Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon
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Reviews by Dreizhen:
District of Columbia
5/5 rDev +10.4%
Poured form a 75 cl bottle into a Cantillon chalice
I'm going to be honest, I'm not great at describing beers. But this one is amazing. It's one of my all time favorite beers. My absolute favorite in its style. If you're familiar with Cantillon, think the Zwanze, but more red wine, particularly a right bank Bordeaux, than white wine. Perhaps the reason I love this so much is that it is a perfect blend of Bordeaux and lambic. I've had almost every kind of Cantillon beer and loved them all. They are fantastic in different ways. But this is the one they really got right.
One hell of a beer, especially if you moonlight as wine snob.
07-09-2013 19:50:15 | More by Dreizhen
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4.88/5 rDev +7.7%
First things first, a beef with the presentation: a beer of this caliber should have a bottling date. From the bottle, purchased at the Map Room for $40, there was absolutely no indication as to whether this was a 2001, 2002, or 2003 vintage. It didnt reduce my enjoyment of the beer but I would have liked to have known for future reference.
As for the beer itself Cantillons St. Lamvinus is perfect.
Appearance: Pours into a white wine glass with a strong effervescent surge that leaves a ¼ inch, lovely pink head. The head dies off quickly but the body doesnt disappoint. St. Lamvinus presents a deep, sexy purpled pink body. Color is not dissimilar to New Glaruss Raspberry tart. St. Lamvinus is much deeper, however, and not particularly cloudy.
Aroma: Barnyard funk and vinegar balance flawlessly by sweet grape juice. Light amounts of cobwebs and dirt, oak tannins, and wet leather are found too but at the end of the day one has more of an impression of absolute cohesiveness then individualy unique attributes. I carry away a sense that is now possible, against the odds, for a beer to offer much, indeed most, of the character of a rabid geuze without offending. Likewise, I now see the possibilities of using grapes as a primary component of beer without creating a concoction that is either cloyingly sweet or overly wine like.
Taste: All of the attributes of a fine Bordeaux blended without defect with the entire range of excellent properties of the best lambics.
Mouthfeel: Spritzy and medium bodied. Astringent front, balanced center, lightly dry finish. Defining of balance.
Drinkability: Undoubtedly one of the most drinkable beers I have consumed to date.
Was it worth it? Yes and no To try once, it was absolutely worth it. To drink regularly, I would have to say it would not be. For my dollar, I would take Oude Beersel or Hansens kriek geuzes on a regular basis over this. Still, I have to admit that a beer so well crafted is most certainly deserving of its high price. God bless Cantillon for this.
04-12-2007 15:07:07 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.53/5 rDev 0%
Huge thanks to Kevin R for bringing this to our tasting - Cantillon is always a treat. Saint Lamvinus pours like a garden of rubies with indigo hints. Good clarity all around, with a pink tinted head that makes no attempt to be quiet as it fizzles and eventually fades into nothing put a lavender collar around the crimson brew.
Cantillon's brewery is crawling with critters and they are some of the best critters in the world. You can pick these critters out of any line-up if you have even a semi-functional nose. Funky barnyard, musky cork, sweaty articles of expensive clothing, and a trifecta of dirt, earth, and must. Often imitated, never duplicated - no one does funk like this.
Vinous are present as well, like this was a well aged Cheval Blanc; dripping-wet oak barrels, sour grapes, wine-like acidity, and hints of vinegar in the back end. Grape, tannin, grape, tannin, sour, sour, funky, funky. The nose on this is simply beautiful; As with most Cantillon, I'm having a hard time getting my nose away from the glass long enough to take a sip.
One sip and Cantillon drops it heavy like Saint Lamvinus was Skrillex and grapes were the bass. Boom! A vinous explosion on the palate; tart, sour grapes, mild and bitter acidity, faint cherry skins, heaps of woody oak, and the funk of one thousand barnyard floors. Horse, cork, hay, sweaty feet, and grapes like you wouldn't believe.
Saint Lamvinus masters the art of making a beer that resembles a wine while keeping it accessible to people (like myself) who actually are not big fans of wine. It's that mouth clenching, ass puckering sourness, that stomach ripping acidity, and that nostril curling funk. Effervescence is big; plenty of carbonation with a fading, ghostly mouth feel and a sharp, dry finish.
Cantillon does it again, and I can't say that I'm surprised. These are the beers you hear about when you first start getting into craft beer. All your buds talk about this "Cantillon" place like it's some kind of holy grail for beer, and eventually months and months go by and you finally get to try one, and all of a sudden you're talking about it like you're some kind of sour expert. This shit is excellent; why does it have to be so far from me?
07-18-2013 11:30:12 | More by tectactoe
4.35/5 rDev -4%
A: The color is reminiscent of the pulp in a red grapefruit. Hazy. Slightly off-white minimal head that settles into a nice little ring of lacings. Very good aesthetic qualities.
S: Pleasant qualities of red wine with tart fruity aromas (grapes). Beneath, the Cantillon signature smell lurks - Wet hay, matured cheese and yeast, rather funky. A delightful and edgy smell.
T: Plenty of tart fruit flavors with a prominent but subtle character of grapes. Noticeable taste of fruit pits. A light sweetness balances the tartness and the acidity that is gaining momentum. Not very funky, but there's definitely a taste of hay. In general, the taste have some similarities with a tart fruity sparkling wine. Subtle note of wheat, basically no barley. The finish is sour with notes of grass, earth, nuts and fruits.
M: Light body, very tingling in the mouth due to a lively carbonation. The finish is slightly dry. Excellent.
D: A fantastic lambic, a real work of art. The character of a sparkling wine this one showcases is fantastic. Highly recommended.
06-06-2009 23:44:58 | More by ricke
4.5/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours a beautiful deep, cherry red with a fizzy purple head.
Mouthwatering aroma; leathery, vinous horseblanket, stinky cheese. Pure and in it's rawest form.
It's a fireworks display on the palate. Grapey, sweaty, leathery, oak tannins, and super sour cherry acidity. Light bodied, not as dry as some other lambics, but still has some dustiness.
This was a great beer, but I wouldn't suggest opening one alone(don't know why you would want to), it could become a little overwhelming. One glass will suffice.
12-27-2009 17:29:37 | More by brownbeer
4.15/5 rDev -8.4%
I had it on draft at Capone's in Norristown, PA. It poured a strawberry-red color, and while it looked thick, the texture was fine and smooth. The tangy grapefruit flavor prevents it from going down smooth, however. The sourness forces you to hold it in your mouth and that's when other flavors become apparent. I tasted some light berry and grape notes that gave a slight sweetness to balance the sour. The smell is not sweet, as it had a strong, funky barnyard odor. This is not a fruity beer for framboise fans. This one is perfect for Cantillon and geuze fanatics. Let it warm up and the flavor will be very enjoyable.
02-23-2007 18:13:51 | More by StoutHearted
4.5/5 rDev -0.7%
A - Pours a beautiful deep blood red with a ring of white bubbles.
S - Lots of funk with some lactic sourness, hints of grapes and earthy notes.
T - Very similar to the smell. It's heavy on the red wine characteristics and this is where the bordeaux really shines. Lots of varying grape flavor. A fairly mild sourness through out with a very strong oak finish.
M - Very light and extremely dry. Absolutely perfect feel for a lambic. Medium-High carbonation.
O - One of the best lambics I have ever tried.
08-30-2011 12:22:08 | More by SkiBum22
4.88/5 rDev +7.7%
Having this be my first true Lambic will for sure make all other that I have pale in comparison. This one poured a great ruby red color with with not too much head but a great ammount of bubbles that added greatly to the visual appeal. The smell was nice and sour, with sour grape notes and sharp cheese scents. The taste was wonderfull with a great dry flavor of citrus and vinegar. The stuff was so smoothe I could have had the whole bottle! This is a beer to behold for sure.
06-06-2004 11:58:32 | More by Dmann
4.4/5 rDev -2.9%
Todd the beer guy at McKean and Charles in Waldoboro got this beer and then cellared it for me until I managed to get up there for it. Just a quick plug to try his establishment. I was saving this beer for a special occasion. Nothing special was on the horizon, so I broke down and drank it after holding it for a month. A 750ml bottle, with the label stating it was bottled 25Oct2006. Poured into a tulip glass, it was an amazing ruby red color with a touch of orange. A small head quickly dissipated, leaving a very still beer. It had a fruity aroma which seemed mostly cherry, and was also on the musty side (I mean that in a good way). Pleasant fruity taste, but what really was really striking was the degree of tartness. I've had other lambics from Cantillon that were nowhere near this tart. A wonderful, smooth beer. Great to drink, although I couldn't do a steady diet of lambics. Share this with your wife or significant other.
07-28-2007 13:49:40 | More by lordofthewiens
4.1/5 rDev -9.5%
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus
Bottled on October 12th, 2011 served in wine glasses on November 22, 2012.
A: First glass had a decent head, each following glass had no head. Cloudy rose color reminiscent of a blood orange.
S: Sour yeast and some vinegar notes. Some light citrus notes and lots of fruity berry notes.
T: Sour, vinegar and well rounded fruit round out the taste.
M: Bubbles and sourness with some light berry notes.
O: Interesting, reminds me of the kriek or the rose de gambrinus. I’m not finding a lot of grapes here but its very good.
11-23-2012 00:30:47 | More by codysjb
4.43/5 rDev -2.2%
I had been saving this bottle for a special occasion and decided to crack it open for beer number 1500.
Bottled 11/18/2008. The beer pours a reddish-brown-amber color with a white head. The aroma is very tart with some oaked notes. The flavor is tart grapes with some oak. The tartness is very intense but it is not overwhelming. Light-medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is a great sour ale that was worthy of being beer number 1500. Cantillon has done it again.
05-19-2010 03:35:54 | More by Mora2000
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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