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Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 300
Hads: 1,203
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 17.99%
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Brasserie Cantillon
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of mickeymac
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It comes in a 750 ml bottle with an interesting label adorned with grapes, grains, hops, and what appears to be the Star of David. The Cantillon web site explains that the star is actually a symbol of the various stages of the brewing process. The bottle is capped and corked. After the cork came out without even a slight pop, I was a bit concerned. My worry, however, was assuaged when the beer poured into the glass with an abundance of champagne-like carbonation and a healthy white head.

The beer is a slightly hazy gold. The smell is quite complex, with notes of apple, wet hay, and the muscatel grapes used in brewing, but the smell only hints at the tartness encountered in the taste. The first sip immediately causes the mouth to pucker. It is so dry that it almost seems to disappear immediately upon hitting the tongue. This one is certainly interesting enough to encourage me to continue in my gueuze education.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had two glasses of this at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver.

A- Pours an orange, gold hue. Very similar to a peach crayon you find in 64 crayon Crayola Box. Produces a fingers width of white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S- Nothing overpowering, yet semi-complex. I'm getting a nice cornucopia of sour apples, oak, and grape skins. Would have been rated higher if it was more potent.

T- Damn was this delicious. Had a nice subtle sourness with a complimentary oak flavor. Also in the mix was sour apple and various fruits. What I really appreciated about this beer is that it was sour just to the right point so that it was not overdone.

M- Well carbonated and light to medium bodied.

D- The fact that the sourness wasn't overbearing really made this drinkable. Probably one of the most drinkable sours I have had in a long time, and I have had my fair share of sours.

Overall, really glad to see this is on tap. Haven't really had the chance to have many Cantillons on-tap, but this was well worth it.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hey, hey, it's my 200th beer review on BA and I've brought out the Vigneronne that biegaman brought me back from Belgium in the late summer of 2007 - how appropriate for a wine guy!

The cork came out with only a slight tug on the corkscrew and seemed under no particular pressure, cork read 2004. Poured slowly into a Corsendonk glass, this was a light honey - light apricot colour, clear but a bit murky with very low carbonation, no head. I almost wrote no carbonation but on second look, there are lots of bubbles stuck on the sides of the glass.

The smell is feint sour fruit. The taste is sharp and tart but pleasant. The dryness of the Italian Muscat grapes from which it was made comes through but with the tart funkiness typical, or so I'm lead to believe, of the lambic style. I've dabbled with a few lambics but none compares to this - superb clean tasting with a sourness and tartness that do not offend but attract the drinker to imbibe a bit more and a bit more ... and a bit more! When one thinks of a sour fruit, lemon naturally comes to mind, but this is more like a lemon meringue pie with a tasty deliciousness that is easy to savour yet hard to imitate. Yup, this is the real thing and until you've had it, it's hard to describe how unique it is and deserving of its' reputation. Thanks, Jan, and get your self back to Belgium soon, I dig sharing those souvenirs you bring back!

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

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Photo of Soonami
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of BierReise
3.15/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and capped. No freshness date Pours a clear and initially sparkling gold that quieted down quickly leaving no head and a few tiny bubbles behind. Aroma is yeasty and fruity with grapes in the mix as well as a musty cellar funk. Mouthfeel is highly effervescent and crisp with a tart and dry finish. Flavor is sour and tart like a wine cooler with grapes providing most of the flavor. Not the best Lambic but not a drain pour either.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of badbeer
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of csmiley
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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..

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Photo of blakesell
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of kenito799
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
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 overwhelming...be 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.

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Photo of Jon
4.45/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Auracom
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of bcp5296d
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 cork. Medium tartness, tons of white grape, moderate funk, the most well balanced white grape beer I've had. I'd imagine this is the standard. Not sure how it could be any better.

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Photo of ricke
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of trbergman
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Realale
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of macher0
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of jlenik
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of trappistlover
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of dbalsock
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.