Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Brussels, Belgium


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Aged in oaken Bordeaux wine barrels with merlot grapes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Draft, Maxís 3rd Annual Belgian Beer Festival. Hazy, ruby-red color; white head with fine-bubbled lacing. Funky, viscous nose; showing horseblanket and tart red fruits. Medium-to-full, tart mouthfeel: tart cherries, horseblanket; plenty of funk and red fruits. Medium, tart cherry and citrus finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Hazey, maroonish-red body with a small pink head. The flavor is horseblanket, cheese, very funky and raspberries. The flavor is raspberries, yogurt, lemon and lots of bright lactic acid. Medium body is soft and round with a long tart finish. Superb.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (7062) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2007
Bottle. Small and quickly disappearing pink head. Hazy dark red body. Acidic fruity aroma. Flavor first sharp grapefruit later plums and raisin. Long and astonishingly sweet aftertaste. Pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2390) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Very cloudy dark orage with a large head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is lemony with barnyard action, tartness, caramel, wood, some wine characteristis. Medium body with a tart finsih. Enjoyable with a huge complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Saint Lamvinus had long lurked in the shadows of my cellar, creeping out of its lambic corner from time to time, titillating but never convincing as I remained impervious to its charm, waiting for time work its metamorphosing dexterity. Finally on a winter eve, it was uncorked and of its bright cardinal body spewed a bubbly white foam. Cherry appeared strongly upon the nose alongside Cantillonís classic sourness and a woody complexity. Sweet tonalities of white wine, brown sugar and raisin accompanied the delicate balance of vanilla and raspberry, along with a slightly cheesy note. Flowing organically onto the palate, it seemed the nose was reflected with accented sourness, red currant, white pepper and the slightest hint of grape. The rubbery and somewhat unpleasant acerbity that I often associate with Cantillon was present again, which combined with the surprisingly minimal vinous aspect felt rather underwhelming. The long sticky and fruity sour aftertaste is vaguely redeeming but I found that I would much rather a simple bottle of Cantillonís Kriek than go through the trouble of acquiring and caring for such an esoteric yet uninspiring bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 on tap at maproom. pours red with almost no head. aroma is always tough to get at the smokey maproom but got some vinegar, grape, and some funk. taste is something special. pretty tart but not overly sour, has some mild very pleasant sweetness too, fruity notes of grapes, raspberries, and subtle sour cherries. also has some earthy and funk tones. finishes very dry. amazing stuff.4.2.

2/19/07, on tap at the maproom. this is actually one of the more mellower (sour and acidity wise) cantillon. picked up a bighter winey grape sour nose this time thanks to the anti-smoking law. the grapes and wine notes are integrated wonderfully. i could have used some more sourness because it tends to fall off the palate a little quick. still a wonderful fruit lambic but no blueberry cantillon. 4.1.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBiker (1412) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2007 [In the summerhouse of Fjerritslev after 180 km on bike in 2005.] This brew was my very fist Cantillon and maybe it was also one of the first I could not drink totally finish. Now times has changed and Iím sure that it will not happen today. But it was so sour that my nose almost turned 100 around its own bone and with the hole family looking at me I had to swallow it, not to loose face. After two hours I only poured a little in the sink....and it was my most expensive beer until that. I have highrated it a little bit, because now Cantillon is one of my favorites. If I should drink it again it will be more than 4.0!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (7841) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012 First rating
(Bottle, looks about 75 cl, thanks omhper!) Bottled 2003. Shady redish brown color, small disapearing pink head. Lambic and gueuze acidic spontaneous fermented scent. Stables and grass. Grassy sour spritzy taste with a metallic aftertaste. Spritzy mouthfeel. Some bitter astringent mouth puckering feel, might be from the wine? Also some dry feeling, oak?

Bottled 2006 compared side by side with bottled 2007. Both on 75 cl bottles, both BB 12/2009.
On March 16, 2009
2006 (Bottled 25 OCT 06) = Hazy grape color, smallish apricot to pink head. Sloe (blackthorn?), mild acidic, sweetened unripe (green) red currants scent. Sour, red berries, grape peel taste. Smooth mouthfeel, no bitterness. acidic and red berries aftertaste, also not ripe red currants.
2007 (Bottled 22 NOV 07) = Hazy grape red color, smallish pink head. Sour, acidic, automn forrest, fruity, red currant scent. acidic to sour, red currants when not quite ripe (green), lemon, some blueberry taste. Mix of smooth and spritzy mouthfeel. No bitternes I can sense. Acidic aftertaste. Very nice.

75 cl bottle thanks to Nisse666! Sampled on March 8, 2012
Hazy inside of blueberry color, pink head. Grape, oak, sour scent. Sour, metallic, grape taste. Very sour aftertaste, and gut wrenching. Medium mouthfeel, very low bitterness.

75 cl bottle thanks to Clyx! Purchased in Denmark. Label statets 37.5 cl, guess they make mistakes? Cork printed with 2005, sampled on August 11, 2012
Murky red color, pink head. Acidic, lactic, sour, funky, some berry scent. Acidic, sour, green apples, fruity, tart, biting on lemon taste. Mouthpuckering sour, dry mouthfeel, very low bitterness. Sour gut feeling.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 1, 2007
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 Oh Yes. Pours Cabernet grapeskin red with deep pink accents. Typical small but long-lived Cantillon head(for an aged bottle), pink and purple with white ringlets of bubbles. Mostly translucent, slightly oily in appearance. Cantillon house aroma that seems more full bodied than usual. Strong musty grape aroma with a tannic flash and a bit of cedar. Reminds me of the Italian variety of goat cheese somewhat. The sourness penetrates my senses, and I have yet to taste this. Upon first sip my mouth comes instantly alive, like drinking lambic for the first time, all over again. Taste is much sweeter than any Cantillon Iíve tried, excluding Rose de Gambrinus, but I believe itís even a touch sweeter than even that beer. Flavor is magnificent, so well rounded and so delectable. The tartness melds perfectly with the sweetness. Cherries explode! Raspberries pummel! Grape skins entwine my taste buds and oaky tannins tie it all together. The tannic-style acidity lingers, sinking into my cheeks, the sides of my tongue go numb. Fire slowly cascades down the back of my throat. At first the finish seems very full bodied, then suddenly it becomes light and quenching. Simply marvelous.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2007
Bottle. 2005 vintage, sampled on new-years 2006-7. So this bottle is almost at two years of age and I fear that the grape character might have diminished somewhat. Nonetheless, amazing lambic and more grape character than the Vigneronne.

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