CANTILLON – ST. LAMVINUS – ON TAP!
This beer has been offered irregularly for several years, and its quality has been
somewhat variable, but in the last three years it has become an annual event,
and a dependably extraordinary drink.
The name is a small pun: ‘lam’ referring to lambic beer, ‘vinus’ being, of course,
the latin for ‘wine,’ and the whole thing, ‘St. Lamvinus,’ meant to remind you
of St. Emilion, one of the most fabled wine appellations in Bordeaux.
It is in essence a union of wine and beer,
This is probably the best St. Lamvinus yet, made only with the weightier, more
intense cabernet sauvignon grape, with a higher concentration of grapes in the
mix, and aged in old port casks.
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.