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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,398 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,398
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,078
Gots: 338 | FT: 26
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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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4/5  rDev -11.7%

01-31-2013 23:28:12 | More by CityofBals
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

10-28-2013 03:13:13 | More by DelicateDelirium
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

10-27-2012 11:38:49 | More by plumcrazyfx
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


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

Purchased at sub-zero. bottled in 2004. consumed 8/8/08.

Pours a beautiful glowing ruby red color with a stark white head that has a tiny tiny touch of pink to it. Nose is super duper tart with alot of brett funk and sugar. Taste follows. Tart and funky as hell with a ton of wild flavor and puckering sour taste. some great fruitiness towards the end of the drag. Very dry finish. Mouthfeel is great and wonderfully dry with ample carbonation for the style. Drinkability is the best I have ever had for the style. A wonderful offering from Cantillon, and one I would love to have a couple bottles of in the cellar. Awesome lambic and one I certainly recommend to any sour beer enthusiast. Now if they could just make it a little bit cheaper!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 00:38:24 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

11-15-2011 13:34:51 | More by sideshowe
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-19-2011 14:49:32 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

10-02-2012 23:40:41 | More by freduardo
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Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

2010 750ml bottle, split 3 ways. I took about 14oz of it, though.

A- Nice ruby red in the pour- everyone commented on the vibrant color. Simply glowing in the light. Nice rosy pink head in the snifter, not much in the wine glasses.

S- Sweet jammy grapes. Marmalade and some mild funk.

T- Signature cantillon funk comes on strong but is wiped away from the grapes. Very grape-y. The fruit is nice- tartness is a wonderful contrast to the funk, and there's enough sweetness to really make this mellow all-around. Nothing sharp or too wild about this. The grapes are too sweet as it warms.. too far in to wine territory for me.

M- There's too much grape skin flavor pulling this in the direction of wine. I know that's the idea behind the beer, but I'm not sold on it. Perhaps with time the grapes mellow.

O- Good, heck, pretty damn good maybe great. Too pricey though, and Cantillon has better fruit lambics. I'll be passing on this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 06:27:54 | More by ShogoKawada
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

07-06-2014 01:56:24 | More by DeanMoriarty
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

11-17-2011 14:01:55 | More by BeerThursdays
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4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from an oversized wine glass.

A - Pours a nice hazy cherry red colour, no head but it is a Lambic so not expected.

S -A sweet sourness that is reminiscent of grapes.

T - Beautiful flavours of grapes and some citrus notes to accompany the tart sour finish. Very funky.

M - Nice fizz and light to medium body.

D - The best Lambic that I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 15:57:33 | More by eric5bellies
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-25-2013 21:29:01 | More by SPRichard
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

01-14-2014 18:05:23 | More by FrankHammer
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4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. Pours a nice dark mauve with what appears to have a light pink head.

Sour aroma with a sweet grape bouquet. Oak aromas with a little bit of vinegar. Really nice balance between tart and sweet on aroma. Sweet port and cherry flavor with an underlying cellar must to the flavor finishes nice and tart.

Nice light body with crisp carbonation. Overall this is my favorite of the regular cantillion offerings. I'll never turn this one away.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 03:51:31 | More by Bendurgin
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4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 bottle enjoyed on 8/4/12 at Monk's Cafe in Philly. Served in a Cantillon stem.

Pour: Cloudy deel grapefruit (maybe close to ruby) with a finger of pink fizz that dissipates quickly.

Smell: White grapes and pear command the nose, with a light barnyard funk in the background. Funk is not substantial.

Taste: Wow. White wine tartness, green apples, pear. All the fruit provides a fantastic crisp tartness. Barnyard funk is there but again, not strong. Little bit of tart cherry in the back. Tart pear and grape coats the palate.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is fantastic still. Very refreshing and I could drink this all day.

Overall: An amazing treat. Fantastically delicious. I hope to get a bottle of this one day for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 13:40:25 | More by cfrances33
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3/4" light pink head over cranberry colored liquid.

S: Strong smell of sour funk and yeast.

T: Sour funk, merlot grapes, yeast.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium to low carbonation.

O: Nice and sour yet refreshing, this beer by Cantillon is a treat.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 01:16:34 | More by DaftCaskBC
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4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2003...

Appearance: a beautiful cassis-red (deep purple-red), a bit hazy, no head at all, thin film of bubbles

Aroma: the usual Cantillon lambic nose (lactic sourness, a bit of sulphur and hay), a bit fruity but not out-right grape-like

Flavor: up front lemony sourness with a grape juice overtone, corky and a bit woody, enteric bitterness, sulphur, finishes dry and tart with a soft wine-like aftertaste... very nice

Mouthfeel: strangely full-bodied, low to no carbonation, slight warmth

Overall Impression: A "cross-over" beer for oenophiles? This one is quite young with lots of fruitiness and low carbonation. Very soft, but also a wine-like full body. No reason why this couldn't be the replacement for a nice Cabernet or Pinot.

As usual, I made my girlfriend (now my wife) try it. She didn't like it, but I poured a small glass for her and told her she could just sit and smell it. About 15 minutes later she was over to the bottle to pour a little more in her glass! She said it tasted good with dark chocolate. Go figure!

Update (July 2008): Just tried the second of my 2003 S. Lamvinus bottles. As expected, the fruitiness of the grapes is gone, leaving the tartness of the lambic. The aroma is a lemony sourness with red wine vinegar and hints of sour socks and creamy goat cheese. The flavor is quite tart, but not overly lip-puckering. Hints of cork, mold, grape skins, popcorn, and an enteric bitterness in the aftertaste. I asked my wife to try it, too. She remembered the aroma, but grimaced at the sharp sourness.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 13:53:04 | More by GreenCard
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

02-27-2012 17:50:21 | More by PaBeerLover
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

06-03-2012 22:37:24 | More by antoines15
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, 2005 vintage, can't remember where this one came from....

Pours a cloudy ruby color with hint of pink and purple, a finger of head on the pour. Nose is a beautiful beautiful horsey funk with a pleasant earthy characteristic to it, light sharpness from the acidity.

This is a fantastic beer as all Cantillons are but I was surprised by the level of acidity, expecting it to be one of the tamer ones. Beautiful bretty funk mingles with particularly heavy wood and earth notes, almost feels like chewing on a barrel. Light grapey sweetness, hint of tannins, and then a really tart acidity that sucks your cheeks in on the first sip. Man, I love me some sourness but this feels like I will pay for it later, hurts the drinkability a bit.

Still, this is a finely crafted lambic - the wine barrels nicely integrated so as to showcase both the barrels and the base beer. Funky and sour, fine bubble carbonation - gladly have this over a champagne for any fine occasion.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 17:52:01 | More by ritzkiss
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3.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on October 27th 2009, imported to Calgary, purchased by TCgoalie, brought back to Grand Rapids and eventually transported to Traverse City where he, TCHopCraver, BuckyFresh and I all did a group audio review that I have turned into what I have posted here.

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus pours a bright red color that is very unique. Not necessarily a fruity color, though we decided raspberry red was as close as we could describe it. The pinkish head disappears almost as fast as it appears despite the significant amount of carbonation. This does not leave much lace, but it almost has “legs” to it like wine.

The aroma is quite vinous with plenty of character from the grapes coming through. Really the wine aspect of the aroma is second to the ever present sour and funky lambic aromas. Together they create a very enjoyable bouquet though.

Perhaps I am just not as into sour as some, but this beer was damn sour. It is extremely dry with lots of acidic sour and funky basement notes. The wine really plays second fiddle in the flavor and I cannot pick up a ton of the merlot notes. There is a definite citrusy pithy sort of character and also kiwi.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a pretty invigorating amount of carbonation. This beer is so dry and acidic that it is an amazing palate cleanser.

Overall I have to say that this beer just had a bit too much sour going on for me. It was pleasant in the aroma, but really dominated the flavor. I wish it had a bit more balance, but then again it is possible that the age had mellowed the grapes and let the sour shine through more. It was definitely quite the experience to drink this beer though, especially in good company.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 12:00:24 | More by zoso1967
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New Jersey

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

A - Scarlet brew with a bit of haze, small head and no lacing.

S - Very funky, tart fruit, white peaches and lemon. Words cannot capture the sour nature of this beer.

T - Quite sour, tart raspberries, sour grapes - as in the aftertaste of some sweet red wines. Aftertaste is a lingering sour of lemon and those same sour grapes. Amazingly delicious.

M - Smooth, thin and extremely refreshing.

D - Great! I loved the sourness! This one is fantastic, It actually lives up to the hype!

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2007 08:01:39 | More by mrasskicktastic
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

06-30-2014 04:52:03 | More by magictacosinus
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4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 01:10:30 | More by spoony
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

02-01-2014 16:28:15 | More by facesnorth
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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