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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,663 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,663
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 1,242
Gots: 363 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: truthbrew on 03-20-2003

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured into RR tulip.

Pours dark red nearing purple with a small pink head and lots of bubbles.

Smells typical Cantillon. Some musty horseblanket with a lot of red grape sweetness.

Similar flavors. Lush red grapes with the underlying Cantillon funk profile. Very vinous qualities. A little tartness, but sourness is not extreme on this one. The fruit provides more sweet than sour.

Creamy mouthfeel with prickly carbonation.

One of my favorite Cantillon and would be a great gateway beer to convert your red wine loving friends over to our side. Very enjoyable and curious to see what some age does to this.

Photo of cadaugherty
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of pisano
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of brystmar
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh vintage on tap at Zwanze Day '12.

Fizzy purple body is dark and ominous, supporting a thin layer of protective off-white head. Acetic fruits and bright, spritzy yeast dance among my nostrils. The marriage between soured grapes and oaky red wine barrels is perfect. Finishes clean and dry with just the right amount of puckering tartness.

We opened an '06 alongside this fresh pour and were surprised how vastly different the two were. This metamorphosis is unlike any other aged Cantillon I've tried: the other fruit lambics still typically retain some fruity characteristics as they age, but the grapes are totally gone in this bottle of Lamvinus. It's instead transformed into a cheesy, super funky, gueuze-like lambic with grassy, farmyard funk and high acidity. The color has even faded to a more amber color compared to the deep purple of the original.

Both are absolutely delicious; still hard to believe how wildly different they are.

Photo of Chico1985
4.11/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of codynevels
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of beerwolf77
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of djtomain
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of paterlodie
4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2003. Nice shortliving head and almost clear but opalising deep red beercollor. Nose is exceptional, bretty, good farmstable with lots of oak, dry hay and that sweaty horses in the back. Good sourness and obvious grapejuice make it and overall most impressive nose. Taste is sour but after getting used too most impressive too, giving grapes, oak, dry bitterness and sourish aftertaste. Yes this goes all the way and good carbonisation witch is high but fitting making mouthfeel IMO perfect too. Greatly enjoying every sip of it and wished wy girlfriend wouldn't like it so I could enjoy the whole 750 just by myself.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked & capped bottle poured into a wine glass, bottled 18 November 2008.

Pours a deep amber with a light reddish/orange color. There is a small white head with some light bubbles rising up. Nose is very tart and a bit funky, there's a barnyard sourness that's uniquely Cantillon.

Taste is tart and tingly all over, very sharp and funky, but not over the top like some Drei Fontinen beers. There is a light grape flavor, but it's not over the top or very strong, and it's well balanced by the oakiness that's equally present. Mouthfeel is light, carbonated and a bit champagne-like. Finish is very dry and sour, just how it should be, fantastic beer!

Photo of chrispoint
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of mmulebarn
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of savagepm
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ElGordo
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got a glass of this on draft during Puckerfest at Belmont Station. Served in a tulip glass, the body is a pretty orange color with rose highlights, topped by a wispy, thin, creamy layer of head. Aroma of wine grapes, peach, some general tropical fruit notes, and a good dose of sour, all with an underlying layer of booze.
Palate is not overwhelmingly sour up front, but has good notes of wine grapes and ripe white peach. The tartness takes over after the swallow, with a sour, fairly boozy finish that has a touch of astringency. Body is just about perfect to convey the flavors here - more creamy than bubbly, it provides a substantial base that allows the fruit flavors to linger but never overpower the sour. This is a more approachable offering than the gueuze or other Cantillon beers, but is still deliciously complex. Well-done.

Photo of facesnorth
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of leitmotif
3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%

Thanks to Kyle for a long time want. Took a long time for the distinctive diaper smell to wane. Grapes are not overwhelming, but the big fruit tartness really hangs on. Appreciate the opportunity!

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of brother_kenneth
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ckeegan04
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Photo of jwinship83
4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled in 06 says the cork. the date on the back of the bottle is pretty hard to read. i actually thought it said 08. drank from my duvel tulip. drinking this expensive monster to celebrate the end of my busy season at work, as well as mark my 800th review. its been a big day (for me anyways).

A- the pour yields somewhat hazy reddish colored body with pink highlights. there is a small pale pink head on top. the head lasts for a second or two before becoming no more than a crown along the sides of my glass.

S- the balance between sweet and sour seems to come together here. it starts out with some red wine grape like sweetness and barnyard funk. there are soft acidic notes, but nothing over the top. some musty/earthiness at the end.

T- the taste starts out with some of the musty/earthy funk that i could smell. the sweetness form the grapes appears next. man, this beer has some serious pucker power that after smelling it, seems to come out of left field. intense.

M- light bodied with the expected low level of carbonation. very dry aftertaste. no trace of the alcohol.

D- the whole 750 would have been too much, so im happy that i had someone to share it with. intensely sour. im glad i tried this and would love to try it again. i dont think im in any rush to go out and drop another $40 on it though. Cantillon cant disappoint.

Photo of nrs207
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of bmur112
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,663 ratings.