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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,470
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,125
Gots: 348 | FT: 28
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: truthbrew on 03-20-2003)
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Photo of BeerFMAndy
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.

BeerFMAndy, May 02, 2010
Photo of mothman
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.

mothman, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of hawks10
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...

hawks10, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
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.

mikereaser, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of Mistofminn
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!

Mistofminn, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
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.

WYVYRN527, Apr 23, 2010
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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.

2008 vintage.

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!

bobsy, Apr 20, 2010
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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.

NittanyBeerFan, Apr 15, 2010
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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

brentk56, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of Damian
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
Bottled: 25OCT06

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.

Damian, Apr 13, 2010
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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

joepais, Apr 11, 2010
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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.

vacax, Apr 10, 2010
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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.

drpimento, Apr 07, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev -8.4%

GLASS: Tulip
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

This one pours a lovely, pink garnet, color. It has some very nice ruby red tinting. The two-finger head of loose foam has a pink cast to it. The retention is okay overall, but good for the style. Lacing is minimal, but has a touch of stickiness to it.

A very light amount of barnyard funk is noticed. What stands out though, is the presence of red grapes. The sweetness of the meats, along with the tang of the skins. A mild swirl brings out a burst of oakiness.
This smells very fruity and inviting.

This is quite a tasty beverage. It absolutely has a certain touch of 'wine-ness' to it. The merlot grapes are very flavorful. There is a nice amount of funk going on, but it comes across as very balanced. There is definitely a touch of tangy sourness to it, which combined with the oak notes and the merlot grapes, make this one finish very dry.

The body is medium, closing in on full. The carbonation level is high. It has a very sharp and crisp feel to it.

The low abv (5%) lends itself to easy-drinking. The acidity level though, would probably lend itself to heartburn. It's very tasty and to those who like sours, in general, it's delicious and very consumable.

coldmeat23, Apr 06, 2010
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4.85/5  rDev +7.1%

Beer on draft, I was shocked when this was on draft at Churchkey, promptly ordered. Beer was purple and cloudy. Had no head and carbonation was low. There were a few bubbles but they failed to generate any lacing. Looks really interesting, kind of like grape juice.

Aroma is sour, citric with a hint of acetic, perhaps a little lactic in there as well. There is a slight sulfur aroma to it.

Minimal front flavor, beer is light in body. Drinkability high. The tartness gets you, its grapey and slightly sweet but in a sour and sweet sort of way. The flavors develop better on the back palate than the front. Its a great beer. There is not a lot of body to it and there is nearly no carbonation in the mouth. I really enjoyed it.

drabmuh, Mar 16, 2010
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4.58/5  rDev +1.1%

On tap at Church Key last night. Fucking expensive at $16 for a 10oz glass($13+$1.50 tax+$1.50 tip), but it was worth it.

The pour is great, a pretty reddish pink with a thick white head that recedes to a collar, leaving no lace. The nose is just outstanding. Plenty of vinous character with the red wine grapes being fresh and vibrant. Apart from the vinous character, the grapes also impart a faint cocoa/tobacco character to the nose. The lambic base is equally impressive with a musty aroma, some funk and a pronounced sourness. Funk is quite restrained.
The palate quite vinous with the grapes lending a lot of flavor and depth. The sourness is immediately apparent, with the acidity working really well with the grape. The funk character is rather low, just mildly musty, though I suspect that the fruit is obfuscating just how much funk is present. Drying and mildly tannic on the finish with a clean sourness and lingering vinous character, this is exceptional stuff.

DefenCorps, Mar 16, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev -4.4%

Bottled Oct 27th, 2009
Thanks to sleepydave for bringing this one over!

Pours a vibrant red/grape color. Mostly clear body with a big, fizzy, pink head that quickly dies off.

The aroma consists of ripe, juicy grapes, vinegar and bits of cherry and raspberry. Quite fruity.

Juicy grapes from the aroma come across the tongue along with some nice vinegar tartness to induce mouth puckering. Moving beyond the grapes are sharp cherry notes, some acidity and a dry finish that leaves a light taste of straw and cheese. Grape skins and dried cherries come out as well. A juicy and tart flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is light with spritzy carbonation. Decently tart with a good body full of fruit juice.

Drinkability is very good for this lambic. The sourness is definitely there, yet this is an easy drinker and quite refreshing.

Overall, this is a great sour. I really like the merlot grapes both for the beautiful color and the flavor. Nothing really stands out, but everything is very well done. I'd love to have a bottle of this to sip on a lazy summer afternoon. You really can't go wrong with Cantillon.

sisuspeed, Mar 13, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev -1.3%

Received as a birthday present from my lovely and craft beer appreciative girlfriend! Very excited to try this one as it doesn't show up too often around my area, bottled in 2008.

Appearance- Pours a very pretty shade of hazy crimson-tinged purple into my glass with about a half finger of fizzy white head sitting on top. As per the the style, the head fizzes out to a thin ring in short order. Little to no lacing left. What really makes this one interesting to look at is the beautiful shade of the beer itself.

Smell- Very vinous smelling with lots of dark grape mixed in with all the other scents. Quite a lot of funk as well before you're hit with the lactic tartness at the end of the whiff. A lot going on and I can't detect it all, but it smells quite good.

Taste- Never tasted anything particularly like this before. Up front, it is again very vinous. Tastes of tart grape skins, a mineral iron-like quality, and a surprising amount of oakiness from the barrels. The oak flavors lend a woody seediness to the beer that complements the vinous, wine-like qualities quite nicely. Finishes with a solid amount of funk and a prominent but not overwhelming tartness. Complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is appropriate and adequately carbonated for the style. Drinkability is good as well, though I couldn't drink it all night due to the funk and acidity.

Overall, an exceptional lambic. Possibly the best Cantillon I have had to date, though I do really enjoy Rose de Gambrinus as well. Try this if you can get it, as it is a unique experience.

boatshoes, Mar 13, 2010
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4.6/5  rDev +1.5%

A huge thanks to Dyan for sending me this one awhile back. I'd been holding on to it and decided a tasting over the weekend was the time to open it.

A: The pour is a murky reddish-purple color with a minimal rose colored head.

S: A fantastic aroma of grapes and must along with a wonderful acidity and yeasty barnyard funk character.

T: The flavor is similarly fantastic with plenty of lactic acidity to go along with sweet and sour grapes. The oak and Brett offer up some nice tannins and funk as well.

M: The beer is mildly carbonated with a dry finish and a medium body.

D: Possibly the best Cantillon beer I've had to date (yes, even better than Blabaer and Crianza). I'd pick up another one of these any day!

womencantsail, Mar 11, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured a clear blood red with almost no head. It looks like carbonated red wine.

Aroma is sour with some funk and a grape note to it.

Deliciously sour yet a sweetness emerges towards the finish. this is the most winelike beer i have ever had. Clean and complex with oak, red grape, and a nice acidity.

Slight carbonation the body is slick, almost like regular juice.

I wish i could drink this every day. Sadly it is very expensive so i will have to stick with IPA and Pils.

RenoZymurgist, Mar 07, 2010
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4.6/5  rDev +1.5%

Reviewed from my notes. Review based upon two 4 ounce pours I had, each served in a tiny wine glass at Novare Res' Valentines Day beer and chocolate pairing. The beer has an opaque plum/cranberry hue. There is no head or visible carbonation. It is a beautiful looking beer. It has a great fruity, funky aroma. It is slightly champagne-like. A mildly sweet fruit flavor is the first thing I taste. Tartness kicks in as I swallow and lingers briefly. I am definitely tasting wine-like flavors (red grapes, mostly), but all in a great funk wrapper. It's delicious. It has a crisp, dry light body. The tingly funk feeling is a great substitute for the carbonation bubbles you can usually feel in beers. There is a slight mouth coat. For a sour beer, this is amazingly drinkable. It really isn't all that sour. I wish I had a bigger pour! It is definitely a sipper, but extremely enjoyable. Personally, I can't see myself ever getting tired of this beer. It is near perfect.

ToasterChef, Feb 17, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev -4%

S: Tart, grapes, oak

A: Very purple w/pink thick lacing.

T: Tart grape, little oak, dry tart refreshing finish.

M: medium thin, fairly high carbonation, kind of champagnish.

D: Super drinkable d/t sweet tart taste and no etoh presence.

Overall: Kind of one-dimensional w/grapes and tartness being only flavors that shine through, but still works. Kind of like a NG beer but w/grapes.

bret27, Feb 16, 2010
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4.68/5  rDev +3.3%

2009 Vintage.

I've been jonsing for weeks for a sour and funky beer. This was everything and more that I could have asked for.

Gorgeous looking and elegant glass bottle. Multiple slow pours into wine glasses shared amongst family. Not too warm or hot and a little colder than room temperature.

A- Light red/cranberry colored beer. Champagne like bubbles and vigorous carbonation. Rose' colored head.

S- Barnyard funk. Straw. Vinegar. Tart cherry and dark fruits. Sour grapes. Couldn't keep my nose away from the glass.

T- This one blew my mind. It was a lambic, yet so close to being a wine. Puckering sour grapes, fruit, champagne, funk, tart apple. Refined and clean finish.

M- Very carbonated, dry and pleasant. Fizzy.

D- Easy drinking. Somewhat harsh on the stomach due to all of the sour/funk. I want more. I loved this one.

DavidSeanNJ, Feb 10, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured from tap into a taster glass at Capones.

A: A deep reddish copper color with a one finger white head. No glass lacing.

S: Dark fruits with tartness and some yeasty funk. I get a distinct vinegar smell on the back.

T: Starts sweet with the dark fruits of cherry and grape coupled with some oaky flavors and some earthy spicy yeasty funk. Sweetness turns tart and sour with some hops bite. Finish remains tart and clean and crisp.

M: Good, coating, full, no alcohol and clean finish.

D: Very good, surprisingly good. Enjoyable.

Overall a great beer that I enjoyed much more than the Fou Foune. Less fruit but more tartness and funk, less sweet. A very good beer that I enjoyed.

Kadonny, Feb 09, 2010
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours a beautiful ruby with a thin pink head. Aromas of cherries, currants, and grapes on the nose, with a perfectly balanced funkiness. Flavor is vinous with more fruit (and even cranberry?), with a sharp but refreshingly acidic finish, complemented by hint of cloves or anise. This is a perfect fruit lambic.

gyllstromk, Feb 07, 2010
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,470 ratings.