Cantillon Saint Lamvinus | Brasserie Cantillon

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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

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479
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
8.13%
 
 
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Photo of Doomcifer
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chimay goblet from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a red wine colour due to merlot grapes, and a lovely pink head forms.

Smells tart, very grape/wine like.

Tastes like a lambic, with the characteristic sourness, yet the addition of the merlot grapes adds a tartness to the flavour, making it positively lip smacking.

Overall a delightful drink, crisp, tart and sour, perfect with a tomato spaghetti dish.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of nickd717
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle from the brewery, shared at a BA tasting.

A - Cloudy reddish-purple color with a white head.

S - Aroma of tart grapes, funk, and horse blanket.

T - Really nice, full, tart flavor with oak, funk, red wine grapes, and cherries. A touch of sweetness balances out the acidity a bit.

M - Palate is sharp and biting yet fairly full and smooth with lingering funk.

D - High for a beer this tart. Really solid lambic overall.

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Photo of thampel09
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of T_Hass
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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

Alright lets see what the commotion is all about.

Magenta.

I always find it kind of redundant to describe the flavors and aromas of a lambic. I usually don't feel like writing down "snake skin, farmhouse, cobwebs, leather, barnyard" and so on and so forth because almost every spontaneously fermented beer possesses these qualities. The difference between the best and the worst are how the flavors mold together. That being said, the aroma on the Saint Lamvinus is subtle. The sourness and traditional Gueuze qualities are toned down by the addition of the grapes. Complex.

This is a really finely tuned lambic. Incredibly soft and mellow on the palate. The Cantillon lambic qualities are there providing everything in quotes above :) and the addition of the grapes provide an incredible flavor. Mouth puckering and simply to die for.

I understand now.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Devman171
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xtonytx
4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Damian
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a corked and capped 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a stemmed wine glass
Bottled: 25OCT06

Absolutely gorgeous appearance. Definitely one of the prettiest beer I have ever laid eyes on. The crystal clear, garnet-hued liquid was capped by a bubbly, bright white head that quickly fizzled to a clingy ring of froth.

The aroma was quite unique, yet still true to the style. Funk and must dominated the nose. Super complex and intriguing. Grape-y with sweet/tart, vinous notes. Oaky, leathery and slightly sour.

The taste was exceptionally smooth and graceful. Overall, it was very similar to the aroma, except perhaps more tart. Musty and cellar-like with lots of crisp, funky complexity. Vinous and slightly fruity. Earthy, muscat grapes would be my best guess for the grape variety used to flavor this lambic (although this was not the case). Oaky and woody. Lemon notes appeared in the dry, tannic, somewhat acidic finish. As the beer warmed, the funk seemed to intensify.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with crisp, lively effervescence. Creamy and smooth on the palate.

Although this beer retails for upwards of $35 a bottle, it is worth every penny. The wine comparisons are obvious. However, to the best of my knowledge, no $35 bottle of wine displays the complexity or the elegance of Saint Lamvinus. Every beer aficionado should have the opportunity to sample this at least once in their lifetime.

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4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Great label art! Capped and corked.

Aroma: Vinegar, ass (aka funk), hints of grape skin

Appearance: Opaque red glass with a thin collar of off white

Flavor: Mouth imploding sour, but milder than other Cantillons I’ve had. Some cherry rind comes out, but very little grape flavors.

Mouthfeel: Puckering dryness with low carbonation

Overall Impression: Full taste, milder *pow*, but still hard core. I wish I had started with this one and stepped up to the more Funky versions.
Recommended, if only to blow your mind.
Thanks to Stonecrusher for the trade.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Mersh
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

A - Hazy plum with lots of bubbles. Average sized, foamy white head with very slight pink hue. Disappears fast leaving almost no lace.

S - Fair amount of acidic grape with some tart aroma from some ripe cherry. Hints of woody/oak aroma.

T - Vinous grape and cherry is dominate. Good amount of tart and acidic flavors. Some red vinegar type of flavors as well. Very much like a wine with typical lambic tastes as well. Slight oaky and earthy taste. Slightly puckering finish.

M - Medium to light body with lots of carbonation. Spritzy, tingly feel with a puckering and slightly drying finish.

D - Fairly drinkable with a fair amount of sour/tart puckering flavors, but these aren't too strong. Would drink it like a wine.

Notes: Bottled 18 Sep. 2008. Very vinous beer that would make a good substitute for wine. Slightly puckering and sour but it isn't absurd and is still tasty. Definitely a unique tasting beer that is worth a try.

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4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle @ the Beer Engine. Split with my wife to celebrate her birthday!

Saint Lamvinus is a good looking beer. Poured carefully into the provided snifter, it has a rosy hue with some red and pink hints incorporated. The head quickly recedes and is not really seen again. There's no real lace noted as well, but that's to be expected with Cantillon Lambic, especially when fruit is added.

The aromas of funky barnyard brett, acidic lactic sourness and grapes are very expressive and almost overwhelming. The brett is dirty and almost manure-like, the grapes are trying to peek through but are just barely there. Some vinegar and cobweb, basement and moldy cheese are also noted. Excellent and, if it wasn't just a bit overwhelming in the funk department, as close to a perfect authentic Lambic smell as I've encountered.

When I take my first sip, I totally get why this is so highly regarded amongst the Cantillon family of beers. The amazing sour funk is balanced by the flavor and sweetness of the grapes. This really does come off as a mix between a Lambic/Gueze and a sweet red wine. When the heavy sourness settles in and my taste buds become accustomed to the barrage, I get notes of herbs, lemon, mold, soap, barnyard leather, sweat, vinegar, and wood. An experience you need to be prepared for, this is NOT a casual sipping beer but, if you're ready to immerse your self in the Lambic, this is about as good as it gets. Slightly sweet, hugely sour, and funky as all get-out.

The body is medium with fizzy, active carbonation. The finish is sourness that lasts and lasts. It is pretty dry as well, and the dry/sour combo makes me want another sip quickly! But with this intensity, it just can't be considered excellent in terms of drinkability. For the price ($35 a bottle), this is not worth it over some other Cantillon offerings IMO except for the expert quaffer. But it's a very good beer and probably one every sour beer fan should try at one point or another. Save it for a special occasion.

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

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

2003

The liquid was lightly hazy, purplish-pink in hue with a dull ruby-sunshine highlight. The head was white in color; the bubbles never really formed much of a head. At its most put-together moment the big bubbles gathered momentarily and created a head of a half finger. Head retention was poor, the foam rapidly faded to a soapy collar, largely naked in the middle. Sadly there was no subsequent lacing. I really enjoy the color of the liquid and for some reason those big, unsocial bubbles really caught my eye. The incompleteness of the head was intriguing. This is an attractive beer.

The nose is fruity tart and funky with a woody, oaky, winy, bacterial aroma. The fruitiness is distant but rounded and soaked in vinegar. Dark grapes. Orange peel. Lemon zest. Spiced apple. I detect a kiss of wheat bread and raw yeast. At room temperature the bouquet has a hotness to it that really adds depth and it made my eyes water. However, I still find the potency to be too tame. I also expected more articulation from this beer. The D.O.C. once asked, “Is it funky enough?” I have to say no. Inviting, it is. Spectacular the bouquet is not.

The palate is better then the nose, thankfully. In fact this is very tasty. I love the tartness with the potent acidic. Red wine notes are lovely. There is oak-woodiness with like a lactic, bacterial twang. This beer is lip-smacking good. The fruitiness is akin to a crazy-ass vinaigrette with cherries, orange peel, lemon zest, dark grapes, and red apples. The finish is well rounded, tart, and mildly funky but not all that long. It is long enough so I don’t forget what I just swallowed. I want cheese, now! Fruit too. Overall this is damn tasty. Dry. Very refreshing.

Around medium in body, moderate carbonation but the bubbles are active enough to create a zippy mouthfeel. Solid mouthfeel, very good actually but it is not earth shattering… it is missing something, what I’m not sure but it works nevertheless.

This beer is very good. However, at $35 a bottle this is a beer that I most likely won’t be purchasing again. In fact I needed an excuse to validate the expense. My 1000th review on BA seemed like a fitting reason. And so I make the purchase a few months ago. I split my bottle with my girlfriend; it was a lovely experience (considering she is a Belgian rookie). I am happy I tried this rare gem but it really wasn’t as great as I would have liked, regardless of the price. I have no complaints… well, I do wish the nose was louder and deeper and I do wish the palate had more malt. Regardless, I found this beer to be drinkable, likeable, and something I would say is worthy a try.

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

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Brasserie Cantillon
4.43 out of 5 based on 2,055 ratings.
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