Vigneronne - Muscat Grapes
Brasserie Cantillon

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From:
Brasserie Cantillon
 
Belgium
Style:
Fruit Lambic
ABV:
5%
Score:
98
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 7.69%
Reviews:
340
Ratings:
1,172
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Sep 25, 2022
Added:
Jul 23, 2002
Wants:
  663
Gots:
  276
SCORE
98
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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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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

3.41/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours sa golden yellow, slight amount of haze, light ring of head and no lacing. Nose is funky with hits of barn, hay, wet earth, moss, fresh cut wood, along with some harsher, more metallic notes. Taste plays extremely sweet, very reminiscent of Chardonnay or Gewürztraminer to the point of being one-note and overwhelming. Finish is slightly fatty though overall rather light. Lacking in much depth and for fans of sweeter whites.
Sep 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Armsby Abbey

Inadvertent Zwanze Day pour number 2. While I’m here I might as well try a few choice Lambics, right? Another long time want of mine, moving from a red grape Lambic to a white grape Lambic feels like a natural transition. Let’s get into it

Pours a cloudy orange gold with a finger of white head that fades to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing

Man, this is super funky in the nose. I’m picking up on aromas of wet hay, blue cheese, toasted oak, white wine vinegar, crabapple, brown zest, and wheat bread

Likewise in taste this has a huge funk to it. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting white wine vinegar, lemon juice, straw, old leather, grapefruit zest, crabapple, wet hay, and stone. The swallow brings notes of white wine vinegar, lemon juice, wheat bread, toasted oak, apple skin, light honey, and a touch of blue cheese

A light medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a sharp beer. Finishes very dry with a tart funk

Unsurprisingly, another awesome Cantillon beer. Not my favorite, but still a pleasure to try
Sep 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.28 by bret27 from California

Aug 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.46 by RMW66 from Australia

Mar 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.49 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington

Jan 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Slightly skunky 2019 bottling. Hazy straw in the glass with a small quickly dissipating white head. Aromas (beyond the skunk) are white grape, pear, hay, barnyard funk, and a hint of dried lemon. Flavors are moderately acidic with notes of white grape, wildflower honey, and oak barrel

79/100
Dec 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.46 by 5EKF from Illinois

Jul 09, 2021
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Reviewed by zonker17 from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Nov '15. Great balance of sour, funk and fruit. Initial pours soft golden with mild haze, last pour very hazy. Nose really brings the white grape and culture notes. Taste starts with sour and finishes with the grape.
Jul 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.61 by Rothobinide from California

Mar 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.34 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottle, at Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen. Incredibly intense farmhouse aroma combined with an equally intense sour fruitiness. Intensely sour gueuze flavour, lemony as hell. Funky and lemony aftertaste.
Mar 18, 2021
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Rated by jheimbigner from Washington

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
New lable vig

Vinous and best at cellar temp.
Mar 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.43 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Mar 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.47 by moltch from Massachusetts

Mar 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.74 by fromthewood1 from California

Feb 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.71 by David_Menendez from Pennsylvania

Feb 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.94 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.96 by EasternIsh from California

Jan 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by teepeevee from Finland

Jan 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by MrSwingKing from Denmark

Jan 01, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by TallGuyCM from California

Dec 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.19 by Original_Gravity from Washington

Nov 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4.2 by DvdP from Netherlands

Nov 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4.49 by mxracercam from Pennsylvania

Sep 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.44 by jtk21351 from California

Aug 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.54 by Ajlvt from Washington

Aug 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.38 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Jul 07, 2020
 
Rated: 4.53 by Eman17 from Illinois

Jul 05, 2020
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Vintage 2018 Review:
Pours a slightly cloudy, deep golden coloration with an amber hue and a medium, frothy head that almost instantly fades to nothing. Smells of fruity yeast esters of green apple and gooseberry, as well as white grape must, and with just a hint of blue cheese funk and oak also coming through. Taste is a good balance of vibrant fruity and less pronounced spicy yeast esters, with notes of green apple, gooseberry and just a hint of white pepper, as well as a distinct white grape must presence, some oak and a strong sourness, light citric acidity and some rather subtle, musty, leathery blue cheese funk also coming through. Finishes very dry, with a strong sourness and some white grape must, oak and subtle funk lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth, effervescent mouthfeel with a light/medium body and medium/strong carbonation.

This kinda reminds me of St. Lamvinus in the way that the funk takes a bit of a backseat here while the grapes take the spotlight, but at the same time also lacks a bit of that depth and character that St. Lamvinus has, which is probably simply due to the grape variety though, as red grapes do tend to have a bit more richness to them than white grapes, while the latter are a bit more sour, which is also rather noticeable here, this being distinctly more dry and sour than St. Lamvinus. It really does have a rather nice, fruity and dry white wine character to it which is enhanced by the subtle funkiness, although I feel that the strong sourness is somewhat at odds with the otherwise rather subtle balance here. Overall, a nice, quite fruity lambic that is a bit too high in sourness and lacking in depth for my personal taste though. Actually, the longer I drink this, the more overly sour and one-dimensional it seems to me. Seems highly overrated to me, but maybe it's the batch, who knows. Almost tastes like it was brewed with unripe, overly sour grapes.
3.75 - 4.25 - 3.5 - 4.25 - 3.75


Vintage 2019 Review:
Pours a clear, golden amber coloration with a medium, frothy head that soon fades to a fine ring around the glass and visible carbonation. Smell is dominated by white grape, with some fruity esters of green apple and gooseberry and some oak and musty, blue cheese funk also coming through. Taste is an excellent balance of quite expressive, lightly tart white grape and additional estery fruit notes of green apple, pear and gooseberry, with perhaps just a hint of apricot and white pepper, as well a distinct oak presence, light acidity and subtle, musty, cheesy funk, with just the merest hint of white vinegar as well. Finishes semi-dry, with a light/medium tartness and some white grape, fruity esters, oak and funk lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth, effervescent mouthfeel with a light/medium body and medium/strong carbonation.

This kinda reminds me of St. Lamvinus in the way that the funk takes a bit of a backseat here while the grapes take the spotlight, but at the same time also lacks a bit of that depth and character that St. Lamvinus has, which is probably simply due to the grape variety though, as red grapes do tend to have a bit more richness to them than white grapes. It kind of makes up for that with a quite fresh and expressive white grape presence though, which is enhanced by the fruity and lightly spicy yeast esters, lending a rather enjoyable and refreshing white wine character to this, with the distinct oak and lighter funk notes providing a subtle complexity here. All in all, perhaps not quite as tart and funky as other Cantillon offerings, but very refreshing and fruity, with a superb, subtle balance. Comparing this to the 2018 vintage, I thought it was vastly superior and I would recommend drinking this as fresh as possible. I even thought that this had a bit more funk and oak to it, but that's probably more because that awful sourness of the 2018 vintage doesn't drown these out as much.
May 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.3 by Wolvesinthetaproom from New Hampshire

Jan 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4.62 by Duffman79 from Connecticut

Dec 22, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Ziosa from Missouri

Dec 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.6 by Mtn from Texas

Dec 09, 2019
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75
This pours a straw gold with thin foam. There’s a funky note that reminds me of soured milk on the back end, all wet straw and musty goat. It’s effervescent and light, with a crisp finish. Green apple, wine grape, yum. This might end up stripping my palate, dry and sour.
Dec 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Nov 30, 2019
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Reviewed by JLK7299 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Took me a long time but I’ve finally been able to score a bunch of Cantillon’s over the last year or so. Wish I had gotten them earlier because they are all so good. This one is no exception. So balanced, so good!
Nov 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.23 by chitownfanatic21 from Wyoming

Nov 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.56 by Hopelessly0 from California

Nov 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.53 by eppie82 from Illinois

Oct 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.75 by BerryKumquat from California

Sep 30, 2019
Vigneronne - Muscat Grapes from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 1512 ratings