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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,470 Ratings
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Ratings: 1,470
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,125
Gots: 348 | FT: 28
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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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

Thanks to claaark for this one. 750ml capped and corked bottle into a Cantillon tulip. 2010 cork date. Shared with schen9303.

Pour yields a 1 finger powdery pink head with moderate retention that dissipates into a thick ring around the glass. Beer is a clear deep, pink-purple. Lacing is non-existant. Above average due to the amazing color.

Nose is tart purple grapes, rotting wood, and a distinct, sharp cheesiness mixed with some cobweb notes. Very aromatic, robust, and fruity overall while remaining simple. Impressive.

Opens cobwebs, plastic, grape tartness mixed with a juicy sweetness. Barrel notes emerge prominently towards the middle with a Brett dryness. Some wet straw at the end where grape characteristics re-emerge. Finish is tart and lemon-y. Aftertaste is grape, lemon, and wood. Complexity really grows and grows as this one warms.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth and puckering and dry going down. Dry finish with a lingering aftertaste. Perfect for the style and gets smoother and smoother as I sip and sip.

Really a perfect representation of the style and one of the best fruit lambics that Cantillon makes in my opinion. Only rivaled by Lou Pepe Kriek in Cantillon's normal line. Snatch this one up if you can. Amazing fresh and gets more and more graceful as it ages.

SpeedwayJim, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of hooliganlife
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

not sure the vintage, but I would suspect its the most recent (2010).

pour was a dirty ruby red with no head. some of the pours had about an inch of ruby head and some had none. no lacing or retention.

very complex on the nose. heavy red wine and bordeaux, fresh grape, and sufficient amount of still vinegar. light oak.

very similar to the smell. 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. a very strong oak finish.

very flat and smooth. light puckering sourness and a very dry bone dry finish.

quite delicious. lots of red wine and grape flavor and mild sourness just make this so drinkable. quite different from the aged version of this.

hooliganlife, May 13, 2011
Photo of david18
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

Love this beer. The perfect blend of sour and fruit. All of the Cantillons are outstanding but this is one of the best. The price is very high, and i'd recommend getting it on the east coast instead of the west, but it's an amazing treat.

will be going to europe this weekend and will definitely try and check it out when I go.

david18, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of Nugganooch
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

750ml bottle – NYC bottle share with mdfb79. Huge thanks to Dan and his bro for cracking this one!
12/12/13 – Served in a Duvel tulip glass

A: Pours a sparkling cranberry body with some pinkish and purple tones to it. Light murkiness to the beer. Good half finger width or so of sudsy froth. Khaki soap look with some very active carbonation and light swaths of lace sticking to the glass.

S: Smells primarily of lightly soured red grape skins with a soft backing of tart raspberry. Vinous and mildly acidic with some balsamic notes. Musky earth and oak rounds out the nose. Not incredibly potent but has a nice red wine quality to it.

T: Red grape and wild berry come together much like a Rosado wine. Raspberry permeates throughout complimented by a nice puckering tartness. Fairly sour yet balanced with a modest amount of acidity. The approach is pretty flawless. No vinegar bomb here. The beer is very light and dried out by some oaky tannins. Touch of lactic funkiness there with some earthy mineral water. Nothing I would call barnyard or horsey. Any alcohol flavor is completely masked. Impressively crafted. Delicate and light with an aggressive tart and sour quality.

M: Very light in body with a high amount of spritzy carbonation on the palate. Fair amount of puckering tang. Light astringency and very dry with a nice crisp at the finish.

D: I don’t have a ton of experience with Lambics at this point but this is one is undeniably superior. Has a natural soda feel with a great balance of flavors. Delicate yet tart and mildly sour. Unlike any beer I have had before.
A real treat and one that I will only come to appreciate more with time.

Nugganooch, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

Served in a tumbler.

What awesome timing, having a grape-imbued lambic while standing next to a wine connoisseur. Regardless, this stuff pours a lightly-hazy fuchsia topped by over a finger of pink-ish foam. The nose comprises tart blue raspberry, light sour cherry, sour grape, a hint of grapefruit zest, and a light smattering of funk. The taste brings in more of the same, with everything showing off some powerful sour chops. This is kept in partial check, though, by the funk, which, though relatively mild in its individual expression, also blends in nicely with its acidic surroundings. The grape character is pronounced, but not overt. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, another damn fine fruited lambic from Cantillon, one of the highlights of a night that included quite a few ridiculous sours of various styles. And I'm happy to say that the aforementioned wine aficionado was also impressed by this offering. I was not surprised.

TMoney2591, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of LauraAlberts
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

Appearance: Cloudy Strawberry

Smell: Wonderful aromas of fruit. Hint of deep mexican coffee smell. Downwind from the barn. Wood, dirt, earthiness, over-ripe strawberries.

Taste: Taste of fruit turns into tartness that covers up any trace of alcohol. Strawberries. Pomegranite.

Mouthfeel: Very tart.

Drinkability: Taste like they took cheap champagne like a Pol Clement and poured it over pureed ripe strawberries so you have the essence of a sparkling wine. You don't get strawberries from merlot usually. A rose of merlot in beer form. Enjoy if that's your thing.

Pair with chocolate - flourless chocolate cake. Caramelized Pear salad.

LauraAlberts, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. Shared at a tasting by nickd717. Thanks for bringing this, Nick!

A: Pours a beautiful ruby red with chestnut tones, although it's kind of hard to see in the dim light. The head is a pink hued cap with short retention and no lacing. I guess that's expected in this style.

S: Barnyard funk, vinegar, earth, hugely tart grape / red wine, and oak. Really blasts the nose.

T: Works over the mouth, too! Leads off with tart, red vinous flavors and balancing bitter tannins. Barnyard and hay in the mid-taste, but the vinegar really begins to kick in and make for a beautiful combination of funky and sour. The finish is neatly dry.

M: Fine-bubbled effervescence that keeps the taste crisp and lively. Still, there's some residue toward the end of the taste that builds up and makes the beer mouth-coating. I never enjoy this in a beer, particularly in one with strong flavors.

D: I enjoy drinking this, and I wouldn't turn it down if it were shared again. I just haven't really picked up a love for Cantillon and have no strong desire to seek it out [yet].

Arbitrator, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

corked and capped 750ml bottle poured into tulip oct11 2010

A pours pink out of the bottle and it sits in the glass with a deep ruby red glow nice color for sure, head fizzes out pretty quick but from my limited understanding that's on par for the style

S quite funky, I expected much more of a fruity wine smell, it did have a little bit of a fruity wine thing going for it with some vinegar but the barnyard funk is in control and that's fine with me

T still big funk and much more from the grapes, not so much a wine flavor but a sour cherry and purple candy taste that's quite nice. Big earthy flavors to go along with it, a fair bit going on here on top of the heavy funk

M to say this was sour and tart would be an understatement, big carbonation gives it some body and I think I'll be tasting it tomorrow the flavors stick to your mouth pretty well

D not something I'd drink all day but I had no problem drinking the big bottle by myself

this one was bottled a year ago and I'm very curious how the flavors change over time but I doubt I'll find out because this stuff costs big bucks. Great stuff though if you like sour funk

wordemupg, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Beerisheaven
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

Had to crack one of these open. Just received from Mar02x in my first international trade. Fingers crossed that my side of the trade will find its way to the Netherlands in short order. Thanks Mark for sending me this beer.

A - Classic. Poured from a 2011 bottle into my Selinsgrove goblet. Belgium meets Pennsylvania. Beautiful plum/pinkish color with a willowy white head that quickly settles down to a white film. Interesting but you think that something this color would have to be sweet but you know what's around the corner.

S - Fairly aggressive with a sharp acidity and slight vinegar smell. All the usual characteristics in a classic sour present itself in the aroma. Obviously has a profile of wine in the aroma with a little more aggressive kick to it.

T - Sublime. Grapes, grape skin, some mustiness, and a fairly sharp acidic bite. In my mind, I was trying to compare and contrast this a bit to Supplication. Supplication obviously features cherries as the fruit whereas STL has grapes as its base, but I thought that they did cross paths in a certain way. Supplication is not as sharp in my opinion whereas the STL has a more sour bite but they are both divine. I think that this one is closer to the edge of being really sour. Any further and I am not sure I would enjoy this as much. Gives you the grapes and kick in fine balance.

M - I liked it. It has the right amount of carbonation to it but is very satisfying.

O - A great beer and worthy of its ratings. I am glad that I have a couple more to stock away for the summer.

Thanks Mark, let me know when my beers arrive and let's do it again sometime.

Beerisheaven, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of jwinship83
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

bottled in 06 says the cork. the date on the back of the bottle is pretty hard to read. i actually thought it said 08. drank from my duvel tulip. drinking this expensive monster to celebrate the end of my busy season at work, as well as mark my 800th review. its been a big day (for me anyways).

A- the pour yields somewhat hazy reddish colored body with pink highlights. there is a small pale pink head on top. the head lasts for a second or two before becoming no more than a crown along the sides of my glass.

S- the balance between sweet and sour seems to come together here. it starts out with some red wine grape like sweetness and barnyard funk. there are soft acidic notes, but nothing over the top. some musty/earthiness at the end.

T- the taste starts out with some of the musty/earthy funk that i could smell. the sweetness form the grapes appears next. man, this beer has some serious pucker power that after smelling it, seems to come out of left field. intense.

M- light bodied with the expected low level of carbonation. very dry aftertaste. no trace of the alcohol.

D- the whole 750 would have been too much, so im happy that i had someone to share it with. intensely sour. im glad i tried this and would love to try it again. i dont think im in any rush to go out and drop another $40 on it though. Cantillon cant disappoint.

jwinship83, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

In line at founders for CBS. 500th review. Thanks spdkilz!

A-cherry color with a white head that stays around the edges

S-funny grape smell

T-great grape flavor coupled with a funkiness I cannot finger it

M-medium body and smooth

O-very good beer. Can't wait to see it with age

brew3crew, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

Served in an Allagash chalice with a giant rose colored head. The body is a nice plum color.

The aroma yields lemongrass and a bit of wooden smells.

The taste starts out with a nice splash of fruit juice. There is a touch of sweetness in the middle, but the finish is full of sour lemon, making this feel very dry. I notice more grassy notes with continued sips.

The body and carbonation are both light.

This is one of my favorites. Keeps a nice balance while still having a strong Cantillon tang.

andrewinski1, May 08, 2011
Photo of tmoneyba
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured a light hazy purple color with an average fizzy white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate grape and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy fruity sour flavor with a medium to heavy sour finish of moderate to long duration.

My expectations where met with a standout beer.

tmoneyba, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of EnemyWithin
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

2009 Vintage. 750ml bottle. Into red wine glass as per brewery suggestion

Appearance: 4
Dark cherry red, semi opaque body. Pour with a white-pink head ½ inch that quickly dissipates to a thin ring of head with a clear flat middle.

Smell: 4
Prominent sour aroma with vinegar and mild barnyard funk. Quite pleasant. Also get notes of sweeter, dark fruits and tannin, red wine, with fleeting elements of ?cocca and ?leather. Faintest present of hops. One can definitely appreciate the addition of the merlot grapes from their distinct aspects they add.

Taste: 4.5
Extremely good. Many layers with sour and fruit. I’ll try my best to pick apart. Initially, a slight fruit sweetness (red grape in flavor/c pf merlot) with moderate soft sourness, with minimal funk and mild minerality. Midway through, sourness becomes more prominent with a sharp burst on the palate. Not vinegary in any way. Start to detect malt presence more near the middle to the end. Finishes with fading sourness and a faint malt sweetness and presence of grapes lingers on palate.

Again, aspects of the merlot grape are easily appreciated in the taste. Of note, this is a two-year old bottle, and based on the brewery suggestion that fruit flavor fades after e first year, it would be interesting to try a fresh bottle.

Regardless, I find the beer a very interesting, somewhat complex flavor profile that is extremely well-balanced whilst still being very sour. Very smooth drinking

Mouthfeel: 4.5
Good mouth coating with appropriate thickness. Feel crisp and sour at same time. Quite enjoyable. Pleasant mild-moderate soft, but bubbly carbonation. Mild tannin/astringency.

Overall: 4.5
A great beer. The first Cantillon I have review since starting to get into sour beers. Incredibly refined and smooth drinking; in fact, amazingly easy to drink, almost refreshing. Really not that sour either.
Low abv at 5% is nice because it makes finishing a 750ml doable; does not seem to impact taste negatively at all.
Finally beginning to understand why everyone raves about these beers. Too bad they are pricey in Canada ($28/ 750ml)
Highly recommend

EnemyWithin, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of heygeebee
4.39/5  rDev -3.1%

Bottle courtesy of MrKennedy and alos shared with Spicelab

A - moderate deep raspberry-juice pink, effervescent head.

S - tart, funk

T - really quite sour and puckering on first taste, but once the taste buds settled. back into Cantillon-std sourness. Then add hints of tinned raspberries (without their sweetness) into a complex vinous palate.

M - lively, zesty, refreshing.

O - yep, another great Cantillon. Difficult to write about these, similar in so many ways. And I know the bottle states serve warmer, but I prefer colder...

heygeebee, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of pmarlowe
4.39/5  rDev -3.1%

Bottled 2011. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a brilliant, pinkish red with a finger of white-pink head. Excellent ring of retention which lasts the entire glass. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Super funky barnyard notes with hints of oak, vanilla, raspberry, and cherry. Some of the funk recedes as the beer warms.

T: Raspberry, strawberry, tannic oak, a very nice moderate sourness, with a long, sour-warhead-like finish with slight sweetness and red wine.

M: Medium body and carbonation with a creamy texture.

O: Exceedingly drinkable, the sourness is balanced with the fruit nicely. Oak and merlot grape flavors/aromas are much subtler than I was expecting.

pmarlowe, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
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.

lordofthewiens, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%

750ml Burgundian vessel, the October 27, 2009 bottling, and 5% ABV for Alberta's apparently healthy allotment. Sour beer made with Merlot grapes - sounds like a lark to me, Sideways be damned!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, ruddy bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly fizzy pale pink head, which scatters quickly, leaving virtually no trace of lace in the vicinity of my admittedly hastily-chosen chalice.

It smells of tart, indistinct citrus acids, farm-bred floral funk, earthy yeast, limestone chalk, and well-oaked, grapey red wine. The taste is another lip-puckering experience, the generic fruity acerbity overwhelming at first contact - tart red wine, deconstructed - grape peel and berry skin, a mild grainy woodiness, and pronounced tannins. After the expected acclimatization period, and some warming, the soft wheat and barley grains become apparent, with some other earthy, woody orchard fruitiness - cherries and under ripe nectarines, mostly - alongside some tame funky, earthy yeast.

The carbonation is clear and present, but quite fine, and certainly no danger (but it does make you actually think about it), the body medium-light in weight, but strangely full-seeming, with an egregiously smooth fruitiness, and not even within approach-shot distance of being cloying (acids, yo!). It finishes a twinge off-dry, the tartness abating a fair bit, the wheat malt dusting itself off, and more cherry wine notes popping up to party.

My previous exposure to beer blended with red wine (from Japan, at that) did not leave me expecting too much from this. Sacre bleu, it sure is nice to be surprised! This is a revelation, a lovely, fruity, and tangy beer analogue for the claret set. As a fan of contrasts in flavour, this works oh so well, and I'm suddenly craving some chocolate cake as an accompaniment, and pondering the Pinot Noir version of this.

biboergosum, May 21, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%

A: The beer is clear brownish red in color and does not have any signs of visible carbonation.
S: There are strong aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: Sourness dominates the overall taste and continues to persist through the aftertaste, although it isn't quite as strong as the smell. There are notes of grapes and vinegar in the flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink because it doesn’t have an “in your face” type of sourness.

metter98, May 23, 2011
Photo of FreshHawk
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%

A - Hazy plum with lots of bubbles. Average sized, foamy white head with very slight pink hue. Disappears fast leaving almost no lace.

S - Fair amount of acidic grape with some tart aroma from some ripe cherry. Hints of woody/oak aroma.

T - Vinous grape and cherry is dominate. Good amount of tart and acidic flavors. Some red vinegar type of flavors as well. Very much like a wine with typical lambic tastes as well. Slight oaky and earthy taste. Slightly puckering finish.

M - Medium to light body with lots of carbonation. Spritzy, tingly feel with a puckering and slightly drying finish.

D - Fairly drinkable with a fair amount of sour/tart puckering flavors, but these aren't too strong. Would drink it like a wine.

Notes: Bottled 18 Sep. 2008. Very vinous beer that would make a good substitute for wine. Slightly puckering and sour but it isn't absurd and is still tasty. Definitely a unique tasting beer that is worth a try.

FreshHawk, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%

After getting my throat (and later my ass) torn apart by a '10 Kriek, I've decided to give this a go to see if history repeats itself. 2008 vintage.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed plum color. Just about two fingers of barely pink soda pop head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

4.5 S: Already I know I'm in for a much better experience. Tons of vinous grape with blueberry and blackberry just behind and perhaps a touch of cherry to round things out. Lots of musty funkiness with barnyard notes as well. Small oak contribution. Good balance between fruit and acid. Good bit of fruity lactic acid with just a hint of acetic acid. Very nice.

4.5 T: A good bit of sourness in this, but the acetic acid isn't overabundant. Again lots of grape with nearly as much cherry. The berry twins have taken a bit of a backseat in the taste. Plenty of barnyard and musty funk. This is loaded with tangy lactic acid. Complex and well balanced.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good active carbonation. Lightly creamy and smooth.

4.5 D: Good beer. Definitely sour, but not intestine twisting. After the Kriek yesterday I had a few rounds of the quick step, but I don't imagine there will be an encore performance tonight. Solid all around.

DavoleBomb, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of ghostwalker
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%

A; Rose-burgundy body with a white finger of head.

N; Tart, sweet. Fruity but dry. Funkadelic-ness evident.

T; Tartness up front, smooth on the finish. Cranberry like flavors. Really nice stuff.

M; Tartness falls off a cliff into sweetness. Surprisingly low pucker factor.

D; Good stuff, an easy sipper.

Thanks to juicestam for the opportunity to try this great stuff!

ghostwalker, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%

Thanks to egrace84 for sharing this bottle!

Vintage 2010.

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: medium purple bodied beer with a reddish hue. 2 fingers of white head with a purplish tint. Drops down to a a thin cap and eventually no head.

Smell: Mildly tart grapes. Moderately funky and its that trademark cantillion funk. Simple yet awesome nose on this beer!

Taste: Funk forward with a mild almost moderate sourness. I would say about a 3.75 - 4 out of 10. Nice red grape flavor without tasting like a wine. I think that the beer has just the right ratio of funkiness to fruity flavors of red grapes. Very nice!

Mouthfeel: On the high end of a light bodied beer; almost medium bodied. Carbonation is on the low end of moderate. Really smooth drinking sour. Just a touch on dryness that right where it should be.

Overall: This is the probably the best grape sour that I have drank. I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Gosox8787
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%

Presentation: 750 mL bottle split with Sully62601 at the Amesbury Alehouse. Poured into a wine glass. Served chilled from the refrigerator but allowed to warm over about the course of half an hour.

Appearance: Reddish maroon in color. Plenty of carbonation, but pours with a slight effervescence and not much of a head.

Aroma: The funk notes are definitely noticeable and are a bit stronger than I expected. Notes of wood tannins, vinegar and a touch of fruit.

Taste: The Cantillon sourness is a bit muted at first bt really shines through as the beer warms. Big horse blanket and barnyard funk notes play a strong role here too. Some really nice wood tannin and vinegar notes in there as well. Definitely comes close to replicating a nice red wine at times. The lactic sourness really hits nicely after all the oak, vinegar and funk. Nicely balanced and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated and very refreshing. Very light in the mouth.

Overall, another great offering from Cantillon I was thrilled to try. The lighter red wine and oak notes from the grapes and barrels make it a bit more balanced and subtle (but still just as complex) the other offerings by them. Definitely recommended.

Gosox8787, May 16, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice dark ruby red color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some tiny islands left behind. The nose is malty/yeasty, with some raspberries, strawberries, spices, and some oily scent. The taste is malty/yeasty, very sour, slight spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, quite different than other's of this style. Thanks Joe.

Wasatch, Dec 06, 2008
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,470 ratings.