Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

Not Rated.
Cantillon Saint LamvinusCantillon Saint Lamvinus

Educational use only; do not reuse.

459 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 459
Hads: 1,852
Avg: 4.43
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 1,359
Gots: 406 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: truthbrew on 03-20-2003

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 459 | Hads: 1,852
Photo of Deuane
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had this brew at least a half dozen times but have failed to review it. Thanks to FooFaa for giving me another opportunity.

A-Deep,blood red raspberry with a thin off-white ring that retained well but left no lace.

S-Sharp sour tartness with deep wood/tannic astringency and a mild aroma of sweet red grape sweetness. A bit of dry erase marker in the background.

T-Tart red grapes combine with astringent tannins and oak notes. A bit of fruit sweetness sneaks in after the wave of sourness passes you by. A perfect combination of tart, sweet and dry....DELISH!

M-Medium-light body with a bright tart sharpness. A sour one for sure....but not an all out puckering assault!

D-Without question my very most favorite Cantillon I have had the pleasure of trying. I love the near perfect combination of flavours, fruity, tart, dry, WOW! I really love this beer....I just wished it wasn't so rare and so expensive. The beer equivalent to a wine spritzer.

 959 characters

Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

 809 characters

Photo of younger35
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this from Discount Liquors in Milwaukee for $27.99. Not cheap but I'm expecting to love this!! This is officially my first brew from Cantillon and I'm overly ready. I feel like it's my first time. Drank from a wine glass as directed on bottle.

Bottled in 2004 with some obvious leakage under the foil and a soft, slightly damp cork.

Appearance- Pours an absolutely beautiful crystal clear pinkish red with a perfectly delicate, perfectly soft lightly colored pinkish white head. The cap and collar remain the entire time but somehow not much lacing is left behind.
Smell- Wow, the funkiest brew I've had the privilege of sniffing to date. Cheesy and sweaty dirty it smells as if this brew hasn't bathed in 5 years. The mustiness is very earthy and mushroom like and this become more apparent as it warms. Vinous and sour this bad boy has a lot going on. Cidery with sorts of a balsamic or, probably more appropriate, red wine vinegar like aspect that I love. My mouths a watering.
Taste- Now this is a treat!! Super acidic and tart from the first sip, a vinegary sort of dryness just engulfs my entire mouth. The grapes are light and fruity and play a bigger part in the taste than the nose. Supremely sour and puckering at first but once your mouth adjusts this thing becomes smooth and funky. Murky and earthy the horsehair is way lighter in the taste than the nose but it's still moderately (and perfectly might I add) dirty. Finishes with a sort acidic vinous bite that is slightly fruity and lingers for quite some time.
Mouthfeel- Light to medium feel with sharp aggressive carbonation and dry finish. The beer is very quenching and it sticks with me.
Drinkability- The first drink really socks ya in the throat. Once you acclimate though it become VERY drinkable and hella enjoyable. The balance between funk and fruit is almost perfect and after smelling the beer I would have never have guessed. Absolutely fantastic brew that I'm o-so-glad I payed the price for. Can't wait to dig into more of these Cantillon brews in the near future.

 2,069 characters

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.

 1,645 characters

Photo of taylorhamrick
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a perfectly hazy red, almost a light purple. There was very little head. I poured it slowly, of course, but using the same procedure with any other wild ale has given me an inch or more of head. The smell is kind of hard to pick up on with such a small head, but I can get this oxidized red wine scent immediately. Definitely a good, strong wild yeast character. The taste is what really shines. There's the standard wild ale, the tart, sour candy sitting on top of a lighter bodied red wine. Kind of a vinegar taste, really a great example of a lambic, though I've never had one with grapes. The mouthfeel is right on, none of the chalky tartness, not overcarbonated, great. And I sped through this one, loving every drop, and it may not hit me too hard at 6%. I know its expensive, but don't give it a pass if you can afford it.

 840 characters

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

Thanks go to Mudpuppet for trading me this one.

Bottled in 2007. Poured in a big wine glass at 56F/13C.

Deep hazy red-magenta color, ring of whitish froth, blots of lace.

Intoxicating aroma. Powerfully sour, fruity, and complex. Plenty of fresh juicy red grape juice, with apples, sour pineapples, wood, moderate funk, red wine vinegar, a touch of smoke, and indescribable wonderfulness.

Tastes plenty sour. Fairly dry, with just a touch of balancing sweetness. Big complex fruity woody web of flavors. A bit of vinegar, not too much. Long tart woody finish.

Low carbonation, but there are enough tiny tiny bubbles to coalesce into something surprisingly creamy on the tongue, and there's some nice astringency too. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Great great beer.

 770 characters

Photo of IBUnit63
4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The cork says brewed in 2007. I say this was $34 at Julio's with the Wild Six discount. 750 ml corked and capped. No pop of the cork whatsoever; slight redness on the inside of the cap. Well, here it is, review #500...

Pours a darker Rose red with slight wisps up top - really no head at all. I enjoy the blue/purple translucent tinge topping this effort. Body is surprisingly clean - only mild haze. Slightly viscous.

Well, there's a raspy veneer on the nose. Really, it's a bit of a wet paint smell. Actually quite a bit of it. There's some perfumish acidity from the Merlot specimens. Let's see what happens to this.

Man, the clean sourness of this deal is stellar. Huge Brett lemon funk is positively electric. The husky tannins of the grapes come out in taste where they were not on the nose. Oak is huge and has that dry splintery feel. The wet paint briefly comes back so it's a little weird but it fortunately exits quickly.

I'm trying to figure out the palate with this. There's a hint of funk here and it's very disconcerting. It's really all over the place. Electricity, tang and funk and this weird paint thing. Huh.

For a style that's very difficult to drink this does OK. Sip over an evening...interestingly I enjoyed this with a leftover beef stew, courtesy of the beautiful bride. It really balanced the overall meal out well. This one's a real trip.

 1,371 characters

Photo of hopdog
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis (thanks!).

Poured a dark ruby red color with an averaged sized reddish head. Aromas and tastes of grapes and wine. This one was just overall very vinous in nature. Medium sour and tart with some sweetness in there as well.

Notes from: 7/22/05

 287 characters

Photo of tmoneyba
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

 342 characters

Photo of kkipple
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More things kept coming up from the cellar during our New Year's bash... props to Jason for saving me the $30 to try this. Undetermined vintage 'cause I forgot to look!

Pours a red, hazy blood-orange color. Thin, pretty, the 3cm head stays and stays. No lace. Smell is intense, wild funk, not quite barnyard, more citric-acidic, gueuze like. Some brett here, oak dryness, sweet and tender grape tannins, tart, strong, aromatic and mouth-watering.

Shockingly good, St. Lamvinus wallops my palate with a host of aggressive flavors! Sour lemon citrus funk is first, followed by a strong supporting cast of red grapes, woody barrel, a sharp dryness reminiscent of red wine (surprise!), and a lingering fruit-sour interplay in the finish that is just sweet enough to take the best of the sour edge off. The lambic-sour is forward, while the red grape and everything else is on the perimeter. While I was expecting a stronger wine component, to say this is anything short of exceptional would be an understatement.

Mouthfeel is thin, finely carbonated. Finishes very dry and citrusy-funky, while those grapes dance over the tongue.

Like many beers of this type, 6 ounces is more than enough... or so I thought... now my glass is empty and I crave more! Help!

If you like Lambics or sour beers of any type, you should try this beer. If you like those AND enjoy wine, you must get this at all costs! You now know where your next $30 will be spent. It is absolutely worth the price, just know what you're getting into.

St. Lamvinus is exceptional, bold, and another world-class sour beer from Cantillon.

 1,600 characters

Photo of tpd975
3.02/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a flat amber hue with not fizz at all. Flat in the glass, with the appearence of a glass of wine.

S: Very vineous, winey, with a touch of oak and red berries.

T: Oaky goodness up front with a big blast of sour. Cherries and raspberrys stand out. It is very muddy, and earthy with tannic fruit skins standing out. The finish is almost like a bad vinegar.

M: Medium in body, flat.

D: Not really. I usually like a small serving of the style, but this one just did not do it for me. It a too much vinegar flavor going on and the flavors did not seem to meld well.

It is not one I will revisit at the price it is offered.

 630 characters

Photo of TexIndy
3.58/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at Falling Rock Tap House during my Denver trip last week. Served in a 750ml bottle ($62) that Roberts and I split. Poured into a snifter. It's bar lighting so hard to nail down the color but looks to be ruby red. Some carb but no lacing. It had a small head that quickly settled to a thin collar.

The aroma was very funky. It was a heavy barnyard/manure smell. Almost smelled like a sewage plant on a hot day. Not saying that to slam it but it was that funky and had that distinct an aroma. Was a bit off-putting. Roberts disagreed with me on the aroma and didn't get the sewer smell. We pretty agreed on every other beer that weekend so odd that we were so off on this one. I couldn't get past the sewage connotation so really impacted the aroma score for me. The taste fortunately didn't taste anything like the smell. It was moderately sour and had a light finish. Was expecting more from it. The mouthfeel had a good carb tickle.

Overall, it was a good but not great and not a top 100 in my opinion. For the price ($62), it was definitely not worth it. Wouldn't mind trying again to see if we had a bad bottle or something but only if someone else is paying ;-). Can't really recommend unless you can get a free taste of it.

 1,236 characters

Photo of Wasatch
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

 428 characters

Photo of ArrogantB
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle 2006 vintage $32! It looks amazing, pink, red, cloudy with a puff of a pink head which fades to a ring of bubbles. It smells like musty lambic but not horsey, sour grapes,lemons, fantastic. It tastes like delicious sour grape juice, with a hint of must. The sourness is nice and the beer is really easy to drink.

 325 characters

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

750 ml bottle bought from the brewery. Cork said "bottled in 2007"

Poured a slightly hazy purpley red. It's a light plum color with a thin thin ring of white bubbles that doesn't hang around too long.

Aromas is very vinous, full of loads of berries and new oak. Funky, sour, but also some sweetness. Blueberry, raspberry, some cranberry, Acai. Clay earth. Red Wine Vinegar. Really great nose.

Taste is tart. The lambic taste really expresses itself here, where as on the nose it is much more wine like. Pucker inducing at times, but very refreshing...super dry on the finish. Barnyardy and funky.

Super complex and amazing beer. I wish we had brought back a few more bottles of this.

 690 characters

Photo of rhinos00
3.99/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this unique beer from a 750mL bottle.

A- The pour reveals a plum-red beer with medium carbonation that moves up the side of the glass. The off-white / slightly pink head dissipates into a nearly non-existent ring that sits on top throughout consumption.

S- There was a smell of sourness with slight fruit after tones.

T- Do not serve this beer cold! Initially, all I could taste was sourness everywhere. However, after I let the beer sit for awhile a tart fruit taste developed that made it ever so much more enjoyable.

M- Smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation. Although the tartness made my mouth pucker up at points, there was some mysterious force that kept pulling me back for more.

D- Given the tartness and the low alcohol content, I could definitely drink this beer for a while.

Overall, a very unique beer that is definitely worth a try! The acidic quality offers an interesting mix of beer and wine composition. Maybe I will let the next one sit in the cellar for awhile.

 1,001 characters

Photo of YonderWanderer
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus pours a purplish red color with visible carbonation. Poured into a tulip, it sits more like a wine than a beer. Smell is a mix of sour tartness, hints of fruit, and a bit of funk. The taste is outstanding. Some funky and sour flavors hit up front and last throughout. The merlot grapes used in this brew are present as well, adding shades of wine to the overall flavor profile. Mouthfeel is well carbonated, and has a nice sour bite to it. Overall, this is a fantastic brew, and worthy of its reputation. Definitely not an everyday brew, but worth breaking out from time to time.

 604 characters

Photo of Absumaster
2.34/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A clear, purple red beer with a thin head and very little carbonation.

Smell is very acidic and has grapeskin tannic notes. This is a real crossover between wine and beer, although it's smell leans far more towards red wine.

Taste is mouthfuckering sour. Very astringent like eating on a grapeseed. The taste is only wine. The sourness reminds of the lambic, but other than that the beer is just an acidic wine.

 415 characters

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.

 676 characters

Photo of 0110x011
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Younger35 is the shiznizzle.

Pours a cloudy garnet with a thin, wispy head that disappears in seconds. Cherries, grapes, oak, red wine, and vinegar on the nose. Sour grapes & cherries hit first, with oakiness and sweet fruit flavors following. Very rich & complex. Tart for sure, but not overpowering, with the sweeter side providing a nice balance. Finishes crisp & dry.

This is the kind of sour that American brewers are trying to emulate. Easily up there with the best.

 474 characters

Photo of stumac
3.99/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours up a beautiful grapefruit color with a very thin white head. the nose is sourness with subtle fruits. the taste is very tart, grapes, subtle wood. good stuff. medium body, sweet finish

This beer is very interesting. Cantillon is slowly but surely climbing its way to the top of the Mortal Kombat pillar getting ready to fight bearded Shang Tsung!

 353 characters

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

Purchased at sub-zero. bottled in 2004. consumed 8/8/08.

Pours a beautiful glowing ruby red color with a stark white head that has a tiny tiny touch of pink to it. Nose is super duper tart with alot of brett funk and sugar. Taste follows. Tart and funky as hell with a ton of wild flavor and puckering sour taste. some great fruitiness towards the end of the drag. Very dry finish. Mouthfeel is great and wonderfully dry with ample carbonation for the style. Drinkability is the best I have ever had for the style. A wonderful offering from Cantillon, and one I would love to have a couple bottles of in the cellar. Awesome lambic and one I certainly recommend to any sour beer enthusiast. Now if they could just make it a little bit cheaper!

 743 characters

Photo of Goliath
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 2004

Pours an interesting mixture of colors. Seemingly pale red, or dark pink, with some deep amber hues as well. No real head on the initial pour, but a thin bubbley coating resides on top of the beer.

The aroma is incredible. Quite pungent. Big notes of Brett, making your mouth water just from the suggestion of tartness. Some tones of oak, slightly vinous, and slightly floral as well. A little bite to it as well.

Taste is fantastic. Not nearly as sour as I had assumed, but quite tart indeed. Some vinous qualities, light and refreshing berry. A nice tartness with a touch of the oak. Just tremendous and quite impressive.

Mouthfeel is just shy of medium bodied, and carbonation is almost nonexistent.

Drinkability is insanely high for the type of beer this is. Alcohol is low making for easier consumption, but the flavor is quite good and the tartness is not overwhelming. Makes for quite an experience. I much prefer this to say Cantillon Iris.

 971 characters

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

Served on tap at Ebeneezer's

Poured into a wine glass. dark ruby color with almost no head at all. Aroma is very vinous with lots of sour funk. Tastes how you would think it was going to taste. Lots of lactic sourness some barnyard funk and lots of red wine taste. Puckering mouthfeel, crisp body. It's hard to draw the line here. I enjoyed this brew, but thought it might have been too wine like.

 398 characters

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.97/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

 506 characters

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
98 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.