Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon

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rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.8%
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-23-2002

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Photo of badbeer
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murky yellow color with very little head. Aroma was sour, similar to vinegar (surprise surprise), and had a bit of astringency similar to grape skins. Tasted like sour, dry, grape skins and a bit of other funk. Light body and very little carbonation. This beer was on tap at the Maduro. I think I like it better than my score indicates, but it is what it is. (358 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
4.02/5  rDev -5%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle at Monks Cafe Bottled (Nov 23 2012)

A- Dark Golden hay color, minimal head, nice bubbles stuck to the side of the glass
S- The aroma is amazing, classic funky Cantillon aroma, but more subtle than most Cantillon that i've had. Sour lemon, sour white grape notes, malt comes out as well, nice musky notes.
T- The taste is delicious, so refreshing, very easy to drink for being sour and puckering. Sour lemon, white grape, barnyard funk.
M- Light/medium mouthfeel, clean drinking, dry finish, well carbonated.
O- I have yet to have a Cantillon beer that i've had any problems with, always delicious, always satisfying, this beer is no exception. (660 characters)

Photo of csmiley
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very bright gold color with a hefty amount of clarity. The white head comes to about one finger in height before receding fairly quick to almost nothing. Lacing is minimal. Some active carbonation just keeps going and going, giving the beer a shimmer when held to the light.

S - The aroma has a serious dose of funk going on. Notes of old wet hay and barnyard animals through and through. Some wood comes through in the background and stays pretty much out of the way. Surprisingly the fruit seems to take a back seat with a little green apple with some grape goodness mixed in as well. Aroma is well done overall.

T - Taste is also just a blast of funk with other flavors that seem to be just thrown in as an afterthought. More old wet hay and farm animals dominate. This one is very tart. Some white grape comes and goes throughout. Some cedar and green apple show up midway. There is almost a sweeter honey type flavor on the very end. Alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with a healthy and active carbonation level. Finish is tart and just never goes away.

D - Drinkability is pretty good for the Vigneronne. You would think the moderate alcohol level would make this one go down quite easy but there are too many strong tasty flavors here to savor. It's a big tart beer that keeps beating around the palate until it screams uncle. Abv is completely hidden behind everything else that is going on here. Honestly, we have another winner from Cantillon. Definitely recommended.. (1,549 characters)

Photo of blakesell
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from corked capped 750ml bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled Oct '06.

Appearance- Pours a hazy yellow almost like a hefe but with strange off-coloured swirls moving around with a black particle that got in there for good measure. Head is fine like Sprite and quickly dissapates but has suprisingly more carbonation than expected from Cantillon.

Smell- Sharp barnyard sourness with a strong Vigneronne grape bite a lemonady scent also jumps to the nose.

Taste- Sharp tartness and lemons with a strange winelike texture that gives the beer more complexity. Belgian sweet/sourness lingers forever after the swallow.

Mouthfeel- It just improves as it goes along, medium light bodied with good percived carbonation, but there really isn't much carbonation there at all.

Drinkability- As Cantillon is not for everyone, I would expect this drinkability to be much less for others, but for me this is amazingly drinkable and thus far is my favourite of all the Cantillon's. (980 characters)

Photo of kenito799
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10 oz pour at Memphis Tap Room, Fishington, Philly.

So wonderful to have a chance to drink a Cantillon brew on tap. Pale rose-tinted golden brew, no head to speak of, in keeping with the style. A Champagne-type fine-bubbled carbonation. Aroma of lovely tart funkiness, characteristic Cantillon vinegar-brett aromas. Love the tart flavor from the first sip...fairly mild when compared to other Cantillon offerings, very drinkable, with a lightly grapey finish. Excellent aperitif, could easily drink a lot more with a meal. (523 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A warm orange color with medium carbonation. No head due to the acidity.

Acetic and lactic in aroma. Gentle fruit aromas. Very little funk.

Brite and crisp on the pallate. Slightly fruity. Somewhat complex with notes of hay and grapes.

Light and crisp.

Well rounded, gentle complexity, very crisp finish. (308 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Vigneronne '14 vintage

Pours a hazy amber-yellow color, with no head or visible carbonation.

Smells surprisingly fruity, of young, juicy white grapes, embedded in dusty malts, wooden earth and a note of white lemon rind. This gives the beer a pleasant depth, with no flavor standing out too much on its own, the beer convinces by its balance, exhibiting a pleasant tart peak.

Has a lower carbonation, as this is still a very young Lambic, while it is enough to set the brews taste into the right spotlight.

The grapes arent too present on themselves, while they blend perfectly into the funky, acidic sourness. Its fruitiness reveals apple rind, soft grape pulp and a flowery grassiness, creating a dough, soft and pleasant appearance. Flowers blend well into the musty malts, revealing a soapy hint with unsweetened marzipan, fresh lemon juice and incredibly profound, well accentuated grapes. Finishes with a short lasting sourness, gently wrapped up by malts and flowery grass, pear, grapes and citrus likewise.

This lambic features rich, multi layered and incredibly well integrated grapes, creating a round, diversified taste, with dry white pepper husk, dandelions, lemon peel and a note of honey. All these flavors find their balance in the tart, perfectly build lambic base, creating a fantastic beer. (1,316 characters)

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle, split with akorsak and Phatz.

A - Poured a cloudy pear color with a small head that left a good lacing around the glass the whole way down.

S - Difficult to put a finger on it, but without making it sound putrid, smells almost stale on a powerful grape backbone.

T - Tartness is almost warned in advance. I can say that for the style, the mixture of sour grapes and acidic citrus/spice works very well. It's not quite my style of choice by any means, but the sourness is appropriate for the lambic.

M - Medium-to-light body that remained bubbly with a crisp finish.

D - Again, it's not my forte, so it's hard for me to be completely unbiased...haven't had many from this style, but it definitely fits. It seems like much more of an acquired taste than I am used to. (827 characters)

Photo of Beerzebub
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, bottled 2007, poured in a big wine glass at 56 F/ 13 C.

Striking bright golden color with a bit of haze, minimal white head that eventually disappears entirely, no lace.

Very tart aroma, like sourdough. White grapes are certainly there, but I wouldn't have identified them immediately (or maybe ever) if the label hadn't clued me in. Some flowers, honey, tart peach and apricot, a bit of vinegar, and just a touch of overripe/almost-rotten fruit funk, in a good way.

Tastes quite sour, with just a smidgen of sweetness that manages to balance it out. Tasty fruit, along the lines of stone fruits and white grapes. The fruitiness isn't intense, but it's right out in front, there's not much else going on except a good dose of acidity. Those two elements are well integrated and complementary, so it works well. Some very mild bitterness, barely discernible.

Nice tiny bubbles; soft cushy carbonation along with the prickliness of the acidity, like the two sides of some Velcro getting freaky with each other. Quite refreshing, and the more I drink this and become acclimated to the acidity, the more refreshing and enjoyable it becomes. (1,147 characters)

Photo of Jon
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 Vintage.

Hazed golden peach color, finding its way to a murky cider hue after the fizzy white head quickly fades. Oaky, vanilla notes play second fiddle to grassy, citrus notes and the ubiquitous musty, acidic nose that is distinctly Cantillon. Tart lemon and citrus flavor is most dominant, though the sugars from the Muscat grapes play a minor role around mid-bottle, creating a mildly sweet-and-sour effect. The sour notes, however, are most evident. Light-to-medium bodied with medium carbonation and a lightly effervescent mouthfeel. Very refreshing and drinkable. Overall, I can't say I detected too much of the Muscat grapes except for perhaps a little of their inherent sugars along the way. Not my favorite of all the Cantillon lambics (that's not saying too much, as I adore this brewery), but still a top-notch creation as would be expected. (860 characters)

Photo of Auracom
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Jeff. 4-5 oz. poured in an FFF Rastal on August 17th, 2012.

A - Look almost identical to what I recall from the Classic Gueuze. Murky-yellow coloring. Virtually no head to speak of.

S - Plentiful white grape skins, dry grassy and spring notes, and a bit of lemon vinegar.

T - Considerably less sour than Classic. The muscat grapes are quite unique, the taste is soft and subtle through rear-palate. it is well balanced throughout.

M - Light body, appropriate carbonation, dry finish.

D - Among the most drinkable of Cantillons I've had so far because the sourness isn't absurd yet the flavor is still inviting. (636 characters)

Photo of ricke
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow with golden orange hues. A very small white head that settles quickly into a ring of lacings.

S: Fruity aromas with a subtle grape character. Slightly funky with notes of barnyard, mud, horse blanket and hay. Some vinegar and notes of tart peaches.

T: Quite sour. Notes of grapes and grape skins. Light sweetness, gentle wheat character. A minimal grassy bitterness in the mouth. Very sour in the middle. Pleasant barrel aged character blended with fruit pits. Funky notes of wet hay and mud. Plenty of grass and yeast. The finish is tart with notes of fruit and chestnuts.

M: Medium body with a dry finish. Very nice.

D: A very good beer. Unfortunately, the bottle was cellared for a couple of so the taste of grapes was on the decline, but still very good. (780 characters)

Photo of trbergman
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (818 characters)

Photo of Realale
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy medium gold. Raspy head is quickly gone.

Nose is white grapey over crackery malt. Nice lemon/lime citrus notes. Some earthiness, and a bit of a floral dimension as well.

Wonderfully round and full in the mouth, particularly for a Cantillon. Plenty of lovely Muscat flavors melding with the earth and funk. The acidity is there to provide backbone, but it doesn't dominate. Finish just goes on forever.

Well-balanced level of carbonation provides an excellent mouthfeel. Great drinkability, and fantastic with food. (528 characters)

Photo of jlenik
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of trappistlover
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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. (267 characters)

Photo of dbalsock
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon visiting the Brewery in Brussels I had this again and found some discrepancies with my previous post. Itis not nearly as similar to a Flanders Red as I previously state. The grape flavor is very clean and cuts through the malt background to provide both a nice tart mouthfeel and a complex taste. Upon having it at the brewery I have decided to change its score. It is now one of my very favorite lambics.

App: Pours a pale orange color with a tiny white head that lasts about 2 seconds. There is no lacing, and the yeast adds some haziness, depending on how much your pour in.

Smell: Grapes and mustiness explode from the bottle and glass, you can smell it across the room. It's similar to a white wine, but a malty sweetness similar to a Flander's Red peeks through.

Taste: Again, the taste is similar to a Flander's Red, but is lighter and has more of a sour grape taste. The malt isn't nearly as heavy. The grape and the malt dominate.

Mouthfeel: Sour, but not the most sour of lambics. The malt backbone leaves a sweet texture on the front of the tongue and sour bumps on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: This is pretty easy going because it doesn't have strange tastes going on and no repulsive smells that are available in certain other lambics. A good lambic to get more lambic experience with. (1,317 characters)

Photo of rodkin
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orangish yellow. Small head, little ring around the glass, light lacing. Kind of reminds me of some brand of pear juice.

Smell is sweet and tart green grapes, kind of wine-like smell. Some slight funk, but really the grape is coming through strongest. Maybe some apple in there. Pretty sweet, but the tart balances it a bit. Smells good.

Taste is a bit funkier. Green grape upfront, some apple, oak, some strong tartness, but not vinegary. A little bit of mustiness, maybe some hay. Kind of wine-like finish. Super tasty. Gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel is just excellent. Light spritzy carbonation, a little light but not water-thin. Carbonation is just fantastic, lightly tickles on the way down.

Really drinkable, really tasty. (751 characters)

Photo of bs870621345
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (621 characters)

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer departs an unfortunately corked bottle (pour horizontal storage?) into my wine glass. Aromas and initial flavors hint that it's still in fine shape (besides it's too sour to show any infections or other flaws). Super cloudy, straw yellow/orange, bubbly and a small head. I've come to learn the aroma of a Cantillon is just amazing, this one displaying some solvent, hay, sourness, and a touch of fruit, though I can't decide what. The flavor hits you as intense sourness, a bit of the wheat is detected. And, as their website notes that use a small amount of aged hops, so they go unoticed. As I hit my next glass of it, the grapes come into play and it's clear this is very much a sparkling wine like experience. Went well with a Frenchie leek and mushroom quiche. Can't wait to try the "rare" St. Lamvinus. (818 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last of the three Cantillons I drank at Ebenezer's over a week of stopping there while on vaca- oh poor me...
Poured into a Cantillon wine glass - pours a pale gold with light carbonation. Smells of white wine and some light fruit.
Tastes similar to a chardonnay or other heavy white wine with a bit of carbonation. Some more grape flavor as well as I drink. Again- a fabulous lambic fom them. I like the fact it is more wine like than the others I have tried. (461 characters)

Photo of output01x
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (992 characters)

Photo of boatshoes
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
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 (1,467 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This ale pours light golden with no appreciable head. High viscosity but little carb. The nose takes a minute to open. Once it does raw oak with some floral notes come through and it's rounded off with sour grapes. The sour level is fairly high. Great flavors of oak, sour yeast, bread, and grain. The fruits do not dominant in the nose or palate. Low carbonation, very smooth, super clean.

This does not disappoint. I would go to extents to have this again. Very good. Worth the price and hassel. (499 characters)

Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
94 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.