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Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon

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799 Ratings

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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 492
Gots: 184 | FT: 15
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/24/08.

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a few bubbles, but no real head. The aroma is very sour with some oak notes mixed in. The flavor is very tart grapes along with some oak. There are some vinegar components. This beer is very similar to white wine. The beer is very dry. Very low carbonation and the beer has a thin-medium mouthfeel. The beer is extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 01:50:11 | More by Mora2000
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New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into two tulip glasses at cellar temperature; leaving behind the lees in the bottle (which I later chugged). Bottled in 2009.

The as gentle as possible pour leaves little to no head. The color is light gold/orange. About average look to me.

The smell is tart right away with a little floral aroma and a hint of sweetness. I know there are Muscat grapes there so that helped detect it.

The taste is of course tart with a very small hint of sweetness. This is a great beer to sample with every part of the tongue.

This beer starts out soft but finishes crisp as you're about to swallow. Very refreshing as far as sipping beers go.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 20:37:45 | More by andrewinski1
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4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split at delirium cafe in brussels

appearance: served in srange glassware - lovely label, hazy golden body, very light beige ring - nothing much

smell: classic cantillon - woody, white grape, green apple, funk, citrus

taste: really liked this one - white grape adds really nice vinous characteristics, oak, sour woody notes, green apple. cantillon knocks just about everything out of the park

mouthfeel: great tartness, very active on the palate

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 21:03:18 | More by dirtylou
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3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap into a tulip at Local Option.

The beer bours a murky gold with light head, looks like a typical gueze.

The aroma is on the lighter side which is surprising for a lambic, light tartyness not funk dominates. The finish is light oak and grass.

The taste starts off nice, a little sweet on the front then some nice tartness, easy to drink to start. You can really tell they used grapes here as it is very similar to drinking white wine, a pinot grigio and sauvigon blacn. I really liked this beer to start but the more I drank the less I liked it. The finish is very pronounced and gives off a very weird oak/grass almost scotch like finish. Its very distracting, too much alcohol.

The feel is light and warm. It starts off drinkable then fades as the alcohol finish becomes more pronounced.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2010 17:47:33 | More by jrallen34
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Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, capped and corked bottle, the November 2009 vintage - a lambic with wine muscat grapes - sounds good to me, like an obvious "well, we've got a lot of this stuff lying around, let's see what we can do with it". On the label, a star of David sits amongst the raw ingredients in this offering - heads up, He'Brew!

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with one skinny finger of fizzy dirty white head, which disappears in a mere instant, leaving no remnants, lace or otherwise, anywhere near the glass.

It smells of sour, underripe apples, wheat grain, dusty wood, vinegary, yet still fruity and musky white wine, and a tame barnyard yeast funk. The taste is tart green apple, lemon juice, a softer, more rounded wheat malt, white wine vinegar, weakly funky yeast, faint wood grain, and dead-flower, musty hops.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, just a slight metallic edge, one sort of obfuscated by the inherent acids here, the body on the light side of medium weight, airy, and a bit fruity in its plain smoothness. It finishes dry, tart, and mouth-puckeringly crisp, with just a wee bit of musky white wine esters and 'everything dies' funk.

I'm drawing a reasonably straight parallel to the white wine must that I've got fermenting at the moment - yeasty, sweet and zingy white grape juice, and faint alcohol. The exaggerated tartness is the beer's domain alone. Overall, a nicely drinkable sour lambic, the guest muscat grapes doing well to exhibit their own wares.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 01:40:50 | More by biboergosum
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4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 750 mL bottle into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Pale golden, it poured with a quick sparkly carbonation that left a thin white collar.
S: Sour green apples with brett funk and earthy spice. The alcohol comes off as white wine.
T: Sour green apples and earthy funk combined with apple cores with a tart, dry wine alcohol.
M: Crisp, thin, and spritzy.
D: Really good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 04:27:59 | More by ne0m00re
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4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= pours a nice hazy yellow color. Really thick looking if that makes sense. I can see strands of white stringy hairy looking stuff in it. The head is almost nothing and turns into a ring around the side of the glass.

S= Sour and Funky!!!! This is a really funky beer. There is a nice sourness to it but that is a little slice of the pie here. There is a really nice funky cheesy undertone to it that smells really old. It has a nice smell under the sourness that smells like your grandparents attic. Interesting smell.

T= The taste is just like the smell. Great sourness upfront. The taste evolves from the lemon sourness to a great funkyness. There is the grandparents attic taste to it just like in the smell. There is a nice white wine taste to it as well.

M= Pretty interesting. It's not the lightest sour I've had it actually feels sort of thick to me.

D= Pretty nice brew. Not as much carbonation as most sours I've had which was a little bit of a let down. The taste and nose are excellent. Seek this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 04:09:43 | More by jjanega08
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4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml. bottle, split with a co-worker.

A: Hazy golden hue with a white head that settles quickly. Lacing and retention are low, as to be expected with this style.

S: Aromas consist of sour grapes, green apple, with a bit lof citrus zest. Barnyardy funk lingers in the backround with just a hint of wood.

T: Much like the smell, but way more intense. Green apple and green grape tartness makes it's presence known. Lemon and grassy notes are also quite strong. The bretty characters and wood aging are mild, but still stand out in the finish.

M: Light to medium-bodied, yet very full-flavored and smooth.

D: This beer is exceptionally easy to drink. Flavors are complex and very pleasant. Unique like many of Cantillon's fine Lambics. This is another shining star.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 06:21:53 | More by WYVYRN527
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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a light golden yellow small puffy white ring. Lite retention with some spotty lace.

S: tart green grapes. Oak with some mild wine tartness. Citrus as well.

T: citrus and green grass. White wine and oak. Crisp and mildly tart.

M: lighter side crisp and tart.

D: awesome tasty and damn drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2010 18:22:11 | More by tpd975
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4.95/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another offering from Cantillon. This is a lambic to which white grapes are added. This Vigneronne has a nice peach color, with mild carbonation. Actually, the person at Cantillon told us it might be flatter as it is young in the bottle, and to wait, but a lambic lover can only wait so long.

The aroma is an explosion of tropical and citrus fruit with slight buttery notes. The palette has one of the best deliveries of any lambic i've ever had. It starts with nice pineapple and cantalope, transitions into orange and grapefruit, with a sharp acidic finish. So refreshing! But the grapes are not obvious; this is the least apparent fruit from any fruit lambic I've had. Still, a delight!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 16:48:35 | More by gyllstromk
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4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very generous extra from Popkas.

The cork popped extremely violently in this one. Sounded like a gunshot. Surprisingly, no gushing at all though. It pours a golden yellow with two fingers of quickly receding head. The etchings in the bottom of my Duvel tulip cause a loud release of carbonation for 5 straight minutes.

The aroma is of wet grass and hay up front, with white grape overtones. A bit funky and a bit tart, but overall fairly well integrated..enough so that no single aspect really jumps out.

Now, I've been craving some sourness for the last week but didn't have anything in my refrigerator to hold me over. So taking my first sip of this I had high expectations, and I have to say I am not let down. Extremely acidic and fruity. Exactly what I needed right now. OK, now that I got that out of the way, onto the flavor.

Besides the acidity, there are very distinct notes of wet hay and grass. Not really all that funky...just very earthy. The grapes make up most of the flavor profile, which reduces the complexity but allows me to focus on the great flavors that are there.

The mouthfeel is standard (good) for a lambic. The drinkability is high for the style. I often find my stomach getting blitzkrieg-ed by the acidity after only 6 or 7 oz., but this one just keeps begging me to drink more. Right beer, right place, right time.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 00:03:44 | More by alcstradamus
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 corked and capped, courtesy of my good man bobsy! Cheers mate.

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a light covering of head on top that leaves small patches of lacing.

Nose is initially a lot funkier than expected - lots of barnyard and mustiness. Then a light white grape juiciness peeks through, a touch of vinegar sourness in the nose as well.

This beer walks a fine balance between wine and beer, perfect for the white wine lover! Funky, earthy sourness melds with a ripe juicy yet tart white grape quality, bone dry finish and a touch of oakiness make for a really satisfying experience. I felt the carb could have been upped a bit without hurting it but this beer is hard to fault, great on its own, as an appertif, or with just about any meal. Thanks Rob!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 13:01:16 | More by ritzkiss
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another classic Cantillon. Pours a cloudy orange with the merest wisp of a head. In some beers this could be classed as disappointing, but its about par for the course here. Strong aroma of vinegar and lemon, with some light sour funk. Not as great as the Fou' Foune, but better than the Lou Pepe Framboise.

As expected the typical flavours of lemony sourness and lambic funk are noticeable on first taste. Initially, it was a little difficult to pick the grape out against the tart lambic background because it actually has so much in common with the base beer. Once noticed the fruit is inescapable. Mostly tart, with a subtle sweetness, and big fruity grape juice character, it really compliments the lambic excellently and adds a touch more depth. The light, quenching body is a perfect compliment for the tartness, and the low carbonation makes this a surprisingly easy beer to drink.

In typical Cantillon fashion, this beer doesn't put a foot wrong, and its difficult to find something to criticise. Its not my favourite from them, but its very well done and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. I'd even go so far to say that this would please most fine wine lovers too.

Thanks to Phil for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 13:27:18 | More by bobsy
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a slightly hazy golden straw color with a few bubbles after a vigorous pour, not much in the way of carbonation.

S: The nose is nicely acidic with plenty of lemon, green apple, and green grapes. There's a slight wet hay aroma and a bit of must.

T: The flavor has a nice combination of a slight sweetness (seemingly from the grapes) and the trademark Cantillon sourness. The lactic acid is prominent and gives that wonderful lemony flavor. The grapes really stand out and provide the beer with an excellent dryness.

M: The carbonation is low, but it works with lambics. The body is medium and the beer just has a wonderfully dry finish.

D: Cantillon is one of those breweries that just can't do any wrong. I would gladly drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 15:53:37 | More by womencantsail
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4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a bottle of this brew from Princeton Liquors up in Maple Grove. I've wanted to try this brew for quite some time and didn't even realize it made it to the states. Drank from my Lost Abbey goblet.

Bottled in 2009

Appearance- Pours a fizzy murky yellowish orange with a half finger head that fizzles away almost immediately. A super small collar is left along with no cap and zero lacing.
Smell- I get a big whiff of that dank Cantillon dinginess upon opening the bottle. It's murky and musty with a cheesy type funk. In a sort of a ying/yang type thing the beer is still very bright and fruity and lightly vinegary. Some lemon peel, white grapes (of course) and even a tinge of something peach like. I suspect this will really get tart in the nose with a bit more time.
Taste- Very nice and light and drinkable. This might be the youngest Cantillon I've had and it shows. The acidic nature of the beer is very light as there is a lightly tart bite in the back of my mouth from the vinegary quench. The beer is very vinous in nature but I can't really pick out anything 'grape like'. It just has that sharp white wine bite. A bit of a pear like fruitiness and a bit of funk on the finish. It's very very light at this point but still lingers in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body that is fantastic. A light airy type feel but very little carbonation.
Drinkability- Doesn't have all those crazy Cantillon funks and musts that are in some others but it's just that this beer is relatively young. For drinkability sake though, this is awesome. It's got a nice tartness, medium acid and is still relatively fruity. Enjoyed the shit out of this beer, should probably grab another for a couple years down the road.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 23:06:35 | More by younger35
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4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel very fortunate to have had this on draft at Churchkey side by side with Saint Lamvinus. Beer is yellow and completely hazy, no head really, lacing is low as well as carbonation.

ARoma is tart with a citric based sourness and a mild funk (less than the St. L).

The beer is grapey for sure, sweet and smooth, low body and a late sour with a tartness that gets me in the corners of my mouth. There isn't a lot of carbonation in the mouth, but this beer is suppose to be thin and the sour comes from acids. This is a great beer. The more Cantillon I have the more I love them. I would serious recommend it. I need to find a bottle so I can compare them.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2010 17:20:33 | More by drabmuh
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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this on tap at Brass Rail 3/4 - served in a snifter.

A - A hazy peach juice color w/ basic white ring of a cap w/ tiny beading. The ale has a moderate amount of visible carbonation

S - The aroma has a mild sour nose w/ subtle fruit note -grape-like w/a light tartness and classic wine grape vinegar sourness you expect from a Cantillon lambic

M - The feel is more sour than anything with a intense tart puckering feel w/ lingering juiciness and mild dry sour astringency w/ moderately high level of carbonation and slighltly high acidity level

T - This lambic has a subtle acidic white grape juiciness at the start w/ slight pucker inducing sourness as indicated in the feel that carries over to the taste which brings a light peach and mild plum aspect w/ tanginess and tannic elements displayed. There is a bitter lemon and cherry tinge at the back of the throat w/ mild citrus flavor w/ bold tropical fruit like kumquat in a sweet tart taste that lingers long after the swallow

D - For such a sour lambic it is really a drinkable one w/ the fruit notes very fresh and vibrant and the evolution of the taste profile as it gets warmer is great. The temp brings out more asrtringency and also light sweetness. I sipped on this for awhile - top notch!

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 16:29:51 | More by Slatetank
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4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Church Key last night. Pricey, but absolutely worth it, much better than any bottle of this I've had.

The pour is a hazy, murky yellow with no real head. I've had better looking beers, but few have smelled better. Just a massive white grape character, fresh, juicy and vinous. The sourness is quite pronounced too with a sharp acidity, mostly lemony, and this works brilliantly with the fruit, making for a vinous beer. Funk is modest with a bit of musty basement and dank earth.
The flavors on the palate are through the roof. There's so much juicy, fruity, white grape character that it's incredible. Like a dry white wine, the fruit character is explosive, but the lack of sweetness makes for a very refreshing beverage. The sourness is quite prominent, surprisingly so, with a big lemon character along with a touch of funk. Medium-light in body with a low level of carbonation, this beer finishes dry and pucking, palate cleansingly so, with a lingering lemon juice and white grape character. Truly phenomenal.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2010 13:25:45 | More by DefenCorps
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4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer came to me a VERY hazy golden color with no head at all. Lacing was present but minimal.

Smell: Huge hints of citrus and banyard funk.

Taste: Amazing taste. The hints of lemon along with a wonderful funky sourness. This also had an amazing sweetness to it. Almost a little too sweet.

Mouthfeel:Medium body with low carbonation.

Overall: An amazingly unigue beer that I am happy to been able to try. Thanks to Polly at Avenue Pub for bringing this one in. Not one of Cantillon's best beers but still a good one. At $9 for 10 oz considering the rarity of this beer not a bad price either!

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 13:28:53 | More by Beerbuddha
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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a goblet as part of the Lion's Pride Belgian Beer Fest. The beer has a cloudy, opaque peach appearance, like a glass of juice or nectar. There was no head, per se, but I could see some individual bubbles on top that kind of looked like specs floating in the beer.. It coats the sides of the glass slightly. It has an aroma that is both musty and sour. I can smell some peach as well. The taste has some sourness, but not too much. It is a bit cider-like. It tastes aged, kind of like an old oxidized beer, but not quite. There were some ripe fruit flavors as well. It has a light body. There was a good tingling sensation from the sourness. I also felt a slight puckering after I swallowed. It was very drinkable. I could easily go through an entire bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2010 14:55:17 | More by ToasterChef
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3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Avenue Pub.
Pours a hazy dirty orange color

Smells of mostly vinegar, sharp citrus acid notes.

The taste is sour mid palate with some lemon and young white grape tartness. chardonnay oak to tart tones with a tart finish.

soft mouthfeel with very little carbonation following.

A nice refreshing drink great for an aperatif.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2010 11:33:08 | More by Lldeegan
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden orange, hazy, with a frothy white champagne like head, quickly gone. Smell is an initial wiff thats musty and sour, hints of sweet wine grapes trail. Taste follows scent, with a slighttly less pronounced sour and musty profile, and a little more pronounced sweet wine grape as well as hints of grapefruit, apple and white wine vinegar. Medium bodied, slightly slick, good carbonation. Very interesting beer with a few unique things going on. Worked well as a substitute for white wine with a Mediteranean style meal.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 02:47:32 | More by rfgetz
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4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a somewhat-dark peach color with only a slight head. Very bright coloring.

S: Lots of vinegary and acid with some green apple and green grape. Lactic sourness, but nothing too overwhelming.

T: Green grapes and a bit of musty earthiness. Some tongue-puckering qualities, but nothing too substantial.

M: Pretty sour and a medium body with good carbonation.

D: Nice, but the flavors never really completely fused together like they do in most Cantillon beers; still, a very solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 13:48:30 | More by Thorpe429
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3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as a birthday present from the wonderful girlfriend!

Appearance- Pours a murky, dark straw color out of the bottle with a minimal sheet of white head across the top of the beer. Dies back almost immediately to nothing, though some evidence of carbonation beading up throughout the body.

Smell- Very funky and vinous. Smells heavily of barnyard and some musty hay. Much more funk action going on than I was expecting, even more noticeable than the grape addition. Furthermore, a bit of sweaty leather and along with this I smell for the first time what I think individuals would identify as "cat piss" in a lambic. Very odd, I don't consider it to be a bad smell but rather indicative of a unique funkiness.

Taste- Lactic tartness up front of the order of green grapes and lemon zest. A healthy amount of noticeable funk and barnyard. Less leather and no discernible "cat piss" in the flavor profile however. More of what I expect of funk. A very interesting flavor overall and though tart, it isn't overly tart for a Cantillon and goes down quite easy. Interesting.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is pretty spot on for the style, being a bit thin and moderately carbonated. Drinkability is also pretty high given that the tartness of the beer is fairly rounded out.

Overall, another very good offering from Cantillon. However, I would say it is not my favorite of their lineup for sure. Worth a shot but I even prefer the Classic amongst others

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 04:07:30 | More by boatshoes
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/24/08, enjoyed at the wine bar across the street from Great Lakes 13 months later.

Nice straw colored beer with a mini white head.

Nose smells nice, mellow enough but nice hints of grapes, lemon, and just enough wildness from the brett. This is one of the more appealing pungent sours I've had, there's something about it that seems bright and crisp.

Taste is wonderful. An intense and awesome rush of sour but not too overpowering a burn like some other Cantillon beers can be. Lemons, wonderfully complex barnyard funk, bright and sharp without being too lactic. This is an extremely flavorful beer with restraint and balance, a rare thing to find.

Perfect carbonation and a nice body. This one was a great alternative for my fiancee and I to drink while our friends got some wine. I must say there are one or two Cantillons I enjoy more, but this was really awesome. One of the most drinkable extremely sour beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 13:59:47 | More by jampics2
Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 799 ratings.