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Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Pinot D'AunisCantillon Pinot D'Aunis

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BA SCORE
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world-class

136 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 11.56%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DefenCorps on 06-10-2010)
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BucketBoy

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Drank this on Zwanze Day 2011 at Monk's Cafe with the gang. Since then I've had a bottle of the original vintage (thanks Joel), which was noticeably better, but I don't have notes on that bottle.

L - Pink grapefruit and Gulf sunset in a glass. A light, near clear haze from a perfect morning overlooking Long Bay in Antigua.

S - A lot going, with an abysmal depth though singular in spirit. Pinot wine grpes - fresh, sweet, smoke, sea salt, nice light citrus/grapefruit, strawberry. Just great, like a burst of white grapefruit corpuscels.

T - So subtle in the deepest flavors. Hauntingly beautiful pinot grape, pinot jam (if there is such a thing), grapefruit pith, even a trace of smoke/salt/earth. Hint of lime rind, actually. All about the depth of pinot, which is substantial.

M - Crushable velvet, delicate linen, soft feather bed. Delicate and delightful. I', surprised and even a bit taken aback - tannic yet uplifting, smooth palate-coating with the right amount of carbonated tingle. Really just right with the balance of oakey tannins.

O - 4.5 Clearly special. I wanted the taste to pop more with fruit flavor, but the depth is pretty delightful.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2013 18:18:49 | More by BucketBoy
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joel66

New York

4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pinot di Aunis, bottle poured into a cantillon taster. Big thanks to Manuele from Ma Che Siete for hooking me up with this world class beer and big thanks to Jbeatty for trading me another

A- dark orange with creamsicle looking head

N- Huge depth of white and red grapes. red wine, vineous with an earthy/grassy and almost pepper yeast funk.

T- wow,... wow.... by far top 3 of the day for our 4/20/13 tasting which consisted of veritas vertical, loerik, YB, eszett. Uli blends, beekeeper, le woody so on and so forth. I freakin love this fine liquid.

earthy funk, pepper spice,vineous red wine, cobb webb. such a combination of deep characteristics. simply amazing.

M- Light, airy, smooth, gods nectar poured into a cantillon tasting glass

O- One of my favorite Cantillons. Cant wait to see how my other bottle ages. I think ill open it in 2031.... in the meantime ill be ISO a few more bottles so that I can see what 5 yr intervals does to this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 15:28:38 | More by joel66
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Fux

France

4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle of Zwanze 2011 opened at Zwanze Day 2012 at La Fine Mousse. Wonderful surprise for a wonderful Cantillon day.

A: Dark ruby, with some purple glints. Small off-white head that fades quickly.
S: Smell is very funky, with lots of barnyard aromas, leather, even horse blanket, some light tartness come after. Quite smooth and very well balanced with fruity scents (dark grapes and berries). More fruity flavors hide behind this very unusual nose for a Cantillon (apples, pears, etc.). Deep, complex, amazing.
T: Sour and funky, even smoothier and more balanced than the nose, with an oaky and fruity character. Still white fruits, grapes and berries. Quite bitter and tart aftertaste.
M: Not much carbonation. Rough on the palate. More a sipper than a refreshing beer.
O: Mind blowing lambic. Zwanze 2012 was supposed to be the king of the night, but this one was even better, one of the best Cantillon I have had actually. I would love to have this again!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 01:43:35 | More by Fux
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had summer of 2011 at Ma Che, review from notes. Pour is mostly tranparent dark orange with a creamy white head. The nose is amazing, dusty cob webs with a bit of cellar musk and some earthy cheese notes. Lightly peppery and nice vinous red grapes. It is awesome! Musky cellar and notes of cheese rind. A bit dusty mid palate with a strong peper note balanced by a red grape vinous quality. Balanced and integrated so well with the spice and sweet grapes. Body is light, soft and airy with a gentle carbonation and extremely dry tannic finish. Such deep character to this and so well integrated, world class stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 16:55:03 | More by cpetrone84
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Tnudish

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review taken from notes I wrote on a scrap of paper. Served on tap at Zwanze Day ’11 at West Lakeview Liquors. Sampled in my newly acquired Cantillon tasting flute.

A-Zwanze pours a light pinkish red with about a half fingers worth of thin white head. Not much to add in terms of lacing as the head dissipates rather quickly.

S-Nose is predominately pepper, grape, light cherry, lemon rind, grass, must, and horse blanket.

T-The taste follows suit with more grape and lemon rind, cob web, some light grass, and pepper on the finish. I was told at Zwanze Day that the pepper character actually came from the grapes that were used in Zwanze ’11....pretty interesting.

M-Light to medium bodied, with pleasant acidity, light carbonation, and a nice finish.

O-Though I still need to try Zwanze ’08 (which I thankfully have in my cellar), this has been my favorite of the series by far. I hope Zwanze Day happens for years to come, couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 20:28:37 | More by Tnudish
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

273rd Review
Served in a Loon tulip on a cool, rainy summer's night

I missed enjoying Zwanze 2011 at Cantillon by about a week, but a friend who lives in Belgium was generous enough to open this one up during a tour around the country in early June 2012. Cheers!

A: Purplish ruby red. 2+ (pinkish) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Smells of classic Loon lambic - funk, must, and dry. Loads of unripe dark grape, soft red fruit, and oak. Hint of lemon too. Nice!

T: Taste follows smell, but grape skins are pungent and the oak character is nice, smooth, and balanced. Reminds me of a blend between St. Lamvinus (Stilla) Unblended and Vigneronne - in the best way possible. Young "funk" character, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation.

O: I was stoked to try this surprise beer and didn't mind polishing off the dregs either! Wish I could get another bottle of this, but stoked to have enjoyed the opportunity to try it. Classic (young) greatness, per the usual! I have come to expect nothing less.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 19:02:27 | More by spdyfire83
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xpimptastikx

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Cantillon. Ruby orange with off white head, fades to thin ring, light lacing. Nose is dominated by the peppery grapes, light wood and horse blanket finish it out. Taste is light grape juice with the pepper coming through yet again, some cheesy bretty flavors, and very lightly sour. Creamy carbonation with a light clean finish, not very dry at all. Not my favorite fruit Cantillon by a long shot, nice to try, but this grape doesn’t do anything for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 12:24:57 | More by xpimptastikx
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 75cl Bottle

We ordered 2 x 75cl bottles at the brewery split among friends. We had to drink it there as there are no to go bottles available of this beer.

Pours a cloudy hazy reddish/orange with a very slight white head. Smells of tart, sourness with plenty of glorious funk comprise the nose. First sip is surprisingly dry with still some sweetness left. Green apples, lemons, and sour fruit dominate the flavor with a nice tad of oak peeking thru. Mouthfeel is amazing as it is perfectly carbonated. Wow X TWO!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 23:00:25 | More by ATLbeerDog
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deebo

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 75 cl bottle opened at brewery, bottled 23-Dec-10.

A-Dull red color with lively small CO2 bubbles rising to a white foam that rims the glass.

S-The lambic smell-barnyard earthy yeast with hints of black peppery spice.

T-The pepper spice is definitely there but the lambic flavor is most dominant flavor. A hint of hops is there too. A syrupy dark liquor on bottle of bottle-the last glass with this added is more sour and overall more assertive.

M-Clean and smooth, a bit of black pepper and hoppy end note, not as sour as other Cantillon beers.

D-I drank the whole bottle myself-so damn good for a sour.

O-An interesting almost refreshing lambic. Really glad I had the opportunity to taste this one, a highlight of my most recent trip to Brussels.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 02:16:27 | More by deebo
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to sample this beer at lord hobos on zwanze day 2011, just never got around to reviewing it.

This beer pours a nice pinkish red color kind of like a pink grapefruit. There is very little head but this may be because they poured pictures and then glasses then distributed thm to the whole bar. The smell is slightly winelike with a little funk in the background and a peppery finish. The flavor follows suit with a slightly winelike flavor a good sourness notes of grapefruit and a peppery finish. The mouthfeel was dry but the grapefruit notes made my mouth water with every sip. Overall I thought this was great.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 13:07:22 | More by rowingbrewer
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

light orange brown with a very nice three finger head of lace and a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice retention only gradually let the head fade away, what was left was a very nice set of concentric side glass rings of lace. Smell was very sour, lots of grapes and other fruits. A bit light on the nose before the sour wrath kicks in. Flavor was very full and robust. Nice yeast filled flavor wrecks your taste buds but calms down considerably on the finish. A huge rush of sour fruit than kicks into overdrive and puckers your lips through the finish. This was a wonderfully unique brew that had a very good flavor and a light fruity feel

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 01:55:46 | More by mikesgroove
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Spuyten Duyvil during Zwanze Day.

A: Warm orange-rose colored body under the thinnest of rings of pink bubbles. Nice color.

S: Peppery, earthy grape notes on top of lemony, grassy funk. Highly acidic. Juicy, fruity, spicy, sour, nice.

T: A little understated up front, with grape juice + lemony acidity leading in to some dry, grassy, floral funk. Very fresh _ bright, with a bone-dry finish. Delicious.

M: Light, lively, and prickly. Fun.

O: Terrific beer, and well worth the trip. Cantillon really knows their way around a fruit Lambic. I actually preferred this to the 2010 St. Lamvinus we shared before Zwanze went on tap, although it couldn't hold a candle to the 05 I got to sample a few months back. I can't wait to see what they release next year!

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 02:06:58 | More by woosterbill
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 oz pour in a Cantillon tasting glass. I had this at the Zwanze Day tapping at Spuyten Duyvil, and the review is based on notes taken that afternoon.

Cantillon Zwanze 2011 pours a solid burnt orange to light red. There's a wispy bit of white foam that serves as a head, but there's not enough of it for me to even observe any lacing or head retention. The first thing to greet my nose is a mild funk, but it's quickly drowned out by a pronounced acidic tartness. This eventually bleeds into an aroma that's reminiscent of red wine. That vinous aspect is what leads off the flavor profile, as there's a bit of fruity grape and a peppery presence that wasn't found in the nose. This bleeds into a wine-like acidity and tartness that dominates the flavor as it did the aroma. The barnyard funky character that was the first aroma to jump out is the last to hit my taste buds. The body trends towards being on the lighter side, and the carbonation is mildly active. The mouthfeel works, but it's nothing special. I enjoyed my pour of 2011 Zwanze, but it's got an intensity of flavor that I think limits the amount I would really enjoy to not much more than the six ounces I got.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 01:57:03 | More by axeman9182
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readbaron

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into cantillon small tulip at Zwanze Day 2011 courtesy of West Lakeview. Thanks Kristina!

Pours out a bright, slightly opaque, reddish orange - reminiscent of blending raspberries and beaches - with a light frothing of tiny peach bubbles that fade into a ring.

Smell is subtle - funky, earthy horseblanket, and citrus tartness - somewhat similar to ruby red grapefruit in sourness - and a bit of spice on the finish.

Taste is more tart than the smell indicates. Lots of earthy funk, a touch of grape sweetness, more sour grapefruit and a distinct touch of pepper.

Feel is good - highly carbonated and prickley.

Overall, a solid, intriguing offerring, but doesn't quite hold up to the Lou Pepe fruits or Fou Foune.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 21:09:20 | More by readbaron
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brystmar

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. On tap for Zwanze Day 2011 at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn.

Pinkish-red 6oz pour into a mini snifter, small layer of white head up top and around the edges. Active body.

Nose holds tart fruit, bacteria, musty yeast. Zwanze tastes mostly of sour strawberries with wild yeast pulling the strings. Smooth, crisp, lots of carbonation, and a very dry finish.

A good sour indeed, but well behind the best Cantillon offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 20:17:35 | More by brystmar
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Cantillon for the beer; if it wasn’t for them making it, I’d not have had it. Blush-cranberry hue with evident petillance ; good looking, at any rate. The nose is fantastic from the get-go (and does nothing to let up subsequently) and offers a rich bushy berry mélange atop trademark musty Cantillon funk, with slight notes of green apple. Upon the palate, flavors of tannic berry and grape, lactic and generally light acidic notes, mustiness and antiquity, and finally, perfectly apportioned nuances of black peppercorn are awash. The dry-hop also seems to be at play here, both in the aromatic as well as gustatory, imparting a healthy dose of herbal earthiness, in a manner not usually found in Cantillon. The feel is near-perfect, with a great balance between effervescence and weight. Overall this is a fantastic Cantillon, with its mainstay in a lighter flavor, with a less challenging general tone, but making up for it with a layer of additional (well-placed) complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 00:46:34 | More by ktrillionaire
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largadeer

California

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Zwanze 2011. Draft at RRBC. Glowing reddish-pink color with a thin collar, no head. Smells like sweaty funk and grapefruit. Peppery, vinous notes pop out beneath the dominant citrus character. Really nice palate, red grapefruit, vinous fruit, a bit of black pepper and tobacco. Nice tartness with a juicy mouthfeel. Semi-dry finish, mild tannins. Really enjoyable, better than the first batch of Pinot d'Anuis.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 20:35:27 | More by largadeer
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey.

Trace of head on a gold-amber body.

Smells like urine-y funk and vinegar. There's a trace of berry sweetness buried somewhere in there though. The smell made me nervous.

Taste was much better than the smell. Lemony, tart with some raspberry. Pretty balanced, actually. Slightly vegetal (arugula, maybe?)

Mouthfeel is like that of... lemonade? I could really annoy people and suggest an Arnold Palmer, but I'll stop short ; )

Apart from the unnerving smell, this tasted pretty darn good. Overhyped, but good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 19:49:41 | More by zaphodchak
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petacutlasaurus

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at ChurchKey, D.C., on Zwanze Day 2011. Incredibly unique beer. I was at the event with a friend of mine, and both of us thought the smell on this beer was just outrageous. Not necessarily good, but outrageous. Maybe because it was simultaneously so bitter/musty/funky.

Past the smell, the taste had a mellow brett funk that worked really well with the pretty grape-heavy backdrop. Also some wild sourness at the finish, fun + astringent. Overall I really enjoyed it, but would probably enjoy it even more in a few years.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 18:30:32 | More by petacutlasaurus
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, Zwanze day @ Stone.
The beer pours a very odd color that reminds me of pink lemonaide with a deeper pink to it, not much of a head is fromed and a few bubbles pop around the edges. The nose is a little faint, its got a strong funkiness to it with tart fruits and grapes. The tast is slightly tart with lemon and grapefruit citrus and a light tannin grape taste as well as funky. The feel is medium-light with better carbonation then there appears. Its a enjoyable beer that I'm glad I had the chance to try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 14:37:26 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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jethrodium

California

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Zwanze Day at Russian River. Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber with a small white head that goes to a ring around the glass. The aroma is cherry, funk, some light medicinal notes, light oak, as well as some red wine. The initial taste has some cherry sweetness that goes into light oak and red wine grapes. Typical funk on the finish with some light medicinal notes and a light astringency. Mildly sour. Medium-full body. Low carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable beer. Has slightly more sweetness than many Cantillons, but it worked well for this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2011 05:55:50 | More by jethrodium
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ehammond1


4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Zwanze Day 2011

Dark ruby with purple and dark pink edges. Almost no head, though there is a thin layer of near-white bubbles atop. Spots of lacing.

Bright aromas of red grapes and plump, juicy grapefruit, a touch of barnyard funk, earth, and grass. There's a mild sourness lingering underneath the more sweet and earthy aromas.

Bright grapefruit flavors initially, followed by a mild muskiness, sweet grapes, barnyard funk, hay, and grass. A complete, unique, and very pleasant combination.

Thin bodied with low carbonation, though incredibly dry and a pleasure to drink.

An interesting combination of bright, vibrant fruit flavors and earthy farm funk. A delight.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 21:13:45 | More by ehammond1
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jale

Michigan

4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap for Zwanze day at West Lakeview in Chicago.

A: Pours a dark pink with two quarters of white head.

S: Light wine grapes,cantillon funk and maybe some peppery spice.

T: Very mild grape and mild sourness. Small amount of hop spice. Lighter then expected. Dry finish.

M: Light body with good carbonation.

O: Would drink another.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 19:05:41 | More by jale
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charliedvrs

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Lord Hobo for Zwanze Day '11. Pours a hazy pink-red, with orange and gold highlights with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is tart and funky, with a strong red grape mixed with grapefruit. Taste is the same with quite of bit of acidity. I'm also picking up a very strong peach type flavor from the grapes, strawberry as well. It carries a light to medium body with a moderate carbonation, ending with a nice dry, mouth-puckering earthy tartness. A truly amazing beer I couldn't be more thankful for the chance to have tried.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 01:28:42 | More by charliedvrs
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womencantsail

California

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stone as Zwanze 2011

A: The beer pours a flat purple-red color with a nice haze and no head.

S: The fruit provide a slightly sweet aroma with plenty of red grape aroma. There is also a nice grapefruit note as well as Cantillon's usual musty funk. Plenty of lemon, some grass, and straw.

T: Tart lemon and grape flavors with lots of earthy funk in the form of grass and straw. Somewhat musty with a more mild fruit character than the nose lets on. Only a mild funk, which is sort of disappointing, considering the nose.

M: The body is medium with a rather low level of carbonation.

O: Very pleased to have tried this. A great nose and very pleasurable overall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 01:23:46 | More by womencantsail
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