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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,659 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1,659
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 1,238
Gots: 362 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: truthbrew on 03-20-2003

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Photo of Damian
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a corked and capped 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a stemmed wine glass
Bottled: 25OCT06

Absolutely gorgeous appearance. Definitely one of the prettiest beer I have ever laid eyes on. The crystal clear, garnet-hued liquid was capped by a bubbly, bright white head that quickly fizzled to a clingy ring of froth.

The aroma was quite unique, yet still true to the style. Funk and must dominated the nose. Super complex and intriguing. Grape-y with sweet/tart, vinous notes. Oaky, leathery and slightly sour.

The taste was exceptionally smooth and graceful. Overall, it was very similar to the aroma, except perhaps more tart. Musty and cellar-like with lots of crisp, funky complexity. Vinous and slightly fruity. Earthy, muscat grapes would be my best guess for the grape variety used to flavor this lambic (although this was not the case). Oaky and woody. Lemon notes appeared in the dry, tannic, somewhat acidic finish. As the beer warmed, the funk seemed to intensify.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with crisp, lively effervescence. Creamy and smooth on the palate.

Although this beer retails for upwards of $35 a bottle, it is worth every penny. The wine comparisons are obvious. However, to the best of my knowledge, no $35 bottle of wine displays the complexity or the elegance of Saint Lamvinus. Every beer aficionado should have the opportunity to sample this at least once in their lifetime.

Photo of klipper
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of brdc
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Arsenal0328
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Urbancaver
4.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Auror
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of spoony
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of polishkaz
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of robwestcott
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of mattfancett
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chimay goblet from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a red wine colour due to merlot grapes, and a lovely pink head forms.

Smells tart, very grape/wine like.

Tastes like a lambic, with the characteristic sourness, yet the addition of the merlot grapes adds a tartness to the flavour, making it positively lip smacking.

Overall a delightful drink, crisp, tart and sour, perfect with a tomato spaghetti dish.

Photo of dkw0063
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of FrankHammer
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of heygeebee
4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of MrKennedy and alos shared with Spicelab

A - moderate deep raspberry-juice pink, effervescent head.

S - tart, funk

T - really quite sour and puckering on first taste, but once the taste buds settled. back into Cantillon-std sourness. Then add hints of tinned raspberries (without their sweetness) into a complex vinous palate.

M - lively, zesty, refreshing.

O - yep, another great Cantillon. Difficult to write about these, similar in so many ways. And I know the bottle states serve warmer, but I prefer colder...

Photo of tmoneyba
4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jtladner
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jjanega08
4.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A= pours a rasberry red color sort of pink but a dark pink color. A nice two finger head comes out of it that has decent retention and only a small amount of lacing on it.
S= really just sourness. I suppose you can dig deep and get some grapes and barrel wood.
T= lots of great sourness. Really great grape flavor with a little wine in it. Soooo smooth and delicious. You can get a little barrel in it but not much as it warms the sour calms down and the full grape barrel flavor comes through more and more.
M= perfect dryness and crispness.
D= awesome beer here. Really great beer but the price tag wasn't right for me.

Photo of AdamP
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of bauermj
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a Hoegaarden thumbler glass.

A: First of all, beautiful bottle art. Beautiful label and corked and capped bottle. Pours a dark red to purple color. Slightly hazy. Forms a big bubbled and fizzy pink head when poured. Low retention and practically no lacings left in the glass

S: Very fruity in the nose. Very fruity with strong notes of grapes. Very tart with some notes of malts. Lambic yeasts in the end

T: Very fruity, tart and dry taste. Strong notes of grapes. Quite vinegar. Lambic yeasts

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Tart and fruity aftertaste

O: Very drinkable beer. Delicious Cantillon is pleonasm ;)

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,659 ratings.