Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
British Columbia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev -9.5%
A: Rosee with a pinkish head, thin ring of retention, slight leg.
S: Pleasant tart aroma with hints of barnyard funk & vinegar.
T: Wine & cider with hints of vinegar, grape, modest tartness with a slight hint of bitterness.
M: Light body is very dry with a slight acidity.
D: A good drinker.
I'm not a fan of tartness, but I've been itching to try this for a while. Thanks bobsy!
05-05-2010 01:04:58 | More by Derek
4.1/5 rDev -9.5%
750 ml bottle split and poured into a Delirium tulip. 5% ABV, Bottled 18 November 2008, Instructions on temperature and pouring.
Thanks to bnieman's dad for sharing this expensive beer on his b-day!
A - This beer is majorly carbonated. Evidence comes from a large "pop" exploding on the cork release. A big puffy pink tinted head appears on top of the clear amber-pinkish color. Low retention but it leaves small bits of lace and a hefty ring.
S - St. Lamvinus is bursting with a funky nose of oaky wood and a massively funky barnyard and horse blanked Brett scent. The only thing keeping it from perfection in aroma is a burnt rubber hint that arose from a swirl. A small kiss of red grape is there too but not a prominent factor at all.
T - The flavor is almost overpoweringly tart with strong red grapes with a massively funky oak, horse blanket, and a hint of burned rubber on the finish. Strong acidity and bitterness as well. The funk overtakes all of the other things to the point of destroying any typical "beer" malt/hop flavor.
M - Very light-bodied and extremely tart with a crisp acidic finish and an overpowering funk to it.
D - It's pretty drinkable for how insanely funky it is. At 5%, it's easily drinkable in that regard. You've really gotta like funky Brett beers to enjoy this one.
05-02-2010 05:22:03 | More by BeerFMAndy
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.6/5 rDev +1.5%
Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this the other night!
2009 vintage into CCB snifter.
Pours a light layer of fizzy pink head. that fades down instantly. Color is a raspberry maroon purple. Very dark and hazed.
Aroma: Sour grapes and oat. Very sour. Horse blanket and funk. Some cherries. Very tart.
Taste: Not very sour at first, but then all of a sudden it hits with sourness. The grapes show, but there seems to be some fruits as well. Nice oak flavors. Tart and mouth puckering. Horse blanket and funk with some leather show as well.
Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Nice mouth puckering goodness. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation, but not bad for the style. Ends a bit dry.
Overall, a solid beer. Very nice sour from Cantillon. I could drink a lot of this but unfortunately it is too expensive. No vinegar flavors or that medicine flavors that I get out of some lambics here. Very drinkable.
04-30-2010 15:48:21 | More by mothman
4.72/5 rDev +4.2%
Really excited to try this on tap tonight at Local Option in Chicago...served in a Cantillon wine glass...
Pours a beautiful strawberry red, light ruby color, slightly hazy with a nice two fingers of delicate bright white head with a hint of pink...absolutely gorgeous beer...!
Wonderfully complex and appealing nose...very typical Cantillon smellls...funky with a bit of brett, leathery and musty...tart and acidic, a bit vinegary with a bit of sweet grape fruity aroma...
Nice and tart as expected. A bit of a drying, bitter grape skin feel, more dry than other Cantillons. Woody and musty, great lactic sourness with that familiar Cantillon funk...
Light bodied and highly carbonated giving it an even airier feel. Crisp and so delicious...way too easy to drink...
04-30-2010 07:31:20 | More by hawks10
3.35/5 rDev -26%
2006 version on tap at Capones in Norristown.
A - Pours a deep red with no bubbles at all
S - sour, oaky, some leather, the aroma was not as forward as i was expecting though
T - lighter and thinner than expected, some vinegar and light sweetness, cherries, but overall, very mild
M/D - very light and thin mouthfeel, I think I have read other reviews of it being better bottled than kegged, and I wonder how this would change my thoughts of it. As of now, its not that highly rated for me.
04-27-2010 14:51:30 | More by mikereaser
4.83/5 rDev +6.6%
My god...as if Duck Duck Gooze wasn't enough, I got lucky enough for kbutler1 to purchase and open this one on a whim. Thanks a bunch Kevin, this is an excellent lambic!
750 ml bottle split 3 ways, 2008 version.
Pours a nice ruby amber color, with a nice off-white head with surpringly good retention and light lacing. Fine carbonation.
The nose is sour, just as it should be. Very vinous and acidic. Fruity and tart. Light funky notes, with wet hay and other barnyard aromas light, but present.
Taste is just excellent. Very vinous, sour grapes, very wine like. Tart and acidic, sour and funky. It's the perfect combination of all things lambic. If this isn't the best lambic out there then I want to know where it is.
Mouthfeel is light, acidic and mouthpuckering. Goes down sharp, leaves a tingling on the tougue. Drinkability is fantastic, this went way to fast.
The only reason I've never had this before is the price tag. I now completely understand why it's priced the way it is. This is a fantastic beer and one I will definitely be buying in the future. Thanks Kevin!
04-27-2010 05:00:10 | More by Mistofminn
4.72/5 rDev +4.2%
Ah... Yeah... Might be one of the best beers I have ever tasted. 750 ml. bottle poured into my Russian River glass.
A: Beautiful amber color with a thick white head that settles slowly and leaves lacing unlike I have ever seen in a lambic.
S: Barnyard and oak are dominant, along with scents of fresh raspberries, tannic grapes, and straw. Malt is non-present.
T: St. Emilion and Pomerol make their presence known. Grapey, tannic flavors dominate, and they are accompanied by the funk, barnyard, and a distinct sourness associated with the brett. Cantillon made something special here. Taking traditional Lambic, and blending it with the finest grapes in the finest growing region in the world.
M: This beer has some body. Flavors sting the tongue and last for ages. It's finish is almost like a first growth Bordeaux.
D: GET THIS BEER! Cantillon's finest, and may be Belgium's finest as well. Price is no option. Go out and pick up a bottle if you can find it. Very drinkable and unique.
04-23-2010 05:48:29 | More by WYVYRN527
4.58/5 rDev +1.1%
Decided to pull this bottle out on Saturday night and share it with a few friends. Cantillon has been an obsession of mine since doing the brewery tour last fall, and Saint Lamvinus was perhaps my most anticipated offering by them, as I was intrigued by how the merlot grapes would be integrated into the lambic.
Pours a light ruby with a small white head that soon fizzled away to a fine film, leaving a few spots of lace clinging to the side of the glass. Unmistakably Cantillon in the nose, this delivers musty cobwebs, freshly squeezed lemon juice, tannic red wine and damp oak. Quite complex, deep, and a pleasure to nose.
This is far milder in its sourness than most Cantillons - either my palate has become desensitised or this is one of their most approachable brews. What really marks it out, though, is its incredible smoothness. All the elements of the flavour are perfectly integrated and married to a great body. Musty funk leads off, before giving way to juicy big red wine notes, a spicy woodiness, and finally a fresh lemon juice finish, which both quenches and dries.
Undeniably a world class beer, but not my favourite from Cantillon. Its really a testament to the quality of a brewery when they can brew something of such excellence yet you can still think of several beers they do better! Obviously this is a must-try for all lovers of lambic, and would be an interesting one to try for wine drinkers too.
This bottle was kindly sent to me by Pier-Luc - thanks for the great hookup on the Cantillon!
04-20-2010 13:24:17 | More by bobsy
4.9/5 rDev +8.2%
A huge thanks goes out to Treyrab and cooljosh, two extremely generous BAs, who splurged on this 2008 bottle in thanks for my hosting them for our epic tasting. Split 5 ways, and poured into lambic glasses.
Once in the glass, the body is a hazy mahogany-tinted ruby. The rosy body is capped by only a thin layer of fine bubbles on top, while under the surface, tons of champagne-like bubbles cling to the edges of the glass. They hold on only briefly before rushing towards the surface, feeding the wispy foam that sits just below the rim of the glass, allowing me to swirl and bury my nose in the glassware...
The nose provides pretty much everything I dream of when I think about lambics. There is a big bacterial and vinegary sourness, coupled with a big bretty and cheesy funk. The Bordeaux character is somewhat muted, which is the only thing that I think can be improved. I don't know how this is fresh, but with age, it's phenomenal.
The Bordeaux that was unfortunately lacking in the bouquet comes through nicely here. It is followed quickly by that cheesy funk from the nose. Wine grapes seem to dominate the middle of the flavor profile. The sourness moves from the funky cheesiness to a mildly acetic sourness. This is one of the most well-rounded sours that I have ever tried. The flavor is absolutely insane for a relatively low-gravity beer. The earthy finish is incredible and catches me almost by surprise. Nice and woody, it really rounds out Saint Lamvinus in a perfect way.
Despite the notable carbonation immediately following the pour, the texture and feel of this beer are that of a decidedly low-carbonation level. There is a sourness that flows through the entire body upon drinking. I am sorry that I only had 5-6 oz to enjoy, as I could have enjoyed the whole 750mL bottle myself over a two-hour time span.
Make sure this is consumed at cellar temp. You don't want to miss a single aspect of this phenomenal brew.
04-15-2010 02:53:23 | More by NittanyBeerFan
4.45/5 rDev -1.8%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy rose color with a small head that dissipates rapidly but leaves some specks of lace behind
Smell: Fascinating aroma of red wine grapes and barnyard funk; very tart, but with an underlying sweetness
Taste: Tart, dry grape flavors build in mouth-puckering sourness through mid-palate, with the barnyard funk storming in after the swallow to add woodsy complexity; the finish is long, dry and tart
Mouthfeel: Medium, almost creamy body, with low to moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A fascinating beer
04-15-2010 00:38:40 | More by brentk56
4.58/5 rDev +1.1%
Drank from a corked and capped 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a stemmed wine glass
Absolutely gorgeous appearance. Definitely one of the prettiest beer I have ever laid eyes on. The crystal clear, garnet-hued liquid was capped by a bubbly, bright white head that quickly fizzled to a clingy ring of froth.
The aroma was quite unique, yet still true to the style. Funk and must dominated the nose. Super complex and intriguing. Grape-y with sweet/tart, vinous notes. Oaky, leathery and slightly sour.
The taste was exceptionally smooth and graceful. Overall, it was very similar to the aroma, except perhaps more tart. Musty and cellar-like with lots of crisp, funky complexity. Vinous and slightly fruity. Earthy, muscat grapes would be my best guess for the grape variety used to flavor this lambic (although this was not the case). Oaky and woody. Lemon notes appeared in the dry, tannic, somewhat acidic finish. As the beer warmed, the funk seemed to intensify.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied with crisp, lively effervescence. Creamy and smooth on the palate.
Although this beer retails for upwards of $35 a bottle, it is worth every penny. The wine comparisons are obvious. However, to the best of my knowledge, no $35 bottle of wine displays the complexity or the elegance of Saint Lamvinus. Every beer aficionado should have the opportunity to sample this at least once in their lifetime.
04-13-2010 03:33:45 | More by Damian
4.58/5 rDev +1.1%
I have had this before on tap but this 2006 bottle was an incredible sour and worlds beyond the draft experience. I split this among three snifters. Yes you want to share this one. It had a light white bubbly head that disappeared fast and left a thin ring of bubbles around the glass. The color of the beer was a beautiful reddish peach in color. I expect this was from the age because my tap pour was much more burgundy. There was definite signs of barrel ageing to the appearance as well
The aroma was that incredible unmistakable Cantillon funk. The first time you smell it you will never forget it. To say this brew was sour would be understating yourself . This is one of those sour patch kid type brews but with out any sugar to balance it . I had this while smoking a fine cigar and the flavor just cut and cleansed the mouth at every sip. It was not to say so sour that it came off a vinegar but it was more like eating a hand full of sour grapes or a tart piece of fruit. The carbonation and the mouthfeel reminded me of a fine champagne.
This is a great brew I loved it but I do think it takes time to appreciate a sour and the age of the bottle greatly changed the flavors from the glass that I had fresh also at $35.00 a bottle its not cheep. It was a great experience and one I will love to have again but not something I expect every day. Another hint is you have to split this bottle with someone who will appreciate it. There is no way I could drink one bottle myself one glass was enough at a sitting
04-11-2010 17:33:09 | More by joepais
4.47/5 rDev -1.3%
At long last, St. Lamvinus. Due to the ongoing Cantillon shortage I actually had never had this until recently. Pours a dark purple with a slight cloudiness, no residual head, but lovely color from those grapes undoubtedly. Aroma is nicely funky and uniquely Cantillon and Brussels in that respect. Fairly dry floral character with some fruit/grape sweetness. The taste has that wonderful Cantillon funk to it, plus grape skins and floral notes and a dry finish. Medium bodied with a full carbonation, dry yet refreshing. This is a real tasty brew. While American brewers are putting out amazing things, they will never quite be able to do a beer like this.
04-10-2010 03:13:19 | More by vacax
4.65/5 rDev +2.6%
Quite the lambic. Poured into small sample glasses with only a bit of off white head and no lace. Color is a copper amber. Aroma is musky, malty, yeasty, oak, hint of the grape and acid. Flavor is much the same with the grape coming out in the finish. Great body and carbonation. Finsh is like flavor and medium in length. Clean finish but not really a session. This is a beer for the true lambic afficianado minus the fu fu.
04-07-2010 02:16:31 | More by drpimento
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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