Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 220
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DefenCorps on 06-10-2010

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Reviews by jale:
Photo of jale
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of joel66
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.87/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Novare Res, served in a Cantillon glass. My wife and I both got two glasses filled and were lucky enough to be sitting at the bar.
The beer pours ruby red like a watermelon transparent and has a thin wisp of head nice

The aroma is sweet and sour with a good grape wine aroma that mixes with a woody earthiness

The taste is great a mix of a grapes sourness and carbonation start this beer. The flavor is a subtle sour, a sweetness of the grapes and a sourness linger and then finish quick and clean nice

Overall glad to have had it and I always enjoy the Novare events, that said not the best beer I had this day

Photo of deebo
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy Zwanze Day 2011! Had on tap at Spuyten Duyvil. About a 4oz pour served out of a Cantillon flute. Reviewed from notes.

Served with a 1 finger foamy white head with poor retention. No lace. Beer is a clear tomato peach. Moderate legs. Decent but average.

Nose is a pungent sweet grape, cheese, farmhouse dung, wet hay, and cobwebs. Very typical and very delicious of Cantillon. Some sharp fruitiness tickles the nose also.

Opens grape tartness, some sharp cheese. More sour grapes in the middle. Grape pulp, seed, and skin. Some wet hay at the end. Finishes with a residual sweetness and a tart grape skin aftertaste. Super funky and delicious but quite simple.

Light bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Oily, dry, and sticky in the mouth with a dry finish and a puckering, dry aftertaste. Really brings out the funky tartness in this one.

A really solid offering from Cantillon but probably the least impressive of the grape-based fruit lambics that I've had from them. Still, I'd love to have the opportunity to have this one again some time.

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

Zwanze day 2011 at west lakeview liquor chicago

Poured into stemmed cantillon glass

Pour was a light ruby red. Very similar to watermelon juice. Very little head but some. Head was light pinkish.

Lots of soured red grape with a nice funky and spicy mix.

Soured red grape with a lemon bite. Through out the middle was a spicy bite, like black or chili pepper. Oak was faint.

Very dry through out with a light to mild carbonation. Nice light pucker.

At first i was not feeling this but i quickly started loving it. I want more.

Photo of thagr81us
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review #1100!!! Had this one at Holy Grale in Louisville during Zwanze Day 2011! Just for the record, I drove ~7 hours to be there and ~7 hours home after to sample this beer... Served from tap into a Cantillon taster flute (which I got to keep!). Poured a peachish fluorescent red-orange with a very minimal pure white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, earthy funk, tart cherry, and a floral note. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, big funk, tart cherry, earthy funk, dark fruit, and grapes. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. I really enjoyed the aroma on this one as we sat waiting for the toast to begin. Once I drew my first sip off the glass I knew this was something special. Everything on this one worked in unison and complimented everything else nicely. My only gripe with this beer??? They didn't bottle it. I could see this one really developing over the next year or two into something truly amazing. Definitely worth the ~14 hours of total driving I conducted during that day if that tells you anything...

Photo of SpdKilz
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Zwanze Day Chicago. Served in a Cantillon glass, I was fortunate enough to get quite a few glasses of this through the course of the night.

Appearance – A hazy pink rose color with about a finger of off white head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Taking the first smell myself, and everyone around me, immediately proclaimed a dominant peppery presence up front. Red grapes, classic Cantillon funk, barnyard, and more spices.

Taste – Not as mouth puckering as I was hoping. There was a sharp lemon and red grape flavor, subtle barnyard funk, light oak at the tail end. Finishes with a spicy peppery finish that makes itself known throughout the sip, but more so as it ends.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, finishes a hint dry and spicy.

Overall – I had this side by side with 2008 Lou Pepe Kriek. That beer won hands down. While not my least favorite Cantillon, definitely not my favorite. Still, as with all great ticks, glad to have been able to try it.

Photo of Bardwashrind
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so very much to Popkas for sharing a beer that I had given up the thought of ever trying. Had at his second late summer sour tasting (9/4).

There was a lot of excitement around a bottle without a label and only a sticky not attached to indicate it's contents. "Pinot d'Aunis" as if it was a memo to not forget, can't imagine anyone misplacing their interaction with a beer so damn tasty.

Cork pops out and a soft wave of salmon colored liquid emerges. Aromas of ripe grapefruit juice, green apples, and a little of that Cantillon funk were expressive and fragrant. Nice carbonation that wasn't overly foamy but gave the beer a slight champagne like comparison. The grapefruit aroma was intensely expressive, almost to the point that this could have been a little Cantillon brunch beer.

The nose was a marvel and the flavor was similar in precision. Much softer around the edges than expected. Grapes, tart cranberries, citrus rind and a fresh juiciness gave a much more obvious wine styled body and flavor. The high acid showed through the fruit but took second place to the grape's presence. Very delicious and balanced, more of a softer and elegant bottle from Cantillon.

In comparison to some other grape based sours, There wasn't as much vegetal grape vine flavors as in Don Quiote, not as intense as Saint Lamvinus, less sweet fruit and lemon flavored as in Vigneronne and seemed to have a touch more of that faint cheese rind funk compared to Malvasia Rosso.

Beautiful and refreshing for it's approach of being such a brightly flavored bottle of Lambic. This was a joy to drink and hope to one day experience it again. Excited to hear how it compares to the 2011 Zwanze version.

Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at ChurchKey DC into a tumbler almost half small stange like glass as part of Zwanze day 2011. Full pour given.

Prepared from the tap, a copper ruby body is noticeable with a pink foamy head texture looking like it gets some hues from the body. While resting the beer is served with the head mostly gone but mine had a small pink collar that never disappeared. On closer inspection up front a sheet of paper behind shows the beer as a classic looking grapefruit juice color, EXACTLY like grapefruit with cloudy character also. That's pretty darn impressive.

Bouquet. Sure here we have classic brett character and some tartness, some small cherry, but a distinct are you kidding me? It's tomato. There are tomatoes in my grapefruit beer. Woah what's going on here!?

Taste follows the nose. Tomato V8 quality comes out with mild cherry tartness. I am looking around within 12 feet radius for a salad that just got prepared to make sure this isn't messing with me. Quick slightly sharp sting gives a biting pepper quality which practically makes this black pepper stinging bloody-mary sense. Viscosity seems a little muted not so much teeth coating as other lambics. Tartness seems just a little buried behind this vegetative slightly thick texture and character. Maybe even ratatouille?

Overall this is one crazy beer never had any lambic or beer taste like this before. This was odd but it was fun you got to admit.

Photo of mikesgroove
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

Photo of KaeF
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great fruity lambic, soft taste, great balance in sour and fruity sweetness. Awesome lambic!

Photo of largadeer
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.

Photo of voteforgoat
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Zwanze day at Spuiten Duyvil in Brooklyn. Great event, nice taps, reasonable prices and well-run by the bar staff.

A- mild, lighter pink grapefruit color, a bit hazy

S- some funk and hops in the nose.

T-nice acidity (teeth-cleaning kind, but this was my third lambic of the afternoon), a lot of hoppiness present, mildly fruity. A bit more funky than other Cantillons.

M-lightly carbonated, refreshing.

O- an excellent beer I would love to drink everyday, if available and I had the budget!

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap version of Zwanze 2011:

Cross between blood orange and pink grapefruit color. Vinious grapefruit aroma. Peppery red grape flavor. Pencil lead and lemon acidity. Slightly sweet grape finish.

Bottle review of original Pinot d'Aunis:

White head on top of a light mahogany-orange body. Good carbonation. Smell has a sharp lemon acidity blended with red grape. A little spicy from the grapes and straightforward bretty funk. Some bandaid and perfume-esque qualities as well. Flavor is blended very well with the grapes. Peppery spice and subtle sweetness rolling into a lemon accented acidity and a clean musty brett flavor. I'm almost getting a pencil flavor I believe from the grapes. Finish is like a moderately dry red wine. Not over the top. This beer's flavor shows restraint and pure craftsmanship rather than something heavy handed.

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

The Great Lambic Summit

Pours a purply pink lemonade color with spritzy carbonation. Scent is of watery white wine grapes filled with peppery spice. Id hate to say it, but smells sort of like a sugary sweet wine akin to Boones Farm. The taste brings the watery sour grapes and pink grapefruit with an herbal, peppery spice background. Very mild funk to it. Light bodied, spritzy. An interesting offering to say the least.

Photo of psiweaver
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this bottle at Cantillon. Not sure what vintage as I got a labeless bottle. Jean's sister indicated that it would be still as thats the only bottles they had. I ended up getting a carbonated bottle. Served into their tulip/wineglass style glasses.

pours a lighter almost clearer than the kriek or framboise but the same shade of red. has a whitish reddish 1/2" head that quickly dissipates.

smells of grapes and raisins with some funky barnyard while still having some acid and citrus notes come through. the taste was amazing.

wonderful rich minerally taste with layers of grapes, raisins and a small hint of citrus over the top. really enjoyed this as you got some of the tannins from the grapes and it had a very vinus quality without being harsh. perfectly carbonated. almost like a rose champagne with some sour to it.

wonderful mouthfeel with soft refreshing bubble's

very easy to drink. wish I could have taken some to go, but very happy i got a carbonated bottle.

they mentioned multiple times that the reason they don't sell to go any more any of the really limited stuff is because they don't like the ebay thing.

we also got to try a glass of the white grape version of this beer with the grapes being from the same producer. This was amazing like vigeronne but not nearly as acidic or harsh. Really wish he'd bottle this but he said its only for fun. Was outstanding.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey yesterday for Zwanze Day 2011. Luckily, this wasn't nearly as crowded as was expected and I got to have a few glasses. Served in a stange.

Pours a nice light red with a bit of a maroon tint to it. Good white head with a touch of a pinkish hue. Nice retention and a bit of lacing as it went down.

The nose was interesting, especially at first when it was fairly cold. At that point, there was a bit of grape character, but mostly it was a bit of musty earth along with faint bits of spice, maybe pepper. As it warmed, the grape character started to come through along with some light acidity. Must, earth, and pepper then faded toward the background. Really intriguing.

The taste fall back a bit from there. Each component was present, but there wasn't the type of fruit and lambic integration that you get from the best Cantillon fruit lambics. The fruit was a bit too muted, with the focus too far toward some must and light tannin. Maybe it's the type of pinot grape; I'm certainly no expert there.

Mouthfeel goes back toward the nose. Nice light-medium body with low-ish carbonation. Faint acidity and a nice earthy dryness through the finish. Very drinkable and not super-acidic like many Cantillon fruit lambics.

All in all, quite tasty and I'm really glad I got to try this one. The concept of the release was nice; I'd be quite happy if this became a tradition for Zwanze releases.

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

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010.

750ml corked and capped bottle.

pours slightly hazy pale orange with a big white head. the head drops fast and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. vanilla and raw oak. white grape. light alcohol. horse blanket and leather. white bread and biscuit.

taste is great. vanilla and raw oak. white grape. horse blanket. more leather and brett character than in the aroma. very mellow sourness and almost no acidity. white bread and biscuit. low bitterness level. light alcohol.

mouthfeel is is great. just under medium body with a super dry finish. slightly above medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance. very drinkable. nice mellow funk.

Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For startes, having drank both Pinot D'Aunis and Zwanze 11 I can say these are most assuredly not the same beer, at least in how they look, smell, taste, and feel.

This is a review of Zwanze 11 on Zwanze Day at West Lakeview.

A - A lighter reddish, sometimes pink beer with a decent amount of bubbles. Small white head that had some pretty solid retention and a decent bit of lacing on the glass.

S - A lot different than the Pinot D'Aunis. Grape is more subdued, with a bit of spice to liven things up a bit. Smells light, with a small amount of funk, and a minor bit of tartness. The hopping really did an interesting number on this one nad seemed to make it less of a fruit beer.

T - Lighter tasting. Once again, the grapes are somewhat subdued compared to the Pinot D'Aunis. The hopping has added a bit of spice character as well as some earth or wood tones. Really has a lot of distinct things going on here, making it fairly complex. I actually thought it tasted a bit like flowers, which was also interesting, but not really something I was a fan of.

M - Lighter, good carbonation, a bit dry on the finish.

O - Definitely a lot better than the Pinot D'Aunis, but that wasn't a particularly high standard. Good beer that has a lot going on and was easy to drink, but i wasn't in love with it. Would definitely drink again, but as far as Cantillon goes I drank a ton of Lou Pepe Kriek in lieu of this one.

Photo of BucketBoy
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.

Photo of OfficerBarbier
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Cantillon Zwanze @ Russian River Brewing, Santa Rosa, CA

A- Light burgundy red with zero head.

S- Very tart lambic-ey berries; strawberry and raspberry.

T- Funky, acidic and delightully fruity. Flavors become more pronounced with temperature.

M- Light, biting and clean, tannic, with lactobacillus and genre-defining accompanied salivary ejaculations.

I- As with the vast majority of special Cantillon releases, I just can't get enough. Some age would probably allow the fruit character to mature and 'ripen'. Love it.

Photo of Chambic
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful cigar brown -- clear, bright brown

S: easily identifiable as something that's sour and oh-so-spectacular

T: bright, tart, sour, with a barnyard-y finish

M: sparkling, dry, refreshing

D: non-stop, this can go for days ... Please, someone force-feed me Zwanze with a beer bong -- even though it'd be such a crime against this goodness

Notes: on tap at Russian River Brewery on Zwanze Day 09.17.11

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Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.