They didn’t add cherries or raspberries to their beer, but grapes
which had been cultivated in greenhouses. By blending muscat
grapes and lambic, the brewers and beer merchants produced the “druivenlambik” (grapes lambic).
The name Vigneronne Cantillon was given in 1987. This name
reminds us that, while it belongs to the beer patrimony, the
spontaneous fermentation, the aging in the barrels for several
years and the addition of grapes make it a distant cousin of
certain white wines.
In order to obtain grapes which are as mature as possible,
we buy them at the end of the season. Every year, 1000 kilos
of white italian grapes are delivered at the Cantillon brewery
in the beginning of October.
The beers are not blended before the bottling. The second
fermentation is caused by the addition of a sugared liquor.
The six-pointed star on our label is an alchemist’s symbol.
It contains four elements, represented by triangles, of the
brewing process. The fire is the symbol of the mashing tun,
the earth of the cereals, the air of the yeasts, and the water
is the fourth element. At this moment, only a brewer of
traditional lambic may use this symbol.
Notes from cantillon.be/br/3_105