St. Lamvinus – Another Masterpiece from Cantillon

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This review is a few days old, I enjoyed this beer in a hotel room while vacationing in the White Mountains with my lovely lady! It seemed like the perfect occasion to pop the top off of this classy brew, which could be considered a hybrid of beer and wine. It’s a lambic style beer brewed with Merlot grapes and aged in oak barrels. Here’s an excerpt from the Cantillon website on how it’s brewed:

“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.

The Saint-Lamvinus Cantillon is a rare product, available only in 75 cl (1/1) bottles.”

It gets a 100/100 on BeerAdvocate for good reasons. Here’s my full review:

Final Rating: 4.46/5

look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25 oz bottle into a Cantillon tulip glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI. Opened while on vacation in North Conway, NH!

Appearance- Pours a hazy, raspberry colored body with a 2 finger, fizzy, light cherry colored head that reduces really quickly and leaves no lacing or retention.

Smell- Tart sour grapes, funky barnyard, red wine, cherries, citric acid, acetic acid, oak, and an old mustiness that blends very nicely with these aromas.

Taste- Starts off pretty tart, but not sour, with dry fruity notes, specifically grapes, cherry skins, and citrus rind. The follow through is subtly funky with fermented fruit and oak, wine barrel notes. The finish is woody and tart. Very nice

Mouthfeel- High carbonation, refreshing and quenching.

St. Lamvinus was awesome but I wasn’t expecting anything less of this Cantillon masterpiece. Glad I got to try it, can’t wait to try the other one in my cellar in a couple decades 😉

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