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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Saint LamvinusCantillon Saint Lamvinus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Everyone knows some of our best friends are wine growers from the Libourne region in France, more specifically those who make Saint Emillion and Pomerol. They respect the tradition and let their wine ferment in a natural way.

Fermentation, origin and vintage are still kept up.

Our collaboration resulted in a product uniting the best of their wine and of our beer : the Saint-Lamvinus.

The grapes, of the merlot and cabernet-franc varieties, are soaked in Bordeaux barrels containing two to three years old lambic. The beer is not blended before the bottling. The foam is caused by the addition of a liquor which starts the fermentation.

Added by truthbrew on 03-20-2003

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Photo of MightyCow9
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was amazing. I did the tour of this facility when in Brussels and it was quite an experience. I highly recommend. If you are ever in the are check it out.

I have had trouble getting Cantillion in my area, so I bought several bottles last I found some. This grape fermented version was absolutely fantastic. It maintained the wonderful Cantillon sourness, yet added a sweet/sour tannin grip from the merlot grapes.

It truly is an experience to drink this. It is a sad moment when the last drop is gone.

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Photo of brdc
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large corked and capped bottle, from notes.
Poured into a tulip.

I could not find out the vintage; this was aged for one year in my cellar under proper conditions. The cap was rusted and there were streaks of crusted beer running down the neck, but there is a pop when pulling the cork out indicating good carbonation.

The beer has a beautiful color, hazy, somewhere between pink, brown and purple, if you can get the idea; the long lasting foamy cap is pinkish, or something closer.
the pleasant, and pungent aroma comes readily out of the glass, keeps changing, and getting more interesting by the minute.
Acidic, fruity, musty, among others.
Body feels close to medium, with nice carbonation; it is easy to drink and refreshing, but the complex taste invites to a very slow enjoyment of this great beer.
It is mostly bone dry, acidic and tart, but not quite puckering.
Layers of fruitiness add to the flavor without making it sweet; tannic notes add to the experience. Sourness, vinegar, and more fruits, keep coming up. It is hard to tell each individual taste apart, but they blend nicely together, and the overall flavor is absolutely great.
Despite my lack of ability to truly expose here all the nuances of this beer, believe me, it is a great one. Something to be enjoyed slowly, over and over again.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah... Yeah... Might be one of the best beers I have ever tasted. 750 ml. bottle poured into my Russian River glass.

A: Beautiful amber color with a thick white head that settles slowly and leaves lacing unlike I have ever seen in a lambic.

S: Barnyard and oak are dominant, along with scents of fresh raspberries, tannic grapes, and straw. Malt is non-present.

T: St. Emilion and Pomerol make their presence known. Grapey, tannic flavors dominate, and they are accompanied by the funk, barnyard, and a distinct sourness associated with the brett. Cantillon made something special here. Taking traditional Lambic, and blending it with the finest grapes in the finest growing region in the world.

M: This beer has some body. Flavors sting the tongue and last for ages. It's finish is almost like a first growth Bordeaux.

D: GET THIS BEER! Cantillon's finest, and may be Belgium's finest as well. Price is no option. Go out and pick up a bottle if you can find it. Very drinkable and unique.

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Photo of csmiley
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an interesting shade of lavender coming close to purple. There could be a hint of brown in there as well. Head is minimal and only covers the beer with a thin pinkish cap. Retention is hard to gauge given the amount of head. More lace is left around the glass than expected.

S - Aroma starts out sour with hints of grape and cherry. They quickly fade to reveal a funky wood aroma that really catches the nose off guard. A little more barnyard than expected. Old wet hay and wood stand out more than anything. Comes back to subtle grape and yeast at the end. Starts to become just a tad metallic as it warms.

T - Sour grape punches the taste buds immediately. The sour feel goes away to reveal one of the most delicate tasting brews I've ever had. The barnyard that was present in the aroma is very subdued in the flavor. Touches of hay, belgian yeast, oak, and apple all have a showing throughout the flavor. It all comes back to an absolutely lovely grape flavor that is hard to describe in the words of mere mortals. The flavor of this beer works great all around.

M - Lighter bodied with a carbonation that reveals itself at each passing sip. Minimal but good for this particular brew. Finishes a little tart and dry. Very clean given all the flavors.

D - Drinkability is very good. Alcohol is hard to pick up over the other flavors. Everything comes together in this brew to make something very special. I would say the nose could use some work but the flavor really takes over and you really just forget about the aroma after the second sip. Cantillon really hit on a gold mine with this beer. Highly...highly recommended.

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Photo of dherling
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a transparent red brew producing a relatively thin head of creamy pink bubbles. The nose was musty, oaken, and earthy. Floral, fields of hay and alfalfa. Freshly turned earth. The taste was like tart grape skins, sour cherry, complex, clean oak, fruity, mildly acidic. Mouthfeel was medium with lingering subtle sourness in the finish and aftertaste. Minimal carbonation. Expensive. Worth it? I dunno. But really damn good.

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Photo of Rutager
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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Appearance. Pours a hazy purple-red with half a finger of fizzy, thick, light pink head that fades pretty quickly.

Smell. Sweet red grapes and sour apples in a horse barn. Funky, sweet and sour ...in for a treat here, me thinks.

Taste. Big blast of sour and funky brett. After a few sips, dry red wine starts to come through, especially in the finish. Barnyard funk is present from begining to end, but not overpowering and doesn't linger past it's welcome. Sourness is somewhat intense, but not to the point of tasting like vinegar. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body. Fine, lively and smooth, medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Fantastic treat. Elegant and full of flavour, but still easy to drink. Went through the first glass way to quickly. Luckily, I'm drinking this alone and have another glass left. ...Who says drinking alone is a bad thing?? If I had money to burn, I would drink this stuff often.

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Photo of peabody
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a clear burgandy with two fingers of white suds.
Smell is so strong,you can smell it in the other room.
Strong apple cider with orange and lemon peel. Sweet Tart dryness attacks the nose. With repeated shaking I get a dark cherry aroma.
Taste sour grape skins, orange peel and sour green apple with just a hint of sugary dark cherry candy.
Mouthfeel is excellent. While the carbonation goes away quickly, the fruitiness bombards the tip of the tounge and excites the rest of the mouth with a heavy aftertaste of sour apple/grapes.The oilyness stays with the mouth for quite a while.
I know it's expensive but I could drink this over an over.
My daughter-in-law says it is much better cold.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 18 October 2011

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby red color with a pinkish/purple hue and a fingers worth of head that fizzles out within seconds

S: Quite funky and sour/tart up front along with a light sweetness from the grapes. Also get quite a bit of oakiness and earthiness

T: Starts off with a big blast of funk and sourness and then goes into the oakiness and woody/earthy flavors. Get some tannins in there as a result. The merlot grapes come through in the background throughout the entirety of tasting, providing a hint of sweetness. Finishes lightly sweet with a lingering funk

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Very acidic

O: Wow. What a brew. This blend is absolutely fantastic, especially with the nearly 2 years on the bottle. I suppose the funkiness has developed a bit (this one really opens up with a blast of funk/sour/tart) and the oak has also shown up more. Quite pricey (I paid $30 for a 750 mL bottle) but well worth the investment. This is a must-try

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Photo of sholland119
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door,8/8/10.

A-Pours a hazy cranberry with a little bit of fizzy pink head.

S-Tart, funky with red wine aromas.

T-Rich red grape notes overlaying a funky barnyard base. Nice lactic sour and mild vinegar as well. A great blend of fruit ans lambic sour, perfectly balanced. About as good as a lambic gets.

M-Light and crisp, good fizzy carbonation.

D-Lambics do not get any more drinkable than this. Just outstanding!

HV

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Photo of Overlord
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jastack for the brew.

For me, this will be a day long remembered. Isabella Proximus, Jahva, Gordon, and now Cantillon Saint Lamvinus. Truly epic.

Pours a hazy reddish pink brown. Yes, all those at once. A half inch or so of white foam quickly vanishes, leaving a thin white crust behind.

Smell is the familiar sour funk with a tart, acidic red wine background. The taste is more varied, with the familiar sour apple/pear funk overlaid with chardonnay grapes gone funky, and a wonderful effervescent soury champagne-esque/dry mouthfeel. Have I mentioned "sour" enough yet? If not, here's one more: the beer is sour.

One of the greatest beers I've ever had, and the vinous/oaky characteristics are truly sublime. If I hadn't tasted Isabella Proximus earlier today, I might actually be even more glowing in my review than I am. But, so it goes.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a clear blood red with almost no head. It looks like carbonated red wine.

Aroma is sour with some funk and a grape note to it.

Deliciously sour yet a sweetness emerges towards the finish. this is the most winelike beer i have ever had. Clean and complex with oak, red grape, and a nice acidity.

Slight carbonation the body is slick, almost like regular juice.

I wish i could drink this every day. Sadly it is very expensive so i will have to stick with IPA and Pils.

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Photo of jenitivecase
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Murky raspberry color, with a thin layer of head that dissipates into a tiny layer of bubbles, leaving minimal, foamy lacing.

S: Sour yet sweet, with a distinct barnyard scent. Lots of berries and some fresh herbs, with some other fruits also making an entrance (grapes, dark cherries).

T: A truly great lambic. Lots of berries and grapes, with an acidic finish. Very tangy and funky. Lots of great lambic character. A touch of merlot/bordeaux on the aftertaste, but not as much as I expected.

M: Soft and slightly chewy. Medium bodied. Acidity provides a nice, mid-palate tingle, but it finishes clean.

D: As it warms, it only gets better. I could drink this forever.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall 8oz flute for $9.00. 6% ABV. Sampled 8/13/10.

From the website:
"The grapes, of the merlot and cabernet-franc varieties, are soaked in Bordeaux barrels containing two to three years old lambic. The beer is not blended before the bottling. The foam is caused by the addition of a liquor which starts the fermentation."

A: One finger of bubbling head, lilac in color and quick to disappear. No trace of film, collar or lace. But the body has such a beautiful, hazy lavender hue that it doesn’t even matter. Gorgeous.

S: Vinous on the nose, with tart berries and sweet red wine grapes adding to the tannic quality already present from the barrel. A well incorporated level of hay and yeasty funk balance out the sweet aromas.

T: Other worldly. Honestly. Red berries and grapes take over the taste buds. This is one of the most wine-like beers I’ve ever had.

M: Perfectly effervescent, sour, lip smackingly tart with puckering acidity and boasting a fuller body than most lambics. Dry from middle of the palate on. A nearly complete flavor/mouthfeel experience.

D: I’m a big fan of St. Lamvinus on draft, and may even prefer it to its bottled counterpart. Very refreshing and extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Edit: first time was a very small pour.

I was able to have a more substantial pour this time and it was just as good or better. Pours a beautiful bright pink with a bubbly white head. The smell and taste is funk and grape and oak. My favorite Cantillon to date.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled poured into a tulip wine glass.
Bottled 21st November 2010

Sours are quickly becoming my favorite style, really looking forward to this one.
No pop as the cork is removed. I hope this one is ok carbonation wise.

Appearance: Good lord, what a colour! St. Lamvinus pours the most stunning crimson (first pour is clear, subsequent pours result in a yeast haze) with a small light pink head. While the head doesn’t last long, it is expected from the style and with such an amazing colour I just can’t bear to knock any points off.

Smell: Hmmm, I did expect this to be pretty full of grapes but my first sniff tells me that funk might just be dominant. I guess that’s a good thing though, since I LOVE lambic funk. Superb balance between tart fruits and funk. The funkiness dominates overall, with: Musty cellars, old books, cobwebs, cheese (much stronger than in other lambics I have had), hints of sweat, hay and lovely woody notes. Having said that, the fruit is far from forgotten. Red grapes (I couldn't tell the variety though), red wine vinegar and sour cherry skins are present throughout and every now and then I get a blast of over ripe red grapes and just the tiniest hint of raspberry.

Taste: Ah yes, nothing like the mouth-puckering sourness of the first sip of a Cantillon! After 2 sips my mouth is used to the sourness and I can begin to appreciate the amazing complexities in the beer. Sour, fruity, funky - what more could I want?
The flavour is huge and so complex that any description seems to be very inadequate. Guess I’ll just have to try.
Red grapes (I would be closer to guessing merlot in the flavour than the smell), sour cherries, red wine vinegar, oak, dusty, farmyard, sweat, foot-like cheese (sounds dreadful, but works so well), old books, the list goes on.

Mouthfeel: Just lighter than medium bodied with typical lambic (Perfect!!!) carbonation. I am very glad carbonation is not an issue like I first thought; it would have destroyed the beer. The medium-low level of fine, slightly tingly carbonation works beautifully with the sourness.

Overall: Superb, one of the best beers I have had. The only improvement I could suggest and it's only a small one - a little more grape aroma would have been nice. Though maybe a fresher bottle would have delivered. Still a beer I will most certainly buy again!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork says 2003.

Beautiful looking hue of scarlet. With a dash of that cranapple juice look to it. This fucker literally radiates. There's a bubbly light pink froth that caps it off quite nicely. It recedes to a thick, bubbly collar that leaves sporadic clingy lace.

Aroma is quite nice. Soft notes of vinegar, mustiness and barnyard funk are complented nicely by some purple grape sweetness and wine characteristics.

I find that this lambic really finds a happy medium between sour and sweet. It's got that horse blanket and farmyard funk going on. And the acidic properties, acetic acid, etc... but to a lesser extent than most Cantillon offerings. On the flip side, this beer also has a touch of grape fruit sweetness and red wine. And it's an interaction that works to perfection.

This beer is Bone Dry. Sahara Desert Dry. And the carbonation is ever so subtle. The body is about medium or so. And this beer leaves you wanting more, sip after sip, until it is gone...

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Photo of claspada
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 21 November 2010 courtesy of mrand01.

Pours a translucent dark crimson with bright ruby red hues. Looks a shade lighter than cranberry juice, with a bit of tawny paleness to it. Small soapy/bubbly off-white head that slowly dissipates laving some light spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with sour grapes and earthy mustiness. Then I get some vinegar, oak and with some acidic citrus and yeasty barnyard funk. Light stone/tropical fruits like peach and pineapple are coming to mind as well.

The tastes begin with plenty of lactic/citric acidity to go along with sweet and sour grapes. The oak and Brett offer up some nice tannins and funk as well. Not overly tart but def reminds me a little of a sour patch kid that has been left out and is getting a little stale and moldy. As it warms all the flavors really start to make themselves known; must, vinegar, earth and funk throughout, yet never overpowering or offensive.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is dry and tart but not overly so. Oak and brett flavors linger ever so slightly on the palate.

Overall this is definitely one of the best, if not the best Lambic I have ever had. It hits right in my wheelhouse; funky, sour, tart, fruity, tannic but none are over the top or out of balance. Really one of the best beers I have ever had because the flavor profile is so straight-forward and yet so complex at the same time because each of the subtle flavors makes an appearance as you sample. Def worth trading for/seeking out and laying out a little extra if need be to obtain.

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Photo of nas5755
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2009 vintage opened in honor of my gf Kristin

A- A very aggressive pour gave me a rather thin 3-finger head that faded quickly. The color of the foam was a wonderful light purplish-pink. The beer itself is a dark pink-purple, with interesting purple hues. A very pretty beer.

S- The first smell to hit my nose is Cantillons distinctive sourness, but this time it is slightly refined with more musty funk layered about the aromas. Upon a further inspection, I am happily greeted by a deep layer of funk and its elements, lots of grape tannins and then some of the distinctive aromas of welchs grape juice followed by a the bracing sourness only found in Cantillon.

T- Awesome! Leather funk, mixed into layers of lush Merlot with a slight creamy texture, unusually found in lambic. The finish is where the complexity shines, the grapes add another dimension to the oncoming and reoccurring waves of funk and sour. The funk in is this vintage is fantastic, the most refined Cantillon I have come across.

M- Carbonation is on the higher side and adds a very nice contrast to the flavors allowing them to sparkle and deviate bewteen the complexities. A creaminess is also present and is not something I am used to experiencing within lambic.

O- This is my favorite Cantillon and the best bottle I have had. The funk elements in this bottle are outstanding and more refined than the other Cantillons that I have had. Thus this is the most balanced Cantillon I have ever come across. I love the Merlot grapes, they are fantastic, the tannins really add some awesome elements and really allow this beer to shine and develop into just pure awesomeness.

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Photo of hawks10
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really excited to try this on tap tonight at Local Option in Chicago...served in a Cantillon wine glass...

Pours a beautiful strawberry red, light ruby color, slightly hazy with a nice two fingers of delicate bright white head with a hint of pink...absolutely gorgeous beer...!

Wonderfully complex and appealing nose...very typical Cantillon smellls...funky with a bit of brett, leathery and musty...tart and acidic, a bit vinegary with a bit of sweet grape fruity aroma...

Nice and tart as expected. A bit of a drying, bitter grape skin feel, more dry than other Cantillons. Woody and musty, great lactic sourness with that familiar Cantillon funk...

Light bodied and highly carbonated giving it an even airier feel. Crisp and so delicious...way too easy to drink...

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Photo of Brew33
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2010 according to the cork.

My first crack at this beauty. The color is a deep rose with a thin, pink tinged head. The aroma is fantastic. That signature Cantillon funk is very present but the aroma of fruit is also very evident. Very vinous in the nose.

I'm trying to find the words to describe the taste of this beer but they escape me. Fantastic? Unbelieveable? Perfection? This beer gives you everything you could want from a traditional fruit lambic. Fruit character, check. Tartness, check. Funk, check. Complexity, check. This beer is amazing. Not quite as sour as most Cantillon offerings. An underlying sweetness from the grapes is evident and balances PERFECTLY with sour/tart/funky notes. Wow.

This beer is perfectly carbonated. Mouthfeel is absolutely spot on for the style and ABV.

Overall, a fantastic beer from Cantillon and maybe the best Lambic I've ever tasted. Absolutely amazing.

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Photo of treyrab
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I should have reviewed this back in March when cooljosh and I dropped $50 on the bottle to split with the group. Was it worth it? Damn right! Split six ways into tulip style glassware.

A: Pours a nice hazy, muddy red. Very vibrant in color with hues of red raspberry, bricks, and cherry tomatoes. A spritzy white head forms and recedes to a thin ring. Very impressive.

S: The raspberry funk is unparalleled. Sweet, ripe red raspberries coupled with cobweb, wet hay, red wine, lemon rinds, and hints of oak and vanilla. Sublime.

T: Sour, but not as sour as the kriek. Sour, yet simultaneously sweet, raspberries, dry oak, lemon peel, red wine, and awesomeness. Very balanced and dry.

Overall, one of the best Cantillon's out there. A tad expensive, but good for special occasions.

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Photo of goethean
4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Inexplicably poured ice cold into a wine glass at Long Bar. Ruby. Slight head which dissipates quickly. Beer is somewhat flat. Mild but rich & complex aroma. Tart. Slight malt flavor. Grape and sour cherry, black cherry, and sweet cherry fruitiness. Aromatic vinegar notes. Higher alcohols? Dry finish. Some grape-skin astringency. Wine-like. This 6% alcohol beer is more satisfying and interesting than beers twice that strong.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So here we are. I made it to review number 1000. It has been an interesting voyage to get to this point, and that number seems huge, especially in a year and a half's time. But alas I have arrived. So the question then became, what do you have for such a big number. Now you can get all crazy looking for the rarest and most sought after beers out there, however to be honest I have had a lot of them, and I decided to go for something, that while not being common, certainly isn't rare, but was something that I had wanted to try for a very long time. Being a fan of the sours, I knew this one would be a doozy, and since it is quite pricey, and not available to me locally, I felt it would make a good choice to go for the big number. A very nice, classic looking Cantillon 750ml bottle, wrapped in black foil with corked. I let this one come up just a touch above the fridge temperature before I opened it up and let it breath. Served in a brand new Terrapin glass( Thanks Ding) I felt ready to go for it.

Appearance - The pour was beautiful. A deep pinkish color, almost rose with a good amount of haze was dropped into the glass. Holding it up to a bright light really just let it shine through, the color was wonderful. A small crown of off white graced the top for just a few moments before setting down and leaving it open and bare. There was some side glass lace initially, but after that faded it was all pretty smooth and clear. The carbonation was apparent as it bubbled up toward the surface ever so gently throughout the session.

Smell - The aroma on this one was almost indescribable. It had that classic farmhouse funk to it, which naturally you expect to see from Cantillon, however there were some subtle differences between this and the others I have had. The sweet smell of grapes was percolating through on here, and as it warmed became easier and easier to pick up in the smell. It was not overpowering as the funk aroma was, but rather, just light enough to let you know there was some depth to it. Tart sour grapes stole the show, with hints of cherries and a wet hay back.

Taste - The flavor was beautiful, really these beers are more like works of art. It started out with a subtle dose of chardonnay like grapes, slightly sweet, but with the acidic touch to them. Beautiful work here, with a deep, resonant funk to it that just lingers on for what seemed like years to be honest. Subtle touches of cherries and grapes dropped in with this, really working the taste buds. As it warmed it just continued to evolve. It is so hard sometimes to try and describe that flavor, and I refuse to use the sweaty and other somewhat derogatory comments to describe it, and funk is a good thing in this case. Enormously try and tart finish just left you begging for another sip with an almost vinegar like finish to it, wow that was really damn good is the final thing running through your head.

Mouthfeel - This had one of the best feels it could have. Just a hair shy of being a medium bodied ale, the carbonation was enough to keep it very lively and the perfect balance of profile, never feeling thin, or watery, but rather just being very tight and crisp. A wonderful addition here for sure.

Drinkability - You really cannot get much better then this. The flavors were so complex, the ABV virtually non existent, lively feel, I mean what more can you ask for. Its not filling, and it keeps you engaged. I really could have had another on of these as soon as I finished the first, it was just that good.

Overall this may be my favorite of the Cantillon beers I have tried so far. It was just a touch shy of the Beatification in terms of being the funkiest, most sour thing I have ever had. I mean this was just delicious. I a, glad I was able to finally acquire a bottle of this as it was more then worth the weight. I have yet to get bored in this style and I wished more people were able to get into it. So complex and so rich, this is definitely the one to seek out. Well deserved of its reputation and something I would always pick up if I saw it!

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice ruby huge to a light magenta. It has micro bubbles with wispy lacing. It looks like a majestic wine cooler. If bartels and james won the lottery and went all high brow, this would be the result.

S: Huge tart notes with great strawberry, cherries, sour currants, and bitter grapes. Granny smith apple skins are there as well. This smells incredible.

T: It has a crisp raspberry tartness that mellows into a smooth sweetness like a melted fruit rollup. It has a sour finish to it that imparts an incredibly refreshing dryness. This is the best Cantillon that I have had to date and it is the best Lambic that I have ever had. The vintage helped mellow it incredibly, even if it was only 2 years. The fruits interplay with the tart notes perfectly.

M: It is incredibly light and juicy with minimal coating and chardonnay dryness that just stings and crackles in a fantastic way. The carbonation is like an army of diligent effervesence that makes sure the bitter notes are imparted with incredible efficacy. Again, just amazing balance all around.

D: This makes Consecration look like an imperial stout and Lindeman’s look like candy syrup. It is leagues above all other sours and lambics that I am familiar with. I could drink this in a boat, with a goat, green eggs and ham; etc. You could drink this with any food, at any location and it would be well suited. I feel that this could give white and red wine equal competition with pairings because it is so original and dynamic. I can’t imagine how blaeber could improve on this model but I am anxious to try.

Narrative: Vitus Tanneen had been in some sticky jams before but this time, this time certainly was noteworthy. The walls of the trash compactor closed slowly, pressing the wine refuse closer into the chamber. The aluminum walls reeked of sweet grape skins and sticky notes. If not for the impending death, this would be an almost pleasant situation. “Well Sir Knuckles, looks like we are in a PRESSING SITUATION!” His friendly companion, Sir Knuckles, was an astute howler monkey with no penchant for puns. “WREE EE EE EEEK!” Sir Knuckles gestured imposingly to a hatch covered in sticky grape residue. “Well Sir Knuckles, this is one top that I have no hesitation to pop.” Using a wine opener, Vitus deftly unsealed the hatch and emerged into the bay area sunshine. “NOT TODAY KENDAL JACKSON! NOT TODAY!” He spun and his velvet tails swung after this athletic frame with the poise of a man, a man almost killed by grapes.

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4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes-- still trying to get caught up!

poured into a tulip. Shared by yeahnatenelson. This was an 06 vintage.

A light peachy pink color. Little head of off-white bubbles, nice legs, average spotty lace.

Smells of charred oak, red grape skin, a strange hint of cranberry pomegranate. Smells really fucking sour, and if I may sound like oreo for a second-- smells really fuckin awesome.
The taste hits all the notes I found in the nose-- very light sweetness up front before the red grapes and charred oak and vinous notes take over. This is tasty fo sho. Lots of flavor, and that charred oak note works insanely well as a counterpoint to the intense sourness.

The body is medium/full with a low carbonation level-- it isn't too low though. Just on the low level of being great. The feel has a tongue scrubbing sensation and the finish is extremely sour-- one of the most sour of the night. It pulls my cheeks in.

This beer is just really really good, and that's not just because I'm a cantillon fan-boy.
Overall-- this is impressive. I could sip on this regularly-- if only it didn't cost $40 per bottle out this way!

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
98 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.