Cantillon Vigneronne | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon VigneronneCantillon Vigneronne

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Belgian Fruit Lambic

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of Stevedore
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
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 ArkyVaughan
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
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 oberon
3.41/5  rDev -22.9%
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 DaPeculierDane
3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Maduro. $4 for about ounces served in a white wine glass.

Appearance: Carbonationless bright gold. No head. Mildly cloudy.

Aroma: Malt vinegar, relatively subdued farmyard characteristics, lemongrass, must, and light hints of citrus.

Taste: Pleasant citric and vinegar notes. Light grape skin flavors. Lemon vinegar (is there such a thing?).

Mouthfeel: Sharp and acidic. Completely flat (is it supposed to be this way?), much more like wine than beer. Perhaps that is the goal...tart and sour but not to the extent o geuze or most craft lambics. The sourness is softer. Not bad and very dry.

Drinkability: Surprisingly, I'm not that excited about this. It's a little light on the funk for a funky/sour beer, and light on the sugar and flavor for a vinegary/tart beer. It's very subtle. I suppose if I wanted to I could session this but it's not quite my thing.

Update: April 2008...after a little more than a month in the barrel this beer has developed a subtle carbonation improves drinkability and in some ways appearance. The acidity seems softened by it.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ricke
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow with golden orange hues. A very small white head that settles quickly into a ring of lacings.

S: Fruity aromas with a subtle grape character. Slightly funky with notes of barnyard, mud, horse blanket and hay. Some vinegar and notes of tart peaches.

T: Quite sour. Notes of grapes and grape skins. Light sweetness, gentle wheat character. A minimal grassy bitterness in the mouth. Very sour in the middle. Pleasant barrel aged character blended with fruit pits. Funky notes of wet hay and mud. Plenty of grass and yeast. The finish is tart with notes of fruit and chestnuts.

M: Medium body with a dry finish. Very nice.

D: A very good beer. Unfortunately, the bottle was cellared for a couple of so the taste of grapes was on the decline, but still very good.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brownbeer
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of tbryan5
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an excellent beer. Pours a beautiful golden orange with a yellow perimeter. Smells grassy and earthy. And like a barn. Taste is much the same. Super musty and astringent. A real treat that I was lucky enough to try. A really unique beer.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of farundrpar
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of DahWag
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed another wonderful Cantillon with kmpitz2 and just ran across my notes. Golden yellow orange pour with not much of a head..just a fizzy big bubbly top to it. Brighty and shining in the glass. Before I even put my nose near the glass I get a blast of big, funky barnyard aromas. This is followed by a nice dose of vinegar, yeast and grains. You can smell this a mile away and it nearly burns the nostrils. Extremely acidic tones with just a hint of grape in the undercurrent. Damn.

First sip brings an upfront sour grainy fruitiness with a hint of lemon and white grape. The vinegar acidity very present along with some mouth puckering sourness...quite dry overall. Funky, horse blanket makes itself known on the way down and lingers slightly. Another intriguing Cantillon that shows the wonders of spontaneous fermentation.

Mouthfeel is light and airy with a good flow of bubbles throughout. Lovely mouth puckering goodness. A 750ml bottle that is very enjoyable when shared with a friend, as the whole bottle may be a bit much. A wonderful taste exeperience overall that shouldn't be missed...thanks to marburg for this one.

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Photo of lateralundertow
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the Beer Guy at McKean and Charles in Waldoboro for getting this (and then saving it a few weks until I could get up there). This was a 750ml bottle, bottled 30Oct06, and was served in a tulip glass. Nice orange color with a tiny head that dissipates quickly. Very still. It had the aroma of peaches. The taste was sour fruit, and was very acidic. Quite a dry beer, and quite enjoyable. Share it with a friend and pucker up.

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Photo of warnerry
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of SamuraiJack
3.82/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is an astonishing beer. It is truly like nothing I've ever tasted before. I'm very glad I've had it, but to be honest I doubt I'll ever drink it again. It's a very good beer, but it's kind of like seeing the movie American History X... it's a huge accomplishment, it's brilliantly done but you're rather not have to go through that experience again.

The aromas assault you as soon as you open the beer. Horseblanket? Try outhouse or feedlot on a sunny day. Wow!! There is some serious yeasty funk going on here!!

First pour shows a pretty gorgeous coppery orange. There are noticable variations in the colour from the out of control carbonation and the clouds of tiny floaters. Head is rather thin, but forms an excellent sticky lace.

Once poured, the aromas are still dominated by barnyard odors, but now there are some nice toasty oat notes as well as a noticably grapey touch.

The first sip of this beer is a shock. Your teeth stick to your lips and it is as if there is suddenly no spit left in your body. Tart is a true understatement here. Tart and intensly tanic as well. The tartness then begins to fade a bit, and other flavours reveal themselves. Some yeast and funk peek their heads out to say "yes, this really is a lambic after all." There is a nice soft body, a bit heavier than some lambics despite the carbonation. The finish is thinner and is still dominated by the tartness, but now there are strong grape notes and even some tropical fruit.

Incredible flavours, Incredible experience. I honestly didn't think I was going to be able to drink this at first - but it just became more and more interesting to me. This is a seriously challenging beer. But it's worth the effort to experience something as totally different as this is.

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of mverity
3.74/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw with half an inch of bubbly white head that fades quickly into some wisps and a medium collar. Aroma is dry oakiness, white wine-like and a good earthiness. Taste is tart grapes, some vanilla and oak. High carbonation and low-medium body. Very tart overall and the grape plays a decent second string.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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