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Cantillon VigneronneCantillon Vigneronne

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Church Key last night. Pricey, but absolutely worth it, much better than any bottle of this I've had.

The pour is a hazy, murky yellow with no real head. I've had better looking beers, but few have smelled better. Just a massive white grape character, fresh, juicy and vinous. The sourness is quite pronounced too with a sharp acidity, mostly lemony, and this works brilliantly with the fruit, making for a vinous beer. Funk is modest with a bit of musty basement and dank earth.
The flavors on the palate are through the roof. There's so much juicy, fruity, white grape character that it's incredible. Like a dry white wine, the fruit character is explosive, but the lack of sweetness makes for a very refreshing beverage. The sourness is quite prominent, surprisingly so, with a big lemon character along with a touch of funk. Medium-light in body with a low level of carbonation, this beer finishes dry and pucking, palate cleansingly so, with a lingering lemon juice and white grape character. Truly phenomenal.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review #600!
750mL corked and capped bottle poured into a stemmed glass. November 5th 2009 on the back label.

(A)- Pours a cloudy apricot orange color. Produced a light layer of white bubbles that subsided quickly. A beautiful looking color though.

(S)- A tart apricot/white grape/ and apple like fruits. Earthy too, with some clay and a hay funkiness. Slightly lactic. I am lovin' the smell on this.

(T)- Pretty much what the smell foretold. A big acidity and sourness up front. The white grape/apricot fruits really shine through in the acidity. A good funk in the middle, but is kept in check by the acidic fruits. A subtle sweetness on the finish.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Very high acidity that lends to a big sourness as well. Good fruits. Despite its acidic strength, it is rather smooth; a subtle sweetness and crisp fruits keeps it at bay.

(D)- When I think Cantillon cannot surprise me any more than they already have, they somehow continue to each time I try something new of theirs. While this is only a year old, the acidic/sour fruits really balance well with the funk and subtle sweetness. This could age for decades because it is so highly acidic, but the fruits really are tasty in this now.

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Photo of Viggo
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to biegaman for bringing this bottle, 2004 vintage!

Pours a clear amber, thin white head forms, settles down to a big bubbled ring around the glass, no lacing. Smell is awesome, socks and barnyard, very acidic, lemony, oak, intense sourness, honey and wheat, white grapes, very complex. Taste is intense, charred oak, lemon, wood, honey, grass, sweet and sour middle, some light fruits, grapes, barnyard funk and acidic finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. Very smooth and definitely interesting. Apparently the white grape brother to Saint Lam, both are excellent! Thanks Jan!

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

The final Canillon in my little "mini-tour" of fine authentic lambics.

Cork says 1998. Little did I know.

Pours with a fizz. A small ivory white head forms atop the hazy light golden body. It fizzles away quickly leaving a miniscule collar. Carbonation looks to be vigorous from appearance. Aroma is quite funky. Love that funky lambic smell. Like a horse stall at the State Fair. But in a good way. There's also lemony, grassy tones on the nose. And just a tad of sweet fruit as well. When the beer hits my tongue, I don't pucker nearly as much as I was expecting. The acidity and tartness seem a bit lower than your typical Cantillon offering, but they ARE there. And quite enjoyable. Funky yeast tastes mingle with musty overatures. Barnyard, Horse Blanket, lemongrass, acetic acid...damn enjoyable. Mouthfeel is lively. Burps burn my nostrils. This is a great sour beer.

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

Bottle split three ways on 7.24.12 between myself, Greg and Jake.

A - Pours a cloudy, golden orange with a white head that clings to the edges.

S - Sweet and almost floral - wild flowers.

T - Sweet white grapes, a subtle smooth funk. It made me think of the Asain Muscat candy.

D - Creamy smooth, subtle with good carbonation and a light body.

O - Sweet and subtle tartness. Cantillon does no wrong.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage procured at the brewery during May of 2013. Pours a dull, orange-gold hue with a hazy clarity. Head is loose and off-white and quickly dissipates into a tight, thin band around the shoulders of the glass. Nose is fantastic - lovely grape aromas with just a suggestion of tartness. Taste expresses quite a bit of fruit, a light tartness and a slightly salty character. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a mild astringency and a residual acidic burn at the back of the throat between quaffs. This beer was delicious and more than I expected. I'm quite amazed at how much I enjoyed and think it may surpass my love of fou' foune. I'd love another bottle for extended cellaring.

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Photo of cbutova
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, stumbled upon a few bottles from December 24, 2008.

A- Pours out murky light orange with an extremely fizzy head that is gone as fast as it appeared. Looks like old juice or a yeast culture. A ring leaves a tiny bit of spotty lace on one pour.

S- Very funky at points with ultra spoiled barnyard going on. Also has oak, slight vinegar and sour white grapes/white wine. Reminds me of a gueuze. I also get apple hints.

T- A white wine influenced gueuze with vinegar and vinous notes. Grapes make an appearance in the finish but not in a big way. Pretty funky and the sour flavor really builds to burn the throat slowly. Yeast is big here.

MF- Sour puckering doom with a burnt back of the throat. Light oily body with solid carbonation.

DB- A solid lambic again but not so fruit(grape/added) forward. Very sour but still enjoyable.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap into a tulip at Local Option.

The beer bours a murky gold with light head, looks like a typical gueze.

The aroma is on the lighter side which is surprising for a lambic, light tartyness not funk dominates. The finish is light oak and grass.

The taste starts off nice, a little sweet on the front then some nice tartness, easy to drink to start. You can really tell they used grapes here as it is very similar to drinking white wine, a pinot grigio and sauvigon blacn. I really liked this beer to start but the more I drank the less I liked it. The finish is very pronounced and gives off a very weird oak/grass almost scotch like finish. Its very distracting, too much alcohol.

The feel is light and warm. It starts off drinkable then fades as the alcohol finish becomes more pronounced.

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

Pours a semi-cloudy golden color with a frothy head that dissipates quickly, leaving a few strands of lace.

Aromas begin with that unmistakable Cantillon, funky Brett yeast aromatics; underneath there is a hint of white grape muscat and vinous oak.

The taste begin with the sourness which is bold and builds from there. There is this sweet white grape flavor underneath that provides an incredible contrast. As it warms you get more of the rustic, hay, barnyard; after the swallow, the sweet white grape flavor becomes a little easier to discern but is still dominated by the sour flavors of citrus pith.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Finish is a contrast between sweet fruitiness and white vinous oaky dryness.

Overall this is a super offering once again from the ever impressive Cantillon. Another winner and a nice change of pace the traditional darker fruited lambics. Definitely with your time and well worth seeking out for fans of the style.

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

750mL bottle (corked and capped) bought for $19.99 at From the Vine in Columbus. It was hazy pale golden color with a thin white film. From the first whiff you know this will be sour, but in addition this has a lot of funky barnyard things going on a la Fantome. The taste is delicious but tart, lemon zest and pith with horse blanket, but most of all bitingly sour. I like it a lot, this is nearly flawless like all Cantillon beers. The mouthfeel is thin yet carbonated and effervescent. This is such a good beer, I think it's best summed up by LongBeachBum in terms of wine, this is Cantillon's "white" to the St.Lamvinus "Red". Absolutely recommended.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A-Cloudy bright orange, one finger head.

S-Oak, mild funk, grapes very musty.

T-Woah. Musty as all hell, in a good way. Then wheat and oak round it out. The balance is perfect. The grape must and wheat is perfect.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-What a beer. The best Cantillon I had that day, perfect balance.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy orange color with a thin and fizzy white head that quickly recedes into a thin ring around the glass. Almost no lacing.

Smells...funky. Huge hits of barnyard funk backed up by tart fruits. It's a bit off-putting at first, but after the second sip I find myself looking forward to it.

Tastes very good. The aroma didn't lead me to believe this beer would make me pucker up as much as it did, but that's certainly the first flavor. After my palate adjusts there are loads of tart fruits that I can't pick out, some funkiness, and underlying hints of grapes that come out after the dry finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness for the style with active carbonation that brings out the flavors.

Drinkability is good - as long as it's not more than a glass. I'm glad I was sharing this with a few people as I don't know if I'd be able to finish an entire bottle myself. This doesn't mean I don't enjoy it, it's just very powerful.

Overall this is my first foray into Cantillon, and it ensures that I will try more. As long as you know what you're getting into this is well worth a shot.

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Photo of champ103
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2007 bottle

A: Pours a hazy golden/yellow color. A very minimal white head forms, and recedes to nothing in a second. Light lace.
S: Barnyard funky yeast up front. Sweet vanilla and oak aromas. White wine, grape tannins, and apple skins. Slightly sour and tart. Really inviting.
T: Funky barnyard yeast up front. A tart and light acidic flavor hits first. Light fruity flavors of lemon zest and grapes.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very crisp and dry. The tart and sour character never takes over. Which makes this a good beer to sip on.

A solid beer from Cantillon. A simple tartness is the dominate flavor. Still an enjoyable beer. Not nearly as sour and acidic as other beers from the brewery. This really is worth a try. Not one of my favorites from the brewery though.

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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 Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I was a bit disappointed in my first “Cantillon” brew, I’m much more expectant of this one as it has a much greater audience amongst the beer reviews I read on a regular basis.
The color a bright orange, the head miniscule and what there is of it vanishes in the blink of an eye, the lace non-existent. Sweet and sour nose, extremely ripe pineapple maybe, musty like and old barn, or a vintage wine cellar for that fact, but not totally without merit this nose. Start is immediately tart with a fruit like sweetness and the top slim in is feel, the acidity stinging, the tartness more than I expected, the aftertaste devastatingly dry.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Suds
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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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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 ArrogantB
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottled 12/24/08, I think it was $18. Orange, still, not many bubbles. It smells pretty great, funky lambic with a taste that follows suit and adds a acidic sourness but muted. It has a kind of syrup quality to the feel, funky. This was an interesting lambic but I'm not sure my palate was up to the challenge as I really didn't taste the muscat grapes other than a faint hint of Diet-Rite white grape soda.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a footed glass at the Mikkeller bar in SF. From notes. Reviewed 10 August 2013.

A: Hazy translucent brown-gold-hay.

S: Generic lambic, but a little sweet. Funky. Wait, I was wrong. The more I sniff, the more dizzying and intoxicating it becomes.

T: Oh wow. This is good. Tart and fruity. Chill and relaxed. Perhaps one of the best sours I've tasted. I like the grapes, I like the funk. I love this beer.

M: Thin, tart, and bright.

O: Highly recommended. Would love to have again. Exceptional.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split at delirium cafe in brussels

appearance: served in srange glassware - lovely label, hazy golden body, very light beige ring - nothing much

smell: classic cantillon - woody, white grape, green apple, funk, citrus

taste: really liked this one - white grape adds really nice vinous characteristics, oak, sour woody notes, green apple. cantillon knocks just about everything out of the park

mouthfeel: great tartness, very active on the palate

drinkability: good

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

On draught at Belmont Station's Puckerfest, served in a flute glass, Vigneronne is a hazy gold with lazy streamers and a thin white collar.

Smell is soft and funky, opening up more as it warms, with a really nice bubblegum note, overall very classic and appealing.

Taste is muted sourness, very clean save for the tartness, a bit fruity, but I'm not sure that I got a distinct grape flavor, at least nothing wine like, just some general sweet fruitiness. Nevertheless, damn good.

Mouthfeel is dry and slick, with a medium light body.

Drinkablity is very good, this a very approachable lambic that is highly recommended for novices to the style. I would have liked more funk, but I assume this barrel isn't aged beyond the brewery.

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

Orange color, whitefoam, just a bit, and quickly falling down.
White grape in the smell, grape skin overall. Lambic notes, and also something cereal.
Again white grapes at the taste, with a definite sourness, clear white wine notes, some almond and white flowers, and the skin of the nuts, too.
Still quite smooth and soft, and full, beside the sourness, probably for the presence of the grape.
Definitely pleasant, and with the strong lambicnotes (leather, etc.) quite attenuated.

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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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Cantillon Vigneronne from Brasserie Cantillon
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