Saint Lamvinus
Brasserie Cantillon

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Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #4
Ranked #80
4.57 | pDev: 7.44%
Brasserie Cantillon
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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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's always a pleasure to sit down with such a prized beer. The lure and legendary status of Saint Lamvinus makes is appetizing and intimidating.

The beer bursts with fragrance before it even settles into the tulip glass. A billowing head of light burgundy color rises with an airy and musty quality. Vineous (as merlots should), tart, and acidic notes give a little perk to the brow and a twinge to the jawls- surely sour, astringent, and sharply acidic. Berries, grapes, and plumbs are all represented well in the nose, along with a woodsy, dusty, attic-like, musk that gives the unusual character that only brettanomyaces can.

Much more fruity and less sour to taste as it seemed by the smell. Expansive flavors of vineous merlot wine, but with the body and carbonation of a typical lambic to differentiate it from the true wine character. Again, the tartness of the wild yeasts give the beer a lot more complexity than is usually found in red wines. Berries, grapes, and plumbs dominate with a close back-up of apple cider vinegars and a cork-like wood taste. The musty, dusty, attic-ey notes don't carry over to the taste; just stopping at the nose. Still, a briney-Orval taste brings a somewhat salty-metalic taste that adds complexity rather than distorts it.

The blend of yeasts have cut through the barley malts and reduced them to nearly that of heavier red wines. Still, a mild malt flavor gives a bit of weight, maltiness, and substance to keep it from ultimate thinness. Still, acidic to cut through and residual sweetness. Pleasantly astringent all the way, giving a clean, refreshing tartness that challenges the palate but never overwhelming it.

Ok, the beer falls a bit too far on the wine side of things for me. I appreciate the clean, well-attenuated malt and fruit blends but the beer doesn't leave the malt backbone that I appreciate most. The first sip led me to beleive that this 750 mill. session would be laborous and tiresome but after 45 minutes, the glass is dry. Very drinkable, the beer evaporates on the tongue and leaves a powdery, fruity finish. Understandible why this beer ranks among the best.

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4.03/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy garnet with a soft white, but slightly pink collar.

Funky aroma of brie cheese, light red wine vinegar, and merlot.

Lots of grape in flavor, but also lemon-lime, grapefruit, and brine. Raspberry develops as it warms. It's a little lactic, but overall more acetic, yet it's balanced and very well-made, as I'm not getting any hint of impending acid reflux whatsoever.

Tangy and crisp with a medium to high level of sourness, finishing very dry.

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

Reviewing this from my notes after enjoying with Mrs. LambicP as part of an anniversary celebration a couple months ago. Thanks to great BA F2brewers for hooking me up with this long-time want of mine. Enjoyed out of a green 750 mL bottle with the back label indicating it as a 2013 batch. Poured into a Duvel chalice.

Appearance (4.75) - Pours an enchantingly translucent carmine color with, appropriately, highlights (lowlights?) of merlot and burgundy. On the very edge of the glass, where the density is the lowest and the light is able to pass through the easiest, there is a swath of bright crimson. Atop the body sits a finger of effervescent head that is pinkish off-white. Retention is short-lived, receding to a smattering of bubbles around the glass and on the surface of the liquid. Minor, almost nonexistent lacing.

Smell (4.5) - Initially, the acidity offers the first salvo, rising out of the glass to bring notes of black cherry and merlot grapes to accompany a pleasant woody tannic quality. Wonderfully, the two worlds--wine and lambic--work together in a very pleasing manner. And as it warms, there is that Cantillon "house" funkiness that imparts a complex element of musty cellar.

Taste (4.5) - The taste presents a little more fruit presence, with the acidity from the aroma still present, but softer, allowing the fruity notes to present themselves in a complementary way. Still, that same funkiness and excellent barrel-toned mustiness are present to keep this firmly in the realm of lambic. Like so many Cantillons, it is sour, but not face-meltingly so like some of the up-and-coming American wild ales. There is a healthy balance of acidity and more earthy notes so that it's easy enough to take a full 750 to the dome without having to down a bottle of Tums.

Feel (4.5) Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a drying finish and a nice gentle pucker on the tastebuds.

Overall (4.5), another fantastic showing from Cantillon, and while I can't say it's my favorite offering of theirs, the use of wine grapes really sets it apart and makes this a beer worth having again and again.

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4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà in Rome, Italy. Really good. Dark mysterious purple beer. Smells like Cantillon, grape-heavy. Not too sour, a little sweet. Very fruity. Well done. Bought a bottle of 2015 to take home, I expect that to be a bit better.

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4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Bottled on 2013-10-30.

A: Hazy reddish amber. Medium foam and retention.
S: Raspberry. Figs. Plum. Some farmhouse smells.
T: Raspberry. Grapes. Fig. Medium low sourness. Low bitterness.
M: Medium body. Creamy. High carbonation.
O: Excellent fruit lambic. Complex and pleasant.

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4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer on draft, I was shocked when this was on draft at Churchkey, promptly ordered. Beer was purple and cloudy. Had no head and carbonation was low. There were a few bubbles but they failed to generate any lacing. Looks really interesting, kind of like grape juice.

Aroma is sour, citric with a hint of acetic, perhaps a little lactic in there as well. There is a slight sulfur aroma to it.

Minimal front flavor, beer is light in body. Drinkability high. The tartness gets you, its grapey and slightly sweet but in a sour and sweet sort of way. The flavors develop better on the back palate than the front. Its a great beer. There is not a lot of body to it and there is nearly no carbonation in the mouth. I really enjoyed it.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

had a 2015 of this. Wasn't too funky, had a great smell and perfect look. Taste was pretty good but didn't blow me away after all the hype I was given on it. I'd definitely get it again but I've had others I'd prefer.

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4.51/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

magic. pours raspberry pinky color, a little hazy, with a finger or more of tiny white bubbles stacked together. very very puckery sour nose, lambic funky, plenty of yeast, mouth watering aromas. i smell grape must in there with the tart lemon acidity. the flavor is true to the nose, with the sourness being every bit as intense. almost hurts the jaw its so sour. fruit provides more flavor than sweetness, and this may be the best grape or wine based beer out there. its dryish in the finish, but still mouth watering at the same time. brightly carbonated, very active, which helps to cut through some of the acidity, which is huge. the body is very light, but i dont think id feel good if i drank a whole 750ml bottle of this on my own. the acidity and sourness would turn the stomach. overall though this is awesome stuff from cantillon, one of my favorites ive had from them. the legend grows for me...

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4/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Best before: 12/2012

Pours a nice deep purple/pinkish color with a nice very light pink colored head. (4.0)

Aroma is delicious. Chalky yeast notes with some good fruit tartness. There are some great vinous notes. Wine, wine and more wine notes with some oak in the nose. (4.5)

There are some slight Chardonnay acidity to the brew with some deeper berry notes from the deeper red grapes. I’m not sure what grapes they use but I can pick up on those flavors. Some nice tart berry notes with some good woody notes are present with the great dry fruit tartness. This is a pretty tart lambic but with the addition of grapes there are some slight sugary sweet notes in the background. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with an extremely dry finish. (4.5)(4.0)

Very good lambic. Great vinous notes with tartness and dry tannins. (4.5)

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Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 2234 ratings