Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 451
Hads: 1,779
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%
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Gots: 388 | FT: 30
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Belgium

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 ghostwalker
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A; Rose-burgundy body with a white finger of head.

N; Tart, sweet. Fruity but dry. Funkadelic-ness evident.

T; Tartness up front, smooth on the finish. Cranberry like flavors. Really nice stuff.

M; Tartness falls off a cliff into sweetness. Surprisingly low pucker factor.

D; Good stuff, an easy sipper.

Thanks to juicestam for the opportunity to try this great stuff! (374 characters)

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with CarbonIS..thanks again Bill! Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Allagash tall chalice. Pours a reddish pink in color, closer to a cranberry juice color in the glass once filled though. A small pink head rises and looks great overall. Light patchy fizzy lacing.

Aroma is tart, funky, and definite grapes!

Flavor is fantastic...lots of grape, a good amount of tart, carbonation is middle of the road. Light and crisp mouthfeel. The opening flavor is lemon like...but quickly reduces to a sweeter yet tart grape. A very good Lambic from Cantillon. (567 characters)

Photo of ngandhi
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Classic Cantillon nose deep with earth is flawless -- funky and lightly mouthwatering, complex, yet calm. It's no surprise, however, how much of a beast this beer actually is. Prototypic lambic palette of wet earth that opens up to hints of cocoa and salt from the cab franc. Smooth and wonderfully balanced.

Relax, relax.
ng (330 characters)

Photo of MSchae1017
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a wine glass from the 750mL capped and corked bottle. 2003 vintage.

This beer pours a rusty maroon with a thin white head and no lacing. The smells gives off the aromas of grapes along with some sourness characteristic of a lambic. The taste was fantastic. It hits you immediately with its sourness but turns into more of a sour grape taste mixed in with some granny smith apples. The mouthfeel was right on. Perfect body with nice carbonataion. Overall got to be one of the best lambics out there. Nice job to Brasserie Cantillon for brewing such an exceptional and unique beer. (606 characters)

Photo of jmalex
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled at Capone's in Norristown, PA on 2-21-07. This review is from notes taken that night.

APPEARANCE: An incredibly cool Ruby red-purple color. Very very cool. The thinnest collar rings the small wine goblet it came in.

SMELL: Very strong aromas of red wine and barnyard funk with a hard hitting vinegar tartness.

TASTE: Extremely tart (which is a good thing!) Flavors of grapes, wine, cranberries explode in your mouth. The finish is, well, non-existant. The flavor just doesn't end. Even 5 minutes later, the strength of my most recent sip is still almost as intense as the moment it hit my tongue. Absolutely amazing!

MOUTHFEEL: Despite the lack of any head, the carbonation is great. The very fine bubbled carbonation is perfect for this beer.

DRINKABILITY: Given the price and the variety of the taplist, I really only planned to have one before moving on to other beers. But I cannot turn another one down. I MUST have more of this beer. It is simply stunning.

I am very hesitant to give anything a perfect 5. I certainly have not done it yet. But from the very first sips, I knew that anything less would not suffice. So, well done Cantillon! Saint Lamvinus gets my very first 5.0! (1,210 characters)

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage.

I've been jonsing for weeks for a sour and funky beer. This was everything and more that I could have asked for.

Gorgeous looking and elegant glass bottle. Multiple slow pours into wine glasses shared amongst family. Not too warm or hot and a little colder than room temperature.

A- Light red/cranberry colored beer. Champagne like bubbles and vigorous carbonation. Rose' colored head.

S- Barnyard funk. Straw. Vinegar. Tart cherry and dark fruits. Sour grapes. Couldn't keep my nose away from the glass.

T- This one blew my mind. It was a lambic, yet so close to being a wine. Puckering sour grapes, fruit, champagne, funk, tart apple. Refined and clean finish.

M- Very carbonated, dry and pleasant. Fizzy.

D- Easy drinking. Somewhat harsh on the stomach due to all of the sour/funk. I want more. I loved this one. (838 characters)

Photo of claytri
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a cloudy raspberry with only a little white lace. There was not much aroma, but it was of fruit. The taste was tart fruits. The feel was amazingly light dry with a great tart finish. Quite a wonderful beer, it really let the gueze come through and left the fruit to accent the beer. Definately a beer I will buy in the future when available. (357 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml @ lord hobo in Cambridge MAserved Ina snifter

A: pours a Purpley reddish pink, remonds me of a plum with 3/4 of a finger of slightly off white head, dissapates quickly, no lacing to speak of.

S: lots of funk going on here, musty oak, sure dry red wine grape/cheery skins, smells tart.

T: this is very tart, much like the nose i get alot of tart grape skin and cherry along with some dry barnyard funk an musty oak notes, very well balanced and tasty.

M: medium body and bone dry, leaving you with almost wine like mouth drying tannins.

O: this is a beautiful done sour, very tart and very delicious. Don't really know what else to say here (666 characters)

Photo of Jmoore50
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage. When I popped the cap the cork had a purple wet residue all over it. The cork was wet and soggy and broke apart when opening.

It poured a nice purple-lavender color that was very hazy with sediment floating around. It had an off white head that did not stick around. Nice oily legs.

It was an okay smell, a smell that filled my nostrils with very specific wine grape, sour fruit, and a little wet dog. It has been about three years since this thing was made so I imagine the smells have declined a bit.

It had a great taste, a very strong vinous flavor that paired well with the funky flavor that only Cantillon can capture. Specific grapes were tasted in this, it had a very bold flavor that was very enjoyable. It was less astringent then expected, but still 'juicy' like the 2009 Fou Foune I had a while back. Even with this many years on this bottle it still captures a great fruit flavor.

Very good Cantillon fruit beer, but I think I enjoy Fou Foune a great deal more. I need to try a more recent vintage in order to get the full experience.
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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours ruby read and is brilliant. A slight head soon disappears after the beer has been poured.

Aroma is of fruit and funk. Not incredibly complicated and it is very acetic in aroma.

The beer has notes of grapes and fruit. It is very effervescent and it tickles your tongue.

Mouthfeel is typical for a sour beer.

Overall a tasty beer, the acidity is sharp and like vinegar and the funk really increases as it warms. Crisp, Acidic, Fruity, Brite. (454 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

St. Lamvinus '14 vintage

Has a beautiful, vibrant color of red grapes, revealing a ruby note, and a fizzy, soon vanishing head.

Has aromas of a distinct leathery funkiness, paired with ripe grapes, pulling out their stone qualities in the best way, due to the supportive, wooden barrel. The funky barnyard tartness blends extremely well into the fermented, vinous, sour grapes. The fruitiness, as well as the wooden oakiness illustrate the acidic tartness in a very intriguing way, evoking the feeling of this being more wine than beer.

Begins with prickly, unripe grapes among earthy, leathery malts. The grapes turn sweeter, riper as the malts stand out against the tart sourness, adding stone fruit qualities to the taste. At the same time, carried by a lively carbonation, the sourness becomes quite intense, with a vinegar note, evoked by the fermented grape sourness, while both tastes blend well together, wrapped up by the wooden barrel. Finishes with a tongue quenching, slightly dry sourness, along with lemon zest and grape pulp. The beer still reminds me in many ways of a young wine, while missing its typical sweetness, replaced by the typical lambic tartness, with a refreshing, high carbonation. (1,215 characters)

Photo of ark57
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'll admit I am a sucker for lambics, but this is possibly the greatest one I have ever had. It was the 2001 bottling. It is light purple in color with a sour, winey aroma. It has all the flavors of a traditional lambic, the horse sweat, the musty cellar, the floral/honey notes, but then it finishes with a dry grape finish. The merlot and cabernet franc grapes add a nice dimension and complexity to an already amazing beer. (426 characters)

Photo of Beerzebub
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to Mudpuppet for trading me this one.

Bottled in 2007. Poured in a big wine glass at 56F/13C.

Deep hazy red-magenta color, ring of whitish froth, blots of lace.

Intoxicating aroma. Powerfully sour, fruity, and complex. Plenty of fresh juicy red grape juice, with apples, sour pineapples, wood, moderate funk, red wine vinegar, a touch of smoke, and indescribable wonderfulness.

Tastes plenty sour. Fairly dry, with just a touch of balancing sweetness. Big complex fruity woody web of flavors. A bit of vinegar, not too much. Long tart woody finish.

Low carbonation, but there are enough tiny tiny bubbles to coalesce into something surprisingly creamy on the tongue, and there's some nice astringency too. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Great great beer. (770 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easy top 20 beer to date for me. Poured cold into balloon glass. Relatively clear red color with smell of grape and wine. Taste follows the nose with a sweet and sour combo that is so smooth yet you get big merlot flavors with a subtle barrel Oakiness and tang. Not too sour and not too sweet. Feel is crazy impressive with a aggressive carb but not frothy and very smooth (372 characters)

Photo of jamescain
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer, big thanks to Dajtai007 for sharing this one

Appearance: Pours a clear purplish-red with a soft pink head about a finger thick that fades into a thin lacing over the top. Very soft and elegant looking.

Aroma: Grape skins, fruit, blackberries, cherries, oak, subtle funk blended with tart fruity aromas, a real treat.

Taste: Dark grape flavor, tart cherries, subtle oak character with a finish that is citrusy and clean.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and light body with a slightly sour dry finish.

Overall: I could easily see myself knocking back a few bottles of this; however, my wallet can't see that. (634 characters)

Photo of Jon
4.95/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Where do I begin? Ahem, OK, Cantillon Saint Lamvinus. A beer I've been looking forward to for quite some time. The holidays, of course, bring out the best in everyone, and in this case, a bottle from my stash of 2002 Saint Lamvinus. Yeah, it was worth it.

Deep pinkish-purple color with a lighter pink-hued head. Simply beautiful.

Musty nose emitted further aromas of leather, citrus, and earthiness. Deep and omnipresent aroma keeps one's attention all the way through.

Flavors range from typical traditional lambic notes of citrus zest and earth with a characteristic, profound acidity that lingers indefinitely. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes used in the production of this lambic, however, share different flavor profiles to this beer and, in turn, soften (but certainly enhance) it. Some tannin from the Pomerol/St-Emilion-derived grapes appears in the mix and provides some definite acidity to the all ready acidic aged lambic. Almost indescribeable. I hate to sound like too much of a fan of Cantillon, but after sampling this beer, it's hard not to. Deep, eccentric and truly original.

Lively, carbonated and acidic mouthfeel is wonderful. Not acidic enough to peel the skin from the roof of one's mouth as it seems a bit softened, but lovely nonetheless.

Drinkable like you wouldn't believe, once you have the palate for these traditional fruit lambics, you will never go back. The question that everyone seems eager to ask, however: is it worth the price? Well, if you're a traditional lambic fiend like myself, most definitely YES. I look forward to seeing how some aged bottles come out in a few years. This beer clearly has the acidity and structure to fare well in a cellar. Hard to describe, but a delight to drink. (1,753 characters)

Photo of readbaron
3.36/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

9 oz tulip served @ Small Bar

A - Pours a beautifut deep blood red with a ring of white bubbles.

S - Lots of the standard lambic sour and funk. Huge leather and oak/wine presence. The oak is a lot stronger with this one than most of the sours/lambics I've tried. Overall, a really complex, subtle and pleasant aroma. However, at the very end there was a really odd finish - almost an olive like aroma.

T - Incredibly smooth for a lambic. Tart, but not puckering. Not as tart as I expected, which almost made this one seem a bit watery. Very complex - lots of wine influence - grape skins. Again, same issue as the nose. The tail end of a lot of sips finished with an overripe avocado/olive taste. Not pleasant. I'm not sure if it was an old/bad keg or what.

M - A bit undercarbed. Medium bodied and coats the mouth very impressively. Similar to wine - vinous. Both crisp and thick. Really impressive.

O - I'm glad I've got a bottle of this set aside as I imagine there was something off with the glass I had (at least I hope that's the case). Can see the potential for this one to be amazing, and am looking forward to trying it again. (1,141 characters)

Photo of Auracom
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2 oz. bottle pour into a wine taster at the Bruery Provisions on November 7th, 2011. #4 of a 5-bottle Cantillon flight.

A - Profoundly unique coloration here. A blend of deep blood-red and accenting purple hues. Low carbonation, head, retention, and lacing. It looks like a solid red wine blend but with more character.

S - Wow, far more funk than I anticipated. Thick barnyard mud. Manure. Wet hay and grass. Behind the huge brett layers are wine complexities. Red grapes, oak, almost a dark fruit component.

T - Love it. Red grape sweetness blended with a vinous note at the front, immediately followed by puckering sourness. Great depth throughout the palate. Dry finish is more than adequate here. I sense a bit of warming in the back of my throat.

M - Light-medium body. Average carbonation. I'm finding Cantillon to be pretty damn consistent with feel.

D - This beer has a sense of mystique to me. I know that I didn't pick up everything in that glass, but what I did grab I thoroughly enjoyed and found this to be as unique as anything I've yet encountered. Great stuff, would actively seek this one out again. (1,126 characters)

Photo of sacfly
3.41/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pink/red/cranberry. Little light pink head, with some large and very small bubbles mixed together, disappear rather quickly. A small amount of very fine bubbles could be seen with a light swirl. Bacteriology lab smell dominates, with just a hint of sulfur and grape. Taste is acidic and tart. Thin to moderate mouthfeel. Tart, and more tart… no real grape, fruit, or any other flavors of note. The sides of my tongue were screaming, while the rest had nothing to focus on. Rather one dimensional. Dry finish. If you are looking for only tart, acidic character then this is for you if you are willing to pay the $30 price tag. Much more interesting Lambics (including other much less expensive Cantillons) out there for a fraction of the cost.
If you are new to Lambics and expecting or looking for Lambics with a balance of tartness and sweetness, look elsewhere. Also do not assume that since there are grapes on the label, that the product will taste anything like grape.
I enjoyed it, but nothing special. (1,021 characters)

Photo of ricke
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: The color is reminiscent of the pulp in a red grapefruit. Hazy. Slightly off-white minimal head that settles into a nice little ring of lacings. Very good aesthetic qualities.

S: Pleasant qualities of red wine with tart fruity aromas (grapes). Beneath, the Cantillon signature smell lurks - Wet hay, matured cheese and yeast, rather funky. A delightful and edgy smell.

T: Plenty of tart fruit flavors with a prominent but subtle character of grapes. Noticeable taste of fruit pits. A light sweetness balances the tartness and the acidity that is gaining momentum. Not very funky, but there's definitely a taste of hay. In general, the taste have some similarities with a tart fruity sparkling wine. Subtle note of wheat, basically no barley. The finish is sour with notes of grass, earth, nuts and fruits.

M: Light body, very tingling in the mouth due to a lively carbonation. The finish is slightly dry. Excellent.

D: A fantastic lambic, a real work of art. The character of a sparkling wine this one showcases is fantastic. Highly recommended. (1,054 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
1.96/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shared with a mate.

S: Strong phenols and Merlot.

T: Incredibly salty. Way too sour. No sweetness at all. Aggressive phenols and cheap Merlot wine. Light, fizzy and foamy.

O: I thought I'd like this one but it's the worst beer I've ever had. My mate hated it as well. Awful, awful beer. (289 characters)

Photo of Dmann
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Having this be my first true Lambic will for sure make all other that I have pale in comparison. This one poured a great ruby red color with with not too much head but a great ammount of bubbles that added greatly to the visual appeal. The smell was nice and sour, with sour grape notes and sharp cheese scents. The taste was wonderfull with a great dry flavor of citrus and vinegar. The stuff was so smoothe I could have had the whole bottle! This is a beer to behold for sure. (478 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25th Review
Draft at Monk's Cafe - served in flute glass
Vintage 2008

L: Hard to say as it was quite dark in Monk's at the front bar; however, I'll go with bursting/bright raspberry. No head.

S: Different. Very, very different. Not in a bad way, but not like any other beer I've smelled before. Hint of fruit drowned by a very interesting funk - acidic, earthy, off...you name it. Maybe almost like wine, but I still can't figure it out.

T: Straight to sour from the get-go! Not overpowering, but definitely in your face. Hint of sweet and tart is well-balanced. Enjoyable considering I was expecting way worse.

M: Light, crisp, and dry.

O: Very well put together considering how nervous I was after smelling it. I have not jumped into this style very often; however, this beer tickles my palate to explore further. As such, I will =) (839 characters)

Photo of taylorhamrick
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a perfectly hazy red, almost a light purple. There was very little head. I poured it slowly, of course, but using the same procedure with any other wild ale has given me an inch or more of head. The smell is kind of hard to pick up on with such a small head, but I can get this oxidized red wine scent immediately. Definitely a good, strong wild yeast character. The taste is what really shines. There's the standard wild ale, the tart, sour candy sitting on top of a lighter bodied red wine. Kind of a vinegar taste, really a great example of a lambic, though I've never had one with grapes. The mouthfeel is right on, none of the chalky tartness, not overcarbonated, great. And I sped through this one, loving every drop, and it may not hit me too hard at 6%. I know its expensive, but don't give it a pass if you can afford it. (840 characters)

Photo of rodkin
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful pour. A light, clear purple, with a slightly rosy head that reduces nicely, leaving a bubbly film on top.

Smell is a mix of grape, merlot, and pretty strong barnyard funk, kind of haylike, and maybe a slight, slight hint of a manure-like smell? That makes it sound unpleasant, but it actually wasn't. What was a little disappointing was how sweet the grape smell was. Kind of reminded me of the over-sweetened grape juice I drank as a kid. Overall a nice smell, but the sweetness definitely loses it points.

Taste is much better. The barnyard character is toned down a bit, and the grape isn't as sweet. What sweetness there is balances the tartness nicely.There's some oak, some wine flavors, some tart red grape, a bit of the barnyard hay flavors, maybe a hint of lemon. Really excellent.

I've loved the mouthfeel on all cantillon beers so far, and this is no exception. On the lighter side of medium, dry, great carbonation, super smooth. What a delight.

Excellent beer. The smell is the weak point and it's still great, and the taste is just wonderful. Great balance of sweetness and tartness, with a healthy dose of funk. Very drinkable, great with friends. (1,176 characters)

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.