Saint Lamvinus
Brasserie Cantillon

Saint LamvinusSaint Lamvinus
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Brasserie Cantillon
Fruit Lambic
Ranked #4
Ranked #120
4.54 | pDev: 7.49%
Oct 01, 2023
Mar 20, 2003
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: 4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois

Oct 01, 2023
Rated: 4.62 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Aug 31, 2023
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Reviewed by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This was drank almost a week ago, at Vítor Claro's home - the winemaker from Portalegre, behind the Dominó and Claro & Ferreira brands.

Trying to review this from the top of my mind.

Poured from the bottle to a stemmed wine glass.

A: The body is dark purple with a light purple, almost pinkish head. Created a generous foam quantity that lasted quite a while before jumping in.
S: The aroma is actually perfect without any overpowering acidity. It's balanced as it is sweet, savory, and acidic to the right point. It's a great beer only by smelling it.
T: It's the taste of heaven. I think that after Fou'Foune, this might be my favorite Cantillon beer. It's perfectly balanced with the sweet notes from the grain and the grapes embracing quite well the light fruitiness, and very light bitterness of aged hops combined with just the right amount of acidity incoming from Brettanomyces. It's really great with nothing to point to as a downside.
M: Body has just the right feel, being light with the cool effervescence and silky tones from the sweetness you can find in this beer. Bitterness is low. Acidity is mild.
O: As said before, this ranks at the top of my favorite beers. Unbelievably good.
Aug 18, 2023
Rated: 4.48 by dan_amdg from Illinois

Aug 11, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by Dgman8053 from New York

Aug 10, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by PprBurke from Virginia

Jul 28, 2023
Rated: 4.92 by CAcker from California

May 11, 2023
Rated: 4.52 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania

May 06, 2023
Rated: 4.4 by abrodsky from Massachusetts

Apr 29, 2023
Rated: 4.42 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Apr 25, 2023
Rated: 4.51 by Original_Gravity from Washington

Mar 06, 2023
Rated: 4.88 by sbrock22 from Rhode Island

Feb 21, 2023
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

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 is all about

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
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