Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,091
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.41%
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-23-2002

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Photo of jrallen34
3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Belmont Station's Puckerfest, served in a flute glass, Vigneronne is a hazy gold with lazy streamers and a thin white collar.

Smell is soft and funky, opening up more as it warms, with a really nice bubblegum note, overall very classic and appealing.

Taste is muted sourness, very clean save for the tartness, a bit fruity, but I'm not sure that I got a distinct grape flavor, at least nothing wine like, just some general sweet fruitiness. Nevertheless, damn good.

Mouthfeel is dry and slick, with a medium light body.

Drinkablity is very good, this a very approachable lambic that is highly recommended for novices to the style. I would have liked more funk, but I assume this barrel isn't aged beyond the brewery.

Photo of dgilks
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright golden colour with a smooth, white head. Half-decent head retention for the style.

Classic Cantillon lemon notes with a lot of funk. There is a ton of acid on the nose with a light, light, light grape note.

Really interesting. Lots of funk with a noticeable enteric note. Lots of acid with lemons dominating and then a white grape note that sort of sits there. Interesting.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A really solid fruit lambic. There is an earthy note added by the grapes that is really nice. I'd love the fruit to be just a touch more prominent but I'm clutching at straws here.

Photo of xnicknj
3.67/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at monks during the cantillon mad monday - 06 vintage

Pours an almost crystal clear golden color with a bright flair in the light. Little to no head, some wispy film rests on top.

A rush of fruit combined with tartness in the nose, notes of green apple and pear. White wine grape (in this case, muscat) and some noticeable sweetness.

Fairly sour up front with some funky undertones. White wine and fruit notes combine with a decent sweetness. There's a definite smack of muscat grape, which I almost immediately didn't like. Finishes a bit sweet, dry, and sour.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, slightly sticky and lingering on the tongue. This was probably the only beer (out of 12) that I wasn't really into at the event, although I don't enjoy muscato in the first place.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Church Key last night. Pricey, but absolutely worth it, much better than any bottle of this I've had.

The pour is a hazy, murky yellow with no real head. I've had better looking beers, but few have smelled better. Just a massive white grape character, fresh, juicy and vinous. The sourness is quite pronounced too with a sharp acidity, mostly lemony, and this works brilliantly with the fruit, making for a vinous beer. Funk is modest with a bit of musty basement and dank earth.
The flavors on the palate are through the roof. There's so much juicy, fruity, white grape character that it's incredible. Like a dry white wine, the fruit character is explosive, but the lack of sweetness makes for a very refreshing beverage. The sourness is quite prominent, surprisingly so, with a big lemon character along with a touch of funk. Medium-light in body with a low level of carbonation, this beer finishes dry and pucking, palate cleansingly so, with a lingering lemon juice and white grape character. Truly phenomenal.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle of Cantillon Vigeronne 2012 courtesy of fthomasl

Lightly hazed electric orange. Not much for retention or lacing, pretty typical Cantillon pour.

Nose is an interesting combo of musty basement, sharp acidity and grape juice. Definitely get the brett presence.

Wow...this is amazeballs. How can you get this much sweet grape winey-ness and sharp acitidity to balance with the delicate brett over such a light grain bill. The white grapes really shine. This might be my favorite Cantillon I have had to date. Thanks Frank!

Photo of Jwale73
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage procured at the brewery during May of 2013. Pours a dull, orange-gold hue with a hazy clarity. Head is loose and off-white and quickly dissipates into a tight, thin band around the shoulders of the glass. Nose is fantastic - lovely grape aromas with just a suggestion of tartness. Taste expresses quite a bit of fruit, a light tartness and a slightly salty character. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a mild astringency and a residual acidic burn at the back of the throat between quaffs. This beer was delicious and more than I expected. I'm quite amazed at how much I enjoyed and think it may surpass my love of fou' foune. I'd love another bottle for extended cellaring.

Photo of stcules
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by cmrillo at his own party! Served from bottle into a Cantillon taster flute. Poured a golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, white grape, wood, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sweet fruit, grape, tart, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The grapes really took the headliner of this show as they were very well pronounced and very well integrated throughout the aroma and the flavor. This one was really quite easy to drink as there wasn’t really that much of a sour or tart aspect like most people thing when they have a brew like this. A really well done brew from one of my favorite breweries. Hope to try many from them in the future and I hope you are able to do the same.

Photo of champ103
3.74/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2007 bottle

A: Pours a hazy golden/yellow color. A very minimal white head forms, and recedes to nothing in a second. Light lace.
S: Barnyard funky yeast up front. Sweet vanilla and oak aromas. White wine, grape tannins, and apple skins. Slightly sour and tart. Really inviting.
T: Funky barnyard yeast up front. A tart and light acidic flavor hits first. Light fruity flavors of lemon zest and grapes.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very crisp and dry. The tart and sour character never takes over. Which makes this a good beer to sip on.

A solid beer from Cantillon. A simple tartness is the dominate flavor. Still an enjoyable beer. Not nearly as sour and acidic as other beers from the brewery. This really is worth a try. Not one of my favorites from the brewery though.

Photo of rfgetz
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden orange, hazy, with a frothy white champagne like head, quickly gone. Smell is an initial wiff thats musty and sour, hints of sweet wine grapes trail. Taste follows scent, with a slighttly less pronounced sour and musty profile, and a little more pronounced sweet wine grape as well as hints of grapefruit, apple and white wine vinegar. Medium bodied, slightly slick, good carbonation. Very interesting beer with a few unique things going on. Worked well as a substitute for white wine with a Mediteranean style meal.

Photo of tavernjef
3.76/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A golden peachy yellow haze at the pour and settles thicker yet in the glass like a slushy. Bubbly fizzed out, of what may have been a head, but nothing but quickly dispersing bubbles led the charge.
Aroma is rude, very pungent and strong with a major funkyness that nearly shouts out rotton, oily, canned tuna and musky horse blanket. Incredibly strong and foul with a certain vulgarness and bewitching arrogant elegance. It takes some getting use to, actually alot of getting use to. Most people wouldn't even think of drinking this upon smelling it, which you can take in from across the room, its stink has power and reach. After awhile of uncivil acceptance to its uncouth odor, finally some noticeable lemon tartness and wine-like fruityness begins to make its way through the fog. Its like getting slapped in the face by one of those dueling gloves and its serious about its challenge. Whiff me and like it or prepare to pay the consequences. Taste is hugely sour and tart, quick like a flemish or bruin and most other lambics, this reminds me of lemon sour patch kids candy minus a good portion of the sugar. Its immense and built on lemon sweetness with some of that muscat grape dryness really squeezing off the finish with a pucker. Some very light notes of that funky yeast late in the finish. This is a majorly sour sipper, full on tartness and breaches a new level of souring grab i've never encountered before, a bit to much for me, I'd love to be able to appreciate this more but it just wasn't happening. This was probably one of the most unique beers I've ever had and I hate to not like it, and I don't, I just think I still need to educate and nurture my palate when it comes to beers of this nature. I do like the whole love-hate thing going on in the smell, it amazed me more then anything that a beer could smell like this. Its not appealing but it has that certain edge of respect and interest thats mind blowing.
I'm at a loss for words really, giving any kind of numbers was an impossible task, with the exception of the smell which gets an instant 5 for its disgusting charm.

Photo of sweemzander
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.65/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottled 12/24/08, I think it was $18. Orange, still, not many bubbles. It smells pretty great, funky lambic with a taste that follows suit and adds a acidic sourness but muted. It has a kind of syrup quality to the feel, funky. This was an interesting lambic but I'm not sure my palate was up to the challenge as I really didn't taste the muscat grapes other than a faint hint of Diet-Rite white grape soda.

Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by glid02 at the BSP.

Pours a bright hazy yellow with a small soapy white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

The aroma is massively funky with lots of wood character throughout. The muscat sweetness only comes through a little bit but the vinegar sourness is dominant. Definitely a little bit of a white wine aroma to it.

The taste dials down the funk slightly and really takes on the character of a white wine. There is a slightly sweet, slightly tart grape presence with a sugary presence underneath that fades into a dry wine-like finish.

The mouthfeel is slightly fizzy but very clean and dry...much like a white wine.

This is one of the more drinkable Cantillon beers I've had as the funk is not completely over-the-top in the taste. Very nice.

Photo of barczar
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big chardonnay aroma, with tons of barrel and big funk and tartness.

Very dry, crabapple tartness, lactic sourness. Puckeringly sour. Delicious. Big grape tartness, as well.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

2003 cantillon vinyeron – beautiful copper color, murky, more of a honey copper color like a yellow/orange. Swirling this beer brings the carbonation to life which is pretty mind blowing for an 8 year old beer (come to think of it, this beer was brewed around the time I met my wife and we now own a home and have a kid…and this beer still holds up great, maybe even better than it would’ve been when it was fresh? Can’t say that about a lot of beers). Really well carbonated…smell is CRAZY. It’s like I don’t know, can’t even describe it…kind of a smokiness or a charcoal sour. Wow, this is a complex beer, carbonation, sourness, matureness, tastes like European oldness…different. What a beer…WOW. Paint me impressed.

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edit 2012-08-15
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4 - 4.5 - 4.5 - 4.5 - 4.5
Notes from a tasting on 8/15. thanks to danedelman for bringing this one out.

a - murky yellow.
s - smells like salami and cheese
t - pretty good. little rubber. sour. subtle green grapes.
m - smooth and even
o - really good. not in your face. sour. smooth and easy. wine like.

Photo of tigg924
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the Beer Guy at McKean and Charles in Waldoboro for getting this (and then saving it a few weks until I could get up there). This was a 750ml bottle, bottled 30Oct06, and was served in a tulip glass. Nice orange color with a tiny head that dissipates quickly. Very still. It had the aroma of peaches. The taste was sour fruit, and was very acidic. Quite a dry beer, and quite enjoyable. Share it with a friend and pucker up.

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A murky peach coloured brew with golden yellow and orangey highlights. The aroma is more subdued than a typical lambic offering from Cantillon. The aroma consists of the white muscat grapes and the sweet sugars that they have let off. There is also a peach like frutiness amongst the mustiness and barnyard like traditional lambic aromas that are also prevalent in this brew. Finally a bit of sweet honey ties all of the flavors together and make this one extremely complex and interesting brew. The taste follows suit on the aroma. The traditional lambic funkiness and sweet and sour tartness are there, but there is also so much more going on in the mix. The clover honey, and white grape flavors explode on the tongue, and I can even taste a bit of other fruits (perhaps peaches and apricots) in the mix as well. The mouthfeel is extremely effervescent, astringent, sweet, sour and excellent and the drinkability is classic Cantillon excellence as well! What else can I say, that has not already been said. Another achingly original and traditional offering for Van-Roy and Cantillon...the true lambic masters! I found this to be best served at around 55* F!

Photo of mynie
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wine glass at the Map Room, all full-up.

Pours a variegation of gold and grapeblue along with hues of white wine. Not exactly beery, no head, but very pretty for a lambic.

Smells awful funky. Wild, mashed up grapes and yeast and weeds.

Tastes like GOD DAMN. It's like Hitler is hosting a party in my mouth. Vinous grapes, juicy grapes, sweet grapes, effervescent vinegar, sunshine hay, cantaloupe.

Quite the lambic, right here.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a footed glass at the Mikkeller bar in SF. From notes. Reviewed 10 August 2013.

A: Hazy translucent brown-gold-hay.

S: Generic lambic, but a little sweet. Funky. Wait, I was wrong. The more I sniff, the more dizzying and intoxicating it becomes.

T: Oh wow. This is good. Tart and fruity. Chill and relaxed. Perhaps one of the best sours I've tasted. I like the grapes, I like the funk. I love this beer.

M: Thin, tart, and bright.

O: Highly recommended. Would love to have again. Exceptional.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A 750ml green glass bottle that comes with a cork/crown cap configuration, all enveloped in a thick black foil that covers the upper 3” of the slender proboscis like neck. Has a single obverse label which depicts a picture of a brewing melange, better explained on the Cantillon Website than here.

The extracted Cork is dated 2001 – tasted end 2003 – just right!

Poured firstly into a Jug, the contents of the 750ml bottle violently effervesce with an audible “space dust” whistle; the dregs of the bottle fill my Cantillon Tumbler. A marvellous tangerine peach fuzz body reverberates with a Satsuma orange hue punctuated with a matt honey-lemon finish. Flat, yet incredibly lively, this beer continually replenishes itself with vertical rising streamers

Strong retching muscle-bound malt-vinegary arms pump & then pull your nasal hairs out with a single-tingle and an acetic yank that cleanly removes the follicles. Damn, this is good. Farmyard funk & some sharp biting lambic tones flow uphill with a benevolent attitude akin to pissing your pants on a cold day – once you start it feels warm & good – so why stop? It starts with an enamel stripping sharp sourness that licks at your teeth and attacks the tongue and inner cheeks with a saliva-scavenging astringency that causes an involuntary pucker – you just know it’s going to happen – but it still shocks! Meanwhile, it grabs the tonsils like a well paid Sports personality that threatens a “star-rape”, you want to give in - but somehow can't. The Muscat Grapes break through in the back end, patiently waiting to get their 15 minutes of fame. They do, and rightly so. The Mouthfeel is incredibly lively, it has a vino-fruitiness that relaxes yet invites. The Juxta-posed qualities of the incredibly searing dryness and the thirst quenching qualities remain a bloody mystery. It strips the saliva then somehow replaces it, very slowly – How the fuck do they do that? Massive astringency in the back end. A desert beer, as opposed to a dessert beer!!

The highest quality vino-lambic that dearly endeared itself to me when I first tried it at the Gans in Huise (East Flanders) on a Cantillon night of immense proportions way back in Easter 1995. It is still as good now I see.

The Bastard Cousin of many a fine Italian Wine, this is a stupendously marvellous ‘DruivenLambik’ that merits some serious attention.

The “White” to the St.Lamvinus “Red”. This stuff is to die for. I could write a fucking Thesis on Cantillon. WORLD CLASS. Am I biased – Oh YES.

If Jean-Pierre Van Roy made Wine – believe me, he would be on every “trendy” Wine drinkers lips from here to Mars. BUT - as it is, he “just” makes unswervingly traditional authentic lambics (a.k.a. ‘funny’ beers) of the highest quality - so he barely warrants a mention outside of geeky beer circles.

It truly is a fucked up World. Go Figure!?!

Photo of cbutova
3.87/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, stumbled upon a few bottles from December 24, 2008.

A- Pours out murky light orange with an extremely fizzy head that is gone as fast as it appeared. Looks like old juice or a yeast culture. A ring leaves a tiny bit of spotty lace on one pour.

S- Very funky at points with ultra spoiled barnyard going on. Also has oak, slight vinegar and sour white grapes/white wine. Reminds me of a gueuze. I also get apple hints.

T- A white wine influenced gueuze with vinegar and vinous notes. Grapes make an appearance in the finish but not in a big way. Pretty funky and the sour flavor really builds to burn the throat slowly. Yeast is big here.

MF- Sour puckering doom with a burnt back of the throat. Light oily body with solid carbonation.

DB- A solid lambic again but not so fruit(grape/added) forward. Very sour but still enjoyable.

Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
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