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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,456 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1,456
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,110
Gots: 348 | FT: 28
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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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -16.6%

2010 750ml bottle, split 3 ways. I took about 14oz of it, though.

A- Nice ruby red in the pour- everyone commented on the vibrant color. Simply glowing in the light. Nice rosy pink head in the snifter, not much in the wine glasses.

S- Sweet jammy grapes. Marmalade and some mild funk.

T- Signature cantillon funk comes on strong but is wiped away from the grapes. Very grape-y. The fruit is nice- tartness is a wonderful contrast to the funk, and there's enough sweetness to really make this mellow all-around. Nothing sharp or too wild about this. The grapes are too sweet as it warms.. too far in to wine territory for me.

M- There's too much grape skin flavor pulling this in the direction of wine. I know that's the idea behind the beer, but I'm not sold on it. Perhaps with time the grapes mellow.

O- Good, heck, pretty damn good maybe great. Too pricey though, and Cantillon has better fruit lambics. I'll be passing on this one in the future.

07-24-2011 06:27:54 | More by ShogoKawada
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -16.1%

Thanks Rich (phillybeer7779) for procuring a bottle of St. Lamvinus to share--I appreciate the effort it took to obtain this treat. This is a a very expensive beer, retailing for $30-40 USD, and very hard to justify purchasing without a group of beer geeks that understand what it is and to share it with. I'm glad Rich brought in a bottle to share with our tasting group.

The beer is lightly carbonated with a quickly dissipating head that leaves just a ghostly halo of pink foam. The beer is a dark bloody purple and almost transparent with a rose tint. The beer smells a little funky but not nearly as much as some older aged gueuzes I've had. The grapes are present in the aroma, but that pedio and lacto acidity dominate the nose. The beer is surprisingly mild. I was expecting a tongue curling acidity, but this is just mildly sour with some astringency from the wine grapes and maybe from the oak barrels. The grapes give a little bit of fruity sweetness and contributes to the thinner texture of the beer. I was definitely expecting more lambic and beer character with brighter acidity and livelier carbonation.

I was a little disappointed in this beer, but perhaps it just needed some more aging to bring out the lambic qualities I was looking for.

06-09-2011 04:05:40 | More by Soonami
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nickhiller

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -16.1%

A: rosy, thin pink head around the edges, some patches of lace, low visible carbonation.

S: extreme funk, smells like fungi, kind of grosses me out, but there's also wine grapes. There's something about it that makes me a little sick, like rotten meat.

T: taste is much more subtle, nice grape skin, green olives, but also that signature Cantillon yeast. White wine, or maybe even rosé.

M: light-bodied, medium carbonation is well balanced to the taste.

O: Not the best I've had (especially from Cantillon) but still good, reminds me of Mediterranean food, like tapenade or putanesca sauce. Smell was really off-putting, I'm wondering if this bottle was infected.

11-24-2011 22:23:18 | More by nickhiller
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JDV

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -16.1%

Bottle courtesy of Dewbrewer, I believe. Thank you!!
Pours like a cranberry spritzer with transluscency and a bubbly appearance. Smell is fruity, sour and acidic and slightly funky and sweaty. Taste is very fruity with some grapes, and red fruit like notes. Tart grape, and cranberry come to mind. Smooth and lightly thin in the middle and finishes dry. Carbonation is light but sufficient. Very unique and enjoyable.

04-06-2008 19:34:08 | More by JDV
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Parrotshake

Australia

3.83/5  rDev -15.5%

This stuff is finally available in Australia. Good times. Bring on Iris!

Pours a cloudy rose pink with a vigorous pink-tinted head. Wonderful to look at.

The nose on the fruit lambics is never as complex as the likes of a gueze, and this is no exception. Red wine vinegar at first, a bit of iodine and funk, dry champagne kind of thing but not much grape character.

More vinegar that other Cantillon lambics, IMO, but less of an assualt on the palate somehow. Tart apple & grape peels up front. Definite tannic red grape qualities, oak and a far more noticaeable sweetness (or illusion thereof) than any other traditional lambic I can think of, before the typical insanely dry finish.

Mouthfeel is lively, with a little stickiness. It's not as refreshing as other Cantillons, IMO; not as bracing up front, and a bit too much residual sweetness in the finish. It hurts the drinkability just a bit. Still, I haven't had a Cantillon I don't love and this isn't about to change that. I wish this was on the wine list at my favourite Italian restaurant. Splitting a bottle over dinner would be the way to go.

10-08-2009 08:30:24 | More by Parrotshake
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ABCJiugui

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -15.5%

2006 vintage, poured into tulip

A- hazy, muddled rose pinkish/purple. Head of 1 finger recedes very quickly, minimal retention. Not expecting lacing due to it being a lambic, and it doesn't give any. Later pours increasingly murky due to sediment.

A note on appearance- this should be poured into a champagne flute. Anything larger made for a murkier pour, allowing for more sediment to flow in, muddling it up and taking away from the appearance, and I did pour into a flute later on.

S- Lambic yeast strains in evidence. From a distance right after opening, smelled of concord grapes/Welch's grape juice (the insanely purple kind). Little note of hay/barn/must, may be the yeast again.

T- Tart, but not bracingly so (rose de gambrinus is FAR sharper). Still, there is a sharp bite. Might imagine it as a truly tart/sour sparkling rose wine, with minimal sweetness from the grape character and that quickly is overtaken by the acidity and tart, dry finish, very keeping in line with Cantillon's other brews.

M- light bodied, carbonation is present, fizzing on the tongue, heightening the acidity.

Overall, I had higher expectations, which was very affected by the high price, and so admittedly, a bit unfair. I ran the gamut of food pairings (cheese, meats, sweets) and came up with hardly any pairings that were neutral at best. (Perhaps a very fresh, sweet, cow's milk cheese or HEAVY chocolate dessert may work? I did not have these available to me at time of tasting). Taken as an apertif, this has more appeal- it is excellent for opening taste buds for later food/beverages with its sharpness and fruit character, and is most definitely for sipping. But unfortunately, this is a fairly price prohibitive beer and for my tastes, did not justify itself.

02-19-2008 19:10:05 | More by ABCJiugui
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drseamus

New York

3.83/5  rDev -15.5%

A: Beautiful color. A perfectly clear light red body filled with bubbles. No head of course.

S: Tight nose, especially for a cantillon. Definitely the lowest part of the beer.

T: actually a pretty light taste. Light fruitiness, obviously grapes and some good, but not heavy tartness. Definitely Brett in there.

M: Light as expected. Some roughness from the tart and some tingle from the carbonation.

D: Tasty but not cantillons best offering. I definitely enjoy it though.

05-08-2010 19:00:27 | More by drseamus
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -15%

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a dark ruby red almost purple, with a very light pink. Not much head or lacing but it is surprisingly clear.

The aroma is very tart and funky and overwhelming from the start. Distinct horse blanket, tough to pick out any particular fruits. Its almost too strong in a negative way.

The taste is very light compared the aroma, the only traditional tart you get from a lambic is at the end and even then its still a light tart. There are notes of blackberries and cranbberries.

There is an ok mouthfeel nothing special and its drinkable for a lambic just becuase of its lack of s strong sourness.

09-15-2009 01:23:29 | More by jrallen34
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PeprSprYoFace

California

3.88/5  rDev -14.3%

Finally reviewing this beer

Pours a cherry red. Almost like cranberry juice. No head but some champagne type small bubbles were rising. Color is awesome but the lack of head gives this a 3.5.

Aroma is the best part IMO. Very wine-ish with a funk. You can smell the merlot grapes for sure.

Taste is great. Tons of wine taste with a good funk. I wish it was a little more full on flavor and the sourness could be more but still an awesome beer.

Mouthfeel needs more carb. I understand what their trying to do with the wine grapes and stuff but I think it would be better if they were going for more of a sparkling wine.

Overall an awesome beer but pretty expensive. I would get it again but their too hard to come by and I don't think it's worth the effort.

01-11-2011 00:31:11 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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StJamesGate

New York

3.9/5  rDev -13.9%

Rose with fast-fading pink froth. Must, oak, and grape juice on the nose.
Vinegar tang, grape skin, some lemon rind, a slight bit of funk and balsamic bite to end.
Fruity finish and tart linger. Crisp, dry, lively.

With Merlot grapes in oak.

Tart, easy lambic. A good place to start for the novice. Not deep, but nice.

06-19-2012 22:34:37 | More by StJamesGate
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -13.9%

I had this ontap today at Capones, it was a 2006 vintage. The beer was a pretty purple red hybid with a thin little head. The nose was sour, almost like a cherry vinegar. There was a depth to the flavorss, cherry, oak and vinous flavors combined with an almost vinegary sourness. A very dry beer that took me a while to finish. In the end this was a bit too sour for my palate.

12-10-2009 23:07:57 | More by bonkers
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hero27

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -13.2%

750ml bottle with a bottled on date in '11 which makes this the most "fresh" tasting of St. Lamvinus ive had to date. Poured into a matching Cantillon long stemmed tulip. The brew appears a dark ruby with a stained pinkish color cap. The head fizzes away audibly and leaves faint spotty lacing effect on the glass.

The smell is mildly like vinegar with some sweet accents of grape juice. Quite a wild and funky nose of earthy Brett and lacto cheesiness. Some mild barrel presence is noted across the back.

The taste is acidic with juicy grape flavor. A tannic touch of raw oaked quality mixes in with a bit of harshness complimenting the acidity. Lots of raw, earthy grape flavor is present which transforms gradually into heartburn inducing sourness. The grape touch to this adds a nice complexity and a wine-like appeal.

This brew seemingly strips all te moisture from the mouth. It is excessively drinkable with a medium body and modest to lighter level of carbonation. Throughout the experience, there was little to no alcohol impact. While not my favorite Cantillon offering, this is still good and something I would try again if I could get a very young bottle or something quite old for comparison purposes.

03-28-2012 17:44:38 | More by stakem
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.93/5  rDev -13.2%

Pours a rude red colour, minimal head. Slow but decent carbonation. Leaves some pleasant beige lace in lieu of head, patchy but decent. For what it is, pretty good, yeah.

Nose is fairly sour with acrid qualities, but a distinct fruitiness akin to red grape tannins, with some cherry character on there as well. Sourness has a woody aroma as well, oaky mostly, and almost takes on a smokey quality. Pleasant nose and nice complexity.

Taste is quite sour, quite bitey, affair, with some vinous grape acid on the front descending into a dry tartness that has elements of citrus and yoghurt cultures in it. Overlying it all is a nice grape element, very vinous. Aspects of light bark, dark cherry and a lacquer kind of character comingle for an impressive and quite enjoyable palate.

Nice tingle on the mouthfeel, an unusual viscousness without being particularly syrupy. Leaves very dry though, and frankly the dryness is one of the reasons I prefer beer to wine.

Very drinkable overall, like a good young wine. Bit of an acidic linger but otherwise pretty decent.

10-20-2009 03:11:41 | More by laituegonflable
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -13.2%

This poured out as a really nice looking pinkish red color with a fizzy light pink head on top. The retention and lacing were very minimal here. The smell of the beer gives off plenty of Merlot Grape aromas along with the tart aromas of the wild fermentation this brew has gone through. The taste of the beer has a tart grape flavor up front with a dry funky aftertaste that would probably interest most wine lovers to try this beer. The mouthfeel is think and dry, not overly carbonated at all. Overall this brew was pretty good, I'm not sure if I would ever buy this one again mainly because of the price tag on it. I enjoyed having it though, and would drink it again if it was offered to me.

12-22-2011 16:44:01 | More by Knapp85
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Hophead101

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -13.2%

had the pleasure of drinking this at Capone's for their sweet and sour draft promotion. this was a 2006 vintage.

Not sure if it was the glassware or what, but while this style normally has a very generous head, my glass had none. there were some small off white bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass. The color was nice, a bit hazy reddish brown color. the smell was rather interesting, rotten grapes, funk, fruity/cherry. Cherry funk would describe it in a nutshell - but the funk is not a normal 'brett' funk - but something else.

The taste is interesting to boot, but interesting in a very good way. the beer continued to get better with each sip. not nearly as much funk in the taste as there was in the nose. tart cherries, subtle funk. great balance, somewhat soft, not overpowering. tartness was a decent level and nothing to scoff at. would be interested to try a more recent version to compare and out of the bottle as well. Glad I had a chance to drink this one.

12-15-2009 15:37:58 | More by Hophead101
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guitarmage

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -12.1%

Appearance: Cloudy, vibrant pinkish red, juice like character in it's texture, no head, a little ring around the glass of white bubbles.

Smell: Faint sour, ammonia, leathery and horsey, hay, ozone, but pleasant.

Taste: Pickle juice sourness, horsey in the nose, a puckering bitterness in the finish, very dry, a very sour raspberry.

Mouthfeel: Almost no carbonation, medium to light bodied, watery, clean and dry in the finish.

Drinkability: This is 180 degrees from Lindeman's, I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be tasting. Very puckering, very sour, good though. I will have to approach this again.

02-04-2007 07:21:42 | More by guitarmage
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -12.1%

Had on tap at Ebenezer's in a Cantillon wine-style glass. A most clear black cherry cola type color with a minimal head. Some spaced out carbonation bubbles floating up the side of the glass. Smells of old red wine, soem funky earthy smells, and some sour cherries. Tastes something like tart, sour cherrie and apple wine. Some lite fizziness, but not much. Some grape in there as well. As it warms, I get more tart red wine flavor. Great lambic mouthfeel and probably the most drinkable lambic I have had.

07-29-2008 00:48:52 | More by DrDogbeer
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aerozeppl

New York

3.98/5  rDev -12.1%

From notes. Thanks to drseamus for sharing.

A: Vibrant red color. Little bit of white head. Very deep red color. Quite a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Funky wine. Grapes come through nicely. A little bit of bret as well. The nose is a weird cross between a lambic and a wine. Enjoyable.

T: Grapes. Bret and just a touch of that cantillon tartness. I was expecting much more complexity out of this and it just was not there for me.

M: Again well carbonated. Super dry.

D: I think this was a big miss for me. This is the second worst cantillon I have had and I love everything they put out. For the price though it just did not do it for me. I don't think the grapes really worked well in this one. Maybe after 10 years this beer would be something different.

05-22-2010 20:06:15 | More by aerozeppl
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -12.1%

750ml bottle into tulip on 3/4/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured an opaque raspberry-colored body with thin ring of off-white head and no carbonation or lacing to report.

S - Aroma is sour and tart with woody notes and grape sweetness. Nose features a strong, prominent paint thinner/magic marker character with a mild astringency.

T - Very oaky and woody character with definite merlot-esque qualities. Some grape sweetness, but this mostly smacks of sour and tart fruit with a bit of astringency.

M - Medium bodied and softly carbonated with a light syrupy texture. Extremely sour and tart on the palate. Prepare to pucker up!

D - I found this to be more drinkable than the Lou Pepe. This is a very nice sour lambic overall with a predominant oakiness and an abundant fruity tart character.

03-05-2009 04:25:15 | More by ffejherb
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Callmecoon

California

4/5  rDev -11.7%

11-21-2011 04:56:55 | More by Callmecoon
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -11.7%

06-28-2014 02:46:23 | More by Jason
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obiwan_k3n00bi

California

4/5  rDev -11.7%

03-10-2014 17:08:53 | More by obiwan_k3n00bi
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mhenson42

Texas

4/5  rDev -11.7%

07-13-2014 03:01:22 | More by mhenson42
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grownfool

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -11.7%

01-27-2012 01:05:31 | More by grownfool
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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