Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.05/5 rDev -7.7%
Raise a shout and a hip-hooray for my first bottle of Cantillon! Only had a taste of Rose Gambrinus once, years ago. Onward!
On first uncorking, a citric, sour, mustiness pervades the air from out of the bottle. Bright golden color, slight haze, with a solid white head that wittles down to nothingness in seconds flat.
Aroma: a subdued sour, a mellow lemon/orange, and a certain je'ne sais whosits, a dank must, but with a trace of sweetness and honey.
Taste: bracingly sour, instant grimace graces the countenance, but once you get over it, it's pretty easy to take. A light, rounded fruitiness lays underneath, a pleasant flavor, vibrant, tangy, tasty.
Medium body, extraordinary, tart texture, with a long, comfortable finish, giving a little spark with every encounter with the tongue. Good stuff !
Muscat grapes mixed with unblended lambic...I like it!
03-16-2004 07:50:39 | More by feloniousmonk
4.28/5 rDev -2.5%
I feel very fortunate to have had this on draft at Churchkey side by side with Saint Lamvinus. Beer is yellow and completely hazy, no head really, lacing is low as well as carbonation.
ARoma is tart with a citric based sourness and a mild funk (less than the St. L).
The beer is grapey for sure, sweet and smooth, low body and a late sour with a tartness that gets me in the corners of my mouth. There isn't a lot of carbonation in the mouth, but this beer is suppose to be thin and the sour comes from acids. This is a great beer. The more Cantillon I have the more I love them. I would serious recommend it. I need to find a bottle so I can compare them.
03-18-2010 17:20:33 | More by drabmuh
4.35/5 rDev -0.9%
I enjoyed this on tap at Brass Rail 3/4 - served in a snifter.
A - A hazy peach juice color w/ basic white ring of a cap w/ tiny beading. The ale has a moderate amount of visible carbonation
S - The aroma has a mild sour nose w/ subtle fruit note -grape-like w/a light tartness and classic wine grape vinegar sourness you expect from a Cantillon lambic
M - The feel is more sour than anything with a intense tart puckering feel w/ lingering juiciness and mild dry sour astringency w/ moderately high level of carbonation and slighltly high acidity level
T - This lambic has a subtle acidic white grape juiciness at the start w/ slight pucker inducing sourness as indicated in the feel that carries over to the taste which brings a light peach and mild plum aspect w/ tanginess and tannic elements displayed. There is a bitter lemon and cherry tinge at the back of the throat w/ mild citrus flavor w/ bold tropical fruit like kumquat in a sweet tart taste that lingers long after the swallow
D - For such a sour lambic it is really a drinkable one w/ the fruit notes very fresh and vibrant and the evolution of the taste profile as it gets warmer is great. The temp brings out more asrtringency and also light sweetness. I sipped on this for awhile - top notch!
03-17-2010 16:29:51 | More by Slatetank
4.4/5 rDev +0.2%
i had the esteemed pleasure of having this on tap and in a bottle just one day apart, which is not only a rare treat, but something to almost feel guilty about, beer this sought after and all, but i am thankful and will remain that way. this beer, for carrying so much hype, isnt as distinct as i expected it to be, and in fact is an awful lot like the classic gueuze itself. i think the grapes are a little more vibrant in the on tap version, but the properties of both are quite similar honestly. the bottle pours hazy golden, still looking, but with a short white head. as per cantillon usual, there is as much funk as there is sour here, tons of musty oak in the nose, and i get the lambic part of it long before i get any fruit. the fruit is a little more dramatic in the flavor than the nose, and has a sweetness to it. more of a riesling thing to me than a muscat one, although i dont drink a ton of white wine, i get that vibe from it. the oak is nice on it, really robust and mellowing, and the sourness too is tempered by it. tart for sure, especially in the finish, mouth watering like crazy, but the fruit doesnt add as much to it as either of the berry beers they do, and certainly not as interesting as the elderflower mamouche i had earlier in the week. its hard when comparing so many world class sour beers, but for me, the fruit is lost a little in this one, not as radiant and memorable as others they make. i love the complexity and the ancient feel to this, how truly high quality it is is certainly obvious, but im not sure the grapes make it any more special than the lambic is in isolation. nice dry but mouth watering finish, good acidity, and maybe a touch undercarbed. overall outstanding beer, but not my favorite cantillon brew by any measure.
06-02-2014 20:34:07 | More by StonedTrippin
4.1/5 rDev -6.6%
First had: bottle at Monk's, Philly, PA
Normally I wouldn't pay a whopping $45 for a bottle at the bar, but my friend wanted to try a "good lambic," not caring about the price, so I picked this one out and he paid, as I'd probably never consider having this one by myself. He hated it of course, but he's still a novice. More for me. I'm not big on Cantillon or lambics in general, but this is probably one of the best I've had from them.
Poured into a Cantillon balloon glass, this beer was a light golden-peach color, mostly clear, but a little foggy from sediment towards the end; a minimal layer of delicate bubbles capped it off, with no real retention or lacing to speak of. Aroma of pale malts, white wine, and some musty funk. Taste of fresh cut grass, white wine, apple skins, oak, a dash of Champagne, with an ubiquitous mild funkiness throughout. Very nice, very delicate. Sour, but not lip-puckering. (Though it should be noticed that this followed a Russian River Supplication, so my palate might have been biased.) Light-bodied more or less, and very enjoyable overall.
03-06-2012 13:45:36 | More by Rifugium
4.3/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
07-03-2011 21:40:05 | More by oline73
4.43/5 rDev +0.9%
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
4.43/5 rDev +0.9%
From 04/30/10 notes. Brought a bottle of this to Dark Lord Day; 2009 vintage. Poured from a 750ML bottle into my SAVOR snifter.
a - Pours a hazy bright yellow-golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident.
s - Smells of funky, sour fruits, earthy notes, lemon, citrus, barnyard funk, and white wine. Very enjoyable and sour, with some slight mustiness in those earthy tones.
t - Taste matches the nose pretty much. Tastes of sour lemon and fruits, white wine, oak, light mustiness, and some of that Cantillon funk. Very enjoyable.
m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation, with a pretty crisp body.
o - Overall another great beer from Cantillon. I've heard this one ages great so I will hold onto my other 2 bottles for a few years, but it's still great right now. Will certainly have it again.
05-08-2011 23:55:31 | More by mdfb79
4.2/5 rDev -4.3%
Cage-corked bottle - bottled in Oct. '06:
Pours hazy golden yellow with a white bubbly head that descends to barely a patch, leaving some traces of lacing.
The smell is of lemon, sweettart candy, barnyard must and a hint of grapeskins.
The taste is of lemon, sweettart candy and barnyard must. Clove and ginger lend a spiciness to it. Sugary and honeyish sweetness blend nicely with the loemony tartness and light spiciness. Sweetened grapeskin segues into a dry finish.
Appropriately light-bodied, with mild to medium carbonation level for the style. It has a lasting, refreshing dryness.
This is a unique, refreshing brew. Interesting use of muscat grapes. Though I don't normally seek grapes in my beer (and prefer this brewery's St. Lamvinus), they do blend nicely into the house yeast strain and the malt that is used. It is a gueuze-like lambic that fits in nicely with the "unique treat" category.
12-08-2007 00:39:05 | More by jwc215
4.22/5 rDev -3.9%
Bottled 2001, Sampled November 18, 2003
As I pull the cork I get a strong smell of vinegar, this aroma seems to be attached to the cork and does not carry over to the beer. It is a cloudy orange color, and though well carbonated, it is not beery enough to hold a head for any length of time. A sour musty aroma emanates from my glass, notes of citrus as well. The taste is predominantly a lemony sourness. Definitely wine like in some ways (especially the body), but it is hard to say of this is from the Muscat grapes. There is a definite funky Lambic character here; musty, astringent, and acidic. Hard to say what grape character is here, it seems a bit lighter in body and there is a definite lack of heading proteins, perhaps a hint of the Muscat is in the acidic finish, but it is hard to say. As the beer warms up I get some cider notes as well, though it is still quite lemony. As a fruit beer it lacks the fruit character it should have (perhaps younger versions have more Muscat character). As a well carbonated Lambic type beer though, it works and is quite good.
11-19-2003 17:07:41 | More by Gueuzedude
3.73/5 rDev -15%
750 mL bottle, 2008 Vintage,
A: Pours yellow-orange, with a light head and carbonation, good colour.
S: Musty barnyard, green apples, lemon. Not a huge nose for a lambic, not as fragrant as it should be.
T: The flavour is where it's at. As with all Cantillon's I've had it is very full-flavoured. Lemon-lime, more toward the lime, lacto-fermented lemonade/punch. The grapes give an almost White Burgundy note in there as well, though it is minour. It has a great potential to gain even more complexity as it ages.
M: Silky, very smooth, but needs carbonation, thin, still quite acidic which gives it some body. As Gabe at Beachwood described it the beer is ropey, that's where these 2008s are right now.
D: Good drinkablity. This effort by Cantillon is still very young, I don't think I've had anything younger than about 3 years from them before, this is just a year old. The flavour is very good, but other aspects of the beer need some work. In 5 years it could justify its $19.99 price-tag, but not today.
06-03-2009 21:38:08 | More by Halcyondays
4.13/5 rDev -5.9%
Appearance: hazy orange with some reddish tones. A wispy head and no lacing develops during the session. Many carbonation bubbles stick to the glass.
Smell: sour grapes are strong on the nose.
Taste: huge sour grape flavor with yeast, honey, and mild alcohol tones. Very dry. The sourness is bold but the tastebuds get accustomed to it quickly.
Mouthfeel: dry and smooth throughout. Aftertaste is bold but short, as the sourness seems to assault the tastebuds into submission. Medium bodied beer.
Drinkability: definitely down a few notches as the sourness tires the the tongue by the end of the glass. But the flavors are interesting and unique. Worth giving this a try if you like extremes.
02-25-2007 20:40:24 | More by Gavage
4.08/5 rDev -7.1%
02/04/07- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.
Presentation- 750ml bottle, both capped and corked. Dating is listed on cork...I believe this one was an '04. Poured into my Lindemans flute.
Appearance- Peach hazed pour. About as flat as flat can be. Very light lace spotting. Cork came out without a sound.
Smell- Funk and more funk. Hay, urine, rotted fruit....oh yeah! Some sour acidic fruit notes as well.
Taste- I've had this one once before on tap at the Toronado. It was my first lambic style ever. I had to chase every sip with a sip of water. It was that sour. This time around it wasn't that bad. It was pretty sour, but easliy taken down. Peachy-orange notes mixed with sour muscat grapes make a good combo.
Mouthfeel- Fairly dry mouthfeel with no carbonation.
Drinkability- Probably my favorite of the line to date. Seemed the easiest to suck down without burning a hole in my stomach lining. Muscat grapes work well in lambics apparently.
03-08-2007 22:18:59 | More by GClarkage
4.25/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
09-11-2011 02:20:28 | More by corby112
Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
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