Cantillon Vigneronne | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon VigneronneCantillon Vigneronne

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Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of gcamparone
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip glass. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a hazy dull orange-hay colored body with a fast moving, fizzy white head that rises quickly and reduces just as quickly. Lots of fast moving carbonation. No lacing.

S- Smells pretty acidic, particularly citrusy with aromas of oranges, funky yeast, lemon peel, hay, and a musty, wet wood aroma in the background. Malt is definitely present. The last few sips produce a cheesy aroma.

T- The second it hits your tongue, Vigneronne's wild yeast punches you in the taste buds with a sour burst of lemon juice, tart grapes, sour apple, and orange juice. The follow through is woody, musty, and full of citrus rind, but the sharp tart fruit notes really take center stage here. Very forward with the brett and quite tasty. Aftertaste is tart and very dry.

M- Super crisp and refreshing. I downed the first glass in under a minute because it is that drinkable and thirst quenching.

This was my second Cantillon beer, and I have to say that it also lived up the the hype. The puckering tartness works perfectly here. Extremely balanced. Maybe a little less complex than other sours I've tried, but nonetheless world class.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle of Cantillon Vigeronne 2012 courtesy of fthomasl

Lightly hazed electric orange. Not much for retention or lacing, pretty typical Cantillon pour.

Nose is an interesting combo of musty basement, sharp acidity and grape juice. Definitely get the brett presence.

Wow...this is amazeballs. How can you get this much sweet grape winey-ness and sharp acitidity to balance with the delicate brett over such a light grain bill. The white grapes really shine. This might be my favorite Cantillon I have had to date. Thanks Frank!

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Photo of Treebs
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle served from a lambic basket into a Zwanze Day taster glass. 2009 vintage. Big thanks to sweemzander for the share.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a minimal white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a to very thin ring. No lace.

S: White wine grapes with some light wheat sweetness. Very soft with tart white grape aspect. Light oak.

T: Oaky and funky with some white grape tartness. Dry oaky tannins with a little bit of mineral in the finish.

M: Light and bubbly carbonation. Tart and dry finish with a light body.

O: Very good. Not over the top with sourness or tartness, but it has enough of oak and white grape tartness to draw you back in.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours golden and somewhat orange color with just a small cap of white bubbles.

The aroma is nice and tart with green grape skins and a bit of funk. The palet is tart with green grapes and hints of cedar wood. Nice and crisp.

The body is light with good carbonation. Overall this one is great. Another real enjoyable brew from these guys.

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Photo of Dreizhen
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl bottle at Delerium

A: Clear, light yellow, moderate bubbles.

S: Sour, white wine is the main smell. A little citrus hides behind that, but not much.

T: Tastes about like it smells. Mostly the sour funk you would expect from a Cantillon but with the accompaniment of a sour white wine. I still think there's citrus at the end, but again, barely there. Ends with a bite from the sourness and the carbonation. I don't think it works as well as the kriek or the framboise, but it's certainly not bad.

M: Light, carbonated, fizzy. Think Champagne.

O: Currently my least favorite Cantillon, so still better than a lot of the beer I've had in my life. If you're around Cantillon a lot, give this one a try eventually. But if you've only got a little time and can try only a few, I might let this one slide and stick with the Lou Pepes, St. Lumnivous, Fou Foune, etc...

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Photo of jrenihan
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled November 5, 2009.

Beer is translucent golden, almost opaque. Small to moderately sized white head, little lace. Decent retention.

Nose is tart with a bit of a funky hint. Wheat. I get some grape when I look for it.

Funk and white grape dominate the taste. Lemon. Quite sour, dries the mouth in a big way. The wheat base is quite noticeable. The grape is not as strong as I imagine it was when the bottle was younger.

Light to medium bodied, low carbonation. Puckery in a big way.

Overall, a very nice beer but not one of the better Cantillons.

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Photo of spoony
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip. Reviewed from notes taken on May 26, 2013.

A-It is light golden in color. The brew has more clarity than other Cantillon fruit beers, but it not as clear as the gueuze. A thin white head drops quickly to a collar.

S-The smell is musty and vaguely sweet; very vinous, like you might expect given the grape they use to make this beer. That being said, this brew still smells tart and acidic. Funk is moderate and more wet earth smelling than truly funky.

T-The taste is more tart that I would expect. There is some serious pucker power here. Some of the wine grape comes through, but the overall effect is more earthy and musty that fruity. It is complex and the fruit flavors are pretty subtle.

M-The feel is typical Cantillon, i.e., light in the body with the perfect dose of moderate, crisp carbonation.

O-This is maybe the most interesting Cantillon I tasted at the brewery, but not my favorite. The musty grape flavor just did not jive with the lambic in the same way that, for example, the apricots do in the case of Fou Foune. My criticism aside, this is still a very good beer and better than most other fruit beers out there. The acidity here would pair well with a white fish dish or salmon.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet wheat, funky barnyard yeast, oak, grapes, tart green fruits, mild sourness, touch lactic acid, touch lemon zest.

T - Wheat malts, funky barnyard yeast, grapes, oak, mild sourness and tart green fruits, some lactic acid, hint of vanilla and lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a funky, tart, and lightly sour finish.

D - Great complexity and balance.

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Photo of beerloverofbham
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed at Brouwer's Sour Fest. Served in a snifter.
I'll have to apologize in advance for any verbosity and poetic musings. This was my first taste of anything from Cantillon.
Color of unfiltered apple juice, with a small, pure white head. Smells like melted rubber in a wet basement. Tastes incredibly complex--I might have to say a wine snob's beer if that makes sense--lots of layers here: dark fruit, red wine, a little barnyard funk, with a slight hop flavor here and there. Very drinkable. Strong harmony of flavors lingers before fading off the tongue, like an orchestra's perfect decrescendo. Alright, enough bullshit; this was just a great beer.

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Photo of backbaybrewer
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Ap: Pours a yellowis gold color and leaves very little white, fizzy head.

Ar: grapes, some funk and some sour.

Taste: Matches the scent - grapes, funk, sour with some wood and some white wine quality, with a wood finish. Very balanced.

Mouth-feel: Medium to high carbination. light, but not thin.

Overall: Well Balanced and pleasing beer. Very much like drinking a nice white wine with carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Resuin
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a stemmed tulip. This was bottled in November 2011 so it has about a year and a half of age on it, as of this review.

Appearance: Pours a nice honey color and leaves very little white, fizzy head - less than a finger.

Smell: White grapes, green apple, some funk - decent amount of sour but not overbearing by any means - very light and balanced.

Taste: Matches the scent - white grapes, funk, sour green apple, oak - definitely has a white wine quality to it. There is a nice oaky finish. This one has the perfect amount of sour to it and is delicious - just the right balances.

Mouth-feel: Exceedingly smooth, medium carbonation to it, on the lighter side of a medium body.

Overall: I was very impressed with this lambic - I think 1.5 years in the bottle has done it well. This is very well balanced and the muscat grapes definitely give this one some delicious flavors. I could drink a lot of this stuff!

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Photo of Jonada
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottled on November 23rd 2012. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden blonde color with 1 finger head which dissipated quickly to a white collar.

Smell: Musty, lemon, funk, wood, white grape, with just a tiny hint of fruity sweetness.

Taste: Medium tartness upfront is countered nicely with a slight white grape sweetness. I'm also getting, some funk, lemon acidity, oak, green apple, and some lactic character. The grapes are much more noticeable on the palate than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and refreshing. Medium carbonation. Sourness isn't intense or mouth puckering. Highly drinkable

Overall: I got this at the same time as a bottle of the Saint Lamvinus. I had very high expectations for the St. Lam, and while both were great, I actually ended up liking this a bit better. If you're a fan of the style, this is definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to farundrpar for bringing this one to our Kebab and Cantillon dinner party.

From a 750 into a tumbler
Bottled 24 November 2011
Best Before October 2015

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking white head with decent retention. Hazy amber orange in color with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a thick ring but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A slightly milder aroma of lemon esters and green grapes. Some funky, dank aromas in there with a tough of floral notes as well. Quite pleasant.

TASTE: Follows the nose nicely. Sour, tart lemon up front with some green grapes and white wine flavor as well. Funkiness is there in the middle into the finish, with a touch of mould and must as well. Some bitter floral notes at the finish before a mostly sour and acidic finish that lingers mildly on the palate. Pretty flavorful and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes rather dry. Puckering and somewhat acidic after the swallow.

OVERALL: This one was rather enjoyable. Perhaps a bit more acidic than the other Cantillon fruit lambic we had that night, which may turn some people off. I found it quite pleasant and would glaldy drink this one again. Thanks again farundrpar!

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnished gold with white film.
Musky mead and grape on the nose.
Honey and white vinegar, some toasty grain, with grape skin tartness.
Green apple skin finish and acetic linger.
Crisp, light-medium, fizzy.

Not unlike wine. Not that sour either. A clean if bracing palate cleanser.

2nd tasting: Kumquat nose, yellow plum that shows flashes of wild, and chalky end. Still lesser among Cantillons.

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Photo of dgilks
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright golden colour with a smooth, white head. Half-decent head retention for the style.

Classic Cantillon lemon notes with a lot of funk. There is a ton of acid on the nose with a light, light, light grape note.

Really interesting. Lots of funk with a noticeable enteric note. Lots of acid with lemons dominating and then a white grape note that sort of sits there. Interesting.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A really solid fruit lambic. There is an earthy note added by the grapes that is really nice. I'd love the fruit to be just a touch more prominent but I'm clutching at straws here.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle at Mecca(Cantillon).

Big fluffy white head that retains well on top of a slightly hazy deep golden orange body.

Has a sweet white grape smell to it along with the signature hay funky barnyardness of Cantillon.

Grape, green apple, grass, lots of cheese at the back end. There is some light sweetness.

Has a mellower tartness than I've experienced from some Loons but still bigger than most lambics out there. The carbonation is a little subdued with a medium body. It is so smooth. The saliva just doesn't stop flooding my mouth while drinking this.

I thoroughly enjoyed this. Damn.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1/18/13

Split with Goblinmunkey7

RIP my cheap bottle opener/corkscrew, 2009-2013

Appearance: Lightly hazy, gold/straw - small, white head - fades to a tiny cap and an elegant ring - not much lacing, but this is forgivable

Smell: Sour, tart, and lovely - gently acidic, with some lemon and other light fruit skins - tart apples, and some white grapes - lightly musty, wet, and damp - wet, chewy smelling wood

Taste: Sour and complex - acidic and lactic sour, distinctively Cantillon - wet, damp, and musty, with some hay and horse - simultaneously clean, with some crisp, light fruits - tart apple skins, with some white grapes - a nice undercurrent of lemon in the background - funky, and lightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely smooth, somewhat refreshing, could use more carbonation

Overall: I can't spell "Vigneronne" but I can't complain about anything else in this beer

Cantillon is consistently fantastic. This is no exception. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to try this. I'm curious what a couple of years of age would do to this, since it's already so balanced.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark yellow/gold. Tiny bright-white collar. Minimal carbonation. Glows when held to light.

Smell: Fruity. Grape skin and flesh with a touch of peachy goodness. Layers of funk and a light earthy oakiness. Lemon rind. Citric bite on the back. Touches of hay and grass layered over a slight white wine. Floral. Some orange and apple, very mild. Nicely complex. Some pale malt in the back.

Taste: Grapes everywhere. Skin, flesh, and wine. Slightly acetic with a bigger citric bite. Minor oakiness runs through the back. Touches of funkiness. Lemon juice with a touch of rind. Soft peach with some apple. Vinous with a touch of spritzer. Earthy. Hay and some pale malt in the back. So much grape in a tart, white wine, way. Floral.

Mouthfeel: Minimal carbonation. Body runs medium with a push toward light. Smooth and dry at the same time.

Overall: Loon hunting season is open.

Nice soft fruitiness with the Cantillon funk. Yet another beer that I need more of and will never see. Time machines are coming right?

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Photo of cfrances33
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle, shared at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury. Poured into a snifter.

Pour: A mostly clear yellow orange, with a finger of fizzy white head. The head somehow manages to hang around for most of the glass, and leaves a little lacing.

Smell: Big funky Cantillon lambic base up front, followed by some white grape must and oak. Lots of lactic character, and some light breadyness.

Taste: Big lactic white grapes up front, and some sour lemon juice. Quite a bit of barnyard funk, and some bready sweetness. Finishes sour with lactic lemons and grapes.

Mouthfeel: Really nice prickly sourness, and the carb is perfect. Not puckering at all. Really drinkable.

Overall: I didn't think I'd like this more than St. Lam, and I definitely do. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was over a year old when I bought it but that only seems to make it more tart and almost austere at times. I love a good lambic since it shows the real limit of beer at the sour end; this is a 5% ABV that is extreme in the way it takes funky yeast flavours, fino sherry flavours and at times a taste like an old Normandy Cider combined with a bracing tartness. One of the most intense lambics I have ever had but still totally drinkable and very complex for the style.

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Photo of Etan
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, bottled 11/2011, into a Cantillon flute.

A: Pours a clearish straw color with a good white head.

S: Lots of slightly juicy and sweet white grapes, musty sourness, hay, a bit of pleasant cheesy funk.

T: Very fruity in the taste as well, with plenty of white grape notes that give an almost apricot-like tartness to the beer. Lactic, tart grape skin, moderately puckering acidity.

M Light-bodied with slight carbonation.

O: This tastes great. St. Lamvinus is more complex, but the fruit character in this is really cool.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color. Not a ton of carbonation in this beer, or head. What head there is is pure white and reduces to a small ring around the edges of the glass.

Smell: Pale fruit scents - apples and white grapes - come to mind. Quite a bit of tartness and sour shows up, but overall a pretty juicy smell for a Cantillon.

Taste: Some pale fruit flavors show up front, but mostly just lemon tartness and sour notes. Much drier with less fruit notes than are on the nose. Good.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied, low carbonation, probably a bit too low for the style. Overall though, another nice sour from cantillon.

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Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 750.

Appearance. Pours a pretty much clear apple-juice gold with a thin white head.

Smell. Sour lemons, earthy and musty funk, some sweet green and red apples, and just a bit of white wine.

Taste. Sour lemon juice, a little white wine again adding just a touch of sweetness. Not getting much else, but it's very nice.

Mouthfeel. Just above light in body, low carbonation. Seems just a little bit thin.

Overall. Not my favorite of the Cantillon I've tried, but love the style and could drink this all the time.

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Photo of Tnudish
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First beer poured for my 28th birthday. What better way to reward yourself for making it another year on this planet than with Cantillon?

A-Vigneronne pours a hazy golden orange, with a fingers of soapy looking white head.

S- Nose is all muscat grapes and it is spectacular....probably the highlight of the beer for me. White wine and grape skin with some hints of lemon and just the slightest acetobacter.

T-Muscat/white wine grapes arent as prominent in the flavor, but they are still one of the main themes. It’s focused particularly on the grape skin and lemony lactic acidity.

M-Mouthfeel is light, carbonation is low to moderate, good sharp acidity, and a moderate finish.

O-Another great fruit lambic from Cantillon. Having had this a few times, I think I actually prefer it aged as opposed to fresh. It loses some of the gentle grape character as it ages, but it becomes incredibly more sour.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head that recedes quickly only leaving a very thin ring of white on top. Lacing forms and is gone very quickly from the sides of the glass.

S: Definitely get the muscat grapes, green grapes, some lemon and citrus mixed with a little mustiness. Definitely a tartness as well.

T: Definitely reminds me of white wine with some of the white grape flavors up front. This transitions to a bit more of a tart citrus flavor in the middle with some lemon and a little green apple, very tangy.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Another fantastic beer from Cantillon, I just can't get enough.

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Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
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