Cantillon Saint Lamvinus | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Belgian Fruit Lambic

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.

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Reviews: 493 | Ratings: 2,201
Photo of Buck89
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Benish
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
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?

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.22/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of alos31
4.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Split with Goblinmunkey7 on 8/8/17, review from notes

A: Deep amber with some red and purple at the core - hazy - pours with a medium size, off-white/pink head, fades to a wispy cap, retains a small collar, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Wonderfully sour in a distinctly Cantillon way - sharp and bright, acidic - tart with an awesome amount of funk - some lactic dampness - nicely woody, sharp oak - nice grape aroma, ripe yet gentle grape flesh - light sweetness

T: Gloriously tart and funky - sharp, bright sourness - nice acidity and some damp, lactic notes - bright oak, nicely chewy - really, almost surprisingly excellent amount of grape - grape flesh, not too sweet - funk and some balsamic vinegar - mild sweetness, woody funk finish

M: Medium body, nice acidity, puckering, low carbonation, smooth with chewy wood, lingering funk

O: Sainthood

I've been aware of Saint Lamvnus for many years, but the only time in the past 8 years or so that I've had the opportunity to buy a bottle was a fateful day at Hill Farmstead last year. As with just about every other Cantillon beer, it's fantastic. I hope to have the opportunity again.

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Photo of thebeers
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Plum purple with a small purple-tinted head that quickly forms a bubbly crown. Light Merlot and barnyard funk in the nose. Delicate fruity taste: cherry, grape, red wine. Modest sourness midpalate. Nice acidic wine barrel finish. Relatively light bodied with low carbonation. Delicious.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage poured from fridge temp but allowed to warm. Pours a ruby pinkish color with surprisingly little carbonation. Cork was a bit deformed and seemed very wet. Smell is out of this world. Vanilla, red grapes, apricot, sour, scrumptious. I get some sweet candy on the nose as well. Taste is amazing - quite a departure from the nose. A quick bitterness springs forward on first taste, but then settles with a sweet finish. The sour isn't overwhelming. Definitely getting grapes, cherries, apricot. Such a nice balance and has amazing mouthfeel. Not too thick, but lingers. Overall, an amazing beer.

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Photo of kitch
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 750ml bottle, bottled on 14th November 2016. Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: It was a very nice lightly cloudy ruby red colour with a two finger pinkish head that dissipated fairly quickly to a settled thin layer with only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Lots of tart red berries, raspberry and strawberry plus grapes and lemon. Nice barrel and oak character with a hint of red wine vinegar and only light funk and barnyard-iness.

Taste: Moderate sourness, cherry, raspberry, strawberry, grape juice and oak with hints of grapefruit and funk.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: With less than a year since bottling, there was lots of really nice fruit flavours bursting out while the funk was quite light. Although this particular bottle was quite young, it also taste great with age. Can’t wait to try more of this wonderful goodness.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.31/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25



Bright Red/purple. Medium white head that lasts.
AROMA: wine, grape, yeast,cranberry raspberry.
TASTE: sour cranberry, wheat, yeast.
FEEL: touch of astringency, but Smooth for a sour. Subtle carbonation.


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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.31/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage from draft:
Pours deep red with small pink head.
Aroma has red grapes, sweet red berries, little funk, little sour.
Taste is red grapes, hay, sweet red berries, lemon, tart, melon, little sour and dry finish.
L: 4.75 S: 4.25 T: 4.25 F: 4.5 O: 4.25

2014 vintage from bottle:
Pours deep ruby with almost no head.
Aroma has red grapes, red berries, really funky, sour
Taste is red grapes, grapefruit, orange peel, funky, sour, barnyard, really dry finish.
L: 4.5 S: 4.5 T: 4.75 F: 4.5 O: 4.75

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Photo of Narkee
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Stunning ruby red with a very light pink head which dissipated quickly but held at about 2-3mm.

S - Got some sweet dark fruit aromas (raspberries, plums and grapes) and some subtle funk.

T - Really well balanced sourness, funk and fruit. Dark grape flavours drove the palate.

M - Quite highly carbonated. Would have liked slightly less which would have enabled more fruit to shine but a small knock on an incredible beer.

O - Just an incredible Lambic. One of my favourite Cantillon beers. Hopefully I can get my hands on another in the near future.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.03/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Photo of Stevem68
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy opaque Merlot purple color. Aroma is tart and light. Flavor is funky red wine grapes with a fermented backbone. Has a soft velvety feel and overall a really good beer.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's crazy how much this straddles the line between beer and wine. I really got more wine flavor than beer actually from the grapes. I'd love to give a bottle of this as a stepping stone to all my wine loving friends who don't like beer...if only it was readily available.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage - poured from the bottle into a taster. Complex, despite a ton of funk, especially compared to other Cantillon experiences. Merlot grapes shine through brilliantly. Excellent fruited lambic!

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Photo of fireazzi
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of farrago
4.06/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finger worth of loose, airy foam that has meager retention, barely leaves a surface coating behind, zero lacing as well. Opaquely cloudy liquid of a watermelon pink coloration, faded rose hued rims. Ripe, fruity nose of raspberry, strawberry with notes of lemon, clean and without the sour blast that such beers possess and knock you back on your heels, hovers steadily in the nostrils. Light-bodied, the initial sweetness frames things pleasantly before developing a broadening sourness across the palate. Same soft cherry, raspberry, strawberry fruit array, nibbles at you as well via accents of green apple. Has a minerally, metallic bite at the end, dry yeastiness. It is remarkable most for its smoothness and relatively high drinkability. Bottled October 26, 2015.

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 2,201 ratings