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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,403 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,403
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,081
Gots: 337 | FT: 25
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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nwu008

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

05-11-2012 19:14:08 | More by nwu008
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BeerTruck

Portugal

3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

05-06-2012 22:52:08 | More by BeerTruck
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -4%
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
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

04-30-2012 20:34:10 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

04-30-2012 02:16:25 | More by DoctorB2B
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Miamilice

Vermont

5/5  rDev +10.4%

04-28-2012 23:51:22 | More by Miamilice
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deebo

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in November of 2010

A-Pours a pinkish white head that quickly breaks down. Brilliant light red color with good clarity.

S-Smells like a Cantillon, lots of funk, horse blanket, leather, can get hints of dark grapes.

T-Not an overly robust taste, the grapes are present but are a definite back note to the wild yeasts.

M-The aftertaste is not nearly as sour as some of their other beers-this is downright smooth.

D-Very high for a lambic, damn smooth.

O-Definitely a Cantillon, a very approachable beer for someone who is overwhelmed by the sourness of their straight guezue.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 00:11:32 | More by deebo
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

04-22-2012 18:09:08 | More by muskiesman
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mrsdrabmuh

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

04-19-2012 05:10:06 | More by mrsdrabmuh
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

04-17-2012 17:27:47 | More by kjkinsey
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markeyri

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

04-16-2012 16:32:40 | More by markeyri
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leschkie

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

04-15-2012 15:40:20 | More by leschkie
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

04-14-2012 05:23:38 | More by Texasfan549
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DanGolfs86

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

04-11-2012 20:31:50 | More by DanGolfs86
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pperez38

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

04-10-2012 08:40:01 | More by pperez38
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DARIVA

Netherlands

3.35/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light red beer with a minimal head.

S: Young grape and also a sweet and sour smell.

T: Young and sour gooseberries and sour elderberries.

M: No carbonation available, mouthfeel fast gone.

D: Nice experience with an a long aftertaste, drink well.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 08:57:26 | More by DARIVA
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scoand

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy, dark pink almost ruby red, two finger head dissipates quickly.
Smell: manur, barnyard funk, hay, musky, sour that I can almost taste, raspberry, more funky than anything. Vinegar
Taste:  pucker up front from the sour grape notes. Barnyard funk when it settles In your mouth.  Aroma was way more complex and the taste was somewhat mellow. A little bit of sweetness from the grapes at theend.
Mouthfeel:  medium mouthful, not over carbonated, clean finish
Overall:  it's an awesome beer. No doubt about it.  Well balanced

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 03:53:44 | More by scoand
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patm1986

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +10.4%

04-06-2012 14:24:14 | More by patm1986
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tylermains

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

04-03-2012 16:38:59 | More by tylermains
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monitorpop

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

04-01-2012 01:19:32 | More by monitorpop
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with a bottled on date in '11 which makes this the most "fresh" tasting of St. Lamvinus ive had to date. Poured into a matching Cantillon long stemmed tulip. The brew appears a dark ruby with a stained pinkish color cap. The head fizzes away audibly and leaves faint spotty lacing effect on the glass.

The smell is mildly like vinegar with some sweet accents of grape juice. Quite a wild and funky nose of earthy Brett and lacto cheesiness. Some mild barrel presence is noted across the back.

The taste is acidic with juicy grape flavor. A tannic touch of raw oaked quality mixes in with a bit of harshness complimenting the acidity. Lots of raw, earthy grape flavor is present which transforms gradually into heartburn inducing sourness. The grape touch to this adds a nice complexity and a wine-like appeal.

This brew seemingly strips all te moisture from the mouth. It is excessively drinkable with a medium body and modest to lighter level of carbonation. Throughout the experience, there was little to no alcohol impact. While not my favorite Cantillon offering, this is still good and something I would try again if I could get a very young bottle or something quite old for comparison purposes.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 17:44:38 | More by stakem
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-26-2012 19:12:29 | More by pokesbeerdude
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claspada

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 21 November 2010 courtesy of mrand01.

Pours a translucent dark crimson with bright ruby red hues. Looks a shade lighter than cranberry juice, with a bit of tawny paleness to it. Small soapy/bubbly off-white head that slowly dissipates laving some light spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with sour grapes and earthy mustiness. Then I get some vinegar, oak and with some acidic citrus and yeasty barnyard funk. Light stone/tropical fruits like peach and pineapple are coming to mind as well.

The tastes begin with plenty of lactic/citric acidity to go along with sweet and sour grapes. The oak and Brett offer up some nice tannins and funk as well. Not overly tart but def reminds me a little of a sour patch kid that has been left out and is getting a little stale and moldy. As it warms all the flavors really start to make themselves known; must, vinegar, earth and funk throughout, yet never overpowering or offensive.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is dry and tart but not overly so. Oak and brett flavors linger ever so slightly on the palate.

Overall this is definitely one of the best, if not the best Lambic I have ever had. It hits right in my wheelhouse; funky, sour, tart, fruity, tannic but none are over the top or out of balance. Really one of the best beers I have ever had because the flavor profile is so straight-forward and yet so complex at the same time because each of the subtle flavors makes an appearance as you sample. Def worth trading for/seeking out and laying out a little extra if need be to obtain.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 23:33:42 | More by claspada
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very light purple color with good carbonation leaving a nice cap and some bubbles

S: Big grape character on the nose with funk and old oak/wood spirals

T: A musty but big and rich load of purple grapes with some oak, light vinegar and Earthiness. I believe a little tartness from a white grape was provided for good measure

M: Nice dry, medium body and well carbonated. The sourness really hangs in there as does the grapes.

O: Delicous!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 14:06:00 | More by barleywinefiend
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szmnnl99

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

03-20-2012 23:51:13 | More by szmnnl99
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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