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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,585 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,585
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,163
Gots: 355 | FT: 25
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Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: truthbrew on 03-20-2003)
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

bombadil, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Bobbydigi, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Auracom
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2 oz. bottle pour into a wine taster at the Bruery Provisions on November 7th, 2011. #4 of a 5-bottle Cantillon flight.

A - Profoundly unique coloration here. A blend of deep blood-red and accenting purple hues. Low carbonation, head, retention, and lacing. It looks like a solid red wine blend but with more character.

S - Wow, far more funk than I anticipated. Thick barnyard mud. Manure. Wet hay and grass. Behind the huge brett layers are wine complexities. Red grapes, oak, almost a dark fruit component.

T - Love it. Red grape sweetness blended with a vinous note at the front, immediately followed by puckering sourness. Great depth throughout the palate. Dry finish is more than adequate here. I sense a bit of warming in the back of my throat.

M - Light-medium body. Average carbonation. I'm finding Cantillon to be pretty damn consistent with feel.

D - This beer has a sense of mystique to me. I know that I didn't pick up everything in that glass, but what I did grab I thoroughly enjoyed and found this to be as unique as anything I've yet encountered. Great stuff, would actively seek this one out again.

Auracom, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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Appearance. Pours a hazy purple-red with half a finger of fizzy, thick, light pink head that fades pretty quickly.

Smell. Sweet red grapes and sour apples in a horse barn. Funky, sweet and sour ...in for a treat here, me thinks.

Taste. Big blast of sour and funky brett. After a few sips, dry red wine starts to come through, especially in the finish. Barnyard funk is present from begining to end, but not overpowering and doesn't linger past it's welcome. Sourness is somewhat intense, but not to the point of tasting like vinegar. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body. Fine, lively and smooth, medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Fantastic treat. Elegant and full of flavour, but still easy to drink. Went through the first glass way to quickly. Luckily, I'm drinking this alone and have another glass left. ...Who says drinking alone is a bad thing?? If I had money to burn, I would drink this stuff often.

Rutager, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 750 at Provisions,

A: Pours a gorgeous grape red with a soft white head, spotty lace.

S: As opposed to most fruit lambics, the barnyard dominates the nose here. Horse blanket and hay with that Cantillon funk.

T: Pretty, pretty, pretty. Delicious soft notes of grapes, passion fruit, plum and lilac. Very flowery, but maintaining the fruitiness at all times.

M: Medium-bodied overall, moderate acidity. Bright on the palate, very easy drinking.

O: If I had a bottle of this to myself, I could see myself finishing it in 10 minutes, it's just that good. I love good Right Bank Bordeaux, so adding Merlot and Cab Franc grapes to lambic makes sense to me. It certainly worked here.

Halcyondays, Nov 07, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TCGoalie for supplying this tasty beer. Enjoyed at a tasting party with TCGoalie, TCHopCraver, and zoso1967 quite a while back; just getting around to entering in some old audio reviews.

Appearance: Pours a raspberry color with lots of carbonation. Little to no head or carbonation. There are also some leg-like coatings running down the glass, similar to what you would find in a glass of red wine.

Smell: Lots of funky wild yeast type smells, with cherry, raspberry, and leather. Kind of a sting to the aroma and your nostrils get a bit of a workout if you stick your nose too far down into the glass.

Taste: This was extremely dry and sour like a handful of Sweet Tarts and Sour Patch Kids. The wine takes a back seat to the sour punch. There is some kiwi and raspberry there, but the face puckering aspect really dominates. Almost like sucking on a lemon at times.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, dry, and acidic. Sour is the operative word for sure.

Overall: An interesting beer, but a touch too sour. There are some nice flavors going on there, but the sour aspect overwhelms everything else.

BuckyFresh, Nov 06, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on October 27, 2009, my 21st birthday! 2 years old! Thanks to Calton for trading this to me back at SC.

Pours a ruby, violet color with a bit of head and a surprising amount of lacing. Very nice looking beer.

Smells of lemons, grapes, funk, oak, and vinegar.

Taste opens with a burst of grape, moving into waves after waves of sour flavors. Vinegar, lemon, cherry wash over the tongue with some hint of the brett funk mixed in. Moves into a grape/oak finish that mellows the sourness. This is a stellar beer and almost a vacation in a bottle.

Mouthfeel is spritzy and light, just what you'd expect from a cantillon.

Overall, this beer is stellar. I'm on the lookout for more.

bs870621345, Oct 27, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright pink ruby. White layer, good lacing.

Lemon, grape, sweet cherry, tartness.

Grape definitely noticeable, especially in the finish. Medium amount of sour.

Same finish as a wine, leaves the same dry feeling in your mouth. The sour element makes this quite lovely.

Yum, tastes like you think it would - gueuze with grapes. I'd like to age one of these, bring out the sour a bit.

ptykozoon, Oct 27, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with fellow BA’s at the CBS release. 2011 vintage. Taken from notes.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a beautiful hazy dark purple, reddish pink color. About a finger of slight pink head that dissipates slowly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Grape skins and tannin, oak, classic wonderful Cantillon barnyard funk, tart berries, and slight cheese.

Taste – A wonderful puckering sensation from the acidity, red wine and tannin. Fruits such as light raspberries and grapes mixed with barnyard funk and oak. A slight tartness finishes up the taste.

Mouthfeel – Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – A fantastic beer that was only slightly overshadowed by the 2003 Lou Pepe Framboise tasted almost directly after. Quite wine like and nicely balanced. Curious to see what a few years will do to the flavors.

SpdKilz, Oct 27, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a pinkish purple in color with a very thin head which left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: you could definitely sniff out the Merlot grapes in the nose alongside the signature oakum funky character, some acidity and a slight amount of citrus as well.

T: the flavor was even dominated by the Merlot grapes, tons of funky horse blanket character, oakum accents and a touch of citrus.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a fruity, oaky, funky, and sour finish.

D: the beer was drinking amazing and a great sour bite. Very glad to have this one again.

Gobzilla, Oct 23, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review updated - now 3 years later and from bottle. Numbers in review reflect bottle grade for 2013.

* * * *
What follows is original "on tap" review from 2011.

Pleased and surprised when I walked into City Beer in S.F. (only the second time there) and found this on tap. What a rare treat!

Pours a dark cranberry with purple tint. Very short quick fading white head. Looks fresh and appealing.

Nose is a really nice funk. The brett comes through and if you don't like brett perhaps one shouldn't be drinking these kinds of brews. This one shows greast "barnyard" "wet horse blanket" character with very nice undertones of purple grapes and hint of fruit. Told this can was fresh and expected a bit more from the nose. Nice but perhaps a bit disappointing.

Mouthfeel was medium/light, dry and pleasant. Well balanced with good carbonation but did not have the bright character one might expect in a well made Cantillon. However, it als was not as tart as expected or desired, likely a result of its freshness.

Flavor profile was "acceptable"and "pleasant." These are not the words one wants to use (or the character of a beer one wants to taste) when tasting Cantillon. Light, pleasant unassertive flavor profile. Hints of grape, hints of green apple with very little tartness. Probably the least tart Cantillon I've ever tried. Pleasant but that was about it. Nothing to rave about.

One loves that fact that this is rare to find on tap (at least in my experience here in California) and having any Cantillon is always a treat. All in all a disappointment from the Cantillon I've had in the past and I've had a great many. Candidly, the bottles I've had have much more character and distinction.

Kudos to City Beer and a great "bragging rights" experience. However, not a brew "to remember."

GRG1313, Oct 20, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beer Store - SF.

A - The beer was delivered in a 7oz flute and had a nice medium purple color to it.  Kind of what I would expect grape soda to look like.  Nice thin head topped the flute with a whispy witenagemot head.  The head fell quickly leaving behind no trace of lacing.

S - Definitely not the strong point of this beer.  It was very earthy, almost too earthy to the point of smelling like poop.  No kidding!  I had 4 ba's with me and they all agreed.  There was a definite sour funk present but the poop was strong with this beer.

T - The taste thankfully didn't reflect the aroma.  Nice vinous tartness.  Super tart.  There was also a very present earthy flavor that although similar to the smell was not off-putting.  I really enjoyed the flavor.

M - Super crisp, dry and refreshing.  Excellent spiky carbonation.  Like most Cantillon's this was a very well balanced and crafted beer.

O - Overall this was a great treat.  I was amped to see this on the tap list.  At $10 for a 7 oz pour it was a bit spendy, but it was a luxury that I would try again.

dubinsky, Oct 15, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle enjoyed at Deep Ellum. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a dark, ruby purple. It's surprisingly clear, like magenta-tinted juice. A half-finger white head leaves nice lacing around the glass.

Wonderful tart and vinous funk in the aroma. I'm not sure I'd necessarily peg the fruit character as grape-like, as there are definitely some cherries at work as well. A light citric acidity adds another sour element, but this is quite a sweet-smelling beer.

Grapes are far more present in the taste, with a very grape-dominant aftertaste. It's quite sweet, though certainly less sweet than, say, Zwanze 2011. Very tart sourness, bordering on mouth-puckering at times. There's a cheesy funk, not unlike horse blankets/barnyards/etc. It goes without saying, but the tannic quality is quite wine-like.

Here's where St. Lamvinus crushes it - the mouthfeel is the best of any Cantillon I've ever had. Lush and thick, with a perfect medium level of carbonation. Not unlike a Lambrusco, though it's a little more viscous. An absolute delight to drink.

Another wonderful expression of fruit from Cantillon. Very well balanced despite some extreme flavors at work. A shame this is so difficult to find these days.

amphion1065, Oct 12, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An 09 "bottled" vintage cracked and poured into my favorite chalice.

A small white frothy head sits on a murky ruby red brew. The head receds leaving a little ring of bubbles and very little lacing.

The nose on this is fairly sour and acidic with a fruity funkiness.

The taste is dominated by fruit, cherry and grape. The fruit immediately sours in the finish with a slight medicinal taste. All the sour and funkiness is definetely in the back and is a little subdued compared with other lambics from Cantillon. A nice medium to light body on this one.

Overall a pretty good lambic. It's not super sour or extremely funky but more balanced, if there is such a thing when it comes to lambics from Cantillon. This would make a good intro for those wanting to taste a more serious lambic.

alpineclimber, Oct 11, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In line at founders for CBS. 500th review. Thanks spdkilz!

A-cherry color with a white head that stays around the edges

S-funny grape smell

T-great grape flavor coupled with a funkiness I cannot finger it

M-medium body and smooth

O-very good beer. Can't wait to see it with age

brew3crew, Oct 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25th Review
Draft at Monk's Cafe - served in flute glass
Vintage 2008

L: Hard to say as it was quite dark in Monk's at the front bar; however, I'll go with bursting/bright raspberry. No head.

S: Different. Very, very different. Not in a bad way, but not like any other beer I've smelled before. Hint of fruit drowned by a very interesting funk - acidic, earthy, off...you name it. Maybe almost like wine, but I still can't figure it out.

T: Straight to sour from the get-go! Not overpowering, but definitely in your face. Hint of sweet and tart is well-balanced. Enjoyable considering I was expecting way worse.

M: Light, crisp, and dry.

O: Very well put together considering how nervous I was after smelling it. I have not jumped into this style very often; however, this beer tickles my palate to explore further. As such, I will =)

spdyfire83, Sep 23, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Monk's on Zwanze day. This is the 2008 version.

A - Pours murky purple/red with a very small film of white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving little to no lace down the glass.

S - Smells of acidic sourness, musty basement funk, merlot grapes; from the skins to the pulp, it is all in there; and some dry oak tannins. Smells like a funky merlot.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of sharp acidic sourness slowly giving way to a mix of juicy merlot grapes and their skins, damp earth, musty barnyard funk, dry oak tannins, and some faint fruity twang at the very end. The finish is a mix of dryness and sourness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sharp, vinous, feel with plenty of pucker that lingers through the finish. This is quite complex, yet very enjoyable.

O - I enjoyed my glass of this one. Sometimes the combination of funk and grapes doesn't always work but it really does here. Yet another winner from Cantillon.

orangesol, Sep 18, 2011
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4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All i can say is wow this beer is amazing. ordered a bottle at deep ellum with friends for $40, not bad considering that is the shelf price.

this beer pours a nice red color, I could not give you the exact shade as it was quite late and deep ellum is pretty dark inside anyways. the smell is acetic and sour right of the back with a little bit of funk in there but barely noticeable over the sour smell. the taste is sour with red wine notes and acidity a superb balance between the wine grape flavor and the sour lambic. the mouthfeel is light and mouth wateringly sour. overall this is the best sour beer i have ever had.

rowingbrewer, Sep 15, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer, big thanks to Dajtai007 for sharing this one

Appearance: Pours a clear purplish-red with a soft pink head about a finger thick that fades into a thin lacing over the top. Very soft and elegant looking.

Aroma: Grape skins, fruit, blackberries, cherries, oak, subtle funk blended with tart fruity aromas, a real treat.

Taste: Dark grape flavor, tart cherries, subtle oak character with a finish that is citrusy and clean.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and light body with a slightly sour dry finish.

Overall: I could easily see myself knocking back a few bottles of this; however, my wallet can't see that.

jamescain, Sep 15, 2011
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4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't remember the vintage, forgot to write it down but it was younger.

A: Beautiful color, like a purple to red hue that is quite brilliant. Nice ring of head and even some lacing. Really quite pretty, amazing what they can do with colors.

S: Classic Cantillon wild yeast and barnyard funk and very refined grape notes. Round oak meld and smooth out some of the funk. Not as aromatic as I'm used to from Cantillon, but this still smells quite nice and has a light wheaty malt berry/grape pie smell.

T/M: Great dry old taste with a semi bitter fruit pit aftertaste with some nice tart white grape and light berry fruits. This almost seems like a slightly sweet fruit tart or pie with the crust. I also get a fruit tart burst at the back of the palate. Effervescent bubbles help lift the yeasty notes and funky straw to the fore to compete with the fruit. The oak also has a nice moderating role to make sure nothing sticks out too much. Nice dry finish as well.

Overall a great beer, definitely worth seeking out.

Dreadnaught33, Sep 12, 2011
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4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is quite the gem, truly, looks like merlot, a little lighter, but brighter, prettier, good sexy meld of purple and pink. The head is pink, and a good 1"+ deep. Truly a masterpiece worth looking at. Solid purple grape aroma, usual suspects of dry lemon.

Complex. Grapes, tannins, meld to produce a dry fruit presence, all the great sour flavor, none of it getting in the way of each other. A little bit of berry note to it. Just the right amount of tartness, substantial. I thought it was very clean, not barnyardy or horse blanket stuff you can read in almost every review.

Damn expensive stuff, but sometimes, you or she is worth it. Normally, I think the year round lineup from Cantillon (and Fantome) was usually superior to the harder to gets, but this one seems to be the exception to the rule.

Damn fine on a day at the end of summer, thanks Labor Day weekend 2011. This and 3F schaerbeekse in heaven.

EdIT: got to try some on tap at triple rock, wow, this beer just keeps getting better every time I drink it.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 05, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to claaark for this one. 750ml capped and corked bottle into a Cantillon tulip. 2010 cork date. Shared with schen9303.

Pour yields a 1 finger powdery pink head with moderate retention that dissipates into a thick ring around the glass. Beer is a clear deep, pink-purple. Lacing is non-existant. Above average due to the amazing color.

Nose is tart purple grapes, rotting wood, and a distinct, sharp cheesiness mixed with some cobweb notes. Very aromatic, robust, and fruity overall while remaining simple. Impressive.

Opens cobwebs, plastic, grape tartness mixed with a juicy sweetness. Barrel notes emerge prominently towards the middle with a Brett dryness. Some wet straw at the end where grape characteristics re-emerge. Finish is tart and lemon-y. Aftertaste is grape, lemon, and wood. Complexity really grows and grows as this one warms.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth and puckering and dry going down. Dry finish with a lingering aftertaste. Perfect for the style and gets smoother and smoother as I sip and sip.

Really a perfect representation of the style and one of the best fruit lambics that Cantillon makes in my opinion. Only rivaled by Lou Pepe Kriek in Cantillon's normal line. Snatch this one up if you can. Amazing fresh and gets more and more graceful as it ages.

SpeedwayJim, Sep 02, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

08/17/11- Had this on on-tap at Trappist in Oakland.
A: Clear ruby red with no head.
S: Nice tart apple cores, very funky red wine, blue cheese. Good.
T: Well-rounded acidity, good red wine character, cherry and blue cheese here as well. Delightfully funk.
M: Thin with a slight bubble and crisp dry mouthfeel.
O: Good.

ne0m00re, Aug 31, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2010 according to the cork.

My first crack at this beauty. The color is a deep rose with a thin, pink tinged head. The aroma is fantastic. That signature Cantillon funk is very present but the aroma of fruit is also very evident. Very vinous in the nose.

I'm trying to find the words to describe the taste of this beer but they escape me. Fantastic? Unbelieveable? Perfection? This beer gives you everything you could want from a traditional fruit lambic. Fruit character, check. Tartness, check. Funk, check. Complexity, check. This beer is amazing. Not quite as sour as most Cantillon offerings. An underlying sweetness from the grapes is evident and balances PERFECTLY with sour/tart/funky notes. Wow.

This beer is perfectly carbonated. Mouthfeel is absolutely spot on for the style and ABV.

Overall, a fantastic beer from Cantillon and maybe the best Lambic I've ever tasted. Absolutely amazing.

Brew33, Aug 30, 2011
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,585 ratings.