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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,469 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,469
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,125
Gots: 349 | FT: 28
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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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Paccamacca, Mar 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

GJ40, Jan 17, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

bottled in 06 says the cork. the date on the back of the bottle is pretty hard to read. i actually thought it said 08. drank from my duvel tulip. drinking this expensive monster to celebrate the end of my busy season at work, as well as mark my 800th review. its been a big day (for me anyways).

A- the pour yields somewhat hazy reddish colored body with pink highlights. there is a small pale pink head on top. the head lasts for a second or two before becoming no more than a crown along the sides of my glass.

S- the balance between sweet and sour seems to come together here. it starts out with some red wine grape like sweetness and barnyard funk. there are soft acidic notes, but nothing over the top. some musty/earthiness at the end.

T- the taste starts out with some of the musty/earthy funk that i could smell. the sweetness form the grapes appears next. man, this beer has some serious pucker power that after smelling it, seems to come out of left field. intense.

M- light bodied with the expected low level of carbonation. very dry aftertaste. no trace of the alcohol.

D- the whole 750 would have been too much, so im happy that i had someone to share it with. intensely sour. im glad i tried this and would love to try it again. i dont think im in any rush to go out and drop another $40 on it though. Cantillon cant disappoint.

jwinship83, Feb 05, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

szmnnl99, Mar 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Aug 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

klipper, Dec 02, 2012
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4.39/5  rDev -3.1%

Bottled 2011. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a brilliant, pinkish red with a finger of white-pink head. Excellent ring of retention which lasts the entire glass. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Super funky barnyard notes with hints of oak, vanilla, raspberry, and cherry. Some of the funk recedes as the beer warms.

T: Raspberry, strawberry, tannic oak, a very nice moderate sourness, with a long, sour-warhead-like finish with slight sweetness and red wine.

M: Medium body and carbonation with a creamy texture.

O: Exceedingly drinkable, the sourness is balanced with the fruit nicely. Oak and merlot grape flavors/aromas are much subtler than I was expecting.

pmarlowe, Mar 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

savagepm, Jun 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev +4.2%

Large corked and capped bottle, from notes.
Poured into a tulip.

I could not find out the vintage; this was aged for one year in my cellar under proper conditions. The cap was rusted and there were streaks of crusted beer running down the neck, but there is a pop when pulling the cork out indicating good carbonation.

The beer has a beautiful color, hazy, somewhere between pink, brown and purple, if you can get the idea; the long lasting foamy cap is pinkish, or something closer.
the pleasant, and pungent aroma comes readily out of the glass, keeps changing, and getting more interesting by the minute.
Acidic, fruity, musty, among others.
Body feels close to medium, with nice carbonation; it is easy to drink and refreshing, but the complex taste invites to a very slow enjoyment of this great beer.
It is mostly bone dry, acidic and tart, but not quite puckering.
Layers of fruitiness add to the flavor without making it sweet; tannic notes add to the experience. Sourness, vinegar, and more fruits, keep coming up. It is hard to tell each individual taste apart, but they blend nicely together, and the overall flavor is absolutely great.
Despite my lack of ability to truly expose here all the nuances of this beer, believe me, it is a great one. Something to be enjoyed slowly, over and over again.

brdc, Jun 02, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

iatethecloudsfor, Nov 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

coreyfmcdonald, Nov 16, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours a nice reddish pink. A bit of nice white head. Looks very pretty. Smells like damp dog. Funky and sour. A hint of grape. Tastes grape heavy. Very tart and acidic. A bit harsh and abrasive and burns on the throat. But it's a nice flavour profile. Overall highly carbonated but very nice.

Urbancaver, Jul 08, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

kawilliams81, Sep 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Feb 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

FreshmanPour77, Aug 23, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +7.7%

First things first, a beef with the presentation: a beer of this caliber should have a bottling date. From the bottle, purchased at the Map Room for $40, there was absolutely no indication as to whether this was a 2001, 2002, or 2003 vintage. It didn’t reduce my enjoyment of the beer but I would have liked to have known for future reference.

As for the beer itself…Cantillon’s St. Lamvinus is perfect.

Appearance: Pours into a white wine glass with a strong effervescent surge that leaves a ¼ inch, lovely pink head. The head dies off quickly but the body doesn’t disappoint. St. Lamvinus presents a deep, sexy purpled pink body. Color is not dissimilar to New Glarus’s Raspberry tart. St. Lamvinus is much deeper, however, and not particularly cloudy.

Aroma: Barnyard funk and vinegar balance flawlessly by sweet grape juice. Light amounts of cobwebs and dirt, oak tannins, and wet leather are found too but at the end of the day one has more of an impression of absolute cohesiveness then individualy unique attributes. I carry away a sense that is now possible, against the odds, for a beer to offer much, indeed most, of the character of a rabid geuze without offending. Likewise, I now see the possibilities of using grapes as a primary component of beer without creating a concoction that is either cloyingly sweet or overly wine like.

Taste: All of the attributes of a fine Bordeaux blended without defect with the entire range of excellent properties of the best lambics.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy and medium bodied. Astringent front, balanced center, lightly dry finish. Defining of balance.

Drinkability: Undoubtedly one of the most drinkable beers I have consumed to date.

Was it worth it? Yes and no…To try once, it was absolutely worth it. To drink regularly, I would have to say it would not be. For my dollar, I would take Oude Beersel or Hansen’s kriek geuzes on a regular basis over this. Still, I have to admit that a beer so well crafted is most certainly deserving of its high price. God bless Cantillon for this.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 12, 2007
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4.6/5  rDev +1.5%

I have been waiting to try this beer for longer than any other and I finally got my hands on it! I purchased it for 40 bucks at Downtown Wines in Somerville Massachussetts.

The painting of a branch of grapes on the label is both minimalist and surreal, very cool. There was some leakage through the cork when I popped the cap, you'd think this is a bad thing but Ive seen it before in Cantillons and the beer always tastes fine.

The pour reveals a enigmatic reddish pinkish color with a lightly pink head. The head quickly becomes a miniscule ring that emits very little lace. Streams of tiny carbonation bubbles are visible in abundance. Lambic smells burst out of the bottle with this one. Some musty damp barnyard mingles with cider and some tannins. the taste follows suit with plenty of earthy brett flavors, some cidery and sharp flavors and loads of puckering sourness. A spectacular balance comes from the expanse of fruit flavors in tow. Very ripe grape flesh, bitter grape skin and assorted berries and citrus in the background. It reminds me of a good full bodied red wine. The finish is long and complex with biting acidity melded with fruit sweetness. The mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated and somewhat viscous, something Ive noticed in many lambics.

CAMRAhardliner, Aug 01, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

PhatAtUT, Apr 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

samEBC, Jun 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

funkel81, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

jklecko2, Mar 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

2GOOFY, Mar 22, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured a light hazy purple color with an average fizzy white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate grape and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy fruity sour flavor with a medium to heavy sour finish of moderate to long duration.

My expectations where met with a standout beer.

tmoneyba, Jan 06, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Dactrius, Jun 24, 2013
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,469 ratings.