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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

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

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rose with fast-fading pink froth. Must, oak, and grape juice on the nose.
Vinegar tang, grape skin, some lemon rind, a slight bit of funk and balsamic bite to end.
Fruity finish and tart linger. Crisp, dry, lively.

With Merlot grapes in oak.

Tart, easy lambic. A good place to start for the novice. Not deep, but nice.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Kevin R for bringing this to our tasting - Cantillon is always a treat. Saint Lamvinus pours like a garden of rubies with indigo hints. Good clarity all around, with a pink tinted head that makes no attempt to be quiet as it fizzles and eventually fades into nothing put a lavender collar around the crimson brew.

Cantillon's brewery is crawling with critters and they are some of the best critters in the world. You can pick these critters out of any line-up if you have even a semi-functional nose. Funky barnyard, musky cork, sweaty articles of expensive clothing, and a trifecta of dirt, earth, and must. Often imitated, never duplicated - no one does funk like this.

Vinous are present as well, like this was a well aged Cheval Blanc; dripping-wet oak barrels, sour grapes, wine-like acidity, and hints of vinegar in the back end. Grape, tannin, grape, tannin, sour, sour, funky, funky. The nose on this is simply beautiful; As with most Cantillon, I'm having a hard time getting my nose away from the glass long enough to take a sip.

One sip and Cantillon drops it heavy like Saint Lamvinus was Skrillex and grapes were the bass. Boom! A vinous explosion on the palate; tart, sour grapes, mild and bitter acidity, faint cherry skins, heaps of woody oak, and the funk of one thousand barnyard floors. Horse, cork, hay, sweaty feet, and grapes like you wouldn't believe.

Saint Lamvinus masters the art of making a beer that resembles a wine while keeping it accessible to people (like myself) who actually are not big fans of wine. It's that mouth clenching, ass puckering sourness, that stomach ripping acidity, and that nostril curling funk. Effervescence is big; plenty of carbonation with a fading, ghostly mouth feel and a sharp, dry finish.

Cantillon does it again, and I can't say that I'm surprised. These are the beers you hear about when you first start getting into craft beer. All your buds talk about this "Cantillon" place like it's some kind of holy grail for beer, and eventually months and months go by and you finally get to try one, and all of a sudden you're talking about it like you're some kind of sour expert. This shit is excellent; why does it have to be so far from me?

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours red with a small head.
Nose shows musty red wine barrels, lots of funk and woody oak.
Similar flavours: musty, woody oak, berry notes, soft red wine and a little astringency.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Cloudy deep ruby read, one finger pink head.

S-Grapes, fruit, more grapes, oak, mild funk.

T-Starts with a nice funk and then proceeds to be very fruity, grapes very wine like, tad bit of oak.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation but crisp.

O-An amazing beer, balance is where it should be, maybe it could be more sour but you can still taste this beer a day after having.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Corked and capped 750 ml from Tipples dated October 31, 2013. Pours a super bright almost neon purplish pink color with a massive fizzy pink head that recedes quickly. Lots of vinegar on the aroma, berries, vinous notes, and an interesting mint leaf that I get from Geueze and Faro sometimes. Really nice. The flavor is sweet berries and wine, vinegar, sourness, some dry oaky presence, and maybe even a little vanilla. The fruit doesn't overpower here which is nice. Light bodied, spritzy carbonation, dry finish with some wine like warmth on the way down. Beautiful beer.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured blood red with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained minimal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, very slight grapes, and slight acetic acid. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, grapes, deep dark fruit, slight acetic acid, and big citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this brew was quite excellent. I had this one sitting in the cellar since 2008 and finally got tired of looking at it and decided to crack it. Really glad that I did. The flavor was not only complex but quite excellent as everything seemed to blend very nicely together. It also had a great aroma that invited me in for more. I found myself drinking this one quite quickly. Good thing is is only 6%... An absolute must try for anyone!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice deep red with great pink highlights and pink on the edges. The head foamed up big, but not too big, and was a pretty looking pink color. Didn't leave a lot of lacing.

S - Not as much funk as I would expect. Clean and tart, you get a nice lambic taste, with a subtle but deep grape smell. A little bit of wine wood influence comes.

T - Get the deep grape taste, but without a horrible phenol and weird funk that I thought was coming in this. Quite tart, nicely sweet, deep fruit flavor, some cherry and a nice wine wood influence comes through.

M - Great carbonation is almost perfect for this medium bodied brew. Dry finish, but not super dry.

D - Tartness gets to you, but still easy to drink.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously split by colonelforbin. Vintage 2003. Thanks a lot man.

A: Pours a hazy purple-cranberry color with a thin white head that quickly reduced to a thin film.
S: Light, tart notes all around with hints of musty attic, sweet red grapes and slight straw. Pretty vinous overall.
T: Follow the nose in the most wonderful kind of way. There is no acidic or vinegary flavors, just a clean fruity tart/sourness. Flavors are again, very vinous and similar to red wine, but sweeter. I get sweet fruits in the aftertaste.
M: Extremely dry. Some gritty tannins are present, but for the most part this beer is really smooth.
D: One of the better beers I've ever had, and probably my favorite lambic to date (even over Blåbær, my previous favorite). Thanks again Mike for cracking this one!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped and corked 750, cork dated 2003 - This is my 3rd bottle of this stuff that I've been able to enjoy. The first 2 bottles were dispersed during a couple of parties I had, one of which a certain few special BA's were there for and coaxed me to open one up.

This one was shared with just a few friends and I was finally able to sit and write my review notes.

Appearance is of a dark cranberry juice mixed with a splash of grape juice. Has some lively carbonation lineage along the sides. Crunchy threaded bubbles of foam decorate the top in a dusty pinkish white. Very active and popping and light amounts of lacing in thin strings. Shrinks down fairly fast as its surface smoothes out some then to a nothing-like misty haze on top and a thin collaring.

Outstandingly strong aroma, which is nothing out of the ordinary for Cantillon. Lots of brisk and lively sour-tartness fully dancing amoung a floor of acidic fibers. Whole mustard seeds, sharp white cheese, dirty barn floor hay, and vinegar all add to a vineous strength of sour stuff tickling the nose. Like a red wine on lambic steroids.

Taste is no different. Tons of tickling sour-tart-acidic stuff. Vineous vinegars, layers of highly sour bread grains, old cheese, puckering sugars, and lambic yeast all make for a big effect of smooth and delicate dryness. Each sip brings another layer of dryness after the tart stuff clears a path. Not as funky as the smell eludes too. What I found unique and mcuh more to my liking about this compared to other Cantillon's I've had is that this was much more easier on the palate to control. It reminded me of a Saison with a kick of extra sour dough breads, yeast, and an addition of grapes.

Feathery medium/heavy dryness and tart supplied, multi-layered, acidicness keep this sucker pretty tongue tingly and cheek-scraped dry. One of the things I couldn't quite get used to was its overall dryness. The sour stuff leads right into it and it takes every corpuscle in your mouth prisoner as it ghostly leaves all sorts of weird cottony-tart left overs. Again, like a grapey saison.

Drinkability is OK, takes a good while to get used to. It has a nice saison quality to it that I tend to like over the other true lambics that Cantillon is known for. Think of it as a vinegar spiked red wine blended with a saison.

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Photo of gford217
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork and capped bottle. Bottled in 2010.

Cork pops with a nice hiss. Pours deep clear reddish purple with a surprisingly big pinkish beige head that shows decent retention.

Aroma is a great combo of oaky tannins, overripe red grapes JD an emerging funky barnyard character. There is a light acidity but it's not overpowering by any means.

Initial taste is a light acidity with a lot of oak and fruity red wine. The finish is really musty with some funk mixed with the oak barrel. Maybe some sugary sweetness underneath the sourness.

The mouthfeel is dry and fruity, dry much like a red wine in its feel.

This is one of those beers you take for granted in the chase for all the "rarer" Cantillons and 3F. It's fantastic, enough fruit to balance the acidity and funk. Big fan.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.92/5  rDev -11.5%
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 DavoleBomb
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After getting my throat (and later my ass) torn apart by a '10 Kriek, I've decided to give this a go to see if history repeats itself. 2008 vintage.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed plum color. Just about two fingers of barely pink soda pop head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

4.5 S: Already I know I'm in for a much better experience. Tons of vinous grape with blueberry and blackberry just behind and perhaps a touch of cherry to round things out. Lots of musty funkiness with barnyard notes as well. Small oak contribution. Good balance between fruit and acid. Good bit of fruity lactic acid with just a hint of acetic acid. Very nice.

4.5 T: A good bit of sourness in this, but the acetic acid isn't overabundant. Again lots of grape with nearly as much cherry. The berry twins have taken a bit of a backseat in the taste. Plenty of barnyard and musty funk. This is loaded with tangy lactic acid. Complex and well balanced.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good active carbonation. Lightly creamy and smooth.

4.5 D: Good beer. Definitely sour, but not intestine twisting. After the Kriek yesterday I had a few rounds of the quick step, but I don't imagine there will be an encore performance tonight. Solid all around.

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Photo of illidurit
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rating #1100! Thanks to Devon for shelling out $40 for this particular bottle, which had been staring at me from a shelf in the local bottle shop for a year's worth of visits. Shared at the December Santa Cruz tasting.
Pours a cranberry juice color with a small white head that evaporates quickly from all the acidity.
Aroma is funky and sour with plenty of blue cheesy bacterial aspects aside lemons and unripe grapes.
Flavor is extremely characterful, even for Cantillon. Very sour but also quite sweet with rich winey grape notes and other jammy fruits. Very acidic, unripe berries and lemons. Tons of funk as well. Horsey and cheesy and musty. Some tannic/oaky stuff too. The whole gamut.
Dry finish on a medium, fulfilling body. What a classic.

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Photo of francisweizen
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opening Notes: Geez, where do I begin? First off a big thanks to NGandhi for this ultimately rare, and pricey ($40+ a bottle) offering from the traditional lambic masters @ Cantillon. The presentaition is subtle, yet beautiful. A 750ml bottle which has a black overwrap, a crown and a cork. Like other aged Cantillon offerings the overwrap is rust-laden, the crown cap, is rusted to death, and the cork is really in there. The rust is gently washed off, the crown cap is pried off and the cork comes out flying with an immense rush of carbonation. Have I just released a beer genie from his bottle?, I ask myself...Note to those "in the know" this is a late 2002 vintage that we are dealing with here...

Appearance: The pour is extremely effervescent, and even noisy! a deeply turbid purple-ish liquid glugs slowly out of the 750 and into one of my best Alba wine glasses. The colour settles down to a deep reddish/pinkish liquid with a small pink/off-white head, that shimmers, fizzes loudly, and than all but dies, leaving only the slightest trace of a head, in the form of a white ring. This colour combination is very reminscent of the extravagent Alba red raspberry wine that I drank the other day. This is truly a beautiful beer to behold. Hold it up to the light and transport yourself to another dimension!

Aroma: The aroma is simply to die for! All of the traditional Cantillon gueuze/lambic aromas are here, and they are enhanced by the addition of the Cabernet-Franc and Merlot grapes from the Libourne region of France. This smells musty and earthy, with hints of leather, horse blanket, sheep, cobwebs, freshly packed dirt, cemeteries/graveyards, other various plants and animals, funky yeast, old barns, stewed shoes, and the general drunken monks, funky skunks, and dirty old drunks. However, the aroma is bolstered, and softened by the character of the different grape varieties that are added to this lambic beer. How can something this good be made so simply, and in such an old-fashioned way? That is a question that I find I ask myself often when I contemplate the greatness of Cantillon beers. Note to self: pick up some Saint Emillion and Pomerol wines soon!

Taste: The taste is what you would expect from a traditional Cantillon lambic offering. Oh wait, it is, and it isn't. The aromas ring true in the taste of this brew, but there is also much more here, than there is in any other lambic beer that I have ever sampled. By soaking the grapes in old French Bordeaux barrels full of lambic, Van-roy has really added a new depth of flavor and character to this offering. The taste is sharp, vinous, and acidic up front, with the classic acidity that one expects in a Cantillon offering. This acidity is than backed up by a new vino acidity that rides in on the coat tails of the previous acidic punch. It's a Cantillon, 1, 2 punch. After the acidic rush ends, the grape flavors mingle on the middle of your tongue. It is hard to describe all of the flavors, but to me it is very reminscent of a spring evening in a vineyard. Or when you ate perfectly ripened graps in your backyard as a child...Finally the finish really blends together the best of the French wine world, and the Belgian lambic world. The acidity makes one last charge on the back of your tongue, leaving a sweet and sour sensation and a bit of an alcoholic tinge on the front of your throat...until, Finally the grapes reappear once more to smooth out everything incredibly well. This is definately the easiest drinking Cantillon out there.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of this masterpeice is also perfect. It is sharp, acidic, and effervescent at the beginning of your glass, but by the middle of your glass, it has changed. The mouthfeel morphs into a subtle rolling, gentle carbonation, that puts all of the flavors in your mouth and blends them together into one wonderful melange of ecstacy. Just take a sip and airate it through your teeth, swirl it around into your cheeks, and all of the tiny crevices in your mouth. Do you feel that soft, gentle, rolling carbonation releasing itself throughout your entire mouth? This is exactly how a lambic beer should feel. The mouthfeel is absolutely dead on.

Drinkability: The drinkability you ask? Well it was OK. No, no it was not OK, it was PERFECT! This stuff is so well balanced and so easy to drink, that if I was a King, I would demand to have this as my daily drink. I could easily drink this beer all day and every day. The flavors are just blended so well. Combine that fact, with the perfect and heavenly apperance, aroma, and mouthfeel of this brew, and you have the best drinking lambic ever created.

Final thoughts: Thank-you Mr. Van-roy, you are truly an artist and a master creator of traditional lambics, and I am grealty indebted to you. This is easily the best lambic, and probably the best beer that has eveer passed my lips, and I owe it all to you.

Closing Notes: Get this beer any way that you can, it *IS* most definately worth it!!!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.92/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 750ml green glass bottle that comes with a cork/crown cap, covered in a thick black foil that covers the slender neck. Unlike other Cantillon offerings, this beer has only an obverse label, which depicts a picture of a bunch of mouth watering dark grapes painted by Julie Van Roy, the Wife of the Cantillon Master Brewer.

Old Bordeaux wooden barrels are partially filled with a connubial mix of Merlot & Cabernet-Franc grapes, then filled with 2 to 3 year-old lambic. The resultant offering is then bottled without blending. Expensive ingredients & the small batch sizes, make this a *very* rare offering from Cantillon. It is not often that this beer is seen, let alone tasted.

It pours with a strong effervescence in the glass; indeed the fizz is quite audible as the surface literally effervesces for about 30 seconds, or so, whilst contributing to a 1” deep, light pink smooth head. But sadly this soon dies completely, leaving only a thin ring on the stunning deep turbid matte red surface. When back-lit, the beer resembles the red grape juice that many home-brewers use. It should do, the grapes used actually color this most amazing lambic.

A deeply pungent, acetic, vinegar nose that “screams” Cantillon & releases lambic-pheromones in such huge quantities, that my raised lambic-testosterone levels almost cause premature ejaculation. My nasal hair tingles as the acidic vapors enter the nostrils. I reel with sado-masochistic delight as I inhale deeply, again & again. Gorgeously astringent, eye-watering & incredibly nose puckering.

Mouthfeel is, as ever, spritzy. A dry fruity beer whose inherent carbonation waits until it hits your tongue until it decides to release itself from its liquid captivity. Rolling this lambic on the tongue has almost masturbatory overtones.

The taste starts with an experience of complete astringency. A Sahara dryness persists, the usual lambic sourness is off-set by the sharp vino-contribution from the Merlot & Cabernet-Franc grapes. A fruity middle exudes a winelike character that is heavenly. The finish has a Bordeaux-lambic ending that lingers. A juxta-posed Fine Wine-Lambic mixture, that works, but neatly sums up this beer.

Quite simply a Grand Cru of the Fruit Lambic World.

A truly traditional Esoteric Grape-Lambic. Only the Masters at Cantillon could ever consider even doing this, let alone pull it off with such incredible orgasmic finesse.

I am truly not worthy & forever indebted to yen157 for this offering, your Sainthood is in the Mail.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle.

Beer is dark pink, somewhat reddish. A small amount of pinkish head fades quickly.

Most immediate smells are yeast and barnyard funk. Tart, rich red grapes right after. Quite a deep fruit smell. Nice malty backbone, some wheat.

Tart red grape in the taste, quite sour. Funky, a barnyard aspect running through which picks up most in the finish. A sweet, sugary flavour is there but drowned out by the sour. Not super complex but very good.

Light bodied, highly carbonated. A bit fizzy.

Overall, very good. Not the best Cantillon I have had but certainly really enjoyable.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle of the 05 vintage into a Weyerbacher tulip. Enormous thanks are due to Matthew for being gracious enough to share this, one of my biggest wants.

A: Milky, muddy magenta. One finger of fine, frothy, light purple foam. Hideous by any normal standards, and I wouldn't have it any other way. This looks epic.

S: Yup, that's a Cantillon, and yup, I love it. Barnyard, mustardseed, lemon, and cobwebs. Underneath the distinctive sour funk likes a subtle but distinct aroma of grape - skin, seed, meat and all. Perfect.

T: So sour, so good Funk, lemon, mustard, and tannic grape. Filthily funky, and absolutely delicious.

M: Medium body, high carbonation. Perfect.

D: Forever and ever.

Notes: This is by far my favorite Cantillon to date, better even than the justifiably vaunted Blåbær. The fruit complements the funk perfectly, providing a fantastic layer of complexity underneath the always-fanstastic (and, at 6 years old, intense) house sourness. I think I'm in love.

On a slightly unrelated note, this beer was made all the more desirable by the fact that my sampling of it coincided with the spectacle of my friend attempting to shotgun a 32oz can of Cold Spring Moonlight. If there had been a can of St Lamvinus as well, I may just have joined him in the endeavor...

Cheers!

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Photo of birchstick
4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a maroonish cherry red without any head to speak of

S - Smells of tart citrus with a bit of stale mushroom and funk and some cab soaked oak. A lot of Brett as it warms.

T - citrus tartness, but not nearly as sour as other sours I have tried, upfront. A bit of funky barnyard and light mushroom overpower the citrus/sourness on the front of the palate.
Finishes with a nice spicy cab vinous flavor. A nice grape / vinous flavor lingers after it is all said and done.

M - decent body-more full than I was expecting and goes down nicely

D - pretty solid fruit lambic from Cantillon. I was hoping for a bit more from them but this is another solid beer nonetheless. Given it's price point I think I'll go from something else by these guys next time but still pretty awesome.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork indicates bottles in 2.009 and the bottle notes it's 5.0% ABV (vs. 6% listed in the beer's listing.)
Special Thanks to Warriorsoul for recommending this beer when I finally began to appreciate this style.

Wow, really a beautiful beer. Bright Clear purple color with some tiny carbonation bubbles escaping to the surface. A light pink head forms, says hello and then vanishes. You are left with a pink ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is delicate but very inviting. Some acidity, earthiness, certainly some vinous qualities and a bit of wood.

Flavor is much more delicate than I would have ever imagined. I find this to be much more refreshing than I had ever imagined. Certainly some grape, some subtle sourness with tons of wine like qualities. Just a touch of funk in the background that adds a nice complexity. Finished quite dry.

Very light, crisp, refreshing and dry. Picked the right day to enjoy this as it's hot and sticky outside. Cuts through that quite nicely.

I really enjoy this beer. I am sure I can think of an occasion to enjoy another bottle.

Well done.

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Photo of Holland
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy ruby color with no head and a small ring around the edges.

s: sour, tons of

T: Very sour with a lot of the funk again.

M: tarry bite, little carbonation, medium to light body

O: probably the best sour I have had to date. Beautiful soreness with some grape flavor and lots of funk.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

740th Review on BA
Bottle to goblet
750 ML Cap/Cork

Clusterfork7
Not sure vintage
Not sure BA

App- A great mix of colors in this glass. Similar to the Framboozled, had a great mix of purples, reds and pinks but very little in terms of head/bubbles/lace or cling

Smell- This is a very well done beer from across the pond. The mix of citrus, tannin, barrel and yeast is amazing. I wanted to be elephant and stick my whole nose in the bottle.

Taste- This besides 10.10.10, is the most wine like beer I have had. I dont like wine but I liked this one. Very white wine but mixed with yeast and oak. The grapes added a layer of very mellow flavors mixed with the barrel to create a very dry tart/funk combo

Mouth- A light to medium bodied and a medium in carbonation. This was very dry and tart. A very signature Cantillon residual flavor.

Drink- I am not sad to say but more happy to say I am being a huge fan of Cantillon and want a whole ton more of it. This was simply a great beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.57/5  rDev -19.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

As with other Cantillion entries I find this immensely simple but incredibly flavorful. The nose is sour, winish, earthy minerals and purple grapes. The flavor is sour, tart and simple people grapes and cherry. So simplistic but so delicious it's not really a beer but it seems like a liquid candy.

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4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many, many thanks to ampzilla for this bottle. I looked for this one for a quite a while. Thanks, Andrew.

Saint Lamvinus is certainly an interesting shade of red. It's not quite pink, but far from scarlet. It lies somewhere in between. It's clear and looks a little orange or copper when held to light. A light pink head tops it off and reaches a finger and a half deep. Active carbonation causes it to evaporate to a surface covering quickly. Lacing was light and stringy.

The nose is incredibly deep and smells excellent. It's kicked off with a very strong oak aroma that is predominant throughout. That alone gives it a ton of character right out of the gate. It is quite musky and earthy. Grapes are very prominent. It smells like red and white varieties were used. It's very vinous and does bear some resemblance to wine. A vinegar-like scent emerges late, but isn't exactly subtle. It's quite complex and smells delicious. Alcohol is not noticeable in the least. This is one delicious smelling Lambic.

There's certainly no dropoff in the flavor. Wow! This is excellent. It's a little sweeter than I expected up front. The unique blend of red and white grapes tastes excellent and is somewhat sweet. That sweet flavor works really well with the earthy and musky flavors. It is a little vinegar-esque. Nice and tart. Not quite mouth puckering, but certainly tart. The collision of the sweet and tart flavors produces a very refined flavor that's right up my alley. Definitely tart, but not too tart. Oak is the x-factor that adds a ton of character and depth to the flavor. It's the perfect complement to the vast array of flavors present. Alcohol, while not strong, is almost impossible to pick up. It finishes a little tart and very dry.

Saint Lamvinus has a body that's svelte and very smooth. It seems more substantial and creamy with a little warming. Carbonation is active, but the bubbles feel light. It goes down far too easy. Did I mention how smooth it is? Drinkability is nothing short of excellent. I'm not the biggest Lambic fan in the world, but this is amazing beer. I've got a 750 here and it simply isn't enough.

Saint Lamvinus is one of those beers that achieved legendary status and it certainly deserves it. I'm always somewhat skeptical approaching Lambics, but this one delivers in a big, big way. I'll never have a shred of doubt about a Cantillon beer ever again. This one's damn near divine. The flavor is so complex and delicious. It truly is a special beer. If you don't have this beer available in your locale, it's well worth seeking out in a trade. Find a bottle. Thanks a ton, Andrew.

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3.02/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a flat amber hue with not fizz at all. Flat in the glass, with the appearence of a glass of wine.

S: Very vineous, winey, with a touch of oak and red berries.

T: Oaky goodness up front with a big blast of sour. Cherries and raspberrys stand out. It is very muddy, and earthy with tannic fruit skins standing out. The finish is almost like a bad vinegar.

M: Medium in body, flat.

D: Not really. I usually like a small serving of the style, but this one just did not do it for me. It a too much vinegar flavor going on and the flavors did not seem to meld well.

It is not one I will revisit at the price it is offered.

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
98 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.
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