1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

Not Rated.
Cantillon Saint LamvinusCantillon Saint Lamvinus

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,445 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,445
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,105
Gots: 344 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Cantillon Saint Lamvinus Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,445 | Reviews: 437 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Huhzubendah
Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.9/5  rDev +8.2%

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

Dec. 2008 vintage.

A: Bright purple color with a slight haze. There is but a wee head that fades quickly, leaving no lacing.

S: A noticeably different aroma than the draft serving. I detected more of Cantillon's distinct, funky barnyard scent in the bottled version. Aromas also consist of berries, grapes, oak.

T: Though the serving type altered some of the characteristics of this beer slightly, this is a world class fruit lambic nonetheless. Fabulous grape flavors, though more subtle than the draft version, wrapped in a sour farm blanket make for a truly delicious beverage. There is a nice tannic presence to the beer, as well. This is extremely well-crafted, with a myriad of flavors coming through. Balanced to perfection, I give this beer my highest recommendation.

M: Nice and tart. Lip smacking, puckering and fabulous.

D: A terrific example of what a fruit lambic can and should be. A another masterpiece from one of the world's finest breweries.

***

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

A: Radiant purple hue with pink foam head.

S: Less funk and barnyard aromas than other Cantillon beers. Prominent grape scents from a few feet away.

T: Absolutely delicious! Cantillon sour grape juice, with just enough sweetness to create an amazing balance.

M: Lingering pleasant sour aftertaste. Awesome feel.

D: Perhaps the most drinkable of the Cantillon brews. Simply wonderful. It would be easy to drink this all night.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 03-27-2010

09-27-2010 21:17:07 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of mdfb79
mdfb79

New York

4.58/5  rDev +1.1%

From 09/25/10 notes. Thanks to Matt (Drabmuh) for sharing this one!

a - Pours a pinkish-ruby red color with two to three inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tart raspberries, oak, grapes, light fruity malts.

t - Tastes of grapes, oak, wine, tart fruits, mainly raspberry and dark fruit. Definitely some great sourness to it, but not an insane amount; very enjoyable and drinkable.

m - Light body and low carbonation. At 6% ABV, a very easy drinking lambic/sour.

d - I liked this one a lot. I thought it taste great and was very easy to drink for a sour. The light body and low ABV made this a beer I felt like I could drink a lot of, and I'd love to again sometime.

09-26-2010 21:15:13 | More by mdfb79
Photo of treyrab
treyrab

California

4.78/5  rDev +5.5%

I should have reviewed this back in March when cooljosh and I dropped $50 on the bottle to split with the group. Was it worth it? Damn right! Split six ways into tulip style glassware.

A: Pours a nice hazy, muddy red. Very vibrant in color with hues of red raspberry, bricks, and cherry tomatoes. A spritzy white head forms and recedes to a thin ring. Very impressive.

S: The raspberry funk is unparalleled. Sweet, ripe red raspberries coupled with cobweb, wet hay, red wine, lemon rinds, and hints of oak and vanilla. Sublime.

T: Sour, but not as sour as the kriek. Sour, yet simultaneously sweet, raspberries, dry oak, lemon peel, red wine, and awesomeness. Very balanced and dry.

Overall, one of the best Cantillon's out there. A tad expensive, but good for special occasions.

09-20-2010 11:34:40 | More by treyrab
Photo of alfrantzell
alfrantzell

California

4.58/5  rDev +1.1%

This purple beverage, the 2009 vintage, trickles from the tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas with a transient head. It exhales an aroma of blueberries, blackberries, black and red grapes, some pepper, and tastes, like draft Vigneronne, predominantly of fruit, with little of the funk or sourness that lurks in the bottled format. The keg imparts a thicker mouthfeel though, and the drinkability is unsurpassed by other grape lambics.

09-19-2010 21:26:15 | More by alfrantzell
Photo of billab914
billab914

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

Decided to open something special tonight to celebrate cooking in our remodeled kitchen for the first time. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my lost Abbey stemware. Poured a lighter red and purpleish grape color with a thin fizzy head to it.

The aroma is tart and sour with a modest acidicness to it. Some woody oak flavors are present in it as well. The grapes are relatively faint in the aroma, but do come through a bit.

The taste is tart and relatively sour with a sharp acidicness coming through towards the finish. The grapes come through more in the taste then they did in the aroma and provide a nice complexity to the beer. Very nice and complex flavor overall and everything comes together very nicely.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being high. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors and depth to it overall. Was a very good choice to celebrate with the evening. One of the better sours I've had.

09-08-2010 00:32:25 | More by billab914
Photo of Reagan1984
Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -9.9%

Cork indicates bottles in 2.009 and the bottle notes it's 5.0% ABV (vs. 6% listed in the beer's listing.)
Special Thanks to Warriorsoul for recommending this beer when I finally began to appreciate this style.

Wow, really a beautiful beer. Bright Clear purple color with some tiny carbonation bubbles escaping to the surface. A light pink head forms, says hello and then vanishes. You are left with a pink ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is delicate but very inviting. Some acidity, earthiness, certainly some vinous qualities and a bit of wood.

Flavor is much more delicate than I would have ever imagined. I find this to be much more refreshing than I had ever imagined. Certainly some grape, some subtle sourness with tons of wine like qualities. Just a touch of funk in the background that adds a nice complexity. Finished quite dry.

Very light, crisp, refreshing and dry. Picked the right day to enjoy this as it's hot and sticky outside. Cuts through that quite nicely.

I really enjoy this beer. I am sure I can think of an occasion to enjoy another bottle.

Well done.

08-29-2010 19:12:31 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of Jmoore50
Jmoore50

Nevada

4.13/5  rDev -8.8%

2007 vintage. When I popped the cap the cork had a purple wet residue all over it. The cork was wet and soggy and broke apart when opening.

It poured a nice purple-lavender color that was very hazy with sediment floating around. It had an off white head that did not stick around. Nice oily legs.

It was an okay smell, a smell that filled my nostrils with very specific wine grape, sour fruit, and a little wet dog. It has been about three years since this thing was made so I imagine the smells have declined a bit.

It had a great taste, a very strong vinous flavor that paired well with the funky flavor that only Cantillon can capture. Specific grapes were tasted in this, it had a very bold flavor that was very enjoyable. It was less astringent then expected, but still 'juicy' like the 2009 Fou Foune I had a while back. Even with this many years on this bottle it still captures a great fruit flavor.

Very good Cantillon fruit beer, but I think I enjoy Fou Foune a great deal more. I need to try a more recent vintage in order to get the full experience.
J

08-27-2010 05:26:13 | More by Jmoore50
Photo of champ103
champ103

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +2.2%

A huge thanks to Dajtai007 for my most recent taste of this. A very generous shared bottle between me and several other BA's. This is a 2009 bottle.

A: Pours a surprisingly clear, and beautifully bright garnet red color. A slightly white/pink head forms that gently rises to a finger. The foam recedes to a ring, but sticks around throughout.
S: That great funky Belgian yeast is up front and center. Funky barnyard and horse blanket is just awesome. Vinous grapes that is up front. Tart, lactic acid lingers, but it is not dominate.
T: Follows the nose. Tons of funky, horse blanket aromas. Musky, vinous grapes. Just as you think the flavor is gone, sour and acidic flavors come out that are great. Again, the sourness is never over barring. Vinous grape is the dominate flavor, with the sourness hitting much later on. I love it.
M/D: A full body that is perfectly crisp, though creamy at the same time, dry, and refreshing. Very textured. So easy to drink. I can never get enough of this.

A great beer that I have enjoyed several times, and every time is a treat. Because of the vinous character, this is something that could appeal to wine drinkers as well. One of those beers that is more of an experience than anything, and an experience I am glad to have at every opportunity. I can't recommend this enough.

08-15-2010 23:25:46 | More by champ103
Photo of cpetrone84
cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +3.3%

A-pours a transparent deep magenta color with a light pink creamy head.

S-the nose has a great balance to it, notes of dry red grapes blend together with a fair bit of a leathery brett funk, lots of fruit sweetness lies behind with red grape and strawberry with a light acidic note to it.

T-tons of sweet that plays throughout the drink, lots of red grapes and strawberry notes, a fair bit of brett lies in the middle with just a hint of leather to it, the back adds notes of lemon that seems to dry the mouth. the sweetness, as mentioned, holds throughout but is balanced and kept in check nicely.

M-this is smooth and creamy on the palate with spot on carbonation and a great medium to light body to it with a semi drying finish.

D-this beer is delicious and I wish this was constantly around. the balance and flavors works so well together with a glorious sweetness melded with brett perfection and an awesome semi dry finish.

08-15-2010 22:44:21 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of FreshHawk
FreshHawk

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -2.9%

A - Hazy plum with lots of bubbles. Average sized, foamy white head with very slight pink hue. Disappears fast leaving almost no lace.

S - Fair amount of acidic grape with some tart aroma from some ripe cherry. Hints of woody/oak aroma.

T - Vinous grape and cherry is dominate. Good amount of tart and acidic flavors. Some red vinegar type of flavors as well. Very much like a wine with typical lambic tastes as well. Slight oaky and earthy taste. Slightly puckering finish.

M - Medium to light body with lots of carbonation. Spritzy, tingly feel with a puckering and slightly drying finish.

D - Fairly drinkable with a fair amount of sour/tart puckering flavors, but these aren't too strong. Would drink it like a wine.

Notes: Bottled 18 Sep. 2008. Very vinous beer that would make a good substitute for wine. Slightly puckering and sour but it isn't absurd and is still tasty. Definitely a unique tasting beer that is worth a try.

08-10-2010 22:46:00 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of sholland119
sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

On tap at Teresa's Next Door,8/8/10.

A-Pours a hazy cranberry with a little bit of fizzy pink head.

S-Tart, funky with red wine aromas.

T-Rich red grape notes overlaying a funky barnyard base. Nice lactic sour and mild vinegar as well. A great blend of fruit ans lambic sour, perfectly balanced. About as good as a lambic gets.

M-Light and crisp, good fizzy carbonation.

D-Lambics do not get any more drinkable than this. Just outstanding!

HV

08-08-2010 20:11:35 | More by sholland119
Photo of yourefragile
yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +1.1%

8 oz pour, served in a flute at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne.

Color is a dark, clear rose red with a wispy pink head that fades quickly to thin ring and no lacing. Aroma is dry, oaky blend of red grapes and non-acidic funky sourness. The flavor is surprisingly less fruity than expected, dominated by a subtle dry sour with merlot undetones. Body is very full and smooth with mild carbonation and a long lasting Pickering sourness. I'll need to try a bottle of this to appreciate the intricacies of this better, but so far I'm impressed.

08-07-2010 18:07:06 | More by yourefragile
Photo of dpnelson1978
dpnelson1978

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -23.2%

750ml bottle into snifter.
55°F

$34.99 / ea.

A: Cloudy red body (pickled apples) topped with a small loose pink head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing and only a ring of bubbles around the glasses circumference.

S: Classic lactic sour aroma with the grape only mildly noticeable in the background. Could have more nuance and depth.

T: About what I would expect from a merlot infused lambic. The grapes linger in the background much like the aroma, withe the lactic sour dominates. Not much depth. Needs *something* that I'm just not getting.

M: Light to medium carbonation and a light body that still retains a presence. Obvious sour sensation on the tongue, but not overpowering and does not linger. Crisp.

D: Needs food to enhance the experience. The beer is crisp, light, and interesting, if not deep. Ultimately not able to stand on its own with regard to session qualities.

O: At $35 a bottle I expected much more from this selection. It is good, and obviously a cut above your typical lambic, but not great. I was disappointed.

08-02-2010 04:09:24 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of haz77
haz77

Australia

4.1/5  rDev -9.5%

A - Bottled in 2003, according to the cork. Pours a dark strawberry red with an absolute minimum of head. What head there is dissapates almost instantly to a thin ring, but can be easily refreshed to the thinnest of layers. All as expected.

S - Yep, it's a Cantillon. Aroma fills the room. Funk, slight solvent, cherry and other red fruit, tobacco, leather. There's more there, but everything is so integrated it's hard to distinguish.

T - Delicious mellow sourness greets the palate initially. The flavour of the wine moves forward in the middle along with citrus peel and the aftertaste is still refreshingly tart, but has a slight edge of tobacco. Again, the flavours are all very mellow and well integrated, quite possibly due to it's age.

M - Light to medium mouthfell with perfect soft carbonation. It doesn't need any more spritz, as the sourness takes care of cleaning the palate.

D - Cantillon continues to impress. Not as mouth puckering as their other beers that I've had. It's possible that the age had taken the edges off prominent aromas, flavours and carbonation and mellowed this into a absolute beauty. Incredible easy sipper.

07-18-2010 08:05:45 | More by haz77
Photo of ChrisPro
ChrisPro

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -7.3%

Draft at Local Option.

Pours dark ruby with pale pink head, very little of which lasts more than a millisecond.

Aroma is of cranberry, lemon, grass and oak.

Tastes like sweet grape and cranberry jello followed by a dry aged bitter hop finished. This is incredibly complex and changes significantly with warmth.

Nice and dry finish, but this carbonation is too sharp for me. I'd like it a little smoother.

Overall, one of Cantillon's best. Drinks incredibly easy and I'm glad I finally got to tick this one without buying a $40 bottle.

07-18-2010 00:36:35 | More by ChrisPro
Photo of steve8robin
steve8robin

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -9.9%

Had this at the Abbey...

A: Had a nice deep purple with hints of red. A small 1 inch white head that wuickly fades. Good.

S: Smells of oaky cherry with a tart sweetness blended in. Hints of port in the middle with some nice dark fruits on the backend. Interesting.

T: So good. A nice cherry tartness that makes your mouth pucker some. Hints of oak, sour patch kid, and dark fruit. Very good.

M: It definitely makes your face pucker. Decent.

D: Once you get through the tartness, it goes down decent.

All in all, this was a decent brew. Very interesting for a sour. It seems with these types of brews, that you need to have a very strong stomach. I'd say this could be a good conversion brew into the sour field if you like grapes or wine.

07-07-2010 03:17:10 | More by steve8robin
Photo of portia99
portia99

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Served in a Cantillon logoed " wine glass".

A - pours a somewhat purpley red color...very red wine like in appearance. A small white and pinkish tinged collar.

S - nice bretty funk up front with barnyardy aromas taking the front line and blending in well with the grapey, fruity, winey aromas behind it.

T - Flavor follows the aroma closely. Barnyardy with grape and red wine flavors. Sourness is less intense than other Cantillon offerings, but still very noticeable and a bit puckering. Really good and well integrated flavors. Very good overall.

M - light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Noticeably sour and a bit puckering, but compared to other cantillons...pretty tame. Funkiest, most distinct barnyardy aromas and flavors I've ever experienced.

D - too expensive to drink a lot of, but I would like to have more of this. Gonna have to grab a bottle or two while they are still out there.

06-16-2010 23:02:37 | More by portia99
Photo of AgentZero
AgentZero

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

A - A nice deep red with great pink highlights and pink on the edges. The head foamed up big, but not too big, and was a pretty looking pink color. Didn't leave a lot of lacing.

S - Not as much funk as I would expect. Clean and tart, you get a nice lambic taste, with a subtle but deep grape smell. A little bit of wine wood influence comes.

T - Get the deep grape taste, but without a horrible phenol and weird funk that I thought was coming in this. Quite tart, nicely sweet, deep fruit flavor, some cherry and a nice wine wood influence comes through.

M - Great carbonation is almost perfect for this medium bodied brew. Dry finish, but not super dry.

D - Tartness gets to you, but still easy to drink.

06-04-2010 02:24:21 | More by AgentZero
Photo of brdc
brdc

Wisconsin

4.72/5  rDev +4.2%

Large corked and capped bottle, from notes.
Poured into a tulip.

I could not find out the vintage; this was aged for one year in my cellar under proper conditions. The cap was rusted and there were streaks of crusted beer running down the neck, but there is a pop when pulling the cork out indicating good carbonation.

The beer has a beautiful color, hazy, somewhere between pink, brown and purple, if you can get the idea; the long lasting foamy cap is pinkish, or something closer.
the pleasant, and pungent aroma comes readily out of the glass, keeps changing, and getting more interesting by the minute.
Acidic, fruity, musty, among others.
Body feels close to medium, with nice carbonation; it is easy to drink and refreshing, but the complex taste invites to a very slow enjoyment of this great beer.
It is mostly bone dry, acidic and tart, but not quite puckering.
Layers of fruitiness add to the flavor without making it sweet; tannic notes add to the experience. Sourness, vinegar, and more fruits, keep coming up. It is hard to tell each individual taste apart, but they blend nicely together, and the overall flavor is absolutely great.
Despite my lack of ability to truly expose here all the nuances of this beer, believe me, it is a great one. Something to be enjoyed slowly, over and over again.

06-02-2010 18:05:56 | More by brdc
Photo of ShadesOfGray
ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -4.4%

Shared a bottle with CarbonIS..thanks again Bill! Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Allagash tall chalice. Pours a reddish pink in color, closer to a cranberry juice color in the glass once filled though. A small pink head rises and looks great overall. Light patchy fizzy lacing.

Aroma is tart, funky, and definite grapes!

Flavor is fantastic...lots of grape, a good amount of tart, carbonation is middle of the road. Light and crisp mouthfeel. The opening flavor is lemon like...but quickly reduces to a sweeter yet tart grape. A very good Lambic from Cantillon.

05-26-2010 01:32:07 | More by ShadesOfGray
Photo of aerozeppl
aerozeppl

New York

3.98/5  rDev -12.1%

From notes. Thanks to drseamus for sharing.

A: Vibrant red color. Little bit of white head. Very deep red color. Quite a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Funky wine. Grapes come through nicely. A little bit of bret as well. The nose is a weird cross between a lambic and a wine. Enjoyable.

T: Grapes. Bret and just a touch of that cantillon tartness. I was expecting much more complexity out of this and it just was not there for me.

M: Again well carbonated. Super dry.

D: I think this was a big miss for me. This is the second worst cantillon I have had and I love everything they put out. For the price though it just did not do it for me. I don't think the grapes really worked well in this one. Maybe after 10 years this beer would be something different.

05-22-2010 20:06:15 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of biboergosum
biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev -2.9%

750ml Burgundian vessel, the October 27, 2009 bottling, and 5% ABV for Alberta's apparently healthy allotment. Sour beer made with Merlot grapes - sounds like a lark to me, Sideways be damned!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, ruddy bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly fizzy pale pink head, which scatters quickly, leaving virtually no trace of lace in the vicinity of my admittedly hastily-chosen chalice.

It smells of tart, indistinct citrus acids, farm-bred floral funk, earthy yeast, limestone chalk, and well-oaked, grapey red wine. The taste is another lip-puckering experience, the generic fruity acerbity overwhelming at first contact - tart red wine, deconstructed - grape peel and berry skin, a mild grainy woodiness, and pronounced tannins. After the expected acclimatization period, and some warming, the soft wheat and barley grains become apparent, with some other earthy, woody orchard fruitiness - cherries and under ripe nectarines, mostly - alongside some tame funky, earthy yeast.

The carbonation is clear and present, but quite fine, and certainly no danger (but it does make you actually think about it), the body medium-light in weight, but strangely full-seeming, with an egregiously smooth fruitiness, and not even within approach-shot distance of being cloying (acids, yo!). It finishes a twinge off-dry, the tartness abating a fair bit, the wheat malt dusting itself off, and more cherry wine notes popping up to party.

My previous exposure to beer blended with red wine (from Japan, at that) did not leave me expecting too much from this. Sacre bleu, it sure is nice to be surprised! This is a revelation, a lovely, fruity, and tangy beer analogue for the claret set. As a fan of contrasts in flavour, this works oh so well, and I'm suddenly craving some chocolate cake as an accompaniment, and pondering the Pinot Noir version of this.

05-21-2010 23:36:20 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Mora2000
Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev -2.2%

I had been saving this bottle for a special occasion and decided to crack it open for beer number 1500.

Bottled 11/18/2008. The beer pours a reddish-brown-amber color with a white head. The aroma is very tart with some oaked notes. The flavor is tart grapes with some oak. The tartness is very intense but it is not overwhelming. Light-medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is a great sour ale that was worthy of being beer number 1500. Cantillon has done it again.

05-19-2010 03:35:54 | More by Mora2000
Photo of elricorico
elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +3.8%

Bottled 27 October 2009. My bottle says 5% ABV.

Dark red bordering on purple while it is being poured, but appearing cherry red in the glass. Generated a finger of pink head, that falls to a thick cap fairly steadily. Pretty nice to look at.

Aromas of wood, wine and tart cherry all whipped together. A certain underlying mustiness that is unique even amongst the wild ales/lambics I've had in the past.

First taste made me say "wow" out loud, as a fairly aggressive tartness/sourness was right up front. Next notable impression was the slightly sweet grape flavour that finished the first mouthfull. Oak flavour carries much of the middle. Peach comes to mind within the tartness, along with cherry. Flavour is massive and complex, each sip opens up more.

Very natural feel to the carbonation, it comes across as very fine but quite active. There is a certain fruit juice type weight and feel. Quite good.

This is a pretty amazing beer, meant to be savoured, and every aspect of it supports that. This could easily become my "special occasion beer".

05-09-2010 04:55:20 | More by elricorico
Photo of drseamus
drseamus

New York

3.83/5  rDev -15.5%

A: Beautiful color. A perfectly clear light red body filled with bubbles. No head of course.

S: Tight nose, especially for a cantillon. Definitely the lowest part of the beer.

T: actually a pretty light taste. Light fruitiness, obviously grapes and some good, but not heavy tartness. Definitely Brett in there.

M: Light as expected. Some roughness from the tart and some tingle from the carbonation.

D: Tasty but not cantillons best offering. I definitely enjoy it though.

05-08-2010 19:00:27 | More by drseamus
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,445 ratings.