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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,489 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,489
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,126
Gots: 349 | FT: 28
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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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Photo of Soonami
3.8/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Rich (phillybeer7779) for procuring a bottle of St. Lamvinus to share--I appreciate the effort it took to obtain this treat. This is a a very expensive beer, retailing for $30-40 USD, and very hard to justify purchasing without a group of beer geeks that understand what it is and to share it with. I'm glad Rich brought in a bottle to share with our tasting group.

The beer is lightly carbonated with a quickly dissipating head that leaves just a ghostly halo of pink foam. The beer is a dark bloody purple and almost transparent with a rose tint. The beer smells a little funky but not nearly as much as some older aged gueuzes I've had. The grapes are present in the aroma, but that pedio and lacto acidity dominate the nose. The beer is surprisingly mild. I was expecting a tongue curling acidity, but this is just mildly sour with some astringency from the wine grapes and maybe from the oak barrels. The grapes give a little bit of fruity sweetness and contributes to the thinner texture of the beer. I was definitely expecting more lambic and beer character with brighter acidity and livelier carbonation.

I was a little disappointed in this beer, but perhaps it just needed some more aging to bring out the lambic qualities I was looking for.

Soonami, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Brabander
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
Photo of axeman9182
3.63/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8oz pour on tap at the Rattle n Hum.

Saint Lamvinus pours a deep burgundy. I could mistake it for red wine, except for the thin layer of raspberry head that crowns the beer. The nose consisty of dark fruits (cherries and plums), acidity, and a bit of barnyard funk. The red wine notes should be the base that everything plays off of, but they are just a bit too far in the background to really carry things though. The funky aspect of the beer comes through a bit more in the flavor. I've heard funk sometimes described as being musty , but this is the first time I've personally tasted it. It tastes like I imagine the air in a long abandoned room would. It's a bit overpowering, blocking out the more tart edge and fruity notes from the wine grapes. It's amazing to contrast the mouthfeel here with the Cuvee des Champions I just had. This one comes across as bit more rich and full, though that may be more a function of a much lower level of carbonation than any increase in the body. The overall effect though is a certain dullness to the beer. Saint Lamvinus smoothed out a bit as it warmed, but it remained a class below my favorite sours/wild ales.

axeman9182, May 26, 2011
Photo of Neffbeer
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Rattle n Hum 
Served in a white wine glass

A: It pours a deep aubergine color with zero clarity. There was a pinkish-white head that left little to no lacing.

S: The nose is full of barnyard funkiness; dirty hay, musty blankets and worn leather.  There is a distinct horsiness that gives way to a deep red wine grape aroma.  The grapes appear hauntingly from the back side saving the beer from rotten diapers.  There are hints of oak from the barrels but it is very subtle.

T: The grapes assert there authority in full force.  As they slowly recede there is a strong dirty funkiness that grabs the palate and holds it hostage (in a good way).  The funk eventually lets go and the beer finishes very tart and bone dry.  The brew is full of lovely vinous qualities. 

M: Light bodied with some bubbly carbonation.  It is very champagne like in feel.

O: I found this brew simply phenomenal. It is a style bender that shows a profound depth that wines can only dreams about. Cheers!

Neffbeer, May 24, 2011
Photo of Blanco
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

reviewed from notes. On cask at Teresa's Next Door day after sourfest.

Pours a crazy purple color, similar to the label on Welch's grape jelly. Immediately, it makes you question whether it's beer. No head, but visible carbonation bubbles line the bottom of the glass. Smell is quite clean. Hints of wild yeast, but in no way as powerful as most lambics and particularly weak for a Cantillon. The taste is smooth, almost like a perfect blend of wine and lambic. Grape comes through as well as the wild yeast. Sour, but not the typical puckering that comes from the top lambics. Very light bodied. Wonderful lambic particularly if you want something more mellow and smooth. This is one even a none-lambic drinker could get on board with. Tremendous.

Blanco, May 24, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear brownish red in color and does not have any signs of visible carbonation.
S: There are strong aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: Sourness dominates the overall taste and continues to persist through the aftertaste, although it isn't quite as strong as the smell. There are notes of grapes and vinegar in the flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink because it doesn’t have an “in your face” type of sourness.

metter98, May 23, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle N Hum.. The sexiest beer I've seen all day, a glorious dark red, low carbonation, a small ring of head. But that doesn't matter. This beer made me shriek for sheer joy upon its sight. Good goddamn it looks amazing. Smells funky, a little grape and berry action. The taste is barnyard, a touch of grape, tannic, woodsy. I was surprised I didn't get more grape out of it, merely hinting, but that's not a terrible thing. I'm just accustomed to grape sours tasting more vinous. This had a bit of that quality but was definitely more lambic than grapebeer. Good stuff.

dragonWhale, May 22, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Teresa's Next Door.

Pours a dark purple/plum color with burgundy/blood red edges when held to a light. Completely opaque with a half finger off-white head that immediately fades leaving no lace behind.

Sweet vinous aroma with a very prominent dark fruit/red wine character. Nice earthy funk with subtle barnyard horsey notes and a prominent earthy oak barrel presence. Bursting with dark fruit, especially grape, as well as some currant and dark cherry.

Full bodied with a tart, mouth puckering sourness that lingers throughout over the sweet vinous and funky barnyard notes into a sweet, slightly dry finish. Bursting with vinous dark fruit, especially the grapes. A perfect marriage of wine and beer. Slight acidity in the finish with a lingering acetic vinegar presence that leaves me drooling for more. This beer is incredibly quaffable considering how funky it is. Perfectly balanced.

corby112, May 22, 2011
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On hand pump at tnd for sour fest.

A- a small fizzle around the edges upon arrival that diminishes very quickly to a mirror finish. Beautiful glowing magenta in color with surprising clarity.

S- grape flavored fruit roll ups in a good way and a good sour and funk behind. More subtle then some I've had but very clean.

T- red grapes with lots of the must that rolls into a nice funky sour hit. Oak is mellow but lends a nice complexity to the whole. On the sweeter side with the very ripe grapes really stealing the show. There's some lemon juice in the mixed with the tartness.

M- about medium in body and very lightly carbed but its is of the hand pump and there's still a good bit of bite to it. Very tannic and dry, you can feel the grape must on the palate.

O- this is an excellent lambic and on cask its a dream. Glad to have had it this way and can't wait till the next time. Not as sour as some but very complex and at the same time very easy to enjoy even quaffable.

oglmcdgl, May 21, 2011
Photo of Azurescens
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and capped bottle with bottled on date 18 November 2008, poured into champagne glass at Brouwer's, reviewed on 5/15/11

A: Pours an absolutely beautiful clear rosy color with light pink head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Lots of funk with some lactic sourness, hints of grapes and earthy notes.

T: Slightly sweet and sour with lots of barnyardy funk. The grapes are a great addition to what is surely a stellar lambic by itself.

M: Nice slightly acidic tingling with moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

O: Another great lambic from Cantillon, great all around, really drinkable and refreshing. Definitely one of my favorite sours.

Azurescens, May 19, 2011
Photo of Gosox8787
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 mL bottle split with Sully62601 at the Amesbury Alehouse. Poured into a wine glass. Served chilled from the refrigerator but allowed to warm over about the course of half an hour.

Appearance: Reddish maroon in color. Plenty of carbonation, but pours with a slight effervescence and not much of a head.

Aroma: The funk notes are definitely noticeable and are a bit stronger than I expected. Notes of wood tannins, vinegar and a touch of fruit.

Taste: The Cantillon sourness is a bit muted at first bt really shines through as the beer warms. Big horse blanket and barnyard funk notes play a strong role here too. Some really nice wood tannin and vinegar notes in there as well. Definitely comes close to replicating a nice red wine at times. The lactic sourness really hits nicely after all the oak, vinegar and funk. Nicely balanced and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated and very refreshing. Very light in the mouth.

Overall, another great offering from Cantillon I was thrilled to try. The lighter red wine and oak notes from the grapes and barrels make it a bit more balanced and subtle (but still just as complex) the other offerings by them. Definitely recommended.

Gosox8787, May 16, 2011
Photo of alampear
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, 2008 vintage. Pours a dark, deep reddish-purple with a thin pink head. Aromas of grapes, berries, vinegar, oak and funk. Flavors of tart grape skins, balsamic vinegar, hints of citrus, oak and sweetness. Medium bodied, with a dry and tart finish. Medium carbonation with nice Cantillon funk and lots of aging potential.

alampear, May 14, 2011
Photo of birchstick
4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a maroonish cherry red without any head to speak of

S - Smells of tart citrus with a bit of stale mushroom and funk and some cab soaked oak. A lot of Brett as it warms.

T - citrus tartness, but not nearly as sour as other sours I have tried, upfront. A bit of funky barnyard and light mushroom overpower the citrus/sourness on the front of the palate.
Finishes with a nice spicy cab vinous flavor. A nice grape / vinous flavor lingers after it is all said and done.

M - decent body-more full than I was expecting and goes down nicely

D - pretty solid fruit lambic from Cantillon. I was hoping for a bit more from them but this is another solid beer nonetheless. Given it's price point I think I'll go from something else by these guys next time but still pretty awesome.

birchstick, May 14, 2011
Photo of hooliganlife
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

not sure the vintage, but I would suspect its the most recent (2010).

pour was a dirty ruby red with no head. some of the pours had about an inch of ruby head and some had none. no lacing or retention.

very complex on the nose. heavy red wine and bordeaux, fresh grape, and sufficient amount of still vinegar. light oak.

very similar to the smell. heavy on the red wine characteristics and this is where the bordeaux really shines. lots of varying grape flavor. a fairly mild sourness through out. a very strong oak finish.

very flat and smooth. light puckering sourness and a very dry bone dry finish.

quite delicious. lots of red wine and grape flavor and mild sourness just make this so drinkable. quite different from the aged version of this.

hooliganlife, May 13, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. Pours a nice dark mauve with what appears to have a light pink head.

Sour aroma with a sweet grape bouquet. Oak aromas with a little bit of vinegar. Really nice balance between tart and sweet on aroma. Sweet port and cherry flavor with an underlying cellar must to the flavor finishes nice and tart.

Nice light body with crisp carbonation. Overall this is my favorite of the regular cantillion offerings. I'll never turn this one away.

Bendurgin, May 08, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Allagash chalice with a giant rose colored head. The body is a nice plum color.

The aroma yields lemongrass and a bit of wooden smells.

The taste starts out with a nice splash of fruit juice. There is a touch of sweetness in the middle, but the finish is full of sour lemon, making this feel very dry. I notice more grassy notes with continued sips.

The body and carbonation are both light.

This is one of my favorites. Keeps a nice balance while still having a strong Cantillon tang.

andrewinski1, May 08, 2011
Photo of flipper2gv
4.95/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

October 2009 vintage.

A: The beer shows a true red color, getting towards the purple a little bit. A bit opaque, good head retention (pure white) with very good lacing for the low ABV.

S: There is a LOT of funk in this. Very very strong smells of barnyard, hay and definitely horse blanket. Definitive earth-y elements to this. Then, it's all about the grapes and the lactic sourness. Good amount of wood tannins give the beer a very wine-like smell. Super strong smell.

T: Simply put, this is the best tasting beer I've ever had. The perfect balance of sourness (not as much as the Rosée de Gambrinus), fruits (aka grapes), barnyard funk, earth and wood tannins notes. It really is perfect. I really don't know what else I can add.

M: Very light and extremely dry. Absolutely perfect feel for a lambic. High carbonation (of course).

O: The best beer I've ever had. Nothing else to add. This is a beer that has been finely crafted throughout the generations. Although it might not be my favorite, I can objectively say this is the best crafted beer I've ever drank. Cantillon's almost "worship" of tradition is something that definitely paid off in the end.

flipper2gv, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Blue Dog in Lansdale PA.
A- thin red wine color body with a fuchsia head. Clear and attractive, head dissipates quickly. According to the draft list, the head is formed by the addition of liquor to the wort prior to kegging.
S- lactic sour aroma and red wine notes.
T- beautiful cross between lambic and red wine. Truly a unique collaboration.
M- a little thinner than my preference however very appropriate. Carb is light to medium. Body is interesting and fairly complex.

Overall this is a solid offering from Cantillon and truly an (expensive) treat!

TheSupremeAJ, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of ThaCreep
3.7/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ThaCreep, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Lunch
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Lunch, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

rfgetz, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of nataku00
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

nataku00, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
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.

KickInTheChalice, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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...

Cheers!

woosterbill, Mar 08, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

thagr81us, Mar 07, 2011
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,489 ratings.