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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,530 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,530
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,138
Gots: 353 | FT: 25
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Belgium

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 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
Photo of Dspohn
4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

Kind of a murky raspberry/peach color in my tulip with some bright white foam that had some staying power.

Quite sour vinous character from the merlot grapes with a bit raspberry lemon side to the profile. The grapes lie somewhere in between ripe red grapes and underripe green grapes. I generally prefer younger fruit lambic and at about 2 years old the level of fruit presence seems ideal. Has a very rich aspect of funk to it that's pretty animal like, sort of a leathery flavor. A really pleasing balance between sour and funk that keeps everything in check. Maybe couldve used a little more carbonation. Very drinkable.

Dspohn, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked & capped bottle poured into a wine glass, bottled 18 November 2008.

Pours a deep amber with a light reddish/orange color. There is a small white head with some light bubbles rising up. Nose is very tart and a bit funky, there's a barnyard sourness that's uniquely Cantillon.

Taste is tart and tingly all over, very sharp and funky, but not over the top like some Drei Fontinen beers. There is a light grape flavor, but it's not over the top or very strong, and it's well balanced by the oakiness that's equally present. Mouthfeel is light, carbonated and a bit champagne-like. Finish is very dry and sour, just how it should be, fantastic beer!

kingcrowing, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of mmercede
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2009.

A: Pours a rather dark burgandy/brown color with significant haze and sediment, even when decanted. Has more of a head than I expected.

S: Ridiculously intense compared to other cantillon. Starts off extremely funky/vinegary. The only word I can use to describe this smell is vomit. Also has woody/spicy characteristics. I like my beers funky/sour. However, this nose is too much.

T: OK, the taste is significantly better than the nose. Amazingly complex flavor featuring strong oak, strong funkiness, vinuous wine flavors, tart cherries, red grapes, balsamic vinegar, and much more. Extremely dry.

M: Dry, tannic, great carbonation, relatively heavy body with a wine-like feel.

D: The nose hurts drinkability a bit. However, the taste and mouthfeel really make up for it. I could definilty do a whole 750 or two no problem.

mmercede, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Verecund
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the freshest fruit lambics I've had from Cantillon. Bottled on November 21, 2010. Consumed on February 6, 2011.

Pours a bright, ruby red with reddish-brown hues and a ruddy pink half-inch head.

Fantastic nose: tart grapes; Cantillon barnyard funk; a tiny wisp of lactic acid. It leads tart and vinous, featuring merlot grape, sour apple and dark cherry. Then, damp hay and light oak, and a finish that combines the red wine components with the expected funk (like musty barn). Not as sour or funk as I had expected, which could be due to its youth. Greatly, potently grapey.

Fairly effervescent and lively, with a body on the lighter end of the spectrum. Finishes dry and tannic.

Really, really drinkable, though the tannic character builds as time goes on. I prefer the LP series to this, but not by much. A winner.

Verecund, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled in 06 says the cork. the date on the back of the bottle is pretty hard to read. i actually thought it said 08. drank from my duvel tulip. drinking this expensive monster to celebrate the end of my busy season at work, as well as mark my 800th review. its been a big day (for me anyways).

A- the pour yields somewhat hazy reddish colored body with pink highlights. there is a small pale pink head on top. the head lasts for a second or two before becoming no more than a crown along the sides of my glass.

S- the balance between sweet and sour seems to come together here. it starts out with some red wine grape like sweetness and barnyard funk. there are soft acidic notes, but nothing over the top. some musty/earthiness at the end.

T- the taste starts out with some of the musty/earthy funk that i could smell. the sweetness form the grapes appears next. man, this beer has some serious pucker power that after smelling it, seems to come out of left field. intense.

M- light bodied with the expected low level of carbonation. very dry aftertaste. no trace of the alcohol.

D- the whole 750 would have been too much, so im happy that i had someone to share it with. intensely sour. im glad i tried this and would love to try it again. i dont think im in any rush to go out and drop another $40 on it though. Cantillon cant disappoint.

jwinship83, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously split by colonelforbin. Vintage 2003. Thanks a lot man.

A: Pours a hazy purple-cranberry color with a thin white head that quickly reduced to a thin film.
S: Light, tart notes all around with hints of musty attic, sweet red grapes and slight straw. Pretty vinous overall.
T: Follow the nose in the most wonderful kind of way. There is no acidic or vinegary flavors, just a clean fruity tart/sourness. Flavors are again, very vinous and similar to red wine, but sweeter. I get sweet fruits in the aftertaste.
M: Extremely dry. Some gritty tannins are present, but for the most part this beer is really smooth.
D: One of the better beers I've ever had, and probably my favorite lambic to date (even over Blåbær, my previous favorite). Thanks again Mike for cracking this one!

scottfrie, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of illidurit
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rating #1100! Thanks to Devon for shelling out $40 for this particular bottle, which had been staring at me from a shelf in the local bottle shop for a year's worth of visits. Shared at the December Santa Cruz tasting.
Pours a cranberry juice color with a small white head that evaporates quickly from all the acidity.
Aroma is funky and sour with plenty of blue cheesy bacterial aspects aside lemons and unripe grapes.
Flavor is extremely characterful, even for Cantillon. Very sour but also quite sweet with rich winey grape notes and other jammy fruits. Very acidic, unripe berries and lemons. Tons of funk as well. Horsey and cheesy and musty. Some tannic/oaky stuff too. The whole gamut.
Dry finish on a medium, fulfilling body. What a classic.

illidurit, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from an oversized wine glass.

A - Pours a nice hazy cherry red colour, no head but it is a Lambic so not expected.

S -A sweet sourness that is reminiscent of grapes.

T - Beautiful flavours of grapes and some citrus notes to accompany the tart sour finish. Very funky.

M - Nice fizz and light to medium body.

D - The best Lambic that I have had to date.

eric5bellies, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally reviewing this beer

Pours a cherry red. Almost like cranberry juice. No head but some champagne type small bubbles were rising. Color is awesome but the lack of head gives this a 3.5.

Aroma is the best part IMO. Very wine-ish with a funk. You can smell the merlot grapes for sure.

Taste is great. Tons of wine taste with a good funk. I wish it was a little more full on flavor and the sourness could be more but still an awesome beer.

Mouthfeel needs more carb. I understand what their trying to do with the wine grapes and stuff but I think it would be better if they were going for more of a sparkling wine.

Overall an awesome beer but pretty expensive. I would get it again but their too hard to come by and I don't think it's worth the effort.

PeprSprYoFace, Jan 11, 2011
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,530 ratings.