Category Archives: Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Saint Lamvinus Grand Cru

Brewery: Brasserie Cantillon
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5.5% (Untappd and BeerAdvocate), Unknown (RateBeer and lambic.info) [not sure who is correct]
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Merlot grapes

Brewer Description: (from lambic.info) Cantillon Saint Lamvinus Grand Cru is an experimental bottling done by the brewery consisting of two barrels of three year old lambic with Merlot grapes added, blended with one barrel of one year old lambic.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.15
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 750ml corked and capped bottle at the brewery, 2019 cork. Poured into a Cantillon stemmed tasting glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy reddish purple colour with a thin pinkish head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Red grape, cherry, oak and red wine.
Taste: Red grape, red wine, oak with vinous notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Nice aroma and flavours with good vinous notes. However, I prefer the regular Saint Lamvinus over this Grand Cru version.

Cantillon Magic Lambic

Brewery: Brasserie Cantillon
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5.5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: aka Cantillon Framboise Vanille (RateBeer). Blend of 80% Lou Pepe Framboise and 20% Blueberry lambic with vanilla

Brewer Description: (from lambic.info) A lambic blend of 80% Lou Pepe Framboise and 20% blueberry lambic with vanilla.

(from bottle) (in French) Il n’y a pas que des gens bons à la tête de l’art… privé de subsides, le Magic Land Théâtre peut heureusement compter sur ses amis, au premier rang desquels la Brasserie Cantillon!

(Translated from French as best possible) There are not only good people at the helm of art… deprived of subsidies, the Magic Land Theatre can happily count on it’s friends, first and foremost the Cantillon Brewery!

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.89
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.8

Intro: A 750ml corked and capped bottle at the brewery, with no clear bottled on or best before date, but I think it would be from Season 18/19. Poured into a Cantillon stemmed tasting glass.
Appearance: A very nice clear ruby cherry red colour with a half finger pinkish head that had pretty good retention and that eventually settled to a ring around the glass with some decent spotty lacing.
Aroma: Raspberry, cherry, jammy, vanilla and berry jello.
Taste: Tastes like you’d expect from the aroma, but almost ice cream like because of the vanilla. Lots of raspberry, cherry, jammy, berry jello and vanilla with a touch of oak.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Wow, near perfect in my opinion. Must try if you have the opportunity to try this. Just great jammy and jello fruitiness with lots of raspberry, cherry and vanilla.

Cantillon Mourvèdre Carignan

Brewery: Brasserie Cantillon
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Mourvèdre grapes and Carignan grapes

Brewer Description: (from Untappd) A blend of two grape varieties. 75% Mourvèdre and 25% Carignan.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.19
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 250ml draft pour at Moeder Lambic Fontainas into a Cantillon Gueuze glass.
Appearance: A hazy red grape wine colour with a thin pinkish head that had a lasting cover and some nice lacing.
Aroma: Grape, mixed berries and a touch of wood.
Taste: Lightly sour and tart, red grapes, mixed berries, oak, light lemon and funk on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Very enjoyable and easy to drink.

Cantillon Vigneronne

Brewery: Brasserie Cantillon
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Muscat grapes

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A fine compromise between wine and beer, this is the Vigneronne Cantillon 100% lambic. The fruity taste of the white grape harmonized with the powerful character of a two year old lambic make from the Vigneronne Cantillon an unique beer. Beer with a taste evolution. Store and serve at cellar temperature 10-13°C/50-55°F. To enjoy completely the fruity taste of the Vigneronne Cantillon, drink it better in the year after purchase. To be drunk preferably within the 10 years after the bottling date.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.47
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 750ml bottle, bottled on 22nd October 2017. Poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a less than one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart, white grape, grape skin, peach, apricot, pear, lemon, oak, wet hay with light funk.
Taste: Sour, tart, sweet green grapes, peach, pear, lemon, oak and moderate funk.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Really tasty and excellent as is. It’s only been bottled for less than a year, but I think extra time in the bottle does it wonders.

Cantillon Iris

Brewery: Brasserie Cantillon
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Unblended)
Other Notes: Fresh hops, no wheat

Brewer Description: (from bottle) The Iris beer, a spontaneous fermentation beer made with pure malt, is really unique. It matures for two years in oak-wood casks and undergoes a natural second fermentation in the bottle afterwards. The fresh hops gives the beer a bitter flavour. This characteristic, combined with the absence of wheat, constitute the main difference between the Iris and the other Cantillon beers, that are made with Lambic. Keep and serve at a temperature of 12°-15°. To be drunk preferably within the 10 years after the bottling date.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.24
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 750ml corked and capped bottle, bottled on 9th January 2018. Poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden orange colour with a one and a half finger off white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin layer, while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, funky barnyard, oak, apricot, grapefruit, citrus zest and rind.
Taste: Sour, lightly bitter, a hint of sweetness, funk, oak, apricot, peach, grapefruit zest, lemon and leather with a hint of floral and herbal.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: Very enjoyable and great to drink. Even better when aged properly for a few years.