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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Saint LamvinusCantillon Saint Lamvinus

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1,240 Ratings
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Ratings: 1240
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: truthbrew on 03-20-2003)
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Capped and corked 750ml green glass bottle, no bottling or best-by date.

Appearance: Pours a murky purple brown color, almost no head, except for a ring of off-white foam around the glass.

Smell: Big sour and fruity nose, very malty, with cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, and a dose of citric.

Taste: Very smooth, yet tart, this has a nice flavor from the grapes. Maltiness dries, acidic, this has much in common with wine. Very good, but I am not sure it is worth the price tag.

Drinkability: This is probably the last time I will ever get to try this beer, it is just to expensive, but also very delicious and drinkable. I can appreciate what Cantillon does, they are very good at the craft of lambics.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 17:05:12 | More by TastyTaste
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/29/06 Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Capped and corked. Bottled in 2003. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Murky plum colored pour. Very very slight spritzy head which evaporates almost on contact with the glass. Slight and spotty lace left behind. Seems the norm for a lambic.

Smell- The wet horse blanket and wet hay scent really comes out as it warms to room temp. A bouquet of fresh assorted berries as well.

Taste- Hmmm, taste is pretty good, but I found grapes to be one of the tastes that was hardest to find. Just a touch of grape flavor, but mostly cherry and raspberries. Sour, but not the punishment that most beers from Cantillon carry. Sour enough to make it a very slow sipping beer though.

Mouthfeel- Super dry, very very light carbonation kick. After it warms it's smooth as silk. Sour as predicted and long lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability- Wasn't let down, but I wasn't really blown away either. I was expecting a bit more out of a $32 bottle of beer. Still a pretty good beer, just not willing to dole out that much money again for it. Am a novice at matching beers with cheese, but a cheese expert said that Pierre Robert cheese (brie like) would pair nicely with it. I really didn't see it though. It did pair really well with dried cherries though...wow, did it!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 15:34:42 | More by GClarkage
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MSchae1017

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a wine glass from the 750mL capped and corked bottle. 2003 vintage.

This beer pours a rusty maroon with a thin white head and no lacing. The smells gives off the aromas of grapes along with some sourness characteristic of a lambic. The taste was fantastic. It hits you immediately with its sourness but turns into more of a sour grape taste mixed in with some granny smith apples. The mouthfeel was right on. Perfect body with nice carbonataion. Overall got to be one of the best lambics out there. Nice job to Brasserie Cantillon for brewing such an exceptional and unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 14:53:44 | More by MSchae1017
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer was served in a flute. The beer was the 2003 vintage.

Appearance: The beer has a clear red nearing burgundy coloration. The beer has ample carbonation. The beer has no head except a thin white film. The beer gives no lacing.

Smell: The beer has a very good sweet and sour combonation. The beer has plenty of sweet grapes and apple. The beer has a pleasing funky "blue cheese rind" smell. The beer has a earthy grassyness to it.

Taste: Wow! This is a wierd beer. The beer has a commanding sweet and sour assault on my palate. The beer is loaded with fruityness (apples, cherries, grapes). The beer has that oddly pleasing yeasty funkyness. The beer has a bit of a acidic taste. This beer is well done.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a very commanding sweet and sour smell and taste. The beer is light bodied. The beer is oddly refreshing inspite of the acidity. Dam this was a great beer! The beer is a bit expensive $30.00 but what a treat. The beer was very hard to put down. I had to make myself wait during the second pouring of the bottle for it to warm up. The beer went very well with semi sweet dark chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 07:41:35 | More by nlmartin
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laintringulis

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2003 poured into a beer flute. Beautiful ruby/burnt orange color, practically no head, thin body, but not watery. Very complex smell and taste. Smells or granny smith apple, tart cherries, musty grapes and a pleasant "funky yeast" smell. Taste as smells with the apple and cherry predominant and slight vanilla taste. Very nice mouthfeel, feels thicker than what one would expect. The taste is initially sweet then becoming sour and then sweet on the backtaste in a very nice way. This is possibly too drinkable. The alcohol is used exceptionally and I wanted more and more. Note: This pair very nicely with dark chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 10:23:42 | More by laintringulis
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Prufrock

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle into a thin Lindemans pilsner.

slightly hazy raspbery-reddish amber with half an inch of pinkish head. lace sticks in thick clumps and rings.

traditional Cantillon aromas with tart apples, rindy bitterness, and funky cheese. slight hints of juicy sweet concord grapes and even some slight unripe cherry aromas; very reminiscent of their kriek.

taste initially hits with a slight grape sweetness, which is quickly washed away with a nice puckering tartness. powerful if slightly one-noted. light-medium body with a spritzy tight carbonation. underwhelming only due to the price (this is the most expensive beer i've ever had). there's really no off-notes and it comes through as tart, refreshing beer, but i can't see ponying up the cash for another for a long while.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 14:58:21 | More by Prufrock
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silenius

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pleasing clear ruddy red with a more fuscia head that quickly diminished to a thin ring in the glass.

Smell was grape popsicle and soda, without the sweetness. Moderate round, woody balsamic vinegar scent and a touch of vanilla.

Taste was a pleasing grapey acid bite that made my mouth water. The aftertaste is a woodsy-bitter zing that lingers.

Mouthfeel is dry and acidic that made me salivate for another (small) sip.

Pleasing and drinkable, interesting and likeable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2006 22:38:52 | More by silenius
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HardTarget

Texas

4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Great label art! Capped and corked.

Aroma: Vinegar, ass (aka funk), hints of grape skin

Appearance: Opaque red glass with a thin collar of off white

Flavor: Mouth imploding sour, but milder than other Cantillons I’ve had. Some cherry rind comes out, but very little grape flavors.

Mouthfeel: Puckering dryness with low carbonation

Overall Impression: Full taste, milder *pow*, but still hard core. I wish I had started with this one and stepped up to the more Funky versions.
Recommended, if only to blow your mind.
Thanks to Stonecrusher for the trade.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 07:16:36 | More by HardTarget
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cork indicates 2003 bottling. A bit of wet ring around the cork at the top tells me that this was oozing at sometime.

Pours as a noisy aggressive fizzy offering. Body of bubbles and fizzy rising alka-seltzer appearance. No head cap to speak of. A ruby red jeweled hue.

Mouth watering sour scents with a touch of funk and wild breezes of metallic notes and copper. Olfactory overdrive of mineral Earthiness.

First swigs: Tart & dry sour sipper. THen the disection of this Cantillion creation can begin. Mostly a kriek aspect despite the grape label. Middle of tart dry white wine aspects. Ephemeral aftertaste of unripe raspberry. Actually, when you eat a tiny grape off of the vine, that is what this exemplifies: tiny green grapes. Loads of Granny Smith apple load up the finish. Clean

Feel is thin and gently carbonated. The pucker is surely present.

Last swigs: Dry Earthy ephemeral unripe white grape. Cantillion brews are so tough to discern. The sour acidic pucker takes my best palate all the time in the world to soak in. Cleanest finish.

Beer is good. Happy sour tart beering.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 02:44:58 | More by blitheringidiot
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Gusler

Arizona

4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I’m finally going to sample this “Lambic” that has been “Numere Uno” on my top five beers to sample for many years, I’m almost hesitant to sample it as I’ve waited so long I’m afraid I’ll be disappointed “Not” I’m sure.

The beer, after the removal of the black foil, crown & cork from the 750ml green bottle it sets in the flute glass a beautiful dark ruby with a bit of purple, the head is minute, the color and off white, “WOW”, I can smell berry tartness from two feet away. Nose is acerbic, with hints of grapes, cherries, musk, also to me the odor of damp and old moss covered oak, a plethora of aromas in this nose. First taste, “WHAM”, a pungent mouth puckering sourness, with just a tiny bit of sweetness, top is light in feel. Finish is dominated by the tartness with a bit of the berries and grapes coming through, vinous, and absolutely the driest aftertaste I’ve ever experienced. My oh my what a brew this is, and I must say it was worth the wait and the $44.00 I paid for it.

Note: As I was enjoying this great beer, I was thinking what would go good with it to make a perfect Sunday Afternoon, so I slapped in a great Jazz CD (Monk's Dream), and opened another precious gift a Cuban Cigar, I was in Beer/Cigar & Music Nirvana!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 20:40:22 | More by Gusler
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 03:38:41 | More by rhoadsrage
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dogfooddog

Panama

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served far too cold at the Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia. I let this sit 50 minutes (eating and drinking in meanwhile) before pouring. Pours dark orange with 15% active head which fades quickly, leaving next to no foam. I was not shown the cork for this bottle, so don't know the vintage.

Smell is a powerful classic cantillon nose, musty sour odor which is is more concentrated than I have found in their other lambics or gueuzes.

Taste is a strong attack of the above, but it fades quickly. It feels somewhat one-dimensional, but given that this is a single aged lambic that is not surprising - this is not a blended beer. It is enchantingly sour but I would like more prolonged taste and/or finish. Not sure what effect temperature issues may have had on this.

This beer has all of the classic taste elements that make cantillon THE traiditional lambic, but in this bottle they were not comprehensive. Just for the nose and front end of taste I would buy as much of this as I could.

Follow-up 4/8/06 After trying this at Monk's Cafe, I sourced some separately and tried it, wondering how the temperature issue at monk's had impacted taste. This bottle, cork-dated 2004, is very similar to the one reviewed above. maybe a little darker in color, less musty in nose, a LOT more carbonation, but the same issues with short taste and finish exist. This does seem to be a characteristic of lambics (this is a blend of 2 lambics AFAIK) versus complexity found in gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 05:27:11 | More by dogfooddog
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rosy top in the look here, deeper burgundy beneath, under absolutely no head...par for style, though...

Aroma: bracing, yet invigorating, a blast of cherries and grape, twisted by sour...musty, rank, and deep...liking it...a deep well, dominated by fruit. Delectable.

Taste it, already! Oooo! Weeee! Owww! Bold, huge, fat puckeration,...ooo, ooo, ooo! Takes hold of the mouth and doesn't let go! A blend of dark fruits, cherries, and berries, and grapes. Luscious. Sour and flavorful. Mellows a touch, gets easy as we go, gets easier to take..

Not for everyone, but a particular treat for demanding palates, constant play on the tongue that is rewarding for some, punishing for others.

Hard to compare this to anything else on earth. Far beyond any other lambic, a definitive sui generis classic.

2004 bottling. too young? who's to say. worth the $33 spent? probably...

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 03:39:37 | More by feloniousmonk
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 rendition.

This beer has a beautiful red color. There is a head, but very little retention. No lacing to speak of. Small, constant stream of bubbles near the side. Reminds me of champagne. When it gets lower in the glass, more brown colors come through.

Taste and smell have a lot of typical Cantillon funky notes. Fruit flavor peak out at the end, but I would be hard pressed to identify them as Bordeux grapes unless I knew they were Bordeux grapes ahead of time.

Very drinkable, but I like Cantillon funkiness. I've had this before with more grape notes and less funkiness. This shant be the last time I try this one out.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 00:28:13 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle: Poured a medium red color lambic with a huge bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is sour with some touch of sweetness. Taste is quite a surprise with less acidity then I would have expected from Cantillon with a nice balance between the grapes and the lambic. Carbonation is quite strong and body is quite light. Well balance tart and sweetness with the grapes less dominant then expected. Probably one of the only Cantillon that I wouldn’t mind drinking a whole 750ml by myself on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 18:41:10 | More by Phyl21ca
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Black foiled cap (extensively rusted) and cork. Cork noted bottled in 2002.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 3/4" light pink head above the clear red brew, and it seems to glow when held up to the light. Head lasted pretty well, with minimal lacing. Aroma is barnyard tart, and apparent as soon as the cork was popped. Quite pervasive. Taste is super tart from the get-go, seems to shock the tongue in the middle, then you cross the hump, and it closes with a very dry grape tinge. Mouthfeel and drinkability are par for the style, although I admit I was hoping for a bit more depth in the fruit character. A nice treat, but I concur with others that the price is somewhat prohibitive.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 00:06:58 | More by ppoitras
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hero27

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Bottled in 2003.

Beautiful pink/rose color with a white head that didn't last very long, but left some lacing on the glass. Aroma is very "Cantillon-like" (at least from the 3 other Cantillon brews I've tried). Pungent, tart, sour aroma with hints of grapes. Flavor is dry..Acidic, tart flavor and very wine-like qualities. Fruit flavor is complex and lingers forever on the tongue, as the harsh taste nearly numbs your tastebuds. A little sweetness to balance the astringency wouldn't kill these things..but maybe that's just me.
Too tart for me, regardless of the style. Doesn't live up to the hype, as far as I'm concerned, but that would be damn tough to do. The harsh acidity may taste fine to some, but it doesn't impress me.
The bottom line..it's not worth the $35 per bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 23:56:23 | More by hero27
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2003. Nice shortliving head and almost clear but opalising deep red beercollor. Nose is exceptional, bretty, good farmstable with lots of oak, dry hay and that sweaty horses in the back. Good sourness and obvious grapejuice make it and overall most impressive nose. Taste is sour but after getting used too most impressive too, giving grapes, oak, dry bitterness and sourish aftertaste. Yes this goes all the way and good carbonisation witch is high but fitting making mouthfeel IMO perfect too. Greatly enjoying every sip of it and wished wy girlfriend wouldn't like it so I could enjoy the whole 750 just by myself.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 17:55:14 | More by paterlodie
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003

750ml, capped and corked

Pours with a murky pinkish purple body, fizzy off white head, retention isnt great

Smell, thick winey grapes, some sherbet fizz, slight whiff of cherries. Tart acidity on the nose, slightly funky but very slight.

Taste, sharp tart citrus, almost puckering, followed by a whack of warming rounded red wine grapes. Slight warming merlot alcohol on the finish. Zesty grapefruit throughout also. Some acidity throughout, lots of red wine vinegar type flavours

I'd had a few real lambics and gueuzes before this and they all impressed me, this did also. It grew on me, at first i wasnt overly impressed, i thought the body was very thin and the flavours a bit one dimensional but as you have a few more sips, then a few more it becomes a much more flavourful and deep beer, great stuff. A grade A lambic, but not something i'd drink everyday

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 19:18:02 | More by cypressbob
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egajdzis

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003... Poured a cloudy reddish color with a small white head that quickly diminished to nothing. Vinous, burgandy grapes, funky brett, and stinky socks aroma. Smooth but tart taste. This is very much wine like, grapes, light sweetness, and finishing with that signature tart Cantillon taste. Lots of tart lemon present in the taste. A very nice fruit lambic and one that I looked long and hard for.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 18:11:11 | More by egajdzis
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sacfly

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pink/red/cranberry. Little light pink head, with some large and very small bubbles mixed together, disappear rather quickly. A small amount of very fine bubbles could be seen with a light swirl. Bacteriology lab smell dominates, with just a hint of sulfur and grape. Taste is acidic and tart. Thin to moderate mouthfeel. Tart, and more tart… no real grape, fruit, or any other flavors of note. The sides of my tongue were screaming, while the rest had nothing to focus on. Rather one dimensional. Dry finish. If you are looking for only tart, acidic character then this is for you if you are willing to pay the $30 price tag. Much more interesting Lambics (including other much less expensive Cantillons) out there for a fraction of the cost.
If you are new to Lambics and expecting or looking for Lambics with a balance of tartness and sweetness, look elsewhere. Also do not assume that since there are grapes on the label, that the product will taste anything like grape.
I enjoyed it, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 16:44:09 | More by sacfly
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003

The liquid was lightly hazy, purplish-pink in hue with a dull ruby-sunshine highlight. The head was white in color; the bubbles never really formed much of a head. At its most put-together moment the big bubbles gathered momentarily and created a head of a half finger. Head retention was poor, the foam rapidly faded to a soapy collar, largely naked in the middle. Sadly there was no subsequent lacing. I really enjoy the color of the liquid and for some reason those big, unsocial bubbles really caught my eye. The incompleteness of the head was intriguing. This is an attractive beer.

The nose is fruity tart and funky with a woody, oaky, winy, bacterial aroma. The fruitiness is distant but rounded and soaked in vinegar. Dark grapes. Orange peel. Lemon zest. Spiced apple. I detect a kiss of wheat bread and raw yeast. At room temperature the bouquet has a hotness to it that really adds depth and it made my eyes water. However, I still find the potency to be too tame. I also expected more articulation from this beer. The D.O.C. once asked, “Is it funky enough?” I have to say no. Inviting, it is. Spectacular the bouquet is not.

The palate is better then the nose, thankfully. In fact this is very tasty. I love the tartness with the potent acidic. Red wine notes are lovely. There is oak-woodiness with like a lactic, bacterial twang. This beer is lip-smacking good. The fruitiness is akin to a crazy-ass vinaigrette with cherries, orange peel, lemon zest, dark grapes, and red apples. The finish is well rounded, tart, and mildly funky but not all that long. It is long enough so I don’t forget what I just swallowed. I want cheese, now! Fruit too. Overall this is damn tasty. Dry. Very refreshing.

Around medium in body, moderate carbonation but the bubbles are active enough to create a zippy mouthfeel. Solid mouthfeel, very good actually but it is not earth shattering… it is missing something, what I’m not sure but it works nevertheless.

This beer is very good. However, at $35 a bottle this is a beer that I most likely won’t be purchasing again. In fact I needed an excuse to validate the expense. My 1000th review on BA seemed like a fitting reason. And so I make the purchase a few months ago. I split my bottle with my girlfriend; it was a lovely experience (considering she is a Belgian rookie). I am happy I tried this rare gem but it really wasn’t as great as I would have liked, regardless of the price. I have no complaints… well, I do wish the nose was louder and deeper and I do wish the palate had more malt. Regardless, I found this beer to be drinkable, likeable, and something I would say is worthy a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 14:16:09 | More by bditty187
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twelvsies

Maine

4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is quite a wonder of a beer. Just totally unique. Definately something you should try at least once, and then treat yourself to once in a while when the money comes in. I bought this one for $32 at Premier in Buffalo, and I don't regret it. As I didn't want to drink this one hunkered down in front of a computer, I drank it outside in the breeze, and am reviewing from notes.
Appears a dark purpleish-red color, with a bit of your typical beery-amber color coming through, though it's taken over with the more exotic colors. Fairly brash smell, sharp and stinging, sour, and with hay and horse blanket hints. I don't usually use that adjective (horse blanket), and I usually think that typical lambic "funk" is more of a sweaty sock smell, but this one I have to admit is particularly horsey. Taste is all over the place, but comes together in a really subtle yet complex way. Whereas some labics taste blatantly like a particular fruit (rasperries or cherries, for example) this one has more of a blend of fruity tastes. Grapes, and grape skins, fresh from the vine, yes, but also hints of dark cherries and other fruits. There's also a great fresh wood character in there, that was particularly enhanced by drinking this beer outside, which I highly recommend. Everything about this beer was so fresh, it just feels like you're blending in with the grass outside. That sounded a little hippyish, but that's how I felt when I drank this beer. Super dry mouthfeel makes it all come together. Really a world class beer here, living up to all the hype. Though hype really isn't a good word here, and doesn't fit the beer. The Saint Lamvinus is simply a delicious beer, from one of the world's most distinct breweries. Enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 19:56:48 | More by twelvsies
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OldSock

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Presentation and Appearance – Big 25.4 oz bottle, with black foil, a cap and a cork. I’m a little concerned that the top of the cork is wet. It pours a magnificent clear crimson in my flute, with a creamy light pink head that has pretty good retention due to the carbonation.

Smell – Sour and yeasty with loads of mixed fruit. It smells similar to the other Cantillon fruit lambics that I have had. Vinegar mixed with wine is the best way I can describe it. Lamvinus really has a lot going on here, incredibly complex stuff.

Taste – Sour, but not as sour as many lambics. The yeast is strong, earthy and musty to balance of the sourness. This is as close to a wine as it is to a beer, with its mix of fruity flavors. Grapes are the main fruit flavor, but there are notes of passion fruit, strawberries and cherries. The more I drink the less I taste the sourness and more the fruit comes out.

Mouthfeel – Pretty light with high carbonation. The sourness makes the sides of the mouth tingle a little adding to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability and Notes – While I respect this beer, the exceedingly high price and sourness make this a one time purchase for me. I enjoyed this but not that much more than the standard Cantillon Kriek. If you have some extra money kicking around, and you love lambics, particularly those from Cantillon, pick one of these up for a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 03:23:23 | More by OldSock
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped and corked 750, cork dated 2003 - This is my 3rd bottle of this stuff that I've been able to enjoy. The first 2 bottles were dispersed during a couple of parties I had, one of which a certain few special BA's were there for and coaxed me to open one up.

This one was shared with just a few friends and I was finally able to sit and write my review notes.

Appearance is of a dark cranberry juice mixed with a splash of grape juice. Has some lively carbonation lineage along the sides. Crunchy threaded bubbles of foam decorate the top in a dusty pinkish white. Very active and popping and light amounts of lacing in thin strings. Shrinks down fairly fast as its surface smoothes out some then to a nothing-like misty haze on top and a thin collaring.

Outstandingly strong aroma, which is nothing out of the ordinary for Cantillon. Lots of brisk and lively sour-tartness fully dancing amoung a floor of acidic fibers. Whole mustard seeds, sharp white cheese, dirty barn floor hay, and vinegar all add to a vineous strength of sour stuff tickling the nose. Like a red wine on lambic steroids.

Taste is no different. Tons of tickling sour-tart-acidic stuff. Vineous vinegars, layers of highly sour bread grains, old cheese, puckering sugars, and lambic yeast all make for a big effect of smooth and delicate dryness. Each sip brings another layer of dryness after the tart stuff clears a path. Not as funky as the smell eludes too. What I found unique and mcuh more to my liking about this compared to other Cantillon's I've had is that this was much more easier on the palate to control. It reminded me of a Saison with a kick of extra sour dough breads, yeast, and an addition of grapes.

Feathery medium/heavy dryness and tart supplied, multi-layered, acidicness keep this sucker pretty tongue tingly and cheek-scraped dry. One of the things I couldn't quite get used to was its overall dryness. The sour stuff leads right into it and it takes every corpuscle in your mouth prisoner as it ghostly leaves all sorts of weird cottony-tart left overs. Again, like a grapey saison.

Drinkability is OK, takes a good while to get used to. It has a nice saison quality to it that I tend to like over the other true lambics that Cantillon is known for. Think of it as a vinegar spiked red wine blended with a saison.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 20:57:16 | More by tavernjef
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,240 ratings.