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
Ratings:
2,047
Reviews:
478
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
8.13%
 
 
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Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Photo of deapokid
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of baybum
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of N1Nkasi
4.84/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of david18
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this beer. The perfect blend of sour and fruit. All of the Cantillons are outstanding but this is one of the best. The price is very high, and i'd recommend getting it on the east coast instead of the west, but it's an amazing treat.

will be going to europe this weekend and will definitely try and check it out when I go.

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Photo of bkwhoppa66
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Oakenator
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip on 3/4/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured an opaque raspberry-colored body with thin ring of off-white head and no carbonation or lacing to report.

S - Aroma is sour and tart with woody notes and grape sweetness. Nose features a strong, prominent paint thinner/magic marker character with a mild astringency.

T - Very oaky and woody character with definite merlot-esque qualities. Some grape sweetness, but this mostly smacks of sour and tart fruit with a bit of astringency.

M - Medium bodied and softly carbonated with a light syrupy texture. Extremely sour and tart on the palate. Prepare to pucker up!

D - I found this to be more drinkable than the Lou Pepe. This is a very nice sour lambic overall with a predominant oakiness and an abundant fruity tart character.

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Memphis Tap Room in Philadelphia...
Pours a blood-red, thick, viscous syrupy liquid with a decent sized foamy and frothy head with a substanial amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Tartness all up in the nose with rose, hibiscus, and red fruit essences...
Extremely tart and sour, with a viney, oaky flavor...
Very thick and rich...
A top-notch depiction of the genre...
Definitely recommended if you're a fan of the style...

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

2007

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Brew33
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2010 according to the cork.

My first crack at this beauty. The color is a deep rose with a thin, pink tinged head. The aroma is fantastic. That signature Cantillon funk is very present but the aroma of fruit is also very evident. Very vinous in the nose.

I'm trying to find the words to describe the taste of this beer but they escape me. Fantastic? Unbelieveable? Perfection? This beer gives you everything you could want from a traditional fruit lambic. Fruit character, check. Tartness, check. Funk, check. Complexity, check. This beer is amazing. Not quite as sour as most Cantillon offerings. An underlying sweetness from the grapes is evident and balances PERFECTLY with sour/tart/funky notes. Wow.

This beer is perfectly carbonated. Mouthfeel is absolutely spot on for the style and ABV.

Overall, a fantastic beer from Cantillon and maybe the best Lambic I've ever tasted. Absolutely amazing.

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Photo of ystazi
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mychalg9
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ncaudle
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of vonnegut21
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of MacQ32
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Deuane
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had this brew at least a half dozen times but have failed to review it. Thanks to FooFaa for giving me another opportunity.

A-Deep,blood red raspberry with a thin off-white ring that retained well but left no lace.

S-Sharp sour tartness with deep wood/tannic astringency and a mild aroma of sweet red grape sweetness. A bit of dry erase marker in the background.

T-Tart red grapes combine with astringent tannins and oak notes. A bit of fruit sweetness sneaks in after the wave of sourness passes you by. A perfect combination of tart, sweet and dry....DELISH!

M-Medium-light body with a bright tart sharpness. A sour one for sure....but not an all out puckering assault!

D-Without question my very most favorite Cantillon I have had the pleasure of trying. I love the near perfect combination of flavours, fruity, tart, dry, WOW! I really love this beer....I just wished it wasn't so rare and so expensive. The beer equivalent to a wine spritzer.

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Photo of bostonryan
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Sean9689
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Pours dark reddish with a light purple hue. An off-white head fizzes up on a semi-aggressive pour and quickly slows down until a thin layer of white bubbles remain on top.

S - As soon as I opened this one up, the barynard must hit me in the back of my head. Lots of cheese, horse blanket, and tart, nostril-opening sour.

T - A nice tart/sour funk mixed in with some dark fruity notes. A nice blend of the awesome funkyness, some oak backbone, and fruity sweetness. Not quite as sour as I was expecting, but the sweet grape notes really make up for that. I am digging this.

M - Light bodied and fizzy carbonation reminds me of a gentle champagne. Smooth and refreshing, really covers the palate well and finishes dry.

D - So easy to drink and so damn good. I really dig the funk, grapes, and oak mixed together. A perfect combination worthy of it's top 100 rating.

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Photo of szmnnl99
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
4.43 out of 5 based on 2,047 ratings.
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