Saint Lamvinus
Brasserie Cantillon

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Lambic - Fruit
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4.57 | pDev: 7.44%
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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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Sigmund from Norway

4.11/5  rDev -10.1%
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
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Kahzaar from Sweden

4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
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
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
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
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2019, poured into a flute

A- A slightly hazy reddish purple with a small pink head.

S- Sour, red wine grapes, barnyard funk, oak.

T- Tart, red wine grapes, hints of berries, tannins, oak, nice barnyard funk.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- A very well balanced lambic and the grapes work very well in this.

Jul 05, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

January 1st, 2016 - I'm feasting on the 2010 addition of this bottle, and it is a European treat, with a barnyard smell that is appealing even if it is a little feral. It has a rich, fecund, manure scent with horse blanket and soil. At last, after seeing these descriptors attached to wine and cheese and other delicacies I can see why animal poop can be something nice on a beer's bouquet. And the beer surprises again with the first taste, and an incredibly well crafted sourness, with any excessiveness acid trimmed and leaving a brilliant profile. It hints and teases at sweetness, but falls just short, instead offering tartaric tang. Brilliance in a bottle, with a side of horse.

Mar 17, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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!

Jan 19, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

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.

Jan 12, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

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

Dec 01, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

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.

Nov 01, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

Sep 08, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

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.

Aug 22, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

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.

Jul 14, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

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.

Jun 07, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

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.

Apr 29, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

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.

Apr 15, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

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.

Mar 25, 2019
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 02, 2019
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Benish from Wisconsin

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.

Apr 10, 2018
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unclejazz from New York

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?

Apr 08, 2018
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

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.

Mar 04, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

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.

Dec 25, 2017
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Futbolmanby from Michigan

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.

Nov 06, 2017
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Amguerra305 from Florida

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.

Oct 27, 2017
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alos31 from Massachusetts

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.

Oct 02, 2017
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superspak from North Carolina

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.

Sep 30, 2017
Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 2268 ratings