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:
2,041
Reviews:
476
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
8.11%
 
 
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Photo of DCLAguy11
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jspriest
4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of KevMo84
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of WeisGuy
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sephiroth for this bottle. 2005 vintage.

a - pours a hazy, deep brownish burgundy color, smallish bubbly white head with no retention or lacing

s - really funky horsey aroma, barnyard really dominates, strong notes of strawberry, grape and sour cherry, some tannins from the barrels are noticeable

t - big barnyard funkiness, tartness and sourness up front, a little leather and oak, midpalate and the finish have a nice fruitness, some red grape, strawberry, and sour cherry, lingering sourness and some tannic dryness on the finish with little to no alcohol detectable, very well integrated all around

m - light-to-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, quite drying on the palate

d - while this is tart, sour, and dry, it still is pretty drinkable as long as you're a sour lover, I got through the 750 no problem

Really good beer overall. The wine barrel aging adds a nice dimension. Great drinking experience, but it's hard to justify the $35 price tag.

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Photo of durlta
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Floydster
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

250 ml serving in a Chimay goblet at the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party on 3/29/09 poured from a 750 ml bottle, reviewed from notes on my cell phone

A-Bright dark pinkish red brown color, 3/4 inch bubbly off white head that stays around a long time, very nice lacing for its style
S-Wild yeast, cherries, dark fruits, red grapes, sugar, tarty aromas, rubber, lemons, roses, oak, and plenty of funkiness
T-Starts out with a big sour grape flavor, more fo that and other tarty and sweet fruits in the middle, finish is acidic and dry with a huge tannic character, gets even smoother as it warms and more fruit comes out including a nice citrus profile, really enjoy the grapey funkiness in this one, great yeast strain used in the barrel, mmmm
M-Dry, sweet, =tart, funky, and very acidic mouthfeel, light to medium bodied, tons of carbonation, taste lingeres a very long time
D-Could have a few more of these easily, it is six percent and does even taste that, refreshing and crisp, goes down with very little effort, very light overall, just the acid will eventually catch up to you

I have always thought long and hard about buying a bottle of this when I see at Holiday Wine Cellar but the thirty dollar plus price tag always scares me away, now it will not, this is truly a great brew from Cantillon and I would like to have more as soon as possible, worthy of its hype, recommended

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful deep blood red with a ring of white bubbles.

S - Lots of funk with some lactic sourness, hints of grapes and earthy notes.

T - Very similar to the smell. It's heavy on the red wine characteristics and this is where the bordeaux really shines. Lots of varying grape flavor. A fairly mild sourness through out with a very strong oak finish.

M - Very light and extremely dry. Absolutely perfect feel for a lambic. Medium-High carbonation.

O - One of the best lambics I have ever tried.

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Photo of dheldman
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of bobsy
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Decided to pull this bottle out on Saturday night and share it with a few friends. Cantillon has been an obsession of mine since doing the brewery tour last fall, and Saint Lamvinus was perhaps my most anticipated offering by them, as I was intrigued by how the merlot grapes would be integrated into the lambic.

2008 vintage.

Pours a light ruby with a small white head that soon fizzled away to a fine film, leaving a few spots of lace clinging to the side of the glass. Unmistakably Cantillon in the nose, this delivers musty cobwebs, freshly squeezed lemon juice, tannic red wine and damp oak. Quite complex, deep, and a pleasure to nose.

This is far milder in its sourness than most Cantillons - either my palate has become desensitised or this is one of their most approachable brews. What really marks it out, though, is its incredible smoothness. All the elements of the flavour are perfectly integrated and married to a great body. Musty funk leads off, before giving way to juicy big red wine notes, a spicy woodiness, and finally a fresh lemon juice finish, which both quenches and dries.

Undeniably a world class beer, but not my favourite from Cantillon. Its really a testament to the quality of a brewery when they can brew something of such excellence yet you can still think of several beers they do better! Obviously this is a must-try for all lovers of lambic, and would be an interesting one to try for wine drinkers too.

This bottle was kindly sent to me by Pier-Luc - thanks for the great hookup on the Cantillon!

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of unclekeith
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Soneast
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of kmpitz2
4.97/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This rare treat was shared between 4 people last night, and I have to believe that I will have to drink this beer again, without the other 3 glasses being shared. The liquid pours a beautiful rosey ruby color with a finger of spritzey head that immediately fallst to ring the beer with large bubbles. This one is very wine-like in the color, somewhere between a blush and a dark red. The nose was true to the Cantillon form. Funky, sour, acidic, but with a nice fruity grape coming in behind the funk, smelling so damn good. The flavor. What can one say about liquid nirvana; something so awesome that I would be happy to drink exclusively for the rest of my life. What struck me most was how mellow and smooth this was. I've had a few of the Cantillon line, but this was every bit as funkey, but much more mellow. Still sour and acidic and tart, but not puckering. The grape flavor hits secondarily behind the initial burst of sour and acid, but it serves to polish this beer like the finest diamond. The feel was a weak moderate to moderate, wtih a light, dancing bubble on my tonge. Nothing that got in the way, but enough to know it was there. Awesome balance on the pucker factor. Wow...wow, wow, wow. If there is anything left to say about the drinkability that can't be drawn from what I've already said, I don't know what it would be. Hunt this beer. Drink this beer. Love this beer. So good.

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4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks joe

pours a hazy raspberry color with no head, some sediment. the nose is potently red winey vinous, funky, and a touch sweet. it tastes the same with great grape and oak, slight wine/vinegar, and finishes with a bit of yeast. medium, bodied, under-carbonated, lingering grape skin bitter/tartness, drinkable and dry. this beer is excellent, worth seeking out.

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of spoony
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 2011 750 ml bottle into a large wine glass.

A-Poured a beautiful, light claret color. Almost plum colored. Complex and very vinous looking. Not much carbonation or head to speak off. A little collar of white head hangs around.

S-Tart cherries and dark, supple fruit. A touch of vanilla and oak...again, quite vinous. A little funk, but not a ton that I could detect. No alcohol smells.

T-Pleasantly tart, but really well balanced. The fruit flavors are concentrated and complex. I picked up cherries, green apples, and red wine flavors with a touch of oak. Not particularly funky or alcoholic.

M-Prickly carbonation, but beautifully balanced. Pretty dry from start to finish.

O-Really enjoyable. One of my favorite beers ever and easily my favorite of the style so far.

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
4.44 out of 5 based on 2,041 ratings.
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