Brasserie Cantillon

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Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #10
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4.44 | pDev: 7.66%
Brasserie Cantillon
Notes: The name Vigneronne Cantillon was given in 1987. This name reminds us that, while it belongs to the beer patrimony, the spontaneous fermentation, the ageing in the barrels for several years and the addition of grapes make it a distant cousin of certain white wines.

In spite of its success, the Vigneronne represents less than 5% of the total production of the Cantillon brewery. In order to obtain grapes which are as mature as possible, we buy them at the end of the season. Every year, 1000 kilos of white italian grapes are delivered at the Cantillon brewery in the beginning of October.
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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Veil Summer Fest in August. Just a real treat. Pale golden color, nose is heavy grapes, grape must, oak, and apple. Taste definitely is wine-influenced, with a deciduous fruit character and musty, but dry and crisp finish. Light-bodied, moderately carbonate, spectacularly blended and balanced.

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Photo of hopley
3.97/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 vintage bought at the Boston Fenway Craft Beer Cellar, Spring, 2019; drank 07.14.2019 out of a Hill Farmstead stemmed wineglass.

Look - minimal white head from the pour that settled to nothing for the duration. Color was a beautiful vibrant gold with an orange hue.

Smell - white wine like with some tartness and funk.

Taste - very sour, tart and funky, could definitely taste the presence of the white wine influence in this beer, very acidic. Tasted best at room temperature.

Feel - quencher with the tartness, never quite sure for a sour if the puckering is reflective of a thick mouthfeel or just the "feel" - either way - that part of it worked best at room temperature.

Overall - I struggled to get this down which I know is blasphemy to say for such a highly esteemed beer...but while I'm on a quest to try all the Cantillon standards and a few more, I'm not sure if I'm as much of a fan as the rest of the world. One thing that surely influenced me on Vig in particular is that I really don't like white wine; it gives me acid indigestion - an experience not too dissimilar from my experience tonight...glad I got to try it nonetheless!

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Well this is great.
Even if it hasnt the depth of character of Saint Lamvinus, Vigneronne delivers the same kind of full balance. The vinous notes are subtle but present and compliment very well the lambic.
The mouthfeel is awesome and shows that somehow sugar memory is somehow a real thing in grape fermented beverages.
Good with food or on its own

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Photo of RyanBeer14
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Charlie for busting this bad boy out.

Pours a golden color with moderate notes of oak and grapes on the nose. It’s very well balanced in my opinion. Starts off a little sweet but is followed by a really nice funky back end. Would not change a damn thing about this. Quality stuff

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a perfect Lambik that is not too tart, very pleasant on the palate, a that has a very nice and long lasting, somewhat tart aftertaste. Delicious.

Look: light golden with a thin bubbly white head

Aroma: white grapes, green apple, white wine, oak

Taste: The flavor is medium tartness, sweet, white grapes, green apple, apricot and notes of white wine, yeast, and oak.

Body/Overall: light to medium body, thirst quenching

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden beer with a quickly fading head. Smells sweet, tart, funky, acidic. Tastes sweet with a lot of floral notes, apples, white grapes, hay and some funk. Really amazing and tasty beer.

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Photo of kitch
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml bottle, bottled on 22nd October 2017. Poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a less than one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma: Tart, white grape, grape skin, peach, apricot, pear, lemon, oak, wet hay with light funk.

Taste: Sour, tart, sweet green grapes, peach, pear, lemon, oak and moderate funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Really tasty and excellent as is. It’s only been bottled for less than a year, but I think extra time in the bottle does it wonders.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.67/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(5 oz pour at Zwanze Day event at Monk's... served in a little snifter)

Brilliant, pale gold liquid; thin foamy collar... Subtle funk on nose; dry... Brewed with muscat? Didn't really taste it, but I imagine one could if they strained - it did perhaps show a little something in the background that reminded of white wine; rather mild sweaty funk, mild nutty aftertaste... arguably watery, front to back; only mild tickle of bubbles... not sure what was going on with this pour (or keg), but wasn't much memorable or notable here - better to try from a bottle next time

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/31/2017. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Some spotty soapy lacing on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, pineapple, mango, melon, papaya, guava, white grape/wine, fruit skin, oak, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light honey/leather/musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/light acidic yeast, grapes, pale/wheat malts, and moderate oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, pineapple, mango, melon, papaya, guava, white grape/wine, fruit skin, oak, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light honey/leather/musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness; light fruit tang, and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, pineapple, mango, melon, papaya, guava, white grape/wine, fruit skin, oak, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light honey/leather/musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/light acidic yeast, grapes, pale/wheat malts, and moderate oak flavors; with an amazing malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tartness, tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/acidic, and lightly tangy/tannic balance mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited lambic! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/light acidic yeast, grapes, pale/wheat malts, and moderate oak flavors; very smooth, easy, and pretty refreshing to drink with the mellowly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish, not overly lactic. Amazingly well rounded Brett/Bacteria complexity; balanced muscat grapes, and pale/wheat malts against acidity; with nice oak presence. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected. A lot of increasing complexity as it warmed up.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.89/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This feels like it is walking the line between lambic and gueuze. The grape musk is undeniable, which typical lambic sweetness and depth there, but the hay and funkiness brings my palate into the gueuze region. Has supporting apples, pear, wood dust, and plenty of yeast. Having finally gotten to try this, at the source no less, found it to be one of my least favorite from cantillon.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My quick review would be this is the Cantillon that has the most in common with Iris. Pours a dark gold light autumn color with 1/3" white head. Funky white wine barrel like notes, white grape, white floral notes and light oak all over it. Bugs.

Taste is a mixture of lemon sour, leaves, white grape and oak. Softer carbonation than most Cantillons. Prickly white grape though. Musty funk power. A hint of grapefruit in there, not from hops or anything like that. Has like a harvesty grape and grain vibe going throughout. Green pear especially on the back end of the mouth feel. If you're a fan of any of the New Glarus stuff they make with white grape, or anything white wine barrel, this is probably the Cantillon bottle to recommend. Just a nice blend of fall time feel and levity. Somewhat like Mamouche but without the pepper flowers feel, Mamouche is more like Spring and Black Pepper compared to this.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled October 31st 2017.

Pours a hazy straw gold, big head of foam but it acts more like a big head of fizz. Going, going, gone. No lacing.

Smells of white wine grapes, oak, apricots, light Brett.

Taste has a beautiful balance of everything that I mentioned in the smell. White wine grapes offer a sour level that I would call medium; tart but not too tart, approachable by someone who is less experienced with the ways of the style and sours in general. Very low acetic presence, which I dig.

Initial sips lean towards lower carbonation but that's a fallacy. Just ask your throat during and after the swallow.

I really enjoy this. For $30.34 a 750ml, I reckon that it's a bargain to boot.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle poured into a stemmed bulb. Golden yellow in color with a small champagne like head that develops. Dissipates quickly. The aroma on this one is very interesting in that I have never smelled this type of grape before. Definitely some funk, earthiness and white wine characteristics here. Flavor on this is amazing. Very balanced with the grapes, funk and soul white wine characteristics that I’m picking up. Feel is as you would expect for the style beer. Good carbonation. Lots of bubbles on the tongue. Overall, this is another winner from Cantillon.

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Photo of JonnyJuicebox
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the most beautiful looking lambics I've ever seen after pouring. Hazy muted straw gold that quickly fizzed up like pouring champagne. The head quickly disappeared leaving a rather flat, murky gold. That's lambic baby, Pleasant tartness on the nose. Taste is lovely. Vinegary white wine in the best way. Some sort of pithiness like lemon or grapefruit. Awesome!

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Photo of fitzy84
4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Seymour in Greenfield. The beer had a murky yellow appearance with no head. Aromas were rich in a flowery, almost metallic, fruit pungency, especially near the edge of each smell. The taste was very similar to a white wine with a blast of grapefruit with each sip. The mouthfeel to this beer was very crisp and highly carbonated. Overall, this was an excellent lambic.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Moeder Lambic in Brussels. Poured yellow and semi transparent. Nose was apple, peach, and slightly sour. Taste was bitter and sour simultaneously. Lots of funk, very earthy. Mouthfeel was sticky and dry. Overall, a great beer but not my favorite from Cantillon.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours clear and golden color with a thin foamy white head that reduces to a thin ring around the edge

S- smells of white grape, earthy must, pear, lemon peel, tangerine, dried hay and earth

T- white grape comes through in the flavor as well, similar to a white wine, followed by notes of pear and apricot. The finish is dry and clean with more white grape

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly prickly finish

O- super approachable with lots of white grape notes throughout, very good

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Photo of Phineasco
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Yellow with thin white head. Medium high carbonation.
Smell: White grapes, dark grapes, raspberries, and white whine.
Taste: White grapes, slightly tart, white wine, and blackberries.
Mouthfeel: Light and complex.
Overall: A great grape lambic from Cantillon.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.88/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken in Summer 2015 in Finland:

2013 vintage. Served at Tuulensuu in Tampere. 75cl green glass format. 5% ABV. Bottled 22 October 2013. Served into stemware.

HEAD: ~1 finger worth of head. White in colour. Gorgeous, with a great consistency. Recedes to a floating ring of foam within 2 minutes, then fully recedes within another minute, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Vibrant bright yellow-orange colour. Hazy. Translucent but nontransparent.

A great looking lambic.

AROMA Seductive, boasting a nuanced interplay of white grapeskin, supple white wine grapes, lambic yeast & bacterial sourness (~5-6/10 in terms of intensity), acidic bacterial aromatics, musty oak, pale fruit, and faint apple esters.

Aromatic intensity is below average.

A highly appealing and inviting aroma for a lambic. I can't wait to try it.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The smackiness and acidity of the mouthfeel accentuate the apple skin and white grape skin flavours wonderfully. Bacterial and wild yeast sourness is the highlight of the flavour profile, bringing lactobacillus, pediococcus, and lambicus yeast into the miax, replete with subtle accents of microfloral intricacy.

Aptly smooth, wet, light-bodied, and refreshing, playing into the beer/wine hybridity of the beer's premise.

In short, it's near perfectly balanced. More intricacy/complexity of flavour would elevate it, but that's a nitpick. There's a nice harmony of texture and taste, though more of a powdery soft presence on the palate would really set off the flavours better,

The palate stripping acidity is brilliant.

Could have more depth of flavour, particularly where the fruit is concerned.

Flavour duration is average. Flavour intensity is quite high for a lambic (one usually expects a more delicate flavour, but I'm not complaining).

Oak - while faint - ties the beer together, injecting welcome cohesion to an already harmonious ale.

OVERALL: A lovely offering from Cantillon, Vigneronne is testament to the brewery's high reputation. Definitely a beer I'd get again - even at its hefty 20 euro per bottle pricetag. I do prefer this fresh (instead of aged), but boy is it a tasty sour at any age. A must-try for the discerning lambic enthusiast.

B+ (3.88) / VERY GOOD

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage from draft.
Pours pale yellow with almost no head, little hazy.
Aroma has sweet white grapes, green apples.
Taste is lemon, sweet white grapes, little sour, no carbonation, very easy drinking

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage 750 ml bottle at Himmeriget in Copenhagen. Even with a 4.29 average on BA, I think this is underrated among the Cantillon lambics. I had this back-to-back with Mamouche and thought Vigneronne was clearly better. If you haven't had Vigneronne and have the opportunity, do not pass it up. It really is a perfect lambic.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage.
Pours pale gold, quite fizzy and large bubbles.
Aromas are Vinous, with a hint of orange (!)
Taste is all about grapes, vinous, aged semillon, sour, hint apricot, less lemon, not too sour finish tho, quite balance. ( or am I getting used to sours ? :-) )
Lively and zesty.
Great beer. Shame I cannot do a fresh - aged comparison.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I feel so lucky to get to try this magnificent beer--I feel wrong simplifying this down to a single word because it is so much more than that.

Appearance is solidly opaque, like a scoop of velvetty cantaloupe sorbet perfectly filling the glass to the edges, no head.

Aromas of really fine nectarine, plum, and just downright fresh fruit juice blossoms all over. A faint acidic funk hangs around in the background. My second time having this, I couldn't help but think of a blossoming apple or pear orchard. It is very delicately aromatic.

Taste is a unique and enticing peppery peach with lemon flesh. Vigneronne is very tart but not tongue searing. Damn it's like there is so much fresh peach juice, and this isn't even supposed to be a peach beer! Delicious--not overwhelmingly heavy or thick like this might sound, but bright and zippy, tangy and ever so fresh.

Feel is so damn smooth for a sour, with a dry to semi-dry finish.

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Photo of knotes1963
4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply one of the top 5 beers that I've sampled. I brought home 3 750ml from Cantillon. Traded 2. Wish I would have kept. Bottle shared the 3rd. Smell was true Loon Funk! The mouthfeel and taste were brilliant. Even top US sour/lambic producers can't match the depth that these guys can yield. This is a must try for those who like Lambic.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden cloudy hue. Musty grape aroma. This is unlike any other Cantillon that I've ever had. Really interesting textures and flavors. There's some bright white grape. Only a little of that farm funk. It's a little dry. There's some sweet red pepper in there. A really interesting beer, but I don't know if it is my favorite lambic.

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Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 1476 ratings