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


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Aged in oaken Bordeaux wine barrels with merlot grapes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Suttree (5044) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 6, 2005
In Stephen Beaumont’s Premium Beer Drinker’s Guide, he says of Cantillon’s St Lamvinus "It was a beer I could have spent hours tasting, and still never have been fully satisfied with my notes" - So I’m in good company in that respect. Cloudy purple with a hint of brown, and quickly disipating pink head. Toasty, musty, slightly metallic barnyard aromas (I know everybody says "barnyard" in reference to lambics, but I can’t think of any other way to put it). The broad overview of the taste is like this: Tart up front, of course, that blends seemlessly into dry red wine flavors. But really, that’s woefully inadequate to describe all the subtle changes and nuances that happen in every sip. I can say that as it warms, the wine flavors become more prominent, and occasional notes of lemon and oak pop up, as well. I wish i had a bottle to age a bit, but this was really great. Big Thanks to Secret Santa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20576) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2005
Bottled. Hazy red coloured with a fast disappearing pink head. Acidic aroma with lots of fruits and notes of wood. Acidic flavour of fruits with notes of red wine and wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis (thanks!). Poured a dark ruby red color with an averaged sized reddish head. Aromas and tastes of grapes and wine. Very vinous in nature. Medium sour and tart with some sweetness in there as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4437) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 21, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 This one takes a bit to get used to. If I had more I may have opened up to it more. Pours a hazy pink with a think head. Sour aroma and taste. Sour grapes coming through for me. For sure some wine characteristics on this one. Overall a little too sour for my taste. Thanks to egajdzis for this one. 5-3-6-3-13 I first had this from a bottle early on in my rating history. Before I really knew and appreciated the style. Had it again on tap at a Capone’s tasting and re-rated. Pours a deep cloudy raspberry purple with little to no head. Aroma of barnyard, musty, vineous, rasberry and some sugary sweetness. Flavor was vineous, tart cherry, sour grapes, sweet hints and sweet tarts!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2005
Bottled. Deep dark red coloured. Fruity and rather vinous aroma. Sour, woody and dry flavour with notes of blue grapes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2006 Pours with a deep rose body topped by a thin head with some lacing. It’s tart and sour with a nice barnyard note, a touch of fruitiness and a great vinious note. Light to medium bodied, crisp and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2005
light puple/reddish in color with no head at all. Very refreshing with a not so suble hint of berries and carbonation. I enjoyed the contrast of slightly bitter with very sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 19, 2005
2002 cork date. Pours a shade or 2 darker than a rose, slightly pink hued head, beer actually takes on a sort of copper color as I meditate on it. First thing I smell is sulphur like...goaty cheese, its nearly repugnant...but fascinating...and as it breathes it opens up a bit. Lots of acid, a touch medicinal, wonderfully balanced with a touch of fruitiness, earth, tannin, and....pretty wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2005
750 mL bottle, capped & corked (Bottled in 2002; sampled June 2005): Explosive cork removal, under a rusted cap. Deep, shinning violet garnet body; fiercely & quickly diminishing, large light pink bubbles…but a constant stream of bubbles remains at the edges. Tart, acidic aroma with hints of iron, blood and leather. A lively mustiness is like a brand new leather couch in a dank cement basement. Nicely carbonated, outrageously flavourful and strangely addictive…moves a bit towards the tart end as it warms with sharp blood, cobwebs, tannins and limestone taking center stage with acidic blueberries, leatherized grape skins and sour lemonade. Truly amazing, unique and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2005
Poured light red, with very minimal carbonation. No head. Reminded me of a sparkling rose wine. Typical funky cantillon aroma. Flavour is a balance between wonderful acidic lambic and sweet grapes. Really nice refreshing stuff.

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