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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 459
Hads: 1,852
Avg: 4.43
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 1,359
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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Photo of goethean
4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Inexplicably poured ice cold into a wine glass at Long Bar. Ruby. Slight head which dissipates quickly. Beer is somewhat flat. Mild but rich & complex aroma. Tart. Slight malt flavor. Grape and sour cherry, black cherry, and sweet cherry fruitiness. Aromatic vinegar notes. Higher alcohols? Dry finish. Some grape-skin astringency. Wine-like. This 6% alcohol beer is more satisfying and interesting than beers twice that strong.

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Photo of alpineclimber
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Aberration
4.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Armsby Abbey

Beautiful light red appearance with a pink champagne-esque head that dissipated rather quickly. Looks very inviting.

The nose was funky to be sure, as expected. However, I got a very unpleasant smell that I can only associate with used diapers. Sounds horrible, and it kind of was. Unpleasant for me, and I don't really mind barnyard smell usually. Smell faded after a while but it really got me off the bat.

Tasted fantastic. Great Cantillon taste with oak and grape notes sprinkled throughout. Absolutely delicious and the nose didn't translate at all into the taste! (Thankfully)

Mouthfeel was as great. Good carbonation, though fleeting. Acid notes from the bacterium. Very pleasant.

Overall: Definitely recommend this beer. Gotta love Cantillon! The only thing that really threw me was the smell, it was unusually unpleasant!

Minor Edit: The nose didn't put me off from getting 2 pours of this. Just sayin'.

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Photo of tcampbel1
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8oz snifter at Belmont Station Nov. 17th

A: This could almost pass for a glass of wine (minus the carbonation). Beautiful ruby color, with a very thin pinkish head.

S: Rustic old wood aroma, with a definite wine backbone. Ripe cheese and grape mash. Love the classic funk.

T: Very similar to the nose. Slight sweetness up front with charred oak and fruit in the back. This is one of the greats! Great balance of sweet and sour.

M: Very light with just a whisper of carbonation.

O: Everyone should have the opportunity to experience this wonderful creation. This is what other Lambics want to taste like.

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Photo of KingG
4.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on my honeymoon in Belgium at Delirium Cafe and loved it.

This bottle comes from my buddy jeffkrenner, thanks bro!

Served at cellar temp and poured into my Triple Karmeliet glass.

Appearance is good. Cranberry juice colored brew taht started off with a big soapy head off of the aggressive pour then quietly thinned out to nothing. Carbonation is evident yet not strong.

Smell is very good. Lemony, sour, tart funk. Fruit sweetness is there yet subtle and in control with the wild yeast and juicy lemon taking the front.

Taste is exceptional. Tart unripe light fruit with a fantastic subtle sweetness. Fruit is much more pronounced in the flavor compared to the smell yet is beautifully balanced by the tart funk. Oak is very big in the finish. Large flavor here without being over the top in any one department. Extremely balanced between tart and fruit. Crafted exceptionally well.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Starts off juicy and finishes with the perfect level of dryness. The bottle i had in Belgium was more fruity than this but i seem to prefer the dryness of this one.

Drinkability is exceptional. Give me more is the only thing I'm thinking as this bottles dies.

Overall: One of, if not the best, lambic beer I've ever drank. Hefty price tag but well worth it every once in a while.

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

A: Murky raspberry color, with a thin layer of head that dissipates into a tiny layer of bubbles, leaving minimal, foamy lacing.

S: Sour yet sweet, with a distinct barnyard scent. Lots of berries and some fresh herbs, with some other fruits also making an entrance (grapes, dark cherries).

T: A truly great lambic. Lots of berries and grapes, with an acidic finish. Very tangy and funky. Lots of great lambic character. A touch of merlot/bordeaux on the aftertaste, but not as much as I expected.

M: Soft and slightly chewy. Medium bodied. Acidity provides a nice, mid-palate tingle, but it finishes clean.

D: As it warms, it only gets better. I could drink this forever.

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Photo of Dspohn
4.65/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of StoutHearted
4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of truthbrew
4.97/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of spaceycasey
4.87/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

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Photo of sprinkle
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of tshanahan
4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A one year, nine day old. This is a marvelous lambic. The merlot grapes really bring the funk from Cantillon in with their tannins. Let this warm and decant it, it's worth the wait. Bright, smooth, fresh, clean. The perfect balance of sour, sweet, and funk. I get the hype. Grape lambic be bomb

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Photo of lanbewardin
4.34/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of alfrantzell
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of BigAl723
4.87/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

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Photo of mmercede
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Rinkor16
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of ABCJiugui
3.82/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of scoand
4.34/5  rDev -2%
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

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Photo of Tnudish
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of maximep
4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of M-Fox24
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
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

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Photo of OutlawJoseyWales
4.82/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of steeltown71
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Santanax
5/5  rDev +12.9%

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!!!!

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