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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

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

Bottled Oct 27th, 2009
Thanks to sleepydave for bringing this one over!

Pours a vibrant red/grape color. Mostly clear body with a big, fizzy, pink head that quickly dies off.

The aroma consists of ripe, juicy grapes, vinegar and bits of cherry and raspberry. Quite fruity.

Juicy grapes from the aroma come across the tongue along with some nice vinegar tartness to induce mouth puckering. Moving beyond the grapes are sharp cherry notes, some acidity and a dry finish that leaves a light taste of straw and cheese. Grape skins and dried cherries come out as well. A juicy and tart flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is light with spritzy carbonation. Decently tart with a good body full of fruit juice.

Drinkability is very good for this lambic. The sourness is definitely there, yet this is an easy drinker and quite refreshing.

Overall, this is a great sour. I really like the merlot grapes both for the beautiful color and the flavor. Nothing really stands out, but everything is very well done. I'd love to have a bottle of this to sip on a lazy summer afternoon. You really can't go wrong with Cantillon.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I could not believe it when I saw that this was on cask last ngiht at the moan and dove in amherst. I usually can't really handle the sour cantillon beers because of their acidity, but this was too good an oppurtunity to pass up. I poured a beautiful red rasberry color into a glass that resembled one used for champagne. No head on this one really. Smell definitely had that baryard funk found in most Cantillon beers, with some sweet tart smells going on as well. First taste was huge on the sour notes. The second sip however, revealed a circus of fruit lying behind the initial sour notes. I think the fact that it was cask conditioned may have mellowed some of the sourness of it a bit. Mouthfeel was simply awesome....the more you let it swish around the mouth, the more intense flavors you get. One glass was enough for me...I would have liked more, but I didn't want intense heartburn, so I switched to something else. Simply a delightful beer. I'm not sure I would shell out the forty bucks for it, but who knows. Well done Cantillon.

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

2002 rendition.

This beer has a beautiful red color. There is a head, but very little retention. No lacing to speak of. Small, constant stream of bubbles near the side. Reminds me of champagne. When it gets lower in the glass, more brown colors come through.

Taste and smell have a lot of typical Cantillon funky notes. Fruit flavor peak out at the end, but I would be hard pressed to identify them as Bordeux grapes unless I knew they were Bordeux grapes ahead of time.

Very drinkable, but I like Cantillon funkiness. I've had this before with more grape notes and less funkiness. This shant be the last time I try this one out.

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

Review no. 400. Wow.

750ml, dated October 2009. 5 percent ABV. Purchased in Germany.

Bright, light purple hue with shades of pink. Scant layer of head persists, minimal lacing throughout.

Aroma is tart and funky, though not as pungent as most Cantillon. Grapeskins, minerals and light alcohol.

Flavor is excellent. This is a satisfyingly sour beer without going overboard, as many of the Cantillon brews do, in my humble opinion. There is plenty of ripe fruit with a mellow grape presence. More of a non-descript fruitiness. Dry. Big acidity excites the palate, but does not make me pucker. Bretty flavors are present, blending nicely with the bitterness. Nice and dry finish. The mouthfeel is light, but the carbonation is spot-on spritzy, with fine bubbles.

I'm no Lambic expert, but this is a very well-balanced beer, probably the most drinkable and enjoyable I've had from Cantillon. Quite a treat.

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

Served on tap at Local Option in a snifter.

Appearance: The base color of this beer is a hazy cherry, with tints ranging from bright orange to walnut depending on the light. A very interesting appearance is capped with an light pinkish head. The retention is not amazing, but a ring around the beer sticks around for a while.

Smell: A fair amount of acidity in the aroma, tart grapes, vinegar, and some nice funk.

Taste: A full red grape flavor right from the start. The flavor is predictably tart, with an acidic vinegar roaming throughout. Some barnyard funk is present, although fairly modest. The sour flavor lingers after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with crisp carbonation up front. The feel smooths out toward the end. Definitely causes the salivary glands to go into overdrive and creates a moderate puckering sensation, although this falls into the 'average' range of sourness.

Overall: I have been waiting to try this beer for a while now, and it did not disappoint. Due to the grapes, it has an obvious wine-like character, which is enjoyable. Whether it is worth the price tag, however, is debatable.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2015-05-11
750ml bottle in a basket split amongst a bunch of wine glasses at the Cantillon brewery.

Pours beet red. The color of borscht! Cork fragments in the beer. Someone needs to buy Cantillon a more effective cork puller. There is a ring of head. Smell is wine and tartness.

Taste is soft, grapey, and tart. Balanced -- very dry.

Mouthfeel is soft, velvety, with a touch of carbonation. Overall, again, very good.

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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 sprinkle
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright ruby red in color. Fine champagne bubbles. Great nose of slight wet horse blanket with fruit undertones. Smooth in the mouth not as upfront in your face sour as there others definatly more refined. Same tecture of wine, like silk running over your tongue.Hints of roses and nice fine tannins.

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

A - A nice deep red with great pink highlights and pink on the edges. The head foamed up big, but not too big, and was a pretty looking pink color. Didn't leave a lot of lacing.

S - Not as much funk as I would expect. Clean and tart, you get a nice lambic taste, with a subtle but deep grape smell. A little bit of wine wood influence comes.

T - Get the deep grape taste, but without a horrible phenol and weird funk that I thought was coming in this. Quite tart, nicely sweet, deep fruit flavor, some cherry and a nice wine wood influence comes through.

M - Great carbonation is almost perfect for this medium bodied brew. Dry finish, but not super dry.

D - Tartness gets to you, but still easy to drink.

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

750mL bottle poured into a tulip; 2011 batch

Ruby red (almost plum) colored body with a thin cap full of tiny bubbles. Musty red wine grapes, barnyard, soft oak, lightly aged cheese, and lactic tartness. At first the nose seems real straightforward, but as you keep diving in, more layers reveal themselves. On the palate, sweet yet tart red grapes up front, with a mustiness coming out mid-palate. Barnyard notes through the middle with some oak before a final rush of cherries and grapes. The finish is crisp and dry. A long lingering tartness in the finish. The body is on the light side of medium with perfect carbonation. This lambic is a great bridge beer for the wine drinker. Loads of wine grape flavor with a moderate tartness. This could easily win over some wine drinkers. I found this to be delicious. The flavors are bold, and really release off the palate quickly to reveal this lingering tartness that satisfies the sour cravings.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Younger35 is the shiznizzle.

Pours a cloudy garnet with a thin, wispy head that disappears in seconds. Cherries, grapes, oak, red wine, and vinegar on the nose. Sour grapes & cherries hit first, with oakiness and sweet fruit flavors following. Very rich & complex. Tart for sure, but not overpowering, with the sweeter side providing a nice balance. Finishes crisp & dry.

This is the kind of sour that American brewers are trying to emulate. Easily up there with the best.

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Photo of nataku00
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Trappist in Oakland during their March 25, 2011 Shelton Brothers sponsored event.

Poured into a Cantillon tumbler style crystal glass. Color is a dark scarlet red, with brighter ruby reds at the edge of the glass when held up to the light. Half a finger of loose pink foam quickly dissipates to the surface, leaving minimal lacing. Some nice carbonation visible at the edge of the glass, streaming up vigorously.

Nose is very vinuous, with sour red wine vinegar, astringent grape peel, light sour cherry, and sweet red fruits like cherries and raspberries and grapes. Earthy and woody funk, light oak and grassy funk.

Taking a sip, the taste really follows the nose, very grapey and vinuous, some tannic and astringency on the tongue right away. Sweet red fruits help to balance the sourness and earthy funk. Finishes with sweet berries, grape peels and oak on the tongue.

Light bodied and very easy to drink. Very mild sourness on this lambic, but lots of flavors to enjoy.

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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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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 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 smcreator
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was the second lambic beer I have tried, although I had a hard time deciding if this was a wine or a beer. It looked beautiful; it had the color of wine (a rich burgundy red) as well as the head from a beer. The taste was nothing but strange. It was dry-ish like a wine, but it was well balanced and had beer attributes. My palate was very confused the whole time as it was trying to decide if it was drinking merlot or beer. I enjoyed the drink overall, and I had no trouble drinking it since I like the dryness of wine. A very balanced beverage.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a pinkish purple in color with a very thin head which left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: you could definitely sniff out the Merlot grapes in the nose alongside the signature oakum funky character, some acidity and a slight amount of citrus as well.

T: the flavor was even dominated by the Merlot grapes, tons of funky horse blanket character, oakum accents and a touch of citrus.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a fruity, oaky, funky, and sour finish.

D: the beer was drinking amazing and a great sour bite. Very glad to have this one again.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage at Beer Deluxe. From notes I wish I had more time to take.

A - Poured a hazy dark pink with one finger of light pink head. Film of retention and spotty lace.

S - Grape skins, funk, and vinegar. Spot on for a Lambic made with grapes.

T - Quite tart with grape skins, vinegar, and what I could only describe as pink tart fruits. Definitely some hay and lemon candy as well.

M - Strong carbonation, dry tart finish and medium body.

O/D - A solid, flavourful beer that I enjoyed on a sunny afternoon. Very tasty.

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

75cl bottle. Pours a deep violet, hazy, with a light violet head. Smells acrid, of vinegar, macerated grapes, apple cider, caramel. Very one-dimensional taste, sour, with notes of macerated fruit, funky lambic, vinegar. A well done lambic, I just thought I'd feel the grapes more.

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

750ml corked & capped bottle poured into a wine glass, bottled 18 November 2008.

Pours a deep amber with a light reddish/orange color. There is a small white head with some light bubbles rising up. Nose is very tart and a bit funky, there's a barnyard sourness that's uniquely Cantillon.

Taste is tart and tingly all over, very sharp and funky, but not over the top like some Drei Fontinen beers. There is a light grape flavor, but it's not over the top or very strong, and it's well balanced by the oakiness that's equally present. Mouthfeel is light, carbonated and a bit champagne-like. Finish is very dry and sour, just how it should be, fantastic beer!

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

2010 Bottle

A - Bright red with a burgundy red color. Clear warm body that looks like liquor. White head that sits on the edges

S - Tart lambic with gueuze like sourness, light blue cheese funk, red wine, tannis, and grape skins

T - Tart lemon peel and lambic up front. Blue cheese, funk and really light red wine presence in the middle. Tart cherry near the back end with war head tartness and light oak to it

M - Tart with a dry finish to it with a slight juiciness from the wine.

O - This is another solid lambic from Cantillon but it's not my favorite one. The wine is there and add some nice presence but it is a bit overdrawn but the tartness and is lacking on the funk. All of that said it is still great just not one of my favorite.

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

(Served in a wide-body flute)
2002 vintage

A- When I peeled of the black foil the cap is very rusted and corroded with a black crust. The cork underneath has micro-bubbles oozing out of the middle forming a tiny layer of beer. When I pulled the cork it was all soaked through and a fine mist of beer covered the table with a pop.

This beer pours a raspberry red hazy body with a good strong carbonation. The head is a thick pinkish foam with peppered with little black specs from the bottle. The head soon dissipates to a mass of bubbles in the center of a thin ring around the rim.

S- The earthy smell of decomposition comes through with some strong notes of barnyard. There is a faint vinous dark red wine note in the background. The strong aroma of pigs comes through more than any other barnyard note.

T- There is a nice tartness that makes me pucker on the first few sips but then starts to blend with some sweet red grape notes which remind me of raspberries. The finish is a dry earthy quality that has a big fizz to the taste. As it warms a bit there are notes of plums in the fruit. The bright fruit taste hangs on the tongue after each sip. With the next glass the flavor changes more and more with each sip. The flavors of fresh red wine grapes of the wine with a faint mellon note before the taste of sweettarts comes through in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a champagne fizz in the texture.

D- This is an interesting fruit lambic but I thought the aroma was a bit one-dimensional and I didn't get the depth and complexity out of the fruit that I was expecting.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

As with other Cantillion entries I find this immensely simple but incredibly flavorful. The nose is sour, winish, earthy minerals and purple grapes. The flavor is sour, tart and simple people grapes and cherry. So simplistic but so delicious it's not really a beer but it seems like a liquid candy.

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

I had very very high expectations for this beer. I have become a huge fan of Cantillon, as they have never let me down with any of there sour Lambics or Gueuze. I nearly acquired this before. I had it on my order but due to the huge price I removed it from my list and made room for 6 or seven other beers in it's place. When I changed my mind and decided to pay the price... it was no longer available. Thus, I was very excited to find this beer on-tap at Capone’s. Talking to another friend who had it in the bottle previously he thought the bottle was better than this tap version, true or not my wife and I both enjoyed it. I bought a growler for $45 at Capons Restaurant in Norristown PA. It seemed a better deal than the $30 for a 750ml. I also shared the beer with many of my friends. [In retrospect I should have been a selfish bastard because my wife and I *really* liked the beer, more than many of my friend, but I like to share so ... =)]

Appearance: Pours an attractive red color with a small pink head and little lacing.

Smell: WOW! Acidic Lambic berry tartness and vinegar in the nose. Sour cherries sweet-tart candies, and some dry vinous alcohol.

Taste: This is a dominantly sour beer but it has a small element of sweet sugar like a candy before the tartness takes over. Berry and cherry and sour grapes blend together in a sour flavor that is somewhat vinous, and that has a notable alcohol element undisguised, and the leaves you with the dry lingering aftertaste. The sour flavor carries over into the long linger dry aftertaste and leave you with more sweet-tarts on the cheeks. As a fan of dry wine, my wife found this a familiar sensation.

Mouthfeel: This is so dry and yet, active with sharp sour interplay against cheeks and the light carbonation snap-crackle-pop on the tongue. It is pretty rough across the tongue in a beautiful sour Lambic fashion. And I love the bone dry finish.

Drinkability: As it warms it actually becomes a bit more rough. The acidity becomes even more pronounced and the tartness forcing the pucker becomes more and more intense. If you want to avoid that, Then it is best to drink this shortly after opening, and boy it does go down nicely, but I recommend sharing it, despite the $30-$40 price tag. It is a lot of sour. Personally, I love it, I could handle putting it in my kegorator, if I was interested in spending the $450 for a quarter barrel keg.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light red with a thin pink head.

The smell is fruity - cherry and raspberry - sour/tart aroma.
The taste is fruity - cherry/raspberry - tart with some sour. Very fresh and flavorful. As it warms, sweet grainy malt balances out the fruitiness. Rich and complex. The feeling of a grape skin sticks to tongue, giving it a long, dry finish.

Worth about $30 a bottle? As an occassional treat - it is a good lambic. Serves as a nice apperitif or to pair with a fruity desert.

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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