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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,533 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,533
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,138
Gots: 353 | FT: 25
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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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

PA-Michigander, Aug 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

coreyfmcdonald, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
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.

Urbancaver, Jul 08, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

2GOOFY, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

kawilliams81, Sep 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

facesnorth, Feb 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

FreshmanPour77, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Aug 01, 2007
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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.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 12, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was visiting Digita7693 last sunday with a collegue of me in Kassel, Germany. We had a great time and after dinner Don cracked open this bottle for us.

I have had (only) one Cantillon before this one and that was a bit of a disappointment. This one however was much better to drink.

Don poured this beer, or should i say, half beer and half wine, in Westvleteren glasses. Nothing much to see after the pouring, no head of course, red to purple fluid.

The taste of grapes is strong in this beer, fruity and light sour.

Thanks for the treat Don!

Brabander, May 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

mportnoy, Jul 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Bilco, Aug 28, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep red, almost purple....beet juice in color? Big pink head that quickly fades to leave a thin cap on the beer. Lots of active carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the top.

S - Mix of red wine vinegar, barnyard funkiness and grape juice. The vinegar and funk are the mroe dominant aromas with an excellent balance given by the sweet juice aromas.

T - Rather sweet initially with the taste of the grapes coming through very strong. An acidic and sour taste quickly comes in and balances the sweetness. Hints of red wine vinegar as well. An excellent balance of sour, funky, fruity and delicious.

M/D - Light and crisp with excellent carbonation. A touch dry and leaves the mouth somewhat puckered. Easy drinking...an excellent beer and certianly worth the $30 at least once

ckeegan04, May 26, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

safaricook, Jul 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

mmulebarn, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sharing this special beer with my special lady...and Kevin ;)
2012 bottling (bottle date is 11/21/12, ABV is 5%)

Pour is magenta red that gets darker and murkier with each pour. Pink head becomes a thick ring. Nice colors.

Smell is great, berry and red grape is somewhat tame but there at a good and noticeable level. Lemon, feety funk and oak, nice mixture overall.

The fruit in the taste is lighter, but mostly gives off notes of tart red and green grapes and lemons. Funk, farmy earthiness, farm and oak are a bit more powerful but it is all kept at a nicely subtle level, making this more easy-drinking than your average Cantillon.

Smooth and well-carbonated, nice amount of puckering tartness while still remaining very drinkable.

The first time I had this I wasn't as impressed, it comes off as maybe a bit too subtle, but this really is one of better Cantillons I've had. Love the drinkability and the fruit/funk balance.

Chico1985, Aug 23, 2013
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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.

tmoneyba, Jan 06, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

sirsteve42, Jan 12, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a corked and capped 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a stemmed wine glass
Bottled: 25OCT06

Absolutely gorgeous appearance. Definitely one of the prettiest beer I have ever laid eyes on. The crystal clear, garnet-hued liquid was capped by a bubbly, bright white head that quickly fizzled to a clingy ring of froth.

The aroma was quite unique, yet still true to the style. Funk and must dominated the nose. Super complex and intriguing. Grape-y with sweet/tart, vinous notes. Oaky, leathery and slightly sour.

The taste was exceptionally smooth and graceful. Overall, it was very similar to the aroma, except perhaps more tart. Musty and cellar-like with lots of crisp, funky complexity. Vinous and slightly fruity. Earthy, muscat grapes would be my best guess for the grape variety used to flavor this lambic (although this was not the case). Oaky and woody. Lemon notes appeared in the dry, tannic, somewhat acidic finish. As the beer warmed, the funk seemed to intensify.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with crisp, lively effervescence. Creamy and smooth on the palate.

Although this beer retails for upwards of $35 a bottle, it is worth every penny. The wine comparisons are obvious. However, to the best of my knowledge, no $35 bottle of wine displays the complexity or the elegance of Saint Lamvinus. Every beer aficionado should have the opportunity to sample this at least once in their lifetime.

Damian, Apr 13, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Auror, Feb 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

polishkaz, Jan 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

bauermj, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

DaftPatrick, Feb 28, 2014
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4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a Hoegaarden thumbler glass.

A: First of all, beautiful bottle art. Beautiful label and corked and capped bottle. Pours a dark red to purple color. Slightly hazy. Forms a big bubbled and fizzy pink head when poured. Low retention and practically no lacings left in the glass

S: Very fruity in the nose. Very fruity with strong notes of grapes. Very tart with some notes of malts. Lambic yeasts in the end

T: Very fruity, tart and dry taste. Strong notes of grapes. Quite vinegar. Lambic yeasts

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Tart and fruity aftertaste

O: Very drinkable beer. Delicious Cantillon is pleonasm ;)

eduardolinhalis, Jan 30, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A= pours a rasberry red color sort of pink but a dark pink color. A nice two finger head comes out of it that has decent retention and only a small amount of lacing on it.
S= really just sourness. I suppose you can dig deep and get some grapes and barrel wood.
T= lots of great sourness. Really great grape flavor with a little wine in it. Soooo smooth and delicious. You can get a little barrel in it but not much as it warms the sour calms down and the full grape barrel flavor comes through more and more.
M= perfect dryness and crispness.
D= awesome beer here. Really great beer but the price tag wasn't right for me.

jjanega08, Oct 14, 2009
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,533 ratings.