Brasserie Cantillon

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Belgian Fruit Lambic
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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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Reviews by acrawf6:
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3.87/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 bottle. Pours out dark straw that is slightly hazy with no head.

Smell. Combination is sweetness and muskiness. Earthy with some horse blanket aromas.

Taste. Very tart and acidic. Muscat grape fruity flavors are a dominant flavor with a touch of vinegar to it, but the aftertaste is quite nice with sweeter fruits, strawberry really jumps out for me, very much like a strawberry preservative. The beer itself is good, but i really like the aftertaste more.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium with a bit of carbonation.

Overall, honestly, I wish i would have opened this up with a friend cuz i dont think i can drink all 25.4oz of, but it is still quite tasty. I wish i had some good cheese to cut on the acidity of this beer. I enjoy the flavor but strangely i enjoy the aftertaste a lot more. A pretty good lambic overall though.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i had the esteemed pleasure of having this on tap and in a bottle just one day apart, which is not only a rare treat, but something to almost feel guilty about, beer this sought after and all, but i am thankful and will remain that way. this beer, for carrying so much hype, isnt as distinct as i expected it to be, and in fact is an awful lot like the classic gueuze itself. i think the grapes are a little more vibrant in the on tap version, but the properties of both are quite similar honestly. the bottle pours hazy golden, still looking, but with a short white head. as per cantillon usual, there is as much funk as there is sour here, tons of musty oak in the nose, and i get the lambic part of it long before i get any fruit. the fruit is a little more dramatic in the flavor than the nose, and has a sweetness to it. more of a riesling thing to me than a muscat one, although i dont drink a ton of white wine, i get that vibe from it. the oak is nice on it, really robust and mellowing, and the sourness too is tempered by it. tart for sure, especially in the finish, mouth watering like crazy, but the fruit doesnt add as much to it as either of the berry beers they do, and certainly not as interesting as the elderflower mamouche i had earlier in the week. its hard when comparing so many world class sour beers, but for me, the fruit is lost a little in this one, not as radiant and memorable as others they make. i love the complexity and the ancient feel to this, how truly high quality it is is certainly obvious, but im not sure the grapes make it any more special than the lambic is in isolation. nice dry but mouth watering finish, good acidity, and maybe a touch undercarbed. overall outstanding beer, but not my favorite cantillon brew by any measure.

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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 Stevedore
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle from late 2012, generously shared by Dustin at our crazy bottle share last night, 10/5/2013. Poured into a Zwanze 2013 glass.

Review #227.

Pours a hazy golden straw body with surprisingly less effervescence than other Cantillons. Lacing is thicker and retains very well. This is a very pretty, light-coloured sour compared to the others I've had.

Compared to Cuvée St-Gilloise, this has a lot more of the classic musty Brasserie funk that I get in the Classic.. although not as full-bore as the Classic is. I love it, some people hate it but its such an unique smell that I've come to enjoy very much. The nice thing about this is that there are this crisp, tart grape notes that smells so incredibly refreshing. Smells somewhat sour, mostly vinegar.

This isn't the most sour Cantillon out there, but it is probably the most refreshing one I've had. It's sour, but also has a very nice tartness to it, which I imagine are from the grapes. A bit of lemon acidity, white grape tartness all complementing the horse blanket funk of the base lambic. Its a very clean beer with a lot of different, yet complementary flavours.

Lighter body, very well-carbonated, easy to drink with a dry, tart grape-y finish. Gets some more acidity as the beer warms up.

An enjoyable one to drink. I came into this one not expecting too much out of this Cantillon, but this one definitely exceeded expectations. So clean, crisp, sour, funky and fruity all in once. I highly recommend this one!

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Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a spritzy orange with a nice rocky head that really didnt leave much lace at all,whoa the funk like sitting in a barn with this bad boy I also picked up some oak and vanilla but the funk was hard core,My mouth is still puckering from this stuff full tilt sour and musty like intensly concentrated lemon pith and a wet basement.Not my cup of tea this will be my last foray into Cantillon brews this one is most intense in my opinion.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Ebenezer's.

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a hint of orange, no head.

Aroma is very vinous - white grapes, slightly sweet, with a slight hint of vinegar.

Taste is soft sourness, bit of vinegar and white grapes, with the vinegar sourness getting a bit more pronounced right before the finish. Finish is dry, fruity, white grapes come out a bit more to complement the softening sourness.

Soft, slightly pillowy carbonation and light body.

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ADR
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cap and a cork...poured into a wine glass. Hazy medium peach color, whitish carbonation sticking to the glass margins. Pungent aroma, winey and grapey with a goat cheese sharpness. Forget the blanket, this is the horse's stall. Jeez, another astringent killer from the Lambic masters, tart beyond description with lots of yeasty earthy mustiness to accompany it, with an early blast of acidity that lingers to the stomach. Dryer than the Gobi. You can still taste the flavor the next morning. If the Muscat grapes are overwhelmed as a separate element -- its understandable to my mind. Gawd, I like having the ability to choose this stuff, even if its like a duel between brew and mouth. Another historical masterpiece from the folks at Cantillon. Drinkable? have to pick your spots.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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3.25/5  rDev -26.8%

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4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rastaman
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty interesting stuff, hazy, gold/orange/hay colour, barnyard nose, including hay, horse crap, dust, with a slight hint of grapeskin. Slight sweet tart start, with that classic Cantillon sourness, hints of grapeskins, you can taste the barrel in which it fermenst aswell, very earthy flavour, pretty darn good.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.02/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 750 mL bottle into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Pale golden, it poured with a quick sparkly carbonation that left a thin white collar.
S: Sour green apples with brett funk and earthy spice. The alcohol comes off as white wine.
T: Sour green apples and earthy funk combined with apple cores with a tart, dry wine alcohol.
M: Crisp, thin, and spritzy.
D: Really good for the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Suds
4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been on my list for a few years. My wife picked up a bottle as a gift for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The beer pours a very cloudy, almost brownish-straw color. The liquid is really turbid, and the head is fizzy and then non-existent. Honestly, it's not an invitingly attractive brew. The smell, however, is very nice: Funky, musty, wet-straw and barnyard, grape skins, pale malt. Wonderful and complex aroma! The taste is solid...mouth-puckeringly sour, but also also balanced with a decent sweetness. The malt and grape-skin quality comes out a little more in the taste. There is a lot of fruitiness just underneath the tartness. Fresh and vibrant are great words for the beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky pineapple in color with pale yellow highlights that had almost no head and no lacing sticking to the glass. The signature cantillon sour acidic oaky barrel funk was definitely there in the nose with some pungent muscat grape notes and slight vinegar notes as well. It also had some nice mouthwatering citrus aromas. The taste had more of the lemon citrusy character with some muscat grapes, oaky, funky, and barnyard accents but it did have slight acidic notes. The brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet but lemon citrusy, oaky, funky, vinous, dry and sour puckering finish that lingered on the palate. It drank really good and I'm always happy to try different cantillon beers anytime. Good lookin out drew for bringing by to bobby's crib.

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