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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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4.43
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Photo of dherling
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a transparent red brew producing a relatively thin head of creamy pink bubbles. The nose was musty, oaken, and earthy. Floral, fields of hay and alfalfa. Freshly turned earth. The taste was like tart grape skins, sour cherry, complex, clean oak, fruity, mildly acidic. Mouthfeel was medium with lingering subtle sourness in the finish and aftertaste. Minimal carbonation. Expensive. Worth it? I dunno. But really damn good.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at In 't Spinnekeopke, Brussels.

Appearance: Cranberry juice red, with zero head.

Smell: Like cabernet Sauvignon, but with that recognizable Cantillon touch.

Taste: Not as sharp as the other Cantillons I've sampled, it has a more subtle flavor. The raisin cuts down the usual dryness. It's like wine, but with an acid finish, and with good carbonation.

I wouldn't pay the ~40 US$ price tag I saw at a few stores in the States, but if you can get one from the brewery at a very reasonable 8 euro, don't hesitate.

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Photo of nickhiller
3.76/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: rosy, thin pink head around the edges, some patches of lace, low visible carbonation.

S: extreme funk, smells like fungi, kind of grosses me out, but there's also wine grapes. There's something about it that makes me a little sick, like rotten meat.

T: taste is much more subtle, nice grape skin, green olives, but also that signature Cantillon yeast. White wine, or maybe even rosé.

M: light-bodied, medium carbonation is well balanced to the taste.

O: Not the best I've had (especially from Cantillon) but still good, reminds me of Mediterranean food, like tapenade or putanesca sauce. Smell was really off-putting, I'm wondering if this bottle was infected.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.72/5  rDev -16%
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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Photo of BrewMaster
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This special treat was brought to a beer party by someone else. Wow, what a treat. It pours a pinkish red with a swirling white head of tiny bubbles. The aroma is yeasty sweet with a dry wine scent. The flavor is a sour, dry, and fruity red wine flavor. It is pungent and tart with notes of pear flesh. Going back and reading the bottle I saw that this beer is made with Bordeaux grapes. This is unlike any beer I've ever had and probably will ever have again. Excellent beer.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.99/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with a fellow BA.

Bottled: November 21, 2010

A- Pours a two finger light pink head, really attractive color, ruby red/ maroon color, looks very appealing.
S- Wow incredible, big funky aroma, cobwebs, musky, barnyard funk, sour grape skin, raspberries notes, nice oak characteristics from the oak casks, cannot wait to try this.
T- Wow so smooth, puckering at first but then mellows out, really impressive, I get the grapes upfront, barnyard funkiness, muskiness comes out, sour lemon notes come out as well.
M- Medium mouth feel, perfect amount of carbonation, sour, puckering, surprising clean finish.
O- I am really impressed with this, the aroma was amazing, and I was expecting the taste to be really puckering but it was very mellow and balanced, I absolutely love this beer, definite gem from Cantillon.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 rendition.

This beer has a beautiful red color. There is a head, but very little retention. No lacing to speak of. Small, constant stream of bubbles near the side. Reminds me of champagne. When it gets lower in the glass, more brown colors come through.

Taste and smell have a lot of typical Cantillon funky notes. Fruit flavor peak out at the end, but I would be hard pressed to identify them as Bordeux grapes unless I knew they were Bordeux grapes ahead of time.

Very drinkable, but I like Cantillon funkiness. I've had this before with more grape notes and less funkiness. This shant be the last time I try this one out.

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Photo of JBogan
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been interested in trying this one for a while. According to the label and cork it was bottled in '06. Quite a bit of rust under the foil and on the metal cap.

Poured a murky reddish color with a very small pink head which left no lacing to speak of. Looks a lot like a cloudy glass of wine.

Smells of tart cherries and vinegar, both balanced nicely.

Tastes just as it smells, tart cherries and vinegar. Once again, well blended and pleasing. Reminded me a lot of their gueuze. No sign of alcohol. Very refreshing.

This Lambic felt much like many others in the mouth. Somewhat on the thin side, yet with a nice cleansing effect. A perfect warm weather beer.

This is one of the better sour beers I've ever enjoyed. Another solid offering from our friends at Cantillon.

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Photo of Luk13
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Squishy cork and intense funk escaping the bottle got to me, I let it air out about an hour before pouring. Beautiful red/purple pour with a pinkish white head. After the first big whiffs of the classic lambic sweat and barnyard aromas, I pickup some distinctly winey aromas, lots of grapes, dried cranberries and a bit of oak. Taste is still very lambic like with some earth and a grape/wine finale. Absolutely fantastic palate, this beer demands to be drunk. As I drink, the strong sour aromas and taste fade out and make way for all the fruitiness this beer possesses.

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Photo of Soonami
3.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Rich (phillybeer7779) for procuring a bottle of St. Lamvinus to share--I appreciate the effort it took to obtain this treat. This is a a very expensive beer, retailing for $30-40 USD, and very hard to justify purchasing without a group of beer geeks that understand what it is and to share it with. I'm glad Rich brought in a bottle to share with our tasting group.

The beer is lightly carbonated with a quickly dissipating head that leaves just a ghostly halo of pink foam. The beer is a dark bloody purple and almost transparent with a rose tint. The beer smells a little funky but not nearly as much as some older aged gueuzes I've had. The grapes are present in the aroma, but that pedio and lacto acidity dominate the nose. The beer is surprisingly mild. I was expecting a tongue curling acidity, but this is just mildly sour with some astringency from the wine grapes and maybe from the oak barrels. The grapes give a little bit of fruity sweetness and contributes to the thinner texture of the beer. I was definitely expecting more lambic and beer character with brighter acidity and livelier carbonation.

I was a little disappointed in this beer, but perhaps it just needed some more aging to bring out the lambic qualities I was looking for.

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

On tap at Rattle N Hum.. The sexiest beer I've seen all day, a glorious dark red, low carbonation, a small ring of head. But that doesn't matter. This beer made me shriek for sheer joy upon its sight. Good goddamn it looks amazing. Smells funky, a little grape and berry action. The taste is barnyard, a touch of grape, tannic, woodsy. I was surprised I didn't get more grape out of it, merely hinting, but that's not a terrible thing. I'm just accustomed to grape sours tasting more vinous. This had a bit of that quality but was definitely more lambic than grapebeer. Good stuff.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

08/17/11- Had this on on-tap at Trappist in Oakland.
A: Clear ruby red with no head.
S: Nice tart apple cores, very funky red wine, blue cheese. Good.
T: Well-rounded acidity, good red wine character, cherry and blue cheese here as well. Delightfully funk.
M: Thin with a slight bubble and crisp dry mouthfeel.
O: Good.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep Burgundy look, wow what a view, redish and hazy, big expectations from the look.

Smell is hugely funky, barnyard, puke, tartness, wine smells, unbelievable that a beer could have this nose!

The taste has all the funk, fresh asparagus, stark dryness, you love it or hate it, I love it.

Easy drinker, must have more, estimate was $35 per bottle, these guys are geniuses aren't they? I can't think of another beer that is more interesting, but more than a glass I'm not sure.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A; Rose-burgundy body with a white finger of head.

N; Tart, sweet. Fruity but dry. Funkadelic-ness evident.

T; Tartness up front, smooth on the finish. Cranberry like flavors. Really nice stuff.

M; Tartness falls off a cliff into sweetness. Surprisingly low pucker factor.

D; Good stuff, an easy sipper.

Thanks to juicestam for the opportunity to try this great stuff!

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Photo of csmiley
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an interesting shade of lavender coming close to purple. There could be a hint of brown in there as well. Head is minimal and only covers the beer with a thin pinkish cap. Retention is hard to gauge given the amount of head. More lace is left around the glass than expected.

S - Aroma starts out sour with hints of grape and cherry. They quickly fade to reveal a funky wood aroma that really catches the nose off guard. A little more barnyard than expected. Old wet hay and wood stand out more than anything. Comes back to subtle grape and yeast at the end. Starts to become just a tad metallic as it warms.

T - Sour grape punches the taste buds immediately. The sour feel goes away to reveal one of the most delicate tasting brews I've ever had. The barnyard that was present in the aroma is very subdued in the flavor. Touches of hay, belgian yeast, oak, and apple all have a showing throughout the flavor. It all comes back to an absolutely lovely grape flavor that is hard to describe in the words of mere mortals. The flavor of this beer works great all around.

M - Lighter bodied with a carbonation that reveals itself at each passing sip. Minimal but good for this particular brew. Finishes a little tart and dry. Very clean given all the flavors.

D - Drinkability is very good. Alcohol is hard to pick up over the other flavors. Everything comes together in this brew to make something very special. I would say the nose could use some work but the flavor really takes over and you really just forget about the aroma after the second sip. Cantillon really hit on a gold mine with this beer. Highly...highly recommended.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours ruby read and is brilliant. A slight head soon disappears after the beer has been poured.

Aroma is of fruit and funk. Not incredibly complicated and it is very acetic in aroma.

The beer has notes of grapes and fruit. It is very effervescent and it tickles your tongue.

Mouthfeel is typical for a sour beer.

Overall a tasty beer, the acidity is sharp and like vinegar and the funk really increases as it warms. Crisp, Acidic, Fruity, Brite.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
1.96/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shared with a mate.

S: Strong phenols and Merlot.

T: Incredibly salty. Way too sour. No sweetness at all. Aggressive phenols and cheap Merlot wine. Light, fizzy and foamy.

O: I thought I'd like this one but it's the worst beer I've ever had. My mate hated it as well. Awful, awful beer.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with CarbonIS..thanks again Bill! Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Allagash tall chalice. Pours a reddish pink in color, closer to a cranberry juice color in the glass once filled though. A small pink head rises and looks great overall. Light patchy fizzy lacing.

Aroma is tart, funky, and definite grapes!

Flavor is fantastic...lots of grape, a good amount of tart, carbonation is middle of the road. Light and crisp mouthfeel. The opening flavor is lemon like...but quickly reduces to a sweeter yet tart grape. A very good Lambic from Cantillon.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Classic Cantillon nose deep with earth is flawless -- funky and lightly mouthwatering, complex, yet calm. It's no surprise, however, how much of a beast this beer actually is. Prototypic lambic palette of wet earth that opens up to hints of cocoa and salt from the cab franc. Smooth and wonderfully balanced.

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a wine glass from the 750mL capped and corked bottle. 2003 vintage.

This beer pours a rusty maroon with a thin white head and no lacing. The smells gives off the aromas of grapes along with some sourness characteristic of a lambic. The taste was fantastic. It hits you immediately with its sourness but turns into more of a sour grape taste mixed in with some granny smith apples. The mouthfeel was right on. Perfect body with nice carbonataion. Overall got to be one of the best lambics out there. Nice job to Brasserie Cantillon for brewing such an exceptional and unique beer.

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

Sampled at Capone's in Norristown, PA on 2-21-07. This review is from notes taken that night.

APPEARANCE: An incredibly cool Ruby red-purple color. Very very cool. The thinnest collar rings the small wine goblet it came in.

SMELL: Very strong aromas of red wine and barnyard funk with a hard hitting vinegar tartness.

TASTE: Extremely tart (which is a good thing!) Flavors of grapes, wine, cranberries explode in your mouth. The finish is, well, non-existant. The flavor just doesn't end. Even 5 minutes later, the strength of my most recent sip is still almost as intense as the moment it hit my tongue. Absolutely amazing!

MOUTHFEEL: Despite the lack of any head, the carbonation is great. The very fine bubbled carbonation is perfect for this beer.

DRINKABILITY: Given the price and the variety of the taplist, I really only planned to have one before moving on to other beers. But I cannot turn another one down. I MUST have more of this beer. It is simply stunning.

I am very hesitant to give anything a perfect 5. I certainly have not done it yet. But from the very first sips, I knew that anything less would not suffice. So, well done Cantillon! Saint Lamvinus gets my very first 5.0!

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage.

I've been jonsing for weeks for a sour and funky beer. This was everything and more that I could have asked for.

Gorgeous looking and elegant glass bottle. Multiple slow pours into wine glasses shared amongst family. Not too warm or hot and a little colder than room temperature.

A- Light red/cranberry colored beer. Champagne like bubbles and vigorous carbonation. Rose' colored head.

S- Barnyard funk. Straw. Vinegar. Tart cherry and dark fruits. Sour grapes. Couldn't keep my nose away from the glass.

T- This one blew my mind. It was a lambic, yet so close to being a wine. Puckering sour grapes, fruit, champagne, funk, tart apple. Refined and clean finish.

M- Very carbonated, dry and pleasant. Fizzy.

D- Easy drinking. Somewhat harsh on the stomach due to all of the sour/funk. I want more. I loved this one.

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Photo of claytri
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a cloudy raspberry with only a little white lace. There was not much aroma, but it was of fruit. The taste was tart fruits. The feel was amazingly light dry with a great tart finish. Quite a wonderful beer, it really let the gueze come through and left the fruit to accent the beer. Definately a beer I will buy in the future when available.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml @ lord hobo in Cambridge MAserved Ina snifter

A: pours a Purpley reddish pink, remonds me of a plum with 3/4 of a finger of slightly off white head, dissapates quickly, no lacing to speak of.

S: lots of funk going on here, musty oak, sure dry red wine grape/cheery skins, smells tart.

T: this is very tart, much like the nose i get alot of tart grape skin and cherry along with some dry barnyard funk an musty oak notes, very well balanced and tasty.

M: medium body and bone dry, leaving you with almost wine like mouth drying tannins.

O: this is a beautiful done sour, very tart and very delicious. Don't really know what else to say here

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
4.43 out of 5 based on 2,007 ratings.
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