Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,763
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 1,321
Gots: 386 | FT: 31
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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 tarheels86
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottles over the years. Many 2007+ bottles including some over the hill 2003 bottles. Pours a ridiculous muddy deep purple with a fizzy white head. Aroma of musty grapes, oak, Merlot, raspberry, cherries. Comes across almost as a Framboise and really not so different from Don Quijote. Taste is grape skin tannins, sweeter Merlot grapes, citrus tartness, lactic raspberry, sharply citric, tart blueberry and strawberry come to mind. High carbonation, effervescent mouthfeel. Full on yogurty lactic. 2010 and 2011 bottles are so good right now. One of my favorites.

Photo of gyllstromk
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful ruby with a thin pink head. Aromas of cherries, currants, and grapes on the nose, with a perfectly balanced funkiness. Flavor is vinous with more fruit (and even cranberry?), with a sharp but refreshingly acidic finish, complemented by hint of cloves or anise. This is a perfect fruit lambic.

Photo of Parrotshake
3.81/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is finally available in Australia. Good times. Bring on Iris!

Pours a cloudy rose pink with a vigorous pink-tinted head. Wonderful to look at.

The nose on the fruit lambics is never as complex as the likes of a gueze, and this is no exception. Red wine vinegar at first, a bit of iodine and funk, dry champagne kind of thing but not much grape character.

More vinegar that other Cantillon lambics, IMO, but less of an assualt on the palate somehow. Tart apple & grape peels up front. Definite tannic red grape qualities, oak and a far more noticaeable sweetness (or illusion thereof) than any other traditional lambic I can think of, before the typical insanely dry finish.

Mouthfeel is lively, with a little stickiness. It's not as refreshing as other Cantillons, IMO; not as bracing up front, and a bit too much residual sweetness in the finish. It hurts the drinkability just a bit. Still, I haven't had a Cantillon I don't love and this isn't about to change that. I wish this was on the wine list at my favourite Italian restaurant. Splitting a bottle over dinner would be the way to go.

Photo of JulioH
4.19/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

SOUR.

Good/great beer. I was expecting some grapes, but I didn't get much.

Pours a nice dark beer. Little foam forms. Scent is faint, with traces of lambic, maybe berries. Taste is sour, tart. It is a smooth sour beer, not extremely acidic like most farmhouse ales. Very well executed, well balanced. Nice beer yet not over the top. Good if you are not looking for something to shock your taste buds. Cantillon after all.

Photo of Beerisheaven
4.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to crack one of these open. Just received from Mar02x in my first international trade. Fingers crossed that my side of the trade will find its way to the Netherlands in short order. Thanks Mark for sending me this beer.

A - Classic. Poured from a 2011 bottle into my Selinsgrove goblet. Belgium meets Pennsylvania. Beautiful plum/pinkish color with a willowy white head that quickly settles down to a white film. Interesting but you think that something this color would have to be sweet but you know what's around the corner.

S - Fairly aggressive with a sharp acidity and slight vinegar smell. All the usual characteristics in a classic sour present itself in the aroma. Obviously has a profile of wine in the aroma with a little more aggressive kick to it.

T - Sublime. Grapes, grape skin, some mustiness, and a fairly sharp acidic bite. In my mind, I was trying to compare and contrast this a bit to Supplication. Supplication obviously features cherries as the fruit whereas STL has grapes as its base, but I thought that they did cross paths in a certain way. Supplication is not as sharp in my opinion whereas the STL has a more sour bite but they are both divine. I think that this one is closer to the edge of being really sour. Any further and I am not sure I would enjoy this as much. Gives you the grapes and kick in fine balance.

M - I liked it. It has the right amount of carbonation to it but is very satisfying.

O - A great beer and worthy of its ratings. I am glad that I have a couple more to stock away for the summer.

Thanks Mark, let me know when my beers arrive and let's do it again sometime.

Photo of guitarmage
3.98/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, vibrant pinkish red, juice like character in it's texture, no head, a little ring around the glass of white bubbles.

Smell: Faint sour, ammonia, leathery and horsey, hay, ozone, but pleasant.

Taste: Pickle juice sourness, horsey in the nose, a puckering bitterness in the finish, very dry, a very sour raspberry.

Mouthfeel: Almost no carbonation, medium to light bodied, watery, clean and dry in the finish.

Drinkability: This is 180 degrees from Lindeman's, I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be tasting. Very puckering, very sour, good though. I will have to approach this again.

Photo of DARIVA
3.35/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light red beer with a minimal head.

S: Young grape and also a sweet and sour smell.

T: Young and sour gooseberries and sour elderberries.

M: No carbonation available, mouthfeel fast gone.

D: Nice experience with an a long aftertaste, drink well.

Photo of Umbra
2.82/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled on tap during the 72 Hrs. of Belgium at Max's, our only real let down of the mix.

Red winey looking with no head or lacing to speak of. Funky mix of fruit and barnyness on the nose. Flavor of tart raspberries, with an underlying funky sourness.

Sourness was a real detriment to the mouthfeel. It reminded me of late night heartburn after daring a Thai street vendor to "bring the pang!" drunkenly when ordering penang gai.

Overall, ordered this one first since it was the highest listed of the Cantillon. At least I didn't get robbed for a full bottle of this one.

Photo of laintringulis
4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2003 poured into a beer flute. Beautiful ruby/burnt orange color, practically no head, thin body, but not watery. Very complex smell and taste. Smells or granny smith apple, tart cherries, musty grapes and a pleasant "funky yeast" smell. Taste as smells with the apple and cherry predominant and slight vanilla taste. Very nice mouthfeel, feels thicker than what one would expect. The taste is initially sweet then becoming sour and then sweet on the backtaste in a very nice way. This is possibly too drinkable. The alcohol is used exceptionally and I wanted more and more. Note: This pair very nicely with dark chocolate.

Photo of Mudpuppet
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sigurd for the chance to try this.

A- Poured from a 750ml bottle that was gross around the foil. I think this is normal with Cantillon. Pours a reddish-pink with no head.

S- Funky! I get definite barnyard and horsey nose from this. I also get grapes. Odd but interesting.

T- Really nice lambic. Some definite lacto and pedio in this. There is some bretty character in the background though. You get the grape fairly strong. Not as sours as others but medium sour.

M- Higher carbonation which is right for this style of beer. Thinner mouthfeel.

D- I like this beer a lot. Not overly sour and quite drinkable. Really nice lambic from Cantillon.

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy Strawberry

Smell: Wonderful aromas of fruit. Hint of deep mexican coffee smell. Downwind from the barn. Wood, dirt, earthiness, over-ripe strawberries.

Taste: Taste of fruit turns into tartness that covers up any trace of alcohol. Strawberries. Pomegranite.

Mouthfeel: Very tart.

Drinkability: Taste like they took cheap champagne like a Pol Clement and poured it over pureed ripe strawberries so you have the essence of a sparkling wine. You don't get strawberries from merlot usually. A rose of merlot in beer form. Enjoy if that's your thing.

Pair with chocolate - flourless chocolate cake. Caramelized Pear salad.

Photo of bnuttz
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a magnificant ruby purple color. Smells tart and of lambic funk. Some slight grape and wine aromas are present. There is some grape flavor up front, but mainly dominated by the lactic acid flavor. Very tart and is really lip smackingly good. Very dry in the mouth. This is much like a very tart wine. I can't say I have anything like this before. The sour grape flavor is very outstanding and unique. But priced a little high in my mind.

Photo of CaptinRedBeard
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared with raceway40. Poured into my Cigar City snifter.

A: Pours a beautiful ruby red color. A half finger of a pink head that dissipates quickly.

S: A strong red wine element from all of the grape elements used in this beer. Also a little bit of a funky barnyard aroma.

T: A bit sour but not excessively so. A very complex beer. the grapes are obviously a strong flavor element here. Nothing overwhelms though. This is extremely well balanced. Some notes of lemon, red wine, funk and berries all interplay together wonderfully.

M: Perfect. Carbonation is spot on. The finish is smooth and dry.

D: Fantastic. This is one of the best beers I've ever had. I now regret not buying every single bottle that sat on the shelf of my local bottle shop. If you ever have a chance to purchase this beer...yes, it's worth it.

Photo of brc
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Mine was bottled Nov 18, 2008, and I served it in the brewery's flutes.

Ruby color, very bright and clear. There is a fine white mousse when I pour it - it seems they got the carbonation just right.

The smell is pretty tame for a lambic, letting you get some depth behind the slight funk. Smells a bit cidery, with hints of cherries and vanilla.

It seems that they used a very smooth batch or blend of lambic for this. The sourness is very light, and there aren't any offensive tastes in the mix. Tart apple and cherry, for sure, a bit of ripe peach flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light, and refreshing. There is a light carbonation, and a light sour pucker.

Very drinkable, especially for a traditional lambic.

Photo of Nachojon
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Epic beer, pours a beautiful plum color. The fragrance hits you from a mile away. The flavor is just unbelievable, can't believe they use those grapes for anything else. Crisp, almost the perfect amount of sour...Will be seeking this one out again.

Photo of BuckyFresh
3.67/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TCGoalie for supplying this tasty beer. Enjoyed at a tasting party with TCGoalie, TCHopCraver, and zoso1967 quite a while back; just getting around to entering in some old audio reviews.

Appearance: Pours a raspberry color with lots of carbonation. Little to no head or carbonation. There are also some leg-like coatings running down the glass, similar to what you would find in a glass of red wine.

Smell: Lots of funky wild yeast type smells, with cherry, raspberry, and leather. Kind of a sting to the aroma and your nostrils get a bit of a workout if you stick your nose too far down into the glass.

Taste: This was extremely dry and sour like a handful of Sweet Tarts and Sour Patch Kids. The wine takes a back seat to the sour punch. There is some kiwi and raspberry there, but the face puckering aspect really dominates. Almost like sucking on a lemon at times.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, dry, and acidic. Sour is the operative word for sure.

Overall: An interesting beer, but a touch too sour. There are some nice flavors going on there, but the sour aspect overwhelms everything else.

Photo of EnemyWithin
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage. 750ml bottle. Into red wine glass as per brewery suggestion

Appearance: 4
Dark cherry red, semi opaque body. Pour with a white-pink head ½ inch that quickly dissipates to a thin ring of head with a clear flat middle.

Smell: 4
Prominent sour aroma with vinegar and mild barnyard funk. Quite pleasant. Also get notes of sweeter, dark fruits and tannin, red wine, with fleeting elements of ?cocca and ?leather. Faintest present of hops. One can definitely appreciate the addition of the merlot grapes from their distinct aspects they add.

Taste: 4.5
Extremely good. Many layers with sour and fruit. I’ll try my best to pick apart. Initially, a slight fruit sweetness (red grape in flavor/c pf merlot) with moderate soft sourness, with minimal funk and mild minerality. Midway through, sourness becomes more prominent with a sharp burst on the palate. Not vinegary in any way. Start to detect malt presence more near the middle to the end. Finishes with fading sourness and a faint malt sweetness and presence of grapes lingers on palate.

Again, aspects of the merlot grape are easily appreciated in the taste. Of note, this is a two-year old bottle, and based on the brewery suggestion that fruit flavor fades after e first year, it would be interesting to try a fresh bottle.

Regardless, I find the beer a very interesting, somewhat complex flavor profile that is extremely well-balanced whilst still being very sour. Very smooth drinking

Mouthfeel: 4.5
Good mouth coating with appropriate thickness. Feel crisp and sour at same time. Quite enjoyable. Pleasant mild-moderate soft, but bubbly carbonation. Mild tannin/astringency.

Overall: 4.5
A great beer. The first Cantillon I have review since starting to get into sour beers. Incredibly refined and smooth drinking; in fact, amazingly easy to drink, almost refreshing. Really not that sour either.
Low abv at 5% is nice because it makes finishing a 750ml doable; does not seem to impact taste negatively at all.
Finally beginning to understand why everyone raves about these beers. Too bad they are pricey in Canada ($28/ 750ml)
Highly recommend

Photo of raoulduke37
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the Cantillon brewery in Brussels, served by the man, himself, Jean van Roy. This was an exceptional treat in a non-exceptional town.

Poured into a large, oversized wine glass from a bottle that didn't even have a label on it yet - beautiful light color, like a Beaujolais, it seems to sparkle and radiate an energy all its own.

Smelling this is pretty amazing. Given that this is Cantillon, I was ready for sourness and pungency, but it really is like smelling an incredible red wine.

The flavor of this beer is not from planet Earth. It is like a perfect union of wine and beer. The flavors take an incredible amount of time to reveal themselves completely, but present here are traces of kriek, juicy grapes (both colors), tartness, grapefruit, apple, and a lingering astringency. Doesn't get better than this.

Drinking this beer in the brewery, from the brewer himself, is one of the great beer experiences of my life. Mr. van Roy was friendly, intelligent, and very passionate and confident about his beers. I hope that this brewery stays in business for centuries to come.

Photo of smcreator
4.26/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was the second lambic beer I have tried, although I had a hard time deciding if this was a wine or a beer. It looked beautiful; it had the color of wine (a rich burgundy red) as well as the head from a beer. The taste was nothing but strange. It was dry-ish like a wine, but it was well balanced and had beer attributes. My palate was very confused the whole time as it was trying to decide if it was drinking merlot or beer. I enjoyed the drink overall, and I had no trouble drinking it since I like the dryness of wine. A very balanced beverage.

Photo of Joey2timer
4.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

grapes are not my thing

Photo of goethean
4.76/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Inexplicably poured ice cold into a wine glass at Long Bar. Ruby. Slight head which dissipates quickly. Beer is somewhat flat. Mild but rich & complex aroma. Tart. Slight malt flavor. Grape and sour cherry, black cherry, and sweet cherry fruitiness. Aromatic vinegar notes. Higher alcohols? Dry finish. Some grape-skin astringency. Wine-like. This 6% alcohol beer is more satisfying and interesting than beers twice that strong.

Photo of alpineclimber
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An 09 "bottled" vintage cracked and poured into my favorite chalice.

A small white frothy head sits on a murky ruby red brew. The head receds leaving a little ring of bubbles and very little lacing.

The nose on this is fairly sour and acidic with a fruity funkiness.

The taste is dominated by fruit, cherry and grape. The fruit immediately sours in the finish with a slight medicinal taste. All the sour and funkiness is definetely in the back and is a little subdued compared with other lambics from Cantillon. A nice medium to light body on this one.

Overall a pretty good lambic. It's not super sour or extremely funky but more balanced, if there is such a thing when it comes to lambics from Cantillon. This would make a good intro for those wanting to taste a more serious lambic.

Photo of Aberration
4.07/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Armsby Abbey

Beautiful light red appearance with a pink champagne-esque head that dissipated rather quickly. Looks very inviting.

The nose was funky to be sure, as expected. However, I got a very unpleasant smell that I can only associate with used diapers. Sounds horrible, and it kind of was. Unpleasant for me, and I don't really mind barnyard smell usually. Smell faded after a while but it really got me off the bat.

Tasted fantastic. Great Cantillon taste with oak and grape notes sprinkled throughout. Absolutely delicious and the nose didn't translate at all into the taste! (Thankfully)

Mouthfeel was as great. Good carbonation, though fleeting. Acid notes from the bacterium. Very pleasant.

Overall: Definitely recommend this beer. Gotta love Cantillon! The only thing that really threw me was the smell, it was unusually unpleasant!

Minor Edit: The nose didn't put me off from getting 2 pours of this. Just sayin'.

Photo of dboon
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Bottle shared at destructo’s TOSPH. Reddish/pinkish pour with a white head. Funky nose. Grape, oak, and barnyard flavors. Very nice......

Photo of tcampbel1
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8oz snifter at Belmont Station Nov. 17th

A: This could almost pass for a glass of wine (minus the carbonation). Beautiful ruby color, with a very thin pinkish head.

S: Rustic old wood aroma, with a definite wine backbone. Ripe cheese and grape mash. Love the classic funk.

T: Very similar to the nose. Slight sweetness up front with charred oak and fruit in the back. This is one of the greats! Great balance of sweet and sour.

M: Very light with just a whisper of carbonation.

O: Everyone should have the opportunity to experience this wonderful creation. This is what other Lambics want to taste like.

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,763 ratings.