Saint Lamvinus
Brasserie Cantillon

Saint LamvinusSaint Lamvinus
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Style:
Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #4
ABV:
7%
Score:
100
Ranked #80
Avg:
4.57 | pDev: 7.44%
Reviews:
501
Ratings:
2,235
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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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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from @2beerdogs in NBS BIF #10. Reviewed 1/19/20. Thanks Derek!
Faintly stamped on rear label “2018”. A more legible dating is found on the cork which broke when being pulled. The end of the cork exposed to the lambic was stained opera mauve. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 57 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Mauve, clear.
Body – Garnet, translucent. When held to direct light, cardinal red and clear.
Head – Gone by the end of the pour. A single tiny bubble-wide crown and no cap remain.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4 – Initially a very fruity grape odor which fades into a weak vinous fragrance.
Flavor – 4 – Begins slightly bitter with subdued grape flavor. Ends slightly dry with a bit of pink grapefruit aftertaste on the tongue. Not sure if the bitterness is from the grapes used, the lambic process, or some tannins from the barrels – it’s more of a background teeth-squeaking thing. No alcohol (7 % ABV as marked on label) aroma or flavor. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 – Medium, watery, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.5. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. I love the color. Where I live, concord grapes rule, and I’m not a wine drinker (except for an occasional bottle or three of tawny port), so beer based on Merlot grapes are somewhat of a novelty. Now, I think it’s time to start seeking more Saint Lamvinus. Thanks Derek – I needed a new quest!

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep, dark ruby red coloration with a small, fizzy head that fades to a thin ring around the glass almost instantly, with very slightly visible carbonation. Smell is quite dominated by a lovely tart red grape aroma, with milder notes of blue cheese funk and musty oak, as well as just a hint of red berries and mild tannins. Taste is an excellent balance of quite vibrant, slightly tart red grapes, some light blue cheese funk and a distinct, mildly tannic, musty oak presence, as well as subtle hints of red berries, lemon peel and balsamic vinegar. Finishes quite dry, with a light tartness and some red grapes and musty oak lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth, effervescent mouthfeel with a medium body and medium/strong carbonation.

While the sour and funky notes are a lot more subtle here than I expected, this really makes up for that with an absolutely sublime balance of vibrant fruit character, strong oak presence and funky highlights, while also displaying quite a dry body rounded out by a light sweetness. The red grape and berry notes, as well as mildly tannic, musty oak lends a certain vinous quality to this that is quite pleasant and also enrichens this with a certain depth, while still remaining quite refreshing and easily drinkable at the same time. A superb Lambic overall, that is perhaps not quite as rich and complex as other examples of the style, but makes up for that with a subtle, nuanced balance that is absolutely sublime.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.75/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

De Tercertiempocervezas. Version 2018. En copa Teku. Viendo El Hombre en el Castillo 2x01-02. Con turron suchard y galletas tostarica. Una acidez mas comedida y soportable que en otras cantillon pero no dice mucho, apenas tiene interes. Las uvas no se notan casi nada

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Photo of stevoj
4.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Toby at de Garde anniversary event. Ruby colored pour, light pink head. Sweet, funky aroma. Grape-y taste, yeasty funk, medium tart. Hits all the right marks.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage; drank 2/4/17 @ Golgi Apparatus.

Opaque pink/purple appearance.

Minimal off-white head; no lace.

Tart plum, mineral water, raspberry & faint marshmallow notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Raspberry, dark cherry & marshmallow flavors up front; tart plum notes on the finish.

Delicious, interesting & overall top notch.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared bottle at Akkurat in Stockholm.

Pours a deep red with soft, pink foam.

Smell is funky and vinous, with notes of red grapes, raspberries and a hint of manure.

Taste is sour and dry, vinous and funky with notes of grapes, grapes skins, lemon and a dash of vinegar. Very balanced acidity, and drinks as much as red wine as lambic.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium, dry and well carbonated.

Overall, a great lambic, a gateway between beer and wine.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus, 7% ABV. Pours a beautiful deep red, with a one finger pinkish head that dissipated while I got a good picture, leaving no lacing. Nose is light grape and wine. Taste is dry wine with some tartness, and not much bitterness or funk. Feel is decent, good carbonation and dry. Overall excellent. I know this is highly rated, but I'm not loving it.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Between wine and beer, this one is the least funky brew I've had from Cantillon. Pungeant notes of merlot are present. The lambic is present to balance the whole but never dominates the beverage.
Quite unique. Perfectly mastered.

More and more I drink this beer (I've had multiple times from a bottle) more I love it. Just sublime.

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Photo of Buck89
4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this outside and it had a striking bright red color with a wispy pink head. Aroma was fresh cherries mixed with barnyard funk. The taste featured slightly tart cherries with red grapes, hay, leather, some bleu cheese, and funk. A nice long red-wine finish. Light-to-medium bodied and extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is indeed a great Belgian Lambic. It might be the best Lambic I've ever had, but it certainly wasn't easy to get in the states.

Look: semi-clear red with a brown tint and a half inch white slightly pinkish head. The color is very vivid and it looks beautiful.

Aroma: grapes, cherry, red wine

Taste: The flavor is grapes, tart cherry, maybe some grapefruit, red wine, oak, some nice moderate yeast-funkiness. It has a long and pleasant after taste of tart grapes and cherries. It is not too tart.

Body/Overall: despite having a light/medium body and being tart it comes across as creamy and soft. It fills the mouth.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Earthy, wonderfully tart and lightly sour, funky - beautiful pour, lightly effervescent and carbonated. The grapes are pungent and rich in the mouth.

This bottle was a complete surprise at a friend's share - I hadn't even recalled this was on my wish list. It's a great pleasure to tick this one - I think that Fou Foune may still be my "regular" favorite, but St. Lam is tremendous.

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

09/2013 - always a consistently elegant, complex, and just damn delicious lambic; the grape pops everywhere, classic cheesy funk; dope as fuck from beginning through the finish, no matter the vintage.

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Photo of Benish
4.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a non-translucent light purple color - almost like diluted grape juice. Very little head on presentation. The smell is tart, dry and vinous with a whiff of grape skins and oak. Some funk pushing through in the nose. The taste is so balanced and easy to drink. It's tart, dry (not as dry as many of their other fruit lambics), mildly sour with just a slight oak mustiness and notes of fresh grapes skins. While it is an overall dry lambic, there is some sweetness from the grapes that balances out the tartness. It has a medium bodied mouthfeel with just mild acidity, not too harsh. Overall, one of the better Cantillon's I've tried. It really stands out for being well balanced. While it used Merlot grapes, I wouldn't describe the beer having a taste resembling the qualities of Merlot (leathery and dark fruits), however this is a 2014 bottle and it may differ from a fresher version. It does have a nice vinous quality which I assume are from the Merlot grapes.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Soft ripe exotic grape creamy with enough lactic but not too much not yogurt level. Next level blending skills or just right in my wheelhouse. Absolutely reccomend if given the chance to try. Possibly a touch above Fou?

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Cantillon beers I’ve tried. 2016 bottle poured into a stemmed bulb. Pours hazy and pulpy plum purple color. Beautiful color. Aromas of earthy grape and funk. Taste is amazing. The grapes used in this are so unique and just taste so amazing. Earthiness, funk and some hints of red wine. Feel is thick for this style. Drinks with some body. Overall, this is an amazing Lambic and one of the best I’ve had.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear Purple with medium pink fizzy head that recedes immediately. Has medium carbonation.
Smell: Merlot grapes, oak, tart, and cherries.
Taste: Tart, merlot grapes, oak, and a little funk.
Mouthfeel: Light and delicate.
Overall: A good lambic from Cantillon, but I don’t think this lives up to the hype or the price tag.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: thick 1.5 purple red head, color is a clear blood red
Smell: beautiful crisp funk, some oak, cherry and a very powerful merlot.
Taste: clean tart sour is the first impression, as it settles you get oak and a ton of grape
Feel: chewy like a big thick mouth feel and body, medium carbonation and finishes semi dry.

Overall: a very solid merlot based lambic.

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy burgundy with a thin almost pinkish white ring of foam around the edge. The nose is not stellar in this beer. Strong barnyard, but not pleasant like other cantillon beers. A bit vinegary and only hints of the vine. The taste is altogether different from the nose. Very balanced with an ultra sweet middle, mild funk, and clean dry finish. Not really vinous in flavor, more grapeish. Feel is light and effervescent. Overall this beer scares you when you take a whiff but it unexpectedly lives up to the hype in the flavor which has no bearing to the smell. There is a little bit of wine in the nose but approaches more grape.

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Photo of alos31
4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have had several vintages of this and I must say I like it more young. The wine is not overbearing but provides a brightness that is just wonderful. Dark fruit on the nose and palate. Some funk, but not overbearing. It was more like blackberry or jam than wine but this was tasty.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5800th review! 750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/14/2016. Listed at 7% on the label. Cork was wet under the cap, and almost fell apart removing it. Pours lightly hazy ruby reddish orange/pink/purple color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lace that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart plum, apricot, cherry, raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, red grape, fruit skin, lemon, lime, green apple, grapefruit, hay, straw, grass, cork, wood, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, vanilla, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of complexity of fruity/funky/fairly acidic yeast, red grapes, pale malt, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart plum, apricot, cherry, raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, red grape, fruit skin, lemon, lime, green apple, grapefruit, hay, straw, grass, cork, wood, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, vanilla, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness; light fruit tang and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart plum, apricot, cherry, raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, red grape, fruit skin, lemon, lime, green apple, grapefruit, hay, straw, grass, cork, wood, wheat, cracker, light leather/funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/fairly acidic yeast, red grapes, pale malt, and oak barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tartness and tangy/tannic fruit/oak. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, fairly crisp, and acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is an excellent fruit lambic. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/fairly acidic yeast, red grapes, pale malt, and oak barrel flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the modestly lactic/tangy/tannic/drying finish. Well rounded Brett complexity and solid Lacto presence. Perfectly balanced between grapes, oak, and malts. Was expecting way more out of this. Not as much depth in funky complexity, and not as jammy/vinous on fruit character as I wanted. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example otherwise.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Split with Goblinmunkey7 on 8/8/17, review from notes

A: Deep amber with some red and purple at the core - hazy - pours with a medium size, off-white/pink head, fades to a wispy cap, retains a small collar, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Wonderfully sour in a distinctly Cantillon way - sharp and bright, acidic - tart with an awesome amount of funk - some lactic dampness - nicely woody, sharp oak - nice grape aroma, ripe yet gentle grape flesh - light sweetness

T: Gloriously tart and funky - sharp, bright sourness - nice acidity and some damp, lactic notes - bright oak, nicely chewy - really, almost surprisingly excellent amount of grape - grape flesh, not too sweet - funk and some balsamic vinegar - mild sweetness, woody funk finish

M: Medium body, nice acidity, puckering, low carbonation, smooth with chewy wood, lingering funk

O: Sainthood

I've been aware of Saint Lamvnus for many years, but the only time in the past 8 years or so that I've had the opportunity to buy a bottle was a fateful day at Hill Farmstead last year. As with just about every other Cantillon beer, it's fantastic. I hope to have the opportunity again.

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Photo of thebeers
4.2/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Plum purple with a small purple-tinted head that quickly forms a bubbly crown. Light Merlot and barnyard funk in the nose. Delicate fruity taste: cherry, grape, red wine. Modest sourness midpalate. Nice acidic wine barrel finish. Relatively light bodied with low carbonation. Delicious.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage poured from fridge temp but allowed to warm. Pours a ruby pinkish color with surprisingly little carbonation. Cork was a bit deformed and seemed very wet. Smell is out of this world. Vanilla, red grapes, apricot, sour, scrumptious. I get some sweet candy on the nose as well. Taste is amazing - quite a departure from the nose. A quick bitterness springs forward on first taste, but then settles with a sweet finish. The sour isn't overwhelming. Definitely getting grapes, cherries, apricot. Such a nice balance and has amazing mouthfeel. Not too thick, but lingers. Overall, an amazing beer.

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Photo of kitch
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 750ml bottle, bottled on 14th November 2016. Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: It was a very nice lightly cloudy ruby red colour with a two finger pinkish head that dissipated fairly quickly to a settled thin layer with only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Lots of tart red berries, raspberry and strawberry plus grapes and lemon. Nice barrel and oak character with a hint of red wine vinegar and only light funk and barnyard-iness.

Taste: Moderate sourness, cherry, raspberry, strawberry, grape juice and oak with hints of grapefruit and funk.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: With less than a year since bottling, there was lots of really nice fruit flavours bursting out while the funk was quite light. Although this particular bottle was quite young, it also taste great with age. Can’t wait to try more of this wonderful goodness.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.31/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

**
06/11/17

Cinder

Bright Red/purple. Medium white head that lasts.
AROMA: wine, grape, yeast,cranberry raspberry.
TASTE: sour cranberry, wheat, yeast.
FEEL: touch of astringency, but Smooth for a sour. Subtle carbonation.

**

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Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 2235 ratings