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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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475
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4.43
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Photo of silenius
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pleasing clear ruddy red with a more fuscia head that quickly diminished to a thin ring in the glass.

Smell was grape popsicle and soda, without the sweetness. Moderate round, woody balsamic vinegar scent and a touch of vanilla.

Taste was a pleasing grapey acid bite that made my mouth water. The aftertaste is a woodsy-bitter zing that lingers.

Mouthfeel is dry and acidic that made me salivate for another (small) sip.

Pleasing and drinkable, interesting and likeable.

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Photo of sidetracked
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 27 October 2009. Pours a clear deep light red with an off-white head. Good initial head presence but dissipates quickly to only linger around the edge.

Aroma is tart, sour, unripe red grapes, vinegar, acidic.

Moderate tart sourness upfront, vinegar acidity. Follows through to the finish. Merlot grape fruitiness gives the finish some red wine characteristics. Slight sweetness.

Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Bubbly crisp finish that is slightly dry.

Nice moderate level of acidic sourness. Merlot grapes add a unique finishing touch.

12/17/2011

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a clear blood red with almost no head. It looks like carbonated red wine.

Aroma is sour with some funk and a grape note to it.

Deliciously sour yet a sweetness emerges towards the finish. this is the most winelike beer i have ever had. Clean and complex with oak, red grape, and a nice acidity.

Slight carbonation the body is slick, almost like regular juice.

I wish i could drink this every day. Sadly it is very expensive so i will have to stick with IPA and Pils.

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Photo of haz77
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bottled in 2003, according to the cork. Pours a dark strawberry red with an absolute minimum of head. What head there is dissapates almost instantly to a thin ring, but can be easily refreshed to the thinnest of layers. All as expected.

S - Yep, it's a Cantillon. Aroma fills the room. Funk, slight solvent, cherry and other red fruit, tobacco, leather. There's more there, but everything is so integrated it's hard to distinguish.

T - Delicious mellow sourness greets the palate initially. The flavour of the wine moves forward in the middle along with citrus peel and the aftertaste is still refreshingly tart, but has a slight edge of tobacco. Again, the flavours are all very mellow and well integrated, quite possibly due to it's age.

M - Light to medium mouthfell with perfect soft carbonation. It doesn't need any more spritz, as the sourness takes care of cleaning the palate.

D - Cantillon continues to impress. Not as mouth puckering as their other beers that I've had. It's possible that the age had taken the edges off prominent aromas, flavours and carbonation and mellowed this into a absolute beauty. Incredible easy sipper.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

A: Pomegranate/reddish grape color that supported a somewhat decent off white colored head that I found a bit surprising for a limbic. On the other hand, the lack of lacing was apparent...which I usually find in most beers within this style.

S: Tons of wood! Like my buddy described, similar to what you would find in an old wooden cabinet thats been closed for quite some time. The grapes come off very wine-like and the sour qualities are subtle, but noticeable at the same time.

T: The merlot grapes really come through and the sour punch is very mild. Kind of reminds me of a sparkling wine, but in red form. The wood is still there as well, but seems to be much more subdued than the smell originally indicated.

M: Nothing too out of the ordinary. Nice light and mild carbonation followed by a medium-like body.

D: 5% ABV and a very nice flavor profile...enough said.

Overall: A great sour, but unfortunately...not the best I've had. A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of floridadrift
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost a red wine color with nice carbonation from the other side of the world. White head that smells like musty grapes. Taste follows the nose and brings a lot of oak barrel and funk to the tongue. Easy sipper but I would of liked to enjoyed this much colder.

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Photo of hawks10
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really excited to try this on tap tonight at Local Option in Chicago...served in a Cantillon wine glass...

Pours a beautiful strawberry red, light ruby color, slightly hazy with a nice two fingers of delicate bright white head with a hint of pink...absolutely gorgeous beer...!

Wonderfully complex and appealing nose...very typical Cantillon smellls...funky with a bit of brett, leathery and musty...tart and acidic, a bit vinegary with a bit of sweet grape fruity aroma...

Nice and tart as expected. A bit of a drying, bitter grape skin feel, more dry than other Cantillons. Woody and musty, great lactic sourness with that familiar Cantillon funk...

Light bodied and highly carbonated giving it an even airier feel. Crisp and so delicious...way too easy to drink...

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Photo of shleepy
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into tumbler glass in Brussels. Relatively fresh bottle, ~6 months old.

A: No head. Cherry red color.

S: Funk is the dominant element in the smell, along with a fruitiness that is more akin to plums than grapes.

T: A mild taste, surprisingly (when I've had older bottles before, it was a lot more pungent and sour, I believe). There's a bit of relatively mild sourness at the start that fades away into a fruit juice sweetness, and a hint of bitterness/funk in the finish.

M: The sourness is masked by the fruitiness in the taste, but my lips have a stinging sensation when I put down the glass. So, it's flat but fairly highly acidic.

O: A pretty strange lambic. Maybe the ideal bottle age is ~1 year. The one I have now seems too fresh and uninteresting, but if it is too old, it is very potent and sour.

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

A : Poured a purplish-red color with a good head. It was bubbly and hazy

S : Lots of sour with a grape/wine aroma

T : Sour, sour, and more sour. There was less grape/wine flavor than I was expecting but it provided just enough flavor to add to the sour flavor and not overpower it.

M : Fizzy and thin. Perfect for the taste

D : Except for the price, this is probably my favorite lambic and I would love to have more.

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

750 ml bottled in 2010 shared by cenzo. Thanks Vince. Pours a bright cherry red with small white head that has decent retention and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a light brett funkiness, red wine grapes, light tannins with a bit of oak as well as a bit of cherry. The initial taste is quite sour with a little bit of sweetness and the red wine grapes coming through. A bit of oak and cherry are present as well as some lactic acid. The standard Cantillon barnyard funk is present in small amounts as well. The finish is dry with a light tannic astringency. Light to medium body with a really good slick mouthfeel. Low to medium carbonation. Another great Cantillon beer that I would be happy to drink anytime.

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Photo of thegoon55
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a beautiful reddish purple with a beautiful while head. Such a amazing appearance.

S- sweet grapes, oak, and a nice funk

T- not all too sour, more like a nice little tartness. nice funk with a mild grape flavor

M- light carbonation, light to medium body very very enjoyable and easy to drink

O- really enjoyed it. not as sour as i liked but still a very very enjoyable beer

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Photo of dasmusik
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle bought in Rome, dated October 2011.

Pours smooth into a tulip, thin head develops as it pours and aerates. lacing quickly runs to the edges of the glass before disappearing completely. Beautiful red/pink color, appears clear until it accumulates, and becomes opaque.

Classic Cantillon smell, starts fruity and juicy before overwhelming barnyard funk overtakes it. Almost smells rotten. I love it.

Fruity and oak, dry champagne type of alcohol taste, not cloying at all but the natural grapes add a bit of natural sweetness. Sourness creeps in and overtakes the sweetness.

So totally smooth and crispy on the finish, coats the whole mouth with a puckering sense throughout. The longer between sips, the more I want.

Great beer.

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

Poured form a 75 cl bottle into a Cantillon chalice

I'm going to be honest, I'm not great at describing beers. But this one is amazing. It's one of my all time favorite beers. My absolute favorite in its style. If you're familiar with Cantillon, think the Zwanze, but more red wine, particularly a right bank Bordeaux, than white wine. Perhaps the reason I love this so much is that it is a perfect blend of Bordeaux and lambic. I've had almost every kind of Cantillon beer and loved them all. They are fantastic in different ways. But this is the one they really got right.

One hell of a beer, especially if you moonlight as wine snob.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.9/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had the pleasure of drinking this at Capone's for their sweet and sour draft promotion. this was a 2006 vintage.

Not sure if it was the glassware or what, but while this style normally has a very generous head, my glass had none. there were some small off white bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass. The color was nice, a bit hazy reddish brown color. the smell was rather interesting, rotten grapes, funk, fruity/cherry. Cherry funk would describe it in a nutshell - but the funk is not a normal 'brett' funk - but something else.

The taste is interesting to boot, but interesting in a very good way. the beer continued to get better with each sip. not nearly as much funk in the taste as there was in the nose. tart cherries, subtle funk. great balance, somewhat soft, not overpowering. tartness was a decent level and nothing to scoff at. would be interested to try a more recent version to compare and out of the bottle as well. Glad I had a chance to drink this one.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
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 DaggerEyes
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle bought from the brewery. Cork said "bottled in 2007"

Poured a slightly hazy purpley red. It's a light plum color with a thin thin ring of white bubbles that doesn't hang around too long.

Aromas is very vinous, full of loads of berries and new oak. Funky, sour, but also some sweetness. Blueberry, raspberry, some cranberry, Acai. Clay earth. Red Wine Vinegar. Really great nose.

Taste is tart. The lambic taste really expresses itself here, where as on the nose it is much more wine like. Pucker inducing at times, but very refreshing...super dry on the finish. Barnyardy and funky.

Super complex and amazing beer. I wish we had brought back a few more bottles of this.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus pours a purplish red color with visible carbonation. Poured into a tulip, it sits more like a wine than a beer. Smell is a mix of sour tartness, hints of fruit, and a bit of funk. The taste is outstanding. Some funky and sour flavors hit up front and last throughout. The merlot grapes used in this brew are present as well, adding shades of wine to the overall flavor profile. Mouthfeel is well carbonated, and has a nice sour bite to it. Overall, this is a fantastic brew, and worthy of its reputation. Definitely not an everyday brew, but worth breaking out from time to time.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Blue Dog in Lansdale PA.
A- thin red wine color body with a fuchsia head. Clear and attractive, head dissipates quickly. According to the draft list, the head is formed by the addition of liquor to the wort prior to kegging.
S- lactic sour aroma and red wine notes.
T- beautiful cross between lambic and red wine. Truly a unique collaboration.
M- a little thinner than my preference however very appropriate. Carb is light to medium. Body is interesting and fairly complex.

Overall this is a solid offering from Cantillon and truly an (expensive) treat!

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Photo of nickss
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bright ruby color with almost no head.

Sour cherries in the nose, coupled with bitter alcohol, plum, vinous fruit and berries.

Tart and spicey.. cinnamon, clove, sugar and berries intermingle to make this an interesting brew.

Medium body.. puckering.... perfect.

Too tart to be extremely drinkable. A sipper to be sure. Still... delicious.

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Photo of 01001111
4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A slightly hazy raspberry color bordering on maroon with a healthy burst of head that eventually dissipates into a wisp.

S: Berries, red grapes left in the sun, and the almost cheesy Cantillon yeast funk.

T: Tart but not sour. Crisp and dry upfront followed by a wave of fruit that is initially more berry than grape but becomes more vinous in the finish. The aftertaste is a bold, funky rot but not nearly as unpleasant as that sounds. Again, there's a mild cheesy taste.

M: Thin and dry in the mouthfeel but bold in flavor.

O: This definitely grew on me as I made my way through the bottle. Not knowing quite what to expect I was perhaps underwhelmed or just unappreciative at first but as I drank more the balanced complexity became more apparent. Saint Lamvinus is certainly worthy of its stellar reputation.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.46/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into snifter.
55°F

$34.99 / ea.

A: Cloudy red body (pickled apples) topped with a small loose pink head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing and only a ring of bubbles around the glasses circumference.

S: Classic lactic sour aroma with the grape only mildly noticeable in the background. Could have more nuance and depth.

T: About what I would expect from a merlot infused lambic. The grapes linger in the background much like the aroma, withe the lactic sour dominates. Not much depth. Needs *something* that I'm just not getting.

M: Light to medium carbonation and a light body that still retains a presence. Obvious sour sensation on the tongue, but not overpowering and does not linger. Crisp.

D: Needs food to enhance the experience. The beer is crisp, light, and interesting, if not deep. Ultimately not able to stand on its own with regard to session qualities.

O: At $35 a bottle I expected much more from this selection. It is good, and obviously a cut above your typical lambic, but not great. I was disappointed.

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

Poured a slightly cloudy purplish-red with a rocky pink head.

The aroma was bursting with sour funk, vinous grapes, and citrus notes.

The flavor was tart and sour. The flavors of tart grapes were bright and punchy. The fruit bleneded well with complex brett funk, lacto, and pedio sourness with a slight, but pleasant cheesiness faint in the background. The grape flavor was more on the concord side of things, whereas Vigneronne has more of the white grape flavor if ya know what I mean...

The beer had prickly carbonation with a light mouthfeel. The beer finished very dry and had a mild astringency that complemented the sour charateristics.

A wonderful lambic with some amazing fruit flavors blended in. While this is an outstanding beer, I'm not sure it beats out Fou Foune in my ranks of Cantillon sours.

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

750ml bottle poured into a stemmed Cantillon glass. Bottle 27 October 2009. Purchased October 2010 in Athens, GA for $29.99.

Pours a gorgeous red/purple. Looks like a crown jewel sitting in the glass.

A soft funky aroma dances with the red wine grapes and mild oak notes. Nothing is out of place here.

Taste is on point for a Cantillon Lambic. The sour/funky component is present, but less intense than in other Cantillon offerings. The "sour" part of the beer meets a *very* slight sweetness perfectly, with the oak giving subtle yet essential tones to this beer. This is truly a masterpiece.

This beer is well carbonated. Light bodied, yet slick. Bone dry lingering tart finish. I can't find any flaws. Far, far above average.

This beer drinks like the finest wine or champagne. A joy to behold. I am glad I made it part of my New Years Eve 2010 celebration. Pricey? Yes. But do yourself a favor and try this one if you get the chance.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank a 2015 vintage on 5/13/2016

L - dark ruby red, nice pink head, really sexy

S - funk, lacto, some fruit and more as it warmed

T - red grapes, some raspberry, a little more dark fruits as it warms, and the oak opens up nicely as it warms

F - smooth, tart, a coating feel that's a little heavier for a sour in a great way

O - a very nice fruited lambic. a little overrated in my opinion, but i would assume it ages gracefully. the tartness was very pleasant, but the overall flavor profile was a bit of a letdown

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Photo of zoober911
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle date - 21 October 2014

L - A brilliant shade of deep red. Like a red raspberry. A slight head attempts to form with a vigorous pour, but never fully forms and dissipated fairly quickly.

S - A lot of funk with grape sweetness. Never understood the use of 'barnyard' to describe the smell, but now I do.

T - Funk overpowered by merlot grape sweetness.

M - Not as soft as I had expected, hence the lower rating. Definitely does not detract from the beer, just had expected a softer feel. Carb was right.

O - Overall this is a really delicious beer. Vibrant, refreshing, worthwhile. I could drink it by the bucketful.

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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