Cantillon Vigneronne - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 985
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.64%
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Gots: 202 | FT: 18
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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 orangesol
3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the Holland's for bringing this one to our gueuze tasting. A 750ml bottle from 2007.

A - Pours a beautiful slightly hazy straw yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass. A very nice looking beer.

S - The shear amount of old basement must in this beer is staggering. It completely overpowers the nose from the get go. It dies down a little bit as it warms up offering hints of vinous grape skins and a bit of lemon but this one is all funk.

T - Starts off with, you guessed it, a ton of wet basement funk that really never leaves the picture. As the funk dies down you get hints of tart sourness, vinous grape skins, lemon and dry oak. Not as sour as I was expecting, yet way more funk than I was expecting. Finish is pretty dry, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The funk is very strong, leaving the pallet quite dry, clinging to the pallet long after consumption.

O - I think this may be the mustiest beer I have ever had. It overpowers most of the other flavors and made the beer fairly hard to finish. With all that said I still enjoyed it for what it was. I will have to give this one another chance in the future.

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of stakem
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottled September 2010. Poured into a matching Cantillon tulip. This brew appears a light golden yellow color that is fairly clear upon the first pour. A finger of white head forms across the top and slowly and audibly fizzes away. A ring maintains across the top of the brew holding close to the wall of the glass. Some spots of lace are left where the head previously prevailed. A light swirl releases some bubbles which adds a thin layer to the ring around the top.

The smell of this brew is classic Cantillon funk. It is mildly musty with a barnyard quality of bretty leather character. A bit of mildew and raw oak quality is evident. More sniffs reveal a mild white grape character that mixes with some sulfur and cheese. Light tannic quality mixed with some mild spices. As the brew warms, a very subtle vanilla indication comes out that brings on more focus to the white grape inclusion.

The taste is sharp and acidic striking up thoughts of lemons. Raw oak mixes with musty and mildew character with that classic Cantillon flavoring that shows off leathery and earthy dry funk and brett qualities. Some fruity and floral quality is evident with a mild rind bitterness that fades into the barrel properties of vanilla and slightly tannins. I never truely pick up on juicy white grape flavoring, but it is there with a flavoring of their skins and lightly of the juice when the brew warms. I would love to have a fresh bottle for comparison purposes to see how the fruit fades and the funk evolves in this brew.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modestly light level of carbonation. The alcohol is pretty much completely hidden. It is a light and lively brew with a great depth of flavor and aroma to take in. I found it to be very enjoyable and easy drinking making me fly through a glass and reach for more.

Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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.

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden with no head. Smells typically sour, but not overly acetic. The sweetness of the grapes nicely balances the sharpness of the sour and mellows everything out considerably, both in the nose and in the mouth. There is almost a peach-like richness of fruit in the aroma. Tangy and luscious. A hint of creaminess in the finish. Very smooth, not too sharp and wonderfully sweet and sour with a hint of tannins from the oak and grape skins. This paired wonderfully with a sharp cheddar and water crackers, with the sweet/sour beer acting as a nice foil to the sharpness and richness of the cheese. Fairly subtle for this brewery, but very complex notes of oak, sweet grape, acetic notes, a touch of barnyard, and a subtle creaminess. Delicious.

Photo of mothman
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 Edition, Bottled in 2003

A light pour yields hardly any head. Color is a hazed pumpkin hued peach orange.

Aroma: Very sour and funky. A lot of vinegar and acidic flavors. Mouth watering. Sour grapes and some leather.

Taste: Extremely sour and mouth puckering. Very funky. Crazy funky. Lots of white grape flavor. Makes my mouth pucker. Leather and horse blanket flavors. Some vinegar and a little acidic flavors.

Mouthfeel: Extremely sour and tart. Again, very mouth puckering. One of the sourest beers I have had. Medium bodied with a lower to medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a fruity aftertaste, but pretty clean.

Overall, a fantastic beer. Very sour, but I really like it. My glass is emptying very fast. I highly recommend it.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head that recedes quickly only leaving a very thin ring of white on top. Lacing forms and is gone very quickly from the sides of the glass.

S: Definitely get the muscat grapes, green grapes, some lemon and citrus mixed with a little mustiness. Definitely a tartness as well.

T: Definitely reminds me of white wine with some of the white grape flavors up front. This transitions to a bit more of a tart citrus flavor in the middle with some lemon and a little green apple, very tangy.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Another fantastic beer from Cantillon, I just can't get enough.

Photo of wl0307
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The first time that I tried this beer four years ago, the bottle was taken back from my visit to the Cantillon Brewery, knowing nothing about lambic and surely having little idea about what to expect from a white-grape-infused ale. Now I'm better equipped with some experience, so it might do it justice to record my notes here. Coming in a 750ml green bottle, capped and corked, at just 5%abv. as opposed to 6% reported here. Bottled on 20/11/07, served cool in De Dolle Oerbier's long stemmed goblet.

A: pours a bright pale golden hue with very very mild carbonation and a fast dissipating white head. Looking quite elegant, especially the understated carbonation.
S: beautiful aroma true to a classic lambic, consisting of salty-sour lemons, lightly stinky edge of dried grapefruit peels, freshly-cut grass, and semi-sweet but light-bodied malts, leaving funky elements and aromatic oaky scent lurking in the background. If grapes had given themselves out, the hint would be the fresh and lightly sweet aroma from the skins, but overall it's well mixed with the lambic base. So elegant and balanced, not at all astringent as some other Cantillon products.
T: the foretaste is highly, intrusively, savoury and tart (ringing a bell of Cantillon Geuze here but even tart-er!), along with secondary flavours of funky yeasts, dry-ish zestiness of lemons and neutrally-flavoured wheat-malts; going deep down the palate, the flavour is seamlessly transformed into a semi-lubricating aftertaste with a deep impact of hops, soft oak, herbs even, and, maybe, white grapes' tannin. In the finish, the level of acidity manages to make a truce with the overall body here, leaving but a lightly dry and chewy palate. Marvellous.
M&D: clean on the palate, the soft carbonation serves the tart profile extremely well, while the body is by far one of the best I've tasted for any Geuze/Lambic. For, not only it retains the integration well but also all the flavours (that I can detect) evolve just neatly and seamlessly within this "agreed" boundary... It's more acidic on the flavour than on the nose, and the white grapes have indeed rendered a higher level of sour fruitiness if I am not trying too hard to make sense of the influence. All in all, this is not something I would try often and "get used to", lest the special characters might fall on my deaf ears (spoiled taste-buds actually) someday and not SO heavenly anymore!

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a 750 mL bottle with my wife last night.

Dec 2008 vintage

A: Vigneronne appears a golden hue, with a subdued head that leaves no lacing.

S: The smell is of white wine (muscat grapes), sour funk, hay and/or straw. The aroma is definitely Cantillon, no doubt about that.

T: The beer is sour, though not incredibly tart or overbearing by any means. The fruit aspect is quite subdued, and I found Vigneronne to taste more like a Chardonnay than a grape fruit lambic, like St. Lamvinus. This was a good beer, for sure, but I prefer many of Cantillon's other offerings. I would like to try this on draft, where perhaps the fruit flavors would emerge a bit more than the bottled version.

M: The feel was tart, with low carbonation.

D: To say that I am extremely fond of Cantillon is an understatement. I have thoroughly enjoyed every beer that I have had the opportunity to sample. I definitely recommend this beer, and anything at all associated with Cantillon.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Dog a few times, had to get some more. It's been years since I had this.

A- A nice white gold color with some small tans in between. Somewhat of a white fuzz on top semi soapy, dies down quick.

S- My god this is sour scented. Big wine grapes of the muscat type. Vinious, sour funky,earthy, Cantillon. It really jumps out at you, more than St. Lamvinous does, these grapes is ripe. It just smells good.

T- It is good. This is the stuff. Grapes coming in under a big sour apple blast. Wine grapes. Funky and tart. Semi earthy. Not getting a lot of moldy cheese and feet, just grapes and funk.

M- Puckeringly good. Just enough pucker though. The grapes are big in taste and winey and stay a bit. This finishes quite dry. Light bodied nicely carbed and a mouthfull, of sour.

D- I love this stuff, off tap it's just amazing. Woukd love to age a bottle of this for a decade. It's not overly sour, I had a few without much trouble. A bit acidic. It's nothing short of amazing.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle split with JohnnyM2002 and Phatz.

A: The ale is a slightly hazy goldenrod color with a thick head that quickly dissolves to a white ring around the glass.

S: The aroma is thick with brettanomyces tartness. There is also a green grape sourness mixed in.

T: The flavor is a continuation of the nose. The ale is sour, tart, puckering. Very intense, it combines some green grape tartness, sweet and fresh but very tangy, with a brett-infused harshness. Be warned, your mouth will never be the same.

M: The mouthfeel is tart, green grapes and acidic dryness. It does not let up at all.

D: The drinkability is limited by my general dislike for the style. It packs a punch and makes you regret/anticipate each sip.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in white wine glass)
A- This beer has a slight murky deep orange body with a thin ring of white around the rim. There is a very gentle carbonation of one or two bubbles that are visible.
S- The cheese rind brett note is followed by a soft tartness and a nice white grape skin aroma finishes.
T- The light cheese rind flavor has a smooth tartness to follow with a mild white grape tannin note in the finish. There is a nice pucker and a muscat grape note that linger.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no alcohol heat.
D- The bright tartness with the subtle muscat grape flavor and cheese rind work great together. This is easy to drink and crisp and the tartness is smooth enough for another glass.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage opened 07/03/09

British potter and art critic Rosemary Hill commented that: "to make objects by hand in an industrial society, to work slowly and uneconomically against the grain, is to offer, however inadvertently, a critique of that society."

The Van Roy-Cantillons pride themselves on making that statement, on saying "goodbye to modern civilization". Their family brewery - where literally nothing in the production has changed since 1900 when it was founded - is a surviving vestige of beer's past. Vigneronne is a blend of true Gueuze and Italian muscat grapes, officially known as "druivenlambik" (grapes lambic).

A very sun-faded tone of yellow with a blurring, dusty complexion that is most exposed when held into the light. No head what so ever forms which is actually quite typical given that no yeast is actually pitched to make a lambic; its only carbonation is created in the bottle during refermentation.

The microbiota of Brussels make for a very striking scent. It is equal parts sour and acidic with an underlying sugary sweetness. There's a touch of vinegar and a very cider-like characteristic. Altogether, these components make fair-warning signs of what's to come...

Which is more sourness, acidity and sugary sweetness. Now the taste of tart fruits (apricot, lemon and green grape) is especially pronounced. The use of oak barrels for aging is overshadowed by the naturally-occurring yeast and bacteria that dwell within them. It's to these little organisms that we can thank for all this 'funk' and acidity.

Apparently the sugar in the grapes mellows out the base Gueuze beer even more so than other fruits but this still tastes as tart and tooth-rottingly acidic as any other Cantillon. As would be expected, the flavour of the Muscat grapes impart a lot of taste similarities to a dry white wine, the resemblance to which comes out more with warming.

Vigneronne, however marvelous it is, makes up less than 5% of Cantillon's overall production. This is largely due to the fact that all the grapes are picked by hand which doesn't allow sufficient time to coincide with the start of the Lambic brewing season.

Although I love Kriek (cherry Lambic), I could imagine it might grow tiresome if it were the only fruit lambic offered. Considering most of the other fruit flavoured offerings are the often artificially sweetened commercial versions that really bare little resemblance to true style, I would vote this as my daily Lambic of choice (second only to the St. Lamvinus).

Visiting the Cantillon brewery Jean Van Roy told me that he felt the Vigneronne to be even more complex and impressive than its red grape brother the St.Lamvinus. Although I personally would respectfully disagree with that, I do feel that both are not only examples of world-class craftsmanship and time-honed skill, but also artistic works of beauty.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -48.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
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