Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon
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3.7/5 rDev -18.3%
Blood red color but not as red grapes. Low foam. Tannic nose with cork tip. The mouth is acidic, woody and strong enough. Despite what you may think, the taste of Bordeaux grapes is not present it. Found skin / grapes thereof in the strength of the bitterness of this lambic. The finish is tannic, oaky, slightly resembling the balsamic vinegar. Cantillon Lambic good but do not let the red grapes to express their full potential.
04-08-2011 19:46:15 | More by ThaCreep
4.47/5 rDev -1.3%
2008 Vintage provided by some guy probably named Matt as it seems that every goddamn person that I drink with has that name. Who can really tell these guys apart? Seriously, I feel that for the sake of whatever sanity that I have left, you guys are going to have to pick some sort of aliases to help a motherfucker out.
Anywho...this beer will appeal to any Ravens' fan as it has a great purplish hue with just a slight amount of foam that dissipates quickly. Looks good.
Smells very tart and funky with notes of grapes, raspberries, and oak. This beer smells just like a Cantillon which is always a great thing.
Taste is about as funky as couple of fillets of Atlantic salmon that have been forgotten in the bottom of a chest freezer for several years and now resembles a Chipotle burrito. Blankety and fruity with grapes showing they tart selves in a beautiful fashion that would make any Welches' lover just a wee bit hard.
Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style as it is light and moderately carbed. Thanks go out to the good doctor for sharing this gem. Recommended.
04-07-2011 22:15:27 | More by Lunch
4.47/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours a slightly cloudy burgundy color with highlights of ruby to purple in the light, starts off with a tiny cap of lightly tinted ruby and tan head. Scent is tart, lightly vinger-like acidity, strong merlot grape and notes of dark cherry, moderate funk, only light hints of grahmn crackery malt. Firts sip brings the merlot wine grapes, evolves into a moderately tart, sour and acidic taste, but the strong fruit flavors cut through. Lightly funky and some sweetness. Medium bodied, low in carbonation, bone dry and slightly puckering. Quite the beer, glad i found it on draft as opposed to shelling out the local $45 per bottle price.
03-29-2011 17:43:36 | More by rfgetz
4.25/5 rDev -6.2%
On tap at The Trappist in Oakland during their March 25, 2011 Shelton Brothers sponsored event.
Poured into a Cantillon tumbler style crystal glass. Color is a dark scarlet red, with brighter ruby reds at the edge of the glass when held up to the light. Half a finger of loose pink foam quickly dissipates to the surface, leaving minimal lacing. Some nice carbonation visible at the edge of the glass, streaming up vigorously.
Nose is very vinuous, with sour red wine vinegar, astringent grape peel, light sour cherry, and sweet red fruits like cherries and raspberries and grapes. Earthy and woody funk, light oak and grassy funk.
Taking a sip, the taste really follows the nose, very grapey and vinuous, some tannic and astringency on the tongue right away. Sweet red fruits help to balance the sourness and earthy funk. Finishes with sweet berries, grape peels and oak on the tongue.
Light bodied and very easy to drink. Very mild sourness on this lambic, but lots of flavors to enjoy.
03-28-2011 17:06:54 | More by nataku00
4.33/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
03-18-2011 19:22:33 | More by KickInTheChalice
4.75/5 rDev +4.9%
750ml bottle of the 05 vintage into a Weyerbacher tulip. Enormous thanks are due to Matthew for being gracious enough to share this, one of my biggest wants.
A: Milky, muddy magenta. One finger of fine, frothy, light purple foam. Hideous by any normal standards, and I wouldn't have it any other way. This looks epic.
S: Yup, that's a Cantillon, and yup, I love it. Barnyard, mustardseed, lemon, and cobwebs. Underneath the distinctive sour funk likes a subtle but distinct aroma of grape - skin, seed, meat and all. Perfect.
T: So sour, so good Funk, lemon, mustard, and tannic grape. Filthily funky, and absolutely delicious.
M: Medium body, high carbonation. Perfect.
D: Forever and ever.
Notes: This is by far my favorite Cantillon to date, better even than the justifiably vaunted Blåbær. The fruit complements the funk perfectly, providing a fantastic layer of complexity underneath the always-fanstastic (and, at 6 years old, intense) house sourness. I think I'm in love.
On a slightly unrelated note, this beer was made all the more desirable by the fact that my sampling of it coincided with the spectacle of my friend attempting to shotgun a 32oz can of Cold Spring Moonlight. If there had been a can of St Lamvinus as well, I may just have joined him in the endeavor...
03-08-2011 01:49:09 | More by woosterbill
4.58/5 rDev +1.1%
2008 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured blood red with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained minimal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, very slight grapes, and slight acetic acid. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, grapes, deep dark fruit, slight acetic acid, and big citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this brew was quite excellent. I had this one sitting in the cellar since 2008 and finally got tired of looking at it and decided to crack it. Really glad that I did. The flavor was not only complex but quite excellent as everything seemed to blend very nicely together. It also had a great aroma that invited me in for more. I found myself drinking this one quite quickly. Good thing is is only 6%... An absolute must try for anyone!
03-07-2011 19:12:13 | More by thagr81us
4.68/5 rDev +3.3%
Kind of a murky raspberry/peach color in my tulip with some bright white foam that had some staying power.
Quite sour vinous character from the merlot grapes with a bit raspberry lemon side to the profile. The grapes lie somewhere in between ripe red grapes and underripe green grapes. I generally prefer younger fruit lambic and at about 2 years old the level of fruit presence seems ideal. Has a very rich aspect of funk to it that's pretty animal like, sort of a leathery flavor. A really pleasing balance between sour and funk that keeps everything in check. Maybe couldve used a little more carbonation. Very drinkable.
02-26-2011 18:30:51 | More by Dspohn
4.28/5 rDev -5.5%
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!
02-21-2011 00:56:56 | More by kingcrowing
4.25/5 rDev -6.2%
Bottled in 2009.
A: Pours a rather dark burgandy/brown color with significant haze and sediment, even when decanted. Has more of a head than I expected.
S: Ridiculously intense compared to other cantillon. Starts off extremely funky/vinegary. The only word I can use to describe this smell is vomit. Also has woody/spicy characteristics. I like my beers funky/sour. However, this nose is too much.
T: OK, the taste is significantly better than the nose. Amazingly complex flavor featuring strong oak, strong funkiness, vinuous wine flavors, tart cherries, red grapes, balsamic vinegar, and much more. Extremely dry.
M: Dry, tannic, great carbonation, relatively heavy body with a wine-like feel.
D: The nose hurts drinkability a bit. However, the taste and mouthfeel really make up for it. I could definilty do a whole 750 or two no problem.
02-18-2011 18:39:52 | More by mmercede
4.53/5 rDev 0%
One of the freshest fruit lambics I've had from Cantillon. Bottled on November 21, 2010. Consumed on February 6, 2011.
Pours a bright, ruby red with reddish-brown hues and a ruddy pink half-inch head.
Fantastic nose: tart grapes; Cantillon barnyard funk; a tiny wisp of lactic acid. It leads tart and vinous, featuring merlot grape, sour apple and dark cherry. Then, damp hay and light oak, and a finish that combines the red wine components with the expected funk (like musty barn). Not as sour or funk as I had expected, which could be due to its youth. Greatly, potently grapey.
Fairly effervescent and lively, with a body on the lighter end of the spectrum. Finishes dry and tannic.
Really, really drinkable, though the tannic character builds as time goes on. I prefer the LP series to this, but not by much. A winner.
02-07-2011 01:33:44 | More by Verecund
4.38/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
02-05-2011 03:45:20 | More by jwinship83
4.7/5 rDev +3.8%
Bottle generously split by colonelforbin. Vintage 2003. Thanks a lot man.
A: Pours a hazy purple-cranberry color with a thin white head that quickly reduced to a thin film.
S: Light, tart notes all around with hints of musty attic, sweet red grapes and slight straw. Pretty vinous overall.
T: Follow the nose in the most wonderful kind of way. There is no acidic or vinegary flavors, just a clean fruity tart/sourness. Flavors are again, very vinous and similar to red wine, but sweeter. I get sweet fruits in the aftertaste.
M: Extremely dry. Some gritty tannins are present, but for the most part this beer is really smooth.
D: One of the better beers I've ever had, and probably my favorite lambic to date (even over Blåbær, my previous favorite). Thanks again Mike for cracking this one!
01-29-2011 19:40:31 | More by scottfrie
4.7/5 rDev +3.8%
Rating #1100! Thanks to Devon for shelling out $40 for this particular bottle, which had been staring at me from a shelf in the local bottle shop for a year's worth of visits. Shared at the December Santa Cruz tasting.
Pours a cranberry juice color with a small white head that evaporates quickly from all the acidity.
Aroma is funky and sour with plenty of blue cheesy bacterial aspects aside lemons and unripe grapes.
Flavor is extremely characterful, even for Cantillon. Very sour but also quite sweet with rich winey grape notes and other jammy fruits. Very acidic, unripe berries and lemons. Tons of funk as well. Horsey and cheesy and musty. Some tannic/oaky stuff too. The whole gamut.
Dry finish on a medium, fulfilling body. What a classic.
01-17-2011 08:45:27 | More by illidurit
4.47/5 rDev -1.3%
Drank from an oversized wine glass.
A - Pours a nice hazy cherry red colour, no head but it is a Lambic so not expected.
S -A sweet sourness that is reminiscent of grapes.
T - Beautiful flavours of grapes and some citrus notes to accompany the tart sour finish. Very funky.
M - Nice fizz and light to medium body.
D - The best Lambic that I have had to date.
01-15-2011 15:57:33 | More by eric5bellies
3.88/5 rDev -14.3%
Finally reviewing this beer
Pours a cherry red. Almost like cranberry juice. No head but some champagne type small bubbles were rising. Color is awesome but the lack of head gives this a 3.5.
Aroma is the best part IMO. Very wine-ish with a funk. You can smell the merlot grapes for sure.
Taste is great. Tons of wine taste with a good funk. I wish it was a little more full on flavor and the sourness could be more but still an awesome beer.
Mouthfeel needs more carb. I understand what their trying to do with the wine grapes and stuff but I think it would be better if they were going for more of a sparkling wine.
Overall an awesome beer but pretty expensive. I would get it again but their too hard to come by and I don't think it's worth the effort.
01-11-2011 00:31:11 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.5/5 rDev -0.7%
bottled on November 18, 2008
Appearance- pours into a red wine glass a cloudy hazy pale red with fantastic merlot/raspberry highlights. The head quickly falls off and a thin ring of white head forms a ring around the glass. It leaves a very thing lacing on the glass.
Smell- first off is funky barnyard tartness from the natural infection and spontaneous fermentation. Then you can start to pick up on the oak wood and a slight essence of grape tannins.
Taste- a mellow funk barnyard earthy goodness throughout. Grape tannins and oak slowly begin to emerge as you continue drinking. It has a dry tart finish. Very well balanced and a bit mellower than the other Cantillon's I've had the pleasure of trying.
Mouthfeel- good carbonation crisp and dry light bodied with a smooth and dry finish
Drinkability- every sip has me longing for more....but it is mighty dry and tart so 1 bottle split between 2 people is plenty for one sitting.
01-04-2011 16:31:36 | More by myatomicpolygon
5/5 rDev +10.4%
750ml bottle poured into a stemmed Cantillon glass. Bottle 27 October 2009. Purchased October 2010 in Athens, GA for $29.99.
Pours a gorgeous red/purple. Looks like a crown jewel sitting in the glass.
A soft funky aroma dances with the red wine grapes and mild oak notes. Nothing is out of place here.
Taste is on point for a Cantillon Lambic. The sour/funky component is present, but less intense than in other Cantillon offerings. The "sour" part of the beer meets a *very* slight sweetness perfectly, with the oak giving subtle yet essential tones to this beer. This is truly a masterpiece.
This beer is well carbonated. Light bodied, yet slick. Bone dry lingering tart finish. I can't find any flaws. Far, far above average.
This beer drinks like the finest wine or champagne. A joy to behold. I am glad I made it part of my New Years Eve 2010 celebration. Pricey? Yes. But do yourself a favor and try this one if you get the chance.
12-31-2010 22:13:35 | More by mondegreen
4.05/5 rDev -10.6%
750ml bottle, 2005 vintage, can't remember where this one came from....
Pours a cloudy ruby color with hint of pink and purple, a finger of head on the pour. Nose is a beautiful beautiful horsey funk with a pleasant earthy characteristic to it, light sharpness from the acidity.
This is a fantastic beer as all Cantillons are but I was surprised by the level of acidity, expecting it to be one of the tamer ones. Beautiful bretty funk mingles with particularly heavy wood and earth notes, almost feels like chewing on a barrel. Light grapey sweetness, hint of tannins, and then a really tart acidity that sucks your cheeks in on the first sip. Man, I love me some sourness but this feels like I will pay for it later, hurts the drinkability a bit.
Still, this is a finely crafted lambic - the wine barrels nicely integrated so as to showcase both the barrels and the base beer. Funky and sour, fine bubble carbonation - gladly have this over a champagne for any fine occasion.
11-21-2010 17:52:01 | More by ritzkiss
4.18/5 rDev -7.7%
"Take away the wine for restlessness plagues me." - Cradle of Filth
Eggplant tinged ruby red color. Thin rose colored head sputters itself out quickly. Nice color though and not atypically lacking in retention for the style.
Aroma is phenomenal. Musty wine barrel and balsamic vinaigrette complexity. I feel like I can smell the earth where the grapes where grown and sniff each drop off rainfall that kissed the vines.
But I don't. Taste is funky grape sour, with what I can only think of as a taste of...um, antiquity. If I had a better grasp on lambics I'd try to delve deeper. But I don't.
From my rootin' tootin', down home malt and hops beer heart this is more wine than beer. So far my exploratory journey through gueze and lambic land has been interesting. Not sure its for me but I think this particular blend may be the turning point.
11-14-2010 15:22:45 | More by donkeyrunner
5/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
11-09-2010 16:54:57 | More by CaptinRedBeard
4.33/5 rDev -4.4%
Review no. 400. Wow.
750ml, dated October 2009. 5 percent ABV. Purchased in Germany.
Bright, light purple hue with shades of pink. Scant layer of head persists, minimal lacing throughout.
Aroma is tart and funky, though not as pungent as most Cantillon. Grapeskins, minerals and light alcohol.
Flavor is excellent. This is a satisfyingly sour beer without going overboard, as many of the Cantillon brews do, in my humble opinion. There is plenty of ripe fruit with a mellow grape presence. More of a non-descript fruitiness. Dry. Big acidity excites the palate, but does not make me pucker. Bretty flavors are present, blending nicely with the bitterness. Nice and dry finish. The mouthfeel is light, but the carbonation is spot-on spritzy, with fine bubbles.
I'm no Lambic expert, but this is a very well-balanced beer, probably the most drinkable and enjoyable I've had from Cantillon. Quite a treat.
10-14-2010 20:15:01 | More by dasenebler
4.88/5 rDev +7.7%
750mL corked and capped bottle poured into a stemmed glass. October 27, 2009 bottled date.
(A)- Pours a hazy blood red ruby color that produced a great pink effervescent head that dissipated quite quickly to transparent white bubbles.
(S)- A dry, yet has some tart dark grape aromas with a mild creamy woody oak vanilla accent typical of wine barrels. Mild funk too, so very wine-like. Has a very subtle lactic earthiness at the end.
(T)- A wonderfully acidic sour woody oak and grape fruit profile. Very wine-like as the smell, but has that dry, mildly lactic sourness and funk to remind you what it really is. Tasty and complex.
(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. A really perfect balance of acidic sourness, and dry woody fruits; nothing overpowers the other. A great character and feel because of this.
(D)- Yet another winner from Cantillon. A great seamless balance and feel to it. A nice acidity too. I would be curious what age will do to this. Quite drinkable for the style. Just everytime I have this it seems to get better and better in my eyes. If only this was easier to get my hands on (and perhaps a bit cheaper) would this be near perfect 5's. Superb both fresh and with some time on it!
10-11-2010 16:11:19 | More by sweemzander
4.38/5 rDev -3.3%
corked and capped 750ml bottle poured into tulip oct11 2010
A pours pink out of the bottle and it sits in the glass with a deep ruby red glow nice color for sure, head fizzes out pretty quick but from my limited understanding that's on par for the style
S quite funky, I expected much more of a fruity wine smell, it did have a little bit of a fruity wine thing going for it with some vinegar but the barnyard funk is in control and that's fine with me
T still big funk and much more from the grapes, not so much a wine flavor but a sour cherry and purple candy taste that's quite nice. Big earthy flavors to go along with it, a fair bit going on here on top of the heavy funk
M to say this was sour and tart would be an understatement, big carbonation gives it some body and I think I'll be tasting it tomorrow the flavors stick to your mouth pretty well
D not something I'd drink all day but I had no problem drinking the big bottle by myself
this one was bottled a year ago and I'm very curious how the flavors change over time but I doubt I'll find out because this stuff costs big bucks. Great stuff though if you like sour funk
10-10-2010 20:41:34 | More by wordemupg
4.35/5 rDev -4%
A 750ml bottle @ the Beer Engine. Split with my wife to celebrate her birthday!
Saint Lamvinus is a good looking beer. Poured carefully into the provided snifter, it has a rosy hue with some red and pink hints incorporated. The head quickly recedes and is not really seen again. There's no real lace noted as well, but that's to be expected with Cantillon Lambic, especially when fruit is added.
The aromas of funky barnyard brett, acidic lactic sourness and grapes are very expressive and almost overwhelming. The brett is dirty and almost manure-like, the grapes are trying to peek through but are just barely there. Some vinegar and cobweb, basement and moldy cheese are also noted. Excellent and, if it wasn't just a bit overwhelming in the funk department, as close to a perfect authentic Lambic smell as I've encountered.
When I take my first sip, I totally get why this is so highly regarded amongst the Cantillon family of beers. The amazing sour funk is balanced by the flavor and sweetness of the grapes. This really does come off as a mix between a Lambic/Gueze and a sweet red wine. When the heavy sourness settles in and my taste buds become accustomed to the barrage, I get notes of herbs, lemon, mold, soap, barnyard leather, sweat, vinegar, and wood. An experience you need to be prepared for, this is NOT a casual sipping beer but, if you're ready to immerse your self in the Lambic, this is about as good as it gets. Slightly sweet, hugely sour, and funky as all get-out.
The body is medium with fizzy, active carbonation. The finish is sourness that lasts and lasts. It is pretty dry as well, and the dry/sour combo makes me want another sip quickly! But with this intensity, it just can't be considered excellent in terms of drinkability. For the price ($35 a bottle), this is not worth it over some other Cantillon offerings IMO except for the expert quaffer. But it's a very good beer and probably one every sour beer fan should try at one point or another. Save it for a special occasion.
10-10-2010 13:04:17 | More by jampics2
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,445 ratings.