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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,377 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,377
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,070
Gots: 335 | FT: 26
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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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

05-11-2014 16:10:54 | More by mikeincharleston
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

06-29-2013 16:20:02 | More by savagepm
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large corked and capped bottle, from notes.
Poured into a tulip.

I could not find out the vintage; this was aged for one year in my cellar under proper conditions. The cap was rusted and there were streaks of crusted beer running down the neck, but there is a pop when pulling the cork out indicating good carbonation.

The beer has a beautiful color, hazy, somewhere between pink, brown and purple, if you can get the idea; the long lasting foamy cap is pinkish, or something closer.
the pleasant, and pungent aroma comes readily out of the glass, keeps changing, and getting more interesting by the minute.
Acidic, fruity, musty, among others.
Body feels close to medium, with nice carbonation; it is easy to drink and refreshing, but the complex taste invites to a very slow enjoyment of this great beer.
It is mostly bone dry, acidic and tart, but not quite puckering.
Layers of fruitiness add to the flavor without making it sweet; tannic notes add to the experience. Sourness, vinegar, and more fruits, keep coming up. It is hard to tell each individual taste apart, but they blend nicely together, and the overall flavor is absolutely great.
Despite my lack of ability to truly expose here all the nuances of this beer, believe me, it is a great one. Something to be enjoyed slowly, over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 18:05:56 | More by brdc
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

04-27-2014 03:28:29 | More by Rekrule
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

75cl bottle of the recent 2012 vintage purchased at Brasserie Cantillon for on-premise consumption in Cantillon taster glasses, 7/4/2013.

Aroma: Very sour and acidic, light scents of grape sweetness complemented by a nice but not quite too heavy earthy funk. There is a nice oak hue in the background as well. It makes me think of a sour red wine. Drinking this at the brewery I think makes for a nice complementary effect as that distinctive "Cantillon funk" smell is reflected very well here.

Colour: Darker ruby red body, but not quite as dark red as a merlot would be. Pours with a light pink head that persists throughout the course of the bottle. Not much lacing. Swirls like a nice red wine.

Flavour: Absolutely perfect in my limited opinion. So much earthy funk especially at the beginning and the end. Acidic sourness, oak tannins and a moderately residual grape sweetness are all there and never go away such that by the end, it blends into a deliciously sour-but-sweet complexity that one comes to expect from grapes in general. So enjoyably interesting and complex, like a well-carbonated Bordeaux even.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, strong carbonation. Acidic but does not leave a particularly dry finish. A refreshing lambic that leaves my mouth tingling with sour funk on the back end. So easy to drink, which made me sad when we got to the end of the bottle.

Overall: This is as good as it got for my experience at Brasserie Cantillon. Having already tried the regular lineup, LPK and LPF, this one is my absolute favorite. There are characteristics of a tasty red wine here for sure, yet it tastes like a great lambic beer with the carbonation of champagne. It's just an awesome brew that I would recommend to anyone with the opportunity to purchase a bottle. If I get more of these, they are going into the cellar to be cracked on special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 22:10:30 | More by Stevedore
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hooliganlife

Missouri

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 22:30:50 | More by hooliganlife
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

11-16-2011 16:59:28 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish pink. A bit of nice white head. Looks very pretty. Smells like damp dog. Funky and sour. A hint of grape. Tastes grape heavy. Very tart and acidic. A bit harsh and abrasive and burns on the throat. But it's a nice flavour profile. Overall highly carbonated but very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 02:34:43 | More by Urbancaver
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ystazi

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-12-2013 16:54:40 | More by ystazi
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

09-01-2013 02:27:29 | More by kawilliams81
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

08-23-2012 17:43:57 | More by FreshmanPour77
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First things first, a beef with the presentation: a beer of this caliber should have a bottling date. From the bottle, purchased at the Map Room for $40, there was absolutely no indication as to whether this was a 2001, 2002, or 2003 vintage. It didn’t reduce my enjoyment of the beer but I would have liked to have known for future reference.

As for the beer itself…Cantillon’s St. Lamvinus is perfect.

Appearance: Pours into a white wine glass with a strong effervescent surge that leaves a ¼ inch, lovely pink head. The head dies off quickly but the body doesn’t disappoint. St. Lamvinus presents a deep, sexy purpled pink body. Color is not dissimilar to New Glarus’s Raspberry tart. St. Lamvinus is much deeper, however, and not particularly cloudy.

Aroma: Barnyard funk and vinegar balance flawlessly by sweet grape juice. Light amounts of cobwebs and dirt, oak tannins, and wet leather are found too but at the end of the day one has more of an impression of absolute cohesiveness then individualy unique attributes. I carry away a sense that is now possible, against the odds, for a beer to offer much, indeed most, of the character of a rabid geuze without offending. Likewise, I now see the possibilities of using grapes as a primary component of beer without creating a concoction that is either cloyingly sweet or overly wine like.

Taste: All of the attributes of a fine Bordeaux blended without defect with the entire range of excellent properties of the best lambics.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy and medium bodied. Astringent front, balanced center, lightly dry finish. Defining of balance.

Drinkability: Undoubtedly one of the most drinkable beers I have consumed to date.

Was it worth it? Yes and no…To try once, it was absolutely worth it. To drink regularly, I would have to say it would not be. For my dollar, I would take Oude Beersel or Hansen’s kriek geuzes on a regular basis over this. Still, I have to admit that a beer so well crafted is most certainly deserving of its high price. God bless Cantillon for this.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 15:07:07 | More by DaPeculierDane
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

11-15-2013 17:22:10 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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WillCarrera

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 07:32:25 | More by WillCarrera
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been waiting to try this beer for longer than any other and I finally got my hands on it! I purchased it for 40 bucks at Downtown Wines in Somerville Massachussetts.

The painting of a branch of grapes on the label is both minimalist and surreal, very cool. There was some leakage through the cork when I popped the cap, you'd think this is a bad thing but Ive seen it before in Cantillons and the beer always tastes fine.

The pour reveals a enigmatic reddish pinkish color with a lightly pink head. The head quickly becomes a miniscule ring that emits very little lace. Streams of tiny carbonation bubbles are visible in abundance. Lambic smells burst out of the bottle with this one. Some musty damp barnyard mingles with cider and some tannins. the taste follows suit with plenty of earthy brett flavors, some cidery and sharp flavors and loads of puckering sourness. A spectacular balance comes from the expanse of fruit flavors in tow. Very ripe grape flesh, bitter grape skin and assorted berries and citrus in the background. It reminds me of a good full bodied red wine. The finish is long and complex with biting acidity melded with fruit sweetness. The mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated and somewhat viscous, something Ive noticed in many lambics.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 01:00:54 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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BAsbill

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-30-2013 03:41:00 | More by BAsbill
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bobv

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

01-09-2013 05:44:51 | More by bobv
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.4%

01-30-2014 04:25:55 | More by Oakenator
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

02-25-2013 17:27:01 | More by thebigredone
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klipper

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

12-02-2012 21:33:06 | More by klipper
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anteater

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-14-2014 17:56:27 | More by anteater
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 16:15:17 | More by tmoneyba
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jvillefan

California

4/5  rDev -11.7%

08-05-2013 23:11:37 | More by jvillefan
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szmnnl99

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

03-20-2012 23:51:13 | More by szmnnl99
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greenspointexas

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-23-2014 14:58:53 | More by greenspointexas
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,377 ratings.