Saint Lamvinus
Brasserie Cantillon

Saint LamvinusSaint Lamvinus
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From:
Brasserie Cantillon
 
Belgium
Style:
Fruit Lambic
Ranked #4
ABV:
7%
Score:
100
Ranked #109
Avg:
4.54 | pDev: 7.49%
Reviews:
511
Ratings:
1,779
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 01, 2022
Added:
Mar 20, 2003
Wants:
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Gots:
  467
SCORE
100
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Saint LamvinusSaint Lamvinus
Notes: Everyone knows some of our best friends are wine growers from the Libourne region in France, more specifically those who make Saint Emillion and Pomerol. They respect the tradition and let their wine ferment in a natural way.

Fermentation, origin and vintage are still kept up.

Our collaboration resulted in a product uniting the best of their wine and of our beer : the Saint-Lamvinus.

The grapes, of the merlot and cabernet-franc varieties, are soaked in Bordeaux barrels containing two to three years old lambic. The beer is not blended before the bottling. The foam is caused by the addition of a liquor which starts the fermentation.
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Rated: 4.86 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Oct 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by Boone757 from Virginia

Sep 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Armsby Abby

Great red counterpoint to Vigneronne. Huge barnyard funk in the aromas with a bit of red wine coming through in the back. Tart, tannic, and winey in the flavors. Maybe a bit vinegar-y, but that's how it is with Cantillon. Basically the liquid equivalent of farmhouse cheese

86/100
Sep 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
(~5 oz tiny snifter draft pour at Monk's for Zwanze Day 2022... review copied from scant notes taken on my phone)

band aid, plum powder, malty, lipsmacky, fuller bodied

what I can add from memory: for me, this is the one from that first flight that had the most personality, and I think my drinking buddy would agree, he being a luster of red wine... I believe this beer poured near brilliantly clear, making its reddish-purple hue more vibrant and alluring, mwahaha... its slight phenolic note definitely hits first and firm, while its fruity flavors take a few moments to surface... the 'plum' flavor for me wasn't so much fresh fruit as it was a ghostly concentrate essence of floral fruity aromatics, lingering in the background... would love to try it again from a bottle (2039)
Sep 26, 2022
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a rich, deep purple, brief pink head that settles to a thin ring, light lacing. Taste is tart fruit up front, balanced by a mild, noble hop character (mushroom, earth, grass); lots of lingering oak barrel character as well. Feel is crisp and clean. A very good expression of both grape and barrel without letting these elements overwhelm.
Sep 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Armsby Abbey

Welp, I inadvertently ended up here for Zwanze Day! I was at a show right down the road at Palladium and figured I’d come here after, only to find some true whales of mine. It’s finally time to see what their grape Lambic

Pours a clear reddish purple with a finger of light pink head that fades to a ring and leaves minimal lacing

It’s quite soft in the nose, but there’s still the requisite funk. I’m picking up on aromas of red wine vinegar, lemon juice, wheat bread, wet hay, stone, and sharp oak

There’s more bite to it in taste, but conversely less grape. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting wildflower honey, lemon juice, straw, apple skin, red grape, light toasted oak, and a hint of cherry. The swallow brings notes of lemon zest, wet hay, sharp oak, red wine vinegar, crabapple, light blueberry, and pear skin

A medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a sharp beer. Finishes bone dry and tart

Damn, this is awesome stuff. Not quite on par with Fou Foune, but it’s always nice to try Cantillon
Sep 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.35 by o29 from Texas

Sep 24, 2022
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Rated by 5toutman75 from Illinois

4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
2019 bottle

Consumed 8/12/22

I love the funk and balance of tartness and dryness. A superb fruited lambic.
Aug 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.36 by beersgud from Kansas

Aug 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.6 by Jkolls from Ohio

Jul 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.65 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Jun 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.53 by Affinity from Missouri

Jun 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.31 by folkstar from Rhode Island

May 22, 2022
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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Bevis Maun is drinking a Saint Lamvinus by Brasserie Cantillon at Café Beermoth

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May 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by scottyshades from Florida

Apr 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4.44 by jhavs from New York

Feb 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.74 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Feb 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.44 by AD17 from New Jersey

Feb 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by shigg85 from Japan

Dec 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.64 by Samdaddy from Massachusetts

Nov 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.62 by santig0nzalez from Paraguay

Nov 02, 2021
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Rated by Dadthew from New York

4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Magic is better but this is great
Sep 29, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by kblomseth from California

Aug 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.53 by sd123 from Georgia

Aug 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.76 by WormGod from New York

Aug 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.79 by HOPTOMIC_BOMB from California

Jun 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.96 by JAWS from New York

May 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.42 by kreg02 from Illinois

Apr 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.11/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle, RBESG 2005, Grand Tasting. Cloudy reddish colour with brownish tones. Intense barnyard and "fruits of the forest" aroma. Intensely sour flavour, lemons with notes of raspberries and blackcurrants. Overpowering and delightful at the same time.
Mar 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.58 by goleeoh from Michigan

Mar 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.96 by fromthewood1 from California

Feb 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 02, 2021
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Reviewed by Kahzaar from Sweden

4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
L: Light maroon coloured with a one finger white, lively head.
S: Funky hay, red grape skins.
T: Deep flavour of red grapes. Some wood, tart finish.
F: Lively carbonation. Crisp.
O: Great showcase of grapes in a lambic.
Jan 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.03 by EasternIsh from California

Jan 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by teepeevee from Finland

Jan 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.75 by MrSwingKing from Denmark

Jan 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.29 by SG_H44 from Korea (South)

Jan 01, 2021
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Rated by Bandfresno from California

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Amazing beer, always a pleasure.
Dec 31, 2020
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
2019 Vintage - poured into a wine stem at 45°F.

Pours a bright, translucent ruby stone red, with half a finger of pinkish-white head forming, and then immediately settling to a thin collar. Simple, but very pretty.

Nose: Soft grainy base, with raw wheat and dusty grain silo, beneath a very bright, vibrant fruit layer. This isn't deep, saturated, sweet grape, but young, fresh, and juicy. Some underlying jammy notes of red currant, blackberry, raspberry, peak through, with a deeper red wine note coming in and out of focus. Some gooseberry, pear, and lemon notes lend brightness and fruity acidity atop a very restrained, young funk presence, with hay, stable, leather, wet oak, petrichor, grass, and topsoil.

Palate: Saint Lamvinus greets the palate with a mildly tart spark, paired perfectly with a thread of sweetness. I believe both the grain *and* the fruit are lending some sugars here. Bright, yet musty grape, with a touch of red berries, abd then the brighter notes emerge, showcasing lemon, gooseberry, white grape, and unripe stone fruit. With this, the tartness increasing, becoming fully dry, with high minerality opening the door for classic Cantillon funk - sea shells, salty air, old wet oak, hay, damp soil, and an almost brie/bloomy rind neutral musty note. Some significant oak tannins emerge, alongside a subtle, tonic-like bitterness. Tartness disappears, finishing with red wine cask, grape skin, and grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel/Body: This seems to have found its sweet spot, with 7% ABV balancing between enough grain to lend presence, but not enough to advance from the background. Delicate and fluid, but enough body to lend a softness. Effervescence is extremely fine and gentle, but still fairly fizzy. Not puckering - tartness is kept in check, and allows for a progression of dryness. Balanced tannins.

Overall: A delicate, expressive, and definitively Cantillon Cantillon. The grape presence appears simple at first, but unfurls with some subtle but complex depth, pairing with just the right amount of complimentary funk. The subtle suggestion of sweetness is beautiful, and the lambic proceeds with these little "chapters" of flavour. Remarkably balanced and approachable, with an elegant simplicity.
Dec 25, 2020
Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 2290 ratings