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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,377 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,377
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,070
Gots: 335 | FT: 26
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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portia99

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Served in a Cantillon logoed " wine glass".

A - pours a somewhat purpley red color...very red wine like in appearance. A small white and pinkish tinged collar.

S - nice bretty funk up front with barnyardy aromas taking the front line and blending in well with the grapey, fruity, winey aromas behind it.

T - Flavor follows the aroma closely. Barnyardy with grape and red wine flavors. Sourness is less intense than other Cantillon offerings, but still very noticeable and a bit puckering. Really good and well integrated flavors. Very good overall.

M - light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Noticeably sour and a bit puckering, but compared to other cantillons...pretty tame. Funkiest, most distinct barnyardy aromas and flavors I've ever experienced.

D - too expensive to drink a lot of, but I would like to have more of this. Gonna have to grab a bottle or two while they are still out there.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2010 23:02:37 | More by portia99
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brc

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Mine was bottled Nov 18, 2008, and I served it in the brewery's flutes.

Ruby color, very bright and clear. There is a fine white mousse when I pour it - it seems they got the carbonation just right.

The smell is pretty tame for a lambic, letting you get some depth behind the slight funk. Smells a bit cidery, with hints of cherries and vanilla.

It seems that they used a very smooth batch or blend of lambic for this. The sourness is very light, and there aren't any offensive tastes in the mix. Tart apple and cherry, for sure, a bit of ripe peach flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light, and refreshing. There is a light carbonation, and a light sour pucker.

Very drinkable, especially for a traditional lambic.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 22:09:53 | More by brc
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's always a pleasure to sit down with such a prized beer. The lure and legendary status of Saint Lamvinus makes is appetizing and intimidating.

The beer bursts with fragrance before it even settles into the tulip glass. A billowing head of light burgundy color rises with an airy and musty quality. Vineous (as merlots should), tart, and acidic notes give a little perk to the brow and a twinge to the jawls- surely sour, astringent, and sharply acidic. Berries, grapes, and plumbs are all represented well in the nose, along with a woodsy, dusty, attic-like, musk that gives the unusual character that only brettanomyaces can.

Much more fruity and less sour to taste as it seemed by the smell. Expansive flavors of vineous merlot wine, but with the body and carbonation of a typical lambic to differentiate it from the true wine character. Again, the tartness of the wild yeasts give the beer a lot more complexity than is usually found in red wines. Berries, grapes, and plumbs dominate with a close back-up of apple cider vinegars and a cork-like wood taste. The musty, dusty, attic-ey notes don't carry over to the taste; just stopping at the nose. Still, a briney-Orval taste brings a somewhat salty-metalic taste that adds complexity rather than distorts it.

The blend of yeasts have cut through the barley malts and reduced them to nearly that of heavier red wines. Still, a mild malt flavor gives a bit of weight, maltiness, and substance to keep it from ultimate thinness. Still, acidic to cut through and residual sweetness. Pleasantly astringent all the way, giving a clean, refreshing tartness that challenges the palate but never overwhelming it.

Ok, the beer falls a bit too far on the wine side of things for me. I appreciate the clean, well-attenuated malt and fruit blends but the beer doesn't leave the malt backbone that I appreciate most. The first sip led me to beleive that this 750 mill. session would be laborous and tiresome but after 45 minutes, the glass is dry. Very drinkable, the beer evaporates on the tongue and leaves a powdery, fruity finish. Understandible why this beer ranks among the best.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 03:22:43 | More by BEERchitect
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with grub and Lexx. 2004 vintage, 750 ml bottle corked, capped and wrappered, acquired from my man Goldorak, thanks Martin!

Pours a hazed ruby red/pink, thick and fizzy pinkish head forms, leaves some lace on the glass, settles to a thin ring around the glass. Smell is wicked, grapes, fruit, citrus acidity, wine, sulphur, wheat, cherries, funky barnyard, really complex. Taste is crazy, very tart, cherries and concord grapes, oak, vinegar, citrus, bread, wheat, fruity acidic finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, puckering sour, still very drinkable. Amazing Lambic, deserves all its praise.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 23:55:47 | More by Viggo
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003

750ml, capped and corked

Pours with a murky pinkish purple body, fizzy off white head, retention isnt great

Smell, thick winey grapes, some sherbet fizz, slight whiff of cherries. Tart acidity on the nose, slightly funky but very slight.

Taste, sharp tart citrus, almost puckering, followed by a whack of warming rounded red wine grapes. Slight warming merlot alcohol on the finish. Zesty grapefruit throughout also. Some acidity throughout, lots of red wine vinegar type flavours

I'd had a few real lambics and gueuzes before this and they all impressed me, this did also. It grew on me, at first i wasnt overly impressed, i thought the body was very thin and the flavours a bit one dimensional but as you have a few more sips, then a few more it becomes a much more flavourful and deep beer, great stuff. A grade A lambic, but not something i'd drink everyday

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 19:18:02 | More by cypressbob
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy rose color with a small head that dissipates rapidly but leaves some specks of lace behind

Smell: Fascinating aroma of red wine grapes and barnyard funk; very tart, but with an underlying sweetness

Taste: Tart, dry grape flavors build in mouth-puckering sourness through mid-palate, with the barnyard funk storming in after the swallow to add woodsy complexity; the finish is long, dry and tart

Mouthfeel: Medium, almost creamy body, with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A fascinating beer

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 00:38:40 | More by brentk56
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ngandhi

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Classic Cantillon nose deep with earth is flawless -- funky and lightly mouthwatering, complex, yet calm. It's no surprise, however, how much of a beast this beer actually is. Prototypic lambic palette of wet earth that opens up to hints of cocoa and salt from the cab franc. Smooth and wonderfully balanced.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 04:26:25 | More by ngandhi
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Teresa's Next Door.

Pours a dark purple/plum color with burgundy/blood red edges when held to a light. Completely opaque with a half finger off-white head that immediately fades leaving no lace behind.

Sweet vinous aroma with a very prominent dark fruit/red wine character. Nice earthy funk with subtle barnyard horsey notes and a prominent earthy oak barrel presence. Bursting with dark fruit, especially grape, as well as some currant and dark cherry.

Full bodied with a tart, mouth puckering sourness that lingers throughout over the sweet vinous and funky barnyard notes into a sweet, slightly dry finish. Bursting with vinous dark fruit, especially the grapes. A perfect marriage of wine and beer. Slight acidity in the finish with a lingering acetic vinegar presence that leaves me drooling for more. This beer is incredibly quaffable considering how funky it is. Perfectly balanced.

Serving type: cask

05-22-2011 02:14:19 | More by corby112
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at monks during the cantillon mad monday - I tried both 06 and 08 vintages

Pours a deep reddish and purple color with some burnt hues, but with brighter cherry tones. There's a small amount of haziness, just enough to keep you from seeing all the way through. A thin white head fades out leaving little lacing.

Plenty of sourness leaps out of the glass into the nose, driven by merlot grapes with ripeness. Some earthy and oak elements, heavy funk and notes of acid. Definitely a red wine presence, although it retains a character I've come to expect from Cantillon.

Biting sourness up front with grape and some cherry-like notes. Red wine character with oaky barrel flavors and some earthy, darker tones. Some funky hints, but more acidic and sour throughout. Finishes with some enamel stripping dryness and lingering tart dark grapes.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, dry and prickly on the tongue, lingers for an extended period. A wonderful fruit lambic from Cantillon with great sour character but still enough flavor to carry the aggressiveness.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 04:03:37 | More by xnicknj
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Ebenezer's.

Beauitful clear red, almost no head.

Aroma is slightly tart, sweetly vinous, red grapes. Hint of vinegar.

Taste begins with tart vinegar, soft in the middle with a bit of earthy funk, finishes with a quick snap of tartness followed by a lingering vinous red wine.

Quite carbonated, with a nice light body. Fruity, beautiful.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2009 12:46:31 | More by JohnQVegas
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spoony

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
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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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25 oz bottle into a Cantillon tulip glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI. Opened while on vacation in North Conway, NH!

A- Pours a hazy, raspberry colored body with a 2 finger, fizzy, light cherry colored head that reduces really quickly and leaves no lacing or retention.

S- Tart sour grapes, funky barnyard, red wine, cherries, citric acid, acetic acid, oak, and an old mustiness that blends very nicely with these aromas.

T- Starts off pretty tart, but not sour, with dry fruity notes, specifically grapes, cherry skins, and citrus rind. The follow through is subtly funky with fermented fruit and oak, wine barrel notes. The finish is woody and tart. Very nice

M- High carbonation, refreshing and quenching.

St. Lamvinus was awesome but I wasn't expecting anything less of this Cantillon masterpiece. Glad I got to try it, can't wait to try the other one in my cellar in a couple decades ;)

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 00:21:40 | More by gcamparone
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dar482

New York

4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark crimson purple color. Almost like a watered down red wine.

The aroma has tart red grape skins, berry notes. Some musty funk and barnyard. A good combination of red wine, fruit, oak, and funk. Reminds me slightly of the Kriek.

The flavor follows with that big tartness in the front. Tons of red grape peel and berry skin. It then follows into that funk and oak notes.

The fruit is slightly less obvious in this. A wonderful drinking lambic.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 00:09:16 | More by dar482
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 22:14:41 | More by boatshoes
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prototypic

Ohio

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

Many, many thanks to ampzilla for this bottle. I looked for this one for a quite a while. Thanks, Andrew.

Saint Lamvinus is certainly an interesting shade of red. It's not quite pink, but far from scarlet. It lies somewhere in between. It's clear and looks a little orange or copper when held to light. A light pink head tops it off and reaches a finger and a half deep. Active carbonation causes it to evaporate to a surface covering quickly. Lacing was light and stringy.

The nose is incredibly deep and smells excellent. It's kicked off with a very strong oak aroma that is predominant throughout. That alone gives it a ton of character right out of the gate. It is quite musky and earthy. Grapes are very prominent. It smells like red and white varieties were used. It's very vinous and does bear some resemblance to wine. A vinegar-like scent emerges late, but isn't exactly subtle. It's quite complex and smells delicious. Alcohol is not noticeable in the least. This is one delicious smelling Lambic.

There's certainly no dropoff in the flavor. Wow! This is excellent. It's a little sweeter than I expected up front. The unique blend of red and white grapes tastes excellent and is somewhat sweet. That sweet flavor works really well with the earthy and musky flavors. It is a little vinegar-esque. Nice and tart. Not quite mouth puckering, but certainly tart. The collision of the sweet and tart flavors produces a very refined flavor that's right up my alley. Definitely tart, but not too tart. Oak is the x-factor that adds a ton of character and depth to the flavor. It's the perfect complement to the vast array of flavors present. Alcohol, while not strong, is almost impossible to pick up. It finishes a little tart and very dry.

Saint Lamvinus has a body that's svelte and very smooth. It seems more substantial and creamy with a little warming. Carbonation is active, but the bubbles feel light. It goes down far too easy. Did I mention how smooth it is? Drinkability is nothing short of excellent. I'm not the biggest Lambic fan in the world, but this is amazing beer. I've got a 750 here and it simply isn't enough.

Saint Lamvinus is one of those beers that achieved legendary status and it certainly deserves it. I'm always somewhat skeptical approaching Lambics, but this one delivers in a big, big way. I'll never have a shred of doubt about a Cantillon beer ever again. This one's damn near divine. The flavor is so complex and delicious. It truly is a special beer. If you don't have this beer available in your locale, it's well worth seeking out in a trade. Find a bottle. Thanks a ton, Andrew.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 03:30:48 | More by prototypic
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SpdKilz

Illinois

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

Shared with fellow BA’s at the CBS release. 2011 vintage. Taken from notes.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a beautiful hazy dark purple, reddish pink color. About a finger of slight pink head that dissipates slowly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Grape skins and tannin, oak, classic wonderful Cantillon barnyard funk, tart berries, and slight cheese.

Taste – A wonderful puckering sensation from the acidity, red wine and tannin. Fruits such as light raspberries and grapes mixed with barnyard funk and oak. A slight tartness finishes up the taste.

Mouthfeel – Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – A fantastic beer that was only slightly overshadowed by the 2003 Lou Pepe Framboise tasted almost directly after. Quite wine like and nicely balanced. Curious to see what a few years will do to the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 00:32:12 | More by SpdKilz
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vacax

California

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

At long last, St. Lamvinus. Due to the ongoing Cantillon shortage I actually had never had this until recently. Pours a dark purple with a slight cloudiness, no residual head, but lovely color from those grapes undoubtedly. Aroma is nicely funky and uniquely Cantillon and Brussels in that respect. Fairly dry floral character with some fruit/grape sweetness. The taste has that wonderful Cantillon funk to it, plus grape skins and floral notes and a dry finish. Medium bodied with a full carbonation, dry yet refreshing. This is a real tasty brew. While American brewers are putting out amazing things, they will never quite be able to do a beer like this.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 03:13:19 | More by vacax
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eric5bellies

Australia

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

Drank from an oversized wine glass.

A - Pours a nice hazy cherry red colour, no head but it is a Lambic so not expected.

S -A sweet sourness that is reminiscent of grapes.

T - Beautiful flavours of grapes and some citrus notes to accompany the tart sour finish. Very funky.

M - Nice fizz and light to medium body.

D - The best Lambic that I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 15:57:33 | More by eric5bellies
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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

Pours a slightly cloudy burgundy color with highlights of ruby to purple in the light, starts off with a tiny cap of lightly tinted ruby and tan head. Scent is tart, lightly vinger-like acidity, strong merlot grape and notes of dark cherry, moderate funk, only light hints of grahmn crackery malt. Firts sip brings the merlot wine grapes, evolves into a moderately tart, sour and acidic taste, but the strong fruit flavors cut through. Lightly funky and some sweetness. Medium bodied, low in carbonation, bone dry and slightly puckering. Quite the beer, glad i found it on draft as opposed to shelling out the local $45 per bottle price.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 17:43:36 | More by rfgetz
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harrymel

Washington

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

Bottled 2010

A: pours a beautiful deep rose read with a finger of transient pink foam and brilliant clarity. No lace. Beautiful beer. Normally, some of the characteristics here would take away, but this appearance is simply stunning. Great looking beer.
S: Mmmmm. Spicy blend of yeast, dry sour, farm funk (the most I've smelled in a cantillon), lots of lacto. Nice.
T: Dry, puckering, tart and fruity. The fruit tone is really surprising provided the time in bottle. Plenty of signature Cantillon sour puckering flavors. Hints of white vinegar. Really nice.
M: Thin, moderately low carbonation allows for the tannic dryness in the beer to shine. Make me water and want more.
O: I really, really enjoyed this beer, but I think I might prefer some of the others from the crew there in Brussels to this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 06:11:39 | More by harrymel
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 00:40:53 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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mentor

Colorado

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

750 ml bottle shared by Crosling, thanks a million. Pours a light pink-red moderately cloudy. Like a grapeskin color. Head is also pink. Smells horseblanket. dry musty oak. Very dry, some grape, and some berry.

Tastes dry and sour with nice sweet malt to balance. Berry fruity is dried out, but quite prominent. Some brettanomyces horseblanket character is present, but just one player in the complex nature of this beer. Clean dry puckering. Fruity flavor despite the driness is quite impressive accomplishment. Strong carbonation helps clean the palate. Wonderful drinkability. Light fruity dry crisp, yet leaves a lingering berry and horseblanket.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 19:55:17 | More by mentor
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Lunch

Maryland

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

2008 Vintage provided by some guy probably named Matt as it seems that every goddamn person that I drink with has that name. Who can really tell these guys apart? Seriously, I feel that for the sake of whatever sanity that I have left, you guys are going to have to pick some sort of aliases to help a motherfucker out.

Anywho...this beer will appeal to any Ravens' fan as it has a great purplish hue with just a slight amount of foam that dissipates quickly. Looks good.

Smells very tart and funky with notes of grapes, raspberries, and oak. This beer smells just like a Cantillon which is always a great thing.

Taste is about as funky as couple of fillets of Atlantic salmon that have been forgotten in the bottom of a chest freezer for several years and now resembles a Chipotle burrito. Blankety and fruity with grapes showing they tart selves in a beautiful fashion that would make any Welches' lover just a wee bit hard.

Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style as it is light and moderately carbed. Thanks go out to the good doctor for sharing this gem. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 22:15:27 | More by Lunch
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brendan13

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 10:26:29 | More by brendan13
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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

This 750ml brown, corked and capped bottle comes at 5%abv.; bottled on 22/11/2007, BB 12/2009, served cool in a large tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: the colour comes more like a strawberry-flavoured lambic, light purple-ish or dark pinky red, slightly translucent on top of very fine carbonation in action, while the thin, pink-ish white foamy head settles in time to a rim.
S: the pungent sourness of Lambic ale with all the typical trimmings (funky musts and tangy, old grapefruit peels) mingles with an aromatic main body of (merlot) grapes, with a clear gravity of lambic base, while mildly sour strawberry notes and salted citrus peels lag behind closely. A deep sniff reveals the depth of French oaks endowed by long oak-ageing, a hint that had already been given away by the cork's inner side as soon as the bottle was opened, actually; simultaneously, the richer note of fresh grape juice (hinting at fat, juicy grape flesh!) is accommodated in the middle. Overall, a true harmony.
T: supremely, if not brutally, tart/lactic-sour, funky, as well as nobly, intensely savoury (for an beer, that is) upfront, dominated by the lambic base where merlot grapes seem to have melted, with only the sour fruity bits wandering around... but, hang on, as the beer slips through the tongue, the Merlot-elements interact/converse with the remnant bit of air in the mouth almost like a true fine wine, generating a delicate whiff of oaky-wine aroma. Also, the tannic & oaky touch of a typical lambic ale expands from the middle of the tongue towards b/w the teeth, as the aftertaste turns semi-dry and tannic, showing lingering hints of mustiness in the end.
M&D: the texture is quite "stimulating", due to the level of musty tart-iness vis-à-vis the delicate carbonation, while, at 5%abv., this ale seems to taste "heavier" than normal thanks maybe to the tannins brought about by the red grape skins. All in all, this is another very very good novel-lambic invented by this uncompromising brewery, although personally I think the white-grape counterpart ("Vigneronne") has the upper hand for the finesse in aroma and overall. Just finished the whole 750ml bottle in an hour and I still can't have enough of it - really quaffable for a lambic!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 20:38:20 | More by wl0307
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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