Cantillon Saint Lamvinus | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Saint LamvinusCantillon Saint Lamvinus
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:
#74
Reviews:
486
Ratings:
2,133
pDev:
7.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,418
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Photo of ahalloin
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought to our tasting by Will, thanks buddy.

Pours a dark blood orange flesh color with a white head with tight lacing and bubbles. Cloudy fluid.

The smell is quite complex with super fruit and lactic sourness. Lush oak richness.

Taste is superbly balanced between sweet fruitiness and sourness. Full oak tannins create a puckering.

Medium high carbonation and silky mouthfeel.

Overall, this is excellent lambing style.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body color is a translucent brownish garnet, pours with a good head that quickly dissipates to a ring. No lacing.

Nose is classic Cantillon notes of old wood, spice, brett band-aid, fruit, and other funk.

Tastes deliciously sour with tart red grapes, green apples and lemon with a wheat malt backbone and malt sugar balance. This one has been aged 4 years since it was bottled in 2008, so it may have lost some fresh grape taste, but it is still tasting delightfully sour and grapey. Finishes dry and lightly spicy with wood and grape tannins.

Body is light and carbonation soon evaporates, providing a flat tart mouthfeel typical of lambics.

Overall, this is a delicious drinking lambic beer. The addition of merlot grapes crosses into wine territory and thereby invites comparison to wine. As it gets flat in the glass, it starts to look like a rosé wine. But the main impression I get is the strong presence of brett, considered an infection by wine makers, but welcomed by lambic makers. No place to sort all that out here, but this is an excellent complex sour beer to sip while pondering the commonalities and differences between lambic beers and wine.

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Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of pmarlowe
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2011. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a brilliant, pinkish red with a finger of white-pink head. Excellent ring of retention which lasts the entire glass. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Super funky barnyard notes with hints of oak, vanilla, raspberry, and cherry. Some of the funk recedes as the beer warms.

T: Raspberry, strawberry, tannic oak, a very nice moderate sourness, with a long, sour-warhead-like finish with slight sweetness and red wine.

M: Medium body and carbonation with a creamy texture.

O: Exceedingly drinkable, the sourness is balanced with the fruit nicely. Oak and merlot grape flavors/aromas are much subtler than I was expecting.

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Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ultra rare 37,5 cl bottle. Ha, ha, ha! Taste the rareness....

A: dull, oxidized purple color. Forms a small, faintly purple tinted whitish head. Little retention. No lacing.

S: bright and acidic with strong grape skin notes. Smells like a fermented Concorde grape juice.

T: taste is similar, that is it tastes like fermented Concorde grape juice. Vinous, but distinct from wine itself. Moderately tart, mildly acidic, grapy tannins. Getting a lot of grape skins. Finishes with a mild astringency.

M: medium bodied, tart, mild astringency.

O: a nice beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.6/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at 3 penny taproom to hfs sniffer

A: a red plum color that I can best describe as Scarlett with a thin White lacing it is semi cloudy but not near opaque with no floaters

S:it's cleaner then I expected it to smell not a whole lot of funk though its there the grape must definitely comes out a very balanced smell

T:wow this is where this bee really takes the cake it is sweet sour and tart up front there is lot of fruit flavor of grapes and green apple it lasts all throughout the finish which is also very sweet

M: smooth and crisp goes down very easily lots of sweet but not overpowering the bubblyiness makes this really drinkable

O: probably the best sour I've ever had a balance d great sour/tart flavor with fruit grape and a crisp bubbly really drinkable feel I understand why cantillon is number one

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 2,133 ratings
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