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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,062
Reviews:
481
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
8.13%
 
 
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Photo of mportnoy
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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Photo of thecheapies
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Saint Lamnivus.

Crimson red with good clarity. Left the bottom third in the glass.

Musty grape and grape must with a high note of tartness, funky Brett-y-ness, and vinous notes. So ripe, yet tart. Unreal complexity. Oak, lemon rind, wet hay, and sweaty sock.

Super-serious. Sour, but not rifingly so. A bounty of red wine grape, lemon peel, stale bread heel, black currant, wet hay, and a finish of perky spice and wet sock funk. So palatably delicious and somewhat smooth and held together. So refined. Musty and funky and sour. Great feel from the carbonation, which isn't too much. So good.

Thank you, ChurchKey. Made MY D.C. experience!

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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

75cl bottle of the recent 2012 vintage purchased at Brasserie Cantillon for on-premise consumption in Cantillon taster glasses, 7/4/2013.

Aroma: Very sour and acidic, light scents of grape sweetness complemented by a nice but not quite too heavy earthy funk. There is a nice oak hue in the background as well. It makes me think of a sour red wine. Drinking this at the brewery I think makes for a nice complementary effect as that distinctive "Cantillon funk" smell is reflected very well here.

Colour: Darker ruby red body, but not quite as dark red as a merlot would be. Pours with a light pink head that persists throughout the course of the bottle. Not much lacing. Swirls like a nice red wine.

Flavour: Absolutely perfect in my limited opinion. So much earthy funk especially at the beginning and the end. Acidic sourness, oak tannins and a moderately residual grape sweetness are all there and never go away such that by the end, it blends into a deliciously sour-but-sweet complexity that one comes to expect from grapes in general. So enjoyably interesting and complex, like a well-carbonated Bordeaux even.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, strong carbonation. Acidic but does not leave a particularly dry finish. A refreshing lambic that leaves my mouth tingling with sour funk on the back end. So easy to drink, which made me sad when we got to the end of the bottle.

Overall: This is as good as it got for my experience at Brasserie Cantillon. Having already tried the regular lineup, LPK and LPF, this one is my absolute favorite. There are characteristics of a tasty red wine here for sure, yet it tastes like a great lambic beer with the carbonation of champagne. It's just an awesome brew that I would recommend to anyone with the opportunity to purchase a bottle. If I get more of these, they are going into the cellar to be cracked on special occasions.

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4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 18 October 2011

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby red color with a pinkish/purple hue and a fingers worth of head that fizzles out within seconds

S: Quite funky and sour/tart up front along with a light sweetness from the grapes. Also get quite a bit of oakiness and earthiness

T: Starts off with a big blast of funk and sourness and then goes into the oakiness and woody/earthy flavors. Get some tannins in there as a result. The merlot grapes come through in the background throughout the entirety of tasting, providing a hint of sweetness. Finishes lightly sweet with a lingering funk

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Very acidic

O: Wow. What a brew. This blend is absolutely fantastic, especially with the nearly 2 years on the bottle. I suppose the funkiness has developed a bit (this one really opens up with a blast of funk/sour/tart) and the oak has also shown up more. Quite pricey (I paid $30 for a 750 mL bottle) but well worth the investment. This is a must-try

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

The colour is red, dark with a head that is light pink. The head disappear quickly. The beer is lightly effervescent. The aroma is funky, so good. It reminds me of the brewery... I feel like I'm at the brewery! This is typical Cantillon smell. The raisins are faint 'tho... or its too dominated by the funky... maybe its me that is overwhelmed by it... its so good. On the taste, its sour. A good sour. Love it. It start with some fruits and then it switch to the sourness.

Once the beer gets warmer, I get the raisins by some wines typical aroma. So easy to drink. This is an awesome beer!

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
4.43 out of 5 based on 2,062 ratings.
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