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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Saint LamvinusCantillon Saint Lamvinus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Everyone knows some of our best friends are wine growers from the Libourne region in France, more specifically those who make Saint Emillion and Pomerol. They respect the tradition and let their wine ferment in a natural way.

Fermentation, origin and vintage are still kept up.

Our collaboration resulted in a product uniting the best of their wine and of our beer : the Saint-Lamvinus.

The grapes, of the merlot and cabernet-franc varieties, are soaked in Bordeaux barrels containing two to three years old lambic. The beer is not blended before the bottling. The foam is caused by the addition of a liquor which starts the fermentation.

Added by truthbrew on 03-20-2003

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Photo of orangesol
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- light murky creamy purple. Near white head leaves fast . Small tight bubbled cling lace.

S- sharp. Acrid. Medicinal. Band aid.

T- big tart sour blended with fruit and malt.

M - medium body great carb balance and finish.

D- expensive but love this beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 21 NOV 12.

A - Opaque medium purplish-red colour with one finger of raspberry red head.

S - Sour/vinegar notes with grape and oak.

T - Tart and slightly sour. A very light vinegar-like sourness. A big grape musk flavour is present, as expected and some oak/woody notes add another layer of complexity.

M - Very dry. Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
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 =)

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Photo of aleigator
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

St. Lamvinus '14 vintage

Has a beautiful, vibrant color of red grapes, revealing a ruby note, and a fizzy, soon vanishing head.

Has aromas of a distinct leathery funkiness, paired with ripe grapes, pulling out their stone qualities in the best way, due to the supportive, wooden barrel. The funky barnyard tartness blends extremely well into the fermented, vinous, sour grapes. The fruitiness, as well as the wooden oakiness illustrate the acidic tartness in a very intriguing way, evoking the feeling of this being more wine than beer.

Begins with prickly, unripe grapes among earthy, leathery malts. The grapes turn sweeter, riper as the malts stand out against the tart sourness, adding stone fruit qualities to the taste. At the same time, carried by a lively carbonation, the sourness becomes quite intense, with a vinegar note, evoked by the fermented grape sourness, while both tastes blend well together, wrapped up by the wooden barrel. Finishes with a tongue quenching, slightly dry sourness, along with lemon zest and grape pulp. The beer still reminds me in many ways of a young wine, while missing its typical sweetness, replaced by the typical lambic tartness, with a refreshing, high carbonation.

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Photo of bashiba
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear strawberry red with a light white head.

The nose is dominated by tart lacto along with a touch of ripe fruit.

The flavor is full of a crisp clean tartness along with an underlying bit of dark fruit

The mouthfeel is very tart and dry.

Solid classic sour.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Goliath
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 2004

Pours an interesting mixture of colors. Seemingly pale red, or dark pink, with some deep amber hues as well. No real head on the initial pour, but a thin bubbley coating resides on top of the beer.

The aroma is incredible. Quite pungent. Big notes of Brett, making your mouth water just from the suggestion of tartness. Some tones of oak, slightly vinous, and slightly floral as well. A little bite to it as well.

Taste is fantastic. Not nearly as sour as I had assumed, but quite tart indeed. Some vinous qualities, light and refreshing berry. A nice tartness with a touch of the oak. Just tremendous and quite impressive.

Mouthfeel is just shy of medium bodied, and carbonation is almost nonexistent.

Drinkability is insanely high for the type of beer this is. Alcohol is low making for easier consumption, but the flavor is quite good and the tartness is not overwhelming. Makes for quite an experience. I much prefer this to say Cantillon Iris.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.21/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice a crystal clear rose with a white and very low yet persistant head which laced the glass.

The aroma was very much lambic with a distinct acetic sourness and some rubbery phenolic aromatics. The aroma was fruity with light grapeskin and seeds. The barnyard aroma was mostly sweaty and oaky with some bad cheese thrown in for good measure.

The flavor was sour but not overly so. The flavor dried quickly on the palate leaving a distinct grape flavoring. The flavor also contained a grape skin and grape seed flavor that were neither overdone. The flavor also contained some mishandled cheese flavors that melded well with the other flavors.

The finish was dry with lasting grape and sour flavors long into the aftertaste. The body was medium and fine.

A very expensive beer for no more complexity than it exibited. Based upon the reviews this beer had garnered I expected more. The place where this beer excelled was drinkability. In no other aspect could I take it beyond good.

750 ml corked and capped bottle. Bottled in 2003 on the cork. Above and on the cork was some thick brown liquid. Purchased at Green's in Atlanta, GA for $28.75. Most expensive single bottle of beer I ever purchased. Perhaps it should be sampled fresher, but without ripping off the foil, there was no way to know the age till the top is popped and the cork was extracted.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of JulioH
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

SOUR.

Good/great beer. I was expecting some grapes, but I didn't get much.

Pours a nice dark beer. Little foam forms. Scent is faint, with traces of lambic, maybe berries. Taste is sour, tart. It is a smooth sour beer, not extremely acidic like most farmhouse ales. Very well executed, well balanced. Nice beer yet not over the top. Good if you are not looking for something to shock your taste buds. Cantillon after all.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Take away the wine for restlessness plagues me." - Cradle of Filth

Eggplant tinged ruby red color. Thin rose colored head sputters itself out quickly. Nice color though and not atypically lacking in retention for the style.

Aroma is phenomenal. Musty wine barrel and balsamic vinaigrette complexity. I feel like I can smell the earth where the grapes where grown and sniff each drop off rainfall that kissed the vines.

But I don't. Taste is funky grape sour, with what I can only think of as a taste of...um, antiquity. If I had a better grasp on lambics I'd try to delve deeper. But I don't.

From my rootin' tootin', down home malt and hops beer heart this is more wine than beer. So far my exploratory journey through gueze and lambic land has been interesting. Not sure its for me but I think this particular blend may be the turning point.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle procured at the brewery. 21 November 2012 indicated on the label. Pours a beautiful garnet hue with an effervescent,white head that quickly dissipates. Nose is somewhat subdued - tart, suggestions of cork and acetic acid. Taste is a bit musty with grape skins, cranberry and tannins. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation just shy of lively and a dry finish. Overall, not my favorite offering from Cantillon (I anticipated a little more fruit); however, a wonderful lambic nonetheless.

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Photo of JBogan
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Local Option.

Pours dark ruby with pale pink head, very little of which lasts more than a millisecond.

Aroma is of cranberry, lemon, grass and oak.

Tastes like sweet grape and cranberry jello followed by a dry aged bitter hop finished. This is incredibly complex and changes significantly with warmth.

Nice and dry finish, but this carbonation is too sharp for me. I'd like it a little smoother.

Overall, one of Cantillon's best. Drinks incredibly easy and I'm glad I finally got to tick this one without buying a $40 bottle.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle thanks to shawnm213.

750ml poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark reddish-purple with a nice white-light purple head. Good retention.

S - Funk, red grapes, wine-like.

T - Tart red grapes, some woody flavor, funky and musty.

D - Smooth, yet tart. Light body, good carbonation.

O - Nice balance between sour and soft.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at deep ellum during the cantillon/de la senne event on april 24, 2009, week's end of the craft brewers conference.

served in the nifty, klokk roeland-branded, stemless snifter

cranberry color. slight haze. wispy layer fades to just ring. pink lacing always slides back down, but is quite pretty to look at between each sip.

aroma: nice funkiness peeks in, punctuating the fruity grape and vinegar tones

taste: woody notes. tart grapes, mild funk and vinegar. acidic and dry finish.

light to medium body, with tart acidic texture. nice light tingle of carbonation lifts everything off the tongue.

aroma and flavors are actually not as complex as the bottle. but the carbonation here seems to be more delicate. the unique snifter glass really helps with the presentation as well.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours red with a small head.
Nose shows musty red wine barrels, lots of funk and woody oak.
Similar flavours: musty, woody oak, berry notes, soft red wine and a little astringency.

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Photo of rodkin
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Tulip
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
BOTTLED: 2007

This one pours a lovely, pink garnet, color. It has some very nice ruby red tinting. The two-finger head of loose foam has a pink cast to it. The retention is okay overall, but good for the style. Lacing is minimal, but has a touch of stickiness to it.

A very light amount of barnyard funk is noticed. What stands out though, is the presence of red grapes. The sweetness of the meats, along with the tang of the skins. A mild swirl brings out a burst of oakiness.
This smells very fruity and inviting.

This is quite a tasty beverage. It absolutely has a certain touch of 'wine-ness' to it. The merlot grapes are very flavorful. There is a nice amount of funk going on, but it comes across as very balanced. There is definitely a touch of tangy sourness to it, which combined with the oak notes and the merlot grapes, make this one finish very dry.

The body is medium, closing in on full. The carbonation level is high. It has a very sharp and crisp feel to it.

The low abv (5%) lends itself to easy-drinking. The acidity level though, would probably lend itself to heartburn. It's very tasty and to those who like sours, in general, it's delicious and very consumable.

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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