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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 459
Hads: 1,852
Avg: 4.43
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 1,360
Gots: 406 | FT: 34
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: truthbrew on 03-20-2003

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Photo of gford217
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork and capped bottle. Bottled in 2010.

Cork pops with a nice hiss. Pours deep clear reddish purple with a surprisingly big pinkish beige head that shows decent retention.

Aroma is a great combo of oaky tannins, overripe red grapes JD an emerging funky barnyard character. There is a light acidity but it's not overpowering by any means.

Initial taste is a light acidity with a lot of oak and fruity red wine. The finish is really musty with some funk mixed with the oak barrel. Maybe some sugary sweetness underneath the sourness.

The mouthfeel is dry and fruity, dry much like a red wine in its feel.

This is one of those beers you take for granted in the chase for all the "rarer" Cantillons and 3F. It's fantastic, enough fruit to balance the acidity and funk. Big fan.

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Photo of Holland
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy ruby color with no head and a small ring around the edges.

s: sour, tons of

T: Very sour with a lot of the funk again.

M: tarry bite, little carbonation, medium to light body

O: probably the best sour I have had to date. Beautiful soreness with some grape flavor and lots of funk.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle for a while now, figured it was time to drink it. Bottled in late 2009.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy rose color with a couple fingers of light pink head. Retention is very nice, lacing is limited, and it has a fair amount of carbonation. Nice looking lambic.

Smell: Lots of musty funk, some definite lactic sour notes, and some light grape-y notes.

Taste: Lactic sourness and funk hits fairly hard up front, followed by some slightly sweeter grape fruitiness. That doesn't last too long as some more tartness and funk comes through on the finish. Not really bracingly sour at this point, but a pretty nice balance.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied and lively from the carbonation. Very nice feel in the mouth. Overall, I enjoyed this bottle quite a bit. Glad I have another one coming my way so I can really let it age and see how sour it can get.

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Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL at cantillon Brussels

A: Pours an absolutely beautiful clear rosy color with light pink head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Lots of funk with some lactic sourness, hints of grapes and earthy notes.

T: Slightly sweet and sour with lots of barnyardy funk. The grapes are a great addition to what is surely a stellar lambic by itself.

M: Nice slightly acidic tingling with moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

O: great all around, really drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of shleepy
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into tumbler glass in Brussels. Relatively fresh bottle, ~6 months old.

A: No head. Cherry red color.

S: Funk is the dominant element in the smell, along with a fruitiness that is more akin to plums than grapes.

T: A mild taste, surprisingly (when I've had older bottles before, it was a lot more pungent and sour, I believe). There's a bit of relatively mild sourness at the start that fades away into a fruit juice sweetness, and a hint of bitterness/funk in the finish.

M: The sourness is masked by the fruitiness in the taste, but my lips have a stinging sensation when I put down the glass. So, it's flat but fairly highly acidic.

O: A pretty strange lambic. Maybe the ideal bottle age is ~1 year. The one I have now seems too fresh and uninteresting, but if it is too old, it is very potent and sour.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured into RR tulip.

Pours dark red nearing purple with a small pink head and lots of bubbles.

Smells typical Cantillon. Some musty horseblanket with a lot of red grape sweetness.

Similar flavors. Lush red grapes with the underlying Cantillon funk profile. Very vinous qualities. A little tartness, but sourness is not extreme on this one. The fruit provides more sweet than sour.

Creamy mouthfeel with prickly carbonation.

One of my favorite Cantillon and would be a great gateway beer to convert your red wine loving friends over to our side. Very enjoyable and curious to see what some age does to this.

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Photo of tewaris
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very very good looking pink, almost purple with excellent head retention. A bitter, sweet and tart aroma with loads of funk. Still soft, and hints of grain once in a while. Tastes slightly sweet, very tart with pronounced grape at the end. Strong mouthfeel and good carbonation.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle split with oglmcdgl, poured into some nice glasses.

With the cork pry, the bottom of the wood had a light purple stain on it. The liquid in the glass looks a dark ruby red with some trace amounts of faint purple. The liquid slides in nice with a light purple inch of foam that stood around for a bit than vanished, no lace, but small bubbles rising up.

Smell is all grape for the first 30 minutes or so. The merlot comes out really nice in this fresh bottle. Trace amounts of leather and some minimal funk at this young stage. I don't get as much 'Foot' as in older vintages, which brings out the grape even more.

Very clean grape taste here with some kinda fresh lambic that brings the merlot out even more. Not so much grape that it becomes sweet, just enough to get the wine flavor blended in with the lambic. Trace amount of leather and more funky taste as time goes on.

Yes, this is a Cantillon, and yes, it is sour, but not really sour, I would say kinda tart. This beer has a body that is in between light and medium with some low cab in the mix. I think 5 years in the bottle may bring up the sour, but will for sure bring out the funk more. Lamvinus is not the mouth puckering sour bomb that you may expect, but a well integrated beer resembling wine. This stuff is kick ass.

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Photo of deebo
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in November of 2010

A-Pours a pinkish white head that quickly breaks down. Brilliant light red color with good clarity.

S-Smells like a Cantillon, lots of funk, horse blanket, leather, can get hints of dark grapes.

T-Not an overly robust taste, the grapes are present but are a definite back note to the wild yeasts.

M-The aftertaste is not nearly as sour as some of their other beers-this is downright smooth.

D-Very high for a lambic, damn smooth.

O-Definitely a Cantillon, a very approachable beer for someone who is overwhelmed by the sourness of their straight guezue.

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Photo of DARIVA
3.35/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light red beer with a minimal head.

S: Young grape and also a sweet and sour smell.

T: Young and sour gooseberries and sour elderberries.

M: No carbonation available, mouthfeel fast gone.

D: Nice experience with an a long aftertaste, drink well.

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Photo of scoand
4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy, dark pink almost ruby red, two finger head dissipates quickly.
Smell: manur, barnyard funk, hay, musky, sour that I can almost taste, raspberry, more funky than anything. Vinegar
Taste:  pucker up front from the sour grape notes. Barnyard funk when it settles In your mouth.  Aroma was way more complex and the taste was somewhat mellow. A little bit of sweetness from the grapes at theend.
Mouthfeel:  medium mouthful, not over carbonated, clean finish
Overall:  it's an awesome beer. No doubt about it.  Well balanced

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Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very light purple color with good carbonation leaving a nice cap and some bubbles

S: Big grape character on the nose with funk and old oak/wood spirals

T: A musty but big and rich load of purple grapes with some oak, light vinegar and Earthiness. I believe a little tartness from a white grape was provided for good measure

M: Nice dry, medium body and well carbonated. The sourness really hangs in there as does the grapes.

O: Delicous!

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Photo of tbeckett
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage at Beer Deluxe. From notes I wish I had more time to take.

A - Poured a hazy dark pink with one finger of light pink head. Film of retention and spotty lace.

S - Grape skins, funk, and vinegar. Spot on for a Lambic made with grapes.

T - Quite tart with grape skins, vinegar, and what I could only describe as pink tart fruits. Definitely some hay and lemon candy as well.

M - Strong carbonation, dry tart finish and medium body.

O/D - A solid, flavourful beer that I enjoyed on a sunny afternoon. Very tasty.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of oline73
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to foofaa for sharing. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear red color with two fingers of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Quite funky with some fruit notes. I'm picking up herbal yeast, grape, and mild vinegar.

Taste: Tart and funky with lots of grape juice. Herbal and quite tart with a bitter finish. This is very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth and tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great sour beer. The fruit and tart flavors mix well with lots of funk.

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Photo of sidetracked
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 27 October 2009. Pours a clear deep light red with an off-white head. Good initial head presence but dissipates quickly to only linger around the edge.

Aroma is tart, sour, unripe red grapes, vinegar, acidic.

Moderate tart sourness upfront, vinegar acidity. Follows through to the finish. Merlot grape fruitiness gives the finish some red wine characteristics. Slight sweetness.

Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Bubbly crisp finish that is slightly dry.

Nice moderate level of acidic sourness. Merlot grapes add a unique finishing touch.


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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle thanks to shawnm213.

750ml poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark reddish-purple with a nice white-light purple head. Good retention.

S - Funk, red grapes, wine-like.

T - Tart red grapes, some woody flavor, funky and musty.

D - Smooth, yet tart. Light body, good carbonation.

O - Nice balance between sour and soft.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with a fellow BA.

Bottled: November 21, 2010

A- Pours a two finger light pink head, really attractive color, ruby red/ maroon color, looks very appealing.
S- Wow incredible, big funky aroma, cobwebs, musky, barnyard funk, sour grape skin, raspberries notes, nice oak characteristics from the oak casks, cannot wait to try this.
T- Wow so smooth, puckering at first but then mellows out, really impressive, I get the grapes upfront, barnyard funkiness, muskiness comes out, sour lemon notes come out as well.
M- Medium mouth feel, perfect amount of carbonation, sour, puckering, surprising clean finish.
O- I am really impressed with this, the aroma was amazing, and I was expecting the taste to be really puckering but it was very mellow and balanced, I absolutely love this beer, definite gem from Cantillon.

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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 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 Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of nickhiller
3.76/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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