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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus | Brasserie Cantillon

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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 rabbott2
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank a 2015 vintage on 5/13/2016

L - dark ruby red, nice pink head, really sexy

S - funk, lacto, some fruit and more as it warmed

T - red grapes, some raspberry, a little more dark fruits as it warms, and the oak opens up nicely as it warms

F - smooth, tart, a coating feel that's a little heavier for a sour in a great way

O - a very nice fruited lambic. a little overrated in my opinion, but i would assume it ages gracefully. the tartness was very pleasant, but the overall flavor profile was a bit of a letdown

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely purple grape color in the glass. Nose is balanced between fruit, acid, and tannins. The beer itself provides an earthy funk alongside the juicy wine-like grape character and drying tartness. Enough fruit character to keep the beer from entering into high tartness.

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Photo of Johnct
4.83/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà in Rome, Italy. Really good. Dark mysterious purple beer. Smells like Cantillon, grape-heavy. Not too sour, a little sweet. Very fruity. Well done. Bought a bottle of 2015 to take home, I expect that to be a bit better.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer that straddles the line with wine. Imagine a lighter shade of red wine, lesser than cab or merlot, but not by much. Bright. The head is a pink shade that foams up to a full inch. Just sit back and look at it for a second.

Aroma was sour, big time, lemon, dark grape, oak, complex and nothing overwhelming the other. Clean, doesn't cheese or barnyard up, but still has brett chewiness.

A complex meld of grapes, oak, tart, sour, wheat, brett, its all here.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Bottled on 2013-10-30.

A: Hazy reddish amber. Medium foam and retention.
S: Raspberry. Figs. Plum. Some farmhouse smells.
T: Raspberry. Grapes. Fig. Medium low sourness. Low bitterness.
M: Medium body. Creamy. High carbonation.
O: Excellent fruit lambic. Complex and pleasant.

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

75cl bottle. Pours a deep violet, hazy, with a light violet head. Smells acrid, of vinegar, macerated grapes, apple cider, caramel. Very one-dimensional taste, sour, with notes of macerated fruit, funky lambic, vinegar. A well done lambic, I just thought I'd feel the grapes more.

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Photo of zoober911
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle date - 21 October 2014

L - A brilliant shade of deep red. Like a red raspberry. A slight head attempts to form with a vigorous pour, but never fully forms and dissipated fairly quickly.

S - A lot of funk with grape sweetness. Never understood the use of 'barnyard' to describe the smell, but now I do.

T - Funk overpowered by merlot grape sweetness.

M - Not as soft as I had expected, hence the lower rating. Definitely does not detract from the beer, just had expected a softer feel. Carb was right.

O - Overall this is a really delicious beer. Vibrant, refreshing, worthwhile. I could drink it by the bucketful.

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

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

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Photo of tshanahan
4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A one year, nine day old. This is a marvelous lambic. The merlot grapes really bring the funk from Cantillon in with their tannins. Let this warm and decant it, it's worth the wait. Bright, smooth, fresh, clean. The perfect balance of sour, sweet, and funk. I get the hype. Grape lambic be bomb

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 2014. was able to share this bottle with my friend on his 30th birthday recently and it was amazing! Everything you would expect of a Cantillon lambic! Great berry notes and slightly tart. Perfect smooth fruit filled finish but nice and dry!

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Photo of macher0
4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2011 Vintage to tulip.

A. Dark red to purple red. The first two glasses were very translucent and the last two were very cloudy. Moderately thin, not syrupy. A 2 finger fine bubble head that quickly retreats. This has low carbonation but this is not at all flat.

S. Sour yeast, bugs, grapes, and a tad bit of oak. Very straight forward.

T. Amazing. Not extremely complex, very straight forward.. A high level of tartness. The taste is sour Belgian spores, a little oak, a little dark grape, and tannins.

M. The ideal viscosity, slightly thin, not at all syrupy. Light body, low carb, highly drinkable.

O. This was very impressive. I'm not sure if the vintage added to how good this was, but this sour was on point. I love how straight forward the taste and nose were. Very well crafted and blended. This is at the top Cantillon list. Defiantly worth the effort and price.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this from my notes after enjoying with Mrs. LambicP as part of an anniversary celebration a couple months ago. Thanks to great BA F2brewers for hooking me up with this long-time want of mine. Enjoyed out of a green 750 mL bottle with the back label indicating it as a 2013 batch. Poured into a Duvel chalice.

Appearance (4.75) - Pours an enchantingly translucent carmine color with, appropriately, highlights (lowlights?) of merlot and burgundy. On the very edge of the glass, where the density is the lowest and the light is able to pass through the easiest, there is a swath of bright crimson. Atop the body sits a finger of effervescent head that is pinkish off-white. Retention is short-lived, receding to a smattering of bubbles around the glass and on the surface of the liquid. Minor, almost nonexistent lacing.

Smell (4.5) - Initially, the acidity offers the first salvo, rising out of the glass to bring notes of black cherry and merlot grapes to accompany a pleasant woody tannic quality. Wonderfully, the two worlds--wine and lambic--work together in a very pleasing manner. And as it warms, there is that Cantillon "house" funkiness that imparts a complex element of musty cellar.

Taste (4.5) - The taste presents a little more fruit presence, with the acidity from the aroma still present, but softer, allowing the fruity notes to present themselves in a complementary way. Still, that same funkiness and excellent barrel-toned mustiness are present to keep this firmly in the realm of lambic. Like so many Cantillons, it is sour, but not face-meltingly so like some of the up-and-coming American wild ales. There is a healthy balance of acidity and more earthy notes so that it's easy enough to take a full 750 to the dome without having to down a bottle of Tums.

Feel (4.5) Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a drying finish and a nice gentle pucker on the tastebuds.

Overall (4.5), another fantastic showing from Cantillon, and while I can't say it's my favorite offering of theirs, the use of wine grapes really sets it apart and makes this a beer worth having again and again.

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Photo of swanfungus
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic red hue with soft white head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is funky, fruity (grapes) and woody. The taste follows suit with a great interplay of barnyard funk and grapes. It's a quite vinous offering in many facets, from the aroma and look to the taste and dry finish. A fantastic lambic.

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Photo of amano_h
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage, 75cl bottle poured into a Cantillon Balloon.

Macerated red grapes, sharp acetic vinegar, and the time-tested oak plus barnyard Cantillon funk on the nose. Subtle hints of mellow Merlot wine is present in the back end with a dash of lemon zest.

A sharp acetic vinous flavor (which is odd given Merlot's infamous mild and fruity character) jumps out at first, followed by the usual barnyard flavors. There's an unexpected well-rounded sweetness that balances out the tartness near the end which leaves you beckoning for another sip.

Medium-bodied with a pleasant amount of carbonation, no apparent booziness but if you share this with any wine lover (like I did) they'll be surprised that this isn't a 12-13% ABV table Merlot.

Overall yet another great grape-based lambic from Cantillon. Perhaps it's due to the characteristics of the grapes used, but the vinous qualities on display aren't as aggressive as I hoped they'd be.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost a red wine color with nice carbonation from the other side of the world. White head that smells like musty grapes. Taste follows the nose and brings a lot of oak barrel and funk to the tongue. Easy sipper but I would of liked to enjoyed this much colder.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours red with a small head.
Nose shows musty red wine barrels, lots of funk and woody oak.
Similar flavours: musty, woody oak, berry notes, soft red wine and a little astringency.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.84/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'14 vintage, purchased at the Beer Belly in Albany, NY.

This one pours a light purplish red, with a quarter inch head, and no lacing.

Smells awesome, huge grape presence, some red wine, cherries, musty basement type funk, some leather, and oak.

This is just too good. It was just perfect sitting and drinking the majority of the bottle to myself. The grape flavor is so nice, not all that sweet, but still so fruity, with some nice barnyard/basement funk, a super vinous character, wet damp oak, and some earthiness. The sourness is moderate, about a 5/10, not super overwhelming, works well with the rest of the interesting flavors.

This one has a fairly dry mouthfeel and finish, with a soft, moderate level of carbonation.

This was wonderful, and up there with the best sours I've ever had.

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage poured into a tulip glass

Pours a light purple red with a soft white one inch head. That quickly receeds into a lace. Light grape smell infront of a musky oak. Deep funk. grape is much more noticable in the taste. Soft, but still present. Mouthfeel is a soft acidity with a strong sour backbone. Definitely glad i got to try this one and will be on the look out for some more.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Cantillon. Pours a hazy reddish color with off-white head. Red blend wine like aromas on the nose with some funk and tartness; follows onto the palate. Finishes tart and dry.

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Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A truly world-class offering. 2014 750ML poured into Lambic Tumbler.

The look of this beer is a bright shiny red, it is absolutely stunning, it is not like a kriek, more like bright red. The carbonation is light but present and the head is a quarter inch that dissipates rather quickly. The smell is incredibly barnyard-y, horse blanket, everything you would expect from a Cantillion offering. However, the scent of the grapes used in this Fruit Lambic are identifiable as well with a strong wine aroma with citrus.

The taste is unquestionably balanced, with a sour surge at the beginning, and a beautiful fruit-forward beaujolais taste that is low in tannins. The finish is dry and a gentle fruit rests on the palate.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Epic beer, pours a beautiful plum color. The fragrance hits you from a mile away. The flavor is just unbelievable, can't believe they use those grapes for anything else. Crisp, almost the perfect amount of sour...Will be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle in a basket split amongst a bunch of wine glasses at the Cantillon brewery.

Pours beet red. The color of borscht! Cork fragments in the beer. Someone needs to buy Cantillon a more effective cork puller. There is a ring of head. Smell is wine and tartness.

Taste is soft, grapey, and tart. Balanced -- very dry.

Mouthfeel is soft, velvety, with a touch of carbonation. Overall, again, very good.

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

750ml Bottle received through private import - 2013 vintage

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

Smell - Grapes, vinegar, Lemon

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

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

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2013
Appearance: pours the color of really fresh and ripe plum flesh. a finger or so of a white head with good retention and leaving behind a solid lacing. pretty hazy and almost to opaque.

Smell: spicy red wine grapes and oak barrels, fruits from cherries to plums. slight vinegar and funk

Taste: opens with red grapes with a strong and spicy red wine character, the presence of oak red wine barrels are apparent. after the initial red wine comes lots of other fruits, mostly cherry and plum. towards the end a strong funky flavor comes in and mixes with some oak.

Mouthfeel: medium. Super funky. Slight acid.

Overall: another killer sour by Cantillon. the amount of fruit flavor they get in the beers is amazing. also the funkiness is unlike any other breweries and they are the almost at the level of refreshing as berliners and goses

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

St. Lamvinus '14 vintage

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

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

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

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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