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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,458 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,458
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,114
Gots: 349 | FT: 27
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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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sidetracked

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -5.5%

Bottle dated 27 October 2009. Pours a clear deep light red with an off-white head. Good initial head presence but dissipates quickly to only linger around the edge.

Aroma is tart, sour, unripe red grapes, vinegar, acidic.

Moderate tart sourness upfront, vinegar acidity. Follows through to the finish. Merlot grape fruitiness gives the finish some red wine characteristics. Slight sweetness.

Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Bubbly crisp finish that is slightly dry.

Nice moderate level of acidic sourness. Merlot grapes add a unique finishing touch.

12/17/2011

02-18-2012 17:18:55 | More by sidetracked
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0110x011

California

4.28/5  rDev -5.5%

Younger35 is the shiznizzle.

Pours a cloudy garnet with a thin, wispy head that disappears in seconds. Cherries, grapes, oak, red wine, and vinegar on the nose. Sour grapes & cherries hit first, with oakiness and sweet fruit flavors following. Very rich & complex. Tart for sure, but not overpowering, with the sweeter side providing a nice balance. Finishes crisp & dry.

This is the kind of sour that American brewers are trying to emulate. Easily up there with the best.

09-10-2008 05:04:24 | More by 0110x011
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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

On tap @ Blue Dog in Lansdale PA.
A- thin red wine color body with a fuchsia head. Clear and attractive, head dissipates quickly. According to the draft list, the head is formed by the addition of liquor to the wort prior to kegging.
S- lactic sour aroma and red wine notes.
T- beautiful cross between lambic and red wine. Truly a unique collaboration.
M- a little thinner than my preference however very appropriate. Carb is light to medium. Body is interesting and fairly complex.

Overall this is a solid offering from Cantillon and truly an (expensive) treat!

04-09-2011 17:00:57 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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sprinkle

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

Bright ruby red in color. Fine champagne bubbles. Great nose of slight wet horse blanket with fruit undertones. Smooth in the mouth not as upfront in your face sour as there others definatly more refined. Same tecture of wine, like silk running over your tongue.Hints of roses and nice fine tannins.

04-22-2004 02:35:33 | More by sprinkle
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

The colour is red, dark with a head that is light pink. The head disappear quickly. The beer is lightly effervescent. The aroma is funky, so good. It reminds me of the brewery... I feel like I'm at the brewery! This is typical Cantillon smell. The raisins are faint 'tho... or its too dominated by the funky... maybe its me that is overwhelmed by it... its so good. On the taste, its sour. A good sour. Love it. It start with some fruits and then it switch to the sourness.

Once the beer gets warmer, I get the raisins by some wines typical aroma. So easy to drink. This is an awesome beer!

07-03-2013 01:56:03 | More by ZorPrime
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lanbewardin

Belgium

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

Bottle looks the same as pictured but says 5% instead of 6% abv.
Bottled Nov. 2010.

Pours dark red, bourgeney-ish, thin head.
Classic cantillon smell, sour, farmhouse funk. Some sour fruits smell, sour cherries.
Taste is very sour, taste the cantillon lambic, again some sour fruits, some red wine aftertaste. Great mouthfeel, good carbonation.

The only downside is that I didn't get the huge grape flavor I was expecting , to me the lambic flavors overpowered the grapes.

Very drinkable and refreshing.

07-11-2011 07:34:45 | More by lanbewardin
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

A - A nice deep red with great pink highlights and pink on the edges. The head foamed up big, but not too big, and was a pretty looking pink color. Didn't leave a lot of lacing.

S - Not as much funk as I would expect. Clean and tart, you get a nice lambic taste, with a subtle but deep grape smell. A little bit of wine wood influence comes.

T - Get the deep grape taste, but without a horrible phenol and weird funk that I thought was coming in this. Quite tart, nicely sweet, deep fruit flavor, some cherry and a nice wine wood influence comes through.

M - Great carbonation is almost perfect for this medium bodied brew. Dry finish, but not super dry.

D - Tartness gets to you, but still easy to drink.

06-04-2010 02:24:21 | More by AgentZero
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus pours a purplish red color with visible carbonation. Poured into a tulip, it sits more like a wine than a beer. Smell is a mix of sour tartness, hints of fruit, and a bit of funk. The taste is outstanding. Some funky and sour flavors hit up front and last throughout. The merlot grapes used in this brew are present as well, adding shades of wine to the overall flavor profile. Mouthfeel is well carbonated, and has a nice sour bite to it. Overall, this is a fantastic brew, and worthy of its reputation. Definitely not an everyday brew, but worth breaking out from time to time.

10-07-2008 18:51:09 | More by YonderWanderer
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mcallister

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

Still and deep ruby red with not a head and a white ring around the glass.

In your face raspberry tart aromas, with hints of cherry and thick spicy-ness with a yeasty finish.

Tart, with a bone dry finish. Lush raspberry, and dried cherry flavors. Spicey, flowery and full of deliciously drinkable. Great one too change the mood.

01-20-2007 19:20:07 | More by mcallister
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

750mL bottle poured into a tulip; 2011 batch

Ruby red (almost plum) colored body with a thin cap full of tiny bubbles. Musty red wine grapes, barnyard, soft oak, lightly aged cheese, and lactic tartness. At first the nose seems real straightforward, but as you keep diving in, more layers reveal themselves. On the palate, sweet yet tart red grapes up front, with a mustiness coming out mid-palate. Barnyard notes through the middle with some oak before a final rush of cherries and grapes. The finish is crisp and dry. A long lingering tartness in the finish. The body is on the light side of medium with perfect carbonation. This lambic is a great bridge beer for the wine drinker. Loads of wine grape flavor with a moderate tartness. This could easily win over some wine drinkers. I found this to be delicious. The flavors are bold, and really release off the palate quickly to reveal this lingering tartness that satisfies the sour cravings.

10-19-2012 20:58:27 | More by ColForbinBC
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Treebs

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

750 ml corked and capped bottle served in a Zwanze Day 2012 flute. 2011 cork. Thanks to kevanb for sharing.

A: Pours a hazy pinkish and grapefruit-like color combination with an off-white pinkish head forming on the pour.

S: A ton of Cantillon funk, light cheesy aspects with a nice dark grape tartness. Nice red wine tannins going on as well.

T: Big sourness up front. Grapey, red wine drying tannin. Oaky, with a light sweetness on the finish. Not as funky as the nose, but it is underlying throughout. Acidic as well.

M: Enamel stripping, bubbly and lively carbonation with a light body.

O: Very delicious. Sour, funky and really drinkable.

01-27-2013 16:04:11 | More by Treebs
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scoand

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

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

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

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

750ml bottled on November 21, 2012

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red color with hints of purple. Small, light pink head which dissipates to a thin collar and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Musty basement, with some barnyard funk. Notes of sour cherry, red grape, and lemon, vinegar.

Taste: Lemon acidity, grape skin, oak, more barnyard funk, creamy lactic sourness, green apple. Sourness is medium.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Medium/low carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: Another great lambic from Cantillon. Not mindblowing, but definitely worth seeking out.

03-03-2013 17:58:55 | More by Jonada
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bnuttz

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

pours a magnificant ruby purple color. Smells tart and of lambic funk. Some slight grape and wine aromas are present. There is some grape flavor up front, but mainly dominated by the lactic acid flavor. Very tart and is really lip smackingly good. Very dry in the mouth. This is much like a very tart wine. I can't say I have anything like this before. The sour grape flavor is very outstanding and unique. But priced a little high in my mind.

05-05-2005 00:02:11 | More by bnuttz
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billab914

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

Decided to open something special tonight to celebrate cooking in our remodeled kitchen for the first time. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my lost Abbey stemware. Poured a lighter red and purpleish grape color with a thin fizzy head to it.

The aroma is tart and sour with a modest acidicness to it. Some woody oak flavors are present in it as well. The grapes are relatively faint in the aroma, but do come through a bit.

The taste is tart and relatively sour with a sharp acidicness coming through towards the finish. The grapes come through more in the taste then they did in the aroma and provide a nice complexity to the beer. Very nice and complex flavor overall and everything comes together very nicely.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being high. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors and depth to it overall. Was a very good choice to celebrate with the evening. One of the better sours I've had.

09-08-2010 00:32:25 | More by billab914
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev -4.4%

2003

The liquid was lightly hazy, purplish-pink in hue with a dull ruby-sunshine highlight. The head was white in color; the bubbles never really formed much of a head. At its most put-together moment the big bubbles gathered momentarily and created a head of a half finger. Head retention was poor, the foam rapidly faded to a soapy collar, largely naked in the middle. Sadly there was no subsequent lacing. I really enjoy the color of the liquid and for some reason those big, unsocial bubbles really caught my eye. The incompleteness of the head was intriguing. This is an attractive beer.

The nose is fruity tart and funky with a woody, oaky, winy, bacterial aroma. The fruitiness is distant but rounded and soaked in vinegar. Dark grapes. Orange peel. Lemon zest. Spiced apple. I detect a kiss of wheat bread and raw yeast. At room temperature the bouquet has a hotness to it that really adds depth and it made my eyes water. However, I still find the potency to be too tame. I also expected more articulation from this beer. The D.O.C. once asked, “Is it funky enough?” I have to say no. Inviting, it is. Spectacular the bouquet is not.

The palate is better then the nose, thankfully. In fact this is very tasty. I love the tartness with the potent acidic. Red wine notes are lovely. There is oak-woodiness with like a lactic, bacterial twang. This beer is lip-smacking good. The fruitiness is akin to a crazy-ass vinaigrette with cherries, orange peel, lemon zest, dark grapes, and red apples. The finish is well rounded, tart, and mildly funky but not all that long. It is long enough so I don’t forget what I just swallowed. I want cheese, now! Fruit too. Overall this is damn tasty. Dry. Very refreshing.

Around medium in body, moderate carbonation but the bubbles are active enough to create a zippy mouthfeel. Solid mouthfeel, very good actually but it is not earth shattering… it is missing something, what I’m not sure but it works nevertheless.

This beer is very good. However, at $35 a bottle this is a beer that I most likely won’t be purchasing again. In fact I needed an excuse to validate the expense. My 1000th review on BA seemed like a fitting reason. And so I make the purchase a few months ago. I split my bottle with my girlfriend; it was a lovely experience (considering she is a Belgian rookie). I am happy I tried this rare gem but it really wasn’t as great as I would have liked, regardless of the price. I have no complaints… well, I do wish the nose was louder and deeper and I do wish the palate had more malt. Regardless, I found this beer to be drinkable, likeable, and something I would say is worthy a try.

06-29-2005 14:16:09 | More by bditty187
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WeisGuy

New York

4.33/5  rDev -4.4%

Thanks to Sephiroth for this bottle. 2005 vintage.

a - pours a hazy, deep brownish burgundy color, smallish bubbly white head with no retention or lacing

s - really funky horsey aroma, barnyard really dominates, strong notes of strawberry, grape and sour cherry, some tannins from the barrels are noticeable

t - big barnyard funkiness, tartness and sourness up front, a little leather and oak, midpalate and the finish have a nice fruitness, some red grape, strawberry, and sour cherry, lingering sourness and some tannic dryness on the finish with little to no alcohol detectable, very well integrated all around

m - light-to-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, quite drying on the palate

d - while this is tart, sour, and dry, it still is pretty drinkable as long as you're a sour lover, I got through the 750 no problem

Really good beer overall. The wine barrel aging adds a nice dimension. Great drinking experience, but it's hard to justify the $35 price tag.

07-17-2008 02:25:42 | More by WeisGuy
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -4.4%

750ml bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis (thanks!).

Poured a dark ruby red color with an averaged sized reddish head. Aromas and tastes of grapes and wine. This one was just overall very vinous in nature. Medium sour and tart with some sweetness in there as well.

Notes from: 7/22/05

01-13-2009 15:26:44 | More by hopdog
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silenius

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured a pleasing clear ruddy red with a more fuscia head that quickly diminished to a thin ring in the glass.

Smell was grape popsicle and soda, without the sweetness. Moderate round, woody balsamic vinegar scent and a touch of vanilla.

Taste was a pleasing grapey acid bite that made my mouth water. The aftertaste is a woodsy-bitter zing that lingers.

Mouthfeel is dry and acidic that made me salivate for another (small) sip.

Pleasing and drinkable, interesting and likeable.

06-07-2006 22:38:52 | More by silenius
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brystmar

Texas

4.33/5  rDev -4.4%

Fresh vintage on tap at Zwanze Day '12.

Fizzy purple body is dark and ominous, supporting a thin layer of protective off-white head. Acetic fruits and bright, spritzy yeast dance among my nostrils. The marriage between soured grapes and oaky red wine barrels is perfect. Finishes clean and dry with just the right amount of puckering tartness.

We opened an '06 alongside this fresh pour and were surprised how vastly different the two were. This metamorphosis is unlike any other aged Cantillon I've tried: the other fruit lambics still typically retain some fruity characteristics as they age, but the grapes are totally gone in this bottle of Lamvinus. It's instead transformed into a cheesy, super funky, gueuze-like lambic with grassy, farmyard funk and high acidity. The color has even faded to a more amber color compared to the deep purple of the original.

Both are absolutely delicious; still hard to believe how wildly different they are.

12-03-2012 18:35:12 | More by brystmar
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev -4.4%

On-tap at The Publick House in Brookline, MA.

An interesting reddish color that looks a lot like wine, but that comparison dies with the big, fluffy, light pink head that crowns this body. Although it looks like it might have some staying power, that big head disappears quickly and doesn't leave any lacing behind.

The smell is earthy, a little cheesy, and the aroma of grapes, pretty much like wine, dominates.

The comparision to wine is pertinenet in describing every facet of this beer; in my opinion it is a beer/wine hybrid. My first sip I said, "this tastes like wine." A variety of grapes make this tastes like a mixture of different wines, and a good, strong, earthy flavor provides a backbone. This earthy taste is the bridge between the wine and beer flavors palate wise, but also because it is a characteristic I have found in both beer and wine. Sure enough, after you get past the fact that Saint Lamvinus tastes like wine, you will notice that it also tastes like a lambic with its puckering tartness. Along with that tartness is a sizeable musty flavor.

The mouthfeel is one area where Saint Lamvinus doesn't really compare to wine. Very slightly puckering and with only a medium body. Somewhat dry finish.

This thing went down really fast. Sure, I only had an 8oz pour, but even considering that. This lacks the sour punch that other cantillons have, and this is one I think could spend some time in the cellar. Overall a fascinating beer, but I don't know that I will ever pay 40 bucks for a bottle of it.

05-08-2009 15:53:24 | More by Hojaminbag
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Pours dark reddish with a light purple hue. An off-white head fizzes up on a semi-aggressive pour and quickly slows down until a thin layer of white bubbles remain on top.

S - As soon as I opened this one up, the barynard must hit me in the back of my head. Lots of cheese, horse blanket, and tart, nostril-opening sour.

T - A nice tart/sour funk mixed in with some dark fruity notes. A nice blend of the awesome funkyness, some oak backbone, and fruity sweetness. Not quite as sour as I was expecting, but the sweet grape notes really make up for that. I am digging this.

M - Light bodied and fizzy carbonation reminds me of a gentle champagne. Smooth and refreshing, really covers the palate well and finishes dry.

D - So easy to drink and so damn good. I really dig the funk, grapes, and oak mixed together. A perfect combination worthy of it's top 100 rating.

10-09-2009 21:23:50 | More by Sean9689
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev -4.4%

A - Slightly hazy red with a touch of orange and a thin finger of slightly reddish head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet wheat, merlot grapes, oak, vanilla, barnyard funky tart yeast, tartness, sourness, with some other sweet berries.

T - Sweet wheat, merlot grapes, oak, vanilla, barnyard funk, funky yeast, tartness and sourness, other sweet berries, and lactic acid.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart, funky, sour, dry, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Fantastic complexity and balance.

05-24-2013 05:57:11 | More by ngeunit1
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

03-13-2010 22:48:45 | More by sisuspeed
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev -4.4%

750ml bottle 2006 vintage $32! It looks amazing, pink, red, cloudy with a puff of a pink head which fades to a ring of bubbles. It smells like musty lambic but not horsey, sour grapes,lemons, fantastic. It tastes like delicious sour grape juice, with a hint of must. The sourness is nice and the beer is really easy to drink.

10-26-2008 05:13:45 | More by ArrogantB
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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