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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,398 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,398
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,077
Gots: 339 | FT: 26
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: truthbrew on 03-20-2003)
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JBogan

Nevada

4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been interested in trying this one for a while. According to the label and cork it was bottled in '06. Quite a bit of rust under the foil and on the metal cap.

Poured a murky reddish color with a very small pink head which left no lacing to speak of. Looks a lot like a cloudy glass of wine.

Smells of tart cherries and vinegar, both balanced nicely.

Tastes just as it smells, tart cherries and vinegar. Once again, well blended and pleasing. Reminded me a lot of their gueuze. No sign of alcohol. Very refreshing.

This Lambic felt much like many others in the mouth. Somewhat on the thin side, yet with a nice cleansing effect. A perfect warm weather beer.

This is one of the better sour beers I've ever enjoyed. Another solid offering from our friends at Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 22:11:14 | More by JBogan
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Publick House in Brookline, MA.

An interesting reddish color that looks a lot like wine, but that comparison dies with the big, fluffy, light pink head that crowns this body. Although it looks like it might have some staying power, that big head disappears quickly and doesn't leave any lacing behind.

The smell is earthy, a little cheesy, and the aroma of grapes, pretty much like wine, dominates.

The comparision to wine is pertinenet in describing every facet of this beer; in my opinion it is a beer/wine hybrid. My first sip I said, "this tastes like wine." A variety of grapes make this tastes like a mixture of different wines, and a good, strong, earthy flavor provides a backbone. This earthy taste is the bridge between the wine and beer flavors palate wise, but also because it is a characteristic I have found in both beer and wine. Sure enough, after you get past the fact that Saint Lamvinus tastes like wine, you will notice that it also tastes like a lambic with its puckering tartness. Along with that tartness is a sizeable musty flavor.

The mouthfeel is one area where Saint Lamvinus doesn't really compare to wine. Very slightly puckering and with only a medium body. Somewhat dry finish.

This thing went down really fast. Sure, I only had an 8oz pour, but even considering that. This lacks the sour punch that other cantillons have, and this is one I think could spend some time in the cellar. Overall a fascinating beer, but I don't know that I will ever pay 40 bucks for a bottle of it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2009 15:53:24 | More by Hojaminbag
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 750ml brown, corked and capped bottle comes at 5%abv.; bottled on 22/11/2007, BB 12/2009, served cool in a large tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: the colour comes more like a strawberry-flavoured lambic, light purple-ish or dark pinky red, slightly translucent on top of very fine carbonation in action, while the thin, pink-ish white foamy head settles in time to a rim.
S: the pungent sourness of Lambic ale with all the typical trimmings (funky musts and tangy, old grapefruit peels) mingles with an aromatic main body of (merlot) grapes, with a clear gravity of lambic base, while mildly sour strawberry notes and salted citrus peels lag behind closely. A deep sniff reveals the depth of French oaks endowed by long oak-ageing, a hint that had already been given away by the cork's inner side as soon as the bottle was opened, actually; simultaneously, the richer note of fresh grape juice (hinting at fat, juicy grape flesh!) is accommodated in the middle. Overall, a true harmony.
T: supremely, if not brutally, tart/lactic-sour, funky, as well as nobly, intensely savoury (for an beer, that is) upfront, dominated by the lambic base where merlot grapes seem to have melted, with only the sour fruity bits wandering around... but, hang on, as the beer slips through the tongue, the Merlot-elements interact/converse with the remnant bit of air in the mouth almost like a true fine wine, generating a delicate whiff of oaky-wine aroma. Also, the tannic & oaky touch of a typical lambic ale expands from the middle of the tongue towards b/w the teeth, as the aftertaste turns semi-dry and tannic, showing lingering hints of mustiness in the end.
M&D: the texture is quite "stimulating", due to the level of musty tart-iness vis-à-vis the delicate carbonation, while, at 5%abv., this ale seems to taste "heavier" than normal thanks maybe to the tannins brought about by the red grape skins. All in all, this is another very very good novel-lambic invented by this uncompromising brewery, although personally I think the white-grape counterpart ("Vigneronne") has the upper hand for the finesse in aroma and overall. Just finished the whole 750ml bottle in an hour and I still can't have enough of it - really quaffable for a lambic!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 20:38:20 | More by wl0307
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HopHead84

California

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

Part of a sour tasting. This stood out as one of the best of the night.

The beer is a beautiful pinkish grapefruit color with a large white head that slowly recedes.

The Brett is very apparent in the aroma. Notes of horse blanket, musty barnyard, and wet dog are strong. Adding to the superb brett character are the tart grapes that have vinegar notes with some acidity. The aroma has a hint of sweetness.

The flavor also has a lot of musty barn yard Brett to it with some tannin and a little vinegar. The grapes are slightly sweet and very tart, mouthpuckeringly so. I'm looking at my notes and the next word looks like fatsick. I think that should read fantastic. Other flavors are of oak and a hint of citrus to add to the funky grape flavors. The finish is dry, sour, and tart.

Light - Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation and a very dry mouthfeel. A superb beer. I'm very excited that a new batch should be around soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 21:01:03 | More by HopHead84
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LauraAlberts

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy Strawberry

Smell: Wonderful aromas of fruit. Hint of deep mexican coffee smell. Downwind from the barn. Wood, dirt, earthiness, over-ripe strawberries.

Taste: Taste of fruit turns into tartness that covers up any trace of alcohol. Strawberries. Pomegranite.

Mouthfeel: Very tart.

Drinkability: Taste like they took cheap champagne like a Pol Clement and poured it over pureed ripe strawberries so you have the essence of a sparkling wine. You don't get strawberries from merlot usually. A rose of merlot in beer form. Enjoy if that's your thing.

Pair with chocolate - flourless chocolate cake. Caramelized Pear salad.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 01:16:15 | More by LauraAlberts
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Sheffield's sour night. Served in a Cantillon mini-tulip glass.

A - Judging by the other reviews it sounds as if the bottles have significantly more carbonation. The pour I got looked like it was a cask ale - just a bunch of big bubbles that stuck around for a while. The color was really nice - mostly transparent purple-red.

S - Sour cherry, Merlot, tart pink lady apples, sour green grapes, gooseberries, and hints of wood, funk, and musty barn. The smell is incredibly potent too.

T - The taste smooths out a lot of red wine flavor, and pushes the sour apple and cherry flavors up to the front. There's also a restrained sour grape-skin aftertaste. I feel like I don't have the necessary descriptors for a brew like this one, and that red wine loves would find all kinds of interesting things to say. It was definitely interesting and delicious though.

M - Dry finish - a bit of cotton mouth starts to happen. It's very smooth and thin-bodied, but doesn't come off as watery. The negligible carbonation is unfortunate, because because it starts to come off a syrup-like after a while and makes me feel like I want to brush my teeth.

D - Mild aftertaste, low ABV, cask-style texture. The only thing that keeps this from a perfect score is the outrageous price. It tastes wonderful, but at $40/bottle in Chicago it's too expensive to have regularly. Hopefully it pops up on-tap a little more often (albeit slightly more carbonated).

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2009 03:23:13 | More by MasterSki
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this one at vintage estates in Boardman, OH after hunting this one down for a while.

Pours a very wine like dark red with minimal head. What is there is a crown.

Smell is surprisingly subdued from what I was expecting. Grapes, a little vinegar.

Taste is very good, not nearly as sour as kriek, nice mix of sour and grapes. Good, great even, but I'm a little shocked at how high this is rated.

Mouth is where a lambic should be, relatively thin and heavy on the carbonation.

Very easily drinkable but I don't think I'll stop back here due to the price.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 00:58:01 | More by sonicdescent
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Floydster

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

250 ml serving in a Chimay goblet at the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party on 3/29/09 poured from a 750 ml bottle, reviewed from notes on my cell phone

A-Bright dark pinkish red brown color, 3/4 inch bubbly off white head that stays around a long time, very nice lacing for its style
S-Wild yeast, cherries, dark fruits, red grapes, sugar, tarty aromas, rubber, lemons, roses, oak, and plenty of funkiness
T-Starts out with a big sour grape flavor, more fo that and other tarty and sweet fruits in the middle, finish is acidic and dry with a huge tannic character, gets even smoother as it warms and more fruit comes out including a nice citrus profile, really enjoy the grapey funkiness in this one, great yeast strain used in the barrel, mmmm
M-Dry, sweet, =tart, funky, and very acidic mouthfeel, light to medium bodied, tons of carbonation, taste lingeres a very long time
D-Could have a few more of these easily, it is six percent and does even taste that, refreshing and crisp, goes down with very little effort, very light overall, just the acid will eventually catch up to you

I have always thought long and hard about buying a bottle of this when I see at Holiday Wine Cellar but the thirty dollar plus price tag always scares me away, now it will not, this is truly a great brew from Cantillon and I would like to have more as soon as possible, worthy of its hype, recommended

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 19:52:48 | More by Floydster
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's always a pleasure to sit down with such a prized beer. The lure and legendary status of Saint Lamvinus makes is appetizing and intimidating.

The beer bursts with fragrance before it even settles into the tulip glass. A billowing head of light burgundy color rises with an airy and musty quality. Vineous (as merlots should), tart, and acidic notes give a little perk to the brow and a twinge to the jawls- surely sour, astringent, and sharply acidic. Berries, grapes, and plumbs are all represented well in the nose, along with a woodsy, dusty, attic-like, musk that gives the unusual character that only brettanomyaces can.

Much more fruity and less sour to taste as it seemed by the smell. Expansive flavors of vineous merlot wine, but with the body and carbonation of a typical lambic to differentiate it from the true wine character. Again, the tartness of the wild yeasts give the beer a lot more complexity than is usually found in red wines. Berries, grapes, and plumbs dominate with a close back-up of apple cider vinegars and a cork-like wood taste. The musty, dusty, attic-ey notes don't carry over to the taste; just stopping at the nose. Still, a briney-Orval taste brings a somewhat salty-metalic taste that adds complexity rather than distorts it.

The blend of yeasts have cut through the barley malts and reduced them to nearly that of heavier red wines. Still, a mild malt flavor gives a bit of weight, maltiness, and substance to keep it from ultimate thinness. Still, acidic to cut through and residual sweetness. Pleasantly astringent all the way, giving a clean, refreshing tartness that challenges the palate but never overwhelming it.

Ok, the beer falls a bit too far on the wine side of things for me. I appreciate the clean, well-attenuated malt and fruit blends but the beer doesn't leave the malt backbone that I appreciate most. The first sip led me to beleive that this 750 mill. session would be laborous and tiresome but after 45 minutes, the glass is dry. Very drinkable, the beer evaporates on the tongue and leaves a powdery, fruity finish. Understandible why this beer ranks among the best.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 03:22:43 | More by BEERchitect
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goethean

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Inexplicably poured ice cold into a wine glass at Long Bar. Ruby. Slight head which dissipates quickly. Beer is somewhat flat. Mild but rich & complex aroma. Tart. Slight malt flavor. Grape and sour cherry, black cherry, and sweet cherry fruitiness. Aromatic vinegar notes. Higher alcohols? Dry finish. Some grape-skin astringency. Wine-like. This 6% alcohol beer is more satisfying and interesting than beers twice that strong.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2009 04:03:52 | More by goethean
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Memphis Tap Room in Philadelphia...
Pours a blood-red, thick, viscous syrupy liquid with a decent sized foamy and frothy head with a substanial amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Tartness all up in the nose with rose, hibiscus, and red fruit essences...
Extremely tart and sour, with a viney, oaky flavor...
Very thick and rich...
A top-notch depiction of the genre...
Definitely recommended if you're a fan of the style...

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2009 01:44:33 | More by dsa7783
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, corked and capped, purchased for $29.99 at Grapes of Mirth in Columbus. The beer is hazy, kind of muted pink reddish colored, with an off-white head tinted just a little pink. I guess it's kind of stereotyping but this really smells like a funky barnhouse. I'm not sure I can smell anything grape-like, but I get earthy mustiness and a little vinegar. This lambic is not as sour as I expected but still has a little mouth pucker after each sip. Mostly it's funky and dry, maybe a little fruit but I couldn't nail the exact ingredient without reading the bottle (Bordeaux grapes). Light bodied with low carbonation, addictive and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 23:58:57 | More by TurdFurgison
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Ebenezer's.

Beauitful clear red, almost no head.

Aroma is slightly tart, sweetly vinous, red grapes. Hint of vinegar.

Taste begins with tart vinegar, soft in the middle with a bit of earthy funk, finishes with a quick snap of tartness followed by a lingering vinous red wine.

Quite carbonated, with a nice light body. Fruity, beautiful.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2009 12:46:31 | More by JohnQVegas
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rye726

Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a murky dark raspberry with a silky tan head.

I detect tart fruits, red grapes, oak, moss covered wood, damp rotting soil and a subtle manure aroma.

The taste did not quite hold the same complexity found in the nose, but is still quite impressive. A well balanced blend of sour berries, subtle barnyard funk, oak and Burgundy wine.

Body is crisp and acidic with a delicate carbonation and a tart, dry finish. A well blended lambic that would pair well with a fine aged cheese.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 23:57:45 | More by rye726
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had this brew at least a half dozen times but have failed to review it. Thanks to FooFaa for giving me another opportunity.

A-Deep,blood red raspberry with a thin off-white ring that retained well but left no lace.

S-Sharp sour tartness with deep wood/tannic astringency and a mild aroma of sweet red grape sweetness. A bit of dry erase marker in the background.

T-Tart red grapes combine with astringent tannins and oak notes. A bit of fruit sweetness sneaks in after the wave of sourness passes you by. A perfect combination of tart, sweet and dry....DELISH!

M-Medium-light body with a bright tart sharpness. A sour one for sure....but not an all out puckering assault!

D-Without question my very most favorite Cantillon I have had the pleasure of trying. I love the near perfect combination of flavours, fruity, tart, dry, WOW! I really love this beer....I just wished it wasn't so rare and so expensive. The beer equivalent to a wine spritzer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 15:10:28 | More by Deuane
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip on 3/4/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured an opaque raspberry-colored body with thin ring of off-white head and no carbonation or lacing to report.

S - Aroma is sour and tart with woody notes and grape sweetness. Nose features a strong, prominent paint thinner/magic marker character with a mild astringency.

T - Very oaky and woody character with definite merlot-esque qualities. Some grape sweetness, but this mostly smacks of sour and tart fruit with a bit of astringency.

M - Medium bodied and softly carbonated with a light syrupy texture. Extremely sour and tart on the palate. Prepare to pucker up!

D - I found this to be more drinkable than the Lou Pepe. This is a very nice sour lambic overall with a predominant oakiness and an abundant fruity tart character.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 04:25:15 | More by ffejherb
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younger35

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this from Discount Liquors in Milwaukee for $27.99. Not cheap but I'm expecting to love this!! This is officially my first brew from Cantillon and I'm overly ready. I feel like it's my first time. Drank from a wine glass as directed on bottle.

Bottled in 2004 with some obvious leakage under the foil and a soft, slightly damp cork.

Appearance- Pours an absolutely beautiful crystal clear pinkish red with a perfectly delicate, perfectly soft lightly colored pinkish white head. The cap and collar remain the entire time but somehow not much lacing is left behind.
Smell- Wow, the funkiest brew I've had the privilege of sniffing to date. Cheesy and sweaty dirty it smells as if this brew hasn't bathed in 5 years. The mustiness is very earthy and mushroom like and this become more apparent as it warms. Vinous and sour this bad boy has a lot going on. Cidery with sorts of a balsamic or, probably more appropriate, red wine vinegar like aspect that I love. My mouths a watering.
Taste- Now this is a treat!! Super acidic and tart from the first sip, a vinegary sort of dryness just engulfs my entire mouth. The grapes are light and fruity and play a bigger part in the taste than the nose. Supremely sour and puckering at first but once your mouth adjusts this thing becomes smooth and funky. Murky and earthy the horsehair is way lighter in the taste than the nose but it's still moderately (and perfectly might I add) dirty. Finishes with a sort acidic vinous bite that is slightly fruity and lingers for quite some time.
Mouthfeel- Light to medium feel with sharp aggressive carbonation and dry finish. The beer is very quenching and it sticks with me.
Drinkability- The first drink really socks ya in the throat. Once you acclimate though it become VERY drinkable and hella enjoyable. The balance between funk and fruit is almost perfect and after smelling the beer I would have never have guessed. Absolutely fantastic brew that I'm o-so-glad I payed the price for. Can't wait to dig into more of these Cantillon brews in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 02:55:12 | More by younger35
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csmiley

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an interesting shade of lavender coming close to purple. There could be a hint of brown in there as well. Head is minimal and only covers the beer with a thin pinkish cap. Retention is hard to gauge given the amount of head. More lace is left around the glass than expected.

S - Aroma starts out sour with hints of grape and cherry. They quickly fade to reveal a funky wood aroma that really catches the nose off guard. A little more barnyard than expected. Old wet hay and wood stand out more than anything. Comes back to subtle grape and yeast at the end. Starts to become just a tad metallic as it warms.

T - Sour grape punches the taste buds immediately. The sour feel goes away to reveal one of the most delicate tasting brews I've ever had. The barnyard that was present in the aroma is very subdued in the flavor. Touches of hay, belgian yeast, oak, and apple all have a showing throughout the flavor. It all comes back to an absolutely lovely grape flavor that is hard to describe in the words of mere mortals. The flavor of this beer works great all around.

M - Lighter bodied with a carbonation that reveals itself at each passing sip. Minimal but good for this particular brew. Finishes a little tart and dry. Very clean given all the flavors.

D - Drinkability is very good. Alcohol is hard to pick up over the other flavors. Everything comes together in this brew to make something very special. I would say the nose could use some work but the flavor really takes over and you really just forget about the aroma after the second sip. Cantillon really hit on a gold mine with this beer. Highly...highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 05:57:03 | More by csmiley
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a perfectly hazy red, almost a light purple. There was very little head. I poured it slowly, of course, but using the same procedure with any other wild ale has given me an inch or more of head. The smell is kind of hard to pick up on with such a small head, but I can get this oxidized red wine scent immediately. Definitely a good, strong wild yeast character. The taste is what really shines. There's the standard wild ale, the tart, sour candy sitting on top of a lighter bodied red wine. Kind of a vinegar taste, really a great example of a lambic, though I've never had one with grapes. The mouthfeel is right on, none of the chalky tartness, not overcarbonated, great. And I sped through this one, loving every drop, and it may not hit me too hard at 6%. I know its expensive, but don't give it a pass if you can afford it.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 03:13:27 | More by taylorhamrick
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Beerzebub

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to Mudpuppet for trading me this one.

Bottled in 2007. Poured in a big wine glass at 56F/13C.

Deep hazy red-magenta color, ring of whitish froth, blots of lace.

Intoxicating aroma. Powerfully sour, fruity, and complex. Plenty of fresh juicy red grape juice, with apples, sour pineapples, wood, moderate funk, red wine vinegar, a touch of smoke, and indescribable wonderfulness.

Tastes plenty sour. Fairly dry, with just a touch of balancing sweetness. Big complex fruity woody web of flavors. A bit of vinegar, not too much. Long tart woody finish.

Low carbonation, but there are enough tiny tiny bubbles to coalesce into something surprisingly creamy on the tongue, and there's some nice astringency too. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Great great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 08:54:03 | More by Beerzebub
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The cork says brewed in 2007. I say this was $34 at Julio's with the Wild Six discount. 750 ml corked and capped. No pop of the cork whatsoever; slight redness on the inside of the cap. Well, here it is, review #500...

Pours a darker Rose red with slight wisps up top - really no head at all. I enjoy the blue/purple translucent tinge topping this effort. Body is surprisingly clean - only mild haze. Slightly viscous.

Well, there's a raspy veneer on the nose. Really, it's a bit of a wet paint smell. Actually quite a bit of it. There's some perfumish acidity from the Merlot specimens. Let's see what happens to this.

Man, the clean sourness of this deal is stellar. Huge Brett lemon funk is positively electric. The husky tannins of the grapes come out in taste where they were not on the nose. Oak is huge and has that dry splintery feel. The wet paint briefly comes back so it's a little weird but it fortunately exits quickly.

I'm trying to figure out the palate with this. There's a hint of funk here and it's very disconcerting. It's really all over the place. Electricity, tang and funk and this weird paint thing. Huh.

For a style that's very difficult to drink this does OK. Sip over an evening...interestingly I enjoyed this with a leftover beef stew, courtesy of the beautiful bride. It really balanced the overall meal out well. This one's a real trip.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 11:54:08 | More by IBUnit63
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis (thanks!).

Poured a dark ruby red color with an averaged sized reddish head. Aromas and tastes of grapes and wine. This one was just overall very vinous in nature. Medium sour and tart with some sweetness in there as well.

Notes from: 7/22/05

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 15:26:44 | More by hopdog
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light hazy purple color with an average fizzy white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate grape and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy fruity sour flavor with a medium to heavy sour finish of moderate to long duration.

My expectations where met with a standout beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 16:15:17 | More by tmoneyba
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More things kept coming up from the cellar during our New Year's bash... props to Jason for saving me the $30 to try this. Undetermined vintage 'cause I forgot to look!

Pours a red, hazy blood-orange color. Thin, pretty, the 3cm head stays and stays. No lace. Smell is intense, wild funk, not quite barnyard, more citric-acidic, gueuze like. Some brett here, oak dryness, sweet and tender grape tannins, tart, strong, aromatic and mouth-watering.

Shockingly good, St. Lamvinus wallops my palate with a host of aggressive flavors! Sour lemon citrus funk is first, followed by a strong supporting cast of red grapes, woody barrel, a sharp dryness reminiscent of red wine (surprise!), and a lingering fruit-sour interplay in the finish that is just sweet enough to take the best of the sour edge off. The lambic-sour is forward, while the red grape and everything else is on the perimeter. While I was expecting a stronger wine component, to say this is anything short of exceptional would be an understatement.

Mouthfeel is thin, finely carbonated. Finishes very dry and citrusy-funky, while those grapes dance over the tongue.

Like many beers of this type, 6 ounces is more than enough... or so I thought... now my glass is empty and I crave more! Help!

If you like Lambics or sour beers of any type, you should try this beer. If you like those AND enjoy wine, you must get this at all costs! You now know where your next $30 will be spent. It is absolutely worth the price, just know what you're getting into.

St. Lamvinus is exceptional, bold, and another world-class sour beer from Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 18:03:46 | More by kkipple
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2.95/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a flat amber hue with not fizz at all. Flat in the glass, with the appearence of a glass of wine.

S: Very vineous, winey, with a touch of oak and red berries.

T: Oaky goodness up front with a big blast of sour. Cherries and raspberrys stand out. It is very muddy, and earthy with tannic fruit skins standing out. The finish is almost like a bad vinegar.

M: Medium in body, flat.

D: Not really. I usually like a small serving of the style, but this one just did not do it for me. It a too much vinegar flavor going on and the flavors did not seem to meld well.

It is not one I will revisit at the price it is offered.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 16:32:55 | More by tpd975
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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