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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 459
Hads: 1,856
Avg: 4.43
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 1,364
Gots: 408 | FT: 34
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: truthbrew on 03-20-2003

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Reviews: 459 | Hads: 1,856
Photo of YonderWanderer
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus pours a purplish red color with visible carbonation. Poured into a tulip, it sits more like a wine than a beer. Smell is a mix of sour tartness, hints of fruit, and a bit of funk. The taste is outstanding. Some funky and sour flavors hit up front and last throughout. The merlot grapes used in this brew are present as well, adding shades of wine to the overall flavor profile. Mouthfeel is well carbonated, and has a nice sour bite to it. Overall, this is a fantastic brew, and worthy of its reputation. Definitely not an everyday brew, but worth breaking out from time to time.

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Photo of mcallister
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Still and deep ruby red with not a head and a white ring around the glass.

In your face raspberry tart aromas, with hints of cherry and thick spicy-ness with a yeasty finish.

Tart, with a bone dry finish. Lush raspberry, and dried cherry flavors. Spicey, flowery and full of deliciously drinkable. Great one too change the mood.

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Photo of smcreator
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was the second lambic beer I have tried, although I had a hard time deciding if this was a wine or a beer. It looked beautiful; it had the color of wine (a rich burgundy red) as well as the head from a beer. The taste was nothing but strange. It was dry-ish like a wine, but it was well balanced and had beer attributes. My palate was very confused the whole time as it was trying to decide if it was drinking merlot or beer. I enjoyed the drink overall, and I had no trouble drinking it since I like the dryness of wine. A very balanced beverage.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a pinkish purple in color with a very thin head which left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: you could definitely sniff out the Merlot grapes in the nose alongside the signature oakum funky character, some acidity and a slight amount of citrus as well.

T: the flavor was even dominated by the Merlot grapes, tons of funky horse blanket character, oakum accents and a touch of citrus.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a fruity, oaky, funky, and sour finish.

D: the beer was drinking amazing and a great sour bite. Very glad to have this one again.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage at Beer Deluxe. From notes I wish I had more time to take.

A - Poured a hazy dark pink with one finger of light pink head. Film of retention and spotty lace.

S - Grape skins, funk, and vinegar. Spot on for a Lambic made with grapes.

T - Quite tart with grape skins, vinegar, and what I could only describe as pink tart fruits. Definitely some hay and lemon candy as well.

M - Strong carbonation, dry tart finish and medium body.

O/D - A solid, flavourful beer that I enjoyed on a sunny afternoon. Very tasty.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked & capped bottle poured into a wine glass, bottled 18 November 2008.

Pours a deep amber with a light reddish/orange color. There is a small white head with some light bubbles rising up. Nose is very tart and a bit funky, there's a barnyard sourness that's uniquely Cantillon.

Taste is tart and tingly all over, very sharp and funky, but not over the top like some Drei Fontinen beers. There is a light grape flavor, but it's not over the top or very strong, and it's well balanced by the oakiness that's equally present. Mouthfeel is light, carbonated and a bit champagne-like. Finish is very dry and sour, just how it should be, fantastic beer!

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Photo of jeonseh
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 Bottle

A - Bright red with a burgundy red color. Clear warm body that looks like liquor. White head that sits on the edges

S - Tart lambic with gueuze like sourness, light blue cheese funk, red wine, tannis, and grape skins

T - Tart lemon peel and lambic up front. Blue cheese, funk and really light red wine presence in the middle. Tart cherry near the back end with war head tartness and light oak to it

M - Tart with a dry finish to it with a slight juiciness from the wine.

O - This is another solid lambic from Cantillon but it's not my favorite one. The wine is there and add some nice presence but it is a bit overdrawn but the tartness and is lacking on the funk. All of that said it is still great just not one of my favorite.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a wide-body flute)
2002 vintage

A- When I peeled of the black foil the cap is very rusted and corroded with a black crust. The cork underneath has micro-bubbles oozing out of the middle forming a tiny layer of beer. When I pulled the cork it was all soaked through and a fine mist of beer covered the table with a pop.

This beer pours a raspberry red hazy body with a good strong carbonation. The head is a thick pinkish foam with peppered with little black specs from the bottle. The head soon dissipates to a mass of bubbles in the center of a thin ring around the rim.

S- The earthy smell of decomposition comes through with some strong notes of barnyard. There is a faint vinous dark red wine note in the background. The strong aroma of pigs comes through more than any other barnyard note.

T- There is a nice tartness that makes me pucker on the first few sips but then starts to blend with some sweet red grape notes which remind me of raspberries. The finish is a dry earthy quality that has a big fizz to the taste. As it warms a bit there are notes of plums in the fruit. The bright fruit taste hangs on the tongue after each sip. With the next glass the flavor changes more and more with each sip. The flavors of fresh red wine grapes of the wine with a faint mellon note before the taste of sweettarts comes through in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a champagne fizz in the texture.

D- This is an interesting fruit lambic but I thought the aroma was a bit one-dimensional and I didn't get the depth and complexity out of the fruit that I was expecting.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

As with other Cantillion entries I find this immensely simple but incredibly flavorful. The nose is sour, winish, earthy minerals and purple grapes. The flavor is sour, tart and simple people grapes and cherry. So simplistic but so delicious it's not really a beer but it seems like a liquid candy.

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Photo of Phatz
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had very very high expectations for this beer. I have become a huge fan of Cantillon, as they have never let me down with any of there sour Lambics or Gueuze. I nearly acquired this before. I had it on my order but due to the huge price I removed it from my list and made room for 6 or seven other beers in it's place. When I changed my mind and decided to pay the price... it was no longer available. Thus, I was very excited to find this beer on-tap at Capone’s. Talking to another friend who had it in the bottle previously he thought the bottle was better than this tap version, true or not my wife and I both enjoyed it. I bought a growler for $45 at Capons Restaurant in Norristown PA. It seemed a better deal than the $30 for a 750ml. I also shared the beer with many of my friends. [In retrospect I should have been a selfish bastard because my wife and I *really* liked the beer, more than many of my friend, but I like to share so ... =)]

Appearance: Pours an attractive red color with a small pink head and little lacing.

Smell: WOW! Acidic Lambic berry tartness and vinegar in the nose. Sour cherries sweet-tart candies, and some dry vinous alcohol.

Taste: This is a dominantly sour beer but it has a small element of sweet sugar like a candy before the tartness takes over. Berry and cherry and sour grapes blend together in a sour flavor that is somewhat vinous, and that has a notable alcohol element undisguised, and the leaves you with the dry lingering aftertaste. The sour flavor carries over into the long linger dry aftertaste and leave you with more sweet-tarts on the cheeks. As a fan of dry wine, my wife found this a familiar sensation.

Mouthfeel: This is so dry and yet, active with sharp sour interplay against cheeks and the light carbonation snap-crackle-pop on the tongue. It is pretty rough across the tongue in a beautiful sour Lambic fashion. And I love the bone dry finish.

Drinkability: As it warms it actually becomes a bit more rough. The acidity becomes even more pronounced and the tartness forcing the pucker becomes more and more intense. If you want to avoid that, Then it is best to drink this shortly after opening, and boy it does go down nicely, but I recommend sharing it, despite the $30-$40 price tag. It is a lot of sour. Personally, I love it, I could handle putting it in my kegorator, if I was interested in spending the $450 for a quarter barrel keg.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light red with a thin pink head.

The smell is fruity - cherry and raspberry - sour/tart aroma.
The taste is fruity - cherry/raspberry - tart with some sour. Very fresh and flavorful. As it warms, sweet grainy malt balances out the fruitiness. Rich and complex. The feeling of a grape skin sticks to tongue, giving it a long, dry finish.

Worth about $30 a bottle? As an occassional treat - it is a good lambic. Serves as a nice apperitif or to pair with a fruity desert.

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Photo of Kirk_Grant
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 Bottling. Tasted out of toulip wine glasses at home with a friend. I can't imagine the fruit would last with age...it would be interesting to see how these age and what happens in time.

Color: Brickish Ruby

Smell: Earth, forest floor, yeast, sour cherries

Taste: Sour blueberries, cherries, orange rinds, and hints of floral notes.

Overall: Outstanding. A beer that demands thought and attention.

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Photo of sidetracked
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 27 October 2009. Pours a clear deep light red with an off-white head. Good initial head presence but dissipates quickly to only linger around the edge.

Aroma is tart, sour, unripe red grapes, vinegar, acidic.

Moderate tart sourness upfront, vinegar acidity. Follows through to the finish. Merlot grape fruitiness gives the finish some red wine characteristics. Slight sweetness.

Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Bubbly crisp finish that is slightly dry.

Nice moderate level of acidic sourness. Merlot grapes add a unique finishing touch.


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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage opened at a bottle share. Red/pink in color, lots of wine notes in the aroma. Taste has a lot of red wine qualities, very good overall but not my favorite from them

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Photo of vandemonian
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cantillon St Lamnivus is a mouth-puckeringly sour lambic with a little sweetness to balance and some rotten fruit flavours.

A: Red colour and no head. 3.5

S: Super super sour smell. Rotten fruit. 4.5

T: Sour, a little sweet and fruity with a slightly bitter, dry finish. Mouth-puckeringly sour and balanced with a little sweetness. 4.5

M: Flat. 3.5

O: 4

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Photo of spinrsx
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle received through private import - 2013 vintage

Appearance - Burgundy colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grapes, vinegar, Lemon

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste citric notes and grapes/cherries/currants. There is also a light vinegar flavour and a light amount of barnyard funk. It ends with tart yet fruity aftertaste.

Overall - You can really taste the quality and refinement in this beer. It has a perfect balance and a complex taste that keeps you wanting more. A perfect beer to pair with cheese.

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Photo of orangesol
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Monk's on Zwanze day. This is the 2008 version.

A - Pours murky purple/red with a very small film of white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving little to no lace down the glass.

S - Smells of acidic sourness, musty basement funk, merlot grapes; from the skins to the pulp, it is all in there; and some dry oak tannins. Smells like a funky merlot.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of sharp acidic sourness slowly giving way to a mix of juicy merlot grapes and their skins, damp earth, musty barnyard funk, dry oak tannins, and some faint fruity twang at the very end. The finish is a mix of dryness and sourness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sharp, vinous, feel with plenty of pucker that lingers through the finish. This is quite complex, yet very enjoyable.

O - I enjoyed my glass of this one. Sometimes the combination of funk and grapes doesn't always work but it really does here. Yet another winner from Cantillon.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- light murky creamy purple. Near white head leaves fast . Small tight bubbled cling lace.

S- sharp. Acrid. Medicinal. Band aid.

T- big tart sour blended with fruit and malt.

M - medium body great carb balance and finish.

D- expensive but love this beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 21 NOV 12.

A - Opaque medium purplish-red colour with one finger of raspberry red head.

S - Sour/vinegar notes with grape and oak.

T - Tart and slightly sour. A very light vinegar-like sourness. A big grape musk flavour is present, as expected and some oak/woody notes add another layer of complexity.

M - Very dry. Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright pink ruby. White layer, good lacing.

Lemon, grape, sweet cherry, tartness.

Grape definitely noticeable, especially in the finish. Medium amount of sour.

Same finish as a wine, leaves the same dry feeling in your mouth. The sour element makes this quite lovely.

Yum, tastes like you think it would - gueuze with grapes. I'd like to age one of these, bring out the sour a bit.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25th Review
Draft at Monk's Cafe - served in flute glass
Vintage 2008

L: Hard to say as it was quite dark in Monk's at the front bar; however, I'll go with bursting/bright raspberry. No head.

S: Different. Very, very different. Not in a bad way, but not like any other beer I've smelled before. Hint of fruit drowned by a very interesting funk - acidic, earthy, off...you name it. Maybe almost like wine, but I still can't figure it out.

T: Straight to sour from the get-go! Not overpowering, but definitely in your face. Hint of sweet and tart is well-balanced. Enjoyable considering I was expecting way worse.

M: Light, crisp, and dry.

O: Very well put together considering how nervous I was after smelling it. I have not jumped into this style very often; however, this beer tickles my palate to explore further. As such, I will =)

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Photo of aleigator
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

St. Lamvinus '14 vintage

Has a beautiful, vibrant color of red grapes, revealing a ruby note, and a fizzy, soon vanishing head.

Has aromas of a distinct leathery funkiness, paired with ripe grapes, pulling out their stone qualities in the best way, due to the supportive, wooden barrel. The funky barnyard tartness blends extremely well into the fermented, vinous, sour grapes. The fruitiness, as well as the wooden oakiness illustrate the acidic tartness in a very intriguing way, evoking the feeling of this being more wine than beer.

Begins with prickly, unripe grapes among earthy, leathery malts. The grapes turn sweeter, riper as the malts stand out against the tart sourness, adding stone fruit qualities to the taste. At the same time, carried by a lively carbonation, the sourness becomes quite intense, with a vinegar note, evoked by the fermented grape sourness, while both tastes blend well together, wrapped up by the wooden barrel. Finishes with a tongue quenching, slightly dry sourness, along with lemon zest and grape pulp. The beer still reminds me in many ways of a young wine, while missing its typical sweetness, replaced by the typical lambic tartness, with a refreshing, high carbonation.

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Photo of bashiba
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear strawberry red with a light white head.

The nose is dominated by tart lacto along with a touch of ripe fruit.

The flavor is full of a crisp clean tartness along with an underlying bit of dark fruit

The mouthfeel is very tart and dry.

Solid classic sour.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle.

Beer is dark pink, somewhat reddish. A small amount of pinkish head fades quickly.

Most immediate smells are yeast and barnyard funk. Tart, rich red grapes right after. Quite a deep fruit smell. Nice malty backbone, some wheat.

Tart red grape in the taste, quite sour. Funky, a barnyard aspect running through which picks up most in the finish. A sweet, sugary flavour is there but drowned out by the sour. Not super complex but very good.

Light bodied, highly carbonated. A bit fizzy.

Overall, very good. Not the best Cantillon I have had but certainly really enjoyable.

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Photo of Goliath
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 2004

Pours an interesting mixture of colors. Seemingly pale red, or dark pink, with some deep amber hues as well. No real head on the initial pour, but a thin bubbley coating resides on top of the beer.

The aroma is incredible. Quite pungent. Big notes of Brett, making your mouth water just from the suggestion of tartness. Some tones of oak, slightly vinous, and slightly floral as well. A little bite to it as well.

Taste is fantastic. Not nearly as sour as I had assumed, but quite tart indeed. Some vinous qualities, light and refreshing berry. A nice tartness with a touch of the oak. Just tremendous and quite impressive.

Mouthfeel is just shy of medium bodied, and carbonation is almost nonexistent.

Drinkability is insanely high for the type of beer this is. Alcohol is low making for easier consumption, but the flavor is quite good and the tartness is not overwhelming. Makes for quite an experience. I much prefer this to say Cantillon Iris.

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
98 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.