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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 459
Hads: 1,856
Avg: 4.43
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 1,363
Gots: 406 | FT: 34
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: truthbrew on 03-20-2003

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Reviews: 459 | Hads: 1,856
Photo of Dmann
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Having this be my first true Lambic will for sure make all other that I have pale in comparison. This one poured a great ruby red color with with not too much head but a great ammount of bubbles that added greatly to the visual appeal. The smell was nice and sour, with sour grape notes and sharp cheese scents. The taste was wonderfull with a great dry flavor of citrus and vinegar. The stuff was so smoothe I could have had the whole bottle! This is a beer to behold for sure.

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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 macher0
4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2011 Vintage to tulip.

A. Dark red to purple red. The first two glasses were very translucent and the last two were very cloudy. Moderately thin, not syrupy. A 2 finger fine bubble head that quickly retreats. This has low carbonation but this is not at all flat.

S. Sour yeast, bugs, grapes, and a tad bit of oak. Very straight forward.

T. Amazing. Not extremely complex, very straight forward.. A high level of tartness. The taste is sour Belgian spores, a little oak, a little dark grape, and tannins.

M. The ideal viscosity, slightly thin, not at all syrupy. Light body, low carb, highly drinkable.

O. This was very impressive. I'm not sure if the vintage added to how good this was, but this sour was on point. I love how straight forward the taste and nose were. Very well crafted and blended. This is at the top Cantillon list. Defiantly worth the effort and price.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

October 2009 vintage.

A: The beer shows a true red color, getting towards the purple a little bit. A bit opaque, good head retention (pure white) with very good lacing for the low ABV.

S: There is a LOT of funk in this. Very very strong smells of barnyard, hay and definitely horse blanket. Definitive earth-y elements to this. Then, it's all about the grapes and the lactic sourness. Good amount of wood tannins give the beer a very wine-like smell. Super strong smell.

T: Simply put, this is the best tasting beer I've ever had. The perfect balance of sourness (not as much as the Rosée de Gambrinus), fruits (aka grapes), barnyard funk, earth and wood tannins notes. It really is perfect. I really don't know what else I can add.

M: Very light and extremely dry. Absolutely perfect feel for a lambic. High carbonation (of course).

O: The best beer I've ever had. Nothing else to add. This is a beer that has been finely crafted throughout the generations. Although it might not be my favorite, I can objectively say this is the best crafted beer I've ever drank. Cantillon's almost "worship" of tradition is something that definitely paid off in the end.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a perfectly hazy red, almost a light purple. There was very little head. I poured it slowly, of course, but using the same procedure with any other wild ale has given me an inch or more of head. The smell is kind of hard to pick up on with such a small head, but I can get this oxidized red wine scent immediately. Definitely a good, strong wild yeast character. The taste is what really shines. There's the standard wild ale, the tart, sour candy sitting on top of a lighter bodied red wine. Kind of a vinegar taste, really a great example of a lambic, though I've never had one with grapes. The mouthfeel is right on, none of the chalky tartness, not overcarbonated, great. And I sped through this one, loving every drop, and it may not hit me too hard at 6%. I know its expensive, but don't give it a pass if you can afford it.

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Photo of dubinsky
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beer Store - SF.

A - The beer was delivered in a 7oz flute and had a nice medium purple color to it.  Kind of what I would expect grape soda to look like.  Nice thin head topped the flute with a whispy witenagemot head.  The head fell quickly leaving behind no trace of lacing.

S - Definitely not the strong point of this beer.  It was very earthy, almost too earthy to the point of smelling like poop.  No kidding!  I had 4 ba's with me and they all agreed.  There was a definite sour funk present but the poop was strong with this beer.

T - The taste thankfully didn't reflect the aroma.  Nice vinous tartness.  Super tart.  There was also a very present earthy flavor that although similar to the smell was not off-putting.  I really enjoyed the flavor.

M - Super crisp, dry and refreshing.  Excellent spiky carbonation.  Like most Cantillon's this was a very well balanced and crafted beer.

O - Overall this was a great treat.  I was amped to see this on the tap list.  At $10 for a 7 oz pour it was a bit spendy, but it was a luxury that I would try again.

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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 bs870621345
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
3.97/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ebenezer's in a Cantillon wine-style glass. A most clear black cherry cola type color with a minimal head. Some spaced out carbonation bubbles floating up the side of the glass. Smells of old red wine, soem funky earthy smells, and some sour cherries. Tastes something like tart, sour cherrie and apple wine. Some lite fizziness, but not much. Some grape in there as well. As it warms, I get more tart red wine flavor. Great lambic mouthfeel and probably the most drinkable lambic I have had.

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Photo of boatshoes
4.43/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this one at vintage estates in Boardman, OH after hunting this one down for a while.

Pours a very wine like dark red with minimal head. What is there is a crown.

Smell is surprisingly subdued from what I was expecting. Grapes, a little vinegar.

Taste is very good, not nearly as sour as kriek, nice mix of sour and grapes. Good, great even, but I'm a little shocked at how high this is rated.

Mouth is where a lambic should be, relatively thin and heavy on the carbonation.

Very easily drinkable but I don't think I'll stop back here due to the price.

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Photo of julian
3.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: deep raspberry red and black cherry in color. No head even on very aggressive pours. Looks like fruit juice, if it weren't for the visible carbonation bubbles.

S: Intense is one word for this beer! had a vinous wine essence even before decorking by smelling the cork. Definitely deserving of it's puckering qualities. This is a sour, vinegary, funky beer, almost completely overwhelming the fruit, which I can't really pick it out in aroma.

T&M: moutfeel has adequate carbonation for my liking. This is one sour beer where the aroma is almost completely inline with the flavor. Musty, sour, vinous, somewhat dry. Fruit flavors are definitely muted and pretty much completely overwhelmed by the tartness.

D: I think this would nicely compliment a dessert or equally tart salad, or maybe even a minced dish of sorts. 1 glass is all I could handle.

Powerful stuff, but overall for the style, top notch.

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Photo of silenius
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of sidetracked
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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.


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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a clear blood red with almost no head. It looks like carbonated red wine.

Aroma is sour with some funk and a grape note to it.

Deliciously sour yet a sweetness emerges towards the finish. this is the most winelike beer i have ever had. Clean and complex with oak, red grape, and a nice acidity.

Slight carbonation the body is slick, almost like regular juice.

I wish i could drink this every day. Sadly it is very expensive so i will have to stick with IPA and Pils.

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Photo of haz77
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bottled in 2003, according to the cork. Pours a dark strawberry red with an absolute minimum of head. What head there is dissapates almost instantly to a thin ring, but can be easily refreshed to the thinnest of layers. All as expected.

S - Yep, it's a Cantillon. Aroma fills the room. Funk, slight solvent, cherry and other red fruit, tobacco, leather. There's more there, but everything is so integrated it's hard to distinguish.

T - Delicious mellow sourness greets the palate initially. The flavour of the wine moves forward in the middle along with citrus peel and the aftertaste is still refreshingly tart, but has a slight edge of tobacco. Again, the flavours are all very mellow and well integrated, quite possibly due to it's age.

M - Light to medium mouthfell with perfect soft carbonation. It doesn't need any more spritz, as the sourness takes care of cleaning the palate.

D - Cantillon continues to impress. Not as mouth puckering as their other beers that I've had. It's possible that the age had taken the edges off prominent aromas, flavours and carbonation and mellowed this into a absolute beauty. Incredible easy sipper.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

A: Pomegranate/reddish grape color that supported a somewhat decent off white colored head that I found a bit surprising for a limbic. On the other hand, the lack of lacing was apparent...which I usually find in most beers within this style.

S: Tons of wood! Like my buddy described, similar to what you would find in an old wooden cabinet thats been closed for quite some time. The grapes come off very wine-like and the sour qualities are subtle, but noticeable at the same time.

T: The merlot grapes really come through and the sour punch is very mild. Kind of reminds me of a sparkling wine, but in red form. The wood is still there as well, but seems to be much more subdued than the smell originally indicated.

M: Nothing too out of the ordinary. Nice light and mild carbonation followed by a medium-like body.

D: 5% ABV and a very nice flavor profile...enough said.

Overall: A great sour, but unfortunately...not the best I've had. A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of hawks10
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really excited to try this on tap tonight at Local Option in Chicago...served in a Cantillon wine glass...

Pours a beautiful strawberry red, light ruby color, slightly hazy with a nice two fingers of delicate bright white head with a hint of pink...absolutely gorgeous beer...!

Wonderfully complex and appealing nose...very typical Cantillon smellls...funky with a bit of brett, leathery and musty...tart and acidic, a bit vinegary with a bit of sweet grape fruity aroma...

Nice and tart as expected. A bit of a drying, bitter grape skin feel, more dry than other Cantillons. Woody and musty, great lactic sourness with that familiar Cantillon funk...

Light bodied and highly carbonated giving it an even airier feel. Crisp and so delicious...way too easy to drink...

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Photo of mhewes
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Poured a purplish-red color with a good head. It was bubbly and hazy

S : Lots of sour with a grape/wine aroma

T : Sour, sour, and more sour. There was less grape/wine flavor than I was expecting but it provided just enough flavor to add to the sour flavor and not overpower it.

M : Fizzy and thin. Perfect for the taste

D : Except for the price, this is probably my favorite lambic and I would love to have more.

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Photo of jethrodium
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottled in 2010 shared by cenzo. Thanks Vince. Pours a bright cherry red with small white head that has decent retention and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a light brett funkiness, red wine grapes, light tannins with a bit of oak as well as a bit of cherry. The initial taste is quite sour with a little bit of sweetness and the red wine grapes coming through. A bit of oak and cherry are present as well as some lactic acid. The standard Cantillon barnyard funk is present in small amounts as well. The finish is dry with a light tannic astringency. Light to medium body with a really good slick mouthfeel. Low to medium carbonation. Another great Cantillon beer that I would be happy to drink anytime.

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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 thegoon55
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a beautiful reddish purple with a beautiful while head. Such a amazing appearance.

S- sweet grapes, oak, and a nice funk

T- not all too sour, more like a nice little tartness. nice funk with a mild grape flavor

M- light carbonation, light to medium body very very enjoyable and easy to drink

O- really enjoyed it. not as sour as i liked but still a very very enjoyable beer

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Photo of dasmusik
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle bought in Rome, dated October 2011.

Pours smooth into a tulip, thin head develops as it pours and aerates. lacing quickly runs to the edges of the glass before disappearing completely. Beautiful red/pink color, appears clear until it accumulates, and becomes opaque.

Classic Cantillon smell, starts fruity and juicy before overwhelming barnyard funk overtakes it. Almost smells rotten. I love it.

Fruity and oak, dry champagne type of alcohol taste, not cloying at all but the natural grapes add a bit of natural sweetness. Sourness creeps in and overtakes the sweetness.

So totally smooth and crispy on the finish, coats the whole mouth with a puckering sense throughout. The longer between sips, the more I want.

Great beer.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.9/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had the pleasure of drinking this at Capone's for their sweet and sour draft promotion. this was a 2006 vintage.

Not sure if it was the glassware or what, but while this style normally has a very generous head, my glass had none. there were some small off white bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass. The color was nice, a bit hazy reddish brown color. the smell was rather interesting, rotten grapes, funk, fruity/cherry. Cherry funk would describe it in a nutshell - but the funk is not a normal 'brett' funk - but something else.

The taste is interesting to boot, but interesting in a very good way. the beer continued to get better with each sip. not nearly as much funk in the taste as there was in the nose. tart cherries, subtle funk. great balance, somewhat soft, not overpowering. tartness was a decent level and nothing to scoff at. would be interested to try a more recent version to compare and out of the bottle as well. Glad I had a chance to drink this one.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage opened at a bottle share. Red/pink in color, lots of wine notes in the aroma. Taste has a lot of red wine qualities, very good overall but not my favorite from them

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
98 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.