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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:
485
Ratings:
2,118
pDev:
7.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 2,118 |  Reviews: 485
Photo of absoluthamm
4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of doremite
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sfr26
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Sigurd
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Clear mostly red and pink with a little orange. Clear, watery edges.

S: Funk. Similar to other Cantillon's I've had, but a little less overpowering with more fruit in the nose.

T: Sour, as expected. Grape is definitely present but not overpowering. Well balanced between the lambic sour and the fruit flavor.

M: Fizzy and thin. Fairly clean taste but the sour pleasantly lingers and fades.

D: I could drink this all night. This may be my new favorite lambic.

Highly recommended to any lambic fan, or a fan of good beer in general.

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4.8/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Mistofminn
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My god...as if Duck Duck Gooze wasn't enough, I got lucky enough for kbutler1 to purchase and open this one on a whim. Thanks a bunch Kevin, this is an excellent lambic!

750 ml bottle split 3 ways, 2008 version.

Pours a nice ruby amber color, with a nice off-white head with surpringly good retention and light lacing. Fine carbonation.

The nose is sour, just as it should be. Very vinous and acidic. Fruity and tart. Light funky notes, with wet hay and other barnyard aromas light, but present.

Taste is just excellent. Very vinous, sour grapes, very wine like. Tart and acidic, sour and funky. It's the perfect combination of all things lambic. If this isn't the best lambic out there then I want to know where it is.

Mouthfeel is light, acidic and mouthpuckering. Goes down sharp, leaves a tingling on the tougue. Drinkability is fantastic, this went way to fast.

The only reason I've never had this before is the price tag. I now completely understand why it's priced the way it is. This is a fantastic beer and one I will definitely be buying in the future. Thanks Kevin!

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4.8/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of rudzud
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey's 3 year anniversary event on 8/24.

I knew this was going to be beer #400, so I wanted it to be somethin special.

A - Poured a beautiful pinkish purple/red hue with a one finger fizzy one head that fades slowly to leave a nice halo.

S - Excellent funk and light barnyard with nice sweet fruits (raspberries, grape, cherry). Just delicious, inviting lambic aromas.

T - Funky, fruity, raspberries. Nice sourness, nice tartness, good fruits (raspberry, grapeskin, etc).

M - Dry, crisp, super refreshing and incredibly mouthwatering.

O - Overall this was spectacular. So glad I got to try this on tap, and even more glad that I have a bottle tucked away in my cellar.

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Photo of rye726
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a murky dark raspberry with a silky tan head.

I detect tart fruits, red grapes, oak, moss covered wood, damp rotting soil and a subtle manure aroma.

The taste did not quite hold the same complexity found in the nose, but is still quite impressive. A well balanced blend of sour berries, subtle barnyard funk, oak and Burgundy wine.

Body is crisp and acidic with a delicate carbonation and a tart, dry finish. A well blended lambic that would pair well with a fine aged cheese.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well after trying many of the Cantillon offerings I was ready to see what all the hype was about this brew. Pours a cloudy ruby red with a skimish white head that leaves no lace. Aromas are of a typical lambic, but almost a little more subtle. There was the classic barnyard, pungent sourness / tartness and just a slight slight hint of grape. For flavor this beer was just incredible. Smooth and well rounded this beer starts off sour and tart, but it just doesn't overwhelm the pallate like most Cantillon's. There was only the slightest hint of grape flavor and just a little carbonation, but it was enough to just add a little extra something to this beer. The Saint finished a little acidic but not overwhelming like so many other lambics, with just the right amount of sourness to keep this beer very drinkable. By far of all the Cantillon's this is the best, just well textured, good balance of flavors between the tartness and sourness, and the acidic fruit flavors. Though it may be a bit pricey, if you see this around, its definetly worth the pick up.

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Photo of younger35
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this from Discount Liquors in Milwaukee for $27.99. Not cheap but I'm expecting to love this!! This is officially my first brew from Cantillon and I'm overly ready. I feel like it's my first time. Drank from a wine glass as directed on bottle.

Bottled in 2004 with some obvious leakage under the foil and a soft, slightly damp cork.

Appearance- Pours an absolutely beautiful crystal clear pinkish red with a perfectly delicate, perfectly soft lightly colored pinkish white head. The cap and collar remain the entire time but somehow not much lacing is left behind.
Smell- Wow, the funkiest brew I've had the privilege of sniffing to date. Cheesy and sweaty dirty it smells as if this brew hasn't bathed in 5 years. The mustiness is very earthy and mushroom like and this become more apparent as it warms. Vinous and sour this bad boy has a lot going on. Cidery with sorts of a balsamic or, probably more appropriate, red wine vinegar like aspect that I love. My mouths a watering.
Taste- Now this is a treat!! Super acidic and tart from the first sip, a vinegary sort of dryness just engulfs my entire mouth. The grapes are light and fruity and play a bigger part in the taste than the nose. Supremely sour and puckering at first but once your mouth adjusts this thing becomes smooth and funky. Murky and earthy the horsehair is way lighter in the taste than the nose but it's still moderately (and perfectly might I add) dirty. Finishes with a sort acidic vinous bite that is slightly fruity and lingers for quite some time.
Mouthfeel- Light to medium feel with sharp aggressive carbonation and dry finish. The beer is very quenching and it sticks with me.
Drinkability- The first drink really socks ya in the throat. Once you acclimate though it become VERY drinkable and hella enjoyable. The balance between funk and fruit is almost perfect and after smelling the beer I would have never have guessed. Absolutely fantastic brew that I'm o-so-glad I payed the price for. Can't wait to dig into more of these Cantillon brews in the near future.

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Photo of Ben1313
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of craft_is_king
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aircristinab23
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of atrocity
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

St. Lam '13 vintage brought direct from Brussels

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Photo of jaymo18
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kash2112
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drmcleod10
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%

2009 bottle poured into a dyno glass and split amongst friends at Perennial before the SdB Release.

A - Cloudy off-redish pink color with a sizable white foam head that lingers. The liquid actually started permeating through the cork and was worried when I opened this. But the appearance was menacing.

S - This started with an off-putting nose, but once it warmed up a bit it started to shine. Nose include grape notes, oak, lemon and lactic. These smells did not come out until it warmed.

T - Taste is the best I have had from Cantillon so far. Tart notes that aren't overpowering which allow the merlot grapes shine. Really smooth and full of flavor for being 5 years old.

M - A little creamier and smoother than others maybe because of the age. But this has been hands down the best mouthfeel I've had from a Loon

O - Really glad I have a 2010 to visit soon and would love to try older vintages of this

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Photo of philly224
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tnudish
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2011 vintage poured into a Duvel art glass.

A-Pours hazy brilliant red of shade with a tight, thin white head. Head quickly dissipates and doesn’t leave any lacing.

S-Nose is grape, oak, some band aid (this might be because I didn’t wash my glass from the last beer), lemon, and must.

T-The flavor is where Lamnivus shines. It’s balance between the lemon and grape is superb, they complement each other perfectly. In addition, Lamnivus has some nice mineral characters as well as a good amount of must.

M-Light mouthfeel, moderate acidity, prickly carbonation, and a nice enduring finish.

O-One of the best fruit lambics around, I’m hard pressed to name many I would take over this. Really wish bottles weren’t so hard to come by.

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Photo of will_eye_e
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of seangibbs60
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mctizzz
4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Shawner
4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 2,118 ratings
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