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Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon

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844 Ratings

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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 507
Gots: 191 | FT: 15
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Chico1985


3.93/5  rDev -10.5%

Thanks to Cam for sharing, 2008 vintage.

Pours hazy peach-orange, head fizzles completely away in 1 second leaving it to look like orange popsicle juice. Small white ring forms on 2nd pour.

Smells like Cantillon. Funk, oak, sourness. This one is particularly rank on the 2nd pour, smells like funky ass, clogged toilets, convenience store bathroom stalls. Still gets a 4 somehow.

Tastes much like a gueuze to me...sour white wine, oak, there is definitely white grapes but it's much more present in the aftertaste, they're also much stronger in the start.

Oily, seemingly undercarbonated, pretty sour overall but not on par with Lou Pepe or the Kriek.

This was one funky ass lambic.

10-30-2010 13:45:37 | More by Chico1985
Photo of stcules


4.3/5  rDev -2.1%

Orange color, whitefoam, just a bit, and quickly falling down.
White grape in the smell, grape skin overall. Lambic notes, and also something cereal.
Again white grapes at the taste, with a definite sourness, clear white wine notes, some almond and white flowers, and the skin of the nuts, too.
Still quite smooth and soft, and full, beside the sourness, probably for the presence of the grape.
Definitely pleasant, and with the strong lambicnotes (leather, etc.) quite attenuated.

10-26-2010 20:32:06 | More by stcules
Photo of ahalloin


4.33/5  rDev -1.4%

Bottle from 2007 shared at a tasting, reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a cloudy dull golden color with a decent wispy white head which slowly recedes to nothing.

S: The smell is a potpourri of typical Cantillon qualities. Slight doses of vinegar, cider, and a blunt, minerally funkiness from all the bugs straddle a subdued sweet backbone.

T: The flavor is accurately predicted by the smell with tart sour apples, barnyard, sour grapes, and a pleasant earthy funkiness. The acidic nature contributes to the puckering factor, leading to a incredibly dry, refreshing finish.

MF: The acidic nature and carbonation cleanse and refresh the palate with authority.

D: This is a highly drinkable lambic with the depth and character that permeates Cantillon's line of fine beers.

10-15-2010 12:23:25 | More by ahalloin
Photo of sweemzander


4.53/5  rDev +3.2%

Review #600!
750mL corked and capped bottle poured into a stemmed glass. November 5th 2009 on the back label.

(A)- Pours a cloudy apricot orange color. Produced a light layer of white bubbles that subsided quickly. A beautiful looking color though.

(S)- A tart apricot/white grape/ and apple like fruits. Earthy too, with some clay and a hay funkiness. Slightly lactic. I am lovin' the smell on this.

(T)- Pretty much what the smell foretold. A big acidity and sourness up front. The white grape/apricot fruits really shine through in the acidity. A good funk in the middle, but is kept in check by the acidic fruits. A subtle sweetness on the finish.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Very high acidity that lends to a big sourness as well. Good fruits. Despite its acidic strength, it is rather smooth; a subtle sweetness and crisp fruits keeps it at bay.

(D)- When I think Cantillon cannot surprise me any more than they already have, they somehow continue to each time I try something new of theirs. While this is only a year old, the acidic/sour fruits really balance well with the funk and subtle sweetness. This could age for decades because it is so highly acidic, but the fruits really are tasty in this now.

09-29-2010 13:06:34 | More by sweemzander
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.1/5  rDev -6.6%

(Served in white wine glass)
A- This beer has a slight murky deep orange body with a thin ring of white around the rim. There is a very gentle carbonation of one or two bubbles that are visible.
S- The cheese rind brett note is followed by a soft tartness and a nice white grape skin aroma finishes.
T- The light cheese rind flavor has a smooth tartness to follow with a mild white grape tannin note in the finish. There is a nice pucker and a muscat grape note that linger.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no alcohol heat.
D- The bright tartness with the subtle muscat grape flavor and cheese rind work great together. This is easy to drink and crisp and the tartness is smooth enough for another glass.

09-26-2010 01:28:07 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of haz77


4.1/5  rDev -6.6%

A - Bottled 2007. Pours a cloudy gold, with a thin ring for a head. This can be refreshed to a light layer, but there is no visible carbonation if the drink is left to sit.

S - Barnyard funk, solvent, apple, grape, nettle, very slight floral aroma.

T - Starts with hay, apple and citrus. Flavours remain, but become rounder and warmer in the middle of the drink. As expected it has a nice tart edge, although not as mouth-puckering as suspected. Sour, dry, lingering finish, with more of the lemon joined by the solvent.

M - Light-bodied initially, but becomes rounder and fleshsier in the middle. Soft carbonation cuts through this and it finishes bone-dry.

D - A really good subtle, refined Lambic. Yet another beer from Cantillon that hits the mark.

09-25-2010 21:42:46 | More by haz77
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -5.5%

Split a 750 mL bottle with my wife last night.

Dec 2008 vintage

A: Vigneronne appears a golden hue, with a subdued head that leaves no lacing.

S: The smell is of white wine (muscat grapes), sour funk, hay and/or straw. The aroma is definitely Cantillon, no doubt about that.

T: The beer is sour, though not incredibly tart or overbearing by any means. The fruit aspect is quite subdued, and I found Vigneronne to taste more like a Chardonnay than a grape fruit lambic, like St. Lamvinus. This was a good beer, for sure, but I prefer many of Cantillon's other offerings. I would like to try this on draft, where perhaps the fruit flavors would emerge a bit more than the bottled version.

M: The feel was tart, with low carbonation.

D: To say that I am extremely fond of Cantillon is an understatement. I have thoroughly enjoyed every beer that I have had the opportunity to sample. I definitely recommend this beer, and anything at all associated with Cantillon.

09-24-2010 19:18:10 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of alfrantzell


4.43/5  rDev +0.9%

This golden fluid, the 2009 vintage, is delivered from the tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas with a fleeting head. It off-gasses scents of nectarines, spiced apricots, chardonnay, inexpertly cleaned white peach pits, and tastes austere, but not as caustic as the bottled form -- aided, no doubt, by the keg format, which thickens the mouthfeel and focuses on the fruit. The funk and sourness are left by the wayside, but it's for a good cause.

09-19-2010 21:18:38 | More by alfrantzell
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.18/5  rDev -4.8%

Bottled 12/24/08. Poured into a Malheur chalice. Light lacing and little head with no retention. Aroma of fresh-like green apples and sour grapes. Taste is puckering and sour without funk. Interesting and refreshing. Paired well with a sharp cheddar cheese.

08-30-2010 20:22:09 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of GRG1313


4/5  rDev -8.9%

December 2008 bottling per the cork; brewed with Italian muscat grapes.

Pours a medium orange amber with a thin white head that quickly fades.

Nose is sour wheat grass, wet hay, and sour green apples with undertones of sweet wine vinegar.

Mouthfeel is crisp, fresh and puckering. This one is mouthfilling and rich in character.

Flavors are intense, insane and layered. Big sour green apple with light undertones of sour green grapes and puckering citrus. Very tart yet deceivingly well balanced.

These are the only beers I like a bit on the colder side and not room temperature. However, the extreme citrus and tart character softened and more sweet/grape/apple to acid balance came through as it warmed to cool from cold.

A puckering drink all the way through to a salivating lemon citrus finish. Very drinkable and appealing but very big in character and one keeps salivating from the acid long into the finish.

Nice sour although two glasses was my limit on this one

08-28-2010 05:12:16 | More by GRG1313
Photo of tigg924


4.47/5  rDev +1.8%

Had on tap at Binny's South Loop tasting room

Appearance: orange/yellow in color, cloudy, minimal head

Smell: sour mix and apple cider

Taste: sour mix, grapes, and green apples

Mouthfeel: very sour with sweetness in the background to mellow the taste some, tart, light body with low carbonation

Drinkability: One of the better Cantillon sours I have had. The initial taste is very mouth puckering. The apple and grape tones mix well with the sourness. I would drink several glasses of this if I knew my body could handle this.

08-23-2010 16:19:55 | More by tigg924
Photo of kingcrowing


3.85/5  rDev -12.3%

On tap poured into an 8oz flute at Ebenezer's pub during the 6th annual Belgian Beer fest.

Pours a hazy pale straw color with no head at all. Nose is funky, sweet and a bit fruity. I ordered this thinking it was Saint Lamvinus so I was thrown off at first.

Taste is sweet, funky and quite grapey. It's very tart and puckering. Fairly light mouthfeel but nice sharp carbonation. Quite drinkable for a sour because it doesn't really have that horse blanket taste to it.

08-23-2010 14:02:02 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of Stigs


3.95/5  rDev -10%

750ml bottle, split within a few people...served in various Chalice's

A - pours with a thin layer of loose white film...the beer is progressively more cloudy towards the bottom of the bottle (I sampled through the entire thing) and urine yellow in color.

S - vineous...with some subtle farmyard funk. assertive acidic vinegar and tartness. light fruitiness in the second half: green grapes and pears.

T - sharp acidic and sourness attacks the back ends of the tongue. some tart fruits, lemon and lime. bordering metallic before the grapes really come to life, mellowing everything out with a pleasant sweetness.

M - medium bodied with light carbonation, would like just a bit more as it become a bit of a chore to drink as the glasses went down and it warmed.

D - overall good, but not anywhere near my favorite Cantillons or even any other fruit lambics. the metalallic taste was really only held in check towards the bottom of the bottle as the dregs sourness cut in.

08-21-2010 23:58:33 | More by Stigs
Photo of Arbitrator


3.88/5  rDev -11.6%

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2004 vintage (according to the cork) acquired from mikeyv35. Thanks Mike.

A: Pours a hazy straw/gold body -- and no, I didn't get the dregs, so I can't blame that this time. Not much in the way of head; it looks like a standard lambic, I suppose.

S: Horse blanket and hay. Just a whisper of leather and moss. There's a sharp, musty rotting/organic aroma that I was having trouble pinning down. "Musty" is about the best I can do. It was a little harsh even, reminding me of [what I think is] cat piss, but no one else agreed with me.

T: Funky. Barnyard (hay, horse blanket). Leather is slight, just as in the nose. Soft lemon. Grape tannins are evident, even though their sweetness and tartness has faded out. Slight oak, with a balanced lactic sourness. It's not a particularly dry beer, which is nice; I think it tempers what can sometimes be a tough style to handle.

M: Tannic finish. Carbonation is low; it could be higher for better scrubbing. I find that necessary in fruit lambics.

D: Very tasty. It's not my favorite fruit lambic, but it is quite good.

(Yes, this one did give me GI distress within a few hours.)

08-18-2010 19:00:21 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of fear025


4.03/5  rDev -8.2%

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL.

Aroma:Balsamic vinegar.

Appearance:Sightly hazy pale orange, with minimal head and poor lacing.

Taste:Upon first taste, this beer has a medium sourness as compared to other Cantillons. On second taste, more balsamic vinegar tastes come through. On the foretaste, it tastes like a sweet lime soft drink for just a moment, and then the midtaste comes in with sourness and musket grape flavor. The aftertaste then fades pleasantly.

Mouthfeel:This beer has a light mouthfeel, without the harshness present in many sour beers.

Drinkability:This Cantillon is quite drinkable and pleasant. My palate has a tough time with sour/tart beers, but this one is quite nice.

08-15-2010 05:32:17 | More by fear025
Photo of BarrytheBear


4.15/5  rDev -5.5%

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge

Hazy yellow pour into a goblet

Nice sharp tartness, funky yeast, and sour grapes

Crisp tartness, sour white grape skins, pleasant sourness, lemon, some funk at the end that is complimentary and subtle and not overwhelming. Tannins quite evident on the finish.

Nice pucker with a seemless meshing of many pleasant characteristics of a solid fruit lambic. Wish I had enjoyed another.

08-01-2010 03:12:53 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of BARFLYB


4.33/5  rDev -1.4%

On tap at Blue Dog a few times, had to get some more. It's been years since I had this.

A- A nice white gold color with some small tans in between. Somewhat of a white fuzz on top semi soapy, dies down quick.

S- My god this is sour scented. Big wine grapes of the muscat type. Vinious, sour funky,earthy, Cantillon. It really jumps out at you, more than St. Lamvinous does, these grapes is ripe. It just smells good.

T- It is good. This is the stuff. Grapes coming in under a big sour apple blast. Wine grapes. Funky and tart. Semi earthy. Not getting a lot of moldy cheese and feet, just grapes and funk.

M- Puckeringly good. Just enough pucker though. The grapes are big in taste and winey and stay a bit. This finishes quite dry. Light bodied nicely carbed and a mouthfull, of sour.

D- I love this stuff, off tap it's just amazing. Woukd love to age a bottle of this for a decade. It's not overly sour, I had a few without much trouble. A bit acidic. It's nothing short of amazing.

07-13-2010 01:40:33 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of oglmcdgl


4.43/5  rDev +0.9%

On tap at blue dog landsdale.

A- comes to me with a slight wisp of head nothing much to speak of. Hazy dull yellow in color that gives a nice glow when lit from behind.

S- hugh funky barnyard and crushed muscat grapes. Dusty and musty. Lemon juice.

T- tart and sour with under ripe green grapes, lemon juice. Nice lacto character. Funky oak and a hint of white wine vinegar and other vineous hints.

M- medium to light in body with a small tingly carb that slowly builds and adds to the nice pucker. Dry finish.

D- very tart and sour with bugs galore. Oaky and juicy. Very enjoyable indeed. With two glasses in me and some nice cheese life is good.

07-09-2010 23:39:02 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of jaxon53


4.28/5  rDev -2.5%

Bottled December 24, 2008

Served this just slightly chilled, in an Ommegang chalice, from a 750ml green bottle. It's been quite a while since I've had this brew.

Appearance: Vignerone pours out a bit of a hazy golden color, that shows some light amber highlights. A somewhat hard pour yields about a finger of soapy, bright white head. Head faded quickly, leaving very little lace behind.

Smell: Tart out front, very tart. Picking up just the slightest aroma of Muscat grapes. Definitely getting some light oaky notes. Strong, funky yeast really presents itself nicely. Hard to put some of these aromas into words.

Taste: Getting a nice subtle grape flavor. Maybe this lends to the sourness? Some of the oak makes itself known. Neither flavor is strong, but enough to give a nice accent. Yeasty and somewhat funky, with straight forward sourness on the tongue. No alcohol is noticed. Finishes quite dry and tart. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Nice, not quite thin or full mouthfeel. Definitely palate coating. Carbonation level is moderate.

Drinkability: A very drinkable and tasty brew. Every sip is better than the last.

06-27-2010 00:28:35 | More by jaxon53
Photo of hooliganlife


4.43/5  rDev +0.9%

750ml vintage 2007 served in a Bells tulip

pours a dull straw yellow with light hints of orange. light haze. fizzy white head that quickly disappears leaving very light lacing.

light lemon and oak up front. nice underlying sourness with white grape.

nice sour punch up front. light lemon zest mixed with a nice white grape flavor. light oak and dry malt fill in the backbone. lots of grape with a nice light grape aftertaste.

light fizzy with a very dry finish. lips curled a bit from the dryness mixed with sourness.

this is excellent. i always read that this one in general is not as good as others. i find the balance to be pretty spot on. the flavors really blend well.

06-12-2010 00:56:49 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of Mora2000


4.43/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

06-10-2010 01:50:11 | More by Mora2000
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

06-05-2010 20:37:45 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of dirtylou


4.28/5  rDev -2.5%

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

05-28-2010 21:03:18 | More by dirtylou
Photo of jrallen34


3.8/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

05-02-2010 17:47:33 | More by jrallen34
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -10%

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.

05-02-2010 01:40:50 | More by biboergosum
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