Cantillon Saint Lamvinus | Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Saint LamvinusCantillon Saint Lamvinus
BA SCORE
98.1%
Liked This Beer
4.54 w/ 2,076 ratings
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:
481
Ratings:
2,076
Liked:
2,036
Avg:
4.54/5
pDev:
7.49%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,420
Gots:
446
Trade:
40
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Best before: 12/2012

Pours a nice deep purple/pinkish color with a nice very light pink colored head. (4.0)

Aroma is delicious. Chalky yeast notes with some good fruit tartness. There are some great vinous notes. Wine, wine and more wine notes with some oak in the nose. (4.5)

There are some slight Chardonnay acidity to the brew with some deeper berry notes from the deeper red grapes. I’m not sure what grapes they use but I can pick up on those flavors. Some nice tart berry notes with some good woody notes are present with the great dry fruit tartness. This is a pretty tart lambic but with the addition of grapes there are some slight sugary sweet notes in the background. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with an extremely dry finish. (4.5)(4.0)

Very good lambic. Great vinous notes with tartness and dry tannins. (4.5)

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'11 vintage had in Dec. '12.

Cranberry-tawny-colored pour, slightly hazy, with a minimal, fizzy head. Musty fruit aroma, grass, hints of acetic acid. "Something tells me it'll be sour." Pretty tart on the tongue, strong flavors of grape and apple skin, thin wine, horseblankety, but not overblown in that aspect, grassy and very dry; the intensity of the fruit tartness overthrew any acetic notes that might have been present, giving a good sense of balance. Medium body, again, crisp and very dry, a bit puckering, low to moderate carbonation, overall texture comparable to chewing on grape or apple skin. Pretty one-dimensional, but delivered what was expected. Not bad overall, and a good one to break open every once in a while.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh vintage on tap at Zwanze Day '12.

Fizzy purple body is dark and ominous, supporting a thin layer of protective off-white head. Acetic fruits and bright, spritzy yeast dance among my nostrils. The marriage between soured grapes and oaky red wine barrels is perfect. Finishes clean and dry with just the right amount of puckering tartness.

We opened an '06 alongside this fresh pour and were surprised how vastly different the two were. This metamorphosis is unlike any other aged Cantillon I've tried: the other fruit lambics still typically retain some fruity characteristics as they age, but the grapes are totally gone in this bottle of Lamvinus. It's instead transformed into a cheesy, super funky, gueuze-like lambic with grassy, farmyard funk and high acidity. The color has even faded to a more amber color compared to the deep purple of the original.

Both are absolutely delicious; still hard to believe how wildly different they are.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml @ lord hobo in Cambridge MAserved Ina snifter

A: pours a Purpley reddish pink, remonds me of a plum with 3/4 of a finger of slightly off white head, dissapates quickly, no lacing to speak of.

S: lots of funk going on here, musty oak, sure dry red wine grape/cheery skins, smells tart.

T: this is very tart, much like the nose i get alot of tart grape skin and cherry along with some dry barnyard funk an musty oak notes, very well balanced and tasty.

M: medium body and bone dry, leaving you with almost wine like mouth drying tannins.

O: this is a beautiful done sour, very tart and very delicious. Don't really know what else to say here

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 98.1% out of 100 with 2,076 ratings
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