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Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon

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97
world-class

887 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 512
Gots: 190 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-23-2002)
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

bauermj, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Ineedabeerhere, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

bsuedekum, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of danieelol
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

danieelol, Nov 10, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

stakem, Oct 13, 2011
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4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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

craytonic, Oct 10, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

GONZALOYANNA, Oct 03, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage on draft at Monk's Cafe.

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden straw color with a thin white head that quickly dissaptes.  Not much lacing to speak of.

Slightly funky, vinous aroma with hints of musty funk and wet hay along with earthy oak and vinous light fruit.  Lots of grape in the nose.  

Medium bodied with a nice mix of dry, tart/earthy funky notes and sweet light fruit. Dry and very puckering without being harsh or acidic.  Sweet acetic vinegar lingering complimented by sweet vinous fruit notes.  Grapes are still prominent five years later.  Hints of dry, earthy oak and musty funk are perfectly balanced with a lingering sweet vinegar finish that leaves me thirsting for more.

corby112, Sep 11, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for ThoreauLikeAGirl for sharing a bottle of 2009 Vigneronne.

This beer is a hazy tan with a good bit of carbonation and fluffy head. The beer smells smokey and meaty with a good bit of funk. There is lots of tart lemon, and grapeskin in the finish. A little horsey with dry bitter mineral finish. The beer is light and dances on your tongue.

Soonami, Aug 27, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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"

Nashvillain, Aug 17, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

xnicknj, Aug 10, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dirkchivers, Aug 10, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

xpimptastikx, Jul 16, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

zaphodchak, Jul 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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edit 2012-08-15
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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.

cosmicevan, Jul 05, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mikesgroove, Jul 04, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

oline73, Jul 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Damian, Jun 19, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

AleWatcher, Jun 18, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

JAXSON, Jun 03, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

jlenik, Jun 02, 2011
Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
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