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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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Reviews: 309 | Ratings: 1,277
Photo of twelvsies
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bottle is about a year old I'm guessing, maybe more. A mellow golden straw color, barely cloudy and traces of the slightest carbonation. Smells of lemon, hay fields, and wet funk. Sourness is there but very subdued and mellow, allowing lots of flavor to flood the senses. A tart apple and grapeskin main character, juicy citrus and rind, and a load of barn funk. Real nice and funky, wild. This is technically a fruit lambic and the white grape is surely there, but this is an awful lot like a nice gueuze, just mellower. The mouthfeel is so, so soft. Not bold and brash at all like some Cantillon can be, really unique in that way. I would love to see what a bit more age would do for this beer. A real standout even in the already top notch line of beers from Cantillon.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml acquired in trade. Bottled 2011. Consumed on 9/15/2013.

Pours a golden apricot color, hazy, with traditional looking head for the style. Looks beautiful with the sun shining through.

The aroma on this shows big standard gueuze whiffs of lemon peal, apple, apricot, lime, and hints of funk. Also coming through is some white, not like Chardonnay, but lighter and delicate, as well as raspberry and some floral notes.

On the palate you get lemon meringue, apricot, and white grapes. That's it! But it's still pretty close to fridge temperatures so I'm sure more flavors will rear their heads as it warms. This definitely sour, more so than say the classic gueuze, but I'm sure the two years age on it has added to the pucker. As it warms, funky/musty characters come out as well as deeper fruit flavors of pineapple and nectarine.

The mouthfeel on this is pretty traditional for a gueuze and the addition of muscat grapes hasn't changed it much. If anything perhaps a bit heavier but barely noticeable.

Overall I can say that this is worldclass and proof why American breweries are still playing catch up in both fruit based sours and traditional spontaneous fermentation examples. The grapes have made for a much brighter beer and fruitier style gueuze. This is a perfect beer to enjoy in the warm and lush green outdoors. It's VIBRANT.
Flaws? I can't seem to find any other than if this was a notch less sour it would be undeniably perfect.

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Photo of marcpal
3.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Monks, poured into thin tall glass.

A: Very light yellow that has virtually no head and not much lacing. Expremely pale coloring.

N: Much more like wine and vinegar than anything else. Funky and tart.

T: Strong tartnesss, citrusy sourness. Grape wine flavors and reminded me of currant vodka in the upfront flavors in the breath of the taste. The sweetness picked up through the beer and wine flavors became stronger.

M: Extremely light, not crisp but sticky.

D: Not overly sweet but not as good as I was hoping. Worth a try but not much more than that. Other Cantillons are better for sure.

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

(From notes)

A - Darker, but vibrant orange color; poured with no head whatsoever

S - Lightly vinegary; vinous; citric; tart; skunky like grape aroma

T - Tart and vinegary at fist with plenty of acidity; very wine-like from the muscat grapes; dried fruit finish

M - Thinner, nearly no carbonation

D - Nice enough, but not the most drinkable I've had in the style or even from Cantillon, but still damn good

Overall, enjoyable and interesting and certainly worth a look.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Poured a simple golden yellow without no head,

Smell: The smell is of grapes and some hints of spices. A hint of oak is also detectable.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is such a simple, beautiful grape taste. The simplicity of this beer is what makes it so wonderful. There are subtle coimplexities, but they aren't the focus. The focus is on the wonderful grape flavor that is full and incredibly thirst quenching.

Drinkability and Overall: This is easily the best lambic I've ever had. It's absolutely brilliant. The grape flavor is so real and so damn tasty. I'm in love with this beer, and I wish I could drink it all night. One of the best.

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Photo of Higravity
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1996 bottle that has lost none of it's agressiveness. It may have been sleeping but many did it wake up my tongue.

Cloudy straw color some white head but mostly just bubble sitting on top. Funky but fruity and I really like way it gets my mouth anticipating the sour brett. As always the first sip is a wake-up call to the tongue. This is enjoyable but becomes more rewarding with each sip. White grape juice and a hint of sulfur in the kick help round out the sourness. Nice and light in the mouth and ever refreshing.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 vintage

Appearance: A darker shade of peach, sort of like apricot juice. Like most lambics, head is pretty much non-existent.

Smell: An old French farmhouse, filled with hay, the shingles are a little old, the rain slowly drips in. A few tired old work horses, their heavy leather saddles hung on the support beams for the night.

Taste: Acidity is a much more tame than the Foufoune that blew me away minutes before, it still had that great musty Cantillon flavor, the usual lively carbonation was a bit more subdued, odd since this bottle is relatively young. Aftertaste was also a little less intense, not as drying. A great Beer for sure, just not at the level of some of the others, IMHO.

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

It comes in a 750 ml bottle with an interesting label adorned with grapes, grains, hops, and what appears to be the Star of David. The Cantillon web site explains that the star is actually a symbol of the various stages of the brewing process. The bottle is capped and corked. After the cork came out without even a slight pop, I was a bit concerned. My worry, however, was assuaged when the beer poured into the glass with an abundance of champagne-like carbonation and a healthy white head.

The beer is a slightly hazy gold. The smell is quite complex, with notes of apple, wet hay, and the muscatel grapes used in brewing, but the smell only hints at the tartness encountered in the taste. The first sip immediately causes the mouth to pucker. It is so dry that it almost seems to disappear immediately upon hitting the tongue. This one is certainly interesting enough to encourage me to continue in my gueuze education.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had two glasses of this at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver.

A- Pours an orange, gold hue. Very similar to a peach crayon you find in 64 crayon Crayola Box. Produces a fingers width of white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S- Nothing overpowering, yet semi-complex. I'm getting a nice cornucopia of sour apples, oak, and grape skins. Would have been rated higher if it was more potent.

T- Damn was this delicious. Had a nice subtle sourness with a complimentary oak flavor. Also in the mix was sour apple and various fruits. What I really appreciated about this beer is that it was sour just to the right point so that it was not overdone.

M- Well carbonated and light to medium bodied.

D- The fact that the sourness wasn't overbearing really made this drinkable. Probably one of the most drinkable sours I have had in a long time, and I have had my fair share of sours.

Overall, really glad to see this is on tap. Haven't really had the chance to have many Cantillons on-tap, but this was well worth it.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hey, hey, it's my 200th beer review on BA and I've brought out the Vigneronne that biegaman brought me back from Belgium in the late summer of 2007 - how appropriate for a wine guy!

The cork came out with only a slight tug on the corkscrew and seemed under no particular pressure, cork read 2004. Poured slowly into a Corsendonk glass, this was a light honey - light apricot colour, clear but a bit murky with very low carbonation, no head. I almost wrote no carbonation but on second look, there are lots of bubbles stuck on the sides of the glass.

The smell is feint sour fruit. The taste is sharp and tart but pleasant. The dryness of the Italian Muscat grapes from which it was made comes through but with the tart funkiness typical, or so I'm lead to believe, of the lambic style. I've dabbled with a few lambics but none compares to this - superb clean tasting with a sourness and tartness that do not offend but attract the drinker to imbibe a bit more and a bit more ... and a bit more! When one thinks of a sour fruit, lemon naturally comes to mind, but this is more like a lemon meringue pie with a tasty deliciousness that is easy to savour yet hard to imitate. Yup, this is the real thing and until you've had it, it's hard to describe how unique it is and deserving of its' reputation. Thanks, Jan, and get your self back to Belgium soon, I dig sharing those souvenirs you bring back!

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle at Monks Cafe Bottled (Nov 23 2012)

A- Dark Golden hay color, minimal head, nice bubbles stuck to the side of the glass
S- The aroma is amazing, classic funky Cantillon aroma, but more subtle than most Cantillon that i've had. Sour lemon, sour white grape notes, malt comes out as well, nice musky notes.
T- The taste is delicious, so refreshing, very easy to drink for being sour and puckering. Sour lemon, white grape, barnyard funk.
M- Light/medium mouthfeel, clean drinking, dry finish, well carbonated.
O- I have yet to have a Cantillon beer that i've had any problems with, always delicious, always satisfying, this beer is no exception.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer came to me a VERY hazy golden color with no head at all. Lacing was present but minimal.

Smell: Huge hints of citrus and banyard funk.

Taste: Amazing taste. The hints of lemon along with a wonderful funky sourness. This also had an amazing sweetness to it. Almost a little too sweet.

Mouthfeel:Medium body with low carbonation.

Overall: An amazingly unigue beer that I am happy to been able to try. Thanks to Polly at Avenue Pub for bringing this one in. Not one of Cantillon's best beers but still a good one. At $9 for 10 oz considering the rarity of this beer not a bad price either!

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Photo of Soonami
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for ThoreauLikeAGirl for sharing a bottle of 2009 Vigneronne.

This beer is a hazy tan with a good bit of carbonation and fluffy head. The beer smells smokey and meaty with a good bit of funk. There is lots of tart lemon, and grapeskin in the finish. A little horsey with dry bitter mineral finish. The beer is light and dances on your tongue.

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Photo of BierReise
3.15/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and capped. No freshness date Pours a clear and initially sparkling gold that quieted down quickly leaving no head and a few tiny bubbles behind. Aroma is yeasty and fruity with grapes in the mix as well as a musty cellar funk. Mouthfeel is highly effervescent and crisp with a tart and dry finish. Flavor is sour and tart like a wine cooler with grapes providing most of the flavor. Not the best Lambic but not a drain pour either.

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Photo of badbeer
3.72/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murky yellow color with very little head. Aroma was sour, similar to vinegar (surprise surprise), and had a bit of astringency similar to grape skins. Tasted like sour, dry, grape skins and a bit of other funk. Light body and very little carbonation. This beer was on tap at the Maduro. I think I like it better than my score indicates, but it is what it is.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Photo of csmiley
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very bright gold color with a hefty amount of clarity. The white head comes to about one finger in height before receding fairly quick to almost nothing. Lacing is minimal. Some active carbonation just keeps going and going, giving the beer a shimmer when held to the light.

S - The aroma has a serious dose of funk going on. Notes of old wet hay and barnyard animals through and through. Some wood comes through in the background and stays pretty much out of the way. Surprisingly the fruit seems to take a back seat with a little green apple with some grape goodness mixed in as well. Aroma is well done overall.

T - Taste is also just a blast of funk with other flavors that seem to be just thrown in as an afterthought. More old wet hay and farm animals dominate. This one is very tart. Some white grape comes and goes throughout. Some cedar and green apple show up midway. There is almost a sweeter honey type flavor on the very end. Alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with a healthy and active carbonation level. Finish is tart and just never goes away.

D - Drinkability is pretty good for the Vigneronne. You would think the moderate alcohol level would make this one go down quite easy but there are too many strong tasty flavors here to savor. It's a big tart beer that keeps beating around the palate until it screams uncle. Abv is completely hidden behind everything else that is going on here. Honestly, we have another winner from Cantillon. Definitely recommended..

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A warm orange color with medium carbonation. No head due to the acidity.

Acetic and lactic in aroma. Gentle fruit aromas. Very little funk.

Brite and crisp on the pallate. Slightly fruity. Somewhat complex with notes of hay and grapes.

Light and crisp.

Well rounded, gentle complexity, very crisp finish.

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Photo of blakesell
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from corked capped 750ml bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled Oct '06.

Appearance- Pours a hazy yellow almost like a hefe but with strange off-coloured swirls moving around with a black particle that got in there for good measure. Head is fine like Sprite and quickly dissapates but has suprisingly more carbonation than expected from Cantillon.

Smell- Sharp barnyard sourness with a strong Vigneronne grape bite a lemonady scent also jumps to the nose.

Taste- Sharp tartness and lemons with a strange winelike texture that gives the beer more complexity. Belgian sweet/sourness lingers forever after the swallow.

Mouthfeel- It just improves as it goes along, medium light bodied with good percived carbonation, but there really isn't much carbonation there at all.

Drinkability- As Cantillon is not for everyone, I would expect this drinkability to be much less for others, but for me this is amazingly drinkable and thus far is my favourite of all the Cantillon's.

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Photo of kenito799
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10 oz pour at Memphis Tap Room, Fishington, Philly.

So wonderful to have a chance to drink a Cantillon brew on tap. Pale rose-tinted golden brew, no head to speak of, in keeping with the style. A Champagne-type fine-bubbled carbonation. Aroma of lovely tart funkiness, characteristic Cantillon vinegar-brett aromas. Love the tart flavor from the first sip...fairly mild when compared to other Cantillon offerings, very drinkable, with a lightly grapey finish. Excellent aperitif, could easily drink a lot more with a meal.

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Photo of bcp5296d
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 cork. Medium tartness, tons of white grape, moderate funk, the most well balanced white grape beer I've had. I'd imagine this is the standard. Not sure how it could be any better.

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

750ml, bottled 2007, poured in a big wine glass at 56 F/ 13 C.

Striking bright golden color with a bit of haze, minimal white head that eventually disappears entirely, no lace.

Very tart aroma, like sourdough. White grapes are certainly there, but I wouldn't have identified them immediately (or maybe ever) if the label hadn't clued me in. Some flowers, honey, tart peach and apricot, a bit of vinegar, and just a touch of overripe/almost-rotten fruit funk, in a good way.

Tastes quite sour, with just a smidgen of sweetness that manages to balance it out. Tasty fruit, along the lines of stone fruits and white grapes. The fruitiness isn't intense, but it's right out in front, there's not much else going on except a good dose of acidity. Those two elements are well integrated and complementary, so it works well. Some very mild bitterness, barely discernible.

Nice tiny bubbles; soft cushy carbonation along with the prickliness of the acidity, like the two sides of some Velcro getting freaky with each other. Quite refreshing, and the more I drink this and become acclimated to the acidity, the more refreshing and enjoyable it becomes.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle, split with akorsak and Phatz.

A - Poured a cloudy pear color with a small head that left a good lacing around the glass the whole way down.

S - Difficult to put a finger on it, but without making it sound putrid, smells almost stale on a powerful grape backbone.

T - Tartness is almost overwhelming...be warned in advance. I can say that for the style, the mixture of sour grapes and acidic citrus/spice works very well. It's not quite my style of choice by any means, but the sourness is appropriate for the lambic.

M - Medium-to-light body that remained bubbly with a crisp finish.

D - Again, it's not my forte, so it's hard for me to be completely unbiased...haven't had many from this style, but it definitely fits. It seems like much more of an acquired taste than I am used to.

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Photo of Jon
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 Vintage.

Hazed golden peach color, finding its way to a murky cider hue after the fizzy white head quickly fades. Oaky, vanilla notes play second fiddle to grassy, citrus notes and the ubiquitous musty, acidic nose that is distinctly Cantillon. Tart lemon and citrus flavor is most dominant, though the sugars from the Muscat grapes play a minor role around mid-bottle, creating a mildly sweet-and-sour effect. The sour notes, however, are most evident. Light-to-medium bodied with medium carbonation and a lightly effervescent mouthfeel. Very refreshing and drinkable. Overall, I can't say I detected too much of the Muscat grapes except for perhaps a little of their inherent sugars along the way. Not my favorite of all the Cantillon lambics (that's not saying too much, as I adore this brewery), but still a top-notch creation as would be expected.

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Photo of Auracom
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Jeff. 4-5 oz. poured in an FFF Rastal on August 17th, 2012.

A - Look almost identical to what I recall from the Classic Gueuze. Murky-yellow coloring. Virtually no head to speak of.

S - Plentiful white grape skins, dry grassy and spring notes, and a bit of lemon vinegar.

T - Considerably less sour than Classic. The muscat grapes are quite unique, the taste is soft and subtle through rear-palate. it is well balanced throughout.

M - Light body, appropriate carbonation, dry finish.

D - Among the most drinkable of Cantillons I've had so far because the sourness isn't absurd yet the flavor is still inviting.

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