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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Saint LamvinusCantillon Saint Lamvinus

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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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illidurit

California

4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rating #1100! Thanks to Devon for shelling out $40 for this particular bottle, which had been staring at me from a shelf in the local bottle shop for a year's worth of visits. Shared at the December Santa Cruz tasting.
Pours a cranberry juice color with a small white head that evaporates quickly from all the acidity.
Aroma is funky and sour with plenty of blue cheesy bacterial aspects aside lemons and unripe grapes.
Flavor is extremely characterful, even for Cantillon. Very sour but also quite sweet with rich winey grape notes and other jammy fruits. Very acidic, unripe berries and lemons. Tons of funk as well. Horsey and cheesy and musty. Some tannic/oaky stuff too. The whole gamut.
Dry finish on a medium, fulfilling body. What a classic.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 08:45:27 | More by illidurit
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scottfrie

California

4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously split by colonelforbin. Vintage 2003. Thanks a lot man.

A: Pours a hazy purple-cranberry color with a thin white head that quickly reduced to a thin film.
S: Light, tart notes all around with hints of musty attic, sweet red grapes and slight straw. Pretty vinous overall.
T: Follow the nose in the most wonderful kind of way. There is no acidic or vinegary flavors, just a clean fruity tart/sourness. Flavors are again, very vinous and similar to red wine, but sweeter. I get sweet fruits in the aftertaste.
M: Extremely dry. Some gritty tannins are present, but for the most part this beer is really smooth.
D: One of the better beers I've ever had, and probably my favorite lambic to date (even over Blåbær, my previous favorite). Thanks again Mike for cracking this one!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 19:40:31 | More by scottfrie
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

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

On-tap at The Publick House in Brookline, MA.

An interesting reddish color that looks a lot like wine, but that comparison dies with the big, fluffy, light pink head that crowns this body. Although it looks like it might have some staying power, that big head disappears quickly and doesn't leave any lacing behind.

The smell is earthy, a little cheesy, and the aroma of grapes, pretty much like wine, dominates.

The comparision to wine is pertinenet in describing every facet of this beer; in my opinion it is a beer/wine hybrid. My first sip I said, "this tastes like wine." A variety of grapes make this tastes like a mixture of different wines, and a good, strong, earthy flavor provides a backbone. This earthy taste is the bridge between the wine and beer flavors palate wise, but also because it is a characteristic I have found in both beer and wine. Sure enough, after you get past the fact that Saint Lamvinus tastes like wine, you will notice that it also tastes like a lambic with its puckering tartness. Along with that tartness is a sizeable musty flavor.

The mouthfeel is one area where Saint Lamvinus doesn't really compare to wine. Very slightly puckering and with only a medium body. Somewhat dry finish.

This thing went down really fast. Sure, I only had an 8oz pour, but even considering that. This lacks the sour punch that other cantillons have, and this is one I think could spend some time in the cellar. Overall a fascinating beer, but I don't know that I will ever pay 40 bucks for a bottle of it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2009 15:53:24 | More by Hojaminbag
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Overlord

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jastack for the brew.

For me, this will be a day long remembered. Isabella Proximus, Jahva, Gordon, and now Cantillon Saint Lamvinus. Truly epic.

Pours a hazy reddish pink brown. Yes, all those at once. A half inch or so of white foam quickly vanishes, leaving a thin white crust behind.

Smell is the familiar sour funk with a tart, acidic red wine background. The taste is more varied, with the familiar sour apple/pear funk overlaid with chardonnay grapes gone funky, and a wonderful effervescent soury champagne-esque/dry mouthfeel. Have I mentioned "sour" enough yet? If not, here's one more: the beer is sour.

One of the greatest beers I've ever had, and the vinous/oaky characteristics are truly sublime. If I hadn't tasted Isabella Proximus earlier today, I might actually be even more glowing in my review than I am. But, so it goes.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 07:38:35 | More by Overlord
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Saint Lamnivus.

Crimson red with good clarity. Left the bottom third in the glass.

Musty grape and grape must with a high note of tartness, funky Brett-y-ness, and vinous notes. So ripe, yet tart. Unreal complexity. Oak, lemon rind, wet hay, and sweaty sock.

Super-serious. Sour, but not rifingly so. A bounty of red wine grape, lemon peel, stale bread heel, black currant, wet hay, and a finish of perky spice and wet sock funk. So palatably delicious and somewhat smooth and held together. So refined. Musty and funky and sour. Great feel from the carbonation, which isn't too much. So good.

Thank you, ChurchKey. Made MY D.C. experience!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 02:41:54 | More by thecheapies
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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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mdaschaf

Washington

4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Shane for sharing this one!

A: Poured a hazy reddish/purple with a small pink-hued head on top that reduced quickly leaving a thin cap on top. Minimal lacing.

S: Lots of dark red stone fruits, some grapes and a little cherry. Very tannic, with some wood and a definite sour/tartness.

T: Fantastic level of sourness/tartness on the flavor profile. There is a bit of funk, but the acidity kind of cuts it. There is plenty more red grape, cherry, and red wine like flavors.

M: Medium bodied with active carbonation, pretty much spot on.

O: Extremely impressed with this lambic. Wasn't sure how I would like it compared to others I have had, but St. Lamvinus is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 17:21:11 | More by mdaschaf
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. big thanks eric!

750ml bottle, capped and caged. bottled 2004. sampled jan 11/08.

pours slightly hazy orangey pink with a big fluffy white head. the head drops fairly slow and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is excellent. as soon as we started to pour you could smell it - fruit and funk. bit of lemon. lactic sourness. horse blanket. leather. light sweetness, but mostly as fruit. light acidity. grape and raisin. there's a bit of a minty herbal character hiding in there too. really interesting.

taste is great. lemony sourness. big funky horse blanket blast. barnyard funk. i still get that minty herbal character here, and i like it, though the other tasters don't really get this. bit of lemon. light fruity sweetness. nice wine character, white more than red. touch of vanilla. light acidity. bread and crackers. bit of grain. no trace of alcohol. bit of other citrus too - light grapefruit, tangerine, and orange.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium body with a fairly dry finish. sour, but not acidic.

drinkability is great. excellent depth. great funky sourness without acidity. no trace of alcohol. nice balance between the funk, sourness, and other character. curious how other vintages compare. i'll be on the lookout for this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 01:35:13 | More by grub
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Memphis Tap Room in Philadelphia...
Pours a blood-red, thick, viscous syrupy liquid with a decent sized foamy and frothy head with a substanial amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Tartness all up in the nose with rose, hibiscus, and red fruit essences...
Extremely tart and sour, with a viney, oaky flavor...
Very thick and rich...
A top-notch depiction of the genre...
Definitely recommended if you're a fan of the style...

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2009 01:44:33 | More by dsa7783
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StJamesGate

New York

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

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

Many, many thanks to ampzilla for this bottle. I looked for this one for a quite a while. Thanks, Andrew.

Saint Lamvinus is certainly an interesting shade of red. It's not quite pink, but far from scarlet. It lies somewhere in between. It's clear and looks a little orange or copper when held to light. A light pink head tops it off and reaches a finger and a half deep. Active carbonation causes it to evaporate to a surface covering quickly. Lacing was light and stringy.

The nose is incredibly deep and smells excellent. It's kicked off with a very strong oak aroma that is predominant throughout. That alone gives it a ton of character right out of the gate. It is quite musky and earthy. Grapes are very prominent. It smells like red and white varieties were used. It's very vinous and does bear some resemblance to wine. A vinegar-like scent emerges late, but isn't exactly subtle. It's quite complex and smells delicious. Alcohol is not noticeable in the least. This is one delicious smelling Lambic.

There's certainly no dropoff in the flavor. Wow! This is excellent. It's a little sweeter than I expected up front. The unique blend of red and white grapes tastes excellent and is somewhat sweet. That sweet flavor works really well with the earthy and musky flavors. It is a little vinegar-esque. Nice and tart. Not quite mouth puckering, but certainly tart. The collision of the sweet and tart flavors produces a very refined flavor that's right up my alley. Definitely tart, but not too tart. Oak is the x-factor that adds a ton of character and depth to the flavor. It's the perfect complement to the vast array of flavors present. Alcohol, while not strong, is almost impossible to pick up. It finishes a little tart and very dry.

Saint Lamvinus has a body that's svelte and very smooth. It seems more substantial and creamy with a little warming. Carbonation is active, but the bubbles feel light. It goes down far too easy. Did I mention how smooth it is? Drinkability is nothing short of excellent. I'm not the biggest Lambic fan in the world, but this is amazing beer. I've got a 750 here and it simply isn't enough.

Saint Lamvinus is one of those beers that achieved legendary status and it certainly deserves it. I'm always somewhat skeptical approaching Lambics, but this one delivers in a big, big way. I'll never have a shred of doubt about a Cantillon beer ever again. This one's damn near divine. The flavor is so complex and delicious. It truly is a special beer. If you don't have this beer available in your locale, it's well worth seeking out in a trade. Find a bottle. Thanks a ton, Andrew.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 03:30:48 | More by prototypic
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nickd717

California

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

2008 bottle from the brewery, shared at a BA tasting.

A - Cloudy reddish-purple color with a white head.

S - Aroma of tart grapes, funk, and horse blanket.

T - Really nice, full, tart flavor with oak, funk, red wine grapes, and cherries. A touch of sweetness balances out the acidity a bit.

M - Palate is sharp and biting yet fairly full and smooth with lingering funk.

D - High for a beer this tart. Really solid lambic overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 17:14:05 | More by nickd717
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sweemzander

Illinois

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

750mL corked and capped bottle poured into a stemmed glass. October 27, 2009 bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy blood red ruby color that produced a great pink effervescent head that dissipated quite quickly to transparent white bubbles.

(S)- A dry, yet has some tart dark grape aromas with a mild creamy woody oak vanilla accent typical of wine barrels. Mild funk too, so very wine-like. Has a very subtle lactic earthiness at the end.

(T)- A wonderfully acidic sour woody oak and grape fruit profile. Very wine-like as the smell, but has that dry, mildly lactic sourness and funk to remind you what it really is. Tasty and complex.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. A really perfect balance of acidic sourness, and dry woody fruits; nothing overpowers the other. A great character and feel because of this.

(D)- Yet another winner from Cantillon. A great seamless balance and feel to it. A nice acidity too. I would be curious what age will do to this. Quite drinkable for the style. Just everytime I have this it seems to get better and better in my eyes. If only this was easier to get my hands on (and perhaps a bit cheaper) would this be near perfect 5's. Superb both fresh and with some time on it!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 16:11:19 | More by sweemzander
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

Cork indicates bottles in 2.009 and the bottle notes it's 5.0% ABV (vs. 6% listed in the beer's listing.)
Special Thanks to Warriorsoul for recommending this beer when I finally began to appreciate this style.

Wow, really a beautiful beer. Bright Clear purple color with some tiny carbonation bubbles escaping to the surface. A light pink head forms, says hello and then vanishes. You are left with a pink ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is delicate but very inviting. Some acidity, earthiness, certainly some vinous qualities and a bit of wood.

Flavor is much more delicate than I would have ever imagined. I find this to be much more refreshing than I had ever imagined. Certainly some grape, some subtle sourness with tons of wine like qualities. Just a touch of funk in the background that adds a nice complexity. Finished quite dry.

Very light, crisp, refreshing and dry. Picked the right day to enjoy this as it's hot and sticky outside. Cuts through that quite nicely.

I really enjoy this beer. I am sure I can think of an occasion to enjoy another bottle.

Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 19:12:31 | More by Reagan1984
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Crosling

Colorado

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

Alright lets see what the commotion is all about.

Magenta.

I always find it kind of redundant to describe the flavors and aromas of a lambic. I usually don't feel like writing down "snake skin, farmhouse, cobwebs, leather, barnyard" and so on and so forth because almost every spontaneously fermented beer possesses these qualities. The difference between the best and the worst are how the flavors mold together. That being said, the aroma on the Saint Lamvinus is subtle. The sourness and traditional Gueuze qualities are toned down by the addition of the grapes. Complex.

This is a really finely tuned lambic. Incredibly soft and mellow on the palate. The Cantillon lambic qualities are there providing everything in quotes above :) and the addition of the grapes provide an incredible flavor. Mouth puckering and simply to die for.

I understand now.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2004 03:33:28 | More by Crosling
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harrymel

Washington

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

Bottled 2010

A: pours a beautiful deep rose read with a finger of transient pink foam and brilliant clarity. No lace. Beautiful beer. Normally, some of the characteristics here would take away, but this appearance is simply stunning. Great looking beer.
S: Mmmmm. Spicy blend of yeast, dry sour, farm funk (the most I've smelled in a cantillon), lots of lacto. Nice.
T: Dry, puckering, tart and fruity. The fruit tone is really surprising provided the time in bottle. Plenty of signature Cantillon sour puckering flavors. Hints of white vinegar. Really nice.
M: Thin, moderately low carbonation allows for the tannic dryness in the beer to shine. Make me water and want more.
O: I really, really enjoyed this beer, but I think I might prefer some of the others from the crew there in Brussels to this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 06:11:39 | More by harrymel
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Florida9

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ultra rare 37,5 cl bottle. Ha, ha, ha! Taste the rareness....

A: dull, oxidized purple color. Forms a small, faintly purple tinted whitish head. Little retention. No lacing.

S: bright and acidic with strong grape skin notes. Smells like a fermented Concorde grape juice.

T: taste is similar, that is it tastes like fermented Concorde grape juice. Vinous, but distinct from wine itself. Moderately tart, mildly acidic, grapy tannins. Getting a lot of grape skins. Finishes with a mild astringency.

M: medium bodied, tart, mild astringency.

O: a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 02:41:17 | More by Florida9
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bditty187

Nebraska

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

2003

The liquid was lightly hazy, purplish-pink in hue with a dull ruby-sunshine highlight. The head was white in color; the bubbles never really formed much of a head. At its most put-together moment the big bubbles gathered momentarily and created a head of a half finger. Head retention was poor, the foam rapidly faded to a soapy collar, largely naked in the middle. Sadly there was no subsequent lacing. I really enjoy the color of the liquid and for some reason those big, unsocial bubbles really caught my eye. The incompleteness of the head was intriguing. This is an attractive beer.

The nose is fruity tart and funky with a woody, oaky, winy, bacterial aroma. The fruitiness is distant but rounded and soaked in vinegar. Dark grapes. Orange peel. Lemon zest. Spiced apple. I detect a kiss of wheat bread and raw yeast. At room temperature the bouquet has a hotness to it that really adds depth and it made my eyes water. However, I still find the potency to be too tame. I also expected more articulation from this beer. The D.O.C. once asked, “Is it funky enough?” I have to say no. Inviting, it is. Spectacular the bouquet is not.

The palate is better then the nose, thankfully. In fact this is very tasty. I love the tartness with the potent acidic. Red wine notes are lovely. There is oak-woodiness with like a lactic, bacterial twang. This beer is lip-smacking good. The fruitiness is akin to a crazy-ass vinaigrette with cherries, orange peel, lemon zest, dark grapes, and red apples. The finish is well rounded, tart, and mildly funky but not all that long. It is long enough so I don’t forget what I just swallowed. I want cheese, now! Fruit too. Overall this is damn tasty. Dry. Very refreshing.

Around medium in body, moderate carbonation but the bubbles are active enough to create a zippy mouthfeel. Solid mouthfeel, very good actually but it is not earth shattering… it is missing something, what I’m not sure but it works nevertheless.

This beer is very good. However, at $35 a bottle this is a beer that I most likely won’t be purchasing again. In fact I needed an excuse to validate the expense. My 1000th review on BA seemed like a fitting reason. And so I make the purchase a few months ago. I split my bottle with my girlfriend; it was a lovely experience (considering she is a Belgian rookie). I am happy I tried this rare gem but it really wasn’t as great as I would have liked, regardless of the price. I have no complaints… well, I do wish the nose was louder and deeper and I do wish the palate had more malt. Regardless, I found this beer to be drinkable, likeable, and something I would say is worthy a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 14:16:09 | More by bditty187
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Take away the wine for restlessness plagues me." - Cradle of Filth

Eggplant tinged ruby red color. Thin rose colored head sputters itself out quickly. Nice color though and not atypically lacking in retention for the style.

Aroma is phenomenal. Musty wine barrel and balsamic vinaigrette complexity. I feel like I can smell the earth where the grapes where grown and sniff each drop off rainfall that kissed the vines.

But I don't. Taste is funky grape sour, with what I can only think of as a taste of...um, antiquity. If I had a better grasp on lambics I'd try to delve deeper. But I don't.

From my rootin' tootin', down home malt and hops beer heart this is more wine than beer. So far my exploratory journey through gueze and lambic land has been interesting. Not sure its for me but I think this particular blend may be the turning point.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 15:22:45 | More by donkeyrunner
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claspada

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 23:33:42 | More by claspada
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 bottle courtesy of the ever-awesome ericfb18. The brew pours a luscious blood-red hue, although it is fully translucent; it is capped with a thin wisp of encircling white froth. The nose is pure Cantillon funk; delicious and complex. Notes of bushy mixed berries, acidity of the acetic persuasion more than lactic, tannic oak, and an overall unbelieveably delectable and well-rounded flavor make this one of the best beers on Earth. The wine and grape is there if you look for it, although I feel like the fruitiness could just as easily be cherry, raspberry, blueberry or a berry melange. The most succinct way to describe the flavor of St. Lamvinus: This is what I thought Blabaer was going to taste like. I am struck by the fullness of the fruit flavor; it is not mere nuance, the taste is big and jammy and unabashed. The feel is full and creamy for a Cantillon (a la Blabaer), and has a wonderfully dry and mouth-watering finsh. Overall, this is about as good as a beer (or any libation, for that matter) can be.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 02:57:56 | More by ktrillionaire
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.55/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at De Bierkoning in A'dam.

From a 750 into a wine glass
Bottled 21 November 2012
Lambic with merlot grapes

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, looser, fizzy, pinkish-white head with decent retention. Head fades to a ring and wisp. A dark red, carmine color with lots of active carbonation. A ring remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Really fizzy head, but the color is quite beautiful.

SMELL: Some grapes on the nose, with tart lemon, funky notes, oak, and some light acidity. A touch of vinegar. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Grape sweetness and tart lemon sourness up front, with oak and some acidity at the swallow. Bold finish is sour with sweet grapes adding some balance. Lemon tartness, oak, some acidity and light vinegar notes linger nicely. Enjoyable for sure.

PALATE: Medium-light body with medium carbonation for the style. Not quite creamy enough, goes down slightly coarse and finishes dry and puckering. Tart acidity lingers.

OVERALL: This was alright, but the feel kept it from being all it could be. The nose was enticing and there were good flavors in there as well, but a creamier and smoother feel would have helped this be top class. Still, an enjoyale fruit lambic worth checking out for sure. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 14:37:57 | More by Jeffo
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Capped and corked 750ml green glass bottle, no bottling or best-by date.

Appearance: Pours a murky purple brown color, almost no head, except for a ring of off-white foam around the glass.

Smell: Big sour and fruity nose, very malty, with cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, and a dose of citric.

Taste: Very smooth, yet tart, this has a nice flavor from the grapes. Maltiness dries, acidic, this has much in common with wine. Very good, but I am not sure it is worth the price tag.

Drinkability: This is probably the last time I will ever get to try this beer, it is just to expensive, but also very delicious and drinkable. I can appreciate what Cantillon does, they are very good at the craft of lambics.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 17:05:12 | More by TastyTaste
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mcallister

Ohio

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

Still and deep ruby red with not a head and a white ring around the glass.

In your face raspberry tart aromas, with hints of cherry and thick spicy-ness with a yeasty finish.

Tart, with a bone dry finish. Lush raspberry, and dried cherry flavors. Spicey, flowery and full of deliciously drinkable. Great one too change the mood.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2007 19:20:07 | More by mcallister
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rye726

Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a murky dark raspberry with a silky tan head.

I detect tart fruits, red grapes, oak, moss covered wood, damp rotting soil and a subtle manure aroma.

The taste did not quite hold the same complexity found in the nose, but is still quite impressive. A well balanced blend of sour berries, subtle barnyard funk, oak and Burgundy wine.

Body is crisp and acidic with a delicate carbonation and a tart, dry finish. A well blended lambic that would pair well with a fine aged cheese.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 23:57:45 | More by rye726
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,244 ratings.