every sip left me wanting and craving another.
A+ definitely indulge in one if you have the chance
02-16-2011 21:52:36 | More by rowingbrewer
4.33/5 rDev -1.4%
(375ml bottle courtesy of Mike at his sours/saisons tasting). Pours cloudy yellolw with white head. Aroma is yeasty goodness and lemon. Taste is tart with some fruit sweetness. Thin bodied with smooth tart finish. This is a really nice lambic with nice grape flavors.
01-30-2011 16:14:09 | More by trappistlover
4.22/5 rDev -3.9%
Poured a murky pineapple in color with pale yellow highlights that had almost no head and no lacing sticking to the glass. The signature cantillon sour acidic oaky barrel funk was definitely there in the nose with some pungent muscat grape notes and slight vinegar notes as well. It also had some nice mouthwatering citrus aromas. The taste had more of the lemon citrusy character with some muscat grapes, oaky, funky, and barnyard accents but it did have slight acidic notes. The brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet but lemon citrusy, oaky, funky, vinous, dry and sour puckering finish that lingered on the palate. It drank really good and I'm always happy to try different cantillon beers anytime. Good lookin out drew for bringing by to bobby's crib.
01-03-2011 03:57:15 | More by Gobzilla
4.22/5 rDev -3.9%
750mL bottle poured into a cervoise. Bottled Dec 24, 2008
A - Slightly hazy pale straw-gold with a ring of white lace and low carbonation.
S - Crusty baguette, flint, a hint of cheese, musty cider.
T - Earthy and very tart - strong lactic acidity. Underlying the sourness is a dry, bready character. Swirling knocks out some of the carbonation and opens up the beer a bit more, allowing some fruit to shine through, including lemon and cidery apple. I don't think I would have guessed the grape varietal from the taste though. In the context of this beer it tastes more like a white Loire. While I prefer a kriek, Vigneronne is quite nice.
M - Light-medium body, delicate carbonation - although better a bit flat, in my opinion.
D - Certainly not a boring beer. It seems to get better with every sip. Recommended.
12-09-2010 03:00:25 | More by trbergman
Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
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