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
Ranking:
#75
Reviews:
486
Ratings:
2,141
pDev:
7.49%
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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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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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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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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 2,141 ratings