I love Cantillon beer. A month or so ago I visited the brewery and my love deepened and grew, such a magical place. This bottle of Saint Lamvinus was carried back to London by hand on the return leg of that trip and it was so worth it! A blend of lambics aged in red wine barrels with Merlot grapes; it's one of the harder Cantillon beers to find.
Sweeter than expected but still Cantillon-epically sour. Red grapes and cranberries. Warm, sweaty goats. Something distinctly plastic or man-made, flip-flop foam perhaps. Blackcurrants. Under ripe redcurrants, the kind that are grizzly and difficult to chew through. Iron. Deep, rich, red wine. A full enough body to carry everything across your tongue and then a crisp, snappy finish that leaves you wanting the next sip. Utterly delicious.
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