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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

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473
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1,984
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
16.7%
 
 
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Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A truly world-class offering. 2014 750ML poured into Lambic Tumbler.

The look of this beer is a bright shiny red, it is absolutely stunning, it is not like a kriek, more like bright red. The carbonation is light but present and the head is a quarter inch that dissipates rather quickly. The smell is incredibly barnyard-y, horse blanket, everything you would expect from a Cantillion offering. However, the scent of the grapes used in this Fruit Lambic are identifiable as well with a strong wine aroma with citrus.

The taste is unquestionably balanced, with a sour surge at the beginning, and a beautiful fruit-forward beaujolais taste that is low in tannins. The finish is dry and a gentle fruit rests on the palate.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Epic beer, pours a beautiful plum color. The fragrance hits you from a mile away. The flavor is just unbelievable, can't believe they use those grapes for anything else. Crisp, almost the perfect amount of sour...Will be seeking this one out again.

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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 spinrsx
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle received through private import - 2013 vintage

Appearance - Burgundy colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grapes, vinegar, Lemon

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste citric notes and grapes/cherries/currants. There is also a light vinegar flavour and a light amount of barnyard funk. It ends with tart yet fruity aftertaste.

Overall - You can really taste the quality and refinement in this beer. It has a perfect balance and a complex taste that keeps you wanting more. A perfect beer to pair with cheese.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2013
Appearance: pours the color of really fresh and ripe plum flesh. a finger or so of a white head with good retention and leaving behind a solid lacing. pretty hazy and almost to opaque.

Smell: spicy red wine grapes and oak barrels, fruits from cherries to plums. slight vinegar and funk

Taste: opens with red grapes with a strong and spicy red wine character, the presence of oak red wine barrels are apparent. after the initial red wine comes lots of other fruits, mostly cherry and plum. towards the end a strong funky flavor comes in and mixes with some oak.

Mouthfeel: medium. Super funky. Slight acid.

Overall: another killer sour by Cantillon. the amount of fruit flavor they get in the beers is amazing. also the funkiness is unlike any other breweries and they are the almost at the level of refreshing as berliners and goses

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Photo of aleigator
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

St. Lamvinus '14 vintage

Has a beautiful, vibrant color of red grapes, revealing a ruby note, and a fizzy, soon vanishing head.

Has aromas of a distinct leathery funkiness, paired with ripe grapes, pulling out their stone qualities in the best way, due to the supportive, wooden barrel. The funky barnyard tartness blends extremely well into the fermented, vinous, sour grapes. The fruitiness, as well as the wooden oakiness illustrate the acidic tartness in a very intriguing way, evoking the feeling of this being more wine than beer.

Begins with prickly, unripe grapes among earthy, leathery malts. The grapes turn sweeter, riper as the malts stand out against the tart sourness, adding stone fruit qualities to the taste. At the same time, carried by a lively carbonation, the sourness becomes quite intense, with a vinegar note, evoked by the fermented grape sourness, while both tastes blend well together, wrapped up by the wooden barrel. Finishes with a tongue quenching, slightly dry sourness, along with lemon zest and grape pulp. The beer still reminds me in many ways of a young wine, while missing its typical sweetness, replaced by the typical lambic tartness, with a refreshing, high carbonation.

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Edit: first time was a very small pour.

I was able to have a more substantial pour this time and it was just as good or better. Pours a beautiful bright pink with a bubbly white head. The smell and taste is funk and grape and oak. My favorite Cantillon to date.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Adding a review after the '15 I had recently. Opened at room temperature.

L: Wonderful deep red hue with a slightly pink head. Great carb.

S: Smells like funk wine! I feel like the fruited Cantillons just work with their signature funk better than their Gueuze. It's very clean.

T: It is very similar to a carbonated wine with some clean funk. Since this is a '15, it's definitely very fruit forward and jammy.

O: Probably my favorite vintage yet. Saint Lam has always been one of my least favorite Cantillon fruits, but I really enjoyed this bottle.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.82/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kyle for a long time want. Took a long time for the distinctive diaper smell to wane. Grapes are not overwhelming, but the big fruit tartness really hangs on. Appreciate the opportunity!

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Photo of Santanax
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Was at a cantillon tasting... after having 011 LPF and 2010LPK and a 2013 Fou and Rose de Gambrinus Bio Kriek my buddy pos the cork on the St. Lam... we wait patiently for our pours 4 of us including pourer.... the room is full of grape amazing grape scent all of a sudden rich musty funky grape. the Flavor is the same... rich sour funky Grape... OMFG!!!! best of the best of the best!!!!

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Cantillon, St. Lam is just an amazing lambic with fruityness and sour blending perfectly to make an amazingly enjoyable beer. If I could turn every lambic & wild into St Lam, I would be happy.

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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 drmcleod10
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%

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 cvm4
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Bottled Oct. 18, 2011, Best Before Oct. 2014

A - Pours a purplish/ruby-red colored body with a light pink/eggshell head that dissipates in seconds.

S - Vinous, funky, acid, tartness, smashed grapes and oak.

T - The tartness/sour aspect of the beer really plays well with the slightly sweetness of the grapes. There's an oak funkiness to it that encompasses all.

M - Light bodied and full carbonation.

O - Very complex and well balanced with the funk, oak and grapes in this beer.

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Photo of M-Fox24
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice and elegant: a cloudy/hazy purplish (sort of vinous, ruby reddish) body. Pink/off-white foamy head with some decent retention and lacing

S: An assortment of a vinous sour, tartness, and funk surface the notes of lemon, cherries, grapes, berries, apple, and oak

T: Exquisite tartness and Lambic funk among the berries, cherries, & grapes. The acetic, citric, and vinous compositions are impressive

M: Lots of great carbonation with this light to medium bodied Lambic

O: I expected great things, and I got great things. In its complexity it’s a very well balanced funk, fruit, vinous Lambic that delivers

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Cafe Derat

Straight pour builds up a head that falls apart in seconds. The body looks like a wine with its red color.

Grapes and funk dominate the nose. Slight wet woodiness.

Big Merlot grape flavor, sharp tartness, lingering musty funk.

Prickly, light body, and dry.

A winner for sure. The flavor is so good. Even popped a bottle with some spaghetti bolo in Belgium cuz why not. The grape flavor is so nice.

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Photo of cbutova
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My only bottle split with friends two nights ago before leaving on a very long road trip. Notes taken during consumption.

Cantillon saint lamvinus nov 21 2012

A- Deep muddy purple pink hue with a small fizzy head that falls from one finger to nothing. I would say retention is low-minimal for the style. No lace or legs but the brew itself has a very beautiful color.

S- Fresh cantillon bug produced funk blend is strong with added Merlot grapes that are quite massive. Notes of oak, lemon, lactic and acetic, most vinous of Cantillon for me.

T- Follows the nose very closely with a massive grape vinous feel that brings stems and all. This is above the classic Cantillon funk blend, acetic and lactic, some cherry brett basement barnyard.

MF- Dried out light bodied with high end carbonation bringing some fizz to the palate but key to support the flavors. Finishes with a medium sourness not quite as high as other Cantillon.

Vinous, Merlot grape fruit bomb with the classic Cantillon Gueuze feel. It blends together well and creates a very refreshing, hybrid style beverage between beer and wine.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- light murky creamy purple. Near white head leaves fast . Small tight bubbled cling lace.

S- sharp. Acrid. Medicinal. Band aid.

T- big tart sour blended with fruit and malt.

M - medium body great carb balance and finish.

D- expensive but love this beer.

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Photo of JulioH
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

SOUR.

Good/great beer. I was expecting some grapes, but I didn't get much.

Pours a nice dark beer. Little foam forms. Scent is faint, with traces of lambic, maybe berries. Taste is sour, tart. It is a smooth sour beer, not extremely acidic like most farmhouse ales. Very well executed, well balanced. Nice beer yet not over the top. Good if you are not looking for something to shock your taste buds. Cantillon after all.

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Photo of alaimoa
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easy top 20 beer to date for me. Poured cold into balloon glass. Relatively clear red color with smell of grape and wine. Taste follows the nose with a sweet and sour combo that is so smooth yet you get big merlot flavors with a subtle barrel Oakiness and tang. Not too sour and not too sweet. Feel is crazy impressive with a aggressive carb but not frothy and very smooth

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Photo of 01001111
4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A slightly hazy raspberry color bordering on maroon with a healthy burst of head that eventually dissipates into a wisp.

S: Berries, red grapes left in the sun, and the almost cheesy Cantillon yeast funk.

T: Tart but not sour. Crisp and dry upfront followed by a wave of fruit that is initially more berry than grape but becomes more vinous in the finish. The aftertaste is a bold, funky rot but not nearly as unpleasant as that sounds. Again, there's a mild cheesy taste.

M: Thin and dry in the mouthfeel but bold in flavor.

O: This definitely grew on me as I made my way through the bottle. Not knowing quite what to expect I was perhaps underwhelmed or just unappreciative at first but as I drank more the balanced complexity became more apparent. Saint Lamvinus is certainly worthy of its stellar reputation.

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

Corked and capped 750 ml from Tipples dated October 31, 2013. Pours a super bright almost neon purplish pink color with a massive fizzy pink head that recedes quickly. Lots of vinegar on the aroma, berries, vinous notes, and an interesting mint leaf that I get from Geueze and Faro sometimes. Really nice. The flavor is sweet berries and wine, vinegar, sourness, some dry oaky presence, and maybe even a little vanilla. The fruit doesn't overpower here which is nice. Light bodied, spritzy carbonation, dry finish with some wine like warmth on the way down. Beautiful beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 11/2012
Cantillon juice glass

***1200th review on BA***

A: Pours a deep purple reddish color. Initially a tight bubbles pinkish hued head. Then somewhat still.

S: Dry oak. Chalk. Vinous.

T: Dry oak. Tannic. Fruit is there. More delicate than any American wild ale on the sour flavors.

M: Lighter highly carbonated medium

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Photo of dar482
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark crimson purple color. Almost like a watered down red wine.

The aroma has tart red grape skins, berry notes. Some musty funk and barnyard. A good combination of red wine, fruit, oak, and funk. Reminds me slightly of the Kriek.

The flavor follows with that big tartness in the front. Tons of red grape peel and berry skin. It then follows into that funk and oak notes.

The fruit is slightly less obvious in this. A wonderful drinking lambic.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

2010 vintage.

Pours a hazy orange-red with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, grape, fruit, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, grape, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite sour but refreshing to drink.

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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