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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Saint LamvinusCantillon Saint Lamvinus

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Ratings: 1240
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%


Brewed by:
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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spoony

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 2011 750 ml bottle into a large wine glass.

A-Poured a beautiful, light claret color. Almost plum colored. Complex and very vinous looking. Not much carbonation or head to speak off. A little collar of white head hangs around.

S-Tart cherries and dark, supple fruit. A touch of vanilla and oak...again, quite vinous. A little funk, but not a ton that I could detect. No alcohol smells.

T-Pleasantly tart, but really well balanced. The fruit flavors are concentrated and complex. I picked up cherries, green apples, and red wine flavors with a touch of oak. Not particularly funky or alcoholic.

M-Prickly carbonation, but beautifully balanced. Pretty dry from start to finish.

O-Really enjoyable. One of my favorite beers ever and easily my favorite of the style so far.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 01:10:30 | More by spoony
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml (October 2011) into a tulip.

A: Light ruby body with a large light pink head, which recedes to nothing quickly.

S: Horseblanket, fruit-laced tartness, a bit of cheese. Soft oak rounds it out. A fruity, acidic aroma comes out as it wamrs. Very funky.

T: Lots of woody funk and tartness. Gamey, tart wild berry. Soft grape sweetness comes out as it warms, integrating very smoothly with the lactic sourness in a juicy way. Very dry and sour, with the grapes offering the slightest bit of balancing sweetness.

M: Light with tingly carbonation.

O: This beer is very funky and sour, and therefore one must devote one's full attention to the grapes to see what they're doing here - adding depth without distracting from the intense character of the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 05:18:25 | More by Etan
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maximep

New York

4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- amber rosy raspberry color, with a pinkish tan head

S- dry, tart, rotten eggy, sulfuric, fruity, musky grape

T- warm, full fruity, hot tannic taste. very acidic, citrusy and musky

M- wispy, dry, tounge puckering tannic loveliness

O- one of the best Cantillons i've had. choosing a favorite between any Canty's is a spoiled choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 21:26:51 | More by maximep
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

1.93/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shared with a mate.

S: Strong phenols and Merlot.

T: Incredibly salty. Way too sour. No sweetness at all. Aggressive phenols and cheap Merlot wine. Light, fizzy and foamy.

O: I thought I'd like this one but it's the worst beer I've ever had. My mate hated it as well. Awful, awful beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 23:15:28 | More by Hoppsbabo
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 bottle enjoyed on 8/4/12 at Monk's Cafe in Philly. Served in a Cantillon stem.

Pour: Cloudy deel grapefruit (maybe close to ruby) with a finger of pink fizz that dissipates quickly.

Smell: White grapes and pear command the nose, with a light barnyard funk in the background. Funk is not substantial.

Taste: Wow. White wine tartness, green apples, pear. All the fruit provides a fantastic crisp tartness. Barnyard funk is there but again, not strong. Little bit of tart cherry in the back. Tart pear and grape coats the palate.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is fantastic still. Very refreshing and I could drink this all day.

Overall: An amazing treat. Fantastically delicious. I hope to get a bottle of this one day for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 13:40:25 | More by cfrances33
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3/4" light pink head over cranberry colored liquid.

S: Strong smell of sour funk and yeast.

T: Sour funk, merlot grapes, yeast.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium to low carbonation.

O: Nice and sour yet refreshing, this beer by Cantillon is a treat.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 01:16:34 | More by DaftCaskBC
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sukwonee

Washington

4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle consumed at The Publican (Chicago). Review via phone

A: reddish dark pink body with one finger head. Lots of bubbles

S: brett, citrous, oak. That's about it.

T: amazing. Grape does come thru in the taste (not much in the nose). Typical lambic to start finishes like red wine with carbonation.

M. Perfect amount of carbonation, dry finish.

O: probably my fav sour to date. I love this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 00:32:20 | More by sukwonee
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle dated 11/21/2010, I believe. Tough to read as it's smudged.

Appearance - Murky/hazy pinkish purple. Not quite a burgundy. The head is gone before I even get a chance to look at it.

Smell - Acidic and musty grape smell. The fruit isn't a bright aroma, but rather a general aura of grape surrounding the lemongrass and other lambic aromas.

Taste - Sour, but not overly so. The grape flavor again isn't bright, but more of a background flavor cutting some of the acidity. Oak and tannins dry it out in the finish, but there's a deep musty character in the finish that comes across as a deep barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel - Heavyish, even though it really isn't. Lower carbonation. Drinks like a wine.

Overall - Not the most amazing fruit flavor I've had in a lambic, but it certainly doesn't detract from the beer. I feel as though the Cantillon lambic profile calls for lighter fruits, a la Fou Foune.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 11:30:06 | More by Alieniloquium
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kevanb

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, 750ml bottle. Poured into a Lost Abbey Stemmed glass.

Pours a nice dark red hue, very reminiscent of red grapes and red wine, not unexpected after the barrel treatment. A nice off white head with hints of red races up the glass, definitely a lively beer, but recedes quickly and leaves behind no lacing. Immediately after the cork popped out, the air smelled of old toenails, in the best way possible. Once in the glass, huge notes of funk, musky grapes, wine, yeast, tannin, leather and more funk. The flavors mirror the nose, funk, cheese, horseblanket, call it what you want, its there in full force, lots of dark grapes, acetic acid, vinegar, wine, leather, plum, apple, massively complex and extremely intriguing. The body is spot on, super lively and crisp, effervescent, dances around in your mouth without being overly prickly, finishes juicy and is so damn drinkable.

Verdict: Far and away one of my favorite Cantillons. We drank this side by side with Vigneronne and Bruocsella and it was by far the winner. This might be bested only by Fou' Foune right now as my favorite loon, definitely one to seek out and enjoy with friends.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 05:02:02 | More by kevanb
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Shane for sharing this one!

A: Poured a hazy reddish/purple with a small pink-hued head on top that reduced quickly leaving a thin cap on top. Minimal lacing.

S: Lots of dark red stone fruits, some grapes and a little cherry. Very tannic, with some wood and a definite sour/tartness.

T: Fantastic level of sourness/tartness on the flavor profile. There is a bit of funk, but the acidity kind of cuts it. There is plenty more red grape, cherry, and red wine like flavors.

M: Medium bodied with active carbonation, pretty much spot on.

O: Extremely impressed with this lambic. Wasn't sure how I would like it compared to others I have had, but St. Lamvinus is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 17:21:11 | More by mdaschaf
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011
Served into a tulip

A: Hazy ruby red with some purple and pinkish hues throughout the body. A small rocky and a bit fizzy soft pink head formed, but quickly dissipated into a thin cap. Minor, almost no, lacing present.

S: Huge fresh grapes, lots of tannins, ripe red fruits, cherry and red grape notes are over the top. The acidic and sour component is noticeable straight away, along with a musky funk.

T: Sour and funky up front with plenty of fruits coming through. More red grapes and sweet cherry, fresh oak and a nice dry red wine character. The tannins from the skins stand out leaving this well rounded and delicious.

M: Highly carbonated, bubbly and fizzy on the palate. Despite the lack of "pop" from the cork, this is classic Cantillon in its carbonation.

This was awesome, perhaps one of my favorite Cantillon beers to date. The grapes and red fruit flavor were a perfect match for the sour and funk that is all things Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 12:38:38 | More by ShanePB
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Rinkor16

California

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this with my 2 brothers. 2011 bottle opened 6/27/12.

A: Beautiful deep ruby red color. Thin pink head that left very little lacing.

S: Very fruity and funky.

T: Sour fruit. Definitely grape. Lots of funk with a little wood background. Very nice balance.

M: Smooth and good carbonation. Very dry finish that leaves you wanting more.

O: An excellent Cantillon. I'd drink this all the time if it wasn't so hard to get. A very good lambic.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 22:56:51 | More by Rinkor16
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rodkin

Missouri

4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful pour. A light, clear purple, with a slightly rosy head that reduces nicely, leaving a bubbly film on top.

Smell is a mix of grape, merlot, and pretty strong barnyard funk, kind of haylike, and maybe a slight, slight hint of a manure-like smell? That makes it sound unpleasant, but it actually wasn't. What was a little disappointing was how sweet the grape smell was. Kind of reminded me of the over-sweetened grape juice I drank as a kid. Overall a nice smell, but the sweetness definitely loses it points.

Taste is much better. The barnyard character is toned down a bit, and the grape isn't as sweet. What sweetness there is balances the tartness nicely.There's some oak, some wine flavors, some tart red grape, a bit of the barnyard hay flavors, maybe a hint of lemon. Really excellent.

I've loved the mouthfeel on all cantillon beers so far, and this is no exception. On the lighter side of medium, dry, great carbonation, super smooth. What a delight.

Excellent beer. The smell is the weak point and it's still great, and the taste is just wonderful. Great balance of sweetness and tartness, with a healthy dose of funk. Very drinkable, great with friends.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 03:44:32 | More by rodkin
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle.

Beer is dark pink, somewhat reddish. A small amount of pinkish head fades quickly.

Most immediate smells are yeast and barnyard funk. Tart, rich red grapes right after. Quite a deep fruit smell. Nice malty backbone, some wheat.

Tart red grape in the taste, quite sour. Funky, a barnyard aspect running through which picks up most in the finish. A sweet, sugary flavour is there but drowned out by the sour. Not super complex but very good.

Light bodied, highly carbonated. A bit fizzy.

Overall, very good. Not the best Cantillon I have had but certainly really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 02:09:22 | More by jrenihan
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aasher

Indiana

4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. This one pours a lighter bodied dark cranberry red in color with a one finger slightly pink head. The nose is dry and musty with a nice amount of funk and acidity. The flavors are dry and tart and it has nice acidity. As a wine drinker, I must say that this has zero characteristics of a Merlot so it's nice to see the difference between the beer and wine. This one is musty as hell. It drinks light with nice acidity but I can't really like the flavor. It doesn't have enough fruit character for my liking. This is the best vintage I've had so far. The '07 smells like puppy farts in my opinion, as in "I just fed my dog too many rawhides" puppy farts. I definitely prefer this vintage to that one.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 22:41:20 | More by aasher
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StJamesGate

New York

3.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rose with fast-fading pink froth. Must, oak, and grape juice on the nose.
Vinegar tang, grape skin, some lemon rind, a slight bit of funk and balsamic bite to end.
Fruity finish and tart linger. Crisp, dry, lively.

With Merlot grapes in oak.

Tart, easy lambic. A good place to start for the novice. Not deep, but nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 22:34:37 | More by StJamesGate
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, bottled 12 October 2011, best before December 2012. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a bright burgundy color, very slightly hazy, produces a thin white head that leaves little lacing.

S- Big fruity tartness (cherry, apple, pear) layered over a nice yeasty funk of hay and must. Also very noticeable merlot and oak aromas.

T- Not as wine-dominant as I expected, the merlot seems to blend very nicely with sour fruit flavors, lots of cherry and grape-skin. Tartness is firm and balanced, has flavors of hay, light funk and wood.

M- Light-bodied, very smooth feel, just the right amount of carbonation, has an extremely dry finish.

O- A delicious beer, definitely one of my favorites from Cantillon, complex yet highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 07:32:25 | More by WillCarrera
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gford217

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork and capped bottle. Bottled in 2010.

Cork pops with a nice hiss. Pours deep clear reddish purple with a surprisingly big pinkish beige head that shows decent retention.

Aroma is a great combo of oaky tannins, overripe red grapes JD an emerging funky barnyard character. There is a light acidity but it's not overpowering by any means.

Initial taste is a light acidity with a lot of oak and fruity red wine. The finish is really musty with some funk mixed with the oak barrel. Maybe some sugary sweetness underneath the sourness.

The mouthfeel is dry and fruity, dry much like a red wine in its feel.

This is one of those beers you take for granted in the chase for all the "rarer" Cantillons and 3F. It's fantastic, enough fruit to balance the acidity and funk. Big fan.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 02:25:19 | More by gford217
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Holland

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy ruby color with no head and a small ring around the edges.

s: sour, tons of

T: Very sour with a lot of the funk again.

M: tarry bite, little carbonation, medium to light body

O: probably the best sour I have had to date. Beautiful soreness with some grape flavor and lots of funk.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2012 23:37:11 | More by Holland
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zhanson88

California

4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle for a while now, figured it was time to drink it. Bottled in late 2009.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy rose color with a couple fingers of light pink head. Retention is very nice, lacing is limited, and it has a fair amount of carbonation. Nice looking lambic.

Smell: Lots of musty funk, some definite lactic sour notes, and some light grape-y notes.

Taste: Lactic sourness and funk hits fairly hard up front, followed by some slightly sweeter grape fruitiness. That doesn't last too long as some more tartness and funk comes through on the finish. Not really bracingly sour at this point, but a pretty nice balance.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied and lively from the carbonation. Very nice feel in the mouth. Overall, I enjoyed this bottle quite a bit. Glad I have another one coming my way so I can really let it age and see how sour it can get.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 02:27:00 | More by zhanson88
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beerpirates

Belgium

4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL at cantillon Brussels

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: great all around, really drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 18:29:24 | More by beerpirates
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shleepy

California

4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into tumbler glass in Brussels. Relatively fresh bottle, ~6 months old.

A: No head. Cherry red color.

S: Funk is the dominant element in the smell, along with a fruitiness that is more akin to plums than grapes.

T: A mild taste, surprisingly (when I've had older bottles before, it was a lot more pungent and sour, I believe). There's a bit of relatively mild sourness at the start that fades away into a fruit juice sweetness, and a hint of bitterness/funk in the finish.

M: The sourness is masked by the fruitiness in the taste, but my lips have a stinging sensation when I put down the glass. So, it's flat but fairly highly acidic.

O: A pretty strange lambic. Maybe the ideal bottle age is ~1 year. The one I have now seems too fresh and uninteresting, but if it is too old, it is very potent and sour.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 17:31:08 | More by shleepy
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured into RR tulip.

Pours dark red nearing purple with a small pink head and lots of bubbles.

Smells typical Cantillon. Some musty horseblanket with a lot of red grape sweetness.

Similar flavors. Lush red grapes with the underlying Cantillon funk profile. Very vinous qualities. A little tartness, but sourness is not extreme on this one. The fruit provides more sweet than sour.

Creamy mouthfeel with prickly carbonation.

One of my favorite Cantillon and would be a great gateway beer to convert your red wine loving friends over to our side. Very enjoyable and curious to see what some age does to this.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 12:54:06 | More by jmarsh123
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very very good looking pink, almost purple with excellent head retention. A bitter, sweet and tart aroma with loads of funk. Still soft, and hints of grain once in a while. Tastes slightly sweet, very tart with pronounced grape at the end. Strong mouthfeel and good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 06:20:07 | More by tewaris
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle split with oglmcdgl, poured into some nice glasses.

With the cork pry, the bottom of the wood had a light purple stain on it. The liquid in the glass looks a dark ruby red with some trace amounts of faint purple. The liquid slides in nice with a light purple inch of foam that stood around for a bit than vanished, no lace, but small bubbles rising up.

Smell is all grape for the first 30 minutes or so. The merlot comes out really nice in this fresh bottle. Trace amounts of leather and some minimal funk at this young stage. I don't get as much 'Foot' as in older vintages, which brings out the grape even more.

Very clean grape taste here with some kinda fresh lambic that brings the merlot out even more. Not so much grape that it becomes sweet, just enough to get the wine flavor blended in with the lambic. Trace amount of leather and more funky taste as time goes on.

Yes, this is a Cantillon, and yes, it is sour, but not really sour, I would say kinda tart. This beer has a body that is in between light and medium with some low cab in the mix. I think 5 years in the bottle may bring up the sour, but will for sure bring out the funk more. Lamvinus is not the mouth puckering sour bomb that you may expect, but a well integrated beer resembling wine. This stuff is kick ass.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 16:04:45 | More by BARFLYB
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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