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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,406 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,406
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,088
Gots: 336 | 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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safaricook

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

07-14-2013 11:37:50 | More by safaricook
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younger35

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this from Discount Liquors in Milwaukee for $27.99. Not cheap but I'm expecting to love this!! This is officially my first brew from Cantillon and I'm overly ready. I feel like it's my first time. Drank from a wine glass as directed on bottle.

Bottled in 2004 with some obvious leakage under the foil and a soft, slightly damp cork.

Appearance- Pours an absolutely beautiful crystal clear pinkish red with a perfectly delicate, perfectly soft lightly colored pinkish white head. The cap and collar remain the entire time but somehow not much lacing is left behind.
Smell- Wow, the funkiest brew I've had the privilege of sniffing to date. Cheesy and sweaty dirty it smells as if this brew hasn't bathed in 5 years. The mustiness is very earthy and mushroom like and this become more apparent as it warms. Vinous and sour this bad boy has a lot going on. Cidery with sorts of a balsamic or, probably more appropriate, red wine vinegar like aspect that I love. My mouths a watering.
Taste- Now this is a treat!! Super acidic and tart from the first sip, a vinegary sort of dryness just engulfs my entire mouth. The grapes are light and fruity and play a bigger part in the taste than the nose. Supremely sour and puckering at first but once your mouth adjusts this thing becomes smooth and funky. Murky and earthy the horsehair is way lighter in the taste than the nose but it's still moderately (and perfectly might I add) dirty. Finishes with a sort acidic vinous bite that is slightly fruity and lingers for quite some time.
Mouthfeel- Light to medium feel with sharp aggressive carbonation and dry finish. The beer is very quenching and it sticks with me.
Drinkability- The first drink really socks ya in the throat. Once you acclimate though it become VERY drinkable and hella enjoyable. The balance between funk and fruit is almost perfect and after smelling the beer I would have never have guessed. Absolutely fantastic brew that I'm o-so-glad I payed the price for. Can't wait to dig into more of these Cantillon brews in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 02:55:12 | More by younger35
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 21:33:01 | More by starrdogg
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at deep ellum during the cantillon/de la senne event on april 24, 2009, week's end of the craft brewers conference.

served in the nifty, klokk roeland-branded, stemless snifter

cranberry color. slight haze. wispy layer fades to just ring. pink lacing always slides back down, but is quite pretty to look at between each sip.

aroma: nice funkiness peeks in, punctuating the fruity grape and vinegar tones

taste: woody notes. tart grapes, mild funk and vinegar. acidic and dry finish.

light to medium body, with tart acidic texture. nice light tingle of carbonation lifts everything off the tongue.

aroma and flavors are actually not as complex as the bottle. but the carbonation here seems to be more delicate. the unique snifter glass really helps with the presentation as well.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2009 13:51:34 | More by tai4ji2x
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

10-22-2012 22:46:41 | More by jwat
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

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

GLASS: Tulip
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
BOTTLED: 2007

This one pours a lovely, pink garnet, color. It has some very nice ruby red tinting. The two-finger head of loose foam has a pink cast to it. The retention is okay overall, but good for the style. Lacing is minimal, but has a touch of stickiness to it.

A very light amount of barnyard funk is noticed. What stands out though, is the presence of red grapes. The sweetness of the meats, along with the tang of the skins. A mild swirl brings out a burst of oakiness.
This smells very fruity and inviting.

This is quite a tasty beverage. It absolutely has a certain touch of 'wine-ness' to it. The merlot grapes are very flavorful. There is a nice amount of funk going on, but it comes across as very balanced. There is definitely a touch of tangy sourness to it, which combined with the oak notes and the merlot grapes, make this one finish very dry.

The body is medium, closing in on full. The carbonation level is high. It has a very sharp and crisp feel to it.

The low abv (5%) lends itself to easy-drinking. The acidity level though, would probably lend itself to heartburn. It's very tasty and to those who like sours, in general, it's delicious and very consumable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 20:53:45 | More by coldmeat23
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heygeebee

Australia

4.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of MrKennedy and alos shared with Spicelab

A - moderate deep raspberry-juice pink, effervescent head.

S - tart, funk

T - really quite sour and puckering on first taste, but once the taste buds settled. back into Cantillon-std sourness. Then add hints of tinned raspberries (without their sweetness) into a complex vinous palate.

M - lively, zesty, refreshing.

O - yep, another great Cantillon. Difficult to write about these, similar in so many ways. And I know the bottle states serve warmer, but I prefer colder...

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 22:05:30 | More by heygeebee
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Ebenezer's.

Beauitful clear red, almost no head.

Aroma is slightly tart, sweetly vinous, red grapes. Hint of vinegar.

Taste begins with tart vinegar, soft in the middle with a bit of earthy funk, finishes with a quick snap of tartness followed by a lingering vinous red wine.

Quite carbonated, with a nice light body. Fruity, beautiful.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2009 12:46:31 | More by JohnQVegas
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

09-15-2013 22:33:41 | More by Janeinma
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-25-2014 19:56:06 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-03-2013 16:31:58 | More by Phillyz
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random846

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

07-20-2014 20:26:15 | More by random846
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.4%

07-15-2013 06:44:11 | More by mportnoy
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

07-27-2013 03:34:11 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Local Option in a snifter.

Appearance: The base color of this beer is a hazy cherry, with tints ranging from bright orange to walnut depending on the light. A very interesting appearance is capped with an light pinkish head. The retention is not amazing, but a ring around the beer sticks around for a while.

Smell: A fair amount of acidity in the aroma, tart grapes, vinegar, and some nice funk.

Taste: A full red grape flavor right from the start. The flavor is predictably tart, with an acidic vinegar roaming throughout. Some barnyard funk is present, although fairly modest. The sour flavor lingers after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with crisp carbonation up front. The feel smooths out toward the end. Definitely causes the salivary glands to go into overdrive and creates a moderate puckering sensation, although this falls into the 'average' range of sourness.

Overall: I have been waiting to try this beer for a while now, and it did not disappoint. Due to the grapes, it has an obvious wine-like character, which is enjoyable. Whether it is worth the price tag, however, is debatable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2011 19:22:33 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

09-15-2013 17:42:44 | More by Hugonaut13
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't remember the vintage, forgot to write it down but it was younger.

A: Beautiful color, like a purple to red hue that is quite brilliant. Nice ring of head and even some lacing. Really quite pretty, amazing what they can do with colors.

S: Classic Cantillon wild yeast and barnyard funk and very refined grape notes. Round oak meld and smooth out some of the funk. Not as aromatic as I'm used to from Cantillon, but this still smells quite nice and has a light wheaty malt berry/grape pie smell.

T/M: Great dry old taste with a semi bitter fruit pit aftertaste with some nice tart white grape and light berry fruits. This almost seems like a slightly sweet fruit tart or pie with the crust. I also get a fruit tart burst at the back of the palate. Effervescent bubbles help lift the yeasty notes and funky straw to the fore to compete with the fruit. The oak also has a nice moderating role to make sure nothing sticks out too much. Nice dry finish as well.

Overall a great beer, definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 20:57:13 | More by Dreadnaught33
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djtomain

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

09-15-2013 04:38:04 | More by djtomain
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All i can say is wow this beer is amazing. ordered a bottle at deep ellum with friends for $40, not bad considering that is the shelf price.

this beer pours a nice red color, I could not give you the exact shade as it was quite late and deep ellum is pretty dark inside anyways. the smell is acetic and sour right of the back with a little bit of funk in there but barely noticeable over the sour smell. the taste is sour with red wine notes and acidity a superb balance between the wine grape flavor and the sour lambic. the mouthfeel is light and mouth wateringly sour. overall this is the best sour beer i have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 21:08:53 | More by rowingbrewer
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pirmannt1

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.4%

11-06-2012 00:28:50 | More by pirmannt1
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Mahogany / cranberry / glowing amber with pink edges. Head quickly fades, little lacing.

Smell: Balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, oak, bit brown sugar, funk, strong acidic aroma

Taste: Deliciously sour. Red wine vinegar, oak, balsalmic vinegar, funk, lemony acidity, leather with a nice mineral character

Mouthfeel: Grapes add just enough sweetness to keep this from being bone dry; wish it had just a hare more lasting carbonation. The tannins probably add a good bit here as well.

Drinkability: Give me this over wine any day - delicious! I really appreciated the 6% as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 18:27:31 | More by craytonic
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jkball01

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

05-21-2014 00:04:34 | More by jkball01
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jjayjaye

New York

3.15/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Writing down the side of the cork indicates that it was bottled in 2005.

Pours a clear deep ruby color with little head.

Doesn't smell like vinegar, but you can tell this ones going to be tart. Fruit of the vine and cherry

The mouth feel is light, tart, and crisp, with a bit of tartness that lingers towards the front of the tongue.

The flavor is a mouth full of SweetTarts.

Drinkability...not doing it for me, but it's the best sour beer that i've tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 00:14:22 | More by jjayjaye
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Zimm

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

07-31-2014 23:40:11 | More by Zimm
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

01-27-2012 15:55:18 | More by Beertracker
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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