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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,488 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,488
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,127
Gots: 349 | FT: 28
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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4/5  rDev -11.7%

jvillefan, Aug 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

bostonryan, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

As with other Cantillion entries I find this immensely simple but incredibly flavorful. The nose is sour, winish, earthy minerals and purple grapes. The flavor is sour, tart and simple people grapes and cherry. So simplistic but so delicious it's not really a beer but it seems like a liquid candy.

KYGunner, Sep 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

DRBiser, Feb 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Spider889, Dec 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

thebigredone, Feb 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Kirk, Jun 20, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

not sure the vintage, but I would suspect its the most recent (2010).

pour was a dirty ruby red with no head. some of the pours had about an inch of ruby head and some had none. no lacing or retention.

very complex on the nose. heavy red wine and bordeaux, fresh grape, and sufficient amount of still vinegar. light oak.

very similar to the smell. heavy on the red wine characteristics and this is where the bordeaux really shines. lots of varying grape flavor. a fairly mild sourness through out. a very strong oak finish.

very flat and smooth. light puckering sourness and a very dry bone dry finish.

quite delicious. lots of red wine and grape flavor and mild sourness just make this so drinkable. quite different from the aged version of this.

hooliganlife, May 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

cadaugherty, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

uturn, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

randylangford, Jan 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

anteater, Jun 14, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh vintage on tap at Zwanze Day '12.

Fizzy purple body is dark and ominous, supporting a thin layer of protective off-white head. Acetic fruits and bright, spritzy yeast dance among my nostrils. The marriage between soured grapes and oaky red wine barrels is perfect. Finishes clean and dry with just the right amount of puckering tartness.

We opened an '06 alongside this fresh pour and were surprised how vastly different the two were. This metamorphosis is unlike any other aged Cantillon I've tried: the other fruit lambics still typically retain some fruity characteristics as they age, but the grapes are totally gone in this bottle of Lamvinus. It's instead transformed into a cheesy, super funky, gueuze-like lambic with grassy, farmyard funk and high acidity. The color has even faded to a more amber color compared to the deep purple of the original.

Both are absolutely delicious; still hard to believe how wildly different they are.

brystmar, Dec 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Danny1217, May 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 18 October 2011

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby red color with a pinkish/purple hue and a fingers worth of head that fizzles out within seconds

S: Quite funky and sour/tart up front along with a light sweetness from the grapes. Also get quite a bit of oakiness and earthiness

T: Starts off with a big blast of funk and sourness and then goes into the oakiness and woody/earthy flavors. Get some tannins in there as a result. The merlot grapes come through in the background throughout the entirety of tasting, providing a hint of sweetness. Finishes lightly sweet with a lingering funk

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Very acidic

O: Wow. What a brew. This blend is absolutely fantastic, especially with the nearly 2 years on the bottle. I suppose the funkiness has developed a bit (this one really opens up with a blast of funk/sour/tart) and the oak has also shown up more. Quite pricey (I paid $30 for a 750 mL bottle) but well worth the investment. This is a must-try

BEERMILER12, Jul 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

DaveHack, Mar 03, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

jmarsh123, May 17, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2003. Nice shortliving head and almost clear but opalising deep red beercollor. Nose is exceptional, bretty, good farmstable with lots of oak, dry hay and that sweaty horses in the back. Good sourness and obvious grapejuice make it and overall most impressive nose. Taste is sour but after getting used too most impressive too, giving grapes, oak, dry bitterness and sourish aftertaste. Yes this goes all the way and good carbonisation witch is high but fitting making mouthfeel IMO perfect too. Greatly enjoying every sip of it and wished wy girlfriend wouldn't like it so I could enjoy the whole 750 just by myself.

paterlodie, Oct 20, 2005
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4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked & capped bottle poured into a wine glass, bottled 18 November 2008.

Pours a deep amber with a light reddish/orange color. There is a small white head with some light bubbles rising up. Nose is very tart and a bit funky, there's a barnyard sourness that's uniquely Cantillon.

Taste is tart and tingly all over, very sharp and funky, but not over the top like some Drei Fontinen beers. There is a light grape flavor, but it's not over the top or very strong, and it's well balanced by the oakiness that's equally present. Mouthfeel is light, carbonated and a bit champagne-like. Finish is very dry and sour, just how it should be, fantastic beer!

kingcrowing, Feb 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

chrispoint, Feb 03, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, bottled 12 October 2011, best before December 2012. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a bright burgundy color, very slightly hazy, produces a thin white head that leaves little lacing.

S- Big fruity tartness (cherry, apple, pear) layered over a nice yeasty funk of hay and must. Also very noticeable merlot and oak aromas.

T- Not as wine-dominant as I expected, the merlot seems to blend very nicely with sour fruit flavors, lots of cherry and grape-skin. Tartness is firm and balanced, has flavors of hay, light funk and wood.

M- Light-bodied, very smooth feel, just the right amount of carbonation, has an extremely dry finish.

O- A delicious beer, definitely one of my favorites from Cantillon, complex yet highly drinkable.

WillCarrera, Jun 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

bonkers, Dec 10, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got a glass of this on draft during Puckerfest at Belmont Station. Served in a tulip glass, the body is a pretty orange color with rose highlights, topped by a wispy, thin, creamy layer of head. Aroma of wine grapes, peach, some general tropical fruit notes, and a good dose of sour, all with an underlying layer of booze.
Palate is not overwhelmingly sour up front, but has good notes of wine grapes and ripe white peach. The tartness takes over after the swallow, with a sour, fairly boozy finish that has a touch of astringency. Body is just about perfect to convey the flavors here - more creamy than bubbly, it provides a substantial base that allows the fruit flavors to linger but never overpower the sour. This is a more approachable offering than the gueuze or other Cantillon beers, but is still deliciously complex. Well-done.

ElGordo, Jul 17, 2009
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

beerwolf77, Nov 14, 2011
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,488 ratings.