Lambic Vin Jaune / La Vie est Belge
Brasserie Cantillon

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Style:
Belgian Lambic
Ranked #5
ABV:
6%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,260
Avg:
4.46 | pDev: 6.95%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
38
From:
Brasserie Cantillon
 
Belgium
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SCORE
94
Outstanding
Notes: Cantillon Lambic Vin Jaune is a two year old lambic aged in vin jaune barrels. It was bottled in 75cl bottles.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 38 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was very excited to try this one at Sheltonfest and let me just say it was odd. Hazy yellow appearance. Hard celery aroma. Flavors were celery, curry, and oddly V8 juice mixed with lambic. It was odd.

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ArrogantB from Colorado, Mar 18, 2019
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

not my favorite of the recent cantillon rarities i had the pleasure of drinking, but its still cantillon lambic, and as such, a special beer no matter what. this one undergoes a special barrel treatment, vin jaune, which i gather is like a sherry. it has some sweet and savory elements that really come through in the beer, dried herbs, earthy even like mushrooms or something, and with a ton of wood, more than i am used to in their base lambic generally speaking. i like what the barrel adds, but the part of lambic that i love the most is the yeast, the fermentation profile, and i think its lost a little bit here to the barrels. that said, this has a cool depth of flavor thats fully compatible with the base beer, a winey sharpness and some residual sugars, as well as a light gin note somehow and straw and hay and dried grass too. farmy and rustic, seemingly less sour than the others in their portfolio, with the edges softened up a lot by the barrel treatment. exciting beer, something different in the lambic world, but it didnt pop on the funk side like i have come to love and expect from these beers, also a little less carbonated than i always feel like i want these to be, but the soft texture makes sense with the flavor profile and maturity. this is well rounded and tastes quite old. an oddity in their lineup.

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Photo of mothman
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Tastes like Lambic. Has an old funk profile. Basement must, cobweb, and oak. Lemon citrus. Earthy. It’s good but I am not seeing the hype with this one.

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mothman from Minnesota, Oct 20, 2018
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4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pale yellow with a white head.
Aroma has classic Cantillon funk, tart, lemon, hay,
Taste is grapefruit, tart, really funky, some spices, sour lemon, bitter finish. Well balanced

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Nicolaiw from Denmark, Mar 29, 2017
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5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

woah. so not a lot of reviews of this beer, i guess.
200 bottles made, apparently.
barrels can only be used once, i am told.
i'm assuming i had the 2016 bottle date. i didn't see the bottle or the cork.

i'll keep it pretty simple: if you like vin jaune and you like cantillon, you'll be blown away by this. it's such a perfect lambic. tastes as advertised.

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atomeyes from Ontario (Canada), Nov 21, 2016
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4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yellow body, mild haze, sparse white head. Unique aroma with apple, white wine, funk. Vinous, green grapes, with a delicate caramel sweetness coming in mid-palate. The finish brings notes of citrus rind. Medium-full bodied for the style. Wonderfully complex. Outstanding.

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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia, Oct 08, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very saturated yellow-golden color, with almost no head to speak of, as it disappears within the first few seconds after pouring, leaving the spotlight completely on delicious looking liquid.

Almost honey sweet on the nose, a floral grape fruitiness is cutting through, defining the aromas essentially. Produces a decadent sweetness of fermented, old but ripe grapes, heading into a mead direction together with dust and old wood.

Soft on the tongue, with a well fitting, lively carbonation, while producing a nice dryness during the finish, complimenting the otherwise sweet grape and producing a heavier bodied Lambic.

Exhibits a dry tartness from the beginning, together with sun ripened, bright and juicy grapes, coming along with a potent, dry punch. Finishes surprisingly sweet, with honey and a luscious ripe acidic quality among its dry, sour counterpart.

Very unusual to find such a well developed sweetness in a sour beer, which still manages to blend tart and sweet together, creating a very intriguing, intense Lambic, which leaves the palate with a pungent dryness forgetting about its honey beginning.

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aleigator from Germany, May 08, 2016
Lambic Vin Jaune / La Vie est Belge from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 38 ratings