Cantillon Saint Lamvinus Unblended

Formerly brewed at Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Brussels, Belgium


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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Editors Note: This is a special version of Saint Lamvinus that was bottled unblended (and uncarbonated) for Akkurat in Stockholm, Sweden (listed on the menu as 2004 Saint Lamvinus Still). Only 200 bottles were made. There were no distinguishing marks on them. This is NOT available in the United States nor in Belgium, unless from Jean Van Roy himself. Some bottles are available in Denmark from certain Ratebeerians, otherwise only from Akkurat. Unless you specifically were told that you had unblended Lamvinus, and it was dead flat, you had regular Lamvinus.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KimJohansen (10484) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2008
Unlear red with no head. Sour aroma with barnyard, lemon, wood and horseblanket notes. Sour flavour with plenty of vinegar, grapes, horseblanket, wood and fruity notes. Delicious sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3870) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2007
Bottle, sampled at West Brewpub, Glasgow. Jacob brought this I believe. Muddy red-brown colour. No head. Aroma not as hardcore sour as the Cantillons I know with a dry grapey aroma. Flavour is regularly acidic with grapes and glue. Really good grapey/beery-ish tone here. Dry puckering mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2007
A Mes rate: 75cl bottle at West during RBESG. Thanks to Jacob for dipping into his amazing cellar, and to Tom for holding off opening this until Sim and I returned from Edinburgh. Very cloudy, pale browny red, obviously with a complete lack of head. Surprisingly mellow in the nose for a Cantillon with slight fruity notes and paint stripper. Stunning mellow red wine flavour. Very wooden and amazingly puckery and sherberty. Incredible sourness at the edges with a long long salty finish. Unreal mouthfeel. Another stunner from Jean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (7224) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2007
Bottle, RBESG 2007 in Glasgow, "pre-tasting". Murky red colour, no head. Intense aroma of farmhouse, fermenting fruits and vinegar. Extremely sour flavour, pure fruit vinegar. Too sour for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 30, 2007
Bottle, head-to-head RBESG 07. Reddish blonde, cloudy, no head. Completely flat. Nose is muted sharpness, grapey. Mouth is sharp vinous signature cantillon, quite rich and heavy, finishing in a lasting sharpness that just slips down with some amazing silk for the sharpness of the ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2007
Bottle thanks to Jacob, shared with the rbesg07 crew in west brewpub. Aroma hits you with the red grapes before you get the cantillon sourness, which almost bothered me, but when the 2 mix together you realise this is an amaziong lambic. Taste is rich red grape skin almost slightly chalky on the palate before the lambic rubs the goodness over, completly flat and really excited me, like incredible mouthfeel. Tit blastingly good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
KnutAlbert (6750) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 27, 2007
Bottle at the RBESG 07. Sourness, some fruit, but, frankly, this is too close to vinegar to me!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2007
Akkurat bottle. Headless rather pretty ruby, pinkish pour. Funky, but mostly vinous nose where the oak barrels contribute a long way to the beers character: tannins, tight musty flavors. Rather jammy in its fruitiness, of course heavily grape-like, but also reminiscent of plum. The palate is as dry and sour as one may wish and if anything, I think the absence of carbonation might help in allowing that citric intensity and astringency pass by. Now to say that I prefer it to the regular Lamvinus, that would be going too far, especially that Lamvinus does not seem very stable to me while this is a single batch, but its certainly a good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2006
Bottled. Reddish purple coloured with no head. Sourish and fruity with notes of grapes and earth. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (26386) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2006
Bottled (0,75 l, bottle 2042, 2004 vintage). I had this one while tbone_ was resting at the red boat, still there was some left for him (and Ronny) and some other people that happened to sit by the table while I was alone. Okay, so off for the rating. Cherryish red colour, not much head. Aroma is sour grapes, almost red wineish. Flavour is super dry and supersour, and some pleasant hints of grapes. Also some wooden hints. Totally superb thing! But was quite hard to drink one bottle yourself... I guess that was what the bartender meant when he asked how many glasses and I said one "Congratulations" was the answer...

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