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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:
#76
Reviews:
485
Ratings:
2,120
pDev:
7.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,418
Gots:
452
Trade:
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Photo of VeganUndead
3.91/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of laituegonflable
3.92/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rude red colour, minimal head. Slow but decent carbonation. Leaves some pleasant beige lace in lieu of head, patchy but decent. For what it is, pretty good, yeah.

Nose is fairly sour with acrid qualities, but a distinct fruitiness akin to red grape tannins, with some cherry character on there as well. Sourness has a woody aroma as well, oaky mostly, and almost takes on a smokey quality. Pleasant nose and nice complexity.

Taste is quite sour, quite bitey, affair, with some vinous grape acid on the front descending into a dry tartness that has elements of citrus and yoghurt cultures in it. Overlying it all is a nice grape element, very vinous. Aspects of light bark, dark cherry and a lacquer kind of character comingle for an impressive and quite enjoyable palate.

Nice tingle on the mouthfeel, an unusual viscousness without being particularly syrupy. Leaves very dry though, and frankly the dryness is one of the reasons I prefer beer to wine.

Very drinkable overall, like a good young wine. Bit of an acidic linger but otherwise pretty decent.

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Photo of Mojua
3.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ebenezer's in a Cantillon wine-style glass. A most clear black cherry cola type color with a minimal head. Some spaced out carbonation bubbles floating up the side of the glass. Smells of old red wine, soem funky earthy smells, and some sour cherries. Tastes something like tart, sour cherrie and apple wine. Some lite fizziness, but not much. Some grape in there as well. As it warms, I get more tart red wine flavor. Great lambic mouthfeel and probably the most drinkable lambic I have had.

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Photo of Graffy
3.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip on 3/4/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured an opaque raspberry-colored body with thin ring of off-white head and no carbonation or lacing to report.

S - Aroma is sour and tart with woody notes and grape sweetness. Nose features a strong, prominent paint thinner/magic marker character with a mild astringency.

T - Very oaky and woody character with definite merlot-esque qualities. Some grape sweetness, but this mostly smacks of sour and tart fruit with a bit of astringency.

M - Medium bodied and softly carbonated with a light syrupy texture. Extremely sour and tart on the palate. Prepare to pucker up!

D - I found this to be more drinkable than the Lou Pepe. This is a very nice sour lambic overall with a predominant oakiness and an abundant fruity tart character.

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Photo of JMikeWBuckley
3.98/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of guitarmage
3.98/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, vibrant pinkish red, juice like character in it's texture, no head, a little ring around the glass of white bubbles.

Smell: Faint sour, ammonia, leathery and horsey, hay, ozone, but pleasant.

Taste: Pickle juice sourness, horsey in the nose, a puckering bitterness in the finish, very dry, a very sour raspberry.

Mouthfeel: Almost no carbonation, medium to light bodied, watery, clean and dry in the finish.

Drinkability: This is 180 degrees from Lindeman's, I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be tasting. Very puckering, very sour, good though. I will have to approach this again.

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Photo of SiddFinch
3.98/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aerozeppl
3.98/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Thanks to drseamus for sharing.

A: Vibrant red color. Little bit of white head. Very deep red color. Quite a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Funky wine. Grapes come through nicely. A little bit of bret as well. The nose is a weird cross between a lambic and a wine. Enjoyable.

T: Grapes. Bret and just a touch of that cantillon tartness. I was expecting much more complexity out of this and it just was not there for me.

M: Again well carbonated. Super dry.

D: I think this was a big miss for me. This is the second worst cantillon I have had and I love everything they put out. For the price though it just did not do it for me. I don't think the grapes really worked well in this one. Maybe after 10 years this beer would be something different.

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Photo of stumac
3.99/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours up a beautiful grapefruit color with a very thin white head. the nose is sourness with subtle fruits. the taste is very tart, grapes, subtle wood. good stuff. medium body, sweet finish

This beer is very interesting. Cantillon is slowly but surely climbing its way to the top of the Mortal Kombat pillar getting ready to fight bearded Shang Tsung!

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Photo of rhinos00
3.99/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this unique beer from a 750mL bottle.

A- The pour reveals a plum-red beer with medium carbonation that moves up the side of the glass. The off-white / slightly pink head dissipates into a nearly non-existent ring that sits on top throughout consumption.

S- There was a smell of sourness with slight fruit after tones.

T- Do not serve this beer cold! Initially, all I could taste was sourness everywhere. However, after I let the beer sit for awhile a tart fruit taste developed that made it ever so much more enjoyable.

M- Smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation. Although the tartness made my mouth pucker up at points, there was some mysterious force that kept pulling me back for more.

D- Given the tartness and the low alcohol content, I could definitely drink this beer for a while.

Overall, a very unique beer that is definitely worth a try! The acidic quality offers an interesting mix of beer and wine composition. Maybe I will let the next one sit in the cellar for awhile.

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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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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