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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Saint LamvinusCantillon Saint Lamvinus

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Ratings: 1238
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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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -13.1%
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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claspada

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
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 -0.9%
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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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage at Beer Deluxe. From notes I wish I had more time to take.

A - Poured a hazy dark pink with one finger of light pink head. Film of retention and spotty lace.

S - Grape skins, funk, and vinegar. Spot on for a Lambic made with grapes.

T - Quite tart with grape skins, vinegar, and what I could only describe as pink tart fruits. Definitely some hay and lemon candy as well.

M - Strong carbonation, dry tart finish and medium body.

O/D - A solid, flavourful beer that I enjoyed on a sunny afternoon. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 10:02:34 | More by tbeckett
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Beerisheaven

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to crack one of these open. Just received from Mar02x in my first international trade. Fingers crossed that my side of the trade will find its way to the Netherlands in short order. Thanks Mark for sending me this beer.

A - Classic. Poured from a 2011 bottle into my Selinsgrove goblet. Belgium meets Pennsylvania. Beautiful plum/pinkish color with a willowy white head that quickly settles down to a white film. Interesting but you think that something this color would have to be sweet but you know what's around the corner.

S - Fairly aggressive with a sharp acidity and slight vinegar smell. All the usual characteristics in a classic sour present itself in the aroma. Obviously has a profile of wine in the aroma with a little more aggressive kick to it.

T - Sublime. Grapes, grape skin, some mustiness, and a fairly sharp acidic bite. In my mind, I was trying to compare and contrast this a bit to Supplication. Supplication obviously features cherries as the fruit whereas STL has grapes as its base, but I thought that they did cross paths in a certain way. Supplication is not as sharp in my opinion whereas the STL has a more sour bite but they are both divine. I think that this one is closer to the edge of being really sour. Any further and I am not sure I would enjoy this as much. Gives you the grapes and kick in fine balance.

M - I liked it. It has the right amount of carbonation to it but is very satisfying.

O - A great beer and worthy of its ratings. I am glad that I have a couple more to stock away for the summer.

Thanks Mark, let me know when my beers arrive and let's do it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 15:01:00 | More by Beerisheaven
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oline73

Maryland

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

Thanks to foofaa for sharing. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear red color with two fingers of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Quite funky with some fruit notes. I'm picking up herbal yeast, grape, and mild vinegar.

Taste: Tart and funky with lots of grape juice. Herbal and quite tart with a bitter finish. This is very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth and tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great sour beer. The fruit and tart flavors mix well with lots of funk.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 01:15:48 | More by oline73
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sidetracked

Illinois

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

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

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 17:18:55 | More by sidetracked
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 06:02:51 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with a fellow BA.

Bottled: November 21, 2010

A- Pours a two finger light pink head, really attractive color, ruby red/ maroon color, looks very appealing.
S- Wow incredible, big funky aroma, cobwebs, musky, barnyard funk, sour grape skin, raspberries notes, nice oak characteristics from the oak casks, cannot wait to try this.
T- Wow so smooth, puckering at first but then mellows out, really impressive, I get the grapes upfront, barnyard funkiness, muskiness comes out, sour lemon notes come out as well.
M- Medium mouth feel, perfect amount of carbonation, sour, puckering, surprising clean finish.
O- I am really impressed with this, the aroma was amazing, and I was expecting the taste to be really puckering but it was very mellow and balanced, I absolutely love this beer, definite gem from Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 02:48:40 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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nas5755

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2009 vintage opened in honor of my gf Kristin

A- A very aggressive pour gave me a rather thin 3-finger head that faded quickly. The color of the foam was a wonderful light purplish-pink. The beer itself is a dark pink-purple, with interesting purple hues. A very pretty beer.

S- The first smell to hit my nose is Cantillons distinctive sourness, but this time it is slightly refined with more musty funk layered about the aromas. Upon a further inspection, I am happily greeted by a deep layer of funk and its elements, lots of grape tannins and then some of the distinctive aromas of welchs grape juice followed by a the bracing sourness only found in Cantillon.

T- Awesome! Leather funk, mixed into layers of lush Merlot with a slight creamy texture, unusually found in lambic. The finish is where the complexity shines, the grapes add another dimension to the oncoming and reoccurring waves of funk and sour. The funk in is this vintage is fantastic, the most refined Cantillon I have come across.

M- Carbonation is on the higher side and adds a very nice contrast to the flavors allowing them to sparkle and deviate bewteen the complexities. A creaminess is also present and is not something I am used to experiencing within lambic.

O- This is my favorite Cantillon and the best bottle I have had. The funk elements in this bottle are outstanding and more refined than the other Cantillons that I have had. Thus this is the most balanced Cantillon I have ever come across. I love the Merlot grapes, they are fantastic, the tannins really add some awesome elements and really allow this beer to shine and develop into just pure awesomeness.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 22:45:07 | More by nas5755
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured out as a really nice looking pinkish red color with a fizzy light pink head on top. The retention and lacing were very minimal here. The smell of the beer gives off plenty of Merlot Grape aromas along with the tart aromas of the wild fermentation this brew has gone through. The taste of the beer has a tart grape flavor up front with a dry funky aftertaste that would probably interest most wine lovers to try this beer. The mouthfeel is think and dry, not overly carbonated at all. Overall this brew was pretty good, I'm not sure if I would ever buy this one again mainly because of the price tag on it. I enjoyed having it though, and would drink it again if it was offered to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 16:44:01 | More by Knapp85
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EnemyWithin

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage. 750ml bottle. Into red wine glass as per brewery suggestion

Appearance: 4
Dark cherry red, semi opaque body. Pour with a white-pink head ½ inch that quickly dissipates to a thin ring of head with a clear flat middle.

Smell: 4
Prominent sour aroma with vinegar and mild barnyard funk. Quite pleasant. Also get notes of sweeter, dark fruits and tannin, red wine, with fleeting elements of ?cocca and ?leather. Faintest present of hops. One can definitely appreciate the addition of the merlot grapes from their distinct aspects they add.

Taste: 4.5
Extremely good. Many layers with sour and fruit. I’ll try my best to pick apart. Initially, a slight fruit sweetness (red grape in flavor/c pf merlot) with moderate soft sourness, with minimal funk and mild minerality. Midway through, sourness becomes more prominent with a sharp burst on the palate. Not vinegary in any way. Start to detect malt presence more near the middle to the end. Finishes with fading sourness and a faint malt sweetness and presence of grapes lingers on palate.

Again, aspects of the merlot grape are easily appreciated in the taste. Of note, this is a two-year old bottle, and based on the brewery suggestion that fruit flavor fades after e first year, it would be interesting to try a fresh bottle.

Regardless, I find the beer a very interesting, somewhat complex flavor profile that is extremely well-balanced whilst still being very sour. Very smooth drinking

Mouthfeel: 4.5
Good mouth coating with appropriate thickness. Feel crisp and sour at same time. Quite enjoyable. Pleasant mild-moderate soft, but bubbly carbonation. Mild tannin/astringency.

Overall: 4.5
A great beer. The first Cantillon I have review since starting to get into sour beers. Incredibly refined and smooth drinking; in fact, amazingly easy to drink, almost refreshing. Really not that sour either.
Low abv at 5% is nice because it makes finishing a 750ml doable; does not seem to impact taste negatively at all.
Finally beginning to understand why everyone raves about these beers. Too bad they are pricey in Canada ($28/ 750ml)
Highly recommend

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 23:40:18 | More by EnemyWithin
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nickhiller

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: rosy, thin pink head around the edges, some patches of lace, low visible carbonation.

S: extreme funk, smells like fungi, kind of grosses me out, but there's also wine grapes. There's something about it that makes me a little sick, like rotten meat.

T: taste is much more subtle, nice grape skin, green olives, but also that signature Cantillon yeast. White wine, or maybe even rosé.

M: light-bodied, medium carbonation is well balanced to the taste.

O: Not the best I've had (especially from Cantillon) but still good, reminds me of Mediterranean food, like tapenade or putanesca sauce. Smell was really off-putting, I'm wondering if this bottle was infected.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 22:23:18 | More by nickhiller
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harrymel

Washington

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Auracom

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2 oz. bottle pour into a wine taster at the Bruery Provisions on November 7th, 2011. #4 of a 5-bottle Cantillon flight.

A - Profoundly unique coloration here. A blend of deep blood-red and accenting purple hues. Low carbonation, head, retention, and lacing. It looks like a solid red wine blend but with more character.

S - Wow, far more funk than I anticipated. Thick barnyard mud. Manure. Wet hay and grass. Behind the huge brett layers are wine complexities. Red grapes, oak, almost a dark fruit component.

T - Love it. Red grape sweetness blended with a vinous note at the front, immediately followed by puckering sourness. Great depth throughout the palate. Dry finish is more than adequate here. I sense a bit of warming in the back of my throat.

M - Light-medium body. Average carbonation. I'm finding Cantillon to be pretty damn consistent with feel.

D - This beer has a sense of mystique to me. I know that I didn't pick up everything in that glass, but what I did grab I thoroughly enjoyed and found this to be as unique as anything I've yet encountered. Great stuff, would actively seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 06:38:37 | More by Auracom
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

300

Appearance. Pours a hazy purple-red with half a finger of fizzy, thick, light pink head that fades pretty quickly.

Smell. Sweet red grapes and sour apples in a horse barn. Funky, sweet and sour ...in for a treat here, me thinks.

Taste. Big blast of sour and funky brett. After a few sips, dry red wine starts to come through, especially in the finish. Barnyard funk is present from begining to end, but not overpowering and doesn't linger past it's welcome. Sourness is somewhat intense, but not to the point of tasting like vinegar. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body. Fine, lively and smooth, medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Fantastic treat. Elegant and full of flavour, but still easy to drink. Went through the first glass way to quickly. Luckily, I'm drinking this alone and have another glass left. ...Who says drinking alone is a bad thing?? If I had money to burn, I would drink this stuff often.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 00:43:44 | More by Rutager
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Halcyondays

California

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 750 at Provisions,

A: Pours a gorgeous grape red with a soft white head, spotty lace.

S: As opposed to most fruit lambics, the barnyard dominates the nose here. Horse blanket and hay with that Cantillon funk.

T: Pretty, pretty, pretty. Delicious soft notes of grapes, passion fruit, plum and lilac. Very flowery, but maintaining the fruitiness at all times.

M: Medium-bodied overall, moderate acidity. Bright on the palate, very easy drinking.

O: If I had a bottle of this to myself, I could see myself finishing it in 10 minutes, it's just that good. I love good Right Bank Bordeaux, so adding Merlot and Cab Franc grapes to lambic makes sense to me. It certainly worked here.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 22:33:37 | More by Halcyondays
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BuckyFresh

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TCGoalie for supplying this tasty beer. Enjoyed at a tasting party with TCGoalie, TCHopCraver, and zoso1967 quite a while back; just getting around to entering in some old audio reviews.

Appearance: Pours a raspberry color with lots of carbonation. Little to no head or carbonation. There are also some leg-like coatings running down the glass, similar to what you would find in a glass of red wine.

Smell: Lots of funky wild yeast type smells, with cherry, raspberry, and leather. Kind of a sting to the aroma and your nostrils get a bit of a workout if you stick your nose too far down into the glass.

Taste: This was extremely dry and sour like a handful of Sweet Tarts and Sour Patch Kids. The wine takes a back seat to the sour punch. There is some kiwi and raspberry there, but the face puckering aspect really dominates. Almost like sucking on a lemon at times.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, dry, and acidic. Sour is the operative word for sure.

Overall: An interesting beer, but a touch too sour. There are some nice flavors going on there, but the sour aspect overwhelms everything else.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 01:05:17 | More by BuckyFresh
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bs870621345

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on October 27, 2009, my 21st birthday! 2 years old! Thanks to Calton for trading this to me back at SC.

Pours a ruby, violet color with a bit of head and a surprising amount of lacing. Very nice looking beer.

Smells of lemons, grapes, funk, oak, and vinegar.

Taste opens with a burst of grape, moving into waves after waves of sour flavors. Vinegar, lemon, cherry wash over the tongue with some hint of the brett funk mixed in. Moves into a grape/oak finish that mellows the sourness. This is a stellar beer and almost a vacation in a bottle.

Mouthfeel is spritzy and light, just what you'd expect from a cantillon.

Overall, this beer is stellar. I'm on the lookout for more.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 15:56:49 | More by bs870621345
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ptykozoon

California

4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 01:30:35 | More by ptykozoon
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Gobzilla

California

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

A: poured a pinkish purple in color with a very thin head which left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: you could definitely sniff out the Merlot grapes in the nose alongside the signature oakum funky character, some acidity and a slight amount of citrus as well.

T: the flavor was even dominated by the Merlot grapes, tons of funky horse blanket character, oakum accents and a touch of citrus.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a fruity, oaky, funky, and sour finish.

D: the beer was drinking amazing and a great sour bite. Very glad to have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 23:45:37 | More by Gobzilla
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

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

2010 bottle enjoyed at Deep Ellum. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a dark, ruby purple. It's surprisingly clear, like magenta-tinted juice. A half-finger white head leaves nice lacing around the glass.

Wonderful tart and vinous funk in the aroma. I'm not sure I'd necessarily peg the fruit character as grape-like, as there are definitely some cherries at work as well. A light citric acidity adds another sour element, but this is quite a sweet-smelling beer.

Grapes are far more present in the taste, with a very grape-dominant aftertaste. It's quite sweet, though certainly less sweet than, say, Zwanze 2011. Very tart sourness, bordering on mouth-puckering at times. There's a cheesy funk, not unlike horse blankets/barnyards/etc. It goes without saying, but the tannic quality is quite wine-like.

Here's where St. Lamvinus crushes it - the mouthfeel is the best of any Cantillon I've ever had. Lush and thick, with a perfect medium level of carbonation. Not unlike a Lambrusco, though it's a little more viscous. An absolute delight to drink.

Another wonderful expression of fruit from Cantillon. Very well balanced despite some extreme flavors at work. A shame this is so difficult to find these days.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 00:36:53 | More by amphion1065
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alpineclimber

Alberta (Canada)

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

An 09 "bottled" vintage cracked and poured into my favorite chalice.

A small white frothy head sits on a murky ruby red brew. The head receds leaving a little ring of bubbles and very little lacing.

The nose on this is fairly sour and acidic with a fruity funkiness.

The taste is dominated by fruit, cherry and grape. The fruit immediately sours in the finish with a slight medicinal taste. All the sour and funkiness is definetely in the back and is a little subdued compared with other lambics from Cantillon. A nice medium to light body on this one.

Overall a pretty good lambic. It's not super sour or extremely funky but more balanced, if there is such a thing when it comes to lambics from Cantillon. This would make a good intro for those wanting to taste a more serious lambic.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 23:55:14 | More by alpineclimber
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In line at founders for CBS. 500th review. Thanks spdkilz!

A-cherry color with a white head that stays around the edges

S-funny grape smell

T-great grape flavor coupled with a funkiness I cannot finger it

M-medium body and smooth

O-very good beer. Can't wait to see it with age

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 11:26:42 | More by brew3crew
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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