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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Saint LamvinusCantillon Saint Lamvinus

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1,244 Ratings
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Ratings: 1244
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%


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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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Allagash chalice with a giant rose colored head. The body is a nice plum color.

The aroma yields lemongrass and a bit of wooden smells.

The taste starts out with a nice splash of fruit juice. There is a touch of sweetness in the middle, but the finish is full of sour lemon, making this feel very dry. I notice more grassy notes with continued sips.

The body and carbonation are both light.

This is one of my favorites. Keeps a nice balance while still having a strong Cantillon tang.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 03:27:11 | More by andrewinski1
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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Blue Dog in Lansdale PA.
A- thin red wine color body with a fuchsia head. Clear and attractive, head dissipates quickly. According to the draft list, the head is formed by the addition of liquor to the wort prior to kegging.
S- lactic sour aroma and red wine notes.
T- beautiful cross between lambic and red wine. Truly a unique collaboration.
M- a little thinner than my preference however very appropriate. Carb is light to medium. Body is interesting and fairly complex.

Overall this is a solid offering from Cantillon and truly an (expensive) treat!

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2011 17:00:57 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy burgundy color with highlights of ruby to purple in the light, starts off with a tiny cap of lightly tinted ruby and tan head. Scent is tart, lightly vinger-like acidity, strong merlot grape and notes of dark cherry, moderate funk, only light hints of grahmn crackery malt. Firts sip brings the merlot wine grapes, evolves into a moderately tart, sour and acidic taste, but the strong fruit flavors cut through. Lightly funky and some sweetness. Medium bodied, low in carbonation, bone dry and slightly puckering. Quite the beer, glad i found it on draft as opposed to shelling out the local $45 per bottle price.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 17:43:36 | More by rfgetz
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nataku00

California

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Trappist in Oakland during their March 25, 2011 Shelton Brothers sponsored event.

Poured into a Cantillon tumbler style crystal glass. Color is a dark scarlet red, with brighter ruby reds at the edge of the glass when held up to the light. Half a finger of loose pink foam quickly dissipates to the surface, leaving minimal lacing. Some nice carbonation visible at the edge of the glass, streaming up vigorously.

Nose is very vinuous, with sour red wine vinegar, astringent grape peel, light sour cherry, and sweet red fruits like cherries and raspberries and grapes. Earthy and woody funk, light oak and grassy funk.

Taking a sip, the taste really follows the nose, very grapey and vinuous, some tannic and astringency on the tongue right away. Sweet red fruits help to balance the sourness and earthy funk. Finishes with sweet berries, grape peels and oak on the tongue.

Light bodied and very easy to drink. Very mild sourness on this lambic, but lots of flavors to enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 17:06:54 | More by nataku00
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Local Option in a snifter.

Appearance: The base color of this beer is a hazy cherry, with tints ranging from bright orange to walnut depending on the light. A very interesting appearance is capped with an light pinkish head. The retention is not amazing, but a ring around the beer sticks around for a while.

Smell: A fair amount of acidity in the aroma, tart grapes, vinegar, and some nice funk.

Taste: A full red grape flavor right from the start. The flavor is predictably tart, with an acidic vinegar roaming throughout. Some barnyard funk is present, although fairly modest. The sour flavor lingers after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with crisp carbonation up front. The feel smooths out toward the end. Definitely causes the salivary glands to go into overdrive and creates a moderate puckering sensation, although this falls into the 'average' range of sourness.

Overall: I have been waiting to try this beer for a while now, and it did not disappoint. Due to the grapes, it has an obvious wine-like character, which is enjoyable. Whether it is worth the price tag, however, is debatable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2011 19:22:33 | More by KickInTheChalice
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alfrantzell

California

4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This purple beverage, the 2009 vintage, trickles from the tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas with a transient head. It exhales an aroma of blueberries, blackberries, black and red grapes, some pepper, and tastes, like draft Vigneronne, predominantly of fruit, with little of the funk or sourness that lurks in the bottled format. The keg imparts a thicker mouthfeel though, and the drinkability is unsurpassed by other grape lambics.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 21:26:15 | More by alfrantzell
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2010 20:11:35 | More by sholland119
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

8 oz pour, served in a flute at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne.

Color is a dark, clear rose red with a wispy pink head that fades quickly to thin ring and no lacing. Aroma is dry, oaky blend of red grapes and non-acidic funky sourness. The flavor is surprisingly less fruity than expected, dominated by a subtle dry sour with merlot undetones. Body is very full and smooth with mild carbonation and a long lasting Pickering sourness. I'll need to try a bottle of this to appreciate the intricacies of this better, but so far I'm impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 18:07:06 | More by yourefragile
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Local Option.

Pours dark ruby with pale pink head, very little of which lasts more than a millisecond.

Aroma is of cranberry, lemon, grass and oak.

Tastes like sweet grape and cranberry jello followed by a dry aged bitter hop finished. This is incredibly complex and changes significantly with warmth.

Nice and dry finish, but this carbonation is too sharp for me. I'd like it a little smoother.

Overall, one of Cantillon's best. Drinks incredibly easy and I'm glad I finally got to tick this one without buying a $40 bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2010 00:36:35 | More by ChrisPro
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Abbey...

A: Had a nice deep purple with hints of red. A small 1 inch white head that wuickly fades. Good.

S: Smells of oaky cherry with a tart sweetness blended in. Hints of port in the middle with some nice dark fruits on the backend. Interesting.

T: So good. A nice cherry tartness that makes your mouth pucker some. Hints of oak, sour patch kid, and dark fruit. Very good.

M: It definitely makes your face pucker. Decent.

D: Once you get through the tartness, it goes down decent.

All in all, this was a decent brew. Very interesting for a sour. It seems with these types of brews, that you need to have a very strong stomach. I'd say this could be a good conversion brew into the sour field if you like grapes or wine.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2010 03:17:10 | More by steve8robin
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Served in a Cantillon logoed " wine glass".

A - pours a somewhat purpley red color...very red wine like in appearance. A small white and pinkish tinged collar.

S - nice bretty funk up front with barnyardy aromas taking the front line and blending in well with the grapey, fruity, winey aromas behind it.

T - Flavor follows the aroma closely. Barnyardy with grape and red wine flavors. Sourness is less intense than other Cantillon offerings, but still very noticeable and a bit puckering. Really good and well integrated flavors. Very good overall.

M - light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Noticeably sour and a bit puckering, but compared to other cantillons...pretty tame. Funkiest, most distinct barnyardy aromas and flavors I've ever experienced.

D - too expensive to drink a lot of, but I would like to have more of this. Gonna have to grab a bottle or two while they are still out there.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2010 23:02:37 | More by portia99
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hawks10

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2010 07:31:20 | More by hawks10
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 version on tap at Capones in Norristown.

A - Pours a deep red with no bubbles at all

S - sour, oaky, some leather, the aroma was not as forward as i was expecting though

T - lighter and thinner than expected, some vinegar and light sweetness, cherries, but overall, very mild

M/D - very light and thin mouthfeel, I think I have read other reviews of it being better bottled than kegged, and I wonder how this would change my thoughts of it. As of now, its not that highly rated for me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2010 14:51:30 | More by mikereaser
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer on draft, I was shocked when this was on draft at Churchkey, promptly ordered. Beer was purple and cloudy. Had no head and carbonation was low. There were a few bubbles but they failed to generate any lacing. Looks really interesting, kind of like grape juice.

Aroma is sour, citric with a hint of acetic, perhaps a little lactic in there as well. There is a slight sulfur aroma to it.

Minimal front flavor, beer is light in body. Drinkability high. The tartness gets you, its grapey and slightly sweet but in a sour and sweet sort of way. The flavors develop better on the back palate than the front. Its a great beer. There is not a lot of body to it and there is nearly no carbonation in the mouth. I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2010 13:59:56 | More by drabmuh
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Church Key last night. Fucking expensive at $16 for a 10oz glass($13+$1.50 tax+$1.50 tip), but it was worth it.

The pour is great, a pretty reddish pink with a thick white head that recedes to a collar, leaving no lace. The nose is just outstanding. Plenty of vinous character with the red wine grapes being fresh and vibrant. Apart from the vinous character, the grapes also impart a faint cocoa/tobacco character to the nose. The lambic base is equally impressive with a musty aroma, some funk and a pronounced sourness. Funk is quite restrained.
The palate quite vinous with the grapes lending a lot of flavor and depth. The sourness is immediately apparent, with the acidity working really well with the grape. The funk character is rather low, just mildly musty, though I suspect that the fruit is obfuscating just how much funk is present. Drying and mildly tannic on the finish with a clean sourness and lingering vinous character, this is exceptional stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2010 11:49:12 | More by DefenCorps
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from my notes. Review based upon two 4 ounce pours I had, each served in a tiny wine glass at Novare Res' Valentines Day beer and chocolate pairing. The beer has an opaque plum/cranberry hue. There is no head or visible carbonation. It is a beautiful looking beer. It has a great fruity, funky aroma. It is slightly champagne-like. A mildly sweet fruit flavor is the first thing I taste. Tartness kicks in as I swallow and lingers briefly. I am definitely tasting wine-like flavors (red grapes, mostly), but all in a great funk wrapper. It's delicious. It has a crisp, dry light body. The tingly funk feeling is a great substitute for the carbonation bubbles you can usually feel in beers. There is a slight mouth coat. For a sour beer, this is amazingly drinkable. It really isn't all that sour. I wish I had a bigger pour! It is definitely a sipper, but extremely enjoyable. Personally, I can't see myself ever getting tired of this beer. It is near perfect.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 13:32:41 | More by ToasterChef
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a taster glass at Capones.

A: A deep reddish copper color with a one finger white head. No glass lacing.

S: Dark fruits with tartness and some yeasty funk. I get a distinct vinegar smell on the back.

T: Starts sweet with the dark fruits of cherry and grape coupled with some oaky flavors and some earthy spicy yeasty funk. Sweetness turns tart and sour with some hops bite. Finish remains tart and clean and crisp.

M: Good, coating, full, no alcohol and clean finish.

D: Very good, surprisingly good. Enjoyable.

Overall a great beer that I enjoyed much more than the Fou Foune. Less fruit but more tartness and funk, less sweet. A very good beer that I enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2010 21:05:07 | More by Kadonny
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glid02

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Pours a hazy deep ruby color with opaque orange highlights and wisps of tiny white bubbles on top. The bubbles dissipate fairly quickly leaving a glassy top.

Smells of mild red wine vinegar with good amounts of Concord grapes and hints of barnyard funk.

Tastes very good. The flavor profile is comparable to not-quite-ripe Concord grapes, that is the sweetness is underlying but light enough to allow other flavors to shine uninhibited. The vinegar is barely present, instead giving way more to the funkiness that comes in midway through the sip and carries through to a decidedly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a slick thickness with very light carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could very easily have a few more.

Overall I've been wary of the price tag of a bottle of this for a while and I'm glad I finally had the opportunity to try it on-tap. Very well worth the shot.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2010 21:26:49 | More by glid02
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06 vintage on tap at Capones

A: Dark ruby-purple body. Tight bubbly head. Not much in the way of retention. Spotty, skim like lacing.

S: Sour cherries, oak, vinegar, burnt sugar, and grape skins.

T: More of the same. Nice sour cherry boldness, and subtle oak, sugar and grape skins. An everpresent vinegar component. Vinous notes toward the back end. Sufficiently tart.

M: Slick and smooth. Lightly carbonated. Lingering finish. Nice sour/tart puckering.

D: Nice, but doesn't live up to past experiences with bottled Saint Lamvinous where the flavors were truly sublime. Not sure if it can be chalked up to tap v bottle, or whether the difference is due to the vintage.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2009 18:22:19 | More by callmemickey
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage on tap at Capone's - December 16, 2009.

A: Pours a nice dark crimson with ruby hues. Very minimal head. Looks a shade lighter than cranberry juice, with a bit of tawny paleness to it.

S: Not the best aspect of this beer--smells a lot like balsamic vinegar without much of the underlying fruit coming through. A tiny amount of underlying grape scent.

T: Quite tart with a bit of barnyard horse blanket. The vinegar from the nose is not nearly as dominant, and flavors of grapes, berries, and red wine come through.

M: Quite dry with very subtle carbonation.

D: Very high--every sip reveals greater complexity and no amount would seem to be enough.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2009 13:27:27 | More by Thorpe429
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hoppymcgee

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Sampled a 6 oz. pour at Brett Fest at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn, NY in August 2009.

A: The best feature of this beer. Looks like cranberry juice, yet tastes a whole lot better.

S: Strong, flowery champagne-esque aroma.

T: Sharp and bitter, yet fruity at the same time.

M: Light on the tongue with little to no carbonation.

D: One of the defining characteristics of this beer. Can definitely drink the whole 750ml bottle in one sitting.

Overall, a solid offering from Cantillon and a neat one to have tried on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2009 02:14:52 | More by hoppymcgee
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Hophead101

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2009 23:07:57 | More by bonkers
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BigAl723

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Thank you Monica!

A: Dark ruby red with a little haze going on. A dirty white head that stuck around for a while.

S: Funky and sour! This is one amazingly funky smelling Lambic...but I love it. It also has a tart raspberry smell too. But it was the funk I was really looking forward to.

T: Absolutely outstanding. The tart and sourness just stuck to the inside of my mouth as I wanted to savor every little drop.

M: It almost felt sticky inside my mouth. But I think it was because I wanted to savor it. Medium carbonation.

D: Saint Lamvinus drinks so easy. It's smooth and the alcohol is hardly noticeable.

Overall I enjoyed this very much. I had never heard of Cantillon until I saw this on tap and asked about it. Now I check it out on BA and come to realize it's in the "Top 100". What a treat!

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2009 03:04:21 | More by BigAl723
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webmanspidey

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Served in a 5 oz flute.

Light brownish/red in color. A vinegarish sweet/sour smell, slightly cider-like. Not overly sour, but a nice mix of tangy fruit flavors. Hints of several fruits especially apples and pears. Very drinkable and refreshing with essentially no alcohol presence whatsoever.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2009 15:28:13 | More by webmanspidey
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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