Cantillon Saint Lamvinus | Brasserie Cantillon

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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

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Ratings:
2,041
Reviews:
476
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
8.11%
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage on tap at Capone's - December 16, 2009.

A: Pours a nice dark crimson with ruby hues. Very minimal head. Looks a shade lighter than cranberry juice, with a bit of tawny paleness to it.

S: Not the best aspect of this beer--smells a lot like balsamic vinegar without much of the underlying fruit coming through. A tiny amount of underlying grape scent.

T: Quite tart with a bit of barnyard horse blanket. The vinegar from the nose is not nearly as dominant, and flavors of grapes, berries, and red wine come through.

M: Quite dry with very subtle carbonation.

D: Very high--every sip reveals greater complexity and no amount would seem to be enough.

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Photo of mothman
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this the other night!

2009 vintage into CCB snifter.

Pours a light layer of fizzy pink head. that fades down instantly. Color is a raspberry maroon purple. Very dark and hazed.

Aroma: Sour grapes and oat. Very sour. Horse blanket and funk. Some cherries. Very tart.

Taste: Not very sour at first, but then all of a sudden it hits with sourness. The grapes show, but there seems to be some fruits as well. Nice oak flavors. Tart and mouth puckering. Horse blanket and funk with some leather show as well.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Nice mouth puckering goodness. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation, but not bad for the style. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, a solid beer. Very nice sour from Cantillon. I could drink a lot of this but unfortunately it is too expensive. No vinegar flavors or that medicine flavors that I get out of some lambics here. Very drinkable.

Edit: had the pleasure of drinking a 2005 bottle in 2016 and this beer holds up so well. Great dark grape and fruit flavors all around. Not too sour. Not acidic. Just great lambic flavor here.

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4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Big fluffy head rises about the size of the beer but fades fairly quickly, rosy head fades semi quickly, hazy rosy pink maroon colored beer.

Nose has funk right out, funky brett or lacto, sour tart fruit, sour grape, cherry, nice lambic fruit, light barnyard, and a bit of a musty grape skin.

Taste comes on pretty sour, tart fruit, bit of cherry, some sour grape, light cabernet like grape skin, some light acidity and lacto funk, very light barnyard funk, light sweet sticky malts, light dry bready malts. Finishes tart fruit, dry, very mouth watering, little acidity, sticky syrupy too.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, decent carb, light lactic acid.

Overall awesome! Just friggen awesome.

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delivered to the bar in a short wine glass, the flat ruby body was mainly clear. Beautiful color! Just a thin collar of white was seen at the first moment, but there was no foam beyond that. An underlying carbonation was present though, and it gently tingled on the tongue.

The aroma offered a brash nose of sweat and manure, a vivid, vinegar and vinous sour-tartness, some deeper earthiness and mineral character, and some sharp, hard, "foot-like" cheese.

The flavor was intensely tart, with all of the barnyard and sweat character of the aroma, but less intensity. The mustiness and barnyard was wrapped within a fuller, non-descript fruit tartness... suggestions of grape and cherry, perhaps from the wine barrel. Metallic and mineralish within. Initially puckering, it finishes just as dry, but short-lingering. Utterly intense!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.55/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.78/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'11 vintage had in Dec. '12.

Cranberry-tawny-colored pour, slightly hazy, with a minimal, fizzy head. Musty fruit aroma, grass, hints of acetic acid. "Something tells me it'll be sour." Pretty tart on the tongue, strong flavors of grape and apple skin, thin wine, horseblankety, but not overblown in that aspect, grassy and very dry; the intensity of the fruit tartness overthrew any acetic notes that might have been present, giving a good sense of balance. Medium body, again, crisp and very dry, a bit puckering, low to moderate carbonation, overall texture comparable to chewing on grape or apple skin. Pretty one-dimensional, but delivered what was expected. Not bad overall, and a good one to break open every once in a while.

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of billab914
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super effervescent blush/violet with minimal pink head up front. Hazes up a bit, a bit of viscosity to this as well, some head retention & lacing

S: Blueberries & a bit of grape are steamrolled by barnyard & sourness, fades a bit as it warms

T: Grassyness with much tart apple, a touch of sour elderberry around the edges up front. Dry apple cider, much tartness & sweet tarts do battle as this warms, the tart wins, with just a whisper of booze hiding in the background. Finishes bone dry with a hint of raspberry tartness followed by puckery sourness

MF: Light/medium bodied with much effervescence & mouth puckering tartness, plus a bit of wetness

Drinks pretty nice, I am very up & down on sours, but this one is living up to its world class tartness, which today I like/love. The sourness is done right, I don't think I'm drinking salad dressing unlike some others I've had. Sour freaks must try this, I'm a malthead & I still liked this a bunch, many may hesitate at the price, but got a deal at $25 a bottle (only one there). Not an every day beer for me, but if your want to get your Lambic freak on, this is your huckleberry!

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4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing coral red with a considerable orangish tint; one of the most unique colors that I've ever seen in the world of beer. The rose petal pink cap is a stiff collection of brittle bubbles that looks good immediately after the pour, but doesn't look good on the way down, doesn't last and doesn't leave any lace. I've taken style into account when granting the appearance score.

My lambic experience is still limited. Having said that, it's hard to believe there are many lambics this vinous. That's understandable given the addition of red grapes. One source gave the breakdown as 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Also prominent are red wine vinegar, oak and musty-earthy funk. My salivary glands are already beginning to squirt.

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus tastes like the perfect marriage of beer and wine. Even though lambics are anything but typical beer, the comparison still holds. It's much more lambic than wine (obviously) since grapes are only used for flavor and sweetness, not character. In other words, there's no red wine in the world that's this acidic, puckery, funky and dry.

I find full-bore versions of this style to be a little too aggressive to suit me. The addition of raspberries (Rose De Gambrinus) or grapes (in this case) tends to contribute just enough underlying sweetness to take the edge off the sharp, biting acidity and the saliva-sucking dryness. Any number of foods would match up perfectly with this beauty.

Since I have so little experience with the style, I'll have to trust my instincts when it comes to the mouthfeel. It's light, with a sneaky suppleness on the finish of the finish. I also enjoy the brisk, fine-bubbled carbonation that gives the beer a festive mouth presence.

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus is a unique beer from one of the world's most unique brewers. I'm not sure I have the chops to completely break it down and appreciate where it fits into the pantheon of great lambics, but I sure do love the inspired attempt at beer-wine fusion. This is a beer that is meant to be consumed with gusto and a beer that deserves to be celebrated.

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Shane for sharing this one!

A: Poured a hazy reddish/purple with a small pink-hued head on top that reduced quickly leaving a thin cap on top. Minimal lacing.

S: Lots of dark red stone fruits, some grapes and a little cherry. Very tannic, with some wood and a definite sour/tartness.

T: Fantastic level of sourness/tartness on the flavor profile. There is a bit of funk, but the acidity kind of cuts it. There is plenty more red grape, cherry, and red wine like flavors.

M: Medium bodied with active carbonation, pretty much spot on.

O: Extremely impressed with this lambic. Wasn't sure how I would like it compared to others I have had, but St. Lamvinus is outstanding.

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So here we are. I made it to review number 1000. It has been an interesting voyage to get to this point, and that number seems huge, especially in a year and a half's time. But alas I have arrived. So the question then became, what do you have for such a big number. Now you can get all crazy looking for the rarest and most sought after beers out there, however to be honest I have had a lot of them, and I decided to go for something, that while not being common, certainly isn't rare, but was something that I had wanted to try for a very long time. Being a fan of the sours, I knew this one would be a doozy, and since it is quite pricey, and not available to me locally, I felt it would make a good choice to go for the big number. A very nice, classic looking Cantillon 750ml bottle, wrapped in black foil with corked. I let this one come up just a touch above the fridge temperature before I opened it up and let it breath. Served in a brand new Terrapin glass( Thanks Ding) I felt ready to go for it.

Appearance - The pour was beautiful. A deep pinkish color, almost rose with a good amount of haze was dropped into the glass. Holding it up to a bright light really just let it shine through, the color was wonderful. A small crown of off white graced the top for just a few moments before setting down and leaving it open and bare. There was some side glass lace initially, but after that faded it was all pretty smooth and clear. The carbonation was apparent as it bubbled up toward the surface ever so gently throughout the session.

Smell - The aroma on this one was almost indescribable. It had that classic farmhouse funk to it, which naturally you expect to see from Cantillon, however there were some subtle differences between this and the others I have had. The sweet smell of grapes was percolating through on here, and as it warmed became easier and easier to pick up in the smell. It was not overpowering as the funk aroma was, but rather, just light enough to let you know there was some depth to it. Tart sour grapes stole the show, with hints of cherries and a wet hay back.

Taste - The flavor was beautiful, really these beers are more like works of art. It started out with a subtle dose of chardonnay like grapes, slightly sweet, but with the acidic touch to them. Beautiful work here, with a deep, resonant funk to it that just lingers on for what seemed like years to be honest. Subtle touches of cherries and grapes dropped in with this, really working the taste buds. As it warmed it just continued to evolve. It is so hard sometimes to try and describe that flavor, and I refuse to use the sweaty and other somewhat derogatory comments to describe it, and funk is a good thing in this case. Enormously try and tart finish just left you begging for another sip with an almost vinegar like finish to it, wow that was really damn good is the final thing running through your head.

Mouthfeel - This had one of the best feels it could have. Just a hair shy of being a medium bodied ale, the carbonation was enough to keep it very lively and the perfect balance of profile, never feeling thin, or watery, but rather just being very tight and crisp. A wonderful addition here for sure.

Drinkability - You really cannot get much better then this. The flavors were so complex, the ABV virtually non existent, lively feel, I mean what more can you ask for. Its not filling, and it keeps you engaged. I really could have had another on of these as soon as I finished the first, it was just that good.

Overall this may be my favorite of the Cantillon beers I have tried so far. It was just a touch shy of the Beatification in terms of being the funkiest, most sour thing I have ever had. I mean this was just delicious. I a, glad I was able to finally acquire a bottle of this as it was more then worth the weight. I have yet to get bored in this style and I wished more people were able to get into it. So complex and so rich, this is definitely the one to seek out. Well deserved of its reputation and something I would always pick up if I saw it!

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4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off thanks Aaron for sharing this great Lambic with me! Congrats on opening Crush wine and Beer bar -a welcome addition to Lancaster PA.
Poured chilled into a wine glass.

A - Red plum hued w/ subtle translucent quality. The bubbles of white appear and recede moments later leaving a ring of beads around the glass

S - The aroma pops out immediately with the smell of wine skins and fruity sour aromas

M - The mouthfeel is what I expected and more, light sweetness devolves to a highly acidic almost vinegar-like feel. A puckering quality like lemon when biting the flesh off the rind

T - A exquisite complex blend of sweet eclipsed immediately by a tart granny smith flavor mix w/ a mild fresh red berry flavor- possibly currant or red raspberry. The flavor is acidic and tannic with grapeskin elements but also the alcohol mildly affecting flavor. Mainly red grape and possibly some boysenberry under the sour and gentle funk

D - A good flavor experience for me, so lush and highly drinkable. The hybrid of lambic and wine grapes and the very light feel for the 6%. The kind of flavor you want to sip, it has so much going on that it refreshes as you savor it.

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

St. Lam '13 vintage brought direct from Brussels

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
4.44 out of 5 based on 2,041 ratings.
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