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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus | Brasserie Cantillon

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4.54/5
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2,120 Ratings
Cantillon Saint LamvinusCantillon Saint Lamvinus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by truthbrew on 03-20-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#75
Reviews:
485
Ratings:
2,120
pDev:
7.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -22.9%

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Photo of Jeffo
3.57/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at De Bierkoning in A'dam.

From a 750 into a wine glass
Bottled 21 November 2012
Lambic with merlot grapes

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, looser, fizzy, pinkish-white head with decent retention. Head fades to a ring and wisp. A dark red, carmine color with lots of active carbonation. A ring remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Really fizzy head, but the color is quite beautiful.

SMELL: Some grapes on the nose, with tart lemon, funky notes, oak, and some light acidity. A touch of vinegar. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Grape sweetness and tart lemon sourness up front, with oak and some acidity at the swallow. Bold finish is sour with sweet grapes adding some balance. Lemon tartness, oak, some acidity and light vinegar notes linger nicely. Enjoyable for sure.

PALATE: Medium-light body with medium carbonation for the style. Not quite creamy enough, goes down slightly coarse and finishes dry and puckering. Tart acidity lingers.

OVERALL: This was alright, but the feel kept it from being all it could be. The nose was enticing and there were good flavors in there as well, but a creamier and smoother feel would have helped this be top class. Still, an enjoyale fruit lambic worth checking out for sure. Cheers!

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3.58/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at Falling Rock Tap House during my Denver trip last week. Served in a 750ml bottle ($62) that Roberts and I split. Poured into a snifter. It's bar lighting so hard to nail down the color but looks to be ruby red. Some carb but no lacing. It had a small head that quickly settled to a thin collar.

The aroma was very funky. It was a heavy barnyard/manure smell. Almost smelled like a sewage plant on a hot day. Not saying that to slam it but it was that funky and had that distinct an aroma. Was a bit off-putting. Roberts disagreed with me on the aroma and didn't get the sewer smell. We pretty agreed on every other beer that weekend so odd that we were so off on this one. I couldn't get past the sewage connotation so really impacted the aroma score for me. The taste fortunately didn't taste anything like the smell. It was moderately sour and had a light finish. Was expecting more from it. The mouthfeel had a good carb tickle.

Overall, it was a good but not great and not a top 100 in my opinion. For the price ($62), it was definitely not worth it. Wouldn't mind trying again to see if we had a bad bottle or something but only if someone else is paying ;-). Can't really recommend unless you can get a free taste of it.

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3.64/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Probably my least favorite Cantillon. Not bad, but unexciting. It gets better with age.

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3.65/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8oz pour on tap at the Rattle n Hum.

Saint Lamvinus pours a deep burgundy. I could mistake it for red wine, except for the thin layer of raspberry head that crowns the beer. The nose consisty of dark fruits (cherries and plums), acidity, and a bit of barnyard funk. The red wine notes should be the base that everything plays off of, but they are just a bit too far in the background to really carry things though. The funky aspect of the beer comes through a bit more in the flavor. I've heard funk sometimes described as being musty , but this is the first time I've personally tasted it. It tastes like I imagine the air in a long abandoned room would. It's a bit overpowering, blocking out the more tart edge and fruity notes from the wine grapes. It's amazing to contrast the mouthfeel here with the Cuvee des Champions I just had. This one comes across as bit more rich and full, though that may be more a function of a much lower level of carbonation than any increase in the body. The overall effect though is a certain dullness to the beer. Saint Lamvinus smoothed out a bit as it warmed, but it remained a class below my favorite sours/wild ales.

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3.67/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TCGoalie for supplying this tasty beer. Enjoyed at a tasting party with TCGoalie, TCHopCraver, and zoso1967 quite a while back; just getting around to entering in some old audio reviews.

Appearance: Pours a raspberry color with lots of carbonation. Little to no head or carbonation. There are also some leg-like coatings running down the glass, similar to what you would find in a glass of red wine.

Smell: Lots of funky wild yeast type smells, with cherry, raspberry, and leather. Kind of a sting to the aroma and your nostrils get a bit of a workout if you stick your nose too far down into the glass.

Taste: This was extremely dry and sour like a handful of Sweet Tarts and Sour Patch Kids. The wine takes a back seat to the sour punch. There is some kiwi and raspberry there, but the face puckering aspect really dominates. Almost like sucking on a lemon at times.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, dry, and acidic. Sour is the operative word for sure.

Overall: An interesting beer, but a touch too sour. There are some nice flavors going on there, but the sour aspect overwhelms everything else.

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3.7/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served to me blind by laituegonflable.

Pours a deep pink-red colour, tending to very pale at the edges, with a filmy head of white bubbles. Little carbonation present, even though it was served in champagne flutes. Colour is nice for the style, otherwise a little disappointing.

Pretty sour lambic character on the nose - tending almost towards barnyard funk. Little fruit is present, except those that evoke acidity - lemon and green apple. I'm expecting a riproarer on the tongue.

Wow, much more subtle than I would have expected from the nose - certainly not teeth-clenchingly sour, but a marked acidity leavened by touches of tannic grape must, a light bubblegum character, and a crisp, dry finish. It does feel a little thin - it has neither the strong, pungent acidity, nor the sweetness to be truly full-bodied, but it's not a bad drop all up. Mouthfeel is crisp, but the thinness is present here as well.

Still, this is a pretty refreshing sour ale. It just lacks a little something to me - the fact that I can't pick what is in it implies that the fruit characters are what is absent. Not bad.

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3.72/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Blood red color but not as red grapes. Low foam. Tannic nose with cork tip. The mouth is acidic, woody and strong enough. Despite what you may think, the taste of Bordeaux grapes is not present it. Found skin / grapes thereof in the strength of the bitterness of this lambic. The finish is tannic, oaky, slightly resembling the balsamic vinegar. Cantillon Lambic good but do not let the red grapes to express their full potential.

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3.72/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was visiting Digita7693 last sunday with a collegue of me in Kassel, Germany. We had a great time and after dinner Don cracked open this bottle for us.

I have had (only) one Cantillon before this one and that was a bit of a disappointment. This one however was much better to drink.

Don poured this beer, or should i say, half beer and half wine, in Westvleteren glasses. Nothing much to see after the pouring, no head of course, red to purple fluid.

The taste of grapes is strong in this beer, fruity and light sour.

Thanks for the treat Don!

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3.73/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Presentation and Appearance – Big 25.4 oz bottle, with black foil, a cap and a cork. I’m a little concerned that the top of the cork is wet. It pours a magnificent clear crimson in my flute, with a creamy light pink head that has pretty good retention due to the carbonation.

Smell – Sour and yeasty with loads of mixed fruit. It smells similar to the other Cantillon fruit lambics that I have had. Vinegar mixed with wine is the best way I can describe it. Lamvinus really has a lot going on here, incredibly complex stuff.

Taste – Sour, but not as sour as many lambics. The yeast is strong, earthy and musty to balance of the sourness. This is as close to a wine as it is to a beer, with its mix of fruity flavors. Grapes are the main fruit flavor, but there are notes of passion fruit, strawberries and cherries. The more I drink the less I taste the sourness and more the fruit comes out.

Mouthfeel – Pretty light with high carbonation. The sourness makes the sides of the mouth tingle a little adding to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability and Notes – While I respect this beer, the exceedingly high price and sourness make this a one time purchase for me. I enjoyed this but not that much more than the standard Cantillon Kriek. If you have some extra money kicking around, and you love lambics, particularly those from Cantillon, pick one of these up for a special occasion.

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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 2,120 ratings
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