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Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon

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98
world-class

972 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 972
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 543
Gots: 202 | FT: 20
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 -3.4%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jun 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

auroracrisis, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Agold
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good lord. '97 vintage twice in 2 days? How the fuck does this happen. I love you Philly beer week. Thank you so much to mat and lauren and everyone else.

The beer pours and a surprising little head emerges on top of a burnt orange cloudy beer. Aroma is astounding, very little oxidation if any, lots of rich vinous aromas. The white grapes are not as pronounced as a fresh bottle, but they are definitely still there.

Aging beer was once described to me as being much like wood working. An object is artfully crafted and is beautiful to start out with, and aging a beer is like sanding that piece. Removing all the rough and sharp edges. Sometimes this is not desirable in either case, but sometimes it takes something amazing and improves on it. This is much more like the latter. Though the beer is much more sour, the flavors are very soft and full and smooth. Lots of winelike flavors, a bit of vinegar, and lots of lactic acid. The funk is hard to place, somewhere between sweaty and dusty and moldy. Mouthfeel was dry, but as I would expect from a beer this old it got flat pretty quickly.mOutstanding beer, even better experience.

Agold, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of shleepy
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a tumbler glass. Bought and drank in Brussels. ~6 month old bottle, so quite fresh.

A: Small head, quickly faded away. Burnt golden color.

S: Sweet grapes, apricots/peaches. A hint of sourness, and maybe just a little funk.

T: Grape and apricot juice-like. Very sour and very fruity. Not much funk, if any.

M: Low carbonation, lots of acidity.

O: I think it's actually more apricot-like than grape-like. Delicious, either way. Note that if you get an older bottle (and you probably will), it will probably have a lot more funk and at least a bit less fruitiness.

shleepy, May 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

nmann08, May 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

tbeq00, May 26, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had as part of the "Evening with Cantillon" event at the Belgian Beer Cafe Eureka, part of Melbourne's Good Beer Week.

Yep, it's that classic Cantillon look. Hazy golden hue, with a firm white head that persists as a solid if marginal film. Decent sudsy lace, and a light but firm body. Looks good.

Nose is crisp and vinous, with a slightly oaky character like aged chardonnay. Classic rubbery aroma as well, like the gas tube for a Bunsen burner. Quite leafy as well, with the vinous characters giving a slightly herbal, rubber-plant flesh kind of aroma. Interesting.

Palate is initially clear, but is hit quickly with a crisp, direct sharp intensity of acid. It's almost a crystalline clarity, as the palate feels a little empty apart from this. The herbal notes fight in the background, giving a sharp brutal beating. There's hidden classic lambic characters, but they're subtle, and overwhelmed by the other, more brusque flavours.

Not a bad drop, but it certainly seems harsher and less refined than some other Cantillon beers. There's a rugged unapologetic nature to this brew which makes it less approachable than others, even if you're forced to respect it.

lacqueredmouse, May 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

thewimperoo, May 22, 2012
Photo of Rempo
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Rempo, May 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

drewone, May 08, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled November 24, 2011, best before December, 2012, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color, topped with a finger of white head.

S- Big funky aroma, lots of lemon citrus, some oak and white grapes. Very bright and refreshing.

T- Bracing tartness, big lemony citric acidity, nice hay and apple orchard funk, earthy and mineralic, very dry white grapes with some dry oak.

M- Medium bodied, carbonation slightly low, has a smooth and dry feel.

O- A delicious lambic, Cantillon doesn't disappoint.

WillCarrera, May 05, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes from Dark Lord Day '12, generously shared my Rempo. I'm not sure which vintage though.

This beer poured a light bodied Belgian pale esque gold in color with a slight white lacing around the glass and moderate carbonation. The aromas are very earthy, funky, floral, and herbal. It has some tea leaf to it. The flavors are dry and musty, funky, earthy, have some grassy hay to them, feature lit acidity and is somewhat citric. It drinks very light and dry. It has a moderate bite from the carbonation. The aftertaste leaves a resonating flavor or herbal spice which I really appreciated. I really liked this one. It was different than I expected.

aasher, May 01, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage.

A: hazy pale straw-orange.

S: blueberry-lemon. sweet and sour. big fruitiness.

T: more of the same. beautiful. not puckering. dry(ish) tart finish.

M: close to perfect. medium bodied, juicy, a bit creamy.

O: first try for me on this one. not even close to buyer's remorse.

find it, don't overpay for it, and drink it.

farmhousebound, Apr 24, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2009)

Thanks for opening this with me, Tenchi221!

(Aged for 2+ years)

Hazy golden yellow and slight orange with a small, near-white head that falls away quickly. This leaves irregular, webbed lacing down the glass. Unspectacular, but appropriate.

This has an explosive, bright, and vibrant aroma. There's lot of earthy funk, lots of tart lemon, big sour notes, along with some mild apple and white grape. Incredible.

The flavor is just as stellar, with the lemon, apple, and grape characters combining incredibly well, backed up and complemented by huge levels of sourness, and earthy, damp basement funk.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

Fantastic.

ehammond1, Apr 13, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1995 Vintage, enjoyed on 4/10/12 at Monk's Cafe Beers of the Celler event.

The cork disintegrated into the bottles a bit and sometimes into the glasses, but oh well! Hazy yellow in color, it pour much lighter than Iris with absolutely no head. 4.5

The aroma is one of the strangest I have ever come across. Musty, stinky funk there's something there I can't describe. Malts? This must be the sweaty goat I’ve heard of. 3.5

The taste has definitely thinned compared to Iris. I'm going to call this aroma/flavor malty and not quite as enamel rippingly sour. An easy drinking 17 year old gueueze that's for sure. 4

Very light body with that similarly lasting aftertaste. No carbonation, which will be a theme this evening I suspect. It coats the palate nicely and goes down quickly and smoothly. 4

This was so good I ate grilled octopus with it. Which if you know me, you know this is a huge feat. It stepped down in quality from the Iris for me, but I'm not worried moving forward! 4

russwbeck, Apr 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

phingdong, Apr 10, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

2009 vintage.

Pours a murky yellow with an off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is super sour, tart, and funky with a lemon aroma. Taste is the same with a sour lemon flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good lambic with an awesome flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

csano, Apr 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

sliverX, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from 2010, poured into a goblet in a backyard in Brussels. The first bottle to grace my new Lambic basket!

A: Hazy orange-gold body under a transient, coarse white head that flees into a ring. Light lace. Pretty good.

S: Fruity - grapes with tropical nuances, lemon and green apple - some mustardy Cantillon funk, and a lovely hint of dry, mineral-laden earthiness. Terrific.

T: Very tart lemony sourness up front, with some grassy and mustardy funkiness in the middle and a heavily grapey, dry finish. Lots of rich grape flavors on the long, delicious aftertaste. Fantastic.

M: Creamy, frothy medium body. Very nice.

O: Yet another winner of a fruit beer from Cantillon. I'm glad I got this one to go at De Heeren van Liedekerke, and just wish that it were easier to find stateside.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Apr 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

trxxpaxxs, Apr 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

BeRanger, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

December 2008 vintage (opened in Mar 2012)

Appearance – A light amber, golden peach color. Hazy, but lets a lot of light through. Head is light with no signs of lacing.

Smell – Sour muscat grapes, vinegar, oak.

Taste –Like the smell; sour grapes with a hint of vinegar and a touch of oak.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated, thin, with a sour bite.

Drinkability – A decent lambic, but a bit too sour for me to find highly drinkable.

Falcon91Wolvrn03, Apr 01, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of 2004 cracked open 7 years later....

appearance is golden with a thick fluffy white head. A small sip brings incredible sweetness followed by sour. The aftertaste is incredibly dry, almost like sucking on a block of salt. Definitely a sour from the nose to taste and followthrough. It's got intense sweetness that's followed by a dry dry, Mouth-Puckering sourness. Incredible beer that manages to stay drinkable to the end.

ThePorterSorter, Apr 01, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ReadBaron for this great brew.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a nice cloudy straw color with a nice finger of off white head.

Smell – Lots of horse blanket, must, barnyard and brett funk, oak, white grapes, and lemon zest.

Taste – More sour than expected but enjoyable nonetheless. More sour lemon/lemon zest than grapes. A nice oak flavor mixed with must and funk midway, and slight grape tannins at the end.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied, sprtizy carbonation, finishes tart and dry.

Overall – A good lambic from Cantillon, but not my favorite. Still, very tasty.

SpdKilz, Mar 29, 2012
Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
98 out of 100 based on 972 ratings.