Cantillon Vigneronne | Brasserie Cantillon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
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Style: Lambic - Fruit

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.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-23-2002

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

2009 vintage.

Pours a murky yellow with an off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is super sour, tart, and funky with a lemon aroma. Taste is the same with a sour lemon flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good lambic with an awesome flavor.

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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 GRG1313
3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

December 2008 bottling per the cork; brewed with Italian muscat grapes.

Pours a medium orange amber with a thin white head that quickly fades.

Nose is sour wheat grass, wet hay, and sour green apples with undertones of sweet wine vinegar.

Mouthfeel is crisp, fresh and puckering. This one is mouthfilling and rich in character.

Flavors are intense, insane and layered. Big sour green apple with light undertones of sour green grapes and puckering citrus. Very tart yet deceivingly well balanced.

These are the only beers I like a bit on the colder side and not room temperature. However, the extreme citrus and tart character softened and more sweet/grape/apple to acid balance came through as it warmed to cool from cold.

A puckering drink all the way through to a salivating lemon citrus finish. Very drinkable and appealing but very big in character and one keeps salivating from the acid long into the finish.

Nice sour although two glasses was my limit on this one

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This pours out as a havy golden color with a fast fading white head. The smell is pretty great a mix of white grapes and funk. The taste is juicy yet sour and dry. Overall this is probably my favorite Cantillon, would love to have this one again.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, capped and corked bottle, the November 2009 vintage - a lambic with wine muscat grapes - sounds good to me, like an obvious "well, we've got a lot of this stuff lying around, let's see what we can do with it". On the label, a star of David sits amongst the raw ingredients in this offering - heads up, He'Brew!

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with one skinny finger of fizzy dirty white head, which disappears in a mere instant, leaving no remnants, lace or otherwise, anywhere near the glass.

It smells of sour, underripe apples, wheat grain, dusty wood, vinegary, yet still fruity and musky white wine, and a tame barnyard yeast funk. The taste is tart green apple, lemon juice, a softer, more rounded wheat malt, white wine vinegar, weakly funky yeast, faint wood grain, and dead-flower, musty hops.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, just a slight metallic edge, one sort of obfuscated by the inherent acids here, the body on the light side of medium weight, airy, and a bit fruity in its plain smoothness. It finishes dry, tart, and mouth-puckeringly crisp, with just a wee bit of musky white wine esters and 'everything dies' funk.

I'm drawing a reasonably straight parallel to the white wine must that I've got fermenting at the moment - yeasty, sweet and zingy white grape juice, and faint alcohol. The exaggerated tartness is the beer's domain alone. Overall, a nicely drinkable sour lambic, the guest muscat grapes doing well to exhibit their own wares.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very clean, lactic tartness is the perfect counterpart to the white grapes used in the blending for its recipe. But the lime-like acidity obviously steals the show.

Vignerone pours with a canary-yellow hue and carries a mystic glowing haze. Bleached white foam amounts to a timid coat of foam, yet disipates to stillness quickly- all expected from unblended lambics.

Very sharp aromas of limes, white wine, balsamic, sandalwood, and mild leather all add to the complex yet delicate aromas. Mild pilsner malt provides to slightest of a base for the wild, fruity-tart aromas and must character.

Lemon/lime zest and pilsner cracker-like taste begin an assault on the front of the tongue while it mellows a bit, allowing the more grape-like flavor to settle on the middle of the tongue and palate. This, all before the hop bitterness and acidic vinegar-like sourness leaves it's memory on the mouth as the beer finishes. Crabapples, under-rippened berries, and kiwi all come to mind as the zesty lime tartness leaves a final impact in finish.

Light and acidic throughout, the beer's thinness allows the full brunt of taste to lay on the mouth's surfaces; only adding to the impact of sourness and astringency in mouthfeel. The feel of grape seeds, grape skins attack the sides of the jaws and usher in a crisp, lactic finish. Very dry and palate stripping of all residual sweetness or lingering taste. Very refreshning and mouthwatering from nose to finish.

Thanks bbehr!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.88/5  rDev -12.2%
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 oline73
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a bright, mildly cloudy yellow/orange color with just a little head that disappears completely. Pretty beer.

Smell: Quite funky, vinegar and citrus tartness, fruit notes, not a lot of grape in the smell.

Taste: Extremely tart and bitter. Vinegar and citrus notes with mild grape. This is pretty funky, but I would say tart is the best description. The finish is a lot like vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild to no carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: Less grape than I would have expected, but still very good. Tart and refreshing. I would definitely have more.

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4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temperature 52º into a balloon glass. Crackling, hissy fizz at first, audible and acidic. After the initial sound, its completely still, though there are tiny bubbles slowly ascending. Glowing orange jewel-toned orb in the light. Signature Cantillon lambic aroma, musty leather and citrus. Somehow softer than the classic Gueuze with light floral accents and a suggestion of honey. Moderate mellow tartness, some light hints of white grape, rhubarb, and oak. Dry in the finish. Citrus dominates, some low level sweet/tartness as well, pleasant oak aftertaste. Vigneronne is a subtle variant on Cantillon Gueuze, slightly less acidic, but still moderately sour with a fruity addition from the Muscat grapes.

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Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a frothy head that dissipates quickly, while leaving a few strands of lace

Smell: Brett yeast aromatics dominate (surprise, surprise), creating a lot of barnyard funk; underneath, there is a hint of vinous muscat, with a sweet essence that beguiles

Taste: The sourness starts out bold and builds from there, but all the while there is this sweet grape flavor underneath that provides an incredible contrast, if you can taste beyond the barnyard; after the swallow, the sweet flavor becomes a little easier to discern but is still dominated by the sour flavor; the combination tastes of grapefruit pith, but in a far different way from a West Coast IPA

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: While I am not a big fan of the style and struggle to consume this, I find this a very intriguing beer and look forward to my rare excursions into the world of lambics

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright golden yellow color lambic with a small pure with bubbly head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of horse blanket with light green apple acidity and light tart finish. Taste is a well balanced mix between some tart notes with light oak and some horse blanket and soaked leather. Acidity is well balanced but muscat grapes are hard to noticed but could have dropped the acidity level since I seem to noticed that there is less acidity then in a regular Cantillon product.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mothman
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2001 Edition, Bottled in 2003 (drank Dec 2009)

A light pour yields hardly any head. Color is a hazed pumpkin hued peach orange.

Aroma: Very sour and funky. A lot of vinegar and acidic flavors. Mouth watering. Sour grapes and some leather.

Taste: Extremely sour and mouth puckering. Very funky. Crazy funky. Lots of white grape flavor. Makes my mouth pucker. Leather and horse blanket flavors. Some vinegar and a little acidic flavors.

Mouthfeel: Extremely sour and tart. Again, very mouth puckering. One of the sourest beers I have had. Medium bodied with a lower to medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a fruity aftertaste, but pretty clean.

Overall, a fantastic beer. Very sour, but I really like it. My glass is emptying very fast. I highly recommend it.
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Vig 24 November 2011 consumed 3/2017

The nose is magnificent. White grapes that couldn't be fresher. Beautiful funk as well. The grapes are incredibly fresh and fruity still, but there is more funk and citrus. Lemon and oak. Basement must. A but more sour than the fresh bottles, but not overwhelming.
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2016 draft at z day 2017
Tons of grapes. Big funk. This is a very juicy vintage. Everything I like about vig. 4.5
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2015 consumed 1/2018
White head. Pale golden yellow color. Funk on the nose already starting to develop nicely. Taste is white grapes and that same classic vig funk that develops over time. This one is balanced, however. Some tartnessand lemon citrus, but not acidic and overall pretty soft. Really loving how the funk is developing with this so early. A great bottle. 4.55

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4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy, hazy blond with a thin white head. Plenty of visible carbonation, but the head falls flat pretty quickly.

Smell - Intense funk; barnyard, dirty socks, mold, lemon and cheese come to mind. Not much fruit in the aroma. Very pleasant once the nose gets used to it.

Taste & mouthfeel - Lemon juice, vinegar and white wine. Mellow sourness and considerably less funk than the nose presents. Hints of vanilla and muscat grapes. Light-bodied with medium acidity. Very nicely balanced - this is one of the most drinkable Cantillon beers I've tried, though the vinegar-like flavor is slightly stronger than I'd like.

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