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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,580 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,580
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,159
Gots: 354 | FT: 25
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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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Photo of drabmuh
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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
Photo of womencantsail
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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
Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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
Photo of ToasterChef
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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
Photo of bret27
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

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
Photo of Kadonny
4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of gyllstromk
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

750ml bottle served in a Hoegaarden thumbler glass.

A: First of all, beautiful bottle art. Beautiful label and corked and capped bottle. Pours a dark red to purple color. Slightly hazy. Forms a big bubbled and fizzy pink head when poured. Low retention and practically no lacings left in the glass

S: Very fruity in the nose. Very fruity with strong notes of grapes. Very tart with some notes of malts. Lambic yeasts in the end

T: Very fruity, tart and dry taste. Strong notes of grapes. Quite vinegar. Lambic yeasts

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Tart and fruity aftertaste

O: Very drinkable beer. Delicious Cantillon is pleonasm ;)

eduardolinhalis, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mid-2008 bottling

Pours a beautiful wild cherry shade of red with a half finger of light pink head resting up top.

Smell starts out with a light bit of tartness and cobweb, surprisingly somewhat subtle. Grapes, wild cherries, notes of chocolate, light citrus, and blueberries all seem to play a part in what is a mixed bad of complexity. Not too loud, but nonetheless still sweet and decadent and inviting. Some warming opens this one up a bit more and exposes the beauty.

The taste is immediately gratifying. The grapes and very noticeable, but do not dominate the overall flavor profile too much. There seems to be some citrus fruit creeping through, as well as a mixed bad of berries and some of that classic Cantillon dusty attic taste. Surprisingly not very tart, but still just enough so to satisfy that craving for the pucker. Truly a stellar fruit based lambic.

This one is medium bodied with one of the lowest levels of carbonation I've experienced yet in a lambic. Not quite wine-like, but starting to lean that way. The finish becomes extremely dry after the first few sips, so much so that I damn near feel like I can't swallow it because my throat is a sand dune.

Drinkability is solid for the style. I know the price on this is prohibitively expensive for some, but if you are a fan of lambics or fruit beers at all then you owe it to yourself to try this at least once.

alcstradamus, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of brendan13
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light red body with a pinkish fluffy head that fell quite fast.
S - Quite fruity nose; grapes, a bit of berry & hints of dark fruits along with the musky & tart notes common to the style.
T - Sour but not as internse as expected.
Probably a bit more fruity than the smell with lots of grape & berry flavours with an abundance of barnyard funk.
M - Fairly light bodied and dry. High Carbonation.
D - Not something for everyday consumption but certainly something I'd drink again.

brendan13, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of punkrkr27
4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at the December 09 Metro Detroit tasting. Hazy pink pour with nice lacing. Wheaty barnyard funk aroma with some nice vinous fruit. The flavor is tart red wine and dry grain with a nicely balanced Cantillon sour finish. Dry medium body with moderate carbonation.

punkrkr27, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of Luk13
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Squishy cork and intense funk escaping the bottle got to me, I let it air out about an hour before pouring. Beautiful red/purple pour with a pinkish white head. After the first big whiffs of the classic lambic sweat and barnyard aromas, I pickup some distinctly winey aromas, lots of grapes, dried cranberries and a bit of oak. Taste is still very lambic like with some earth and a grape/wine finale. Absolutely fantastic palate, this beer demands to be drunk. As I drink, the strong sour aromas and taste fade out and make way for all the fruitiness this beer possesses.

Luk13, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Pours a hazy deep ruby color with opaque orange highlights and wisps of tiny white bubbles on top. The bubbles dissipate fairly quickly leaving a glassy top.

Smells of mild red wine vinegar with good amounts of Concord grapes and hints of barnyard funk.

Tastes very good. The flavor profile is comparable to not-quite-ripe Concord grapes, that is the sweetness is underlying but light enough to allow other flavors to shine uninhibited. The vinegar is barely present, instead giving way more to the funkiness that comes in midway through the sip and carries through to a decidedly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a slick thickness with very light carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could very easily have a few more.

Overall I've been wary of the price tag of a bottle of this for a while and I'm glad I finally had the opportunity to try it on-tap. Very well worth the shot.

glid02, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of MightyCow9
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was amazing. I did the tour of this facility when in Brussels and it was quite an experience. I highly recommend. If you are ever in the are check it out.

I have had trouble getting Cantillion in my area, so I bought several bottles last I found some. This grape fermented version was absolutely fantastic. It maintained the wonderful Cantillon sourness, yet added a sweet/sour tannin grip from the merlot grapes.

It truly is an experience to drink this. It is a sad moment when the last drop is gone.

MightyCow9, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 11-18-08

Pours a beautiful deep, cherry red with a fizzy purple head.

Mouthwatering aroma; leathery, vinous horseblanket, stinky cheese. Pure and in it's rawest form.

It's a fireworks display on the palate. Grapey, sweaty, leathery, oak tannins, and super sour cherry acidity. Light bodied, not as dry as some other lambics, but still has some dustiness.

This was a great beer, but I wouldn't suggest opening one alone(don't know why you would want to), it could become a little overwhelming. One glass will suffice.

brownbeer, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split this last night with a fellow BA, from notes. Why did I wait so long to try this one? 2008 vintage bought at DeCicco's.

Pours a beautiful ruby-pink color with a white-ish pink cap. Leaves some sporadic lacing and little retention.

Smells "dirty" according to a friend of mine. Funk all around, but this one isn't particularly cheesy. Leathery with sweaty gym socks from the 70s you found in the bottom drawer of a filing cabinet in your great grandmother's basement. Musty vag and red wine vinegar with some sour cherry. Vinous qualities are there for sure, combining with a generally acetic tartness seemingly from sour grapes.

Taste isn't quite as funky as the aroma would have you believe. A sharp lemony acetic start breaks way to the grape presence which is noticeable, but not forward. Underneath, a sturdy layer of earth, mustiness and funk increase complexity leading to a dry finish.

St. Lamvinus has a relatively low carbonation and is impressively drinkable for a beer of this intensity. I would consume it far more regularly if it were less expensive.

Ineedabeerhere, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06 vintage on tap at Capones

A: Dark ruby-purple body. Tight bubbly head. Not much in the way of retention. Spotty, skim like lacing.

S: Sour cherries, oak, vinegar, burnt sugar, and grape skins.

T: More of the same. Nice sour cherry boldness, and subtle oak, sugar and grape skins. An everpresent vinegar component. Vinous notes toward the back end. Sufficiently tart.

M: Slick and smooth. Lightly carbonated. Lingering finish. Nice sour/tart puckering.

D: Nice, but doesn't live up to past experiences with bottled Saint Lamvinous where the flavors were truly sublime. Not sure if it can be chalked up to tap v bottle, or whether the difference is due to the vintage.

callmemickey, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage on tap at Capone's - December 16, 2009.

A: Pours a nice dark crimson with ruby hues. Very minimal head. Looks a shade lighter than cranberry juice, with a bit of tawny paleness to it.

S: Not the best aspect of this beer--smells a lot like balsamic vinegar without much of the underlying fruit coming through. A tiny amount of underlying grape scent.

T: Quite tart with a bit of barnyard horse blanket. The vinegar from the nose is not nearly as dominant, and flavors of grapes, berries, and red wine come through.

M: Quite dry with very subtle carbonation.

D: Very high--every sip reveals greater complexity and no amount would seem to be enough.

Thorpe429, Dec 20, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Sampled a 6 oz. pour at Brett Fest at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn, NY in August 2009.

A: The best feature of this beer. Looks like cranberry juice, yet tastes a whole lot better.

S: Strong, flowery champagne-esque aroma.

T: Sharp and bitter, yet fruity at the same time.

M: Light on the tongue with little to no carbonation.

D: One of the defining characteristics of this beer. Can definitely drink the whole 750ml bottle in one sitting.

Overall, a solid offering from Cantillon and a neat one to have tried on tap.

hoppymcgee, Dec 19, 2009
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3.93/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had the pleasure of drinking this at Capone's for their sweet and sour draft promotion. this was a 2006 vintage.

Not sure if it was the glassware or what, but while this style normally has a very generous head, my glass had none. there were some small off white bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass. The color was nice, a bit hazy reddish brown color. the smell was rather interesting, rotten grapes, funk, fruity/cherry. Cherry funk would describe it in a nutshell - but the funk is not a normal 'brett' funk - but something else.

The taste is interesting to boot, but interesting in a very good way. the beer continued to get better with each sip. not nearly as much funk in the taste as there was in the nose. tart cherries, subtle funk. great balance, somewhat soft, not overpowering. tartness was a decent level and nothing to scoff at. would be interested to try a more recent version to compare and out of the bottle as well. Glad I had a chance to drink this one.

Hophead101, Dec 15, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this ontap today at Capones, it was a 2006 vintage. The beer was a pretty purple red hybid with a thin little head. The nose was sour, almost like a cherry vinegar. There was a depth to the flavorss, cherry, oak and vinous flavors combined with an almost vinegary sourness. A very dry beer that took me a while to finish. In the end this was a bit too sour for my palate.

bonkers, Dec 10, 2009
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,580 ratings.