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:
2,055
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479
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
8.13%
 
 
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Photo of Soneast
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of kidzord
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kmpitz2
4.97/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This rare treat was shared between 4 people last night, and I have to believe that I will have to drink this beer again, without the other 3 glasses being shared. The liquid pours a beautiful rosey ruby color with a finger of spritzey head that immediately fallst to ring the beer with large bubbles. This one is very wine-like in the color, somewhere between a blush and a dark red. The nose was true to the Cantillon form. Funky, sour, acidic, but with a nice fruity grape coming in behind the funk, smelling so damn good. The flavor. What can one say about liquid nirvana; something so awesome that I would be happy to drink exclusively for the rest of my life. What struck me most was how mellow and smooth this was. I've had a few of the Cantillon line, but this was every bit as funkey, but much more mellow. Still sour and acidic and tart, but not puckering. The grape flavor hits secondarily behind the initial burst of sour and acid, but it serves to polish this beer like the finest diamond. The feel was a weak moderate to moderate, wtih a light, dancing bubble on my tonge. Nothing that got in the way, but enough to know it was there. Awesome balance on the pucker factor. Wow...wow, wow, wow. If there is anything left to say about the drinkability that can't be drawn from what I've already said, I don't know what it would be. Hunt this beer. Drink this beer. Love this beer. So good.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks joe

pours a hazy raspberry color with no head, some sediment. the nose is potently red winey vinous, funky, and a touch sweet. it tastes the same with great grape and oak, slight wine/vinegar, and finishes with a bit of yeast. medium, bodied, under-carbonated, lingering grape skin bitter/tartness, drinkable and dry. this beer is excellent, worth seeking out.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Furley80
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of oldp0rt
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MickeyHops
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PHBoiler
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely purple grape color in the glass. Nose is balanced between fruit, acid, and tannins. The beer itself provides an earthy funk alongside the juicy wine-like grape character and drying tartness. Enough fruit character to keep the beer from entering into high tartness.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Sampled a 6 oz. pour at Brett Fest at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn, NY in August 2009.

A: The best feature of this beer. Looks like cranberry juice, yet tastes a whole lot better.

S: Strong, flowery champagne-esque aroma.

T: Sharp and bitter, yet fruity at the same time.

M: Light on the tongue with little to no carbonation.

D: One of the defining characteristics of this beer. Can definitely drink the whole 750ml bottle in one sitting.

Overall, a solid offering from Cantillon and a neat one to have tried on tap.

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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

On-tap at The Publick House in Brookline, MA.

An interesting reddish color that looks a lot like wine, but that comparison dies with the big, fluffy, light pink head that crowns this body. Although it looks like it might have some staying power, that big head disappears quickly and doesn't leave any lacing behind.

The smell is earthy, a little cheesy, and the aroma of grapes, pretty much like wine, dominates.

The comparision to wine is pertinenet in describing every facet of this beer; in my opinion it is a beer/wine hybrid. My first sip I said, "this tastes like wine." A variety of grapes make this tastes like a mixture of different wines, and a good, strong, earthy flavor provides a backbone. This earthy taste is the bridge between the wine and beer flavors palate wise, but also because it is a characteristic I have found in both beer and wine. Sure enough, after you get past the fact that Saint Lamvinus tastes like wine, you will notice that it also tastes like a lambic with its puckering tartness. Along with that tartness is a sizeable musty flavor.

The mouthfeel is one area where Saint Lamvinus doesn't really compare to wine. Very slightly puckering and with only a medium body. Somewhat dry finish.

This thing went down really fast. Sure, I only had an 8oz pour, but even considering that. This lacks the sour punch that other cantillons have, and this is one I think could spend some time in the cellar. Overall a fascinating beer, but I don't know that I will ever pay 40 bucks for a bottle of it.

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

Thanks to Jastack for the brew.

For me, this will be a day long remembered. Isabella Proximus, Jahva, Gordon, and now Cantillon Saint Lamvinus. Truly epic.

Pours a hazy reddish pink brown. Yes, all those at once. A half inch or so of white foam quickly vanishes, leaving a thin white crust behind.

Smell is the familiar sour funk with a tart, acidic red wine background. The taste is more varied, with the familiar sour apple/pear funk overlaid with chardonnay grapes gone funky, and a wonderful effervescent soury champagne-esque/dry mouthfeel. Have I mentioned "sour" enough yet? If not, here's one more: the beer is sour.

One of the greatest beers I've ever had, and the vinous/oaky characteristics are truly sublime. If I hadn't tasted Isabella Proximus earlier today, I might actually be even more glowing in my review than I am. But, so it goes.

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

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

Still and deep ruby red with not a head and a white ring around the glass.

In your face raspberry tart aromas, with hints of cherry and thick spicy-ness with a yeasty finish.

Tart, with a bone dry finish. Lush raspberry, and dried cherry flavors. Spicey, flowery and full of deliciously drinkable. Great one too change the mood.

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

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. big thanks eric!

750ml bottle, capped and caged. bottled 2004. sampled jan 11/08.

pours slightly hazy orangey pink with a big fluffy white head. the head drops fairly slow and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is excellent. as soon as we started to pour you could smell it - fruit and funk. bit of lemon. lactic sourness. horse blanket. leather. light sweetness, but mostly as fruit. light acidity. grape and raisin. there's a bit of a minty herbal character hiding in there too. really interesting.

taste is great. lemony sourness. big funky horse blanket blast. barnyard funk. i still get that minty herbal character here, and i like it, though the other tasters don't really get this. bit of lemon. light fruity sweetness. nice wine character, white more than red. touch of vanilla. light acidity. bread and crackers. bit of grain. no trace of alcohol. bit of other citrus too - light grapefruit, tangerine, and orange.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium body with a fairly dry finish. sour, but not acidic.

drinkability is great. excellent depth. great funky sourness without acidity. no trace of alcohol. nice balance between the funk, sourness, and other character. curious how other vintages compare. i'll be on the lookout for this one.

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
4.43 out of 5 based on 2,055 ratings.
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