Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 452
Hads: 1,782
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%
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Gots: 390 | FT: 30
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Belgium

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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Photo of Dspohn
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

Kind of a murky raspberry/peach color in my tulip with some bright white foam that had some staying power.

Quite sour vinous character from the merlot grapes with a bit raspberry lemon side to the profile. The grapes lie somewhere in between ripe red grapes and underripe green grapes. I generally prefer younger fruit lambic and at about 2 years old the level of fruit presence seems ideal. Has a very rich aspect of funk to it that's pretty animal like, sort of a leathery flavor. A really pleasing balance between sour and funk that keeps everything in check. Maybe couldve used a little more carbonation. Very drinkable. (639 characters)

Photo of StoutHearted
4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had it on draft at Capone's in Norristown, PA. It poured a strawberry-red color, and while it looked thick, the texture was fine and smooth. The tangy grapefruit flavor prevents it from going down smooth, however. The sourness forces you to hold it in your mouth and that's when other flavors become apparent. I tasted some light berry and grape notes that gave a slight sweetness to balance the sour. The smell is not sweet, as it had a strong, funky barnyard odor. This is not a fruity beer for framboise fans. This one is perfect for Cantillon and geuze fanatics. Let it warm up and the flavor will be very enjoyable. (622 characters)

Photo of truthbrew
4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The cork removed with nary a pop, the expected semi-sour barnyard aroma pushed through the narrow neck and hit my nose. The aroma was very strong, very traditional Cantillon with slight hints of grape. The pour, while plenty vigorous, resulted in no head, merely a brilliant hazy red, semi-viscous liquid.. Little to no carbonation, but an excellent prickle during the swallow. Unlike many other Cantillon lambics, it was completely smooth and perfectly balanced, no overwhelming acidic or sour bite, just enough initial lambic traits, then smooth and satisfying. Wow… a traditional lambic with this perfect of drinkability; I could have sipped on it all night. For any lambic lover, worth spending the time, energy, and money to obtain a bottle. I don’t believe it will be a revelation for anyone who has enjoyed other Cantillon lambics, but a very, very nice addition to their line. (886 characters)

Photo of spaceycasey
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

There is a reason Cantillon is so highly regarded. This is one of them!

A- clear, bright ruby red with a thin creamy film of foam atop the beer in my tulip. Lovely.

S- Highly aecidic heavy on grape skin and hints of berries.

T- Sweet grape complimented by aecidic sourness finishing slightly dry.

M- Perfect for the style - crisp with a refreshing carbonation tingle.

D- If I could afford it, I'd drink this all the time! Only knock is that... well, I can't afford it! (473 characters)

Photo of sprinkle
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (299 characters)

Photo of lanbewardin
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (507 characters)

Photo of alfrantzell
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This purple beverage, the 2009 vintage, trickles from the tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas with a transient head. It exhales an aroma of blueberries, blackberries, black and red grapes, some pepper, and tastes, like draft Vigneronne, predominantly of fruit, with little of the funk or sourness that lurks in the bottled format. The keg imparts a thicker mouthfeel though, and the drinkability is unsurpassed by other grape lambics. (429 characters)

Photo of BigAl723
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Thank you Monica!

A: Dark ruby red with a little haze going on. A dirty white head that stuck around for a while.

S: Funky and sour! This is one amazingly funky smelling Lambic...but I love it. It also has a tart raspberry smell too. But it was the funk I was really looking forward to.

T: Absolutely outstanding. The tart and sourness just stuck to the inside of my mouth as I wanted to savor every little drop.

M: It almost felt sticky inside my mouth. But I think it was because I wanted to savor it. Medium carbonation.

D: Saint Lamvinus drinks so easy. It's smooth and the alcohol is hardly noticeable.

Overall I enjoyed this very much. I had never heard of Cantillon until I saw this on tap and asked about it. Now I check it out on BA and come to realize it's in the "Top 100". What a treat! (838 characters)

Photo of mmercede
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2009.

A: Pours a rather dark burgandy/brown color with significant haze and sediment, even when decanted. Has more of a head than I expected.

S: Ridiculously intense compared to other cantillon. Starts off extremely funky/vinegary. The only word I can use to describe this smell is vomit. Also has woody/spicy characteristics. I like my beers funky/sour. However, this nose is too much.

T: OK, the taste is significantly better than the nose. Amazingly complex flavor featuring strong oak, strong funkiness, vinuous wine flavors, tart cherries, red grapes, balsamic vinegar, and much more. Extremely dry.

M: Dry, tannic, great carbonation, relatively heavy body with a wine-like feel.

D: The nose hurts drinkability a bit. However, the taste and mouthfeel really make up for it. I could definilty do a whole 750 or two no problem. (847 characters)

Photo of Rinkor16
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this with my 2 brothers. 2011 bottle opened 6/27/12.

A: Beautiful deep ruby red color. Thin pink head that left very little lacing.

S: Very fruity and funky.

T: Sour fruit. Definitely grape. Lots of funk with a little wood background. Very nice balance.

M: Smooth and good carbonation. Very dry finish that leaves you wanting more.

O: An excellent Cantillon. I'd drink this all the time if it wasn't so hard to get. A very good lambic. (448 characters)

Photo of ABCJiugui
3.82/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage, poured into tulip

A- hazy, muddled rose pinkish/purple. Head of 1 finger recedes very quickly, minimal retention. Not expecting lacing due to it being a lambic, and it doesn't give any. Later pours increasingly murky due to sediment.

A note on appearance- this should be poured into a champagne flute. Anything larger made for a murkier pour, allowing for more sediment to flow in, muddling it up and taking away from the appearance, and I did pour into a flute later on.

S- Lambic yeast strains in evidence. From a distance right after opening, smelled of concord grapes/Welch's grape juice (the insanely purple kind). Little note of hay/barn/must, may be the yeast again.

T- Tart, but not bracingly so (rose de gambrinus is FAR sharper). Still, there is a sharp bite. Might imagine it as a truly tart/sour sparkling rose wine, with minimal sweetness from the grape character and that quickly is overtaken by the acidity and tart, dry finish, very keeping in line with Cantillon's other brews.

M- light bodied, carbonation is present, fizzing on the tongue, heightening the acidity.

Overall, I had higher expectations, which was very affected by the high price, and so admittedly, a bit unfair. I ran the gamut of food pairings (cheese, meats, sweets) and came up with hardly any pairings that were neutral at best. (Perhaps a very fresh, sweet, cow's milk cheese or HEAVY chocolate dessert may work? I did not have these available to me at time of tasting). Taken as an apertif, this has more appeal- it is excellent for opening taste buds for later food/beverages with its sharpness and fruit character, and is most definitely for sipping. But unfortunately, this is a fairly price prohibitive beer and for my tastes, did not justify itself. (1,766 characters)

Photo of scoand
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 (544 characters)

Photo of Tnudish
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2011 vintage poured into a Duvel art glass.

A-Pours hazy brilliant red of shade with a tight, thin white head. Head quickly dissipates and doesn’t leave any lacing.

S-Nose is grape, oak, some band aid (this might be because I didn’t wash my glass from the last beer), lemon, and must.

T-The flavor is where Lamnivus shines. It’s balance between the lemon and grape is superb, they complement each other perfectly. In addition, Lamnivus has some nice mineral characters as well as a good amount of must.

M-Light mouthfeel, moderate acidity, prickly carbonation, and a nice enduring finish.

O-One of the best fruit lambics around, I’m hard pressed to name many I would take over this. Really wish bottles weren’t so hard to come by. (750 characters)

Photo of maximep
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- amber rosy raspberry color, with a pinkish tan head

S- dry, tart, rotten eggy, sulfuric, fruity, musky grape

T- warm, full fruity, hot tannic taste. very acidic, citrusy and musky

M- wispy, dry, tounge puckering tannic loveliness

O- one of the best Cantillons i've had. choosing a favorite between any Canty's is a spoiled choice. (338 characters)

Photo of M-Fox24
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice and elegant: a cloudy/hazy purplish (sort of vinous, ruby reddish) body. Pink/off-white foamy head with some decent retention and lacing

S: An assortment of a vinous sour, tartness, and funk surface the notes of lemon, cherries, grapes, berries, apple, and oak

T: Exquisite tartness and Lambic funk among the berries, cherries, & grapes. The acetic, citric, and vinous compositions are impressive

M: Lots of great carbonation with this light to medium bodied Lambic

O: I expected great things, and I got great things. In its complexity it’s a very well balanced funk, fruit, vinous Lambic that delivers (616 characters)

Photo of OutlawJoseyWales
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter and a tulip for a friend.

appearance was pinkish/magenta with a finger white head.

smell was band-aid, grapey and slight funky horseblanket

taste was all of the above, except for much more intense grape skin sourness, waves of sourness cascaded into my tounge and into muscles in the back of my jaws. mostly sour grapes, and raspberry, and a wonderful medicinal nursing home funkiness. the best lambic i've had, and one of my favorites. (468 characters)

Photo of steeltown71
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle - Pours a cloudy carnelian red. Confession: I looked at the Wikipedia "list of colors" page & that was the closest hue. The nose features cherry, oak, and subtle funk. Upfront fruity flavors, slightly sweet but giving way to understated tartness. Definitely pronounced sour notes on the sides of the tongue. Oak emerges on the finish, with some lingering tart citrus flavors.

There is no shortage of flavor levels here, yet their combination is incredibly nuanced. A masterpiece from Cantiillon. (509 characters)

Photo of Santanax
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Was at a cantillon tasting... after having 011 LPF and 2010LPK and a 2013 Fou and Rose de Gambrinus Bio Kriek my buddy pos the cork on the St. Lam... we wait patiently for our pours 4 of us including pourer.... the room is full of grape amazing grape scent all of a sudden rich musty funky grape. the Flavor is the same... rich sour funky Grape... OMFG!!!! best of the best of the best!!!! (389 characters)

Photo of alampear
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, 2008 vintage. Pours a dark, deep reddish-purple with a thin pink head. Aromas of grapes, berries, vinegar, oak and funk. Flavors of tart grape skins, balsamic vinegar, hints of citrus, oak and sweetness. Medium bodied, with a dry and tart finish. Medium carbonation with nice Cantillon funk and lots of aging potential. (333 characters)

Photo of noeldundas
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great lambic. 2008 vintage.

Oak, berries, and some barnyard in the nose, as it warms you get more funk and some leather. The body is light and playful like champagne, very soft acidity, with strawberry notes and definitive tartness. I was expecting more tannins, but none were present. Dry and clean, with a slight puckering finish. (335 characters)

Photo of Habanero58
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As an eager inductee into of "The World of Belgian Beers" over the last 18 months or so, I have obviously quickly fallen for the wonders of Rochefort, Westmalle,
de Dolle and what's that other brewery? oh yes, that Westvleteren trio of super-beers :-)
But a word about Cantillon who are right up there with the very best of the Belgians.

Yes, the lambics and gueuzes are an acquired taste but one I will always be grateful I acquired.
I was lucky enough to attend Cantillon's open brewing session on March 1st 2008 and even luckier to come home with a bottle of St. Lamvinus and it's brother Vigneronne. The Vigneronne remains untouched but I have just finished off the St. Lamv and I'm stilll smiling!

These really are a masterpiece in a bottle, I love the unrelenting sourness and the slight fizz and the fruit without really being too fruity plus those strange farmyard smells that are so often mentioned. Our Cantillon guide mentioned (I believe) that there are 10 species of Brettanomyces yeast known and 9 of them fly into their beers via the Brussels air during the overnight natural wild fermentation.

Possibly the best thing to be done with a Merlot grape ...
I urge you to investigate if you haven't already!! (1,227 characters)

Photo of myatomicpolygon
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled on November 18, 2008

Appearance- pours into a red wine glass a cloudy hazy pale red with fantastic merlot/raspberry highlights. The head quickly falls off and a thin ring of white head forms a ring around the glass. It leaves a very thing lacing on the glass.

Smell- first off is funky barnyard tartness from the natural infection and spontaneous fermentation. Then you can start to pick up on the oak wood and a slight essence of grape tannins.

Taste- a mellow funk barnyard earthy goodness throughout. Grape tannins and oak slowly begin to emerge as you continue drinking. It has a dry tart finish. Very well balanced and a bit mellower than the other Cantillon's I've had the pleasure of trying.

Mouthfeel- good carbonation crisp and dry light bodied with a smooth and dry finish

Drinkability- every sip has me longing for more....but it is mighty dry and tart so 1 bottle split between 2 people is plenty for one sitting. (942 characters)

Photo of MightyCow9
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was amazing. I did the tour of this facility when in Brussels and it was quite an experience. I highly recommend. If you are ever in the are check it out.

I have had trouble getting Cantillion in my area, so I bought several bottles last I found some. This grape fermented version was absolutely fantastic. It maintained the wonderful Cantillon sourness, yet added a sweet/sour tannin grip from the merlot grapes.

It truly is an experience to drink this. It is a sad moment when the last drop is gone. (513 characters)

Photo of Kirk_Grant
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 Bottling. Tasted out of toulip wine glasses at home with a friend. I can't imagine the fruit would last with age...it would be interesting to see how these age and what happens in time.

Color: Brickish Ruby

Smell: Earth, forest floor, yeast, sour cherries

Taste: Sour blueberries, cherries, orange rinds, and hints of floral notes.

Overall: Outstanding. A beer that demands thought and attention. (405 characters)

Photo of Asher1982
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer on tap at the Belgian festival at Max's in Baltimore, Maryland. The bartender recommended it, and I was glad he did. It had a beautiful pinkish color, with just a finger's width of white head. The smell spoke very strongly for the sip that was to follow. Slightly sour, slightly sweet, and a nice floral fruit taste. You get a nice pucker in your throat that adds to the experience of the beer. If you have a chance to try this beer, I would highly recommend that you do. (489 characters)

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.